Julian Beltrame Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Keywords Economic indicators Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD Related news Opposition critics called on the federal government to hike spending to support growth and jobs, rather than seek further savings in an effort to balance the budget. “With 72,000 jobs lost in two months (October, November), Canada needs a jobs budget, not a cuts budget,” said Liberal finance critic Scott Brison. The NDP’s Peter Julian warned the government’s announced intentions “are a serious, serious mistake,” noting that the GDP setback is only the latest of a “litany” of indicators showing the economy braking — from jobs creation, to the trade and current account deficit to the fall in real wages. In the House, question period was dominated by criticism of another government cost-saving initiative, reforms to Old Age Security that would see Ottawa pay less than currently projected on income support to seniors in future years. Prime Minister Harper defended his plans, saying OAS needs to be put on a sustainable track for the future, adding that seniors already receiving benefits would not be affected. November’s surprising weakness to output — a 0.2% gain had been expected — brings economic growth over the last three recorded months to a snail-paced 0.7%. Analysts noted that most of November’s weakness was due to one sector — oil and gas extraction, in part due to temporary maintenance shutdowns — but also pointed out there was not enough strength elsewhere in the economy to fill the gap. “While we can brush it off as due to weakness in one sector, the fact is nothing else stepped up to the plate to offset that weakness, and that just shows how sluggish the underlying economy is,” said Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist with the Bank of Montreal. Several private sector forecasters, including BMO, quickly downgraded their outlooks for the fourth quarter of 2011 by about half a point, saying that the Bank of Canada’s projection of two per cent expansion now seems out of reach. Porter also wondered whether the federal government, which is expected to table its next budget in just over a month, should be contemplating major cutbacks. The federal government is committed to cut at least $4 billion in the next three years — in addition to other spending restraint — and recent statements from ministers suggest the slashing could reach $8 billion. Based on the lower figure, the Centre for Policy Alternatives estimates job losses throughout the country would top 60,000 over the next three years. Even before these fresh measures, Ottawa and the provinces were winding down the stimulus spending brought in to offset a global credit crisis that sparked the 2008-09 recession. With less government spending, the public sector is likely to represent a net drag to growth in 2012 as opposed to a boost in 2011. “I can sympathize with unwinding the stimulus, I just wonder if the appetite for restraint should be as heavy as it seems to be,” said Porter. “We need to make sure that growth stays on track before we start carving heavily on spending.” In the most recent economic review from the Bank of Canada, the government sector was forecast to cost the economy 0.1% in output this year, compared to contributing 0.3% in 2011 and 1.2% in 2010. Union economist Erin Weir of the United Steelworkers said a reduction in public investments “could push Canada’s fragile economy back into recession.” The last three months of 2011 has also seen about 55,000 jobs vanish, although December was a net positive and analysts expect Statistics Canada will confirm a modest employment pickup in January as well when it reports Friday. Most private sector economists believe it would take an external shock such as a full-blown European financial crisis to tip Canada into a recession. The likely scenario is slow growth below two per cent, they say, a view shared by the central bank and the International Monetary Fund. The last few months of data shows there are few strong engines of growth in Canada’s economy. November’s big loser was oil and gas extraction, down 2.5%. But wholesale trade, finance and insurance, and construction also saw outright shrinkage, part of the overall 0.6% retreat in the goods-producing sector. Some comfort can be taken that manufacturing rose 0.6%, led by the auto sector, said CIBC economist Emanuella Enenajor. Other gainers were retail trade, accommodation and food services, professional services and real estate agents and brokers services. The Canadian economic recovery is showing signs of stalling, even as Ottawa prepares for an austerity budget that further slashes public sector contributions to growth. Statistics Canada reported Tuesday that real gross domestic product actually shrank by 0.1% in November, following zero growth in October. Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
Landon White has been named the store manager for the Arnold Group Co.’s Arnold Motor Supply auto parts store in Creston, Iowa. White has been part of the Arnold Group team for three years and brings a wealth of experience to his new position.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementWhite started his career in the automotive aftermarket working at the Creston store shortly after graduating as an I-CAR certified body tech. He has held a variety of positions in the store, including sales and counter service, as well as customer service specialist, all of which have prepared him for his new position.,Carparts Distribution Center, Inc., a New England-based chain of parts stores and an Auto Value shareholder owner of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc., is celebrating 45 years of business this year.While COVID-19 put a damper on any official anniversary events, the company has virtually and internally honored the momentous achievement.“Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, we have still achieved a milestone anniversary” said Stan Lewis, president of Carparts. “I am proud of and grateful for every member of the Carparts family who has enabled us to thrive for the past 45 years, and I look forward to many more years of Carparts growth and top-notch service.”Since its founding in 1975, Carparts has been providing quality parts at the right price to its New England customers. Many of the company’s employees have been working in the industry for more than 40 years.The company currently boasts 21 Carparts locations including the nine recently acquired stores in central Maine, and works with dozens of traditional jobbers. Carparts also services more than 80 Auto Value Certified Service Centers in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.“Congratulations to Carparts on 45 years of excellence,” said John R. Washbish, president and CEO of the Alliance. “All of the staff members at Carparts hold themselves to a high standard. We are proud to be associated with such a high-caliber company.”AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
This Tuesday morning on Sportsday we bring you your essential round-up of the morning’s top sports stories, inluding the latest on the future of Diego Costa at Chelsea and Dimitri Payet at West Ham. According to reports unsettled striker Diego Costa will take part in showdown talks with his Chelsea manager Antonio Conte later this morning at the club’s training ground in Surrey, elsewhere West Ham are demanding £30m for want-away forward Dimitri Payet, with The Hammers turning down an improved offer from his former club Marseille .We also discuss how Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will be given £250m by the club’s owners, according to this morning’s papers, to rebuild his playing squad following a poor run of form which has seen the recent Premier League champions slip to 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.And we bring you the latest from day two at the Australian Open.All brought to you by Russ Hargreaves and the team.
