Boxing Day Test: Desperate times call for desperate measures

first_imgBy Veturi SrivatsaIndia have announced their playing eleven for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and on paper the team looks better balanced than the sides that won in Adelaide and lost in Perth to be 1-1 in the four-Test series.Desperate times call for desperate measures. Seldom has one seen both the opening batsmen struggling for runs and getting dropped for the third Test of a series. Both Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul have invited their omission, getting dismissed in the two Tests they played in strange ways. When you are not in nick you get the best of deliveries and you also tend to worry about your technique.The Indian team management is so desperate that it is willing to convert a middle-order batsman, Hanuma Vihari, into an opener and give a Test cap to Mayank Agarwal, who joined the squad after Prithvi Shaw went home injured even before the Test series got under way. The change enabled the team to play Raindra Jadeja.One only hopes the selectors, captain and coach do not make Vihari’s life miserable by pushing him up and down like they did with V.V.S. Laxman before the genial Hyderabadi put his foot down against being a guinea pig. But by then he had big runs in the middle order against the likes of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. He was pushed to No. 6 with Saurav Ganguly going up the order and he had to nurse the lower-order batsmen to carry the team ahead. He even got hundreds and won Tests batting with the tail.Cricketers are willing to do anything to find a place in the eleven. When an inconsistent Rohit Sharma realised he had no place at No 6, he offered to open the innings. It may not have made sense for many, but his backers put forward the theory that if he could open in the One-Dayers so successfully he could make necessary adjustments even in Tests.Mohammad Azharuddin wanted Ganguly to open the innings on his return to the side after the disastrous 1992 tour Down Under since he had been opening in the One-Dayers. But the left-hander was adamant he would not open in Tests.Like Vihari, Agarwal also bulldozed his way into the team with tons of runs in domestic cricket. He was in the running for a spot for the last two Tests in England, but the selectors preferred the other opener Shaw and the sound Vihari.Agarwal did not lose heart and kept getting his hundreds in domestic cricket to get into the Test squad against the West Indies, but again could not get into the eleven. He was again ignored when the selectors preferred to go in with the experienced Murali Vijay and Rahul and Shaw, who got a hundred on debut against the West Indies.Agarwal finally got his due, but not to bat with a regular opener. The reserve wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel opened in Tests, but they could not have risked playing him with Rishabh Pant already there.It is not easy to open in Tests howsoever a batsman is sound technically. But mentally, it is not easy, even if someone like Rahul Dravid or Cheteshwar Pujara walks out at the fall of an opener in the first over. Dravid and Pujara came in to bat in any number of Tests even before the new ball bowlers could warm up, particularly overseas. What does Vihari think of opening the innings? It is unfair to force him to go out with Agarwal, who himself has no experience of playing the new ball in a Test match situation, just because he looked technically well suited. There is a mental aspect to it, too.Ravi Shastri himself opened the innings and got a double hundred in Australia after starting his career as a left-arm spinner and lower-order batsman. He might inspire Vihari just as some others like M.L. Jaisimha, Manoj Prabhakar and Nayan Mongia, who opened to accommodate an extra batsman or a bowler when they were not cut out for the job. Mongia scored his only Test hundred (152) as an opener against Australia at Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi in 1996.In fact, Jaisimha batted in the top-order for his state, Hyderabad, and opened in Tests. It was thought this was one way of accommodating Jai in the team as it would have been difficult to accommodate him in the middle-order. When asked about the contradiction, his captain Nawab Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi quipped that on Indian wickets, even he could open!Strange things have happened in Indian cricket. On the tour of England in 1967, Tiger Pataudi opened the innings with two wicketkeepers Farokh Engineer and Budhi Kunderan in the Birmingham Test. Kunderan, playing in what turned out to be his last Test, even shared the new ball with V. Subramanya so that all famed four spinners could be played!(Veturi Srivatsa is a senior journalist. The views expressed are personal. He can be reached at [email protected])Also Read: India drop struggling Rahul, Vijay for Boxing Day Testlast_img read more

WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational: Matthew Fitzpatrick moves into lead heading into weekend

first_imgA day after Jon Rahm tied a career best to take control at the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, another young professional used a career best to overtake him.Matthew Fitzpatrick moved into first place (9 under) after carding a 6-under 64. He climbed 12 spots up the leaderboard and has a two-stroke lead over the rest of the field. Fitzpatrick’s round was highlighted by four consecutive birdies at the start, and he had just one hiccup with a bogey on the par-3 8th hole.He finished with seven total birdies. Related News British Open champion Shane Lowry withdraws from St. Jude Invitational Rory McIlroy tells Shane Lowry: British Open win ‘is a life-changer’ Two birdies in a row.18-hole leader @JonRahmPGA is back within two strokes of the @WGCFedEx lead. pic.twitter.com/fUHMlgGvn9— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 26, 2019Horschel had the best round of the bunch in contention and used an eagle on the par-5 3rd hole to jump up the standings. He carded 4-under 66 on the day.Shugo Imahira sits in sixth place (6 under) all by himself and a sizable tie for seventh place (5 under) is highlighted by Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Bubba Watson. WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational: Jon Rahm in control with 3-stroke lead after Round 1 🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦@MattFitz94 was in a zone today @WGCFedEx. #LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/BNq4kR0c8e— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 26, 2019Close behind Fitzpatrick in second place (7 under) is the 18-hole leader, Rahm. He’s joined by Patrick Cantlay, Cameron Smith and Billy Horschel.After a mistake-free first round, Rahm had four bogeys Friday. He did finish with back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to stay close to the front.last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: LYIT GRADUATION DAY

first_imgThe future looks bright for the students who graduated from LYIT on Friday, October 25.The class of Mechanical Engineering students who were conferred at LYIT yesterday.Helena Gavigan of Rathmullan with her proud parents Seamus and Dominica.John Long from Castlefin with his parents Trevor and Gillian and sisters Lorna and Jennifer when he graduated from LYIT this week.Aoife Whelan and her proud mum at the graduation ceremony in LYIT whe she graduated with an honours degree in Nursing.Mark and Kirsty Boland who both graduated at LYIT this week. Mark received his degree in Mechanicl Engineering while Kirsty received her degree in Administration and Management.Rhonda Colhoun with her proud parents Maureen and RoyMichelle Brogan with daughters Amy and Tiegan when was conferred with her degree in Business Adminstration and Management.Graduant Leanne Mcclelland with her daughters Mia and Amy when she was conferred with her degree in Business Administration.PICTURE SPECIAL: LYIT GRADUATION DAY was last modified: October 28th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:2013educationgraduationLYITpicture speciallast_img read more

South African city domain names available

first_imgJohannesburg, Cape Town and Durban now have their own domain names on the internet, giving these cities an even greater opportunity to enhance their brands and attract business and tourists. (Image: ZAdotCities)• Five points about the future of innovation in South Africa• The South African government is on Ello• World-class tech hub planned for Joburg• Social media means more than just business in Africa• South Africa drives Africa’s internet traffic Shamin ChibbaSouth African city domain names are finally available. This month Domains.co.za announced the availability and pricing of top level domain names on the internet for three of South Africa’s major cities. The suffixes dotJoburg, dotCapetown and dotDurban cost R275 and have been selling fast, with Cape Town in the lead.The launch on 4 November marked the opening of the ZADotCities general availability phase. This meant members of the public could register the cities’ domain names, said Domains.co.za managing director Wayne Diamond. But the price excluded premium names, which were subject to premium pricing from ZA Central Registry (ZACR).According to Lucky Masilela, the chief executive of ZACR, any individual or organisation from anywhere in the world “with an affinity for South Africa’s three best-known cities will be able to register a South African cTLD (country code top level domain), on a first-come, first-served basis”.This particular phase follows the parallel sunrise and landrush phases. During the former, trademark holders can register for top level domains before they are open to the public. This ensures that these holders’ names are protected. During the landrush phase, domain names are available for registration usually to a closed group who may not be trademark holders. The cost for names in this period are usually higher than during the general availability phase.Diamond explained that having a city domain name could spark innovative ways of promoting business and tourism in each city. “Choosing a domain name with some local flavour should work well for many companies.”The benefit of a city having its own domain is that it helps to build a city’s brand. Johannesburg Tourism Company said it would help to promote the city as a gateway to and hub of Africa. “DotJoburg will promote a sense of place. For us it is about making people aware of how vibrant the city is,” the city’s tourism unit said.Of the 1 170 applicants Domains.co.za received before launch date, dotCapetown far outnumbered the other cities, with 623 addresses registered under its domain. Johannesburg had 297 and Durban 250 applications. However, this skewing of numbers was due to one unnamed person, who registered 237 dotCapetown addresses. The latest statistics show that Johannesburg is still lagging behind Cape Town with 2 188 to the latter’s 2 989. Durban has 1 521.Three of South Africa’s four major banks have applied for a city domain name and most of the country’s favourite technology brands have applied for all three domain names. How to registerApplicants have to register through Domains.co.za, which is South Africa’s only operational Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) accredited registrar. ZACR has also developed the Mark Vailidation System, a trademark protection system that can help to protect brands from trademark abuses.The domain names had to go through a rigorous process to be approved before they were made available to the public. Icann first assessed the stability of the infrastructure that would run the domain. Thereafter, it checked if the domain names could be sustained financially. Once the names were evaluated and approved, ZACR had to enlist the three domain names for $185 000 (R2.05-million) each. ZACR is also required to pay a $25 000 (R276 000) annual licence fee per domain.last_img read more

The Power of Your Beliefs and Disciplines

first_imgIt is hard to describe the power of beliefs, the lens through which you view the world.Most people reflexively defend their beliefs, much of them making up their identity, even if they don’t recognize that they didn’t choose them but were in fact infected with them. They mistake their beliefs as a universal reality for which there can be no alternative. The results they produce, or more accurately, that they don’t produce are the result of an unawareness of alternatives or a stubborn instance that their beliefs are true.One looks at the world through their beliefs. That view creates a sort of filter that identifies conflicting beliefs as wrong or finds reasons to suggest that the results someone else produces are unavailable to them because of some other intractable difference.It is equally difficult to describe the power of disciplines, those things that you do without fail because they are foundational to long-term results.The reason some people fail to produce the result they want in some area is that they fail to take disciplined action over time. They’re inconsistent in their actions and they dabble instead of committing. Those who struggle to produce some result they want so not take consistent action to create the outcome they want.The results one produces are generated by the consistent actions they take, not the occasional action. The reason that others seem to have an easier time producing that same may in part be a different level of skill or some natural attribute, but that will count for less than their disciplines over time.If you want the recipe for producing the result you want faster and with greater certainty of outcome, you first must be willing to believe something different. A stubborn resistance to looking through a new lens is a commitment to stagnation and frustration. Looking through a new lens provides new opportunities, new possibilities, and with them, new potential.You also need to behave differently. The actions that you take consistently now are responsible for the outcomes you are producing now. If you want different results, you must take a different set of actions consistently over time.If you want something different, you are the only thing that has to change, and thankfully, this is within your control, should you decide what you want is worth the price of change. This is the power of your beliefs and your disciplines. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

New Tory government in New Brunswick dramatically scales back capital spending

first_imgFREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservative government has tabled a $600-million capital budget that dramatically turns away from the big spending of the previous Liberal government.Finance Minister Ernie Steeves says hard decisions are needed now about what government can afford if the province is to return to balanced budgets by 2020 or sooner.The previous Liberal government tabled an $815.3 million capital budget last year, and had projected to spend $865.6 million for the coming year.The Tories have released a five-year plan that would see capital spending at roughly $600 million each year.Steeves says the plan will focus on maintaining roads, bridges and buildings.The biggest spending in 2019-2020 is $321 million to maintain transportation infrastructure, while almost $124 million goes to health care infrastructure, and $60.2 million in school infrastructure — including new elementary schools in Hanwell and Moncton.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

