India vs Australia: MS Dhoni gives us a lot of confidence, says Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgIndia will continue to target Australia’s under-pressure openers Alex Carey and Aaron Finch as they seek to add a one-day series win to their first ever Test series victory in the third and final match in Melbourne on Friday.Carey and Finch’s best opening partnership in the first two matches of the series is the 20 runs they achieved in Adelaide on Tuesday.Carey, the team’s vice-captain, has scored a total of 42 runs while captain Finch has tallied just 12 and been bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in both games of the series, which is locked at 1-1.Finch was also dropped from the Test squad after he struggled in the that series and India have concentrated on the 32-year-old, who has 11 one-day international centuries and two in Twenty20 internationals.”We respect that Finch is a great player … we make sure our guard is up always,” Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan told reporters on Thursday.”The boys must have seen his weakness and they are implementing their plans quite nicely. They’re not giving him singles that easily or even boundary options.”Once you’re creating that pressure to a batsman, especially in limited overs, that batsman is going to do something extra or take more risk to rotate the strike or to score more runs. That’s where we’re having the opportunity.”Dhawan added that the pressure the bowlers were placing on the Australians at the top of the order meant they were not capitalising on the fielding restrictions during the first 10-over power-play.Australia slumped to 41-2 in 9.5 overs in the first game in Sydney, while they were 38-2 after 10 overs in the second match in Adelaide, although that total was only boosted by scoring 11 runs in the 10th.advertisement”Bhuvi (Kumar) is very experienced as well as (Mohammed) Shami,” Dhawan said. “That’s why in the first 10 overs we have been dominating.”Dhawan also said that it was great to see MS Dhoni performing well in both the ODIs of their ongoing three-match series and added that he is happy that the wicket-keeper batsman is getting back in touch. Dhawan also praised right-hand batsman Dinesh Kartik who played a knock of 25 runs off 24 balls in the last ODI against Australia.”It was great to see a good team performance in the last one day match against Australia. The way Dhoni played in both the games is really great. I am very happy that Dhoni is getting his touch back. A player of his stature, who plays the game with so much calmness, gives so much confidence to other batsmen. It is very important for us.”Even Dinesh (Karthik) played a very good knock in the last game. So the good thing is that we got all fit and mature players which make us a strong batting unit. We have been consistent in our performance over the past few years and hopefully, we will continue performing well in coming years,” he said.India will be aiming to clinch the ODI series while taking on Australia in their final match of the series. Dhawan admitted that if they won, it would be a good achievement for the team adding that they are looking forward to the match.”It will be a big final tomorrow. It is going to be an interesting game for both the teams. We are looking forward to an exciting game tomorrow. It (the victory) will mean a lot to us. It is always good to come here and win. If we win tomorrow, it will be a big achievement for us. Of course, we are going to value it and cherish it,” Dhawan said.One of the main concerns for the Indian team during the first two matches of the ODI series has been the spot of the third pacer. India tried Khaleel Ahmed in the first match and replaced him with Mohammed Siraj in the second ODI but none of them could make an impact.Reflecting on the same, Dhawan said that there is nothing to be worried about as they are youngsters and would take time to adjust to the conditions.”There is nothing to worry about. They (Siraj and Ahmed) are young blokes. They just came in. Of course, we back them. That’s how they are going to learn when they play against a good side. If they go for runs, it is when they lift themselves up and think more about their game and strategy. That’s how they will become more mature players,” he said.Talking about the Australian team, Dhawan stated that they are definitely missing banned cricketers, Steve Smith and David Warner. He, however, added that the team is going pretty well without them as well.advertisement”Australia has got a well balanced side and Finch is a great batsman. I feel the presence of David Warner and Steve is missing in the side. They are legends of their country and big cricket players in cricket world but they are doing well,” Dhawan concluded.Also Read | Dhoni, Shaw and Bencic with Federer shine in #10YearChallengeAlso Read | Rishabh Pant for World Cup 2019? Sachin Tendulkar weighs in with his thoughtsAlso Read | A hundred on Makar Sankranti for 3 successive years: How the stars aligned for Virat Kohlilast_img read more

