Australia vs India Tips and Odds – 1st Twenty20 2020


Australia host
India
at Manuka Oval on Friday December 4, 2020. Australia are favourites for the game which is scheduled to start at 7:10 pm. We preview the game and give you our tips and information on how you can watch the Australia vs.
India
game live.

When: Friday December 4, 2020 at 7:10 pm

Where: Manuka Oval

Bet: Bet On This Match HERE

Australia vs India Odds

Australia vs India Preview

The Australian and Indian teams will head to Manuka Oval in Canberra on Friday for the first of a three match series of Twenty20 matches.

Australia were too good in the ODI series but the Indians will be backing themselves to bounce back in the T20’s.

It’ll be interesting to see the lineup Australia take into the match as they’ll need to tighten up their bowling if they want to restrict India from getting on top.

I’m backing India to take the win here.

Australia vs India Tip

We”re tipping India to win at $2.08 odds.





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Australia vs India Tips and Odds – 1st ODI Cricket Match 2020


Australia host
India
at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday November 27, 2020. Australia are favourites for the game which is scheduled to start at 2:40 pm. We preview the game and give you our tips and information on how you can watch the Australia vs.
India
game live.

When: Friday November 27, 2020 at 2:40 pm

Where: Sydney Cricket Ground

Bet: Bet On This Match HERE

Australia vs India Odds

Australia vs India Preview

Sydney Cricket Ground will play host to Friday’s ODI between Australia and India.

Australia will head into the highly anticipated match as well supported favourites but India are a top quality side so they’re going to take some beating.

It might come as a surprise but Australia are only 4th in the ODI rankings behind England, India and New Zealand. But this is on home soil and I’m backing the Aussies to get the win here.

Head To Head Bet

We”re tipping Australia to win at $1.65 odds.





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Canada’s 1st Indigenous coast guard auxiliary has launched in B.C.


First Nations along B.C.’s West Coast have a long history of responding to emergencies in the Pacific.

Now, more than four years since it was announced, the Indigenous Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary has fully launched in B.C. — already having completed a number of missions.

The auxiliary consists of 50 volunteer members from five first nations along B.C.’s coast — the Ahousat, the Heiltsuk, the Gitxaala, the Nisgaa and the Kitasoo.

Tuesday evening, the auxiliary was dispatched to a call in Bella Bella, where someone was in the water. The mission was a success.

“Luckily, the person was found safe and sound,” said Conrad Cowan, the executive director of the auxiliary.

“Here we are, right into the fray already.”

Cowan says the auxiliary will now work in tandem with the Canadian Coast Guard, responding to remote areas that would take the Coast Guard a long time to attend.

As well, he says the Indigenous mariners who have now joined the auxiliary have a wealth of knowledge of their territorial waters.

The Coastal Nations Coast Guard Auxiliary performs a night rescue along B.C.’s West Coast. (Photo by Andrew Szeto)

Cowan admits, even with his extensive background as a Search and Rescue technician with the military, sometimes his skills don’t compare, especially when it comes to navigating the waters and whirlpools along the coast.

“They are extremely accomplished,” he said, speaking with All Points West host Kathryn Marlow. “They’ve been doing this for a very long time. They know the waters.”

And as the man in charge, Cowan has no complaints.

“It really does make my job easy, doesn’t it? I just have to keep the lights on and get the equipment to them.”

The volunteer members have also been provided with proper training, equipment and certification for their community boats. He says brand new Search and Rescue boats are also being built thanks to government grants.

And, fortunately for those travelling up and down the coast, Conrad believes this is only the beginning for the auxiliary, which he hopes to one day expand to other First Nations.



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1st HIV self-test approved in Canada


Federal regulators have approved the first HIV self-test in Canada, a long-awaited move that experts have said is critical to reaching people who don’t know they have the virus.

Health Canada granted a medical device licence on Monday to a one-minute, finger-prick blood test manufactured by Richmond, B.C.-based bioLytical Laboratories.

Canada follows dozens of other countries in greenlighting the technology, which has been endorsed by the World Health Organization as a tool to reduce the number of people with undiagnosed HIV.

The principal investigator of a study that was submitted to regulators as part of their review says the approval of HIV self-testing could “open incredible doors” to increasing access to life-extending treatments and preventing the spread of infection in Canada.

Dr. Sean Rourke, a scientist with the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, says he’s working with community organizations across the country to launch a tele-health program in January that will distribute 60,000 self-tests and connect people with care.

Rourke says the need for self-testing has become even more important as a recent survey of roughly 300 front-line providers suggests the COVID-19 crisis has cut access to clinical HIV testing services nearly in half.



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Following confirmation to Supreme Court, Barrett takes 1st oath at White House


Following the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the White House hosted a ceremony where Justice Clarence Thomas administered the official constitutional oath to Barrett.

Supreme Court justices are required to take two oaths before they may execute the duties of their appointed office: the constitutional oath and the judicial oath.

