This day that year: Rahul Dravid faced his first ball in Test on June 22, 1996

first_imgRahul Dravid, one of the greatest Test batsmen in cricket’s rich history, came out to bat for the first time in international cricket on June 22, 1996. It was a big occasion for Dravid, who made his Test debut against England at Lord’s — the Mecca of Cricket — alongside Sourav Ganguly.Dravid started his debut innings at No.7 and proved his credentials with a typically gritty Test knock of 95 off 267 balls. He was also involved in a 94-run stand for the sixth wicket with centurion Ganguly (131) as the match ended in a draw. That partnership marked the start of a golden era for Indian cricket as Dravid, Ganguly, VVS Laxman along with Sachin Tendulkar took Indian cricket to new highs. (Rahul Dravid urges decisive call on MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh’s role in team)Dravid played for 16 years for India before retiring in 2012 after India’s dismal tour of Australia. He holds the record for facing most number of balls, 31,258 — 1821 more balls than Sachin Tendulkar had faced in his 24-year career — and spent 44152 minutes at the crease, most by any batsman in the history.Dravid aggregated 13288 runs from 164 Tests the help of 36 hundreds at 52.31. In ODIs, Dravid played 344 matches scoring 10889 with 12 hundreds and 83 half-centuries. (Rahul Dravid set to extend his tenure as India A, Under-19 coach)Dravid was famously known as ‘The Wall’. The exceptional batting talent not just scored runs in India but all over the world.In one of the most memorable knocks by Dravid in 2001, the Karnataka batsman joined forces with VVS Laxman to guide India to one of best Test victories in Indian cricket’s history. Dravid had a below par Test series to his standards until that innings. Following on, India were struggling to save the match tottering at 232/4 when Dravid joined an in-form Laxman at the crease. The duo put on a mammoth 376-run stand as India declared their second innings at a massive 657 for seven. Laxman had scored 281 while Dravid hit 180.advertisementChasing 394 for a win, Australia were off to a solid opening stand before Harbhajan Singh ripped apart Australian batting line-up with 6/73 to give India a historic win to level the three-match series 1-1.Some of the interesting stats from the great man’s Test career:# Dravid was involved in most number of Test victories — 15 — overseas with an astonishing batting average of 65.70.# He was the highest run-getter batting at No.3. He scored 10,524 from 219 innings at 52.88 with the help of 28 hundreds and 50 fifties.# He was involved in a record 738 partnerships in Test career.# Dravid was also part of 88 century-plus partnerships involving Sachin Tendulkar (20), VVS Laxman (12), Virender Sehwag (10) and Sourav Ganguly Ganguly(10)# With Tendulkar, he scored a record 6920 runs in 143 partnerships at 50.51, with 20 century stands.# He is also among 12 batsmen to have scored a century against all Test playing nations.(Stats courtesy: Cricinfo)last_img read more

WWE: Ronda Rousey slammed through table by Stephanie McMahon on last RAW before WrestleMania

first_imgRonda Rousey was at the receiving end of a Stephanie McMahon suplex as the former Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter was sent crashing through a table on te latest episode of Monday Night RAW.Rousey, on her first night as a full-time WWE Superstar, had slammed Stephanie’s husband and WWE COO Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque through a table after being involved in a stare down with the boss’s daughter.Rousey along with her Mixed Tag Team partner Kurt Angle, came face-to-face with their WrestleMania opponents and the tensions started to escalate almost immediately. The King of Kings pre-emptively blamed The Olympic Gold medallist for a potential Ronda loss.’The Baddest Woman on the Planet’ replied by demanding why Triple H signed her with “ulterior motives” as Stephanie took issue with being demanded to do anything. Angle reminded their opponents they were speaking to an Olympic medallist and a former UFC champion as Triple H reminded Angle that, despite all of Ronda’s accolades and skills, she was stepping into a world she did not yet fully understand.The trash-talking continued through a pair of questions from the WWE Universe, peaking when Stephanie implied that Rousey’s impending loss would be too much for her to handle. Moderator Jonathan Coachman seemed to cool the hostilities enough to stage a pre-match photo session, but Stephanie’s words had hit their mark, and Rousey was soon nose-to-nose with the Raw Commissioner.Triple H dispatched Angle with a microphone to the back of the head, and when “Rowdy” Ronda turned her attention to the COO, Stephanie struck, driving Ronda through the interview table she’d been sitting behind moments earlier.advertisement(With inputs from WWE)last_img read more

Arsene Wenger mourns sad farewell in final European match

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger was very frustrated after Arsenal lost to Atletico Madrid and failed to make it to the Europa League final on Thursday.Arsenal lost to Arsenal 2-1 on aggregate to get knocked out of the tournament and failed to qualify for the Champions League for the second year running.With Arsenal’s failure, Wenger will depart from the club, having won three Premier League title and seven FA Cups but no European title.The match was Wenger 250th European match as a manager but Diego Costa struck at the stroke of half time to help Atletico go through. Throughout the second half, Atletico defence held on for a 12th consecutive home clean sheet and downed Arsenal.”I am sad and very disappointed overall, very frustrated as well,” Wenger told a news conference.”When you go out of the competition it is very difficult to take. It’s very sad, very, very, very sad. I’m very sad tonight. Unfortunately, you have to go through that – the game can be very cruel. Sometimes it’s very nice, but the suffering is very strong tonight.”The Frenchman said he still rued his team’s profligacy in the 1-1 first-leg draw at the Emirates Stadium after Atletico had been reduced to 10 men early in the game when Sime Vrsjalko was sent off.”We missed something in the final third. Looking at the chances over the two games, the least we could say is we are very frustrated,” Wenger added.”The tie should have been over in the first game. We missed a lot of opportunities and missed something in the final ball. They (Atletico) are a team that defends well. I believe we were a bit unlucky a few times.”advertisementHe also cursed referee Gianluca Rocchi’s leniency in the face of Atletico’s fierce challenges.”I think Gabi (Atletico captain) is happy to stay on the pitch. They broke a few counter-attacks and the referee took a while to give them a yellow card in situations where we could be very dangerous,” Wenger added.”They are a clever side that defends very well. (Diego) Godin saved five or six goals. They were in amazing positions and they have great defenders.”It was a very intense game between two teams that gave everything. Congratulations to them and good luck to them in the final. I would say the winner of tonight’s game is the clear favourite in the competition.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

a month ago​Liverpool boss Klopp reveals hilarious Rocky speech fail in BVB days

first_img​Liverpool boss Klopp reveals hilarious Rocky speech fail in BVB daysby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed his failure to rouse his players by using a speech from the movie Rocky IV.Klopp was speaking about his career and achievements at the FIFA gala where he won the Best Men’s Coach award for the previous year.And he mentioned an incident where he gave his Borussia Dortmund players a Rocky-themed speech before a game against Bayern Munich.”My Borussia Dortmund team were playing Bayern Munich,” Klopp told The Players’ Tribune.”It was a huge match in the league. We hadn’t won in Munich in something like 20 years. I take a lot of inspiration from movies, so whenever I needed to motivate the boys I would always think of Rocky Balboa. In my opinion, they should show Rocky 1, 2, 3 and 4 in public schools all across the world. It should be like learning the alphabet. If you watch these movies and you don’t want to climb to the top of a mountain, then I think something is wrong with you.””So the night before we played Bayern, I gathered all my players at the hotel for our team talk. I told them the truth of the situation: ‘The last time Dortmund won in Munich, most of you were still in your Pampers.’ Then I started playing some scenes from Rocky IV on the screen. The one with Ivan Drago. A classic, in my opinion. “Drago is running on the treadmill, and he’s hooked up to the big computer monitors and the scientists are studying him. I told the boys, ‘You see? Bayern Munich is Ivan Drago. The best of everything! The best technology! The best machines! He’s unstoppable!’ Then you see Rocky training in Siberia in his little log cabin. He’s chopping down pine trees and carrying logs through the snow and running up to the top of the mountain. “I told the boys, ‘You see? That’s us. We are Rocky. We are smaller, yes. But we have the passion! We have the heart of a champion! We can do the impossible!’ I was going on and on, and then at some point, I look out to all my boys to see their reaction.”I was expecting them to be standing up on their chairs, ready to go run up a mountain in Siberia, going absolutely crazy. But everyone is just sitting there, staring at me with dead eyes. Completely blank. They’re looking at me like, ‘What in the world is this crazy man talking about?’ So then I realised, ‘Wait, when did Rocky IV come out, 1980-something? When were these boys born?’ Finally, I said, ‘Wait a minute, boys. Please raise your hand if you know who Rocky Balboa is?’ Only two hands went up.”Everyone else, ‘Nope, sorry, boss.’ My entire speech — nonsense! This is the most important match of the season. Maybe the most important match of some of the players’ lives. And the manager has been screaming about Soviet technology and Siberia for the last 10 minutes! Can you believe this? I had to start my whole speech over from scratch. “You see, this is the real story. This is what actually happens in life. We are human beings. Sometimes, we embarrass ourselves. That’s how it is. We think we’re giving the greatest speech in the history of football, and we’re actually talking complete nonsense. But we get up the next morning and we go again. “Do you know the strangest part of that story? I honestly cannot be sure if we won or lost the match. I am pretty sure that I gave this speech in 2011 before we won 3–1, and that certainly makes for a much better story! But I can’t be 100% sure. This is one thing about football that people don’t always understand. The results, you forget. You get them all mixed up.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians to premiere on Netflix in March

first_imgCricket Fever: Mumbai Indians to premiere on Netflix in March Netflix’s Cricket Fever is a docu-series that follows the Mumbai Indians on the road through the course of Indian Premier League 2018.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 5, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 16:03 IST Netlfix’s Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians premieres on March 1.Online streaming website Netflix has announced its first Indian sports documentary Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians , which will premiere on March 1.The docu-series, produced by Conde Nast Entertainment, will follow the Mumbai Indians on the road through the course of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) season as they sought to defend their 2017 IPL crown, read a statement.The series documents the unseen action, both on and off the field, starting with the 2018 IPL auction, when the entire team was re-organised, and closes with the end of their IPL campaign. It charts the emotional arc of the team, including the intense pressure the team faces.Netflix shared the poster of the series and captioned it, “Sleepless nights? Nervous nail biting? Screaming at your screen? If you’ve experienced any or all of these symptoms you might have Cricket Fever, premieres 1st March.”Sleepless nights? Nervous nail biting? Screaming at your screen?If you’ve experienced any or all of these symptoms you might have Cricket Fever, premieres 1st March. pic.twitter.com/Ujl1tq6Els Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) February 5, 2019The series maps the emotional arc of the team, including the intense pressure the team faces, as they are representing the Maximum City and have expectations from millions of Mumbai citizens.It documents highly personal journeys of the young and talented team, led by captain Rohit Sharma, owners Nita and Akash Ambani as well as the brilliance of their coach – Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene.(With inputs from IANS)Also read | Netflix announces Selection Day Season 2. Sachin Tendulkar eager to know what happens nextAlso read | Netflix’s Sex Education renewed for Season 2advertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byshweta keshri Tags :Follow Cricket feverFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Netflix Nextlast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Bedford Bypass

first_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-424-5080 Fax: 902-424-0696 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Bedford Bypass There will be periods of one-lane closures on Magazine Hill,Trunk 7, today, Oct. 21, while shouldering and guardrail work isbeing carried out. These closures will alternate betweeneastbound and westbound lanes. Motorists will still be able to use the Bedford and Sackvilleexits but may experience delays.last_img

New Canadian infrastructure bank would be allowed to invest in crossborder projects

OTTAWA — A new federal agency designed to fuse public and private dollars to help build infrastructure in Canada could end up building new roads and bridges south of the border — so long as they connect to the Great White North.The legislation for the Liberal government’s proposed infrastructure bank would allow the arm’s-length organization to use public money to help bankroll or financially backstop projects that are “in Canada or partly in Canada,” provided there’s a financial benefit and a physical connection to the country.The wording means Ottawa could choose to fund projects with the potential to generate revenue for private investors or the government itself — toll roads or bridges, for instance, such as the Gordie Howe span between Windsor and Detroit, which is being financed with both private and public money.“If in fact a vehicle like the bank can enable projects like that to go ahead more readily, then I think that’s positive,” said Mark Romoff, president and CEO of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships.Romoff said it could also help advance Canadian interests south of the border, particularly at a time when U.S. President Donald Trump wants to leverage private money to help pay for a promised $1-trillion infrastructure program.Ottawa appoints veteran pension executive and investor Jim Leech as adviser for infrastructure bankAndrew Coyne: Tapping private capital for infrastructure a good idea, mostlyInfrastructure Bank gets boost from investors, remains mysterious piece of $180 billion spending commitmentLate last year, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, then a member of Trump’s transition team, talked about the possibility of an American infrastructure bank that would use financing tools to lure private dollars for public assets like new transit and transportation networks.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi met high-level American officials on two separate visits to Washington, D.C., along with top officials at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, all of them interested in how the Canadian bank will operate.Interested, too, are observers and investors in Canada, many of whom still have questions about the bank’s operations and whether the wording in the legislation could end up erecting roadblocks to its success.Independence from political interference is at the heart of the issue.Giving the government too much control could scare off investors who don’t want short-term political opportunism meddling in long-term infrastructure projects. On the other hand, too little political oversight could scare off cities and provinces.Brook Simpson, a spokesman for Sohi, said the government believes the legislation strikes the right balance between making the Crown corporation arms-length from government to attract private capital, while also remaining accountable to Parliament in how it manages public funds.If in fact a vehicle like the bank can enable projects like that to go ahead more readily, then I think that’s positiveTo ease concerns from private pension funds about political meddling, government officials have told investors that the government would approve projects when submitted to the bank for review, preventing cabinet from cancelling projects later on.Cities have been told they won’t be forced to use the bank and that financing won’t be conditional on any level of private-sector involvement. Nor would there be any restrictions on where private backing could come from, which would avoid any international retaliation against domestic funds that invest overseas.Romoff said allowing more bidders on projects could drive down costs and fuel more innovative construction plans.Benjamin Dachis, associate director of research at the C.D. Howe Institute, said investors could be scared away from working with the bank if they don’t feel there are strong firewalls to prevent political meddling in long-term projects.“This legislation needs to strike that balance between democratic oversight, but institutional independence to make sure that projects that go ahead are the right ones and not just politically attractive ones in the short term,” Dachis said.The Liberals are infusing the bank with $35 billion in government funding, hoping that the money can leverage three or four times that much in private dollars to build infrastructure in three key areas: trade corridors, green infrastructure and public transit. read more

Cost of gas plant cancellations could top 1B

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 (Update)After months of hounding by opposition politicians, Ontarians found out Tuesday afternoon how much it cost to cancel the Oakville gas power generating plant. And it was more than double the previous estimate of $310 million. The Auditor General puts the cost at $1.1 billion. Less potential savings and potential new costs, it works out to between $675 and $815 million. We already know cancelling the Mississauga gas plant cost an additional $275 million. So taxpayers could have to pay more than one billion dollars for the cancellations which many saw as Liberal party seat savers. Lisa Hepfner has reaction from the politicians at Queen’s Park.It’s a confusing batch of numbers and we’re told that’s because these are estimates. Two-thirds of the costs and all the savings are still to come over the next 20 years. The Ontario Power Authority which estimated $310 million in costs says it used different rates and accounting manoeuvres to come up with its number.However, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk did find that the government interfered in negotiations between Transcanada, which owned the contract to build the plant and the power authority. And she found that we could have cancelled the Oakville plant with far fewer costs by just waiting it out because the Town of Oakville was determined to stop the plant and would have taken the case to the Supreme Court and by that time the deal could have been dead.In fact, she found that Transcanada did very well in the negotiations and will actually make a lot more money with the new plant in Napanee than it would have in Oakville, because it will have to upgrade a pipeline and charge for the costs of transportation. Opposition members are calling for the Premier’s resignation over this but the Premier says she’s making the system better and it won’t happen again.Lysyk:   “Given the situation in Oakville, it could well have been possible for the OPA to simply wait it out, with no penalties and a much lower cost if it was determined that the plant would not have been able to be up and running within 24 months of the original contracted in-service date.”PC Energy Critic Lisa MacLeod:   “One billion dollars, ladies and gentlemen, for just one Liberal seat. And the worst part about that, when you read the auditor’s report, is that tab is still running with many of the costs still undetermined and the savings uncertain.”NDP leader Andrea Horwath:   “Political manoeuvring by the Liberals drove up these costs. Liberal staffers, committed to paying the TCD the whole value of their contract, whether they had to or not. And at every step, they agreed to work in out in a way that would help Transcanada and would leave Ontario families paying more.”Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli: “It was much better to negotiate this particular transaction rather than litigating it. Indeed, suggesting that the costs would be greater to litigate than to settle.”Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne:   “There have been assumptions made at various stages. There were assumption made at the former Premier’s office, there have been assumptions made at the OPA in calculating some of the numbers. There have been assumptions that have been made by the Auditor General. And I think that the quote that the Minister read about the uncertainty in all of this and the variation in the numbers is I think something that remains the case today.”The Premier said she’s making two changes to the rules so communities have a say from the beginning over where gas plants are located. And she’s making new rules to limit political involvement in these sorts of commercial transactions. read more

Mountain areas face growing risks from conflicts environmental harm UN warns

In a message marking the global launch of 2002 as the International Year of Mountains, Secretary-General Kofi Annan noted that “satellite imagery shows significant loss of mountain forests in the last 10 to 20 years.” The UN proclaimed the Year in order to increase awareness of mountain ecosystems, to defend the cultural heritage of mountain communities and to promote the conservation and sustainable development of mountain regions, he said.”Everyone has a stake in ensuring that the world’s mountain regions continue to provide their riches for many generations to come; this is a challenge the world’s peoples can and must scale together,” he stressed.Jacques Diouf, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), noted that nearly all of the world’s current conflicts – 23 of the 27 existing wars – were being fought in mountainous regions. He stressed the importance of bringing peace to those areas in order to ensure food security for impoverished and hungry people all over the world. “Conflict may be the single greatest obstacle to achieving our goals,” Dr. Diouf told a UN news conference in New York. “Without peace, we cannot ensure secure food supplies. Without peace, we cannot even consider sustainable development.” Mountain ecosystems – the source of one-half of the planet’s fresh water – were home to rich and diverse varieties of plant and animal life, Dr. Diouf pointed out. Each day, however, extreme poverty among the people living in mountainous areas and armed conflicts taking place in their shadows put those resources at risk. The International Year of Mountains evolved from the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, which placed mountains on an equal footing with climate change, tropical deforestation and desertification as a key issue in the global debate on environment and development. read more

CenturyLink to buy Level 3 for about 24 billion

CenturyLink to buy Level 3 for about $24 billion by The Associated Press Posted Oct 31, 2016 6:50 am MDT Last Updated Oct 31, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In a Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007 file photo, the company logo is displayed on the sign leading to the campus of Level 3 Communications in the northwest Denver suburb of Broomfield, Colo. CenturyLink is paying about $24 billion to buy Level 3, to expand its telecommunication services for businesses. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – CenturyLink said Monday that it will pay about $24 billion to buy telecommunications company Level 3, in an effort to expand its services for businesses.CenturyLink provides internet, TV and phone services to consumers, as well as data and IT services for businesses. Level 3, based in Broomfield, Colorado, provides data, video and other communication services to businesses and government agencies.Level 3 shareholders will receive about $66.50 in cash and a portion of CenturyLink stock for each share of Level 3 they own. The companies valued the deal at $34 billion, when debt is included.After the deal closes, which is expected to happen in the third quarter of 2017, CenturyLink shareholders will own about 51 per cent of the combined company and Level 3 shareholders will own about 49 per cent.The combined company will be based at CenturyLink’s headquarters in Monroe, Louisiana, and will keep a “significant presence” in the Denver area where Level 3 is currently based.Shares of CenturyLink Inc. fell $3.70, or 12.2 per cent, to $26.67 in midday trading Monday, while Level 3 Communications Inc. shares rose $2.63, or 4.9 per cent, to $56.66. read more