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Florida’s Governor Is Sending Personal Letters To Football Recruits Who Stay Home, Play For Gators

first_imgA Florida Gators player running on the field with a Florida Gators flag.LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 23: Chauncey Gardner Jr #23 of the Florida Gators celebrates after the 28-27 win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field on September 23, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Yesterday, 5-star Florida defensive end signee CeCe Jefferson shared that he had received a letter from Florida Governor Rick Scott congratulating him for staying in-state for college. It appears Scott is sending these letters to other UF signees from the Sunshine State. Here is a photo of the letter that was sent to Pasco High School defensive lineman Andrew Ivie, courtesy of his coach Tom McHugh. To Andrew Ivie pic.twitter.com/gWzqsyPNzw— Tom McHugh (@tmac114) April 1, 2015This is interesting, because it appears Scott is making a concerted effort to thank recruits for playing in-state. Wonder how FSU fans feel about this, unless he is sending them to Seminole signees as well.last_img read more

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Rotary International picks Calgary for 2025 Convention

first_imgRotary International has chosen Calgary to host its 2025 Convention, an annual event which usually attracts between 20,000 and 40,000 people.Co-chair of the host organizing committee Mark Starratt said it’s a victory two years in the making.“We were among 11 worldwide cities that were invited to apply for the possibility and over the course of the last six months, we were whittled down to five,” he said, adding Calgary was the only North American city to be shortlisted.The convention involves Rotarians from over 100 countries gathering for fellowships and strategizing local and international strategies.Starratt said Calgary getting the nod is a result of two key factors.“Number one, the fact that we’ve become a world-class destination and that’s shown really clearly through some of our venues,” he said. “But in addition to that, I can’t reiterate enough the partnership and the spirit of volunteerism that we have in Calgary.”Some of the partners he credits include Meetings + Convention Calgary and the Stampede.“This will be the largest convention in Calgary’s history. It is an amazing accomplishment for our city,” Clark Grue, President and CEO, Meetings + Conventions Calgary, said in a release.Starratt said it’s hard to quantify how much of a boost the local economy will get because it’s unclear just how many Rotarians will attend.But with the convention lasting three to five days at the BMO Centre and the Saddledome, along with attendants contributing to hotels, restaurants, rentals, visiting the mountains and attractions like the Calgary Zoo and Heritage Park, the payoff will be huge.“The multi-millions, the tens of millions,” he said.last_img read more

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Japanese boat owners charged with helping smuggle shark fins

first_imgHONOLULU — U.S. prosecutors in Hawaii are accusing the owners and officers of a Japanese fishing boat of helping Indonesian fishermen smuggle nearly 1,000 shark fins, worth about $58,000 on the black market.Boat owners Hamada Suisan Co. Ltd. and JF Zengyoren, or Japan Fisheries Cooperatives in English, are charged with aiding and abetting the smuggling. Ten fishermen have been charged with smuggling.A Hamada representative in Japan said Friday that the Indonesian crew members had shark fins without the captain’s knowledge.JF Zengyoren declined to comment, saying it hadn’t seen the complaint.It’s against U.S. law to remove the fins of sharks at sea. Prosecutors say the fishermen harvested fins from some sharks that were still alive and then discarded in the ocean.Fins are a pricey delicacy often used in soups.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Northern Eastern BC has intake clinics to help with mental health for

first_img“With school in full swing, midterms over and the holiday season on the horizon, December makes sense as a time for parents to check in with their children to see how things are going,” said Wade Maybie, a registered nurse at the Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) Clinic in Saanich B.C.Maybie says it’s best to call ahead to be sure you are within the clinic’s catchment area. That’s true for all clinics in B.C.“Sometimes it’s possible that what the caller really needs is a referral to a different community resource, and once the initial screening meeting occurs, the team looks at the best fit for services,” Maybie said.The following are our local area B.C. Mental Health Intake Offices;Fort St John 5020 Airport Drive, Fort Nelson Fort Nelson Tumbler Ridge ​ For more information on the above-listed clinics; CLICK HEREFor other resources that are not in our area;Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health; CLICK HEREThe Foundry; CLICK HEREFamily Smart; CLICK HEREKelty Mental Health; CLICK HERE Suite 200  9900 100 Ave., Fort St John, VICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Children and Family Development funds 100 walk-in intake clinics around the province, where children and youth who may be struggling with mental health challenges can get assessed and connected to supports and services.Not everyone knows there are walk-in intake clinics around the Province. These clinics funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development are set up for children and youth who might be struggling with mental health challenges.These children and youth can be assessed and connected to services and supports for challenges ranging from anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, to family conflict, emotional dysregulation and trauma. Self-harm and problems related to alcohol and drugs are common issues for the children and youth who come into the Child and Youth Mental Health clinics. Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Chetwynd Suite 205 1508 102 Ave., Dawson Creekcenter_img Dawson Creek ​ ​ Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 4744 52 St., Chetwynd ​ ​ Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Tumbler Ridge High School intake with a Clinicianlast_img read more

