highlights New Delhi: When it comes to Chennai Super Kings and the IPL, the word dominance can be easily attached to it. After beating the Delhi Capitals by six wickets in the second qualifier at Vizag, Chennai Super Kings reached their eighth final in the 10 editions of the Indian Premier League that they have played. Chennai Super Kings are not only the three-time IPL champions but they are the only side in history to have made it to the playoffs in all the 10 editions that they have featured in, having missed the 2016 and 2017 editions due to the spot-fixing scandal.For MS Dhoni, his appearance in the final of the Indian Premier League only enhances his legendary status. Not only has he been at the helm of all three of Chennai Super Kings’ title triumph, but he has also been part of all the eight finals for the side. In fact, this is his ninth IPL final, having been part of the Rising Pune Supergiant team in the 2017 Indian Premier League where they lost by one run to Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad. For Dhoni’s appearances in the IPL final, one social media post summed it up brilliantly where Dhoni was captioned with the words, “Eat, Sleep, Enter Final, Repeat”. Dhoni’s first appearance in the final came in the inaugural edition in 2008 when Chennai Super Kings squared off against Rajasthan Royals. However, Chennai Super Kings lost the match on the last ball as Rajasthan Royals won by three wickets. After a blip in the 2009 edition of the IPL in South Africa, Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings tasted success when they defeated Mumbai Indians by 22 runs. Dhoni became the first captain to win back-to-back IPL titles when they defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs.In 2012, they square off against Kolkata Knight Riders in the final but Manvinder Bisla’s brilliant 89 gave Gautam Gambhir’s side their maiden IPL title while in 2013, Mumbai Indians exacted revenge for their loss in 2010 by beating Chennai Super Kings in the final. In 2014, they were knocked out in the second qualifier by Kings XI Punjab but in 2015, they once again reached the final. However, Mumbai Indians got the better of Chennai Super Kings as they won their second IPL title by 48 runs.After Chennai Super Kings were suspended, Dhoni headed to Rising Pune Supergiant. In 2016, he did not have a good time as the team finished in the seventh position. In 2017, Dhoni was still part of the franchise and this time they reached the final only to lose to Mumbai Indians by one run. In 2018, Chennai Super Kings was back and Dhoni’s vintage captaincy helped Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final thanks to Shane Watson’s brilliant century.The only worrying thing for Dhoni will be Chennai Super Kings’ record in the final. Losses in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017 could dent the confidence of the side but Chennai Super Kings can reverse the losing trend. With Chennai Super Kings’ entry into the playoffs for the eighth time, there is no denying that Dhoni and IPL finals are indeed a match made in heaven. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Chennai Super Kings has lost in four IPL finals, including two to Mumbai Indians.Chennai Super Kings are the only team to reach the knockouts in 10 editions they have featured.MS Dhoni has been part of nine IPL finals, including one for Rising Pune Supergiants.
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Gauff became the youngest professional player to eliminate a reigning women’s champion at the tournament, when she defeated Japan’s Naomi Osaka in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the fourth round and face Kenin.She is now looking ahead to the French Open in May, as well as the Tokyo Olympic Games.“It’ll be difficult but I’m going to try as hard as possible,” she says. “I’d definitely love to play at the Olympics. My short-term goal is to improve. I’m doing well right now at 15 and still have so much more I can get better on. I don’t even think this is close to a peak for me.As far as the road to where she is now, Gauff adds, “I don’t think anybody could write how this past couple months have gone. I’m definitely going to savor this and continue to build and get better to work for moments like this.” Delray Beach tennis phenom Cori “Coco” Gauff’s run at the Australian Open ended on Sunday, as fellow American Sofia Kenin defeated her.The 21-year-old Kenin, who defeated another local tennis star, Serena Williams, in straight sets at last year’s French Open, ended up beating Gauff by two sets to one to get her first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal.Gauff took the first set on a tie break, but 14th seed Kenin recovered and won the next two sets by 6-3 and 6-0.The players hugged at mid-court and then left in tears.“Obviously it meant a lot to me. I was just so happy to have won,” Kenin says. “It was a tough match.”The 15-year-old Gauff explains, “Even though I lost a set 6-0, I was still believing I could win it.”She also says she was surprised by the crowd’s support during her matches in Melbourne, adding, “I really didn’t think I would be such a favorite. The whole stadium was really rooting for me. That was surprising, considering this isn’t my home slam. I guess I’m an adopted Australian now.”
Florida Highway Patrol troopers say a bag caught their attention when they stopped a vehicle on I-10 for speeding.The purse was labeled “Bag Full Of Drugs.” Troopers say inside they found methamphetamine, GHB, cocaine, MDMA and fentanyl.The unidentified driver was arrested for drug possession.
By Patrick Murray7-in-10 residents say New Jersey is good place to liveIn its regular tracking of New Jerseyans’ satisfaction with life in their state, the Monmouth University Poll found that the current Garden State Quality of Life Index has jumped to +31, from +25 in February. This marks the third consecutive increase in the index and the highest score since the index debuted in December 2010 at +21.Upward movement in the Garden State Quality of Life Index seems to have accelerated in the past few months, with the biggest factor being more positive views of New Jersey as a whole.Currently, 7-in-10 residents rate the state of New Jersey as either an excellent (20 percent) or good (50 percent) place to live. This 70 percent positive rating is the highest recorded since May 2003 when it stood at 72 percent, and a marked improvement over the 30-year low of 57 percent recorded less than one year ago in August 2011.The state evaluation contributes half of the total Garden State Quality of Life Index score. The other half is comprised of ratings of various local aspects of New Jersey life. These ratings have remained fairly steady, including positive ratings of one’s town as a place to live (76 percent), the local environment (75 percent), local schools (63 percent) and neighborhood safety (64 percent).Compared to February, the Garden State Quality of Life Index has seen significant increases among New Jersey men – from +20 two months ago to +33 now. The score among state women was more stable – from +30 to +28 now.The index score among older residents also jumped. New Jerseyans age 55 and older now score +37 on the index – up from +26 in February – and give higher ratings than those age 35 to 54 (+30) or 18 to 34 (+25). The Garden State Quality of Life Index score among urban residents nearly doubled from +11 in February to +20 now, but still trails the score of suburban residents (+36).The Garden State Quality of Life Index was created by the Monmouth University Polling Institute to serve as a resident-based indicator of the quality of life offered by the state of New Jersey. The index is based on five separate poll questions: overall opinion of the state as a place to live – which contributes half the index score – and ratings of one’s hometown, the performance of local schools, the quality of the local environment, and feelings of safety in one’s own neighborhood.The index can potentially range from -100 to +100.Patrick Murray is the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Catherine O’Keefe of Holmdel poses with one of her paintings. She is one of 71 artists who will be participating this month in the Canterbury Art Show at St. George’s-by-the-River.A trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens when she was a child was a major influence for Catherine O’Keefe. It was the beginning of her love for flowers, color and her passion for creating art. She began painting flowers with a ceramic painting kit, a gift from her parents, and has continued throughout her life with very little formal training.“I’m not afraid of ruining a painting. I just continue to paint and never give up,” said O’Keefe, who works in watercolors.O’Keefe will be exhibiting her paintings during the three days of the Canterbury Fair. It is the first time she has displayed her paintings in a public art show.The Canterbury Art Show, a Tapestry of the Arts, is a premier local exhibition and sale of artwork. Seventy-one artists have chosen to participate in the juried and nonjuried parts of the show. A panel of jurors have selected the “best of the best” from the juried gallery part of the show. Awards will be presented at the Meet the Artists Reception on Friday, Sept. 14, for best in show, awards in excellence and honorable mention.The Canterbury Fair is held at the St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church, 7 Lincoln Ave., Rumson. Hours for the show and sale are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.Proceeds from the Canterbury Art Show will directly benefit St. George’s-by-the-River and its outreach programs
Oct. 1: Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, which is now a Category 4 storm. Sept. 29 – Monmouth County residents are watching weather forecasts with some dread, wondering if they will be feeling the slap of Hurricane Joaquin starting this weekend – and how hard it might sting.Joaquin could leave the Bahamas and develop into a major hurricane by Friday, and churn a path north toward the Eastern Seaboard this weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center.Local officials were keeping an eye on NOAA forecasts, assessing equipment, conferring with colleagues and hoping for the best.