Gamble with Amit Mishra paid off, says MS Dhoni

first_imgFirst it was the technical snag and then came the rain! India’s hopes of levelling the two-match T20I series against the West Indies got washed away with the downpour in Florida as the second T20I had to be called off after just two overs of play in the second innings. West Indies took home the series 1-0 as a result. (Rain denies India victory in Florida as West Indies clinch series 1-0) India’s limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s return turned out to be a big a disappointment as they were looking good to win the second game at Lauderhill before the heavens opened up. (Scorecard) After the one-run defeat in the high-scoring first game, Indian bowlers came up with a clinical display and bowled out the West Indies for 143 inside 20 overs after winning the toss. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who was picked ahead of Stuart Binny for this game, justified his selection and picked up 3 wickets for 24 runs in his four overs, while Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami picked up two wickets each to restrict the T20 champions to a below-par total on a batting-friendly wicket at Lauderhill. (Match Highlights)UNLUCKY TEAM INDIA India were 15/0 in two overs when rain interrupted play and even though it stopped after a while, wet outfield meant that the match couldn’t be resumed. The match had also started late by apporximately 40 minutes due to a technical fault in the stadium. Dealing with all these disappointments on consecutive days, Dhoni still managed to put up a brave face in the post-match presentation and praised his bowlers for bouncing back in this match after the beating they took at the hands of Evin Lewis and Johnson Charles yesterday. “If you compare the two games, you’d wonder if we were playing on the same wicket. “I think it was quite difficult. But the way the bowlers bowled was brilliant,” Dhoni said after the match. Rohit Sharma had started off the run chase for India on the front foot scoring a six to begin the proceedings. The Men in Blue were certainly looking good to chase down the total before rain played spoilsport. Even Dhoni knew the outcome would have been different had play resumed after the break. “I’m not saying we would have definitely won, but a good batting effort would have seen us through after 140 odd,” he quipped. India preferred to play Mishra ahead of Binny after the latter’s poor bowling performance in the first match. But that meant playing with a batsman short, a gamble which eventually paid off for Team India. “We took a bit of risk bringing Mishra in for Stuart Binny, and it paid off well. We played one batter short, but realizing the wicket we thought we need an extra bowler. Leg-spinner is a fair option. Mishra bowled exceedingly well and he was well supported by Ashwin,” Mahi concluded. This was India’s first T20I series defeat in 2016 after thumping Australia, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in the past.advertisementlast_img read more

Ranji Trophy quarter-finals, Day 2 wrap: Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Agarwal score half tons as Karnataka peg Mumbai further back

