Olympiakos beat Panionios to extend record ATHENS, Greece (AP): Olympiakos continued their perfect start in the Greek league by beating Panionios 3-1 away yesterday, extending their record run of consecutive wins to 16. Alejandro Dominguez, Felipe Pardo and Brown Ideye all scored in the second half for Olympiakos. Spyros Risvanis scored a short-lived equaliser for Panionios. Czech Republic beat Hewitt, Australia team BRISBANE, Australia (AP): Lleyton Hewitt lost just weeks away from his retirement as Czech Republic beat the Australia Gold team at the Hopman Cup mixed-teams event yesterday. Jiri Vesely defeated Hewitt, who will retire after the Australian Open, 6-3, 6-7 (1) 6-4, before Karolina Pliskova came from 3-1 down in the second set to beat Jarmila Wolfe Gajdosova 7-5, 6-3 at Perth, Western Australia. The Czech team won the later mixed doubles 6-2, 7-5 to sweep the match 3-0. Sub Simons hits brace in 7-1 rout LONDON (CMC): Bermudian teenager Rai Simons struck twice as Chesterfield won their first English League One match since late October by crushing fellow strugglers Shrewsbury Town 7-1 at the Proact Stadium on Saturday. Striker Simons, who turns 20 in nine days’ time, came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute with his side 3-1 up and got on the scoresheet a minute later when he punished some poor defending to notch his fourth goal of the season with a right-footed shot from 18 yards. Simons added to his tally when he struck again in the 88th minute after Shrewsbury had been reduced to 10 men when Junior Brown was sent off in the 81st minute for two yellow cards.
The Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday received survey supplies worth an estimated $30 million from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to commence the country’s latest round of the Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey, this April.This was highlighted by UNICEF’s Country Representative to Guyana and Suriname, Sylvie Fouet, at the official handing over ceremony held at the Bureau of Statistics boardroom.Fouet explained that this programme aims to collect and compile data on the situation of children and women, to be used for nationwide decision-making. Fouet also noted the use of new modules, while going paperless.From left: UNICEF’s Country Representative to Guyana and Suriname, Sylvie Fouet, handing the survey supplies to Deputy Chief Statistician, Ian Manifold (DPI photo)“Guyana is ahead of the curb in the Region – they did in Suriname and Costa Rica, but they did not use the full module – so, Guyana is top three in the Region to embark on this type of survey this new methodology and going digital,” the UNICEF Country representative is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.According to Fouet, three-week capacity building exercises will commence at the end of March and 21 teams will be launched simultaneously across the country to conduct the survey.Deputy Chief Statistician Ian Manifold expressed his gratitude to the UNICEF for providing the necessary tools to conduct the survey, noting that going digital will accelerate the institution’s progress. He explained that during the last census, it was highlighted that the process needed to be conducted in a timely manner.“We would like our public to understand the collection of the mixed data is very beneficial to the development of Guyana. It is going to speak to how we develop policies and how we push our development… so, I would really like the general public to continue to give us their cooperation over the years,” Manifold said.He disclosed that officers will be properly attired so that persons can easily recognise the organisation and the nature of their business.Currently, the Bureau is also conducting the continuous labor force and household budget and living conditions surveys.This international survey is conducted every five years.
