Elections for seventh and most crucial phase of elections in West Bengal begins

first_imgElections for seventh and most crucial phase of elections in West Bengal in which highest number of Lok Sabha seats (nine) begins.An electorate of 1.49 crore will decide the fate of 111 candidates contesting in nine seats, Kolkata North and Kolkata South in the metropolis, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat in North 24 Parganas and Diamond Harbour, Jaynagar (SC) and Mathurapur (SC) in South 24 Parganas respectively.The Election Commission has deployed 710 companies of central armed police forces for the last phase of elections in the State. These forces will provide 100% static postings at all the 17,058 polling booths. In addition, 461 Quick Response Teams headed by an Assistant. Commandants of central forces will also be in support.Six sitting MPs of Trinamool Congress including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee are in the contest. Other Trinamool candidates are Sudip Bandyopadhyay from Kolkata North Mala Roy from Kolkata South. Mr Bandyopadhyay is facing BJPs Rahul Sinha while Ms. Roy is pitted against Chandra Bose of BJP. In both the seats the CPI(M) has fielded women candidate Nandini Mukherjee from Kolkata South and Kaninika Bose from KolkataThe fate of two actors nominated from Trinamool Nushrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty in contest from Basirhat and Jadavpur respectively will also be decided in this phase. Ms. Jahan is facing Sayantan Bose of the BJP while Ms Chakraborty is facing Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya of the CPI(M).last_img read more

Tests used to ensure ships don’t carry deadly cargo draw sharp criticism

first_imgIn the early 1990s, an epidemic of cholera killed thousands of people in Latin America. The new strain came from Asia, and experts suspected cargo ships of accidentally transporting the pathogen in the water that fills their ballast tanks. In order to prevent such outbreaks, and the spread of invasive species, many nations have agreed to require ships to treat their ballast water starting next year. Installing the treatment systems may cost the shipping industry $70 billion.Now, two scientists are criticizing the tests used to validate the cleaning technologies, saying they don’t ensure that they can kill disease-causing bacteria. “We have this system of testing and certification that in virtually all cases is meaningless,” says Andrew Cohen, a marine biologist and consultant on invasive species in Richmond, California.The critique is rejected by Allegra Cangelosi, president of the Northeast-Midwest Institute in Washington D.C., a nonprofit group that helps test ballast water treatment systems as part of the Great Ships Initiative. She notes the tests do check levels of harmless bacteria, which can suggest how effective the technology might be at killing harmful varieties. 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The treatment systems use a variety of approaches to kill stowaways, including filtration and zapping the water with ultraviolet light. Labs evaluate the systems according to guidelines set by IMO in 2008. To be certified for installation in ships, the systems must remove enough phytoplankton, zooplankton, and three kinds of microbes that indicate human health hazards, including the presence of sewage and cholera. So far, testers have certified about 50 kinds of treatment systems.After the EPA panel concluded its work, Cohen teamed up with fellow panelist Fred Dobbs, a marine microbiologist at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, to take a closer look at the underlying data. The pair tracked down the results of 390 tests conducted between 2003 and 2013. “Looking at the data, I was shocked,” Cohen says. The tests, he says, were too easy. In almost two-thirds of tests, the water that went into the treatment systems already had no detectable target bacteria, such as coliform, Enterococcus, or cholera. So, he says, it was little surprise that many tests found none of the bacteria after treatment was finished. And in some cases, the treatment tanks actually acted like incubators, increasing the number of bacteria rather than killing them. The findings were published online today in Marine Pollution Bulletin.Cangelosi says testing guidelines in the United States are stricter than those of IMO. “With IMO guidelines currently, there may have been testing conditions that were too easy. But I don’t see that problem with U.S. testing.” More broadly, she says that testing for declines of nonpathogenic bacteria can show whether treatment systems work. But Cangelosi concedes that “there is ongoing debate about whether that’s the right way,” pointing to the need to validate the significance of measuring surrogate organisms.Cohen says it’s not advisable to assume that treatment systems that can kill nonharmful microbes also slay more dangerous pathogens. He and Dobbs would like to see IMO require tests to start with water samples that contain levels of harmful microbes comparable to those found in real-world waters with contaminated sewage flows.This past October, the International Chamber of Shipping, a trade association for ship operators, was one of several organizations to call for IMO to tighten its testing guidelines for ballast water treatment equipment. “It is essential that the treatment efficacy is sufficiently challenged to provide a real life operating scenario,” they wrote.IMO declined to comment on the new findings, but noted that its Marine Environment Protection Committee is reviewing the testing guidelines. Experts meet next week and will accept comments until 20 March. A final report will be discussed by the panel in May.last_img read more

IPL 2016: All-round Daredevils thump Knight Riders by 27 runs, move to second spot