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Farmland now protected with government Legislation

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – February 22nd, 2019, Bill 52 has strengthened the B.C.’s Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) Regulations by enhancing food security and encouraging farming in the ALR.“I’m very happy to see this law come into full force and effect,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “This new law will encourage farming and better protect farmland by banning mega-mansions, stopping the illegal dumping of waste on farmland and reinstating the one-zone system. It’s a great step in our effort to revitalize the Agricultural Land Reserve so that British Columbians can count on a safe, secure supply of locally grown food on their tables for years to come.”According to the government the Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, 2018 provides three key changes, including: Restricting the removal of soil and increased penalties for the dumping of construction debris and other harmful fill in the ALR.Directly addressing mega-mansions and speculation in the ALR by limiting primary residence size on ALR lands and empowering the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to approve additional residences if they are for farm use.Reunifying the ALR as a single zone, ensuring consistent rules with strong protections for all provincial ALR land.“At the same time, we’re supporting larger farming families by ensuring that those who need extra living space to support their farming operations have a path forward at the ALC to build a larger home,” said Popham. “Multigenerational farming families are the backbone of agriculture throughout B.C.”November 5th, 2018, Bill 52 was introduced and received royal assent three weeks later requiring regulation to bring the law into force. The government’s legislative changes make it clear that British Columbia’s ALR is for farming and ranching, not for building mega-mansions and dumping construction waste.Established in 1973, the ALR is administered by the ALC, an independent tribunal mandated to preserve agricultural land and encourage farming on agricultural land. The ALR includes over 4.7 million hectares of B.C. that are preserved for agricultural use – less than 5% of B.C.’s total land base.last_img read more

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Potential Trans Mountain pipeline buyer says it agrees with federal principles

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – One of the leaders of a First Nations consortium planning to offer $6.8 billion for majority ownership of the Trans Mountain pipeline says federal government principles for Indigenous buyers are “exactly aligned” with its goals.Harrie Vredenburg, a Project Reconciliation executive board member and professor at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business, says the principles unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Monday don’t affect his group’s plan to invite all Indigenous communities in Western Canada to join in a united bid for 51 percent of the pipeline.The four points suggest that discussions of potential Indigenous ownership of the pipeline can proceed only if the communities involved have “meaningful economic participation,” if the deal can proceed in the spirit of reconciliation, and if the resulting entity works to the benefit of all Canadians and goes forward on a commercial basis. Vredenburg says the principles are consistent with messages his organization has shared in meetings with federal department officials over the past five months.He says the project, led by executive chairman Delbert Wapass, a former chief of the Thunderchild First Nation in Saskatchewan, is well-advanced and there have been meetings with investment banks, oil companies and First Nations.Morneau has said the government won’t negotiate the sale of the pipeline it bought for $4.5 billion last summer until after construction of its controversial proposed expansion is “de-risked.”Court-ordered consultations with affected Indigenous groups are expected to wrap up in May, allowing the expansion to go to Ottawa for a decision on approval.last_img read more

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Shami’s wife detained for creating ruckus

first_imgAmroha (UP): Cricketer Mohammed Shami’s estranged wife Hasin Jahan was detained for breach of peace after she allegedly created a ruckus at her husband’s house in Alipur village here, police said Monday. Police said they received a call from Shami’s house Sunday night. The cricketer’s mother alleged that Jahan had forcefully entered the house and created ruckus, SP (Amroha) Vipin Tada said. Jahan was detained for breach of peace and produced before a sub-divisional magistrate’s court. She was later released by the court after depositing bail bonds, the officer said. Talking to reporters after her release, Shami’s wife said, “These people are violating my rights. Shami is my husband and I have complete right over his house. But whenever I have tried to stay in that house, my in-laws have tried to throw me and my infant daughter out.”last_img read more