Dozens of Brock studentathletes make Academic AllCanadians list

The 2016-17 Academic All-Canadian recipients from the Faculty of Social Sciences along with Dean Ingrid Makus (second from right) and presenter Brian Roy.Faculty of Social SciencesPatrick Volpe, Men’s HockeyAna Caldeira Rua, Women’s BasketballCassandra Hinz, Women’s Cross CountryAmarije Barnes, Women’s RugbyTorrence Bostock, Women’s RugbyEmma Alderton, Women’s TrackLauren Kniewasser, Women’s Volleyball The 2016-17 Academic All-Canadian recipients from the Faculty of Math and Science along with Dean Ejaz Ahmed, left, and presenter Brian Roy, right.Faculty of Math and ScienceJulian Filice, Men’s SwimmingMarcelo Muniz Correa, Men’s VolleyballSamuel Jagas, Men’s WrestlingAlexandra Symonds, Women’s BasketballRenee Helmer, Women’s Volleyball The 2016-17 Academic All-Canadian recipients from the Goodman School of Business along with Vice-President, Administration Brian Hutchings, left, and presenter Brian Roy, right.Goodman School of BusinessRyan Bennett, Men’s BasketballAlexander Brooks-Potts, Men’s HockeyEvan Morden, Men’s HockeyAlexander Martynek, Men’s SwimmingMitchell Taylor, Men’s VolleyballMark Rosati, Men’s WrestlingBaelie Campbell, Women’s BasketballBrittany Murphy, Women’s Cross CountryBrenna Murphy, Women’s HockeySarah Fabris, Women’s RugbyFreya Lewis, Women’s Swimming Faculty of Humanities recipient of the 2016-17 Academic All-Canadian award Matthew Jagas with presenter Brian Roy.Faculty of HumanitiesMatthew Jagas, Men’s Wrestling The 2016-17 Academic All-Canadian recipients from the Faculty of Education along with Dean Michael Owen, left, and presenter Brian Roy, right.Faculty of EducationMichael Pavela, Men’s SoccerThomas Novakovich, Men’s VolleyballPaulina Sergnese, Women’s Cross CountryHolly Murphy, Women’s RugbyKelsey Smith, Women’s RugbyRachael Daniels, Women’s SoccerNatasha Susman, Women’s SoccerRachel Nogard, Women’s SwimmingMonica Binotto, Women’s TrackVirginia Hlacar, Women’s TrackKarlinna O’Leary, Women’s VolleyballEmily Schaefer, Women’s Wrestling Being a good student takes dedication and hard work, and being a good athlete is equally difficult. But to be successful in both athletics and academics, one must be a master of time management.Nearly 70 Brock University student-athletes were named to the 2016-17 Academic All-Canadians list for finishing the year with an average of 80 per cent or higher. On Monday, March 19, they were honoured at a Brock Sports award banquet at Pond Inlet.For fifth-year women’s wrestling team member Indira Moores, the balance is easier when you enjoy what you do.“I’m pretty fortunate in that I like doing both — training and competing, along with studying,” said Moores, a Physical Education student who is minoring in Woman and Gender studies.Moores said there have been many times when she has found herself in a hotel room somewhere across Canada working on homework or studying for an exam.“That’s just normal,” said the 23-year-old Sudbury woman.Moores was one of 32 students in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (FAHS), and one of 68 overall to make the Academic All-Canadians list.“Being an athlete focuses your attention. You know you have 30 minutes to get an assignment done, so there’s a lot less procrastination and a better ability to manage your time,” said FAHS Dean Peter Tiidus, himself a former varsity swimmer.He said student-athletes typically become well-rounded graduates.“It helps you later in life to be able to handle the stresses of multi-tasking and multiple responsibilities and it creates a person who is more resilient in many ways,” he said.Brock Sports Director Neil Lumsden said it’s important to recognize the work student-athletes put in.“When they achieve this level academically, it’s really impressive and it’s a great thing for the University to tell people that these aren’t just jocks coming to school. They’re motivated, highly-respected in the University and they’re just that cut-above.”The 2016-17 Academic All-Canadian recipients from the Faculty of Health Sciences along with Dean Peter Tiidus, left, and presenter Brian Roy, right.Faculty of Applied Health SciencesRyan Gagnon, Men’s Cross CountryBrett Parent, Men’s Cross CountryBrendan Sanders, Men’s Cross CountryEric Bradey, Men’s CurlingJonah Mondloch, Men’s CurlingClinton Windsor, Men’s HockeyBrandon Pilon, Men’s SoccerAlvin Fortaleza, Men’s TrackDamon Currie, Men’s VolleyballLucas Filice, Men’s VolleyballJames Parkinson, Men’s VolleyballMatthew Ragogna, Men’s VolleyballFelipe Souza da Costa, Men’s VolleyballTimothy Spisar, Men’s VolleyballLauren Calvert, Women’s CurlingTerri Weeks, Women’s CurlingAnnie Berg, Women’s HockeyKaitlyn Colonna, Women’s HockeyStephanie Loukes, Women’s HockeyKailey Peirson, Women’s HockeyLarissa Aiken, Women’s SoccerBrooke Boekestyn, Women’s SoccerShana O’Grady, Women’s SoccerAmileigh Du Toit, Women’s SwimmingCeline     Funk, Women’s SwimmingEmily Brooks, Women’s TrackMichaela Point, Women’s TrackAnna Wojtis, Women’s TrackHannah Davenhill, Women’s VolleyballEmily Earle, Women’s VolleyballDarby Taylor, Women’s VolleyballIndira Moores, Women’s Wrestling read more

Machel dethroned as TTs Road March king …MX Primes mega hit

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBest visit to Guyana – King of Soca tells UG students May 25, 2018In “Entertainment”Dwight Yorke being sued by soca monarchFebruary 19, 2018In “Entertainment”Jumo to compete in Soca Monarch semisJanuary 8, 2016In “Entertainment” (Trinidad Express) The three-year reign of Soca superstar Machel Montano is over. The band Ultimate Rejects has won the Road March 2017 title with their smash hit “Full Extreme”.The song ruled the stage as it was played a total of 556 times, solidifying predictions that it would be the anthem for revellers.The Ultimate Rejects. Their song was played 556 timesIt’s closest competitors were two soca hits from Montano, whose  “Your Time Now”, was played 72 times, and “Beat It” played 18 times.Ultimate Rejects is led by Edghill Thomas (MX Prime).The Road March 2017 results were released by the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO) yesterday.TUCO in a media release by public relations officer Steve Pascall sent its congratulations to Thomas.Montano has won the road march title eight times, including over the last three years, tying the record held by Austin Lyons (Super Blue, formerly Blue Boy). read more

