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Cricket: Virat Kohli’s ton sets England a huge target at the end of day…

first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Courtesy: DNA India)Captain Virat Kohli once again led the team from the front as he scored his 23rd century to set the host’s a target of 521 to chase in the 4th innings.India kicked off day 3 at 124-2 with a lead of 292 runs. Kohli and Pujara continued from where they left off on the previous day to get India off to a brisk start. Both secured their fifties in the first session and increased the lead further to stamp their authority on the host’s.Post lunch, the pair showed no signs of stopping as they continued to building their huge partnership and kept piling on the lead. Pujara eventually fell for 72 after holding to Cook in the slips.Rahane who followed Pujara then continued where he left off in the first innings to start scoring his runs. In the course of the partnership, Virat reached his 23rd test century after being handed with a couple of chances on the way through to his landmark.Following his century, Virat did not last long and fell for 103 to Woakes who trapped him plum before the wicket. Pandya then joined with Rahane to score a quick fire 50 and take the lead to 520 before declaring the innings.England then needed to bat out 8 overs in the day to ensure that they went to stumps without losing a wicket. They negotiated it scoring 23 runs in the process.England now stand on 23-0 at the end of day 3 with them needing another 498 runs to secure a win. With only one result expected from here, India will be hoping to wrap up the game quickly by tomorrow and get their first win of the series.But has this test match got any more twists and turns? Let’s wait and watch.Also Read:Cricket: Hardik Pandya shoots down comparisons with legendary Indian captain Advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle offer Benitez new contract

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle offer Benitez new contractby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United have offered manager Rafa Benitez a new one-year contract offer.The Times says there has been fresh discussion about overcoming the current impasse, and a front runner is the possibility of a 12-month extension on the £6m-a-year deal the former Real Madrid and Liverpool manager signed in May 2016.Owner Mike Ashley, who is keen to sell the club and has called on would-be purchasers, including Peter Kenyon, to meet his asking price of between £280-£300m this month, remains unlikely to strengthen heavily during January without agreement.If Benitez agrees to the new deal then the tight hold on club’s finances is likely to be unlocked, although there remains a fundamental disagreement over how that money should be spent; Ashley wants young players whose value will rise and Benitez wants experience.However, without the confirmation of Benitez staying beyond the end of the season, Newcastle are unlikely to sanction the spending spree their supporters have been calling on for three transfer windows. last_img read more

Education Minister Salutes Parents

first_imgStory Highlights Senator Reid, who was speaking at the National Parenting Support Commission’s (NPSC’s) parents’ graduation ceremony in Montego Bay recently, said that “contrary to what some people think, there are thousands of dedicated, selfless, loving, God-fearing, hard-working and trustworthy parents in Jamaica”. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is saluting the thousands of Jamaican parents who, he said, are making “Herculean sacrifices” every day for the welfare of their children.center_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is saluting the thousands of Jamaican parents who, he said, are making “Herculean sacrifices” every day for the welfare of their children.He said the nation’s parents rank among the best in going the extra mile in order to ensure that their children can have the opportunities they might have missed, “because of the ups and downs of life”.Senator Reid, who was speaking at the National Parenting Support Commission’s (NPSC’s) parents’ graduation ceremony in Montego Bay recently, said that “contrary to what some people think, there are thousands of dedicated, selfless, loving, God-fearing, hard-working and trustworthy parents in Jamaica”.“Sometimes we are so focused, so fixated on the bad parents that we lose sight of the reality that there are thousands of good parents, who are doing a great job,” he pointed out.Senator Reid noted that one of the duties of parents is to ensure that their children are better off economically, educationally and socially.“Too often, we forget about that father out there in the breadbasket parish of St. Elizabeth, who gets up at five in the morning and walks a quarter mile to cut grass for his livestock. He does this because he has a son in sixth form at St. Elizabeth Technical High School who wants to become an electrical engineer,” he said.The Minister also hailed the role of the grandparents, who “give of their last morsel of strength to ensure that children who are left in their care, are given the best opportunity to achieve”.“There are hundreds of these heroes throughout the length and breadth of Jamaica,” he noted.He said recognition must be given to the foster-parents, “whose contributions sometimes get lost in the shadows.”“I want to reiterate that foster-parents are an important part of the family wheel. They help to move this country forward. We need more foster-parents,” he said.last_img read more

