BJP tsunami sweeps western Maharashtra, Vidarbha

first_imgAs predicted by the exit polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), like a tidal wave swept the polls in western Maharashtra, emerging as the single-largest party in the four municipal corporations of Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nashik and Solapur.Except the Solapur Municipal Corporation, where it narrowly missed total majority, the BJP scored landslide victories in the remaining three municipal corporations.The BJP also emerged victorious in all three civic bodies in the Vidarbha region, including the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, and also emerged as the largest party in zila parishad bodies in many districts of the region.The victory in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad effortlessly supplanted the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), definitively breaking the Pawar clan’s power bases in the district and ending its decade-long reign in the cash-rich Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).A last-minute pact between the Congress and the NCP in the battle for PMC came a cropper, as the BJP juggernaut notched a record-best performance winning 98 of the 162 seats. In contrast, the NCP was routed with 40 seats. The Congress and the Sena secured 11 and 10 seats respectively.The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), managed just two seats.Winning strategyIn the cash-rich PCMC, where the voting figure touched a historic high of 67%, the saffron party’s strategy of awarding tickets to heavyweight defectors from opposing parties, especially the NCP, paid-off as the BJP secured an emphatic majority, winning 78 of the 128 seats.The NCP, after consecutive landslides in the PCMC in 2007 and 2012, was reduced to 35 seats from its previous tally of 83. The Congress failed to open its account, while the Shiv Sena and the MNS got nine and one.Likewise, the BJP ousted the beleaguered Congress from its traditional citadel in the Solapur Municipal Corporation (SMC), but narrowly missed absolute majority here. It secured 49 of the 102 seats with Shiv Sena, emerging second with 21 seats.Bitter infightingThe decimation of Congress in Nagpur and neighbouring Municipal Corporations and Zila Parishads could see the emergence of a new and young leadership in the party. However, it will be up against a powerful BJP which had made Nagpur and the Vidarbha area as its bastion since 2014.In Nagpur, the party won 108 out of total 151 seats, and the main Opposition, the Congress, was limited to 29 seats. Vikas Thakre, Nagpur district president of the Congress, was defeated by the BJP’s Dilip Dive from ward number 37 by 800 votes.The Bahujan Samaj Party won 10 seats, down from 12 seats it had won last time. The Shiv Sena secured two seats, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) was limited to just one seat.The BJP carried out an organised campaign in Nagpur, with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari involved in the selection of candidates and campaigning.The NMC election had become a prestigious election for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as he hails from Nagpur. Mr. Fadnavis addressed a meetings in all six Assembly segments of the city and made sure that all six MLAs from Nagpur, MLCs and even Rajya Sabha MPs, actively participated in the campaign.The party’s ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) headquarter is also based in the city. The BJP registered a majority despite denial of tickets to relatives of senior RSS functionaries and Bajrang Dal leaders.In Amravati, the BJP won 45 out of 87 seats in the civic body. The ruling Congress was restricted to 15 seats and the Shiv Sena won only seven seats. The BJP also managed to retain Akola Municipal Corporation by winning 48 out of 80 seats. The Congress won 13 seats, the Shiv Sena eight seats, and the NCP won five seats in the civic body.Prakash Ambedkar’s Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, which was expected to emerge as a kingmaker in Akola, secured only 3 seats.The BJP emerged as a winner in Chandrapur and Wardha zila parishads, and as the single largest party in Buldhana and Gadchiroli zila parishads. The Congress won in the Amaravati zila parishad polls, and the Shiv Sena emerged as the single largest party in Yavatmal zila parishad.last_img read more

Taxi driver held for desecration

first_imgPANAJI: The Goa Police on Saturday arrested a 50-year-old man from Curchorem in South Goa for his alleged involvement in desecrating holy crosses in the last few days.South Goa Superintendent of Police Arvind Gawas told reporters that Francisco Pereira, a former convict, works as a taxi driver. He was caught on Saturday morning while he was allegedly about to desecrate another cross in Curchorem village.“After meticulous and painstaking efforts, the Goa Police have been able to solve the recent cases of desecration of religious places,” said Muktesh Chander, Director General of Police.The police have recorded a video confession of the accused, in which Mr. Pereira has said that he would break holy crosses in order to release “the spirits trapped in them”. He told the police that he has been vandalising crosses since 2003, and has been involved in around 150 desecration cases. A number of crosses, gravestones and an artefact outside a Hindu temple were desecrated in the State over the last few weeks.Talking to The Hindu, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar appreciated the efforts of the Goa Police.Mr. Gawas said Mr. Pereira was a “one-man-squad” with his “own ideology”. Probe demandedThe Council for Social Justice and Peace, a social wing affiliated with the Goa Church, has demanded a judicial probe into the cases, saying the vandalism is part of a larger nationwide conspiracy. Hindu right-wing organisation Hindu Janajagruti Sanstha said the police must investigate whether Mr. Pereira is in any way connected with the Believers, teaching “worship only one God and throw away the idols”. Chetan Rajhans, spokesperson of Sanatan Sanstha, said the government should take action against those disturbing communal harmony by making false allegations against the Sanstha and Sadhvi Saraswati.last_img read more

Rain eases in Odisha as depression over Bay of Bengal weakens

first_imgThe depression over the Bay of Bengal gradually weakened and the intensity of rainfall reduced in Odisha on Saturday, but squally winds prevailed and the sea condition remained rough along the State’s coast.The depression moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 15 kmph and lay centred over the northwest Bay of Bengal 170 km east of Gopalpur and 120 km south-southwest of Paradip, the meteorological centre here said.The system is likely to move north-northeastwards along and off the Odisha coast towards West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh. It is very likely to maintain its intensity during the next 24 hours and weaken gradually into a well-marked low pressure, it said.Rain or thundershower is likely at many places in the coastal region and at one or two places in the interior districts in the next 24 hours, but the intensity was gradually receding, meteorological centre director Sarat Chandra Sahu said.Squally winds with a speed of 45-55 kmph and gusting up to 65 kmph are likely to prevail along and off the coast for the next 24 hours.As sea conditions would be rough to very rough along and off the coast during the period, fishermen had been advised not to venture into the sea, the meteorological centre said.Many places in the southern, coastal and interior parts of the State received rainfall of varied intensity in the last two days that caused damage to standing paddy crop, harvested paddy and vegetables in several areas.last_img read more

