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2010 in review: Top stories from January and February

first_imgA fire broke out on a rig near Hythe, AB at around 3:00 a.m., when Canadian Natural Resources workers were drilling a sweet gas well. No workers were injured in the incident. Ironically, Anti-oil activist Wiebo Ludwig’s property boarders the well site, about 22 kilometres northwest of Hythe. Original story about the arrestWiebo Ludwig on Issues and AnswersStory about the release of Wiebo Ludwig without chargesAdvertisement Fort St. John native Denny Morrison did Fort St. John and the country proud when he and two teammates, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux beat the Americans in the Team pursuit event at the Vancouver Olympics. The team finished the race with a time of 3:41.37, beating the US by 0.21 seconds.  Story about what the RCMP were looking for See Original Story about the Torch Relay Olympic Torch Visits Fort St. John Rig Blows up near Hythe, AB Fort St. John’s Denny Morrison wins gold at the Olympics During the last week of 2010, we’ll be publishing a special segment each day reviewing the top stories from the past year. January 8th 2010 – Wiebo Ludwig arrested and then released in connection with Encana Bombingscenter_img City Council takes on Air CanadaLate in 2009, Fort St. John City Council discovered that the price for flight passes will double in this region. In addition, the passes will now be restricted to 25 people, rather than 300 as before, and will not be accepted for flights to Saskatchewan and Manitoba.Mayor Bruce Lantz sent a letter to Air Canada and claimed the corporation was discriminating against northern communities for the rate hike. In April, Air Canada changed their rates on the flight passes. (see story) However, flying in and out of Fort St. John without the passes can remain an expensive preposition with round trip tickets between Fort St. John and Vancouver now running in the $800 range. Advertisement See Original Story Watch the race on YouTubeFort St. John Population Grows to 19,457In 2009, According to BC Stats, the population of Fort St. John grew by 665 people in 2009 and is now 19,457. See original story The 3.5 per cent increase was the largest among the seven Peace Region communities listed.Advertisement – Advertisement -Early in January 2010, dozens of RCMP officers stormed the commune of Wiebo Ludwig near Hythe, AB and arrested the former preacher. Ludwig was released from jail the next morning without charges. To date, the RCMP have not been able to collect enough evidence against Ludwig or anyone else in connection with the bombings of Encana facilities in the Tomslake area in 2008 and 2009.  Residents of Fort St. John turned out in droves, as the Olympic torch passed through the Energetic City on Sunday.Thousands of cheering fans lined the relay route and watched Elks speed-skater Jamie Lee take the flame for a spin around the outdoor oval.  93 year-old Ross H. MacLean lit the cauldron at Centennial park, where Premier Gordon Campbell addressed the crowd, while kids played hockey on the snow and slithered down the winding ice-slides.Fans also signed good-luck cards for the two Fort St. John athletes heading to the Vancouver Games – Denny Morrison and Michelle Kelly – with free hot chocolate to help warm up chilly bodies.Ross H. MacLean passed away in June of 2010. (see story) Advertisementlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli still struggling for answers in ‘Testing’ home conditions

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli is going through a tough phase in Test cricket at the moment with a string of poor scores in the ongoing series against New Zealand on home soil. Coming in at No. 4, Kohli got out for 9 in India’s first innings on the first day of the second Test being played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. (Eden Test: Shastri slams Kohli for his poor shot selection)Kohli’s form has suddenly dipped which goes to show that he is only human after all. His record in 2016 has been exceptional up until now and it seems that the pressure of leading his side in front of home crowd is taking its toll on his batting. (Open letter to Virat Kohli: Almonds and coffee are fine but where are the runs at home?)Kohli became the full-time Test captain with the Fatullah Test against Bangladesh in June 2015. Since then he has lead the team in 14 Tests and scored 734 runs at an average of 36.70 with two centuries and as many fifties to his name. His tally of runs during this time also includes the double hundred he scored against the West Indies in Antigua last month. Since then he has accumulated just 87 runs in six innings with scores of 44, 3, 4, 9, 18, 9. (India vs New Zealand, Kolkata Test: Day 1 Highlights)KOHLI’S WORST STREAKS WITHOUT A FIFTYJuly-August 2014: 10 innings, 134 runs at an average of 13.40 and a highest score of 39August-December 2015: 8 innings, 161 runs at an average of 20.13 and a highest score of 44July-September 2016: 6* innings, 87 runs at an average of 14.50 and a highest score of 44advertisementNovember-December 2012: 6 innings, 85 runs at an average of 17.00 and a highest score of 20KOHLI GETTING DISMISSED FOR UNDER-20Before becoming full-time captain: 37.28 per centSince becoming full-time captain: 44.64 per centInterestingly, before taking over the captaincy from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli was averaging 46.30 with 2547 runs in 33 games including 10 hundreds and as many half-centuries. He was scoring fifty or more in every 2.95 innings. Since becoming the full-time captain, the frequency has increased to 5 innings for every score of 50 or more. (Also Read: Can King Kohli bring his overseas form to India?)Kohli has built a reputation of being one of the best chasers in the game. His exploits while chasing a score in limited-overs cricket is well known by now and the pattern continues in the longest format. His average in the 1st and 3rd innings of a Test match are 31.48 and 24.10 respectively, while in 2nd and 4th innings averages are 70.68 and 60.81 respectively. He bats in a different level altogether when he has a target in sight. The last time he scored a fifty on home soil was against South Africa in the Freedom Series last year when he made 88 in the first Test of the four-match series at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi. (Also Read: Virat Kohli is a conventional cricketer with strong basics, says VVS Laxman)Repeated failures on home soil is frustrating not just for the player in question but also for the fans who come out in full support to watch their favourite batsman score big. While his captaincy has been highly impressive so far, the 27-year-old is facing one of the toughest challenges of his career with the bat. However, a champion player like Kohli is expected to overcome all these odds and roar back to form.last_img read more