Barrett will take the judicial oath on Tuesday in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court. Following that oath, she will officially become an active participant in court proceedings.

After taking the constitutional oath, Barrett used her brief remarks at the White House ceremony tonight to speak about the need for a federal judge to case aside her policy preferences in her decision-making.

“The confirmation process has made ever clearer to me one of the fundamental differences between the federal judiciary and the United States Senate. And perhaps the most acute is the role of policy preferences,” Barrett said. “It is the job of a senator to pursue her policy preferences. In fact, it would be a dereliction of duty for her to put policy goals aside. By contrast, it is the job of a judge to resist her policy preferences. It would be a dereliction of duty for her to give into them. Federal judges don’t stand for election. Thus, they have no basis for claiming that their preferences reflect those of the people. This separation of duty from political preference is what makes the judiciary distinct among the three branches of government.”

As Barrett gets ready to join the court just one week before the election — and Democrats fear she’ll intervene in any disputes arising from the vote — Barrett added, “A judge declares independence not only from Congress and the president but also from the private beliefs that might otherwise move her.”

“The oath that I have solemnly taken tonight means at its core that I will do my job without any fear or favor, and that I will do so independently of both the political branches and of my own preferences,” said said.

In his opening remarks, Trump called it a momentous day for America, the Constitution and the fair and impartial rule of law.

“The Constitution is the ultimate defense of American liberty, the faithful application of the law is the cornerstone of our republic. That is why as president I have no more solemn obligation of no greater honor than to appoint Supreme Court justices,” President Donald Trump said at the beginning of the ceremony on the South Lawn.

“It is highly fitting that Justice Barrett fills the seat of a true pioneer for women, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Trump continued. “Tonight, Justice Barrett becomes not only the fifth woman to serve on our nation’s highest court, but the very first mother of school-aged children to become a Supreme Court justice. Very important.”

Face coverings were required for all those attending, a senior White House official said in a statement, and the seated audience was socially distanced on the South Lawn. People “in close proximity” to the president were to be tested in advance.

The White House declined to comment on the number of attendees, but a pool report indicated there were about 200 chairs set up on the lawn.

Sen. Mike Lee, who tested positive six days after attending Barrett’s Sept. 26 nominating event in the Rose Garden, attended Monday night’s ceremony clad in a face mask. He was seen talking to national security adviser Robert O’Brien ahead of the event. O’Brien, also wearing a mask, tested positive for COVID-19 in July.

After the ceremony concluded, Barrett and Trump walked up to the South Portico and posed for cameras before being joined by their respective spouses. All were mask-less. The four of them, joined by a mask-less Thomas, proceeded into the White House.

The Senate floor vote began shortly before 8 p.m. and was completed in minutes. The vote was 52-48. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was the lone Republican to join the Democrats who unanimously voted against the confirmation. It was one of the narrowest Supreme Court confirmation votes in American history.

The count was the same as the confirmation vote for Thomas in 1991. Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by a vote of 50-48 in 2018. Ginsburg was confirmed 96-3 in 1993.

It’s “the most conservative court in 100 years,” Kate Shaw, Cardozo School of Law professor and ABC News Contributor, said on ABC News Live Prime.

At 48, Barrett becomes the youngest member of the court and will be there for generations. She’s made history as the 115th justice — and just the 5th woman to serve. She is the first mother of school-aged children and the only member of the court who did not graduate from the Ivy League.

On Sunday, senators voted along party lines to quash a Democratic filibuster of Barrett to replace the late liberal icon, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, joined Democrats in the vote.

Murkowski had initially opposed moving a nominee so close to the election, saying “fair is fair” given that her own party had blockaded President Barack Obama’s pick in 2016 to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia eight months before the election, but with Republicans securing the necessary votes for confirmation, Murkowski has changed course.

“While I oppose the process that has led us to this point,” Murkowski said in a Saturday floor speech. “I do not hold it against her as an individual who has navigated the gauntlet with grace, skill and humility.”

ABC News’ John Santucci, Katherine Faulders and Lauren King contributed to this report.



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Nest of ‘murder hornets’ in Washington state 1st in US: Officials


Entomologists plan to eliminate the Asian giant hornet nest on Saturday.

Washington state entomologists discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the United States this week, officials said.

The “murder hornets” were first spotted in the state late last year, and entomologists have since been on alert for the massive insects, which can devastate honey bee populations.

After weeks of trapping and searching, Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologists located what they said is the first nest of its kind in the U.S., in Blaine, north of Seattle near the Canadian border.

The nest was found after four live hornets were caught this week in traps the agriculture department set up in the area. Entomologists were able to attach radio trackers to three of the hornets, and one of them led them to the nest — located in the cavity of a tree on private property — Wednesday afternoon, officials said. The team observed dozens of hornets entering and leaving the tree.

The property owner gave the agency permission to eradicate the nest and, if necessary, remove the tree, officials said. The agency was unable to eliminate the nest Friday due to bad weather and plans to try again Saturday, officials said.

