“My hope is that one day, Dave Rademaker (will) write me a letter of repentance,” Spector said. “Otherwise he is a waste of a human being. He is an animal driven by instinct, with no feelings.” Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3634 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Pandelios’ mother said she was satisfied with Tuesday’s verdict. “At some point I was going for the death penalty,” Magaly Spector said, “but it is OK with me.” Pandelios, 20, was last seen Feb. 27, 1992, after telling her husband she was headed to model for a photographer named Paul. Prosecutors argued that Rademaker used aliases, among them Paul, to lure women for sexual liaisons. His ruse turned deadly when Pandelios, a newlywed and the mother of a 13-month-old son, refused Rademaker’s advances after she met him near the Monte Cristo Campground, about 15 miles north of La Caada Flintridge. After she was raped, Pandelios begged for her life, promising Rademaker she wouldn’t report him if he let her go. He bragged years later that he then drowned her in a creek, according to trial testimony of an ex-girlfriend. A registered sex offender was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Tuesday for the 1992 kidnapping and murder of an aspiring Northridge model. David Rademaker, 42, of Burbank lured Kimberly Pandelios into the Angeles National Forest on the premise of a photo shoot, only to rape her and drown her in a shallow creek, prosecutors argued during a monthlong trial. The jury of eight men and four women decided Rademaker didn’t deserve the death penalty. He was eligible for death because he was charged with the special circumstance of kidnapping. “We’re absolutely thrilled,” said defense attorney Chad Calabria. “We think it was absolutely the right verdict. We are disappointed they found him guilty in the first place. But certainly they came to the right conclusion here.”
A doctor found guilty of ‘poor professional performance’ worked for more than six weeks at Letterkenny general hospital, an inquiry has found.Dr Alabi Emmanuel Gdaedbo, 49, has been found guilty of poor professional performance over his inability to perform basic clinical functions when appointed a senior house officer in the maternity unit of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.The hospital was “desperate for junior doctors” when it gave Co Cork-based Dr Gbaedbo a six-month contract in July 2010 without obtaining any positive references for him, an inquiry by the Medical Council’s fitness-to-practise committee was told yesterday by Dr Marie Milner, a consultant obstetrician at the hospital. Problems became “immediately obvious” and his contract was terminated five weeks later, she said. She wrote to the council saying he was “absolutely unsuitable for work as a doctor”.No incident arose where a patient came to harm and Dr Alabi was closely supervised from the outset, she stressed.She later learned Mayo General Hospital, where he worked for two months as a senior house officer in 2009, was “not happy” to provide him with a reference.Dr Milner said letters were sent to his referees and she would normally check with a previous employer but in this case had to find doctors urgently. Dr Alabi, who worked at Letterkenny hospital from August 25th to October 12th, 2010, is now unemployed but remains on the general medical register.His case raised issues whether the medical training being provided to doctors in certain countries left them “fit for purpose”, Dr Seosamh Ó Coigligh, another senior consultant obstetrician at the Lourdes hospital, told the inquiry.There was potential risk to the doctor himself as well as others, he believed.Dr Milner, who was involved in appointing Dr Alabi, said he was given a six-month contract in perhaps “unique” circumstances where the hospital was in a rotation with other hospitals to begin July 2010 and where seven senior house officer posts had been twice advertised but only four filled.Dr Alabi was on a panel and was appointed in late June after others had pulled out. It emerged within days that Dr Alabi had difficulties with suturing, cannulas and other basic procedures, that he was unable to identify the appropriate measures to take when common obstetrical problems arose and he displayed problems with note-taking and writing prescriptions, the inquiry was told.Dr Yayha Kamal, also from the Lourdes hospital, said he was shocked to see Dr Alabi “hardly washed his hands” before assisting in theatre.For patient safety, Dr Alabi could not be left on his own, he believed.On July 15th, 2010, Dr Milner wrote to Medical Manpower about the problems and said a programme, including conditions that he be supervised in all clinical matters and not placed on the on-call roster, was in place to address the