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Ashish Nehra reveals why he abused MS Dhoni during a 2005 ODI match!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Sportstar/ReutersAdvertisement lcNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4su1kmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E54151g( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) iodrpWould you ever consider trying this?😱wfCan your students do this? 🌚4qzRoller skating! Powered by Firework It was the early days of Mahendra Singh Dhoni with the Indian cricket team. Just a year after making his debut for the squad, the young wicket keeper starred in an ODI against Pakistan in Ahmedabad in 2005. However, one mistake in the vital match had made him a prey for sledging from none other than former Team India bowler Ashish Nehra, as the veteran recently recalled the incident of throwing words at a young Mahi 15 years ago.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sportstar/ReutersMS Dhoni, who went onto become one of India’s most spectacular wicket keeping batsmen, was still in his early phases with the seniors of the squad. However, keeping behind the iconic Shahid Afridi on defending India’s total of 315, Dhoni missed a vital catch early on that could’ve sent the Pakistani stalwart batsman marching back to the pavilion, and that earned him Nehra’s anger.There is a video on YouTube of Nehra sledging Dhoni that has circulated for many years, ann the former Men in Blue international has finally spoken up on the incident in a recent interview with The Times of India.Advertisement “I distinctly remember that match in Visakhapatnam. It was the second ODI of that series. In a video that went viral, I am seen hurling abuses at MS after an edge off Shahid Afridi’s bat goes between Dhoni and Rahul Dravid at first slip,” Nehra said reporters.The 40 year old also added that the incident actually took place in a different match: “People assume it’s from the Vizag match, but that incident is from the fourth ODI in Ahmedabad.Advertisement Although, Nehra clarified that he was ashamed of what he said towards  Dravid and a young MS, plus the added pressure of facing someone like Afridi on the pitch.However, I must admit I am not proud of my behaviour. I had been hit for six by Afridi off just the previous ball. There was the usual pressure of an India-Pakistan match. Suddenly, I created a chance and it was missed.”Afridi went onto land a blistering 23-ball-40, as Pakistan won the match with 7 wickets remaining.Although, Nehra also added that both the players were cool with the sledging, which isn’t an unusual occurrence in the Gentlemen’s Game.“I lost my cool. That wasn’t the only incident where a player has lost his cool in that manner. Both Dravid and Dhoni were fine with me after the game but that doesn’t justify my behaviour,” Nehra concluded.Check out the incident from the India-Pakistan match in the video below, courtesy of YouTube user Deepak Sharma.Also read-Shreyas Iyer reveals how he earned his entry into the Indian teamYuvraj Singh the latest Indian cricket to generously donate to PM-Cares fund! Find out how much! Advertisementlast_img read more

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Like father, like son: Timothy Weah makes PSG debut

first_img0Shares0000PSG’s Timothy Weah is denied a debut goal by Troyes goalkeeper Erwin Zelazny © AFP / FRANCK FIFETROYES, France, Mar 3 – Timothy Weah, the son of former Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan star, and current Liberian president, George Weah made his professional debut in the French club’s 2-0 win over Troyes on Saturday.The US youth international, who only turned 18 last week, replaced Giovani Lo Celso for the final quarter hour after being named to the first-team squad for the first time. “My name pushes me a little bit more because my father did very good things here. I want to do the same thing,” said Weah, who nearly scored a debut goal in stoppage time.“Everything is going to be fine, soon I will start to score goals!”Born in New York City, the teenager signed a professional deal with PSG last summer but has spent much of his time with the club’s reserve team in the fourth division.“He’s a very young player but he works very hard. He played 15 minutes and had a good chance to score. He deserves it. It’s the first time, he needs to keep on working,” PSG coach Unai Emery said.George Weah spent three successful and prolific seasons at PSG between 1992 and 1995, and remains the only African footballer to the win the Ballon d’Or award, in 1995.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Nike ‘deeply concerned’ and Juventus shares drop amid Ronaldo rape claims

