The Indian cricket team reached Dublin for a two-match T20I series against Ireland. The matches will be played on June 27 and 29 before Virat Kohli & Co. return to England for a three-match T20I series, a three-match ODI series and a five-match Test series.India had flown out to England over the weekend and got involved in an intense training session. The likes of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, KL Rahul and Kohli looked good and sharp at the nets.India are in Ireland after 11 years. Back in 2007, they had played a one-off ODI in Belfast – the match also happened to be Rohit Sharma’s debut even though he did not get to bat.India are placed third in the team rankings with 123 points, while the leader of squad has so far accumulated 670 points with his batting exploits.Hello Dublin ??#TeamIndia #IREvIND pic.twitter.com/GA8kDzsmWcBCCI (@BCCI) June 26, 2018India have the potential of reaching 127 points by winning their five matches – two against Ireland and three against England. On the other hand, England could go up to 126 points if they beat Australia and then defeat India 3-0.TrainingAn intense training session for #TeamIndia ahead of the two T20Is against Ireland.#IREvIND pic.twitter.com/sRqE0F1P26BCCI (@BCCI) June 26, 2018India or England could reach the top spot if Zimbabwe are able to pull off a couple of upsets in the Tri-Series and depending on other results, Australia and Pakistan could be restricted to below those numbers.advertisementIreland and India have played only one T20I before, in the 2009 World T20. India had won by 15 runs.
84 Teams have nominated from 21 Countries to attend the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup (2015 TWC) to be held in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia.Five nations are set to make their debut at the 2015 TWC – Chile, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the Philippines.The number is currently just shy of the biggest World Cup in history, held in Scotland in 2011.Previous World Cup Numbers at a glance:2015 Touch World Cup – Coffs Harbour, Australia – 29 April to 2 May – 84 teams thus far2011 Touch World Cup – Edinburgh, Scotland – 85 teams2007 Touch World Cup – Stellenbosch, South Africa – 38 teams2003 Touch World Cup – Kumagya, Japan – 27 teams1999 Touch World Cup – Sydney, Australia – 69 teams1997 Touch World Cup (Masters) – Gold Coast, Australia – 26 teams1995 Touch World Cup – Hawaii, USA – 43 teams1991 Touch World Cup – Auckland, New Zealand – 39 teams1988 Touch World Cup – Gold Coast, Australia – 17 teamsNine divisions are due to be contested: Men’s Open – 14 teamsWomen’s Open – 14 Mixed Open – 17 Women’s 27’s – 5 Men’s 30’s – 6 Men’s 35’s – 6 Men’s 40’s – 10 Men’s 50’s – 4 Senior Mixed – 8 Full details are available in the attachment.Related Files2015_fit_touch_world_cup_event_memo_-_3-10-2014-pdfRelated Links84 Teams for 2015 TWC read more
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Aston Villa winger Carles Gil happier with New England Revolutionby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCarles Gil admits he’s enjoying his first season with New England Revolution.Indeed, the midfielder says he’s happier in Boston than he was in Birmingham while with Aston Villa.He told AS: “Above all I am from Valencia. It is very difficult to find such a good place to live. But in the United States I am delighted. Boston is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. “In that sense I am much better than England. There you live differently. Birmingham is a good city, but they have nothing to do with Boston. It’s very cold here, but there are also a few months of heat in which you can go to the pool. That in England did not exist.” read more
kristen dantonio mark dantonio dancingMichigan State head coach Mark Dantonio was understandably excited after Saturday’s last-second victory over Michigan, and in the locker room after the game, he made that clear to his players. In the below video, shot by Dantonio’s daughter Kristen, the Spartans head coach can be seen breaking it down in the center of a player circle.MSU quarterback Connor Cook told reporters after the game that Dantonio pulled out some moves he’d never seen before. Michigan State next gets Indiana at home next Saturday. We’ll see if the Spartans can keep dancing all the way to the Big Ten title game. Hit the Quan dadA video posted by Kristen Dantonio (@k10dantonio) on Oct 17, 2015 at 9:22pm PDT [247 Sports]
Rose Bowl GiftsOne of the more underrated parts of the bowl game experience for coaches and players? The free swag you receive just for showing up. Gifts could include anything from headphones, video game systems, clothes, watches and more.By the looks of these two videos posted by the Rose Bowl on Instagram, Iowa and Stanford players were not disappointed with the options they encountered in the Rose Bowl gift suite. Gift suite time for @hawkeyefootball. #RoseBowlA video posted by Rose Bowl Game (@rosebowlgame) on Dec 21, 2015 at 6:59pm PST @stanfordfball and the #RoseBowl Game gift suite!A video posted by Rose Bowl Game (@rosebowlgame) on Dec 21, 2015 at 6:57pm PST Definitely some quality stuff to choose from. What would you have picked?
