North American stock markets regain some lost ground

first_img Keywords Marketwatch Share this article and your comments with peers on social media S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Canadian Press Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 1,985.00 points at 23,185.62. The S&P 500 index was up 230.38 points at 2,711.02, while the Nasdaq composite was up 673.07 points at 7,874.88.The Canadian dollar traded for US71.94¢ compared with an average of US72.36¢ on Thursday.The April crude contract was up US23¢ at US$31.73 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was up US2.8¢ at US$1.869 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was down US$73.60 at US$1,516.70 an ounce and the May copper contract was down US0.85¢ at US$2.464 a pound. Canada’s main stock index closed Friday with a 9.55% advance to regain some of the ground it gave up Thursday in its biggest one-day drop on record.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 1,194.43 points or 9.6% at 13,702.88, a day after giving up more than 1,700 points. TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Downtown office buildings Toronto elovkoff/123RF Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Gov’t to Enforce Commercial Vehicle Weight Limit

first_imgGov’t to Enforce Commercial Vehicle Weight Limit UncategorizedNovember 28, 2007 RelatedGov’t to Enforce Commercial Vehicle Weight Limit RelatedGov’t to Enforce Commercial Vehicle Weight Limit FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government is taking steps to reduce the damage to the country’s road network by over-loaded vehicles, with the re-institution of the commercial vehicle and safety weight limit enforcement programme.“This programme seeks to address problem of the damage to the roads caused by the overloading of vehicles, mostly trucks, and is aimed at improving safety along the roadways of Jamaica,” Transport and Works Minister, Mike Henry said at the (Nov. 27), post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House.Mr. Henry said the programme will involve the implementation of fixed scales at five selected locations across the island. These scales will be located along the following road contents: Harbour View to Yallahs in St. Thomas; Port Maria to Buff Bay in Portland; Ironshore in St. James to Falmouth, Trelawny; Central Village to Six Miles in St. Andrew; and Clarendon Park in Clarendon to Spur Tree in Manchester.The Minister said that the Government is working with the National Land Agency to identify the land for the fixed positioning of the scales. The scales are expected to arrive in the island shortly. The programme is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).center_img Advertisements RelatedGov’t to Enforce Commercial Vehicle Weight Limitlast_img read more

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Coronavirus : Content You Should Know

