5th ODI: India take on winless Sri Lanka today

first_imgA rejuvenated Indian side will aim to complete a hat-trick of victories when it takes on Sri Lanka in the fifth match of the Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series in Adelaide on Tuesday.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men have got a shot in the arm after beating Sri Lanka and Australia in successive matches and their debatable rotation policy has worked till now.It’s not often that one finds Sachin Tendulkar being rested despite being fit and available, but the positive aspect is the number of options available for the Indian team with talented players like Praveen Kumar and Rahul Sharma raring to go.If the rotation policy is kept in place, it could be Virender Sehwag cooling his heels in this match. Tendulkar is due to return and it could well be the day when the great man finally gets his long-pending 100th international century. It could be fitting too if Tendulkar reaches the coveted landmark in Don Bradman’s hometown.Tendulkar could open with Gambhir, the latter fresh from his Man of the Match-winning 92 against Australia on Sunday.Dhoni, too, found his bearings and lived up to his reputation as a dangerous finisher in the lower half of the middle order.R Vinay Kumar has been the unsung hero of this Indian team. The Bangalorean medium-pacer has accounted for six victims in three matches at 22.50 and an economy rate of only five runs per over.However, the Sri Lankans won’t be mere push-overs, even though haven’t been able to register a victory in their two games.advertisementOn both occasions in Perth, they had India and Australia on the ropes but couldn’t finish off the match. They allowed India to escape from 181 for six in the first match and were just one hit away from prevailing over Australia.It’s a fair bet that the old firm of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka’s best batsmen, could come good on the batting-friendly track at the Adelaide Oval.Both have been relative failures in the first two matches but have given glimpses of their sublime touch and assuredness. If the two are able to spend quality time in the middle, and Tillakaratne Dilshan is able to give a blazing start, the Lankans have enough all-rounders to post a sizeable total on the board.Sri Lanka are unlikely to make a lot of changes to their playing XI although they could look at the all-round ability of Thisara Perera at the cost of Dhammika Prasad. Sachithra Senanayeke is unlikely to be dropped, since the off-spinner could find the bounce to his liking.last_img read more

Teekay LNG Secures 3Year Charter for LNG Carrier

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Teekay Corporation/Flickr Owner and operator of LNG carriers Teekay LNG Partners has secured a new charter contract for its LNG carrier, the 2009-built Magellan Spirit.The 3-year fixed-rate contract, secured with an integrated oil and gas company, is scheduled to commence during the summer of 2019.Concurrently, Teekay LNG extended the in-charter of the Magellan Spirit until the summer of 2022.With this deal “the partnership’s LNG carrier fleet is approximately 97, 93 and 92 percent fixed for the remainder of this year, 2020 and 2021, respectively, which further supports Teekay LNG’s expected earnings growth and continued deleveraging profile over the next few years,” Mark Kremin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Teekay Gas Group Ltd, said.Furthermore, Teekay GP LLC, the general partner of Teekay LNG Partners, has declared a cash distribution of USD 0.19 per common unit for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, representing a 36 percent increase over the previous quarter’s distribution.“Our new annual distribution of USD 0.76 per unit is supported by our diverse portfolio of long-term fixed-rate LNG contracts. Importantly, our new distribution level strikes a balance between providing a meaningful increase in returns to our unitholders, while simultaneously allowing Teekay LNG to continue along its existing delevering path,” Kremin added.last_img read more

