How Can Communities Support Military Families?

first_imgCarole Gnatuk, Ed.D.Carole Gnatuk, Ed.D., Extension Child Development Specialist, University of Kentucky, explains the 7 distinct stages of emotional challenges faced by military families during and after deploymentA failure to successfully negotiate each stage can create havoc for the family.The stages in this “emotional cycle of deployment” include:Stage 1: Anticipation of DepartureStage 2: Detachment and WithdrawalStage 3: Emotional DisorganizationStage 4: Recovery and StabilizationStage 5: Anticipation of ReturnStage 6: Return Adjustment and RenegotiationStage 7: Reintegration and StabilizationWanting to help military families cope with deployment, Gnatuk and her team at developed a new program, Communities Support Military Families. While developed in Kentucky, the program is national in scope.Here’s how Gnatuk explains the Communities Support Military Families program:Most of us know firsthand the power of good neighbors reaching out to each other with practical support. It’s just what friendly people do. Now, cutting edge research is showing that intentional, informal, friendly networks, undergirded by community agencies, can be highly effective in strengthening resilience and mental health in National Guard and Reserve members and their families.Communities Support Military Families discusses the rationale, raises awareness, and provides suggestions for sensitive listening and for taking up the slack of families with absent or recently returned fathers, mothers, or spouses. This program has been effectively utilized by Extension community volunteers in Kentucky through family to family contacts doing lawn mowing, kid transportation, shopping errands, and car fixing; in public schools through family recognition evenings and bulletin boards; county fairs through family photos on t-shirts and pillow cases; and in cooperation with Operation: Military Kids, promoting summer family camps, to name just a few projects.  (Personal communication with Carole Gnatuk, April 23, 2012)Here are suggestions from the Communities Support Military Families program on how to help support the military families in your community: Walk a mile in their “boots”!  Try to put yourself in the family’s situ­ation. Don’t try to offer judgment or solutions to their problems. Be a good listener!Be sensitive about discussing your own views on war or the mili­tary. The family may want to talk over their issues or they may only want your car­ing.Send children birthday and holiday cards as well as small gifts, if appropriate.Call on a regular basis, to check in and see how they are doing, to ask if they feel like going out for a walk, or want to come over for dinner.Suggest the whole family or perhaps just the children join you on an outing.Gift the family with tickets to a something they might not otherwise afford.Cheer on the kids at sports events, musical perfor­mances, school plays etc.Suggest ways that you could support the family once the service member leaves. These sug­gestions may ease the anxiety of the soon-to-be deployed family member, as well as the parent staying home.Offer to assist with routine household and family tasks. You might offer to watch the children , clean the house, bring meals in on certain days, mow the lawn, rake leaves, shovel snow, or change the oil on the family’s vehicle.Send a care package or letter to the deployed military member. The children in the family might like to help in this activity.Offer to go on a school field trip in place of the parent, or to go along as an extra set of hands on an outing to the zoo or a vis­it to a park. Befriend a military family with a member who is or will soon be deployed—and then be prepared for the long haul!  Keeping up friendship throughout the seven stages of the entire deployment cycle is critical.center_img Boy at Teen Adventure CampAdventure Camps for Military TeensDo you know a teen from a deployed military family in your community who might be interested in—and benefit from—a high energy, high adventure, and high experience camp?Now through March 2013, nearly 1,600 military teens (14-18 years old) will have an opportunity to participate in adventure camps at little to no cost, thanks to a partnership between the Dept. of Defense and NIFA/USDA. These high energy, high adventure, and high experience camps are being conducted by experience 4-H Youth Development and Cooperative Extension staff.Each camp offers a unique outdoor experience that will allow a teen to build leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills while participating in activities like backpacking, river rafting, canoeing, wilderness survival, rocketry, rock climbing, GPS use, mountain biking, first aid, winter camping, dog sledding, ropes courses, camp cooking, archery, and other camp activities.There are camps being scheduled and planned across the U.S. from Alaska to Maine and from Colorado to Georgia as well as states in between. Camps for youth with special needs (mental, physical, and emotional) are also planned in California, Ohio, and New Hampshire. For military youth already in the Pacific Rim, two camp dates are available in Hawaii.You might be able to suggest one of these scheduled camps to a military family in your community and make a big difference in a young person’s ability to cope with their mom or dad’s deployment.last_img read more

7 Himalayan Treks to Challenge the Adventurer in You

first_imgAs autumn sets in, so does the trekking season for most destinations in the Himalayas. While India offers various options all through the year to travel geeks who venture out on foot, October-November is the most popular time of year for trekking activities, perhaps because the season allows easier access to the base camps.If you are planning to embark upon an exciting trek in the lofty mountain ranges in the north, we have a list right here. Do remember that these are high-altitude treks for which sufficient precautions must be taken beforehand. So read up on mountain sickness, carry medicines for altitude, get in shape to brace through the thin air… Well, that’s about it. Before all this, however, you have to decide on a trek, and that’s why, read on:GoechalaGoechala trekThis is a trek where you get close to the South Face of the third highest mountain in the world — Kangchenjunga. It has already taken over popular imagination as an alternative to trekking among the big mountains of Nepal. The trail, which begins from the quaint town of Yuksom in Sikkim, starts under a rhododendron cover, moves to exposed meadow and alpine lake, and then goes higher into glacial moraine as you get closer to the Pass and into raw mountain environment. As it turns out, Kangchenjunga is not the only mountain you see. You see a whole host of mountains from the range and the ones that stand out prominently are My Pandim, Kabru North and South. Pandim is a mountain you will see to the last detail — from its glaciers on the top to its foot.April-May is great for rhododendron bloom while the Oct-Nov season offers crisp clear skies with picture-postcard mountain views.Base camp: Yuksom, Sikkim Altitude: 16,000 ft Duration: 10-11 days Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult Season: April- early May, Oct-NovKuari PassRunning through the Nanda Devi Biosphere, this is one of the few “easy” treks with rewarding mountain views. Nanda Devi is seen in a grandiose fashion right from the beginning of the trek at the ski resort of Auli. As you enter the meadows of Gorson Bugyal, an amphitheater of mountains greets you from all sides: Ghoda and Hathi Parvath, Nanda Devi, Dunagiri, Neelkanth, Chaukhambha.Further into the trek, you will see Trishul and Nanda Ghunti on the other side. From the meadows, you get into dense oak forests of Chitrakantha and set out for the Pass the next day.Base camp: Auli, Uttarakhand Altitude: 13,000 ft Duration: 6 days Difficulty: Easy Season: Accessible all season except during monsoon (July-early September) and peak winters (January-February)Gaumukh-TapovanThe trek, which is also a pilgrimage, takes you close to the source of the river Ganga — the glacier Gaumukh. Standing in front of the mouth of an enormous glacier and hear it calving is an experience that needs to be had. Further ahead from the glacier are the alpine meadows of Tapovan where you can see Mt Shivling from its base to the top. Mt Shivling is one of those perfectly shaped mountains that you would have drawn in your notebook as a child.You also see Mt Meru, which is behind Shivling, after a small hike up a ridge. Mt Meru recently came into annals of mountaineering history when three mountaineers — Conrad Anker, Renan Ozturk, and Jimmy Chin — conquered Shark’s Fin, the most difficult route to the top of the “Anti-Everest”.You would need an extremely good local guide for this route, specifically to negotiate the Gaumukh Glacier and for the steep climb to the Tapovan meadows.Base camp: Gangotri, Uttarakhand Altitude: 14,000 ft Duration: 8 days Difficulty: Moderate Season: April-May, Sep-OctRupin PassRupin Pass trekThis shepherd’s trail is popular among the Indian trekking community for the rapid scenery changes it gives each day. From hanging villages that reflect Kinnauri architecture (a mix of Hindu and Buddhist influences) and dense forests to lush bowl-shaped valley made by a glacier eons ago, snow bridges and a thrilling climb up a waterfall and over the narrow gully of a pass, the trek does not let a dull moment seep into the itinerary. ‘The Pass, at its 70-degree angle, looks extremely intimidating but can be done with help of guides who can cut steps for you up the gully. The gully is so narrow that your sound echoes.The May and June season is lovely for the expanse of snowfields you experience above the Rupin waterfall. The September-October season is greener, lusher, and lets you enjoy the sight of 7-8 tiny waterfalls beside the main Rupin waterfall. This is a crossover trek that moves from Uttarakhand to the region of Kinnaur in Himachal.Base camp: Dhaula, Uttarakhand (Trek moves into Himachal Pradesh after Day 4) Duration: 8-9 days Altitude: 15,350 ft Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult Season: May-June, Sep-OctPin ParvatiAnother shepherd route, this trail was formally opened by the British in 1884 to the remote Spiti Valley. This trek is full of heart-in-the-mouth sections from the beginning to the end. It begins innocently from the dense forest of Kheerganga, before moving to the rock formations of Patthar Ghatti.The rocks are above the roaring Parvati river and sure-footing on these sections is a must. The trail goes into the meadows of Odi Thach, then to the marshes of Mantalai and climbs higher up close to the Pass. The Pass, has a glacier has a lot of hidden crevasses, and the company of a good guide is essential here. The trek then moves into the barren Spiti valley, the land of Gods, as Rudyard Kipling puts it, and the trail is loose-soiled, and scree-ridden. The trek ends at the first village you see in these remote lands — Mudh.This is a difficult trek and once you are on this trail, evacuation is close to impossible. There is only one route in and out. It needs sufficient preparation, and high altitude trek experience is essential.Base camp: Barshaini, Himachal Pradesh Duration: 11-12 days Altitude: 17,457 ft Difficulty: Extremely difficult Season: July-SeptemberAlpine Lakes of Aru/Tarsar MarsarTarsar MarsarThe grasslands of Kashmir are very European in their stature. Being a latitude more northern than the rest of the country, the geography of Kashmir behaves differently. On the trek, you will find that the title “Paradise on Earth”, given by Mughal emperor Jahangir, is justified.The route, beginning from the hamlet of Aru that is surrounded by pine trees, involves a trek on the grasslands beside the Lidder river. If you follow the river, you can see Mount Kolahoi, known as India’s Matterhorn.Aru is a region endowed with about 20 alpine lakes, including Tarsar, Sundersar, Tabakhsar, Marsar and Yamsar, all of which are uniquely shaped. Marsar, called the lake of death, is hidden inside a mountain crater. You have to take the trek early in the morning to see the lake before a cloud cover rushes in to hover over it. Only a few treks give you the opportunity to camp beside alpine lakes — and this is one.Base camp: Aru, Kashmir Duration: 7-8 days Altitude: 13201 ft Difficulty: Easy Season: July-SeptemberChadar TrekThis is a unique trek to do and because of climate change, experts say it won’t be around for long. The Zanskari people of Ladakh are cut off from the main Ladakh region by snow for more than six months a year. Their only access to the outside world is a 14-day trek (most trek companies shorten it to a 7-day trek, and you return from a midway point) from Padum across the frozen sheet of ice on the Zanskar river.Chadar, which means blanket, demands that you shuffle across it like a penguin. No day on Chadar is the same. Sometimes the ice is thin, sometimes the ice is thick, sometimes the ice melts so you have to climb on the gorge’s rock faces to go across the section. All in all, it is difficult to find a trek that can give you the experience Chadar does.While the trek itself is moderate, the conditions on Chadar are difficult. You need to be prepared to face temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius and lower, as it is peak winter time in a cold desert.Base camp: Leh, Ladakh Duration: 7-8 days Altitude: 11400 ft Difficulty: Moderate Season: January-February Related ItemsAlpine lakes IndiaAnti-EverestAruChadar trekGaumukhGaumukh TapovanGoechalaHimachal pradeshHimalaya treksKangchenjunga SikkimKinnaurKuari PassLadakhLehLittle IndiaMeruNanda Devi BiospherePandimRupin PassSanglaShark FinShivlingSpiti ValleySundersarTabakhsarTarsar MarsarYamsarZanskar riverZanskar valleylast_img read more

