Schoolchildren will now have the chance to learn about and get up close and personal with an ex-captive elephant, thanks to PETA’s life-sized mechanical model named Ellie, who’s voiced by Priyanka Chopra, the star of fall’s smash-hit new show Quantico.PETA’s Robot ElephantEllie is starting a school tour that will take her all over the U.S., Europe, and even Chopra’s native India. She’ll talk to young people about her separation from her mother as a baby, the physical punishment she endured in the circus, and, finally, her happy life at a sanctuary after her rescue.“Elephants are truly magnificent creatures, who desperately need our help and protection. Ellie and I are teaching kids that elephants belong in the wild with their families and that they suffer greatly in captivity, in which they’re kept chained, forced to learn tricks, and deprived of all the things that make them happy, like family and freedom,” says Chopra. “I couldn’t be more proud to join PETA in bringing Ellie’s story to life for children everywhere, with the hope of instilling the idea of compassion and kindness for living creatures of all kinds.”Elementary school students are already responding with rave reviews and questions about circus life for elephants. One student at Horace Mann Elementary in Oakland, California, asked, “Why don’t circuses just use robots instead?” And a student at Prairie Elementary in Sacramento, California, shouted, “It’s a miracle!” after watching Ellie move.PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — has gathered extensive video and photographic evidence showing circus trainers and handlers as they jab elephants, including babies, with bullhooks (weapons that resemble a fireplace poker with a sharp metal hook on one end). Ringling Bros. keeps elephants, tigers, and other animals on the road for up to 50 weeks a year, and when they aren’t being forced to perform — under the threat of punishment — they’re usually shackled in chains or locked away in cramped cages.
Twitter Advertisement Clara Hughes is the National Spokesperson for Bell Canada’s Mental Health initiative and the ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign. By sharing past struggles with depression, Clara has helped break down the stigma associated with mental illness. Clara Hughes, OC OM MSC is a Canadian cyclist and speed skater who has won multiple Olympic medals in both sports. Hughes won two bronze in the 1996 Summer Olympics and four medals over the course of three Winter Olympics. CLARA HUGHES SOCIAL MEDIA LINKSFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/clarahughesolympian/TWITTER: https://twitter.com/clarahughesINSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/claraannehughes/?hl=enWEBSITE: http://clara-hughes.com/ Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement “The many masks we wear and the ones we choose to share span the entire emotional spectrum. As humans we all hold the struggle and the joy; darkness and light; weakness and strength. It’s a hell of a lot easier to show these opposites in something like sport. Much more difficult to allow the darkness to be exposed in life. Real life. So here you go, friends, the very human side of me to balance out the myriad images of the smile I’ve shared time and again. We are all human. Vulnerable. Afraid. Sad. Alone. And we are also resilient. Brave. Happy. Loved. Let yourself be human. Let yourself do at least one good and positive thing for yourself each day. Force yourself to when you feel you can’t. Even if it’s getting out of bed or washing your hair. Or letting yourself share your beautiful tears to this world. I and we are not alone in the struggle of being human. The deepest level we connect is through great struggle. Don’t ever forget this. Especially in this time that is so difficult for so many. Including me.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement
Advertisement Facebook City council has voted to reduce property taxes by 50 per cent for some culture hubs and creative spaces.With these spaces facing significant increases in property assessments in recent years, much like businesses on Yonge St, Councillor Joe Cressy (Trinity-Spadina) led the effort to establish a new tax subclass to make operating in Toronto more affordable.“The high property values and the rising real estate market are having a corresponding negative impact by driving creative industries out of our cities,” Cressy said at council’s 2018 budget meeting Monday. “And this is a problem not just because the absence of arts and culture makes for an unlivable city, but more broadly this hurts the economy.” Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Councillors at executive committee earlier this month originally passed a 30 per cent reductionfor “creative co-location facilities” but voted in favour of upping it to 50 per cent on Monday.“We are thrilled,” said Tim Jones, CEO of Artscape, a not-for-profit developer that operates several buildings at below-market rates for culture-sector tenants. “(The reduction) is going to make a huge difference not only to our existing properties, but to our ability to actually look at new properties both in the core and outside of the core.” Art hubs in Toronto, like 401 Richmond, will get property tax breaks after council voted to cut taxes to help with significant increases in property assessments. (J.P. MOCZULSKI / FOR THE TORONTO STAR)