first_imgKarnataka took control of their Ranji Trophy quarter final against Mumbai by taking a commanding 222-run lead over the 41-time champions on day two of the five-day game at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha.Half centuries by opener Mayank Agarwal, M Kaunain Abbas, C M Gautam and Shreyas Gopal helped Karnataka to the dominating position as they closed out the day at 395 for 6 in 122 overs with Shreyas Gopal unbeaten on 80 off 151 balls along with skipper R Vinay Kumar (31 not out).Karnataka had yesterday bundled out Mumbai for a partly 173 and finished the opening day at 115 for 1.Agarwal, who is the top run getter this Ranji season, made 78 off 104 balls, striking 11 fours and a six while one down Abbas (50), Gautam (79) and Shreyas played their roles to perfection.Debutant right arm medium pacers Shivam Malhotra, who grabbed the wicket of Agarwal this morning, and Shivam Dube (5 for 79) were the wicket takers for Mumbai.In fact, the two first-timers took four wickets in good time to leave Karnataka at 218 for five and the game in balance before the batting side recovered through two big partnerships for the sixth and seventh wickets, with Shreyas Gopal involved in both of them.Shreyas, unbeaten after facing 151 balls and hitting seven fours, put on 103 runs with keeper Gautam to steady the innings.Later, he added 74 runs with skipper Vinay Kumar, who took six wickets yesterday including a hat-trick, for the unfinished seventh wicket to put his team on top and for Karnataka to press on further.For Mumbai, Dube caught the eye in his first Ranji game and his victims included opener R Samarth (40), Abbas, Karun Nair, Pavan Desphande and Gautam.advertisementSenior pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, youngster Akash Parkar and left-arm spinner Karsh Kothari were unsuccessful.Brief Scores: Mumbai 173 all out v Karnataka 395 for 6 (M Agarwal 78, K Abbas 50, S Gopal 80 not out, CM Gautam 79, R Vinay Kumar 31 not out; S Dube 5-79.DELHI, MADHYA PRADESH NECK-AND-NECK ON DAY TWOHarpreet Singh struck a gritty hundred to lead Madhya Pradesh’s fightback before Delhi came up with a strong reply to leave the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal nicely poised at stumps on day two.MP, resuming the day at 223 for six, did extremely well to reach 338 with Harpreet scoring an unbeaten 107 off 200 balls. The tail too gave him good support, especially Puneet Datey (35).Frustrated with MP’s late resistance, Delhi batsmen came out to bat a determined lot and finished the day at 180 for two.Rookie Kunal Chandela, a product of university cricket, gave a good account of himself with an unbeaten 73, his second half century plus score in only his second first-class game.Chandela and Dhruv Shorey (78) shared a 145-run stand for the second wicket after senior batsman Gautam Gambhir fell in the first over of the innings.Chandela collected five fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 154-ball effort while Shorey smashed 10 boundaries before falling to Ankit Sharma in the 43rd over.Nitish Rana (17) was batting alongside Chandela at close of play and the duo will look to get as close as possible to MP’s first innings total.Earlier, Manan Sharma cleaned up the tail taking four wickets after Harpreet’s hundred took MP towards a competitive total.Brief scores: MP 338 all out in 124.1 overs (Harpreet Singh 107 not out; Manan Sharma 4/46). Delhi 180/2 in 51 overs (Kunal Chandela 73 batting, Dhruv Shorey 78).VIDARBHA FIGHT BACK AGAINST KERALA ON RAIN-HIT DAYVidarbha came back with two wickets after being bowled out for 246 on the second day of their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match against Kerala.Overnight 45 for three, Vidarbha lost wickets at almost regular intervals, and wicketkeeper Akshay Wadkar top-scored with 53 off 147 balls. He struck seven boundaries during his stay in the middle.Aditya Sarwate (36) and Karn Sharma (31) hung in there for a while, while Akshay Wakhare and Lalit Yadav chipped in with 27 and 24 runs, respectively.Left-arm spinner K C Akshay did bulk of the damage for Kerala with impressive figures of 5/66, and he was ably supported by Jalaj Saxena (3/52), at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium.In reply, Kerala lost Mohammed Azharuddeen (8) early, to Lalit Yadav, while S Sandeep Warrier was bowled by medium pacer Rajneesh Gurbani before he could open his account.At stumps on the second day, Kerala were 32 for two, with Saxena (13) and P R Prem (5) batting.Kerala trailed Vidarbha by 214 runs with eight wickets remaining in the first innings.Only 24 overs of play was possible on a truncated first day owing to wet outfield.Brief Scores: Vidarbha 1st innings: 246 all out in 105.3 overs (Akshay Wadkar 53; K C Akshay 5/66). Kerala 1st innings: 32 for two in 7 overs.advertisementB AMIT, AAMIR GANI LEAD BENGAL TO COMMANDING SPOT vs DEFENDING CHAMPIONS GUJARATB Amit’s all-round prowess and Aamir Gani’s useful contribution at the rear propelled Bengal to a commanding position against defending champions Gujarat after the second day of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final.In reply to Bengal’s respectable first innings score of 354, beefed up by Aamir (49) and Amit (34), Gujarat were in a spot of bother at 180 for six.After his contribution with the bat, Amit picked up three for 46 with his gentle medium pace to put the Ranji champions on the mat. He was ably supported by India U-19 Ishan Porel (2/55).Gujarat lost their dependable opening duo of Priyank Panchal (4) and Samit Gohil (0) to Porel and Ashok Dinda, respectively, with only 17 runs on the board, but then controlled the proceedings due to Parthiv Patel (47) and Bharghav Merai (67).The duo added 107 runs for the third wicket in only 30 overs. Patel hit seven boundaries in 95 balls while Merai faced 116 balls for his eight fours.Things went downhill after Parthiv got dismissed as Gujarat lost four wickets for 20 runs during that phase of play.Porel induced an edge off Parthiv, straight into Shreevats Goswami’s gloves.Former IPL and India A player Manprit Juneja (10) was deceived by an incutter from Amit, being trapped in front of the wicket.Merai, well set by then, was bowled by Amit and he also removed Chirag Gandhi, who nicked an outswinger into Shreevats’ gloves.Gujarat required 175 runs more to get a first innings lead with four wickets in hand.The experienced pair of Rujul Bhatt (13 batting) and Piyush Chawla (22) were at the crease at stumps on day two.With three days left, the defending champions still have a good chance of making a comeback, considering that Bengal batting in the past have faltered in big games despite getting first-innings lead.The day started at 261 for six and the pair of Amit and Aamir added 58 invaluable runs for the seventh wicket to take the team past 300-run mark.Amit scored 36 off 59 balls with seven fours before he became Ishwar Chaudhary’s (5/87) fourth victim.Gani, who missed his half-century by a run, hit eight boundaries off 109 balls, before being the last man dismissed.Brief Scores:Bengal 1st Innings 354 in 111.5 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 129, Anushtup Majumdar 94, Aamir Gani 49, B Amit 36, Ishwar Chaudhary 5/87)Gujarat 1st Innings 180/6 in 59 overs (Bharghav Merai 67, Parthiv Patel 47, B Amit 3/46).last_img read more

Rangers Toy With Flyers, 6-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Ryan Haggerty and Jesper Fast each scored twice, and rookie Anthony Duclair added another goal as the New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 in an exhibition game Sept. 29th.Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves for New York.The 19-year-old Duclair opened the scoring against goalie Steve Mason with his second of the preseason at 5:31 of the first period before Haggerty scored 2 minutes later.The 21-year-old Haggerty, signed as an undrafted free agent, scored again at 6:48 of the second. Fast scored to make it 3-0 in the first and tallied again late in the third. Chris Mueller also scored for the Rangers.Lundqvist allowed goals to Taylor Leier, Jason Akeson and Shayne Gostisbehere.Tanner Glass of the Rangers and Zack Stortini of the Flyers had a long fight midway through the first period. The teams play again Sept. 30th in Philadelphia.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

“YOU MUST HAVE A BIT OF MAORI”

first_img“HE MIHI” “Te mea a tua tahi he mihi ki te atua na na nei me te whakamutunga o nga mea katoa tua rua te whare e tu nei- tena koe te papatuanuku takato nei ki waho tena koe e nga rangatira ma- tena koutou e nga koutou katoa- tena koutou no reira- tena koutou no reira- tena koutou tena koutou tena tatou koutou katoa” “The first thing to do is to acknowledge the Lord who is the creator of all things secondly is acknowledgement of this building then acknowledgment of the land and of mother earth. greetings greetings to all distinguished guests to all of us assembled here tonight, greetings greetings to everyone” This is a rough translation of a Maori thankyou speech that Wally Rifle, the coach of New Zealand’s Mens 20 years side, gave officials, coaches and selectors during an NTL function. Wally, as well as Donna Morgan, coach of the New Zealand Womens 20 years, and Tony Lagahetau, assistant coach of the Mixed 18 years, are in Australia for this year’s Open/20 year’s NTL competition. “We’re spying”, chuckles Wally. “No, seriously, not joking with you, we are”, he says. The New Zealand trio openly admit that when they flew into Australia they thought they were on a mission. Video cameras in hand they thought they were here to spy, to sneak information back to New Zealand about Australia’s Youth World Cup preparation, about the style of play and the players. They thought they were here to do it all without arousing our suspicion of three New Zealanders decked out in New Zealand national uniforms walking around with video cameras. But their visit hasn’t gone as expected. “We have been blown away by your hospitality,” says Wally. “Welcoming people is something very important in Maori culture and we think you people must have some Maori in you because you’ve been so great!” “Everyone has been very hospitable and hopefully we get the opportunity to return the favour sometime soon”, says Wally. Tony Lagahetau describes his NTL experience as not only enjoyable but as a realisation of the strength and depth of Australian touch football. “The skill level that we have seen here this week is incredible, especially the Womens 20 years, it’s all very high and we’ve seen some awesome games of touch”, he says. “It’s also become clear to us why your Open teams and style of play is so strong. We can see it is played and coached in the younger players as well. It makes it stronger and well executed at the Opens level”, says Tony. They also admitted to being impressed by how professional the tournament and sport was run here. “Everything about your tournament is outstanding. Your ethics and professionalism,” he says, “everything from your uniforms, to where your selectors are allowed to stand, to your twin towers in the commentary box!” With the three coaches heading back to New Zealand on Wednesday, we have to admit we will miss their crazy antics around the fields, they’ve been a lot of fun, added another dimension to the 2004 NTL’s and we’ve been more than glad to host them. Bring on that Youth World Cup! Rachel Moylelast_img read more

