Kunzer (J&K), Nov 26 (PTI) Indian cricket stalwart Mahendra Singh Dhoni today advised the youth of Jammu and Kashmir to take up to sports and give their hundred per cent to perform consistently well.”As far as sports is concerned, it is important to have a platform, but after that the players have to work really hard. Our country is huge and many people play cricket. The aim should be to represent the country for which you have to consistently perform at first class level,” Dhoni said.Dhoni was the chief guest at the final match of Chinar Cricket Premier League, organised by Srinagar-based Chinar Corps of the Army.”Even if there are not such facilities here, but when we were playing it was not that we had many facilities,” he said when asked about the lack of infrastructure in the state.He said the youth in the state should also pay attention to education.”Not only sports, education is also very important because if you see (in) Kashmir, tourism is one of the main things and if there is unrest, then tourists do not come here.”Education is important and having infrastructure is a must so that people study here and then can apply for jobs outside as well. At the end of the day, a person wants to do well with his life and for his family,” he said.The former India captain, who now play only in the limited overs format of the game, expressed hope that more players from the state will represent the country in future.advertisement”There will be players (to represent India) from here in future. There are players here who will play many matches. In IPL, the combination is also seen in a way which team needs what type of combination and accordingly the team is formed. What is important is players give more than 100 per cent and perform well,” he said.Dhoni appealed the youth to cooperate with the army to take Kashmir on the way forward towards development.”Army is trying its best to do what it can, trying to guide and create infrastructure to the extent it can. For that it is important to support each other.”If there is good infrastructure, youth will associate with it and when there is educational infrastructure, then Kashmirs development will take place. Industries should be set up here so that there is creation of jobs. The focus should not only be on apple farming and tourism but other sectors as well,” he said.Dhoni also experienced his immense popularity here as a crowd of excited youth tried to catch a glimpse of him at this hitherto unknown remote village, 35 kms from Srinagar.As Dhoni stepped into Kunzer cricketï¿½ground, in north Kashmirs Baramulla district, frenzied fans jostled with each other to catch a glimpse of him. The fans tried to take selfies with the cricketer who was donning army uniform as he holds the honorary rank of a Lieutenant Colonel.While the security forces restricted the fans from going near Dhoni, he politely obliged to autograph requests on pieces of paper, bats and even the belts of some over excited security forces personnel.The excitement was such that many youth made their way into the ground through VIP gate.”I would like to thank the cricket fans here and I appreciate the love they showered on me. I have come here after a long time. While I was watching the match, it reminded me of those old days when we used to play on a mat and the same atmosphere prevailed on the ground. It felt good to see the enthusiasm among the players here. I wish to return here with my family as it is a very beautiful place,” he said. PTI SSB PDS PDS
Nach Baliye 9 is all set to premiere on July 19 on Star Plus. The dance reality show is making news for a variety of reasons. The dance reality show invites ex couples apart from the current ones and the format of the show will naturally lead to controversies. There are already reports of Vishal Aditya Singh-Madhurima Tuli’s fights and Urvashi Dholakia-Anuj Sachdeva’s cold vibes.Rahul Mahajan and Shrenu Parikh are the latest to make news. The two will be part of the grand premiere episode of the show and will be seen performing to a steamy number. According to reports, Sarvagun Sampanna star Shrenu Parikh slapped Rahul Mahajan during the rehearsal.The couple was rehearsing on the song Second Hand Jawani which required Shrenu to slap Rahul. Although Shrenu was hesitant to slap Rahul, he asked the TV actress to slap him hard as it would be add a touch of authenticity to the act.”It was a fun experience, too much fun with the act, the performance and the rehearsals. It was such a painful thing to do. He kept saying chalega tu slap kar koi problem nahi. And to be honest, last shot mein I kinda slapped him hard. But he’s a great sport. It’s exciting there will be lots of twists and turns and it’ll be great to watch this years nach,” Shrenu Parikh said in a statement.Also read | Nach Baliye 9’s Vishal Aditya Singh opens up on bitter break up with Madhurima TuliAlso read | Nach Baliye 9: Shraddha Arya to opt out of the show for this reason?advertisement
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd caretaker boss Solskjaer determined to ‘enjoy the ride’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s determined to “enjoy the ride” after taking charge this week.Solskjaer says it’s important for the players to start enjoying their football again.He said, “It’s great. It feels like coming home. It’s been a few whirlwind days. It’s been very hectic. It’s great to see everyone again.””I’m going to enjoy the ride. It’s six months. I’m back home. I’m going to be myself.”The club is running a process to find the next manager so I’m going to be myself in the meantime with Mick, Kieran and Michael.”We’ll get the players enjoying their football again.”Solskjaer added: “We’ve got a great set-up. The analysts were watching Cardiff this morning. I’ve seen the teams, I watch the Premier League.”It’s about us though, not the opposition. We want to see the players express themselves. Our main focus is us, the opposition comes later.”