Pele’s Son Allowed to Serve Jail-term at Home as Reward For Good Behaviour

first_img behaviourDrug GanggoodHome First Published: September 26, 2019, 1:06 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Rio de Janerio: Son of Brazilian football legend Pele has been granted a request to serve the rest of a 12-year jail term at home as a reward for good behaviour.Edson Cholbi Nascimento, known as Edinho, was originally given a 33-year prison sentence in 2014 for laundering money to a drug gang, reports Xinhua news agency. The 49-year-old had the penalty reduced to 12 years and 11 months in February 2017 following an appeal.Sao Paulo Court of Justice judge Sueli Zeraik said Edinho must comply with a series of requirements such as monthly court appearances, a commitment to find work within 30 days and a ban on leaving home between 8 pm and 6 am without legal authorization.Zeraik said failure to adhere to the conditions would lead to Edinho’s return to jail.Edinho made nine first-team appearances for Santos as a goalkeeper in the 1990s before turning his hand to coaching.His father is considered one of the greatest players of all time, scoring more than 1,000 career goals and winning three World Cups. last_img read more

MS Dhoni has not lost faith in R Ashwin, says Ajit Agarkar

first_imgRising Pune Supergiants captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has not given off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin his full quota of overs in a few Indian Premier League matches this season, raising doubts on whether India’s limited-overs skipper has lost faith in his senior spinner.However, former India pacer Ajit Agarkar does not view it as a sign of lack of faith in the off-spinner. Agarkar believes it was mainly to do with the match conditions and situations than anything else. (Full IPL Coverage)’No faith lost'”At times it may seem odd but I don’t think it is due to any lack of faith. When Pune came to Mumbai (to take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium last month), it was a seamers’ wicket and Ashwin’s bowling was not needed,” Agarkar said.Ashwin bowled just one over for one wicket in that IPL opener on April 9 that Pune won easily after restricting the home team and title holders to 121 for 8.”You have to remember that when the IPL games were played in spin-friendly conditions in Chennai, he used to open the bowling. The conditions matter,” Agarkar added.Ashwin underutilised?A controversy had arisen post the World Twenty20 in which India were knocked out by eventual champions West Indies in the semi-final after Ashwin bowled only two overs for 20 runs in the power-play and then was not brought on to bowl again by Dhoni.Ashwin got peeved when asked about it at the pre-match media conference before Pune took on Mumbai Indians and gave a tongue lashing to the journalist who had asked the question that whether he found it difficult to bowl following the dew-fall, the reason cited by Dhoni for the ineffectiveness of the Indian spinners.advertisement”When there was dew, I didn’t bowl. It’s better you ask the question to someone who actually bowled. To be very honest, I don’t know how it felt with the dew on. It’s very amusing. Because in the first 12 balls I bowled, I created a wicket-opportunity as well. It’s quite surprising how you phrase your question,” India’s top spin bowler had retorted.The raging debate has continued with Dhoni not utilising Ashwin’s bowling to the fullest in the IPL so far. He has bowled 30 overs in 10 games, instead of the full quota of 40, and has only three wickets in his kitty.In the last game that Pune lost against Royal Challlengers Bangalore on May 7, the off-spinner was brought on to bowl the 17th over for a lost cause as Bangalore easily chased Pune’s total of 191 with seven wickets and three balls to spare.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

IPL 2017, SRH vs KXIP Highlights: How Bhuvneshwar Kumar snatched victory from jaws of defeat for Hyderabad

