Ravi Shastri was appointed India’s head coach until 2019 World Cup in England on Tuesday. Shastri pipped other top contenders Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody to the post left vacant after Anil Kumble’s resignation in June.The Cricket Advisory Committee of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman also sprung a huge surprise and appointed former India captain Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as batting and bowling consultants respectively, for India’s overseas tours. Kumble’s rumoured rift with India captain Virat Kohli was seen as the biggest reason for him stepping down as head coach of the national team. Kohli however, had denied of any tensions in the Indian camp before India began its campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy.During his one-year term Kumble turned out to be one of the most successful coaches with India excelling in all formats of the game, especially in Test cricket.But the recent turn of events last month had left a gaping hole in Indian cricket with Kumble’s departure.It was reported that the three-member CAC, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, who are tasked to find the new coach for the Indian cricket team, was willing to retain the legendary leg-spinner for the post.But reports were surfacing about Kohli’s alleged spat with Kumble regarding differences of opinion on selection matters. The BCCI by then had already invited applications for the position.Here is a timeline of the events from the very beginning when Kumble was appointed as head coach post last year:advertisementJune 23, 2016 – BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman appoints Anil Kumble as head coach on a one-year term, ahead of former Team India Director Ravi Shastri.March 25, 2017 – Kohli and Kumble reportedly have disagreements over who should replace the India captain in the playing XI for the deciding Test match against Australia in Dharamsala. Kumble went with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, a decision which Kohli did not agree with.May 23, 2017 – India coach Anil Kumble, in his presentation to the BCCI, asks for batting coach Sanjay Bangar to also be appointed assistant coach and creates a slot for a bowling coach to feature in a structured support staff for Team India.May 25, 2017 – BCCI begins hunt to select the new head coach of the senior men’s team taking everyone by surprise although Kumble was assured of a direct entry for the process. The Indian board later clarified that it was a mere formality to ensure a fairness in the process.May 29, 2017 – Reports of a rift between head coach Anil Kumble and India captain Virat Kohli comes to light. Sources told India Today that the players are unhappy with the fact that there was no freedom in the dressing room and insisted that the coach does enjoy cordial relations with the players.June 1, 2017 – Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh among six candidates who applied for the role of the Indian cricket team’s head coach. Incumbent Anil Kumbe also reapplies.June 2, 2017 – Ramachandra Guha resigns from the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA), says superstar culture was still prevalent under the CoA.June 3, 2017 – India captain Virat Kohli denies rift with head coach Anil Kumble. “There are no problems within the team and people are just making things up. There are agreements and disagreements which is basic human nature,” Kohli said before India’s Champions Trophy opener against Pakistan.June 17, 2017 – BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee meets with Virat Kohli and decides that the issue should be further dealt with after the Champions Trophy.June 20, 2017 – Team India leaves for West Indies tour, Anil Kumble stays back. A BCCI source later confirms that Kumble has stayed back in London to attend the ICC meeting scheduled to be held in London and will later join the team in West Indies.June 20, 2017 – Later in the evening, Anil Kumble steps down from his post as Team India head coach. It is reported that he turned down the offer given to him by BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee on Tuesday, which was Kumble’s last day as India head coach.June 24, 2017 – The BCCI extends the deadline to apply for the post of head coach till July 9, ensuring that a broader pool is available to choose from after Kumble’s acrimonious exit.June 28, 2017 – Former South African batsman Gary Kirsten told India Today he is not in a “position currently, to consider a full time post across all formats” after his name was linked as one of the possible choices for India’s next coach.advertisementJune 29, 2017 – The BCCI announces that Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will interview the candidates for India’s next head coach on June 10. Venkatesh Prasad applies.June 30, 2017 – Rahul Dravid steps down as Delhi Daredevils coach but gets an extension as India A and under-19 coach for the next two years.July 3, 2017 – Ravi Shastri formally applies for the position of Indian cricket team’s head coach, making him a front-runner for the high-profile job.July 4, 2017 – Former West Indies coach Phil Simmons formally submits his application to the BCCI.July 9, 2017 – Ten candidates shortlisted for India coach’s job. Six of them — Sehwag, Pybus, Rajput, Shastri, Simmons and Moody — called for interview by the Cricket Advisory Committee in Mumbai at 1pm IST on Monday, July 10.July 10, 2017 – Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman start the interview process in Mumbai at 1 pm IST on Monday.July 10, 2017 – CAC member Sourav Ganguly announces there would be no immediate announcement of the next India coach and the committee was in fact waiting to speak with skipper Virat Kohli.HIGH DRAMAJuly 11, 2017 – In a dramatic twist the Committee of Administrators asks the Board of Control for Cricket in India management to close out the selection process for Team India’s head coach on July 11.July 11, 2017 – CAC speaks to Virat Kohli and India Today first to break that Ravi Shastri appointed the coach till 2019 World Cup in England.July 11, 2017 – In another twist, BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary says that the Board was yet to give a nod to the appointment of the new coach. Wait for new India coach continues.July 11, 2017 – BCCI confirms appointment of Ravi Shastri as head coach. Zaheer Khan named bowling coach while Rahul Dravid was appointed as batting consultant for overseas Test tours.