A disagreement over climate-conflict link heats up

first_imgA debate among scientists over climate change and conflict has turned ugly. At issue is the question of whether the hotter temperatures and chaotic weather produced by climate change are causing higher rates of violence. A new analysis refutes earlier research that found a link, and the two lead researchers are exchanging some pointed remarks.Last year, a team of U.S. researchers reported a robust connection between climate and violence in Science. But in a critique published online yesterday in Climatic Change, a team of mostly European researchers dismissed the connection as “inconclusive.” The Science authors are hitting back, claiming that the critics are fudging the statistics and even manipulating their figures. The new analysis “is entirely based on surprisingly bold misrepresentations of our article, the literature, basic statistics, and their own findings,” says Solomon Hsiang, the lead author of the Science paper and an economist at the University of California, Berkeley.Numerous past studies have found a correlation between heat waves and violence, manifesting as conflicts between individuals and between groups. Demonstrating a direct connection between climate change and violence on a global scale, however, is tricky. It requires a meta-analysis of hundreds of already published studies that have slightly different techniques and measurement scales. 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The Climatic Change critique is authored by Halvard Buhaug, an economist at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, and co-signed by 25 of his colleagues. The problem, Buhaug wrote in an e-mail to ScienceInsider, is that the meta-analysis “blends all sorts of actors at all sorts of spatial and temporal scales. … [They] draw sweeping conclusions that, supposedly, are robust and apply across scales and types of violent conflict. Of course that doesn’t make sense. But it works if you seek attention.” He also accuses Hsiang’s team of “severe bias in sample selection” and says that his analysis of the same data did not support the climate-conflict link.Why critique the research now? The study “appears to have had some influence on policy thinking,” Buhaug wrote, citing a recent U.S. Department of Defense road map on addressing climate change in military planning and another report by the CNA Corporation on climate change and security. Such official statements “reinforce the impression that the climate-conflict link is considered uncontroversial in policy circles,” Buhaug wrote. “As scientists and experts on this issue, we see it as our duty to provide a more balanced message.”Hsiang in standing by his analysis. In a detailed, blow-by-blow blog post responding to the new paper, Hsiang charges Buhaug with basic mathematical errors that undermine his conclusion. In an e-mail to ScienceInsider, Hsiang also accuses Buhaug’s group of “doctoring the display of their figures.” (The evidence of that alleged doctoring is laid out in Hsiang’s blog post.)The spat has other researchers exasperated. “What is frustrating is that they can’t work together,” says Andrew Solow, a statistician at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, who is associated with neither side. “Why can’t they get together and thrash these issues out? Even if they don’t come to an agreement, they could explore alternative modeling choices and their implications.”Solow adds that he is “not a big fan” of meta-analysis, in part because the technique sparks disputes like these. Rather than directly addressing the scientific question of whether climate change is causing an increase in conflict, he says, “this disagreement is over the degree to which studies of the climate-conflict link agree [with each other].”last_img read more

Denmark Open Super Series: Kidambi Srikanth storms into final with dominating win over Wong Wing Ki Vincent

first_imgKidambi Srikanth marched into the final of the Denmark Open Super Series Premier on Saturday with a 21-18, 21-17 win over Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong.In a match that last just 39 minutes, Srikanth dominated Vincent and made an easy way into the final of the tournament.With the win, Srikanth has now reached his fourth Super Series final this year, of which he won two — Indonesia Open Super Series Premier and Australian Open Super Series.4th Superseries Final of 2017 for Srikanth Kidambi. He beats Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-18, 21-17 & moves one step closer to #DenmarkSSP title! PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 21, 2017Throughout the match, Srikanth dominated the net play and took strokes early that helped him catch Vincent off guard. Srikanth used his attacking game play and flat smashes to the best of use against Vincent.Srikanth began cautiously like he always does but managed to open an early 8-5 lead in the first game with a powerful winner down the line.The 24-year-old used delicate drop shots coupled with his trademark smashes to go into the break with a massive five-point lead over Vincent.Post the break, Vincent tried to fight his way back into the game but Srikanth maintained his dominance at the net and didn’t let the lead slip away.Srikanth earned three game-point opportunities and needed just two attempts to seal the game 21-18.The second game began with Srikanth running away with a massive 4-0 lead only for Vincent to fight his way back to make it 4-4 with a smashing winner.advertisementVincent pulled through a couple of strong winners and with some good net play, he went into the break with a two-point lead over the Indian.Srikanth didn’t take much time to find his way through and went level with Vincent at 11-11.From there on, Vincent made a couple of unforced errors to hand back a 14-13 lead to Srikanth.At 16-15, Srikanth and Vincent played an astonishing rally with the Guntur lad stretching out to reach the shuttle at the net only to find his footing immediately and smashed a crackling winner on the right to make it 17-15.Despite Vincent taking a couple of points thereafter, Srikanth looked completely in control of the match and stormed into the final with a 21-17 win in the second game.Srikanth had earlier stunned World Champion and home favourite Viktor Axelsen 14-21, 22-20, 21-17 to reach the semi-final.He will face Lee Hyun Il of Korea in the final, who earlier beat his compatriot and world No. 2 Son Wan Ho 25-23, 18-21, 21-17.On the other hand, defending champion Akane Yamaguchi will take on Rachanok Intanon in the women’s singles final after they defeated Chen Yu Fei 10-21, 21-18, 21-19 and Tai Tzu Ying 21-14, 20-22, 21-14 respectively.last_img read more

