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Riyan Parag on helicopter shot vs KKR: No MS Dhoni inspiration, didn’t even practice it

first_img17-year-old Riyan Parag has certainly made a strong impression in the limited opportunities that has come his way in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. The Rajasthan Royals wonderkid has shown tremendous composure in crunch situations and has already played a couple of match-winning knocks in the season.On Thursday, Riyan Parag was at it again as he top-scored for Rajasthan Royals with a 31-ball 47 to help the team gun down a 176-run target against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.In front of a 60,000-strong crowd, Riyan Parag held his nerves and wonderfully led Rajasthan’s chase after they lost their star batsmen, including captain Smith and Ben Stokes cheaply.RR got off to a flyer, thanks to Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson’s aggressive approach at the top. However, KKR spinners Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine struck in regular intervals to leave RR reeling at 98 for 5.Riyan Parag was handed an early reprieve by Sunil Narine but the youngster did well to make use of the extra opportunity and stitched a 25-run stand with Shreyas Gopal and then a 44-run stand with Jofra Archer.Riyan Parag hit two sixes and five boundaries and maintained a strike rate of over 150 in Rajasthan’s successful chase.Parag played a wide range of shots but his helicopter shot against KKR pacer Prithviraj in the 10th over has grabbed a lot of eyeballs. The teengar executed the shot that is commonly associated with MS Dhoni to perfection and fetched a boundary.However, Riyan Parag said there was no inspiration for the helicopter shot he played on Thursday from MS Dhoni and even revealed he never practiced the much-talked-about shot.advertisement”I just hi it. There’s no inspiration behind that. I have played it a few times in the state matches as well. I was waiting for a short ball but he bowled a length ball. I just went through it. There’s wasn’t any inspiration. I hadn’t prepared for it. I didn’t even practice for it,” Riyan Parag told Rajasthan pacer Varun Aaron during a candid chat for Parag was disappointed when he got out hit wicket in the 19th over of the chase. In the tense chase, Royals needed 9 runs from the last over but a calm Jofra Archer sealed the deal for the visitors with a four and then a six off the first two balls of the 20th over.Stressing that Archer and himself had spoken about being positive throughout their 44-run stand, Riyan Parag said: “As soon I played the shot, I hit the bail with my bat, I knew that I was out and I kept walking. But Archer and I were saying positive things to each other. I knew he would finish it and he did it in style.”Varun Aaron walked away with the Man of the Match award in his first match for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019. The India pacer bowled with a lot of steam and got the big wickets of Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill with inswingers to dent Kolkata Knight Riders early.Speaking about the knuckle ball that got Gill, Aaron said: “I have been bowling that for a while now. It came out really well today. It was an important match for us an I am glad it came out really well.”Also Read | 17-year-old Riyan Parag wins thriller for RR, KKR lose 6 in a rowAlso Read | Riyan Parag from Assam wins hearts with his runs, simplicity and GamusaAlso See:last_img read more

Throne Speech Outlines Progressive Plan for a Stronger Nova Scotia

first_imgGovernment outlined a progressive plan for a stronger Nova Scotia today, Oct. 13, during the opening of the Third Session of the 62nd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant opened the session with the Speech from the Throne, which highlighted government progress, and outlined several new measures it will enact in the future. “Our goal is to advance our progressive plan so we can work together with Nova Scotians to make our province stronger,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We are investing to help those who need it the most, working with businesses to create opportunities for youth, expanding programs that help seniors, and investing in education.” Government increased its investment in child care by $6.6 million. This investment will be used for things such as increasing the parent subsidy. “Investing in child care is a decision driven by the values of this government and the values of Nova Scotians,” said Premier McNeil. “It levels the playing field, supports Nova Scotian families, and it gives our children a fair start.” The province increased supports for seniors so they can stay in their homes longer. An additional 450 seniors get access to the Seniors Citizens Assistance Program every year and government increased the amount it spends on home care by $59.1 million. “Because of investments by government, more seniors can make needed repairs so they can stay in their family homes longer,” said Premier McNeil. “Our increased spending on home care and work with our partners helped us slash home-care wait lists across the province.” The Youth Employment Strategy helped more than 2,000 young Nova Scotians last year and the Graduate to Opportunity program helps Nova Scotian small businesses hire recent graduates. “Government is helping create thousands of opportunities for young Nova Scotians every year,” said Premier McNeil. “We are funding programs to help them get their first job. We are increasing the amount we invest in co-op education. And we are investing in skills and job training while modernizing our province’s apprenticeship system.” Government plans to increase its education investment by $65 million. “We are investing in education because that’s how we ensure our children have a stronger future,” said Premier McNeil. “Our approach to education means more teachers, smaller classes, and a greater focus on math and literacy skills.” Premier McNeil said government is staying with its plan. “We came to office and enacted our plan for a stronger Nova Scotia,” said Premier McNeil. “It provides improved supports to those who need them the most. It invests in creating opportunities for youth. It supports our seniors. And it invests in education. “We are committed to that plan and every day we deliver on our commitments to Nova Scotians.” New items in the Speech from the Throne include: expanding the domestic violence court beyond the current pilot project in Sydney additional investments to further reduce wait lists for affordable housing expanding the Graduate to Opportunity program launching a down payment assistance program for first-time home buyers removing the General Education Diploma testing fee to help adult learners enabling departments to purchase from small- and medium-sized businesses that need early stage customers creating Research Nova Scotia to better align research, and leverage funds from federal and private partners increasing investments for specialists in classrooms such as speech language pathologists and school psychologists expand school breakfast programs with community partners to ensure no children go to school hungrylast_img read more