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea U21s fall to Bristol Rovers in Leasing.com Cupby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea Under-21s were unable to overcome Bristol Rovers in the Leasing.com Trophy.The development team battled hard throughout the game, but they did not have enough quality in front of goal to get a positive result.The Blues were up in the match at half time, netting through Charlie Brown.But they were pegged back and eventually fell behind in the second period.Victor Adeboyejo and Liam Sercombe got the goals to help Bristol to the top of Group F in the competition.The Blues Under-21s will next face off against Leicester City Under-21s in Premier League 2 at the weekend.
Malda/Canning (West Bengal): A total of 13 people was killed and 11 others injured in two road accidents in as many districts of West Bengal on Thursday, police said. While seven persons died in South 24 Parganas district, six others fell victim to the another accident in Malda. Five members of a family and two others returning from the Kolkata airport were killed when their MUV fell into a road-side pond in South 24 Parganas district, the police said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The accident occurred at around 6 am after the driver lost control of the vehicle during rain at Ucchekhali under Bishnupur police station area. All the seven persons, including three women, died on the spot due to drowning, police said. Six persons had gone from Dakkhin Gouripur village in Bishnupur area to the Kolkata airport to receive a man who was returning from Qatar where he used to work. The driver of the vehicle fled after the accident. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The deceased have been identified as Akkas Ali, his wife Salina Bibi, son Altab, daughter Esmatara, brother Munnaf, and two other persons – Meeraj Sheikh and Fulijan Bibi. In the other accident in Malda district, six persons were killed and 11 others injured when a speeding lorry rammed into a stationary SUV carrying wedding guests, police said. The accident occurred at Bakharpur under Kaliachak police station area when the SUV was waiting there by the side of National Highway-34 for other vehicles going to the same destination. The wedding guests were on their way from Kaliachak to Gajol in the same district to attend a marriage, Superintendent of Police Alok Rajoria said. The SUV fell into a roadside ditch after it was hit by the lorry at around 12.30 am and three of its 17 occupants were killed on the spot. Two others succumbed in the Malda Medical College and Hospital where all the victims were initially taken. Rajoria said six of them were later referred to a hospital in Kolkata and one died on the way. The other injured persons were under treatment at the Malda Medical College and Hospital. The driver fled with the lorry after the accident but he was later arrested from Gajol, the SP said.
In honor of National Toilet Paper Day, Charmin hosted a live comedy show with comedian and improv artist, Wayne Brady, on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New York City.Wayne Brady partnered with Charmin to host a live comedy show in honor of National Toilet Paper DayCredit/Copyright: Diane Bondareff/AP Images for CharminThe showcase gave young comics a platform to deliver five minutes of their best clean potty humor routines in front of a live audience. By night’s end, Wayne Brady crowned Heaven and Cristal, two New York City high school students, the winners of the ‘Keep It Clean Comedy Show.’The event, hosted by Wayne Brady, featured eight high school students and aspiring comedians between the ages of 14-18 who were judged on their ability to successfully deliver bathroom humor and innuendos without involving explicit or gross content.“As a brand synonymous with superior clean, Charmin believes that a creative, G-rated one-liner can get anyone laughing,” said Eric Breissinger, P&G Family Care Vice President. “Through the ‘Keep It Clean Comedy Show’ we’re cleaning up potty humor so it can be enjoyed by all ages, because after all, we want to help everyone ‘Enjoy The Go.’”Charmin and Brady are also encouraging people at home to get involved by tweeting their best clean #PottyHumor jokes to @Charmin. For each tweet received throughout the month of September, the brand will be donating $1 to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), up to $10,000. RMHC provides stability and vital resources to families so they can get, and keep, their children healthy and happy through programs like Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile that enable family-centered care.“Making people smile has always been something that has been close to my heart and motivated me as a performer,” says Brady. “Working with Charmin to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities, which is a charity I’m very close to, has made this a special cause.”Brady, who has been entertaining audiences with his singing, acting and unmatched improvisational skills for well over a decade, was excited at the opportunity to combine charity and comedy.The young New York City high school students who participated in the show were coached by professional comedians in preparation for the event. The show was held at a Lower East Side comedy theater on East 3rd St. in New York City.A grand prize of $5,000.00 was awarded to Heaven, Cristal and their school’s theater department to help further their comedic educations.
