Operation CricketGate Impact: Security beefed up for Kanpur pitch ahead of India-New Zealand series decider

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) has tightened security around the Green Park pitch following India Today’s Operation CricketGate which caught the Pune pitch curator agreeing to manipulate the surface.Salgaonkar was barred from entering the MCA Stadium and suspended by the BCCI but the match went ahead as scheduled. India, who were asked to bowl, restricted New Zealand to 230/9 and chased down the target with six wickets to spare.India Today reported late on Thursday that Salgaonkar had in fact been questioned by an International Cricket Council (ICC) committee at an undisclosed location.Salgaonkar had told India Today’s undercover reporters that the Pune pitch would be a high-scoring one where 337 would be chaseable. He had also agreed to manipulate the pitch to suit the needs of two players and even allowed the two reporters to the pitch. BCCI and ICC laws do not allow unaccredited people anywhere near the surface.In what was a savage blow to the ICC and the BCCI’s stiff codes on corruption and on restrictions over outsider access to the field before matches, Salgaoncar not only accompanied India Today’s undercover reporters to the Pune pitch but also allowed them to tap it.Worse, he revealed to the reporters, posing as bookies, the wicket was a belter.”It is very good. I guess it will garner 337 (runs),” Salgaoncar disclosed.”Are you sure?” probed the journalist.”Sure and 337 will be chase-able,” the curator replied a day before the ODI. “There’s no doubt about it.”Salgaoncar, himself a former cricketer, also permitted the investigative reporters to take a test walk on the pitch and stamp it with the feet.advertisement”It’s not allowed. Still, we did it. The BCCI observer is also sitting around,” he confessed. “If someone asks me tomorrow, I’d say no one came. I don’t know.”News agency PTI reported that the security officials at the Green Park Stadium have been clearly instructed by UPCA acting secretary Yudhvir Singh to not allow anyone into the venue without a valid pass. The groundsmen too have been strictly instruct not to discuss the nature of the pitch with anyone.And here is a run-down of everything that transpired after India Today’s sting operation on the Pune pitch curator:MCA president promises strict action after India Today expose on Pune pitch curatorWho is Pune curator Pandurang Salgaonkar? No stranger to accusations of pitch doctoringBCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary ‘shocked’ after India Today expose on Pune pitch curatorJust to fire BCCI for what Pune pitch curator has done is not correct: Ganguly to India TodayCoA reacts to India Today’s Operation CricketGate: ‘Zero tolerance to corruption’Ban Pune pitch curator, demands Mohammad Azharuddin after India Today sting operationIndia Today Impact: Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar barred from entering stadiumIndia-New Zealand 2nd ODI will not be called off, sources confirm India TodayBCCI curator Taposh Chatterjee is overseeing pitch preparations for the crucial game.”We have to be more careful after the incident in Pune. The police officials have been told that only individuals with valid accreditation can enter the stadium. This practice was already in place but we are extra-cautious now,” Singh told PTI.”The groundsmen too have been instructed that they don’t need to discuss the nature of the pitch with anyone. What’s the need for that anyway,” Singh added.The three-match series is currently tied 1-1 and the Sunday clash will be a series-decider.last_img read more

Mourinho says hes too young to retire

first_imgThe former Manchester United and Real Madrid manager said he still wants to continue coaching in the world of football and will not retire soon.Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United after a very disastrous campaign in the English Premier League.And the 55-year-old has talked to BeIN Sports, as reported by Sky Sports, that he will not retire soon.“I want to coach. I am too young, I am in football for a long, long time but I will be 56 in a couple of weeks and am really too young,” he explained.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Where I am going to stay is where I belong, I belong to top football. I belong to top-level football and (that) is where I am going to be.”“I consider one of the best jobs of my career [was] to finish second with Manchester United in the Premier League, you say ‘this guy is crazy, he’s won 25 titles and he’s saying that the second position was one of his best achievements in football’,” he added.“I [will] keep saying this because people don’t know what is going on behind the scenes and sometimes on this side of the cameras we analyze things with a different perspective.”“And also the reason why I accept to be here and I will accept in the next period, where I suppose [I will] not be working immediately, is also to know the new football better and to know the new football better is also to understand what is behind the cameras,” he concluded.last_img read more

