November 18

FDA adds 104 staffers to food safety branch

first_img See also: The newly hired CFSAN personnel are filling 91 new positions and 13 existing vacancies, according to a fact sheet that the FDA provided by e-mail. The additions amount to a 10% increase in the center’s staff, according to a Sep 11 Associated Press (AP) report. The hiring surge includes 245 staffers in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, which fields inspectors of food and other regulated products. Of the 245 jobs, 111 are new positions, the FDA said. In announcing the hiring push in April, the FDA said it was needed to implement the FDA Amendments Act of 2007 and two agency initiatives unveiled in the fall of 2007: the Food Protection Plan and the Import Safety Plan. Staff additions at the FDA’s other branches include 133 at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, 116 at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, 34 at the Center for Veterinary Medicine, and 22 at the National Center for Toxicological Research. In all, the FDA said it has filled 1,317 positions since it announced a major hiring initiative on Apr 30. The agency has 1,005 new employees on board, with another 158 due to begin by Sep 28. The rest of the candidates have accepted job offers but are still going through security procedures. Last December a special FDA committee reported that the agency had been badly weakened by a combination of ever-increasing responsibilities, inadequate funding, and a static work force over the past 20 years. The committee said the FDA had an obsolete information technology system and was losing its ability to keep up with scientific advances. About half of all the new employees—663—are joining the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), which evaluates new drug applications and monitors the safety of licensed drugs. In launching the hiring drive, the FDA said it had been granted direct-hire authority, which saves time by eliminating “certain rating and ranking preferences” when filling jobs for which there is a critical need. Apr 30 CIDRAP News story “Health group urges overhaul of US food safety system” Overall, there are 770 new positions and 547 “backfills,” the agency said. The FDA has a total of 10,144 employees, including 700 Commissioned Corps members. About 2,131 positions are funded by user fees this year, the agency said. Sep 12, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it has hired 104 people in its Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) in the past 5 months as part of a surge that has brought more than 1,300 new employees to the agency. “This is really just bringing them back to where they were in earlier years,” said William Hubbard, a former FDA associate commissioner who now leads a group lobbying for sustained increases in the agency’s budget. “It restores losses that they have incurred, but they still have a long way to go to where they can make improvements.” Some independent FDA observers quoted in the AP report called the new hiring push only a first step, though a sorely needed one. Arthur Levin, director of the Center for Medical Consumers in New York, said the FDA’s recruiting shows that public service is still attractive for highly specialized professionals, according to the AP. But he cautioned that the FDA has a history of letting such gains slip away, saying the agency hired more food inspectors after the attacks of Sep 11, 2001, but then gradually trimmed the program. Apr 30 FDA news release about the plan to hire 1,300 The report of the staff increase comes after a summer of food safety turmoil linked mainly to the widespread and prolonged Salmonella outbreak associated with Mexican hot peppers. The FDA and other federal agencies drew considerable criticism because they initially suspected tomatoes as the culprit, and it took several weeks to determine that peppers were involved. More than 850 of the 1,005 new staff members are in scientific and medical fields, including chemists, biologists, pharmacologists, medical officers, consumer safety officers, statisticians, general health scientists, and microbiologists, the FDA said. But no breakdown of the types of jobs included in the 104 CFSAN positions was available today. About 500 of the 1,317 new employees will be paid with funds from user fees the FDA charges firms seeking FDA approval for new drugs and devices, according to the fact sheet. “No funding will be diverted from other programs to hire new personnel,” the statement says. Dec 5, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Report says stingy funding has put FDA in crisis” read more

