first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England, (Reuters) – Pakistan middle-order batsman Mohammad Rizwan hit a defiant half century on a difficult batting pitch to guide his side past the 200-mark in their first innings and frustrate England in the second test yesterday. Having resumed on 126-5 overnight, Pakistan, batting first, reached 223-9 when bad light forced the second day’s play to finish early with Rizwan, who was dropped by Jos Buttler on 14, on 60 and Naseem Shah on one. With Pakistan’s first innings stretching into a third day and more rain forecast, a draw is already beginning to look the most likely result. England lead 1-0 in the three-match series.“We are a bit disappointed we have not bowled Pakistan out – they have played really nicely at times and we have missed a few chances and maybe not been as ruthless with the ball as we could have been,” said England bowler Stuart Broad.After the start of play was delayed by 90 minutes by bad light, Babar Azam and Rizwan managed to negotiate a one-hour session before lunch without further loss. Azam went shortly after lunch for 47 when he was victim to an excellent delivery from Broad which straightened just enough to shave the outside edge.A key moment followed when Buttler, diving high to his left, dropped a difficult chance offered by Rizwan.Buttler, however, made no mistake when Yasir Shah nicked James Anderson’s outswinger to him and was out for five as the England bowler claimed his 593rd test wicket. Shaheen Afridi followed when he was naively run out for a 19-ball duck, setting off from the non-striker’s end and getting caught out of his ground as Dom Sibley scored a direct hit.That left Pakistan on 176-8 which prompted Rizwan to adopt a more aggressive approach, hitting two fours off the same Sam Curran over before driving Chris Woakes to the extra-cover boundary for four more.England began to show signs of frustration and Pakistan reached 200 thanks to a gift from Woakes who conceded four byes from a loose delivery down the legside, before Rizwan completed his 50 off 104 balls. Mohammad Abbas was lbw to Broad for two after the tea break before bad light stopped play again.last_img read more

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first_imgChelsea are close to signing Real Madrid forward Robinho, according to Blues chief executive Peter Kenyon.“Everybody expected negotiations to go close to the wire and that’s what it will do but we’re confident it will happen,” he told BBC London 94.9.“There are no hitches it’s just a lengthy process.”Reports have suggested that the 24-year-old Brazil international, who is contracted to Real until 2010, could cost the Blues about £30m.Kenyon added that AC Milan forward Kaka, who the Blues have also been linked with, would not be joining his compatriot Robinho at Stamford Bridge.“Everybody identifies Kaka as one of the world’s best players,” said the Chelsea chief executive. “All I can say it’s flattering to be associated with the player, but there won’t be anything happening this window or this season.”He added: “Our manager Luis Felipe Scolari identified a couple of players he wanted, one was Deco, and we’ve seen the impact he has made, and the other was Robinho.“It’s important we supported Luis.”Source: BBClast_img read more

