Brathwaite to continue aggressive approach

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka,CMC – All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite says he will continue to back himself with his new aggressive approach, as he gears up for Sunday’s start of the three-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka.The 27-year-old blasted an astonishing 113 off 58 deliveries as West Indies beat Sri Lanka Cricket President’s XI by 43 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method, in a warm-up one-day game at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday.He added an up tempo 193 for the eighth wicket with Andre Russell who smashed 89 from 54 balls, as they pulled West Indies out of trouble at 109 for seven in the 30th over.Scores: West Indies 318 off 48.4 overs; Sri Lanka President’s XI 103 for three after 21 overs. Thunderstorms ended the game abruptly, with West Indies ahead under Duckworth/Lewis method.”It obviously gives me a lot of confidence. I got a fifty in the preparation match for the Test game. I was a bit annoyed that I didn’t make a bigger score but thankfully today it came off,” Brathwaite said afterward.”It’s just about me taking my same process and same method into the ODIs if selected. One thing myself and Russell spoke a lot about is that the way we play won’t always come off, sometimes you will get out and it will seem like a stupid shot, but we will have days when we can take attacks apart and do what we did today.”The right-hander stroked ten fours and seven sixes – mostly clean shots back overhead – to reiterate the form he displayed in the three-day game at the start of the tour when he belted a top score of 54 from just 46 balls.Russell chimed in with six fours and Brathwaite said that when he came to the crease, his initial plan was just to sit back and allow his Jamaican partner to dominate the bowling.”I decided to give him as much of the strike as possible and basically sit back and watch the ‘Andre Russell show’. But I started to hit a few in the middle of the bat and decided to take it from there,” he explained.”Fortunately, as I got into my groove, everything just flowed and everything just came together as I would have wanted it. I couldn’t have imagined playing that knock when I went out to bat but it just happened and I give thanks to God for giving me the health and strength.”I wasn’t feeling as well as I wanted to this morning and to be able to do that for the team and put them in a good position – in a match winning position – thanks must go to the Father and to Russell for the partnership that we had.”Brathwaite had said earlier in the series that he intended to bring a new dimension to his batting, which included imposing himself on bowlers from the start of his innings, and batting aggressively throughout.And he reiterated that once selected for the upcoming series, he planned to carry the same mind-set into those games.”[Coach Roddy Estwick] always told me that tall guys are supposed to hit the ball straight and it is something that I didn’t really understand until I actually got it done successfully for a while,” he said in reference to his explosive straight hitting.Brathwaite is yet to play a Test and has played only four ODIs and two T20Is for the Windies.last_img read more

Russell puts practice into play with swift KO

first_imgWray and Nephew Middleweight Contender 2015 champion, Kemahl Russell, ended a three-month overseas training stint in fine style last Saturday night, when he knocked out his Mexican opponent Hector Nava at one minute and 35 seconds of the first round. The fight, which was scheduled for six rounds, took place in Mexico. Russell has been training in Brooklyn, New York, for the past three months at the world famous Gleason’s Gym, under the guidance of renowned trainer Hector Roca, who has several world champions in his camp. Among them is Jamaica’s Alicia Ashley, who recently regained her World Boxing Council super bantamweight title, with a points victory over Christina McMahon. Russell, who now has an 8-0 record, told The Gleaner that he went into the fight very confident and set about putting into action some of what he had learnt from Roca. He said: “I started throwing punches to the body the way that Hector taught me and I was pleasantly surprised how effective I was. I really learnt a lot from him.” Nava, who had three fights going into Saturday’s contest, tried to be aggressive at the start, but was quickly put on the defensive and as the round neared the end, two hooks to the body, a right then a left, put him down. He managed to get up, but was hurt and grimacing in pain. He took the full count bent over. Russell said he would have liked the fight to have gone on a bit longer, so that he could try out some of the other things he had learnt, but was happy to get the victory. “Next year is going to be a very important one for me and this is just the start of what I hope will be great things,” he added. He returns to Jamaica next week.last_img read more