Get Ready for the Big Game with these Super Bowl Party Essentials

first_imgWith the Super Bowl right around the corner, football fanatics across America are planning how they want to celebrate the big night.Whether your team made it to the playoffs or had a less than impressive record, it’s still a wonderful excuse to gather with friends, eat delicious snacks, and celebrate (or drown your sorrows) with plenty of booze. If you’re thinking about hosting the game at your place, make sure to stock up on these Super Bowl party essentials to prep yourself for a game day that will go down in (local) history.From the best TV to the best slow cooker, we’ve got all the game day game-changers:Compostable Plates – $13 for 60-countEveryone hates doing dishes. Everyone hates doing dishes after a big party even more. Forego all that awful clean-up and  opt for these 100-percent compostable Repurpose plates made from plants. These plates not only hold up to a few pounds of food from your buffet without bending, but they also doesn’t put a strain on the environment by sitting in a landfill for 1,000 years — which gives these plates MVP status in the disposable dishes world. Repurpose also has a line of similar cups and utensils.See ItTriple Slow Cooker – $40Throwing some chili or pulled pork in a slow cooker is always a great idea for game day, but why limit yourself to just one dish when you could have three? Enter the Triple Slow Cooker from Bella, an innovative appliance that’ll let you make something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Each cooker holds up to 1.5 quarts and is made of stainless steel. See ItGrowler Mini Keg  – $140We absolutely support ordering an actual keg for your Super Bowl Party. However, if you’re having a smaller gathering that isn’t going to down 15 gallons of beer, you might want to go with the uKeg growler mini-keg from Growler Works. Simply pick up your favorite local craft brew in growler form, poor in, pressurize, and you’re ready to go. Vacuum-insulated and made from stainless steel with brass accents, the mini-keg will not only keep your beer cold all day long, but will look damned fine while doing it.See ItBeer Steins – $18 for a 4-packThese mugs may not be the Holy Grail, but after drinking from one of these chilled bad boys, you would be forgiven for mistaking it for a saintly cup. With a hefty handle and thick glass bottom and sides, these dimpled beer steins stay cold once chilled and can stand up to some pretty hard knocks. Cheers!See ItTeam Koozies – $7-$8Whether you’re rooting for the Pats or the Eagles, you’re going to want to have some team gear on hand to really get into the spirit. We suggest stocking up on some of these great bottle coolers courtesy of the NFL. Leave them in a basket by the beverages and encourage your pals to choose the sleeve that matches their team. See ItParty Bar – $155Keep the festivities going all night long with a party bar from Igloo. This bad boy can house up to 125 quarts of ice, which means you’ll have more than enough room to store all the brews your buddies bring over. Plus, it features a built-in bottle opener with cap catch bin, drink dividers to keep different libations separate, and an easily removable lid.See ItSound Bar – $270Amp up your viewing experience with a new sound bar from Yamaha. The high-quality surround sound will make you feel like you’re sitting right on the 50-yard line. You can also use this baby to stream some lively tunes as your guests arrive. $230 from Amazon 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now $2,594 from Walmart OLED TV – $1,697You obviously need a TV for a Super Bowl viewing party. When it comes to watching the most important game of the year, you don’t want to settle for a low quality set. Instead, invest in an OLED screen, like this one from LG Electronics that pairs 4K Ultra HD clarity with stellar contrast for a picture that you have to see to believe. If you need something a little different for you living, check out these other great options. A Quick and Easy Guide to Popular German Wine Varietalscenter_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Uball Is the New Portable Basketball Hoop That Lets You Play Ball Anywhere How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish last_img read more

Energy shift Saudi Aramco to buy LNG from US cos

first_imgNew York: Saudi Arabia’s state owned oil company will begin buying liquid natural gas from a US company under a 20 year agreement, reflecting the shifting dynamics in the world’s energy markets. Saudi Arabian Oil Co., also known as Aramco, said Wednesday it would buy 5 million tons of liquid natural gas per year from Sempra Energy, based in San Diego. Aramco also will make a 25% equity investment in an LNG export facility under development in Port Arthur, Texas, as part of the deal. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe agreement is a major step forward in Aramco’s long-term strategy to become a global LNG player, said Amin Nasser, the company’s CEO. “With global demand for LNG expected to grow by around 4% per year … we see significant opportunities in this market and we will continue to pursue strategic partnerships which enable us to meet rising global demand for LNG,” Nasser said in a news release. The US fracking boom over the last decade led to an abundance of natural gas, and the U.S. quickly became one of the world’s top exporters of liquid natural gas after it began exporting the fuel in 2016. Its exports of LNG ranked fourth largest in the world in 2018 behind Qatar, Australia and Malaysia, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The Port Arthur facility is one of Sempra’s five LNG development opportunities in North America, and it received authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to construct and operate the facility and related pipelines last month.last_img read more