October 19

Garuda Indonesia to test passengers for COVID-19

first_imgAirlines operating routes in Indonesia have grounded their aircraft to comply with the government’s ban on travel to and from COVID-19 “red zones”. The large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) implemented in major Indonesian cities with hub airports has also heavily impacted airline frequency.Irfan said that the flag carrier had already implemented health protocols including regular disinfection of aircraft, temperature scanning and check-ups for passengers, and onboard physical distancing.The airline had already suspended its in-flight distribution of newspapers and magazines as well as pillows, and switched to using disposable food packaging for its in-flight meals to prevent indirect transmission through contaminated surfaces and objects. It also plans to provide hand sanitizer for all passengers.Flag carrier Emirates Airlines of the United Arab Emirates became the first airline in the world to implement on-site COVID-19 rapid testing for passengers on April 15. The serology test returns results on blood samples within 10 minutes.Topics : Airline passengers may need to anticipate that the new normal for air travel could require that they be tested for COVID-19 before boarding.Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is planning to provide rapid testing services for future passengers to curb the spread of the highly infectious virus on airplanes, president director Irfan Setiaputra told a hearing with House of Representatives Commission VI on Wednesday.“There is a plan that we, along with Angkasa Pura I, Angkasa Pura II and the air transport authority, will conduct [the COVID-19] rapid test for anyone [on] aircraft once flights [resume],” Irfan said, referring to the two state-owned airport operators.last_img read more

October 6

Palm Beach creekfront home has $2m price tag after being passed in at auction

first_imgAuctioneer Nigel Long in action. Photo: David Clark A crowd watches the auction of 45 Murlong St, Palm Beach. Photo: David Clark The property was passed in at $1.8 million on the weekend. Photo: David Clarkcenter_img A crowd gathered at the Ray White Broadbeach auction of 45 Murlong St, Palm Beach. Photo: David ClarkA PALM Beach creekfront property is on the market for $2 million after being passed in at auction on the weekend.The three-bedroom house at 45 Murlong Cres attracted a crowd of more than 50 people and six registered bidders according to Ray White Broadbeach agent Troy Fitzgerald.It was passed in at $1.8 million.But Mr Fitzgerald said he was confident the property would sell in coming weeks.“We’ve got negotiations going on now with a party and we’ve got a few other people who are interested,” he said.“There’s nothing on the market like it in Palm Beach.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe creekfront property is on the market for $2 million after being passed in at auction on the weekend. Photo: David ClarkThe 655sq m property backs onto Tallebudgera Creek and features 30m of water frontage.The highest sale on Murlong Cres is $1.8 million in November 2016 for number 30.Tallebudgera Creek divides Burleigh Heads and Palm Beach. The median house price in Burleigh Heads is $725,000; in Palm Beach it is $706,000.last_img read more

September 29

Merchant navy fund converts longevity swap to £1.6bn buy-in

first_imgThe Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF) has insured £1.6bn (€1.88bn) of members’ benefits after converting a pensioner longevity swap into a buy-in with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC).The £1.6bn buy-in secures the pensions of around 14,000 members in the industry-wide pension scheme. The longevity swap was held between MNOPF and Pacific Life Re and dates back to 2014.Rory Murphy, chair of MNOPF, said the buy-in was positive for members and employers in the maritime and shipping industry but also contained “a positive message here for the wider pensions community”.“A well-run fund, with strong governance and expert advisers, can deliver valued and sustainable benefits to its members while successfully managing the risks and costs faced by its employers,” he said. To carry out the longevity swap in 2014 MNOPF set up an insurance “cell” company using a model offered by Willis Towers Watson, and those involved in the new de-risking transaction said it had benefitted from this structure.Andy Waring, CEO of MNOPF, said: “The trustee pioneered the use of a ‘ready-made’ Guernsey captive cell for the purposes of longevity hedging back in 2014 – one of the reasons for this was our view that it would make a future novation to buy-in easier and more efficient, which has proved to be the case.“Securing the benefits of our members has always been a significant part of the MNOPF journey plan. The buy-in with PIC is a great step forward to achieving this outcome.”Two month novation processAccording to Shelly Beard, senior director and deal lead at Willis Towers Watson, which advised MNOPF, the process to novate the longevity swap to an annuity was straightforward, taking less than two months.The buy-in is the third involving a conversion of a longevity swap that PIC has completed, which the specialist defined benefit insurer said signified growing appetite in the market for these types of deals.In November the Scottish Hydro-Electric Pension Scheme completed such a transaction, insuring £750m worth of liabilities with PIC. The other of the three deals has not been publicised.MNOPF was an early and significant adopter of innovative de-risking transactions, completing its first bulk annuity transaction back in 2009 and doing five further deals since then.CMS provided legal advice to PIC in respect of this transaction, and Pacific Life Re was advised by Hogan Lovells. Baker McKenzie provided legal advice to the trustee.last_img read more

