Ranji Trophy final Day 2: Snell Patel leads Saurashtra fight after Pujara fails

first_img India Today Web Desk NagpurFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 17:12 IST Vidharbha still have a first innings lead of 154 runs over Saurashtra after Day 2 of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 final (Umesh Yadav Instagram)Snell Patel continued his cracking form in the Ranji Trophy to lead Saurashtra’s fight on an attritional second day of the final against Vidarbha in Nagpur. After being reduced to 200 for 7 overnight, Vidarbha rode on Akshay Karnewar’s unbeaten 73 to post 312 all out. At stumps on Day 2, Saurashtra were 158 for 5, trailing Vidarbha by 154 runs.Saurashtra got off to a disastrous start. They lost Harvik Desai to Aditya Sarwate who finished with three big wickets. After trapping Desai LBW, Sarwate snapped up Vishvaraj Jadeja as Saurashtra slipped to 79 for 2 in the 26th over. Two runs later, Sarwate removed Cheteshwar Pujara who had guided his team into the final with his 49th hundred in the semi-final against Karnataka last week.Saurashtra had pinned their hopes on Sheldon Jackson to stand with Patel after Pujara flopped but he was dismissed for only 9. However, Snell Patel did not disappoint and brought up his third successive fifty in the Ranji Trophy.Patel had scored 85 in the semi-final against Karantaka and 72 in the quaterfinal against Uttar Pradesh.Saurashtra were in a real spot of bother after skipper Jaydev Unadkat’s sensational spell of fast bowling had left Vidarbha reeling on the opening day. The failure of Cheteshwar Pujara meant Vidarbha had a foot in the door and when Sheldon Jackson departed cheaply, the defending champions had a real edge.But Snell Patel had other ideas. A 25-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, Patek is playing only his 21st first-class match but he showed the confidence of a seasoned pro against a good bowling attack.advertisementHe will face a stiff challenge when play resumes on the third day – giving Snell Patel company at the other side was Prerak Mankad who was unbeaten on 16.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ranji Trophy 2018-19 finalFollow Ranji TrophyFollow Vidarbha vs SaurashtraFollow Snell PatelFollow Aditya Sarwate Ranji Trophy final Day 2: Snell Patel leads Saurashtra fight after Pujara failsRanji Trophy Final 2018-19: Snell Patel scored 86 not out as Saurashtra reached 158 for 5, trailing Vidarbha by 154 runs at stumps on Day 2. Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed for 1.advertisementlast_img read more

Making Child Care More Affordable for Families

first_img remove child support payments from the income threshold, so single parents can access more subsidy ensure all eligible families can access subsidy regardless of employment status or access to education opportunities remove the 18-month application wait time for temporary residents so newcomers will be eligible to apply for subsidy upon arrival expand the subsidy so that it covers extended hours care for up to 18 hours in a single day now include all income and financial resources as a part of the income assessment for temporary residents More families across the province will get support to help them pay for child care with changes that come into effect July 1. Changes to the Nova Scotia Child Care Subsidy Program will mean more single parent families, newcomers and those who are unable to seek employment, can apply for funding to help pay for child care. “We are improving the program by removing restrictions that may have created barriers for some families to access child care,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “We are again, enhancing the child care subsidy program to support more families.” The changes will: Government enhanced the program in 2016 and 2018. In 2018, the changes made child care more affordable for about 1,600 more eligible children by increasing the income threshold for families who make between $25,000 to $70,000 and making subsidy available to families accessing part-day programs. Families who now receive the child care subsidy will be notified about the program changes by their regulated child care provider. People who are interested in learning more about the subsidy program, including how to apply and eligibility criteria, can find out more at http://www.ednet.ns.ca , or by calling toll-free 1-844-804-2084 .last_img read more

