Los Angeles : Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and former New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez called off their engagement because "we are better as friends," announcing the breakup on Thursday just months after denying their four-year relationship was on the rocks. “We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so," Lopez, 51, also known by her nickname J.Lo, and Rodriguez, 45, known as A-Rod, said in a joint statement. "We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects,” Lopez and Rodriguez said. One of the biggest celebrity couples in the United States for the past four years and sometimes known in the media as J-Rod, Lopez and Rodriguez said they would largely remain mum about the split out of respect for their children from previous relationships. “We wish the best for each other and one another’s children. Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have to say is thank … [Read more...] about Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez call off engagement, announce break-up!
Streak gave inside info to suspected bookie during IPL coaching stint. IMAGE: Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak breached the ICC Code of Conduct at games including international cricket as well as matches in Twenty20 leagues in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak was on Wednesday banned for eight years from all cricket after he accepted five charges of breaching the ICC anti-corruption code, including disclosing inside information to a suspected Indian bookie during his stint as IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders' bowling coach in 2018. He served as the bowling coach of IPL franchise of Kolkata Knight Riders in 2018. "...he disclosed inside information in relation to matches in the 2018 Tri-Series involving Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan series in 2018, the IPL 2018 and the APL 2018," a statement from the ICC read. However, the world body made it clear … [Read more...] about Former Zimbabwe captain Streak gets 8-year ban for corruption
Spending watchdog launches probe into Greensill's access to Covid support schemes Ministry of Justice dragged into lobbying scandal Calls for 'urgent reform' of Whitehall second job rules Michel Barnier raises warning over Frexit Coronavirus latest news: 77 cases of new Indian variant found in UK 'a cause for concern', says expert Subscribe to The Telegraph for a month-long free trial A lex Salmond has said the "immediate priority" of an independent Scotland would be to get back into the EU's Single Market. The former first minister, who is campaigning for his new independence party Alba, told Sky News that Scotland had been "dragged out of the EU against our will", adding that he would seek to "get back into the Single Market, as we can do that relatively quickly" if Scotland broke away from the rest of the union. He added: "European Union membership will take, with the best will in world, several years." But being in the Single Market alone … [Read more...] about Independent Scotland’s ‘immediate priority’ would be to join EU Single Market, says Alex Salmond
Seeing children play traditional games is uncommon these days as more often than not, the young ones are glued to electronic devices. Some have probably never even heard of games such as lompat getah, galah panjang or batu seremban. However, some parents believe such games are an important part of childhood and a way to encourage children to stay active. For instance, housewife N. Devika, 44, has decided that she is not going to allow her two daughters to play with just electronic gadgets, but also teach them the fun outdoor games she used to play as a child. “When I was a little girl growing up in Penang, I used to play hopscotch, batu tujuh and lompat getah. “Board games such as snakes and ladders, ludo and chess as well as congkak used to be my favourite, ” she said, as daughters Rhea and Dheana played on their house porch. Seven-year-old Rhea was balancing on one leg while trying to pick up a pebble on the ground, doing her best not to step out of a hopscotch box … [Read more...] about Keeping children active with traditional games
LUND, Sweden: One of the most striking things about the COVID-19 pandemic is just how dramatically different the responses have been from country to country. In early 2020, when little was known about the virus, this difference was unsurprising. Today, with tens of thousands of research articles and cases of best practice to learn from, one would expect to see more convergence. And yet some countries continue to resist popular strategies, such as lockdowns, and insist on going their own way – with varying degrees of success. Two such countries are Sweden and Japan, which in 2020 have forged a different path to their neighbours on coronavirus and attributed their early successes to the assumed advantages of an inherent national character. But today, both seem to be paying the price. LANDS WITH NO LOCKDOWN One factor that features in both the Japanese and Swedish responses is that of national exceptionalism. By exceptionalism I mean the understanding among a population … [Read more...] about Commentary: Sweden and Japan are paying the price for thinking they had COVID-19 exceptionalism