“The way I’m looking at this, we’re going to get something,” said Sea Bright Office of Emergency Coordinator C. Read Murphy, on Wednesday. He spent the day buying batteries for his radios and scanners, procuring 3 dozen cots for firefighters in case he needed to set them up on full alert in Borough Hall, acquiring sand bags and sourcing huge 2 1⁄2 and 5 ton trucks from the county in case he needed to escort people out from their watery homes.In Red Bank, emergency officials warned merchants to clear the sidewalks of sandwich boards and outdoor café furniture.In Middletown, township pumps, generators and chainsaws got a going-over, and a conference call with major department heads was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.“Everybody is on alert, and getting prepared,” said Charles Rogers, the OEM coordinator. The storm’s uncertain path was not helping. “Hopefully by late Thursday, early Friday morning, we’ll know how deep we’re getting into this.”Meteorologist Steven DiMartino of NY NJ PA Weather, based in Freehold, said on Wednesday, “At the very least, we’ll get quite a bit of rainfall, from 5-9 inches along the coast. Another factor is going to be sustained winds from the east, easily around 20-40 miles per hour, increasing to 50 mph at times.”Minor to moderate coastal flooding could also be a concern, due to the sustained winds and the because of the natural higher tides this time of year, DiMartino said. “Especially at high tide, that water is going to pile up.”The prospect of stormy weather is throwing a damper on the anticipation for the annual Concours d’Elegance, a charitable event scheduled for Saturday, at which 135 vintage and collectible cars and motorcycles are rolled out on the grassy hills of Hop Brook in Holmdel for ticket holders to admire. Organizers huddled Wednesday to talk out weather concerns, and decided at this moment to keep the date, said 180 Turning Lives Around’s Lynn Lucarelli. A notice on their website was posted acknowledging the storm, and promising updates.Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said the calm before the storm was the opportu- nity to get people ready. “We don’t want residents to panic, in any way,” he said. “But preparedness is what we preach right now. We do want them to think about family planning “Golden says its important to have a family disaster plan ready, sign up for municipal emergency notifications, and having extra USB emergency battery-powered cellphone chargers on hand. “Cellphones are so key in an emergency,” he said.He advised residents to download the new Sheriff’s app on their phones, to receive push notifications, and visit MonmouthSheriff.org and their local town websites for emergency information.Tina Patel, a pharmacist at Rumson Pharmacy, agrees. “All medications that a per- son needs to be on, insulin, and others, you need to have a backup ready, and ice packs if necessary,” she said.
2016 Auditor General ReportWith several accounting officers admitting before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) when it recently met to various financial infractions, concerns are being raised that this points to a systemic lack of standards.In an interview with Guyana Times, financial consultant John Seeram noted that capacity building among the various regional administrations would go a far way to minimising the flagrant abuses identified in the Auditor General’s 2016 report.Seeram, who is also the Chairman of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Guyana chapter, acknowledged that the administrations of the 10 Regions have internal auditors. At the same time, he questioned their efficiency.Institute of Internal Auditors Chairman John Seeram“They need more training. And in so doing, they must be able to know that they must work along with management in order to meet the financial goals of the Region. And that is where the Institute of Internal Auditors come in, because we normally mount at least three to four seminars a year on pertinent topics relating to the practice of accounting and auditing in the public service.“And I believe that once they attend those seminars, that could be a way of professional development for our internal auditors. As it stands right now, I would venture to say that there is need for more training for the internal auditors so as to minimise the comments made by the Auditor General in his report,” Seeram stated.Fiscal abuseRecently, a showdown had ensued at the PAC between Committee Chairman Irfaan Ali and Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson over the Region Two administration’s financial indiscretions.Prior to the meeting, Hopkinson had made an official response to the 2016 Audit Report’s findings. Ali had pointed to a number of disturbing trends from the explanations. He cited a section of the foreword of Hopkinson’s response, where he noted the administration was not disputing it used current allocations to fund capital projects.Under fire from Ali, the REO had claimed that these were all projects of an emergency nature. At this point, Ali had slammed Hopkinson for being aware of breaches to the law yet going ahead with the projects out of the belief that they were in the best interest of the Region.The projects included the construction of a bus shed at Dartmouth, construction of the Anna Regina Health Centre, construction of a fence at Unity Park Phase One, construction of a fence at Unity Park Phase Two, and construction of a sitting area at Cotton Field and landing at Liberty, Pomeroon.Hopkinson’s contention is that the works were of an emergency nature, requested from the heads of programmes within the regional administration. In his official response, he