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In Canada, the Corner Gas show, the 2014 movie and the animated series are available exclusively on Bell Media’s Crave streaming service.The Corner Gas series originally premiered in 2004 on CTV in Canada and won seven Gemini Awards and aired in over two dozen countries.Brent Butt created and stars in the series, which centres around a roadside gas station in the fictional town of Dog River, Sask.Other stars include Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson, Fred Ewanuick, Janet Wright, Lorne Cardinal, Tara Spencer-Nairn, and Nancy Robertson. Brent Butt holds a gas nozzle on the set of the CTV comedy series Corner Gas in Roleau, Sask, in this undated handout photo. (CP PICTURE ARCHIVE/HO – CTV) Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter TORONTO — Corner Gas is getting pumped out to an international audience via Amazon Prime Video.All six seasons of the hit Canadian comedy series and the film Corner Gas: The Movie are now available on the streaming service in more than 60 countries and territories, including the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, South Africa and Kenya. Advertisement
APTN National NewsArtists and entrepreneurs are struggling to find the line that separates honouring a culture and stealing from it.That controversy erupted again recently when a non-indigenous woman began a fashion line that some argue rips off indigenous themes.As APTN’s Danielle Rochette found out, the designer isn’t backing down.
APTN National NewsProduction of Adam Beach’s latest film has kicked off in Northwestern Ontario.Juliana and the Medicine Fish is a book to film adaptation and is being shot on the scenic Birch Island near Minaki, Ontario.APTN’s Jaydon Flett caught up with the actor and film maker to talk about the firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tamara PimentelAPTN NewsWhile on her medicine walk with her uncle Gary Oker on the Doig River First Nation in northern B.C., Ocean O’Reilly, stares down at the ground asking questions about everything she sees.“I really like it because I just also really care about nature.” said the eight-year old O’Reilley while collecting chicken feathers.Every year the community camps in the back country of the First Nation to reconnect back to their land.It’s a chance of tradition and teachings of the Beaver People to be passed on to youth like O’Reilley.“It’s good to take care of our culture and stuff so that’s why I always collect feathers,” she said.(“I really like it because I just also really care about nature.” says Ocean O’Reilly. Photo: Tamara Pimentel/APTN)Every step she took, she questioned how to live off different parts of the land.She learned that moss can be used to filtering water and rotting wood is used to make hides.O’Reilly gathers as much as she could and takes it back to the camping area to share.At the camp, signs in the Beaver Language indicate where the kitchen and hand-washing stations are.And where children make their own hunting tools by hand.“A bush school, is very important piece of growing up as a young person. “Oker said, who is also a councillor of the Doig River First Nation.“Also for the Elders to transmit their knowledge and history of the bush life.”(Every year the community camps in the back country of the First Nation to reconnect back to their land. Photo: Tamara Pimentel/APTN)Elder May Apsassin is a fluent speaker of the Beaver language.She made many memories at this site.These grounds have been camped on for generations.“I’m very happy to see my young people live up here and sleep out, eat and the fire going a teepee. It’s very good.” Apsassin said.“They live in the bush once in a while like this, take their kids out, teach them how our great grandpa and grandma used to do.”In the evening a fire is lit and a Tea Dance is performed.Oker said it’s a time where stories and songs of the Beaver People are passed down and honored.“Here’s where the transmission of languages, the root of being who we are as Dene People, the Dane Zaa People.”firstname.lastname@example.org@tamara_aptn
