Cricket News Steve Smith’s international return delayed due to elbow surgery, set to miss Indian Premier League

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Steve Smith, who has been banned for a year due to the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test against South Africa, will see his ban end by March 2019. However, his international return has been derailed further by an elbow injury which he sustained while playing for the Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League. Smith, who has been playing T20 cricket and club cricket as he serves out his ban, was forced to return home from the Bangladesh T20 League with the injury. He is expected to undergo surgery on a damaged ligament in the elbow on Tuesday and will be forced to wear a brace for six weeks before he can commence rehabilitation.This has potentially derailed Smith’s plans to make an international comeback as he aims to get selected in the Australian squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup in England which will be played in May. A Cricket Australia spokesperson said, “Return to play time frames will be clearer once the brace has been removed.” This development rules him out of the Pakistan Super League and it also gives him an outside chance to play in the limited-overs series against Pakistan scheduled to be held in end-March, the time his ban ends.Read More | MS Dhoni achieves special milestone, goes past 10,000 runs for IndiaSmith is also in doubt to play for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League which is scheduled to begin on March 23. Even if Smith plays for Rajasthan Royals, if he is included in the World Cup squad, he will have to leave the IPL in early May to be part of a preparatory camp in Brisbane where they will play two games against New Zealand before heading to the World Cup.Read More | Rohit blasts record century, becomes six-hitting machine vs AustraliaIf Smith does not play any international cricket, the selectors will be placed with a massive dilemma whether to pick him in the squad for the World Cup. All the teams must announce their World Cup squads  before April 23, which is the final date announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC). last_img read more

Gorge’s stellar performance leads Giants over Davis in American Legion winner’s bracket game

first_imgArcata >> Northern Humboldt Giants pitcher Jaden Gorge has to go back to his Little League days to find a game as good as the one he had on Thursday.Gorge went 5-for-5 and pitched a complete-game gem in leading the Giants to an 11-2 victory over the Davis Blue Devils in the second round of the 17-and-under American Legion State Championship tournament at the Arcata Ball Park. “When I was 12 in Little League, I had a no-hitter and a home run in a 1-0 win,”Gorge replied when asked if he’s ever …last_img

SAFE at first for autonomous car “best practices”

first_imgTags:#autonomous cars#energy#Internet of Things#IoT#lobbying#SAFE#Self-Driving#Washington Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Related Posts center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… An anti-petroleum nonprofit has launched a new commission dedicated to studying and publishing the best practices for autonomous car operators that plan to test cars on public roads.Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) created the commission, dubbed the Commission on Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Safety, as a way to inform operators on the best practices and improve dialogue between operators and the public.See Also: Get ready for a thermonuclear autonomous ride-hailing warIt comes at a delicate time for the autonomous car industry, two months after the fatal Tesla AutoPilot accident. Customer opinion on self-driving cars is at a low-point, with most drivers still not interested in a fully autonomous car.SAFE trying to galvanize public perceptionSAFE hopes a revitalized focus on safety will change public perception towards self-driving cars, which in turn could help regulations pass in the United States.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is in the process of setting regulations for self-driving, but if these regulations miss the mark, SAFE may be a strong lobby group for automakers and tech firms to get autonomous cars legalized quicker.The autonomous car industry already has a few lobby groups set up in Washington. Uber, Ford, Google, Lyft, Volvo and GM have all increased the amount spent on lobbying for autonomous car assurances, including less regulations.SAFE has good reason for wanting legalization and adoption of self-driving, most reports say it reduce cars on the road by half. Operators like Google, Uber, and Tesla are also focused on all-electric vehicles, reducing the monopoly oil has in the automotive market.The U.S. could be one of the first countries to adopt fully autonomous (Level 5) driving, but the public opinion may delay the NHTSA ruling. We suspect forward thinking states like California and Michigan will be open doors sooner, followed by federal legalization. David Currylast_img read more

LSU Quarterback Brandon Harris: “I Expect To Play More This Year”

first_imgBrandon Harris speaks during press conference.Twitter/@DellengerAdvTo be frank, LSU’s quarterback situation in 2014 was not great. Anthony Jennings played most of the snaps for the Tigers, but finished with just 1,611 yards, 11 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a poor completion percentage of 48.9. Freshman Brandon Jennings also spent some time under center, and had slightly better numbers (55.6% completion, 10.04 yards per attempt, six touchdowns to two interceptions), but after a very poor game at Auburn, he was benched. Harris was asked about his expectations for the upcoming season, and he was pretty blunt about the subject of playing time.Brandon Harris: “I expect to play more this year.” #LSU pic.twitter.com/7xj9XTAhEp— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) March 10, 2015Neither quarterback shined last year, but outside of the Auburn game, Harris looked pretty good. LSU will certainly be a quarterback battle to watch as we approach the 2015 season.last_img read more