Nier Automata Game of the Yorha Edition Is the Complete Package

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target As we’ve discussed many times before, 2017 was the best year of the current gaming generation. It was hard to keep up with all of the amazing titles released each month. One of the year’s standout titles is Square-Enix’s Nier: Automata. The Platinum Games-developed Action title not only had fantastic combat, but also subverted many tropes associated with the genre. Two years after its release, we now have the Nier: Automata Game of the Yorha Edition. This version contains the main game and all of its add-ons. It’s absolutely perfect for those who missed out on this quirky title the first time around. It’s also a nice excuse to go back and play one of this generation’s highlights.Let’s start off by discussing Nier: Automata itself. Though a sequel, it has next to no connections to the original Nier. It’s quite interesting that Nier: Automata even exists considering how the first game failed both critically and financially. One of the major reasons for this was its sub-par combat. Square-Enix surely knew this, which is probably why it tapped Platinum Games to develop it. This was an inspired choice since the studio ended up creating arguably its best Action game since Bayonetta 2.On the surface, there’s nothing special about Nier: Automata. Aesthetically, it looks like a PlayStation 3 game converted to HD. Even its plot involving androids battling in a post-apocalyptic future Earth is fairly derivative. It’s in the act of playing where you begin to understand what makes it unique. The hack-and-slash combat is second-to-none. This is saying a lot since this from the same company who brought us Bayonetta and Metal Gear Revengeance. Then there’s the story, which is much deeper than expected. Nier: Automata isn’t instantly satisfying, but gradually reveals itself over time.These days I don’t usually pay attention to game soundtracks. For the most part, game music blends into the background the way movie soundtracks do. This is why I love the music in Nier: Automata. The compositions from Keiichi Okabe are simultaneously triumphant and melancholic. The music heard while exploring the open world makes one mourn for the now-extinct civilization. On the flipside, the individual boss battle themes serve to heighten the action. You know a game soundtrack is good when you want to own it on CD. I cannot say enough good things about Nier: Automata’s music. It’s incredible.My favorite thing about Nier: Automata is how it isn’t an Action game all of the time. There are many sections where it turns into an Ikaruga-style Shoot-em-Up. Hell, the intro level itself starts off as a Shump! These sections do a fantastic job of mixing things up. During the course of the game, the camera angle changes from Third Person to an isometric or two-dimensional perspective. Even if you’ve played a dozen times, the different camera angles and gameplay manage to surprise.To get the most out of Nier: Automata’s story, one must play it three times. Thankfully, each playthrough stars a different character with their own separate storyline. The second playthrough is similar to the first, while the third is completely different. Though the thought of having to finish a game three times sounds exhausting, it’s tolerable since each playthrough is around 6-8 hours. If you just want to play once, that’s fine. You’ll still get to experience all of the game’s core mechanics. But if you want to learn more about the world and its characters, then you’ll want to play each story.Now let’s dive into what comes in the Game of the Yorha Edition. First, there’s the “3C3C1D119440927” DLC. This oddly-named DLC features three battle arenas. They test player’s combat proficiency and unlock the rest of the content, which is mostly cosmetic items. None of the items are necessary, but it’s fun to dress protagonist 2B and the others in silly outfits. Finishing arena challenges also opens up a new narrative-heavy side story. The most hilarious bonus is being able to face off against the CEO’s of Square-Enix and Platinum Games. Again, this DLC content isn’t crucial, but it’s good nonetheless.The rest of the content consists of pre-order bonuses like different skins for your robotic companion. These skins don’t offer any gameplay enhancements and are purely cosmetic. While that’s somewhat disappointing, you have to admit making your little floating Pod look like a PlayStation console is bad-ass. Other goodies for PS4 include a Nier: Automata theme and 15 avatars. On PC, players get the aforementioned Pod skins, a Valve accessory, and a wallpaper.Nier: Automata is one of the best games released this entire generation. It is deserving of a package like this. The Game of the Yorha Edition isn’t essential if you already own the game and its DLC. This edition is really for the uninitiated who may have missed out on Nier: Automata the first time around. For $40, you really cannot go wrong with this package. I promise you won’t walk away dissatisfied.Get ‘Nier: Automata – Game of The Yorha Edition’ on Amazon.comMore on Geek.com:‘The Division 2’ Is the Only Looter Shooter Worth Playing‘Yoshi’s Crafted World’ Is Super Softcore‘Skyhill’ Is a Roguelike for People Who Don’t Like Roguelikeslast_img read more

VIDEO Sheamus receives stitches after last nights KOTR

first_img WWE has posted video of Sheamus receiving stitches to sew up a cut on his right eyebrow that was sustained during an in-ring altercation with Dolph Ziggler during last night’s King of the Ring broadcast on the WWE Network.You can view the video below. Twitter WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Man Paramotors Right By A Cable Car Now Playing Up Next 6,000-Year-Old Dental Plaque Reveals Earliest Evidence Of Milk Consumption Pinterest Dolph Ziggler Videos Articles Google+ Tom Cruises ankle gave Rebecca Ferguson baby-making time Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Dolph Ziggler Comments On His WWE Status Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipDolph Ziggler Comments On His WWE StatusVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:35/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 44.07%0:04Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Smackdown Results – 9/10/19 (The Undertaker returns, Clash of Champions build)last_img read more

Blazers hold off Warriors 9087

first_imgPORTLAND — Charles Jenkins has played in 32 games this season for the Warriors and started just 10. Only once had the rookie scored more than 10 points, and had he made one free throw Sunday night, his scoring total would have been 10 times the amount of his season average of 2.8 points per game. It was, inarguably, the biggest night of his professional career. And yet, for a Trail Blazers fan, it probably wasn’t even the most surprising performance for a point guard. Portland’s 90-87 win over Golden State on Sunday likely didn’t shock the rabid Rose Garden fans. But the fact that Raymond Felton scored 24 points and knocked down four of his seven 3-pointers might have had them doing quadruple takes at the stat sheet. The 27-year-old has been one of the more maligned Blazers of the past few years, but after his clutch fourth-quarter led Portland (23-26) to a win, he may get a temporary reprieve.“I can score if I have to, but if I don’t need to, we’ve got enough scorers. Guys weren’t hitting their shots — it happens like that sometimes,” said Felton, who knocked three 3-pointers in the final period. “It felt good. It’s just good to get a win.”last_img read more