first_imgHello and welcome to our Live coverage of Match 19 of the Indian Premier League 2017 between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab in Hyderabad. Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest updates. (POINTS TABLE | SCORECARD)Punjab Innings:That’s all for today. Cracker of a match from Hyderabad.23.32 IST: OUT! Yorker, right on the money this time! Ishant fails to get his bat down on time on this one as the ball goes onto disturb the timber. SRH win by five runs despite Vohra’s heroic 95 off 30 balls.23.32 IST: 6 off 3. Can Ishant do it?23.31 IST: WIDE! Pressure Pressure! 6 off 4 now.23.30 IST: 7 off 4. Ishant on strike.1 more added from @sandeep25a. 7 of 4 now! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SRHvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201723.28 IST: Siddharth Kaul to bowl the final over of the innings. Mohali need 11 runs from 6 balls. Can the last pair for Punjab script history?23.27 IST: 5/19 with 15 dots from Bhuvi off hsi four. Brilliant! KXIP need 11 runs off the last over. Ishant 2*, Sandeep 2*5 for 19. What an outstanding spell by our swing king #Bhuvi. You changed the game. #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKXIP- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201723.26 IST: It’s a slower one and Ishant misses.23.25 IST: NO BALL! And it’s a FREE HIT!23.24 IST: Sandeep Sharma walks out to bat.23.24 IST: OUT! Is that the game? Low full toss into the stumps, Vohra fails to clip it on the leg side. Gets rapped on the pads and the players appeal. The umpire is quick to raise his finger up. And the sensation innings from Manan Vohra comes to an end. You surely need to feel for that lad. Bhuvneshwar gets his fifth! Also his fifer. KXIP 145/9, still need 15 runs to win. Ishant 1*advertisement23.23 IST: Ishant Sharma comes out into the middle.23.21 IST: OUT! Bhuvi gets his fourth! Fuller delivery angling into the stumps, Cariappa dances down the track and swings his bat at it. Fails to make contact and the ball goes onto rattle the leg stump. Manan Vohra needs some help from the other end. KXIP 144/8 from 18.1 overs. Still need 16 runs to win. Vohra 95*23.20 IST: 16 off two overs. KXIP 144/7 from 18 overs. Vohra 95*, Cariappa 1*23.16 IST: SIX! BAMM! Good length delivery outside off, Vohra stays in his crease and smacks that over the long on fielder for a biggie. Manan Vohra is doing something sensational.SIX MORE! @ImMananVohra is doing it single handedly. Another 6 as he races into the nineties! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SRHvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201723.16 IST: Siddharth Kaul comes back on for a bowl. The game is really alive now.23.15 IST: Seven off that one. 132/7. Punjab need 28 off 18 balls. Vohra 84*, Cariappa 0*23.14 IST: Dropped! Butter fingers! Length delivery outside off, Vohra hammers that one straight to the fielder at sweeper cover. Dhawan comes running it to catch it but he fails to hold onto it. That came in really quick to him but you need to catch those to win the games. The batsmen run a single and luckily for Punjab Vohra survives.23.14 IST: FOUR! Brilliant! Another low full toss outside off, Manan Vohra carves it through the point regio for a boundary.23.13 IST: KC Cariappa comes out to bat.23.12 IST: OUT! Bhuvi strikes! Back of a length delivery outside off, Sharma swings his bat at it again. Makes contact but not the one he would like. Flies off the bottom half of the bat towards the feilder at sweeper cover. Dhawan gets under it and takes a really good catch. KXIP 127/7 from 16.2 overs. Still need 33 runs to win. Vohra 79*23.12 IST: Bhuvi comes back on for Hyderabad.23.10 IST: FOUR! What an over, 21 runs from it! Flatter one on middle, Manan Vohra pulls it hard through backward square leg for a boundary. Bhuvneshwar Kumar tries to cut it off but fails to do so. Just 35 needed from 24 balls. Punjab have scored 41 runs in the last two overs. What a turnaround this has been. Vohra 79*, Mohit 8*Wicket! Mohit Sharma tries to go big but is caught in the deep. 7 wickets down with 127 on the board. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SRHvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201723.10 IST: SIX! Vohra, you beauty! A straighter one around off, Vohra gets under it and clubs it over the long on fence for a maximum.23.09 IST: SIX! Vohra is playing a blinder! Another short one from Rashid, Vohra gets under it and swings it over square leg for a maximum.23.08 IST: FOUR! Vohra takes on Rashid and hammers one for a boundary.23.07 IST: Rashid back on.23.07 IST: 20 runs from the Sran over. KXIP 104/6 after 15 overs. Still need 56 runs to win. Vohra 59*, Mohit 7*Massive massive over that. 20 runs come off it. Score is 104/6. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SRHvKXIPadvertisement- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201723.06 IST: FOUR! Sran bowls a fuller length ball on the stumps, Vohra clips it through mid-wicket. Hooda looks to cut it off but allows the ball through.23.05 IST: On song today, the Afghanis.Here’s to some Afghan power! #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKXIP SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201723.04 IST: SIX! Played Manan! SIX! Full and around off, Vohra gets under it and dispatches it over the head of the bowler for a maximum. It has been a fighting knock by the Punjab opener.23.03 IST: SIX! Mohit Sharma or Rohit Sharma? Sran bowls it outside off, Mohit gets under it and carves it over covers for a maximum. Any batsman would love that shot. Superbly done.23.02 IST: Sran comes back on. 23.00 IST: Almost a stunner! Shortish outside off, Manan looks to guide it to third man. He ends up hitting it in the air. Nabi at short third man, leaps to take it but cannot hold onto the tough chance. Two runs taken. Had Nabi taken that though, would have one stunning catch. KXIP 84/6 from 14 overs. Still need 76 runs to win. Vohra 47*, Mohit 0*23.00 IST: Mohit Sharma walks into the middle.22.59 IST: OUT! Easy as you like! Full and outside off, Axar Patel looks to carve it over point but fails to make the desired contact. The ball flies down to Dhawan at deep point who takes a safe catch. Punjab sink further as Axar departs for 7. KXIP 82/6 from 13.4 overs.  Still need 78 runs to win. Vohra 45*22.57 IST: Moises Henriques back on for SRH.22.54 IST: It’s time for the strategic time-out.22.54 IST: What a debut from Nabi. 1/28 from his four overs. KXIP 80/5. Still need 80 runs to win. Vohra 44*, Axar 6*22.54 IST: FOUR! And one more! Short again, Vohra rocks back and pummels it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Second one in the over. Punjab need 80 more in 42 balls.Much needed back-to-back boundaries from @ImMananVohra just before the strategic time-out is called. Score is 80/5. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201722.53 IST: FOUR! Good batting! Flatter on off, Manan Vohra gets under this one and pulls it through wide mid on. Hooda tries to cut it off from long off but fails to do so.22.50 IST: 12 overs gone. KXIP 67/5. Still need 93 runs to win. Vohra 35*, Axar 2*22.45 IST: Dropped by Nabi. 11 overs gone. KXIP 63/5. Still need 95 runs to win. Vohra 33*, Axar 0* Lifeline for @akshar2026 on the last ball of the over as Nabi can’t hold on to the catch. Score is 63/5. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SRHvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201722.44 IST: OUT!  It can’t get better! Googly tossed up outside off, Saha tries to play it inside the line. The ball drifts after pitching and passes the outside edge and goes onto hit the stumps. Brilliance from Rashid Khan has put the visitors into trouble. Saha departs for a duck. KXIP 62/5. Still need 95 runs to win. Vohra 32*WICKET! @rashidkhan_19 get’s his second this over. The Kings are bamboozled! #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKXIP- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201722.42 IST: OUT! Rashid Khan is back to his best! Quick leg spinner into the stumps, Miller gets cramped for room and cannot defend it. The ball sneaks in between his bat and pad and goes onto hit the timber. Miller’s bad patch with the bat continues. KXIP 62/4 after 9.4 overs. Vohra 32*advertisement22.40 IST: Rashid back on for Hyderabad.22.39 IST: Nine overs gone. KXIP 61/3. Still need 99 runs to win. Vohra 31*, Miller 1*22.37 IST: David Miller walks in the middle.22.35 IST: OUT! Nabi gets his first wicket! Bowled ’em! Angling into the batsman, the ball slides on after pitching around middle and off. The ball stays low a bit and Morgan gets totally beaten by it. Fails to get his bat on it and the ball ends up rattling the stumps. Morgan’s struggle in the middle comes to an end. Morgan departs for 13. KXIP 57/3 from 8.1 overs. Still need 103 runs to win. Vohra 28*.@MohammadNabi007 joins the party! What a way to break the partnership!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKXIP- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201722.34 IST: Eight overs gone. KXIP 57/2. Still need 103 runs to win. Vohra 28*, Morgan 13*22.33 IST: Dug in short by the bowler this time, Morgan goes for a pull but fails to make contact there. A really good bouncer by Kaul.22.31 IST: Siddarth Kaul back on.22.28 IST: And it’s time for the strategic time-out.22.27 IST: Just two runs off the over. KXIP 53/2. Still need 107 runs to win. Vohra 26*, Morgan 11*A fantastic over by @Mozzie21 with giving off just 2. Let’s keep this going, troops!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKXIP- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201722.25 IST: Moises Henriques into the attack.22.22 IST: End of the powerplay. KXIP 51/2 from six overs. Still need 109 runs to win. Vohra 25 *, Morgan 10*Four more! @ImMananVohra looking very very good. Another classy drive through cover and another boundary! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SRHvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201722.22 IST: FOUR! Crisp! Vohra reads the leg spinner this time and crunches it through the extra cover region for a boundary. A top over for the visitors, 16 runs from it. End of a brilliant Powerplay.22.22 IST: SIX! That’s massive from the opener! Rashid Khan tosses up a googly, Vohra reads it well and slog sweeps it over the mid-wicket region for a maximum.22.21 IST: FOUR! Top Shot! Googly outside off, Vohra picks it well and dispatches it over the mid off fielder for a boundary.22.20 IST: Rashid Khan into the attack.22.19 IST: 10 runs off the over. KXIP 32/2 from five overs. Still need 128 runs to win. Vohra 11*, Morgan 9*Good over for us as 10 runs come off it. Score is 32/2 after 5 overs. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SRHvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201722.16 IST: SIX! Welcome to the IPL, Mr. Nabi! Shorter outside off from Nabi, Morgan gets under it and pummels it over long on for a maximum. Not the start Nabi was looking for.22.16 IST: Mohammad Nabi introduced into the attack..@MohammadNabi007 into the attack! #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKXIP- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201722.14 IST: Four overs gone. KXIP 22/2. Still need 138 runs to win. Vohra 8*, Morgan 2*22.10 IST: Siddarth Kaul replaces Sran.22.09 IST: Another successful over from Bhuvi. KXIP 17/2 after three overs. Still need 143 runs to win. Vohra 6*, Morgan 0*22.08 IST: Eoin Morgan walks out to bat.22.07 IST: OUT! Maxwell falls in the trap! Fuller outside off, Maxwell looks to go over the off side but ends up slicing it in the air to deep mid off. Warner gets under it and takes it safely. Superbly done, that was a wicket planned. A big wicket for the home side. He can ask his players to step up all he wants, but if he bats like this, he is not setting a good example. KXIP 16/2 from 2.5 overs. KXIP still need 144 runs to win. Vohra 6*Number 2 for #Bhuvi. #GlennMaxwell hits it straight down #DavidWarner’s throat. Game on! #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKXIP- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201722.03 IST: End of the second over. KXIP 15/1. Maxwell 10*, Vohra 5*22.00 IST: FOUR! Top shot! Fuller in length on middle, Maxwell gets under it and lofts it over the mid on fielder for a boundary. Really good shot.21.59 IST: FOUR! Poor ball, hit away! Short and wide outside off, Vohra carves it over point for a boundary. That was easily done. A poor ball to start with for Sran.21.59 IST: Barinder Sran to open the bowling with Bhuvenshwar.21.58 IST: End of the first over. great one. KXIP 6/1. Still need 154 rusn to win. Maxwell 6*, Vohra 0*21.55 IST: FOUR! Close call! Too full on middle and leg, Maxwell brings his bat down in time to get it down to fine leg for a boundary to get off the mark.21.54 IST: Glenn Maxwell comes out to bat.21.54 IST: OUT! What a start for Hyderabad! Fuller in length around off, Amla looks to clip it through but fails to put bat to ball. He is rapped on the pads and a loud appeal ensues. The umpire has no doubts about it and Punjab are rocked early. Golden duck for Hashim Amla! This is a superb start for the home side. GLENN MAXWELL is the new man in.WICKET! A first ball duck! Amla trapped by #Bhuvi to have him lbw. What a start!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKXIP- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201721.53 IST: Manan Vohra and Hashim Amla to open for Punjab while Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the new ball for SRH.21.52 IST: The players are back on.Hyderabad Innings:21.41 IST: A powerful finish from Hyderabad with David Warner leading from the front. He judged the pace of wicket in time to time his innings to perfection. He kept losing out on partners at the other end but nothing stopped in from registering a hard fought fifty. Naman Ojha chipped in with a handy cameo to ensure they have a more than competitive total on the board. Warner used all his experience on what has been a two-paced deck.21.38 IST: SIX!! Rashid Khan finishes it off in Style. What a way to end the innings! Short delivery into the new batsman, Rashid Khan stays in his crease and hammers that over the long on region for half a dozen. HYDERABAD END ON 159/6. SRH: 159/621.36 IST: SIX!! Warner playing a captain’s innings. What has Morgan done there? Full toss outside off and Warner smacks it down the ground. Morgan rushes towards his right and gets under that one. Hops in time to take catch it but the ball has gone through his hands. Morgan is disappointed and he surely should have caught it. Warner gets a maximum under his name.21.34 IST: OUT!!! Nabi’s knock comes to an end, Miller takes an easy catch. Sandeep Sharma gets his man! Short delivery into the body, Nabi goes for a hook. He top edges it towards the deep mid-wicket region. David Miller gets under it and pouches it safely to send the Afghan back to the pavilion.Wicket! @sandeep25a picks his 1st of the night as #DavidMiller makes no mistake of Nabi’s top edge. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SRHvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201721.33 IST: Mohammad Nabi makes his IPL debut, facing the last over from Sandeep Sharma.Last over to go. @MohammadNabi007 walks into the middle to face it. RT if you’re as excited to see him bat.#OrangeArmy #SRHvKXIP- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201721.31 IST: FOUR!! Warner hits for another boundary. ood shot! Good length delivery around middle and off, Warner flat bats it down the ground. Goes past the ropes one bounce for a boundary. SRH: 144/5 (19 overs) 21.30 IST: OUT!!! Sandeep Sharma gobbles up Hooda’s mishit. Mohit Sharma strikes! Short delivery into the body, Hooda goes for the pull. The ball gets big on him and he manages to top edge it towards the deep mid-wicket region. Sandeep Sharma gets under the ball and takes a fine catch. Hooda has to walk back.Match 19. 