Ranji Trophy: Mayank Agarwal’s triple ton lights up Karnataka’s chances vs Maharashtra

first_imgKarnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal’s maiden First Class triple century was the lone highlight of the third day’s action of the Ranji Trophy round four as the tourists found them in a commanding position against Maharashtra on Friday.Agarwal, who was unbeaten on 219 on Thursday, notched up an unbeaten 304 off 494 balls that included 28 fours and four sixes to guide Karnataka to 628/5 declared at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here.The 26-year-old Agarwal had put on 259 for the opening wicket with R Samarth (129) on the second day before joining forces with Karun Nair to add 279. Nair, who was not out on 56 overnight, struck a century of his own, finishing with 116.Maharashtra, in reply, ended the day on 135/4 with Ruturaj Dasharath Gaikwad and Rahul Tripathi on the crease.In another Group A fixure, Uttar Pradesh piled up 224 runs in their second innings at stumps after bowling Delhi out for 269.With a crucial first innings lead in the bag, UP need to keep their composure and end up on the winning side eventually, unlike their first and third matches this season.Akshdeep Nath, unbeaten on 110, and Rinku Singh (64) played two crucial knocks for their team after the first three wickets had fallen with just two runs on the board. Skipper Suresh Raina, though, failed yet again and fell for a personal score of 16.In Group B, Saurashtra rode on India star Cheteshwar Pujara’s double century to score a mammoth 553 runs in their first innings before bowling out Jharkhand for 270.Ishank Jaggi high scored with 114 runs and Ishan Kishan smashed a half-century (59), but none of their fellow batsmen held on to help the team avoid following on.advertisementAfter being asked to follow-on, Jharkhand’s opener Md Nazim Siddiqui, with nothing to lose, started explosively and completed his half-century at a strike rate of over 150.However, with only one day of the play left, it’s highly unlikely that Saurashtra will let this one slip away and will hope to bowl Jharkhand out as soon as possible.In Group C, Mumbai had gained a healthy first innings lead against Odisha, thanks to Prithvi Shaw’s century and then a brilliant team effort to dismiss the hosts for 145.Subsequently, in their second innings, Siddharth Lad’s century ensured Mumbai give Odisha a mammoth total of 413 to chase. Ajinkya Rahane, though, fell for a duck in the second innings.In reply, Odisha had added 93 runs by the end of day’s play for the loss of four wickets. They still need 320 more runs on the final day to win the match.In Group D, pacer Ashoke Dinda’s five-wicket haul helped hosts Bengal bundle Himachal Pradesh for 206 in their first innings in reply to Bengal’s 419.In their second essay, HP are 207/2 at the end of the day’s play as the match looks to be heading for a tame draw.last_img read more