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Reading the BoC tea leavesEconomists and investors will be all ears when senior deputy Bank of Canada governor Carolyn Wilkins delivers a speech in Montebello, Que., on Thursday. After the BoC’s most recent rate hike in January, Wilkins said the central bank is keeping a close eye on a number of risk factors — including NAFTA renegotiations — when considering possible future rate increases.Pedal to the metal?Statistics Canada data will provide an indication about whether the job market is still on fire when it releases the labour force survey for January on Friday. December’s survey showed that the national unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in more than 40 years as Canada closed out a calendar year that saw it produce jobs at its fastest pace since 2002.Fairweather friendsBCE Inc. holds a conference call at 8 a.m. to discuss its 2018 guidance and fourth-quarter/year-end results on Thursday. The telecom giant has banded together with other large organizations to create FairPlay Canada, a lobby group that is calling for a new federal agency to locate and shut down websites that are portals for illegally obtained video and audio content.Swooping into the black?WestJet Airlines discusses fourth-quarter and year-end results on Tuesday. The Calgary-based airline announced on Thursday that Swoop, its new ultra-low-cost carrier, will launch on June 20. The airline will begin with six weekly flights between Abbotsford, B.C., and Hamilton, and six weekly flights between Hamilton and Halifax.Thomson Reuters earningsThomson Reuters discusses fourth-quarter and year-end results. The media and information juggernaut announced a partnership on Jan. 30 with a group including Canada’s largest pension fund to assume a 55 per cent equity stake in its financial and risk business, a deal valued at $24.7 billion.
Before negotiations on a new home for the Calgary Flames can begin with the City of Calgary, the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation wants to lay out some ground rules.On May 31st, the now-chair of the city’s new Event Centre Assessment Committee wrote to CSEC President and CEO Ken King, informing him of the committee’s mandate.“A goal of this committee is to reset discussions betwee the City of Calgary and the CSEC,” Ward 6 Cllr. Jeff Davison said. “Today, on behalf of ECAC, I officially ask your organization to commit a new round of conversation to assess the topic of Calgary’s new Event Centre together.”On June 4th, King responded in a letter saying while CSEC would never decline a request for a meeting, the organization still had some concerns based on past practice.“As a result, we would like to have a preliminary discussion to determine what may have changed in the City’s view to warrant our re-engaging,” King said. “Moreover, if we are to proceed, a simple and pre-emptive imperative is media silence.”“Public and/or media involvement must only be rendered in the event of an agreement.”The letters mark the first public signs of re-engagement between the two sides since talks collapsed last fall before the last municipal election.Before the letters were made public, Davison told reporters that it was still very early in the process and the focus was first to lay out a vision.“I’m not interested in the past deal and I don’t believe any past deal is relevant to what we’re going to put forward,” he said. “I think we’ll have a lot of the talking points that will eventually come out, depending on what those sticking points were, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”“This is not just a hockey problem we’re trying to solve, what does an entire district look like and how do we make that work?”King announced on September 12th negotiations with the City were ending, after he called “spectacularly unproductive’ talks.That was followed by both sides revealing their respective offers for a new facility at Stampede Park.The city offered a three-way split between CSEC, a ticket surcharge and the city’s portion, which would eventually have to be repaid through some sort of direct investment.The CSEC offer was half from its organization and the other half from a communit revitalization levy.
MILAN – Ferrari says its net earnings doubled in the third quarter thanks mostly to one-off tax benefit.The sports car maker said Monday that net earnings were 287 million euros ($327 million) compared with 141 million euros a year earlier.The company said earnings grew 5 per cent when excluding the so-called patent box tax break, agreed on with Italian authorities, covering use of copyrights, patents, trademarks, design and know-how.Deliveries were up 11 per cent to 2,262 vehicles driven by sales of the 812 Superfast and the Ferrari Portofino, with revenues flat at 838 million euros.Europe and Middle East sales were up by double digits to 1,005. The Americas grew by 5 per cent and greater China by 7 per cent.Ferrari forecast full-year sales at over 9,000 with profits of 1.1 billion euros.