Chase’s take took a similar bent: “Gangsters are out there taking their kids to college and putting food on their family’s tables. “Hell, let’s face it, if this world was run by gangsters …” He paused. “Well, probably not.” “The Sopranos” also won trophies for Chase’s scripting and Alan Taylor’s direction. The cast also received a standing ovation midceremony during a tribute to the series featuring the cast of the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys.” The Emmy censors got a run for their money when Ray Romano, Katherine Heigl and Field sent them scrambling for their bleeping buttons. By David Kronke TELEVISION WRITER “The Sopranos” went out on a triumphant note, garroting the competition to win its second Outstanding Drama Series Emmy at the 59th annual Emmy Awards Sunday evening at the Shrine Auditorium. In accepting the prize, series creator David Chase riffed off of Sally Field’s acceptance speech earlier in the evening. Field paid tribute to mothers, before taking on a political and profane edge. The Fox network censored Field’s acceptance speech, cutting her off after she declared, “If mothers ran the world …” Romano joked about his former “Everybody Loves Raymond” wife, Patricia Heaton, “screwing” her new “Back to You” co-star Kelsey Grammer, which prompted Fox to black out the show for a few seconds. Heigl mouthed an expletive after winning for her role on “Grey’s Anatomy.” And Field was bleeped during her acceptance speech for Lead Actress in a Drama. She praised mothers but also let her anti-war sentiments surface. “If mothers ran the world, there would be no goddamn wars in the first place,” Field said. The critically admired but low-rated sitcom “30 Rock” was named Best Comedy Series. Among others, creator/star Tina Fey thanked “our dozens and dozens of viewers.” Fey and her cast and crew probably enjoyed the moment while it lasted, understanding that an Emmy win is no guarantee for better ratings. America Ferrera won the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Comedy for “Ugly Betty.” The show also won an Emmy for Richard Shepard’s direction. The evening’s biggest surprise came in the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, which went to Ricky Gervais for “Extras.” James Spader’s third Emmy win, for Lead Actor in a Drama for “Boston Public,” was also unexpected, as he beat out favorite James Gandolfini of the “The Sopranos.” For the first time, the ceremony was presented in the round, which left a large portion of the audience with lousy views of only the backside of the action. During his acceptance speech, Spader, one of those with a seat behind the presenters, said, “I’ve been to thousands and thousands of concerts in my life and I can tell you these are the worst seats I’ve ever had.” Al Gore added an Emmy to his Best Documentary Oscar, winning a trophy for Creative Achievement in Interactive Television for the cable network he co-founded, Current TV. Katherine Heigl won her first Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for “Grey’s Anatomy.” “My own mother told me I didn’t have a shot in hell of winning tonight,” she quipped. Jaime Pressly won her first Emmy in two tries for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for “My Name is Earl.” Terry O’Quinn won his first Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for “Lost.” Jeremy Piven won his second Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for “Entourage.” “The Office’s” Greg Daniels won the Writing for a Comedy Emmy. AMC’s “Broken Trail” was named Outstanding Miniseries and also took Emmys for Lead Actor and Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, as Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church, respectively, each won a first Emmy. Helen Mirren won her fourth Emmy for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for “Prime Suspect: The Final Act.” “Prime Suspect” also took home trophies for Philip Martin’s direction and Frank Keasy’s script. Judy Davis was named Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for “The Starter Wife.” email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
4 March 2016The first global forum for science on African soil will take place in Dakar, Senegal, from 8 to 10 March 2016, and the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched a global call for support for Africa’s scientific and technological emergence.Its video asks the question: “Can the next Einstein come from Africa?”. It calls on game changers from Africa and around the world to support Africa’s scientific renaissance.Watch the video “Can the next Einstein come from Africa?”:The Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2016, the African global science and technology forum, is convened by the NEF, a global platform that brings together leaders in industry, policy, science, and technology. The first edition of this biennial event will set the stage for a conversation on transforming Africa and the world through a renewed and increased focus on science, technology and innovation.Scientific talentThe NEF is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.“At more than 700 participants from 80 countries already registered, 52% of them young people and 40% women, we are expecting a truly global forum that discusses opportunities, innovations, and solutions,” said Thierry Zomahoun, the NEF chair and president and chief executive of AIMS.“The NEF Global Gathering will unveil Africa’s global contributions to science and technology and as the forum opens on International Women’s Day, we will specifically acknowledge the contributions and address the challenges faced by female scientists.”The NEF Global Gathering 2016 will showcase the innovations and contributions of the NEF’s 15 Fellows – some of Africa’s brightest young scientists who are on the frontline of Africa’s science renaissance. Flying under the radar, these scientists have been tackling some the continent’s most urgent technological and development challenges – from big data and cybersecurity to hypertension, heart disease, immunology and public health.“A great idea can come from anywhere in the world, and there is no doubt that new and novel scientific ideas to solve global health challenges will come from Africa,” said Seema Kumar, the vice-president of innovation, global health and science policy at Johnson & Johnson and a member of the NEF International Steering Committee. Johnson & Johnson is sponsor of the gathering.