Guy Ouellette steps away from Quebec Liberals following arrest

first_imgQUEBEC – A longtime Liberal member of the Quebec legislature stepped away from the party on Thursday following his arrest by the province’s anti-corruption unit.Guy Ouellette, 65, was arrested in connection with an investigation by the unit, known as UPAC, into an important information leak to the media last April, a government source told The Canadian Press.In a statement, the Liberals said Ouellette would step aside temporarily pending the outcome of proceedings involving the province’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions.Ouellette, a former organized crime investigator turned politician, has represented the riding of Chomedey, north of Montreal, since 2007.The anti-corruption unit explained it executed six warrants in an investigation targeting breach of trust and obstruction of justice.The unit said officers made an arrest “to secure evidence and to prevent the offences from continuing or recurring.”UPAC said it wouldn’t identify anyone implicated because no charges have yet been filed.Radio-Canada reported that UPAC investigators tricked Ouellette into a meeting by sending him a text from the phone of a retired police officer.Sources told the network the investigators seized the officer’s phone as part of the probe into the information leaks and contacted Ouellette, using the pretext the officer was getting ready to reveal what he knew to a local newspaper.Premier Philippe Couillard cancelled events in northern Quebec on Thursday to be at the legislature for a special caucus meeting and to attend question period.Couillard said Ouellette was right to step aside, but said he didn’t have any further details for the gaggle of reporters outside the Liberal meeting room.The premier said he was in a hotel room in Chibougamau on Wednesday when a staffer informed him of news of the arrest, which was first reported by Montreal La Presse.While Couillard hadn’t spoken to Ouellette directly as of Thursday morning, Liberal caucus chair Filomena Rotiroti said she was shaken when Ouellette told her he was withdrawing from caucus.“Guy has always been a team player and while light is shed on the matter, he took a decision to step aside,” Rotiroti said, standing alongside Couillard.Couillard said the shock extends to all political parties but added that Ouellette’s departure won’t destabilize his government.“It surprises us, it saddens us, but it doesn’t deviate us from the plan,” Couillard said.Ouellette’s arrest is allegedly linked to a UPAC probe called Machurer, which looked into suspected illegal financing within the Liberal party under former leader Jean Charest.UPAC has been investigating leaks from within its own organization.A leak last April revealed UPAC had been investigating the comings and goings of ex-premier Charest and Liberal fundraiser Marc Bibeau up until 2016.A news organization published emails dating from 2011 between Bibeau, Jean-Louis Dufresne, the former chief of staff to Premier Philippe Couillard, and Hugo d’Amour, a spokesperson for Charest. The emails showed the men discussed a contract to repair a Montreal-area bridge.Ouellette came out publicly in April to denounce the major information leak, which proved embarrassing to the Liberals.He said at the time he was “disgusted by the situation, disgusted by all these leaks, disgusted by all these conflicts of interest.”Ouellette was head of the legislature committee that recently held hearings into the leaks.The reactions from Quebec politicians were mostly measured.“I don’t know if there was an arrest or just questioning,” said Parti Quebecois public security critic Pascal Berube.“I saw the images that show police officers entering Mr. Ouellette’s residence in Quebec City.“Until I know what he’s accused of, I don’t want to speculate any further. I don’t want to condemn a fellow member.”Quebec solidaire member Amir Khadir expressed support for Ouellette, who he described as a possible whistleblower.“Guy Ouellette must know this morning that he has my respect and my support,” Khadir said. “I have no reason to doubt his integrity, his honesty.”UPAC should be focusing less on “hunting sources” and more on bringing down those responsible for the alleged illegal Liberal fundraising, Khadir added.last_img read more