18.4: WICKET! D Hooda (12) is out, c Sandeep Sharma b Mohit Sharma, 140/5 #SRHvKXIP- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 17, 201721.29 IST:  FOUR!!! Deft touch shown by Warner. Takes the Orange cap.  Improvisation! Length delivery around leg stump, Warner switch bats it and guides it just past the point fielder for a boundary.21.26 IST: FOUR!!!  Deepak Hooda sends Axar’s delivery racing to the ropes. Crisp! Tossed up just outside off, Hooda stays in his crease and creams it through covers for a boundary. SRH:134/4 (18 overs)21.23 IST: Axar Patel back for his fourth. .@akshar2026 with another impressive bowling spell as he finishes with figures of 2/33. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SRHvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201721.21 IST: Three overs left in this innings. SRH: 124/4 (17 overs)Our skipper loves it against KXIP, given his track record. A great way to rise to the occasion and deliver. Kaboom! #OrangeArmy #SRHvKXIP SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 2017Smartly glanced for a FOUR by #DavidWarner to bring his 50. Another against the Kings. Game on!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKXIP- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201721.18 IST: FOUR!!! Fifth consecutive fifty for Warner against Punjab, 34th overall.  Into the pads, Warner nudges it fine down the leg side past the keeper for a boundary. He started slowly but he has really made it count. Would like to make it big with still more than 3 overs left.21.18 IST: Mohit Sharma comes in for his last over.21.16 IST: Warner still going strong, he stands his ground as other around him keep departing. SRH 115/4 (16 overs) .@imDeepakHooda comes into the middle to give our skipper some support.Go team! #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKXIP- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201721.12 IST: OUT!!! Ojha tries to step out to Cariappa, Saha cleans up behind the stump. Cariappa breaks the partnership! Tossed up a carrom ball around off, Naman Ojha dances down the track to go downtown. He fails to make contact as the ball goes straight to the keeper. Saha collects and dislodges the bails as Ojha has no chance of coming back to the crease. A well played innings by Ojha comes to an end. SRH: 110/4 (15.3 overs)With that wicket, the 2nd strategic time-out is called with the score at 110/4. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SRHvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201721.06 IST: FOUR!!! Warner edges it for a boundary off Ishant. Lucky runs! Full toss outside off, Warner goes for the drive. He gets a thick outside edge on it which runs past the keeper for a boundary. SRH: 108/3 (15 overs)With that bouncer, @ImIshant ends a fabulous return to the team. He finishes with his four overs conceding just 23 runs! #SRHvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201721.03 IST: SIX!!! That’s massive! Short delivery into the pads, Ojha pulls it over the mid-wicket region for a biggie. SRH:96/3 (14 overs)SIX! @namanojha35 does it right. What a way to change the momentum. 91 metres. ???#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKXIP- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201721.00 IST: FOUR!!!  Top shot! Length delivery outside off, Warner cuts it through the backward point region for a boundary. SRH: 86/3 (13 overs)20.58 IST: In the air!! Mohit Sharma doesn’t make it in time, safe.  20.55 IST: FOUR!!! Naman Ojha tickles the ball past Saha. Easy pickings! Bad ball down the leg side, Ojha just guides it fine past the keeper for a boundary. SRH: 75/3 (12 overs)20.51 IST: FOUR!! Poor delivery from Cariappa.  Easy pickings! Poor delivery down the leg side, Warner shuffles across and pulls it through the backward square leg region for a boundary. SRH: 66/3 (11 overs)20.50 IST: FOUR!!! Naman Ojha mistimes it. But it could easily have been another wicket.  Sprayed on the pads, Naman Ojha goes for the sweep. He gets a top edge on it which flies over the fielder at short third man. Mohit Sharma comes running in to take a catch but he slips in the process and cannot stop the ball from going to the fence.Valiant attempt from Mohit Sharma to catch a top edge but he just misses out. Great effort! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SRHvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201720.49 IST: Eventful over from Axar Patel. SRH: 54/3 (10 overs)20.46 IST: OUT!!! Yuvraj also departs. Big, big wicket! Floats it outside off, Yuraj looks to dab it late but gets an outside edge which carries through to Saha. A loud appeal from the bowler and the umpire rules it in favour of the bowler. That is a big wicket for Punjab.That’s a blow! #Yuvi walks out, gets a light edge off Axar. That’s two in two. #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKXIP- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201720.45 IST: OUT!!! Henriques has to walk. Stumped by some distance and it kept low too! Patel bowls it wide outside off, keeps low, Moises Henriques comes down to go inside out but misses the ball. Saha does the rest and that is it for Moises. A big wicket and a timely wicket for the visitors.WICKET! @Mozzie21 comes down, but unfortunately, gets beaten in the flight. Stumped by Saha! #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKXIP- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201720.39 IST: SIX!!! Cariappa treated to a Warner reverse, as fifty comes up. SRH:50/1 (9 overs) 20.35 IST: Mohit continues his spell, after a change of ends. Just two runs off the over. SRH: 42 /1 (8 over)20.32 IST: FOUR!!! Warner finally breaks free. Reverse from Warner! Lands it outside off, Warner gets low on this and reverse sweeps it through short third man for a boundary. SRH:409/1 (7 overs)Match 19. 6.4: KC Cariappa to D Warner, 4 runs, 38/1 #SRHvKXIP- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 17, 201720.30 IST: KC Cariappa with the ball. 20.29 IST: Henriques trying to force the issue. SRH: 29/1 (6 overs)20.25 IST: Ishant comes on for his third over. Moises Henriques comes out to bat for Hyderabad. 20.24 IST: OUT!!! Mohit picks up Dhawan’s wicket.  There is the first wicket! Mohit bangs it short on the stumps, Shikhar Dhawan looks to hook it but only manages to glove it through to the keeper. Saha takes a good catch over him and that is a well-earned wicket for Punjab. They have begun superbly. SRH: 25/1 (5 overs)Snap! #Shikhar gets it off his glove to have Saha plunge into the air. Caught. ???#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKXIP- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201720.22 IST: Warner seems to be taking his time, but has sound record against Punjab.#DavidWarner’s record against the Kings 52, 59, 81, 58 – in each of his last four matches. Go Davey! #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKXIP- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201720.20 IST: Mohit Sharma is the first change for Punjab.20.18 IST:  Another good over from Ishant. SRH:21/0 (4 over)Brilliant over from @ImIshant! Just 3 runs off it. SRH are 21/0 after 4 overs. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SRHvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201720.13 IST: Nine off the third over. SRH: 18/0 (3 over)20.12 IST: FOUR!!! Dhawan with the first of the night. Into the gap! Shorter on the pads, Dhawan gets into position and pulls it hard into the long leg fence. Too straight, too short, there.20.10 IST: Quite start by Hyderabad openers. SRH: 9/0 (2 overs)20.07 IST: Maxwell is good as the captain: Morgan 20.05 IST: Ishant Sharma up against his last year’s teammates.20.04 IST: Sandeep bowls a tight first over. SRH: 3/0 (1 over)Excellent first over from @sandeep25a. Just the three off it. Score is 3/0. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SRHvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201720.02 IST: Battle of the Australians tonight.#DavidWarner and #GlennMaxwell pose for a picture ahead of the #SRHvKXIP encounter in Hyderabad. #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 201720.00 IST: Warner and Dhawan come out to bat for Hyderabad, as Sandeep Sharma will have the new ball.19.54 IST: Barinder Sran and Siddharth Kaul will be playing their first match this season. Will the gamble play off? 19.46 IST:  Changes galore for the defending champions. Mohammad Nabi makes IPL debut, with Ben Cutting missing out. Barinder Sran and Siddharth Kaul come in for Ashish Nehra and Bipul Sharma.#IPL Match 19 – Here are the Playing XIs for @SunRisers vs. @lionsdenkxip #SRHvKXIP IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 17, 201719.44 IST: Just one change for Punjab, Ishant Sharma comes in for Varun Aaron.Just one change from our last match as @ImIshant replaces @VarunAaron. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SRHvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 201719.42 IST: Over in Delhi, Kolkata Knight Riders steal a four-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils.#IPL Match 18 – @KKRiders 169/6 (19.5 overs) beat @DelhiDaredevils 168/7 by 4 wickets. Relive the game here #DDvKKR IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 17, 201719.39 IST: Playing XIs:Kings XI Punjab: Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Eoin Morgan, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell(c), Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep SharmaSunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Naman Ojha(w), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Barinder Sran, Siddarth KaulKXIP XI: M Vohra, H Amla, G Maxwell, D Miller, E Morgan, W Saha, A Patel, M Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, I Sharma, KC Cariappa- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 17, 2017SRH XI: D Warner, S Dhawan, M Henriques, Y Singh, D Hooda, M Nabi, N Ojha, B Kumar, R Khan, B Sran, S Kaul- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 17, 201719.38 IST: Tom Moody is looking for a win tonight. Game day and on home turf, #orangearmy set to get back into winning ways! #srhvkxip #ipl- Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) April 17, 201719.37 IST: Punjab win toss, Maxwell elects to field first. Captain @Gmaxi_32 wins the toss and elects to field first. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #SRHvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 2017The hype is real. Just 30 minutes to go?. How excited are you for tonight’s #SRHvKXIP game? It’s time for the #RiseOfOrange.#OrangeArmy- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 2017 Meanwhile in Delhi.6  runs from Pat Cummin’s over. We are 141/ 4 after 16 overs and need 28 from 24 balls. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #DDvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 17, 2017Miller is charged up.Game day.. Hyderabad it is. @lionsdenkxip show time. #IPL10 #kings- David Miller (@DavidMillerSA12) April 17, 2017Are you all ready?Get ready for the #RiseOfOrange Paaji!#OrangeArmy #SRHvKXIP SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 2017Sunrisers have beaten Kings XI Punjab in last four consecutive matches.In the last home encounter vs the Kings XI, #DavidWarner scored 59 off 31. RT if you’re ready to catch him in action tonight.#OrangeArmy SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 2017Somethings gotta give, both teams are on two-game losing streak.We look at getting our season back on track as the boys take on the reigning champions in just under two hours! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 17, 2017Will Rashid Khan continue his record of picking up a wicket  in his first over?Spinners have conceded only 76 runs off 78 balls in the first innings in Hyderabad (5.84). #StatsThatMatter #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 17, 2017Back-to-back losses denting their confidence, defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad would look to put their campaign back on track when they take on Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League match in Hyderabad on Monday.The Sunrisers had a perfect start this season by winning their first two games — against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions — at home. However, they lost their next two matches away from home — against Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.On Monday, it would be an opportunity for SRH to bounce back on their home turf. The team possessed one of the best bowling attacks in IPL 10 with the likes of pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, the experienced Ashish Nehra, Ben Cutting, Bangladesh’s Mustafizzur Rahman and all-rounders Yuvraj Singh and Moises Henriques in their ranks.Bhuvneshwar has been outstanding, especially in death overs, and the young Rashid has emerged as a crucial bowler for the side with his unique leg-spin bowling.The other bowlers, including Ashish Nehra, Ben Cutting and Rahman, can put any batsmen to test. Bangladeshi pacer Rahman, who conceded 19 runs from his first over to return with poor figures of 2.4-0-34-0 against Mumbai, would be keen to make amends and demonstrate his capabilities.Hello and welcome to our Live coverage of match 19 of the Indian Premier League 2017 between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab in Hyderabad. Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest updates.SRH openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan have been giving good starts to their innings but the other batsmen, especially those who batted at the middle order, would want to do well by raising the bar.The middle order, comprising Moises Henriques, seasoned Yuvraj Singh and Deepak Hooda, did put up a strong show to see their side romp home in the first two matches.On the points table, both SRH and KXIP have four points each from an equal number of matches.MAXWELL FURIOUS WITH S**T QUESTION AFTER EDEN DEFEATIt was a night to forget for the Kings XI Punjab, who were handed a 51-run drubbing by Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League match at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Saturday. (More IPL News)Sam Billings (55) hit his second IPL half century and New Zealand left-hander Corey Anderson’s brisk 39 off 22 balls gave Daredevils a strong total of 188/6.Kings XI Punjab were tied down early by the left-arm spin of Shahbaz Nadeem (2/13) and later seamers Chris Morris (3/23) and Pat Cummins (2/23) picked up five wickets between them to restrict the opposition to 137/9.No.7 batsman Axar Patel top-scored with 44 before Morris clean bowled the left-hander off the last ball. Both teams now have four points with two victories, but Daredevils have played one game less than Kings XI.  Facing the media afterwards, KXIP captain Glenn Maxwell was asked about his weakness against spin bowling and the Australian all-rounder reacted angrily before walking out of the conference.Maxwell was out for a duck to Delhi leg-spinner Amit Mishra. “That’s a shocking question,” Maxwwell said. “Do you understand in the last three games I’ve hit leg-spinners for six repeatedly?”S*** question,” he said before leaving the room.Maxwell, who was made the KXIP captain before the start of this edition, has scores of 44 not out, 43 not out, 25 and 0. (READ MORE )Teams:Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (capt), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma.Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (capt), Tanmay Agarwal, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting, Shikhar Dhawan, Eklavya Dwivedi, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Siddharth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ben Laughlin, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammed Siraj, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Nehra, Naman Ojha (wk), Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Barinder Sran, Pravin Tambe, Kane Williamson and Yuvraj Singh.last_img read more