September 26

Doubting Thomas

first_img Tweet Share Photo credit: foodforthespiritualsoul.wordpress.comTwo thousand years of Catholic sermons, paintings, and articles on religious subjects have fixed Thomas in ourminds as ‘doubting Thomas.’ A recent cartoon I saw has him crying out, “All I’m saying is we don’t call Peter ‘denying Peter.’” Why we became so comfortable in labelling Thomas that way is hard to fathom. He made a perfectly reasonable request in a unique situation. A man whom everyone saw brutally killed, reportedly came back from the dead,and was appearing to people. How could anyone give instant credibility to what was obviouslythe height of fantasy and wishful thinking?And there’s more. When the prophetic literature in the Bible spoke of the dead rising again, reference was either to the general resurrection at the end of time or to national renaissance, i.e., a rebirth of Israel, the nation. No one – and no disciple – imagined that such traditional expectations referred to the dead pre-emptively, so to speak, rising from the grave, still less of death being overcome. The disciples were perfectly in line with Jewish feeling on the matter, and so was Thomas. What dominated their consciousness after the crucifixion was disappointment over their hopes, and the fear of retaliation from the Jews.Labelling Thomas as doubtful Thomas did more than target him unfairly; it made us smug and complacent, and did a great disservice to faith itself. It implied that no shadow of doubt ever threatenedourcertainty and that the light of faith was as lucid as the light of day. But a moment’s reflection shows us what a false pictureof faith this is.The world of faith, as S. Paul wrote, is not a world of sight. We do not see what we believe, though quite often we act as if we did, as if the divine order were visually continuous with the natural order. This is inevitable, of course. We have no eyesight or mental apparatus capable of beholding divine realities. This why our greatest mystics, who themselves saw more than we do,remind us repeatedly not to pay too much attention to things like visions and locutions. It’s why the Church speaks so reticently about miracles, even while it validates them. Walk by faith, it all says to us, not by sight. But walking by faith means consenting to walk amid the difficulties of not seeing. Difficulties and doubts may not strictly mean the same thing, as Newman once said: “Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.” Except that when one is in the throes of difficulty, the distinction seems purely academic. Many of us can remember the kind of internal trauma we suffered when it began to get around that the first pages of the Bible were not history. We’re beyond that now because we have come to see that the real issue was never about the mechanics of creation. It was more fundamentally about whether we live in a meaningless environment or a meaningful cosmos. Genesis says no, the cosmos is not meaningless, because God created it. It is good and can realize all God’s intended purposes. Many people are yet to accept the centrality of metaphor in the infancy narratives (the account of the birth of Christ). The internal trauma, one can be sure, is or will be much the same. It may not cause them to disbelieve in the actuality of the birth – but a similar tension will exist between difficulty and doubt.To walk by faith means to acknowledge the fact that faith develops, and that no development, whether personal or social, takes place without internal difficulty and therefore without having to make internal adjustments.Faith today faces other kinds of challenges, involving difficulty in a more generalized sense. Difficulty and doubt that the whole edifice of belief, the language, imagery, the total content seems bypassed, belonging to an age when such things were once believable but now seemincredulous.This means that we are all subject to the influence of the surrounding culture. The atmosphere we live in today and breathe is scientific and technological. Whatever is not congruent with itspresumptions is inevitably felt to be quaint and beneath the attention of serious people.What this also means is that vulnerability is an essential dimension of faith today. Sometimes there’s nothing one can say. On the other hand, we can’t be just defensive. We may have to consent to be considered foolish, to be mocked or be smiled at tolerantly, in the way one smiles at a child.Every age of faith has signature challenges. This is ours, I think. Certainly one of them. It makes Thomas, at a remove of two thousand years, our brother. In a different sense. Nothing may make us disbelieve, but Easter makes us hope that the Lord may visits us nonetheless and confirm us in belief. By: Henry Charles PhD FaithLifestyleLocalNews Doubting Thomas by: – April 14, 2012 75 Views   one commentcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