has also stressed that the projects would have benefited residents.Notably, Hopkinson, in his explanation, had stated: “We seek pardon for any contravention of policy, on the grounds that the Region saved $500 million from 2016 to date… on this score, the administration of Pomeroon-Supenaam Region is of the opinion that the Region should be commended for its judicious spending of Government budgetary allocations…in the face of a culture of dishonesty.”City Hall was also placed in the limelight earlier this year after complaints from Auditor General Deodat Sharma over his inability to access certain documents during a previous audit. Following threats to seek criminal charges, the Council provided these documents at a subsequent PAC meeting.Under a barrage of questions, City Treasurer Ron McAlmont had resolutely refused to provide an explanation for the delay in the handing over of information auditors have been after since the initial audit in 2017.The Audit Office of Guyana had found that as at December 31, 2016, $396.5 million was expended. From the start, City Hall’s financial status, how it spent almost $175 million and its failure to submit documentation dating from 2005 posed a challenge to the PAC.Then, the PAC had clashed with the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) last month over the fact that a programme that was approved by the National Assembly was revised despite works already commencing.GWI Executive Director for Project Implementation, Ramchand Jailal had faced the brunt of questioning from the PAC. He related that during 2016, the original programme was revised.While GWI and the Communities Ministry had held out that no wrongdoing was done when it revised the terms of the Hinterland Water Supply programme, the Auditor General had informed them of their liability in the matter.“Mr Chair, that’s a breach of the Fiscal Act. The FMA [Fiscal Management and Accountability] Act says unspent balances must be refunded to the Consolidated Fund. But you only got the approval on 29 of December. So you are covering yourself afterwards. So that’s a breach,” Sharma had explained.PAC Chairman Ali has already made calls for harsher penalties for those who commit financial crimes, besides what the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act already provides for.
QPR are 4/5 to finish bottom of the Premier League table (Reading 5/2 and 6s bar) after their defeat against Manchester United.Rangers are now 1/7 to be relegated with Reading 2/9, Villa 4/5 and Wigan 11/10.They travel to St Mary’s and are 10/3 for the win against a Southampton side who beat Manchester City in their last home game, although they did go down 4-2 to Newcastle at St James’ Park last weekend.The Saints are 20/23 for the win, with the draw at 27/10.Loic Remy at least made it back onto the pitch against United and we bet 2/5 he scores four or fewer Premier League goals this season and 7/4 five or moreRemy is 8/1 to score the opener at the weekend and 5/2 to score at any time with Bobby Zamora 9s.There are still 33 points to play for and although an escape looks unlikely, while it is still mathematically possible Rangers must keep going – although a draw wouldn’t be enough.After Rafa Benitez’s rant this week, Jose Mourinho – fresh from a magnificent win in the Nou Camp for Real Madrid on Tuesday – is now 8/11 favourite to take over at the Stamford Bridge for a second time.It is hard to look beyond Mourinho with David Moyes and Gus Poyet (8s), Avram Grant 14s and Manuel Pellegrini 14s.There have been nibbles for both Gianfranco Zola (25s) and Jurgen Klopp 20s, but Chelsea fans want to see Jose return.Chelsea are 11/2 at betvictor.com for the FA Cup and 7/2 for the Europa League and it is possible that Benitez will win a trophy (if he doesn’t go before).But it has been hard for both players and fans to warm to him and he was a very poor appointment.The Blues are 2/5 to beat West Brom this weekend and with Romelu Lukaku unable to play against his parent club, they really must get back to winning ways.They remain 1/4 to finish in the top four this season (11/4 not to).Fulham travel to the Stadium of Light looking for revenge, given Sunderland won the reverse fixture at the Cottage earlier in the season.As in that previous fixture the Whites meet a Black Cats side out of sorts of late but the hosts are 7/5 favourites with the visitors 9/4 and the draw 23/10.Fulham are 5/2 for a top-10 finish (Sunderland 10/3) and with Swansea guaranteed a Europa League spot, it is possible that the Welsh side, currently 9th, will take their eye off the ball.With 10th-placed Stoke only a point ahead of Martin Jol’s men and having to do without Robert Huth for three matches, I think there have been worse 5/2 shots – but they need a result on Saturday.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.comBe luckyCharlie
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. The Warriors were still waiting Monday night to find out whether or not Klay Thompson’s left hamstring injury will allow him to play in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.ESPN reported Thompson hadn’t yet undergone an MRI as of early Monday evening as the test was delayed because the team’s flight didn’t arrive until the early morning hours.Test results on Thompson’s hamstring should be available later Monday …