The London Olympic stadium is likely to get the green light from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for staging some of the matches of the 2019 World Cup.After conducting a full inspection of the ground, the ICC have found the stadium, with a capacity of 60,000 — twice than any of the cricket grounds in the United Kingdom — that the pitch dimensions complied with requirements for One-day Internationals (ODI), according to an espncricinfo report.However, a final decision on the use of the stadium for hosting World Cup matches is expected in the coming months.The move is being viewed as an attempt to draw more crowd for some of the group stage matches, similar to those at multi-sport grounds like the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia and Eden Park in New Zealand during the 2015 World Cup, adding to the excitement surrounding the tournament.The ICC is also mulling at setting up fan zones around the country to help promote the tournament.
By Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFRONationally-syndicated radio show host and philanthropist Tom Joyner will deliver the commencement address for Morgan State University’s 142nd Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 19. Joyner, host of the nationally broadcasted “Tom Joyner Morning Show,”and founder of Reach Media, The Tom Joyner Foundation and BlackAmericaWeb.com, will address nearly 1,000 academic degree candidates at the Hughes Stadium during the morning ceremony.Joyner will talk with students about how he used his degree in sociology, awarded from Tuskegee University in the 1970s, to become the “hardest working man in radio.” He earned the nickname when he took jobs in stations in both Dallas and Chicago in 1985 and, for three years, flew between the cities daily to host his weekday radio show.Nationally-syndicated radio show host and philanthropist Tom Joyner. (Courtesy Photo)Joyner started his radio career shortly after graduating from Tuskegee and refined the morning show format on a variety of stations throughout the country until 1994, when ABC Radio Networks signed him to host a nationally-syndicated version of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” featuring Joyner and a team of comedians and public affairs commentators discussing the news of the day interspersed with R&B music and hit songs.Joyner’s commitment to HBCU’s (historically Black colleges and universities) led him to establish the Tom Joyner Foundation in 1988. The Foundation, which has raised more than $60 million to help fund scholarships for students attending HBCU’s has featured Morgan University as its “college of the month” on numerous occasions, most recently August 2017.Joyner will be awarded an honorary degree from Morgan May 19 along with veteran filmmaker and former Morgan professor Stanley Nelson and Gloria Ladson-Billings, a university professor emerita and president of the National Academy of Education.The academic procession starts at 9 a.m.
Kolkata: Coal India Ltd (CIL) on Tuesday said operations were normal in all its subsidiaries as one of the central trade unions observed a protest demonstration on Monday against the Centre’s move to allow commercial mining. The four central trade unions — CITU, BMS, HMS and AITUC — had served a joint strike notice on March 14 but subsequently, they withdrew the strike which was scheduled for Monday. CITU was the lone union to head off and called for a protest day against the commercial mining. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”To ensure no loss to production and off-take Coal India management made elaborate arrangements and a multi-pronged plan was put into action at all mines of CIL,” the miner said in a statement.According to it, all the subsidiary companies of the miner geared up by setting up videography and photography arrangements at mine level to identify the persons taking part in the strike.”The arrangements were so elaborate that the operations in all the subsidiaries of CIL were normal on Monday except for few stray incidents where protesters tried to sit on dharna but it did not succeed and no adverse effect on production related activities was reported anywhere,” the coal behemoth said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn a bid to ward off the strike, Union Minister of Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal had invited the four trade unions BMS, HMS, AITUC and CITU for a meeting in Mumbai where their apprehensions were sought to be “dispelled in a proper perspective”.Subsequently, the next round of meeting was held with Secretary (Coal) as a result of which the four trade unions agreed to call off the strike in principle, the miner said.In fact, BMS and HMS inked their pact to steer clear-off the strike. Though AITUC did not formalise their consent through signature, nevertheless they agreed to back off.
Kolkata: A promoter at Patharghata in New Town was shot dead by some miscreants on Sunday night. It is suspected that the crime was committed over some business rivalry.According to the locals, the victim, Chanchal Mondal was a speculator of land in New Town. He also used to measure land and prepare maps of those lands. Recently, he started promoting business. On Saturday, two persons came to Chanchal’s home at Mondalpara, Patharghata in New Town. They claimed to be coming from Rejinagar in Murshidabad and asked Chanchal to prepare a map of a land. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey provided the documents needed for the work and gave Rs 500 as advance. One of them gave a mobile number and claimed himself to be Rafikul Shaikh and left. On Sunday afternoon, Chanchal’s brother Debabrata, alias Debu, called Shaikh on that number and told the work was complete. They can take the map after paying the rest of the amount which was due — Rs 500. Shaikh told Debu that they would come around 7 pm. Debu informed his brother that Shaikh along with two persons would come to their home around 7:30 pm. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhen Debu handed over the map they asked where Chanchal was. As he was not there at that moment, Debu called his elder brother and asked him to come home. Within a few minutes Chanchal came and Debu went outside. Chanchal asked them to move inside and sit but they refused. All of a sudden one of the persons, who came with Shaikh, took out a firearm and fired three shots aiming Chanchal. Three of the bullets hit Chanchal’s stomach, chest and face. Debu claimed on hearing the gun shots he ran toward his home and found that the miscreants were about to flee. He obstructed one of them and a scuffle occurred. To free himself from Debu, the miscreant fired two rounds of bullets but missed. Later, he thrashed Debu on his head using the fire arm and fled. Locals claimed two bikes were parked outside that were used by the miscreants to flee. Chanchal was rushed to a hospital near Haldirams where the doctors declared him brought dead. However, police have not confirmed the claims. According to the police, after preliminary investigation it was found that two persons entered the house and one was waiting outside with a bike. Debu’s version was found to be self-contradictory. Sources informed that the sleuths are trying to figure the motive behind the murder. It is suspected that Chanchal was murdered over some business rivalry. It is also assumed that the someone or some persons hired contract killers to murder Chandan. On Monday, the forensic team and the sleuths from the Detective Department visited the spot and collected samples. “Probe is on. Nothing could be said as the investigation is at an early stage. It is suspected that the murder was committed over some business rivalry,” said Amit P Javalgi, Deputy Commissioner (headquarters) of Bidhannagar Police.
The affected stretch of road (Image: Inrix) Inrix reports traffic is heavier than usual in the area as a result of the accident. Staffordshire Police are also understood to be at the scene. We will bring you more information on this story when it becomes available. Read MoreTwo arrests following stop-and-search in the Staffordshire Moorlands Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATED: THIS ACCIDENT HAS CLEARED AND THE ROAD HAS REOPENED A road is closed following an accident between two Staffordshire Moorlands villages this afternoon. The B5051 Clay Lake, between Endon and Brown Edge, is shut following the accident, according to traffic data company Inrix. The road is reported to be closed between Edge Lane and the A53 Leek Road. West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed they were at the scene after being called at 3.32pm. A spokesman said: “We were called to a two vehicle RTC on Clay Lake. “We have an ambulance and a paramedic officer in attendance and a second ambulance is on its way.” It is understood that injuries are believed to be minor at this stage. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMore than a dozen drivers have been caught speeding on the A34 near a primary school this morning. Cheshire Police carried out the operation in Scholar Green, near Alsager, after complaints about motorists speeding on the stretch of road. A total of 13 drivers were caught during the operation. A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “Speed enforcement this morning on A34 Scholar Green after complaints of speeding outside the local primary school. “13 drivers caught speeding.” On Sunday at least 70 drivers were caught speeding on the roads of South Cheshire. Read MoreInvestigation continues following fire that killed four children Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .