Kevin Pietersen ‘ends ANY tension’ with Andrew Strauss

first_imgKevin Pietersen on Friday announced on Twitter that he has buried the hatchet with his former England teammate and captain Andrew Strauss, whose wife had been diagnosed with cancer.Strauss returned to England from Australia ahead of the ongoing Perth Test after his wife, Ruth, was diagnosed with cancer. In all likelihood, Strauss will not return to Australia for the remaining match and stay with wife and family instead.”Here ends ANY tension I may have with Andrew Strauss. What he’s going through with his family puts life into perspective. Thinking of the Strauss family!” Pietersen took to Twitter to express his feelings.Here ends ANY tension I may have with Andrew Strauss. What hes going through with his family puts life into perspective. Thinking of the Strauss family! ???- KP (@KP24) December 15, 2017Strauss and Pietersen were at loggerheads since 2012 after Pietersen sent defamatory text messages to South African players.In 2012, Pietersen played a key role in the Test series against South Africa. He hit a century in the first Test against the Proteas but said that the third Test in the series might be his last for England. He also talked openly about issues in the dressing room.In the coming days, allegations were made against him that he sent defamatory text messages to members of the South African dressing room. Names of Strauss and then England coach Andy Flower were also mentioned in the messages. He had talks with the ECB and he committed his future to all formats of the game but was dropped for the third Test.advertisementPietersen though made his return to the England team for the 2013-14 Ashes series in Australia.Pietersen was sacked from the team after a 5-0 whitewash in the 2013-14 Ashes series and was told in May in 2015 by former captain Strauss that he would not be considered for an international recall.Strauss was appointed the Director of England cricket in 2015 and soon after his appointment he accused Pietersen of “massive trust issues”.”The first thing to say is that I have never doubted his abilities, his record stacks up and he can be proud. But over months and years the trust has been eroded and there is a massive trust issue between him and I and because of that we’ve decided it’s not in the best short-term interest to have in the team,” Strauss said.”However, he is not banned from the side. It’s not about his capabilities, it’s about trust which we can’t rebuild over just a few days. Trust is imperative in any organisation. We can’t run away from the fact that trust isn’t there at the moment,” Straus had said at the time.Pietersen’s international career came to a premature end after the 2013-14 Ashes series in which he ended as England’s highest run-getter with 294 runs.last_img read more

Prime Minister and Government Members Tour Atlantis

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 27, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and members of the government took a tour of Atlantis, Paradise Island, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  As they walked through Atlantis taking in the beauty and variety of attractions, Prime Minister Minnis is pictured, centre; Atlantis President Howard C. Karawan, second left; and Atlantis Senior Vice-President Edward Fields, left.  Mr. Karawan gave a presentation on future plans for the aquatic-themed resort.(Photos/OPM Media Services)Release: BISlast_img

EU blasts Myanmar for jailing Reuters journos

first_imgReuters journalists Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo, based in Myanmar, pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar on 11 December, 2017. Photo: ReutersThe EU’s diplomatic chief on Thursday condemned Myanmar’s jailing of two Reuters journalists, hours after the country’s tarnished democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi strongly defended the men’s treatment.A court in Myanmar jailed Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo for seven years last week for breaching the country’s hardline Official Secrets Act while reporting on the Rohingya crisis.The trial was widely seen as a bid to muzzle the press, and the reporters’ harsh sentences have attracted a chorus of international criticism.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini repeated a call for the reporters’ immediate, unconditional release, saying they had not had a fair trial.”Many observers saw this trial as a test of freedom of the media, democracy and the rule of law in the country. It is pretty clear that the test was failed,” Mogherini told the European Parliament.”The sentence will also intimidate other journalists who could fear undue arrest or prosecution for doing their job.”Earlier Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader, hit back at widespread international concern over the trial, challenging critics to show where there had been a miscarriage of justice and insisting they had been fairly tried “in open court”.Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi was once lionised as a human rights champion for standing up to the military junta that ruled her country for decades, but her response to the Rohingya crisis has seen her reputation tarnished in the eyes of many observers.Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Hanoi on Thursday, Suu Kyi said the army’s brutal crackdown on the Muslim minority — described by the UN as “genocide” — “could have been handled better”.Army-led “clearance operations” that started last August drove 700,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh, carrying with them widespread accounts of atrocities — rape, murder and arson — by Myanmar police and troops.The European Parliament on Thursday also called for the reporters to be freed and urged the bloc’s executive arm, the European Commission, to review trade privileges granted to Myanmar when it transitioned to democracy in 2015.last_img read more

