Ahead of the fourth Test, starting here from Thursday, India coach Anil Kumble on Tuesday said he is happy with the outcomes from the Decision Review System (DRS) so far in the ongoing series against England. (‘No decision yet on Chennai Test, BCCI gauging sentiments after Jayalalithaa’s demise’)”It (DRS) has been really good, it has been an experiment that has been happening in the series, but overall players have been very satisfied with the outcome,” said Kumble.”I don’t think it’s a matter of scorekeeping which team has done better. It’s a matter of whether we have got a decision right and we have done that in the last three Tests.” (Wankhede pitch will be a slow turner, say groundsmen)On India’s forced shuffling of their opening combination multiple times in the series against England due to injuries, Kumble said, “Ya that’s not in our control. Injuries are part and parcel of the game and unfortunately (KL) Rahul got hit. Parthiv (Patel) came in the last game and did a fantastic job at the top. I am sure Rahul will have a hit today and should be fine,” the legendary leg-spinner added. (Parthiv retained for Mumbai Test, Ishant released)”For New Zealand also we had three different opening pairs. In West Indies too (Murali) Vijay got injured, then Shikhar was injured against New Zealand, then Gautam (Gambhir) had that freak injury in Indore but he could bat so there is something happening with the openers in terms of injury. Hope that it doesn’t go on.” (Never felt I was making a comeback after eight years, says Parthiv Patel)advertisementKumble said he doesn’t mind having a chat with National Cricket Academy (NCA) director and former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar on this issue.”So as a coach and as part of the coaching staff I would like to have a chat with Dilip (Vengsarkar, NCA director) since we are in Mumbai and with the injuries that we have had have been hamstring injuries which is common not just in cricket but in any sport,” he said.”And it’s all been cricketing injuries. Unfortunately Hardik (Pandya) got injured by a ball in the nets. Otherwise Rahul got hit while he was fielding at short leg, vijay got hit while he was batting. So did Shikhar. So it’s something that you have to live with.””The good part is people who have come in have been really good. Parthiv came in after eight years and didn’t show the nerves you would expect although he is a seasoned campaigner. He came in, he was asked to open and did brilliantly and kept wickets well too. We are in a good space,” Kumble added.The coach also heaped praise on the pace duo Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav.”The two fast bowlers have been brilliant right throughout since the time I have comeback in as a coach. It’s not just two of them, but Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Ishant (Sharma), all of them have contributed significantly. And to have some one like them sitting out is a credit to how Umesh and Shami have bowled.””We keep a track of workload, especially with fast bowlers. And if we feel we need to pullback on a certain player like we have done in the past, we will,” he 46-year-old said.”It’s a challenge that we have to play Tests with 4-5 days gap. Especially this series where every test has been five-day affairs. What is really creditable is the way they have bowled in the last hour of the day, coming back in the third spell or sometimes in the fourth spell.”On the lower order batting so well for India with three spinners in Jayant Yadav, R. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja all notching up half-centuries, Kumble said: “Contributions from every player in the team is important. If you look at all good teams, and if you want to be the No. 1 team, its important that every player in the playing XI contributes and keep raising the benchmark.””I was really pleased with the three spinners in the last Test match when they got those fifties under pressure,” he concluded.India lead the five-match series 2-0.