first_imgDelhi Daredevils produced a thorough all-round performance to notch up their fourth win, beating Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash here on Saturday. (Scorecard)Delhi recovered from a poor start to post an strong total of 186/8. It was enough as they claimed wickets at regular intervals to bowl out KKR for 159 in 18.3 overs. (Full Coverage|Points Table)It moved Delhi to second in the standings, with eight points from six matches, demoting KKR to third, due to an inferior run rate. KKR have also played a game more. (Photos) Delhi skipper Zaheer Khan (3/21) led the way for a disciplined bowling performance. West Indies’ World T20 hero Carlos Brathwaite (3/47) also chipped in with the ball after hitting a quick-fire 34 while batting. (Also read: Here’s how Delhi Daredevils snatched a win at home) A 106-run fourth wicket partnership between Karun Nair (68) and Sam Billings (54) shaped Delhi’s innings at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium.KKR got into early trouble while chasing, losing skipper Gautam Gambhir and pinch-hitter Piyush Chawla.Gambhir (6) produced a leading edge at cover off Zaheer Khan in the third over. His departure allowed the introduction of Chawla (8), who was pushed up in search of some quick runs.But it flopped as he was also claimed by Zaheer to reduce KKR to 33/2 in five overs.Opener Robin Uthappa (72) carried the team forward but lacked support. Hard-hitter Yusuf Pathan (10) went cheaply to compound their problems.As did Suryakumar Yadav’s (21) brief but eventful stay at the crease. He hit a four and a six to raise hopes but flattered to deceive, caught superbly by a forward-lunging Shreyas Iyer.advertisementUthappa carried the bat through and Andre Russell’s lusty hitting (17) brought KKR closer to the target, needing 51 off 24 balls.Leg-spinner Amit Mishra’s sharp caught and bowled chance of Russell broke KKR’s momentum in the 17th over.It proved to be the pivotal moment of the match as KKR lost two more wickets in the next over, including Uthappa’s, to fall 27 runs short, losing the final five wickets in the 10 balls.Earlier, Delhi recovered from a poor start to blast their way to an imposing 186/7.A timely fourth-wicket partnership between Nair and Billings helped shape Delhi’s innings.Carlos Brathwaite (34) put the finishing touches to an impressive batting performance from the home team.KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to bowl and his decision was given instant gratification by pacer Andre Russell.The West Indian was included in the starting 11 and made prompt impact picking up two wickets in the first over.He began with dismissing Shreyas Iyer leg before wicket for a first-ball duck.And then accounted for Delhi’s batting mainstay Quinton de Kock (1), who mistimed his attempted pull to be caught at square leg.Delhi took some time to recover from the double strike.Sanju Samson and Karun Nair began the consolidation. But it was jolted midway as off-spinner Sunil Narine trapped Samson (15) to peg back Delhi at 32/3 in six overs.Nair (68) held the innings together and kept the scoreboard ticking, pulling Delhi to 70/3 in 10 overs.Middle order batsman Sam Billings (52 off 34 balls) justified his inclusion in the team as he gave company to nair.Their fourth-wicket partnership of 106 runs not only enabled Delhi to recover but put them on a firm footing to finish strongly.Nair brought up a deserved fifty in the 15th over, blasting Narine for three boundaries in the over.Nair finally departed in the in 17th over after hitting nine fours and a six during his 50-ball innings.India pacer Umesh Jadav (3/33) first claimed Nair and then Chris Morris (0) two balls later to jolt Delhi’s charge.Billings was there though and reached his fifty with a huge six off veteran chinaman bowlers Brad Hogg in the 18th over.Brathwaite (34 of 11) ensured a grandstand finish with a flurry of big hits.last_img read more

Ranji Trophy matches in Delhi called-off due to smog cover

first_imgThe smog cover in the capital caused cancellation of the first day’s play in two Ranji Trophy games here with players complaining of irritation in eyes and breathing problems.The matches cancelled were group A league encounter between Bengal and Gujarat at the Feroz Shah Kotla and group C match at Karnail Singh Stadium between Tripura and Hyderabad.While poor light has been a reason for play being called off, it’s a rarity that players from both teams complain of burning eyes and breathing problem even when the light had considerably improved for an hour in the afternoon.The post-Diwali smog, leading to low visibility and poor air quality, led to multiple inspections but health of the players was paramount for the match officials.At Kotla, both Manoj Tiwary and Parthiv Patel went out for toss but match referee P Ranganathan along with umpires Virender Sharma and Krishnamachari Bharathan decided against it.At 4 pm, umpires officially called off after multiple inspections.Bengal coach Sairaj Bahutule said: “The players were complaining that they were having burning sensation in their eyes. It’s bad out there.”In fact Bengal bowling coach Ranadeb Bose was wearing a mask due to toxic air.One of the DDCA officials told PTI: “The players also complained of breathing problems. If you stay out there for an hour, the air that you inhale will cause irreparable damage to the lungs.”The situation in Delhi is so bad that there is prediction of smog continuing and little cricket being played.advertisementlast_img read more

Mercedes-Benz launch GLC ‘Celebration Edition’ in India at Rs 50.86 lakh

first_imgGerman carmaker Mercedes-Benz has launched the ‘Celebration Edition’ GLC SUV in India to commemorate 70 years of Indian Independence. Prices for the new SUV start at Rs 50.86 lakh(Ex-showroom, India).While this is the price for the GLC 220d, the GLC 300 has been priced at Rs 51.25 lakh (Ex-showroom, India). The exclusivity factor of the GLC ‘Celebration Edition’ is the ‘Designo hyacinth red’ paint job.Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said: “We are glad to launch the GLC ‘Celebration Edition’ to commemorate India’s 70th Independence day and also celebrate the SUV’s overwhelming success in the Indian market since its debut, a year ago. The GLC underscores our philosophy of introducing world-class products from our global portfolio, for our discerning Indian customers. The sporty exterior and interior accessories offered in the ‘Celebration Edition’ enhances the car’s striking appearance. We are positive that the ‘Celebration Edition’ will delight the customers who desire to make the best of every ground. With the launch of GLC ‘Celebration Edition’, Mercedes-Benz celebrates its long-standing relationship with the Indian customers.”The GLC ‘Celebration Edition’ SUV will stand out from its regular counterpart due to the LED Logo projector, Exterior mirror housing in high gloss black, Sports pedals, GarminR MAP PILOT, High-sheen chromed trim and Rear trim strip in chrome.The Mercedes-Benz GLC is pitted against the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 in the Indian market.Also Read: Mercedes-AMG GT R sets fastest production car lap at BIClast_img read more