deficits. When he failed to show sufficient improvement, his contract was terminated on August 13th.The Medical Council ordered an inquiry into allegations of professional misconduct and poor professional performance.Dr Alabi, a native of Nigeria, qualified as a doctor in Belarus in 1994, the inquiry heard. He passed the General Medical Council entrance exams and holds a master’s qualification in women’s health from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.He worked from 2005 for periods as a clinical attachment – a learning post – in hospitals in Cork and Waterford.He did not attend the inquiry but told its members by telephone it could proceed in his absence, adding he could not afford lawyers. In letters, he disputed some of the claims about his performance.The inquiry found him not guilty of professional misconduct but guilty of poor professional performance in failing to meet the expected standards of clinical performance and/or competence in several matters.It also found Dr Alabi guilty of poor professional performance in failing to improve despite getting further training and supervision.The Medical Council will rule later on any sanctions to be imposed.CRITICISED DOCTOR WORKED AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL was last modified: September 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
BY PATSY McGONAGLE: The Donegal Children’s Games will take place on Tuesday 7th May 2013 at the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar with a start time of 6.30pm.Not only will the Donegal Games be held there this year, but the county is fortunate to have both the Ulster and All Ireland Childrens Games at the same venue this year.The Donegal Children’s Games have seen excellent turnouts in recent years, and with athletics on a high in the county at the minute and many young children starting with clubs since Easter, we are expecting another big turnout on the 7th May. The Games allow each athlete to compete in a sprint, a distance race, a long jump and the new event introduced this year, the Turbo Javelin. These Games on the 7th May will help clubs choose two events for their young athletes for the forthcoming Ulster Games with the closing date for entries the following Friday. We look forward to seeing everyone out in force on the 7th. Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. PATSY Donegal Athletics BoardDonegal Children’s Games 2013 (U9-U11) Tuesday 7th May 2013 – 6.30pm sharpFinn Valley Centre, StranorlarFee €3 per athlete – this must be paid on the eveningAn athlete may compete in any number of events in his/her age category. An athletemay not step up an age category.Sprints will be on a heats to final basis.Distance events (300m – 600m) will be on a timed basis.Long Jump- Each athlete will have three attempts– U 9/10 competition – athlete may jump anywhere from the sand. No marks will be permitted. Athlete will commence run up from a ten metre mark.– U11 competition – athlete must jump from the board.Turbo Javelin– Each athlete will have three attempts in succession – The longest of the three attempts will be measured.Events will commence at 6.30 pm sharp.Athletes will be allocated a sticker with his/her year of birth.Coaches/Athletes should allow sufficient time to register and to collect athletestickers. Registration Desk will be open from 5.30pm.Where possible e.g. if travelling by bus, etc it would be appreciated if clubscould co-ordinate the registration of their athletes by filling out the attached sheets, collecting monies and handing in at the registration desk. The required number of stickers can then be allocated, speeding registration up for all concerned.Under 9 (2005)Under 10 (2004)Under 11 (2003)60m 300m Turbo Javelin Long Jump60m 500m Turbo Javelin Long Jump60m 600m Turbo Javelin Long JumpOrder of EventsTrackTurbo JavelinLong Jump 1Long Jump 260m U9GU11BU11GU10B60m U9BU9GU11BU10G60m U10GU10GU9GU9B60m U10BU11G60m U11GU9B60m U11BU10B60m Finals – All300m U9G300m U9B500m U10G500m U10B600m U11G600m U11BATHLETICS: DONEGAL CHILDREN’S GAMES ON MAY 7 was last modified: April 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ATHLETICS: DONEGAL CHILDREN’S GAMES ON MAY 7