PSAC now forecasting a 32 percent drop in drilling activity in BC

first_img“On reflection of our adjusted Forecast for 2018, we can’t help but note there is a continued shift by the E&P’s from gas to oil well drilling. That shift to oil is easily supported by the ‘lower for longer’ price outlook for Canadian natural gas. We’re also seeing a geographic shift, forecasting 110 less wells to be drilled in B.C than in 2017. While this doesn’t seem like a large number, one needs to keep in mind that these are some of the most complex and ‘service intensive’ wells being drilled in North America today. We estimate these 110 wells represent over $850 million in capital that won’t be spent in B.C. this year. On the winning side of the equation is Saskatchewan which we estimate will see just over 300 additional wells drilled than 2017. We estimate the capital cost to drill those wells is approximately $400 million. When you add those two scenarios together, we’re conservatively looking at approximately $450 million less capital being deployed in Canada than our earlier forecasted numbers suggested.”Whalen said that completion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion is but one key imperative to restoring investor confidence in Canada. Equally important, he said, is the need for Canada to communicate its energy brand internationally, one that proudly speaks to resource development that’s responsible, safe, ethical and to the highest environmental standards in the world.“The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently projected that global demand for energy will increase 31 per cent by 2040.  This increase includes a 49 per cent increase in demand for natural gas and a 12 per cent increase in demand for oil. Canada must be an active contributor in providing affordable, reliable natural resources to energy constrained developing nations to help lift them out of energy poverty so they too can enjoy the standard of living and quality of life that we Canadians enjoy.” CALGARY, A.B. — The Petroleum Services Association of Canada released its midyear update to its 2018 Canadian Drilling Activity Forecast, and lowered the forecast for the number of wells drilled across Canada for 2018 by six percent.PSAC is forecasting that 7,400 wells will be drilled in Canada this year, 500 less than its original forecast of 7,900 made last October. PSAC has based its updated forecast on an average natural gas price of $1.75 CDN/million cubic feet (AECO), a crude oil price of US$61.45/barrel, and a Canada-US exchange rate averaging $0.79.“While our oilfield services sector is marginally busier than it was last year at this time, this hasn’t necessarily translated into financial bottom lines that signal business sustainability,” said PSAC President and CEO Tom Whalen. “In fact, we still have a number of services companies making staff reduction adjustments of 5-15 percent. This pales in comparison to the 40-60 percent staff reductions we saw mid-2015 to the end of 2016, but still a very telling sign that our services sector is far from healthy.”“The improved WTI price shift into the mid to high $60’s is certainly a welcome sign for our industry. However, the disconnect and volatility of the differential between WTI and WCS pricing means that exploration and production (E&P) companies and Canadians are not benefiting to the same level as our ‘energy independent’ focused southern neighbour. It’s shameful that we continue to sell our oil to the U.S. at a steep discount to WTI, short-changing Canadians over $15 billion per year. The sooner we expand our customer base, the better off Canadians and quite frankly, the rest of the world will be.”On a provincial basis for 2018, PSAC forecasts that approximately 32 percent fewer wells will be drilled in B.C., with PSAC’s revised forecast now at 500 wells, down from 730 in the original forecast. PSAC now estimates 3,800 wells to be drilled in Alberta, down from 4,000 wells in the original forecast. The revised forecast for Saskatchewan now sits at 2,840 wells compared to 2,930 wells in the original forecast, and Manitoba is forecasted to see 255 wells or a jump of 25 in well count for 2018.last_img read more