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Nice Guys Also Finish First: Take Joe Torre

first_imgNEW YORK – You don’t have to be a baseball fan to know that August 23 was a special day in the world of sports. The number 6 worn by former New York Yankee manager Joseph Paul Torre will never be worn by another member of New York’s American League baseball team.The day brought smiles and some tears – not only to Yankee fans – at the game between the Yankees and the Chicago White Sox and sports fans across the country.The ceremony in the Bronx signified two things: the end of an era – the last of the core of great Yankees managed by Torre, Derek Jeter, retires this year – and a refutation of the phrase “nice guys finish last,” often miss-attributed to another successful but more volatile baseball manager, the late Leo Durocher.The team America loves to hate but which produces stars that also evoke universal reverence also unveiled a plaque that will be placed in the Monument Park section of the Cathedral of Baseball. The bronze award honors the manager whose Yankee teams appeared in the post season in each of his 12 Yankee seasons, winning six AL pennants and four worlds championships. Torre was 1,173-767-2 in the regular season and 76-47 in the postseason.Indeed, Torre finished last or close to the bottom of the heap numerous times during his tenure as manager of the Mets, Braves and Cardinals, but as Tyler Kepner noted in the New York Times, “the intersection of personal and professional factors,” made him the right man at the right time to earn glory in the Bronx, signified by four world championships and 12 consecutive post-season appearances.TNH was at Yankees Stadium, reporting on the tribute to a man whose qualities might have inspired Homer to sing his praises had he led men on a Trojan battlefield rather than a baseball diamond.Torre warmed the hearts of 47, 594 fans who filled the great Bronx ballyard with a moving speech that sang the praises his home town of New York, his players and coaches, and the Steinbrenner family, especially the late “Boss”, George M. Steinbrenner, famous for rebuilding the great franchise which had fallen on hard times, and for giving Torre the opportunity to manage his team.The boy from Brooklyn of humble origins reached high for words to describe the experience of presiding over the latest Yankee dynasty. Reminiscent of the the words of great astronauts and astronomers, Torre saying that while It’s a short walk from old Yankee Stadium to the new stadium, “It’s a long, long journey from the field to Monument Park. However, I was blessed to make that journey on the shoulders of some very special players.”Derek Jeter’s number 2 as the only single digit number still being worn on Yankees pinstripes, and that too will soon come to pass.The 40-year old Jeter, one of the oldest men to ever play the demanding position of shortstop, appear in the game on August 23, a scheduled day of rest, but he escorted Soot Zimmer, the wife of Torre’s dear friend and colleague, the late Don Zimmer, onto the field to present Torre with a proclamation from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio naming Saturday Joe Torre Day.“Torre, now an executive vice president for Major League Baseball, is the fourth member of the Yankees teams that won four World Series titles from 1996-2000 to be honored in Monument Park. Mariano Rivera was celebrated last season and Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill were give plaques earlier this summer. Bernie Williams will be recognized next year,” the Associated Press reported.There was also a ball game to delight the crowd which featured an excellent performance by winning pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, a home run by Carlos Beltran which was very welcome during a season when the team has not lived up to its “Bronx Bombers” nickname, and other signs of offensive life – the visiting White Sox turned in some spectacular defensive plays – that are vital to the Yankees’ efforts to send their Captain into the post season one last time, which would be a nice footnote – not an asterisk – to the career of the manager and mentor he always called “Mr. Torre.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Former Test opener Jamshed banned for ten years over spot-fixing

first_imgLahore, Aug 17 (AFP) Pakistan cricket banned former Test opener Nasir Jamshed for ten years today on multiple charges of spot fixing, wrapping up a 16-month investigation into a wide-ranging scandal that rocked the Pakistan Super League. Jamshed, 28, is the sixth player to be banned following the scandal that tainted the Twenty20 tournament in only its second year, and was described by cricket authorities as its lynchpin. “Today’s decision against Jamshed wraps up the fixing saga and the tribunal has banned him for ten years on multiple charges,” said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi in footage shared by the PCB on Twitter. Spot-fixing refers to illegal activity in a sport where a specific part of a game is fixed, unlike match-fixing, where the whole result is fixed. Jamshed was first banned for 12 months in December last year after he was found guilty of non-cooperation with the tribunal investigating allegations of spot-fixing. This year, he faced five further charges related to fixing, all of which were proven said Rizvi, who said it was “a matter of sadness that another player has spoiled his career.” Swashbuckling opener Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Nawaz, and Nasir Jamshed have also been given bans of varying lengths. Regarded as a talented left-hander, Jamshed played two Tests, 48 one-day and 18 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan. He hit three consecutive one-day hundreds against India in 2012. His career nosedived during the 2015 World Cup where he was found overweight and mocked at during fielding, managing just five runs in three matches.advertisement Jamshed and his lawyer Hasan Warraich had rejected the charges.Rizvi said Jamshed will not be allowed to hold any office even after the ban expires. “His name will be put on the list of avoided people,” he said. (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more

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