first_imgA double whammy of weird ocean behavior washed over the world in 1997. The Pacific Ocean had already succumbed to an exceptionally strong El Niño, and then the Indian Ocean was hit fiercely by El Niño’s close cousin: the so-called Indian Ocean Dipole. Surface waters off the coast of Indonesia cooled and the ocean’s predominant westerly winds reversed, leading to catastrophic weather. Fires raged across a drought-stricken Indonesia, and floods across east African nations killed thousands.Climate change could make years like 1997 come more often, according to a new study of the Indian Ocean Dipole cycle, which alternates between two opposite extremes, positive and negative, just as El Niño does with La Niña. The study suggests that rising greenhouse gases will cause extreme positive dipole events—like the one that struck the Indian Ocean in 1997—to occur three times as often this century as they did in the 20th century, or about once every 6 years, as opposed to once every 17 years.“The Indian Ocean Dipole affects a lot of poor countries,” says lead author Wenju Cai, a climate modeler at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Aspendale, Australia, who published the study with his colleagues online today in Nature. “We really need to build our capacity to deal with these kinds of events.” In January, Cai led a study that found that extreme El Niño events—a warming of tropical waters off the coast of Peru—were likely to double in frequency this century.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(*)Shang-Ping Xie, a climate modeler at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California, says he likes that the study team focused on providing information on a more local rather than global scale. “They took an important step in the direction of understanding regional climate extremes in a better way.”Cai and his colleagues examined 31 global climate models and found that 23 were able to model the rainfall conditions in the Indian Ocean that they used to define an extreme positive dipole event. As a control, they ran the models from 1900 to 1999 to see how well they reproduced extreme events in 1961, 1994, and 1997. Then they ran the models forward from 2000 to 2099 under the “business-as-usual” projections for rising greenhouse gases. Out of the 23 cases, only two did not show a rise in extreme dipole events. “We have a very strong intermodel agreement,” Cai says. Climate change, he says, causes the waters of the western Indian Ocean to warm more than other parts of the ocean, and this preconditions the area to more extreme dipole events.Lisa Goddard, director of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University in Palisades, New York, does not necessarily disagree with the researchers’ conclusions, but she is concerned that they model the Indian Ocean Dipole as being completely independent of the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Studies have shown how an El Niño event can trigger a dipole event, and Goddard notes that two out of the three extreme dipole events, in 1994 and 1997, were preceded by El Niño. “They’re downplaying the role of ENSO,” she says.Cai insists that the dipole can arise independently of El Niño. He points out that in 2007 and 2008 there was a moderate dipole event even though La Niña was occurring, which ought to squelch the dipole event if it were so dependent on ENSO.Regardless, the dipole has the attention of people in Australia, where it has been linked to major bushfires in 1982 to 1983 (Ash Wednesday) and 2009 (Black Saturday) that killed hundreds. “The Indian Ocean Dipole is arguably more important to us,” he says. “It can cause big damages to these economies.”last_img read more

first_imgRey Guevarra cruises to record-tying 5th PBA Slam Dunk title Other schools in Group A are Treston, AMA University, and Manila University.UAAP Season 81 runner-up University of the Philippines is the top school for Group A with Far Eastern University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, College of St. Benilde, San Sebastian College also in the fold.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDiliman College and La Consolacion College are also in Group B.Games will be played at San Beda and at SGS Gym in Quezon City. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MANILA, Philippines—A total of 32 teams are set to see action in the 25th season of the Fr. Martin’s Cup Summer League that will start on April 6 at the campus of defending champion San Beda.The Red Lions, also the reigning NCAA champions, headline Group A that includes Arellano University, University of Perpetual Help, and UAAP’s De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT The high school division, meanwhile, has 14 schools with Group A comprising of Letran, FEU, University of Santo Tomas, San Beda-Manila, Diliman College, St. Patrick’s High School, and AMA.Adamson University, San Beda-Rizal, Arellano, Lyceum, Treston, San Sebastian, and La Consolacion are in Group B.The women’s division will have five teams competing for the title with defending champion National University, the owner of five UAAP titles, staking its claim to the throne against UST, FEU, La Salle, and University of the East.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgTennis icon Vijay Amritraj has taken a plunge into tennis administration and it will be a serious effort. Davis Cup star, the former quarter-finalist at Wimbledon, brand ambassador for India and well-known tennis commentator, Vijay has been chosen as president of the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association.”It was a unanimous election in the TNTA and I am sure we will be able to make a good beginning,” Vijay told Mail Today.There has been some confusion over his passport status, but recently he clarified he still holds an Indian passport, though he does shuttle between Chennai and Los Angeles.As one of the most shrewd tennis brains, Vijay is sharp in his commentary and well respected. Indian tennis has not seen many former players enter administration and Vijay has made this entry very consciously.When the Chennai Open was held in his city, he was a regular visitor, not just because of his television commentary assignment. His brother Anand was Davis Cup captain till last year and Vijay’s dream is to see tennis flourish again in Chennai and Tamil Nadu.Reminded that players like Ramkumar Ramanathan, Prajnesh Gunneswaran and company are from Tamil Nadu, Vijay said, “a lot more can be done.””We need to produce players not in the men’s section but also in the women’s section,” he said.There are a few familiar faces in the TNTA office bearers list, which includes secretary Prem Karra and Karti Chidambaram. The TNTA also has former national champion Sai Jayalakshmi in the executive committee.advertisementWhen the country’s lone ATP Tour event moved from Chennai to Pune in 2018, there was heartburn in the southern metropolis. For a city which has produced tennis champions from Ramanathan Krishnan to Ramesh Krishnan, the Amritraj brothers and also an assembly line of players from the BAT academy (Britannia Amritraj Trust), a big tennis event missing from the calendar has become an issue.”India doesn’t have a WTA event, so we can look at that option. There is always scope to host more events. That is one part, I am more keen we start producing players from TN,” stressed Vijay.As one who has been in touch with the sport closely, maybe he can provide the guidance for good tennis coaching facilities, mentoring, and ensure Chennai is back on the tennis map.last_img read more

