CULTIVATING AND MAINTAINING THE HABIT OF THANKFULNESS (GRATITUDE (PART ONE): DEFINITIONS AND BACKGROUND

first_imgThe thrust this fourth article of the series centered on the mechanics and necessity of thanksgiving is on what are we give thanks to God for? We have already considered why should we give thanks (purpose/reason), then how to give thanks (mechanics) and now our attention is on what are we to be grateful for? Should we thank God when bad things happen to us? Should we thank God when we lose a child or a beloved is abused? Is it befitting to thank God when we get news of bad health or of a threat on our lives? It is naturally right and easy to thank God and others when we receive good things or circumstances turn in our favor. But what if the reverse is the case? Let us examine below. The third article on how to thank to God and one another made the following points: While thanksgiving is essential to the health and wellbeing of individual and communal life, it has to be learnt and maintained by a conscious effort of the will, mind and strength. It is a simple art with profound effects on self and others and yet it is rare and has to be learned. Like most things, it is learnt by practice. We show gratitude by saying “thank you” sincerely when anybody is kind to us in many different ways such as giving us food, clothes, a place to stay, direction, advice, school fees, and any kind of support. We should tell God Almighty “thank you” in the morning first thing, in the evening last thing, midday and whenever we remember to do so all through day for all the good as well as the bad things we receive and experience, for being alive and for strength to carry in spite of all problems and obstacles.We can thank God and other people by being kind to those who need our help desperately. When we seek out those who are in most need and provide care for them we show our gratitude to God whom we do not see physically. But when we are mean and nasty to others then we are ungrateful to God who is most kind to us; for we are returning evil for good. Some people help us and do not need our help in terms of money or other material kind, we return them thanks by giving and caring for those who are less fortunate than us.Thanksgiving emanates from an attitude and we can pray and fill our hearts and minds with thoughts of thankfulness even amid difficulties and problems in life. One expert, Warren Wiersbe says, “Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory.” In other words it is not so much what happens but how one interprets and one can choose to think positively about lots of things including the ugly ones. We can also help others, especially those we have influence over (our children and dependents) by setting example and by gently teaching and encouraging them to be grateful to God and others in various situations of life. By learning and keeping the good habit of thankfulness we free ourselves of bitterness, envy, jealously and cultivate a positive attitude of faith, hope and love towards all.What then shall we give thanks for? In a significant sense, we give thanks and ought to thank God for everything, good or bad. Nowhere in Scripture is this command or teaching to give thanks in all situations clearer than in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and Romans 8:28. Let us quote them in full and see how they speak to the need for us mortals to be thankful to God for all conditions of life: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” These verses are saying that we should give thanks to God in everything and for everything. By doing we are not putting a false label on evil and call evil good or that evil is not evil. Rather we are confident that God can and will take us through every situation and that everything will eventually work out in our favor. We thank God in every situation because we know that his grace is sufficient for us at all times and in all places.We should not thank people who do us harm but we thank God who alone can use the evil intent and action of others to make us better, make us stronger and make us more like God who makes his rain to fall on the good and the evil and his sun to rise on the righteous and the unrighteous. By behaving this way frees us from bitterness and hatred and turns us towards a goodwill towards all. It is very difficult to thank God when the worst happens to us, but we can if we will and God will supply the wisdom and strength to do so. By thanking God for everything we put our total trust in him and are assured that all will turn out well for us in the end. Thanking God in all circumstances confirms our dependence on him who never fails. This way also gives us strength and joy beyond our normal human capacity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dawson Creek Mayor on arrest of suspected EnCana Bomber

first_img**Saturday Morning Wiebo Ludwig was released from jail without formal charges.  For more on this story, Click Here   The Mayor of Dawson Creek says he’s relieved that the RCMP has a person in custody, relating to the EnCana Bombings.- Advertisement -At around 8:00 a.m. on Friday, RCMP members from E and K Divisions, led by the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, began searching a large rural property located near Hythe, Alberta.One male associated with the property has been taken into custody. His name cannot be released since he has not been formally charged.Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier …[asset|aid=2348|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2d022f6e7e385d5b3fef67913c139965-Mike Bernier 1_2_Pub.mp3]Advertisement More information will be posted as it becomes available.– For a statement from EnCana Corp. Click Here. – For a story on Richard Boonstra’s reaction on his long-time friend’s arrest, Click Here.– For RCMP Spokesperson Tim Shields take on this developing story, Click Here.– Wiebo Ludwig appeared on 100.1 Moose FM’s Issues and Answers in October 2009. Click here to listen to the whole show.center_img RCMP Spokesperson Tim Shields says a man in his 50’s or 60’s was taken into custody around 8 a.m. this morning on the farm about 25 kilometres east of the B.C.-Alberta border.There’s widespread speculation that the property belongs to Wiebo Ludwig, who was responsible for similar pipeline bombings ten years ago. But Mike Bernier says he hasn’t heard who is in custody.[asset|aid=2349|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2d022f6e7e385d5b3fef67913c139965-Mike Bernier 2_2_Pub.mp3]There have been six pipeline bombings in the Tomslake area since October 2008 targeting infrastructure operated by Calgary-based EnCana.Advertisementlast_img read more