Conservative MPs tried to silence inquiry call from Manitoba chief

first_imgnews@aptn.ca The Status of Women committee is currently studying the subject of “the economic leadership and prosperity of Canadian women” as well as the barriers that still exist in society.Kennedy was the only Indigenous woman called to testify before the committee. During her testimony, Kennedy mentioned the violence faced by Indigenous women. During the round of witness questioning by MP committee members, Ashton asked Kennedy about the need for an inquiry.“Today we heard from the UN rapporteur who is calling for a national inquiry…We know there are women drumming on Parliament Hill,” said Ashton. “Do you believe we need a national inquiry?”Kennedy said yes.“Absolutely. It is very hard to lose a child and to lose a loved one,” said Kennedy, who was immediately cut off at the sentence by Calgary Centre Conservative MP Joan Crockatt.“I am sure we would love to hear what the chief has to say on the topic but it’s not really what the topic of the study is about,” said Crockatt.APTN National News heard audio of the meeting.Ashton responded to Crockatt saying that the committee was also studying barriers to women’s economic prosperity and violence poses one for Indigenous women who are more likely to face it than non-Indigenous women, according to statistics.“It is entirely in relation to this study and frankly we should show respect to the chief by allowing her to answer the question,” said Ashton.Kennedy then again raised the issue and said women chiefs in Manitoba had asked the men to take up the issue and be more “aggressive” in their support for an inquiry call.“And we said, ‘What if it was your daughter or any young relative that you’ve lost,’” said Kennedy. “I think if there was an inquiry and to have that in there, maybe there wouldn’t be as many.”This time it was Vancouver South Conservative MP Wai Young who ran interference touting her credentials as a councillor in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.“I am from Vancouver and so the missing and murdered women issue is painful having also been a councillor in the Downtown Eastside for native youth and family,” said Young. “That question was completely disingenuous and not relevant to the study at all.”Kennedy said in an interview with APTN National News that she would be reporting the incident back to her women’s council.“Obviously the government is not going to be listening. I think maybe we do this on our own, we set up our own inquiry as to what happened,” said Kennedy.Ashton said the Conservative’s increasingly aggressive attempts to counter calls for an inquiry makes her want to fight harder.“Seeing the Conservatives react so disrespectfully is more fuel for me to keep pushing,” said Ashton. “Their disrespect toward a woman chief adds more fuel to my fire.”Crockatt and Young’s office did not respond to request for comment as of this article’s posting.James Anaya, the UN rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, released his report on Canada Monday and recommended an inquiry.Justice Minister Peter MacKay agreed to meet with the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women after his Parliament Hill photo op was interrupted by women drummers. APTN National News OTTAWA–Conservative MPs on the Status of Women committee tried to silence a Manitoba chief when she mentioned the need for a public inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women.War Lake First Nation Chief Betsy Kennedy was twice cut off by Conservative MPs when she raised the issue of the inquiry while responding to a question from Churchill NDP MP Niki Ashton.“When they did that, for me, I was angry they wouldn’t listen to a subject that is very important for our communities,” said Kennedy, after her appearance before the committee. “Everywhere across the country our women are out there missing and never found and this is very emotional for us.”The incident reveals the Conservative government is hyper-sensitive to the issue and wants to stamp it out, said Ashton.“They are extremely sensitive on this issue, they know a resounding number of people are calling for a national inquiry and it is clear to an increasingly number of Canadians that violence is an immense barrier,” said Ashton.NDP MP Niki Ashton (left) with War Lake First Nation Chief Betsy Kennedy.last_img read more

