Kohli wants a more positive mindset from Indian batters

first_imgBy Nick SaidCAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – India’s batsmen must show a more positive mindset to combat the South Africa bowling attack, their captain Virat Kohli said after losing the first Test yesterday.The match was effectively over in three days with Sunday washed out as 18 wickets fell in 64 overs on day four on a seamer-friendly Cape Town wicket and South Africa won the match by 72 runs.Set 208 for victory, India were bowled out for 135 in under 43 overs with South African seamer Vernon Philander collecting career-best figures of 6-42.”The pitch was outstanding. I really like the type of wicket this was,“ Kohli told reporters. ”It was great for Test cricket and we got a result within four days having lost a day.“It was not one-sided; both teams were in it at different stages. As a team, we really enjoyed being part of this Test match and so did South Africa.”Kohli says the failure of his side to build partnerships was ultimately the difference between defeat and what would have been a sweet victory in such unfamiliar conditions.”It was a wicket where things were happening every day and we let ourselves down with the bat,“ he said. ”We wanted one big partnership to get the job done, which we failed to do.”Kohli suggested that with tracks that are likely to have even more bounce and pace to come in Pretoria and Johannesburg for the rest of the series, his batsmen needed to find a way to transfer the pressure on to the South African bowlers.”The mindset matters when you’re travelling away from home on pitches which challenge you. You need to be positive in defence and when you’re leaving also. You need to grab scoring opportunities.”We need to think about taking the attack to the South African bowlers more. That is something for all the batsmen, starting at the very top.“They (South Africa) force you to play good cricket in every over that you play against them, which I think is a good credit to their bowling attack. As batters we need to step up.”The second Test in Pretoria starts on Saturday.last_img read more

Thomas Stafford Dog Park officially open in downtown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — The city of Alpena opened the Thomas Stafford Dog Park this afternoon. The new, spacious area for dogs is located behind the Alpena Post Office in North Riverfront Park. A few dogs and their owners made it to the soft opening on Friday afternoon.“I think it’s great that they’re getting stuff out there for people to use and have… it’s a good time,” said Dog Owner Steve Shaver. Shaver brought his daughter Kenzie and their dog Lucy to the park after hearing about the opening that day.The park features a few special features for the pups including a water spiget, concrete tunnel, and a ton of open space to run around. Four benches are set to be installed once the city’s contractor is available to pour concrete and set the bench. So far no hours have been set for the park. Dog owners are asked to pick up their dog’s waste. For the first day of operations, the dogs that explored the park exhausted their energy all over the park.“They can go run around if they want and do what they want and relax,” said Melissa La France. “The parents can just sit and watch them run around.”A formal dedication ceremony for Thomas Stafford will take place in the near future. The city is still waiting on signage and final arrangements. Expect to see more people and dogs on the north side of the Thunder Bay River.“It’s just a cool, little unit for dogs to come and play,” said Shaver.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena Post Office, City of Alpena, Dog Park, Dogs, MICHIGAN, North Riverfront Park, Thomas Stafford, Thomas Stafford Dog Park, Thunder Bay RiverContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for August 31Next Operation Christmas Child Recipient Tells His Story of Receiving Shoeboxlast_img read more

See which Indian cricketer is adopting 350 families in need during the Coronavirus lockdown

first_imgImage Courtesy: Shutterstock/APAdvertisement wcfcfNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vss9bxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eae( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9hxtxWould you ever consider trying this?😱pu5Can your students do this? 🌚r7hj7Roller skating! Powered by Firework As India faces the challenge against the novel Coronavirus pandemic, many iconic figures from the country’s sporting fraternity have come forward in aid, be it monetary or with service. Many cricketers, away from the training grounds are providing a helping hand to the poor and underprivileged of the country, who have been affected the most in the current ongoing nationwide lock down. Joining the stalwarts like Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, is Shahbaz Nadeem, who has decided to look after 350 families in his locality.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Shutterstock/APHailing from Jharia, a town in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, Shahbaz Nadeem has taken the decision to supply the essential commodities to 350 poor families around his hometown, who are currently out of supplies as India observes a 21-day lock down.In an interview with Times of India, Nadeem stated that he intends to deliver crucial food items like rice, cereals, vegetables and sugar to the families.Advertisement “Till now we’ve been able to distribute these things among 150 families, there are 200 more to go,” the bowler claimed.The Jharkhand cricket team star, currently out of fixtures, took up the responsibility to stand beside the needy in times of crisis.Advertisement The 30 year old continued: “I believe in providing direct aid, so from the morning we’re mainly busy preparing packets so that we can help as many people as possible.”With only a single international Test cap to his name, Nadeem currently plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, the upcoming season of the blockbuster tournament which has been postponed until 15th April. However, its the least of Nadeem’s worries.“Right now the priority should be everyone’s safety and health. Whether it is today or tomorrow, IPL will be back but right now it’s human lives which are at stake,” the former Delhi Daredevils star added.Nadeem also added that he is undergoing training in self-isolation in his own home. “For me there is no other option other than working out at home. Any player would love to be on the field but one has to accept the situation,” he concluded.The number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in India has crossed 2300, and 56 patients have died till date.Also read-Yuvi takes exception as Ravi Shastri remembers WC 2011 win – but fails to mention these 2 key players! Advertisementlast_img read more

