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  • NJ Train Derailment in Penn Station Causes LIRR Delays

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An NJ TRANSIT train derailed in Penn Station in Manhattan on Monday morning, which MTA officials said will cause Long Island Rail Road delays and cancellations during the evening rush hour commute.Crews are repairing the damage from the minor derailment, but the LIRR expects to have fewer than the usual nine Penn Station tracks and platforms during peak hours between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Service is expected to be mostly normal before and after rush hour as well as from the Atlantic Terminal and Hunterspoint Avenue stations.The incident is the second time in 11 days that a train from another railroad derailed in Penn Station and disrupted LIRR service. On March 24, an Amtrak Acela derailed and bumped an NJ TRANSIT train in Penn Station. Both incidents resulted in minor injuries.LIRR riders are urged to stay tuned to the railroad’s website, social media, app and email blasts for the latest information on what trains will be cancelled or delayed.last_img read more

  • 3 simple steps to a financially strong start in 2016

    first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Many of us have great ambitions to start the new year on the right foot financially. But many people fail to meet their goals or keep their new year’s resolutions because they are too ambitious. Changing habits in a short period of time requires a level of focus and commitment that many of us can’t afford in our hectic lives.But resolutions don’t have to be big to have an impact. Small wins early on can help boost your confidence and prepare you for the year ahead. Here are three simple steps you can take today to reduce your stress and improve your financial well-being for the rest of the year.1. Talk to your advisorDiscuss major changes in your personal and professional status with your advisor. Are you changing jobs? Have you added a new family member? Are you retiring or have you received a windfall? In most cases these changes will have a significant impact on your tax situation, your cash-flow and your insurance and estate-planning needs. continue reading »last_img read more