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is still in the midst of his satellite camp tour, which means he’s still wearing different throwback jerseys every day. Thursday, Harbaugh is in Orem, Utah, to work the Pride Camp. He’s paying homage to one of the state’s best athletes.Harbaugh is wearing a John Stockton jersey – and of course, he has it tucked into his khakis. Here’s a photo, via the camp [email protected] making @JohnStocktonPG jersey look good here at Pride Camp pic.twitter.com/0TjNE6FHO4— Pride Camps (@pridecamps) June 16, 2016When this is all said and done, we’re going to rank all of the different jerseys Harbaugh’s donned on his tour. The Stockton one will be near the top. read more
OTTAWA – Federal Liberals have shared details about a $100,000 pilot project undertaken for their caucus research bureau by the Canadian data scientist who triggered an international uproar with allegations that Facebook users’ data was inappropriately harvested for political gain.Christopher Wylie came forward in recent days with accusations that a voter-profiling company improperly collected private information from some 50 million Facebook users. The effort helped seal 2016 victories for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in the U.S. and in the U.K.’s Brexit referendum, he said.Wylie has insisted in media interviews that he not only played a key role in developing the data-mining technique, he also helped establish the Cambridge Analytica firm he alleges was behind it.Political parties depend heavily on access to quality data about voters when fine-tuning their pitches, but Wylie has insisted in interviews that the profiling approach he helped create went too far.His allegations have forced policy-makers on both sides of the Atlantic to wrestle with growing public concerns that data collected by Facebook and other social-media companies is being misused to influence elections.After The Canadian Press revealed Wylie was contracted by the Liberals in early 2016, the party released more information Wednesday about the short-lived agreement — and they insist that after seeing a sample of his services, they decided not to move forward.The issue emerged as a dominant theme during question period in the House of Commons, where political rivals repeatedly questioned the government on the contract and the issue of protecting online privacy.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer led off by demanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explain Wylie’s exact role with the Liberal government.“Protecting the personal and privacy information of Canadians should be a top priority for government,” said Scheer, who noted how Wylie had also worked for previous Liberal leaders about a decade ago.“Yet the prime minister has failed to be honest with Canadians about the Liberal party’s relationship with an individual who has exploited the private information of millions of people around the world.”Speaking about the issue in Toronto, Trudeau told reporters that all politicians need to make sure they’re using modern digital tools in a responsible and appropriate way that respects privacy of citizens and provides information so they can make better choices at the ballot box.“That’s something that I’ve actually asked our minister of democratic institutions to lean in on and to develop tools to protect both Canadians and our electoral processes.”Shortly before question period, the Liberals issued a statement saying Wylie’s company, Eunoia Technologies, conducted preliminary work for the caucus research bureau at a cost of $100,000 in a contract done in accordance with House of Commons procurement rules.The statement by the bureau’s managing director, Melissa Cotton, also said Wylie’s firm was contracted for several purposes, such as setting up social-media monitoring tools and the creation of samples of Canadians to help the party better understand the public’s opinions on government policies and other issues of national importance.Earlier this week, The Canadian Press spoke with an acquaintance of Wylie’s who described having drinks with the data expert in Ottawa in November 2015, a few weeks after the federal election.The acquaintance said Wylie talked about his plans to shop his Facebook data-mining techniques in the national capital, including with the Liberals and also in Washington with the Republican party.Wylie described using a Facebook survey as an entry point to collect user data and the pair discussed the ethical concerns surrounding the method, according to the acquaintance.By 2009, during Wylie’s stint working for the Liberal leader’s office, he had already begun to develop strategies on how politicians could capitalize on information collected through social media, another former Liberal insider said earlier this week.At that time, Wylie was pushing a fledgling form of the data-harvesting technique, but the idea was considered too invasive and raised concerns with the Liberals, who decided they didn’t want anything to do with it and chose not to renew his contract, said the insider, who discussed the matter on condition of anonymity.Wylie has not responded to interview requests by The Canadian Press.The federal privacy commissioner has formally launched an investigation to determine whether any personal information of Canadians was affected by the alleged unauthorized access to Facebook user profiles.Facebook Canada released a statement Wednesday saying it was “strongly committed to protecting people’s