An Introduction to the Juggernaut Theory

first_imgKyle Porter here. I did not write this. I want to make that clear because I don’t want to take any credit for something that’s so well-researched and thought out. I simply have a blog that a lot folks read and this came to me from a guy named Justin Brownlee (who is a Kansas State fan) and I wanted to get it out there. It’s absolutely tremendous and well worth your time. It explains why teams named “Oklahoma State” and many others don’t get to play for national titles. I hope you enjoy it.What is the juggernaut theory?Within college athletics, there exists laws that define and control reality. Some of them are widely known, whether it’s the power of TV markets and cable contracts, or the recruiting hotbeds of Texas, Florida, and California and how a program’s success can be directly tied to their success recruiting out of these states.Other laws are not as visible, but they are just as strong, and the public greatly misunderstands them or largely misses how critical their existence is. The first law to focus on within college football is what I like to call the juggernaut theory.At first glance, every college football fan can acknowledge the juggernaut theory to a degree. Almost no one accurately attributes how much control and influence it actually has.Simply stated, the juggernaut theory is the idea that the dozen or so most powerful programs in college football have an extraordinary advantage in the landscape of modern college football. More specifically, these juggernauts have such an incredible advantage over non-juggernauts in getting to, and winning, national championships, that it is almost impossible to win a national championship as a non-juggernaut.Once understood, the juggernaut theory reveals the answers to why your favorite school regularly seems to make it to a major bowl game or occasionally the national championship itself, if you’re a fan of a juggernaut. And it will most definitely provide provide an answer to why your favorite team never makes a major bowl game outside of winning their conference, and never makes it to a national championship, if your alma mater is not a juggernaut.First, let’s make a distinction. I am labeling the following as juggernauts, USC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, Tennessee,[1.Nebraska and Tennessee are both interesting in the fact that both have allowed their programs to slip. In the case of Nebraska, it was inevitable at some point after the scholarship limit. Lincoln could not be further from the primary and secondary recruiting hotbeds. With Tennessee, there’s not a good excuse, they have just fallen.] Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and Miami. I think an argument can be made that Oregon has cracked into this group in a unique way, being the lone school without an extensively rich tradition of great football. They have muscled in the old-fashioned way, extraordinarily large amounts of money.I will make a quick note about one school that many of you may be wondering about, Auburn. I don’t really know what to do with Auburn. They have the tradition, the national championship, the major bowl games…my hesitation is solely because I don’t know anyone outside of Auburn, AL that doesn’t think they cheated in an obvious, egregious way for their national championship. I’m sorry, Auburn fans, I truly have no bone to pick with you, but it’s hard to know where to accurately place you in this list, but I’m throwing you in. More on that later.Second, I want to be very clear on this point. The entire theory is useful while examining the only period in college sports that means anything, the modern day. I will save my full defense of this point for another time and another theory, but I have to be clear. When viewing college athletics, it is paramount to largely ignore accomplishments prior to this time and focus exclusively on what has happened after.Take for example, the accomplishments of the great John Wooden. I love Coach Wooden and he will always be a treasure, but it’s unhelpful anytime someone compares his dynasty to anything in modern day sports. First, he competed during a time when maybe 10 schools in the entire country devoted significant amounts of time and money to their athletic programs. Today, there are upwards of 70 schools across the country devoted enormous amounts of time and resources to building exceptional athletic programs.[1.When I say 70+, that’s just college football. College basketball might be well over 150.]  Second, youth sports was largely non-existent 30+ years ago compared to today.My generation is the first that grew up with youth leagues, facilities, fitness programs, coaching, etc. all not just within five miles of wherever you lived, but also, for the first time, affordable for the majority of Americans. These first two realities created an entirely different modern day athletic environment-competition is not just greater than it used to be, it completely blows it out of the water. Competition today is the internet and competition prior to the modern era is the pony express. The final enormous difference are modern era cable contracts, forever moving college sports to the forefront of American life and culture.What is the “modern era”, then? It’s entirely debatable, and the exact year it started is not a hill I will die on, but I land somewhere in the mid 90’s. The Southeastern Conference was created in 1992, the superior Big 12 in 19963.[1.I married an Arkansas grad, this is literally the biggest fight in my marriage.] I generally will split the difference and use the creation and debut of “the deuce”, ESPN 2, in 1993.There’s no doubt that this time in American culture marked an enormous shift. Before this date, college sports were primarily something you read about in your local newspaper the day after. After this date, and in ever-increasing measure each year, college sports became something that you witnessed live, watched talking heads discuss all throughout the week, and could go every hour of the day watching some sort of coverage if you so desired.A brief history of juggernautsBack to subject at hand-as we examine the juggernauts and what they have accomplished during the modern era, it is staggering. Again, this is an idea that many people would agree on some level maybe exists, but almost no one acknowledges how much power it has over college football. Let’s look at the facts. Here are the national champions every year of the Modern Era.1993: Florida State1994: Nebraska1995: Nebraska1996: Florida1997: Nebraska[1. Any comparison of Alabama to mid 90’s Nebraska is a joke. Nebraska won championships the old fashioned way, by winning all of their games. For some reason, Alabama loses and we all think they’re actually more impressive than before their hiccup…]1998: Kansas State Tennessee.[1. I hate you, Bob Stoops. You too, Sirr Parker.]1999: Florida State2000: Oklahoma2001: Miami2002: Ohio State2003: USC and LSU2004: USC2005: Texas2006: Florida2007: LSU2008: Florida2009: Alabama2010: Auburn2011: Alabama2012: Alabama2013: Florida State2014: Ohio StateTo recap, juggernauts don’t just win most of the time. They literally win all of the time. What gets even more interesting is who they beat in each of these national championship games. Let’s take a look.1993: Nebraska1994: Miami1995: Florida1996: Florida State1997: Tennessee1998: Florida State1999: Virginia Tech[1. Here we have it-the only non-juggernaut to play for a national championship. Let that sink in. Out of FORTY EIGHT teams, only one non-juggernaut got the opportunity to line up and play for a championship.]2000: Florida State2001: Nebraska2002: Miami2003: Oklahoma2004: Oklahoma2005: USC2006: Ohio State2007: Ohio State2008: Oklahoma2009: Texas2010: Oregon2011: LSU2012: Notre Dame2013: Auburn2014: OregonThis is even more compelling, and much more significant, than the fact that juggernauts won every single national championship in the modern era (which you could argue means they won every national championship ever…). In over 20 years, not only have juggernauts dominated the national championship scene, they’ve had an iron grip on finishing 2nd. What does this mean? It’s not just extremely difficult to win a national championship, it’s extremely difficult to even get in the game for a chance to win a national championship.How we Got HereAs we look at why juggernauts have dominated the winning and losing sides of the championship game, we have to start with the fact that juggernauts have been given an enormous benefit of the doubt when it comes to the rankings that place them in the top two to begin with.Let’s just start with some of the more notable offenses.Auburn (2004)While I’ve stated that I don’t really know what to do with Auburn, and have placed them at the very back of the juggernaut list, 2004 showed the country that there is a pecking order. And when it comes to rankings, the top juggernauts will always be at the top of the pecking order.When you think about a team going undefeated and winning the SEC! SEC! SEC! and not being ranked No. 1,[1.Only because it’s impossible to rank them higher.] it’s pretty shocking given the outlandish SEC bias we live in today. That bias didn’t necessarily exist back in 2004. But the main premise is this: Auburn was never going to get the benefit of the doubt when compared with two pure juggernauts, USC and Oklahoma. OU actually ended up getting demolished in this game, and many Auburn fans were left to wonder what if.Oklahoma State (2011)Oh, 2011…you terrible, terrible year. Let’s start with the RIDICULOUS notion that any wrongdoing was swept away because Alabama won the game in such a convincing manner over LSU, so clearly they deserved to be there, end of story. I am AMAZED at how often this logic enters the picture anytime a team snuck in over another team and ends up winning it all (see Ohio State 2014).It’s like the whole country hasn’t even thought that maybe…just maybe…when you give Nick Saban or Urban Meyer six weeks to prepare for one (or two) game(s), they could beat anybody (!!!) even if it’s not their best team ever and they didn’t deserve to be there in the first place. Back to the matter at hand. In 2011 logic and sound thinking disappeared from humanity. Alabama, who did not win their conference, and who did not even win its division within its conference, was given so many brownie points for losing to LSU…at home…after a bye week…that the entire country largely ignored the rest of their resume.In 2011, Alabama only beat three teams that even made a bowl game, compared to Oklahoma State’s 7-8 wins over bowl teams. Yes, you read that correctly. Alabama was given the world based almost entirely on a close loss at home to LSU after a bye week. Let me rephrase it another way, Alabama was ranked over Oklahoma State for SOMETHING THEY COULD NOT DO!!!!But they couldn’t do it so impressively…their failure was so mesmerizing to the eye test, that this inability to do something placed them over a team with a far better resume. But let’s cut to the chase and be clear. Alabama got their rematch because Alabama is Alabama. Oklahoma State did not, because they are Oklahoma State.Baylor and TCU (2014)I will be brief on this one. One-loss Baylor and TCU were left to the dust for one loss teams Oregon, Ohio State, and Alabama. The Big 12 teams were largely downgraded for not having a championship game, this completely ignores the fact that Big 12 teams play everyone in their conference.When you list out the 14 teams in the SEC or Big 10, you begin to see that it’s very possible to play half of your schedule or more against nothing. In 2012, Georgia fans were screaming that they should have a spot in the title game if they beat Alabama in the SEC championship game (which they almost did). A quick look back to Georgia’s 2012 season reveals that their schedule was farcical. They literally played seven teams that any top 10 team in the country would be favored by more than 20 against.It’s so obvious it could go without saying, but if 2014 was Texas and OU instead of Baylor and TCU, and Arizona State and Minnesota instead of Oregon and Ohio State, no one would mention the lack of a title game. In fact, they would probably point out how amazing it is that the Big 12 somehow produced 2 teams that made it through such a brutal schedule with only one loss.This is the power of the juggernaut theory.The juggernaut theory does not stop with the national championship. It has held an enormous amount of power over who makes major bowl games (Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Rose Bowl-we’ll call them BCS games even though the BCS has not covered the entirety of the modern era). When you look at the four BCS bowl games, you have six guaranteed spots for conference winners. That leaves two at-large bids. This changed for the better in 2006 when the BCS separated its title game and created two additional at-large bids. When examining the the at large bids given out from 1993-2005, you find 25 schools that received the bids. 19 of them were juggernauts.Being a Kansas State alum, this was not news to me. While we were awarded one of the six at-large bids (KSU demolished Donovan McNabb’s Syracuse team in the 1997 Fiesta Bowl), the next 5 years were full of questions. Such outlandish questions that the 1999 season had a newly instated “Kansas State Rule” that declared any team finishing in the top four of the final BCS Standings would be awarded an automatic at-large bid, after the Cats’ unforeseen 4th quarter meltdown in the Big 12 championship saw their greatest chance at a national championship free-fall into the Alamo Bowl.The very next season was another at-large miss as another top five 11-1 K-State team fell to the Holiday Bowl. 2000 would yield another 11 win K-State team, this time resulting in the Cotton. After a 6-6 down year in 2001, the Cats were overlooked again in 2002, after winning 11 games playing one of the hardest schedules in the country. One of those 11 wins was a very convincing victory over Carson Palmer’s USC team, who happened to get the at-large nod over the Cats. Finally K-State returned to the Fiesta Bowl in 2003 after knocking off Oklahoma for the Big 12 championship.This is obviously a very well known part of the juggernaut theory. It’s not rocket science or news to anyone that traditional powers are going to picked over non-juggernauts. Yet this holds the secret as to why the juggernauts have a stranglehold on the national championship game.Why Juggernauts Always Get the NodThe first and most obvious reason juggernauts get the nod the enormous majority of the time is that people gravitate towards them. It’s human nature. You choose the known over the unknown, the longtime proven commodity over the upstart.The interesting part about the juggernaut theory today (College Football Playoff) compared with the BCS era is that the CFP might do the opposite of what everyone thought it would do. With the BCS, you at least had a portion of the rankings that were not subject to public opinion. With the CFP, it’s entirely based on the opinions of humans. Let’s look at the small sample size of results. 2014 yielded four juggernauts.There were two very qualified teams that just missed out (hint-they weren’t juggernauts). The early November rankings of 2015 were probably the most laughable of any. While Clemson, a non-juggernaut (albeit a Southeastern school with some tradition)[1. We should add here that Clemson is ranked #1 because of wins over juggernauts (Notre Dame and Florida State). If they would have beat a one loss Utah and a two loss Syracuse, they probably wouldn’t be there.] held down the top spot, the rest of the top four were juggernauts. The most glaring aspect of the three juggernauts is that two of them are ranked in the top 4 with a loss, while several non-juggernauts sit outside of the top four with no losses!Here’s why this happens every single year in college football. College football is the only major sport in America where the layout of teams is so fractured, we really cannot get a completely accurate picture of who the best teams definitely are. There are only 3-4 non-conference games, majority of which are puff opponents.Compare this to college basketball where non-conference play and the tournament give us a fairly reasonable picture of which teams and conferences were actually the strongest. All of the professional sports play enough games that fracturing doesn’t happen, we can again see who the best teams are. With college football, it’s a total toss-up. Take last year for example, there’s still a very active disease assumption in America that the SEC is significantly better than the rest of the country.There was also a strong belief that the Big 10 was slow and wouldn’t come within 3 touchdowns of Alabama. While both assumptions may have been perfectly accurate a few years before, the distinct separation of conferences kept that thought alive.Here is the stark truth: it is not possible to know exactly how much value to place on each conference in any given year. This makes it extremely difficult to pick just 2-4 teams to play in the national championship.In addition to literally having no way to discern exactly how teams and conferences stack up to each other, college football is littered every year with teams having the exact same record. Let me tell you a secret about college football. It’s ******* hard to go undefeated. It’s ridiculously hard. Did I mention that there are, at the very least, 70 programs across the country that all unleash enormous amounts of time and money to building great programs?Or the millions of 18 year olds that, for their entire life, have taken advantage of facilities, coaches, and opportunities that did not exist to 18 year olds 30 years ago? For a coach to get 18-22 year old kids to play at such a consistently high level 14 times a year is absurd. What am I getting at? It was absolutely not a guarantee that the college football season would yield two, and only two, undefeated teams each and every year. And it’s even less of a guarantee that such a thing would happen to four teams in the CFP.What this means is that several BCS decisions were made between teams with the exact same record. Without an accurate way to tell which team is more deserving, America resorted to picking the juggernaut, every single time.[1. …but then giving justification for it that sometimes sounded as ridiculous as Alabama looking really really good trying to do something they couldn’t do.]The answer is making the playoff extend another week and adding four more teams. Having four teams with five major conferences is nonsensical, and assuming only conference champions deserve to go is also wrong. With eight teams, juggernauts will still get picked a lot. But with eight, the playoff is ensuring that almost without fail, the best team in the country got a chance to play for a national championship. Last year, Ohio State was a deserving champion, but a perfectly reasonable case can be made that TCU was the best team in the country. With eight, this doesn’t happen.[1. Quick disclaimer — I don’t think juggernauts getting picked is necessarily bad all of the time. I am not saying that Oklahoma State definitely deserved to play LSU over Alabama (or Auburn USC or TCU/Baylor). It’s very possible the Big 12 provided tons of bowl teams for OkState to play that were all good, not great. I’m simply pointing out that college football has, and will, produce pretty even resumes and the juggernaut will get the nod almost every time.]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Bale puts transfer saga aside to set up Real Madrid’s first goal

