South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis suggested doing away with the toss in Test cricket as it would help teams compete better when they travel away from home. Faf du Plessis was speaking after his team suffered a 3-0 loss to India where the second and third Test matches followed almost an exact blueprint for the home side India.”Every Test match, they bat first, they score 500, they declare when it’s dark, they get three wickets when it’s dark and when day three starts, you’re under pressure,” du Plessis was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.”It was like copy and paste in every Test match.” In the recently-concluded three-match Test series, the Proteas lost all the three tosses and a hapless du Plessis even sent “proxy captain” Temba Bavuma for the toss in the third rubber.Although the move did not work, it showed his desperation to call right after losing their 10th successive toss in Asia.South Africa did start the series on a promising note when centuries from Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock helped them score 431 in the first innings of the Vizag Test but lost all the three games by big margins. Doing away with the toss was one of the topics raised during an ICC conclave attended by domestic captains and coaches earlier this year.Cricket fans across Twitter were quick to pounce on Faf du Plessis for his comment on Indian team batting first, and some fans even went on to claim that the South Africa skipper couldn’t do anything except making lame excuses after the drubbing at the hands of Team India.advertisementAnd if you thought Faf du Plessis was done with giving horrible excuses, you’re wrong. This guy won’t stop. Lmao. Ridiculous #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/e0qkKGJMGcSaurabh (@Boomrah_) October 26, 2019Want to take a dig at Faf du Plessis but the CSK fan in me holding me backK Vijayendra (@k_vijayendra8) October 26, 2019lmao, the cry baby’s audacity. Copy and paste in every match – https://t.co/mYiqf9vmGAaditi (@KohliXCapSteve_) October 26, 2019Look, if the captain of the side has this mentality, the team can never bounce back. NEVER.You saw that in the World Cup. You saw the same in the Test series in India.Faf needed to do what Kohli did to India in SA after 2 Tests, not what he did here. https://t.co/5XrCI8qqliTUSHAR (@mainlycricket) October 26, 2019
More Annapolis Valley physicians are a step closer to being able to prescribe methadone after a training session held Saturday, Dec. 10, in Wolfville. Family doctors, community pharmacists, psychiatrists, nurses and addictions counselors from the Annapolis Valley took part in an Opioid Dependence Treatment course offered through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The Annapolis Valley Health Authority organized the course with financial support from the province. “This training means more people in the Annapolis Valley can receive methadone treatment, as well as other types of treatment for opiate addictions,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Having more physicians with their exemption to prescribe methadone will create opportunities for stabilized clients to transfer back to their family doctors, which can in turn open spaces for new clients.” Of the 55 course participants, 14 are physicians who can now apply to Health Canada for an exemption to prescribe methadone for dependency purposes. The training included a 15-hour online course and one day of in-class work. Participants learned how to effectively and safely manage clients receiving methadone and other treatments for opiate addiction. “By training professionals in a variety of fields we will be able to provide comprehensive support at all levels of the healthcare system,” said Janet Knox, president and CEO of Annapolis Valley Health. “We’ve strengthened our collaborative understanding and improved our approach to managing addictions here in the Annapolis Valley.” In mid-October, the province announced $370,000 in funding for methadone treatment to address the significant wait list in the Annapolis Valley. There are currently 32 people taking part in the treatment program, administered by Annapolis Valley Health. There are 30 people on the wait list who are expected to begin receiving treatment in January 2012. The program addresses one of the recommendations of the provincial prescription drug and overdose working group and will serve as a model for other areas of the province. More information about the new opiate addiction treatment program is available by calling 902-679-2392 or 902-825-6828.
BITCOIN TOOK A hit in price as one of the digital currency’s largest traders, MtGox, was forced to halt all withdrawals because of a software bug.The company has said it’s been forced to take this action due to the way bitcoin withdrawals were being processed, going from a MtGox wallet to an external bitcoin address.The payment processor, which handles more than 80 per cent of all bitcoin transactions, says that the problem is being caused by “transaction malleability,” a bug in bitcoin software which makes it possible to use the network to alter transaction deals to make it seem like one didn’t occur when it did.The problem experienced by MtGox could be part of a broader problem that would affect the wider bitcoin community. Bitcoin itself has fallen in price since withdrawing bitcoins was halted. Back on 7th February, the price of one bitcoin was valued at $922 (€676), now it’s fallen to $615 (€451).MtGox said it will resume bitcoin withdrawals to outside wallets once the issue has been properly resolved.Read: So what’s the legal status of Bitcoin around the world? >Read: So what’s the next step for Bitcoin? > The problem we have identified is not limited to MtGox, and affects all transactions where Bitcoins are being sent to a third party.We believe that the changes required for addressing this issue will be positive over the long term for the whole community. As a result we took the necessary action of suspending bitcoin withdrawals until this technical issue has been resolved.