New Brunswick election will offer preview of 2019 federal battle

first_imgFREDERICTON – A telegenic, social media-savvy Liberal leader known for big deficits is pitted against an austerity-minded rookie Tory leader just beginning to make an impression on voters.In what can be seen as a preview of the next federal contest, a New Brunswick election is now just three months away.Liberal Premier Brian Gallant is a champion of gender equality whose new wife makes frequent appearances on his Twitter feed.Since taking power in 2014, Gallant has also become known as a big spender, vowing to spend record amounts in health care and education, and an extra $150 million per year for six years on infrastructure.Gallant is seeking a second term in a province that has developed a penchant for tossing governments aside after just one mandate.His main opponent in the Sept. 24 vote: Blaine Higgs, who became Progressive Conservative leader in October 2016.Higgs was finance minister under former premier David Alward, and Gallant is trying to tie the new Tory leader to the ousted Tory government.“We had, under the Blaine Higgs Conservatives, four years of freeze and even cuts into health care and education investments, and that retracted and shrunk our economy,” Gallant said.But Higgs, a former Irving Oil Ltd. executive, said a Tory government with him as premier would be different, and based on getting results.“It isn’t about cutting. It’s about spending and getting results. If we’re spending money and not getting results, we’ll stop spending that money. And if we can put that money into some other area and get results, that’s where we’ll place it,” he said.The province’s finances are becoming the dominant issue early in the campaign run-up.Kim MacPherson, the province’s auditor general, warned this month that Liberal spending has come at a cost — with the province running its 11th consecutive deficit and a net debt on track to hit $14.4 billion by the end of March 2019.The government announced in January it would delay a return to balanced budgets until 2021-2022.Gallant said his government needs to continue spending to fuel the economy.“We need to grow the economy in a way that we are helping those that are struggling — families that are going to difficult times, and those that are in vulnerable situations,” he said.“Since we’ve been the government we’ve increased the investments in education and early childhood development by 15.9 per cent. We’ve increased our investments in health care by 9.8 per cent. I think it demonstrates that we have education and health care as two of our priorities as a government, but it also demonstrates that we are taking a completely different approach from Blaine Higgs and the Conservatives,” Gallant said.Higgs is critical of the Liberal record, suggesting deficit spending has made little difference in the province.“We’re tied for last with Newfoundland in economic growth. We’re 7th or 8th in education. Our health wait times are the longest in the country in overall wait times. And we even got voted worst road by CAA. What do we have to show for all this money that we’re spending?” he said.The only other party with a legislature seat are the Greens, and leader David Coon said New Brunswickers don’t feel well served.Despite sitting on the Public Accounts committee, Coon said he doesn’t know where all the money is going.Coon said the use of government money to entice large companies to New Brunswick isn’t working.“We need to be able to build our local economy up with a mind to the kind of transformation we really need in this province,” he said.For her part, NDP Leader Jennifer McKenzie is campaigning on a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.“You can’t pay your bills and buy food at the end of the day on $11 an hour. So people are holding down two and three jobs sometimes,” she said.McKenzie is running in the same Saint John riding where Elizabeth Weir was the NDP member until 2005 — the last time the party had a seat in the legislature.Language is again the main issue for Kris Austin, leader of the People’s Alliance. New Brunswick is the only officially bilingual province in Canada, but Austin has concerns with how it is implemented.Ambulance New Brunswick has kept some ambulances out of service because of a shortage of bilingual paramedics.“If you look at an area like Charlotte County (south of Saint John) where there is less than a four per cent francophone population, why do we have this ridiculous threshold of requiring bilingual paramedics in that area?” Austin said.Austin, who lost a Fredericton-area seat by just 26 votes in the 2014 election, said a translation service can be used when needed.Currently in the legislature, the Liberals have 24 seats, the Progressive Conservatives 22, the Greens one, former Liberal speaker Chris Collins is sitting as an independent, and there is one vacancy.last_img read more