  • Liberia: New Government Risks Making an Enemy Out of the Media

    first_imgPresident George Weah at the opening ceremony of a summit meeting at the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jan. 28, 2018 (AP photo by Mulugeta Ayene). By Robbie Corey-Boulet, Senior Editor (World Politics Review)In February, former president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was awarded the prestigious $5 million Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, becoming the fifth winner since the prize was established in 2007.It was the latest in a long line of honors acknowledging her efforts to rehabilitate Liberia’s democracy after more than a decade of civil conflict.In the eyes of pro-democracy activists, however, Sirleaf’s record was far from perfect. One of the most commonly cited weak spots was her commitment to freedom of the press. Her time in office certainly represented an improvement over that of her predecessor, the warlord-turned-president Charles Taylor, who had no tolerance for independent reporting.But during Sirleaf’s 12 years in office, her government failed to reform libel laws that led to the jailing of journalists and the shuttering of publications. Moreover, Freedom House consistently rated the media environment under Sirleaf as only “partly free,” citing frequent cases of intimidation and arbitrary arrests.Yet three months into the term of her successor, the soccer star-turned-politician George Weah, Liberian journalists could be forgiven for wondering if Sirleaf’s presidency will represent a high-water mark in terms of the space they’re given to do their work. That’s because, in recent weeks, two high-profile confrontations have highlighted hostility toward the press on the part of the new administration, including from Weah himself—an especially worrying development, given that the country’s United Nations peacekeeping mission recently closed its doors, depriving journalists of a powerful ally.The first incident involves the newspaper FrontPage Africa, which was founded in 2005 and consistently publishes the most aggressive reporting in the country. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists or CPJ, the paper was recently slapped with a $1.8 million lawsuit over an allegedly defamatory advertisement concerning land administration. Moreover, on April 9, while delivering a summons related to the case, authorities “briefly detained at least seven journalists” and temporarily closed the newsroom, CPJ said.One of the plaintiffs in the case is a man with ties to Weah’s political party, the Coalition for Democratic Change, or CDC. The CPJ also noted that Jefferson Koijee, the mayor of Monrovia, the capital, and a member of the CDC, publicly criticized FrontPage Africa for “unprofessional attacks on the presidency” before the summons was issued. Rodney Sieh, FrontPage Africa’s publisher, has said he suspects the paper is being targeted because of its critical coverage, noting that other papers that ran the same advertisement have yet to face any repercussions. The case has echoes of one that unfolded in 2013 when Sieh was jailed for nearly three months over a libel judgment stemming from FrontPage Africa’s reporting about a government minister.The government has denied any involvement in this new case, saying it relates to a private matter. But there’s no question about the state’s involvement in the second incident that has raised alarm in Liberian media circles, as it was initiated by the president himself.On March 22, during a joint press conference with U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at Liberia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Weah fielded a question from Jonathan Paye-Layleh, the longtime Liberian correspondent for the BBC and Associated Press, about efforts to prosecute those who committed wartime atrocities. Weah’s response began with a boilerplate, if faltering, endorsement of the rule of law before taking an unexpectedly confrontational turn. Addressing Paye-Layleh directly, Weah said, “When I was advocating for human rights in the country, you were one person that was against me.” He offered no explanation.There were signs early on in George Weah’s political career that he might try to exert undue influence over what journalists publish.According to Paye-Layleh, a former colleague of mine at the AP in West Africa, the episode did not end there. He says that when he sought clarification from the government, he “came under verbal attacks from the president’s supporters.” Three days after the press conference, Weah’s office issued a statement featuring the bizarre claim that while Weah, who spent most of the war years playing soccer for European teams, was trying to bring attention to human rights abuses committed in his home country, Paye-Layleh was “bent on undermining his efforts by depicting a positive image of the carnage.”The Press Union of Liberia responded with a statement accusing Weah of “tearing down one of Liberia’s revered journalists in the eye of the world.” More broadly, the statement lamented “the speed at which the Executive Mansion is fast leading the reverse of gains made on journalists’ safety.”Taken together, these incidents do raise legitimate questions about Weah’s willingness to allow journalists to report freely. Given that he’s spent most of his life in the public eye, including more than a decade as a politician, his antagonistic stance toward Paye-Layleh is particularly odd. “One would have thought that after 12 years of being in opposition, with some of the negative press that Weah received, he would have been prepared to engage more maturely with the media,” says Aaron Weah, a Liberian political analyst who is not related to the president. “I’m a little surprised that Weah has not understood the orientation of the Liberian media. Historically, the media is always regime critical.”There were signs earlier in George Weah’s political career that he might try to exert undue influence over what journalists publish. During the 2011 election, for example, when Weah was running for vice president on the CDC’s ticket, the BBC covered a campaign rally in the northern city of Ganta during which a CDC vehicle struck a bystander, leaving him “covered in blood.” Apparently worried about how the story would play out, Weah called a local journalist over and, according to the BBC, forced him to delete photos of the victim—“or else deal with his security men.”The worry now is that, with Weah installed at the Executive Mansion, there are few checks on this type of behavior. For his part, Weah has pushed back against claims that he wants to stifle freedom of expression in the country. In a statement about the FrontPage Africa case, the Ministry of Information said the president would work to “decriminalize speech offenses” to give media outlets “protection against closures and arrests.” His government has also vowed to investigate the recent killing of Tyron Brown, a video editor with a private broadcasting company who was found stabbed to death in a suburb of Monrovia; there were no immediate indications that Brown had been targeted for his work.Yet in a recent meeting with Liberian media executives, Weah also offered clues that tensions between his government and the media are likely to persist, in no small part because, in his mind, it is the job of journalists to publicize his good works. “While it is true the media and journalists are at liberty to write and criticize in whatever way they see,” he said, “it is also incumbent of the media to mention the achievements of the government.”Souce: World Politics ReviewShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Editorial: The Cult of the Prize

