Jofra Archer is at it again! Once again a tweet from the England fast bowler has gone viral on social media after the India batsman Prithvi Shaw was handed a doping ban by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday.Shaw was handed an eight-month back-dated ban (till November 15, 2019) after ingesting a prohibited substance called Terbutaline. Four years ago there was a tweet from Archer which said, “Unlucky Shaw”, is being circulated on social media due to the eerie coincidence in this case.Archer’s tweets during the Cricket World Cup 2019 regarding some of the outcomes of the matches had gone viral. There was a Archer tweet for nearly everything that happened during the showpiece even in England which the hosts won.The Cricketing fraternity was able to dig up old tweets from Jofra Archer’s Twitter timeline and relate it to some of the highlights of World Cup 2019 in England. The results were freakish, to say the least.From “Jadeja can bat tho” to “How new Zealand lost this game?1?1?1?11″, England’s World Cup-winning fast bowler seemed to have predicted the entire World Cup 2019. And the predictions are still going on it seems with Shaw’s case being the latest.This Jofra is LEGEND #PrithviShaw pic.twitter.com/4Rn1JT62suSameera (@Sameera1606) July 30, 2019The BCCI said Shaw, who made his Test debut last year, admitted to the Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) but the 19-year-old asserted that it was ‘inadvertent’, ingesting the substance when he had used an over-the-counter cough syrup.advertisementShaw released a statement later on Tuesday, accepting the punishment and hoped this example would deter other athletes from neglecting protocol when it came to taking medicines.pic.twitter.com/KXYHcUcBR0Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) July 30, 2019″I accept my fate with all sincerity. I have to take this in my stride and hope it inspires others in our sports fraternity too in India.”We as athletes need to be extremely careful in taking any medicine for the smallest of medical ailments even if the medicine is available over the counter,” Shaw explained on Twitter.Also Read | I accept my fate with all sincerity: Prithvi Shaw responds to BCCI doping suspensionAlso Read | Prithvi Shaw suspended by BCCI until November 15 for doping violation
The ACTTA Super League competitions will conclude on Saturday, 29 November 2008 at the Deakin Playing Fields. The Finals will occur after an extremely competitive six round lead-up. The Men’s Open was extremely tight with the Woden Eagles, Tuggeranong Valley Vikings and University of Canberra Otters all finishing with four wins and two losses.Vikings with a host of young stars including Nick Keech, Liam Taylor and Daniel Maiden have formed good combinations with the experienced Australian representatives Cody Giumelli and Dean Taylor. They will need to reverse their previous two losses to the Otters in order to meet Eagles in the final of who they have defeated twice during the season. UC Otters also have the cream of the ACT youth talent with both Ben Hughes and Josh Wilkinson being dominant all season.Awaiting the winner of the Vikings v Otters clash will be the Woden Eagles. Lead by Matthew Curran, Woden have a strong line-up including Jarrad Teka, Chris Rawlinson, Scott and Steven Naughton.In the Women’s Open, Canberra City will be the team to beat. Canberra City will look to the talented Goodwin girls (Kelly and Danielle) to lead them around the park and will find great support from the ever-improving Nikki Stanley. Tuggeranong Valley Vikings is starting to reap the benefits from their junior development but will find it hard to contain Woden Eagles in the Qualifying Final. Eagles will need the talented Sophie Broadhead and Bethany Topp to fire to spoil the Canberra City Party. Further information can be found from www.acttouch.com.au
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal fullback Bellerin: Ceballos more than a teammateby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Hector Bellerin says Dani Ceballos is “more than just a teammate”.The pair played together for Spain U19 and Spain U21 and have linked up this season at the Emirates, with Ceballos joining on loan from Real Madrid.”My boy Dani Ceballos has signed on loan. I’ve been talking to him for a while and he’s been asking me for advice and stuff,” Bellerin said in his vlog, filmed in July but released on Monday.”We’re more than just teammates, you know, we get on really well off the pitch and he’s one of them players that although we’ve never played together in the same team we keep in contact and when we used to meet up with the national team on the Monday we always used to meet up on Sunday and go for dinner together and stuff with a few other players.”We have a really good relationship and I’m very happy he’s going to be here. I’m going to take care of him with whatever he needs and I’m sure he’ll be a great addition.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Tomori hails Willian as leader for Chelsea youngstersby Ansser Sadiq2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has praised the leadership of senior players at the club.Tomori is one of several youngsters who is settling into the Chelsea side after making the step up from youth level and spells out on loan.He credits his manager Frank Lampard for aiding that transition.But he also believes senior players like Willian give confidence to all the young players.”For many of us, this is our first season in the Champions League and the whole team has been guiding us through games and training sessions,” Tomori said at a press conference.”It’s been a good start for us, integrating the younger players with the more experienced players, and I think that we’re just going to get stronger.”Someone like Willian, who has played at the highest level not only in club football but internationally as well, is a big help. “Having that sort of experience is vital for the team. He not only talks to us off the pitch but on the pitch he plays by example and shows what we need to do to get to the level he’s been at.”