first_imgWriter’s Note : Information about the Novel Coronavirus is rapidly changing. As a result, some of the information or advice in this article may be out-of-date. You can find the most current COVID-19 coverage from Times Of India.The rapid spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has sparked alarm worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared this rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, and many countries are grappling with a rise in confirmed cases. At this time when every second notification is about an update on Coronavirus, we need to take a deep breath, step back and read up about what’s coronavirus, where did it comes from etc.What is this new coronavirus, and where did it come from?Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that typically attack the respiratory system. The name comes from the Latin word corona, for crown, and the ancient Greek korōnè, meaning garland or wreath, because of the spiky fringe encircling these viruses. Most coronaviruses infect animals, such as bats, cats, and birds. Only seven, including Covid-19, SARS, and MERS, are known to infect humans.SARS are believed to have evolved from bats to cats to infect humans in China; In the Middle East evolved from bats to camels to humans. No one knows exactly where COVID-19 came from, though a major hypothesis is that bats were once again the original source: they spread the virus to another animal species, possibly a pangolin, where it jumped to humans.What are the symptoms and death rate?People can become ill with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, fatigue, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) have to recover from the disease without the need for special treatment. More rarely, the disease can be severe and even fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming seriously ill.People may experience :coughfevertirednessdifficulty breathing (severe cases)As of today, in India, the death toll stands at 19, along with 909 confirmed cases (including foreign nationals).Is this cause for concern? Yes.Should we start panicking? No.The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Government of India) and the World Health Organization are repeating one thing that we must do to protect ourselves and our community : Social Distancing .What is social distancing?“Social distancing is a non-pharmaceutical infection prevention and control intervention implemented to avoid/decrease contact between those who are infected with a disease-causing pathogen and those who are not, so as to stop or slow down the rate and extent of disease transmission in a community,” according to the advisory that the health ministry of india has issued.Here’s what social distancing actually does ?Social distancing is a non-pharmaceutical infection prevention and control intervention implemented to avoid/decrease contact between those who are infected with a disease causingpathogen and those who are not, so as to stop or slow down the rate and extent of disease transmission in a community. This eventually leads to decrease in spread, morbidity and mortality due to the disease.The following interventions are proposed:1. Closure of all educational establishments (sc1. Closure of all educational establishments (schools, universities etc), gyms, museums,cultural and social centres, swimming pools and theatres. Students should be advised to stay at home. Online education to be promoted.2. Possibility of postponing exams may be explored. Ongoing exams to be conducted only after ensuring physical distance of one meter amongst students.3. Encourage private sector organizations/employers to allow employees to work fromhome wherever feasible.4. Meetings, as far as feasible, shall be done through video conferences. Minimize or reschedule meetings involving large number of people unless necessary.5. Restaurants to ensure handwashing protocol and proper cleanliness of frequently touched surfaces. Ensure physical distancing (minimum 1metre) between tables; encourage open air seating where practical with adequate distancing.6. Keep already planned weddings to a limited gathering, postpone all non-essential social and cultural gatherings.7. Local authorities to have a dialogue with organizers of sporting events and competitions involving large gatherings and they may be advised to postpone such events.8. Local authorities to have a dialogue with opinion leaders and religious leaders to regulate mass gatherings and should ensure no overcrowding/at least 1 metre distance between people.9. Local authorities to have meeting with traders associations and other stakeholders to regulate hours, exhibit Do’s and Don’ts and take up a communication drive in market places like sabzi mandi, anaj mandi, bus depots, railway stations, post-offices etc.,where essential services are provided.10. All commercial activities must keep a distance of one meter between customers. Measures to reduce peak hour crowding in markets.11. Non-essential travel should be avoided. Buses, Trains and aeroplanes to maximize social distancing in public transport besides ensuring regular and proper disinfection of surfaces.12. Hospitals to follow necessary protocol related with COVID-19 management as prescribed and restrict family/friends/children visiting patients in hospitals.13. Hygiene and physical distancing has to be maintained. Shaking hands and hugging as a matter of greeting to be avoided.14. Special protective measures for delivery men/ women working in online ordering services.15. Keep communities informed consistently and constantly.Why is this important?Social distancing leads to a decrease in the spread, morbidity, and mortality due to the disease. This prevents community transmission, and makes sure that people who might be vulnerable, with low immunity, don’t catch the disease.How does it spread? Can you possibly catch it?Person-to-person spread :The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 3 feet).Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.Can someone spread the virus without being sick?People are considered most contagious when they are most symptomatic (most sick).Some symptoms may be possible before people show symptoms; There have been reports of this happening with this new coronavirus, but the virus is not believed to be the main method of spreading.Spreads by contact with contaminated surfaces or objects : It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.What can I do to protect myself and others from COVID-19 ?The following actions help prevent the spread of COVID-19 :Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Stay home when you are sick.