FRANKFURT — A top eurozone finance official says the 19 countries that use the euro will push ahead with discussions on a eurozone budget proposed by France and Germany to make the currency union more resistant to crises.Mario Centeno, president of the eurozone finance ministers’ group, said that ministers had a “very good discussion” of the proposal at their meeting Monday in Brussels and that “the topic will remain on our agenda.”French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that “everyone is aware of the necessity of reinforcing the eurozone.”A separate budget could help countries in difficulty stabilize their economies. Le Maire said that even though discussions were of small amounts, of 20-25 billion euros ($23-29 billion), “you need a starting point and a framework.”The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — The Latest on a massive housing development proposed in rugged mountains on the outskirts of Los Angeles (all times local):2 p.m.Los Angeles County supervisors have approved a massive housing project in fire-prone mountains.Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve the 19,000 home Centennial development at Tejon Ranch.Supporters touted the project as part of a solution to the state’s severe housing shortage. Opponents said it would destroy pristine lands and present a major fire risk.The development in the planning stages for two decades calls for homes being built off Interstate 5 in the mountains that separate Los Angeles from the Central Valley to the north.Developers say they will build neighbourhoods to minimize fire hazards.Opponents cited recent wildfires in rural lands, including the Paradise fire that killed at least 85 people and destroyed 14,000 homes.____11:11 a.m.Los Angeles County supervisors are considering a massive housing project in fire-prone mountains as the state continues to recover from devastating wildfires.The supervisors are expected to vote Tuesday on whether to approve the 19,000 home Centennial development at Tejon Ranch.The vote comes as the state faces a severe housing shortage, but also as recent wildfires draw attention to the danger of building in rural terrain.The development in the planning stages for two decades calls for homes being built off Interstate 5 in the mountains that separate Los Angeles from the Central Valley to the north.Developers say they will build homes and neighbourhoods to minimize fire hazards.Opponents cite high fire risks in the area and a recent wildfire that killed at least 85 people in the Paradise area.The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 Iridium Communications satellites has blasted off from California.The rocket lifted off at 7:31 a.m. Friday at Vandenberg Air Force Base and arced over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles.SpaceX will try to land the Falcon’s first stage on an autonomous vessel floating in the ocean.The payload is the eighth and final set of satellites to be launched as Iridium replaces its entire globe-circling fleet with next-generation orbiters. Deployment of the satellites is scheduled to be completed a little over an hour after liftoff.If successful, Iridium will have a total of 75 new satellites in orbit, including nine spares.Iridium is deorbiting its original fleet of satellites.The Associated Press
UPDATE: Fort St. John City Council has voted in favour of receiving for information the proposed bylaw that would ban cannabis retail operations. This effectively means that Council has voted against adopting the bylaw.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council voted in favour this afternoon to hold a special committee of the whole meeting next week to have a look at staff’s first ideas to dealing with the legalization of recreational cannabis.During a committee of the whole meeting today, the city’s planning staff gave a presentation on their plan to temporarily ban the sale of cannabis in the City to buy more time to gather the community’s thoughts for how the substance should be regulated. During their presentation, planners Ashley Murphy and Renee Jamurat also posed a number of questions to Council for their thoughts on such topics as setbacks from schools and parks, hours of operation, distance between retail outlets, and total number of outlets. Planner Ashley Murphy and Planning Manager renee Jamurat give a presentation to Council on their plan to temporarily ban recreational cannabis in order to have enough time to gather sufficient public feedback. Photo by Chris NewtonSpeaking first, councillor Byron Stewart asked staff why the City would want to regulate recreational cannabis beyond those regulations that have already been proposed by the provincial and federal governments. Murphy explained that City staff want to get sufficient feedback from residents on cannabis since it is a new use. Stewart also spoke about feedback he’s heard, including the fear and confusion over the use of the word ‘ban,’ likening the fears over the ban to the plot of the movie “Footloose.” Councillor Trevor Bolin offered comment on how asking for residents’ thoughts could lead to a large and widely varied range of feedback, instead of presenting a draft plan and asking for residents’ feedback on specific parts of that plan. He compared the two different methods of feedback used by the School Board last fall when drawing up the new catchment areas in the City for the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School, saying that the process became more streamlined when the school board asked residents to comment on proposed catchment boundaries.Overall, councillors expressed their support that there be setbacks for cannabis retail locations from schools, especially after the intense opposition to liquor store that was proposed at the intersection of 112th Ave. and 86th St. Council seemed to be supportive of many of the proposed provincial regulations, including the hours of operation between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Several councillors also seemed to support concentrating any retail operations in high-traffic areas like the downtown core, and not in residential or low-traffic areas of the City. During the regular council meeting, councillors voted in favour of scheduling a special committee of the whole meeting on May 22nd to give feedback on staff’s draft plans for recreation cannabis retail operations, with the plan to have the City’s policy finalized by July 1st. The motion has effectively quashed the proposed bylaw to ban recreational cannabis operations in the City, though a vote on that bylaw, as of 3:25 p.m., has not yet occurred.