After beating Stratford, Spencer/Columbus faces Shoreland Lutheran with a trip to the state championship on the lineBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — The Spencer/Columbus Catholic football team had its struggles in the first half against a Stratford defense that was ready to fight.Two turnovers did not hurt the Rockets as their defense rose to the occasion, and when they forced two turnovers and blocked a punt in the second half, Spencer/Columbus pulled away for a 30-15 win in a WIAA Division 5 Level 3 playoff game on Nov. 6 at Spencer High School.Three plays in the third quarter defined the Rockets’ victory.A 39-yard run by Noah Zastrow set up a touchdown on Spencer/Columbus’ first drive of the second half, Dakota Andreae blocked a punt that Ryan Busse recovered in the end zone for a score, and Hunter Luepke recovered a fumble that was followed by an Elijah Welsh touchdown run to push an 8-0 halftime lead to a 30-0 advantage.Next up for the Rockets (12-0) is Shoreland Lutheran in a D-5 Level 4 state semifinal on Friday night at Ingalls Field in Ripon. The game will be broadcast on WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com.Spencer/Columbus has never made it this far in the postseason in the 14 years of the co-op program. Shoreland Lutheran’s three playoff wins are its first since winning a Level 1 game in 2005.The winner moves on to the Division 5 state championship game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m.against either defending D-5 runner-up Amherst or Arcadia, who play Friday night in Eau Claire.Shoreland Lutheran (10-2) placed third in the Metro Classic Conference standings this season, losing to conference champion Burlington Catholic Central 49-30 and second-place Kenosha St. Joseph 28-22. Since the Kenosha St. Joseph loss on Oct. 2, the Pacers have won five in a row, including a 35-21 victory over Marshall last week in a Level 3 playoff.“The focus has been great,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jason Gorst said. “I have not noticed any difference in the way guys are preparing for our next opponent. We have really taken a week-by-week approach this season, so this is the first time that we can actually say it is a team goal to get to Madison.”The Pacers have a diversified offense, with quarterback Nik Lange throwing for 1,331 yards and 22 touchdowns with just five interceptions. Keenan Robinson leads the running game with 1,031 yards and 11 touchdowns. Receiver Trey Johnson has 42 catches for 660 yards and 12 touchdowns, including eight for 124 yards and a pair of scores against Marshall.“Any team that makes it to Level 4 is very deserving to be there,” Gorst said. “They are a good team, and we are excited to play them. They have a good mix of run and pass on offense and some good linebackers that make plays on defense. At the end of the day, it will come down to how well we execute, block, and tackle.”The Rockets should be well-prepared after having to grind it out for much of their game against Stratford.Spencer/Columbus drove 69 yards on 13 plays for a touchdown on its first possession, a 10-yard touchdown run by Hunter Hildebrandt.The Rockets went 81 yards in nine plays the first time they had the ball in the second half. Zastrow’s 39-yard run, the longest offensive play of the game for Spencer/Columbus, helped set up a Luepke 2-yard touchdown.“Our guys knew to expect a very good and well-prepared Stratford defense,” Gorst said. “We knew we would have to grind out some drives and not rely on big plays as they are a very sound tackling team. We hurt ourselves in the first half with turnovers. We knew we had to stay focused in the second half and limit mistakes to pull off double-digit play drives.”Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at [email protected]
Hosted at Young Park Primary school in Young Park, 16 primary schools from Schauderville and Kwazakhele were invited to participate in the workshop (Image: Chevrolet Ute Force)The Chevrolet Ute Force, in partnership with the Dreamfields Project, a non-profit organisation that focuses on soccer development, rolled out its coaching workshop in Port Elizabeth this week.Hosted at Young Park Primary school in Young Park, 16 primary schools from Schauderville and Kwazakhele were invited to participate in the workshop that provided them with basic coaching skills and intra school league training. Thirty teachers and seven General Motors employees participated in the workshop and in turn will develop aspirant soccer stars in their communities.The seven