Jets’ Aboushi Suspended 1 Game

first_imgNEW YORK — New York Jets offensive lineman Oday Aboushi was suspended one game without pay by the NFL on Thursday for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.Aboushi, entering his third NFL season, will be eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster on Sept. 14, a day after the team’s regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns. He can participate in all preseason practices and games.“I apologize for my actions and understand the repercussions,” Aboushi said in a statement issued by the team. “This is something I’ve learned from and I’m focused on moving forward.”Jonathan Perzley, Aboushi’s agent, said in a statement released shortly after the suspension was announced that the offensive lineman was pulled over by police during a traffic stop in Morris Plains, New Jersey, on Jan. 10.“During the stop, police recovered a very small amount of marijuana from his vehicle,” the statement said. “Oday accepted responsibility for the traffic infraction and all other charges were dismissed.”It is the latest incident in what has been a tumultuous summer for the Jets and first-year coach Todd Bowles.Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy on July 2, and was charged with resisting arrest 12 days later after a high-speed race in Missouri.Quarterback Geno Smith is sidelined six to 10 weeks after then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali broke his jaw with a punch in the locker room last week.Now, the Jets are dealing with another drug-related suspension. The team was off from practice Aug. 20 as they prepare to face the Atlanta Falcons in a preseason game Aug. 21 at MetLife Stadium.“News like this is never welcome,” Bowles said in a statement. “We will support Oday as we continue with our preparations for the upcoming season.”After doing a solid job while starting 10 games at left guard last season, the 24-year-old Aboushi is in the middle of a crowded depth chart and competing for a roster spot.He was drafted as an offensive tackle in the fifth round out of Virginia in 2013, but the Jets moved him to guard last summer and he made a mostly smooth transition.Aboushi was active for every game during his rookie season, but didn’t play. When a struggling Brian Winters was lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament last October, Aboushi took over at left guard.He had his ups and downs, but the analytical website Pro Football Focus ranked Aboushi as the best left guard in the AFC East.That was under a different regime, though, as Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan took over in January. The Jets sought to upgrade the position this offseason by signing former Seahawks first-rounder James Carpenter to be the starter — and pushing Aboushi into a backup role.“Last year’s out the window,” Aboushi told The Associated Press a few days before the suspension. “It’s kind of just starting fresh and kind of just working your way up the pole again.”Aboushi has spent most of the summer working with the third-team offense, behind Carpenter and Dakota Dozier, a fourth-rounder last year.He’s still listed at No. 3 on the team’s unofficial depth chart, although he ran a bit with the second-team offense during the week leading up to the Aug. 21 preseason game.He also has briefly worked at right guard, taking part in a competition that now appears to have been won by incumbent Willie Colon.“I think it helps that maybe I can kick out to left or right tackle and maybe play guard, either way,” Aboushi said. “I’ve always been told that versatility is always better.”So, Aboushi is now in a deep mix of players competing for backup roles along the line, a group that includes Winters, Dozier, fifth-rounder Jarvis Harrison, Dalton Freeman, Brent Qvale, James Brewer, Ben Ijalana, Wesley Johnson and Charles Brown.“I haven’t been told anything,” Aboushi said. “I’m playing with the reps I’m given and I’m just trying to make the best of them.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ballon d’Or ‘on my mind’, says Griezmann after FIFA snub

first_imgMadrid, Sept 17 (AFP) Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann says he still can’t fathom why he was not voted one of the world’s top three players by FIFA — but hopes winning the “more prestigious” Ballon d’Or will make amends. “It’s a prize from FIFA and it seems a pity that no World Cup winners were nominated,” Griezmann, who helped France to World Cup glory in Russia this summer, told Spanish sports daily AS. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, World Cup finalist Luka Modric of Croatia and Egyptian Mohamed Salah, who enjoyed a stunning campaign with Liverpool last season, were the three players nominated by FIFA for the world ruling body’s top prize. Now grouped within the FIFA Best awards, it will be presented on September 24.For Griezmann, who helped Atletico to Europa League glory as well as playing a pivotal role in France’s World Cup win, FIFA’s choice was unwarranted. “We had a really good World Cup campaign, the whole team deserve to be awarded: (Kylian) Mbappe, (Raphael) Varane, (N’Golo) Kante, who had an amazing World Cup even though no-one talks about it, or even myself. “But that’s the way it is.” The snub has galvanised Griezmann’s ambition to land the Ballon d’Or, the prize awarded by France Football magazine to the world’s top player as voted on by journalists around the globe. “I think the Ballon d’Or has more prestige, a richer history,” said Griezmann. Conceived in 1956, it has been won by Ronaldo and Lionel Messi a record five times apiece. By contrast, the FIFA Best award has been a stand-alone award only since 2016, having spent the 2010-2015 period merged with the Ballon d’Or.advertisement He added: “It’s on my mind and I’ve got three months to give it everything (to win it). We’ll see what happens.” Asked if he felt comfortable “sitting at the same football table” as five-time Ballon d’Or winners Messi and Ronaldo, Griezmann said: “Yes, I think so, although other players would be there as well. “I’m enjoying being at this table, although I know I can do better.”I’m at the summit but I know I can improve, I want to be the most complete player possible.” (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Oxlade-Chamberlain role at Liverpool questioned

first_imgTransfers Oxlade-Chamberlain role at Liverpool questioned by Carragher following £35m move Last updated 2 years ago 01:14 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) HD Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Getty Transfers Liverpool Arsenal Premier League The England international has left Arsenal in search of regular first-team outings in central midfield, but he faces fierce competition at Anfield Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may struggle to get game time at Liverpool in his favoured central midfield role, says Jamie Carragher.The England international completed a £35 million move to Anfield on deadline day, with the decision taken to make a fresh start after six years at Arsenal.Liverpool 14/1 to beat Man City 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The 24-year-old has moved on in hopes of getting more regular minutes in a settled position than he was afforded in north London.Carragher, though, believes that fierce competition for places on Merseyside could lead to further frustration and pose a “problem” to Jurgen Klopp.The former Reds defender told Sky Sports News: “He talks a lot about wanting to play in central midfield, so that will be interesting to see how that one plays out because Liverpool have got five or six really good central midfielders.”I am not sure if Oxlade-Chamberlain would get in that midfield three if everyone is fit. You still have [Philippe] Coutinho and [Adam] Lallana to come back to the players who performed so well at the weekend.”So it remains to be seen how that one will work. He is a good player for the squad at this moment, but central midfield, I am still scratching my head on that one.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool“But with Jurgen Klopp buying him with only 12 months left on his contract, there must certainly be a plan in place for where he is going to play and fit in.“But for me, I am interested to see how that one works out.”Carragher added: “I am sure he would have had conversations with Arsene Wenger about playing in central midfield, but maybe he thought he had better options. And his poor injury record does not help.”But going forward, Liverpool’s midfield three were outstanding against Arsenal, while you also have Coutinho to come back, who was Liverpool’s best player last season, and Lallana, who was also outstanding.”So maybe if he plays as a back-up for when Mane or Salah are out, that makes more sense. But he stated he wants to play in central midfield, so that is Jurgen Klopp’s problem.”Along with the options already on the books at Anfield, Liverpool also have a club-record £48 million deal in place for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, which will be pushed through next summer. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Bosz blasts Dortmund’s defending: That’s not our game!