    first_imgIn a letter to the editor in the Dec. 4 issue of Nature1, historian Robert Marc Friedman (U. of Oslo) asks, “Is science losing out in the race for recognition?”  The race for honors, he feels, is diminishing science:Raymond Damadian’s public dispute (see “Physician launches public protest over medical Nobel” Nature 425, 648; 2003) should make us ask whether science is best served by a culture obsessed with rankings and winning prizes.  The history of the Nobel Prize makes it clear that the medallion is etched with human frailties.Friedman alleges that the Nobel Prize does not necessarily correlate with achievement.  It is a decision made by one Swedish committee whose “predilections and interests necessarily enter into their deliberations” and influence their judgments.  As an example, “Academy physicists had no intention of recognizing Einstein’s theories of relativity,” he claims, quoting them, “‘even if the whole world demands it.’”    He also points out that the decisions are very difficult to make, when often many individuals are deserving but only a few can be chosen.  Consequently, “There are no grounds for assuming that the laureates constitute a unique population of the very best in science.”  Furthermore, he continues, “Let us not forget that some important branches of science are not addressed by Nobel’s testament.  Some of the greatest intellectual triumphs of the past century have not been celebrated in Stockholm.”    Friedman calls the annual Nobel frenzy “the cult of the prize” and claims the media, who whipped up frenzy about it from the start, are largely responsible.  “Leaders of national scientific communities willingly climbed on the bandwagon,” he adds, “and over time the number of parties with a stake in maintaining the cult of the prize has grown.”Damadian’s campaign to have a share in the prize for his work on developing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a product of a scientific culture based on competition for personal and institutional aggrandizement.  Whatever Alfred Nobel might have meant when he set up prizes for those whose work conferred “the greatest benefit on mankind”, he did not have in mind the promotion of narrow professional interests, nor institutional and national boosterism.He rhetorically asks, in conclusion, “Should racing to discovery define the soul of science?  Its heritage is far richer than the quest for prizes might suggest.”1Robert Marc Friedman, “Is science losing out in the race for recognition?”, Nature 426, 495 (04 December 2003); doi:10.1038/426495a.Be that as it may, Damadian knew that in our culture, the Nobel Prize constitutes a quasi-official roster of the greatest discoverers in science.  Textbook writers, historians, and teachers are wont to take the 2003 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine as the authoritative statement on who discovered MRI.  For a man whose entire adult life has been consumed with medical MRI, and whose initial discovery in the lab made it all possible, it was understandable for him to try to head off at the pass the revisionism he sees coming.  We can all pitch in by writing letters, as one of our readers did, to papers and magazines that forget the facts.  He told Science News,“Nobel prizes go to scientists harnessing odd phenomena” (SN: 10/11/03, p. 229: http://www.sciencenews.org/20031011/fob5.asp) didn’t include even a hint about the controversy about the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.  Many people believe that Raymond Damadian should have gotten at least a share in the prize.  Damadian saw and demonstrated the potential for using MRI as a medical-scanning technique when others found the idea laughable.    Friedman does not excuse or endorse Damadian’s media campaign, but rightly points out that we need to get our attention off prizes.  Not every great athlete wins Olympic gold, nor every great author a Pulitzer.  In science, especially, prizes should not be the metric for esteem.  We don’t remember Newton for awards won, or Kelvin for honorary doctorates.  We remember them for what they accomplished: uncovering nature’s laws.  If scientists become motivated to win prizes instead of explore the workings of nature, we will all suffer.    We can begin by individually paying less attention to prizes.  I have learned that a PhD still needs to earn my respect, not claim it by pointing to the numbers of letters after his name.  After all, do we not regularly read of PhDs making the most ridiculous statements right here in these pages?  Don’t tell me how many college classes you took and how many plaques you have on your wall (maybe your dad had more money to send you to an ivy-league school); show me by your deeds and the wisdom of your words that you deserve my respect.  Some PhDs are clueless; some unlettered men are peerless.  (Faraday and Joule come to mind.)  If you have a degree, consider it a ticket to do great things, not a scepter to make people bow down to you, or a laurel to let wither on the shelf.    The other two winners of this year’s prize may get plaques on their walls, and some dough, but those are quickly forgotten.  If we let achievement measure greatness, then Damadian’s prize will also be mounted where it belongs.  It will be inscribed every day in detailed anatomical images, posted on hospital walls around the world, that will guide surgeons to accurately diagnose and operate on their patients.  Because of this near-magical technology he invented, that can see below the skin without a knife, his prize will be written in smiling faces of millions whose lives have been spared.  That’s a prize that’s priceless.For background on the Damadian controversy, see the Oct. 10 headline.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