Google leaked Pixel 4 image ahead of launch, here are 5 reasons why Google did that

first_imgGoogle Pixel 4 has been in news for quite sometime now. All thanks to the string of rumours and leaks that kept pouring in like the rain. But Google killed that buzz by leaking an image of upcoming flagship device – the Google Pixel 4 – on Twitter.”Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait ’til you see what it can do. #Pixel4,” Google tweeted along with a image of the Pixel 4 that gave away a number of details – and in the process confirming a number of leaks – about one of most anticipated smartphones of the year.For starters we know that the Google Pixel 4 will come with a dual rear camera setup that would be housed inside a square shaped camera module on the top left corner of the phone’s back – confirming some of the latest leaks. Then there is the case of the missing rear mounted fingerprint sensor. While no one knows for certain if Google will opt for an in-display fingerprint sensor or if Google is planning to ditch the fingerprint sensor altogether but what we know for sure is that Pixel 4 will be different from Pixel 3 (and all older Pixel smartphones) in more than one way as far as the design is concerned. And this is just the tip of the iceberg or the conclusions that can be deduced from the image ‘leaked’ by Google.Despite the image leak, there a number of things – apart from the front of the phone — that we still don’t know about the Google Pixel 4. Probably, Google will be more generous in sharing details about the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to the phone’s October launch. Or may be not.advertisementAmid the season of rumours and leaks, one cannot help but wonder why would Google tease an image of its upcoming smartphone months before its launch. Granted, the image doesn’t reveal much and it does leave room for speculations (plenty of those), but the question still lingers – why?So here are a couple of theories as to why Google might have decided to leak image of Pixel 4 Ahead of its launch:Taking down the competition: Rumours for months now have been hinting towards the Apple iPhone 11 touting a dual rear camera setup with a square camera bump. Leaks in the past have even detailed the thickness of iPhone 11’s camera bump. If Google is indeed planning to introduce a square shaped camera module, which thanks to the image we know it would, it would make sense for the company to tout the feature first and dodge reports of copying a feature.Taking control of the gossips: The issue with the flagship devices is that leaks and tips often reveal so many details about the phone that when a company actually launches the phone, it is often a let down. This happened in case of the Google Pixel 3 and this happened in case of the Google Pixel 3a. However, by teasing an image of the Pixel 4, Google in a way is taking control of the narrative and giving fans and loyalists some juicy gossip – straight from the source — to talk about.Keeping the buzz alive: A lot of tech company these days start teasing details about their upcoming smartphone launches months ahead of the actual launch date. This, on one hand, reduces the focus on the buzz created by the tipsters, on the other hand, it helps in building a certain momentum among fans that makes the event a grand success. And so, leaking image of the Pixel 4 could actually be Google’s way of adopting a new strategy for keeping the buzz about Pixel 4 alive.Diverting focus to specs and design: We all know that Pixel 4 will be bigger and better (okay, may be not bigger) than Pixel 3 and that it would come with some cool features. How do I know this? The credit goes to 9To5 Google, which in a report said that Pixel 4 would come with the company’s Soli radar chip. If this is true, Pixel 4, as the company said, would be able to perform some really cool tricks. What those tricks are, we don’t know yet. But may be leaking an image of Pixel 4 is the company’s way of throwing the focus off such things to somewhat mundane things like design and specs so that the features remain a grand mystery until the launch.Throwing tipsters off track: Like I said, before Google shared an official image of the Pixel 4, internet was full of reports claiming that they had the image of upcoming smartphone. Sharing an image of Pixel 4 from its official Twitter page could be a diversionary tactics used by Google to thow the tipsters off track. While they would work on the roadmap provided by the Pixel 4 image leak, Google would surprise the world with an astonishing new design.advertisementALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 to get support for hand gestures using Soli radar chipALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 image leaks show a notch-less design, but there is a catchALSO READ: | Google confirms Pixel 4 is real but many details remain unknown and rumours still continue to swirllast_img read more