first_imgGareth Bale put the confusion surrounding his future to one side on Saturday when he set up Real Madrid’s opening goal against Celta Vigo in La Liga.The game at the Bernabeu was just 12 minutes old when the Wales international bamboozled his marker to spit a shot across goal that was turned home at the far post by Karim Benzema.The assist was the eighth time Bale had been involved in a goal against Celta in just nine games against the team from Spain’s northwest coast, having scored six and assisted twice since arriving in La Liga in 2013. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Real, who are beginning their first full season under the charge of Zinedine Zidane after he returned to the club for his second spell in March, survived a disallowed goal from the visitors’ Brais Mendes to hold onto their lead at half time.Bale missed much of Real’s pre-season before coming on as a substitute in Sunday’s penalty shootout defeat to Roma, a game that finished 2-2 after 90 minutes.8 – Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has been involved in eight goals (six scored, two assisted) in his nine LaLiga appearances versus Celta. Assist.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 17, 2019He almost joined Chinese side Jiangsu Suning last month before the move collapsed, with Real reportedly eager to claim a transfer fee for a player that cost them a world-record sum just six years ago.Zidane is adamant both Bale and fellow fringe player James Rodriguez can consider themselves part of the squad, though he did little to clarify the future of either.”James and Bale are players of the squad,” Zidane told reporters after the match in Rome. “They are both registered, but anything can happen and I, as a coach of Real Madrid, must count on them.”I count on them 100 per cent. James has not been summoned [to the squad recently], but this can change. Even before the end of the transfer window, everything can happen.”Real are looking to win their first La Liga title since 2017 when Zidane’s team overpowered Barcelona to take first place.Last term was an unmitigated disaster by the club’s standards, spending much of the first half of the season flailing in midtable under the doomed reign of former coach Julen Lopetegui.They crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage to Ajax, a defeat that saw Lopetegui’s replacement Santiago Solari dismissed to permit the return of Zidane, three-time winner of Europe’s top prize during his first stint on the Madrid bench.last_img read more