first_imgBut the player’s relationship with Nike, which is rumoured to be worth $1 billion dollars (869 million euros), is under scrutiny after police in Las Vegas announced this week they were reopening an investigation into allegations made by a former model, Kathryn Mayorga, relating to an incident in 2009.“We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation,” a Nike spokesman told AFP.Nike said it was “deeply concerned” by the controversy surrounding their star client © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Drew AngererAccording to Forbes magazine, Ronaldo is one of only three athletes to have been given a lifetime deal with Nike, joining an elite club that also includes NBA icons LeBron James and Michael Jordan.EA Sports, for whom Ronaldo is a leading figure in their phenomenally successful FIFA video game market, also described the allegations as “concerning”.“We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values,” the group said in a statement.– Juventus reaction criticised –Ronaldo’s move from Real Madrid to Juventus in the summer gave the Italian champions a huge boost, both on and off the field, as they continue their elusive bid for a first Champions League title since 1996. On September 20, shares rose 180 percent to a record level of over 1.80 euros.But on Friday over five percent was wiped off the value of their shares in morning trading on the Milan stock exchange. At midday they were worth 1.25 euros a share.Cristiano Ronaldo, pictured this week with his girlfriend, Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOJuventus have so far stood behind Ronaldo, but the Italian club’s reaction to the issue has angered some fans.The Portuguese striker “has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus”, the club wrote on Twitter Thursday, breaking their silence over the allegations.“The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.”Juventus later posted a video on YouTube and Twitter showing Ronaldo training, with the caption: “Juventus go for goal. Cristiano Ronaldo finds the target!”The defending Serie A champions’ tweets were widely panned on social media as “shockingly dismissive and insensitive”.“You’d expect a more nuanced and sensitive approach from such a mega organisation,” said one tweet.In his pre-match press conference Friday, Allegri said Ronaldo seemed “calm”. “I see Ronaldo calm, he is ready to play. His professionalism and his composure on and off the pitch are not in question,” the Juventus coach said.Ronaldo has vehemently denied the rape accusations.“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” he tweeted in English on Wednesday.Ronaldo, a father of four who initially made his name in the game during a six-year spell at Manchester United, transferred to Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer in a 100-million-euro deal © AFP/File / Thomas SAINT-CRICQ“Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.“My clear conscious (sic) will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations,” he added on his Twitter feed, which has 75 million followers.Portugal said Thursday Ronaldo will play no part in the country’s next four internationals, but national coach Fernando Santos gave him his backing.Asked about the allegations, Santos said. “I know Cristiano Ronaldo very well and I fully believe his word when he says he would never commit a crime like this.”Mayorga’s attorney Leslie Stovall told reporters his client had suffered years of trauma as a result of the alleged attack and found the courage to speak out thanks to the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault at the hands of powerful men.Mayorga claims she was pressured into signing a non-disclosure agreement in 2010 to keep the alleged rape secret and is seeking at least $200,000 in penalties and damages.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus say Ronaldo is “ready to play” this weekend © AFP/File / Jonathan NACKSTRANDMilan, Italy, Oct 5 – US sportswear giant Nike says it is “deeply concerned” by rape allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo and shares in Italian champions Juventus fell over five percent on the Italian stock exchange on Friday.Ronaldo’s coach at Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri, said the striker is “doing well” and is “ready to play” when the Turin giants travel to Udinese in Serie A on Saturday.last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho: I would love to sign Eden Hazard for Man United