Hate crimes doubled in Pasadena

first_img• Search: Look up hate crime statistics in your city PASADENA – Hate crimes here nearly doubled in 2006 from the previous year, new FBI statistics show. The bureau’s annual report, which breaks hate crimes into several categories, lists 14 such crimes in Pasadena last year, compared with eight in 2005. Of those, five were racially motivated; two involved people targeted because of their religion; one involved a crime based on the victim’s sexual orientation; and six hate crimes involved people attacked because of their ethnicity. “The increase could be attributable to the crimes where we were able to get the hate crimes enhancement,” Pope Givens said. Since 2006, the number of “youth street crimes” have plummeted, Givens said. While 59 occurred last year, 20 have been reported so far this year, she said. “This is not a phenomenon that’s exclusive to Pasadena,” Pope Givens added. Indeed, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, MALDEF, said the FBI report shows that hate crimes against Latinos reached record levels across the nation in 2006. “It’s a serious problem,” said John Trasvi a, MALDEF’s president and general counsel, who attributed the rise to anti-immigrant feelings. He noted that Latino immigrants, particularly the undocumented, often have been targeted because robbers know that many undocumented immigrants typically cannot open bank accounts and usually carry cash. That would suggest that such robberies were more like crimes of opportunity. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said for a crime to be classified as a hate crime, the perpetrator or perpetrators must have targeted their victim or victims specifically because of their ethnicity, race, sexual orientation or religion. “The added element is bias. If evidence indicates there’s a bias that motivated the crime, then it may be considered a hate crime,” she said. robert.hong@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The “race” category included crimes against African American, whites, Asians and Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and Alaskan Natives and those of mixed racial backgrounds. The category of “ethnicity” involved crimes against Latinos and other ethnic groups, FBI officials said. In Pasadena, ethnic-based hate crimes increased the most – from two in 2005 to six last year. The five hate crimes involving race-based attacks mirrored 2005’s total. Pasadena Police Department spokeswoman Janet Pope Givens said the increase in ethnicity based hate crimes might be due to a surge in what local police have termed “youth street crimes” in 2006. But many of those assaults, which often involved African Americans targeting Latinos, were not always hate crimes, Givens said. Some were robberies in which the victim or victims were Latinos and the robber or robbers were African American. In order to classify such robberies and assaults as true hate crimes, investigators must determine that an assault was indeed motivated by ethnic or racial bias, she said. In several such cases, authorities have been successful in adding hate crime counts to the charges filed against defendants in court, she said. last_img read more

‘Brokeback’ turns into front-runner

first_img “Some projects are tough and the last two I did nobody wanted to do,” Eastwood said. “I helped get them done and that’s probably the best thing I can do.” “Good Night, and Good Luck” producer Grant Heslov received the Stanley Kramer Award, which is given to movies with relevant social themes. David Strathairn, who portrayed veteran newsman Edward R. Murrow in “Good Night,” said: “The fact that it’s being honored with this award is an indication of its importance and artistic achievement.” The PGA also awarded AOL Chairman and CEO Jon Miller with The Vanguard Award. The PGA Awards, hosted by Queen Latifah, were held at the Universal Hilton with Felicity Huffman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Stockard Channing and Alfre Woodard among the presenters. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Brokeback Mountain,” a movie about a tortured romance between two cowboys, took on Academy Award front-runner status Sunday night when it received the top honor at the 2006 Producers Guild of America Awards. “Brokeback” producers Diana Ossana, who co-wrote the script, and James Schamus won the PGA’s coveted Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award – an accurate indicator of the best picture Oscar in 11 of the past 16 years. “This has been a ridiculously great year for American movies,” said Schamus, referring to the high number of independent films catching the public’s attention and winning awards. “We’re all competing against each other, but sometimes it’s worth stepping back and seeing that it hasn’t been this way since the late ’60s and early ’70s,” added Schamus, president of Focus Features, the studio that released “Brokeback.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Ang Lee, “Brokeback” had a production budget of just $14 million and has grossed $42.1 million to date. The film had already been named best picture by several critics groups and won the best picture-drama award at last week’s Golden Globe Awards. On Sunday, it triumphed over the producers of “Capote,” “Crash,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” and “Walk the Line.” Other PGA winners included the producers of: “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (animated film); “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” (long-form television); “Lost” (episodic television drama); “Entourage” (episodic television comedy); “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (variety television) and “60 Minutes” (nonfiction television). Also honored by the PGA on Sunday were Clint Eastwood, who received the guild’s Milestone Award; Roger Corman, who was given the David O.Selznick Achievement Award; and Norman Lear, recipient of the PGA’s Achievement Award in television. “I’ve been an independent producer all my life and it’s very gratifying to be accepted into the establishment of the PGA,” said Corman. “I’m delighted to be recognized by my peers.” Eastwood, who won virtually every major award last year for “Million Dollar Baby” except the PGA prize, was happy to be getting recognition from his colleagues. last_img read more