Ander Herrera denies Southampton as Manchester United fight back for draw

first_img (s 90′) MNU SOU 5 Stephens Possession Facebook Twitter 23 Hojbjerg United’s forward duo did nearly combine to open the scoring in the second minute but not because of any creativity in midfield. Instead the chance came from a blunder by Alex McCarthy, who missed the ball entirely as he attempted to clear. Rashford cleverly kept it in play with a backheel but Lukaku could not convert, McCarthy recovering to block his shot.If Lukaku’s attempted finish betrayed the lack of conviction of a striker who had not scored in his 12 previous matches, Armstrong soon produced a shot fuelled by the confidence of netting twice last week at Fulham. Southampton’s opening goal in the 13th minute was beautifully worked, too. Nathan Redmond went on a skilful dribble before feeding Obafemi at the edge of the area. The 18-year-old picked out Armstrong in space on the right hand side of the box and the Scot crowned the buildup with an immaculate finish, driving low into the far corner. Substitutes (s 72′) Manchester United 8 Davis (s 77′) Share on WhatsApp 6 Pogba Javier Hernández double helps West Ham end Newcastle’s winning run Share on LinkedIn 23 Shaw match reports 43 Valery Corners 22 Romero Pinterest Southampton 6 Hoedt 17 Armstrong Read more 1 McCarthy 27 Fellaini Southampton 2-2 Manchester United: Premier League – as it happened 10 Rashford Topics 17 Fred Share on Facebook United got worse before they got better. In the 19th minute Rashford conceded a free-kick just outside his own area. Soares, deployed in an unfamiliar left-back role, produced a finish more commonly associated with his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo, curling over the wall and beyond the reach of David de Gea.Southampton were looking vibrant but their woes are too deeply ingrained to be forgotten. When United, inspired by Rashford, woke up, Southampton became dishevelled at the back. After shrugging off a tackle by Maya Yoshida, Rashford slipped in Lukaku, who showed no hesitation this time, blasting a shot into the net from 12 yards. Six minutes later Rashford created the equaliser, dashing into the box before pulling a low cross back to the near post, where Herrera finished with an artful flick. 3 Yoshida Reuse this content 61 Obafemi 21 Ander Herrera 9 Lukaku Manchester United battled back from two goals down to salvage a draw at lowly Southampton. Having climbed back into the game the visitors plateaued. They had reached their level and never looked like overcoming their hosts, who have still not won at home this season but produced a display to relieve the pressure on Mark Hughes. José Mourinho, whose team missed the chance to go seventh above Everton, can expect no respite.The paradox in the previews for this match was that both managers complained they were being singled out for criticism. But both also knew that only their teams could put forward really compelling evidence in their defence, and time to do so was running low. Hughes’s side responded on cue. Mourinho’s stammered before blurting an answer that does not convince. This was a United performance with scant cohesion or conviction. 18 Lemina 4 Jonescenter_img 60 40 Substitutes Goal attempts 28 Gunn Man Utd 14 Romeu Cédric Soares celebrates with Nathan Redmond after doubling Southampton’s lead. Photograph: Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images Southampton 10 Austin Share via Email 12 13 Share on Messenger 16 Rojo Premier League 3 5 Fouls 20 Gabbiadini 8 Mata 11 Martial 4 Vestergaard That was as good as United got. There was no rage for victory, no yearning to assert their superiority. Fellaini went close with a header after a free-kick by Young in the 51st minute and then, nothing. Much of the play was scruffy, neither team finding fluency and both guilty of misplaced passes and misjudged tackles. It was low-grade fare.Rashford flickered for United, and Obafemi was an exception for Southampton, showing precocious composure and deft touches before being replaced by Gabbiadini after the hour. The youngster could have been awarded a penalty just before that but the referee deemed an ungainly tackle by McTominay to have been fair. Hughes, unsurprisingly, expressed a contrary view from the sideline. Dalot made his introduction in the 72nd minute in place of Luke Shaw, who had to limp off.Lukaku, despite ending his drought, generally lumbered to little effect up front, partly because of inadequate service. Neither team threatened a winner, although Redmond forced De Gea to bat a long-range shot over the bar in the 80th minute. 31 Matic 22 Redmond Lineups 2 Cedric 39 McTominay 14 Lingard 10 Southampton Off target 6 Man Utd 6 Southampton On target 5 Man Utd In an effort to stimulate improvement both managers had got radical with their lineups. Hughes went bold, altering formation and giving first Premier League starts to a pair of teenagers: the 19-year-old defender Yan Valery and 18-year-old striker Michael Obafemi. Scoring was a problem for Southampton even before Hughes’s arrival in March and, with neither Manolo Gabbiadini nor Charlie Austin finding the net in the Premier League this season, Hughes perhaps felt he had little to lose in turning to Obafemi in the absence of the injured Danny Ings.Mourinho, meanwhile, opted against giving a Premier League debut to a teenager, leaving Diogo Dalot on the bench and deploying Ashley Young as a right wing-back instead. But the real intrigue in his selection was elsewhere: with only one fully fit centre-back available he nonetheless set his team up with a three-man backline, with Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic flanking Phil Jones. Marouane Fellaini was assigned patrol duties just in front of that trio, while Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba were intended as the central conduits to a front pair of Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.With Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard relegated to the bench, it looked as if Mourinho had sent out a team whose priority was to contain a side that have won only once at this venue in 2018. The fact that Mourinho was deprived of defenders and had a surplus of attackers at his disposal made his approach all the more perverse. 18 Young The Observer Read more Match stats 1 de Gea Share on Twitter 16 Ward-Prowse MNU60SOU40% (s 64′) Share on Pinterest (s 86′) 20 Dalotlast_img read more

India vs Australia: MS Dhoni is a superstar of the game, says Justin Langer

first_img Press Trust of India MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 21:24 IST MS Dhoni was named player of the series in Australia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni was named player-of-the-series after finishing with 193 runs in the ODI series in AustraliaDhoni scored three fifties in as many ODIs as India won the series 2-1″MS Dhoni is literally an all-time great of the game,” Langer saidBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardAustralia coach Justin Langer has showered rich praise on MS Dhoni after India won the third one day international to clinch the series 2-1 in Melbourne on Friday. Langer said the Australian cricketers who got the oportunity to represnt their country must learn from the likes of MS Dhoni and aspire to reach his level.MS Dhoni scored his third successive half-century to guide India to a seven-wicket victory over Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Dhoni, who was dropped twice in his innings and could have been run out too, made 87 not out as he combined with Kedar Jadhav (61 not out) to guide the tourists home with four balls remaining.India won their maiden bilateral ODI series in Australia.”He [Dhoni] is 37 years old. His running between the wickets is elite, and his fitness is elite. For him to run between the wickets for three days in a row, it was 40 degrees the other day, and play like that, he is a superstar of the game and that’s what Australians should be aspiring to be — superstars of the game,” Langer said at the post-match press conference.”MS Dhoni, like Virat Kohli, like Cheteshwar Pujara in the Test series, they give us really great role models. MS Dhoni, his record, everything speaks for itself as a captain, batsman, wicketkeeper. He is literally an all-time great of the game and it has been, as hard as it is to lose, a privilege to play against those guys. I would be amazed if they [Australian players] don’t learn from playing against those guys. For a young squad, there is no better lesson and learning to rub shoulders with great players. I’m glad we have had the experience,” he added.advertisementDhoni was dropped twice — when on 0 and 74 — and Langer said that cost his side the match. He also said that Dhoni gave his young side a batting tutorial on how to go about in such a run chase.”You drop MS Dhoni a couple of times and you don’t win. You don’t give great players chances. We did that tonight. We get down the 49th over and MS is there again. It was a great lesson for our squad. We talk about match winners, getting the job done — he showed us again. It is a great tutorial for our batters,” he added.Dhoni copped a lot of criticism from all quarters for his slow strike-rate at the start of the series, but has sounded back with three half-centuries in three matches to be adjudged Man of the Series.Langer lamented that his side were not up to the mark in the series in terms of holding their chances. He said that it had been a close series against a very good Indian team.”It has not been a one sided series. India have been too good for us all summer, in Tests and in ODIs. But it has been a close one. The boys have fought hard and we have had some real positives. Jhye Richardson has been a shining light. Peter Handscomb has done a good job in the middle overs and Shaun Marsh has been in great nick. We had our chances and we just didn’t take them.”India are a great side. We should take some great confidence with the way we played against them. If we had taken our chances in Adelaide, this series could have been different. There is light at the end of the tunnel for this team. We can look at the wins and losses, but they will come good,” he signed off.Also Read | Credit to MS Dhoni for his fitness and commitment to Indian cricket: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Virat Kohli blasts MS Dhoni critics: He is an intelligent cricketer, give him spaceAlso Read | Ready to bat anywhere for Team India, says MS DhoniAlso Read | MS Dhoni has gone from being a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Have seen Sachin Tendulkar get angry but not MS Dhoni: Ravi ShastriFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Justin LangerFollow MS Dhoni India vs Australia: MS Dhoni is a superstar of the game, says Justin LangerIndia vs Australia, Brief Scores: India (234/3) beat Australia (230) by 7 wickets. Australia coach Justin Langer paid tribute to MS Dhoni as a superstar and an all-time great of the game after the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman produced a master class run-chase in India’s ODI series clinching win in Melbourne.advertisementlast_img read more