  • Reviving an Old Debate on Vapor Barriers

    first_imgPoly vapor barriers are a problemIt is GBA advisor Carl Seville who’s first to reply, with a comment that seems to summarize current thinking on the practice. Vapor barrier is really a misnomer, he says, when the poly should more correctly be called a vapor diffusion retarder. But leaving that aside for the moment, a poly layer can be “very problematic,” Seville says.“They are a disaster in warm humid climates, and even in cold climates, if there is any air conditioning being used,” Seville writes. “There is a big opportunity for vapor drive to the interior where it will condense inside the wall cavity. Vapor barriers in extreme cold climates can serve a purpose if they are installed without any gaps or perforations — if there are, moisture laden air will flow right through any gaps, minimizing its effectiveness.“In most warm climates, there is enough cold weather that walls dry to the exterior in the winter, so an exterior barrier is also problematic.”Experts in the field believe that careful air sealing, not a vapor barrier, is the real key to keeping moisture vapor out of wall cavities.“I’ll let Martin defend himself, but I must say a couple things,” adds Brett Moyer. “I think you really need to go back and review some Building Science 101. Who are these ‘experts’ at the AIA conference? ALL legitimate and respected building scientists do NOT recommend a vapor barrier/Class I vapor retarder anywhere but the most extreme cold climates. Homes in the lower 48 — Airtight Drywall Approach and a Class III vapor retarder (latex paint) is all you need.“The key to a durable wall assembly is air sealing, not vapor barriers.” The post was simply labeled “Martin Holladay” — for the GreenBuildingAdvisor senior editor — but the question from architect Stephen Thompson went to the heart of one of the most contentious building questions in recent history: is a polyethylene vapor barrier a good idea?Thompson tells Holladay he’s read much of what Holladay has had to say about vapor barriers, but he still is puzzled by several comments.“You believe that polyethylene film is not to be used as a vapor barrier,” Thompson says in his Q&A post. “I could not disagree more; after 10 years of work in Minnesota, I’ve seen what can happen when VBs are left out. All of the expert seminars at the AIA Convention insist that VBs are essential in cold climates. After viewing their photos of buildings turned icicle, I must agree.”Thompson makes two other points: that some GBA readers have implied an exterior vapor barrier is correct, when in fact that only makes sense in the deep South, and that some readers have referred to Tyvek, the house wrap made by DuPont, as a vapor or air barrer, which is not correct. RELATED MULTIMEDIA Why architects believe in vapor barriersIf architects are highly trained building professionals, why do some of them continue to promote the use of poly vapor barriers when experience suggests they can cause problems? Architect Bill Rose joins the discussion to offer this theory:“Architects are pretty much the last remaining defenders of the vapor barrier. Why is that?” Rose writes. “I try to explain it using the ideas of performance and prescription. The client, and the public, want performance. Prescriptions (standards, codes, etc. …) are invented as shortcuts to performance, and they facilitate commerce. Two problems: 1) prescriptions never get better over time, and 2) institutions accrue around them drawing profit and protection.“The vapor barrier is a prescription,” he adds. “It has outlived its usefulness. It detracts from performance at least as often as it provides benefit, all somewhat climate-dependent of course, and mostly it has no impact on performance. Buildings don’t need poly vapor barriers, architects need vapor barriers. My colleague Larry Elkin calls them ‘liability barriers.’ ”Rose refers readers to two papers, Insulation Draws Water and an ASHRAE standard on moisture control. Vapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersForget Vapor Diffusion — Stop the Air Leaks! Vapor Profiles Help Predict Whether a Wall Can DryAre Dew-Point Calculations Really Necessary?When Sunshine Drives Moisture Into Walls Although the practice is not required by code, some builders in cold climates continue to install a poly vapor barrier over the studs before the wall is covered with drywall. The poly is supposed to stop the migration of water vapor into wall cavities during the winter, where it would condense and cause problems such as mold or decay.But as building scientists learned more about the movement of air and moisture through walls and roofs, the practice was discouraged in all but the most extreme climates. Thompson’s question, especially because it comes from a building professional, revives this old debate once again and is the focus of this week’s Q&A Spotlight. RELATED ARTICLES center_img Podcast: Air Barriers vs. Vapor Barriers Beware of moisture driven inwardHolladay says an interior polyethylene vapor barrier “can work” in cold climates such as Vermont, Minnesota, and Canada, providing the building is not air conditioned, and there is no exterior foam sheathing on the walls. Still, he says, it’s not a great idea.Holladay directs Thompson to an article he wrote on vapor barriers and inward solar vapor drive. In it, Holladay discusses the origins of the vapor barrier recommendation, and some of the building disasters that resulted from using them in air-conditioned buildings.A Cincinnati builder, Zaring Homes, was actually driven out of business by moisture problems in brick-clad houses it built.But in the case of Zaring Homes, Thompson thinks the blame may have been unfairly leveled at the vapor barrier and not the fact that the brick veneer was installed without a “suitable cavity” behind it. A 2-in. air space behind the brick allows the masonry to dry out, and should be combined with brick vents and 2 in. of rigid foam insulation over the sheathing.