FREDERICTON – New Brunswick has signed a deal with a fourth company to supply marijuana for the province’s recreational market.The Liberal government says a memorandum of understanding has been signed with Nuuvera Inc. (TSXV:NUU)The agreement was reached as the federal government prepares to legalize the recreational use of cannabis later this year.On its website, the company says it will supply 2.5 million grams of cannabis and related products for the province’s marijuana market.Agreements have also been signed with three other producers: Organigram, Canopy Growth Corp. and Zenabis.One of the commitments in the memorandums is that suppliers will provide two per cent of their gross sales to the government to support its education efforts.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR By Barry SteinbergWe recently honored and buried Sen. John McCain. The accolades bestowed upon him were rich and well deserved. His commitment to fairness and the proper role of government in that regard merit no further comment than that a grateful nation has lost a valued and iconic public servant.The military base closure community is particularly indebted to Sen. McCain. He, unlike many of his colleagues, understood the domestic implications of warfighting and the toll that training activities and industrial operations at military bases have on our physical environment. In response to those consequences and the implications for redevelopment of former military bases, Sen. McCain sponsored and forcefully advocated for passage of section 330 of the 1993 National Defense Authorization Act, a provision of law that indemnifies owners, tenants and others in control of property closed pursuant to a base closure law for the environmental losses, costs, expenses and liabilities incurred as a result of military activities while the property was used by the Department of Defense (DOD). Without this protection, defense communities and developers were concerned the transfer and reuse of closed bases would be plagued by legal issues, environmental risk and costly delay.Unsurprisingly, DOD forcefully opposed the legislation, arguing that an open-ended indemnity obligation posed a risk to its budget. With equal vigor, Sen. McCain forcefully underscored the fairness and overwhelming need for the language he proposed adding to the authorization bill. Here are excerpts from the statement he made on the Senate floor in September 1992 during the chamber’s debate of the legislation:Under current law, receivers of closed base property can be successfully sued for pollution caused by Defense Department activities. Such suits might include environmental cleanup orders or civil damage claims.This situation is unjust and it must be remedied. We simply cannot ask states or businesses to assume potentially devastating liability for conditions they did not create. Moreover, the federal government has a duty to accept full and unconditional responsibility for its actions.Last year, I introduced legislation to ensure that the federal government remains fully responsible for hazardous waste problems at military installations after base closure. The bill requires the Department of Defense to defend, hold harmless, and indemnify innocent receivers of the property against claims arising from pollution caused by military activities. This protection is absolutely critical if we are to promote the timely and efficient transmission of base property to new and productive uses. How many states or employers are anxious to acquire base property without such protection?… In many cases, hazardous dumping by the military occurred prior to the enactment of our environmental laws. Such dumping probably would not be defined as negligent. Under the committee bill that would mean receivers of closed base property could not receive indemnification. The unfortunate result is that the innocent property owner pays for Uncle Sam’s mistakes.… Mr. President, base closure is a difficult and traumatic period for local economies which have grown dependent on the employment and economic activity provided by defense installations.We have a federal obligation to help facilitate a safe and timely transfer of base property to other productive uses. We cannot possibly achieve that goal if those who would put that property to use must risk everything in the process.We must do what is right — ensure, without condition, that the federal government will defend and indemnify states and employers who are sued over pollution caused by federal activities. My amendment will accomplish that goal.(138 Cong. Rec. S13982-01 (daily ed. Sept. 18, 1992), 1992 WL 229896; Pls. App. at Tab 18)The appeal to basic fairness is characteristic of Sen. McCain. He was not swayed by assertions that the public fisc would be at risk, recognizing instead that indemnification for DOD-caused contamination was essential to redevelopment and it was the right thing to do.We at ADC are beholden to the senator’s wisdom, foresight and willingness to carry the fight to the floor of Congress and ensure its passage. A belated thank you is well deserved.Barry Steinberg is a partner at Kutak Rock and an expert on environmental law for BRAC redevelopment. He has been speaking at ADC events for the past 28 years.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Burke