Next big step for women’s cricket is IPL: Australia captain Meg Lanning

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 13:38 IST An exhibition women’s T20 was played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai last year (@BCCI Photo)Australia women’s cricket team captain Meg Lanning has said an Indian Premier League (IPL) for women is an exciting prospect and that she would certainly love to be involved in it.Stressing that an IPL is the next big thing for women’s cricket, Lanning said the response they had received during last year’s exhibition match for women at the IPL has got them looking forward to more such matches.Lanning’s comments come days after a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official suggested that the apex body of Indian cricket is planning to host more exhibition T20 matches for women this year during the playoffs of the IPL.Lanning was part of the one-off match that was played between Supernovas and Trailblazers at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai last year. The T20 match had a 2pm start and failed to attract a lot of fans to the stadium. Nonetheless, the tie featured several women’s cricket stars like Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Lanning, Ellyse Perry and Suzie Bates and went down to the wire.”It was a lot of fun. We only, obviously, played the one game last time. I am not too sure what the set up would be this time if there was one but, from the response we got last time, everyone is keen to do it,” Lanning told The Sydney Morning Herald.”I would certainly love to be involved in something like that. The next big step for women’s cricket is if an IPL could get up – it’s certainly an exciting prospect.”advertisementUnlike last year, there may be more than two teams for the series of women’s exhibition matches. On the other hand, the BCCI is also looking at hosting a best-of-three series with just two teams in the fray. Moreover, the matches are being scheduled to be held at 7 pm to grab “maximum eyeballs”.”We are waiting for the Election Commission of India to announce the full schedule of the general elections and once that happens, we will finalise the schedule for the women’s games. A 7 PM start on days when the IPL games are not held makes more sense than staging them in the afternoon when not many people are likely to turn up again,” the BCCI official said.”Logistically and even considering the players’ pool we have, the best of three games between two teams seem a lot more doable than forming three teams. The quality of the competition can’t be compromised and that is one of the reasons why a women’s IPL can’t be organised at the moment,” the official added.Also Read | Best thing for Kohli is that he has Dhoni as wicketkeeper: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | MS Dhoni hopes India’s new ODI jersey becomes a part of lot of World CupsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India women’s cricketFollow Women’s IPLFollow Meg LanningFollow IPL 2019 Next big step for women’s cricket is IPL: Australia captain Meg LanningMeg Lanning was part of the Indian Premier League women’s exhibition match that was held last year. Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana led the two teams at the Wankhede Stadiumadvertisementlast_img read more

Grange Pledges Support to Jamaica Federation of Musicians and Affiliates Union

first_imgThe Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, says she is “happy the Jamaica Federation of Musicians and Affiliates Union has been resuscitated.”“I’m happy the union is back on track. Government can now assist the Union to ensure that the industry is properly organised,” Minister Grange said.The Minister’s comments were made during a recent meeting with Karen Smith, President of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians and Affiliates Union and other members of the executive.The Union resumed operations in June 2017 after being dormant for many years. Its aims and objectives are the promotion of live music, the improvement of musical talent, working conditions, establishing and maintaining uniform and fair prices for musicians and artistes’ services as well as protecting the interests of all its affiliatesMinister Grange also pointed out that the Ministry will partner with the union to build capacity and assist in getting training for its members. The entertainment registry and an insurance plan for the industry were also among the matters discussed.“I think the future looks well since there is now a structured approach to developing the industry, to protecting the creative industries, particularly in the area of music, and to ensuring that we are able to harness whatever revenue we can to assist the economic growth of the country,” the Minister said.Miss Smith said she was pleased to have met with the Minister and looks forward to working with the Ministry.last_img read more

Hong Kong Court Jails Lamma Disaster Captains

first_imgzoom The Hong Kong Court’s Justice Brian Keith sentenced Lai Sai-ming, the captain of the Sea Smooth ferry, to eight years in prison on the charges of manslaughter and endangering the safety of others at sea in the 2012 collision with Lamma IV ferry that killed 39 people, the South China Morning Post reports.Chow Chi-wai, the captain of the Lamma IV, was sentenced to nine months in prison after the jury found him guilty of endangering the safety of others at sea. He was cleared of the manslaughter charges.The prosecution team initially charged the two seamen with gross negligence, saying that they failed to keep a proper lookout, or take effective collision avoidance maneuvers.Both defense and prosecution teams said that they have yet to decide whether to appeal the rulings.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Commission Settles with

first_imgN.S. SECURITIES COMMISSION–Commission Settles withNorthumberland Wind Field Inc. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has settled a case with Northumberland Wind Field Inc., which admitted to violating Nova Scotia securities laws and acting contrary to the public interest. Northumberland Wind Field Inc., is a community economic development corporation. It issued its offering document in 2007, and described itself as an active business. Instead, the company invested money raised through its share offering in the shares of other wind fields, operating as a blind pool. In doing so, Northumberland failed to fulfill the requirements of sections 20 and 22 of the Community Economic Development Corporations Regulations. Under the order and settlement agreement, Northumberland will pay an administrative penalty of $4,000 to the commission and $1,000 in investigation and proceedings costs. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order and settlement agreement, visit the website at .last_img read more

Cable giants step up piracy battle by interrogating Montreal software developer and