September 26

Aribo’s coach to consider future after Rangers loss

first_img “But today for 90 minutes, I didn’t recognise anything. So I’m feeling really low. “Two seasons without a trophy isn’t good enough. It’s not what I’m about. “But that’s where it comes down on my shoulders. “I need to think now. The plan was to have a day off on Sunday. But I need to think hard about where we are. I’ll do some serious thinking in the next 24 to 48 hours.” When asked if that included his own future at Rangers, Gerrard said: “I just need to think. “I’m feeling pain right now because I want to win here, I’m desperate to win here. But looking from the side today, I didn’t get the impression that the feeling amongst my players was the same. Read Also:Ighalo, Aribo get Europa round of 16 foes as Man U face LASK “I’m not doubting myself. But it’s tough when you feel like this after performances like that. “I need to analyse myself, for sure. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The coach of Super Eagles forward, Joe Aribo,said he would spend Sunday doing some “serious thinking” after his side were beaten 1-0 by Hearts in Saturday’s quarter-final. The Rangers boss said the defeat was his lowest point since taking the job just under two years ago. It came on the back of the high of Wednesday night’s Europa League victory over Braga – but Gerrard said Rangers had “punched above our weight” on the continent. And with Celtic 12 points ahead of Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership table – albeit having played a game more – the manager knows his side’s last realistic chance of silverware is gone. Gerrard said: “I’m very disappointed. It’s the lowest I’ve felt since I came into the job by a long way. “The performance today was nowhere near good enough. “On Wednesday night I was the proudest man in Europe because my players were outstanding. “Everything we’ve worked on for two years, I could see it on the sidelines. I was proud as punch, it was incredible. Loading… Former Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard, has hinted he will consider his future after Rangers were knocked out of the Scottish Cup – effectively ending their hopes of a trophy this season. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe 90s Was A Fantastic Decade For Fans Of Action MoviesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThis Muslim Woman Belongs To World’s 10 Strongest WomenYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthlast_img read more