First Nation and Ontario to remove caribou from wolf infested island

first_imgThe Canadian PressMembers of a First Nation in Ontario say they plan to continue the relocation of an endangered herd of caribou off a remote island where they’re being slaughtered by wolves.The Michipicoten First Nation is working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to move up to nine caribou from Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior to Caribou Island, near the U.S. border, by helicopter as soon as the weather permits.The latest effort comes after the province relocated nine caribou in mid-January to a different location – the Slate Islands.The caribou population on Michipicoten Island had been decimated by wolves that made their way there several years ago using an ice bridge. The ministry feared the entire herd would be wiped out if they didn’t intervene with the move to the nearby Slate Islands.Leo Lepiano, the land resources manager for Michipicoten First Nation, said his community has been pushing the government to create a “backup” population out of fears the caribou on the Slate Islands would also be at risk since there had been at least one wolf on the islands as recently 2016.“We just hope there is enough time to capture the caribou before the wolves get all of them,” Lepiano said.Right now, the weather – snow, wind and low-hanging clouds – is presenting a major obstacle to the relocation effort.Lepiano said crews went out on Tuesday afternoon, during a few hours of clear weather, and only spotted a handful of caribou in an area where the helicopter was unable to land.They also found three caribou in another area, but couldn’t drive the animals out into the open where a crew member in the helicopter could fire a net to trap them, Lepiano said.The caribou population on Michipicoten was considered a conservation success story after the caribou herd grew from eight animals – brought to Michipicoten Island in 1982 – to near 700 before the wolves arrived in either late 2013 or early 2014.Four wolves made the trek across an ice bridge that formed that winter. They have since bred, growing the pack that has been systematically hunting down the caribou. The ministry said the Michipicoten population has dropped to about 100 animals as of last year, mostly due to wolf predation.But the Michipicoten First Nation has suggested the number of caribou had actually dropped to about 30 around mid-January.Caribou Island is owned by an American foundation that has given its permission for the planned relocation. The island sits in the middle of Lake Superior, far from any shore, and is free from predators such as wolves.“It’s so remote that it’s impossible for wolves to get there,” Lepiano said.Jolanta Kowalski, a spokeswoman with the ministry, said the second relocation was the First Nation’s idea, one that she called “prudent.”“It’s another spot where a population could take hold,” Kowalski said.last_img read more

Canadian oil producers prodding the province for regulatory changes

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is urging the province to increase competitiveness in the oil and gas sector.A report suggests ways Alberta could once again become an industry leader.CAPP President Tim McMillan says market access is only one part of the equation the government needs to fix its policy and regulatory programs.“If the government can get a clear signal. A vision of what they think Alberta is capable of, attracting investments, creating jobs and drilling wells, I think that gives us a ‘North Star’ to measure all of the other regulatory changes against.”He says the government needs to take a ‘whole approach’.“So many of the policies that are inconsistent and inefficient are when one government department has a different view than another and our industry is trapped in the middle.”McMillan points to the U.S. which is making tax reforms, while here in Alberta corporate taxes have increased to 27 per cent.last_img read more

Grains mostly higher Livestock mixed

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was off 1 cent at $5.0460 a bushel; Mar. corn rose 1.60 cents at $3.7520 a bushel; Dec. oats was up 1.20 cents at $2.7620 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 6 cents at 8.88 a bushel.Beef was lower and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle fell 1.20 cents at $1.2380 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off .90 cent at $1.4810 a pound; Dec. lean hogs was up 1.63 cents at .6278 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Wildfire Service helping Fort Nelson Fire Department fight wildfire