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Canadian cable companies have ratcheted up their war on piracy by launching a new legal battle. The effort has already seen Bell, Rogers and Quebecor’s Videotron search a Montreal software developer’s home and interrogate him for more than nine hours.“The whole experience was horrifying,” says Adam Lackman, founder of TVAddons and defendant in a copyright infringement lawsuit launched by the television giants. “It felt like the kind of thing you would have expected to have happened in the Soviet Union.”Telecoms and content creators Bell, Rogers and Videotron began their piracy battle last year by filing a lawsuit against Canadian dealers who sell “free TV” Android boxes — devices that can be used to stream pirated content. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Now the companies are also targeting Lackman and TVAddons  — a library of hundreds of apps known as add-ons. Once downloaded on the Android box or a computer with added software, some of the add-ons — such as Exodus and 1Channel — allow people easy access to pirated movies, TV shows and even live television. Adam Lackman of Montreal is the defendant in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by cable companies Bell, Rogers and Videotron. (Adam Lackman) Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Pokémon Go craze catches on even in Internetchallenged Iqaluit

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsPokémon Go has taken the world by storm — even in some places you might not suspect.Nunavut has missed out on many online trends, because expensive bandwidth and slow download speeds make online gaming difficult.But Pokémon Go is a hit in Iqaluit, and our Iqaluit team was out there throwing Pokéballs with the other trainers.last_img

Ottawa studies risk of pathogen transfers to wild sockeye from fish farms

first_imgVICTORIA – New research released by the federal government says there are minimal risks of farmed Atlantic salmon from British Columbia’s Discovery Islands transferring a deadly viral disease to wild sockeye making their way to the Fraser River.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said Wednesday the findings are the first in a series of investigations to assess the risk of pathogen transfer associated with aquaculture activities to wild fish in the islands, which are near Campbell River on Vancouver Island.The department said management practices on fish health at the B.C. farms, including a vaccine that is 95 per cent effective, minimizes the risk.“This full detailed risk assessment is the first robust analysis that has ever been completed for examining population level effects of fish pathogen transfer from farmed fish to wild fish,” said Jay Parsons, the department’s director of aquaculture.The research was released as part of a science advisory report on Infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus, a disease that affects fish and trout raised in fresh and salt water.Parsons said the department will conduct risk assessments on nine other diseases known to impact farmed salmon.The risk assessments are part of the work it is doing to address recommendations in an October 2012 commission of inquiry report into the decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River.Justice Bruce Cohen made recommendations for improving the future sustainability of the fishery including placing a freeze on net-pen salmon farms in the Discovery Islands until September 2020.Cohen also said the Fisheries Department should prohibit farms in the area completely if it concludes the operations pose more than a minimal risk to Fraser River sockeye.The B.C. government announced Wednesday it will review fish processing plants to ensure waste materials from the operations do not affect wild salmon stocks.Jeremy Dunn of the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association said the industry welcomes both government reviews and will co-operate fully.The area around the Broughton Archipelago off northern Vancouver Island has been the site of ongoing protests at Atlantic salmon farms this year by Indigenous people who say they fear the loss of wild salmon populations.last_img read more

UN agency launches environmental photo contest in Africa

19 June 2009The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with Olympus Corporation and the Agence France-Presse (AFP) Foundation, launched an environmental photo contest today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, inviting works that profile ordinary people working to reduce the effects of climate change. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with Olympus Corporation and the Agence France-Presse (AFP) Foundation, launched an environmental photo contest today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, inviting works that profile ordinary people working to reduce the effects of climate change.The contest, “Picture This: Caring for the Earth,” is open to photographers residing in Africa and is accepting single photos or photo essays that highlight stories that show the people of the continent as stewards of their natural environment, UNDP said in a news release. Special attention will be given to photos that illustrate the role of women in protecting the environment. The contest is inspired by the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December, which will witness a gathering of 15,000 officials from 200 countries.“The developing world stands to lose the most from the effects of climate change and environmental degradation. Local communities also see what is happening to the natural resources and environment on which they depend for their health, livelihoods and survival,” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said at the contest launch. Protecting the environment and working to mitigate the effects of climate change lie at the heart of the mandate of the UNDP, which says that effects of climate change are already evident in Africa in the increasing occurrence of drought and desertification, and in the rise in crop failures and health risks associated with temperature changes.Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai is one of five judges who will choose the winning photos. The other four judges are professional photojournalists, including Peter Magubane, one of South Africa’s most internationally-acclaimed photographers. The deadline for entries, in both the amateur and professional categories, is 31 August 2009.Olympus will provide digital cameras to the winners. The AFP Foundation will sponsor one winner from the professional categories to participate in a two-week working fellowship with an AFP news bureau in Africa. The first-prize winners in all categories will be flown to an awards ceremony and launch of an exhibition of the winning entries in New York in October. The exhibition of winning photos will then travel to Tokyo and Johannesburg. read more

SpinMedia buys Vibe magazine and related websites could mean onlineonly future

by Sarah Skidmore, The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2013 4:54 pm MDT SpinMedia has bought Vibe in a deal that could mean the end of the print edition of the famed hip-hop culture magazine.Vibe magazine was founded in 1993 by legendary producer Quincy Jones. The company has changed hands several times and, like many publications, has turned its focus to its online business as the popularity of print has faded among consumers.Under the terms of the deal, digital media company SpinMedia will acquire, and the print rights to Vibe magazine. Financial terms were not disclosed.SpinMedia, previously known as Buzzmedia, owns a number of pop culture brands such as SPIN, Celebuzz, The Frisky and Buzznet. The company did not say in a news release if it would close Vibe’s print publication, but indicated that its focus would be on building Vibe’s digital business.Vibe could follow the path of another landmark music magazine, SPIN, which Buzzmedia acquired last year. The company subsequently halted print production, opting instead for an online-only presence.Julie Walker, a spokeswoman for SpinMedia, said the details surrounding Vibe magazine are still being worked out.Vibe Media CEO Ari Horowitz said in a statement that the company made huge strides developing Vibe as a digital and mobile property over the past year, having doubled its online traffic.“Joining with SpinMedia will enable Vibe to continue to evolve and grow as a vibrant digital media brand,” he said.Vibe was shut down abruptly in 2009 due to a drop in advertising revenue amid an industry slump that killed many magazines. It was later revived by private equity investors. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SpinMedia buys Vibe magazine and related websites; could mean online-only future read more