LBDI Nets US$220M in Assets

first_imgThe Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) has celebrated its 49th Anniversary in Monrovia paying tributes to several staff, both senior and middle levels, for their dedication and long-term services to the Bank. Nine staff including the Bank’s president and chief executive officer (CEO), Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, was awarded honors for 15 years of service for the Bank. Two other staff members including Mr. Clarence W. Bai and Mr. Samuel Gborzoe were honored for 25 years of service and 20 years of service, respectively, while three staff members were honored for 10 years of service to the Bank. The Bank’s Management had ‘a low-key’ ceremony at a local hotel on Monday, November 24 where the CEO announced huge growth in assets from US$159 million in 2013 to an excess US$220 million in 2014. He declared equity position also grew from US$12.5 million in 2013 to over US$27 million in 2014. This growth took place in the face of the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the country which has led the economy slumping from its projected 5.9 percent to (-) 0.4 percent. Ebola being a risk for which the banks hadn’t planned, most of the players in the banking industry say they are sacrificing profitability for liquidity. This is chiefly because the virus outbreak has created off-budget expenses on financial institutions that spend money daily to put anti-Ebola measures into effect.    Mr. Davies attributed the sustenance of the growth to God and to the dedicated staff who he praised for keeping LBDI liquid, sound and vibrant. Davies also attributed the growth to the migration to the international financial reporting standards required by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for all banks to migrate. He paid a special tribute to the staff: “I wonder where LBDI would have been during this crisis without our strong, dynamic and committed staff. We believe that the strategic crossroad we have reached as a financial institution could not have been attainable without you,” he told the staff. Mr. Davies emphasized the gratefulness to the customers for staying with LBDI despite the economic challenge. He also extended special appreciation to the Board of Trustees and the Management for the support and pledged the Bank’s commitment to going forward during difficult and good times. “Our foundation remains stronger than ever before despite the odds and we are prepared to take up the challenge and remain a major player in the industry,” said Mr. Davies amidst thunderous applause. LBDI is one of the top two banks in Liberia and the CEO assures that the Bank will continue to maintain its market share believed to be in the tune of about 40 percent. “We have a network of staff that has performed splendidly despite the low ebb at which the program is being held,” he stated. Also speaking at the ceremony, LBDI Board Chair and Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) Mr. Amara M. Konneh, thanked the employees for holding together and keeping the Bank up during the Ebola crisis. “I stand here today to thank you for holding the Bank together and ensuring that customers get their money during the ongoing Ebola crisis,” said Chairman Konneh. “Had John not been the CEO of LBDI….probably I would have been…,” Konneh stated. “Our challenge is to continue to remain focus knowing very well that the Ebola crisis is not finished yet.” The Liberian Finance Minister noted that it is about time for government to spend responsibly and close all of the loopholes. Mr. Konneh reiterated his message that the government will increase spending in the agriculture and other sectors to deal with the Ebola outbreak and singled out LBDI as one of the banks that most of the funds will be channeled through. “LBDI will be a major vehicle for government funding to the agriculture and other sectors and this, in our minds, will help us to regain the 5 percentage point growth projection that we have lost to the Ebola crisis,” the LBDI Board Chair added. Minister Konneh explained how the financial soundness of the banking industry has given hope as Minister of Finance during the Ebola crisis and reiterated his thanks and appreciation to the honorees the services they’re rendering to the Liberian people through the Bank. The rest of the honorees that have served the Bank for 15 years are: William Jackson, Olivia Davies, Kou Giddings, Eugene McClain, Fatu Effiong, Onike Bedell, Reginald Goll and Aaron Kollie.Those who received honors for 10 years of service are: Doretha Yarsiah, Frances Williams and Akwenah Nyeamene.Speaking on behalf of the honorees, LBDI’s vice president for Buchanan Branch, Mr. Clarence W. Bai, thanked the Management for the recognition and pledged the honorees’ commitment to remain dedicated to the Bank and serve the Liberian people through LBDI.“I must be very frank…serving a bank like LBDI for 25 years is not easy,” said Mr. Bai as he commended the Bank’s Management for celebrating the 49th Anniversary of LBDI.He also appealed to the Management to conduct regular training for its entire staff including the vice presidents at branches. Mr. Bai also called for salary increment for staff noting that it would further motivate employees to go the extra miles in serving and protecting the Bank.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies hit the road for date with Sexsmith

