In the aftermath of India’s debacle in Australia, a public outcry and call for heads to roll was only to be expected. And India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was bound to be on top of the list of all those who are desperate for some stringent action after what have been eight deplorable and shameful defeats.It was just a matter of time before Dhoni’s captaincy came under the scanner and sure enough, reports have surfaced that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is contemplating splitting the captaincy between Virender Sehwag – for the Test matches – and Dhoni – for ODIs and T20s.Whether or not such a move is afoot, the basic idea of having two captains, especially after Dhoni made it clear in Australia that he doesn’t see himself lasting in all three formats for long, might not be the worst move, according to former India coaches Anshuman Gaekwad and Madan Lal.”Looking from Dhoni’s point of view, he could be relieved. Handling three formats of the game, on top of wicket-keeping day in and day out, he has done it all. It (being relieved of Test captaincy) could be a blessing in disguise,” Gaekwad told Mail Today on Sunday.”However, to blame him for the debacles in England and Australia would be unfair on Dhoni. After every defeat, we have a tendency to blame the captain and the coach. What were the rest of the players doing? “When Dhoni talked about his future plans on the eve of the Perth Test, he was just speaking out.advertisementPeople accuse him of losing interest, but I think he is simply feeling helpless after such performances.” For Madan, it was high time the heavy workload on Dhoni was reduced.”Dhoni should be relieved of the Test captaincy. He has done so well across all formats and over the years. If you take the burden of Test captaincy away from him, he might get recharged and perform well. However, I would never remove him from the Test arena as I feel he is still a match-winner at No. 7,” he told Mail Today. Interestingly, Madan didn’t feel Sehwag was the best option for Test captaincy. According to the former all-rounder, Sachin Tendulkar should be handed the reins, till the day he decides to hang up his boots, to rebuild the team.”What has Sehwag done as a captain? If you want to make a new captain, don’t just put anyone in that place. Viru has batted very well in Test cricket but that doesn’t mean he is Test captaincy material.I feel Sachin should be given the task of rebuilding the team.Even if he wishes to play for 6-10 months, I would want him to give something back to Indian cricket in the form of 2-3 ready youngsters,” Madan opined.With the transition phase about to set in, Gaekwad said that since India would be playing in the subcontinent for nearly two years, the youngsters could be gradually brought in. However, Madan warned that this transition phase would take a long time. “It will take at least 3-4 years to resurrect the team. This was the best team we have had and they lost so badly. It will take a long time,” he said.
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February 19, 2019 The opening game has been scheduled for March 23 in Chennai, the BCCI announced in its schedule comprising 17 games. cricket sport Published on SHARE IPL 2019 COMMENTS COMMENT × Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening encounter of the 12th Indian Premier League for which a provisional two-week schedule was announced by the BCCI on Tuesday. The IPL will be off to an earlier-than-usual start this year owing to the general elections, dates of which are yet to be announced. Any change in the provisional itinerary — from March 23 to April 5 — will be revised accordingly.“These are still subject to the announcement of the Lok Sabha 2019 election dates. Once these have been released, the BCCI will address any issues with the first two weeks and will also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates,” read an official statement from the IPL.On March 24, Kolkata Knight Riders will host Sunrisers Hyderabad in the afternoon encounter of a double header in which Mumbai Indians will take on Delhi Capitals in Mumbai.Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab will meet each other in Jaipur to complete the first round of games. A total of 17 matches will be played during this two-week phase across the 8 home venues of the respective franchises. All teams will play a minimum of four games with Delhi Capitals and RCB competing in five matches each during this time. Every side will play a minimum of two home and two away matches except for Delhi and RCB. While Delhi will compete in three home games, RCB will play an equal number of away encounters.While the weekends will have double-headers but the schedule doesn’t clarify whether the BCCI will continue with the usual 4pm (afternoon) and 8 pm (evening) format or there will be a change in timing.Itinerary March 23: CSK vs RCB (Chennai) March 24: KKR vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (Kolkata, AfternoonMumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals (Mumbai, Evening) March 25: Rajasthan Royals vs KXIP (Jaipur) March 26: Delhi Capitals vs CSK (Delhi) March 27: KKR vs KXIP (Kolkata) March 28: RCB vs MI (Bengaluru) March 29: Sunrisers vs Rajasthan Royals (Hyderabad) March 30: KXIP vs MI (Mohali, Afternoon) Delhi Capitals vs KKR (Delhi, Evening) March 31: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs RCB (Hyderabad, Afternoon)CSK vs Rajasthan Royals (Chennai, Evening) April 1: KXIP vs Delhi Capitals (Mohali) April 2: Rajasthan Royals vs RCB (Jaipur) April 3: MI vs CSK (Mumbai) April 4: Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (Delhi) April 5: RCB vs KKR (Bengaluru). SHARE SHARE EMAIL