Even if the Bill passes and gains royal assent, the provinces have told the federal government they would need 8 to 12 weeks to allow for a smooth transition to legalized cannabis.The plan as presented would have meant the launch of the City’s online consultation on Wednesday, May 23rd, with two Dotmocracy engagement meetings being held this week. Ackerman said that postponing the targeted date of the City’s proposed bylaws and rules will allow the City to not rush the public consultation process, especially one that discusses such an important change.The resolution as passed by Council did also add that the City would take feedback from residents on locations in Fort St. John where smoking of cannabis could be banned.As announced by the provincial government, smoking or vaping of recreational cannabis would be allowed anywhere tobacco and e-cigarettes are currently allowed. Those rules also say that smoking cannabis would not allowed anywhere children would reasonably be expected to be, including near parks, schools, playgrounds, or beaches.The City will also be getting feedback from the RCMP, the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, Northern Health, and School Districts about allowed locations for cannabis retail operations.Council also voted down the first draft of a proposed bylaw, deciding to wait until the end of the public consultation process, which should be starting some time next month. The City says that dates for public consultations will announced in the near future. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council has voted in favour of an extended public consultation plan with residents regarding the regulation of cannabis retail operations in the City. On Tuesday, councillors voted in favour of extending consultations with residents with the plan to have a bylaw adopted by the beginning of August, and not July 1st as originally requested by Council last week. Mayor Lori Ackerman, who was not present at the Council meeting on May 14th when councillors asked staff to get the bylaw and consultations done by the end of June, pointed out that the federal bill legalizing cannabis, Bill C-45, will only be going through third reading in the Senate on June 7th.
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Mumbai: A day after the Bombay High Court rapped Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over the slow pace of probe into the killings of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, state Education Minister Vinod Tawde defended the CM saying there was no delay on his part. The CBI is probing the Dabholkar killing case, while the state CID is investigating the Pansare case. The high court had Thursday expressed displeasure over the pace of investigation into the killing of rationalists, asking whether the chief minister did not have time to take stock of the cases. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”What is the CM doing? He holds 11 portfolios, including Home, but does not find the time to take stock of the case. His deputies do not have the time to remove obstacles in the probe?” the court had said. It is “shameful” that almost every investigation requires the court’s intervention, a bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and B P Colabawala had said. Talking about the high court’s observations, Tawde Friday claimed that there was no delay on the part of Fadnavis as far as taking decisions on the investigation into the Pansare murder case was concerned. “As far as taking decisions is concerned, I think there is not a single decision that is pending. If there was any delay from our side then it could have a different implication,” he said.