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies hit the road for a tilt with the Sexsmith Vipers tonight.The Huskies are coming off a 4-2 victory over the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks on Wednesday. As the team embarks on a three-game road trip over the next two weeks.“We need to continue to play sound defensively and a full 60 minutes on the road,” said goaltender Jonathan Bateman. “If we want to be great we have to found ways to success away from home.”- Advertisement -Tonight’s game gets underway at 8:00 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgScenery like this awaits you this SundayIT has to be amongst the most spectacular settings for a primary school in the whole country.And this Sunday Glendowan National School is inviting you to take part in its annual 5k walk and run….around beautiful Gartan.All funds raised will go directly to the school. Children can take part for free; and it’s €8 for adults, with refreshments served afterwards.Registration is in McClaffertys from 10am – and the walk/run kicks off at 11am. LARGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR SPECTACULAR GLENDOWAN 5K was last modified: January 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5k runCharity eventGlendowan National SchoolMcClaffertysWALKlast_img read more

QPR ‘aim to beat Everton and Sunderland to Rovers star’

first_imgQPR boss Mark Hughes plans to pip Cardiff City to the signing of Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy, the South Wales Echo believe.Cardiff are keen to take the Wales international back to the club where he had a loan spell, but it is suggested that Hughes is also interested in signing him.Linked with move for Bellamy.Hughes’ imminent signing of Park Ji-sung from Manchester United is among the headlines, with the Daily Mail suggesting Rangers have offered £5m for the Korean.Related West London Sport story: Korean star Park set to join QPR from UnitedQPR hope to beat off competition from Everton and Sunderland to capture winger Junior Hoilett from Blackburn, the Daily Mirror say.Former Rovers boss Hughes has been interested in signing Hoilett for some time.And it is claimed that he has offered more money than Everton, who are also keen on the Canadian.Hoilett is out-of-contract and plans to leave Ewood Park this summer. At 22, he is too young to move on a Bosman free transfer, so Blackburn will be due compensation unless they accept an offer.Sunderland and German club Borussia Monchengladbach are also said to be interested.Meanwhile, Wigan supremo Dave Whelan has warned Chelsea he will not cut his £10m asking price for Victor Moses, the Mail report.Chelsea are expected to bid about £7m with add-ons over the weekend. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Snowball Earth Theory Not Set in Stone