Lutheran Church accused of securities violations in failed housing investment

first_imgCALGARY – The president of the Lutheran Church of Canada said Thursday it will move away from the use of locally administered church funds after Alberta’s securities regulator accused it and its Alberta-B.C. district church of misleading investors.The Alberta Securities Commission issued a notice of hearing Thursday into allegations against the national and district churches, a related company called Alberta-British Columbia District Investments Ltd. and five individuals.They are accused of misleading investors who put more than $130 million into funds that backed a residential development east of Calgary that sought court insolvency protection in 2015.“It’s caused a lot of hurt and bitterness, anger,” Rev. Tim Teuscher, president of the Lutheran Church of Canada, said in an interview from the Winnipeg head office.“This precipitated a decision of restructuring at our synod last year, actually. Instead of having separate corporate groups within the church body that kind of do their own thing corporately, we decided we’re going to get rid of that.”He said the church has never previously had problems with its extension funds, which have been used for decades to provide a return to investors while raising money for capital projects such as churches and schools.The Ontario Lutheran district has such a fund that has operated without problems, but it is in the process of being retired, he said.In its notice, the Alberta Securities Commission alleges that operators of the investment program failed to tell investors — many of whom were church members — what their money was being used for and at what risk.The ASC alleges that more than $95 million had been invested by more than 2,600 investors in the Church Extension Fund (CEF) and over $37 million was invested by over 900 investors in the separate District Investments Ltd. fund as of Nov. 30, 2014.A series of loans resulted in about 75 per cent of the combined funds being placed in a development called Encharis that included a school, church and seniors’ housing complex east of Calgary, the ASC said.ASC staff allege that investors were never told about the high concentration of funding going into one project, nor did they find out about persistent loan defaults or cash flow problems.The commission is set to meet with the parties on Aug. 13 to set a date for a hearing regarding the allegations of securities law violations. The charges have not been proven.The list of respondents include the national and district churches, as well as company officers or directors Donald Robert Schiemann, Kurtis Francis Robinson, James Theodore Kentel, Mark David Ruf and Harold Carl Schmidt.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitterlast_img read more

The Santa Parade date has changed

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN B.C. – There are new changes to the date and time for the Santa Claus Parade.The Parade will now be held on Saturday, December 1 starting at 5 p.m.  The parade will run south on 100 St from 108 Ave to 96 Ave, and there will be a variety of Christmas themed floats.  After the parade you can join the City of Fort St. John in Centennial Park for hot dogs and hot chocolate, the annual tree light up, and of course a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.The change will have this event closer to Christmas by starting at the beginning of December. The Parade will now lead the festive spirit of the holiday season. The change of the date will also provide a safer event as the Parade will not be competing with traffic and allows participants and spectators more time to prepare and get to the parade route.In years previous the parade was scheduled for the third Friday of November.  The City felt moving the date and time of the event would be better due to safety concerns with after work vehicle traffic and the Parades proximity to Remembrance Day.The City intends to keep this new date and time for future Santa parades.last_img read more

Taylor council looking at changes to allow breweries and cannabis retail

first_imgBased on the interest expressed by the proponents, Staff prepared a proposal of zoning by-law amendments. Also while looking at changing the zoning by-laws for breweries, Staff also prepared a proposal for zoning by-laws surrounding the sale of cannabis.Based on these proposals, Council plans to seek feedback from the community in May before proceeding with any final decisions.The Cannabis Retail amendments proposed to the District of Taylor’s Zoning Bylaw are modelled closely after those adopted by the City of Fort St John.Currently, the District by-laws do not support the sale of cannabis.For more information on the proposal of zoning by-law amendments, you can visit the District of Taylor’s website. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a Committee of the Whole meeting, on Monday, District of Taylor Council started to look at making amendments to zoning by-laws to support Micro Breweries, Craft Distilleries, and Cannabis Retail Uses.Recently, the District has been contacted by local business investors that are showing interest in developing a small scale craft brewery within the municipality.According to District Staff, after reviewing the District’s Zoning Bylaw, it was determined that the proposed use is not permitted in any of Taylor’s commercial zones.last_img read more

Sahil, Murad and Satish to represent India at MercedesTrophy World Final

first_imgPune: Indian golfers Sahil Jain, Murad Talib and Satish Cheeti booked their spots in the World Finals of the MercedesTrophy, scheduled to be held in Stuttgart, Germany in October this year. Playing at the National Finals at Pune’s Oxford Golf Resort, Sahil in handicap CAT A (3-10) won with a score of 39 points in his category. Murad carded a score of 37 points in CAT B (11-17) to book the second Stuttgart spot while Satish playing in CAT C (18-24) scored 36 points to complete the troika of India qualifiers. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Sahil made the trip to Pune after becoming one of four National Final qualifiers from the Noida leg of the tournament. Murad qualified from Mumbai, while Satish made it from Hyderabad. A total of 41 qualifiers and two wild card entry from across 11 cities participated in the National Finals of the largest amateur golf tournament in the India. Hemant Goenka from Kolkata won the Straightest Drive Grand Lucky and will travel to the British Open Championship. He will get a chance to play the Royal Birkdale Championship course, a day after it hosts the Major event in July. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later The runners up trophies for each category were won by Shashidhar Koukutla Reddy (CAT A) from Hyderabad with a total score of 36 points, Umesh Nv Bhat (CAT B) from Bangalore with a total score of 32 and Puja Batra (CAT C) from Delhi NCR with identical scores of 34 points. The format of play for the National Finals was Modified Stableford against 3/4th handicap. The India tournament that began and concluded in Pune this year travelled through Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Jaipur, and Lucknow respectively. The Indian leg witnessed 27 days of across the 11 cities.last_img read more