Oceanport Names New Administrator, Replacing John O. Bennett

first_imgby John BurtonOCEANPORT – John O. Bennett, the former state legislator and embattled borough administrator, is moving on from that position.As anticipated since last November’s election, Mayor Jay Coffey and a majority of the Borough Council last Thursday selected another candidate to serve as the borough administrator, the position the former state senator and one-time, short-term acting governor Bennett had held for the last three years. During part of his tenure as administrator Bennett had been the borough’s Public Works supervisor. Prior to being administrator/supervisor, Bennett served as borough attorney for six years.With Coffey’s endorsement and with four of the council members’ advice and consent, on March 17 they named Raymond Poerio, Edison, to fill the position. Poerio plans on starting the new job on April 4.Coffey, a Democrat, offered his thanks and well wishes to Bennett. “He’s a fantastic guy…I think so highly of him,” the mayor said. “He deserves your respect.”Council President Joseph Irace, a Republican, who had a very public and heated confrontation with Bennett last summer, offered a conciliatory note last Thursday. “I may have had a very public difference,” with Bennett, Irace said, but noting “He helped us through tough times.”“We got along before,” that August 2015 incident, Irace continued. “We got along after.”“We have not always agreed on everything,” Bennett acknowledged of his relationship with Coffey, who has been mayor since Jan. 1. However, Bennett continued about the mayor. “I am absolutely convinced he will bring us together.”Bennett also maintained that it has been his “absolutely great pleasure” to continue to serve the community, first as a legislator for 13 years and then as its lawyer and then administrator.Bennett said he plans on taking a family vacation for a couple of weeks and when he returns “I’ve got a couple of opportunities” to consider.“I still want to work,” he added.One source familiar with the situation said Bennett is considering taking the administrator position in another area municipality.Bennett, 67, had served as a Republican member of the state Legislature. As president of the Senate he filled in for a very short period as acting governor in 2002, when the office was vacant following Christine Todd Whitman’s resignation to become the federal Environmental Protection Agency administrator.Bennett lost his Senate seat in the 2003 election and had served as the Monmouth County Republican Committee chairman.Bennett’s tenure as administrator became a focal point for the 2015 election with Coffey’s supporters criticizing then-Mayor Michael Mahon, a Republican, for having Bennett work without a formal contract—which is legally permissible—as well as contributing to what some called the discord and lack of constructive communication among then sitting council members. That tension boiled over with the confrontation between Irace and Bennett that some said they feared would come to blows.Bennett had said last fall he would retire at the end of the year but decided he would have liked to continue as administrator/supervisor and asked to be considered.The borough council had considered 42 applicants for the administrator job before whittling the number down to 15 and then five candidates, according to Coffey.Among that group, Poerio “came up aces,” was prepared, and knows about municipal operations, Coffey said.Poerio, 45, is currently working as director of parks and recreation for Scotch Plains. His role as administrator is “to be the voice of the mayor on occasion,” as well “as working with the residents, the council and other employees to have a well run town,” he said.The administrator’s role is to be the fulltime municipal manager, overseeing the day-to-day operations.Poerio will receive a $121,000 annual starting salary. Bennett was getting $125,000 for each of his three years in the job.last_img read more

