SRI Lanka has ordered a criminal probe into allegations that the 2011 cricket World Cup final was “sold” to India, officials said Monday.“A criminal investigation has begun,” K.D.S. Ruwanchandra, the secretary to the sports ministry, told AFP.“It is handled by the (police) independent Special Investigation Unit on sports-related offences.”Former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claimed earlier this month that Sri Lanka sold the match to ensure an Indian victory.“I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved,” Aluthgamage said.The island nation’s 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has also cast doubt on the result and previously called for an investigation.Local media reports said former skipper and chief selector for the 2011 finals, Aravinda de Silva, had been summoned for an interview with investigators yesterday.After starting strongly, Sri Lanka lost the final at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium by six wickets.Sri Lanka batted first and scored 274-6 off 50 overs. They appeared in a commanding position when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar was out for 18.But India turned the game dramatically, thanks in part to poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka, who were led by Kumar Sangakkara.Sangakkara had said Aluthgamage should share his allegations with the global governing body the International Cricket Council (ICC).International cricket in Sri Lanka has previously been linked to corruption allegations, including claims of match-fixing ahead of a 2018 Test against England.Earlier this month, Sri Lankan cricket board said the ICC was investigating three unnamed ex-players over corruption claims.Match-fixing was made a criminal offence in November. Offenders face fines of up to 100 million rupees ($555 000) and up to 10 years’ jail.
August 12, 2020
Jacksonville officials say they are not giving up and it is “absolutely a rescue mission,” as the search for two missing firefighters continues Tuesday.Brian McCluney, a Jacksonville, Fla., firefighter, and Justin Walker, a member of the Fairfax, Va., fire department, were last seen on Friday launching a 22-foot fishing boat at Port Canaveral, near the Kennedy Space Center, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Sunday.Since Friday, search crews have covered more than 24,000 miles by boats and planes with more than 130 volunteers.As of now, more than 130 volunteers have joined the search.A tackle bag found Monday is the only sign of them that has surfaced since they disappeared.BREAKING: Missing firefighter’s tackle bag found 50 miles off St Augustine coast “I wholeheartedly believe this is a breadcrumb they threw overboard to say we are here” Hear from friends and family at 5/6 @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/u13yKODLyF— Jamarlo Phillips (@JamarloANjax) August 19, 2019 The wife of one of the men says the clue was left behind deliberately sparking hope that the pair are alive and will return home safely.Click here for live updates.
August 12, 2020
New England Patriots star Tom Brady is slamming the media for suggesting he’s trying to mock the team’s owner Robert Kraft.Earlier this year, Kraft pleaded not guilty to charges he solicited prostitution at a Jupiter strip mall spa called Orchids of Asia.That spa bears a striking resemblance to a fictional spa in the new Netflix show “Living with Yourself” where Brady makes a cameo in the first episode.He’s seen walking out of the spa and taking a relaxed breath then asks another customer, “first time?” Brady looks sheepish and says it’s his sixth 6th…a nod to the number of Super Bowls he has won. Brady says the whole thing was shot on green screen and he had no idea what the final cut would look like. He is insisting the joke had nothing to do with the Pats owner.The TV show script was reportedly written before Kraft’s legal issues.
August 12, 2020
Yesterday President Trump tweeted that Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s teeth were “falling out of her mouth” during a press conference days earlier in which she was discussing why bribery was not one of the articles of impeachment filed by House Democrats against the president last week. Here is the clip: Pelosi no briberyTrump tweeted “Because Nancy’s teeth were falling out of her mouth, and she didn’t have time to think!”