Police arrest 1 man in fatal shooting of Good Samaritan seeking 2nd

first_imgPolice arrested one man and were looking for another Monday in the fatal shooting of a Good Samaritan in Hamilton, a case that also prompted the city’s paramedic service to investigate its response to the incident.Yosif Al-Hasnawi — described by police as a brave young man who was trying to do the right thing — was shot when he tried to intervene as two men were accosting an older man in downtown Hamilton on Saturday night.Police say they arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the shooting at about 3:30 a.m. on Monday and charged him with accessory after the fact to murder.They say a second-degree murder warrant has been issued for Dale Burningsky King, 19, who is alleged to be the shooter. Detectives say he should be considered armed and dangerous.The two suspects turned on Al-Hasnawi when the 19-year-old tried to help an older stranger, police said.“This young man was doing what he felt was right in the situation,” Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk told reporters. “He was a brave young man.”Police said paramedics took Al-Hasnawi to hospital on Saturday night, where he died of his injuries.Some witnesses, however, criticized paramedics who responded to the shooting, saying Al-Hasnawi was clearly in distress but wasn’t taken seriously.“They thought he was acting. The man was in severe pain inside his abdomen, why would he act?” said Talib Al-Jalili, who explained that Al-Hasnawi had come out of the Al-Mostafa Islamic Centre when the incident took place.“He saw an old man walking by here with two people who were trying to harass him, assault him, hit him, laughing at him,” Al-Jalili told reporters on Sunday. “He only told him ‘leave the old man alone.’”Tom Raczynski, who lives in the area, said he heard screams that drew him out of his home on Saturday night. There wasn’t much blood to be seen, he said, but the young man was clearly in distress.“He was lying there complaining he was hurting and they kept saying he was faking,” Raczynski said of paramedics and police at the scene.“The one paramedic kept saying ‘oh you’re a good actor,’” Raczynski said. “I just thought it was disgusting. Like somebody’s shot, you take him in to the hospital, you don’t leave him lying there.”Russell Crocker, deputy chief of the Hamilton Paramedic Service, said Monday that the service has launched an investigation into the incident as a result of information it has received.“HPS will ensure that our process is thorough and that all facts are obtained and examined in regards to the event this past weekend. As we are in the early stages of the investigation, we are unable to provide any additional details at this time,” Crocker said in a statement.“Hamilton Paramedic Service sends its deepest condolences to the family of Yosif Al-Hasnawi during this difficult time.”Hamilton police would not comment on allegations that its officers didn’t take Al-Hasnawi’s distress seriously, but a spokeswoman said officers were dispatched at 8:57 p.m. and arrived on scene at 9:01 p.m.Al-Hasnawi was a first-year medical science student at Brock University, the school said.“The Brock community is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of our colleague Yosif Al-Hasnawi,” said Brock University president Gervan Fearon. “Our deepest sympathies go to his family.”last_img read more

Two criminals arrested for flaunting pistols ina videos

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Police has arrested two criminals who posted their dance videos brandishing pistols in hands-on social media. They used to dance on popular music and gained sensation on a mobile app used to upload short videos. They have been identified as Shahzada and Akash, both residents of Delhi.Both used to roam on roads and enter into social functions with arms and brandish these to impress upon the other boys. They are fan of a famous Punjabi singer and also copied the hairstyle of the singer. They had shot a video, one week back, wherein they could be seen brandishing pistol at a social function. They hoped that more young boys would get enticed to join the Gouri gang and they can be their leader. On March 29, they were planning to roam on the roads while brandishing firearms but they were trapped by Special Staff/Dwarka District. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Both have girlfriends and used to spend their entire earnings on gifts to the girls. Lust for easy money brought them close to area criminals and they got associated to the notorious Gouri gang of Uttam Nagar. The gang provided to them weapons and the task to lure more youths to join the gang,” said DCP Dwarka Anto Alphonse. While one accused was found in possession of one Pistol and one live cartridge, other was also possessing one country-made pistol with one live cartridge.last_img read more

Arsenal to Face Manchester United to Overcome Champions League Defeat

By Ayoub DerrazaRabat – One of the fiercest matches of the Premier league this season will be at Emirates Stadium Sunday afternoon, between Arsenal and Manchester United.The home team Arsenal will have the opportunity to defeat the Red Devils former champions of the Premier League in order to overcome their last two defeats at the Champions League, and fight for the lead. The entire ‘gunners’ squad will be available to manager Arsène Wenger to choose a strong line-up, including Chilean international Alexis Sanchez and forward Theo Walcott. The English star has scored 12 goals in his last 13 Premier League matches.On the other side, the Red Devils seek to secure their 4th win –in a row- at the Premier League, and take the leading spot, which is temporarily with their neighbors Manchester City.Louis van Gaal will try to achieve the challenging task with a special line up, armed with experienced players represented by ‘the golden boy’ Wayne Rooney; and young French striker Anthony Martial.The Gunners and the Red Devils will have an appropriate occasion to overcome UEFA Champions League’s failure and reignite the Premier League competition. read more