Creation Uplifts the Church

first_imgNote: While the editor is out of town, we are bringing you readings of interest from creation writings associated with CEH.Creation Uplifts the Churchfrom “Why the Church Must Emphasize Creation,” by David CoppedgeBackground and justificationMost evangelical, Bible-believing churches believe in the doctrine of creation as presented in Genesis, but few spend much time teaching or preaching it. It is often treated as a side issue, something to hold a seminar on once every few years. This presentation aims to re-open discussion about the place of creation teaching in the church, and explain how much benefit the church stands to gain by bringing creation back up to its true Biblical emphasis–especially today.Theme and summaryCreation is a dominant doctrine and recurring theme in the Bible. It is not just about the past, but encompasses all of history and the eternal future. It is not just an intellectual doctrine, but has practical applications both to individuals and to the whole church. This series of essays provides five Biblical reasons why creation must be emphasized by evangelical churches today, how it will help the ministry, and what happens when the church neglects creation. Finally, it will provide practical steps the church can perform to harness the power of the doctrine of creation.IntroductionMany subjects are considered worthy of emphasis today in the church. Among common candidates:WorshipDiscipleshipFellowship and community; body lifeExpository preachingEvangelism and missionsThe familyBiblical counselingCultural and moral declineEnd times prophecyCreation is often treated as true, but only of special interest to eggheads and intellectual types. Some pastors tend to view those involved in creation ministries as a special interest group, like the proverbial man who only has a hammer and sees every problem as a nail. Here are some initial responses to these attitudes:(1)  Beware thinking “either-or”. Each of the above topics is extremely important and must also be emphasized. In this presentation, I will only seek to say what the Bible says. If I fail, please forgive and go with the Word. Certainly the Bible talks about many subjects besides creation; but is it possible that if we really restored it to many subjects besides creation; but is it possible that if we really restored it to its Biblical emphasis, it might seem like overemphasis? This List of Bible references shows that creation is not a minor topic in the Word of God.(2)  Creation is not just about the past. It encompasses the past, present and future:In the past, God created the heavens and the earth. (Gen. 1-2)In the present, God sustains the heavens and the earth. (Ps. 104)In the future, God will create new heavens and a new earth. (Rev. 21)This brings to mind three corollaries:We will always be God’s creatures. (We are not autonomous; we are not evolving into godhood.)We will always be surrounded by God’s creation.Get used to it! (By that I mean: enjoy it; rejoice in what God has done, is doing, and will do.) Creation is as eternal as love in I Cor. 13. (See Rev. 14:7.)(3)  Creation is a vast doctrine with a multitude of levels, ramifications and applications, as we shall see. It is not just about carbon-14, geological strata, and fossils. It is an essential part of the chief end of man– to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Standing in awe of God for his glory, wisdom and love expressed in His creation is part of our eternal calling. Our chief end is distracted in the present world because of sin and evil, but after those are done away, we will forever worship God and enjoy His new creations, no longer cursed or tainted by sin. Since that is what we will be doing for eternity, it makes good sense to start practicing it now.(4)  What floats your boat?  Each of the above subjects (worship, fellowship, etc.) is important and must also be emphasized; we are not saying pastors must choose between creation and these other things. On the contrary, we would like to show that each of these subjects will be enhanced, strengthened, and revitalized by an emphasis on creation. Creation is the “rising tide that lifts all ships.”Tomorrow we will look at some specific examples of how creation can uplift the church.Note: this series of essays continues with five Biblical reasons why the church must emphasize creation. The entire series will be posted on CreationSafaris.com under the Worship tab.(Visited 187 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Blackboard Africa is changing the views of African youth