Tarkowski pleased to captain Burnley to FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley defender James Tarkowski was pleased with their 1-0 FA Cup win over Barnsley.Tarkowski was delighted to lead Burnley to the victory and cap a near perfect week for the Clarets.“I played a bit out there when I was in the youth team at Oldham so I had a slight experience of it, but I enjoyed myself out there,” said Tarkowski, who was pressed into action with Phil Bardsley and Matt Lowton both out injured.“I thought Barnsley played some good football but in the main we were quite secure at the back, which is always important in games like this – not to give away too many chances.“And in the second half we had a couple of good chances and the penalty at the end, which gave us a great chance to win the game and which Woody put away.“He’s on a nice little streak now and hopefully he can keep that up.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Canadians hoping their weekly grocery staples like milk and eggs may soon cost less thanks to a new trade deal that opens up Canada’s dairy industry may be out of luck. Experts say the trilateral agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico is unlikely to bring prices down, but could leave shoppers with more choices in the dairy aisle.The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement announced Sunday night will grant an expanded 3.6 per cent market access to the domestic dairy market and eliminate two milk price classes, including the controversial Class 7.U.S. President Donald Trump had long criticized Canada’s supply management system for undercutting American exports and hurting U.S. farmers.Canada implemented supply management in the dairy industry in the 1970s, which sets quotas on production based on anticipated demand. The government decides how much farmers are paid for their production and blocks out foreign production with high tariffs.Prior to the new deal, experts said Trump did not necessarily want to dismantle supply management, but rather was more angered by milk classifications like Class 7. These will be eliminated under the new deal.“I don’t see a big, immediate impact on retail pricing,” said Al Mussell, founder of Agri-Good Economic Systems Inc., an agriculture and food research organization.The standard four-litre bag of milk is a loss leader for most grocers that sell it below the price needed to make a profit, he said. Additionally, a high proportion of cheese and butter is on promotion at any given time, he said.“Nothing changes there.”The new deal’s elimination of Class 7 milk — ultra-filtered or diafiltered milk that is essentially a protein-heavy concentrate used to make cheese and other dairy products — is the biggest news item, said Sylvain Charlebois, a Dalhousie University professor who is the lead author on an annual food price report, estimating how much grocery and restaurant prices will rise or fall over the coming year.In 2016, Canada created the Class 7 pricing agreement that has essentially restricted U.S. exports of the product. It allows Canadian dairy processors to buy domestic milk at cheaper world market prices instead of higher prices controlled by the national supply management system.Eliminating that class would allow processors to become more competitive and potentially give grocers room to bring down prices, Charlebois said.“It doesn’t necessarily mean that consumers will reap the rewards or that the sector will pass on savings to consumers,” he said.If cheaper products than what’s available in Canada come in on the wholesale market, said Mussell, grocers will just eat less of a loss on their dairy promotions or loss leaders.The Dairy Farmers of Canada, which released a statement from its president saying the deal “will have a dramatic impact” on the sector and farmers, can’t answer if there will be any changes to consumer prices, wrote spokeswoman Lucie Boileau in an email.“We’re still analysing the agreement.”The Canadian Dairy Commission did not respond to a request for comment about how the new deal may impact consumer prices. The commission sets support prices for butter and skim milk powder, which provinces use as a reference to establish provincial prices for industrial milk.The one positive for consumers — at least those in bigger markets like Toronto or Vancouver — may be more choice in the dairy aisles, said Mike von Massow, an associate professor at the University of Guelph. He adds there won’t be a substantial change in retail prices.Von Massow points to the cheese aisle as an example of increasing variety. Growth has been small, he said, but there’s a broader range of product now than 15 years ago.Since Canada entered the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA, with the European Union and allowed more European cheese to be imported into the country, he said, there’s been growth in varieties available.“We’re seeing a wider variety of cheeses than we’ve ever seen before rather than the bottom falling out of the cheese market.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
DETROIT — Tesla says it delivered over 245,000 electric cars and SUVs last year, nearly as many as all previous years combined.The company also says it’s cutting prices of its three vehicles by $2,000 to help customers handle the gradual phase-out of federal electric vehicle tax credits. On Jan. 1 the federal credit for Tesla buyers dropped from $7,500 to $3,750. It will gradually be phased out this year.The company’s sales included almost 146,000 Model 3 lower-priced cars and another 99,000 of the more expensive Model S sedan and Model X SUV. The Model 3 starts at $35,000 but still can’t be purchased for under $45,000.The company says it made nearly 87,000 vehicles in the fourth quarter, 8 per cent above its previous quarterly record set in the third quarter.The Associated Press