first_imgBorussia Dortmund ‘That’s not our game!’ – Bosz blasts Dortmund’s defending in Leipzig loss Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 05:29 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Borussia Dortmund - cropped Bongarts Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund v RB Leipzig RB Leipzig Bundesliga The BVB boss and RB Leipzig’s Ralph Hasenhuttl were left in contrasting moods after the visitors won a five-goal thriller Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Bosz slammed the frail defensive display that saw his side suffer a surprise 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig at Signal Iduna Park.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace was not enough to salvage a point for the leaders as their 41-match unbeaten home run in the Bundesliga came to a dramatic end.11/2 for Nicosia and Dortmund to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Both teams were reduced to 10 men before the hour while penalties were awarded at either end, but Leipzig ultimately held their nerve in a pulsating encounter.Having only given up two goals in their previous seven league outings, Bosz was in no doubt over the cause of the hosts’ downfall.”We played too many backwards balls – that is not our game – and we defended badly,” the Dutchman said after the match.”We had a lot of trouble with Leipzig’s pressing, particularly in the first half.”We tried to change that in the second half but then we went 3-1 behind and the red card happened.”Juventus and Borussia Dortmund had both gone 41 games unbeaten at home. Until today! pic.twitter.com/5P4PehnWwJ— Goal (@goal) October 14, 2017 @BVB’s last #Bundesliga home defeat? 04.04.15 – 924 days agoWell played, @RBLeipzig_EN  #BVBRBL pic.twitter.com/HB3RBXMuEr— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) October 14, 2017Victory moved the visitors to within three points of Bosz’s men, who are now only two clear of champions Bayern Munich.Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl attributed his team’s barnstorming performance to their “brave” dedication to attack.”I’m very proud of how we performed. We wanted to put on a spectacle,” Hasenhuttl said at his post-match press conference.”We always believed in ourselves and we really put [Dortmund] under pressure. I said before the game it would be back and forth and that is how it worked out.”In the end we deserved the victory.”last_img read more

AB de Villiers: ‘I felt sorry for the Australians, especially Steve Smith’