APTN National NewsA rally was held in Edmonton Friday to protest violence against women.The protest comes a week after city police arrested an Aboriginal women, who had been sexually assaulted, for breach of conditions.Police said days later, after refusing to speak to the media, the victim never said she was assaulted when police arrived at a motel after her mother called 911. The woman was bleeding and missing a tooth.It’s an issue organizers of the rally say needs to be addressed.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan went to the rally.
APTN National NewsFormer Aboriginal affairs minister Jim Prentice will be leading Enbridge Inc.’s charm offensive to convince recalcitrant First Nations to support the controversial Northern Gateway Pipeline project.Enbridge said in a statement Wednesday that Prentice would be leading the energy firm’s “renewed efforts to consult…and establish partnerships with First Nations.Prentice, who is currently vice-chairman of the CIBC bank, also announced his new role on Twitter.“I have agreed to help (the Northern Gateway) project because I believe First Nations should be full partners in resource projects,” tweeted Prentice, who was Aboriginal affairs minister from 2006 to 2007. “And they should be owners of projects like the Northern Gateway Pipeline project.”Enbridge says it has agreements with 26 Aboriginal communities along the pipeline route, which will carry Alberta tar sands bitumen to the British Columbia coast. That number, however, is disputed. Enbridge only has the support of three B.C. First Nations at most and the number it uses relies heavily on Alberta support.Enbridge CEO Al Monaco said in a statement that Enbridge is committed to “reach out in a respectful way” to First Nations.“We believe Jim Prentice is uniquely suited to help us fulfill that promise,” said Monaco. “We value the constructive relationships we’ve built with our existing Aboriginal equity partners.”The pipeline project received a boost from the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel which found its economic benefits outweighed its environmental impact.It is now up to the Harper cabinet to make a final decision on the project. It’s expected that the project will get the federal government’s backing which has described the pipeline as being in the national interest.The project, however, faces stiff resistance from First Nation bands along the route and from Indigenous grassroots activists.Art Sterritt, executive director of the Coastal First Nations, said Prentice’s appointment is a sign of desperation on the part of Enbridge and will do little to shift opposition to the pipeline.“We’ve been dealing with a project that’s been around for eight or nine years and we are in on the last minute of this whose exercise,” said Sterritt. “It’s a last gasp by Enbridge. Enbridge knows it’s in trouble around here.”Sterritt said the pipeline poses a threat to a $3 billion fisheries and eco-tourism industry that could be wiped out by one oil spill.“Jobs already exist here. It’s not like we are in some backwater. They come along thinking we should jump if they flash a few dollars,” he said. “We have been sustaining ourselves here for many thousands or years, we are not out there begging anyone to give us a job…The reality is that the vast majority, hundreds of First Nation communities, are against this project.”The Coastal First Nations represents an alliance of coastal B.C. First Nations including the Wuikinuxv Nation, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nuxalk Nation, Gitga’at, Metlakatla, Old Massett, Skidegate, and the Council of the Haida Nation.At the grassroots level, the opposition is also fierce.An anti-pipeline blockade, led by the Unist’ot’en clan who are part of the Wet’suwet’en people, has dug in along the pipeline’s planned route. The blockade aims to stop the pipeline’s construction. The blockade and associated camp is situated about 66 kilometres south of Houston, BC, and about 1,000 km north of Vancouver.“(Prentice’s) track record has always shown that he has traversed a corporate-heavy trajectory in his role in the federal government. With him being the senior executive vice-president for CIBC we know that his motives have always been prioritized by the financial bottom line,” said the Unist’ot’en camp in a statement. “The banks and the governments are notorious for their disregard for the general public’s opinion as was shown in the recent NEB JRP process with the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. This is also blatantly obvious with their complete disregard for Indigenous Rights and Title issues which are subject to protection in the Constitution Act and the largest majority of Case Laws pertaining to Indigenous matters.”Prentice, who resigned in 2010 from the Harper government while environment minister, is no stranger to land battles between Ottawa and First Nations. He was Aboriginal affairs minister during Six Nation’s reclamation of an under-construction subdivision in 2006. He also negotiated the creation of the Specific Claims Tribunal with former Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine in 2007 to avert nation-wide unrest during a planned day of action scheduled for June 29.Only the Mohawks of Tyendinaga marched out that day, blocking the railways and Hwy 401 for about 11 [email protected]