Son Of An SEC Coach Is A Quarterback Recruit, Just Got 2 Huge Offers

first_imgAn interior view of the Arkansas RazorbacksFAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 17: UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters do a flyover before a game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas State Bobcats at Razorback Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Bobcats 42-3. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Chandler Morris is a 2020 quarterback recruit from Texas, whose recruitment is starting to heat up. He is also the son of a prominent college football coach: Arkansas’s Chad Morris.Morris took over the Razorbacks this off-season, after three years rebuilding SMU into a respectable team in the AAC. He’s known for developing high-powered offenses, so we shouldn’t be shocked that his son is apparently a solid quarterback recruit.Since he is still a full class away, he hasn’t been ranked yet. However, big-time college football programs are taking note.Arkansas recently offered Chandler Morris, but they weren’t even the first Power Five program to do so.That would be the school at which Chad Morris really cut his teeth. Dabo Swinney, Morris’s former boss, and the Clemson Tigers extended an offer after a camp earlier this month.Had a great time at Clemson’s camp! Excited to receive an offer to play for Clemson!! #Allin— Chandler Morris (@Chandleram4) June 7, 2018On Friday, Arkansas followed suit. He announced the new offer late last night.Excited to receive an offer from The University of Arkansas! #WPS— Chandler Morris (@Chandleram4) June 16, 2018He had to perform before his father made the offer, though. Morris participated at the Razorback Elite QB/WR camp this week.According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, he was a standout quarterback at the event:He enjoyed taking part at the Arkansas camp with his father roaming around the two practice fields interacting with other campers.“It’s fun,” Morris said. “All of the coaches know me. It’s fun to go out and compete.”Morris was one of the standouts of the camp that featured Hog commitment KJ Jefferson and newly offered Jacolby Criswell. He showed good arm strength and a nice touch while operating like a seasoned veteran. He would embrace getting an offer from his father.With those two earlier P5 offers, plenty of others should pour in soon. It seems likely that he’ll be a Razorback in a few years, but you can’t count out the possibility that he’ll want to blaze his own trail.last_img read more

Valley Reaps Benefits Of Opportunities For Prosperity

first_img The participation rates have grown in this area as well, from54.8 per cent in 1993 to 60.9 per cent in 2004. The unemploymentrate has fallen from 16.2 per cent in 1993 to 9.8 per cent in2004. There is more work to do. Regional unemployment rates are stillunacceptably high, but steady progress is being made. Regional development authorities are helping guide that progress.The province of Nova Scotia helps fund 13 regional developmentauthorities around the province because successful efforts togrow the economy are driven by the communities themselves. In the Annapolis Valley, regional development authorityrepresentatives include Janet Larkman in the Western Valley (902-638-8100), Amy Melmock in Hants (902-883-3338) and Robin Marshallin Kings (902-678-2298). Input and ideas are also welcome at Nova Scotia Business Inc.(NSBI), an organization borne out of Opportunities for Prosperityand mandated to take a client-focused, private-sector approach togrowing the provincial economy. It does so by developing theprovince’s exports, attracting investment from companies outsideNova Scotia and providing tools for companies to help themrealize growth opportunities. Since it was created in November 2001, NSBI has met with 750businesses across the province. Its business attraction andfinancing clients aim to create or maintain at least 7,200 jobs. Last year alone, the organization helped 230 companies increaseexport sales or find new markets. Companies interested in growthopportunities through NSBI can contact Irvin Surette (902-742-0533). -30- In 1999, the government of Nova Scotia did something radical: Itrecognized that ad hoc, piecemeal efforts to grow the economyweren’t working. It recognized that a strategic, co-ordinated andfocused economic growth strategy was needed — a strategy thatwould involve other levels of government, business and thecommunity. In October 2000, Opportunities for Prosperity — Nova Scotia’sgrowth strategy — was born. Today, that strategy has positivelyaffected every region of the province. The numbers tell the story. The first chapter of that story begins with the number ofbusinesses in existence. In 1993, according to StatisticsCanada’s business register, there were 28,922 businesses in NovaScotia. By 2003, there were 52,085 business in the province. If the Annapolis Valley is singled out, the numbers continue tobe positive. In 1993, according to the register, there were 3,719businesses in the Valley. By 2003, that number had grown to6,711. This growth can be attributed to the ingenuity of our workforce,and the fact that the government of Nova Scotia has provided anumber of tools to help small business, and rural Nova Scotia,grow. The Small Business Loan Guarantee Program is one example. Sincethe program began in June of 2003, more than $3.4 million hasbeen put into the hands of 42 businesses which have employed 211Nova Scotians. This $8-million program is in place because smallbusiness was clear that access to capital was a problem. Theprovince agreed and put a solution in the hands of the creditunion system — and in the hands of Nova Scotia’s communitiesthemselves. Community Economic Development Investment Funds, or CEDIFs, arealso helping improve the economy across the province. The province recognized that more than $600 million is investedby Nova Scotians in RRSPs, with less than one per cent findingits way back into Nova Scotia’s economy as reinvestments. Itcreated the Community Economic Development Investment Fundprogram to encourage more people to make investments at home,making the 23 funds currently operating a made-in-Nova-Scotiaplan to local investment. The program allows communities to putideas, and people, to work. To date, $10 million has beeninvested in these funds, most of which has been reinvested inbusinesses within their communities. Since the number of businesses is on the rise, it makes sensethat employment numbers are up as well. In 1993, there were352,100 Nova Scotians working. In 1999, there were 388,000. By2004, there were 421,500. More importantly, the participationrate — or the number of people entering the workforce — grewfrom 58.2 per cent in 1993 to 61.7 per cent in 2004. The latest seasonally adjusted figures from Statistics Canadacontinue to indicate an upward trend. More than 449,200 NovaScotians were working in the month of May, an increase of 3,700people over the previous month. In the Annapolis Valley — which includes the counties ofAnnapolis, Kings, and Hants — 42,300 people were employed in ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Valley Reaps Benefits Of Opportunities ForProsperitycenter_img By 1999 that number had grown to 49,000. And, in 2004, there are 55,900 people employed. last_img read more

Ray Ivany Chair of Workers Compensation Board

first_imgRay Ivany, a key leader in the expansion of the Nova Scotia Community College, has been appointed chair of the Workers’ Compensation Board. Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, said today, May 15, the appointment followed a great deal of work by a search committee with representatives from the board and employer and employee stakeholders. “Mr. Ivany is a dynamic, experienced leader and I know he will make a tremendous contribution to the Workers’ Compensation Board and everyone it serves,” said Mr. Parent. Mr. Ivany is well-known for his seven years (1998-2005) as president and CEO of Nova Scotia Community College. In that period, the college undertook a significant transformation in academic programming, enrolment growth and infrastructure through a $123-million capital investment by the provincial government Mr. Parent said the new chair’s experience in occupational safety fits well with the board’s accident-prevention mandate. Mr. Ivany’s extensive academic background includes a master’s degree in environmental health and industrial hygiene, and he was the director of the Centre for Occupational Health and Safety at the University College of Cape Breton from 1986 to 1988. He was also executive vice president of UCCB, now Cape Breton University, from 1994 to 1998. The appointment takes effect May 16. Mr. Ivany will receive a $20,000 honorarium per year, plus $300 per day to a maximum of $50,000. With $1.1 billion in assets, the Workers’ Compensation Board supports injured workers and their employers by providing compensation for work-related injuries and illnesses and medical and rehabilitative support.last_img read more

Sisodia visits govt schools to inspect construction activities

first_imgNew Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Saturday visited five government schools to take stock of the ongoing construction activities there, officials said. Sisodia, who is also the state education minister, had earlier visited several other schools in different parts of the national capital. “Today I visited 5 Govt schools in Inderpuri, Naraina, Delhi Cantt, Rajokri & Ghitorni where 334 new classrooms are being constructed. Confident that we’ll wrap these up on time,” he posted on Twitter. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar Sisodia had on June 4 visited several Delhi government schools to inspect the construction activities. He had visited seven such government schools (six under construction and one constructed) on June 3 in Rohini. With a few months to go for the Delhi Assembly polls, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Cabinet ministers are undertaking surprise checks at various places and also seeking feedback from the people.last_img read more

Chinese military conducts joint land assault exercises near Taiwan

first_imgBeijing: The Chinese military has conducted a joint land assault exercise featuring multiple military branches near Taiwan, a move seen as a warning to the foreign countries against their intervention in China’s internal affairs, official media reported on Sunday. The 74th Group Army of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently held the joint land assault exercise off the eastern coast of South China’s Guangdong Province, with the Navy and Air Force joining the simulated attack, the state-run Global Times reported, citing a report in the CCTV. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”PLA conducted the joint land assault exercises near Taiwan,” the report said. China asserts that estranged province of Taiwan is part of the mainland under one China policy. Beijing hardened its stance over Taiwan ever since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a firm advocate of Taiwan’s independence from China, came to power in 2016. China in recent weeks has been sharply criticising the US after the Washington approved a plan to sell USD 2.22 billion worth of tanks and missiles to the island in July. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe US also went on to approve an USD 8 billion sale of fighter jets to Taiwan in August. According to Chinese military experts, the military is ready to unleash its full potential against Taiwan secessionist forces. The latest PLA drills showed that the Chinese military is ready to unleash its full potential against Taiwan secessionist forces and intends to send a stern warning to countries that intervene in China’s internal affairs, experts said. “We upgraded our system so that battlefield data can be shared in real time. Intelligence gathered by the Navy, Air Force and ourselves on the battlefield can be reported to the command centre, and shared between basic units,” the paper quoted Liu Shuyi, staff officer of the combined arms brigade, as saying to CCTV. In the latest land assault exercises led by the Navy’s amphibious assault ships, with additional air support, a combined arms brigade of the army launched a joint assault on a coastal area. Navy minesweepers and obstacle breaking boats first cleared a path through the sea, and amphibious assault vehicles of the army stormed to the coast from multiple directions. As the Army closed in on the coast, warplanes, artilleries and tanks launched simulated joint strikes from multiple points and successfully seized the position, the report said. While the defending team attempted counterattacks, the Army called in air strikes from a communications command platform, guiding fighter aircraft and long-range rockets that eliminated the defender’s threat, the report said. Chinese military used to conduct exercises within single military branches during which the Army, Navy and Air Force were trained on their own, the expert said.last_img read more