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE REVEALED RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “Chelsea is led by experience and intelligent people in football. I think they would never sell Eden to Manchester United so it’s not a problem.”Hazard is in the form of his life ahead of the Saturday lunchtime clash, with seven goals in his opening eight Premier League games.He won the PFA Player of the Year award in 2015 as Mourinho’s Chelsea won the league, but suffered a massive dip in form the following season.Mourinho was sacked by the Blues seven months after guiding them to the title and rumours suggested a fallout between him and his star man. REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Mourinho and Hazard would both love to work with each other again no dice 2 huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade The pair will face off on Saturday afternoon as Mourinho takes his United side to Stamford Bridge, and the ‘Special One’ knows all about the threat Hazard possesses.“I would love to have him in Manchester United but I don’t think Chelsea will be selling to Manchester United so it’s not a problem,” Mourinho said.“History says that when Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League, Chelsea is the champion. It happened with me, it happened with Antonio [Conte].“Chelsea is top of the league now because he is the kind of player that can make a huge difference. BEST OF Jose Mourinho admits he would love to sign Eden Hazard for Manchester United, claiming he can win the Premier League on his own.Hazard, while on international duty, revealed his regret at how his previous relationship with Mourinho ended and said he would like to work with the Portuguese manager again. However, the 55-year-old did not have a bad word to say about the Belgian.“I think he is just a nice kid. We had a good relationship, we were champions together. He was for the first time best player in the Premier League with me, so I think the feelings are good,” Mourinho added.“When the feelings are good you say nice things, when they are not good you don’t say so much nice things.” 2 Reports suggested a fallout before Mourinho lost his job MONEY last_img read more

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WIDESPREAD GRIEF AFTER DEATH OF ‘ONE OF THE BEST’ IN CAR ACCIDENT

first_imgTHERE is widespread grief after the death of a young man on Co Donegal’s roads at the weekend.Bobby Rodgers, from Newtowncunningham, was a passenger in an Astra which crashed near Murlog on the Lifford to Letterkenny road on Sunday afternoon.The driver and another passenger were taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where they are being treated for their injuries. Mr Rodgers, a keen football fan, was hugely popular with many friends in east Donegal and Derry.A former student at Deele College in Raphoe, friends described him as “bubbly” and “great fun.”He was just 21.One friend told us: “He was the funniest lad, just great fun and great to be around. We are all so gutted and are just thinking of his family now. It’s hard to take in.” Another emailed us to say: “Bobby was one of the best; just a great fella who has gone far too soon. So many people will miss him.”Garda Traffic Inspector Michael Harrison appealed for information on the incident and urged anyone who witnessed to contact gardai in Lifford or Letterkenny. WIDESPREAD GRIEF AFTER DEATH OF ‘ONE OF THE BEST’ IN CAR ACCIDENT was last modified: May 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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THE BUNCRANA TORNADO – NOW WATCH THE VIDEO!

first_imgYou’ve read all about this morning’s tornado in Buncrana. Now simply CLICK to watch the video.THE BUNCRANA TORNADO – NOW WATCH THE VIDEO! was last modified: June 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranatornadolast_img read more

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Weather: Gale force winds with risk of hail and thunder

first_imgMet Éireann forecast that there is a risk of hail and thunder for Donegal today.The regional forecast indicates it will continue to be windy today, with strong to gale force winds expected along with some heavy showers. Highest temperatures will range between 5 to 7 degrees. Tonight, fresh to strong south-westerly winds will sweep over the county with a risk of further hail showers and isolated thunderstorms. It will be cold tonight, with lowest temperatures between 3 to 5 degrees.Tomorrow will continue to be cold and breezy with scattered showers. Strong southwesterly winds will veer northwest and become more moderate in the evening with highest temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees.There is also a risk of thunder tomorrow, and showers will become more scattered and less heavy into tomorrow evening.Donegal County Council says that in light of the hail forecast, motorists should beware of slippy roads. “Motorists should use extreme caution during these showers,” a spokesperson says.Weather: Gale force winds with risk of hail and thunder was last modified: January 24th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalhailMet Eireannthunderweatherlast_img read more