Drug users first responders share stories from the overdose crisis front lines

first_imgVANCOUVER – More than a month had passed before Antonette Rea found the note her young friend had written her before fatally overdosing earlier this year.“Thank you so much for saving my life,” Rea reads aloud to a crowd of 80 people packed into a community hall in the tony Vancouver neighbourhood of Kitsilano.“I love your dancing and your singing and sorry for using all of your nail polish and art supplies,” she continues, prompting laughter from the otherwise silent audience. She smiles and puts down the note: “I called her Jilly Bean. Jilly.”Rea was one of more than a half-dozen drug users and first responders based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside who shared their stories with residents living elsewhere in the city over the past six weeks as part of a series of overdose awareness and prevention workshops.Monday evening’s gathering in Kitsilano was the last of six events aimed at delivering stories from the front line of British Columbia’s overdose epidemic.Jackie Wong helped facilitate the program, which was organized by the Overdose Prevention Society and Megaphone Magazine, a monthly publication sold by homeless and low-income vendors.It is important the overdose conversation happens beyond the Downtown Eastside, in neighbourhoods where drug use is not as public, Wong said.“I think that that’s where the conversation needs to move, … to places where people might be overdosing in private residences or quieter places because of the stigma that still is associated with them as a drug user.”Storytellers included people who survived the residential school system or various forms of violence and discrimination, those who experienced a traumatic childhood or worked in the sex trade.Rea is a transgender poet and playwright who has struggled with drug addiction and once worked as a prostitute in the Downtown Eastside. She said there is a good chance her friend Jilly Bean would be alive if she had overdosed in the Downtown Eastside instead of in North Burnaby, thanks to the lack of overdose-prevention training and resources outside of Vancouver’s hardest-hit neighbourhood.The hall was completely quiet as Samona Marsh spoke about the number of people she knows who have died from an overdose, including her feather in early 2017.“If I had one wish or magical wand, I would bring back everyone’s friends and families who passed away and make fentanyl non-existent,” said Marsh, who has lived in the Downtown Eastside for the past 25 years.She coined the term “fentanality” to refer to a fentanyl fatality.The workshops also included a training session on how to respond to an overdose, delivered by the Overdose Prevention SocietyKitsilano resident Deborah Buchanan volunteered to be shown how to administer naloxone by filling a syringe and injecting it into the leg of a stuffed toy gorilla.“I’m so happy I learned,” Buchanan said afterwards. “I need to know how to do this and help someone.“My son was involved in drugs, my middle son, and it kind of tore me apart, because I always thought, ‘I’m going to see you die one day and I don’t want to see that.’ “She said what she found most inspiring was hearing from the storytellers.Frederick Williams, a responder with the overdose prevention group, led the training session.He said it’s important that these events happen outside the Downtown Eastside because has turned into a city-wide epidemic.“It’s very important to have it come out to places like Kitsilano, Shaughnessy, all these higher-end neighbourhoods,” he said in an interview following the presentation. “They can’t put their head in the sand like an ostrich and think it’s going to go away, because it’s not.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

NEW YEAR NEW DRAMA GLOBAL GEARS UP FOR THE SEASON 7 PREMIERE

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Click here for the latest promoTORONTO – Big Brother Canada is back! Global announced today the seventh season of its monster hit reality series Big Brother Canada premieres Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. The reality juggernaut returns to Global’s schedule three nights a week on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by Arisa Cox, the award-winning series takes viewers on a wild ride filled with socially savvy, and not so savvy, houseguests, unpredictable twists, unforgettable challenges, and jaw-dropping drama.“We are so proud to be ushering in an all-new season of Big Brother Canada on Global,” said Maria Hale, Senior Vice President, Global Entertainment & Content Acquisition, Corus Entertainment. “With a new house and a whole new crop of houseguests, we can’t wait to bring viewers another hit season of the show they can’t get enough of. Growing its audience year over year, we take great pride in creating an unforgettable season filled with epic TV moments and even more snackable digital content for our hungry viewers.” Following a coast-to-coast casting call, Big Brother Canada plucks a group of hand-picked strangers from their homes, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Competing for a grand cash prize, each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges that give them power or punishment, voting each other out until the fate of the final two is decided by a jury of fellow houseguests.“We have planned the most epic and exciting season of Big Brother Canada and cannot wait to share it with our amazing fans,” said Executive Producer & SVP Erin Brock. “What we have in store for our batch of houseguests in Season 7 will be a wildly exciting ride that viewers will be talking about all season long!”Additional details about Season 7 of Big Brother Canada, including this season’s theme, houseguests, and the grand prize details, will be announced in the coming weeks.In anticipation of the premiere, fans can stream their favourite moments from Season 6 on GlobalTV.com, Global GO (now available on Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV) and stay updated on all things #BBCAN7 on BigBrotherCanada.ca. For Season 7, viewers can stream Big Brother Canada live on GlobalTV.com and Global GO by signing in with their TV service provider credentials or catch up the next day on GlobalTV.com, Global GO, and BigBrotherCanada.ca.While viewers anxiously await the electrifying new #BBCAN7 season, fans can watch the season two premiere of Big Brother: Celebrity tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global. The star-studded series airs multiple nights over the course of three weeks, before a winner is crowned on Wednesday, February 13. For more information, including full schedule details, visit GlobalTV.com.Commissioned by Corus Entertainment, Season 7 of Big Brother Canada is produced by Insight Productions Ltd. in association with Corus Entertainment and Endemol Shine. Executive Producers are John Brunton and Erin Brock.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:#BBCAN7Twitter: @BigBrotherCA@GlobalTV  @GlobalTV_PR @CorusPRFacebook: http://www.facebok.com/BigBrotherCAhttps://www.facebook.com/GlobalTVInstagram: @bigbrotherca@globaltvGlobal Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Insight Productions Ltd.Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer and an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content.  With thousands of hours of programming under its belt, the company has created some of the most dynamic and top-rated programs in the world including Big Brother Canada (for which Erin Brockserves as EP and Showrunner alongside EP John Brunton); The Amazing Race Canada; The JUNO Awards; Top Chef Canada; Intervention; and original formats including The Launch and Battle of the Blades. Insight’s scripted programming includes award-winning Ready Or Not; Falcon Beach; Hatching, Matching & Dispatching A Fury Christmas; But I’m Chris Jericho!; and The Jon Dore Television Show. In 2017, Insight produced The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content.  For more information on Insight Productions, please visit www.insighttv.com or on Twitter – @insightprod. 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9 automotive design trends that need to die and soon