“The scientific talent in Africa is outstanding with the potential to produce the next Einstein, Pasteur or Madame Curie. The world needs the best science from across the globe to solve the medical challenges of our lifetime like HIV, TB, and other infectious diseases like Ebola and Zika virus, and non-communicable diseases like hypertension and diabetes.”Continent-wide initiativesIn addition, for the first time in history, all 54 African countries will come together to talk science and technology, each represented by NEF ambassadors who will work to raise awareness about science and technology in their countries.With a programme that focuses on advances in basic and applied science and technology as well as an innovation pitching competition, a presidential panel with President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and sessions with ground-breaking scientists and inventors, the NEF Global Gathering 2016 will be live-streamed to a global audience through the Next Einstein Forum.Supporters of science, innovation and technology as drivers of growth in Africa can join the NEF movement by pledging their signature at I Am Einstein.Source: APO-Africa Newsroom
In the few days since Nelson Mandela died, emotional video tributes to the man – from global leaders such as Barack Obama to activists like Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, major media organisations such as the Guardian and New York Times, and very ordinary people – have flooded the internet. We bring you a selection.The Guardian – 9 December 2013The UK newspaper brings together tributes and condolences, framed with rare historical footage, from South African President Jacob Zuma, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, US secretary of state John Kerry, US President Barack Obama, UK prime minister David Cameron, Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi – and ordinary people on the street.Amnesty International – 5 December 2013“Mandela, a human rights legend.” Amnesty International, the independent global human rights watchdog, documents activists across the world explaining their understanding of Nelson Mandela’s gift to the world: a march towards freedom, human dignity, compassion and forgiveness.US President Barack Obama – 5 December 2013Speaking on the day Mandela died – the news came through just as the US was waking up – Barack Obama said Nelson Mandela’s journey from a prisoner to president embodied the promise that human beings, and countries, can change for the better. He asked that the world give thanks for the fact that Mandela lived – a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.The Elders – 6 December 2013The Elders are a group of retired and independent global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela. In this video released the day after Mandela’s death, former US president Jimmy Carter, South Africa’s Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson, and Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India, express their often visible sadness at his passing.Former US president Bill Clinton – 6 December 2013“When you were around him, you wanted to be a bigger person. You knew you could be better than you were.” President Bill Clinton shares memories and reflections in his first interview since the death of his close friend.South African rugby Springboks – 6 December 2013A tribute from South African Rugby, showing the massive impact Nelson Mandela had on the world, South Africa – and rugby. “We will always play for you, Madiba.”BBC News – 5 December 2013“His story is one of the most remarkable of any world leader. Few in history have endured oppression with such little rancour, or overcome the oppressor with such little bloodshed.”The New York Times – 5 December 2013“Mandela’s quest for freedom led from the court of tribal royalty to the liberation underground, to a prison rock quarry and, finally, to the presidential suite of Africa’s wealthiest country.”Musician Peter Gabriel – 6 December 2013“To come out of 27 years in jail and immediately set about building a rainbow nation with your sworn enemy is a unique and extraordinary example of courage and forgiveness. Mandela had seen many of his people beaten, imprisoned and murdered, yet he was still willing to trust the humanity and idealism of those who had been the oppressors. There is no other example of such inspirational leadership in my lifetime.”The Guardian – 6 December 2013“For many he was saint-like. But in fact he was a canny politician.” The UK Guardian newspaper’s video obituary, published the day after Mandela died.Two backpacking US tourists – 6 December 2013Caught unawares and “offline”, as they describe it, on the day after Mandela’s death, two young US backpackers on their way to a tour of Robben Island react emotionally to the news. Slideshow image and video courtesy of News 24. READ MORE • Mandela on Media Club South Africa • Nelson Mandela: the world mourns • Nelson Mandela – a timeline • Barack Obama’s tribute to Mandela • Watch: World reacts to Mandela’s death • Infographic: Mandela family tree • Nelson Mandela’s words of wisdom • The women in Madiba’s life • Tutu leads memorial at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory • High-res photos: In 2010, Nelson Mandela wishes World Cup good luck to Bafana Bafana
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’d really like to have some rain. We’ve been dry for about three weeks. We had a tenth of an inch the last week of July and that’s it. The beans need rain badly right now. The corn is starting to fire up in some places. One of our corn varieties has some southern rust but we are going to take a chance on it and not spray because of how late it is. It is not that bad but you can find it. It could be a 10-bushel loss potentially and if it is really bad it could be 20 bushels. It is not that bad though. We’re just going with it. The rust is much worse in some of the neighboring corn fields. The neighbor has sprayed all of his corn locally because it was much worse there than we found in our corn.I think we’ll be alright on corn. Beans, though, need some rain. The leaves are starting to roll up next to the house in the beans. They still have a good color and they are standing good but they look like they are starting to dry up. It has been three weeks since we’ve had a good measurable rain.We haven’t seen many Japanese beetles and we haven’t seen damage from them yet. Over towards Greenville, though, we heard that the leaves have been covered in some fields but they haven’t been doing much damage yet.It is supposed to rain this coming weekend, but it was supposed to rain this last weekend too and it didn’t. We have been missing the rains and we could definitely use some moisture to help with these beans.