ED issues showcause notice to Karti Chidambaram over foreign exchange rules violations

first_imgKarti Chidambaram, son of former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, has been issued a show-cause notice by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for alleged violations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) laws to the tune of Rs 45 crore. A firm allegedly linked to Karti has also been issued a show-cause notice.After more than two years of investigation, another Chennai-based firm called the M/s Vasan Health Care Private Limited has also been issued a similar notice by the ED for alleged foreign exchange rules violations to the tune of Rs 2,262 crore. The notices have also been served to foreign investors, seek their responses to the allegations of multiple Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) contraventions.”The total amount of contravention identified on different counts and found to have been committed by M/s Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited in the sale transaction of shares of Vasan (Chennai firm) to overseas investors is around Rs 45 crore,” the ED said in its notice.”Show-cause notice has been issued to M/s Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited, its directors and also to Karti P Chidambaram who appears to be the controller and ultimate beneficiary in these transactions,” the agency added.The show-cause notice issued pertains to the ongoing ED investigation into foreign investments in Vasan Health Care, both in the primary and secondary market. The company had received investments from Sequoia — one of the largest venture capital firms — and Mauritius-based West Bridge and also through GIC-Singapore, a senior official of the ED told the Hindu.”The overseas investors acquired Vasan’s compulsorily convertible preference shares directly from the company, against the investment of Rs 432 crore in different phases from February 2009 to November 2014. The shares were acquired at the face value of Rs 100 each,” the official said.The ED has accused the investors of acquiring equity shares from existing shareholders instead of having got it directly from the company. The existing shareholders include Vasan promoter AM Arun, his father-in-law Dwarakanathan and his partnership firm AMA Associates, and Advantage Strategic Consulting. The ED has alleged that Karti controlled the business activities of the Advantage Strategic Consulting.”During the first round, shares were sold at Rs 7,500 per unit in 2010-end. In the next round, March-May 2012, shares were sold at Rs 5,242 per unit. The total amount spent by the overseas investors, which ultimately benefited the then share holders, is Rs 357.72 crore,” the official was quoted by the Hindu as saying.The ED also discovered that the Sequoia Group, which had invested in the preference shares of Vasan Health Care in February 2009, sold its stake worth Rs 25 crore in March 2012 to GIC-Singapore for Rs 177.40 crore, thereby getting a return of over seven times its investment. The ED, after checking the share transfers, found out how Advantage Strategic had got the Vasan shares.”Vasan promoter, Ms Arun, who had been allotted Rs 100 face-value shares on Rs 100 premium, transferred 3 lakh shares to her father, Mr Dwarakanathan, without receiving any consideration. Her husband Dr Arun then immediately got 1.5 lakh shares transferred from Mr Dwarakanathan’s account to Advantage Strategic, which was till then not linked to Vasan’s operations, for just Rs 50 lakh. The amount was paid over a year after share transfers,” the official said.Advantage Strategic allegedly sold 30,000 of the 1.5 lakh shares to an investor of the Sequoia Group for Rs 22.50 crore following which Rs 1 crore was given to Dwarakanathan on receipt of payment. The ED has also accused Vasan Health Care of not having followed the FEMA provisions or having informed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) about the share transfers to the overseas investors.”Besides, Vasan transferred 6.8 million dollars to Singapore supposedly for setting up a wholly owned subsidiary there, without receiving the mandatory share certificates for investments abroad. The funds were further transferred to Dubai and Sri Lanka, for forming step-down subsidiaries without keeping the regulatory bodies in the loop. This led to contraventions involving Rs.162 crore,” the official told the daily.The ED has said that the amount of the alleged contravention by Advantage Strategic in the sale of the shares of Vasan Health Care is around Rs 45 crore. Show-cause notices have, therefore, been issued to the company, its directors and Karti, who the ED says “appears to be the controller and ultimate beneficiary in these transactions.”last_img read more

PNB fraud Mehul Choksis properties are money laundering assets PMLA Authority

first_imgMehul ChoksiIANSA designated Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) authority has held that 41 properties worth about Rs 1,210 crore, attached by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the name of absconding diamond jeweller Mehul Choksi and his associated firms, are money laundering assets and ordered that their attachment should continue.The central probe agency had provisionally attached 15 flats and 17 office premises in Mumbai, a mall in Kolkata, a four-acre farmhouse in Alibaug and 231 acres of land at locations like Nashik, Nagpur, Panvel in Maharashtra and Villupuram in Tamil Nadu, in February this year under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in connection with the about USD 2 billion alleged fraud at a Mumbai-based branch of the Punjab National Bank (PNB).”Considering the material in the original complaint (by the ED)…I find that immovable properties provisionally attached are all involved in money laundering. “I, therefore, hereby confirm the attachment of properties…and order that the said attachment shall continue during investigation for a period not exceeding ninety days or the pendency of proceedings relating to any offence under the PMLA before a court and become final after an order of confiscation is passed by the special court,” a recent order issued by Member (Law) of the Adjudicating Authority of the PMLA, Tushar V Shah, said in a recent order.The authority is a quasi-judicial body that adjudicates over PMLA attachment of assets made by the ED. Official sources said the ED will now move to seize these properties and put up its possession signages at these locations.The central-probe agency had issued a provisional order for attachment of these assets as part of its criminal probe against Choksi, his company Gitanjali Gems Limited and associated firms and their associates, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).The attached assets included a 170-acre park in Hyderabad’s Ranga Reddy district valued at over Rs 500 crore. Four flats in Borivali (east) area of the Maharashtra capital and nine others in Khemu Towers in Santacruz (east) have also been attached as part of the action.”The total value of the 41 seized assets controlled by Choksi is estimated to be over Rs 1,210 crore,” the ED had said. Choksi and designer diamond jewellery businessman Nirav Modi and others are being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and other probe agencies after the bank fraud came to light early this year, following a complaint by the PNB that they allegedly cheated the nationalised bank to the tune of Rs 12,000 crore, with the purported involvement of a few employees of the bank The CBI and the ED have registered two FIRs each to probe the case.Both Choksi and Modi left the country before criminal cases were lodged against them. They had denied any wrongdoing.Choksi is at present based in the Caribbean nation of Antigua and India has sought his extradition from that country.The ED, a central probe agency under the union finance ministry, is investigating if the allegedly defrauded bank funds were laundered and proceeds of crime were subsequently used by the accused to create illegal assets and black money.last_img read more