A staggering display of new weaponry to mark Chinas 70th anniversary

REUTERS/Thomas Peter Hong Kong protests: Video captures police officer firing pistol at close range The display of new military technologies, including an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States, and the defiant rhetoric acted as Xi’s response to external pressures.“There is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation. No force can stop the Chinese people and Chinese national forging ahead,” Xi said Tuesday morning in a speech delivered in Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing, on the spot where Mao stood seven decades before.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. With counter-rallies taking place in Hong Kong, where a large proportion of the population has been demonstrating against China’s encroaching influence, Xi also sent a message to the citizens there.“Forging ahead, we must remain committed to the strategy of peaceful reunification and ‘One Country, Two Systems.’ We will maintain the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macau,” Xi said, referring to the principle that Hong Kong and Macau have a degree of autonomy from Beijing.Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong who has been under fire from protesters for doing Beijing’s bidding, could be seen on the dais overlooking the square during the parade.Xi also pledged to “unite the whole country and continue to strive for the complete unification of our country,” a reference to his desire to bring Taiwan, which Beijing views as a breakaway state, back under mainland control. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Chinese President Xi Jinping poses with Canadian anthropologist Isabel Crook after awarding her a Friendship Medal during a ceremony on occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China September 29, 2019. A military vehicle carrying a WZ-8 supersonic reconnaissance drone travels past Tiananmen Square during the military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People’s Republic of China, on its National Day in Beijing, China October 1, 2019. BEIJING – The Chinese Communist Party marked the 70th anniversary of its rule Tuesday with a grandiose narrative about its past and its future, with leader Xi Jinping presiding over a massive parade full of new military technology and declaring that “no force” could stop China’s rise.Although the parade was held to mark a domestic event – the triumph of Mao Zedong’s Communists over nationalist forces and the creation of People’s Republic of China in 1949 – it had a clear international message.Related REUTERS/Thomas Peter People watch a live broadcast of president Xi Jinping’s address for the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Despite Xi’s posture of assurance, his leadership is coming under intense pressure from both inside and outside the country.Protesters in Hong Kong show that they do not share Xi’s “Chinese Dream” of “realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” and are pushing for democracy and greater autonomy. They have been demonstrating for 17 straight weeks and held multiple rallies around Hong Kong on Tuesday to underscore their different dream for themselves.Separately, China’s protracted trade war with the United States remains bogged down, with few anticipating Vice Premier Liu He’s trip to Washington next week for another round of talks will precipitate a breakthrough.At home, the economy is tangibly slowing, with growth at its lowest level in more than a generation. To bolster his leadership, Xi has repeatedly invoked Mao and exhorted the Chinese people to stay true to the “original mission” of the party.Xi wants to present himself as heir to the “struggle” Mao began and discount the leaders who came between them, analysts say. That includes Deng Xiaoping, the economic visionary responsible for China’s astonishing transformation in the 1980s and 1990s.“He wants to draw a straight line between Mao and himself,” Ni said. “He wants to say that the revolutionary establishment of the People’s Republic of China is now on the threshold of national rejuvenation. It’s a very simplified story.”In 2017, Xi elevated himself to the same level as Mao and Deng in the Chinese Communist pantheon by having his name and the phrase “Xi Jinping Thought” enshrined in the constitution.In recent weeks, Xi has been retracing Mao’s steps and repeatedly invoking the Red Army’s Long March and other elements of Communist Party lore in China.The Xinhua state news agency on Monday published a long paean to Xi’s leadership – it ran to almost 2,500 words in English – that explicitly drew the connection between Mao’s appearance in Tiananmen Square after defeating the Nationalists.“It was there on Oct. 1, 1949, that Mao Zedong announced the birth of New China. Over the seven decades, the socialist country has blazed an extraordinary trail, rising from a ‘poor and blank’ state to a major country on the world stage,” said the article Xinhua published late Monday.Xi, the first top Chinese leader born after 1949, is at the helm in a new era, steering the country through wind and waves to a brighter future,” the agency said. Chinese President Xi Jinping waves from a vehicle as he reviews the troops at a military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People’s Republic of China on October 1, 2019. The DF-17, a short-to-medium-range missile that can launch a hypersonic glide vehicle, was also on display. Analysts say the missile appears to be capable of exceeding the speed of sound and penetrating U.S. missile shields, and has a maneuverable re-entry vehicle, so it can shift targets in flight.There were also multiple new drones on display, including the Sharp Sword, an attack drone that can carry missiles or laser-guided bombs and is expected to enter service before the end of the year.The parade was “glitzy” and showed “unity and optimism,” said Adam Ni, a China researcher at Macquarie University in Australia. “But I think underlying that, there are myriad challenges and tensions, both from within China and from external sources, that are creating the condition for potential dramatic change.” But neither those events nor the brutalities of the Mao era, which included a famine resulting from the disastrous Great Leap Forward agricultural policy and the purges and violence of Cultural Revolution, were mentioned Tuesday.Instead, the Communist Party and its People’s Liberation Army put on a staggering display of military firepower. Some 40 percent of the armaments were displayed in public for the first time, according to state media commentary.These included the DF-41, a three-stage, solid-fuel missile that can carry up to 10 independently targetable nuclear warheads and has a range of about 7,500 miles, putting the entire United States in range. Soldiers of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) march in formation during the military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People’s Republic of China, on its National Day in Beijing, China October 1, 2019. Xi, who has been increasingly invoking Mao, again called for the revolutionary “struggle” that led to the Communists taking power in 1949 to continue.“We must continue to consolidate and develop the People’s Republic, and continue our struggle to achieve the two centenary goal and to realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation,” he said.His words were followed by an extravagant display of military firepower, with tanks rolling down the main avenue into Tiananmen Square – the same route they took 30 years before to crush pro-democracy demonstrations. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Chinese peacekeeping troops march in formation past Tiananmen Square on October 1, 2019. A graphic explaining DF-41, one of China’s longest missiles, paraded out for its 70th anniversary. Graphic News Giulia Marchi/Bloomberg read more

International community must unify efforts to assist Libya in overcoming serious governance