Solar and Energy Efficiency Need to Work TogetherEnergy Efficiency Costs Less Than New GenerationLocation Efficiency Trumps Home Energy EfficiencyUtilities Should Stop Driving With the Brakes OnNYC Mayor Wants a Smaller Carbon FootprintEncouraging Progress on Carbon Reduction RELATED ARTICLES An award-winning programAPPA represents more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, serving more than 49 million people or about 15% of the nation’s electricity consumers. Each year the organization grants awards to utilities that embody the spirit of APPA’s DEED program — a research and demonstration program that supports innovative energy and efficiency activities. The DEED program’s Energy Innovator Award recognizes utility programs that apply creative, energy-efficient techniques or technologies, provide better service to electric customers, or increase the efficiency of utility operations or resource efficiency. “We look at utilities that are going above and beyond to power their communities in efficient and responsible ways,” says Tobias Sellier, director of media relations and communications at APPA. “Fort Collins definitely fit the bill.”This is actually the fourth APPA award for Fort Collins, which has been involved in the association’s DEED program since it began in the early 1980s. The judges for the award are experts from government, academia, and the energy industry, and in the past have included folks such as Michael Dukakis, Amory Lovins, and Buckminster Fuller. One important criterion for the judges is that the program has to be transferable to other utilities.Lessons learned from Fort Collins’ Efficiency Works Neighborhood program are applicable both to utilities that have efficiency programs and want to take the next step, as well as to utilities that are starting from scratch. “What Fort Collins is doing may not seem trailblazing or cutting edge, but it really is,” says Hyland. “The breadth of utilities that can learn from this project is large; it will transfer to hundreds of utilities around the country.” Pushing the envelopeUtilities around the country have efficiency programs; however, Fort Collins wanted to take its project to the next level. “Utilities started doing efficiency programs by implementing the low-hanging fruit. Now that they already have early adopters doing the easy projects, the question is how to take the next step, getting more people involved and getting to deeper savings,” says RMI manager Jacob Corvidae. “Fort Collins is doing that by taking the best practices from efficiency projects around the country and putting them in one streamlined process for their customers. It’s like having all the best flavors of ice cream in one bowl.”Mike Hyland, senior vice president of engineering services at APPA adds, “Utilities around the country have found that energy efficiency programs stall after enrolling the first tier of interested consumers. What Fort Collins did was take a step back to figure out how to remove the barriers keeping the rest of the consumers from joining.”To increase participation in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, the model includes an audit by a third-party home performance expert that results in three package options that are presented in the same site visit: good, better, and best. Utilities selects a qualified contractor to complete the upgrades, which during the pilot could be financed up to 100% on the customer’s monthly bill without increasing the customer’s monthly costs. Successes and lessons learnedThe pilot program ran for a year and half, and was extremely successful, more than tripling the number of customers proceeding with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, with 60% greater carbon savings. Kevin Gertig, Fort Collins Utilities executive director, notes, “The Efficiency Works-Neighborhood pilot represents the culture of results and innovation that we are fostering in Fort Collins to support our community’s energy and climate goals.”The utility learned some valuable lessons from the pilot project; lessons that APPA feels are applicable to other utilities.(1) Simplify the process. Bundling and packaging the information and letting customers know which package option makes the most sense for them were critical to increasing participation. “Just providing rebates and a list of contractors is not going to achieve the kind of results that we as a community have as our goals,” says Phelan. “A more engaged approach is a benefit to us and to the customers. The customers need and want the help.” Corvidae adds, “At RMI we have found that one of the biggest barriers to efficiency upgrades is the very complicated process, which loses people along the way. Fort Collins Utilities streamlined that process for consumers, making it much closer to a one-step process.”(2) Remove the financial barrier. Fort Collins made the efficiency projects economical by financing them up to 100%, and allowing consumers to pay back the money on their electric bills over 20 years. “We are always trying to find innovative ways to get folks involved in energy efficiency,” says Hyland. “When we send out polls, 90% of people respond that they are interested, but when you put a price tag on it, it quickly drops down under a few percent. That’s one of the things this program really did: remove the financial barrier.”