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the dustbin.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially when you have been in a public place, or coughing or sneezing after running down your nose.If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.Did I need to wear a facemask ?If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.Is there a vaccine available?No vaccine is available, although scientists will be starting human testing on a vaccine very soon. However, it may be a year or more before we even know if we have a vaccine that works.Can a person who has had coronavirus get infected again?Although we do not yet know the answer, most people will certainly develop at least short-term immunity to the specific coronaviruses that cause COVID-19. However, you will still be susceptible to a different coronovirus infection. Or, it can mutate particular viruses, like some viruses do each year. Often these mutations change to make you susceptible to the virus, as your immune system thinks it is an infection it has never seen before.Can my pet infect me with the virus that causes COVID-19?At present, there is no evidence that pets (dogs or cats) can spread the COVID-19 virus to humans. But pets also carry certain bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi that can cause illness if transmitted to humans. So wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after interacting with pets.What can I do to keep my immune system strong?Your immune system is your body’s defense system. When a harmful invader – such as a cold or flu virus, or coronovirus that causes COVID-19 – gets into your body, your immune system attacks. Known as the immune response, this attack is a sequence of events that involve different cells and unfold over time.Following the general health guidelines is the best step you can take towards keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every part of your body, including your immune system, works better when protected from environmental attacks and is emphasized by healthy living strategies :Don’t smoke.Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.Take a multivitamin if you suspect that you may not be getting all the nutrients you need through your diet.Exercise regularly.Maintain a healthy weight.Control your stress level.Control your blood pressure.If you drink alcohol, drink only under control (no more than one to two drinks a day for men, no more than one day for women).Get enough sleep.Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and trying not to touch your hands to your face, since harmful germs can enter through your eyes, nose, and mouth.Although none is invincible, we have seen that older adults have an increased risk of death from severe illness or COVID-19. Under heavy circumstances, including heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, weight gain increases for those who are older. Also, as with any underlying medical condition, the risk of serious illness increases, regardless of their age.What kind of medicine and health supplies should I have on my hand while spending a long time at home?Please do not stock medicines at your home. It is dangerous for those who need it immediately, but are not getting it.Only take medicines prescribed by the doctor.Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood-pressure monitoring equipmentFever and pain medicineCough and cold medicinesAntidiarrheal medicinesThermometerElectrolytessoap and alcohol-based hand sanitizerTissues, disposable diapers, tampons, sanitary napkinsMedicalgarbage bags.Should I keep extra food at home?According to our Prime Minister of India, citizens are not required to stock food items. The Government of India requests us not to panic. Shops will be open for essential commodities. Please follow the orders of the Central Government and the State Government.Here’s the list of essential services that will remain operational : Offices Of the Government Of India, its Autonomous/ Subordinate Offices and Public Corporations shall remain closed.Exceptions :Defence, central armed police forces, treasury, public utilities (including petroleum, CNG, LPG, PNG), disaster management, power generation and transmission units, post offices, National Informatics Centre, Early Warning Agencies. [1]What should I do if I think I or my family may have a COVID-19 infection?Call your doctor first for advice. If you do not have a doctor and you are concerned that you or your child may have COVID-19, contact your local health board. They can direct you to the best place for evaluation and treatment in your area.It is best not to seek medical care in an emergency department unless you have severe illness symptoms. Severe symptoms may include high or very low body temperature, shortness of breath, confusion, or feeling. Call the emergency department ahead of time to let the staff know you are coming, so they can be prepared for you to arrive.How do I know if I have COVID-19 or the regular flu?COVID-19 often causes symptoms similar to those who will experience a bad cold or flu. And like the flu, symptoms can progress and become life-threatening. Your doctor is more likely to suspect coronavirus if :You have respiratory symptomYou recently traveled to countries with ongoing community spread of the COVID-19 virusYou have been exposed to someone suspected of having COVID-19There has been community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in your area.How is someone tested for COVID-19?A specialized test must be done to confirm that a person has been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Most often a clinician takes a swab of your nose (or both your nose and throat). The sample is delivered to labs that have been approved to perform the test. The number of tests and testing sites available are rapidly increasing. Still, it will take weeks before the test is available to everyone who may be infected.A special test should be done to confirm that a person has been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Most often a physician takes a breath of your nose (or both your nose and throat). The sample is delivered to laboratories that have been approved for testing. The number of available tests and test sites is increasing rapidly. Nevertheless, it will be weeks before the test becomes available to those who may be infected.In the meantime, physicians will primarily test people with respiratory symptoms who have recently traveled to certain countries, live in a community with many infected people, or are likely to find that someone with COVID – 19.last_img read more

