first_imgNew Delhi: Tim Paine, the Australia cricket team skipper, is emerging as a symbol of how to sledge an opponent without being too provocative or nasty. For some time, Australia have been accused of sledging which have sometimes ‘crossed the line’ according to their opponents. However, on day 2 of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Paine’s banter was hilarious to hear and his target, Rohit Sharma, could not stop smiling. During an over bowled by Nathan Lyon to the Mumbai batsman, stump microphones caught a hilarious exchange between Paine and Aaron Finch who was standing at short leg. The conversation centered on the Indian Premier League.Paine was trying to break Rohit’s concentration and he egged him to hit a six off Lyon. “It’s been a toss up for me between Royals and Indians, and if Rohit hits a six here, I am changing to Mumbai,” Paine was heard saying to Finch. The Australian skipper then went on ask Finch how many teams he has played for. Finch said except for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings, he has played for all. The right-hander is an IPL veteran having played for teams like Delhi Daredevils now Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Lions, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.Read More | India v Australia, live cricket score, day 3: Jadeja gets Khawaja For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The four-match series is currently tied 1-1 after India won the Adelaide Test by 31 runs and Australia registered a 146-run win. Paine’s side are currently struggling in the Melbourne Test as they aim for survival. center_img Rohit was not distracted and he played a composed knock to score his 10th fifty as India declared on 443/7 at the end of day 2 of the Boxing Day Test.Read More | Yearender 2018: Kohli’s brilliance, Dhoni’s IPL return, Gauti says byeIn this series, Paine has been remarkable when it comes to verbal exchanges. In the Perth Test, the Australian skipper was involved in a face-off with Virat Kohli and it is difficult to say who came out on top. “If he messes it up, it’s 2-0,” Kohli said. In response, Paine fired a unique salvo and stated, “You’ve got to bat first, big head”. The Indian skipper was animated ever since he was dismissed for 123 by Pat Cummins, with Peter Handscomb taking a ‘dodgy’ catch in that match. In the second innings, Paine had an epic exchange with Murali Vijay with Kohli at the other end. “”I know he’s your captain but you can’t seriously like him as a bloke,” Paine had said.last_img read more

first_imgThis is an after rain Monday morningThe roads were easy unlike most daysThe police were not so tense all calmThe alarm was a man face down or hurtThe onlookers did not stop but drove byI Do Not Know His NameThis is not the usual way I commuteThe passenger seat hosts my hand bagThe comfort of me having a driver is nullThe time to catch up during the long trafficThe other motorist looks tells you are downI Do Not Know His NameThis man was outside education ministryThe handsome shirt he wore pulled my gazeThe orange and red stripy shirt filled my mornThe phone was in his left hand the other restedThe black pants he wore was short and neatI Do Not Know His NameThis man becomes my giant for the yearThe odds against him are just too manyThe will he has had to overcome his trialsThe man has no legs but he uses his handsThe man is positive and full of a million starsI Do Not Know His NameThis man made it to work on time before I didThe man sits flat on the ground but has hopeThe thought of not having legs is not his worryThe zeal to be a successful man is the way upThe man is grateful he has been blessed tooI Do Not Know His NameShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgPope FrancisPope Francis’ special message to the Irish people on ‘cherishing life, accepting death’ welcomed by Archbishop Kieran O’ReillyPope Francis has sent a special message (see below) to the people of Ireland to mark the celebration of ‘Day for Life’ Sunday today.Day for Life is celebrated each year by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, and in England & Wales, and is dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage, and in every condition. The theme for this year is Cherishing Life, Accepting Death. Printed copies of the bishops’ Day for Life pastoral message Cherishing Life, Accepting Death will be read at Masses across Donegal and Ireland today.The text of the pastoral is available in English (see below), and in the Irish and Polish languages on Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, welcomed this special message from the Pope saying, “A defining theme of the ministry of Pope Francis is his wish for society to redouble its efforts to support people on the margins, as these are the most vulnerable.“This theme is not just motivated by a sociological concern, it also applies to vulnerable stages of the human life cycle, especially to the unborn child and to care of our elderly. Today, as we celebrate our Day for Life message Cherishing Life, Accepting Death, we are honoured that the Holy Father has expressed his prayerful support to us here in Ireland as we highlight the importance of loving life at all times, and to accept the inevitability of death.” This is the Message from Pope Francis to the Irish people for Day for Life Sunday 4 October 2015: Cherishing Life, Accepting DeathThe Holy Father Francis sends prayerful good wishes on the occasion of the Day for Life in Ireland. His Holiness recalls the life and teachings of Saint Francis of Assisi, which show so beautifully how all life is the gift of God, who is “the protector, our guardian and defender” (Laudes Dei altissimi). Let us imitate God in protecting, guarding and defending all human life, in particular, the weakest and most vulnerable: the sick, the old, the unborn, the poor and the marginalized. The Holy Father prays that this Day dedicated to life in Ireland will lead to a renewed recognition that the right to life is the foundation of integral human development and the measure of a truly compassionate society.Archbishop Charles John BrownApostolic Nuncio in Ireland· Text of Day for Life pastoral message for 4 October 2015: Cherishing Life, Accepting Death “How great a lie … to make people think that lives affected by grave illness are not worth living!” – Pope FrancisKathleen, a much-loved grandmother, collapsed at home one Saturday morning and was rushed to hospital. Early signs pointed towards a stroke. The doctors talked about the next twenty-four hours being critical; it seemed like Kathleen might not even survive. The priest was called and Kathleen received the anointing of the sick. Doctors were talking about brain damage and whether interventions might be possible. Suddenly the family was faced with big questions. What would Kathleen have wanted and how could the Church help guide any decisions? How do we accept death when it comes and cherish life while we can?There have been remarkable medical and technological advances so that the chronically ill can receive life-saving treatments. We can be truly thankful for such advances. And yet at some time or other we will all die. These same advances have led to more complex decision-making about appropriate treatment for those who are gravely ill.At the end of life, there are two thoughts that can help guide us all. The first is that we love life. Every person is loved by God and every life is a precious gift never to be destroyed or neglected. It is wrong to hasten or bring about death. God will call us in his own good time.The second is that we accept death. This means there is no obligation to pursue medical treatment when it no longer serves its purpose – that is when treatment is having no effect or indeed harming the patient.We need to prepare to face life-threatening crises. Ideally these difficult and important decisions need to be faced with others – our spouse, our siblings, our extended family members. The family, after all, should be the privileged place where mutual support and understanding occurs.Sometimes difficult decisions need to be made and the views of family and experts should be taken into account. In such situations these two basic questions can guide our decisions:– is this decision loving life?– is this decision accepting the inevitability of death?Depending on the situation we should seek ways to answer yes to both, as life itself is a gift from God, and death but the gateway to new life with Him.· About end of life care, and Day for LifeIf you wish to explore the invitation to ‘Cherish Life and Accept death’ in greater depth, please read End of Life Care: Ethical and Pastoral Issues which was published by Bishops’ Committee for Bioethics in 2002. It can be accessed at A special web feature on Day for Life 2015 Cherishing Life, Accepting Death is now available and includes:– reflections from Pope Francis on care for the elderly and on cherishing life– an interview with Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick– video resources on cherishing life and accepting death– Day for Life prayers and reflections– principles from Catholic teaching on end of life decisionsPOPE FRANCIS SENDS SPECIAL MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF IRELAND was last modified: October 4th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Catholicsdonegalmessage to IrelandPope Francistextlast_img read more