first_imgTwo young women from Gauteng were prompted to create Blackboard Africa by the negative portrayal of young Africans. Their goals include inspiring youth through different forms of art and sharing the experiences of Africans.Zingisa Socikwa and Amonge Sinxoto of Blackboard Africa host events such as history talks, artists’ evenings, young art exhibitions, book club meet-ups and youth workshops. These events are a platform for African youth to speak to their peers and get guidance from mentors. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanTwo young women from Gauteng created the social movement Blackboard Africa to changes the perceptions of black youth to a positive narrative.Through live events and its social media platforms, this initiative is a platform for African youth to find and freely express their voices about the past, present and future, say its founders.They are 15-year-old Amonge Sinxoto, a Grade 11 learner, and her cousin, Zingisa Socikwa (21), a film student. The two explain that they were not happy with the conversations their peers were having regarding the image of the black girl.“We want to redefine and model how people in the world view our African identity and move away from negative, preconceived, colonial settings,” says Amonge. “Blackboard seeks to paint a beautiful picture on a clean blackboard through the eyes of the vibrant youth.”Their vision of Blackboard is a place to share ideas, she adds. “[We want to] intrigue our creative appetites through literature, music, drama, spoken word, art and sharing of beautiful stories.”The meaning behind Blackboard Africa“We called our movement Blackboard because it carries a timeless metaphor that we want all young Africans to remember,” says Amonge.“We are black and made of hardened material but at the same time we are smooth and soft. We have been written onto by society ‘the white chalk’ since the beginning of time.“Blackboard is about us erasing all of that and being the ones to portray ourselves in the way in which we feel we need to be portrayed.”How it startedThe cousins saw the need for this movement on hearing a disturbing conversation by teenage boys about black girls, she said.Such conversations were doing the rounds and gaining popularity in schools across Johannesburg. “It led to some heated exchanges of differing perspectives from young people as they shared hair-raising arguments with interactive text and voice notes in their group chats.”She and Socikwa were surprised at how beauty, intellect, strength and esteem were perceived in these conversations. “It was rather appalling to see how black girls are increasingly being viewed in a strange and distasteful manner in our society.”“Similarly, we see that popular culture and media has played a critical influence in defining what the ideals and model characteristics of a perfect girl should be,” Amonge said.The founders of Blackboard Africa, Amonge Sinxoto (left) and Zingisa Socikwa. Amonge says they hope to inspire youth with ideas from a fresh perspective while maintaining a clear view of the mixed memories of our past.The eventsBlackboard was a collaborative project, Amonge said. “[This is] so we can try to get people in our immediate access to share their experiences and stories.”For example, the Blackboard Africa team organises events where youth can engage with each other on various topics and share their experiences. Already this year, the group has held the Big Sister Little Sister x Big Brother Little Brother conversation.It was hosted in collaboration with another initiative, Bloom.org. The theme was about “the things we wish our mothers had told us about love and relationships”.Six panellists discussed a variety of relationships such as individuals in a romantic relationship, friendship between males and friendship between females. “[It] really opened the floor to a discussion that everyone could relate to,” said Amonge.The second event hosted this year was the launch of Blackboard Books, an interactive book club for the youth. “The novel we discussed was Coconut by Kopano Matlwa and the topic of conversation was identity.“We had the three panellists, including author Niq Mhlongo and television and radio host Penny Lebeyane.”Blackboard is planning more events, including something special for June, which is Youth Month in South Africa.Featured storiesOn the Blackboard Africa website, stories of people such as Zoe Modiga are told. Modiga talks about her musical journey. She is also asked what she would tell her 15-year-old self.Cuma Pantshwa, an HDI Youth Marketeer, is also profiled. She talks about working with youth. Besides learning about her background, you also hear what excites her about being a woman of colour. HDI Youth Marketeers helps brands and organisations connect with youth and families, through schools, malls, communities and digital playgrounds of urban, peri-urban and rural South Africa. HDI is part of global marketing and advertising group TBWA.Amonge said they profiled several people on their site, each of whom was seen as inspiring. These people were not necessarily celebrated in the mainstream media. “[They are] women and men we can look up to and would like to celebrate.“We also feature amazing young talent from the continent that are history-makers who are changing the narrative in their respective industries,” she explained.“We try to get a thorough understanding of the individuals we feature to make sure that they affiliate with what we are trying to do with the youth.”Blackboard has a variety of contributors who send in content from opinion pieces to poetry. “We also have a monthly feature called Phenomenal Black Woman in which we interview women in different industries.“[This is] to give some insight to our readers about the various industries and the black woman within them.”HighlightsIt had been encouraging that people wanted to join Blackboard and contribute in any way possible, Amonge said. “The team and movement are growing.“We have different committees from community projects, to book clubs, to art and culture committees, to the actual writing.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Tough farm economy needs a strong safety net