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Federal Aviation Adminstration Releases Fatigue Guidelines

first_imgTo more of the latest EMS news, visit jems.com/newsIt’s not too late to register for EMS Today: http://emstoday.com/ Pro Bono is written by attorneys Doug Wolfberg, Steve Wirth and Ken Brody of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth LLC, a national EMS-industry law firm. Visit the firm’s website at www.pwwemslaw.com for more EMS law information. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is requiring pilots to get 10 hours of rest between flights before going airborne, and some EMS experts say the emergency medical profession should do the same.“When we’re talking about sleep deprivation, we’re talking about the Achilles’ heel of EMS,” says Chris Nollette, MD, NREMT-P and director of the EMS education at Moreno Valley (Calif.) College. “It’s underreported, and it’s the No. 1 problem we have to deal with in terms of the profession.”The FAA’s new rules, announced in December, were created after some accidents were attributed to tired pilots. The old rules required eight hours of rest between flights, which experts said wasn’t enough.However, no such national rules regulate EMS workers, and the field is fraught with tension and danger. The nature of prehospital medicine exposes paramedics and EMTs to traumatic events on a daily basis, which can lead to post-traumatic stress issues. EMS professionals work long shifts. They’re often overworked and underpaid, requiring second or third jobs.Making matters worse is an air of “machismo,” as Nollette describes it, of those who work in public safety. Employees in those fields pride themselves on working harder and longer; although they often suffer the occasional consequences of that lifestyle in silence. In fact, survey researchers at the University of Pittsburgh linked fatigue and poor sleep patterns of EMS professionals to increased injuries, medical errors and safety compromising behaviors. Researchers for the study, published in the January—March 2012 edition of Prehospital Emergency Care, reported the rate of injury was 1.9 times higher for fatigued workers when compared with non-fatigued staffers. The odds of medical errors were 2.2 times larger for fatigued EMS providers, according to the report by P. Daniel Patterson, PhD, EMT-B, an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.EMS is different from other fields, says Peter Dworsky, corporate director of support services at the Monmouth Ocean Hospital Service Corporation, a consortium that provides ALS services in New Jersey. Unlike factory workers who do eight hours and leave, “here, there is no whistle,” he says.“The risk is medical errors, critical judgment issues and driving issues,” Dworsky says.MONOC rules limit staffers to working no more than 24 hours straight, which would be a double shift. “The concern we’ve always had has been where did that person come from,” Dworsky says, noting that 50—60% of the paramedics at MONOC work second jobs. “Unfortunately, it’s a very large problem. Nobody makes a lot of money anymore, and the economy forces everyone in EMS to have a job and a half, maybe two.”Companies may monitor how long their employees work in one place, but the EMS industry doesn’t have regulations that require specific amounts of downtime an employee must have between jobs or shifts.  A third of the 511 respondents in the University of Pittsburgh survey reported working at more than one EMS agency.Dworsky also notes that volunteer providers are just as susceptible to fatigue issues as those at career services.“What we have to do is recognize it’s a real problem,” says Nollette. “It’s affecting the health, the welfare and the safety of people in EMS.”And the public, Nollette says, are at risk if overtired EMS staffers are behind the wheel of a 14,000-lb. ambulance.“All the safety experts tell you, change starts from the top down, and every agency should have a safety committee,” Dworsky says. “In order to correct or change this, there needs to be a cultural change in EMS.” –Richard Huff, NREMT-B This article originally appeared in February 2012 JEMS as “Sleepy Time: FAA releases new guidelines about fatigue.” Pro Bono: Searching for PatientsEMS providers want to provide the best care to their patients, but sometimes they’re hampered by inadequate access to patient medical information.Imagine you’re presented with a patient who’s unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate due to their condition, and no one familiar with the patient’s medical history is immediately available to answer questions–to provide the patient’s medical information you so desperately seek. The patient isn’t wearing a medical ID bracelet that would alert you to a medical condition that would be important to know.Should you search the individual’s personal effects–the patient’s clothing or wallet or purse–for information that might help you assess the patient and administer appropriate medical assistance? If you do, are you improperly infringing on the patient’s privacy?If money or some other item of value is later found to be missing, is the finger going to point to you? Should these concerns deter you from conducting the search? No. They should not if the circumstances warrant the search, but take appropriate measures to protect yourself and your interests.When providing care to a patient as an EMS provider, your primary responsibility to your patient is to assess their condition as well as you can under the circumstances by securing the available patient medical information that best indicates the care needed. Then, provide that care as directed by your medical protocols or a physician authorized to provide you with patient care direction.A search of the patient’s personal effects for important patient information is appropriate under some circumstances and inappropriate under others. Invading a patient’s privacy, whether legal or not, isn’t to be taken lightly. You’re responsible for exercising sound professional judgment. If circumstances dictate that you or your partner search a patient’s personal effects for critical information, you should do so. However, you should also ensure, if possible, that your partner or a bystander observes your search and that a record of the search and the objects and information obtained are documented and signed by both you and any available witness or witnesses.You should also take appropriate precautions when conducting the search to avoid injury to yourself, such as might be caused by a needle stick or other sharp. Also, you should be extremely careful in ensuring the information you secure pertains to the patient and not someone else.The key is to only search a patient’s personal effects when it’s needed to effectively treat the patient. Never search just because you have access. You need a legitimate, defensible reason. Take the appropriate precautions, but the bottom line is that it’s better to face the consequences of potentially violating a patient’s privacy than to forego a search for important medical information in the situation in which it may be essential in your treatment of the patient.You don’t want to regret not having provided the care to a patient that could have saved their life had you obtained the critical patient information that was inches from your fingertips.When in doubt, ask yourself this question: What would another reasonable EMT or medic do if faced with the same situation? JEMSlast_img read more