Libya’s future prosperity and stability depends on the international community further strengthening and unifying its efforts on behalf of the whole country, as well as Libyans themselves “seizing the window of opportunity” that is before them to ensure peace, the head of the United Nations mission there said today. “We need to act; we need to act together and we need to act now,” said Ghassan Salamé, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), addressing the Security Council for the first time since he took up the post last month. Reporting on a wide-ranging series of meetings – throughout Libya and to Egypt, Algeria and Italy – Mr. Salamé that all would benefit from a stable, peaceful and reconciled Libya. And yet, despite a nearly two-year-old Political Agreement, Libya itself remains fraught with political divisions, mired in conflict and a stumbling economy. Saying that in his talks with the Libyan people “a clear picture is emerging,” Mr. Salamé noted that insecurity, frustration, political dysfunction and economic despair are among the raft of challenges the country faces. Despite its relative oil wealth, he said, endless cuts in utilities; sporadic violence across the country and political stalemate; were preventing the country from fulfilling it’s potential. “There is obviously a serious problem of governance that can hardly wait to be addressed,” Mr. Salamé stressed, warning that people’s welfare is a fundamental element to in Libya’s future stability and in that regard, unless the economic challenges are addressed – “and soon” – the country’s humanitarian crisis would deepen. In additihe said that irregular migration and the revenue it generates for smuggler networks had proven to be a “direct threat” to stability in parts of Libya, even as hundreds of thousands of migrants who are stuck in the country often “suffer abuses and detention in inhuman conditions.” While he noted some positive steps, including improvements in the security situation in Tripoli and elsewhere, and a marked increase in oil production which allowed the Presidency Council and the Central Bank to work together to deliver a budget, “the key to lasting stability requires addressing the overarching political situation,” namely the status of the two-year-old Libyan political Agreement; the prospect of adopting a new constitution; and the possibility for fresh elections. “The UN stands willing and able to act in the best interests of all Libyans at equal distance from all parties,” Mr. Salamé told the Council, explaining that he very much hoped that with the trust of Libyan partners and the confidence of the regional organizations and concerned Member States, “we are able to strengthen and unify our collective efforts and together restore Libya to its rightful place in the family of nations, one united stable, and prosperous country.” read more

August CV registrations reaffirm consistent growth in 2002

CV registration growth continued to bounce back in August as in July, after June’s decline slowed growth trends across many UK markets. In total, August’s CV registrations were up by 4.5 per cent on the same month in 2001 at 16,263 vehicles, the highest ever August total under the biannual registration plate system. The month now typically accounts for five per cent or less of annual registrations, rather than 16 per cent under the previous system. CV registrations over the first eight months of 2002 were up 3.7 per cent, or 7,092 units, from 193,540 units at August 2001. For the month, heavier vans and pick-ups led growth in the LCV sector. Rigids (excluding those at 7.4t to 7.5t GVW) and three axle artics led truck sector growth. Both buses and coaches saw weaker registration volumes than in August 2001. Van registrations continue to grow strongly, especially at the heavier end of the 2.6-3.5 tonne GVW segment. Many of the heavier pick-ups with a payload of one tonne or more are included in this category, as are a variety of other body type configurations on the basic panel van and chassis-cab format. 4×4 registrations slipped for a third successive month, trimming the year to date growth rate to 11.5 per cent. Over the first half of the year, the bus and coach sector continued to rise over poor 2001 levels. However, recent industry forecasts of 3,900 registrations for the year as a whole point to a softer market in the second half of 2002. YTD CV registrations up 3.7 per cent at 200,632 vehicles Another month of growth in CV registrations has underlined the consistently positive growth trend this year. We are on track to match last year’s total,’ said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. Truck registration growth perked-up modestly in August after six consecutive months of negative year on year changes. Growth in registrations of three axle artics was unable to overturn a greater volume loss in two axle artics, leaving this sector down for the month. September 2001 saw a significant year on year growth in truck registrations as people registered Euro 2 trucks ahead of the start of Euro 3 compliance. CV growth continues to be focused at the lighter end due to strong new and replacement demands from the services, transport and construction sectors. Certain vehicle types, notably pick ups, are also proving to be a versatile solution for many businesses where their potential for private, leisure and business applications is increasingly popular.Light CV registrations up 6.0 per cent LCV registrations rose by 6.0 per cent to 12,387 units in August versus August 2001 and accounted for 76.2 per cent of all CV registrations for the month.Heavy vans (2.6-3.5t GVW) again showed a consistent and strong growth in registrations in August, rising 10.3 per cent to take 59 per cent of the LCV market up to 3.5t GVW. Within the LCV sector, car type pick-up registrations (1.8-2.6t GVW) grew by 56.8 per cent. Light, car-derived vans (up to 1.8t GVW) saw slight registration growth of 0.5 per cent, but overall year to date are down by 1.5 per cent. Registrations of 4×4 utilities were 17.5 per down for the month. For the first eight months of the year registrations remained up 11.5 per cent, but the sector has lost its recent growth momentum. The heavy van segment continues to be the keystone to overall growth in CV registrations over the first eight months of 2002. Registrations for this segment are up by 7,646 units within a total volume change of 8,526 for all LCVs. New truck registrations up 0.9 per cent August saw some respite to this year’s trend for lower truck registrations than in 2001 mainly due to general year on year growth throughout the rigid sector and a strong showing in the month by three axle artics. Truck registrations fell 4.8 per cent over the first eight months of the year, down 1,659 units to 32,812. This is still strong in the content of market trends over the past five to seven years. Bus and coach registrations down on August 2001 levels, but YTD still positive CV registrations up 4.5 per cent at 16,263 in August Modest growth of 0.9 per cent in truck registrations, but YTD -4.8 per cent Biggest August total under the biannual registration plate system Light CV registrations up 6.0 per cent in August, 5.4 per cent for YTD August CV registrations reaffirm consistent growth in 2002 Bus & coach registrations fall 11.9 per cent, but YTD still up by 8.9 per cent ‘ Bus and coach registrations fell 11.9 per cent in August to 207 units, both bus and coach registrations volumes were down compared to August 2001. Bus and coach registrations over the first eight months were up 8.9 per cent to 2,750 units.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