WORCESTER, MA — 635 graduates received a degree during Assumption College’s 102nd Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 12, held at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, MA.Wilmington residents Lucas Garrity and Jacqueline Ryan were among the graduates.The Commencement speaker, Robert Lewis Jr., chief executive officer of The BASE, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides athletic, education and career-building resources to enable student-athletes to pursue a college degree, shared his life story of struggle and achievement and inspired the Class of 2019 to live a life of meaning.In her introduction of Lewis, Julia Demkowicz ’19, salutatorian, shared of his tireless passion for empowering inner-city youth, specifically his efforts to break down the stereotypes of urban America.“Robert Lewis may not have had a lot growing up as a child of teenage parents who lived in public housing, but he did have love and the mindset that he could be successful despite any limitations society tried to place on him,” shared Demkowicz. “He grew up with a longing to share this message with others in similar situations. After reviewing a report on poverty that showed that Black and Latino men were disadvantaged in many ways, including lower graduation rates and higher incarceration rates, Lewis was determined to change this narrative by launching The BASE in 2013.”Assumption was one of the first institutions of higher education to partner with The BASE, providing scholarships and other opportunities to individuals in the program. Thus far, 11 The BASE students have attended Assumption; two graduated in 2018; four others are among the Class of 2019; five more will continue their studies next year. Nationwide, The BASE serves 1,400 individuals.“The BASE provides educational, athletic, and career-building resources to enable students to pursue college degrees,” explained Demkowicz. “All of these students enter the program through word of mouth and social media, a testament to the power of the program’s message. The BASE builds on the students’ passion for sports, including baseball, softball, and, most recently, basketball. The program gives them a sense of belonging and also provides academic resources, such as homework support, writing workshops, SAT prep classes, and college and career visits.”Lewis shared that through The BASE, students were provided opportunities to obtain a college degree, but also to change hearts and minds.“I started The BASE because I wanted to shift the narrative,” explained Lewis. “Urban talent is American talent. When you look at me, what do you see? Your future. You see the next generation of a workforce. Don’t call us at-risk. Don’t call us underserved. Don’t call us disadvantaged. What you might call us are college graduates. And that’s what we’re doing.”Following an incident in which his house was firebombed when he was 16, Lewis “knew at that moment that I was going to do something good for humanity.” Later in life, he would collaborate with Nelson Mandela in South Africa to build a national service model. He also advised British Prime Minister David Cameron during a period of unrest in the United Kingdom in 2011 and served as an advisor to the nation of Haiti following an earthquake there. On Mother’s Day, Lewis shared with graduates the limitless potential of their future, especially when supported by a mother’s love.“Nelson Mandela, David Cameron and Haiti,” Lewis pondered. “Who would have thought that a person born to a mom at 18 with a fourth-grade education that those opportunities could come? She did. And that’s what you have graduates, when you look around and you see your parents. They see your future, and it’s bright.”“As I look out into this crowd today, what I see is a kaleidoscope of beautiful people filled with promise and hope,” shared Lewis. “You represent what is great in our country right now and for generations to come. I am inspired by you and I know your families are so proud of you.”Lewis also expressed his gratitude to Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D. for his support of The BASE program.“President Cesareo, your belief in The BASE and our organizationis changing the game for urban young people throughout the country,” shared Lewis. “I want our student-athletes from The BASE Boston, BASE Chicago, BASE Indianapolis and Pittsburgh to experience this wonderful institution and they will.”In closing, Lewis called upon the Class of 2019 to make a difference in the lives of others.“Be impactful, every day,” Lewis concluded. “Influence others to greatness and lead with your soul. The future will be shared by those willing to commit their minds and bodies to the task.”In addition to delivering the Commencement address, Lewis received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. An honorary degree was also conferred upon Sr. Anne Credidio, B.V.M., who raised funds to rehabilitate a neglected hospital wing in Ecuador for those with leprosy and restored dignity to those suffering from the disease. The recipients were honored for their dedication to community service and living the mission of Assumption College.During the ceremony-in which 456 Bachelor of Arts degrees; 144 graduate studies degrees (Master of Arts and Master of Business Administration) and certificates; and 35 Continuing and Career Education degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, and associates) were awarded-Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., president of Assumption College, urged graduates to be mindful of the mission of the College as they go forth to use their gifts and talents to better the world.“The Catholic intellectual tradition at Assumption College has challenged you to examine your life, to examine the values which define your life as you became more aware of who you are, who you wanted to become, and how you would live this out each day of your life,” said President Cesareo to the graduating class. “You have discovered your vocation during your time at Assumption. Our society today needs individuals such as yourself who have developed a moral and ethical framework grounded in a Catholic worldview, who understand that policies, decisions, and actions devoid of values have negative consequences which will be detrimental to the common good.”Zachary Fournier ’19, Class of 2019 valedictorian, shared how as students, and now as graduates, they have been called to light the way for others.