Meeting on UN disability treaty to focus on impact of conflicts and

31 August 2010The needs of persons with disabilities in situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies will be the focus of a meeting set to begin tomorrow in New York that will bring together State parties to the landmark United Nations disability convention. “Incidence of disability increases during conflicts and disasters. Conversely, disability increases vulnerability to emergency situations,” said Akiko Ito, Chief of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and UN Focal Point on Disability, in advance of the event.“Persons with disabilities tend to face added disadvantages and difficulties in having their needs met during the time of crisis when faced with a shortage of resources,” she added.The three-day meeting will include a panel discussion, organized in collaboration with the International Disability Alliance, on the issue against the backdrop of a growing number of armed conflicts and the occurrence of natural disasters such as the recent earthquake in Haiti, and the floods in Pakistan.Participants will also discuss ways to ensure that persons with disabilities are fully integrated in the life of their communities and that their educational needs are adequately considered. This will be the third meeting of the States parties to the Convention, which entered into force in May 2008 and has so far been signed by 146 countries and ratified by 90.The treaty is the culmination of years of global efforts to ensure that the rights of the world’s estimated 650 million persons with disabilities are guaranteed and protected. It asserts the rights to education, health, work, adequate living conditions, freedom of movement, freedom from exploitation and equal recognition before the law for persons with disabilities.The meeting is also expected to renew and expand the membership – from 12 members to 18 – of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, tasked with reviewing periodic reports from States parties, raise concerns, if necessary, and make recommendations. In April the Committee urged the Chilean Government and the international community to include needs of persons with disabilities in the reconstruction plans of areas affected by the earthquake that struck the country in February.The 8.8-magnitude quake claimed the lives of more than 480 people and triggered a tsunami that devastated several coastal towns in south-central Chile. read more

Conflict prevention successful only if root causes are also addressed Annan

“There is no cause more central to the work of the United Nations, no mission whose success is more important to fulfilling the vision of our Charter,” the Secretary-General said, according to the prepared remarks of his address this evening to the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.Mr. Annan noted that the speech had originally been scheduled to take place last September 11, a date that, in a very real though indirect way, marked a failure of prevention. “There is a clear, if complicated, trail from the absence of engagement with Afghanistan in the 1990s to the creation of a terrorist haven there to the attacks on the World Trade Center,” he said. “Today – it is surely beyond question that ignoring or neglecting prevention is a recipe for disaster.”Since becoming Secretary-General, Mr. Annan pointed out, he has made great efforts to focus the attention of Member States on the importance of preventing armed conflict, calling for the UN to move “from a culture of reaction to a culture of prevention.”He noted various measures the UN has taken in that regard, including Security Council visits to areas of potential armed conflict, the increased use of UN confidence-building missions, and the development of UN regional prevention strategies that deal with the root causes of conflicts. However, whether these kinds of practices were implemented depended on the political will of countries and on having adequate resources “for the complex tasks prevention entails.”The Secretary-General also stressed that it was essential to understand that “draining the swamp” of terrorism required more than attacking its sources of funding and support; instead, it needed to address those grievances which terrorists find useful to exploit for their own ends.Cultivating a “real sense” of international community, long-term investment, and taking a comprehensive approach to political, developmental, humanitarian, human rights programmes, could all go a long way towards preventing deadly conflicts, Mr. Annan said.”Where massive and systematic political, economic and social inequalities are found, and where no legitimate means of addressing them exist, an environment is created in which peaceful solutions all too often lose out against extreme and violent alternatives,” he said. read more