New Delhi, Nov 7 (PTI) Delhi High Court today lashed out at the DDCA for “crossing its limit” and undermining the authority of Justice Mukul Mudgal by sacking the selectors appointed by him and said the cricket bodys move “attracts contempt of court”.Restoring the selection panel appointed by Justice Mudgal, a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Deepa Sharma suspended the decision of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and castigated it for “misconduct” saying it was “testing everyones patience here” and their action was akin to “contempt of court”.The bench slammed DDCA for “targetting” Justice Mudgal, former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court who was appointed by the Delhi High Court for overseeing the functioning of cricketing body, plagued by alleged financial irregularities and nepotism in selection of players for various domestic tournaments.Finding fault with the November 5 decision of the sports working committee of DDCA removing former Indian cricketers Maninder Singh, Atul Wassan and Nikhil Chopra from their respective panels as selectors appointed by Justice Mudgal, the bench said “DDCA should have informed the court about such a move when the order was reserved so that it could have taken preventive steps at that time only.”It further said it does not want to accelerate the issue, “but the action of DDCA attracts contempt of court.”The bench, which reserved order on several contentious issues of the DDCA, said “various selections have been made by them and they are doing their job properly and there is no chance of any misconduct.”advertisementThe high court further made it clear that DDCA will not interfere with the working of the selectors and asked it to proceed with the selection of Under-14 and Under-16 players.While allowing the selection panel appointed by Justice Mudgal to continue till further order, the bench said “we really dont know where things are going. It is unfortunate. You are after the committee (appointed by Justice Mudgal). You are targeting Justice Mudgal.”The court on September 27 had reserved its verdict in the matter which pertains to DDCAs 2010 plea for an occupancy certificate from South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to hold matches at the Ferozshah Kotla stadium.The court had constituted Justice Mudgal committee in the backdrop of alleged irregularities in the functioning of DDCA. (More) PTI PPS ABA HMP RRT RKS ARC
You might think that snail mail has gone the way of the buffalo, but there are still many good reasons to put a stamp on it rather than pressing “send.”Occasionally, I like to supplement my communication strategy with a little help from my friends at the United States Postal Service.Here’s why:It adds emphasisE-mail has many virtues: it’s fast, it’s efficient, it’s omnipresent. It’s also easy to ignore.Snail mail takes EFFORT. You have to print something out, stuff an envelope, and purchase a stamp. It’s also becoming increasingly rare – and that can make it a good tool for attracting notice, particularly when email seems to fail you.The power of this added effect ranges from the positive (the holiday wish, the heartfelt thank-you) to the negative (the certified letter informing a client that they’re very late in sending your check).Conventional mail is a good option for giving your message added oomph; it may end up being opened by an intern or thrown in a recycling bin, but it won’t get trapped in a spam folder.Join Freelancers Union (it’s free!)Become a memberIt’s personalI’m a big believer in sending personal missives (like thank-you notes and holiday cards) by snail mail. Heartfelt emails have their place, but they’re unlikely to take a place of honor on a desk.When you send old-school land mail (particularly when it’s well-constructed), you’re signaling that you care enough to reach out personally. You also create a small, physical reminder of your existence – a teeny tiny piece of marketing.Most people will open mail (or their assistant will) – and that may just be the extra touch needed to get your portfolio considered or land a meeting. At the worst, you’ll have wasted a stamp.It’s a valuable supplementBarring the complete collapse of worldwide electrical systems (save up your candles, kids), electronic messaging is here to stay. I’m not suggesting that anybody communicate by snail mail exclusively; while that is charmingly Luddite, it’s probably likely to backfire.But land mail is a great SUPPLEMENT for emails. It’s the reason why department stores not only send out promotional e-blasts, but also send you those fancy, glossy catalogues. Though you may be reflexively annoyed by paper clogging your mailbox, some part of you is also reminded of those tempting deals… and before you know it, you’re adding doo-dads to a shopping cart.Conventional mail can really add extra power to your messaging and help you to stand out from a crowd, without costing you all THAT much more effort.Next time you want to really reach a potential client (or strengthen bonds with an existing client) – consider putting a stamp on it.Kate Shea lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.