“… And so, I stubbornly question if this discussion isn’t more about solid moisture barriers preventing water and water vapor from entering assemblies from the outside as opposed to air-conditioned poly properly positioned in a poorly designed moisture barrier assembly?” Thompson says. “Your patience please. It’s difficult to teach old dogs new tricks.”Holladay, however, thinks Thompson is confusing the effects of diffusion, water penetration, and air leakage. Inward solar vapor drive is a diffusion phenomenon that doesn’t have much to do with water penetration — and the problem can even occur in walls with an air gap.“Your concern about interior poly is misplaced, because wintertime moisture migration into wall cavities is mostly an air leakage phenomenon; diffusion plays only a very minor role,” Holladay says. “You need an interior air barrier, not a vapor diffusion barrier, to address the problem of wintertime moisture migration into wall cavities. In your original post, you mentioned ‘icicles.’ Ice accumulation in wall cavities is not a result of diffusion.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s what Peter Yost, GBA’s technical director, has to say:Bear with me while I make a couple of key points before getting to the question at hand.1. Building assemblies and materials get wet in one of four ways: bulk water, capillary water, air-transported vapor, and vapor diffusion.2. In general, we need to worry about wetting in that order. There is the exception of solar-driven moisture being driven by vapor diffusion.3. Building assemblies and materials dry in one of two ways: free drainage (bulk water) and by diffusion or evaporation.4. We need to worry as much about how things dry as we do about how they get wet.Whether we are talking about vapor barriers or retarders, we are talking about keeping building assemblies and materials from getting wet by the least important mechanism for wetting, which is vapor diffusion. And if we are focusing on the vapor permeability of just one component or material in the assembly, we are not dealing with how these assemblies and materials are going to dry.If the choice is made to have an interior layer of polyethylene sheeting serve as the air barrier and the vapor retarder for outward moisture drive during the winter in a really cold climate — 9,000 heating degree days or more — be sure of three things:1. That the polyethylene is actually a complete air barrier as proven by a blower-door test result.2. That the assembly is designed to dry to the exterior.3. And that the building is not air-conditioned during the summer.Can you design and build assemblies that dry to the interior in really cold climates, have an interior air barrier not made of poly, and air condition that building in the summer? Yes, you can — any PERSIST OR REMOTE wall assembly can do just that, or any assembly designed using either or both of these approaches: vapor profile and dewpoint method analysis.Finally, install mechanical systems that manage interior relative humidity in cold climates to reduce vapor drive — in other words, a ventilation system. That, a continuous air barrier, and designing/building assemblies to be able to dry are much more important than any prescription for an interior vapor retarder — much less a barrier — in cold climates. The difference between air and moisture barriersThompson responds that despite this assertions, both the Canadian Building Council and the U.S. Department of Energy continue to recommend vapor barriers on the interior side of studs in cold climates.But Lucas Durand isn’t convinced that the practice is endorsed so broadly. “In my opinion, the National Building Code of Canada does quite a good job in distinguishing between vapor retarders and air barriers,” he writes. “My experience has been, however, that despite having clear guidance on distinguishing between the two, every building professional I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with has somehow had it drilled into them that they are something like the same thing,” he adds.“My best guess is that the building industry in Canada has built so many homes for so long that use a poly ‘VB’ as a vapor retarder and air barrier, they have somehow become synonymous with each other. The reality is you can get a lot more in terms of energy performance and durability if you understand the role of each as a separate entity within a wall system and make design choices that use sometimes different materials to optimum effect.”Robert Hronek suggests Thompson spend some time reading up on the topic at the web site of the Building Science Corp., where Joseph Lstiburek discusses how much moisture an air leak can carry through a small tear in a polyethylene vapor barrier.“Poly is rarely installed to the level of being an air barrier as well as a vapor barrier,” Hronek writes. “If its not an air barrier than it is not really a vapor barrier. Except in the most extreme climate a vapor retarder is all that is needed. Painted drywall is a vapor retarder. Add dense-pack or spray foam insulation and you don’t have the air flow carrying moisture into the wall. Take it farther with advanced air sealing and it gets better.”last_img read more