first_imgThank you for your feedback. At the other end, Macclesfield’s revival under Sol Campbell continued with a 2-0 triumph at Grimsby. The Silkmen’s fifth successive win at Blundell Park opened up a three-point gap above rock-bottom Notts County – beaten at home by fellow strugglers Cambridge United – and kept them in touch with Yeovil, who secured a vital 1-0 win at Mansfield. Morecambe’s goalless draw at Exeter leaves them just ahead of Yeovil, four points clear of the drop zone. Football League Show Share on Pinterest Read more Show Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Quick guide Championship results Birmingham 1-2 Middlesbrough; Brentford 3-1 Stoke; Bristol City 2-1 Bolton; Hull 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday; Ipswich 1-0 Rotherham;Preston 1-1 Swansea; Reading 2-0 Nottingham Forest; Sheffield United 1-0 QPR; West Brom 1-1 Norwich; Wigan 3-0 Aston Villa.Evening kick-off: Millwall v BlackburnFriday: Leeds 2-0 Derby A 20th goal of the season from John Marquis was not enough to keep Doncaster in the play-off spots, his side frittering away a 2-0 lead in the final 15 minutes at out-of-form Wycombe, for whom Paris Cowan-Hall scored his second of the game deep into stoppage-time to seal a remarkable 3-2 win. Barnsley – whose CEO Gauthier Ganaye has been linked with the job at Nice – kept themselves in fifth by sending Bradford away from Oakwell with a 2-0 defeat and their relegation fears deepened.Wimbledon are still mired to the bottom despite a hard-earned point at Coventry, their increasingly ominous situation not helped by the points picked up by Plymouth, who won 3-2 at Southend, and Oxford United, who battled back from two goals down in a 2-2 draw at Fleetwood. Bristol Rovers clambered out of the drop zone with a goalless draw at Accrington. Pinterest League One League TwoAt the summit, Lincoln let their two-goal lead slip in an eventful 2-2 draw at Swindon. A sending-off either side of half-time left the visitors with nine men and Michael Doughty’s late penalty eventually denied the leaders. Two other promotion hopefuls faced off in a rollercoaster game at Gigg Lane, where Bury scored three times in the last 20 minutes for a 4-3 win over MK Dons. Nicky Adams’ stoppage-time strike capped a dramatic afternoon that saw his side overtake Dons into second and trim Lincoln’s lead to three points. Quick guide League One results Twitter Topics news Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Was this helpful? Facebook Thank you for your feedback.center_img Share via Email Bury came out on top in a seven-goal thriller. Photograph: Mark Pollitt/ProSports/Rex/Shutterstock Was this helpful? Quick guide League Two results Share on WhatsApp Hide Show Accrington Stanley 0-0 Bristol Rovers; Barnsley 3-0 Bradford City; Burton 2-3 Gillingham; Coventry 1-1 Wimbledon; Fleetwood 2-2Oxford Utd; Peterborough 2-1 Rochdale; Portsmouth 0-1 Blackpool; Shrewsbury 0-3 Charlton; Southend 2-3 Plymouth; Sunderland 1-1 Luton; Walsall 1-2 Scunthorpe; Wycombe 3-2 Doncaster Rovers Thank you for your feedback. Bury 4-3 MK Dons; Cheltenham 1-3 Tranmere; Crewe 3-2 Newport; Exeter 0-0 Morecambe; Grimsby 0-2 Macclesfield; Mansfield 0-1 Yeovil; Northampton 3-0 Carlisle Utd; Notts County 0-1 Cambridge Utd; Oldham 0-0 Forest Green; Port Vale 0-3 Colchester; Stevenage 2-1 Crawley; Swindon 2-2 Lincoln City Late Jordan Rhodes equaliser earns Norwich draw with West Brom Was this helpful? After parting company with Aitor Karanka, Nottingham Forest lost ground on their competitors for the play-offs, Jack Robinson’s farcical own goal capping nine-man Forest’s grim afternoon at Reading – who recorded a much-needed first win under José Gomes.At the foot of the table, Ipswich got three vital points at home to imperilled Rotherham, Will Keane’s early goal and a backs-to-the-wall second half delivering a glimmer of hope for Paul Lambert’s side, who nonetheless remain seven points from safety. Fellow scramblers Bolton were beaten at Bristol City, where Will Buckley’s smart second-half finish prompted a triple substitution by Lee Johnson; within 10 minutes, two replacements – Matty Taylor and Kasey Palmer – had turned the game around in a 2-1 victory.Jarrod Bowen added two more goals to an increasingly impressive campaign in Hull’s businesslike 2-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday, while Nathan Jones was brought down to earth in his first game in charge of Stoke, who are now eight points off the play-offs after losing 3-1 against Brentford. A diving header from Michael Jacobs was the highlight of a surprise 3-0 win over Aston Villa that saw Wigan end a bleak run of form and put vital distance between them and the drop zone. Twitter ChampionshipAfter Leeds – spying row and all – extended their lead on Friday night, a late equaliser from Norwich’s Jordan Rhodes in a 1-1 draw at West Brom meant it was all change among the chasing pack. Sheffield United edged past QPR thanks to David McGoldrick’s header, jumping into second place on goal difference, while Middlesbrough consolidated their position in the play-off places by negotiating a tricky trip to Birmingham, Britt Assombalonga’s late winner clinching a 2-1 victory. League Two James Collins fires home his penalty against Sunderland, in front of 37,791 fans. Photograph: Malcolm Mackenzie/ProSports/Rex/Shutterstock League OneLeaders Portsmouth came unstuck at home to Blackpool, Kenny Jackett’s side unable to find an answer to a second-half goal from Chris Long that ended a six-game winless run for Blackpool, and put extra importance on the showdown between second and third at the Stadium of Light. In the event, neither Sunderland nor Luton Town were able to take full advantage: Chris Maguire’s first-half strike for the hosts was cancelled out by a penalty from James Collins as the managerless Hatters extended their League One unbeaten streak to 14 games. 