first_imgSouth Africa cricket team Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Twitter Share via Email Pinterest Pinterest “English and Australian players are paid well, so it’s not always a must to come over. For the rest it is something you have to fit in. If you’re working in South African rands, it’s nice to get a few dollars in the bank.”Though the exchange rate pulls him in two directions – his IPL deal is reportedly seven times that of his annual retainer with Cricket South Africa – De Villiers stresses he has been well looked after by his country and the supporters back home. The expectation from the latter to play every series can be a struggle, he says, but he recognises a responsibility to them also.That an all-time great found himself so torn by a sport that has gone beyond saturation point should have been a red flag to its administrators. De Villiers does not profess to have all the answers but says internationally, cricket must become “more clinical”. Less is more, he and many others believe, but things will likely not change before his time is up.His allegiance to the IPL will not budge and after the month break that follows it, De Villiers will once again meet CSA to plot a route forward. Next year’s World Cup in England is a huge carrot for a player whose dream of lifting the trophy in 2015 was dashed in the semi-finals by New Zealand.“The main lesson I learned from 2015 is that a World Cup doesn’t define a player’s career. I was broken after that semi and looking for answers. I’d put way too much emphasis on winning a World Cup. So yes, I’d love to be a part of the winning team in 2019 but if it doesn’t work out, so be it.”Since we spoke, the man they call Mr 360 for his array of shots has lit up the IPL. His 90 not out against Dehli had him hailed as “the best in the world” by Virat Kohli before an electric 68 from 30 balls against Chennai had the big screen screaming: “AB DELIVERS.”With his mind clear once more, this South African genius is doing just that. Facebook AB de Villiers hugs Mandeep Singh to celebrate Bangalore’s six-wicket home win against Delhi Daredevils last week. De Villiers scored 90 not out. Photograph: Aijaz Rahi/AP “I felt they got quite personal. Although we had an instance in Durban where one of our players [De Kock] did too … that’s a long story. But overall, I loved the toughness of the cricket played. It’s just the rest that was uncalled for.”Was De Villiers, during the Lyon incident in Durban, aware of what the spinner had done as he slid towards the crease in vain? “I was. It was a big moment for them in that first Test because I was in good form. I got a text from Lyon afterwards apologising and, look, he’s not a nasty guy, so I took no offence. It wasn’t a good look for cricket but personally? It didn’t mean a lot.” Sign up for The Spin, our weekly cricket email. Despite the series being a tinder box from the outset, few could have predicted the final destructive twist when the tourists were caught ball-tampering in the third Test at Cape Town and the sky caved in on Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft. Year bans for the first two, nine months for the latter – has a strip of sandpaper ever wreaked such damage?“It was blown up massively,” says De Villiers of the worldwide response. “Yes it is a serious matter but it was taken to a level where it really hurt them individually and I felt sorry for them. Especially Smith, who stood up thinking he was doing the right thing by his players. The way he was punished was harsh.“Wrong is wrong. Guys try to find a way to get the ball to reverse but you have to stay in the laws. Sandpaper? [he chuckles] Sheesh, I don’t know. I have it in my bag but that’s for cleaning my bat.”Beyond his sympathy for Smith, what comes across is just how much the Australia win meant to De Villiers.The South African summer was his return to Test cricket after a near two-year hiatus caused by injury and then a voluntary, indefinite break. Despite a career that places him among sport’s finest De Villiers faced something of a backlash for the latter.That he was prepared to sacrifice Tests but continue playing in the IPL, where he picks up £1.3m a season with RCB, did not sit well among traditionalists. The time off meant six series missed, including trips to Australia and England, but De Villiers is in no doubt it has prolonged his time in the sport.Would an innings like the one witnessed in Port Elizabeth have been possible without the breather? “Maybe not. Maybe I would have been done. Retired. All I know is when I came back, it was like I was 23 again. It was a dream. That’s how I want to play. You’re not supposed to be going through the motions. Facebook Steve Smith Support The Guardian Australia’s Nathan Lyon drops the ball on AB de Villiers after the South Africa batsman was run out for a duck during the first Test in Durban. Photograph: Themba Hadebe/AP How Australian cricket imploded – a timeline of events in South Africa … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. “It was rough,” says De Villiers, fresh out of hectic midday traffic and into the team hotel. “But it was the best series I have been a part of. There were scandals that weren’t called for but cricket-wise, the way we dominated was, well, I haven’t been part of a team that has done that to them.”De Villiers is right. It was a clash for the ages, with the tourists going 1-0 up in Durban and holding the whip hand in Port Elizabeth until his sublime 126 not out in South Africa’s first-innings reply changed the entire complexion. A first home series win over Australia since readmission followed so it is little wonder he holds his 22nd Test century, made against a rampant attack, a reversing ball and with wickets tumbling at the other end, among his greatest performances.“Sometimes you don’t quite realise what you have achieved until you look back. We were about to collapse like we had in Durban and it was: ‘Here we go again.’ So to get through that and score a special hundred that helped the team to victory was unbelievable. It was one of my best ever.“It’s not often you get into that kind of zone batting either. I just felt so calm at the wicket. It’s so strange, your head just goes quiet sometimes. Days like that don’t come around very often, so you have to enjoy it.” Share on LinkedIncenter_img Twitter Topics interviews Australian ball tampering With its intense travel schedule, high-speed cricket and expectant crowds, the Indian Premier League is an unlikely place to unwind. But for AB de Villiers, among the competition’s master batsmen, it is like an ashram compared with the Test cricket that came before.We are in bustling Mumbai, where De Villiers and Royal Challengers Bangalore have arrived for a match the following night. The intention is to chat about a tournament he describes as “the most powerful in the world” but South Africa’s historic 3-1 win over Australia last month – with its running verbals, disciplinary hearings, ball-tampering and bans – is impossible to ignore. IPL The IPL is a tournament I cannot miss. Financially it is just too good for us as a family Australia cricket team “I had been in a bad place and needed the time away. It’s difficult to explain and probably others wouldn’t understand but everyone’s story is different. Playing for 14 years, having a family, saying goodbye for months – I struggled.“I just wanted to get away from it all. It’s the entertainment business and people push you up on a pedestal like a hero but I just wanted to be with my family and be normal. I needed a few months to enjoy the basics of life.”De Villiers’ candour about his mental state should not be underestimated. South African sport is not renowned for its athletes speaking up about such issues and those close to the batsman talk privately about it in strong terms.And of continuing in the IPL during this time? “I got nailed for that. It was horrible but this is a tournament I cannot miss. I’m not going to sit here and lie to you; financially it is just too good for us as a family. Seven weeks away is not easy and they will come out at some stage. It’s not ideal but it has to be done. AB de Villiers Maybe I would have been done [without a break from Test cricket]. Retired. When I came back it was like I was 23 again. It was a dream Share on Facebook Such clarity in the middle is testament to his enviable talent, not least at an age, 34, when lesser mortals can find themselves grimly grinding out runs. It also sits in contrast to a series that even at 1-1, halfway through, had already witnessed enough drama to cram a boxset.From David Warner’s stairwell fracas with Quinton de Kock – in response to a crude sledge about his wife – to Nathan Lyon throwing the ball on to De Villiers in disrespectful celebration after a run-out, and Kagiso Rabada’s shoulder contact with Steve Smith, the controversies kept coming. Jeff Crowe described the series as the worst he had seen in 14 years as a match referee.De Villiers says: “It was seriously tough cricket but that’s how Tests should be played. There was all this talk about ‘the line’ and you don’t want to get too personal. But letting a player know there is a series on the line and he is about to lose it for his country, that is part of the game. That’s what we did. Australia sport Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Twitter Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

USF Freshman Quarterback Announces Transfer Destination

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonA USF freshman quarterback has taken to Twitter to announce his transfer destination.Bulls’ freshman QB Chris Oladokun, a pro-style prospect, is heading to Samford.The former three-star quarterback recruit announced his decision on Twitter.“Excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Samford University!” he tweeted.Excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Samford University! ? #FunFastPhysical#AllForSAMford pic.twitter.com/F1QNYZQpRD— Chris Oladokun (@1Chrisoladokun0) January 13, 2019The pro-style quarterback was a three-star recruit coming out of high school, choosing USF over Bowling Green, Iowa State and Nebraska, among other programs.The QB played sparingly this past season, throwing for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns.Correction: An earlier version of this post said Oladokun was transferring from UCF. He is transferring from USF.last_img read more