Schauderville Schools are De Vos Malan Primary, GJ Louw Primary, Dieterich Primary, St.Theresa Primary, Frank Joubert Primary, Abraham Levy Primary, Adolph Schauder Primary, and Young Park Primary School. The eight Kwazakele Schools are Henry Nginza Primary, Ebhongweni Primary, Phakama Primary, JK Zondi Primary, Inkqubela Primary, BJ Mnyanda Primary, Ben Nyati Primary, and WB Tshume Primary.According to Chevrolet brand manager Tim Hendon, the partnership with Dreamfields Project, has enabled Chevrolet to reach many disadvantaged communities where soccer is popular amongst youth. “Each participant will receive a certificate of completion after the workshop which makes them eligible to coach and arrange intra school league games in the future,” said Hendon.He explained that the initiative links back to the Dreamfields Project’s goal of supporting the South African Football Association Development Agency’s (SAFADA) 2022 Vision, which highlights the need for coaches and the need of finding and grooming talent. “Chevrolet Ute Force has pledged its commitment to this vision, and provides not only funding but also donates One World Futbol soccer balls and soccer equipment and the use of utility bakkies to reach remote communities,” Hendon added.Earlier this year Chevrolet donated 55 000 One World Futbol, soccer balls to SAFADA. These balls are nearly indestructible and were designed to withstand gruelling conditions and rough surfaces. “Children train with the balls and are able to play with them over and over again without the fear of the ball going flat, this provides them with the needed training time before playing league games.“As part of our ‘What do you #PlayFor?‘ campaign introduced in April of this year, we will continue to support communities and the beautiful game of soccer – building the nation through play.”In the spirit of the Chevrolet Ute Force project, which is collaborative in nature and aims to share with people across the country, challenging South Africans to support their communities – a mini documentary of the Port Elizabeth project will be created. Spear headed by the creative team of BoltonInc, cinematographer Louis Bolton has captured the dreams of communities through the Ute Force initiative from day one.Traveling with the team to Port Elizabeth, Bolton believes that it is through sharing stories that real change can be achieved. He is joined by producer and Ute Force Project manager Bridgette Bolton who oversees the roll-out of the Chevrolet Ute Force project from one community to the next.
There’s a race among cloud vendors Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM. But the race isn’t just about securing the most revenues from customers, there’s also a race for claiming territory by filing patents on intellectual property.In 2017, for example, IBM filed 9043 patents, the most they’ve ever filed, passing the milestone of 100,000 patents, and of those patents, 1900 were related to cloud computing.Similarly, Amazon also has thousands of cloud-related patents and filed another 500 in 2017. The creation and securing of intellectual property with patents has been part of Amazon’s strategy since their launch of AWS. David Pratt, Managing Director at MCAM, said that “that strategy very much empowered their business to allow them to have a huge lead in cloud. In turn, it made it more complex and costly for competitors to stand up their cloud capability.”The increase use of the cloud and number of cloud patents in turn has led to an explosion in patent infringement litigation. Cloud technology patent litigation is up 700 percent over the last four years. A big reason for the increase is litigation arising from patent assertion entities (PAEs) which do not typically create intellectual property, but instead acquire it and then try to monetize the patents by suing companies that they say are infringing on their purchased patents.Tim Pohlmann, CEO at IPlytics, wrote that “cloud technologies are often believed to rely fundamentally on shared environments following public standards. However, the presented numbers show that cloud technologies are increasingly subject to patent litigation. This may in fact block the open use and commercialization of future cloud-based solutions. Cloud computing technologies are complex systems with millions of applications that are incorporated in various products or services. Broadly written patent claims may therefore touch an unforeseeable range of cloud-based solutions, creating unpredictable legal risks for every business using cloud technologies.”