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first_img Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Snooker Defending world champion Mark Williams has revealed doctors are confident his health scare is not related to his heart after going to hospital suffering from chest pains.The Welshman lost the opening session of his second-round match with David Gilbert 5-3 at the World Championship in Sheffield. Later, Williams posted on Twitter that he was in the A&E department of a local hospital, saying: “Couldn’t stick the chest pains no more.” Share on WhatsApp Judd Trump wins final-frame thriller but Mark Allen suffers Crucible exit World Snooker Championship The 44-year-old informed tournament officials of the issue after the session and was advised by the on-call doctor to attend hospital. Williams made his own way there and is understood to be with his wife Joanne and son Kian.Williams posted an encouraging update during Friday evening. “Doctors are confident it’s not anything to do with my heart,” he tweeted. “Awaiting more tests at 10 o clock. #cantwaitformebed.”Breaks of 105, 66 and 58 had earlier helped Williams get back on level terms against Gilbert, but the latter took the last two frames of the day to carve out a 5-3 lead. Their last-16 match is due to resume at 10am on Saturday at the Crucible.Meanwhile Australia’s Neil Robertson has become the first player to reach the quarter-finals after beating Shaun Murphy 13-6 in the second round. Robertson led 5-3 after the opening session and took the second by the same margin to open up a 10-6 lead before Friday’s final session.The 2010 champion snatched the first frame of the day with a break of 67 and continued to score more heavily than Murphy, who managed a highest break of 59 in the session, but won two hard-fought frames to trail 8-6. Murphy missed a difficult brown in the 15th frame and his opponent took full advantage to clear the colours.Robertson won the final frame of the session as well and finished the match off in style when the players returned for the evening session. The world No 4 rattled in breaks of 143, 88 and 95 to justify his position as tournament favourite following Ronnie O’Sullivan’s shock defeat at the hands of James Cahill. Share via Email news Share on Twitter Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Messenger Cahill was also in action on day seven and had to fight hard to stay in touch with Scotland’s Stephen Maguire, who ended their opening session with a two-frame advantage. Aided by breaks of 67, 103, 56, 61 and 125, the two-time semi-finalist Maguire led 2-0 and 5-2 but Cahill dug deep. The score at the end of the second session was 9-7 to Maguire.The three-time champion Mark Selby faces a battle to reach the last eight as he trails Gary Wilson 9-7 overnight. Wilson took the day’s last three frames with breaks of 97, 115 and 78. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on Messenger Read more Was this helpful? Facebook Support The Guardian Hide And what a shame. Because there is something so weirdly, but fantastically, different about playing cricket, compared to any other team sport. A whole day of playing sport, where you might win it single-handedly, and on another day you might do literally nothing. Not a thing.It’s sad to think fewer and fewer people will create their own cricketing memories – those batting gloves at school with the green rubber spikes which gave you no protection whatsoever, and pads with buckles that pointedly refused to stay in place when you ran a quick single as your box fell out of your pants and wedged itself behind your knee.At university, second XI cricket was not of a high standard. Dan was the only player who could bowl straight. He’d always begin with an orange, aiming for off stump and we would wait for the glorious sound of citrus on willow.After we’d clear up the vitamin C explosion, we’d apologise and get on with the game. Then came the twist – the wicketkeeper would take a Red Delicious out of his pocket – we’d throw it around the field, from slip to point to cover to mid-off, shining it on its way round – and Dan would bowl that. Apple on willow, shattering all over the square. On one occasion, their opener played the first ball/apple perfectly – a cultured leave outside off stump. The keeper took it with soft hands and we threw it around the field again, desperately trying to keep a straight face, before the apple hit the middle of the bat on the second delivery. I’m not sure I’ve even been so happy. It was stupid, and we were idiots, but we were idiots playing sport.Probably the most exhilarating single moment of my life (admittedly the bar is low) came while playing village cricket. What a thing that is. Teammates decades apart in age and feet apart in waistlines, with one large man lodged at first slip in every side. The tactical toilet break so that you don’t have to umpire the first 10 overs – and if you end up in the middle the complete refusal to give any lbws. There was one game a year when the fair came to town and took up half the village green – I’d be crouching at gully while Chic’s Le Freak blared across the field.In the 2003 Cambridgeshire Junior cup semi-final, requiring five off two for Ashwell, I hoyed one over cow corner for six – it even got a headline in the Royston Crow. That very rare feeling of striking a ball so sweetly that it didn’t feel like I hit it. We won the final – I did not bowl, did not bat. Did not do anything. I still have the trophy in my toilet.Here’s hoping Sky’s free-to-air offerings don’t stop after this tournament. What about a day of an Ashes Test this summer? A Premier League game this season? If we want more people to watch, play and be inspired, it has to be the right thing. Topics Share on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Television industry Pinterest Sky Sports Share via Email Quick guide Cricket World Cup final to be shown on free-to-air TV Since you’re here… Cricket World Cup 2019 ‘Village cricket. What a thing that is. Teammates decades apart in age and feet apart in waistlines, with one large man lodged at first slip in every side’ Photograph: Alamy Was this helpful? Share on Twitter Sky plc In the summer of ’93, everyone at my school became a leg-spinner. We’d never seen leg-spin before Shane Warne arrived. Not that we could remember.No one could do it – ball after ball just looping on to the top of the low‑hanging cricket net – batsmen waddling halfway down the green matting, jumping and trying to hit the ball back to the bowler, hopefully with enough power to do it in one go. We were hopeless, but we were inspired by what we saw on TV. comment The number of people who will understand those references is actually pretty low. As Sean Ingle pointed out in 2015, almost as many people watched a 1974 feature-length episode of Columbo on ITV3 as watched Joe Root take the winning catch at long-off at Cardiff in the first Ashes Test of that year. And while Ingle clearly fails to recognise Peter Falk’s televisual brilliance, it’s a worry. Eight and a half million people watched the culmination of the fourth Test in 2005.I don’t walk down the street with English cricketers enough to know whether they get stopped every