(3) Do targeted marketing. Using readily available information, utilities started targeting homes and neighborhoods that had the most potential to participate and to save energy. Starting with that group helped the program gain traction.(4) Work with contractors. Providing a steady stream of work for contractors provided stability, standardized pricing allowed package pricing, and vetting the contractors beforehand and conducting quality assurance provided confidence to the consumers. This helped the program work for everyone simultaneously. Setting ambitious goalsFort Collins Utilities (Utilities) is a municipal utility serving about 63,000 residential customers. In 2009, Utilities set out to improve the quality of home efficiency services available in the community. Through its Efficiency Works-Home program, Utilities created installation standards, a contractor network, and training programs so that homeowners could have confidence in the quality of work being done on their homes. However, Utilities realized that its Ã la carte approach didn’t work for all customers. Like other forward-thinking cities, Fort Collins — a city of 167,500 located in northern Colorado — had a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. However, following a Rocky Mountain Institute e–Lab design charrette, the city decided to see if it could push that goal up by 20 years.Rocky Mountain Institute’s Stepping Up: Benefits and Cost of Accelerating Fort Collins’ Energy and Climate Goals report showed it was possible, and now the city is on its way to eliminating 80% of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and eliminating them entirely by 2050. This impressive target is partly due to a pilot program born from a year-long RMI engagement with the city’s utility to design a new integrated utility services model to get more homes implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy. The successful project is now receiving the Energy Innovator Award from the American Public Power Association (APPA). “Continuing with the same results will not reach Fort Collins’ energy and climate goals; we need to make it vastly simpler for customers to participate,” says John Phelan, resource conservation manager at Fort Collins Utilities. “We had to scale the results and participation in the program without compromising quality.” So with RMI’s help, Utilities set out to increase the number of customers in its renewable energy and efficiency programs, and to create a program that would be a win-win-win for customers, Fort Collins Utilities, and contractors. This led to the Efficiency Works-Neighborhood Pilot. Laurie Guevara-Stone is a writer and editor at the Rocky Mountain Institute. © 2017 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI Outlet.
Neymar #11 of Barcelona heads for the net in the first half against Juventus during the International Champions Cup 2017 on July 22, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPHe has dazzled Rio’s imposing Maracana and Barcelona’s storied Camp Nou, but it’s Guingamp’s humble 17,000-capacity Stade du Rouduorou, tucked away in sleepy Brittany, which on Sunday greets Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer.With the mundanity of transfer paperwork finally resolved, the 25-year-old Brazilian magician will line up for Paris Saint-Germain for the first time since his mind-boggling 222 million euro ($261 million) move from Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “Neymar — the football version,” ran their headline on Saturday in a light-hearted reference to how the most expensive transfer in football history has dominated news despite Neymar not yet having kicked a ball in anger.“A trio of Neymar, Pastore and Angel di Maria will support (striker) Ederson Cavani,” predicted L’Equipe.The match in Guingamp kicks-off at 1900GMT.An hour later, and around 1,200km further south, Barcelona will start their first competitive match without Neymar by facing bitter rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.Barca’s scattergun approach to finding a replacement for Neymar has so far been unsuccessful with bids for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund rebuffed.Gerard Deulofeu was handed Neymar’s role alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez up front in Monday’s 5-0 friendly win over Chapecoense on his return to the club after spells at Everton and AC Milan.And the Spanish international took his chance with a goal and two assists in just 45 minutes on the field.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sore left arm keeps Sharapova out of Cincinnati event Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “He’s physically ready to play the whole ninety minutes,” PSG coach Unai Emery told AFP.“He’s been working well and we looked hard at tactics and free-kicks. We all want him in the starting eleven, he’s a player we need in the group.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEven Guingamp coach Antoine Kombouaré, himself a former PSG boss, wants Neymar to play despite the potential for destruction at the feet of the Brazilian superstar.“I want the fans to come Sunday to see Guingamp win… preferably against a side with Neymar in it. “We could have filled a stadium of 40,000 seats with no problem at all,” said Guingamp president Bertrand Desplat whose club budget is an eighth of what PSG paid for Neymar.