NatWest worker told mother all vegans should be punched in the face

However it says it has launched an investigation into the complaint and offered the mother, who is understood to be middle aged and from Bristol, the £400 for the course as well as £185 in compensation. The employee is being subjected to internal disciplinary procedures, it said. “We made the decision to become vegan after my daughter was taken to see a cancer specialist and that was really scary”, she added. “So when someone turns around and says they want to punch vegans in the face, that is not just me they are targeting, it is my children as well. “If we had been talking about my religion he wouldn’t have made a comment like that.” A NatWest spokesperson said: “We are extremely sorry for the way the customer was treated by a member of our staff and apologise for any distress and upset that this behaviour caused.  “These comments were wholly inappropriate and we have commenced disciplinary proceedings. “We will be speaking to the customer at her convenience to apologise and discuss what we can do to rebuild our relationship.  The woman’s application for a loan was turned down because the amount requested was too small, NatWest said, and had nothing to do with her being vegan.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We have also provided feedback to the relevant sections of the bank to ensure that lessons are learnt so that a situation like this never happens again. ” NatWest has apologised after a mother was denied a loan during a phone call and after revealing she was a vegan told that they should all “be punched in the face”.The bank said it had suspended a male call handler, who has worked at one of its southern call centres for between five and six years.It has admitted the outburst took place and was “wholly inappropriate”.  The mother, who was applying for a loan of £400 for a nutrition course, said she was left shocked and upset when the man went on a rant about vegans during her loan application on January 23.She said she and her family had only turned vegan after her daughter suffered a cancer scare. “I told him I was an active vegan and he proceeded to say that all vegans should be punched in the face ,” the woman who wants to remain anonymous told BBC Radio Bristol. “I asked him what he meant by that and he said it was in regards to ‘chalk activism’ which is when activists draw pictures of animals and then write messages like ‘friends not food’ on pavements. “He said vegans were doing it where he lived and that vegans were forcing their beliefs on to him.”  read more

New Sandvik MC430 continuous miner goes to work in Mpumalanga

first_imgSouth Africa’s first MC430 continuous miner was purchased from Sandvik Mining by STA Coal Mining at the Electra Mining Africa 2012 show and is already in operation underground in the Wonderfontein area of Mpumalanga. Ermelo-based STA Coal Mining, an underground contract coal mining company employing more than 600 people, was established in 2006 and currently mines an average of 300,000 t of coal per month.“When we saw the Sandvik MC430 continuous miner on the Sandvik Mining stand, it was clear that this machine would be ideally suited to the tough, hard coal typical of the Mpumalanga coalfields,” Schalk van Wyk, Director at STA Coal Mining, says. “The MC430 has excellent power to weight distribution.” Bob Nkosi, Director Partner at STA Coal Mining, adds: “We have seen that the MC430 cuts at a faster rate than other machines in this category and has several features that will help us maintain our excellent safety statistics. I believe the purchase of this machine from Sandvik Mining heralds the beginning of a solid relationship between our two companies.”Sandvik Mining’s Senior Account Manager, John Pinheiro comments that because it is heavier and more robust than other continuous miners in this category, the MC430 is a more stable machine and as with its 3.3 kV MC470 sister unit (the heaviest machine of its kind on the South African market) with which it shares 70% of its major components, its total cost of ownership is very low. “We’ve established an excellent relationship with STA Coal Mining and as part of the full service contract supplied with the MC430, we have included a product line manager, commissioning team, contract manager and shift technicians on site,” Pinheiro comments. “The new machine was exposed to some very tough conditions when it was requested to cut the floor outside the high wall for a sump and is now cutting underground. The extremely tough conditions experienced with the stone bands and floating stone in the face are really putting the machine through its paces and demonstrating that its design and capabilities are more than equal to the task. The MC430 is attracting a lot of attention from other mining companies and we’re currently fielding a large number of enquiries.”The new Sandvik MC430 is a heavyweight, low to mid-seam continuous miner with extra-high cutting forces for productive cutting. The machine features proportionally controlled sump and shear speeds for optimum cutting performance under varying conditions. It delivers the highest productivity in its class, with the capability to cut during shear up and shear down. It is a silent machine with low noise generation as a result of its extra low cutting speed and hydraulic rear driven twin sprocket conveyor chain, whichalso minimises dust generation during cutting and makes for safer working conditions and longer chain life.For the first time, it is possible for the operators of both the MC470 and MC430 to see the cutter head during the cutting operation. Designed for rapid entry roadway development and coal production, this continuous miner weighs in at 103 t and has a conveying capacity of 40 t per minute. With a ground pressure of 19 N per squared cubic metre, it is ideally suited to operate in underground heights from 4 m down to as low as 1.6 m. The machine is easy to maintain and has 400 kW of installed power on the cutter head. Other features include hydraulically driven tracks with high torque and fail-safe emergency brakes. This makes tramming long distances underground easyby means of a hydraulic power pack which eliminates tramming cables and flirting panels along the way. In addition, realtime visualisation on board the continuous miner includes parts manuals and operator training manuals as well as an optimal cutting sequence video.last_img read more

Montpellier give lesson for PSG Handball in French Cup

← Previous Story SCANDI STYLE: Magnus Dahl to end career at age 29 Next Story → Bye, bye Rikke Skov Montpellier Handball beat PSG Handball in Paris 34:28 in derby match of 1/8 final of the French Cup! Team of Patrice Canayer showed domination in encounter with the rulers of French championship and one of the European best teams.A hero of the night was Swiss goalkeeper Nikola Portner with 16 saves.PSG HANDBALLGorazd SKOF : 1 saveThierry OMEYER : 8 saves dt 0/1 pen.Uwe GENSHEIMER : 5/10 dt 3/4 pen.Henrik MOLLGAARD : 2/2William ACCAMBRAYBenoît KOUNKOUDXavier BARACHETNedim REMILI : 5/8Luc ABALO : 5/6Daniel NARCISSE : 1/1Jesper NIELSEN : 5/8Nikola KARABATIC : 3/6Luka KARABATICMikkel HANSEN : 2/5 dt 0/1 pen.MONTPELLIER HANDBALL:Vincent GERARD : 1/2 pen.Samir BELLAHCENENikola PORTNER : 16 saves dt 1/3 pen.Diego SIMONET : 1/1Théophile CAUSSEJonas TRUCHANOVICIUS : 0/2Aymen TOUMI : 3/3Mathieu GREBILLE : 5/9Jure DOLENEC : 7/8Michael GUIGOU :Miha ZVIZEJ : 1/1Baptiste BONNEFOND : 4/8Jean-Loup FAUSTIN : 1/1 pen.Ludovic FABREGAS : 3/3Valentin PORTE : 4/10Arnaud BINGO : 3/3 read more