CALGARY – The Canadian government is trying to reassure Japan and other trading partners that genetically modified wheat found in southern Alberta is limited to a few plants growing along a remote access road and has not been detected in the wider supply.Japan has temporarily halted imports of Canadian wheat as it reviews the tests that Canadian officials have already done, Global Affairs spokesman Jesse Wilson said in a statement.“The government of Canada is working with its key trading partners to ensure they have all the necessary information and are relying on science-based evidence to limit market disruption,” he wrote Friday.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Thursday that it tested wheat plants that survived spraying for weeds and found they were genetically modified to tolerate herbicide.The agency said extensive scientific testing has found the wheat is isolated to the site where it was found and poses no food safety risk.Such modified wheat is not approved for commercial use in Canada.“Temporary market closure is a standard protocol for the Japanese,” Wilson said.“CFIA officials are already in close contact to share data, review evidence and demonstrate full transparency, which is exactly as it should be when it comes to keeping trade open.”The Japanese embassy in Ottawa said Friday the country’s ministry of agriculture, forestry and fisheries temporarily suspended the import tender and sale of Canadian wheat to domestic milling companies in response to the CFIA’s announcement.“The embassy understands that the details with regard to this issue are being worked out between the competent authorities of the two countries,” it said.The Alberta government said the dozen genetically modified red spring wheat plants were found last fall in a roadside ditch near Strathmore, east of Calgary.“We’re disappointed with Japan’s decision to suspend the trade of Canadian wheat, and we are working to provide them with the assurances they need to reopen markets,” Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous said Friday.Alberta’s wheat exports totalled $2.1 billion last year. The top two buyers are the United States, at $280 million a year, followed by Japan at $203 million.Bilous said the United States has not contacted Canada to express concern but said the province is reaching out to its trading partners regardless.Kevin Bender, chairman of the Alberta Wheat Commission, said Japan’s move is concerning.“If they stop importing our grain, that’s a major blow to our exports of wheat,” he said.“My hope is that it would be short-lived based on, first of all, Canada’s reputation as a high-quality producer of wheat and food, our safety record, the fact that this is an isolated event.”Japan imported 1.4 million tonnes of wheat from Canada last year and 1.6 million tonnes the year before, said Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada.“Japan is a very good customer,” he said. “More than that, they are a premium customer. They are the highest grade buyer of Canadian wheat in the world.”Both Bender and Dahl said there has been no indication other countries are contemplating similar moves.“I am watching Korea very closely as well as China and the EU,” said Dahl.The CFIA said it isn’t sure how the modified wheat came to be on the access road.That’s worrisome to the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, a coalition of 16 farming, environmental and social justice groups focused on genetic engineering in food.“We’re relieved this is an isolated contamination case but we’re concerned that the government couldn’t determine how it happened,” said Lucy Sharratt, a co-ordinator with the network. “Without knowing the cause, contamination could happen again.”The CFIA said it will work with the landowner to monitor the area over the next three years to help prevent any genetically modified wheat from persisting.— with files from Dean Bennett in Edmonton
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,225.65, up 77.15 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 13 cents, or 2.04 per cent, to $6.25 on 11.48 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down $1.52, or 3.6 per cent, to $40.68 on 8.58 million shares.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Oil and gas. Down 15 cents, or 2.06 per cent, to $7.42 on 6.23 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down six cents, or 1.29 per cent, to $4.58 on 5.56 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 16 cents, or 1.36 per cent, to $11.60 on 4.94 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) Healthcare. Down 12 cents, or 1.14 per cent, to $10.39 on 4.82 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada Inc. (TSX:AC). Airlines. Up 47 cents, or $2.01, to $23.87 on 1.16 million shares. The company said its chief operating officer Ben Smith will leave the airline to take the role of chief executive at Air France-KLM. The longtime No. 2 at Air Canada will be the first non-French national to helm the Franco-Dutch airline.