MS Dhoni equals Rohit Sharma record with 17th man-of-the-match award in IPL

first_img 44 0 Mid Wicket 0 All batsmen are considered right handed Square Leg 9 0 Mid Wicket Mid on MS Dhoni equals Rohit Sharma record with 17th man-of-the-match award in IPLIPL 2019: MS Dhoni was named man-of-the-match award for the 17th time in the Indian Premier League. Onlly 1 other Indian has won as many man-of-the-match awards. 40 third Man Point Mid off Mid off vs (16.2) Square Leg Square Leg Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) 0 1 All batsmen are considered right handed – third Man 1 3.6 63/3 ( R. Pant 6.2 Overs) , All batsmen are considered right handed Mid Wicket Mid off covers 100 Mid on 0 commentary covers Chennai CHE 31 view full scorecard c Suresh Raina b Deepak Chahar All batsmen are considered right handed B 3.2 MS Dhoni (CHE) MS Dhoni (CHE) 1 Mid off Series Status: Player Of The Match: MS Dhoni 4 Mid on run out (Shane Watson) 66/4 ( C. Ingram 7.4 Overs) , Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 0 Point fine Leg 1 Rajarshi Gupta ChennaiMay 1, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 23:58 IST MS Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 44 from 22 balls, effected two stumpings and took one catch (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni was named man-of-the-match award for his unbeaten 44 off 22 balls vs Delhi CapitalsMS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma now hold the Indian record for most man-of-the-match awards in IPLThis was also MS Dhoni’s 3rd man-of-the-match award in the 2019 Indian Premier LeagueMS Dhoni won his 17th man-of-the-match award in the Indian Premier League after his unbeaten 44 off 22 balls scripted an 80-run win for Delhi Capitals at the Chepauk on Wednesday.MS Dhoni has now equalled Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma’s record for most man-of-the-match awards by an Indian in the IPL.MS Dhoni did not play against Mumbai Indians when Chennai Super Kings were handed a heavy defeat on Friday. 5 days later, he returned to lead CSK and said he was still weak but the fever had subsided. When Dhoni walked out to bat, he looked anything but weak as he ran hard and hit 4 fours and 3 sixes.#Thala MS Dhoni is the Man of the Match for tonight’s game pic.twitter.com/jime9Dlko4IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 1, 2019Behind the wickets, MS Dhoni was as brilliant as always. He affected 2 stumpings and took 1 catch to oversee a huge win for CSK who returned to the top of the table.MS Dhoni, who has scored 358 runs from 11 matches in the 2019 IPL, has won 3 man-of-the-match awards this season. He had last won 3 man-of-the-match awards in the IPL in 2013 when he scored 461 runs from 18 matches.In 2018, MS Dhoni was on fire and scored 455 runs from 16 matches as Chennai Super Kings won the IPL for the third time.#Anbuden, Ungal Chennai Super Kings! Sealing the final home match in the league stage, with a terrific win! #WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/5h6e6veur5Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 1, 2019MS Dhoni was asked about his quick glovework by the host broadcaster and he said it has all come from tennis ball cricket and the desire to stick to basics.advertisement”I think it’s something that’s come from tennis ball cricket. But you still have to do the basics and graduate to that level. If you want to keep like that you can make mistakes; so I still think basics are most important,” he said.Also Read | MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and CSK spinners hammer Delhi CapitalsAlso Read | Rishabh Pant stops Suresh Raina from taking strike. All in good funFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow CSK vs DCFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Man Of The Match graphs No data available! Mid Wicket (20.0) Mid on Square Leg 19 w Referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM) Umpires: Nitin Menon (IND), Anil Dandekar (IND) and Ian Gould (ENG) view more view less 3 99/10 ( A. Mishra 16.2 Overs) , 0 0 Mid Wicket 80 fine Leg Mid off Suresh Raina (CHE) S. Raina (CHE) Mid on 52/2 ( S. Dhawan 5.3 Overs) , Imran Tahir I. Tahir Square Leg Mid off Chennai 1 Amit Mishra A. Mishra c MS Dhoni b Imran Tahir o 0 Point 0 Mid on c Dwayne Bravo b Imran Tahir third Man covers Point Rishabh Pant (wk) R. Pant (wk) c Dwayne Bravo b Imran Tahir 5 3 3 third Man c Deepak Chahar b Imran Tahir Axar Patel A. Patel c Shane Watson b Imran Tahir 44 (22) third Man Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 50 Square Leg 1 Mid off 84/7 ( C. Morris 11.4 Overs) , Mid Wicket Point Colin Ingram C. Ingram lbw b Ravindra Jadeja 0 179/4 Square Leg 0 0 6 99 0 Sherfane Rutherford S. Rutherford c Deepak Chahar b Imran Tahir 0 Delhi DEL Chennai Bowling CHE Bowling (16.2) covers 166.66 1 c Shane Watson b Imran Tahir 3 92/9 ( J. Suchith 15.2 Overs) , Shikhar Dhawan S. Dhawan b Harbhajan Singh 0 st MS Dhoni b Ravindra Jadeja 4/12 (3.2) third Man fine Leg Toss: DEL elected to field Mid Wicket 99 1center_img 0 Delhi DEL 0 3 2 7 0 covers 0 Square Leg 100 13 Point 50 Chris Morris C. Morris st MS Dhoni b Ravindra Jadeja 1 5 Point 0 6 third Man Shreyas Iyer (c) S. Iyer (c) st MS Dhoni b Ravindra Jadeja 4 Mid on 8 nb fine Leg e/r 146.15 Chennai CHE Prithvi Shaw P. Shaw c Suresh Raina b Deepak Chahar fine Leg 0 covers fine Leg b Harbhajan Singh 1 (20.0) 0 0 Mid on 179/4 1 All batsmen are considered right handed covers Square Leg 0 72.72 third Man Indian Premier League, 2019 fine Leg 32 Mid Wicket 0 Chennai beat Delhi by 80 runs 9 9 S/R Match Ended fine Leg 1 12 lbw b Ravindra Jadeja r All batsmen are considered right handed Top Batsmen Top Batsmen fine Leg Ravindra Jadeja R. Jadeja fine Leg m 141.93 Mid Wicket 3 All batsmen are considered right handed 81/5 ( A. Patel 10.2 Overs) , 18 Fall of Wickets 4/1 ( P. Shaw 0.5 Overs) , 0 Trent Boult T. Boult not out Deepak Chahar D. Chahar covers third Man c MS Dhoni b Imran Tahir 10.66 3/9 (3) All batsmen are considered right handed 83/6 ( S. Rutherford 11 Overs) , All batsmen are considered right handed 6s 20 5 Extras: 0 runs (B: 0, LB: 0, WD: 0, NB: 0, P: 0) wd Point R All batsmen are considered right handed Match Ended Scorecard 1 st MS Dhoni b Ravindra Jadeja 4s third Man Delhi 11 Mid off covers Square Leg Harbhajan Singh H. Singh Point not out 0 Point Mid on Mid Wicket 4 Imran Tahir (CHE) I. Tahir (CHE) 0 59 (37) 4 28 Delhi batting DEL batting 0 Ravindra Jadeja (CHE) R. Jadeja (CHE) Jagadeesha Suchith J. Suchith run out (Shane Watson) Dwayne Bravo D. Bravo 15 covers Mid on 99 Super Over Mid off 0 0 (16.2) Mid off 4 advertisement 85/8 ( S. Iyer 12 Overs) ,last_img read more