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Telling our African stories

first_imgThe launch of African Independent, by Independent Media, diversifies the media landscape by offering a space to tell stories for Africans, by Africans. Jovial Rantao heads up the editorial team, and he says it is his “big African baby”. African Independent, launched on 28 August 2015 in Cape Town, plans to tell unique African stories. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)• Research backs up South Africa’s good story• The Conversation goes live in Africa• South Africa’s living democracy• African history gets animation treatment• Triggerfish and Disney join forces to develop African talent Priya Pitamber“For far too long now our African stories have been told by Europeans, by Americans,” said the editor of the African Independent, Jovial Rantao. “Now through the African Independent, we can tell our own stories… for Africans, by Africans.”He spoke at the launch of Independent Media’s latest offering, held in Cape Town on 28 August. On its website, it is described as the go-to platform for people interested in Africa.“Our strong round-the-clock online presence ensures that our readers are kept abreast of events on the continent,” states its website. Readers can get “24/7 immediacy on our digital platform as well as insightful, thought-provoking content to reflect upon” in the print edition.“Our print publication is available every Friday, and contains uniquely written African content with emphasis on news, investigations, health, innovation, Brics and sport. It is an African newspaper that covers the continent like no other.”The paper will be produced and distributed in South Africa, as well as in other African states including Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The 48-page tabloid will have a print run of 60 000 copies per week.The African voiceDr Iqbal Survé, Independent Media executive chairman, echoed Rantao. “We need to tell the stories of Africa’s potential and growth. It is time Africa told its own story.“Those involved must have thought I was never going to allow the launch of African Independent because of how I sent them back and forth,” he said.Rantao observed that many African dreams failed because there was no support, so he thanked the team and Survé for their efforts. He described the newspaper as his “big, African baby”.A solid startSurvé said the publication had already secured the bulk of its advertising revenue for the first year, ensuring the publication was self-sustainable. “Then in the second year, it will be profitable and in the third, super profitable.”International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane attended the launch, where she congratulated the Independent Media group. “We should not be waiting for the likes of AFP for news about our own country, our own continent,” she said.“This is a welcome innovation for the country and the continent. Africa’s time is now.” The newspaper will be distributed in South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)Excitement aboundsCongratulations and messages of support have been posted on social media.“Congratulations guys!” wrote Phalane Motale on its Facebook page. “This is really historic and proof that South Africa is in Africa. Together we are going to make it work!”‎Margaret Piecenyana said it was quite an achievement and David Buzzard wished them luck. “If things don’t work out for me here, maybe they’ll give me a job,” he joked.Ecstatic moment. Ina Knott (project manager), Jovial Rantao (editor) and Percival Kwong (digital project manager) with…Posted by African Independent on Thursday, August 27, 2015last_img read more

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Will data analytics transform our healthcare system?