September 21

Fellaini nets late winner for United

first_imgManchester United triumphed in Louis van Gaal’s first home match as manager as substitute Marouane Fellaini’s late goal saw them defeat Valencia 2-1 at Old Trafford. Fellaini, introduced with just under 15 minutes remaining for his first appearance of pre-season, capitalised on a mix-up in the Valencia defence to turn the ball home in stoppage time. The Belgium midfielder, not previously involved under Van Gaal this summer having been rested due to his involvement in the latter stages of the World Cup, struggled last term and has been linked with a move to Napoli. Amid reports linking United with Sporting Lisbon’s Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, Van Gaal named a starting XI showing two changes from that which had lined up for their last friendly, the 3-1 win over Liverpool that concluded their tour of the United States. The adjustments saw 20-year-olds Tyler Blackett and Reece James coming in for Jonny Evans and Antonio Valencia – both out with injury. Van Gaal once again used the 3-4-1-2 formation he has done in every pre-season game so far and Rooney, skipper again as he had been against Liverpool, was paired with Javier Hernandez up front, Juan Mata operating just behind. The game was played at a fairly pedestrian pace in the early stages, with the visitors doing any probing there was. At the other end, Mata saw goalkeeper Diego Alves smother a free-kick just before the half-hour mark. The Spain forward – a former Valencia player – then delivered a corner which came to Phil Jones, whose header made for an easy catch for Alves. A minute later, Ander Herrera met an attempted clearance first time outside the box and volleyed wide. The tempo seemed to be increasing slightly and the away side called David de Gea into action as Sofiane Feghouli fired low at the United stopper from the edge of the area. Valencia skipper Dani Parejo sent a free-kick off-target and his counterpart Rooney then did likewise, albeit going closer, moments before earning the penalty as he jumped to meet an Ashley Young cross. Referee Jon Moss adjudged that it had been a foul from Antonio Barragan that sent Rooney sprawling to the turf while the ball came over, and pointed to the spot. But the England striker could not convert the opportunity, seeing his shot – possibly helped on its way by the faintest of touches from Alves, who had dived the correct way – crack against the upright. United made the breakthrough shortly after the restart as Young’s corner came out to Fletcher, who saw his side-foot effort loop over Alves off a Valencia defender. Rooney found himself in the clear moments later, but failed in his attempt to tee up a team-mate, and Van Gaal then made a raft of substitutions. James remained on the field and saw a deflected effort loop in Alves’ arms, but it was Valencia who struck two minutes later when Rodrigo, once on loan at Bolton, responded sharply as the free-kick sailed in his direction via Cleverley and rifled into the roof of the net at the back post. Pablo Piatti then missed from close range before Hernandez cleared a fierce strike off the line. But Fellaini and compatriot Adnan Januzaj – another making his pre-season bow after the World Cup – were thrown on in the 76th minute and soon made an impact. Januzaj fed Rooney, who missed from the edge of the box with a turn and shot. United subsequently survived a scramble when De Gea spilled a shot, and having cleared up on that occasion, Blackett then delivered a long ball in the last few seconds which sent Alves colliding into one of his defenders. The loose ball fell to Fellaini, who made no mistake. Press Association It will be interesting to see how his United career develops from here as Van Gaal takes the club forward. Rodrigo Moreno, making the most of ponderous United defending, had earlier made it 1-1 by firing in from close range in the 71st minute when the ball was inadvertently sent his way from a free-kick by the outstretched leg of Tom Cleverley. Darren Fletcher’s deflected 49th-minute strike put the Red Devils in front after their captain-for-the-night Wayne Rooney missed a penalty in the first half, hitting the post. It was a far from vintage display from United, who may well count themselves fortunate not to have been beaten by their Primera Division opponents. But they head into Saturday’s Barclays Premier League opener against Swansea at the same ground off the back of an impressive pre-season record. Prior to this game, United had emerged victorious from each of the other five friendlies Van Gaal had been in charge for, beating Los Angeles Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan (on penalties), Real Madrid and Liverpool. And in contrast to the gloom of last term, there is a definite sense of renewed optimism growing at United since the Dutchman took charge. That was certainly apparent in the warm reception a waving Van Gaal received from the stands as he headed for the dugout just prior to kick-off. last_img read more

September 20

Ellsworth boys take 1st at indoor track meet; MDI, GSA girls win

first_img Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 ORONO — Local indoor track teams had some of their best meets of the season Saturday with three teams claiming first-place honors at the University of Maine.In the first meet of the day, the Ellsworth boys and MDI girls earned wins in their respective fields. The Eagles topped Hermon by a single point to earn a thrilling win on the boys’ side, and the Trojans finished 47 points ahead of Orono on the girls’ side to earn a decisive victory.Nate Mason (400-meter dash), Javon Williams (long jump) and Beck Deeny (triple jump) claimed individual wins for the Ellsworth boys. Mason and Williams also teamed up with Colby Hamilton and Atticus Deeny to earn a win in the boys’ 4-by-200 relay.Bucksport’s Micah Hileman competes in the boys’ 4-by-800 relay during an Eastern Maine Indoor Track League meet Jan. 19 at the University of Maine. The Golden Bucks won the relay event with a time of 10 minutes, 42.14 seconds. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY LETITIA BALDWINFor the MDI girls, Marilyn Sawyer won the 55-meter dash and 200-meter dash with times of 8.02 and 28.40 seconds, respectively. The Trojans also got individual wins from Katelyn Osborne (800-meter run), Lily Cook (shot put) and Jillian Driscoll (triple jump) and a team win from Sawyer, Cook, Emma Freudig and Grace Rodick in the 4-by-200 relay.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth’s Emma McKechnie (girls’ high jump) and MDI senior Gilbert Isaacs (boys’ shot put) also earned wins in the opening meet.In the afternoon meet, the George Stevens Academy girls finished 44 points ahead of Central to place first of six teams. Bucksport and Sumner also competed from Hancock County.Grace Broughton (55-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash), Ivy Manner-Wheelden (long jump and high jump) added two individual wins apiece for the GSA girls in contested events. The Eagles also got a team win from Broughton, Hattie Slayton, Susanna Jakub and Lanny Zentz in the 4-by-200 relay.For Bucksport, freshman Johanna Stiles (girls’ 55-meter dash) and seniors Carter Tolmasoff (boys’ 55-meter dash) and Addie Morrison (girls’ 400-meter dash) earned individual wins. The Golden Bucks earned team wins in the boys’ 4-by-200 and 4-by-800 relays with times of 1:44.49 and 10:42.14, respectively.Sophomore Logan Carter gave Sumner an event win with a time of 5:17.86 in the boys’ 1-mile run. The Tigers also got a strong performance from junior Bryce Coombs, who finished 0.14 seconds behind Mattanawcook Academy’s Josh Cole to claim second place in the boys’ 55-meter hurdles.All five Hancock County teams will return to UMaine next Saturday, Jan. 26, to take part in the next competition. Bucksport and GSA will compete in the first meet of the day at 9 a.m., and Ellsworth, MDI and Sumner will compete in the afternoon meet at 1:30 p.m. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Biolast_img read more