REP Pushing Ahead to Provide Electricity for All

first_imgStory Highlights General Manager of the Rural Electrification Programme Limited (REP), Garfield Daley, says the agency is pushing ahead to provide electricity for the remaining three per cent of rural communities islandwide, which do not currently have the service.“This is what we will be doing over the very short to medium term. We will be going full speed ahead to ensure that we complete our mandate,” he assured.The General Manager informed that it is estimated to cost upwards of $7 billion to complete the task.This figure, he informed, “should cover the thrust in terms of traditional pole lines, connection to the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) grid and also the introduction of renewable energy technologies.”The General Manager was speaking to JIS News after a ceremony to turn on lights in the community of Bottom Yard, in Bath, St. Thomas, on July 23.He advised that on completion of the current electrification thrust, an additional 20,000 households are expected to have access to electricity through connection to the national power grid.The REP was incorporated in 1975 with the specific mandate of expanding electricity supply to rural area communities. The entity has successfully wired over 80,000 homes in rural communities, since its inception.These include households St. Thomas, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth, where projects were undertaken over the last six months at a cost of over $12 million. An agency of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, the REP’s operations are funded primarily through government subventions.Having achieved some 97 per cent electricity coverage in rural communities, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, announced during his 2013/14 Budget Debate presentation in Parliament, that the REP will be renamed Jamaica Ener­gy Solutions Limited (JESL), and given a new mandate to develop renewable energy solutions.He indicated that these solutions will, among other things, target the remaining rural households yet to receive electricity.The Minister further said the new entity will also promote energy efficiency and conservation; and provide project management services for the design and implementation of energy solutions for major housing initiatives by agencies of the State, espe­cially where low-income earners are the targeted beneficiaries.Mr. Paulwell also advised in July that as part of this development, Jamaica will partner with Cuba for the transfer of knowledge and technology to facilitate the local manufacture and assembly of cost effective photovoltaic (solar) light panels.This undertaking forms part of the administration’s move towards incorporating renewable alternatives into Jamaica’s energy mix, so as to reduce the country’s huge energy bill.Mr. Daley told JIS News that based on these developments, the REP will be undertaking specific projects “to generate our own revenue,” adding that “we have projections that those revenues can be significant.”“So, those (projected) revenues, along with what normally comes from government,  should provide the resources to enable us to complete these projects (to install electricity in rural communities),” he said. Project estimated to cost upwards of $7 billion to complete the task REP’s operations are funded primarily through government subventions REP pushing ahead to provide electricity for the remaining three per cent of rural communities islandwidelast_img read more

RCMP investigating after train strikes car in fatal incident in Langley BC

first_imgLANGLEY, B.C. — Police say a couple has died after their car was struck by a train in Langley, B.C.Staff Sgt. David Brown with the Langley RCMP says the incident occurred Sunday morning at an intersection that sees frequent train traffic.He says investigators are still trying to figure out how the car ended up on the tracks between two traffic arms that prevent vehicles from approaching when a train is coming.Brown says the vehicle was dragged for “some distance” by a CN train.He says police arrived to find the couple in medical distress.They gave CPR to the couple but they both died at the scene. The Canadian Presslast_img

Meet Vlad Guerrero Jr he already owns baseball in Canada

first_imgSports can be cynical. The hype is almost always greater than the reality. But sometimes a kid comes along with a legendary pedigree, oodles of skill, charisma and a balance of veteran poise, raw talent and….we all forget about the many times we’ve been burned before.This past weekend baseball fans met Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Finally. After a year of wondering when it would happen, the franchise saviour arrived in Toronto. And the extremely forgettable 2019 Blue Jays suddenly have a reason for fans to dream. What is it about this kid, in particular, that made the entire baseball world turn its eyes to a losing team to watch his debut? Where did he come from and why is everyone so damn sure he’s going to succeed?GUEST: Ben Nicholson-Smith, baseball editor, Sportsnet, co-host, At The Letters podcastAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_04302019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