HALIFAX – The leaders of Nova Scotia’s main opposition parties say they’re getting an earful from voters about education on the provincial campaign trail.“It’s big,” NDP Leader Gary Burrill said as he campaigned for the May 30 vote.“It’s not at all uncommon that a person comes to the door … and they say, ‘I’m glad you’re here. I’m a teacher and we can’t wait to do something about the present government.’ That happens a lot.”The twin strands of the issue — concerns over conditions in the classroom, and over the Liberal government’s hard-line approach with the teachers’ union — have amounted to a perfect political storm for Premier Stephen McNeil.In mid-February, tensions boiled over as thousands of angry teachers, having rejected three tentative contract deals, staged noisy protests outside the provincial legislature. Inside, scores of others told a legislative committee that violence in the classroom and neglect of special needs students would worsen if the government imposed a collective agreement.And that’s exactly what the Liberal government did after a one-day teachers strike, the first in the province’s history.“I’ve had more members of the public talk to me about the testimony that they watched at the committee than almost any other issue,” Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie said in an interview.Liette Doucet, president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, said it’s clear voters are not happy with the way the government has treated the province’s 9,000 public school educators.However, Doucet said she was pleased the Liberals agreed before the election to set up two committees to provide recommendations on improving classroom conditions and revising the province’s inclusion policy for special needs students.“We’ve been asking for this for years and years,” she said. “All of a sudden, those things are happening.”Late last month, the council reviewing classroom conditions recommended the province hire 139 more teachers this September, and it also called for caps on classroom sizes at all junior and senior high schools.McNeil was quick to accept the council’s 40 recommendations. Two days later, he announced that Nova Scotia voters would be going to the polls.At the time, council member Michael Cosgrove, a teacher at Dartmouth High School, said hiring more teachers was important because it will help reduce stress in “some of the complex classrooms.”Cosgrove’s comment echoed the chorus of complaints teachers had shared at the legislature as the government was preparing to impose a four-year collective agreement with a two-year wage freeze.One after the other, teachers complained about crammed classrooms and their inability to cope with a rise in student mental illnesses.Many said there just wasn’t enough support to help the most vulnerable students.One teacher talked about having 30 students with vastly differing abilities jammed into an obsolete laboratory designed to hold about 20 students.Meanwhile, the committee looking into the province’s inclusion policy for students with special needs is expected to submit a report next month — after the election.That issue has touched a raw nerve with many teachers, some loudly complaining they need help to deal with students with a wide range of mental, physical, behavioural and learning challenges.While no teachers appear to be calling for a return to segregating students with special needs, some have come forward to suggest inclusion isn’t working because teachers don’t have the resources they need.Others have suggested caps on the number of students with learning disabilities, but Education Minister Karen Casey has dismissed that idea.Meanwhile, the Education Department has said about 20 per cent of Nova Scotia’s 118,000 students need some form of curriculum support, while about five per cent require a so-called individual program plan, a proportion that is in line with other Canadian jurisdictions.As well, Autism Nova Scotia has said the number of kids diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder has increased by 30 per cent since 2008.The teachers union is calling for more psychologists, guidance counsellors and resource teachers.