September 19

Cricket News Kinrara Oval – Venue of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli’s glory escapes closure

first_img New Delhi: When one talks about Indian cricket’s glory moments in their history, the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia features prominently. It was at this venue in 2006 that Sachin Tendulkar stamped his class on the world stage with a brilliant century. In 2008, the venue was a sight for greater glory for a certain Virat Kohli as he led his side to the Under-19 World Cup title. Thus, it came as a rude shock for a lot of cricket fans when news emerged that the venue would be closed. The Malaysian Cricket Association’s lease expired in October and the property company that owned the land ordered them out of the ground to make way for a new development. After several months in limbo, the ground’s future is now assured after the cabinet agreed it should continue operating as a cricket stadium following talks with parties involved in the dispute.Saj Saddiq, the Sports Minister of Malaysia, said on Twitter, “The Malaysian government is committed to saving this… cricket ground. Cabinet decided that saving the cricket ground is more important than commercial development.” During the entire episode, the International Cricket Council had also said they were not in favour of closing the Kinrara Oval as the game was flourishing in the country. According to a report in AFP, the ministry said the final terms of a deal will be hammered out in a meeting between the sports ministry, the developer of the Kinrara Oval Perumahan Kinrara Berhad and the cricket association.In the 2006 DLF Cup Tri-series which involved India, West Indies and Sri Lanka, Tendulkar stamped his class with a brilliant 141 off 148 ball and the knock included 13 fours and five sixes. His opening stand of 75 with Rahul Dravid (26) and his 125-run stand with Irfan Pathan helped India end on 309/5. Tendulkar remained unbeaten but during the West Indies chase, the rain played spoilsport and West Indies were declared winners by 29 runs courtesy the Duckworth-Lewis method. India did not make it to the final which was eventually won by Australia when they defeated the West Indies by 127 runs. Virat Kohli’s Indian team won the U-19 World Cup in 2008 at the Kinrara Oval.Sachin Tendulkar smashed a century in 2006 against West Indies.India won the 2008 Under-19 World Cup by beating South Africa in the final. In 2008, the India Under-19 team led by Virat Kohli looked to cement their legacy as they looked to win the title. They got off to a great start with a win against Papua New Guinea but they got a big win against South Africa by six wickets. Kohli’s side continued their winning run by beating the West Indies by 50 runs and in the quarter-final, they defeated England by seven wickets. India overcame a tough fight from New Zealand to win the match by three wickets and in the final they once again faced South Africa.Tanmay Shrivastava was the top scorer with 46 as India reached 159 but in a rain-curtailed game, Siddarth Kaul, Ravindra Jadeja, Iqbal Adbulla and Ajitesh Argal held their nerve as they won the match by 12 runs to clinch the title.When one talks about where Kohli’s greatness at the international stage began, it was right here at the Kinrara Oval. Cricket fans will be happy that the venue is not closed for the time being and that in the near future, more stars emerge from here. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