“Each of us, in a way unique to our experiences, has been shaped by our time here at Assumption College,” said Fournier. “Each and every one of us is unique, in both where we come from and where we are going: sitting among us are students who discovered their future calling as doctors, scientists, business professionals, and educators, commuters who have found a second home as welcoming as their own, and those who may have never before known true friendship who now have lifelong bonds. Regardless of where we came from, Assumption College enabled us to find our vocation and where we are going. Just as our school has shaped us, however, we have left a lasting impact on the campus we have called our home through our achievements in and beyond the classroom, through our collective impact on our community, and through our service to others. As we go forth, keep the flame that was ignited four years ago burning brightly. Use it to do the same for others, illuminating their lives as Assumption College has ours.”(NOTE: The above announcement is from Assumption College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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The guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) is shown in the South China Sea, March 6, 2016.ReutersThe US military said on Wednesday it sent a Navy warship through the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from China, a move likely to anger China during a period of tense relations between Washington and Beijing.Taiwan is among a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which include a trade war, US sanctions and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States also conducts freedom-of-navigation patrols.China on Wednesday warned that it is ready for war if there was any move towards Taiwan’s independence, accusing the United States of undermining global stability and denouncing its arms sales to the self-ruled island.The warship sent to the 112-mile-wide (180-km) Taiwan Strait was identified as the Antietam.”The (ship’s) transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, said in a statement. “The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows,” he added.The voyage risks raising further tensions with China but will likely be viewed by self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support from US President Donald Trump’s administration amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing.The United States has no formal ties with Taiwan but is bound by law to help provide the island with the means to defend itself and is its main source of arms.China has been ramping up pressure to assert its sovereignty over the island, which it considers a wayward province of “one China” and sacred Chinese territory.On Wednesday, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a news briefing on a defence white paper, the first like it in several years to outline the military’s strategic concerns, that China would make its greatest effort for peaceful reunification with Taiwan.”If there are people who dare to try to split Taiwan from the country, China’s military will be ready to go to war to firmly safeguard national sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity,” he said.China has repeatedly sent military aircraft and ships to circle Taiwan on exercises in the past few years and worked to isolate it internationally, whittling down its few remaining diplomatic allies.
Donald TrumpUS president Donald Trump will convene his national security team Sunday and weigh possibly drastic economic sanctions against North Korea after Pyongyang test-fired what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb able to fit atop a missile.“The national security team is monitoring this closely,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “The president and his national security team will have a meeting to discuss further later today.”In a tweet Sunday, Trump denounced the powerful test-said to be the North’s first blast to exceed in power the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan-as “very hostile and dangerous to the United States.”Other world leaders joined in the denunciation. China and Russia sharply condemned it, South Korean President Moon Jae-In called for the “strongest punishment,” and Britain said China should step up economic pressure on the North.In Washington, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he was preparing a package of economic sanctions to do that-measures “that would go as far as cutting off all trade and other business” with the North.“I’m going to draft a sanctions package and send it to the president for his strong consideration so anybody (who) wants to do trade or business with them will be prevented from doing trade or business with us,” Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday.”But he also said Trump had made it clear that “he will consider everything” and “look at all our options.”While the United States has virtually no trade with the North, the burden of sanctions such as Mnuchin described would fall heavily on China. About 90 percent of North Korean exports go to China.Early last month the United Nations Security Council adopted a seventh set of sanctions aimed at depriving the North of a billion dollars in income from exports. China approved the measures.Trump has repeatedly insisted that Beijing lean on the neighboring Pyongyang regime to stop its nuclear and missile development.But on Sunday he also aimed criticism at the government in Seoul, tweeting that the time for talks was over and that “appeasement” would not work.