Nick Sabans Alabama Has Reached A New Stratosphere

Year Range LSU2003201223.92 201232.5Notre DameIndep.28.559.4W Opponent 201539.7ClemsonACC32.566.5W SeasonAlabama EloTeamConf.Elo RatingAlabama Win%Result In the case of overlapping stretches for the same school, only the best 10-year period was used. Championships include split and vacated titles.Source: CFB at Includes both College Football Playoff and Bowl Championship Series title games. Ohio State2008201723.41 It was just another night in the national championship game for Saban and the Tide. Since he took over Alabama’s program in 2007, Saban’s team has played for the national title six times, winning five. That’s an 83 percent success rate in a set of games where, according to our Elo ratings, we’d have expected Alabama to win only 57 percent of the time. It’s not outside the realm of something that could happen with good fortune in addition to unmatched talent2A simple t-test gives a p-value of 0.19. — but it’s getting there. 201734.6GeorgiaSEC34.450.5W SchoolFromToAvg. Elo RatingChampionships Nebraska1992200125.43 College football’s best 10-year dynasties, according to EloBest Elo ratings for a program in a 10-season span, 1988-2017 2009+34.9TexasBig 12+28.863.8%W Florida State1991200027.42 For most of Monday night’s College Football Playoff championship game, a fifth Alabama title in nine years seemed unlikely. Georgia went into the game as the Crimson Tide’s mirror image and spent the first half outplaying Bama at its own game. Alabama trailed by 13 points after two quarters for its second-largest halftime deficit of the entire Nick Saban era.1It trailed by 14 against Oklahoma en route to losing the 2014 Sugar Bowl. Its 10-point deficit through three quarters was its fourth-biggest. (The Tide hadn’t overcome either margin in the past.) Alabama was suddenly relying on a freshman QB (Tua Tagovailoa) who’d barely thrown 50 career passes. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Georgia had an 88.6 percent chance of winning with under four minutes to play.And yet, as (almost) always seems to be the case, Saban’s Alabama squad found a way to win on the game’s greatest stage. With Tagovailoa under center rather than the run-first Jalen Hurts, the Tide threw their way back into the ballgame. It was risky and unconventional, but Saban’s quarterback switch changed the outcome of the game. Even after gifting Georgia new life with Andy Pappanastos’s missed field goal as regulation expired, Alabama bounced back in overtime to send roughly 50,000 Georgia fans home from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in a state of agony and disbelief with this walk-off bomb from Tagovailoa to DeVonta Smith: Alabama usually wins on the championship stagePregame Elo ratings and win probabilities for Alabama in national championship game appearances under Nick Saban (2007-2017) Saban, of course, also tied Bear Bryant for the most championships won by a college football coach. It seems like history gets made every time we watch this Crimson Tide team play for the title, whether they win or lose.Although it’s of little consolation right now, Georgia gave Alabama one of the best championship-game fights it’s gotten during the Saban era. It took only two seasons for ex-Tide assistant Kirby Smart to build his Bulldogs up in Alabama’s image — and nearly upset his former team in the process. UGA will doubtless be a rival for Alabama in the seasons to come.But this season belonged to the Tide in the end, like so many recent seasons have. Ironically, this was not always assured — in addition to spending much of the title game itself in doubt, Alabama had to worry about making the playoff in the first place after failing to qualify for the SEC title game. Yet the final result was one of the surest of sure things in sports today — Alabama being the last team standing when the college football season ends. Oklahoma2008201723.50 Such incredible big-game success has been the cornerstone of the greatest dynasty college football has seen in its modern era. Over the decade from 2008 to 2017, Saban’s Alabama teams have posted an average end-of-season rating of +33.0 per year. (Meaning they ended each season 33 points per game better than the typical FBS team, on average.) Go back to the 1988 season — the first year we can calculate Elo — and no other team is especially close to that mark over a 10-year period. What Saban has done towers even over the accomplishments of other great historical coaches such as Bobby Bowden and Tom Osborne: Florida1992200124.81 Alabama20082017+33.05 USC2002201125.72 Tennessee1992200122.91 Texas2000200922.61 201129.4LSUSEC38.928.9W 201642.2ClemsonACC30.775.0L read more