New Delhi: With the theme “How to Change Life”, Shiromani Institute on Saturday, 13th April 2019 in association with NRI Institute observed the Bharat Shiromani Awards 2019 to felicitate and honour individuals for their outstanding achievements in their area of expertise; contributions to the growth of nations. The remarkable day was held at New Delhi. Hon’ble Lord Swraj Paul graced the ceremony as a Chief Guest and H.E Jozef Drofenik, Ambassador of Slovenia; H.E Gudmundur Arni Srefansson, Ambassador of Iceland; Mr. James Dankenbrine, Mr. Sam Subramaniam, CEO Brand Capital Times Group; Dr. Arun Mohan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Ms. Shazia Illmi, Indian Politician graced the occasion with their striking presence. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain Manu Jagmohan Singh, Secretary General, Shiromani Institute, earnestly welcomed the guest and took the legacy ahead of his father, Late Sardar Jagmohan Singh and re-started the work with new zest and zeal after 10 years. The Secretary General Mr. Manu Jagmohan Singh announced the new initiative of Shiromani Institute “Mahila Shiromani Awards 2019″ which will work for the women progress and welfare and also felicitate Chief Guest Hon’ble Lord Swraj Paul with the Life time Achievement Award”. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award The gala ceremony was enlightened with the presence of eminent personalities who were felicitated and honoured for their outstanding contributions and achievements i.e Ms. Shazia Ilmi, Indian Politician; Mr. Sam Subramaniam, CEO Brand Capital Times Group; Ambika Pillai, Face of Indian Make-up Industry; Mr. Rohit Gandhi, Rahul Khanna; Contemporary Designer of the year; Ms. Falguni & Shane Peacock; Internationally acclaimed fashion designer; Mr. Amjad Khan, Former Indian Boxer and Boxing Promoter ; Mr Ssumier Pasricha; Dr IPS Oberoi, Shri Paramaditya, DIG Goa Police; Mr. Rohit Kochhar; Managing Director, Kochhar & Co, Dr. Laxmi Gautam, Founder of Kanak Dhara Foundation; Ms. Pratibha Praladh, Guru Gopal Das Ji; Mr. K.L Ganju, Consul General (Hony.) of the Republic of Union of the Comoros; Dr. Charan Singh, Non-Executive Chairman of Punjab & Sind Bank. The gala award ceremony also witnessed the presence of several elite dignatories i.e Sh. Chitanya Lila Das, Monk Iskon Temple; Dr. Arun Mohan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Ms. Chandni Girdhar, Mr. Shiv Kumar Kohli; Renowned Self Defence Traine for women; Ms. Jupaka Madhavi, Senior Consultant at Ministry of Women & Child Development; Ms. Krishna Pujara, CEO Saheli; Ms. Kiran Seth, A.S.I Delhi Police; Ms. Maneesha Sharma, Working for Women Empowerment; Capt Dr. I.A Khan, running Effort Academy for Slum girls & rag picker and many more.
Mohali: Already assured of a playoff berth, table toppers Chennai Super Kings will aim to maintain their pole position with a victory over a struggling Kings XI Punjab in their last IPL group league encounter here Sunday. After a defeat against Mumbai Indians in an earlier match, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK bounced back with a massive 80-run win over Delhi Capitals in their last game, to once again capture the No.1 spot. Heavy loss against Mumbai Indians saw their net run-rate falling and now with just a game left in the league stage, the defending champions need a win to maintain their dominance and cement their position at the top. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuWith 18 points from 13 games, a win will give them 20 points, which is unlikely to be achieved by any other team. In their previous match against Delhi Capitals, skipper Dhoni and Suresh Raina guided the team to a challenging 179/4 and then restricted the opponent to just 99. Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja shared seven scalps between them as they wrecked havoc. Dhoni, Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis will look to score big runs in Mohali, while Tahir and Harbhajan will aim to flummox the Kings XI batsmen with their spin magic. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersIn contrast, Kings XI Punjab, who are already out of the play-offs race, would be playing only for pride. With 10 points from 13 games, they are at seventh spot, a rung above bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore. Inconsistent KXIP’s hopes of making it to the playoffs were dashed in a seven-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders in their last match here. Not being in the reckoning for playoffs will be a disappointment for the home crowd in Sunday’s match but they will hope that KXIP finish on a high. In the previous game against KKR, despite posting a challenging 183/6, visitors’ openers Shubman Gill (65 not out) and Chris Lynn (46) took the match away from the KXIP. After the match, KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin admitted that powerplay has been one of his team’s “massive problems”.