Nurse surprised by complainants injuries sailors sexual assault trial told

first_imgHALIFAX – A nurse who examined a young Halifax woman after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by British sailors has testified she was surprised by some of her injuries, describing the case as one of the more “significant” she has handled.Paula Nickerson, who was working as a sexual assault nurse at the time of the alleged incident at a Halifax-area military base in April 2015, said she found a number of bruises and injuries on the woman.Testifying in Nova Scotia Supreme Court at the trial of U.K. sailor Darren Smalley, Nickerson said there were certain injuries on the complainant’s genitals that surprised her because they were not injuries she had commonly found before on sexual assault complainants.“The variety of injuries and also the amount… during the time I was practising as a sexual assault nurse, this would have been one of the more significant cases,” said Nickerson, who was a sexual assault nurse for eight years.She testified that certain injuries were consistent with non-consensual sexual activity, but conceded under cross-examination by defence lawyer Ian Hutchison that there were other possible causes.Smalley, 38, is charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a sexual assault involving one or more people in the barracks of 12 Wing Shearwater.The complainant has testified that she was gang raped by at least three men.The case once involved four accused, but charges against two other sailors were dropped, while charges against another man were stayed earlier in the trial because of illness.The trial also heard from a forensic DNA specialist from an RCMP lab in Ottawa on Thursday.Florence Celestin, an expert qualified to give opinion evidence at the trial, said she oversaw the DNA file in this case.She said human semen was discovered on the complainant’s underwear.Celestin testified that two DNA profiles were discovered on certain areas of the underwear: the woman’s and a male.She later received a request from military police to examine samples from the four men who were originally accused in the case.Celestin said the DNA profile of the male noted in the original report matched a DNA profile taken from the one of the suspects.She did not name the suspect, however Smalley’s lawyer noted that it was his client’s DNA profile.“You would be aware that the defendant in this case is charged with what’s known as being a group sexual assault?” said Hutchison, and the witness replied that she believes she remembers seeing that on the subpoena.“Out of the four DNA profiles that were provide — the male profiles that were provided — there was only one hit, and that was more Mr. Smalley, is that correct?”“Correct,” she said.Celestin conceded the DNA could have been transferred from elsewhere, such as the blanket or chair.She said no bed sheets were sent for examination, nor were any male underwear.The British sailors were in the Halifax area participating in a naval hockey tournament.The complainant was at the barracks on the night in question because her friend had invited her on a double date after meeting a British sailor on Tinder.Testimony at the trial continues Friday.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Former NWAC president Audette misses red wave

first_imgAPTN National NewsMichele Audette, the former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), has gone down to defeat in her bid to win a Liberal seat in the Quebec riding of Terrebonne.Audette lost to Bloc Quebecois candidate Michel Boudrias while the NDP candidate Charmaine Borg came in third.The former NWAC president became the Terrebonne candidate after losing the Liberal nomination in the Quebec riding of Manicougan.Audette’s party, however, achieved a Liberal majority government after a red wave swept across the country.last_img

School District 60 looks at making upgrades to lighting

first_imgBefore signing any documentation with Radiance, the District was seeking support from the Board to move forward with the project.The Board voted in favour to receive more information before signing documentation and making the upgrades to the lighting. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a special School District 60 board meeting on Monday, Trustees looked into the matter of upgrading lights at all School District facilities.According to School District Secretary-Treasurer, Brenda Hooker, they have been in discussions with Radiance Energy for the past six months regarding an LED lighting upgrade to all facilities.Hooker says other Districts have been working with Radiance to upgrade lights and say the new lighting bring benefits such as improving the classroom environment and lowering hydro costs when compared to the standard fluorescent lighting.last_img read more

US reveals time for historic meeting between Trump and Kim

“I can tell you the President has been receiving daily briefings on North Korea from his national security team,” she said.“And I can also tell you the schedule tentatively for that first meeting will be on June 12 at 9:00am Singapore time.” Preparations for a summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are going well, and the two are tentatively scheduled to meet at 9:00am Singapore time (11:00am AEST) on June 12, the White House says.The announcement of the timing for the first meeting between the two leaders came just three days after Mr Trump hosted a senior North Korean delegation at the White House bearing a letter from Mr Kim. Asked whether the US maximum-pressure campaign against North Korea would continue, Ms Huckabee Sanders said US policy had not changed and Washington continued to maintain tough sanctions on Pyongyang.“We have sanctions on, they are very powerful and we would not take those sanctions off unless North Korea denuclearised,” she said.Mr Trump said last week he no longer wanted to use the phrase “maximum pressure” to describe the campaign because North Korea was being more cooperative, even though the United States is keeping current sanctions in place. (Courtesy Reuters) Mr Trump, who had previously cancelled the summit, abruptly announced the meeting was back on. Asked about the contents of Mr Kim’s letter, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to “get into the specifics of the letter” but added “we feel like things are continuing to move forward and good progress has been made”. read more

Climate change will bring new insectborne diseases to Niagara researchers say

From left: Gillian Thiessen, public health inspector; Dave Carey, manager of Niagara Region Public Health; Donnie Aedy, graduate student assisting with the project; Bill Hunter; Steve Crumb, Brock Machine Shop; Ryan Thiessen, Brock machinist; Professor Fiona Hunter; Interim Dean Rick Cheel.Climate change means insects will migrate, bringing new diseases with them. And Brock University and Niagara Region Public Health are at the forefront of monitoring that in Canada.The two organizations have partnered to erect the Rothamsted Trap, a slender 40-foot-high contraption at the Decew Falls Water Treatment Plant in Thorold. The trap essentially acts as a bug vacuum, drawing in about 300 insects each day. The results are analyzed by researchers in Brock’s Biological Sciences department.Ryan Thiessen closes the Rothamsted trap.For the next 20 years, researchers will analyze the insects, along with climate data, to determine which insects are migrating from the U.S. and what diseases could be coming with them. It will also help predict future trends.The health department will share the data with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, which will use it to help formulate future provincial vector-borne disease strategies. The information will also be shared with local family physicians and hospitals, said Bill Hunter, Niagara Region Public Health’s manager of Environmental Health.“If someone is presenting certain symptoms, they’ll know that these previously unseen illnesses are possible,” he said. “All indications show that we’ll see a significant increase in vector-borne diseases as a result of climate change.”Fiona Hunter, professor of Biological Sciences, is leading the insect analysis at Brock. Hunter is a renowned medical entomologist and a leader in West Nile mosquito surveillance.Blue tongue virus, which threatens the American livestock industry, is just one example of a vector-borne disease that could be carried here by migrating insects, Hunter said. So far, the virus has made it as far as New Jersey.“We don’t know what’s coming down the line, but we do know that there are a lot of species in the U.S. that have the potential to move north,” she said. “The possibilities are endless.”Rick Cheel, Interim Dean of Brock’s Faculty of Mathematics and Science, said the research is important to future public health.“This research is of immense value because it tells us what’s going to happen,” he said. “This is knowledge for the future.”The Rothamsted Trap project is part of a larger Pilot Infectious Disease Impact and Response Systems program implemented by Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Niagara’s Rothamsted Trap was erected last fall.The trap is named after Rothamsted Research, a UK agricultural research centre where the traps were first developed. Brock’s Machine Shop designed and built the Niagara trap. Brock has only one of two traps in North America. The other is at Cornell University in New York State.The trap collects insects from May to October. read more

Bravo signs up for Middlesex in T20 Blast

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGayle Storm’ set to hit England – tomorrowMarch 15, 2016In “Sports”Pollard named to lead Bloem City BlazersOctober 6, 2017In “latest news”Don’t see myself making a WI comeback – Dwayne BravoDecember 18, 2017In “latest news” “I have no hesitation committing to Middlesex for six games of the Vitality Blast and am looking forward to joining Dan Vettori’s squad at the start of July.”Following the Blast, Bravo will lead TKR in the defence of their CPL title starting August. LONDON, England (CMC) — In-demand West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will ply his trade for Middlesex in the upcoming England T20 Blast, the club announced yesterday.West Indies all-rounder Dwayne BravoThe 34-year-old, currently playing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League, will turn out for Middlesex in their first six matches of the season.Bravo boasts an impressive short format resumé with titles in the Indian Premier League with CSK, the Caribbean Premier League with Trinbago Knight Riders, and in the Bangladeshi Premier League with Dhaka Dynamites.He has also twice helped West Indies win the T20 World Cup and Middlesex managing director of cricket, Angus Fraser, said the club knew it was acquiring a match-winner.“Dwayne is one of the most exciting and best T20 players in the world. He can win games of cricket with bat or ball,” Fraser said.“He may only be available for six games, but I expect him to have an impact in a number of these matches. I’m sure he is a player the huge Lord’s crowds will enjoy watching.”Bravo is one of the world’s most experienced T20 cricketers, with 5,635 runs and 420 wickets in 385 matches. In fact, the Trinidadian remains the only bowler with more than 400 wickets in the format.The former West Indies one-day captain said he was looking forward to the short stint with the Lord’s-based outfit.“I’ve been fortunate enough throughout my career to have played all round the world, and Lord’s in London is a place that really excites me,” he said. read more

Town Manager Calls For More Civility When Discussing Hot Button Issues In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a message from Town Manager Jeff Hull, published in the latest Town Topics newsletter:As residents receive this edition of Town Topics, another holiday season has drawn to a close. During the lead-up to the holidays, feelings of giving, kindness and good cheer have, for many, been in the air. As I prepare to step into a new year, one of my goals is to exercise a greater measure of civility. Treating people with respect, as we would like to be treated, seems obvious. For a variety of reasons, civility is more challenging than ever.Society appears more accepting of harsh rhetoric that we direct at one another. Main stream media is drawn to distributing the latest barbs while social media platforms have created “safe havens” for us to “vent” increasingly hostile verbal attacks directed at one another. Incivility occurs across the spectrum of our daily lives whether driving to work, shopping at the grocer, watching our children’s sporting event or during the public meetings.In September 2018, the library led a month long effort entitled “Revive Civility.” Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, was a featured speaker. She cited results from an annual poll conducted by an international public relations firm that noted 75% of respondents believe that incivility in America is in crisis and that 83% of respondents agreed that incivility leads to intolerance in free speech. You can find her presentation at, like other communities, has confronted controversial issues over the years. The most recent “hot button” issues were proposals for a gas station/convenience store on West Street and a substance abuse detoxification facility on Middlesex Avenue. In each case, passions ran high and the communications turned hostile. Focusing on the facts can be challenging. Attacking someone’s character or motivates can sometimes appear to be the most effective way to make one’s point. But at what cost? Relationships should not dissolve because we cannot agree to disagree.As we begin a new year, I hope you will join me in identifying ways to a bit more patient, a bit more tolerant, a bit more understanding, and a bit more forgiving in the moment. In the words of President John F. Kennedy: “Civility is not a sign of weakness.”(NOTE: The above information is from the latest Town Topics Newsletter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN RACE Q&A: Candidates Discuss What They’ll Do To Increase Civility In TownIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: Marsh & O’Mahony Discuss What They’ll Do To Increase Civility In TownIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town May Unknowingly Own 4.5 Acres Of Land Off Route 125, Could Be Spot For SubstationIn “Government”last_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore Law

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week. In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Assunta Perez of DaMore Law.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About CareOne At WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more