  • Virat Kohli tweets wedding pictures with Anushka Sharma: Cricket fraternity wishes newly married couple

    first_imgVirat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are officially a married couple now. The two tied the knot at Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany, South of Italy. The couple has been a favourite of the masses and has dominated headlines ever since they started dating back in 2013.Both Kohli and Anushka came out on their Twitter handles and shared pictures of their wedding with their fans. They openly confessed love for each other and sought blessings from their fans.The Indian captain tweeted a photo of their ‘varmala’ ceremony and captioned it, “Today we have promised each other to be bound in love for ever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you.This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey.”Today we have promised each other to be bound in love for ever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you.This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey. pic.twitter.com/aobTUwMNAK- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 11, 2017Anushka Sharma, for the first time, came out and spoke of her relationship with Kohli by tweeting a message of their wedding ceremony with the same message.Today we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you. This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey. pic.twitter.com/Scobdiqk7ladvertisement- Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) December 11, 2017In the past, Kohli had often said how Anushka had made him a more matured person and has lauded her presence in his life. The two started dating after meeting during the shooting of an advertisement. Kohli, has since been virtually unstoppable.Kohli has hammered 19 ODI hundreds and 17 Test hundreds since 2013. That means 36 of his 52 international hundreds have been scored since the time he met Anushka.The Kohli-Anushka reception in New Delhi is all set to take place on December 21 at the Taj Diplomatic Enclave at 8.30pm. Kohli has been on fire as captain, leading his team to the top of the ICC Test rankings.Kohli had asked for a short break from the limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka and said the packed scheduled over the last two years had taken a toll.After defeating Sri Lanka in the three-match Test series, Virat Kohli asked for a break from international cricket before the challenging South Africa tour starting January 5. “I am not a robot,” he had said on the issue of Indian cricketers playing non-stop cricket.The cricketing fraternity took to Twitter to congratulate the newly-married couple.Congratulations to the lovely couple! God bless???????? @imVkohli @AnushkaSharma https://t.co/VAY7Jy7byV- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 11, 2017Jug jug jeeve eh sohni Jodi [email protected] @AnushkaSharma rab hamesha khush rakhe?????? pic.twitter.com/Xnb3APjpTa- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 11, 2017Wishing @imVkohli and @AnushkaSharma all the best in the new innings of their life #viratanushka #congrats- Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) December 11, 2017Happy married life both of you @imVkohli and @AnushkaSharma have a wonderful life ahead may god bless u both with lots of happiness- Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) December 11, 2017Congratulations @imVkohli @AnushkaSharma on your wedding. May God Bless you two and give you happiness and a rewarding married life.- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) December 11, 2017Heartiest congratulations to this lovely pair. Wishing the couple a very happy married life. https://t.co/d1gd5vCkiw- BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 2017Shaadi Mubarak, @imVkohli and @AnushkaSharma May God bless you both with lots of happiness. ??????- Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 11, 2017Congratulations @imVkohli & @AnushkaSharma. Wish you both all the happiness and a long married life! pic.twitter.com/bgD2TPA9dl- Parvinder Awana (@ParvinderAwana) December 11, 2017last_img read more