Hundreds of caravan travelers waiting at San Ysidro Port of Entry

first_imgHundreds of caravan travelers waiting at San Ysidro Port of Entry KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 29, 2018 April 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diegans for Secure Borders spokesperson Amy Sutton was in studio to break down the current story developing at the border.While a couple hundred people traveling in a migrant caravan from Central America were planning to seek asylum in the United States today, Customs and Border Protection officials said the San Ysidro Port of Entry is at capacity for people without documentation.“Depending upon port circumstances at the time of arrival, those individuals may need to wait in Mexico as CBP officers work to process those already within our facilities,” CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said in a statement. “As sufficient space and resources become available, CBP officers will be able to take additional individuals into the port for processing. CBP will communicate with Mexican authorities for operational awareness on this issue of capacity within CBP facilities as appropriate.”Earlier in the day, some of the caravan travelers — many of whom say they’re fleeing violence in their home countries — were at a cross-border rally 6 miles west of the port of entry. The refugees milled about at Playas de Tijuana on the Mexican side of the fence near its terminus at the Pacific Ocean. North of the fence, another 50 supporters rallied in Friendship Park, at the southern end of the United States’ Pacific Coast.Some supporters of the caravan scaled the border fence, apparently clamoring up from the Mexican side, although no one attempted to cross north into the United States.The citizens of countries in Central America and their caravan leaders, a group called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, told the Los Angeles Times that the migrants are asylum-seekers fleeing from dangers in their home countries. The Times reported that “no more than 200 of the group will go to the Tijuana-San Diego crossing and request U.S. protection.”Over the weekend, they’ve been engaging in legal orientation sessions to understand their rights and what to expect at the U.S. entrance, the Times reported.In San Diego on Saturday, a group of demonstrators marched from Balboa Park to Chicano Park.The caravan has been making national headlines for the past month after catching the attention of President Donald Trump. It first began with about 1,000 people March 25 in the Mexican city of Tapachula, near the Guatemala border, drawing comments from Trump as evidence of what he and his aides portrayed as a significant threat, the Post reported.In the intervening month, the caravan migrants’ numbers have dwindled significantly.Customs and Border Protection officials said on Saturday that some of the migrants in the caravan had tried to cross the border near San Ysidro since Friday. No estimate was given on the number of border-crossing attempts that had taken place.Young children — and in one case, a pregnant woman — were detected among people trying to enter the U.S. illegally through “a dark, treacherous canyon that is notorious for human and drug smuggling,”  CBP Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott saidScott said it was “unconscionable” that children were being smuggled into the country in what he referred to as dangerous conditions.In the statement, he warned the remaining caravan members to follow the law.“If anyone has encouraged you to illegally enter the United States, or make any false statements to U.S. government officials, they are giving you bad advice and they are placing you and your family at risk,” he said.“We are a very welcoming country but just like your own house, we expect everyone to enter through our front door and answer questions honestly. On a national level that front door is the Ports of Entry. If you enter the United States at any place other than a Port of Entry it is a crime.” last_img read more

GSA Opens Online Auction for West Virginia Navy Facility

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The General Services Administration (GSA) last week began accepting bids in an online auction for a former communications facility run by the Navy in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia.The 122-acre campus at the former Navy Information Operations Command Sugar Grove once supported up to 450 personnel and their families in a self-contained community which includes residential housing among its 105 buildings. The Navy base closed in September, eliminating one of Pendleton County’s largest employers and the state’s only active-duty military installation, reported Stars and Stripes.The site is “ideal for a corporate training center, a university or academic campus, a spa/clinic, movie studio or mountain resort,” according to its listing on the GSA Auctions website. The high bid listed for the property is $1 million; a closing date for the auction has not been determined.Kansas-based KVC Health Systems, a child welfare and behavioral health care organization, previously has said it is interested in acquiring the site to turn it into a skills training college for young adults transitioning out of foster care. The federal government had offered to turn over the facility to the state at no cost for use as a state prison, but Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) turned down the overture.last_img read more