Ban spotlights UN partnership with Islamic bloc to prevent and resolve conflicts

“I am encouraged that cooperation between our two organizations has significantly increased in the socio-economic and political fields, particularly in the area of conflict prevention and resolution,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the 12th session of the Islamic Summit Conference held in Cairo, Egypt.“The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and United Nations have an important responsibility to address people’s aspirations, particularly by promoting democratization, good governance, the rule of law, and human rights, as well as socio-economic progress.”Mr. Ban said the two organizations should work together to address the humanitarian crises in Syria and Mali, and ensure all parties avoid any further militarization and engage in a political process. Working to advance the Middle East peace process through negotiations should also be a priority, he added.In his message, Mr. Ban thanked OIC members for their contributions to addressing long-standing issues in Afghanistan, where both organizations are working on peace and reconciliation efforts; Sudan and South Sudan, where both governments have taken positive steps to resolve their issues; and Somalia, where the OIC played an integral role in supporting citizens to complete the eight-year transition period.Mr. Ban noted that there is still much to be done to combat terrorism and called for intensified efforts to build States’ institutional capacities to effectively deal with this menace.“I share your concerns with rising intolerance and discrimination such as Islamophobia. Unfortunately, we have witnessed a rapid escalation of incidents, many of a brutal nature, involving people and communities from all religions,” he said, adding that later this month, world leaders will have a chance to address this issue at the Fifth Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Vienna, aimed at countering hatred and uniting people of different faiths and cultures. Mr. Ban also welcomed the commitment of OIC members to achieve sustainable development and deal with challenges on the social, economic and environmental fronts, and the impacts of climate change. “I encourage all of you to contribute your energy and ideas as we work to accelerate efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals and forge the post-2015 development agenda. Let us pledge together to do our utmost to achieve a sustainable future – and build the world we want.” The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015. read more

Multiple sclerosis New stem cell transplantation may freeze disease progression

first_imgPatients were given a drug which encourages stem cells to move from the bone marrow into the bloodstream, where they were removed from the body.High-dose chemotherapy was then administered to kill all immune cells, before the patient’s own stem cells were put back into the body to “reset” the immune system.Nearly three in four (73 per cent) patients with relapsing MS – where the disease flares up before symptoms improve – found their symptoms did not worsen for five years after having AHSCT, compared with one in three patients with progressive MS, the more severe variant of the disease. We previously knew this treatment reboots or resets the immune system but we didn’t know how long the benefits lastedDr Paolo Muraro, Imperial College London The disease is caused by the immune system malfunctioning and mistakenly attacking nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.It leads to problems with movement, vision, balance and speech.The treatment, autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT), was given to patients with advanced forms of the disease who had failed to respond to other medications.A similar approach has been trialed on people with certain forms of cancer, with encouraging early results.Dr Paolo Muraro, the new study’s lead author, said: “We previously knew this treatment reboots or resets the immune system but we didn’t know how long the benefits lasted.”In this study, which is the largest long-term follow-up study of this procedure, we’ve shown we can ‘freeze’ a patient’s disease – and stop it from becoming worse, for up to five years.”The researchers noted, however, that the nature of the treatment, which involves aggressive chemotherapy, carried “significant risks”.The chemotherapy deactivates the immune system for a short period of time, which can lead to greater risk of infection – of the 281 patients who received AHSCT, eight died in the 100 days after treatment.The treatment works by destroying the immune cells responsible for attacking the nervous system. A multiple sclerosis treatment which “resets” the immune system has been found to “freeze” progression of the disease in nearly half of patients, according to scientists.A study led by Imperial College London found that 46 per cent of patients who underwent the treatment did not suffer a worsening of their condition for five years.The treatment could give hope to the estimated 100,000 people in the UK who are affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), for which there is currently no cure. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Residents told not to ring 999 unless urgent after owl flies into

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Neighbouring forces also helped field calls. The problem was rectified around 13 hours later at around 4.15pm. A spokesman said: “We’re pleased to confirm that all systems are now back up and running and normal bank holiday service has been resumed.”We would once again like to thank everyone for their patience and support, whilst we worked to rectify matters and apologise for the inconvenience caused.” Engineers spent the Bank Holiday working to rectify the problem, which happened at 3.30am when the owl flew into a sub-station and took out most of the power at police HQ in Portishead.Becky Tipper, centre manager for communications at Avon and Somerset Police, told the BBC that staff were coming in on their day off to ensure calls could still get through.  We’ve got computer/phone problems. Genuine 999 calls only. Engineers working to Engineers working to rectify problems. Thanks for support.— Avon&Somerset Police (@ASPolice) August 28, 2017center_img We’re working to restore systems Power outage caused by owl flying into sub station Limited 999 service Thanks for your patience.— Avon&Somerset Police (@ASPolice) August 28, 2017 Residents Somerset were told not to ring the police unless it was “urgent” after an owl flew into power cables and broke the phone system. The force urged people to call 999 only if they had a genuine emergency on Monday after the bird caused serious problems for their computer and phone systems. They also told households to avoid using the non-urgent 101 service. last_img read more