England goalkeeper Joe Hart decided to play cricket instead of cheering on his nation against Sweden in the World Cup 2018 quarter-finals on Saturday.Hart, who was England’s number one goalkeeper at the past three major tournaments, did not find a place in Gareth Southgate’s 23-member squad for the tournament in Russia.And on Saturday, while England secured passage to semi-finals after beating Sweden, Hart was busy playing cricket for his hometown club Shrewsbury.The 31-year-old scored six runs batting at number nine and took a catch as Shrewsbury defeated Knowle and Dorridge to win the Birmingham League Premier Division match. Joe Hart didn’t get a place in England’s World Cup squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup (@RichardDawson7 Photo)Hart, who has played 75 matches for England, has witnessed a dip in his form in recent times.He didn’t get selected for the World Cup squad despite playing nine of England’s 10 World Cup qualifiers. He last played for England against Brazil in a friendly match in November 2017.The Manchester City goalkeeper was shipped out to Italian club Torino for a loan spell after Pep Guardiola joined the club in 2016.He spent the last season on loan at Premier League club West Ham United, where he was dropped to the bench towards the later part of the season in the favour of Adrian by manager David Moyes.Meanwhile, England will play Croatia on Wednesday for a place in the final of the World Cup.Saturday night plans, #ThreeLions fans? pic.twitter.com/jt2NkTVHTDadvertisementEngland (@England) July 7, 2018Entering the tournament with minimal expectations and the second youngest team at the World Cup, England surprised many by reaching their third ever World Cup semi-final.Coach Southgate feels it’s the team’s spirit that has helped them do well in the tournament.”That collective (spirit) is why we are here,” Southgate said. “To get through the two games this week we needed all of that. We are not the finished article and we do not have world class players yet, but we have young players who are prepared to be brave on the ball and have shown a real mental resilience.
COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 12: General view of fans watch the play in the first half between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Ball State Cardinals at Kyle Field on September 12, 2015 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Big-time college football is a big business. The top programs are known for bringing in serious revenue every single year.For a long time, Texas was atop the money list in college football. The Longhorns passed $100 million in revenue in 2011 and have not looked back.Now, there’s a new team at the top of the heap, and Texas fans probably won’t be happy about it.Texas A&M is now the most valuable program in college football, according to Forbes‘ most recent study. The Aggies have been raking in $148 million annually over the last couple of years, and they pushed Texas to No. 2 on the list, followed by Michigan.Across the three years prior to last season, Texas A&M averaged annual revenues of $148 million, the most of any program in the nation. That not only tops the Longhorns; it leaves them in the dust. Over the same time period, Texas football averaged $133 million in revenue, making the Longhorns a distant second.Texas A&M has surpassed Texas as America’s most valuable college football program. ? pic.twitter.com/3wF4FIQGdP— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 12, 2018Texas A&M is also the only program with a profit of more than $100 million.Forbes’ full top 10 ranking of the most valuable programs in college football is littered with the usual suspects.Texas A&MTexasMichiganAlabamaOhio StateOklahomaNotre DameAuburnLSUFloridaYou can read Forbes’ full feature here.
