Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee and has also received an official reprimand following his late night outing in Dubai after the fourth ODI against Australia.The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Monday that team manager, Talat Ali had held a hearing at which Umar pleaded guilty and also apologised for his actions.A video clip emerged on social media showing Umar having a late night outing after Pakistan had lost the fourth ODI in Dubai, following which a debate stirred on whether the batsman had shown indiscipline or his personal life should be respected.Video that is allegedly Umar Akmal last night at a concert by Akon in Dubai pic.twitter.com/bql2QtOakuSaj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) March 31, 2019The batsman, who has had a history of run-ins with the establishment and disciplinary issues, was recalled for the ODI series against Australia after showing good form in the Pakistan Super League after having spent nearly two-and-half years on the sidelines.Head coach Mickey Arthur, who had a run-in with Umar in Lahore last year, has said that while Umar’s attitude has improved, he needs to work more on his fitness.PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan said: “I am glad that Umar has realised his mistake and has accepted and apologised for his actions, which were clearly unprofessional and in no way can be ignored or overlooked.”The PCB expects a high level of professionalism and commitment from its players, and this action is a reiteration and timely reminder that any indiscipline shall not be tolerated or accepted.advertisementAlso Read | Maybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening: Dale SteynAlso Read | Twitter poll instead of coin toss in cricket: ICC announces Test reforms on April 1
APTN National NewsThe Ontario government is responding to their recent court victory over the Grassy Narrows First Nation.The long legal battle had to do with logging permits and who had the right to the approve them.The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled the province does overturning a previous court decision.Natural Resources David Orazietti spoke with APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo.
APTN National NewsComplaints over consultation don’t appear to be slowing down major energy projects in New Brunswick.Both a pipeline and an open pit mine are proposed for Maliseet territory.The grassroots, and some chief and councils, are opposed.Many are raising questions about the consultation process.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.
Former Congress leader Sushil Kumar Sharma, serving life imprisonment for the gruesome murder of his wife Naina Sahni and trying to destroy evidence by burning the body in a restaurant’s tandoor, on Thursday got a breather for four more weeks, with Delhi high court extending his parole. Justice Siddharth Mridul, while granting relief said since Sharma’s parole has been extended on various occasions on the ground of his mother’s ailment, this was the “final” opportunity. He was asked to surrender before jail authorities on expiry of his parole without “demur”. “In view of the fact that the petitioner has remained in jail for over 20 years and is the only son of his 81-year-old father and 78-year-old mother, he has an obligation to provide medication to his ailing mother. I see no impediment in granting him one final parole. “The parole granted to the petitioner is resultantly extended for further four weeks from July 27 onwards on the same terms and conditions (issued on May 7 while granting him parole),” the court said, adding that “the petitioner also undertakes to surrender before the jail authorities on expiry of his parole without demur”.
Share Norway is building the world’s first ship tunnel Thursday, April 6, 2017 By: Jan M. Olsen Source: The Associated Press Tags: Britain & Europe, Norway << Previous PostNext Post >> COPENHAGEN — Norway plans to build the world’s first tunnel for ships, a 1,700-meter passageway burrowed through a piece of rocky peninsula that will allow vessels to avoid a treacherous part of sea.Construction of the Stad Ship Tunnel, which would be able to accommodate cruise and freight ships weighing up to 16,000 tons, is expected to open in 2023.It will be 36m wide and 49m tall and is estimated to cost at least 2.7 billion kroner.Credit: The Norwegian Coastal AdministrationCredit: The Norwegian Coastal AdministrationCredit: The Norwegian Coastal AdministrationCredit: The Norwegian Coastal AdministrationNorwegian Transportation Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen had said Wednesday that sea currents and underwater topography in this part of the country’s southwestern coast “result in particularly complex wave conditions.”“We are pleased that the ship tunnel now becomes reality,” Solvik-Olsen said, adding that travel time between Norwegian cities and towns in the area would be reduced. Over the years, plans for a ship tunnel in Stad had been floated but now a project with a financing is ready, he said.More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?The tunnel is expected to be located at the narrowest point of the Stadlandet peninsula and the weather has for decades been considered an obstacle for shipping.Project manager Terje Andreassen said engineers will have to blast out an estimated eight million tons of rock to build the tunnel. Construction is expected to start at the earliest in 2019.Under the plan, passenger traffic will be given priority but leisure boats and other vessels can also use the tunnel. It will be free of charge for vessels measuring less than 70 metres, and vessels longer than that would have to be led.Vessels sailing through the tunnel likely will get slot times from a traffic centre – like planes at an airport – to avoid congestion.
TORONTO — Porter Airlines is the latest airline to introduce a new entry-level fare class to meet increasing demand for price flexibility.Called Basic, the entry-level fare “is designed to provide essential services for passengers with definite travel plans, and delivers the lowest available price on select flights booked at least 21 days prior to departure”, says the airline.With the new fare, itinerary changes or cancellations are not permitted, and no refunds or credits are issued. Online check-in is allowed, while boarding passes must be retrieved at the airport check-in counter.For passengers flying with this fare, one personal item like a small purse or briefcase is permitted onboard. All other bags must be checked for a fee. Other service options like advance seat selection are also available at additional cost.Porter says its Basic fare is now available on select routes, including Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, and Windsor. Additional routes are planned over a period of time.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthPorter now has four fare classes: Freedom (all optional services included, refundable, changeable and cancelable); Flexible (some optional services included); Standard, formerly Firm (discounted fares with all optional services available for a fee); and Basic (lowest fare with some optional services available for a fee).All passengers, regardless of fare class, receive complimentary premium services like beer, wine and snacks onboard, as well as lounge access in select airports. VIPorter members in the First, Priority and Passport categories also get the benefits of their loyalty status when booking any fare class.On who the Basic fare is best suited to, Michael Deluce, Porter Airlines’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, says: “This product appeals to the most price-conscious traveller. The Basic fare will attract new customers who are looking for the lowest price. Like all Porter fares, it includes our award-winning Flying Refined service.”Porter’s Basic fare comes on the heels of United Airlines’ latest lowest-priced fares announced last month, considered to be the first step towards a Basic Economy product on United’s transatlantic flights.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterLufthansa announced a similar fare in May called Economy ‘Light’ on routes to North America served by Lufthansa, SWISS, Brussels Airlines and Austrian Airlines.And back in February, both Air Canada and WestJet launched basic fares. Air Canada introduced its Economy Basic fare on select routes and flights within Canada, and then expanded availability to select transborder and transatlantic routes.Air Canada’s Economy Basic was in line with several other airlines that have launched basic no-frills fares within the past couple of years, including British Airways, Air France KLM, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines.A week after Air Canada launched Economy Basic, WestJet matched Air Canada’s move with its new Econo (Lowest) fare. Posted by Thursday, July 12, 2018