August 12, 2020
The massive cloud of Saharan Dust that blanketed the Caribbean earlier this week has mostly moved past South Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico.NASA’s computer forecast model shows that the dust cloud will be over the western and northern Gulf coast on Friday.Luckily for us here in South Florida, the flow around a high-pressure system in the Atlantic has been spreading most of the dust in a loop, so it misses us.Another big batch of dust is on our doorstep, forecast to arrive over the eastern Caribbean islands on Thursday and to continue west. Over the next week or two, that dust will generally spread out over the entire Gulf and Caribbean region, including South Florida.That means no area will have to deal with a dense concentration, although we will have milky skies and extra-colorful sunsets.A positive angle of the Saharan Dust spreading across the tropical Atlantic is that it helps keeps tropical development under control.No systems of concern are expected to develop through the middle of next week or even longer.
August 4, 2020
RED BANK – Red Bank Catholic’s softball team had one of its better hitting performances in its 15-3 rout of Jackson Memorial in a first round Shore Conference Tournament game Saturday.RBC scored in four of the five innings in the game, which was halted in the fifth inning by the Mercy Rule after Brianna Hagan cracked a three-run homer over the left field fence to give RBC a 12 run lead.“As long as we keep playing the way we have recently, we’ll be okay,” said RBC coach Tony Flego. “Since this is a tournament game, it will be down and out if we lose.“We still have a lot to prove,” said Flego. “We had the bats in this game but, to remain successful, our pitching has to be good and our defense must be tight, which we did today.”Taylor Lane, Tess Griswold and winning pitcher Gabby Bram had the big hits in the game.Lane, batting lead-off, collected a single, double and scored four runs while Griswold batted in three runs with a double and two singles. Bram won her ninth game of the year and added a two-run double.The big innings for RBC were the fourth and fifth when it combined for 11 runs.Bram and Griswold both had two-run doubles in the fourth inning when the Caseys scored six runs and sent 10 players to the plate.Allison Savino and Griswold both had RBI hits in the fifth inning before Hagan, as a pinch-hitter, homered to bring an end to the game.“It’s nice to win because it is coming down to the last few games,” said Bram, one of only two seniors on the team. “Now we have to keep winning.”“Our team has come to play every day,” said Flego. “We’re very young with Bram and Brynne Baumann the only seniors. We also have two freshman starters. The rest are juniors and sophomores.”RBC will play Pinelands Friday in a conference quarter-final game.
August 4, 2020
Shaffery thanked the parents for theircandor and asked the community to keepcommunicating. Superintendent Louis Moore said he believes lanyards can be valuable, but from experience he had concerns about getting a buy-in from the students. He wants to make sure the lanyard would “add value” to student life in some way, so the passes are not left behind in the house. By Christina Johnson “Everybody who works for me knows that in an actual incident, you are going to respond,” Shaffery told about 30 people gathered at the school cafeteria for the information session. “You are not going to sit there, you’re not going to wait for backup, you’re not going to wait for several other towns to get here. You’re not going to wait for squat. ’Cause if you do all that, it’s over. It’s done.” The other case, in March, involves a female who Oliva said was involved in a threat that could possibly be credible. He declined to elaborate. A few others, working in larger school districts, advocated for electronic security passes on lanyards for all students for identification purposes. In January, a male RBR student posted an image of a firearm with a caption on social media that was interpreted as a threat by some in the school community. He was charged with creating false public alarm. Shaffery and Smith both like the idea ofstudent lanyards. His head is always “on swivel,” he said, viewing 100 cameras on two closed-circuit monitors, engaging with the students at his alma mater, dialoguing with teachers and faculty on any concerns. Smith is supported by six security hall monitors – one a retired police chief and another a retired state police lieutenant. There are plans for a seventh to join the team. “We have a zero tolerance. Years ago, you would never charge someone for something like that. We charged them. We’re not fooling around, we’re not playing games with student safety.” “Building bonds with students is reallyimportant,” said Smith, 31, who attendedRBR. “That’s how I gain information.” Patrolman Andrew Smith, an armedstudent resource officer (SRO), is on dutyduring school hours. This year at RBR it was students who alerted law enforcement to two incidents that sparked police investigations. Both cases are “still in the judicial process,” said Shaffery, who said he was unable to provide too much information because they