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…center_img Ronald van Loon Tags:#AI#Big Data#Data analytics#featured#Healthcare#Internet of Things#IoT#IOTW17#top Big data analytics are entirely transforming business paradigms. Automated databases are enabling businesses to perform mundane tasks more efficiently. And, the commercial sector isn’t the only area to benefit from data analytics. Its impact is widespread and is being seen across many different sectors, including healthcare.Access to healthcare facilities is a basic, human need. However, the healthcare sector is extremely expensive, even when compared to the other developed economies. In the United States, the burden of the expense ultimately falls on the consumer since the sector is mostly dominated by private companies. America, however, ends up spending more on its public healthcare system than countries where the system is fully publicly funded.Under such circumstances where people are paying a significantly higher price, they deserve a service that matches the price tag. The question is then: how can data analytics help increase the efficiency of healthcare systems in the United States and around the world?Performance evaluationKeeping a tab on hospital activities by maintaining relevant databases can help administrators find inefficiencies in service provision. Based on the results found from data analysis, specific actions can be taken to reduce the overall costs of a healthcare facility. Reduced costs may be reflected in the form of reduced expense burden on the consumers of those healthcare facilities.According to U.S News and World Report, Beaufort Memorial Hospital in South Carolina found that they could save approximately $435,000 annually by implementing a simple act of discharging patients half a day early. Hospital administration didn’t just make a random decision. They reached their conclusion after carefully analyzing the data. Such is the scope of data analytics in the field of healthcare.Financial PlanningData Analysis also helps administrators to allocate funds efficiently. An organization can achieve maximum transparency in terms of finances by incorporating automated database systems. The chances of embezzlement and fraud can be reduced significantly. The United States spends approximately 7.4% of public spending on the healthcare sector. A significant amount of money is lost annually due to fraudulent activities in the health sector. George Zachariah, who is a consultant at Dynamics Research Corporation in Andover, says that “In recent times it has become imperative for the organizations to use analytics tools to track fraudulent behavior and incorrect payments.”Patient SatisfactionWe have already established the idea that by incorporating analytics in healthcare systems we can improve the efficiency of the organization in terms of administrative tasks. However, the core objective of a healthcare facility is to cater to the needs of patients. Data analytics has not only proven to be beneficial for the mundane tasks related to administration but also to have a positive impact on a patient’s overall experience. By maintaining a database of patients’ records and medical histories a hospital facility can cut down the cost of unnecessary, repetitive processes.In addition, analytics can help in keeping an updated record of a patient’s health. With the adoption of more advanced analytics techniques, healthcare facilities can even remind patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle and provide lifestyle choices based on their medical conditions. After all, the whole purpose of introducing digital technology in the health sector is to make sure that people are getting the best facilities at a subsidized cost.Healthcare managementAutomating the processes can help healthcare organizations to obtain useful metrics about the population. It can reveal information such as if a certain segment of the population is more prone to a certain disease. Moreover, if a healthcare facility is operated in multiple units, analytics can prove beneficial to ensure the consistency across all facilities and specific departments. For example, Blue Cross of Idaho used Pyramid Analytics BI office to create a population health program. The results were evident in the form of reduced ER visits and emergency cases.Quality scores and outcome analysisUnder certain circumstances, a patient requires consultation from various specialists. Analytics can play a significant role in filling the communication gaps between consultants in such situations. It is important for each of the consultants to coordinate for the patient’s quick recovery. However, owing to the busy schedules of the consultants most of the time it proves to be very inconvenient for them to communicate. Digitalizing can solve the problem by providing a communication medium where patients data, medical history, and current progress can be stored and reviewed by each individual working on that case. By keeping a continuous check on patients’ health, cases of readmission can also be greatly reduced. A regional medical center can employ analytics to strategically classify patients based on their quality scores and allocate maximum resources to patients most at risk.Labor utilizationIn addition to the patients’ data, hospitals and healthcare facilities can also store staff’s data. They can observe staff performance and find any loopholes or inefficiencies in the system. Based on the results, they can arrange that staff is divided strategically across departments. Some healthcare units call for more staff than others. Failure to understand the organization’s requirements will lead to a loss for both stakeholders.If you are interested in learning more about how data analytics will transform the healthcare systems in the United States and across the world, then join the Pyramid Analytics webinar hosted by Ronald van Loon and Angelika Klidas.For more interesting insights about Big Data Analytics follow me on Linkedin and Twitter.last_img read more

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Acclaimed Bengali writer Nabanita Deb Sen dies at 81

first_imgAward-winning poet, writer and acclaimed teacher Nabanita Deb Sen passed away in her south Kolkata residence on Thursday night after prolonged illness. She was 81.Her parents, both poets, were associated with Rabindranath Tagore and thus Ms. Deb Sen often said she knew that “one of the signatures of growing up is to write poetry”. Her first collection of poems came out in 1959, the year she was married to economist Amartya Sen. The couple had two daughters and separated later.A Sahitya Akademi and Padma Shri awardee, Ms. Deb Sen taught for many years in the Comparative Literature department of the Jadavpur University and was a favourite among students.Her travelogue, Truckbahone McMahone [On a Truck Alone to McMohan], provides an entertaining and delicate description of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. Ms. Deb Sen, in her early twenties, hitchhiked up to Tawang in an Army truck to write the all-time bestseller of Bengali literature.Lamenting her demise, writer Shirshendu Mukherjee said Ms. Deb Sen had a “huge pool of material” which could not be used due to her ill health. “Besides losing a friend, I would say I will be missing her writings,” Mr. Mukherjee said. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said “her absence will be felt by her myriad students and well-wishers”.last_img read more

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