Royal Ascotwinning jockey forced to retire at 25 with PTSD

first_imgMr Chaloner said: “Injuries heal. I think mentally it takes a lot to get over.”Dr Jerry Hill, Chief Medical Adviser to the British Horseracing Authority, said: “Incidences of PTSD in horseracing are rare – only two cases during my time at the BHA that have led to retirement.“However, horseracing carries a risk for its participants at all times and it is possible, or even likely, that there may have been more underlying cases of this disorder which has affected participants but they may have been unaware or reluctant to come forward to speak about their issues.“British horseracing and the BHA takes its responsibility to its people extremely seriously. Alongside Racing Welfare and the Professional Jockey Association, the BHA are signatories to the Mental Health Charter for sport and recently appointed the mental health charity Mind as an advisory body to assist the sport achieving its commitments to the Charter. Through Racing Welfare the sport has its own dedicated charity supporting its workforce, with a particular focus on mental wellbeing.”Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at mental health charity Mind, said that PTSD can occur either after a single event of a series of traumas and the symptoms can sometimes emerge years later.  George Chaloner in hospital after his fall A Royal Ascot-winning jockey has told how he had to retire at the age of 25 after suffering post traumatic stress disorder following a heavy fall. George Chaloner had just returned from injury when his horse Woodacre fractured a leg and he was thrown to the ground. Just millimetres from paralysis, he broke a vertebrae and his foot. He now suffers flashbacks and says that he will never ride again. Mr Chaloner cannot remember getting on the horse or riding the race, saying: “All I remember is horses going over the top of me and then waking up in hospital.””Being in hospital laid on my back in a brace I just thought someone was trying to tell me something. It stopped my career, it stopped the only thing I ever knew. “Being told I was half a centimetre from being paralysed – it was a big shock.” George Chaloner on Stamp Hill in 2016  Paul Struthers, Chief Executive of The Professional Jockeys Association (PJA), said that he was only aware of one other case of a jockey suffering with PTSD. “George’s case was dreadful. He had a very bad fall and spent a lot of time and hard work on his rehabilitation and then on his very first ride back from that injury he had this other awful fall,” Mr Struthers said.”I do think that this is rare for jockeys. The historic term of ‘your bottle is gone’ is very different to PTSD, which is a very specific condition which prompts a physical response, but there may have been people in the past whose ‘bottle had gone’ who may have been suffering with PTSD.”Though falls are “part and parcel” of racing for flat racers they only occur on avers once every 250 rides. With a lot of “very hard work” and support from the Jockey Education and Training Scheme (JETS), Mr Chaloner has now found himself a new job on the management team of Pontefract Racecourse. According to a survey released yesterday by the Professional Players’ Federation (PPF), more than half of former professional sportspeople have had concerns about their mental or emotional well being since retiring.  George Chaloner in hospital after his fall He said: “Symptoms of PTSD can include vivid flashbacks, nightmares, lack of sleep and feeling emotionally cut-off. “Athletes experience a unique set of pressures in their jobs; from getting past the finish line, to winning trophies, to facing media scrutiny and meeting the high expectations of adoring fans. Approaching retirement is a difficult time for many sportspeople, including jockeys, who have often spent their entire lives being defined by their sport. So coming to terms with life after a career in sport can be particularly challenging.“Mind has seen an increase in sportspeople publically revealing their own battles with mental health problems including; depression, PTSD and self-harm.“It doesn’t matter who you are, whether you’re a jockey, a taxi driver, new mum or student, everyone should all be able to access timely mental health support when they need it. If you think you might be experiencing a mental health problem seeking help is one of the most important things you can do. If someone has been living with distressing symptoms for over a month after a traumatic event, they should see their GP, who can refer you for specialist help.“Speak to a friend or family member or go to your GP, who can talk you through the support that’s available or call the Mind Infoline on 0300 123 3393 for more information.”center_img Whilst commonly associated with soldiers PTSD can affect anyone who experiences a trauma, with NHS research suggesting that it is around one in 20 people.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Chaloner, who won a race at Royal Ascot then the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle in just one week in 2014, had gotten back in the saddle for the race in Newcastle in February last year after three months of rehab from a fall in Wolverhampton. He told the BBC: “It started when I was in hospital in Newcastle. I’d be falling asleep and then all of a sudden I just remember falling off the horse, hitting the deck and waking up.  “It would just be like a flashback of literally you would be on the horse for like two seconds before its head disappearing and you’d be flat out on your back and waking up in hospital.”People used to say to me when they used to visit  that it would be like I had been for a run and I was out of breath and then suddenly I’d be wide awake and wouldn’t know where I was.”It continued for just six months, and eventually Mr Chaloner was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is rare in his sport. At first he could not even watch anyone else racing, particularly his partner Shelley Birkett, who also rides on the flat. Mr Chaloner, who hails from a well known racing family, said: “I never planned for a second career. I have ended up having to retire at 25. I have a plate in my ankle, both feet have got metal work in, my shoulder has got metal work in, I have 27 screws in me all together – if they weighed me in I would be worth a fortune I would say.”I realised that I wasn’t going to ride again, I got told that I wasn’t going to ride again. It was a big shock because I always though I would be a jockey and I’d be doing that for as long as I could. ” George Chaloner on Stamp Hill in 2016 Credit:Rex/Shutterstocklast_img read more

Cornwalls World Heritage extends an arm down under

first_imgFollowing the successful bid to grant World Heritage Site (WHS) status to the mining landscape of both Cornwall and West Devon in England, the team behind the project is now building links with Cornish Mining communities across the world. This week sees international mining heritage heritage consultant Barry Gamble, from that southwest region of England, travelling to South Australia on behalf of the Cornish Mining WHS Office to provide professional guidance at a conference that could result in key Australian sites seeking World Heritage status as part of an international ‘Cornish Mining Frontiers’ initiative. The Cornish Mining landscape was given World Heritage status in recognition of the area’s globally-important role in technological innovation, industrialisation and cultural development. Cornish miners were behind projects to prise some of the first diamonds out of the ground in South Africa and it was Cornish miners who first introduced football to Mexicans when they worked in the silver mines of the Sierra Madres. Given that nearly half of the settlers in South Australia in the 1860s were Cornish miners, Barry Gamble is now heading there to support a community consultation in the areas of Burra and Moonta.Both of these places were strongholds of the global copper mining industry from around the mid-19th century and thanks to the use of Cornish mining expertise and methods, went on to become pivotal precursors to Australia’s multi-billion dollar mineral industry.The Cornish Mining WHS team regards these pioneer mines – which spawned Australia’s earliest industrial towns – as intimately linked with Cornwall’s own mining landscape and the indication is that the Australian government is likely to back a trans-national bid for World Heritage Status. A resident of Plympton and Interim Director at Morwellham Quay, Barry Gamble is part of the original team that presented the Cornish Mining bid to UNESCO, resulting in the successful inscription on the World Heritage List in 2006.“The cultural and historical significance of the Burra and Moonta sites is of truly international significance,” says Gamble. “They were once among tthe world’s greatest copper mines and a large part of that is down to the Cornish. During the 1850s and 1860s these were the largest inland towns in Australia and they flourished thanks to the skills, knowledge and experience of Cornish miners who emigrated there for work. Ironically, it was that competition from overseas that actually contributed substantially to the demise of our native mining industry. Achieving a linked World Heritage Status for these far-off regions would really be the final part of our story so we’re really hoping to take them forward and make sure that this history and these ties are preserved and celebrated.”Deborah Boden, World Heritage Site Co-ordinator, says, “Raising awareness of the pivotal role played by mine workers from Cornwall and West Devon in the development of mining as a global industry is an important part of our role at the World Heritage Site Office. Much of our work is focussed on communicating the fact that the Cornish Mining landscape is an international asset, with significance for people across the world. The impact of Cornish mine workers as an industrial force can still be seen on every continent. The Burra and Moonta areas are perfect examples of this, and we’re working hard to create official links between both the national governments and local communities, so that people can explore this shared heritage and fully understand the importance of how Cornish mining shaped these places.”Adam Paynter, Executive Member for Environment and Heritage at Cornwall County Council says, “This is an extremely exciting development and testament to all of the hard work that’s been put in by the World Heritage Site team at Cornwall County Council.  Taking our Cornish mining heritage to the international audience in this way elevates its importance in the world’s mining heritage more than ever before.”last_img read more