five seconds or whether they’re anonymous when they’re out shopping. Do 20-year-olds have equivalents of Peter Such and Alan Mullally rattling around their brains taking up much needed space?Will the modern day cricketers break into our public consciousness? Will Mark Wood win Strictly? Will Keaton Jennings present Top Gear in 2035?Participation is down. Andy Bull recently noted that 40 sides had disbanded in the past five years in the Hampshire league, with many others losing their second, third and fourth XIs – added to this is the slow acknowledgement that the sport is becoming the preserve of the privileged to an increasing degree. Show Sky’s agreement to put the Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air television could just be a one-off, but what if it was the start of something more? It wouldn’t have been hard to put the game on regardless of the result of England’s semi-final but perhaps the England and Wales Cricket Board has worked out that not enough of us are watching it.Living in a Sky Sports bubble (and being in it for years) makes it difficult to conceive of a world without live sport at my fingertips. Pretty much every office I sit in pumps out every possible sport on every possible TV. Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports News, Sky Sports Kabaddi, BT Lorry Racing. It’s all on, all the time.I genuinely forget that others don’t have that luxury, and haven’t had the chance to watch cricket for the past 14 years – during which time the coverage has been consistently excellent. All those summer days watching Bumble and the others teasing Nasser Hussain about the size of his nose, seeing which pundit has been given the third man analysis role against their will. The evenings spent watching Charles Colville and Bob Willis getting increasingly annoyed – perhaps because they have been left to do the highlights. And that’s before the winter – getting up at weird hours to watch overseas tours wondering if Tim Abraham has enough sun cream, or getting ready to start your day, flicking on the Big Bash and then realising it’s midday and you’re not dressed. Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Twitter The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Fear and loathing in English cricket’s fraying heartland Cricket Thank you for your feedback. As revealed in the Guardian, the Cricket World Cup final will be shown on free-to-air television now that England have qualified for the showpiece event against New Zealand. “Eoin Morgan has backed the decision to show the Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air television, a story revealed in the Guardian. “It’s very cool,” said England captain Eoin Morgan. “Particularly given the 2005 Ashes for me was the day cricket became cool – it was front and back page, everyone talking about it – that’s really good for the game. It’s great news it’s on free to air.” The match will be screened from 9am on both Channel 4 and Sky Sports, which holds the  UK broadcast rights. However, Channel 4 are also due to show the British Grand Prix on Sunday – the only live free-to-air slot for Formula One on British television this season – meaning cricket coverage will switch to More 4 for the duration of the race at Silverstone. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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first_imgzoom Acclaimed as the UK’s Best Port of Call, and ‘One of Europe’s Secret Capitals’, the Port of Tyne is one of the most exciting destinations on Earth.Passengers and cruise operators can be assured they are in safe hands coming to the Port of Tyne’s International Passenger Terminal which has been developed to welcome the world’s best and biggest cruise ships with experienced staff renowned for their efficiency and excellent customer service.With its long-established reputation for passenger operations and mini cruises to the Baltics and Scandinavia, the Port of Tyne offers world-class passenger services.Last year over 623,000 cruise and ferry passengers passed through the Port’s International Passenger Terminal with more expected during 2014.The Port of Tyne continues to be a popular choice for cruise lines, offering easy access to the rest of Britain, Norway and the Fjords, Iceland, Northern Europe, the Baltics, the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Madeira, Lanzarote and Grand Canaria), Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean.Steven Harrison, Port of Tyne’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Our award winning cruise terminal is fully equipped to handle turnaround and transit calls, with check-in facilities, excellent international transport links and of course world-class tourist attractions right on our doorstep. As the destination becomes less of a secret we are geared up to welcome growing numbers of passengers and to provide the best possible service to cruise operators.”Cruise and Maritime Voyages, Fred. Olsen and Thomson cruises will all operate turnaround calls from the Port of Tyne in 2014.There are two new companies coming to the Port of Tyne in 2014: Portuscale Cruises with the Azores and V-Ships with the Artania.German cruise line Peter Deilmann is returning on a transit call with Deutschland, along with Hapag Lloyd’s inaugural call of Hanseatic and Swan Hellenic revisiting with exclusive cruise ship Minerva.In total 31 cruise calls will be welcomed at the Port of Tyne during the year, including ten transit calls and 21 turnarounds. March 12, 2014last_img read more

first_imgTeam Nova Scotia is bringing home 52 medals from Prince Edward Island, the most medals ever won by the province in any Canada Games. “We had an outstanding couple of weeks,” said Ron O’Flaherty, Team Nova Scotia Chef de Mission. “The team came together as friends and competitors, representing our province in the best light possible.” Team Nova Scotia won 26 gold, 10 silver and 16 bronze, earning a fifth place overall standing, which is also an improvement over previous Games. The next best performance was at the London 2001 Canada Summer Games with 47 medals and sixth place overall. “We have shown we can be competitive with anyone in the country,” said Mr. O’Flaherty. “This is a real testament to the hard work and dedication our athletes have put into our sport and the high-caliber coaches, and programs our province has to offer.” David Sharpe, from Halifax, won two gold medals in swimming: 100 metre backstroke and 200 metre butterfly. He also won a silver medal in the 50 metre backstroke. Mr. Sharpe had the honour of leading Team Nova Scotia into the closing ceremony today, Aug. 29. Hannah Vaughn, a kayaker from Dartmouth, who won two gold medals in the 500 metre K-2 and 500 metre K-4, and a bronze in the 500 metre K-1, was chosen to participate in the ceremonial passing of the torch at the closing ceremony. Once the torch of the 2009 Canada Summer Games was