Sri Lankas highest foreign debt repayment due in 2019

Total amount  paid in 2014 – US$ 1,442 million According to Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Sri Lanka is embroiled in a gigantic debt trap. The main reason is that the loans obtained by the previous regime for infrastructure development has not brought any returns on its investments. Further the national revenue and the export earnings constantly came down since 2011 up to year 2014. Developed countries use their own resources to build mega size infrastructure facilities such as ports and airports. Developing countries tent invite foreign investors  to build such huge projects instead as their economies cannot afford  the high cost of large scale projects. Alternatively,  foreign investors are invited to construct such infrastructure under Build, Operate and Transfer  basis or Build, Own and  Operate  called BOO/BOT basis as  in such an instance the  developing countries need not bear the burden of  debt repayment . The previous Government had obtained US$1,303 million for the Hambantota Port and the first phase of the credit of Rs.340 million was released on a 6% interest. In addition, 6% insurance premium should also be paid for the loan. Another US$ 4.5 billion had been obtained through International Sovereign Bond during the period between 2010 and 2014.  This sovereign bond should be repaid in full as one billion dollar per annum from its maturity in 2019. However, the repayment of all these project loans and bonds began after 2014.Although the country or its people receive no dividends from these Port and Air Port projects built on foreign loans by the previous regime, the current Government has been compelled to repay installments and interest for such loans with effect from 2015 though they do run at a loss.Accordingly, Sri Lanka is compelled to make the repayment on foreign loans as follows: Total amount  paid in 2015 – US$ 2,031 millionTotal amount  paid in 2016 – US$ 1,828 millionTotal amount should be paid in 2017 – US$ 2,417 million Sri Lanka also in the past eveloped telecommunication system in the island on BOO/BOT basis. While it enables investors to regain dividends for the investment during a given time and, simultaneously, it does not make developing countries to pass the burden of investment on its poor citizens.Before launching mega projects of Ports, Airports and Express ways, there were unsolicited proposals to build Hambantota Port, Mattala Airport and southern express ways which could be easily carried out on  BOO/BOT basis during the previous regime. But, unfortunately, the former regime opted to borrow  unprecedentedly to build them. Consequently, Hambantota Port and Mattala Airport became loss making entities while leaving the country and people in an unbearable debt trap. The total debt stock of Sri Lanka has gone up by 233% to Rs.7, 391 billion during the period from 2005 to 2014. The total debt burden of Sri Lanka in 2005 was Rs.2, 222 billion and, within 5 years, it increased up to Rs.4, 590 billion in 2010. In addition there is another Rs 2,000 billion debt obtained by the Public owned Enterprises directly off the balance sheet.Accordingly, the debt servicing (loan installments and the interest) to be paid by Sri Lanka to foreign financiers is also increasing constantly. The debt servicing of US$ 1,828 million paid in 2016 will be increased by more than double to US$3,992 million being the highest debt repayment to be paid by Sri Lanka in a year due to colossal borrowings by the previous Government. This could be considered as the highest sum of debt servicing  to be repaid by Independent Sri Lanka within a year. Total amount should be paid in 2018 – US$ 2,564 millionTotal amount should be paid in 2019 – US$ 3,992 millionTotal amount should be paid in 2020 – US$ 3,463 million.This debt repayment covers only the project loans and the International sovereign bond. The liability on the loan obtained from the IMF and the investment by foreigners on the treasury bills and treasury bonds is to be paid separately.Its unfortunate that the previous government did not have any strategy to turn such giant loss making entities  in to profit making ventures. Therefore, the current Government has made arrangements to convert these credits in to equity  under the Public Private Partnership concept thereby relieving the people from the debt burden. While the Government is taking untiring efforts to convert these white elephants into profit making institutions, and generate income and employment for the youth in the country, an opposition group is engaged in sabotaging such efforts charging that the Government is attempting to sell off national resources to foreigners. It is high time people thought rationally in response to such misleading remarks made by these rival groups.At the same time, people should ask the opposition who make an abortive attempt to jeopardize the well being of the people to show some avenues to generate income for the country to repay the massive loans accumulated by 2019 which were obtained by the previous Government.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said the current government is engaged in a mission to bring investment to the country thereby generating employment and income to the country. He said that will save the country from the existing foreign debt burden. Therefore, Minister Karunanayake said that for no reason, opportunists will be allowed to sabotage the ongoing development operation by the current Government. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Investigators looking to speak to good samaritan

Norfolk provincial police  are looking for a male suspect after a woman said she was assaulted on June 28 while walking through Powell Park in Port Dover.Police said Thursday that the man is white, between 30 to 40 years old and five-foot-four. He has dark shoulder-length hair with patchy facial hair. He was wearing a blue jean jacket with a hood and blue jeans.The woman told police the assault happened between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The suspect left the area when a bystander came to the victim’s aid.Police said they want to speak to the Good Samaritan or any other witnesses.Anyone with information is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.