The manager of the Courts Service for the Western Region is to visit Carndonagh Courthouse to asses its future.Mr. Brendan Mc Donald is to engage with local solicitors, respond on alternative court locations and the return of court sittings to the building. Local county councillor Albert Doherty says it is a priority requirement for local legal services and the local business sector to have court sittings returned to the Carndonagh Courthouse.He said “The nature and extent of the repairs and refurbishment required at the courthouse must be established and works expedited at the earliest opportunity.“The OPW must ensure commitment and completion of the works and allow court business to return to the convenient and central location that is Carndonagh.“It is incumbent also, on the public representatives to prioritise and support the restoration works at the courthouse.“I am confident that this message will be relayed to the regional manager of the Western courts service by all the solicitors in Carndonagh and its environs.“The early return of District Court services to Carndonagh Courthouse must remain a priority for all local stakeholders and the local community in North Inishowen.”Courts manager to visit Carndonagh Courthouse to assess its future was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carndonagh courthousedonegalinspection
OAKLAND — About two hours before each game, Warriors rookie Jacob Evans III hoists up shots with assistant coach Willie Green, hoping to get arc on a shot that needs improvement.This season, Evans’ playing time – like his jump shot – has been consistently inconsistent. Through 13 games, the rookie guard is averaging just 6.3 minutes per game as Warriors coach Steve Kerr opts for journeyman Alfonzo Mckinnie in the rotation.To get Evans on the court, the Warriors sent him to their G-League …
These hyperlapse videos will be the greatest thing you’ll see all year. And that’s not hyperbole.Hyperlapse videos are fun to watch and incredibly difficult to shoot. When executed well, the payoff is worth it. In the case of most of the videos on this list, a solid hyperlapse can land you a Vimeo Staff Pick. Check out these inspiring hyperlapse videos and then get out there and shoot your own.1. Watchtower of TurkeyThis video by Leonardo Dalessandri was shot over the course of 20 days across 3,500 kilometers. You can read more information about this video in our ‘Editing Breakdown: Watchtower of Turkey‘ post.Created By: Leonardo Dalessandri2. Dubai Flow MotionDubai Flow Motion was researched, shot, and edited over the course of 3 months. The video can be viewed in 4K by visiting the Dubai Film YouTube channel.Created By: Rob Whitworth3. Google Street View HyperlapseThis video is an impressive example of the hyperlapse potential in Google’s street view images. All of the hyperlapses in this video were created using the Google Streetview Hyperlapse website. When you get done watching these videos, head over there and make your own!Created By: Teehan+Lax Labs4. Barcelona Go!This video shot in Barcelona took 363 hours to complete and over 26,000 photos. It was shot entirely on Nikon DSLRs.Created By: Rob Whitworth5. NightvisionNightvision features architectural landmarks from 36 cities across 21 countries. You can learn more about Nightvision by visiting the Nightvision website.Created By: Luke Shepard6. Time of RioTime of Rio is a visual poem that features various aspects of life in Rio de Janeiro. The video was edited in Lightroom, After Effects, and Final Cut X.Created By: MOOV7. Barcelona. Motion TimelapseOvercoming a broken camera, lost hard drives, and 480 gb of storage, filmmaker Alexandr Kravtsov brings us this inspiring hyperlapse from Barcelona.Created By: Alexandr Kravtsov8. Paris in Motion (Part 1)Using over 50,000 photographs, Mayeul Akpovi captured this stunning video of Paris. The video was shot using a Canon 5D Mark II and Mark III.Created By: Mayeul Akpovi9. Georgia – Hyper TravelThis hyperlapse through Georgia (the country, not the state) is unique in that it’s comprised of HDR images instead of just regular RAW images.Created By: Piotr Wancerz / Timelapse Media 10. Discovering VancouverThis video shot by Ryan Edmond immerses you in the sights and sounds of Vancouver.Created By: Ryan Edmond11. Brooklyn Brewery MashUsing a combination of 3000 photos and a few incredible slow motion shots, filmmaker Paul Trillo brings the community of Brooklyn to life.Created by: Paul Trillo12. Moving Through New YorkThis video by Geoff Tompkinson is an amazing example of hyperlapse through New York City. Tompkinson also teaches hyperlapse to those interested in learning. Visit his website for more info.Created By: Geoff Tompkinson13. Bern HyperlapsedUsing 3,500 images shot across 4 months, this video showcases the beauty of Bern, the capital of Switzerland.Created By: Studium-Punctum14. Paris in Motion (Part 4)In the fourth installment of the Paris in Motion series, filmmaker Mayeul Akpovi gives us yet another inspiring look at the City of Lights using hyperlapse and timelapse techniques.Created By: Mayeul AkpoviFeeling inspired to make your own hyperlapse video? Check out a few of the following resources:How to Create a HyperlapseEditing Breakdown: Watchtower of Turkey Hyperlapse for FilmmakersAny other inspiring Hyperlapse videos you’d like to share? Share your favorites in the comments below.