Last fall, he was back on the gridiron, playing primarily on special teams. Now, with Les Miles on the sideline, he’s emerged with a pretty big role in the offense.In the third quarter of Saturday’s win over Indiana State, Sosinski caught two passes for 25 yards and his first career touchdown.James Sosinski gives KU’s new national championship-winning head coach a lot of credit for his improvement, and belief in his own abilities. From KUSports.com:“I feel like we just all stepped it up a notch and have been working really hard,” Sosinski said, “just to get the goal of winning and it felt good to get it today.”Again, that comes back to Miles.“(Miles) instills confidence, just throughout drills and just telling me how to catch the ball and all that,” Sosinski said. “I feel like he’s helped me out a lot just with our overall confidence and playing the position of tight end.”He has a chance to continue to build on that performance on saturday against Coastal Carolina.[KUSports.com] LAWRENCE, KANSAS – AUGUST 31: Tight end James Sosinski #82 of the Kansas Jayhawks catches a pass for a touchdown during the game against the Indiana State Sycamores at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)There aren’t many college athletes who can say they a regular season touchdown and points in the Final Four for their alma mater. This weekend, James Sosinski joined that short list.Sosinski is primarily a football player by trade. Both sports have been a big part of his winding college career, though.After a redshirt year at UMass in 2015, the Arizona native transferred to South Mountain CC in Phoenix, where he missed football season due to injury. He did shine on the basketball court, though, averaging over 19 points and 12 rebounds per game.In 2017, he made his way to Kansas, and was a member of the football team, though he didn’t see playing time that fall. After the season, he joined the basketball program, and primarily worked as a big body for Udoka Azubuike to face in practice. He did see time in seven games, including the 2018 Final Four blowout loss to Villanova, during which he scored two points in garbage time.
Students collect waste on the way to school as fees for this Gaya schoolPadampani School in Sevabigha village of Gaya takes waste in exchange for free books and uniform. It also provides students with socio-cultural classes, along with other activities like sports.advertisement Asian News International New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 12:44 IST Padampani School in Sevabigha village of Gaya takes waste in exchange for free books and uniform. (Photos: ANI)The students of Padampani School in Sevabigha village here collect waste materials on their way to school as their school fee. This step has been taken by the school authorities to create awareness among the children about the importance of protecting nature.Deepak Kumar, Vice Principal of the School, told ANI: “We started this school in 2014 and now we have around 250 students here.”Gaya: Students of Padampani School in Sevabigha village collect waste on their way to school as their school fees. Students say,”we collect waste as fees which are later sent for recycling. Along with good education, we are also taught to value the importance of nature.” #Bihar pic.twitter.com/TXThYcpdGy ANI (@ANI) July 14, 2019Free uniform and free books in exchange of waste”We impart free education and provide free uniform, books, mid-day meal to the students. Instead of fees, they are supposed to collect waste materials on their way to school and dispose it off in the dustbin kept outside the school,” the vice principal added.’Running this school on donation’ says school founderManoj Samdarshi, the founder of Padampani School, said: “We are running this school on donation as most of the students belong to very poor families.””However, we provide socio-cultural classes, along with other activities like sports. The school aims to keep areas around the world heritage site of the Mahabodhi temple clean and waste-free,” he added.School teaches students the importance of nature”We send all the waste materials for recycling. Our main focus is to instil awareness among the children to create a clean and green environment. With the help of students, we are taking care of more than 200 trees on the school premises,” said Vice Principal Deepak Kumar.Echoing the importance of protecting nature, a student said: “We collect waste as fees which are later sent for recycling. Along with good education, we are also taught to value the importance of nature. This helps us keep our area clean,” said the founder.advertisementRead: This ‘green school’ in Assam accepts plastic waste as school fees, teaches life skills society needs nowRead: Haji Public School, the mountain-cut village school that speaks of education red tapes in the stereotypically ‘terror-ridden’ KashmirRead: How one man became so tired of rote-learning that he battled odds and started his own schoolGet 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow new-age schoolFollow wasteFollow recycling