  • DAY THREE SUMMARY-FINALS DAY IS OH SO CLOSE

    first_imgAll draws, results, ladders and statistics can also be viewed at the TFA Sporting Pulse website which can be accessed using this link: TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITEMens 20’sThe Eagles finished their day by beating the Mets in what was one of the most heated and exciting games of the tournament so far. They will go straight into a semi-final tomorrow against the winner between Suns and Rustlers . Earlier in the day they showed why they are one of the favorites to take out this title, with convincing wins over both Crusaders and Cyclones.The Mets will not be happy with their performance this afternoon. At the 2005 NTL, the Eagles eliminated the favored Mets side in the semi-finals, so they would have been out to beat them this year. Earlier today they had a good win over a deflated ACT.ACT would have to be disappointed after today’s performance. They looked completely different to the team that yesterday held the very talented Sharks team to victory by only two touchdowns.The Suns had a successful day three of competition, with strong wins over the ACT, Hornets and Cyclones. They will be hoping to continue their good form into the finals tomorrow.Rustlers will also be a team to watch tomorrow after they beat Cobras and the Sharks. They will be up against the Suns in the quarter finals tomorrow.Cobras will go straight through to the semis tomorrow and play the winner of the match between Sharks and Mets.Womens 20’s South Queensland Sharks have had their ups and downs during this year’s tournament and the pressure is on for them to perform come semi-finals. They have won the Womens 20’s title for six of the past seven years and tomorrow they will face Southern Suns in their semi-final.In the quarter finals today, Brisbane City Cobras earned their way into a semi-final against the undefeated ACT side who have had great success this tournament.The ACT girls will be hoping to carry their recent success into the final day of competition. Hornets will be disappointed after losing their quarter final to Cobras, they had only one loss during the round games.The Southern Suns girls will be hopeful going into their semi-final against the Sharks tomorrow. They defeated Hornets, 7-2 this morning. Their very own Jessica Absolum is way ahead in the touchdown count, having scored a massive 13 touchdowns so far.Rebels and Barbarians, and Eagles and Crusaders will all play off in Plate semi-finals tomorrow.Mixed OpenThere were a couple of upsets today in this division, with the Cobras defeating the Sharks, 6-3. The Sharks however made a quick recovery defeating Rebels, 13-2 in their final round game this afternoon.The Cobras were obviously confident after their win over the Sharks, they then went on to defeat Barbarians 13-0.The Sydney Scorpions are still in the mix, although they did have a close loss to Sharks, 10-8. They will be up against Cobras in the semi-finals tomorrow.The Suns have had some impressive results throughout the tournament, and today they continued their good form, with a 10-0 win over the Rebels and a 5-0 win over the Cyclones. They will play off in the Plate semi-final tomorrow.The Sydney Mets will go into finals on top of the ladder, after impressive victories over the past few days. They will play the Sharks in a semi-final tomorrow, a replay of the 2005 Grand Final.Womens OpenThe Southern Suns will go into a semi-final match tomorrow against the 2005 Womens Open title holders, the Sydney Mets after a 3-1 win over the Rustlers.The Mets remain undefeated going into their semi-final tomorrow morning.The Barbarians also showed that they are not to be written off just yet. Led by Australian representatives, Bo De La Cruz and Shelley Matcham they will take on South Queensland Sharks for a grand final berth.The Scorpions have improved immensely this tournament and today had a 7-7 draw with the Eagles. They should still remain happy with their performances even after losing to the Cobras earlier today.The ACT Women fought hard today, stealing a win against the Crusaders, 6-5. They will play off against the Cyclones in the Plate semi-final tomorrow.Mens OpenIn front of a packed grand stand, South Queensland Sharks were eventual winners over Queensland Country Rustlers in the quarter finals. They now go up against a confident Sydney Scorpions team tomorrow morning.The Scorpions didn’t have a very good start to their day today. They lost tthe o Suns this morning 5-3 in a top of the pool clash. They restored their confidence this afternoon, with a 13-1 win over the struggling Crusaders.The Brisbane City Cobras definitely made the Southern Suns earn every point in their quarter final. It remained even for most of the game, with Suns eventually winning, 5-4. They will now face an undefeated Sydney Mets team in the semi-finals tomorrow for what promises to be an exciting match.The Rebels will play off against the Cyclones tomorrow in the Mens Plate semi-final and the Hornets will play ACT.Finals day at the 2006 NTL will definitely be one of the closest yet, so be sure to stay tuned for all results and updates.last_img read more

  • 6 days agoChelsea boss Lampard: What I love about Barkley

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