CALGARY, A.B. — A spokesman for refiners in Western Canada says any move by the Alberta government to shut off the flow of refined fuel to British Columbia might increase prices for consumers there but it would also negatively affect Alberta’s four refineries.Brian Ahearn, regional vice-president for the Canadian Fuels Association, says about 25 per cent of the gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other products produced at the Edmonton-area refineries goes to B.C.He says the loss of that market would have “downsides,” forcing refiners to find alternative markets, accept lower prices or, in a “worse-worse case scenario,” run their operations at less than optimum capacity. Alberta introduced Bill 12 Monday, legislation that allows the energy minister to tell truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators how much of what products can be shipped when and where.As an example, the province says it could restrict shipments on the Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to the Vancouver area to diluted bitumen, thus halting the refined products it carries.Ahearn says the pipeline carries about 45,000 to 50,000 barrels per day of refined products. The rest of the 80,000 to 100,000 barrels per day is sent by train or truck from Alberta to B.C.“Directionally, we are supportive of the government’s overall objective and the reason is we are a supporter of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion,” he said.“(But) if there’s curtailment all the way to the point of discontinuing that flow of product, that disruption, that utilization taken away from the refineries would have a pretty negative affect on the refineries. That’s one of the downsides we’ve been making sure the government knows about and to fully assess before they take any further steps.”B.C. Premier John Horgan has been fighting the expansion, even though the federal government approved the $7.4-billion project in November 2016.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Imperial Oil Ltd. says it will go ahead with its $2.6-billion Aspen oilsands project.Construction will begin this year, with the project expected to start up in 2022.The Aspen project, located about 45 kilometres northeast of Fort McMurray, Alta., is expected to produce about 75,000 barrels of bitumen per day. It will use new oilsands recovery technology designed to lower the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions and water use.Imperial says the technology is estimated to reduce the intensity and water use by up to 25 percent, compared with traditional steam-assisted technology.“We do not take investment decisions lightly, particularly in these challenging times,” Rich Kruger, Imperial chairman, president and chief executive, said in a statement.“This is the right technology at the right time to make a competitive investment. We have made the decision to proceed now because we believe this advanced technology will further the evolution of Imperial’s oilsands business.”Imperial noted the project has the potential for the further development of up to another 75,000 barrels per day of production, depending on a number of factors, including project performance and overall business and market conditions.The Aspen project is expected to create about 700 jobs during peak construction and more than 200 jobs during operations.
Los Angeles: French artiste DJ Snake has shared his new single ‘Enzo’, a hip-hop anthem featuring rappers Offset, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane and Sheck Wes. ‘Enzo’ has been released via Geffen Records. “‘Enzo’ out now. Offset, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane and Sheck Wes,” he tweeted on April 24. DJ Snake had earlier teased ‘Enzo’ as part of his set at Coachella Weekend two. Meanwhile, he will be in Las Vegas this week for the Latin Billboard Awards, where he has five nominations including Crossover Artist of the Year, Producer of the Year, and Hot Latin Song of the Year for the song ‘Taki taki’ featuring famous singers from Hollywood – Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B.
Kolkata: The presence of the quick response teams (QRTs) was allegedly not felt properly in the sixth phase of elections on Sunday, when eight Lok Sabha constituencies of Bengal went to polls.In previous phases, the QRTs had moved quickly to the areas where incidents of clashes were reported. But in the sixth phase, QRTs were not as quick in their movement. Various political party leaders alleged that the QRTs failed to turn up on time when there were incidents of violence in any of the eight constituencies. In previous phases of elections, the QRTs were led by state police officers as they were well acquainted with the locations of the polling booths. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter some allegations surfaced against the state police force, the Election Commission tried to adopt a separate method to conduct the elections in a free and fair manner. Special Police Observer Vivek Dubey had decided to deploy Central Force officials to lead the QRTs, keeping the state police at bay. The QRTs had faced difficulties in identifying the polling booths where the clashes were reported from, as the Central Force commandants who were supposed to give them directions had no idea about the geographical locations of the polling booths. Most of the Central Force commandants were from other states. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAs a result of this, clashes broke out outside various polling booths and the trouble could not be quelled in time. Keeping in mind the geographical locations of the districts which were once infested with Maoists, the Election Commission decided to deploy two QRTs in each police station area. Each team comprised eight jawans. There were around 547 QRTs in the sixth phase of elections and 108 additional QRTs which were led by ad hoc commandants. According to sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), the election officials in the state were not convinced with the idea of deploying Central Force commandants as the head of each QRT. The Election Commission has already submitted a report to the Election Commission of India in Delhi in this regard.