extinguished, Ms. Vaughn accepted the torch on behalf of the Halifax 2011 Canada Winter Games and began its journey to Nova Scotia. The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. About 4,400 athletes, artists, coaches and managers are competing for 1,500 medals in 18 sports. Partners supporting Team Nova Scotia include Sport Nova Scotia and the Department of Health Promotion and Protection and official sponsors MEE Sports, Atlantic Lottery Corporation, CTV, 101.3 The Bounce and The Chronicle Herald. Keep up to date with Team Nova Scotia news and results at .last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday said it will go to the root of the alleged conspiracy and sensational claims made by a lawyer that there was a larger conspiracy to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in the sexual harassment allegations against him. A three-judge special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said if fixers continue to work and manipulate the judiciary as claimed, neither this institution nor any of “us” will not survive. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bench, also comprising justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta, asked lawyer Utsav Singh Bains, who has made claims of a larger conspiracy, to file another affidavit by Thursday morning after he claimed that he has some more “incriminating evidence”. The bench said it will take up the matter for hearing on Thursday. “We will inquire and go to the root of alleged claims of fixers at work and manipulating the judiciary. If they continue to work then none of us will survive… Fixing has no role to play in the system. We will inquire and take it to the logical end” it said. The bench also clarified that there is no connection in the hearing of Bains’ claims of larger conspiracy and the in-house inquiry ordered into the sexual harassment allegations against CJI. Earlier in the day, the apex court directed chiefs of the CBI, IB and Delhi Police to appear and meet in chambers the three judges who are hearing his claim that there was a larger conspiracy to frame CJI.last_img read more

OTTAWA — Just as one federal cabinet minister is urging a more sophisticated tone to the climate-change debate, a second cabinet minister has found himself trying to prove he is not a climate-change denier.Environment Minister Peter Kent this week said the federal government would never opt for a carbon pricing scheme itself, but would be open minded about pricing arrangements set up by the provinces.“We need to add a bit of subtle differentiation when we talk about carbon pricing,” Kent said in an interview on Wednesday, adding that he and Alberta were on the same wavelength in taking action to significantly cut emissions.But a day later, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver appeared to play down the urgency of fighting climate change.In an editorial board meeting with La Presse in Montreal, Oliver cited scientists who say that fear of climate change has been exaggerated. His comments were confirmed through a transcription of that part of the meeting, provided to The Canadian Press on Friday by Oliver’s spokesman.“I did not say that there is no problem, and I do not say that others (scientists) have said that there is no problem. Instead, they say there is a big problem. But now they say that the problem is not so urgent that they previously thought. Maybe it will take more time,” Oliver said, according to his spokesman.“But … I do not deny the problem, which is a fundamental problem.”Oliver was not able to cite any scientists at the time, but the minister’s staff pointed to an article by climate-change skeptic Lawrence Solomon as well as quotes in The Economist and other publications from academics questioning whether the pace of global warming was slowing.Oliver’s comments took on a life of their own amongst environmentalists, who bombarded social media with comments questioning the Harper government’s dedication to slowing global warming.The minister is getting briefed by distorted media reports about climate change, said Keith Stewart, climate and energy campaign co-ordinator for Greenpeace Canada. He called Oliver’s views “appalling” and “shocking.”They are a contrast in tone to that of Kent and Alberta Premier Alison Redford in Washington earlier this week. In separate appearances and meetings, Kent and Redford both stressed that Canada was taking climate change very seriously and that strong measures were in the works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector.They need to persuade the American public that Canada is serious about emissions, in the hopes of winning U.S. regulatory approval to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would carry Alberta bitumen through the United States down to the Gulf coast.Gone was the federal talk about any form of carbon pricing being akin to a carbon tax that would raise the price of everything. Indeed, Kent took pains to stress that while Ottawa likes its regulatory approach to emissions, he was open to provinces setting up their own plans — as long as such arrangements lead to actual reductions in emissions.“There hasn’t been a great deal of subtlety in talking about carbon pricing. There are those carbon taxes where the revenues go into general revenue and do not guarantee the reduction of a single ton of greenhouse gases. (But) Alberta has a tech fund wherein their revenues are focused only, and in isolation, on technology to achieve further ghg reductions than the emitters in that province are already able to achieve.”Over the past six months, Conservative MPs have been relentless in their attack on any kind of carbon pricing regime, equating all such efforts to a “tax on everything.”But the pending new regulations on oil and gas emissions are pushing the federal government to recognize that provincial carbon pricing schemes are legitimate ways of fighting climate change, said Alex Wood, a senior director at the Sustainable Prosperity think tank in Ottawa.“There’s a certain theatre being played out in the House of Commons around these kinds of issues, and then there’s the reality across the country. What you’re getting is the (environment) minister saying carbon pricing is actually a reality in large parts of the country, and therefore as a national government we’re not going to say it’s a bad thing,” Wood said.“That’s a welcome development, that the government is creating the space for that kind of policy to be developed at the provincial level.”He did not comment on Oliver’s interview, but tweeted earlier: “Min. Kent throws US consideration of #kxl (Keystone) a bone yesterday (not against carbon pricing). Min.Oliver takes it back today (no #climate change).”Later Friday, Oliver issued a release clarifying his earlier remarks: “As I said yesterday to La Presse, climate change is a severe problem. That is why our government is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent by 2020, and we are already halfway towards achieving that goal.”As the Harper government heads into the latter half of its mandate, there is growing recognition among Conservatives that their rhetoric on the environment may need to shift.Canada has committed to cutting its emissions to 17 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020, but so far only has measures to take the country half way there. Most of those measures are provincial. In order to make up the other half, oil and gas regulations due to be published in coming months need to be quite stringent.Federal officials have been negotiating with industry and Alberta officials for months, and have a general agreement on the framework but are still haggling over numbers. Provinces will have the leeway to design their own emissions regimes as long they meet the targets. And the federal government will not take any of the revenue collected by provinces through carbon pricing regimes. read more