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Beard Construction awarded contract for new training centre

first_imgThe appointment follows a comprehensive tender process and represents a significant milestone in the delivery of the multi-million pound project.Bristol-based Beard Construction has a strong reputation in the West Country, having successfully delivered projects including Dings’ Shaftesbury Park and the Being Brunel SS Great Britain museum.Works have commenced on Monday, July 1st on the site, with expected completion date in May 2020.Chief-Executive Mark Tainton said: “We’re confident that Beard Construction – a local business with strong roots in the city – will do a great job in delivering what will be the best professional rugby training facility in the UK and a state-of-the-art environment for Bristol Bears. “We’re confident that Beard Construction – a local business with strong roots in the city – will do a great job in delivering what will be the best professional rugby training facility in the UK and a state-of-the-art environment for Bristol Bears.” Mark Tainton, CEO “The site will include pitches, an indoor 4G barn, administration offices, medical facilities, a world class gymnasium and meeting rooms. It’s a massive project and a huge amount of preparation and detail has gone into the process so far.“It’s exciting to see the wheels in motion now and we plan to move into the new facility ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.””We are delighted to be involved in delivering this first-class facility for such a historic and successful Bristol Club and look forward to seeing the amenities enjoyed for many years to come,” says Mike Hedges, Beard Director.last_img read more

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Sharath-Sathiyan pair storms into ITTF Hungary Open final