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Audi A6 Premium 45 TFSI quattro 22 Car Industry Audi More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img Cars of the 1950s had their chrome. Vehicles from the ’80s were boxy. In the ’90s, everything got a little melty, like a candy bar left out in the sun. Whatever the decade, specific design trends proliferate across the entire auto industry.But they aren’t all good. Sure, today’s cars are really pushing the styling envelope, but that’s also leading to a number of questionable choices. Here are the modern automotive design trends that need to die, and soon.Light-up badgesI spend every day being assaulted by #brands. The last thing I need is a street full of cars, shouting their names at me in the night. Expressive design should work by itself. We don’t need to get hit over the head repeatedly by the badge. Plus, it invites higher repair costs when its driver inevitably gets distracted on Tinder and smashes into the pickup truck ahead of ’em.– Andrew KrokEnlarge ImageAh, the Mercedes illuminated star. It created a monster. Mercedes-Benz Massive grilles that are mostly closed offIt’s subjectively bad enough that automotive designers are locked in a weird arms race for the biggest grille, but then you get close and realize that, often, more than half of that grille is blocked off because there’s really no practical reason for a grocery-getter to have such a massive maw.– Antuan Goodwin2019 Toyota AvalonEnlarge ImageA vast majority of the Toyota Avalon’s huge grille is nonfunctional. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Fake ventsWhile performance affectations are almost kind of understandable on humble everyday cars, they’re particularly infuriating on high-performance automobiles. This trend amounts to bra or trouser stuffing, and it’s wholly unnecessary when a car still has “the goods.”– Chris PaukertLong-Term 2018 Kia Stinger GTEnlarge ImageThe Kia Stinger is a formidable performance car — but we hate its fake vents. Steven Ewing/Roadshow Jewel headlightsWhy are designers inspired by arachnids? When I look at a car I don’t want to be looking at a spider. Multiple light cubes in the housing are just design for design’s sake.– Emme HallAcura MDX PMC EditionEnlarge ImageMy, Acura MDX, what overly fancy headlights you have. Steven Pham/Roadshow Fake exhaust tipsThere are some slick-looking exhaust tips on cars these days, but the problem is that a lot of them aren’t real. In many cases it’s just a fancy outlet molded into the rear bumper with a regular round pipe behind it like on the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. And sometimes there’s not even a cutout at all, such as on the 2019 Audi A6. It’s just disappointing to see and it looks cheap.– Jon Wong2019-audi-a6-69Enlarge ImageThe outlets on this Audi A6? All fake. Jon Wong/Roadshow Asymmetrical wheelsIt’s great to have wild wheel designs, but when the wheels end up facing opposite directions on opposite sides of a car, it irks me no end.– Jake Holmes2018 Volkswagen Golf REnlarge ImageWe love the Volkswagen Golf R, but hate its asymmetrical wheels. Volkswagen Floating roofsThis is a stupid bit of design language because it interrupts the eye moving over a car. It’s unforgivable on any car, whether it’s a Nissan Murano or the otherwise gorgeous Aston Martin DB11.– Kyle Hyatt2019 Nissan MuranoEnlarge ImageNissan is doing the floating roof thing more than any other automaker. Emme Hall/Roadshow Coupe-oversAs far as I’m concerned, the word “coupe” is exclusively reserved for vehicles with two-doors — though I’ll make exceptions for the small suicide doors on the Mazda RX-8 and late ’90s and early 2000s Saturn SC. “Four-door coupe?” No. It’s called a sedan. But “coupe crossover?” Like, no. That’s not a thing.But beyond the inherent ugliness and pointlessness of these vehicles, I hate that automakers actually charge more for them than their equivalent, traditionally shaped brethren. You pay more to get less. And your car looks stupid.– Steven Ewing2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC CoupeEnlarge ImageIf it has four doors, it’s not a coupe. Mercedes-Benz Excessively low-profile tiresListen, I too love the look of a tire that’s barely thicker than a rubber band and has been stretched over the edge of a wheel large enough to qualify as an automotive caricature. I agree that it adds a lot of visual presence. But, spend a few minutes crossing a bumpy road on a wheel-and-tire package like that, and then do it again with something offering a higher rubber-to-metal ratio, and you’ll see that not every SUV on the road needs to be rolling on 22s wrapped with low-profile tires. Leave that to the supercars and go with something a little more practical on your next ride.– Tim StevensVolvo V90 R-DesignEnlarge ImageVolvo V90 R-Design: Great look, harsh ride. Volvo Originally published May 26, 2018. Preview • Tags Aston Martin Audi Kia Mazda Mercedes-Benz Nissan Toyota Volkswagen Volvo Acura Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