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first_imgSALINA, Kan. – A pair of $1,500 to win features for IMCA Modified top Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29 and 30 Mid-America Clash programs at Salina Speedway.Both Modified features are qualifying events for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and pay a minimum of $125 to start.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $1,000 to win both nights, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $750 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $500 to win.Top prize on Saturday for the Mach-1 Sport Compacts is $300.There are no entry fees and the purse is guaranteed.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28 and practice runs from 6-9 p.m. Pit passes are $20 and grandstand admission is free.Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. on Friday. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and rac­ing starts at 7:30 p.m.On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m., hot laps are at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m.Spectator admission is $12 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $35.More information is available at the website or by calling 785 292-9220.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will conduct a drive against those residents of Salt Lake, who are installing pumps to illegally draw drinking water from the main underground pipeline.According to sources, since the past few months several complaints were coming from the residents of Salt Lake about inadequate supply of water in the area. After Krishna Chakraborty took over as the new Mayor of BMC, it was decided that action would be taken against those who are illegally extracting drinking water from the main pipeline. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter receiving several complaints, the Member, Mayor-in-Council (MMiC), Water, Birendranath Biswas and other officials suspected there could be some foul play behind the shortage of water in the area. Biswas said: “Everyday sufficient water is being supplied to Salt Lake residents. Despite that some residents are complaining that they are living under water crisis.” On Monday, officials from BMC’s water department conducted a raid in Sukantanagar area and found that residents of three houses have installed pumps in the junction of main pipeline to extract more water. As a result, other residents were getting less water. After identifying the irregularity, BMC officials have seized the pumps. The owners of the three houses have been served a notice and asked to appear before the person concerned on a stipulated date. Meanwhile, BMC officials are mulling over what actions can be initiated against the offenders. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayApart from detecting the illegal practices, BMC is mulling to launch an awareness drive to discouraging people to use pumps for water extraction. Sources informed that similar complaints, which have already lodged at the BMC, will be looked upon. Also, BMC is mulling to inspect the hotels and commercial premises in Salt Lake to check if they are also involved in such illegal practices. “Such drive will continue. If anyone lodges complaints regarding any municipal services, it will be looked upon. If any person is found involved in the malpractice, BMC will act as per the provisions of law,” said Chakraborty.last_img read more

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first_img(A rocket launch by the European Space Agency in October 2017. The ESA ignored concerns of Inuit and sent the rocket into space)The Canadian PressAn international Inuit group is angry they weren’t informed that a rocket stage likely containing highly toxic fuel is set to splash down in waters they routinely hunt for food on Wednesday.Okalik Eegeesiak, of the Inuit Circumpolar Commission, said both the federal government and the European Space Agency again failed to inform Inuit in Canada and Greenland about the falling debris.“Again, we had no knowledge of this and were not included in what is happening in our areas. Our communities are hearing through the media about what is happening.”See: European Space Agency ignores Inuit concerns, launches hydrazine loaded rocketThe second stage of the rocket is expected to fall into the waters of Baffin Bay, outside Canada’s territorial waters but within its exclusive economic zone as well as the purview of the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act.The rocket is a repurposed Soviet-era SS-19 ballistic missile, fuelled by hydrazine. Hydrazine is highly carcinogenic and so toxic nearly every space program in the world has moved away from it.However, the old SS-19s are economically attractive, said Michael Byers, a professor of international law who has studied the issue.“These are leftover from the Cold War,” he said. “They’re free as a result.”The second stage of an SS-19 could have as much as a tonne of leftover hydrazine when it hits the waves.Officials with the agency say the fuel burns up before it hits the Earth. But studies at Russian launch sites have reached different conclusions.Eegeesiak points out the stage will fall into the North Water Polynya, the most productive and biodiverse place in the Arctic seas.Whales, seals, polar bears and walrus are found there in large numbers and Inuit from both Canada and Greenland hunt frequently there.“When the weather is clear, they go out for the chance of coming back with lunch and dinner,” she said. “(We’ve) been very concerned about cumulative impacts these launches will have on our communities and food sources.”There have been 11 such splashdowns over the past 15 years and Inuit have protested them before. That Wednesday’s launch was again scheduled without letting local people know mocks federal promises of Indigenous consultation, Eegeesiak said.“We don’t see it here,” she said. “Protection of marine waters is also not evident here.”Canada is an associate member of the European Space Agency and routinely contributes more than $20 million a year to its budget. That, say federal documents, “allows Canada to be part of the (agency’s) decision-making process.”Eegeesiak said she doesn’t see any evidence Canada was using that influence to protect Inuit interests.“We are expressing our frustration,” she said.The splashdown waters are so important that Inuit from Canada and Greenland have been meeting to develop a joint plan for the area.“We’d like to lead the management of the area,” said Eegeesiak. “We’d like to work with our respective governments to push for no rocket launches into the area.”The federal government did not reply to a request for comment.last_img read more

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