Five things to watch in Raiders’ Monday night opener vs. Rams

first_imgGet Raiders news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free Raiders HQ newsletter.ALAMEDA — The Monday Night Football theme song blared from speakers at Raiders headquarters during Saturday’s stretching period with Jon Gruden’s official return only two days away.Some of Gruden’s old colleagues watched practice – reporters Lisa Salters and Suzy Kolber and producer Jay Rothman – and broadcast newcomers Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten and Booger McFarland were on hand before their first Monday night …last_img read more


Tributes pour in for Vuyo Mbuli

first_img20 May 2013President Jacob Zuma has joined thousands of South Africans in mourning the sudden passing of radio and television journalist Vuyo Mbuli, who died in a Bloemfontein hospital on Saturday after collapsing while watching a rugby match at Free State Stadium.The SABC reports that the 46-year-old Mbuli, who was famous for this trademark “sharp sharp” sign-off at the end of SABC’s Morning Live show, was treated on the scene before being rushed to hospital.South Africans from all walks of life took to the social networks over the weekend to express their condolences for the versatile presenter, who for decades has been a constant presence in many homes, tackling critical issues with vigour and charm.“The loss of an icon is difficult to accept. Thank you Vuyo Mbuli for being an inspiration to us broadcasters,” wrote one Twitter user.Another tweeted: “Vuyo Mbuli was a brother, a friend and a colleague … death be not proud. Condolences to the family, friends.”Another tweet read: “RIP Vuyo Mbuli. You made sure we started our mornings on the right note. South Africa will miss you.”President Zuma said his loss would be felt across the country.“It is hard to think of a more patriotic and positive person than Vuyo,” Zuma said in a statement on Sunday. “He was always cheerful, and the whole nation will miss his smile and encouraging words.”Government Communication and Information System acting CEO Phumla Williams said Mbuli had “touched the hearts of South Africans through his work”.Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane, said South Africa’s media industry “has lost a giant who used his interviewing skills to get his guests to respond adequately to questions that both his viewers and listeners wanted hear. He conducted his interviews professionally and with great intellect.”Chabane, who is on an official trip in China, said in a statement: “I further call on young and aspiring journalists to strive for excellence as Mr Vuyo Mbuli did; he has left his mark and walked his journey with pride.”SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


J&K Governor’s ‘don’t take Mufti seriously’ remark sparks row

first_imgJ&K Governor Satya Pal Malik’s remarks on Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti sparked a row on Wednesday, with all major regional parties accusing him of “crossing the line”.“Elections are round the corner (in J&K), her (Ms. Mufti’s) party is breaking up. It’s in a bad shape. She had come to power by stirring anti-India sentiments. Nobody should take her statements seriously,” said Mr. Malik in Jammu.The off-the-cuff remarks came after Ms. Mufti sought Mr. Malik’s intervention in a case of thrashing of a civilian in Pulwama allegedly by an Army officer. She also labelled both the BJP and the Congress as “political forces driven by Hindutva agenda”, while referring to the Madhya Pradesh government’s move to slap the stringent National Security Act on three persons held on charges of cow slaughter.“Political lines are getting blurred and its difficult to differentiate between the Congress and the BJP as Hindutva drives realpolitik in modern India,”she added.PDP, NC take umbrage Ms. Mufti said the Governor’s remarks “saddened” her because “a constitutional authority has taken sides so brazenly”.PDP spokesman Rafi Mir accused the Governor of “unreasonably interfering in politics”. “He is influencing the elections and the electorate against the PDP. It speaks volumes about his integrity and the leftover sanctity of the office he holds. He must desist from exceeding his jurisdiction,” said Mr. Mir.Former Chief Minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah also joined Ms. Mufti in criticising Mr. Malik. “Governor sahib, it’s an unacceptable statement and an unnecessary interference in politics. At this rate it won’t be long before people stop taking Raj Bhavan seriously, so please consider the office you occupy before you give statements,” said Mr. Abdullah. Ms. Mufti, who visited injured civilian Tawseef Wani in a Srinagar hospital on Tuesday evening, had said: “An Army Major has allegedly beaten him up so ruthlessly that he had to be hospitalised. The irony is that his brother serves in the Army.”She referred to the Army Major, who had killed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sameer Tiger last year after taking up challenge to engage him in a gunfight in Pulwama, as the officer behind the incident. Later, the PDP chief spoke to the Army’s Corps Commander to register her protest. According to the family, Mr. Wani was picked up by the Army’s 44 Rashtriya Rifles unit from Pulwama’s Achgoza village on February 4. “He was asked by the Major to pose with a gun or else get killed in an encounter,” claimed Mr. Wani’s relatives at the hospital.Mr. Wani’ brother is among three soldiers detained by the Army in the kidnapping and killing case of another soldier, Aurangzeb, which took place on the eve of Id on June 14 last year.last_img read more