TORONTO — Royal Bank’s decision to close 25 branches over the past year, mainly in city centres across Canada, is having a minimal impact on clients who increasingly favour an array of digital banking options, the company said Wednesday.Neil McLaughlin, head of Canadian personal and commercial banking, says the decision to shutter an overabundance of locations in some areas was aimed at redirecting costs of its operations.“The core focus is thinning out (our) dense urban branch footprint where we’re not really impacting the convenience for customers,” he told analysts during the bank’s third-quarter conference call.“You may go from a two-minute drive to your branch to a three-minute drive.”It’s part of a broader plan by the Toronto-based bank that included announcing 450 job cuts in June, mainly at its headquarters, and reinvesting in areas like data analytics and artificial intelligence.RBC (TSX:RY) has rolled out new technologies designed to make it easier for customers to handle daily banking on their smartphones. It recently launched an option to pay bills using Siri, the voice assistant of Apple’s iPhone.Those efforts helped the bank reach a milestone in the quarter where the total number of mobile banking sessions eclipsed online banking visits. Mobile transactions rose 40 per cent over the past year, it said.The bank boosted its quarterly dividend by five per cent to 91 cents per share, but reported net income of $2.8 billion — a decrease of three per cent from last year when its bottom line was boosted by the sale of an insurance business.Total revenue for the three months ended July 31 was $9.99 billion, down 2.6 per cent from a year ago.Excluding one-time items, net income grew five per cent from the third quarter of fiscal 2016.RBC is the first of Canada’s six biggest banks to report third-quarter financial results this year. CIBC (TSX:CM) reports on Thursday with the others reporting next week.Banking analyst John Aiken of Barclays Capital said in a note to clients that the dividend increase was twice as big as expected.“Although we and the Street had been expecting a drop in (RBC’s) earnings after a strong second quarter, (they) managed to exceed expectations on the back of impressive performances in its retail bank and wealth management platforms,” Aiken wrote.The profit amounted to $1.85 per share of net income under generally accepted reporting, or $1.89 per share on an adjusted cash basis.RBC booked $120 million in severance charges during the period, which CEO David McKay said was essential to reshaping the bank.“We found ourselves a need to accelerate our transformation,” he said. “We moved kind of two years of work into two quarters.”RBC’s wealth management division reported a 25 per cent increase in profits to $486 million, driven by stronger results from Los Angeles-based City National Bank, which it acquired nearly two years ago.Better results from the U.S. operations led the bank to hire more than 450 employees stateside, particularly in New York, Washington and Minneapolis.“New York’s a huge market and we’re just getting a small toe-hold in there,” McKay said.Follow @dfriend on Twitter. read more

“I met him more often than any other foreigner did in the world because basically he just met Tamils, only once met a Muslim delegation in Sri Lanka, met with a few Sinhalese but nearly always just met with Tamils. If we had spent more time with him, we would probably be able to influence him more. We did try to establish a more personal relationship with him by speaking about issues he really cared about, he was interested in films for sure, in food, he was known to be a good cook himself, he took some interest in nature. But it was hard to build a personal relationship because we had limited time and were not allowed to go up to the warring North by the Sri Lankan Government too often,” he said. Solheim says the intention of the LTTE leaders to surrender was communicated by the Norwegians to Basil Rajapaksa, the advisor to then President Mahinda Rajapaksa.“We were not alone, the Tigers did the same through some key Tamil and also, I think with some Indian interlocutors to send a message to the Sri Lankan leadership. The day after, we were informed that Nadesan and Puleedevan were killed. The exact circumstances of the killing are still not known. I don’t think they were with Prabhakaran at the time but I don’t know this exactly. How Prabhakaran himself was killed, I do not know either. But we have a very very strong suspicion that the 12-year-old son of Prabhakaran was captured by the Sri Lankan army and later executed by them, a completely irresponsible and evil act. And unfortunately for the Sri Lankan armed forces and to put it very, very nicely, there’s a big question mark on these killings, why they did not accept surrender and bring these people into court, rather than killing them,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) Solheim also spoke on the “white flag” incident. “I received a call from Puleedevan, he was one of the nicest members of the Tigers. He was the chief of the LTTE’s political wing. He told us they wanted to surrender to the Sri Lankan army and whether we could assist him. I did not speak to him directly but a Norwegian colleague told him that it was too late for us to intervene because the end of the war was very close. We pointed out that we had offered them opportunities in the past to give up the struggle at a time when it was still possible for us to intervene. But that it was too late now. But what we can ask you, we told him, is to hoist a big white flag, that ‘s why it’s called the White Flag incident, and through loudspeakers and whatever means you have, make your intentions known to the Sri Lankan armed forces. We, on our part, will inform Sri Lankan leaders of your intention to surrender.” Former Norwegian peace mediator Erik Solheim says he cannot understand how LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran got an enormous standing among Tamils and how he could be seen as their god, creator, and saviour at the time.Solheim told WION he regrets that the he could not spend more time with Prabhakaran to influence him. read more