UN agency spotlights plight of pregnant women in Pakistani flood zone

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) warned today that thousands of flood-affected pregnant women face the risk of death and disability unless relief efforts can be scaled up quickly to meet their needs.Nearly 500,000 women in the flood-affected zone are pregnant, according to UNFPA estimates. Every day, some 1,700 go into labour and more than 250 experience complications that call for life-saving medical intervention.Most of those made homeless by the floods still lack access to proper health services, including skilled delivery assistance, according to a press release issued today.UNFPA cited the case of Noor Bano, 32, to illustrate the plight of pregnant women in Pakistan. She was anaemic and exhausted when her labour pains started on Sunday. Her flight from the flood had included a three-hour trek carrying two small children and two days sheltering beneath a bridge without food or water.She ended up in a camp in Sukkur visited regularly by a UNFPA-supported medical team. The team gave Ms. Bano a prenatal exam and left a telephone number. Ms. Bano’s mother-in-law called, and community midwife Farzana Sarki came quickly to help Ms. Bano deliver her sixth baby in the family’s tent.It was Ms. Sarki’s 18th delivery in two weeks. Since early August, UNFPA has deployed obstetricians and midwives in 23 mobile teams and 14 health centres in flood-affected areas. They have attended 1,500 births, treated 300 women after suffering miscarriages, and referred nearly 200 mothers to hospitals for delivery by caesarean section.Shahnaz Seelro, Ms. Bano’s neighbour in the camp, gave birth before reaching the camp – in the trailer of a truck hired to carry her family away from the flood. With no skilled birth attendant, her life would have been at risk had anything gone wrong.Maternal mortality is high in Pakistan in even normal times, according to UNFPA. Some 320 women die for every 100,000 live births, according to UN figures. Trauma, malnutrition and poor hygiene make flood survivors more vulnerable.As part of the coordinated humanitarian response to Pakistan’s emergency, UNFPA is focusing on safe delivery and other reproductive health concerns. It is helping to assess needs for basic services as the floods continue to displace people, and for restoring damaged health centres and hospitals after waters recede.“We urgently need to scale up reproductive health care to the flood victims,” said Naseer Nizamani, UNFPA’s deputy representative in Pakistan. “The number of women who still lack assistance is enormous.”Besides supporting health authorities in flood-affected provinces, UNFPA is conducting reproductive health training and offering critical supplies to local groups providing health care. 7 September 2010The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) warned today that thousands of flood-affected pregnant women face the risk of death and disability unless relief efforts can be scaled up quickly to meet their needs. read more

What was said about top court rulings on digenous consultations

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Wednesday that the National Energy Board can fulfil the Crown’s duty to consult Indigenous communities about development projects but it must be done properly. In decisions on two separate cases, the high court decided the NEB had properly consulted when reviewing a plan to expand an Enbridge pipeline between Ontario and Quebec, but that it had failed to do so when it approved seismic testing in Baffin Bay and Davis Straight.Here’s some of the reaction to the rulings:“I’m thinking about the people in Clyde River today. They can finally breathe a sigh of relief and perhaps even dance a celebratory jig and communities across Baffin island can rest assured that those seismic companies will not blast through their waters, they will not threaten their food sovereignty and steamroll unapologetically over their rights.” — Farrah Khan, arctic campaigner, Greenpeace Canada, which aided Clyde River in its legal battle against the seismic testing.——“It represents a victory not only for this community and its future but a significant and notable step forward in bringing Canadian law into line with important international human rights standards. For far too long now governments in Canada across the country and their regulatory bodies have treated consultation with Indigenous peoples as a mere formality.” — Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada.——“The government cannot continue to pay lip service to reconciliation and Indigenous rights while continuing to ignore the duty to consult and accommodate. It is insulting to see this government refuse, time after time, to walk the walk. They must immediately fix this broken process.” — NDP Indigenous and Northern Affairs Critic Romeo Saganash.——“That will certainly make it much more difficult in the future for the NEB to green light projects like this one, projects that have the potential to prove catastrophic for the Inuit people. Yeah, they can come back again and try again. We’ll be ready and we’ll be waiting.” — Clyde River lawyer Nader Hasan.——“The Chiefs of Ontario will continue to support the Chippewas of the Thames, and all other communities who are facing unwanted potential development on their lands. The fossil fuel industry will disappear over the next several decades, to be replaced by green energy. The real issue here is that we must preserve our lands and waters for future generations. This is the way forward in order to reverse climate change and the continued contamination of our lands, air and water. Our Peoples will continue the fight to save our planet for all our children.” Chiefs of Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day. read more

Ecopassages in dispute

A battle could be brewing over responsibility for the eco-passages and wildlife fencing installed in recent years along the Long Point Causeway.The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation, in partnership with other conservation groups, raised $2.5 million over several years for the installation of the infrastructure along the 3.5-kilometre causeway.The three culverts, nine wildlife tunnels and fencing is credited with reducing reptile mortality on the causeway, which separates the Big Creek Marsh from Long Point Bay.The biosphere foundation is weighing an appeal to the Ministry of the Environment if Norfolk County refuses to accept responsibility.“We have to decide whether we need to take it up with the minister,” Rick Levick, president of the foundation, said Tuesday.“It’s not our preferred option. We don’t want to delay the project. The road is a mess. The bridge is a mess.”Levick and others raised the money for the causeway infrastructure, which was installed in phases, over several years.At the outset, former public works general manager Eric D’Hondt was careful to link responsibility for the care and upkeep of the eco-passages, culvert and fencing to the promoters of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project in any agreement they entered with the county.With the causeway set to be rebuilt, Levick says the time has come for Norfolk to assume responsibility for infrastructure it is about to disturb.Levick says the private-sector entities that raised money for the causeway may’ve saved Norfolk millions of dollars. Levick said the province very easily could have ordered the county to undertake this work itself due to the high mortality rate of turtles, snakes and other species-at-risk due to traffic on the causeway between Port Rowan and Long Point.Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele is sympathetic to these arguments. He has tabled a motion for an upcoming meeting calling on Norfolk to assume responsibility for this infrastructure.Levick’s comments came after a presentation by Henry Huotari, a program director with the environmental consulting firm Parsons in London. Parsons recently completed an environmental assessment regarding the $12-million causeway rebuild.Key findings of the Parsons’ report include:Parsons is discouraging the construction of a four-kilometre multi-use pathway offset from the road allowance on the west side of the causeway. Huotari said this would require a lengthy, complicated negotiation for land with the Canadian Wildlife Service that could delay the causeway rebuild. Parsons estimates that the causeway project will begin in the spring of 2020. The road itself should be rebuilt by late fall of next year. Replacement of the failing bridge over the causeway near George Lane would also begin in 2020 but not be finished until sometime in 2021. Huotari gave assurances that traffic in and out of Long Point will continue for the duration of the project. This includes the access and egress of heavy vehicles, RVs, boats and trailers and the like. “We simply cannot hold up an ambulance or a fire truck,” Huotari said. Norfolk will consider the possibility of removing the old willow trees on either side of the causeway later this year. If the county decides to get this work out of the way early, it will have to wait till late summer or in the fall when birds are finished nesting. MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more