Entomologists said they expect to extract anywhere from 100 to 200 hornets from the tree based on findings from thermal cameras. The plan is to extract the insects using a vacuum, the agency’s managing entomologist, Sven Spichiger, said during a press briefing Friday afternoon.

“We will be jamming foam into the entrance and Saran-wrapping it so that we can control the release of hornets from the nest,” Spichiger said. “This will allow us to do the vacuum extraction in a little bit more controlled environment.”

The hornets typically nest in the ground, so the discovery of the nest about 8 feet up in the tree cavity was unexpected, Spichiger said. He did note that there is a possibility that this is not the real nest and that the hornets have “robbed a honeybee nest.” But “that is unlikely,” he added. Entomologists were looking to confirm it was the nest on Friday.

The first confirmed detection of an Asian giant hornet in the U.S. was in Whatcom County, Washington, in December, with two verified reports of the insect near Blaine. Two were also discovered in British Columbia, Canada, last fall.

Since then, 20 hornets have been caught in Whatcom County, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Spichiger said there is a “very good possibility” there is more than just this one nest in the area, given the evidence they have so far. The agency plans to keep the traps up through the end of November. “That should tell us a little more,” he added.

Hundreds of traps have been set throughout Washington by state agriculture department staff, scientists and others, in an attempt to eliminate the pest. The world’s largest hornet, at 2 inches, the apex predator can kill an entire honey bee hive in just hours. With bee populations already in decline in the U.S., in what’s known as “colony collapse disorder,” the hornets pose another threat to the ecosystem if they become established over several years.

“Unfortunately, managed honeybees we use here have no natural defense against them,” Spichiger said. “Stopping this cold is very crucial.”

“You should be cautiously optimistic that we’re still only talking about Whatcom County at this point,” he later said.

For humans, the hornet’s sting is more painful than that of a typical bee or wasp, and people are advised to use caution near the insects and not attempt to remove or eradicate nests themselves.

Native to Asian countries including China and Japan, it’s not known how the hornets arrived in the Pacific Northwest, though through international cargo is one theory.



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Navy’s 1st batch of women pilots ready for take-off


Kolkata, Oct. 22 : The first batch of women pilots of the Indian Navy have been operationalized on Dornier aircraft by the Southern Naval Command (SNC) at Kochi. They are Lieutenant Divya Sharma from Malviya Nagar in New Delhi, Lieutenant Shubhangi Swaroop from Tilhar in Uttar Pradesh and Lieutenant Shivangi from Muzaffarpur in  Bihar.

The three women pilots were part of the six pilots of the 27th Dornier Operational Flying Training (DOFT) Course, who graduated as ‘Fully operational Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) Pilots’ at a passing out ceremony held at INS Garuda, Kochi on Thursday.

 

SNC Chief Staff Officer (Training) Rear Admiral Antony George presented awards to the pilots who are now fully qualified on Dornier aircraft for all operational missions.

These officers had initially undergone basic flying training partly with the Indian Air Force and partly with the Navy prior to the DOFT course. Amongst the three women pilots operationalized for MR flying, Lt Shivangi was the first to qualify as a naval pilot on December 2 last year.

The course comprised of one month of ground training phase which was conducted at various professional schools of the SNC and eight months of flying training at the Dornier Squadron of SNC, INAS 550. Lt Divya Sharma & Lt Shivam Pandey were adjudged ‘First in Flying’ and ‘First in Ground’ subjects, respectively.

 



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Costa Group 1st half results announced


Australia’s leading grower, packer and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables today announced its financial results for the half year ended 28th June 2020 (1HCY20). Presentation materials for the investor and analyst webcast and conference call to be hosted by Costa commencing at 10:00am today have been lodged with ASX. These materials can also be accessed at http://investors.costagroup.com.au/Investor-Centre/

Key Headlines
• Australian operations now recovered from weather and drought challenges of late CY19 and 1HCY20.

• Strong performance from International segment. EBITDA-SL growth of 98% versus 1HCY19.

• Broad based forward momentum in Australian portfolio into 2HCY20 with market conditions showing sizable improvement driving increased earnings.

• High water security achieved across all sites.

• 1HCY20 financial impact from drought estimated at circa $15m EBITDA-SL in Tomato and Berry categories. Crops recovered to full yield by May, with new Corindi (NSW) raspberry crops coming on stream from mid – August and blackberry crop from mid – October.

• Strong retail mushroom demand throughout half, complemented by Monarto facility expansion fully commissioned in July and meeting production targets.

• As previously flagged, citrus season volume lower than normal plus quality impact from hail storm of late CY19.

• Strong citrus export and domestic demand and pricing with encouraging expectations for balance of season.

• Aggregate market conditions favourable across our core product portfolio versus prior period. Supports our view of positive financial outcomes in 2HCY20.

• Improved leverage of 1.66x, with strong balance sheet and cashflow generation.

• Strategy and investment profile supports business resilience, sustained growth and long term shareholder returns.

To view the full announcment, click here.



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