Smith fires Australia to victory over Pakistan in Canberra

first_imgMELBOURNE (Reuters) – Steve Smith struck a sparkling half-century to fire Australia to an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in their T20 match in Canberra on Tuesday.The former captain’s unbeaten 80 from 51 balls gave Australia a 1-0 lead in their three-match series after the opener was washed out in Sydney on Sunday.Pakistan managed to do what Sri Lanka couldn’t in the previous series — removed David Warner — but they had no answers for the peerless Smith, who put on a clinic of clean hitting as Australia mopped up Pakistan’s modest total of 150 for six with nine balls to spare.“It was nice to be there at the end to get the boys home,” Smith said. “It was probably a 170-ish wicket, I reckon, so they (Australia) bowled beautifully.“It was just about timing in the end.”With both sides unchanged from Sydney, Pakistan elected to bat after winning the toss but their hopes of a statement innings were dashed by regular top order wickets. Babar Azam was left to piece together the innings with Iftikhar Ahmed before the opener-captain was removed for 50 by a piece of fielding magic from Warner, who threw down the stumps from long-range.Iftikhar slogged his way to an unbeaten 62 to give Pakistan a total to defend. It soon seemed insufficient, however, as Australia skipper Aaron Finch and Warner stormed out of the blocks, smashing 30 runs in three overs before Warner was bowled for 20 by Mohammad Amir.It was Warner’s first dismissal in five T20Is, having been two not out in the rained-out Sydney game and unbeaten with scores of 57, 60 and 100 in the 3-0 series sweep of Sri Lanka.“We are disappointed but Steve Smith took the match away,” Babar said through a translator.“It’s very difficult when we lose early wickets and we have to gain the momentum again.” Australia will seek to seal the series with victory in Perth on Friday.last_img read more

Project shop class coming into northern B.C. high schools

first_imgThe funding goes to a program partnership between the north region, B.C. Construction Association and the Construction Foundation of B.C. to provide training tools and equipment required by secondary schools.It’s designed to replace and enhance current shop class equipment, coming at a time when this region continues to prepare for a major industrial development push.That in turn will create the need for more skilled trade workers, and local area high school graduates remain an important labor source for small and medium sized construction companies.- Advertisement -There is a concern however that without more shop class emphasis, many of those companies will have trouble recruiting the people they need to land new contracts.Accordingly, the trust – an independent regional economic development corporation, is getting behind Project Shop Class, with a current budget for the northern focus of $532,000.However, the high schools involved have requested more than one million, and are therefore also moving forward with fundraising activities.Advertisementlast_img read more

United expands Pacific footprint with new routes

first_imgSource = ETB News: Lewis Wiseman United Airlines has launched four new Pacific routes, beginning with nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, and between San Francisco and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.United Airlines vice president of networks Brian Znotins has said these four new routes further strengthen United’s presence in the Pacific“New nonstop service to Melbourne and Haneda from our powerhouse West Coast hubs, and the additional new flights from our Guam hub to both Seoul and Shanghai, offer our customers convenience and schedule options that no other airline can offer,” Mr Znotins said.The airline will fly the Los Angeles – Melbourne route six times weekly with the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, and offers convenient connections at Los Angeles to Canada and other US destinations.In addition to these new routes, United will launch two new routes from its Guam hub at A.P. Won Pat International Airport, including a daily service to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport and twice-weekly service to Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport.These services will be the first nonstop service from Guam to mainland China, United currently provides nonstop service from the hub in Guam to more than 17 destinations in the Asia/Pacific region.last_img read more