Related Posts Three years ago, during the nadir of the last economic downturn, the netbook form factor helped rescue an ailing PC industry. Intel was reluctant to acknowledge that fact until at least a whole year later. Many netbooks were based on the first single-core Intel Atom processors. They too had touchpads. But these early netbooks weren’t beholden to a manufacturer’s standard, in order to qualify for a certification program (today’s Intel Ultrabook program uses the word “inspired” rather than “certified”). So a standard setter like the Asus Eee PC 701 could feature a 7-inch diagonal screen with 800 x 480 resolution, and fold up to 6.5″ x 8.9″ – smaller than today’s iPad. By comparison, HP’s Folio 13 has a 13.3″ diagonal screen. Among the other ultrabook models Synaptics mentioned today: Acer’s Aspire S3-951 series (right), also available now, measures 8.6″ x 12.7″ with a 13.3″ diagonal screen; Lenovo’s u300s measures 8.5″ x 12.75″ with a 13.3″ diagonal; and Toshiba Portege Z830 (shown in the video above) measures 9″ x 12.44″ with a 13.3″ diagonal screen. Synaptics today mentions Intel’s minimum target screen size of 11.1 inches, and its upper bounds of about 13 inches. If you were to shrink these “stage 2″ ultrabooks for Intel’s lower screen bounds, and still leave room for the touchpad, the resulting size would still be close to 8″ x 11.5” – still just beyond the target typing paper benchmark for a tablet.This matters to the accessories market, which has already seen a resurgence thanks to the iPad, Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, and Samsung Galaxy Tab. No matter how thin an ultrabook becomes (expect thinner than 0.75″), there’s an entire market catering to scholars that won’t take it seriously unless it scales down to legal pad-size or below. What’s more, consumers may – even subconsciously – conclude ultrabooks are less practical than tablets with respect to portability. During the (brief) heyday of the netbook, consumers stated size was at least as important to their purchasing decision as price. Intel may need to consider this fact before it creates the next great novelty form factor, and perhaps put some of that $300 million ultrabook fund toward expediting the development of touchscreens. Tags:#mobile#Trends scott fulton The promises from Intel on the week before CES 2012 in Las Vegas speak of a device that’s as lightweight as a tablet, but that has the full keyboard users require to do real-world work, and the Windows 8 operating system they need for their everyday software. It’s a “tablet plus,” if you will. But will you really be able to touch an ultrabook’s screen the same way you would a tablet’s screen?A statement this morning from Synaptics, the principal maker of touchpads for notebook computers, reveals that many of the spotlighted PCs with Intel’s new ultrabook form factor will indeed be multitouch, but not on the screen. Although Synaptics does make capacitative touchscreen control chips, the older, separate touchpad units remain Synaptics’ bread-and-butter. And that affects two components of the overall form factor that could impact consumers’ comparisons of ultrabooks with tablets like Apple’s iPad: size and weight.As Intel rolls out “phase 2” of its Ultrabook (capital “U”) adoption guidelines for this year, it specifies the use of Intel’s own integrated HD graphics processors. That compels manufacturers such as HP, Acer, and Toshiba to build systems with bigger screens in the 16:9 aspect ratio that consumers expect with “HD” video. Although the iPad is marketed as the perfect device for remote streaming video, its 7.31″ x 9.5″ size means HD video requires letterboxing, the lack of which is supposed to be one of the Intel form factor’s key advantages.So ultrabook screens must be wide by definition. The inclusion of a Synaptics touchpad in addition to the wide screen will make the 2012 round of ultrabooks big – perhaps too big for consumers to consider them in the same league with tablets. For example, HP’s first ultrabook – its recently released Folio 13 – is 8.67 inches tall, incorporating the combined height of the keyboard and the touchpad below it. To accommodate the HD aspect ratio, though, it becomes 12.54 inches wide – more than an ordinary sheet of typing paper, which is the usual benchmark for a “tablet” form factor.And though ultrabooks will be marketed as lightweight, that measurement will no doubt be in comparison to typical notebook PCs – many of which are actually no larger. The Folio 13 will be 3.3 pounds, according to HP specs. An iPad, by comparison, weighs just 1.33 pounds. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to field first against Kolkata Knight RidersWelcome to the coverage of the Champions League Twenty20 Final between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders from the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.Scorecard | Match Photos Chennai Super Kings made a mockery of 180-run total and notched up the target with eight wickets in hand against disappointing Kolkata Knight Riders. Team-mates rush to the pitch to hug their heroes! As has been the case so many times, Dhoni hits the winning runs. So a comprehensive victory for Chennai in the end! A terrific knock from Raina sees them through. 181 wasn’t an easy target on this pitch, but Raina made it look so simple with a stunning innings. The fact that some of his sixes went in the V-zone tells that he played with as straight bat. The fireworks go berserk at Bangalore and the Kolkata players shake hands with their opponents! By the way, Chennai have ended Kolkata’s 14-match winning streak in T20s. It’s also their 11th successful 180+ run-chase in T20s.WHAT A WIN for Chennai Super Kings!! 18.3 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni stands tall and smashes it for another maximum. Dhoni FINISHES IT OFF IN STYLE!!18.1 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni flays the helicopter shot and sends it over long-on for the maximum. With Suresh Raina(109) and MS Dhoni(11) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 173/2 after 18 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!17.6 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina rocks back and slogs it over deep midwicket for the maximum. That’s 8th SIX for Raina today!! advertisement17.1 overs: Suresh Raina gets forward and flicks it towards midwicket for a single. That’s 3rd T20 HUNDRED for Raina!!With Suresh Raina(99) and MS Dhoni(9) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 161/2 after 17 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!16.5 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina picks the slower delivery early and clips it past short fine leg for a boundary. 