CROOK FRANCOIS: COURT DATES FOR FRENCH THIEF, INVESTORS COULD GET CASH BACK

first_imgA DONEGAL based crook exposed by donegaldaily.com as a fraudster, cheat, liar and a thief will see his scam wound up in courts north and south of the Border in the next few days, we can reveal.The High Court in Dublin has already ordered the compulsory winding up of Francois de Dietrich’s ETIC Solutions Ltd (ETIC) and appointed joint liquidators.ETIC has been ordered to wind up in the Republic of Ireland, with Paul Rooney and Declan McDonald, both of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), appointed as joint liquidators. The High Court in Dublin made the order on 4 July. We understand the matter is listed for hearing in the Examiner’s Court in Dublin tomorrow.A petition in the High Court in the North to wind up ETIC and appoint PwC as liquidators there will be heard next Wednesday in Belfast.The northern High Court of Justice has already appointed Paul Rooney and Dan Schwarzmann, both of PwC, as joint provisional liquidators in Northern Ireland.We have now learned that once next week’s case is heard, the liquidators will start the process of paying out any monies owed to creditors equally on both sides of the Border. Crook Francois is on the run in France. He is wanted by police here and faces 18 months behind bars once he is caught. He already has extensive convictions in his native France for fraud – even ripping off his own brother.The Ballybofey-based businessman, who ran offices in the town and a restaurant in Letterkenny, persuaded more than 200 people here in Donegal to ‘invest’  in his scams – then made off with €20M and used some of it to launder cash for criminals.Anyone who does want their money back are in the last chance saloon. They must make a claim in the next few days.If you had dealings with ETIC or the director, Francois de Dietrich, you should contact PwC to provide details of the transactions and complete a related questionnaire. You can call PwC on +44 (0) 28 9041 5471 or email etic-consumers@uk.pwc.com.An FSA spokesman said: “PwC will continue to work to identify and secure assets for the benefit of creditors. It will also be responsible for distributing the funds to ETIC’s creditors in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on a just and equitable basis. “At this stage we do not know when funds will be distributed but we can confirm that PwC and the FSA are working to ensure this takes place as soon as possible.”CROOK FRANCOIS: COURT DATES FOR FRENCH THIEF, INVESTORS COULD GET CASH BACK was last modified: September 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:crook thief liardonegaldaily.comFrancois de Dietrichlast_img read more