first_img(Visited 664 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Give an idea a name, and it can assume a reality in the imagination, even if there’s no evidence for it.Tae Hamm, writing for Glacier Hub, asks, “Was the Earth ever frozen solid?” Hamm, a student in climate science at Columbia University, reveals that a popular theory for the early earth before the explosion of multicellular life is a subject of debate among old-earth evolutionists. The usual story goes, “many scientists are coming up with hypotheses about a global ice age during the Cryogenian, a geologic period that lasted from 720 to 635 million years ago.” But did it really happen? A version of her article was posted May 4 by Columbia’s Earth Institute.  Where did the idea come from?NASA cartoon of “Snowball Earth” as featured in Tae Hamm’s articleRecent research on glacial refugia has been heating up the debate about this ice age, brewing a contention over the extent to which the glaciation covered the Earth. Two main hypotheses are on the table: “Snowball Earth” theory, which argues that ice covered the entire Earth, and “Slushball Earth” hypothesis, where the band of the sea near the equator stayed open, allowing the hydrologic cycle—the evaporation and precipitation of water— to persist.The term Snowball Earth was first coined by Joe Kirschvink, a geobiologist at CalTech in the late 1980s. The theory was based on the early observation that glacial deposits from this time were widely distributed on nearly every continent, with some geologic evidence even suggesting glaciation at tropical latitudes.Kirschvink believed he had theoretical support from two positive-feedback effects that would have accelerated and sustained the frozen earth. What he didn’t consider, though, was a negative feedback loop that would have counteracted the lowering temperatures. Critics of the Snowball Earth hypothesis also point to “glacial refugia,” places where life continued to flourish. Hamm writes,Replica of the article’s use of an AOI image.The debate of hard versus slushy Snowball Earth becomes more enigmatic at the end of the Cryogenic period and start of Cambrian, when the so-called “Cambrian explosion” of animal life occurs. The Cambrian explosion refers to a short interval during which many multicellular animals in diverse forms appeared on the surface of the Earth. Critics of Snowball Earth argue that such a dramatic increase in biodiversity within a short period of time would not have been able to happen in a hard Snowball Earth scenario, as many organisms prior to the explosion would have gone extinct. The supporters of Snowball Earth, on the other hand, argue that the biodiversity is simply the result of the robust micro-organisms that survived the Snowball Earth, evolving in size as well as anatomical complexity through time.The article takes no final position, but relies on futureware. Better climate models are needed, he says, and more study of organisms to figure out what happened. Either way, “Neither of these hypotheses is set in stone, but rather are part of an ongoing debate that requires much clarification.” Hamm does not clarify how short the Cambrian Explosion was. At best, all the major animal phyla appeared in 40 million years. More realistically, the main pulse of the diversification occurred in 5 million Darwin Years, with many new phyla appearing suddenly without any ancestors at all.Update 5/08/18: Shortly after this article went to press, Astrobiology Magazine posted another theory to explain Snowball Earth (which it assumes really occurred). The secret: plate tectonics.In the new study, Stern and Miller provide new insights by suggesting that the onset of plate tectonics likely initiated the changes on Earth’s surface that led to Snowball Earth. They argue that plate tectonics is the event that can explain 22 theories that other scientists have advanced as triggers of the Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth.Two things seem odd about this notion coming out of two universities in Texas. One is that 22 theories were required to explain what could be fake history, a figment of scientists’ need to make things old. The other is their frank admission that “Earth is the only body in our solar system known to currently have plate tectonics.…” Doesn’t that make the Earth stand out as exceptional? It also means that they have no other world to compare to Earth, to see whether or not the onset of plate tectonics triggers a snowball world. In science, explanations for one-off events—untestable and unobservable—should be treated with skepticism.Few readers may notice that Tae Hamm borrowed the illustation “Explosion of Life” (shown above) from a creationist website, Alpha Omega Institute. It was lifted from a blog post, where Brian Mariani at AOI was showing both sides of Cambrian Explosion issue, first the naturalistic/evolutionary perspective (where the illustration was posted on 03 Dec 2003), and then the creationist answer (06 Dec 2003). The poster is apparently from an exhibit at the Denver Museum. Hamm credits the illustration with a link to AOI’s Discover Creation website, suggesting that Hamm (or the editor at GlacierHub) went hunting for an illustration of the Cambrian Explosion, found this one, and reprinted it without necessarily reading or agreeing with Mariani’s article. Interestingly, this image was omitted on Columbia University’s 04 May 2018 reprint of Hamm’s article the following week, suggesting that editors at Columbia noticed this and did not want to give publicity to creationists. It was also omitted on‘s reprint. This is just speculation, but seems reasonable, given Darwinians’ policy of ignoring creationists when not lambasting them. We hope Tae Hamm did not get ousted from his degree program at Columbia for this ‘snafu’.The important thing is that the Snowball Earth hypothesis, as he said, is not “set in stone.” Behind the stories told to the public are often vigorous debates hidden behind the scenes, as if the cooks in the kitchen have a knock-down, drag-out fight before serving their steaming dish of pottage with a big smile to the customers. “Snowball Earth” is a made-up phrase, like “Late Heavy Bombardment” or “Cryogenic Period,” that reifies a particular interpretation of the evidence, and conjures up visions of cartoon realities. Cartoon illustrations are models of figments in scientists’ imaginations about the unobservable past, not realities. Evidence for an Ice Age are strong, creationists agree, but when it occurred, and for how long, are matters of interpretation of the same evidence available to all. Creationists find suitable causes for a single ice age in the Flood, during which warm oceans from the fountains of the great deep (Genesis 7:11) would have led to massive amounts of precipitation; indeed, you can’t get low-latitude glaciation from a cold ocean. Creationists also explain the retreat of the glaciers after the Flood, because the climate oscillated back as the oceans cooled again after the heavy snowfall, reaching equilibrium. Evolutionary geophysicists cannot explain how a frozen Earth could ever recover. The reflective ice over a cold ocean would have lowered Earth temperatures further, locking it into a permanent snowball condition.More ridiculous is the evolutionary notion that the end of a Precambrian ice age (whether Snowball or Slushball version) led to an “Explosion of Life!” as the poster teachers. Are visitors to the Denver Museum told this? Are they encouraged to hear both sides of the debate? Are they encouraged to read Stephen Meyer’s book Darwin’s Doubt? Does the museum loop the film Darwin’s Dilemma next to the poster? That will be the day. The curators at the museum probably don’t even quote Darwinians who find the Cambrian Explosion to be a huge, unanswered challenge, because Darwinism must be presented to the public as fact, about which scientists are all in perfect agreement.One can only hope that viewers of this poster will think for themselves, “How could such an amazing diversity of body plans arise in a geological instant?” or “How could a rise in oxygen, or melting glaciers, create complex specified body plans like these?” Darwin envisioned slow, gradual accumulation of beneficial variations by natural selection. This poster shows the fossil reality. All these animal body plans, with articulating limbs, guts, eyes and behaviors, appear at the base of the Cambrian suddenly without ancestors. That’s creation, not evolution.Denver Museum poster of the Cambrian Explosionlast_img read more