“Class composition is really … more important than class size,” Doucet said. “We really do need to see significant changes when it comes to inclusion.”McNeil said his government had to settle a collective agreement with the teachers before it could deal with the many issues raised during the 16-month labour dispute, which was easily the nastiest confrontation the premier has faced since the Liberals assumed power in 2013.“The (union) wouldn’t let their teachers speak to us (until a contract was reached),” he said. “We would have been accused of unfair bargaining if we went to teachers.”Despite the fact that the government has made strides in dealing with teachers’ concerns, it’s clear that the labour dispute hurt its popularity.“Without question, the (labour) unrest that went on impacted the satisfaction levels,” said Margaret Brigley, president of Halifax-based Corporate Research Associates. “In previous quarters, there was very little movement, and then suddenly a decline.”In mid-March, the research firm released the results of a month-long survey of 1,200 people that suggested decided voter support for the Liberals had declined sharply since the previous quarter to 44 per cent from 56 per cent. Polls since suggest the race has only tightened.Jeff MacLeod, a political studies professor at Mount Saint Vincent University, said McNeil’s tough approach may have tarnished his image.“When he seems under stress or being challenged, he can appear rattled and even annoyed,” he said. “That’s where his government is most vulnerable: his personal image.”Through it all, McNeil has maintained his government’s commitment to balance the province’s books would have been derailed unless the growth of public sector wages was reined in.“We didn’t take anything away,” he said in an interview while campaigning in Halifax. “We had to slow the growth down. A lot of teachers were OK with that.”
JERUSALEM — A group of Americans has filed a civil rights suit in a U.S. federal court against vacation rental company Airbnb over its decision to ban listings from West Bank settlements.The plaintiffs said in a statement Wednesday that Airbnb is discriminating against Jewish West Bank homeowners and doesn’t maintain a similar policy in other disputed territories around the globe.Airbnb announced last week it would delist around 200 properties and cease operations in Israeli West Bank settlements, which most of the international community considers illegal.Airbnb said in a statement Thursday that it doesn’t believe the suit filed in Delaware will succeed, but added: “We know that people will disagree with our decision and appreciate their perspective.”A similar case was filed last week in a Jerusalem court.The Associated Press
Eighteen students from across the School District were honoured for their achievements at the Skills Canada Provincial competition in Abbotsford last month, where the team from Northeast B.C. had its best-ever finish this year. Of the 30 students from Northeast B.C., 15 came away with medals. The list of students is a follows:Erica Thomas Shulenburg – NPSS – Public SpeakingChinazom Akuegbu – NPSS – Job InterviewingMegan Sowers – NPSS – HairdressingArya Xu – NPSS – RoboticsNinaad Rathod – NPSS – RoboticsLiam Stregger – NPSS – RoboticsJacob Van Volkenburg – NPSS – RoboticsWyatt Stewart – NPSS – RoboticsKatrina Kimmie – NPSS – Workplace SafetyTyler Kitt – NPSS – Workplace SafetyJacob McInnis – ELC – Workplace SafetyTommy Copes – Clearview School – Gravity CarCole Van Der Linden – Clearview School – Gravity CarNathaniel Janzen – Prespatou School – Sumo BotDavid Schwartz – Hudson’s Hope School – Spaghetti BridgeBrynn Beswick – Hudson’s Hope School – Spaghetti BridgeBria Needham – Dr. Kearney – Wind TurbineDanielle Kocker – Dr. Kearney – Wind TurbineThree of the District’s First Nations students studying in the trades were also announced as this year’s recipients of Viper Innovation’s $10,000 bursaries. Viper’s Administration Manager Jayme Taylor spoke about how some of the company’s employees have at time faced hardships while paying for their post-graduate trades training, which resulted in the company starting the bursaries as a way of giving back to the community. This year’s recipients are Nina Houle, Wyatt Stewart, and Breanna Castner, who are aspiring to work in hairdressing, electrical instrumentation, and carpentry.Finally, twenty