MTN extends partnership with Onduparaka FC

first_img Tags: Bernard AtikuMartin SebulibaMTN ugandaonduparaka fc MTN Uganda and Onduparaka officials at Kololo on Thursday (Agency Photo)KOLOLO – Onduparaka FC may not be the biggest side in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League but one which knows how things are done in the top tier.After ending their partnership with Betway earlier this season, the club looked destined for doom with info coming from Arua claiming that they were in a financial crisis of sorts.Four months down the road, Onduparaka have renewed their partnership with telecommunications giants MTN which will see the two parties remain in close tabs until at least 2020.This was confirmed on Thursday as the two parties signed a one year deal that will run from June 2019 to June 2020.The one-year understanding will see MTN invest a whopping 300 Million Shillings in the Arya based side.MTN Uganda have extended their business relationship with Uganda Premier League (UPL) club, Onduparaka FC, for yet another year.While unveiling the package before the media at MTN Uganda Offices, Kololo, MTN Senior Manager in charge of Brand and Communication, Mr Martin Sebuliba, revealed that it was an easy decision for the MTN to renew their partnership with Onduparaka FC, basing on the club’s fan base, consistency, and success in the Uganda Premier League.“We are thrilled to have renewed our sponsorship with Onduparaka FC, Sebuliba noted.“Onduparaka’s consistency, fan base, and success in the Uganda Premier League remain attractive for our sponsorship package.“It was an easy decision for us to renew the sponsorship, and become the merchandise sponsors for Onduparaka.The 300 million package shall see MTN covering Onduparaka’s training kits, home and away match kits, and others, as well as being the official merchandise sponsors of the club.Atiku Bernard, the Onduparaka FC’s patron, was typically excited about the success of their relationship with MTN.“Onduparaka has achieved tremendous success against all odds,” An excited Hon Atiku noted.“There were skeptics who thought that we would never become a giant, but we proved them wrong.“Today we take pride in ourselves as having the biggest sporting brand in the country, and aspiring to be one of the biggest in East Africa.Onduparaka have endured a relatively good start to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League so far, sitting in 5th on the table with 23 points from their first 15 games.Their next fixture will be away to Bright Stars on Saturday at the Champions Stadium in Matugga.Comments last_img read more

HC stays Odisha’s IOCL tax recovery notice

first_imgThe Orissa High Court on Thursday ordered to “keep in abeyance” a demand notice of VAT recovery issued by the Odisha government in February this year asking Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to deposit a tax of ₹1485.98 crore for the sale of finished products from its Paradip Refinery project, which was commissioned in November 2015. A Division Bench comprising Justices Indrajit Mahanti and Biswajit Mohanty while adjudicating over a petition filed by IOCL also ordered the high-level working group, formed under the chairmanship of Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry, to look into the concerns of raised by the government of Odisha and the IOCL within two months. Odisha after unilaterally striking down a vital clause from the 2004-MoU signed with the IOCL had withdrawn the mutually-agreed tax incentive to IOCL and placed the tax recovery notice on the corporation. The clause related to grant of interest free loan to Odisha equivalent to the tax payable to the State on the finished products of the refinery during its first 11 years of commercial production.last_img read more

What is the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016?

first_imgIn recent weeks, Assam has seen many protests over the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.The Bill has been termed “Anti-Assam” by BJP’s ally Asom Gana Parishad, and similarly criticised by other regional parties.And, earlier this month, when the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Bill visited Assam and Meghalaya to hear from the locals, it did so amid protest voices which said the move would make Assam a “dumping ground for Hindu Bangladeshis”.What does the Bill aim for?With The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the government plans to change the definition of illegal migrants. The Bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 15, 2016, seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to provide citizenship to illegal migrants, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who are of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian extraction. However, the Act doesn’t have a provision for Muslim sects like Shias and Ahmediyas who also face persecution in Pakistan.The Bill also seeks to reduce the requirement of 11 years of continuous stay in the country to six years to obtain citizenship by naturalisation.When did this idea gain stream?The BJP had promised to grant citizenship to Hindus persecuted in the neighbouring countries during the 2014 General Election. In the party’s election manifesto, the BJP had promised to welcome Hindu refugees and give shelter to them.Who are illegal immigrants?According to the Citizenship Act, 1955, an illegal immigrant is one who enters India without a valid passport or with forged documents. Or, a person who stays beyond the visa permit.Why and who all are opposing the Bill in Assam?BJP’s coalition partner Assam Gana Parishad has threatened to cut ties with the party if the Bill is passed. It considers the Bill to work against the cultural and linguistic identity of the indigenous people of the State. NGOs such as The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and students’ organisation All Assam Students’ Union also have come forward opposing the Bill.All Opposition parties, including the Congress and the All India United Democratic Front, have opposed the idea of granting citizenship to an individual on the basis of religion. It is also argued that the Bill, if made into an Act, will nullify the updated National Registration of Citizenship (NRC). The process of updating the NRC is currently underway in Assam.What is NRC?The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is meant to identify a bona fide citizen. In other words, by the order of the Supreme Court of India, NRC is being currently updated in Assam to detect Bangladeshi nationals who might have entered the State illegally after the midnight of March 24, 1971. The date was decided in the 1985 Assam Accord, which was signed between the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the AASU. The NRC was first published after the 1951 Census in the independent India when parts of Assam went to the East Pakistan, now Bangladesh.The first draft of the updated list was concluded by December 31, 2017. The second draft is yet to be released.How will the Bill affect the updated NRC list?While Bill is designed to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees persecuted in neighbouring countries, NRC does not distinguish migrants on the basis of religion. It will consider deporting anyone who has entered the State illegally post-March 24, 1971, irrespective of their religion. Currently there are six detention camps for illegal migrants in Assam but it’s still not clear how long the people will be detained in these camps. The process of deportation or duration of detention is not clear as it has not been stated by the government. But if the Bill becomes an Act, the non-Muslims need not go through any such process, meaning this will be clearly discriminating against Muslims identified as undocumented immigrants.Other than Assam, what are the States likely to be affected?States sharing borders with Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan are likely to be affected.The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, an ally of the BJP, has opposed the Bill. Calling the bill “dangerous,” the Meghalaya government said that they don’t agree with the idea of non-Muslims acquiring citizenship after six years of living in the country.What’s the status of the Bill now?The Bill after been discussed in the Lok Sabha, was referred to a joint select committee in August 2016. The members of the Parliamentary Committee visited Barak Valley, the Bengali-majority area of Assam, and Meghalaya to discuss it with various organisations. They reportedly spoke to about 200 organisations.last_img read more