Greater Noida: Gautam Buddh Nagar police, on Tuesday, arrested two more persons who were accused of thrashing a 25-years-old woman, working at a unisex salon in Greater Noida. The woman was allegedly thrashed by a group of men, including the owner of salon, after she demanded her salary.According to police, the arrested persons were identified as Sohail, a native of sector 12 area of Noida and Shera, a native of Hapur. Police have already arrested the owner of Salon, Wasim, on Monday. Arvind Kumar Pathak, Station House Officer, of Knowledge Park police station told Millennium Post that Sohail is the real brother of salon owner Wasim while Shera works at the salon. “Following the incident, police had registered an FIR against unknown persons on the basis of complaint received from the victim. Police identified the accused in the case through the video of incident which was shot by one of the onlookers. The two accused who were nabbed by police on Tuesday were arrested from Ishaan college cut in Greater Noida,” said Pathak. The officer further said that one more accused had also been seen thrashing the woman and police are making efforts to nab him as well. “Police have arrested three persons in the case while the fourth accused is absconding and we are making efforts to trace him as well. Meanwhile, the group of men who were seen thrashing the woman in the video include the owner of salon, Wasim, who thrashed the girl using stick and dragged her with hairs,” added Pathak. The incident occurred on Saturday morning in Kaushalya residency area of Knowledge park. The victim, a resident of Phase-II area of Noida, who had been working at Venus Unisex salon from past the two months was brutally thrashed in front of a crowd while a video of the whole incident was captured by an onlooker which went viral.
Most reporters flocked to players like sophomore foward Jared Sullinger and senior guard William Buford during the men’s basketball team’s media day Thursday, Oct. 13. But some players were left alone, with only the occasional reporter stepping forward to ask questions. The man behind the Jordan Sibert name tag was one of the loners until finally, one reporter came up. “Hey Jordan,” the reporter said. “You mind if I ask you a few questions?” The man smiled. “Um, I’m actually J.D.,” he said. The name tag was wrong and the man who was sitting behind it was actually sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon, not sophomore guard Jordan Sibert. Weatherspoon hasn’t been the most recognizable face on the OSU basketball team. He joined the team last year, but was declared academically ineligible for Winter Quarter and missed much of the season. It was an experience Weatherspoon said was difficult to deal with, but his teammates never abandoned him. “They showed me so much love and they were always there to support me so that really helped,” he said. Weatherspoon was reinstated for Spring Quarter and was able to travel to OSU’s 62-60 loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the Men’s NCAA tournament. He’s been a full-time member of the team ever since. “It feels good being back with the team,” Weatherspoon said. “Just a minor setback for a major comeback. That’s my mindset.” This year, Weatherspoon hopes his “major comeback” will find him a spot in OSU’s rotation. Although he lost almost a year of game experience, Weatherspoon is confident he can fit in with the chemistry of the team. He’s been playing with some of his teammates since grade school. “(Sullinger and I have) been playing with each other since we were in fifth grade,” Weatherspoon said. “And then me, (sophomore guard Aaron Craft) and Jordan Sibert played AAU together with Sully, so, I mean, the chemistry was still there.” Former OSU guard David Lighty, who is now playing professional basketball in Italy, has been talking to Weatherspoon on a regular basis about the role he can play for OSU this season. Weatherspoon tries to model his game after Lighty and said he thinks he can help replace Lighty on the defensive end of the floor. “I’ve been talking to (Lighty) a lot,” Weatherspoon said. “He’s been a big brother to me as soon as I came here. We are both athletic. We play the same position, built similar. So it really helped out a lot.” Coach Thad Matta has noticed a change in Weatherspoon. He said Weatherspoon has come a long way in the past year and could definitely play a role for the team. “I think J.D. has learned maturity,” Matta said. “He’s got a very good work ethic about him. His maturity level has improved. He’s a very, very good athlete and from that perspective, he’s understanding what his role is going to be on this team. “What he needs to do is defend and rebound for us.” Who knows, maybe if Weatherspoon fills his role, they’ll give him his own name tag for media day in 2012.