TMobile 3D GSlate Unveiled

first_imgIf tablets and 3D are, in fact, the biggest things in the tech world at present, then T-Mobile surely has one hot commodity with the G-Slate tablet, right? Right? In honor of Honeycomb day, the carrier talked up its forthcoming tablet. The thing has Android 3.0 on it (obviously) and can record and play back 3D video and images.The G-Slate is 8.9 inches, packs a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and has a 32GB hard drive. A 5MP camera on the device’s rear can shoot 2D video in 1080p. 3D video is shot in lower resolution. The front-facing 2D camera is designed for video chat.No glasses-free 3D here. The G-Slate ships with a pair of the old red-and-blues. The tablet can also output 3D content to 3D capable HDTVs through an HDMI cable. The G-Slate is the second tablet for T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network, following the Deal Streak 7.The tablet it arriving at some point in the spring, No word on pricing, though T-Mobile did bandy about the term “value” when talking up the thing.last_img read more

Eyjafjöll Léruption du volcan islandais aurait stimulé la prolifération du phytoplancton

first_imgEyjafjöll : L’éruption du volcan islandais aurait stimulé la prolifération du phytoplanctonDes chercheurs du National Oceanography Centre de Southampton (NOCS) ont étudié l’effet de l’éruption de l’Eyjafjöll sur la vie biologique du bassin islandais de l’Atlantique Nord. Il semblerait que les aérosols volcaniques, riches en fer, aient stimulé la prolifération du phytoplancton. Dans environ 30 % des océans, les eaux de surface sont riches en nutriments mais pauvres en phytoplancton en raison d’une trop faible concentration en fer. Ces zones HNLC (pour high-nutrient, low-chlorophyll) sont généralement éloignées des côtes, là où ni le vent ni les courants marins ne transportent cet élément (qui provient habituellement des terres). Toutefois, grâce aux dépôts des cendres produites lors des éruptions volcaniques, la fertilisation de certains océans semble possible.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En effet, des chercheurs du NOCS ont pu observer l’effet de l’éruption de l’Eyjafjöll, le volcan islandais, sur la vie biologique du bassin islandais de l’Atlantique Nord. Ils ont réalisé trois mesures : avant, pendant et après l’éruption du printemps 2010 et ils ont ainsi constaté que dans l’océan, juste sous le panache de cendres, les concentrations maximales de fer durant l’éruption étaient de 10,2 nM (10,2 nanomoles par dm3) contre 0,23 nM avant l’éruption volcanique, rapporte futura-sciences.com.En modélisant la trajectoire des cendres propulsées par le volcan, les scientifiques ont conclut que, dans l’Atlantique nord, jusqu’à 570.000 km² ont pu être ensemencés avec au moins 0,2 nM de fer. Les dépôts de fer provenant des cendres ont donc probablement perturbés la biogéochimie du bassin islandais en en augmentant la production primaire.Le 23 mars 2013 à 16:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Allegri switches focus to Napoli

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri has now switched his focus to Juventus’ weekend clash against title rivals Napoli after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Crotone on WednesdayThe Turin side started the match strongly with Alex Sandro opening the scoring after 17 minutes to put Juventus on course for another win.However, a goal from Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo put Crotone level with the Serie A leaders with the match later ending 1-1 between the sides.While Napoli’s 4-2 over Udinese saw Juventus’ advantage at the top of Serie A cut to four points, Allegri remain content with the gap.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“A month-and-a-half ago I’d have been more than happy to go into this head-to-head clash with a four-point advantage.” Allegri told the club website.“We must look to win the match because it would be a big step forward. It will be a great game — hard fought with lots of skill on display. We must get off to a good start.“We didn’t play well today and we struggled a little. It wasn’t easy as we needed to keep hold of the ball without trying to rush things but even in the first half you got the impression we might concede tonight.“We didn’t stay tight enough and we let Crotone get lots of balls into the box and break through down the right.”last_img read more

UPDATE One hurt in Vancouver house fire

first_imgA man suffered minor burns Saturday, apparently while attempting to put out a fire that damaged a house on Northeast 122nd Avenue, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.The fire was reported at 5:06 p.m. at 9906 N.E. 122nd Ave., and smoke was visible from a distance away, said fire Capt. Chris Moen. Firefighters arrived seven minutes later and found brush and siding behind the house only smoldering, thanks to the efforts of two people with garden hoses, but discovered that fire had spread to the eaves and into the house’s attic.One man was transported to a hospital with a burned foot. Moen said the injury was not serious. The man, who is believed to be one of the people who had been fighting the fire before crews arrived, was not identified.Seventeen firefighters responded to the blaze and brought it under control in 8 minutes, Moen said, limiting the damage to a relatively small portion of the structure.last_img read more

1 dead 1 injured after shooting near Overtown childrens park

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – One person died and another remains hospitalized after, police said, they were shot near a children’s park in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, Friday night.City of Miami Police and Miami Fire Rescue responded to the scene near Northwest 17th Street and Fifth Avenue where they found two male victims with gunshot wounds.Investigators said shots were fired just before 10 p.m.Paramedics transported the male victims to Ryder Trauma Center, where one of them died, and the other remains in stable condition. The investigation revealed that the victims were shot while attending a wake.7News cameras captured family members making their way to the hospital. One visibly distraught woman was seen speaking to a Miami Police officer in front of the hospital. Inexplicable and cowardly gun violence continues with overnight killing of Miami teen. Please muster the courage, end the madness, speak up.— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) June 17, 2017Authorities are still searching for the shooter, and no arrests have been made.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. UPDATE: Scene still active at 1635 NW 4 Ave. One of the victims has died, the other victim is stable at the hospital pic.twitter.com/QXTSnkUg4X— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) June 17, 2017Officials did not disclose the victims’ ages but said one of them could be as young as 17 years old. last_img read more