16.2 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni slashes hard and gets an outside edge towards third man for a boundary. It’s NOT WORKING OUT for Kolkata at the moment!! Pat Cummins comes back into the attack for Kolkata. Gambhir NEEDS A WICKET here!! With Suresh Raina(88) and MS Dhoni(3) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 140/2 after 15 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!14.4 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina gets down the track and hoicks it back over the bowler’s head for the maximum. That’s SEVENTH SIX for Raina today!! With Suresh Raina(80) and MS Dhoni(2) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 131/2 after 14 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!MS Dhoni comes to the crease for Chennai.FINALLY A BREAKTHROUGH for Kolkata!!13.1 overs: OUT!! Yusuf Pathan has got Brendon McCullum out caught at deep midwicket. McCullum goes across the line and sends it straight down the throat of Ryan ten Doeschate who doesn’t drop those. Brendon McCullum departs after scoring 39 runs off 30 balls with four boundaries and a six.With Suresh Raina(78) and Brendon McCullum(39) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 127/1 after 13 overs.SIXTEEN RUNS off the over!!12.5 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina uses his feet and sends it over deep cover for another maximum. Raina is playing a GEM OF AN INNINGS here!! 12.1 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina shimmies down the track and sends it deep into the stands over long-off for the maximum. Raina, YOU BEAUTY!! With Suresh Raina(65) and Brendon McCullum(36) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 111/1 after 12 overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!11.5 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina goes deep in the crease and crashes the cut past point for another boundary. That brings up the 100-RUN PARTNERSHIP between these two!!11.4 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina gets forward and sends it back over the bowler for a boundary. GREAT PRESENCE OF MIND from Raina!! With Suresh Raina(55) and Brendon McCullum(35) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 100/1 after 11 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!10.6 overs: SIX!! Brendon McCullum gets into position early and tonks it over deep midwicket for the maximum. Cummins TRIES TO CATCH it but fails to save the runs!!Yusuf Pathan comes into the attack for Kolkata. KKR DESPERATELY NEED A WICKET here!! With Suresh Raina(52) and Brendon McCullum(28) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 90/1 after 10 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!9.2 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina gets forward and thumps it inside-out for a boundary. That’s 32nd FIFTY for Raina!! With Suresh Raina(46) and Brendon McCullum(27) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 83/1 after nine overs.advertisementFOURTEEN RUNS off the over!!8.6 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina dances down the wicket and smacks it straight down the ground for the maximum. Raina is the DANGER MAN for Kolkata!!8.2 overs: FOUR!! Brendon McCullum goes on the backfoot and slaps it towards deep midwicket for a boundary. With Suresh Raina(37) and Brendon McCullum(23) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 69/1 after eight overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Suryakumar Yadav comes into the attack for Kolkata. With Suresh Raina(35) and Brendon McCullum(22) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 66/1 after seven overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!Kuldeep Yadav will continue from the other end for Kolkata. With Suresh Raina(31) and Brendon McCullum(20) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 60/1 after six overs.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!5.6 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina goes deep in the crease and scoops it over fine leg for another maximum. CLEVER CRICKET from Raina!!5.3 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina skips down the track and smashes it over long-on for the maximum. Raina is LOOKING GOOD for Chennai!! Piyush Chawla comes into the attack for Kolkata.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!4.2 overs: FOUR!! Brendon McCullum slaps it towards deep square leg where Suryakumar Yadav lets it through his legs for another boundary. POOR EFFORT from Suryakumar!!4.1 overs: FOUR!! Brendon McCullum hangs back and flays the pull shot towards deep midwicket for a boundary.First change, Kuldeep Yadav comes into the attack for Kolkata.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!3.1 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina makes room and hoicks it over covers for the maximum. LUSTY BLOW from Raina!!SEVEN RUNS off the over!!2.1 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina leans forward and drills it through extra cover for a boundary.SIX RUNS off the over!!1.6 overs: FOUR!! Brendon McCullum waits for it and flicks it behind square for a boundary.Andre Russell will bowl from the other end for Kolkata.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!0.6 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina goes for the drive and gets an inside edge past the stumps for a boundary. Raina was REALLY LUCKY there!!Suresh Raina comes to the crease for Chennai.0.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Pat Cummins has bowled Dwayne Smith on a slower yorker. Smith was lining up for the big shot but gets a bottom edge that crashes onto the stumps. Dwayne Smith departs after scoring eight runs off five balls with two boundaries. EARLY BLOW for Chennai!!0.4 overs: FOUR!! Dwayne Smith gets underneath it and hoicks it over covers for another boundary.0.2 overs: FOUR!! Dwayne Smith hangs back and flays the ferocious cut behind backward point for a boundary.Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum are out in the middle for Chennai Super Kings while Pat Cummins will start the proceedings for Kolkata Knight Riders. Kolkata Knight Riders scored 180 runs at the loss of six wickets after batting first against Chennai Super Kings at Bangalore. Much of the edifice was built by the 91-run opening union between Gambhir and Uthappa. Negi had the latter stumped, but the Kolkata skipper marched to a 52-ball 80. Negi kept chipping away at the wickets, but the cameos from Pandey and Yusuf ensured that Kolkata reached a healthy total. The dew factor made its presence felt in the latter half of the innings. Ashish Nehra bore the brunt of it, leaking 54 runs in his 4 overs. Can Chennai gun down the target to seal their 2nd CLT20 title? That’s the END OF INNINGS for Kolkata!!advertisementNINETEEN RUNS off the over!!19.6 overs: Andre Russell slogs it towards deep midwicket and steals a couple.19.3 overs: SIX!! Yusuf Pathan gets underneath it and sends it sailing over the cow corner for the maximum. Pathan is ON FIRE here!!19.2 overs: FOUR!! Yusuf Pathan swivels across and clips it past short fine leg for another boundary.19.1 overs: FOUR!! Yusuf Pathan squeezes the yorker out and sends it towards deep square leg for a bounday.Ashish Nehra will bowl the FINAL OVER for Chennai.With Andre Russell(0) and Yusuf Pathan(3) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 161/6 after 19 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!Andre Russell comes to the crease for Kolkata.That’s FIVE WICKETS for Pawan Negi!!18.5 overs: OUT!! Pawan Negi has got Suryakumar Yadav out caught at short third man. Yadav employs the reverse-scoop and sends it straight into the hands of Ashish Nehra who takes it comfortably. Suryakumar Yadav departs without scoring a run. Suryakumar Yadav comes to the crease for Kolkata.18.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Pawan Negi has got Ryan ten Doeschate out stumped by the wicket-keeper. Ten Doeschate steps out and gets beaten in the flight while MS Dhoni whips the bails off in a flash to catch him short at the crease. Ryan ten Doeschate departs for a duck.Ryan ten Doeschate comes to the crease for Kolkata.Pawan Negi GETS HIS THIRD WICKET for Chennai!!18.1 overs: OUT!! Pawan Negi has got Manish Pandey out caught at long-on. Pandey was looking to clear long-on but holes out to Brendon McCullum instead. Manish Pandey departs after scoring 32 runs off 19 balls with two boundaries and two sixes. CRUCIAL BLOW for Chennai!! With Manish Pandey(32) and Yusuf Pathan(2) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 159/3 after 18 overs.TWENTY RUNS off the over!!17.3 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey gets another full toss that gets proper treatment over deep midwicket for another maximum. BACK-TO-BACK SIXES for Pandey!!17.2 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey stands tall and smokes it over long-on for the maximum. LUSTY-BLOW from Pandey!!17.1 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey takes it on the full and slices it over backward point for a boundary. Oh dear, it’s a NO BALL as well!! With Manish Pandey(12) and Yusuf Pathan(80) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 136/2 after 17 overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Yusuf Pathan comes to the crease for Kolkata.16.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Ravindra Jadeja has got Gautam Gambhir out caught at mid-off. Gambhir was looking for the slog sweep but mistimes it high in the air for Brendon McCullum to take an easy catch. Gautam Gambhir departs after scoring 80 runs off 52 balls with seven boundaries and three sixes. MAGNIFICENT INNINGS from Gauti!! With Manish Pandey(12) and Gautam Gambhir(80) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 136/2 after 16 overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!15.6 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey picks the slower delivery and steers it towards third man for a boundary. 15.4 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir reaches out and slices it behind backward point for another boundary. Gauti KEEPS THEM COMING for Kolkata!!15.1 overs: SIX!! Gautam Gambhir stands tall and heaves it over square leg for the maximum. Gauti is BREATHING FIRE at the moment!!With Manish Pandey(7) and Gautam Gambhir(68) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 118/2 after 15 overs.Another TIDY OVER from Jadeja, SIX RUNS off it!!Ravindra Jadeja will continue from the other end for Chennai. With Manish Pandey(4) and Gautam Gambhir(65) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 112/2 after 14 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!Dwayne Bravo comes into the attack for Chennai. With Manish Pandey(1) and Gautam Gambhir(62) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 106/2 after 13 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!12.4 overs: SIX!! Gautam Gambhir shimmies down the wicket and smashes it over long-on for the maximum. Faf du Plessis PRODUCES A BRILLIANT EFFORT but couldn’t save the six!!Manish Pandey comes to the crease for Kolkata.Pawan Negi GETS HIS SECOND WICKET for Chennai!!12.1 overs: OUT!! Pawan Negi has got Jacques Kallis out caught at sweeper cover. Kallis gets down the wicket looking to go inside out but sends it straight into the hands of Ashish Nehra who takes it comfortably. Jacques Kallis departs after scoring just one run off four balls. Another BLOW for Kolkata!! With Jacques Kallis(1) and Gautam Gambhir(54) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 97/1 after 12 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!11.2 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir works it past the short fine leg for a boundary. That’s FIFTY for Gauti!!With Jacques Kallis(0) and Gautam Gambhir(49) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 91/1 after 11 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!Jacques Kallis comes to the crease for Kolkata.Chennai Super Kings FINALLY GET THE BREAKTHROUGH here!!10.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Pawan Negi has got Robin Uthappa out stumped by the wicket-keeper. Uthappa is lured out of the crease for the big shot but gets beaten with the spin while MS DHoni whips the bails off in a flash to catch him short at the crease. Robin Uthappa departs after scoring 39 runs off 32 balls with four boundaries and a six. With Robin Uthappa(38) and Gautam Gambhir(48) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 89/0 after 10 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!9.2 overs: SIX!! Gautam Gambhir gets underneath it and sends it straight down the throat of Dwayne Bravo who lets it go through his hands for the maximum. That’s GOING TO PROVE COSTLY for Chennai!!Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack for Chennai. With Robin Uthappa(36) and Gautam Gambhir(40) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 79/0 after nine overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!8.6 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa hangs back and guides it past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. CLEVER CRICKET from Robbie there!! With Robin Uthappa(30) and Gautam Gambhir(38) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 70/0 after eight overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!7.4 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir goes deep in the crease and slaps it through midwicket for a boundary. That was TOO SHORT from Negi!! Pawan Negi comes into the attack for Chennai. MSD brigade DESPERATELY NEED A WICKET here!! With Robin Uthappa(27) and Gautam Gambhir(32) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 61/0 after seven overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!6.5 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir waits for it and steers it past the first slip for a boundary. DEFT TOUCH from Gauti!! With Robin Uthappa(26) and Gautam Gambhir(26) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 54/0 after six overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!5.5 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa goes forward and sends it racing through covers for a boundary. Robbie GOES PAST 4000 RUNS IN T20s!! With Robin Uthappa(21) and Gautam Gambhir(24) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 47/0 after five overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!4.6 overs: SIX!! Robin Uthappa gets a big stride forward and smashes it over long-on for the maximum. Robbie CLEARED THE FENCE easily there!! First sign of spin, Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack for Chennai. Why do I feel SOMETHING’S ABOUT TO HAPPEN in this over? With Robin Uthappa(14) and Gautam Gambhir(20) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 36/0 after four overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!! 3.2 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir hangs back and pulls it with disdain for a boundary. Gambhir is just TOO GOOD on the backfoot!! With Robin Uthappa(14) and Gautam Gambhir(14) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 29/0 after three overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!2.6 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa goes on the backfoot and clouts the pull through midwicket for a boundary. 2.2 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir waits for it and clips it towards fine leg for an easy boundary. POOR LINE from Nehra!! With Robin Uthappa(9) and Gautam Gambhir(9) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 19/0 after two overs.FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!!1.4 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir rocks back and clouts the pull towards deep midwicket for a boundary. CAN’T BOWL THERE to Gauti!! 1.1 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa leans forward and sends it scurrying straight down the ground for the first boundary in the innings. That was CLASSY from Robbie!! Mohit Sharma will bowl from the other end for Chennai.FIVE RUNS off the over!! Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir are out in the middle for Kolkata Knight Riders while Ashish Nehra will start the proceedings for Chennai Super Kings.Three out of five World T20 League finals have been won by the team batting first. And don’t forget, this is the same ground on which Chennai had put up an intimidating 242 against the Dolphins. Will they be able to tame Kolkata’s bowling attack tonight in the absence of Narine? Or, will Gautam Gambhir lead his team to their first World T20 League title? Toss and teams coming up in a few minutes.On the other hand, Chennai is a team used to entering the semi-finals on a dramatic note. On most occasions, they have to rely on others in the group to push them through. However, once they reach the semis, it becomes very difficult to stop them. Despite starting off poorly in the semi-final against Punjab, their batsmen amassed an impressive 182. They followed it by cleverly using their bowling resources to destroy Punjab’s batting line-up. Chennai hold a 9-6 advantage over Kolkata in T20s. The last time they reached the final in 2010, they comfortably defeated the Warriors.Whistle Podu? Or, Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re? 17 days and 22 games later the World T20 league has come down to an all-Indian clash between Chennai and Kolkata. What makes the event even more interesting is that, Kolkata’s most influential bowler, Sunil Narine, will not be able to bowl in the final as he has been banned for a suspect bowling action. There is little doubt over the batting ability of Gambhir’s men. They pack an explosive line-up comprising of experienced and hard-hitting batsmen. However, their bowling (which has been largely dependent on Narine so far) will have plenty of soul-searching to do. Also, having played all their group matches in Hyderabad, Kolkata will face a tricky task of getting used to the conditions in Bangalore. Toss: Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to field first against Kolkata Knight Riders. You wait all year for such a big game – The final of a mega tournament. And then… BOOM! The best bowler in T20s gets called for chucking and will miss one of the most important matches of his T20 career and his team’s history. Kolkata’ Sunil Narine will miss out on playing in the Champions League T20 2014 final against Chennai as the West Indian mystery spinner was banned from bowling after authorities found his action suspect for the 2nd time in as many matches.The indomitable Chennai, on the other hand, will have the advantage of familiarity with the conditions but the unbeaten Indian Premier League Champions would still be a tough nut to crack when they clash in the final at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.Quotes:”We are working as hard as if we are on a losing streak. As long as we keep doing that, there’s no reason why we can’t continue like this. We have a big final and we will start on naught. We will need a big performance and I know the guys will be up for it and looking forward to it,” Kolkata veteran Jacques Kallis said.”We are very driven to win this tournament. Chennai have always been consistent but we want to win trophies. It really means a lot for us and we especially want to win this one because its been quite some time since we last won a trophy,” Chennai’s Mr. Dependable Faf du Plessis said.Kolkata Knight Riders:A look at the stats, and you would be forgiven for choosing Kolkata as the favourites. They have been on a roll after an unbeaten run in the tournament. They have, in fact, registered 14 wins in a row starting from IPL-7, but recent developments would argue with your decision, and with good reasons, too.Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir is enterprising and has shared an intense rivalry with Dhoni in IPL, coming out trumps against the India captain on quite a few occasions. The Kolkata are coming into the title clash with the tag of invincible post their 14th straight win — a seven-wicket victory over Australias Hobart Hurricanes in the first semifinal.Kolkata, unlike Chennai, have played all their group matches in Hyderabad and will have to get used to the conditions quickly in Bengaluru. The IPL-Champions, though, boasts of batsmen such as Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey and Jacques Kallis, all of whom have loads of experience and are in good form as well.In the bowling department, there is bound to be some turmoil and soul-searching after mystery spinner Sunil Narine was banned from bowling in the final. Young Kuldeep Yadav and all-rounders such as Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate and Andre Russel have been quite successful.Chennai Super Kings:Chennai had to depend on other teams results to make the last-four stage. Led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the team, however, has the ability to turn it around, a quality which was evident in the semifinal against a power-packed Punjab side. Dhoni knows the art of utilising his resources aptly, sometimes leaving rival captains too stunned by his decisions on batting and bowling combinations, besides field placements.Coming into the match after handing a crushing 65-run defeat to Punjab in the second semifinal, Chennai would love to exploit the placid Chinnaswamy pitch, where they played most of their group matches.Opener Dwayne Smith, who had a pretty good season last IPL but has been disappointing in CLT20, would look to make amends. He has the quality to put the opposition attack to the sword and will relish taking on KOL’s Narine-less attack. The swashbuckling Brendon McCullum has been inconsistent; he, too, would like to get into the groove and give a launch pad to the likes of Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis.Dwayne Bravo, who missed the last IPL season, has again proved his mettle with both bat and ball in the tournament. The West Indian all-rounder was the star in his teams last match, smashing 67 off 39 balls, while Ravindra Jadeja would also be eager to show his all-round prowess.On the bowling front, bowlers like Ashish Nehra, Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohit Sharma and Bravo can trouble most teams on a given day. In their last match, Sharma, Nehra, Pawan Negi and Raina looked to be in top form, and coupled with their brilliant fielders, CHN will hope for a repeat performance in their most important match of the series.Teams(from):Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, MS Dhoni(c/wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Mithun Manhas, Pawan Negi, John Hastings, Samuel BadreeKolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Jacques Kallis, Pat Cummins, Manvinder Bisla
Ajax legend Van Loen: Man Utd better for De Ligt than Juventusby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax defender Mattias De Ligt should sign with Manchester United over Juventus, according to club legend John Van Loen.De Ligt is heavily favoured to sign with the Old Lady this summer. But Van Loen, who won the UEFA Cup with Ajax, says the 19-year-old is better suited to English football.”I think Manchester United is perfect for De Ligt,” the former striker explained to Goal.”I hope De Ligt rejects Juventus’ offer – Italian football does not suit him and the Premier league is much better and stronger.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
VICTORIA, B.C. – Ballots for the B.C. Referendum on Electoral Reform will be mailed out starting Monday.Over 3.3 million voting packages will be distributed to registered voters in B.C. and event registered voters who are temporarily away from their homes in international locations like Korea, Kuwait and Zambia.“We expect the Interior, Northern BC, Richmond, Vancouver, and Vancouver Island north of the Malahat to receive their voting packages this week,” says Anton Boegman, Chief Electoral Officer. “Greater Victoria and the rest of the Lower Mainland should receive their packages next week, and we expect package delivery to be complete by November 2.” Elections BC encourages voters to get informed and vote in the referendum. Neutral information about the voting systems, short videos and a voter’s guide are available at elections.bc.ca/referendum.Elections B.C. says the rotating postal strike has not yet impacted the delivery schedule for voting packages. The referendum voting period is October 22 to November 30, and this has not changed as a result of the rotating strikes.Elections BC says they are monitoring the situation closely, and the Chief Electoral Officer has the authority to extend the voting period for the referendum if necessary, should job action at Canada Post materially impact the referendum process. Any changes will be communicated with the public.To vote in the referendum, an individual must be:a Canadian citizen,18 or older as of November 30, 2018, anda resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before November 30, 2018All registered voters in British Columbia will receive a referendum voting package in the mail. Eligible voters that do not receive a voting package by November 2 should contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683, or go online toelections.bc.ca/ovr to request a package.