Kiwis brace for unbeaten Pak in Group A tie

first_imgDaniel Vettori’s erratic New Zealanders will have their task cut out when they take on Pakistan in a Group A encounter in Pallekele, near Kandy, on Tuesday.The action now shifts from Colombo after four games at R Premadasa Stadium and three games are set to take place at the newly- built Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.Pakistan are on top of Group A, having maintained an unbeaten run. The 1992 champions have almost secured a berth in the lasteight stage of the competition.However, Shahid Afridi’s side will be looking to brush up a few areas before the knockout stage commences later this month.Pakistan batsmen would like to put up a better show against New Zealand after their poor performance against Canada, where they were shot out for a paltry 184. Facing an ordinary Canada attack, the much- vaunted Pakistan batting line- up failed to deliver as none of their batsmen were able to cross 50.So inept was Pakistan’s batting that day that they failed to utilise more than one over of the batting powerplay. ” We have struggled a bit with the batting powerplay and we need to utilize that properly in the remaining games,” vicecaptain Misbah- ul- Haq told reporters on Tuesday.Misbah- ul- Haq urged his teammates to share the burden shouldered by skipper Shahid Afridi, who has almost single- handedly guided the team to victory in all its three matches so far.” It’s really very good for a team that its captain is doing well, but other players are also required to play well, take responsibility and ease pressure off the captain,” said Misbah. ” I think in all conditions, especially here, Afridi is a difficult bowler to handle, he has got variation and doesn’t give the batsmen time. With that kind of aggression he has led from the front.” It was Afridi whose second five- wicket haul in the tournament helped Pakistan skittle out Canada for 138.advertisementAfridi, who is now the leading wicket- taker in the tournament with 14 scalps, will be keen to continue his good run. But the skipper would also like to make a significant contribution with the bat too.New Zealand, on the other hand, have had contrasting performances in their three matches.While they thrashed both Zimbabwe and Kenya by 10 wickets,they were humbled by Australia in their second match, losing with 16 overs to spare.The Kiwis’ last series before the World Cup was against Pakistan and although they lost that series 2- 3, captain Daniel Vettori was confident his side will do well against Afridi and co. as they possess a fair idea what to expect from their opponents.” Having played Pakistan in recent months is certainly an advantage,” Vettori said.The conditions in Pallekele will also be to their liking as the wicket is expected to be faster than the ones in Colombo and Hambantota.” The surface looks faster than what we have been seeing in Sri Lanka before this game and we are looking forward to the game,” Vettori said.He hoped key batsman Ross Taylor would fire against Pakistan.” I think your best players are the ones who win the World Cup and Ross is obviously one of our very good players. He has high expectations from himself and he wants to perform. I expect him at one stage in this tournament to win a game for us and hopefully it’s tomorrow.” With PTI inputslast_img read more


VIDEO Worlds Largest PCTC Transits the New Panama Canal

first_imgThe video above shows Höegh Target, a Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) owned by the Norwegian RoRo shipping company Höegh Autoliners, transiting the Agua Clara locks of the newly expanded Panama Canal on September 8, 2016. With its 8,500 car capacity and 71,400 m² deck area, Höegh Target is said to be the largest PCTC in the world. The 22,068 dwt vessel features a length of 199.9 meters and a width of 36.8 meters.Delivered in 2015, the Höegh Target is the first in a series of six vessels under the New Horizon design that Höegh Autoliners will take delivery of by the end of this year.The company said it designed the six vessels with a larger beam while the Panama Project was underway.“We have anticipated this moment for some time, so it is with great pride we see one of our New Horizon vessels pass the newly expanded Panama Canal,” Steinar Løvdal, Chief Operating Officer – Deep Sea said.He added that the market for high and heavy cargo out of Asia to the US “has grown considerably and with the added flexibility these vessels provide we have been able to utilize the capacity of Höegh Target to its full extent.”The Höegh Target began its journey in Japan and is on its way to Mobile, Alabama.Image Courtesy: Panama Canal Authoritylast_img read more


Scorpio Bulkers Eyes USD 50 Mn Share Repurchase

first_imgzoom NYSE-listed dry bulk shipping company Scorpio Bulkers has received a nod from its Board of Directors to repurchase up to USD 50 million of its common stock.The shares would be repurchased in open market or through privately negotiated transactions.“The specific timing and amounts of the repurchases, will be in the sole discretion of management and may vary based on market conditions and other factors,” Scorpio Bulkers said, adding that it is not obligated under the terms of the program to repurchase any of its common stock.The share repurchase authorization has no expiration date.Scorpio Bulkers owns 46 vessels, consisting of 18 Kamsarmax and 26 Ultramax ships. The owned fleet will have a total carrying capacity of around 3.2 million deadweight tonnes.last_img read more