first_img FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Press Trust Of India Manika failed to go past Japanese Miu Hirano in the pre-quarterfinals, losing in straight games of 9-11, 1-11, 7-11, 7-11. Manika, who beat Szu-Yu Chen of Taipei 4-3 in a tough round of 32 match, was down 0-3 before scoring a strong comeback win, including the crucial fourth game on extended points. Sathiyan is still in the fray and is also slated to meet top-seed Harimoto Tomokazu and Manika will meet Japanese Miu Hirano in the round of 16 later on Friday. In the round of 32, the Indian defeated Noshad Alamiyan of Iran 4-1.  LIVE TV COMMENT Written By The Indian pairing of Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan upset top-seeds Kwan Kit Ho and Chun Ting Wong of Hong Kong to enter the men’s doubles final of the ITTF World Tour Hungary Open on Friday. In a hard-fought five-setter, the Indian qualifiers won 11-7, 12-10, 4-11, 4-11, 11-9 and earned a meeting with the second-seeded pair of Duda Benedikt and Franziska Patrick from Germany in the final to be held on Saturday.  The Germans defeated Poland’s Dyjas Jakub and Belgium’s Nuytinck Cedric 11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-3.Sharath-Sathiyan pair storms into finalsLater on Friday, Sharath and Manika Batra take on German duo of Patrick Franziska and Petrissa Solja in the mixed doubles semifinals. On Thursday, Sharath and Sathiyan had beaten home favourites Nandor Ecseki and Adam Szudi in the quarterfinals, after having sent the Japanese pair of Shunsuke Togami and Yukia Uda packing in the previous round. As for Sharath and Manika, they got a walkover in the quarterfinals from the second-seeded Japanese pair of Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito after Mizutani pulled out because of a neck injury he suffered during his singles event. Last Updated: 21st February, 2020 21:05 IST Sharath-Sathiyan Pair Storms Into ITTF Hungary Open Final The Indian pairing of Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan upset top-seeds Kwan Kit Ho and Chun Ting Wong of Hong Kong to enter the men’s doubles final First Published: 21st February, 2020 21:05 ISTlast_img read more

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India, Australia get ready for emotional first Test in Adelaide

first_imgThere will be inevitably a sombre cloud hanging over the Adelaide Oval, home ground to Phillip Hughes when the first delayed Test series gets underway on Tuesday. Any series involving India and Australia in the past had been highly competitive and acrimonious, it is believed things won’t change this time around despite Hughes sad death. The Australian players will be remembering their former team-mate, but have promised that their intensity against India won’t go down.After a minutes of silence as the players take to ground, it would be cricket as usual. However, there are doubts regarding captains of both the teams – Michael Clarke and MS Dhoni, who are recovering from injuries. But India and Australia are confident that both of them are shaping up well and could be ready for the first Test.There were talks and debate regarding the use of bouncers, but current and former players are of the opinion that the short stuff should be allowed. In the recent past, under coach Darren Lehmann, Australia are a transformed side and they are back to playing their aggressive cricket. England were blown away by the sheer pace and bounce of Mitchell Johnson in the Ashes series, however, his approach in the first Test will be keenly followed.India just had two warm-up games leading to the actual series, where the batsmen and bowlers had a decent outing except a couple of them. In the Test rankings, India have slumped to sixth after series defeats in New Zealand and England. While, Australia despite losing to Pakistan 2-0 recently have retained their number two position.advertisementThe team selections would be tricky for India, will Suresh Raina be preferred ahead of Rohit Sharma in the No.6 slot? Will India play an extra spinner? During Sunday’s training session, legspinner Karn Sharma was seen bowling with team director Ravi Shastri keeping a close eye. The visitors would have taken note of Australia’s struggle against spin playing Pakistan, but conditions in Australia will differ where pace and bounce rule.The last time India were here, they had the batting pedigree comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid, yet they struggled to be drubbed 4-0. A relatively inexperienced and young Indian side will start their campaign in the hope of winning a Test series at their 11th attempt.The key for Indian batting will be the middle-order starting from Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli to MS Dhoni. Australia have 10 pacers at their disposal and can rotate them, but in the first Test the experienced trio of Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson looks like leading the attack.India would be tempted to go in with four-pronged pace attack led by Ishant Sharma, but considering spin being Australia’s nemesis an extra spinner would be a viable option. However, the tragic death of Hughes will surely have an impact on the first Test and maybe the series would surprisingly be played in good spirit devoid of any acrimony.last_img read more

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