A Kennewick boy had 2 brain injuries before age 3 His father

first_imgNicholas Torres was just 2 months old when he was treated in Spokane for a brain injury.The baby’s wounds healed and he eventually was given back to his parents.But 18 months later, he was back in the same hospital — with the same injuries.This time, Nicholas didn’t go home.Thursday, three years after the toddler died, Mario Torres took responsibility for the repeated abuse that killed his son.Torres, 35, was watching his son in December 2015 shortly before the boy became lethargic and somewhat unresponsive. He claimed the toddler accidentally hit his head on a bed frame.Nicholas died four days later.A medical examiner ruled it a homicide from ongoing abuse resulting in extensive brain trauma.Torres pleaded guilty in Benton County Superior Court to first-degree manslaughter, along with the aggravating circumstances of victim vulnerability and domestic violence.He’s already served nine months in the Yakima County jail for the earlier abuse after investigators re-opened the 2012 case after Nicholas died.The father also has served six months in the Benton County jail for encouraging an older son to “just make up lies” when investigators asked him what happened the day before Nicholas was hospitalized.Nicholas was living with his mother in a Kennewick apartment at the time.Now, Torres is facing a recommended 10-year prison sentence, though Judge Alex Ekstrom could order up to 13 years and two months. Sentencing is March 16.After Thursday’s hearing, Prosecutor Andy Miller and Deputy Prosecutor Emily Sullivan explained how “extremely difficult” it is to prove abusive head trauma cases.Typically, the person who causes the injury is with the child when they go into a seizure. But that didn’t happen in this case since hours passed before Nicholas was taken to the hospital to get checked, Miller said.last_img read more

San Diego City Council passes styrofoam and other polystyrene product ban 63

first_imgSan Diego City Council passes styrofoam and other polystyrene product ban 6-3 FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 2:37 PM KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council voted 6-3 Tuesday in favor of a controversial ban on the use of polystyrene foam within the city limits.The ordinance, authored by City Councilman Chris Ward, bans the use and distribution within city limits of products like egg cartons, food containers, coolers, ice chests, pool or beach toys, mooring buoys and navigation markers made fully or partially of polystyrene foam, otherwise known by the commercial Dow Chemical Co. designation, Styrofoam.“By passing this measure, the council supermajority has assured San Diego’s role as a national leader in pursuit of a safe, sustainable future and has made San Diego the largest city in California to ban Styrofoam,” Ward said. “The negative impacts of Styrofoam are permanent and threaten the health of San Diegans, wildlife, and industries critical to our region. The time has come for us to listen to community groups, nonprofits and businesses that have been advocating for this change for years and move away from Styrofoam and plastics in San Diego.”Small restaurant operators primarily opposed the ban, arguing that they cannot absorb the added cost of renewable alternatives like compostable paper. The San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association said that small restaurants and food-service businesses could be forced to pay up to 145 percent more for products other than polystyrene.The ban’s proponents, such as environmental organizations like the 5 Gyres Institute and the Surfrider Foundation, argue that polystyrene’s environmental strain is not worth the convenience. Polystyrene products take hundreds of years to degrade and eventually break down into small particles called microplastics. Marine and terrestrial fauna often mistake polystyrene for food, as well.“We’ve found (polystyrene) alternatives to be comparable in quality and price, and in some cases, our costs have actually gone down,” said Mikey Knab, a board member of Business for Good San Diego and director of operations of Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant. “This ban levels the playing field for restaurants of all sizes, eliminating the opportunity for anyone to pass on the external cost of using Styrofoam that ends up in our oceans as micro-plastics to marine life and to future generations.”New council members Monica Montgomery, Vivian Moreno and Jen Campbell voted on the ban for the first time. During the 2018 mid-term campaign, all three said they support taking action against climate change. However, Montgomery and Moreno suggested the city needs to perform more outreach to restaurant owners who will face the brunt of the cost.The ban will take effect in 30 days. Restaurants with a gross annual income of fewer than $500,000 can also apply for a waiver of no more than two years. Posted: January 8, 2019 January 8, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics last_img read more