involved juveniles. In a free-wheeling question-and-answer session, parents were invited to give feedback to school administrators and police. One brought up concerns about possible weak spots at entrances, which was noted by assistant principal Robert Donohoe. Inside the school there are visible signs of readiness. Blue “Wave” instant lockdown alarms are within reach on walls and on teacher lanyards, windows have been treated with a bullet-resistant coating to slow down an intruder, doors are numbered and hallways are color-coded for easy identification in an emergency. LITTLE SILVER – Police and administrators offered parents a glimpse into Red Bank Regional High School’s security plan Tuesday night, in a talk that revealed a history of preparation and sobering facts about how the school community has been forced to adapt to the nationwide threat of school shootings. RBR is one of the largest schools in the area, with over 1,200 students, 80 faculty members and 125 exit doors. Police Chief Daniel Shaffery said that for more than a decade the Little Silver Police Department has been working with neighboring departments and the county prosecutor’s office to be prepared to react to a trespasser, a bomb threat and other incidents – and fast. “Students in that position cannot come back on campus for any reason,” he said. “I will tell you we have zero tolerance. The two incidents here were reported to SARs, that’s the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security. That gets distributed to law enforcement.” SARs is the New Jersey Suspicious Activity Reporting System. Red Bank Regional High School educates 1200 students from Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury. RBR also includes vocational schools that serve students in and out of district. “It can be difficult, and sometimes it can backfire,” said Moore. “The issue is if you don’t think it through and you get a massive amount of noncompliance it puts you in a situation where you are two steps backwards. That’s why we’ve been very deliberate about it.” Another parent asked if the two students who left the school would be allowed back for any resources, or even testing. The answer is “no,” said Shaffery. School security is also a focus for Detective Sgt. Greg Oliva, who told the parents about some signs that might indicate intent to cause harm. Police want to know if a person is exhibiting suspicious behavior, he said. They want to hear about a new interest in weapons or violent behavior, among other things. Police can use interviews, social media investigations and internet browser history retrieval to gather information, he said. A full-time student resource officer has been assigned to Red Bank Regional High School since 2007, when the Little Silver Police Department, the Borough of Little Silver and the Red Bank Regional Board of Education entered into an agreement. Currently, about 1,200 students are enrolled at the school. Pictured, SRO/Ptl. Andrew Smith. Photo by Christina Johnson “Tonight wasn’t about bringing you in and scaring everybody but rather to get the dialogue going. We really appreciate it,” he said.
October 28, 2019
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery: What I told Smith Rowe after substitution…by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed his words to Emile Smith Rowe after his substitution against Eintracht Frankfurt.The youngster was taken off despite a decent performance in the 3-0 win.And Emery revealed his words to the youngster, and how he believes Smith Rowe can improve in the coming weeks and months.He said to the club’s official website: “With him, we need to do more work with him on the pitch and outside. “Last year, he started well with us and played some matches. After, he left he on loan to Germany and then when he came back he was injured. “He played some matches with the under-23s, so today was big challenge for him. It was a big opportunity but also we needed to protect him. “He worked very well and I was very happy with him. I told him that.”
October 17, 2019
OTTAWA — The federal government has moved forward in Parliament with the ratification of the new North American free-trade agreement as the legislative clock ticks towards a summer adjournment and fall election.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled a Ways and Means motion in the House of Commons Monday afternoon to lay the groundwork for ratifying the new pact.Freeland says the full lifting of the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs on Canadian imports has paved the way for formal approval of the new deal.She says Canada will move forward in tandem with the U.S. in ratifying the deal, as much as that is possible.Freeland says she will meet soon with her cabinet colleagues to update them on plans to table the necessary legislation to ratify the updated continental trade pact that Canada, the U.S. and Mexico signed last November.On Thursday, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence will be in Ottawa, where he is expected to exchange views with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Freeland on the legislative way forward in their two countries.The Canadian Press