Narsingh banned for four years; ousted from Olympics

first_imgFile photo of wrestler Narsingh Yadav Published on × WFI backs Narsingh, says it’s a conspiracy August 19, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL null In a stunning reversal of fortunes, Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav was ousted from the Olympics and slapped with a four-year ban for flunking a dope test after Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) overturned the clean chit given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had appealed against the NADA all-clear to Narsingh at CAS, three days ahead of his scheduled opening bout at the Olympics.WADA arguement“…the parties were informed that the application was upheld, that Narsingh Yadav was sanctioned with a four-year ineligibility period starting today and that any period of provisional suspension or ineligibility effectively served by the athlete before the entry into force of this award shall be credited against the total period of ineligibility to be served,” CAS said in a statement after the hearing, which lasted four hours last night.“Furthermore, all competitive results obtained by Narsingh Yadav from and including 25 June 2016 shall be disqualified, with all resulting consequences (including forfeiture of medals, points and prizes). The CAS Panel did not accept the argument of the athlete that he was the victim of sabotage and noted that there was no evidence that he bore no fault, nor that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional. Therefore, the standard 4-year period of ineligibility was imposed by the Panel,” it added.The verdict marked a painful end to the sordid controversy which began with the wrestler failing a June 25 test.The 27-year-old’s name had appeared in the official Olympic schedule after he underwent the mandatory weigh-in. He was to take on France’s Zelimkhan Khadjiev in the qualification round but the CAS verdict has dashed all his hopes.The embattled 74kg category grappler has maintained all along that his scandalous dope test was a result of conspiracy by rivals who spiked his food or drinks.“WADA filed an urgent application before the CAS ad hoc Division to challenge the decision of NADA India to exonerate Narsingh Yadav following two positive anti-doping tests with methandienone on 25 June and 5 July 2016. The athlete asserted that he was the victim of sabotage (food/drink tampering) by another person. WADA requested that a 4-year period of ineligibility be imposed on the athlete,” the CAS further noted.Road to RioHaving grabbed the quota by virtue of his World Championships bronze in Las Vegas last year, Narsingh’s road to Rio was fraught with obstacles after he was named to represent India ahead of double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar.Sushil dragged Narsingh to the Delhi High Court and a bitter courtroom tussle followed but the judgement went in latter’s favour.There was more drama in store for the Asian Games bronze-medallist after he returned positive for a banned steroid following a dope test in June by the NADA.Narsingh’s roommate at the SAI centre in Sonipat also tested positive for the same substance but WFI backed the Mumbai-based wrestler’s claims of a foul-play.Days before the Olympics, Narsingh was cleared of doping charges by the NADA who said the wrestler was indeed a victim of ‘sabotage’ and deserved the benefit of doubt.However, his hopes were dealt a massive blow when WADA challenged the NADA’s decision and moved the CAS amid speculation that the wrestler may face a ban up to four years.Sandeep Tomar (57kg) is the other Indian wrestler in action tomorrow and has been drawn to face Russia’s Viktor Lebedev in the pre-quarterfinal. Court of Arbitration for Sports overturned the clean chit given to the wrestler by the NADA Narsingh devastated at CAS verdict, says will prove innocence Narsingh Yadav cleared of doping chargescenter_img Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger Narsingh ‘became unconscious’ after hearing CAS verdict File photo of wrestler Narsingh Yadav COMMENT RELATED RIO OLYMPICSFreestyle wrestler Narsingh Yadav fails dope test SHARE sport COMMENTSlast_img read more