Talk about barbecue and you’ll find there are many different styles depending on the part of the country where the meats are smoked and prepared. There are also a wide variety of sauces from vinegar based to mustard based and everything in between. While this write-up isn’t the result of a poll, it does pinpoint some places that have a reputation for serving up some of the best barbecue around.12 BonesDown in the River Arts District in Asheville, N.C., 12 Bones has gained quite a reputation among BBQ lovers. Even President Barack Obama has become a fan, visiting the eatery during several trips to Asheville. The River District location serves up lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The south Asheville location is open during the same hours Tuesday through Saturday, but they also have take-out service from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu features pulled pork an chicken, chopped beef brisket, and sides like jalapeno cheese grits, sweet vinegar cole slaw, collard greens and corn pudding.Corky’s Ribs & BBQ All the meats served up at Corky’s in Memphis, Tennessee are slow cooked over hickory and charcoal. The result—crowds of repeat visitors and claim to fame through a variety of awards including Voted #1 BBQ in Memphis Magazine by readers for 24 straight years, Voted #1 BBQ Sauce by Southern Living Magazine readers for four straight years and Best of BBQ Award from the Food Network.The Original Ridgewood BarbecueLocated in Bluff City, Tennessee, Ridgewood Barbecue has become a tradition for folks heading to Bristol to see the races, but they get plenty of local action as well. The eatery serves up true smoked Barbecue with some of the best sauce around. It’s open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.Luling City MarketThe meat is cooked over Post Oak wood at Luling City Market in Houston creating a distinctive flavor that pushes this eatery to the top of the favorites list for many in Texas who seek exceptional barbecue. They also make their own 100% beef sausage and acraft a tangy mustard based sauce that’s shipped all over the world. It’s called the Luling City Market Bar-B-Que Sauce. An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Service How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs Editors’ Recommendations Oru’s Origami-Inspired Inlet Kayak Will Be the World’s Most Portable Watercraft
Greater Noida: A 25-year-old woman has alleged her brother and brother-in-law of repeatedly raping her for past few months in Surajpur area of Greater Noida. The victim, who is a widow, told police that the duo of accused also made her to undergo abortion a couple of times during the span.According to police, the victim, a native of Surajpur area in Greater Noida had been living with her brother after her husband and died in a road accident around three years ago. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarVictim in her complaint told police that she was raped repeatedly by her brother and brother-in-law, native of Agra district, for past few months. Also she told police that she had given Rs 5 lakhs to her brother-in-law which he failed to return. Muneesh Chauhan, Station House officer of Surajpur police station said that a complaint has been lodged into the matter while they are yet to make any arrest. “Based on the complaint received, we have registered an FIR against sections of gang rape at Surajpur police station. The woman has been sent for a medical examination and her statements will be recorded on Thursday. We are yet to make any arrest into the case while further investigations are underway,” said Chauhan. The officer further said that the brother of victim is also married while Both the accused persons works as labourers at different factories.
Kolkata: Anu, a miniature photography exhibition at Nati Binodini Art gallery of Star Theatre, has created a sensation among the young budding photographers because of its uniqueness.The three-day photo exhibition, which was inaugurated on Monday, will continue till Wednesday. It has been organised by Third Eye. Third Eye has carried out experiments with the sizes and quality of photographs for many years. The size of the largest photograph though printed in archival canvas is 8″ x 12″. The exhibition showcases the photographs of internationally famous lensman Atanu Pal and 30 others. There are miniature of photographs that has come out in National Geographic, Popular Photography, and has bagged award in national and international shows. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThere was a cultural show titled Kotha O Kobita Sangi Photography, conceptualised by Anindita Basu. This apart, there would be an interactive session with the art appreciators and critics. Dhiman Dasgupta gave a lecture on Mrinal Sen. There were slide shows, seminars and recitation by well known elocutionists. Third Eye has been giving training to budding creative photographers for many years. The exhibition offers them a platform to come across photographs that have earned international appreciation.
London: Former opener Marcus Trescothick will join the England coaching camp for the first two Test matches of the upcoming Ashes series starting August 1 in Birmingham. Trescothick, who recently announced his decision to retire as a player at the end of this year, will spend the training days ahead of the Edgbaston and Lord’s Tests with the England squad at both training sessions and at the team hotel, reports ESPNcricinfo. Former batsman Jonathan Trott has fulfilled a similar role with England ahead of the Test against Ireland. Both these appointments does not necessarily suggest that Trescothick — or Trott — is about to be appointed as the England batting coach once the tenure of Mark Ramprakash ends. The duo has been included in the set-up to ease the burden on ECB’s leading batting coach, Graham Thorpe on training days where coaches are expected to provide throw-downs for several hours at a time.