students were announced as having won a $1,000 scholarship after participating in the Youth Work in Trades program. The full list of scholarship recipients can be found below.Coltan Bell – Precision North MachiningTyler Brunet – Peace Country RentalsTommy Bullert – Tom’s ConstructionLukas Bullert – Pro NorthAustin Craig – DRS EnergyJustin Fehr – Peace GlassJeremy Gilmore – Fort MotorsStephanie Green – Shepherds InnJaron Johnson – Deanna JohnsonJason Kirkpartrick – Donna & Wade KirkpatrickTalon Kidner – Montana’sDennis Kuebler – Amco AutoJeriden Loewen – Haab HomesJewelle Luscz-Epp – Rage MechanicsDarryl McGinnis – Montana’sTrystan Mercer – Shamrock IndustriesDaynin Osha – Diner on 93rdAustin Page – JALCO Machine WorksStephan Smith – RoustaboutsCameron Smith – Roustabouts TAYLOR, B.C. — School District 60 students participating in the District’s Career Programs were honoured at an Awards ceremony this week.Close to 100 students and their parents, as well as District staff, packed the dining tent at Lone Wolf Golf Club for the ceremony on Wednesday evening. Officials including Peace River North MLA Dan Davies, School Board Chair Erin Evans, Superintendent Dave Sloan were also in attendance, and spoke to the students about their achievements thus far, as well as the doors they’ve opened for themselves while taking the various programs. Peace River North MLA Dan Davies speaks to students at the School District’s Career Program Awards. Photo by Chris Newton School Board Chair Erin Evans speaks to students at the School District’s Career Program Awards. Photo by Chris Newton Acting Mayor Lilia Hanson speaks to students at the School District’s Career Program Awards. Photo by Chris Newton
The road was reduced to one lane as fire crews worked on the scene.The fire was extinguished and no injuries were reported.For up-to-date information on wildfires and safety, you can visit the B.C. Wildfire Services website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Wildfire Services responded to a fire Tuesday, April 23, on Cecil Lake Road between 233 Road and 231 Road.Wildfire Services says they received a call at around 12:00 p.m. of a truck that had caught on fire.According to Wildfire Services, the fire from the truck had spread to the grass along the road, causing a grass fire.
NEW DELHI: With most exit polls predicting a clean sweep by BJP in the national capital, the AAP on Monday alleged that opponents planned to manipulate EVMs ahead of counting of votes on May 23 and asked the Election Commission to provide additional security at a counting centre in South Delhi. “I have strong reasons to believe that the political adversaries will attempt to open the strong rooms and manipulate or replace the machines as a handful of such incidents have been seen in the past,” AAP leader Raghav Chadha said in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarChadha, who is AAP’s South Delhi candidate, said such incidents have taken place in the past as well. “Alarming as it may be, this would not be the first time that an attack on the electoral system may take place,” he said. Chadha also sought the appointment of another independent observer by the poll watchdog and a bar on unnecessary movement in and around the premises. “We request that the CRPF security at Jijabai Institute where South Delhi’s EVMs are housed be tightened. It is further requested that additional CRPF personnel may be deployed to keep watch over the strong rooms around the clocks,” he said. In the letter AAP urged to provide additional security at a counting centre in South Delhi, alleging that political opponents plan to manipulate EVMs ahead of the announcement of poll results on May 23. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaThe letter comes days after an AAP delegation met EC officials as well as the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer alleging that polling diaries of the South Delhi constituency were manipulated. AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj had alleged that around 200-250 presiding officers were called to the EC office over the last two days and asked to “change sensitive information in the polling diaries”. The Delhi Chief Electoral Officer’s Office (CEO) has said it would inquire into the allegations.