5 shot dead on way to Shaktiman funeral

first_imgShaktiman Chakma.Five people were shot dead while three others sustained bullet wounds on Friday when unknown miscreants opened fire on people going to attend the funeral of Rangamati’s Naniarchar upazila chairman Shaktiman Chakma.The deceased are Tapan Jyoti Chakma, convener of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF), Sujan Chakma, Pranab Chakma, Setu Chakma and microbus driver Md Sajib.The victims were going from Khagrachhari to Naniarchar to attend the funeral in a microbus.Three of the deceased died on the spot while two more succumbed to their injuries at a local hospital, police said. Unidentified people had shot Shaktiman dead on Thursday while he was on his way to the office.Shaktiman was also the vice president of Chakma Jana Sanghati Samiti (MN Larma), a faction of the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS).last_img read more

Apple Unveils 999 News Subscription Service Dubbed Apple News

first_imgThe service will launch in the U.S. and Canada effective immediately via an update the Apple News app. The company plans to launch it in Australia and the U.K. later this year, and in other European countries in 2021. Subscribers will be able to share their subscriptions via family sharing without any additional charges.Apple executives stressed on Monday that the new service would preserve readers’ privacy. To do that, the app is downloading groups of articles from Apple’s servers, and then using on-device algorithms to suggest select articles to subscribers. Apple execs also promised that it wouldn’t let advertisers track readers.Apple News+ will effectively replace Texture, a magazine subscription service that Apple acquired a year ago. Texture offered subscribers digital access to more than 200 magazines for a flat fee of $9.99 per month.The service allowed users to read magazines “from cover to cover,” effectively replicating the layout of the print magazine on digital devices. Unlike the newly-launched service, Texture did not offer access to any newspapers.The launch of the subscription news service is not entirely surprising: Bloomberg first reported about Apple’s plans for such a service late last year. More recently, it became clear that some news publishers were not ready to launch the service. Just last week, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson told Reuters that he was worried about paid platforms becoming so powerful that they could eventually replace traditional publishers, something he likened to the ascent of Netflix.Some of the details of Apple’s new service are still unknown, including the level of participation of some of the publishers. A weekend Wall Street Journal report suggested that the paper may contribute politics and general news coverage, but keep some of its business stories behind its own paywall. Apple unveiled a news subscription service called Apple News+ at its services event in Cupertino, Calif. Monday. The $9.99 service gives paying subscribers access to over 300 magazines as well as select newspapers and premium digital news services. “We believe in the power of journalism and the impact it will have on your lives,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.Some of the magazines part of the service are GQ, Esquire, Popular Science, the New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, New York Magazine and Vogue, as well as Variety and Rolling Stone (Rolling Stone is owned by PMC, the parent company of Variety). Newspapers included in the package are the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. Digital publications include theSkimm, Techcrunch and the Highlight by Vox.The service is directly integrated into the existing Apple News app, which Cook described as the “number one news app,” with over 5 billion articles read each month. “We are bringing magazines to Apple News,” Cook said. “Magazines are iconic, and a part of our culture.”last_img read more

Mother Sparsh launches ecofriendly baby wipes

first_imgNew Delhi: Mother Sparsh, India’s Wipes Brand, has launched premium 99% Water based Baby Wipes featuring medical grade cloth. The wipe’s unscented and extra thick super soft fabric is derived from plants and their pulp thus making them three times thicker than the usual baby wipes. The unique blend of the gentlest element i.e. water and organic fiber are especially designed for safe use on the extra sensitive baby skin. These unscented pure wipes are specially designed for newborns, infants with sensitive skin and also meant to clean the hands and mouth of children. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSteadfast in its mission of safeguarding the Mother Earth by avoiding the use of synthetic constituents such as plastics and petrochemicals, Mother Sparsh has formulated the fabric used in wipes with only natural and organic contents which makes it 100% biodegradable. The use of water as a secure, soft and a sound cleansing agent is not only an age old practice but has even been medically proved. The wipes are dermatologically tested; clinically examined for infections and rashes; and biodegradable. The skin-friendly wipes are safe for use on babies from birth itself. The wipes container has a lid lock to be closed after every use to prevent moisture loss. Parents can rest assure that the wipes secure for their babies and safe for the environment as well. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCommenting on the launch of this new variant of water-based wipes, Rishu Gandhi, Co-Founder and Head – Brand Strategy of Mother Sparsh said, “Mother Sparsh’s unscented 99% water wipes are especially created for the extra sensitive skin of babies. Babies have the habit of putting their dirty hands in the mouth. These wipes can thoroughly clean their hands of dirt naturally without exposing them to chemicals. We have endeavored to deliver a complete safe and natural cleansing solution. We are absolutely confident that with this solution we have been able to meet our customers’ requirements.” The new Mother Sparsh 99% water based baby wipes are available at all leading retail outlets in Delhi and Tamil Nadu. The wipes are also available online on Amazon, Flipkart and Firstcry. The wipes are affordably priced at INR 299/- for a pack of 72 wipes and INR 499/- for a combo of 2 packs.last_img read more