Part 7 of 8: The party leaders make their final pitches to Canadian voters. Part 3 of 8: CityNews Edmonton reporter Courtney Theriault sits down with First Nations chiefs in Enoch Cree Nation to discuss what the leaders had to say about Indigenous issues in Canada. Part 2 of 8: May, Scheer and Singh debate and discuss Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples, and the government’s role in Indigenous issues. Part 4 of 8: The leaders outline their plans for the environment as Canadians wrestle with the realities of climate change. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh took part in the first national debate of the 2019 federal election calendar Thursday night. Hosted by Maclean’s and Citytv, the two-hour debate centred on four major themes: the economy, energy and the environment, Indigenous issues and, lastly, foreign policy. Watch the entire debate in its chapters below.Part 1 of 8: The debate kicks off and the first topic on the docket is one that affects all Canadians — the economy. The leaders are also asked about Quebec’s Bill 21, which prohibits some public sector workers from wearing religious symbols such as hijabs, turbans and kippas at work. Watch the two-hour debate in its entirety below Part 5 of 8: The political experts weigh in on the performances by the party leaders. Part 8 of 8: The political panelists give their views on how the debate went, and we hear once again from the First Nations chiefs in Enoch Cree Nation. Part 6 of 8: May, Scheer and Singh debate and discuss foreign policy as Canada faces the ratification of the new NAFTA, ongoing trade wars and diplomatic tensions.
EDMONTON – Alberta remains on track to rack up a $10.3-billion deficit this year but Finance Minister Joe Ceci says the economy is rebounding and it’s time public sector workers step up to help keep it going.“Alberta is back in the saddle,” Ceci said Tuesday as he presented the second-quarter update to the 2017-18 budget.“Now we have more choices to make — and they will be careful, considered choices about the services Albertans value, about how to return to balance with cuts that are compassionate and investments that will pay off.”The update predicts the Alberta economy will grow by four per cent in 2017 — up from the 2.6 per cent forecast in last spring’s budget.Ceci said more than 70,000 full-time jobs have been added in the last 1 1/2 years, most of them in the private sector.He also said the government remains committed to belt-tightening and has found $300 million towards its goal of saving $400 million this year in-house.He said the public sector will be asked to help and pointed to Alberta’s teachers who took two years of wage freezes in their last contract in return for development money for classrooms.“That’s what my hope is, we’ll be at the table and people will see the benefit of long-term job stability and the fact that (despite) no raises, they would have their ongoing jobs,” said Ceci.The province is now negotiating with a number of public sector groups, including nurses, health-care workers and members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.Ceci said the government is moving from hiring restraint to a hiring freeze to reduce the size and cost of government by attrition, but said he’s focused on “front-line service delivery being kept strong and whole.”The province is also extending by 18 months a salary freeze which began in 2016 for its management and non-union workers.Guy Smith, president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, said Ceci’s announcement is troubling.“Our front lines are already stretched thin as the demand for services increases while staffing levels have remained flat over the past several years,” said Smith.“These short-sighted decisions will cost the province more in the long term because of increased overtime claims, sick time, stress leave and other lost-time claims.”Mike Parker, head of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, said it’s “incompatible” for Ceci to freeze jobs while protecting front line care.Parker also chastised Ceci for negotiating contracts through the media.“This is a complex process and anyone involved in bargaining knows that its is best done at the table and not in public,” said Parker, whose group represents 25,000 health-care workers.Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP government inherited an economy in deep decline in 2015 due to a plunge in oil prices. The government chose to continue spending through the downturn to catch up on an infrastructure deficit and to spur the economy.The result has been more hospitals, schools, roads and transit lines done or under construction, but there have also been multibillion-dollar budget deficits and a debt total expected to surpass $42 billion next year.Ceci said the long-term plan remains to get the budget back in balance by 2023 through cost-cutting and by relying on the economy to continue to grow and diversify.Greg Clark of the Alberta Party said the NDP hasn’t fully committed to saving money or moving off an over-reliance on oil revenues.“I expected better,” said Clark. “I expected that after 44 years (of Progressive Conservatives) we’d finally have a government that would be able to rein in the management and the actual operations of government, and they haven’t done that.”Drew Barnes, finance critic for the United Conservatives, said the NDP needs a concrete plan to balance the budget.
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):___9:35 a.m.U.S. stocks are mixed as representatives from the U.S. and China start a new round of trade talks. Stocks endured huge swings over the past two days.Retailers made some of the largest gains Monday. Discount retailer Dollar Tree jumped 3.7 per cent after an activist investment firm said the company should consider selling its Family Dollar business.Stocks are coming off a huge gain Friday following a big loss on Thursday as investors worried about issues including economic growth.The S&P 500 index lost 2 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,529.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 51 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 23,381.The Nasdaq rose 10 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 6,749.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 has cancelled school buses in Fort St. John for the third day in a row.The District has cancelled buses for Wednesday, February 6 due to the cold weather. Schools are still open.This will be the third day in a row that buses are not running. School District 59 has yet to announce if buses are running in the South Peace on Wednesday.
Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,626.73, down 15.37). Companies reporting:SNC-Lavalin Inc. (TSX:SNC). Down 26 cents to $34.02. Debt rating agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., citing problems at a Chilean mining project, damaged business relations with Saudi Arabia and criminal charges against the beleaguered engineering giant. The downgrade to BBB- from BBB notes the Montreal-based company has halted all bidding on future mining projects following a dispute with Chile’s state-owned copper mining company Codelco, now entering arbitration.Cenovus Energy Inc. — The CEO of Cenovus Energy says the company is going ahead with plans to raise its crude-by-rail shipments to 100,000 barrels per day this year, despite criticism from other major producers that Alberta’s forced production cuts have destroyed rail’s profitability. The Calgary-based company is confident that the province will encourage growth in crude-by-rail as an alternative to delayed new export pipelines going forward, Alex Pourbaix said Wednesday on a conference call. Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B). Down $1.66 or 5.5 per cent to $28.49. Teck Resources saw its fourth-quarter profit drop 41.5 per cent from the year earlier, amid lower prices for copper, zinc and oil. The profit attributable to shareholders amounted to $433 million or 75 cents per diluted share, down from a profit of $748 million or $1.26 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017. Teck’s adjusted profit attributable to shareholders was $500 million or 86 cents per diluted share, down from $680 million or $1.16 per diluted share. Revenue for the three months ended Dec. 31 was $3.25 billion, up from a $3.16 billion in the 2017 fourth quarter.Barrick Gold Corp. — Barrick Gold, which completed its merger with Africa-focused Randgold Resources at the start of the year, reported a loss for its fourth quarter due in part to problems at its Lagunas Norte and Veladero mines. The gold miner, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says it lost US$1.2 billion or $1.02 per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31. That compared with a loss of $314 million or 27 cents per share in the same period a year earlier. Revenue for the quarter totalled $1.9 billion, down from $2.2 billion.Newstrike Brands Ltd. (TSXV:HIP). Down two cents to 40.5 cents. The Tragically Hip-backed pot producer Up Cannabis plans to have an “experiential hub” inside one of Ontario’s first legal recreational weed stores located in the band’s hometown of Kingston. The cannabis company says its “store within a store” will be in a shop operated by Spirit Leaf Inc., which has signed an agreement with one of the lottery winners selected to apply for the initial 25 retail licences in Ontario. Members of the Canadian rock band are stakeholders in Newstrike Brands Ltd., the parent company of Up Cannabis, which recently entered into an investment agreement with Spirit Leaf’s parent company Inner Spirit Holdings. Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up 44 cents, or 5.46 per cent, to $8.50 on 40.6 million shares.Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSX:NMX). Materials. Down 19.5 cents, or 35.45 per cent, to 35.5 cents on 39.6 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up nine cents, or 0.95 per cent, to $9.56 on 13.9 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Energy. Up 61 cents, or 5.85 per cent, to $11.04 on 7.9 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up 33 cents, or 0.7 per cent, to $47.57 on 6.2 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Down 69 cents, or 3.9 per cent, to $17.02 on 6.1 million shares. The Canadian Press
Canadian stocks were higher Thursday amid a fresh round of speculation that the Federal Reserve may start cutting back on its monetary stimulus early in the new year.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 38.12 points to 13,468.13, held back by gold stocks as Fed tapering concerns continued to punish bullion prices.The Canadian dollar was down 0.59 of a cent to 95.13 cents US.The greenback gained ground against other currencies in the wake of the release of the minutes of the last Fed meeting showed that the central bank would likely start tapering off its bond purchases in “coming months” if the job market improved further.Fed members also weighed the possibility of slowing the US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases even without clear evidence of a strengthening job market.New York markets were higher as the Dow Jones industrials gained 91.12 points to 15,991.94. The Nasdaq was ahead 32.93 points to 3,954.2 while the S&P 500 index rose 10.91 points to 1,792.28.Markets lost ground Wednesday following the release of the Fed minutes with traders caught unawares by their content.Janet Yellen, who is slated to become the next Fed chairman, had expressed strong support for low interest rate and bond buying policies aimed at stimulating U.S. growth during her confirmation hearing last week.