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As American family farmers and ranchers navigate the most severe economic downturn since the 1980s farm crisis, the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors is urging the U.S. Congress to allocate more money to the farm safety net to make it work for family agriculture.Family farmers and ranchers provide an essential service in growing high quality food, fiber, feed and fuel for the country; and agriculture serves as the backbone of America’s rural economy, the board noted in a recently passed resolution. However, it continues to be put on the chopping block.“The productivity of America’s family farmers and ranchers provides our country with national security, renewable wealth, and vibrant rural communities,” noted the NFU Board. “The farm bill is to provide the nation with a safe, affordable food system for its citizens. We should increase the dollars in the agricultural budget to make effective farm legislation.”The Board noted that the dialogue around the consideration of the 2018 Farm Bill has once again shifted to budget savings, rather than what is needed to make farm programs effective. Agriculture has already contributed $130 billion to budget savings through the 2014 Farm Bill.“The circumstances in farm country threaten the next generation of agriculture,” the NFU Board noted. “Young and beginning farmers who have lower levels of equity are quickly faltering under these economic conditions.”The board pointed to several indicators of rural economic health that suggest urgent action is needed. Median net farm income is forecast to decline for the fourth consecutive year and expected to be negative, representing a 50% decline in four years. Grain commodity prices have dropped by half and are below the cost of production. The 2017 debt-to asset ratio is the worst the agriculture industry has seen in three decades. And farm lending has dropped by 40% from just one year ago.“Unfortunately, American family farmers and ranchers are in the midst of a farm crisis and there is no end in sight,” said the NFU Board. “These are the very circumstances that farm programs were created to address. The farm safety net is failing to address these very dire farm economics.”The Board pointed to the dairy industry, where dairy farmers are suffering greatly and lack a sufficient safety net. Milk prices dropped by one third from 2014 to 2016, and they remain significantly below the cost of production. Cash receipts have dropped 31% in the same time period.The current dairy farm safety net, the Dairy Margin Protection Program, has failed to provide dairy farmers with meaningful support. “Reform efforts are underway,” the NFU Board said. “However, enactment of a meaningful dairy safety net must include farmer-led supply management to balance production with consumer demand.”“National Farmers Union urges Congress to act quickly to allocate additional resources to the safety net for all of America’s family farms and ranches,” the resolution concluded.last_img read more

10 months agoEmery wants Arsenal to prioritise Pepe signing

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery wants Arsenal to prioritise Pepe signingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has Lille winger Nicolas Pepe high on his shopping list for January.The Times says Emery is planning for a busy winter transfer window.The Gunners manager wants three signings, a centre-half, central midfielder and winger.And for the latter, Emery favours Pepe as a priority, having tracked the Ivorian for the two years he was in charge of PSG.Lille chiefs are confident of raising over £50m from Pepe’s sale in 2019. last_img

Aegean Shipping Management Breaks into Dry Bulk Market

first_imgzoom Greek tanker owner Aegean Shipping Management S.A. has signed an order with Chinese Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry for up to eight 82,000 DWT Kamsarmax bulk carriers, thus venturing into the dry bulk sector.The order comprises four firm and four optional ships in a 4+2+2 series to be constructed by Cosco Zhoushan shipyard, with deliveries scheduled for the second half of 2019 onwards.“We decided to move into the dry bulk sector now as an investment, taking advantage of the historically low asset price levels, combined with our belief that this sector is on its way to a sustainable recovery by 2018/19. (…) I am convinced that the dry bulk development will prove a great success,” the company’s Chairman, George Melissanidis stressed.“This is a very significant newbuilding order for us and it is firmly aligned with our diversification and fleet expansion strategy via modern and efficient vessels. The specification for these vessels has been jointly developed with the yard and designers, COSCO and SDARI, and has been enhanced in accordance with our company’s Green Fleet standards in order to meet and exceed industry demand requirements for this ship type,“ ASM CEO, Apostolos Poulovassilis added.Aegean Shipping Management has five tankers in its fleet with an average age of four years, valued at approximately USD 110 million, based on the data from VesselsValue.The company also has two tanker newbuilds on order at COSCO Zhoushan. The Aframax tankers of 113,000 DWT are scheduled for delivery in 2018.last_img read more

US delays Keystone pipeline project

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-It has faced protests on both sides of the border, and now the U.S. State Department has ordered a review of the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline in a decision that could delay the project until after 2012 U.S. Presidential election.TransCanada has been working to build the 2,735 kilometre pipeline to move Alberta tar sands oil to the Gulf of Mexico since 2008. Native American and First Nations groups, along with environmentalists, have been campaigning to stop the project.Thousands have recently protested the pipeline at the White House and a sister protest on Parliament Hill ended with over 100 people arrested.The U.S. State Department wants TransCanada to study re-routing the pipeline around environmentally sensitive areas in Nebraska.U.S. President Barack Obama released a statement backing the U.S. State Department’s decision.“Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all potential impacts…properly understood,” said Obama in a statement.Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in statement released to the media that he was “disappointed” with the decision.“While we are disappointed with the delay, we remain hopefully the project will be decided on its merits and eventually approved,” Harper’s statement said.last_img read more