Baseball14.7%43.1%29.4%12.8% Kyler Murray, a student-athlete at the University of Oklahoma, is facing a very good dilemma right now. Murray plays outfield for OU’s baseball team, and he was taken ninth overall in the MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Murray also plays quarterback for Oklahoma’s football team — and he’s currently the heir apparent to the No. 1 overall pick in April’s NFL draft, Baker Mayfield, under center.Murray won’t have to choose between baseball and football right away, but eventually, he will have to pick a path for his athletic future. (Or at least, the immediate future.) What’s a two-sport star to do?Murray is already in lofty company as a multi-talented athlete, since few players have ever been good enough to potentially start at QB for a top college team while also hearing their name called among MLB’s top 10 draft picks. But if you were in Murray’s position, which path — baseball or football — tends to offer the most success, historically speaking? This decision could mean the difference between Murray becoming the next Russell Wilson or the next Drew Henson.To help do the math on Murray’s decision, I used wins above replacement1In this case, an average of the versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. to measure the careers of similar baseball players and Approximate Value2Pro-Football-Reference.com’s rough gauge for NFL productivity. to measure the careers of similar football players.3Specifically, I used a weighted sum of a player’s value produced in the first 10 years of his career, giving a player 100 percent credit for his value in his best season, 90 percent credit for his second-best season, 80 percent credit for his third-best season, and so forth.Who counts as “similar”? For baseball, I looked at college hitters since 19654The first year of MLB’s amateur draft. who were drafted between picks No. 5 and 15 overall. For football, I gathered data since 19905Roughly when the modern era of college offenses really began. on college quarterbacks who started6By which I mean, played regularly enough to be the team’s QB of record on Sports-Reference.com’s seasonal passing leaderboards. for a team that ranked in the preseason top 10 going into the year. (AP hasn’t released its preseason rankings for 2018 yet, but the Sooners seem like a safe bet to be included.) Because I looked at the first 10 years of a player’s career, those who were drafted by MLB or started at QB in college after 2008 were not included in the study.Broadly speaking, these groups represent Murray’s current status in each sport. I then broke their careers down into four categories based on their WAR/AV: “never made it” (players who never played a game in the big leagues),7According to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s data, this includes players who were on rosters or practice squads but never actually set foot on the field for a down of a regular-season or playoff game. “scrubs” (guys who played in the bigs but weren’t regulars and had little impact), “decent” players (those who were regulars but not stars) and “good/great” players (generally All-Star level players and above). Here’s how the players comparable to Murray ended up panning out in the pros: Football43.2%39.1%13.0%4.7% SportNever made ItScrubDecentGood/Great Which sport should Kyler Murray choose?Probability of reaching various performance levels in MLB or NFL for players similar* to Kyler Murray, by sport chance of reaching level * Similar players in baseball are college hitters selected between no. 5-15 in the draft (since 1965). In football, they are starting QBs for a team ranked among the AP’s preseason top 10 going into the season (since 1990).Performance metrics cover the first 10 years of a player’s career.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Fangraphs, The Baseball Cube, Pro-football-reference.com, sports-reference.com/CFB Neither path to stardom is guaranteed; in both cases, more than 50 percent of comparable players either failed to play in the big leagues at all or made a minimal impact once there. But the chance of washing out completely are much lower — by a factor of about three — for highly drafted baseball prospects than for college quarterbacks at top programs. Likewise, the odds of stardom, or simply having a solid career, are much higher for baseball players like Murray than for football players like him.As my research has shown in the past, college hitters (like Murray) tend to be very reliable picks relative to the rest of baseball’s draft crapshoot. Meanwhile, top-level starting college QBs can range from Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to Gino Torretta and Thad Busby. Add in Murray’s MLB draft signing bonus (the No. 9 slot carries a value of about $4.8 million), the higher average salary for MLB vs. the NFL in general (even the average QB makes only about a half-million dollars more per year than the overall MLB average) and the concerns that Murray’s height — he’s 5-foot-10 — might prevent him from playing quarterback in the NFL, and it seems obvious that Murray should pick baseball.In fact, to cut down on the injury risk, perhaps Murray should forgo football next season, even though the NCAA does allow players to retain their amateur status in football after signing in baseball. (I realize the temptation to put up ridiculous, Mayfield-esque stats in Oklahoma’s offense is difficult to resist.)Of course, if he doesn’t want to choose, Murray can always take the Tim Tebow path — the Mets are always looking for former QBs who are turning back to baseball in the twilight of their athletic careers.