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Sheila Dikshit slams Modi govt for sealing

first_imgNEW DELHI: Congress’ North-East Delhi candidate Sheila Dikshit said that she fully understands the difficulties of the voters, particularly the women voters, as before entering active politics, she had played the role of a devoted mother and a housewife. She said that she realizes the anger and helplessness of the people affected by the sealing and demolition drive, as these reckless moves by the BJP and AAP Governments have ruined the lives of lakhs of people. She said that these drives have particularly affected the mothers and their children, as they stare at an uncertain future with anxiety. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSheila Dikshit on Tuesday made extensive tour of her constituency, interacting with the people to seek their votes and support for her in the Lok Sabha election. She visited the Shiv Vihar tiraha, near dispensary, Mustafabad and Gali No 1, Vikas Samiti, Durgapuri. Dikshit alleged that due to the shadow boxing and theatrics by the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party, the people of Delhi have been driven to the edge of ruin. “The BJP Govt at the Centre did nothing to stop the sealing, demolition drive, which could have easily saved the livelihood of lakhs of people, and protect the jobs of several lakh workers,” she said.last_img read more

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Losing An NCAA Tournament Game From Every Seed Isnt Easy But These

✓ Some early exits were more predictable than othersMen’s college basketball teams with at least eight losses in their opening games, including the First Four and round of 64, in the NCAA Tournament, 1985-2017 ✓✓✓✓ Source: sports-reference.com Arizona1155– ✓✓✓✓✓✓6 ✓✓ Missouri1050– Murray State100 Pennsylvania Utah State90 ✓✓✓✓ Valparaiso80 VCU 6 6 ✓ ✓ Louisiana State850– Temple933– ✓✓✓✓✓6 Arizona✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓ Vanderbilt Oklahoma956– La. State ✓✓✓✓✓✓✓ Missouri✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓ Xavier922– School12345678910111213141516Total ✓✓✓✓✓✓ ✓✓✓✓✓ East Tenn. State80 8 ✓✓✓✓✓✓ Pennsylvania110 SchoolOpening-round lossesShare as better seed than opponent 6 Iona90 Iowa State✓✓ A few familiar Cinderellas have provided some of the greatest moments in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. But every shocking upset from a ragtag mid-major also means something else: a big-name school has fallen on its face in spectacular fashion.And it seems certain big-name schools are more prone to this than others. In tournaments over the past 10 years, Georgetown has lost its opening-round game playing as a No. 3, No. 6 and No. 2 seed. Arizona won a title and made a second Final Four in the 1990s but also peppered that decade with four losses in the opening round — and in each, the Wildcats were seeded No. 5 or better.So are certain schools uniquely susceptible to March heartache? We looked back over every team’s opening-round game since the tourney expanded to 64 teams in 1985 — including the round of 64 and the play-in games known as the First Four.1The First Four got its start in 2011; play-in games between No. 16 seeds in earlier years were not included in this analysis. Some higher seeds do seem to head home early more than others — and a few of those well-known names are putting together an interesting range of losses.In the past 33 tournaments, 22 teams have made opening-round exits at least eight times.2We didn’t count round-of-64 losses that occurred after a team had won a play-in game. But most of those teams have typically been underdogs — teams that want to win, of course, but aren’t strictly supposed to. Brigham Young, for example, has lost its opening game 12 times, including once in the First Four, but never as a seed better than eighth.3The Cougars have lost as a No. 8 seed four times. Only eight of those 22 teams were seeded better than their opponent in half or more of their opening-round losses. One of those teams is Arizona, which has lost 11 times in the round of 64 and as the better seed in six of those games — most recently in 2016 as a No. 6 seed to a Wichita State team that had to win a play-in game just to be there. Missouri and Indiana have each lost 10 round-of-64 games, though only five of the Tigers’ losses came as the better seed, while the Hoosiers were the better seed in eight of their defeats. Georgia850– ✓ New Mexico ✓✓✓ ✓✓✓✓✓✓ Murray State ✓✓✓✓✓ Lost when seeded … New Mexico State1118– Indiana Georgetown, however, doesn’t show up in our list of biggest opening-round losers, even though it suffered high-profile losses to Florida Gulf Coast in 2013 and Ohio in 2010. Indeed, the Hoyas have lost at the start of the tournament only two other times since 1985, as a No. 6 seed in 2011 and a No. 10 seed in 1997.But