“So then you get into this well, who is really in charge and are we getting the right message?”, said Wes Mills, chief investment officer at ScotiaMcLeod Portfolio Advisory Group. “The markets were already a little overextended, people were getting nervous for a variety of reasons. This comes out, some hot money bails and they think about it overnight and think, I guess it wasn’t that different.”The central bank’s monthly purchase of assets bonds have kept long-term rates low and pushed investors into stocks. The quantitative easing has underpinned substantial gains on many markets this year.But those long term rates were on the rise Thursday with the yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury note continuing to climb as investors sold bonds. The yield rose to 2.84 per cent from 2.80 per cent late Wednesday.Indexes also got a lift from data showing the number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest since September.First-time applications for benefits dropped by 21,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000. The number of applications, which is a proxy for how many workers are being laid off, is now near where it was before the Great Recession.On the commodity markets, January crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.30 to US$95.15 a barrel. The energy sector led gainers, rising 0.8 per cent. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) gained 55 cents to C$31.17.Industrials were ahead 0.6 per cent with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) ahead $1.38 to $155.21.Telecoms were also positive with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) ahead 37 cents to $47.08.The base metals sector was up a slight 0.1 per cent with December copper up a cent to US$3.17 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) climbed 11 cents to C$7.90.The gold sector led decliners, down 1.4 per cent as December bullion down $17.70 to US$1,240.30 an ounce after closing Wednesday at its lowest level since mid-May. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) slipped 29 cents to C$17.65.On the corporate front, Target Corp.’s (NYSE:TGT) third-quarter net income dropped 47 per cent, stung by costs related to its expansion into Canada. Its adjusted profit beat analysts’ estimates, but revenue fell short. The department store operator also lowered its full-year adjusted earnings forecast.Target earned $341 million, or 54 cents per share. Removing Canada-related expansion costs and other items, earnings were 84 cents per share, 20 cents ahead of estimates and its shares fell $2.70 or 4.06 per cent to $63.79.Clothing maker Gildan Activewear Inc. (TSX:GIL) fell $1.52 or 2.96 per cent to $49.78. The company, which reports in U.S. currency, estimated it will have between $3 and $3.10 per share of adjusted earnings and $2.35 billion of revenue for the year ending next September. Analysts had been expecting 2014 adjusted earnings would climb to $3.14 per share with $2.38 billion of revenue.Gildan also posted quarterly adjusted earnings that met estimates and revenue that beat expectations. Gildan also says it will boost its quarterly dividend by 20 per cent to 10.8 cents.European markets were mixed as London’s FTSE 100 index was up 0.06 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was flat and the Paris CAC 40 declined by 0.23 per cent.
The Canadian Wildlife Service is looking for volunteer ‘citizen scientists’ to help gather data about wildlife.CWS has selected the Long Point Walsingham Forest area of Norfolk as Ontario’s first Priority Place for its new approach to biodiversity conservation planning. Reducing road mortality of reptiles and amphibians has been identified as a top priority for action in Norfolk.Beginning on June 12, CWS and Ontario Road Ecology Group (OREG) are hosting a series of workshops to identify road mortality “hot spots” on county roads and develop policies and plans to help reduce the problem and sustain the area’s biodiversity.Norfolk County has a large plant and animal biodiversity, including six of the eight turtle species in Ontario are found in Norfolk, as well as many rare snake and amphibian species that inhabit the County’s wetlands, sand plains and forests.“Participants in the introductory workshop will learn about the many different species of reptiles and amphibians found in Norfolk and many of the road mortality hotspots, and how to mitigate the threats of roads to wildlife,” Mandy Karch, OREG executive director, said in a press release. “We are hoping to recruit citizen scientist volunteers to monitor wildlife/road mortality in several priority locations over the summer months.”The volunteers will be recording the number, species and locations of wildlife killed on the roads. This new data will inform future workshops on how to mitigate the threats of roads to reptiles and amphibians in area of Norfolk where road mortality occurs most frequently.The June 12 workshop is being held from 7-9 p.m. in the Dogwood Room of the Simcoe Recreation Centre.Anyone interested in attending the June 12 workshop may register at eventbrite.ca and search for Road Mortality Workshop under events and in Norfolk County.