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – Volunteers from the Fort Nelson Fire Department and the B.C. Wildfire Service are fighting a fire west of Fort Nelson. The Regional Municipality has also activated the Emergency Operations Centre.The fire is approximately 30 hectares in size and is 2km west of Radar Road, which is west of Fort Nelson.  The Regional Municipality has also activated the Emergency Operations Centre due to how close the fire is to Fort Nelson.  The Fort Nelson Golf Course has been closed due to the fire.Air tankers and one helicopter are on the scene.  The Forest Service believes the fire was human-caused.BCWS personnel currently responding with the Fort Nelson Volunteer Fire Dept. to a ~30 ha #BCwildfire that’s ~2 km west of Radar Road, which is west of Fort Nelson. Airtankers and 1 helicopter are on scene. Fire is believed to be human-caused.— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) May 11, 2018Officials in both B.C. and Alberta are urging members of the public to use caution with any campfires and to adhere to any fire bans as a ridge of high pressure is forecast to bring hot, dry temperatures to the Peace Region. UPDATE as of 6:30 p.m. – The Fire is now listed as under control.  The evacuation order that affected approximately 100 properties in the area of the fire has now been rescinded.  All residents can return home.Crews will remain on scene putting out any remaining hotspots.  The State of Local Emergency is continuing as a precautionary measure.UPDATE: The fire is no longer in “out of control” status and is now being held. Crews continue to assist the Fort Nelson Volunteer fire department. https://t.co/mZ2sbcrNuw— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) May 12, 2018 Fire Information Officers Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that conditions in Northeast B.C. are starting to dry out because of the lack of rain that the rest of the Southern Interior has experienced this week. Reynolds is reminding residents that Category Two fires, fireworks, and burning barrels are currently banned in all of Northeast B.C., and that anyone present near a campfire that is larger than a half-metre in dimension would be liable to get a fine of over $1,000.last_img read more

Fort St John Legion commemorates the 75th Anniversary of DDay

first_img“D-Day happened on June 6, 1944. It was one of those decisive battles that really gave name to Canada as a nation. Canada didn’t really have a name for itself until World War I at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The D-Day Invasion was another one of those incredible feats for Canadian Soldiers as they were brought on shore in Normandy at Juno Beach.”D-Day was an Allied invasion of Normandy, France that began the liberation of German-occupied France from Nazi control, which laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.14,000 Canadian soldiers took part in the D-Day Invasion.359 Canadians had died and another 715 were wounded or captured after the Invasion. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Legion held a Ceremony on Thursday in honour of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.Members of the Legion and the community came out to the Cenotaph to pay their respects to Canadians who had served during this critical moment in World War II.According to MLA Dan Davies, D-Day is one of the decisive battles that gave name to Canada as a nation and was an incredible feat in Canadian history.last_img read more

Day after India China reveals auto sales slide worsened in Feb

first_imgBeijing: The downturn in China’s auto market worsened in January and February as an economic slowdown and a tariff fight with the US chilled demand in the industry’s biggest global market. Sales of SUVs, minivans and sedans plunged 17.5 per cent from a year earlier to 3.2 million SUVs, minivans and sedans in the first two months of 2019, according to an industry group, the China Association of Auto Manufacturers. Total vehicle sales, including trucks and buses, fell 15 per cent to 3.8 million units. The drop in sales of passenger cars in January was 15 per cent. Economists and industrial analysts often combine the first two months of the year when looking at consumer activity to screen out the effect of the Lunar New Year holiday, when factories close for up to two weeks and commercial activity falls. Chinese consumers are putting off big purchases amid an economic downturn that saw growth last year fall to a three-decade low of 6.6 per cent. Trade tension with Washington is fuelling consumer jitters. The auto slump is squeezing revenue for global and Chinese automakers that are spending heavily to meet government targets to develop electric vehicles. Last year’s auto sales suffered their first decline in nearly three decades, calling 4.1 per cent from 2017 year to 23.7 million. The downturn has prompted suggestions Beijing will cut sales taxes or offer other incentives. Sales by Chinese brands fell 23 per cent to 1.3 million units in January and February, according to CAAM. Market share for Chinese brands shrank by 3 per cent compared with the same time last year to 41.8 per cent. Growth in sales of pure-electric and hybrid vehicles, which Beijing is promoting with subsidies, rose 98.9 per cent over a year ago to 148,000 units. Sales of SUVs, usually a bright spot for the industry, contracted 18.6 per cent to 141,000.last_img read more