Voluntary contributions are particularly important for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as they account for over two thirds of its total budget, the agency said in a news release in Geneva. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has requested more regular budget funding from the General Assembly for the 2004-2005 period and the OHCHR will also get $27.1 million from the UN budget next year.Introducing Annual Appeal 2004, to be launched officially on Monday at a meeting of UN Member States in Geneva, acting OHCHR head Bertrand Ramcharan, said it comes during one of the most difficult periods in the agency’s short history.”Our challenge, has been to maintain momentum in a time of crisis and to honour Sergio’s memory by sustaining progress in a time of transition,” Mr. Ramcharan said in reference to former Human Rights High Commissioner Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed in a terrorist attack in Baghdad in August.The agency must continue “his efforts to strengthen the institution, to give it a sharper focus and clearer priorities, to streamline and rationalize its structures, to improve its field policies, and to improve its internal management,” he added. “These reforms serve our overall goal of promoting an integrated human rights programme that brings together several critical components into a coherent whole.”The appeal covers the areas of support to UN human rights organs, including the Commission on Human Rights and the bodies that monitor how human rights treaties are implemented, programmes at the regional and country levels, response to new human rights challenges and the strengthening of OHCHR’s capacity, including information technology and staff security. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Diplomats: EU agrees to introduce new economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine situation BRUSSELS – The European Union has decided to slap new economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, diplomats said Thursday.The sanctions will further curb access to European capital markets for Russian firms and banks, limit exports of certain high-technology goods and target several officials with travel bans and asset freezes, diplomats told The Associated Press in Brussels.The sanctions will take effect Friday following their publication in the EU’s official journal but will be reversible if the situation in eastern Ukraine improves, four diplomats said independently. They spoke on condition of anonymity pending the official announcement.A summit of EU leaders almost two weeks ago called for the new sanctions to be finalized, but they were then twice postponed to assess the impact of a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. The United States previously said it was also considering new sanctions once the EU moves forward, and could now take that step as early as Thursday.The new sanctions are expected to deepen earlier penalties targeting Russia’s oil and arms sectors, including a further tightening of access to international capital markets. The current ban on credits and loans to Russian entities with a maturity of more than 90 days will be reduced to 30 days, two diplomats said. Curbing access to western capital markets could weigh down Russia’s already-flagging economic growth.More individuals, including Russian government officials and people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, are also expected to be sanctioned.Russia’s benchmark MICEX, which was rising on Thursday morning and early afternoon, declined 0.7 per cent on the news. The Russian ruble fell to an all-time low of 37.51 rubles against the U.S. dollar.Brussels has been more reluctant than Washington to sanction Russia because of its broad economic ties. Moscow is an important gas supplier for many EU nations and it is the bloc’s third-largest trading partner overall. The EU’s sanctions, however, have more impact than those imposed by the U.S. since the EU is Russia’s largest trading partner by far.___Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow contributed reporting.___Follow Juergen Baetz on Twitter at by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press Posted Sep 11, 2014 5:30 am MDT read more

Clashes of varying intensity have been ongoing for three days now, and follow sweeping restrictions on entry into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound which Israel applied beginning on 26 August. Since then, the Government has decreed an entry ban to the compound and the Temple Mount area to members of Muslim and Jewish groups considered to be extremist. “As the Middle East faces a vicious tide of terror and extremism, such serious provocations have the potential to ignite violence well beyond the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem,” Nickolay Mladenov told the Council, speaking via video conference from Jerusalem.“I urge all political, community and religious leaders to ensure that visitors and worshippers demonstrate restraint and respect for the sanctity of the area,” he continued, stressing that all sides have a responsibility to refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric.“Against this backdrop, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has left an indelible scar on the people and landscape of this region,” the envoy underlined. “Frustration, fear and violence have continued to spiral, undermining belief in finding a way out of the impasse.”He informed the 15-member body that over the last three months, the Middle East Quartet [comprising the European Union, Russia, the United States and the UN] has actively consulted with Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the League of Arab States, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and key international partners on how to preserve the two-State solution and establish conditions for the parties to return to meaningful negotiations. “All of our discussions have highlighted the region’s determination to play a constructive role in resolving the conflict,” Mr. Mladenov noted. “But the message from all could not be more clear: patience is running out.”“A comprehensive approach must be advanced, consisting of bold, concrete actions on the ground, in the region and internationally. It will necessitate significant policy shifts by Israel as well as an unflinching commitment on the Palestinian side to achieving genuine national unity,” he added.However, despite efforts by Israel in recent months to ease some restrictions in the West Bank and Gaza, Mr. Mladenov described the situation on the ground as “precarious.” This past month, clashes between Palestinians and Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank continued, injuring one Palestinian and four Israelis. The UN reported that 115 Palestinians were injured by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) while six members of the Israeli security forces were injured by Palestinians. In the West Bank, Israeli security forces arrested 282 Palestinians. “Also deeply troubling is the continuing Israeli policy of settlement construction and demolishing of Palestinian-owned structures in Area C of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,” Mr. Mladenov continued. “I call upon Israel to freeze demolitions, to reverse ‘relocation’ plans and – critically – to expedite approval of outstanding planning submissions and enable community-led planning processes.”He recalled that since his last briefing, some 50 Palestinian structures have been demolished. “I am alarmed that the calendar month of August saw the highest number of demolitions since June 2010, with 142 Palestinian-owned structures demolished and over 200 Palestinians displaced.”Meanwhile, in Gaza, power outages have reportedly been averaging 12 to 16 hours per day, and 40,000 public sector employees have not received full salaries for one year.On a more positive note, Mr. Mladenov said the reconstruction of Gaza following last year’s conflict in the enclave is picking up speed, with some 94,000 homeowners having procured construction material to repair their homes. The envoy said the UN will continue to support the efforts of the legitimate Palestinian institutions and to reach out to all factions in order to ensure that the humanitarian, social and economic challenges of Gaza are addressed. read more

Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s decision to go forward with the New York Marathon on Sunday despite the fact that the city is still reeling from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy has stirred up another storm of intense reaction in the city.While a third of the city is still without power and parts of Staten Island, where the race begins, are still under water and thousands are homeless, Bloomberg said the city needs to restart the economic engine to keep the city afloat. But many residents and politicians think holding the race is an awful idea.The controversy comes as the death toll from Sandy increased to 95, as emergency workers continue to slosh their way through flooded homes looking for survivors and millions of people remain without power in the Northeast. Of the 39 people the storm has killed in New York City, almost half of whom were in Staten Island, the borough hardest hit. In Staten Island, rescue workers yesterday found the bodies of two boys, ages 2 and 4, who were swept away from their mother’s arms Monday night after the car they were driving was swamped by flood waters.“There’s an awful lot of small businesses that depend on these people. We have to have an economy,” Bloomberg said at a news conference on Wednesday—the day before he endorsed Obama for president.The mayor promised that the marathon will not divert any resources from storm victims—though it normally takes at least 1,000 city police officers to pull off the mammoth event.“It’s a great event for New York, and I think for those who were lost, you know, you’ve got to believe they would want us to have an economy and have a city go on for those that they left behind.”But New York City Councilman James Oddo said on Twitter, “If they take one first responder from Staten Island to cover this marathon, I will scream. We have people with no homes and no hope right now.”“The prudent course of action here — postpone the marathon, come back a different day,” Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie. “Our first priority, let’s help people who lost their homes, who are missing loved ones.” According to Stringer, downtown Manhattan “looks like a wasteland” and is nowhere close to being ready for the race, which goes through each of New York’s five boroughs. Lisa Tobin, 35, a pastry cook from the Bronx who will be running in the ING New York City Marathon for the first time, said, “If the city is able to put on the marathon safely and it doesn’t divert resources away from rescue, then runners should take to the street.”Dave Jaffares, who tends bar at Mullanes Bar & Grill, concurred, saying his bar, which is along the marathon route in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, usually makes $2,000 to $3,000 more on marathon day.“It needs to happen. The marathon is coming at a great time. It gets people back into the idea that we are New York,” said Jaffares. “This is what we do, we do a marathon every year. Nothing stops us.”According to the New York Road Runners, which organizes the marathon, the event will bring $340 million to the city. The club also said yesterday that it will donate at least $1 million, or $26.20 for each of the more than 40,000 runners expected to participate, to aid New Yorkers affected by Sandy. In addition, the Rudin Family, one of the founding members of the marathon, said it would donate $1.1 million and the ING Foundation said it would give $500,000.“We’re not looking to be a drain on any of the city resources,” NYRR spokesman Richard Finn told Reuters. NYRR had hiked the race fee this year, in part to pay police overtime.Though more than 47,000 people signed up for this years race, organizers now think that about 8,000 of the 30,000 out-of-towers once expected won’t make it. Hotels in Midtown are already struggling to accommodate stranded commuters, guests moved from electricity-starved Lower Manhattan and tourists unable to get a flight out of town, according to reports in USA TODAY.“Things are everything but normal for so many people,” said Patricia Profita, a teacher who lives in the Great Kills neighbourhood of Staten Island. “People should not be running through the boroughs, but instead running to aid those people.”The storm has killed at least 39 people in New York City, almost half of whom were in Staten Island.The NYRR club announced on its Facebook page last night that this year’s marathon is dedicated to the City of New York, the victims of the hurricane and their families.But the majority of the more than 270 comments on the page were critical of the decision. Dana Donadio wrote, “As a former Staten Island resident, current Manhattan resident and runner of 2 NYC Marathons I have to say this is an extremely bad idea. The city’s resources could be put to much better use at this time.”Scott Cohen, 52, who is running his 18th New York City Marathon in a row, admitted it “seems frivolous in light of the death, disruption and despair in parts of the city.”Still, the fitness trainer expects that by Sunday most New Yorkers will be supportive. “The race has always been a 26.2 mile block party and the city feels the love.” read more