Georgetown does have something interesting in common with Arizona and Missouri, teams with high numbers of opening-round defeats. All three have lost an opening-round game as both a No. 2 and a No. 3 seed — a distinction they share with Duke, Iowa State, Michigan State and South Carolina.4Syracuse, which in 1991 became the first No. 2 to lose in the round of 64 when it fell to Richmond, is the only one of the eight teams to share that distinction that hasn’t also lost as a No. 3 seed.This got us thinking: If a team already has round-of-64 losses from two of the top three seeds, how many different seed lines could it lose from?In this day and age, it would be tough to suffer opening-round defeat from every spot on the bracket (especially considering that a No. 16 has yet to fell a No. 1). Major-conference teams are almost guaranteed a seed somewhere between 1 and 11, so they have plenty of opportunities to fail from those seed slots.5Unless a mediocre team manages to win its conference championship, à la the 2008 Georgia Bulldogs, which were seeded 14th because of their 17-16 record. And 14 through 16 seeds are almost always automatic qualifiers from smaller conferences that will have a hard time ever reaching the higher seeds without moving to a power conference or magically transforming into Gonzaga. So, a reasonable goal — if you could call it that — might be to lose from 12 different seeds, or three-fourths of those possible.It takes a special kind of program to have a diversified portfolio of early tournament losses. It has to be good enough to make the tournament often but not so good that it never loses its opener. So teams like Kansas are out: The Jayhawks have made the tournament every year but one since 19856The 1989 tourney. but have lost only two of their 32 round-of-64 matchups. (Duke is in a similar position, with only two opening-round losses other than its two highly seeded defeats.) The team also needs enough regular-season inconsistency from year to year to receive tourney bids from many different seeds — a program that’s good enough for a No. 4 seed one year but just the right amount of mediocre for a No. 10 seed the next.This merit badge of losing might not be possible; no team has reached even the three-fourths mark. These are the programs with opening-round losses from at least six different seeds: ✓✓✓ 6 6 Vanderbilt850– Nebraska ✓✓✓✓✓✓7 Davidson80 Providence ✓✓✓✓ 8 Brigham Young1331%– W. Virginia Texas875– ✓✓✓✓ Montana80 Utah State Marquette 6 Princeton Georgia 6 Princeton911– Schools that are consistently inconsistentMen’s college basketball teams that have lost in the NCAA Tournament’s First Four or round of 64 from the most seeds, 1985-2017 7 6 6 ✓ Indiana978– ✓ ✓✓✓✓✓✓6 6 Source: Sports-Reference.com ✓✓ These teams are closest to running the table, but they all still have a long way to go. Iowa State has some of the hardest seeds out of the way — losing as a No. 27To Hampton in 2001. and No. 38To UAB in 2015. — but also handling the tricky 12 and 13 spots. To get to three-fourths of the seeds, all the Cyclones need to do is lose from those middle seeds of 4 through 7, 9 and 11. (For a long-suffering fan of the cardinal and gold, this feels like an attainable goal.)West Virginia is another team with a good range of losses, and unlike the Cyclones, the Mountaineers actually have a chance to add to their total this year. West Virginia is seeded fifth in the East region — a seed from which it has never lost in the round of 64. The 5-vs.-12 matchups are already ripe for upsets, as we know, so I’ll be picking Murray State to take down the Mountaineers and hand them a fresh seed loss. Like Iowa State and West Virginia, Murray State has six differently seeded opening-round losses, but one of those already came from the No. 12 seed, unfortunately. Penn also could have built on its total this year, but it’s already lost as a No. 16 seed. (And, of course, we’re hoping that the Quakers make another kind of history.)The teams on top of our loser’s bracket, Arizona and Missouri, have lost as eight different seeds, an impressive feat. Both teams have been responsible for several busted brackets, having fallen from the second, third and fourth seeds. We were hopeful that each team could add a notch to its belt this year, but the selection committee didn’t come through for us. Arizona is missing a No. 7 seed loss, but the Wildcats were too strong, securing the No. 4 seed in the South region. Missouri had more options in the middle, needing a No. 5 or a No. 7, but no such luck for the Tigers (well, really, for us) — they ended up with the No. 8 seed in the West.No team wants an early exit from the tournament. But if you’re going to lose your first game, it may as well be in a new and interesting way.Check out our latest March Madness predictions. read more

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