Liverpool trio train as injury fears eased

first_imgLiverpool have received a potential boost ahead of Saturday’s visit to Huddersfield Town as Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and James Milner all featured in training on Thursday.The trio were part of the Reds mounting injury worries that began when Milner came off with a hamstring injury against Manchester City and grew increasingly concerning for the club during the international break.Salah limped out of Egypt’s first game of the international break against Swaziland  with a thigh injury, followed by  Van Dijk’s withdrawl from the Netherlands camp to nurse a rib injury after opening the scoring in the Oranje’s 3-0 Nations League win over Germany. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! More bad news followed as Naby Keita suffered a hamstring injury while featuring for Guinea  while it was confirmed  Sadio Mane underwent surgery for a broken thumb sustained while training with Senegal.The spate of injuries threatened to leave Liverpool shorthanded for their clash against the Terriers, but the Reds can be buoyed by some good news in training.The club released photos of Van Dijk, Salah and Milner taking part in Thursday’s session , indicating they are on the right path.Van Dijk had been tipped to play by Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman , and there had been reports of Salah’s fitness improving, though Milner was seen as more of a doubt ahead of the clash.Mane and Keita did not appear in the photos, with the Reds waiting on the results of a scan on the latter before making any decision on his inclusion in Jurgen Klopp’s squad at the John Smith’s Stadium.😁😁Lovren x Salah — Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 18, 2018 Liverpool may receive another boost in the form of Adam Lallana, who has featured for just three minutes in the Premier League season after suffering a groin injury in September.Klopp confirmed the midfielder is in contention for the matchday squad though he did admit the club still wishes to be careful with Lallana as he works his way back to full fitness.“Yes, of course,” Klopp told the club’s official website when asked if Lallana could be part of the squad for Huddersfield.“Now it’s getting a bit difficult with judging how fit he is really. But training looks tremendous; he obviously enjoys playing football. It’s easy to enjoy watching [him].“We will see what we do. Nobody, not even he, knows how long he can [play] and stuff like that. We still want to be careful – not too careful but, of course, careful [so] that we reach the point where we don’t have to think about it anymore.“A few things happened in the past that are already over, that’s good. But we cannot forget it completely or ignore it. But he is 100 per cent back and looks really good in training.”Liverpool will no doubt be grateful for any extra depth they can muster with three games upcoming in seven days.The trip to Huddersfield is followed by Wednesday’s clash with Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League before a home date with Cardiff City on October 28 as they look to end a four-match winless run. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Champions Trophy 2017: Australia ‘comfortable’ with London security

first_imgThe Australian cricket board said it was comfortable with the level of security provided to their Champions Trophy team following Saturday night’s attack in London that killed seven people.Australia face Bangladesh in a crucial Group A match on Monday at The Oval, just a few miles south of London Bridge, where assailants drove a van into pedestrians at high speed before stabbing revellers.”The team, support staff and travelling contingent have been accounted for,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson said.”Our security team is working closely with the ICC and (Local Organising Committee) to ensure the safety and security of our players and support staff is paramount.”At this stage we are comfortable with the level of security being provided to us and will continue to monitor the situation.”The International Cricket Council (ICC) issued a statement later on Sunday, saying safety and security of the Champions Trophy and the women’s World Cup, beginning on June 24 in Derby, was “the highest priority”.”Following last night’s incident all team hotels went into lockdown and teams, match officials and staff were all quickly accounted for,” the global governing body said.”We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels.”Security was heightened for Sunday’s India v Pakistan match at Edgbaston in Birmingham with both teams observing a minute of silence before play.”The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe,” it added.advertisementSri Lanka Cricket took to Twitter to assure fans that their team, who lost to South Africa at The Oval on Saturday night, was safe.South Africa, who arrived last month for a three-month tour of England, said their players were “uneasy” following the May 22 night blast at a pop concert in Manchester.last_img read more