information” and would answer any questions from the privacy commissioner.Meanwhile, the Trudeau government is asking the Communications Security Establishment and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to take a closer look at the situation to better ensure the privacy rights of Canadians are protected.Brison has said he’d be open to strengthening federal privacy laws even further to better protect those who share their information online.Facebook has denied the data collection involving Cambridge Analytica was a breach, because people gave their consent when they chose to sign up for a personality test via an app on the platform.The social-media giant, however, has faced widespread criticism over revelations about the leak and the fact the company has known about it since 2015, but didn’t disclose it. The issue wasn’t made public until recently.On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted in a post on the platform that his company had “made mistakes.”“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” Zuckerberg said.Cambridge Analytica has denied allegations that it had improperly obtained Facebook data.The company has also insisted Wylie was a contractor, not a founder, as he has claimed. The 28-year-old from British Columbia, left the firm in 2014.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more
TEL AVIV, Israel — A shadowy Israeli billionaire who made his fortune in the insular world of diamonds has suddenly found his empire in jeopardy after close associates were busted in a massive smuggling ring and an employee mysteriously plummeted to her death from his high-rise Tel Aviv office building.Lev Leviev, known in Israel as the “king of diamonds,” has enjoyed close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and has a reputation for generous philanthropy to Jewish causes.But now, Israeli police are demanding that he return from Moscow for questioning on allegations of smuggling, money laundering and tax offences.It’s a stunning downturn for one of Israel’s most well-known tycoons — and a precursor to a wave of Jewish oligarchs from the former Soviet Union who have become power brokers in Israel.Aron Heller, The Associated Press read more
CALGARY, A.B. – Genscape says crude-by-rail shipments from Western Canada staged a minor recovery in March after falling in February to their lowest level in nine months, but oil storage levels remain stubbornly high.The U.S. company, which monitors western Canadian rail terminals handling about 80 per cent of typical volumes, reports average rail loadings in March were 150,000 barrels per day.That’s up about 6,000 bpd from an average of 144,000 bpd in February, but still down from the 281,000 bpd it recorded in January. Genscape senior oil analyst Mike Walls says the recovery came as Imperial Oil Ltd. restarted rail shipments from its Edmonton-area terminal after largely shutting them down in February, blaming market reaction to Alberta’s oil production curtailment program.Walls says Genscape estimates the amount of oil in storage as of March 29 was 35 million barrels, about the same as in early December when the Alberta government announced its curtailment program designed to free up export pipeline space and reduce stored barrels.The March number is about two million barrels lower than peak levels just before the cutbacks officially began in January, he said, and higher than the 33.4 million barrels stored at the end of March 2017.Imperial said it stopped rail shipments because the curtailment program resulted in narrower differences between prices for crude sold in Alberta and in the U.S., and thus impaired the economic case for paying rail fees to win better prices on the U.S. Gulf Coast. read more
Starters from the Ohio State and Purdue women’s volleyball teams greeteach other prior to their match at St. John Arena on Friday, Oct. 27 in Columbus, Ohio.Purdue won the match 3-0. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Lantern ReporterOhio State senior outside hitters Ashley Wenz and Luisa Schirmer led their team with 13 and 10 kills, respectively, en route to the Buckeyes’ 3-0 victory at Rutgers Wednesday night.The Buckeyes are now 14-12 overall and 7-8 in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights drop to 5-22 and 0-15 in conference play.The first set was the closest for the two teams. The Scarlet Knights picked up the lead within the first couple points before tying six times with the Buckeyes. Ohio State quickly regained its momentum with a kill by Wenz and a block by sophomore middle blocker Madison Smeathers and freshman setter Becca Mauer. Although Rutgers trailed closely, the Buckeyes won the set 25-21.Once again the Scarlet Knights took the lead in the second set, but it wasn’t long before the Buckeyes turned it around with two consecutive aces from Schirmer. Ohio State buried 10 kills and registered two blocks in a 25-12 victory.Ohio State dispelled any chance of a comeback with a 7-0 run to open the would-be final set. Although the Scarlet Knights put away eight kills and a block, it was not enough to catch up to the Buckeyes and freshman outside hitter Ayanna Swan, who recorded four kills in Ohio State’s 25-17 third-set win to seal the match.Ohio State’s victory against Rutgers marked the 400th win of head coach Geoff Carlston’s 18-year career. He has been at the helm of the Buckeyes for 10 seasons.The Buckeyes continue their season at 9 p.m. Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa, against Iowa. read more