PM slams US congressman over Rakhine remark

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at a press briefing at her official residence Gababhaban on Monday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday came down heavily on US congressman and chairman of the Asia and Pacific subcommittee Brad Sherman for his proposal to annex Rakhine state of Myanmar into Bangladesh, terming it ‘fulsome and unjust’, UNB reports.”Uttering such words is very much fulsome and unjust,” she said while responding to a question at a press briefing at her official residence Ganabhaban about the outcomes of her recent China visit.The prime minister said Bangladesh is happy with its areas of 54,000 square miles or 147,000 square kilometres.”We fully reject the proposal to include other country’s border in our territory or attach a province of another country. Every country has to remain happy with its own sovereignty and Myanmar will be the same,” she said.Sheikh Hasina questioned about the intention of the US Congressman’s proposal. “They might be a very big country and he is the congressman of that country, but do they forget their past history where there were civil wars in their country? They should not forget their past. How do they say that the past will not be repeated in the future?” she said.The prime minister also said many incidents are taking place every day in Rakhine state. “Why should Bangladesh attach that kind of problematic area to it after knowing all these?””We’ll never do that. Myanmar is our neighbour and we’re sheltering Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds. But sheltering them doesn’t mean that we’ll include one part of their country,” she said.Hasina mentioned that Bangladesh does not have that kind of mentality. “Every country will stay with its own sovereignty… I want that,” she said.She also said the US congressman should propose that the Myanmar has to take back their nationals from Bangladesh. “That’s the thing the congressman should do. That will be a humanitarian matter. This is not right to create anarchy inside any country,” she said.The prime minister also mentioned that wherever the US puts their hands, fire engulfs every place of it. “There’s no peace anywhere (where they got involved); rather this gave rise to militancy and anarchy in those areas,” she added.She said countries of the region are trying to stay in a peaceful atmosphere. “Their efforts to ignite fire in this region aren’t accepted,” she said.During a budget hearing, US congressman Brad Sherman on 13 June said if the Myanmar government is reluctant about establish good governance to save its Rohingya community and if they do not want to provide security to the Rohingya people living at the northern parts of Rakhine state or unable to do so, then the Rohingya majority area of the state should be incorporated with Bangladesh.He also said the US should support the proposal to annex Rakhine to Bangladesh that is also a demand for the people of the area.last_img read more

Linkerd 20 is now generally available with a new service sidecar design

first_imgLinkerd 2.0 is now generally available. Linkerd is a transparent proxy that adds service discovery, routing, failure handling, and visibility to modern software applications. Linkerd 2.0 brings two significant changes. First, Linkerd 2.0 is completely rewritten to to be faster and smaller than Linkerd 1.x. Second, Linkerd moves beyond the service mesh model to running on a single service. It also comes with a focus on minimal configuration, a modular control plane design, and UNIX-style CLI tools. Let’s understand what each of these changes mean. Smaller and Faster Linkerd has undergone a complete change to become faster and smaller than its predecessor. Linkerd 2.0’s data plane is comprised of ultralight Rust proxies which consume around 10mb of RSS and have a p99 latency of Service sidecar design It also adopts a modern service sidecar design from the traditional service mesh model. The traditional service mesh model has two major problems. First, they add a significant layer of complexity to the tech stack. Second they are designed to meet the needs of platform owners undermining the service owners. Linkerd 2.0’s service sidecar design offers a solution to both. It allows platform owners to build out a service mesh incrementally, one service at a time, to provide security and reliability that a full service mesh provides. More importantly, Linkerd 2.0 addresses the needs of service owners directly with its service sidecar model to its focus on diagnostics and debugging. Linkerd 2.0 at its core is a service sidecar, running on a single service without requiring cluster-wide installation. Even without having a whole Kubernetes cluster, developers can run Linkerd and get: Instant Grafana dashboards of a service’s success rates, latencies, and throughput A topology graph of incoming and outgoing dependencies A live view of requests being made to your service Improved, latency-aware load balancing Installation Installing Linkerd 2.0 on a service requires no configuration or code changes. You can try Linkerd 2.0 on a Kubernetes 1.9+ cluster in 60 seconds by running: curl https://run.linkerd.io/install | sh Also check out the full Getting Started Guide. Linkerd 2.0 is also hosted on GitHub. Read Next Google Cloud hands over Kubernetes project operations to CNCF, grants $9M in GCP credits. Kubernetes 1.11 is here! VMware Kubernetes Engine (VKE) launched to offer Kubernetes-as-a-Service.last_img read more

Holland America brings back Ryndam name for its newest ship

first_imgHolland America brings back Ryndam name for its newest ship Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, April 8, 2019 center_img Share SEATTLE — Holland America Line’s next Pinnacle Class ship will be called Ryndam, making it the fourth ship in the company’s history to carry the name.The new build is due for delivery in May 2021.Ryndam will be similar to sister ships Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, measuring 99,500 tons and carrying 2,662 guests. As the third in the series, Ryndam will feature enhanced Pinnacle Class amenities and innovations, says the cruise line.“Holland America Line honours the timeless tradition of cruising while also embracing new innovations for today’s travellers, and the name Ryndam reflects the unique history of this company while honoring previous ships that were progressive in their time as this last Ryndam will be,” says Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford. “From the first Ryndam more than 100 years ago to the most recent, the namesake ships have been beloved by our guests. The next Ryndam will bring new life to one of the most notable series of vessels in our history.”The steel cutting for Ryndam, signifying the official beginning of the building process, took place March 13 at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Italy. This will be the 17th ship constructed for Holland America Line by the Italian shipbuilder, which most recently delivered Nieuw Statendam.The first Ryndam was part of the Holland America Line fleet from 1901 to 1929, starting as Rijndam before receiving the English spelling in 1923. In 1927 Ryndam I became the first Holland America Line ship to sail a world cruise, although it was chartered as a floating school at sea for that voyage. The second Ryndam served from 1951 to 1973, and the third sailed in the fleet from 1993 through 2015, when it was transferred to sister brand P&O Australia and now cruises as Pacific Aria. Tags: Holland America Line, New Shiplast_img read more