TOKYO—Japan today unveiled its widely anticipated new whaling research program for the Antarctic. The plan sets a target of capturing 333 minke whales annually as part of a 12-year-long research effort “to achieve conservation of [Antarctic marine ecosystem] resources while pursuing their sustainable utilization and to understand and predict the effects of factors such as climate change.”The New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean replaces a similar project halted by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague last March. That program, known as JARPA II, called for taking 850 minkes, 50 humpbacks, and 50 fin whales annually, though in recent years actual captures fell far below those targets because of interference by antiwhaling activists.Conservation organizations immediately denounced the new plan. “Even though the new research plan announced today emphasizes the addition of non-lethal research, the previous survey’s main objective of continuing whaling is not changed in any way,” Junichi Sato, executive director of Greenpeace Japan wrote in a Japanese press release. “It is widely understood that this project uses large amounts of tax monies to protect the interests of the whaling industry.” Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The draft, which will now be presented to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), is open to revision. “We are willing to improve the research plan in response to comments and suggestions,” says Joji Morishita, Japan’s commissioner to the IWC. Japan plans to resume research whaling during the 2015 to 2016 austral summer. The IWC has no legal authority to block the resumption of research whaling, and it’s not clear if any country will take the matter back to the ICJ. International criticism may be the only option to stop research whaling, Sato told ScienceInsider.Critics have long claimed that Japan’s research program is a fig leaf to sidestep the IWC’s 1982 moratorium on commercial whaling. The 1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling allows taking whales for research purposes and allows the meat to be sold on the market; Japan uses the proceeds to defray research expenses. Whale meat dishes are widely available at specialty restaurants, in supermarkets, and online, and some Japanese consider it a delicacy. But consumption has declined in recent years and much of the annual catch ends up in storage.Australia took the matter to the ICJ in 2010. In its 31 March decision, the court found that, among other shortcomings, the target sample size of the Japanese program was not scientifically justified, nonlethal means of doing the research were not sufficiently considered, and there was little peer-reviewed science. “The evidence does not establish that the program’s design and implementation are reasonable in relation to achieving its stated objectives,” said the court, which ordered Japan to immediately halt whaling operations under the Antarctic research program. The ruling did not apply to a similar effort in the North Pacific nor to small-scale coastal whaling.Although widely reported as a knockout punch, the ruling was more of a slap on the wrist. The ICJ’s ruling acknowledged that research whaling is permissible under the IWC convention and that lethal methods are not specifically proscribed. “It is to be expected that Japan will take account of the reasoning and conclusions contained in this judgment as it evaluates the possibility of granting any future permits” for research whaling, the ruling stated.The 100-page draft plan released today addresses the court’s findings one by one and explains why collecting accurate data on the ages of minke whales requires killing them. A 14-page appendix then details why 333 of the animals are needed. “We did our best” to respond to the court’s concerns, Morishita says.Greenpeace’s Sato says the justifications for lethal methods and target samples sizes “are just like what they were for JARPA I,” Japan’s first research whaling effort, which ended in 2005. “I don’t think this plan sufficiently reflects the findings of the international court.”Timothy Stephens, an environmental lawyer at the University of Sydney, doesn’t think the Australian government will take the case back to court. The current Liberal Party administration of Prime Minister Tony Abbott “is not especially keen to push the whaling question,” he says. Whether other countries might step in is unclear.Japan’s whaling proponents say there are no good scientific reasons for a blanket ban on commercial whaling. Morishita says he personally would favor a compromise that would allow limited commercial whaling while strengthening conservation efforts. He and others argue that minke whales are not threatened and could be sustainably harvested. The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species has the common minke whale categorized as of “least concern” and the Antarctic minke as “data deficient,” noting: “Although there is no accepted estimate of current abundance, the population size is clearly in the hundreds of thousands.” The opposition to whaling is not based on conservation objectives but rather on a philosophical position against taking any marine mammals, Morishita says.
Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Pasaol’s magnificence saw him become the top single game scorer this century in the UAAP, toppling now-National University head coach Jeff Napa’s 15-year-old record of 42 points.READ: La Salle sends UE to 0-6, spoils Pasaol’s 49-point explosionFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor Mbala, watching someone apart from him dominate the game deserves praise of the highest accord.“He was just in the zone, he played very well, and he was able to lead his team. I feel like we didn’t do a good job of stopping him,” said Mbala Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn a game where Ben Mbala recorded yet another career performance, the La Salle center had no choice but to take the backseat and tip his hat to University of the East’s Alvin Pasaol.Mbala had a career-high 39 points in the Green Archers’ 106-100 win over University of the East but it was Pasaol who dominated the stat sheets when he finished with 49 points.ADVERTISEMENT Perasol, Maroons remain upbeat despite 2 straight losses “For a guy to drop 50 on us, and if a guy is in the zone, we have to take him out of the comfort zone.”Mbala and Pasaol even had a tender moment near the end of the game when the two exchanged a small embrace with the big man as if almost congratulating the Red Warrior on a job well done.“I told him to keep working, he did a great job, and when a guy plays well you have to acknowledge him,” said Mbala. “The guy played well and I’ll give it to him.”“This is the game of basketball, we all want to have fun. We have to enjoy and I have to congratulate him for his career-high.”ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments
The Firoz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.Delhi has joined the race to host the India-England World Cup match even as the International Cricket Council (ICC) is yet to choose the venue that will replace Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.The ICC snatched the only India match from the country’s most famous cricket venue after it found that the stadium was not match-fit. The world body also rejected a plea from the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), forwarded to the ICC by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), to reconsider its decision.While Bangalore is considered to be the front-runner to replace Kolkata for the February 27 game, Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) too now wants to host the high-profile match whenever the ICC wants it to.”Like some other venues must have, we have offered to host the match. Date is not a problem for us,” DDCA general secretary SP Bansal told Mail Today. DDCA president Arun Jaitley is believed to have conveyed DDCA’s desire to host the game to the BCCI.Kotla has been allocated matches between South Africa and West Indies on February 24, West Indies and the Netherlands on February 28, Kenya and Canada on March 7 and India and the Netherlands on March 9.CAB had requested the ICC to give it 10 more days to meet a fresh deadline of February 7. But the ICC has firmly turned down the plea, saying there will be no more inspection of the Eden Gardens.The world body has asked the BCCI to suggest an alternate venue by Monday.advertisementOn the other hand, ICC president Sharad Pawar said that a final decision on the other matches scheduled in Kolkata would be taken on Sunday. “I will get the report this evening (Saturday). After that, an ICC committee will deliberate on whether Eden will host the matches or not,” PTI quoted Pawar as saying in Kanpur. “Fans from other countries would also be coming to see the World Cup and they would have made their travel plans much in advance. Any last-minute change would hassle them.”Kolkata has also been allocated the South Africa-Ireland match on March 15, the Ireland-Netherlands game on March 15, and the Zimbabwe-Kenya encounter on March 20. Even though the Kolkata game is scheduled just a day before the West Indies face Netherlands at the Ferozeshah Kotla on February 28, Bansal said it would not be a problem for the DDCA to host back-to-back matches. “It’s a decision that the ICC will have to take. It’s not in our hands; we can only offer to host the game. But suppose if the match is eventually shifted to Kotla, we will have problem in hosting back-to-back matches as we have three pitches earmarked for the World Cup. Two different pitches can be used for the two matches,” he said.”We have all the facilities ready for the World Cup. If the match is shifted to the Kotla, what we will have to do after the February 27 game is clean the stadium,” he averred. “But we don’t want the India-England game at the cost of CAB. If it is shifted from Kolkata, the national Capital deserves to host it as it has not got any good matches.”Elsewhere on Saturday, different people put forth their views and proposals for an amicable solution to the tricky issue. One suggestion is that the India-Netherlands game on March 9 in Delhi be swapped with the Kolkata even as the dates remained unchanged.CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya met finance minister Pranab Mukherjee in Kolkata apparently to salvage the match.
An Iowa woman has died after an explosion at a gender reveal party created debris that hit her.The Marion County Sheriff’s office says the explosion happened at a home in central Iowa around 4 p.m. Saturday during a party to announce the gender of a baby a couple is expecting.Deputies arrived at the home in Knoxville to find a 56-year-old woman dead.Investigators determined that an explosion during the gender reveal announcement caused the woman’s death.The victim’s name wasn’t immediately released.