Elen Rivas Takes Bullfighting Petition To Spanish Embassy

first_imgSpanish model Elen Rivas joined dozens of people wearing bull masks to present officials at the Spanish Embassy with a 67,078 signature-strong petition opposing a political initiative in Spain to protect bullfighting as ‘cultural heritage.’Elen Rivas Presents Anti-Bullfighting Petition at Spanish EmbassyCredit/Copyright: PETA UKCampaigners – members of Humane Society International/UK, League Against Cruel Sports, PETA and the World Society for the Protection of Animals – and a giant “bull,” gathered outside the Embassy as part of an internationally coordinated effort. In a show of global unity against the cruelty of bullfighting, similar petitions were also presented to Spanish Embassies around the world.“I am proud of my Spanish heritage, but the fact that some people are still clinging to the tradition of stabbing bulls to death in bullfighting arenas is something that the vast majority of Spaniards, including me, are ashamed of,” Rivas says. “Glorifying the deliberate slaughter of animals should not be tolerated in a civilised society.”The proposed legislation, which is moving through the Spanish parliament, seeks to protect and promote bullfighting as cultural heritage, including allowing public funds to be used to prop-up the industry. A recent Ipsos MORI poll of Spanish citizens showed that more than three quarters do not wish their taxes to be used for this purpose, and the majority of Spaniards don’t attend bullfights.The four UK-based organisations believe the proposed law is a cynical attempt by a desperate bullfighting industry to secure the future of this waning blood sport. They are working together and with animal protection groups in Spain under the campaign banner #LoveSpainHateBullfights to raise awareness and to support compassionate Spanish citizens who oppose this legislation and want to see bullfighting banned, not protected. A cruel spectacle, bullfighting not only inflicts a slow, agonising death on the animals involved, it also risks desensitising spectators, especially children, to violence.Once in the ring, the bull is repeatedly stabbed by a variety of spears, spikes and daggers, causing tremendous pain and blood loss until the matador finally drives a sword into the exhausted animal. Bullfighting has been on the decline for years, with attendance decreasing and bullrings closing across Spain, as more and more people distance themselves from this archaic blood sport.The proposed legislation, initiated by supporters of bullfighting, is currently being discussed by members of the Culture Committee in the Congress of Deputies (lower house). The final text of the legislation is scheduled to be discussed and voted on by both houses of the Spanish parliament, the Congress of Deputies and the Senate, within the next week.last_img read more

Michael Douglas To Be Honored At UNICEF Ball

first_imgThe annual UNICEF Ball will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel next Tuesday, January 14.The event, presented by Baccarat, will honor Ghada Irani with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award and Michael Douglas with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Peace Award.Emcees at the event will be Matt Damon and Jerry Weintraub, and there will be a special performance by Kristin Chenoweth.Now in its fifth biennial year, The UNICEF Ball is one of the most notable black-tie galas in Los Angeles, bringing together philanthropists, celebrities, and community leaders to support UNICEF’s mission of saving the lives of children. The evening is a celebration of UNICEF’s work, as well as a tribute to the outstanding humanitarians who make their work possible.Table and ticket sales are now closed, but more information can be found here.last_img read more

Saskatchewan government says its cracking down on trafficking of fish

first_imgConservation officers say they were alerted in 2016 that two people were selling fish illegally.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA nearly two-year, undercover operation helped catch two poachers, netted $15,500 in fines and cracked down on ‘trafficking of fish,’ the Saskatchewan government says.In a release Friday, the Ministry of Environment addressed questions about the time and energy it put into catching Indigenous fishermen from Canoe Narrows, about 400 kilometres north of Saskatoon.Donald Iron, 60, and Richard Desjardin, 63, were fined in provincial court last week after they illegally sold more than 200 walleye without a licence.Both men are band members of Canoe Lake First Nation.“In the 1970s and ‘80s, walleye populations in Canoe Lake crashed and took years to recover,” the government’s release says.“As a result, extra efforts were taken to curb the unlawful trafficking of fish from Canoe Lake.”Iron was fined a total of $1,080 after being found guilty of three counts of illegally selling fish and three counts of selling fish without a licence.Desjardin pleaded guilty to three counts of marketing fish without a licence, and single counts of commercial fishing without a licence, fishing in a close area and obstructionHe was fined $14,500 and his truck forfeited to the Crown.The release describes both men as targets of an undercover operation after the ministry received complaints that two men were illegally selling fish.“Undercover officers were able to purchase fish from both individuals, with one selling a significant amount more than the other.”The release said they were guilty of taking fish from an area of Canoe Lake that has been closed for 20 years to protect the walleye spawning ground – with what the release says was the full support of Canoe Lake First Nation.Canoe Lake Chief Francis Iron couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.Charges against two alleged accomplices were stayed, the release [email protected]@katmartelast_img read more

3 dead 5 injured after increase in suspected gang violence in San

first_img3 dead, 5 injured after increase in suspected gang violence in San Diego 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSince Sunday, three men have been murdered and five others have been injured in San Diego after a recent increase in suspected gang violence.So far, no arrests have been made in this wave of violence and while San Diego police are working hard to track down those responsible, the community is working together to “turn down the heat.”KUSI was joined by Bishop Cornelius Bowser with more. KUSI Newsroom May 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more