Court denies bail to 5 accused in Rupa murder case

first_imgZakia Sultana Rupa. Prothom Alo File PhotoA Tangail court on Wednesday rejected the bail pleas of five accused in a case filed over the killing of college girl Zakia Sultana Rupa after gang rape in a running bus in Madhupur upazila of the district.|Senior judicial magistrate Golam Kibria passed the order when Advocate Fayezur Rahman filed the bail petitions.The five accused are bus driver Habibur, its supervisor Safar Ali, and helpers Shamim, Akram and Jahangir.Rupa, 27, a law student, was murdered after gang rape in the running bus while she was returning to Mymensingh from Bogra on 25 August.Police recovered the bloodstained body from Panchmail area of the upazila on that night.Following post-mortem, she was buried at central graveyard of the town as unclaimed body. Later, victim’s relatives identified her seeing her photograph.On 28 August, police arrested the five accused from Mymensingh over the murder of Rupa.On 31 August, police exhumed the victim’s body and handed it over to her family for burial in a proper manner.Rupa, who completed her Masters from Bogra Azizul Haque College, was studying law at Dhaka Ideal Law College. She used to work at Unilever Bangladesh Limited at its Sherpur branch.last_img read more

Man killed in Narail gunfight with cops

first_imgAn alleged criminal accused in 13 different cases was killed in a ‘gun battle’ involving police in Kararbil area in Narail municipality early Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Romman Hossain Romeo, 28, son of late Mizanur Rahman, resident of Madhurgati village in Sadar upazila.Being tipped off that a group of criminals were staying at the place, police conducted a drive to arrest them around 3:00am, said officer-in-charge of Narail Sadar police station.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, according to the police, the culprits opened fire on the policemen, prompting them to retaliate.Romeo was found wounded at the scene after the gunfight. He was rushed to Narail Sadar Hospital, where doctors declared him dead, informed the OC, as well as that three policemen also got injured during the gunfight.A shotgun, two rounds of bullets and a magazine were recovered from the scene, the lw enforcement added.The law enforcement’s version of the event was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victims’ family.last_img read more