Alejandro responds to the challenge in Go for Gold win

first_imgPBA IMAGESToo turnover-prone, and too lax on defense.That’s how Go for Gold coach Charles Tiu described J-Jay Alejandro, who didn’t look like himself amid the team’s two-game skid in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Akari-Adamson whips Che’Lu-San Sebastian for third straight win Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentscenter_img “We got him because he’s a Mythical Five in the UAAP and it’s not easy to be a Mythical Five in the UAAP. He’s really a good player and he’s gonna make the PBA someday,” said Tiu.For Alejandro, meanwhile, it was just a matter of giving back to the team for all the confidence Tiu is giving him through this campaign.“I just want to give back to the trust that coach Charles and all the coaches have been giving me. It was a big win for us and we knew that if we want to make it to the playoffs, we have to win this game. I’m just glad that everyone of us answered to the call,” he said.With him and the team back on their winning ways, Alejandro is hopeful that this victory over the Altas would just be the spark the Scratchers need to move up the standings and make a run to the quarterfinals.“We already learned from our two losses,” he said. “Hopefully, this will be our stepping stone all throughout the tournament.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City But with the 6-foot guard struggling, Tiu knew he only needed to give the 22-year-old a few words to get the former National University star to get back on track.And on Tuesday, the shifty guard played his best game to date, pouring in 23 points to go along with five rebounds, and four assists in the Scratchers’ 81-69 win over Perpetual Help.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is the first game that I’m actually happy with the way he played,” said Tiu. “We talked a bit and it came from him that he needs to do better and that’s what I appreciate.”Alejandro’s stupendous showing was a testament to why Go for Gold signed him to address its need for have a proven player. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

India 185/4 at tea in first test versus NZ

first_imgnull New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Lokesh Rahul in the first test being played at the Eden Park Stadium in Kanpur. – Reuters 1/2 Cheteshwar Pujara plays a shot on the opening day of the first Test match against New Zealand at Green Park in Kanpur on Thursday. — PTI RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL India were 185 for four at tea on day one of the first Test against New Zealand here today. SHARE India wins historic 500th Test by 197 runs against NZ New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Lokesh Rahul in the first test being played at the Eden Park Stadium in Kanpur. – Reuters Cheteshwar Pujara plays a shot on the opening day of the first Test match against New Zealand at Green Park in Kanpur on Thursday. — PTIcenter_img Published on Brief scores: 185/4 in 59 overs (Vijay 65, Pujara 62; Santer 2/60).Earlier, India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat against a spin-heavy New Zealand in the first match of the three-test series at Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium on Thursday.Kohli’s decision at the start of India’s 500th test match leaves New Zealand with the unenviable prospect of batting in the fourth innings on a track expected to assist the slow bowlers from as early as the opening day.Realising and respecting the conditions, the tourists picked three spinners — Craig Mark, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi — in their starting line-up.The test marks the beginning of a long home season for India and Kohli was determined to kick it off in style after a recent series victory in the Caribbean.“The start has been good in the West Indies. Our preparation has been really good and the intensity is really high,” he said at the toss, which took place on a humid and overcast morning.For India, Lokesh Rahul was preferred to Shikhar Dhawan as an opening batsman, while leg-spinner Amit Mishra was omitted.Teams:India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh YadavNew Zealand: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, BJ Watling (wicketkeeper), Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Mark Craig, Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult Indians to hunt Kiwis in historic 500th match × September 22, 2016 cricket 2/2 COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more