On a roll with four consecutive victories, two-time champions Mumbai Indians would look to continue the winning streak when they take on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League match, here on Thursday.WATCH: How WAGS inspired their cricket star husbands in IPL 2017Having won four out of the five matches they played so far, Mumbai Indians are placed second with eight points and would certainly start as favourites against Kings XI Punjab, who have managed to win just two of their five games.Even though Mumbai’s top order is yet to click, the middle and lower order have more than made up for the poor starts.Skipper Rohit Sharma, who did not have an ideal start to the tournament, made a strong comeback in the previous match against Gujarat Lions with an unbeaten 40 off 29 deliveries, while Kieron Pollard continued with his fine run, scoring a quickfire 23-ball 39.Young Nitish Rana has been a consistent contributer for Mumbai this season. He chipped in with a brilliant half- century in the last match to enable Mumbai toppled Gujarat Lions by six wickets.In fact, one of the biggest positives for Mumbai has been the form of the Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal. The duo have come up with significant all-round performances.Come tomorrow, Mumbai would look to their batsmen to shine again and dominate the opponents.Harbhajan Singh has been fantastic in the powerplay overs, while Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan have also been among wickets. McClenaghan returned with impressive figures of two for 24 to help the team restrict Gujarat to 176 for four in their last game.advertisementKings XI Punjab, on the other hand, will have their task cut out against a strong Mumbai outfit.Despite starting their campaign with back-to-back victories, Kings XI slipped in the next three games and would now be desperate to get back to winning ways.Kings XI have some dangerous batsmen, especially the three ‘Ms’ — skipper Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Eoin Morgan — besides Hashim Amla who can pile up runs but none of them clicked in the last three outings.The lone battle was fought by Manan Vohra in the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, as he scored a fabulous 50 -ball 90 but Kings XI still lost by five runs while chasing a modest 160-run target due to lack of support from the other end.Kings XI would desperately want the big names to stand up and make their presence felt against Mumbai tomorrow.Their bowling unit, which includes a reliable Mohit Sharma, experienced Ishant Sharma and talented Axar Patel, needs to fire in unison.Teams (From):Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Parthiv Patel, Tim Southee, Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Saurabh Tiwary, Karn Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Siddhesh Lad, Nicholas Pooran, Shreyas Gopal, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kulwant Khejroliya.Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (capt), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma.
Veteran journalist Rajat Sharma was on Monday elected President of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) after bagging 54.4 percent of votes in his favour.Sharma beat former World Cup winning India cricketer Madan Lal by 517 votes to register his win.Sharma’s group swept all the 12 seats in the polls. The journalist bagged a total of 1,521 votes while Madan Lal could only poll 1,004. A third candidate, advocate Vikas Singh, got 232 votes.”I thank all members of DDCA who voted and reposed their trust in us. I now invite all the members to join hands to bring about transparency in the functioning of DDCA,” Sharma tweeted after his victory.Sharma’s faction included Rakesh Bansal who won the Vice President’s post with 48.87 per cent votes 1,364 votes.Among the other notable winners was former sports committee head Vinod Tihara (1,374 votes), who became Secretary defeating nearest rival Manjeet Singh by 376 votes.Tihara is expected to run the daily affairs of DDCA.The Joint Secretary’s post went to Rajan Manchanda (1,402), younger brother of former treasurer Ravinder who beat Pushpender Chauhan by 449 votes. Pushpender is the younger brother of Chetan Chauhan.For Treasurer’s post, Om Prakash Sharma beat Deepak Singh got 1,241 votes.Coach Sanjay Bhardwaj was elected for the Director’s post (first class cricketer) while Renu Khanna became the woman director.
OTTAWA – Chronic low income among so-called “family-class” immigrants is a concern that needs to be addressed not just for humanitarian reasons, but also to help sustain the Canadian economy, a new report from the Conference Board of Canada suggests.As the country becomes more dependent on newcomers to fill labour needs, Canada should be looking to improve the labour market barriers and quality of life for newcomers, says the report released Tuesday.“Low earnings and the prevalence of chronic low income among the family class are issues of concern that need to be addressed to help boost the living standards of immigrant families,” it says.Doing so, it continues, would “help Canada benefit from their human capital in the labour market as it becomes more dependent on immigrant support for its economic growth.”The study measures how the three classes of immigrants contribute to the economy and shows that while Canada has prioritized economic-class immigrants since the mid-1990s, family-class immigrants do more to boost retention rates and improve outcomes for immigrant families.Newcomers to Canada through family reunification and private sponsorship programs earn significantly less on average than the average Canadian wage, but having family on hand to help with child care allows them to boost their household income by working longer hours.Family reunification also promotes settlement and integration of immigrants into communities, which encourages better retention rates.“This underscores the utility of family reunification to economic development policy, as it helps to stimulate demand within the economy and add workers to the labour supply,” says the report — especially key for Atlantic Canada, where family-class immigrants have been staying in larger numbers than their economic counterparts.The findings emphasize the importance of viewing family-class immigrants through an economic policy lens, the board notes, given the fact Canada will continue to be dependent on a steady stream of new arrivals to maintain a sustainable level of economic growth.Statistics Canada data shows the number of deaths in Canada is forecast to overcome the rate of births by 2034, meaning a shrinking workforce that not even the rapid advancement of automation will be able to absorb.Shutting the doors to immigrants completely would likely lead to a smaller workforce, higher taxes and dwindling social services, the study found, while boosting immigration rates to one per cent of the population would result in modest growth.“Immigration has been vital to Canada’s prosperity throughout the country’s history and is poised to play an even bigger role moving forward. Canada needs to remain proactive in its efforts to benefit from immigration,” the report concludes.— Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.
Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Loaded, Velvet Revolver) and Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz are the latest performers announced for the ninth annual MusiCares Map Fund benefit concert, taking place May 30 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.They join previously announced performers Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) with surprise guests; Tony Alva and his band Chicken Noodle Project featuring Ray Barbee and Matt Rainwater; Early Morning Rebel featuring vocalist Nathan James, guitarist Dustin Bath and drummer Joshua Mervin; rock musician/songwriter Ida Maria with drummer Dave Krusen, bassist Jenni Tarma and guitarist Stefan Tornby; and GRAMMY-winning musician and songwriter Slash. Artist Mix Master Mike will DJ and comedian Andy Dick will make a special appearance.Bennington, lead vocalist of two-time GRAMMY-winning band Linkin Park, will be presented with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award by Mike Shinoda, co-lead vocalist and producer of Linkin Park, for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to the addiction recovery process. Alva, legendary skateboarder, surfer, musician, and original member of the skateboarding team Dogtown Z-Boys, will be presented with the MusiCares From the Heart Award by Anthony Kiedis, lead vocalist of multi-GRAMMY-winning band Red Hot Chili Peppers, for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization.All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.For MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert dinner and concert ticket information, contact Wynnie Wynne 310.392.3777 or firstname.lastname@example.org. General admission seats are available via AXS.