“Remember the star of the show is going to be Neymar and for us we want to welcome this very special player and his team in the best conditions possible.”Journalists from far and wide are expected for the game — the ground’s press tribune, built to hold 80 people, has been extended to cater for 350.A total of 145 stewards will be on duty at the ground — 30 more than usual.1,200km away, Barca start new eraMeanwhile, French media speculated over who in the expensively-assembled PSG team will make way for Neymar.Le Parisien suggested it will be Javier Pastore, the Argentine star who was the first major signing after PSG were bought by their ambitious Qatari owners.“After first giving up his No.10 shirt, will he (Pastore) now give him (Neymar) his place in the team?” Le Parisien asked of the player who took up the No.10 shirt after Zlatan Ibrahimovic left for Manchester United last season, only to hand it to the Brazilian this summer.“Neymar will start on the left at the cost of Pastore.”Sports daily L’Equipe saw things differently, though. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “But the people here are not talking about Neymar. The people here support their team.”It will be a major culture shock for Neymar in a town which has a population of just 7,000 and is best known for its annual Breton dance showcase, the Saint Loup Festival which draws visitors from around the world.However, that’s not to say that Guingamp do not have football pedigree.They were French Cup winners in 2009 and 2014 and last season beat PSG 2-1 in the corresponding league fixture, the capital city club’s second defeat in four visits to Guingamp since their hosts were promoted in 2013.Furthermore, former Chelsea and Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba spent a season at the club in 2002/2003.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Guning for their first Grand Slam title, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq fought their hearts out but had to be content with a runners-up trophy at the US Open as the Indo-Pak Express lost the men’s doubles final 6-7(6) 6-7 (3) to Americans top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan in New York on Sunday.Bopanna and Qureshi, 16th seeds, did not look like a team playing their first ever Grand Slam final as they made the world number one pair work hard for points and played enthralling tennis for more than one-and-a-half hours.It was nevertheless a dream run for the two players as for the first time an Indian and a Pakistani player combined to reach the final of a Grand Slam event.They might have failed to win a title but Bopanna and Qureshi were successful in sending the message loud and clear that sport can help dissolve the boundaries and India and Pakistan can watch, play and earn glory together.They wore the t-shirts with slogan — stop war start tennis — to send the message of peace in the two countries, at loggerheads since the partition days.For Bryan brothers, it was their second Grand Slam title of the season and also a revenge victory, having lost the Washington quarter-finals to the Indo-Pak team. For the Bryan brothers, this title was their ninth men’s doubles crown.
Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) is going ahead with preparations for conducting the third and final India-New Zealand Test at its Holkar Stadium in Indore from October 8-12, a top official of the state body said on Tuesday.”We have not received any intimation from the BCCI till now and are going ahead with our preparations,” MPCA’s honorary secretary, Milind Kanmadikar, told PTI from Indore.Doubts had arisen over the conduct of the game after the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R M Lodha Committee had stopped disbursement of large sums of money to the various state units by the Indian cricket board after it decided on this course of action at the emergent working committee meeting here on September 30. (Also read: India-New Zealand series should go on: RM Lodha to India Today)Reacting to the Lodha committee’s instructions to its bankers BCCI president, Anurag Thakur said, “Most state units are unsure how they will be able to host games in this home season. They need to decide whether they can host the games or not, with or without money.”Kanmadikar, to a query, said that MPCA has already spent some money to conduct the game but has not yet asked for reimbursement, which was also subject to some upper limit, from the Board. (Also read: BCCI threatens to cancel India-New Zealand series: Reports)Meanwhile, MPCA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rohit Pandit told reporters in Indore, “We have not received official words from BCCI) yet that the final test between Indian and New Zealand has been stopped.”advertisement”We got information from media reports”, Pandit said to a query regarding the BCCI’s threat.”But cannot act on such reports. We are going ahead as schedule given that BCCI had asked us to shoulder the responsibility”, he added. (Also read: Top 10 takeaways after BCCI threatens to cancel India-New Zealand series)”We are putting extra labour for the match given moist in weather and drizzle since a week”, Pandit added.Hundred staffers have been deputed to cover the ground in case of rain. Besides, we have machinery to dry the field and drain out water from the ground, the MPCA CEO informed.