September 16

Balanced attack leads No. 2 seed Syracuse over Yale, 11-10, to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 14, 2017 at 11:36 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 After Stephen Rehfuss wound up into his crow-hop to unleash the game-winner from 10 yards out, teammates corralled the redshirt freshman attack. They tapped his helmet, and they hugged him tight. Senior midfielder Nick Mariano, who scored twice, leapt high on the sideline, as the Carrier Dome crowd rose to its loudest level of the night. Syracuse’s savior hadn’t scored all night, but Rehfuss punched home SU’s ticket to the NCAA quarterfinals.“It was a miscommunication on defense,” Rehfuss said, “and (senior attack Jordan Evans) found me.”It didn’t matter who it was. Or where it came from. Syracuse’s sixth game-winner slung from the stick of its fifth different player. Nick Mariano, Sergio Salcido, Brendan Bomberry, Jamie Trimboli — and now Rehfuss have all stepped up in the final moments. In a season of late-game heroics, the Orange prevailed Sunday night with a late score to beat Yale, 11-10, and improve to 9-2 in one-goal games.After winning the Ivy League tournament last weekend, the Bulldogs ran into as balanced an offense the Orange has put together. No. 2 Syracuse (13-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) fought from down three at the start of the second half to mount its latest comeback and advance past No. 15 Yale (10-6, 5-1 Ivy) in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Orange march on to the University of Delaware for the NCAA quarterfinals next Sunday to face Towson, while Yale, ranked No. 6 in the preseason top 20, heads home.SU head coach John Desko earned his 500th win, including his time as a player and assistant. It’s also SU’s 11th victory in its last 12 games, this one in a contest during which Yale won 18-of-22 faceoffs. Syracuse didn’t win a faceoff over a 40-minute stretch and still came out on top, thanks to an 11-goal attack spread across nine different scorers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“How we made the difference was the lack of turnovers,” Desko said. “We had only four turnovers and we were perfect on the clears. We did the things we had to do to be really efficient when we did have the ball.”Last Saturday at unranked Colgate, Syracuse committed 17 turnovers and Mariano didn’t notch a single point. SU prevailed for an 11-9 victory, though Desko said this week that to beat any team in the postseason, that turnover total would have to be, at the very least, cut in half.For much of the game, especially the first half, Yale parked in Syracuse territory. Bulldogs junior attack Ben Reeves, who last week was named a top-five finalist for the Tewaaraton Award for the second straight year, entered with a team-high 38 goals and 35 assists. He poured home four goals and two assists, none bigger than his last two to help Yale tie it up at 10.With under eight minutes remaining, Reeves backed down SU close defender Scott Firman and tomahawked a shot resembling a sky-hook to pull the Bulldogs within one. On Yale’s next possession, he swept left, worked off a shallow pick and bounced in his fourth goal to knot the score.Like clockwork, SU had strung together a 6-1 run to take a 10-8 lead. Senior attack Jordan Evans kicked his leg out, threw an air punch and jumped after he tied the score at 8. Syracuse has erased deficits of at least four goals on four separate occasions this year, trailed Duke by two with six minutes left to win, and trailed Yale by three early in the third quarter.In February, the Orange lost All-ACC defender Nick Mellen to a season-ending injury. The graduation of leading attack and All-American Dylan Donahue left a hole at the top of the offense, which featured three new faces at attack. Goalie Evan Molloy entered his first year as the clear-cut starter. SU has since gone 7-2 versus Top 20 teams, 5-1 versus top 10 teams, and 2-0 against those in the top five.Mariano’s game-winner over Albany foreshadowed a season of big-time moments. Salcido, speedster and assist man, hit the game-winner against Virginia, the start of SU’s nine-game winning streak. Three more game-winners ensued. The latest came Sunday, following a “One stop,” chant from the Yale sideline. One stop the Bulldogs never got.Syracuse’s win became one stop — one stop in SU’s pursuit of ending the program’s longest national championship drought since 1983, which can be snapped with three more wins.With 2:09 on the clock, Rehfuss found room, swept left and hit top shelf to put Syracuse one victory away from its first Final Four since 2013.“Offensively, we did our job and we moved off ball better than I’ve seen all year,” said Mariano, who bumped his team-high goals total to 34 with two scores and an assist. “Nine guys scored goals. For an offense, that’s incredible to do.” Commentslast_img read more