Close aide of Pulwama attack mastermind arrested in Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Police claimed to have arrested a Jaish-e-Mohammad cadre Sajjad Ahmed Khan (27), a close aide of Pulwama attack mastermind Mudasir Khan, from near Red Fort in Delhi. Special Cell which made the arrest on March 21 said that Sajjad was living in Delhi under the guise of a shawl vendor.The police said that Sajjad, a resident of Tral in Pulwama, is also suspected to be involved in the conspiracy of Pulwama terror attacks. Police said that NIA had registered a case on March 15 under section 120-B & 121-A IPC & 17, 18, 18A, 18B, 20, 38 & 39 UA (P) Act and named Sajjad Ahmad Khan as one of the accused along with Mudassir Khan and others. “Accused has been specially sent to Delhi to carry out reconnaissance of important targets and to set up a hideout in Delhi. This has been done to select specific targets and also to radicalise and recruit Muslim youth of UP and other states, provide them weapon training, explosives and field craft, raising funds and collecting weapons,” said DCP Special Cell, Pramod Kushwah. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to Police Sajjad and his two brothers were initially engaged in stone pelting incidents. On February 15, Sajjad’s brother Ishfaq was arrested under PSA (Public Safety Act) for stone pelting and remained in Srinagar Jail for about 9 months. Ishfaq Ahmed Khan died in exchange of fire with security forces on April 25, 2018 in Lam, Tral, Pulwama along with two Pakistani militants. After the death of Ishfaq, his friend Mudasir Ahmad Khan used to frequently visit his residence in Pulwama and motivated Showkat and Sajjad Ahmad Khan to join the JeM. By the end of June 2018, Showkat also joined the JeM. Showkat Ahmad Khan also subsequently died in an exchange of fire with the security forces in September 2018. Mudasir instructed Sajjad to spot young Kashmiri youths for fidayeen attacks. Sajjad then motivated and recruited. “On the day of Pulawama terror attack (Feb 14, 2019), Mudasir contacted Sajjad on WhatsApp and informed that they carried out attack on CRPF convoy. Mudasir then sent him the video of Adil Dar (fidayeen), which he deleted from his phone,” said DCP Pramod Kushwah.last_img read more

Chintels Group launches phase II of Chintels Serenity

first_imgAfter the successful completion of Chintels Serenity Phase I, Chintels Group, one of the fastest growing Real Estate developers in Delhi and NCR region, recently announced the launch of its second chapter –Chintels Serenity Phase II in Sector 109, Chintels Metropolis on Dwarka Expressway Gurugram. Redefining the concept of luxury and harmony, Chintels Serenity Phase II consists of 6 high-rise towers having a total of 324 apartments. The project consists of three and four bedroom apartments across five categories, in the range of 1590, 1955, 2100, 2375 and 2925 sq ft respectively. The construction of the project has begun in October 2018 and the expected time of delivery of the project is December 31 2023. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHaving total saleable area of 4,85,660 square feet, Chintels Serenity Phase II will consist of 6 High-rise towers. One of the unique attributes of this project is the low density of the project with just 324 apartments spread across six towers out of which three towers will have four apartments per floor and rest three towers will have only two apartments per floor. The design, which has been conceptualised by Design Forum India, is a mix of contemporary architecture, cutting-edge design, state of art security and innovative use of spaces and elements to create a landscape harmonious with nature. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardUnveiling on the project, Prashant Solomon, Managing Director, Chintels India Ltd and Treasurer, CREDAI NCR said, “Chintels Serenity (Phase I & II) is a luxurious 9,49,660 square foot high-rise complex which consists of 444 apartments in 9.75 acres in the heart of New Gurgaon. We are extremely excited and proud to launch Phase II which aims at providing the best quality in real estate at best locations in Delhi NCR. We have worked hard on product design and customised financial plans to make home-ownership a dream come true for a new segment of customers. Despite the delays in the construction of Dwarka Expressway, the area has becoming immensely popular and witnessing incremental demand over the years.” Chintels Serenity Phase II is part of Chintels Metropolis, a self-sustained area development by Chintels, which will provide quality housing and living environment spread across 3 premium sectors of Gurgaon.last_img read more

Kejriwal says Modis nationalism is fake appeals traders not to fall in

first_imgNEW DELHI: A week before the Lok Sabha election in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday took the poll battle to unite the trader community of Delhi. “You have always voted for the BJP but this time I will urge traders to be with us and I promise that I will fight for your causes in every possible way. Modi’s nationalism is fake and do not fall in this trap again” said CM Kejriwal.A large number of Delhi voters belong to the trader community and this has always been a strong voter base of the BJP. However, from the ground reports due to the effect of sealing drive, the community faced troubles with their business. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe BJP, which used to be traders’ party, has “broken the backbone” of the community, he alleged, adding thousands of notices are being sent to traders and all this is being done with the intention of “extorting” money from them. “The Modi government has unleashed ‘tax terrorism’ on traders,” CM Kejriwal said. “The policies of the Modi government have ruined traders. In a single stroke, demonetisation brought endless miseries to traders. When the traders’ community had barely recovered from this rude shock, the Modi government hastily brought in the GST, which nobody could understand since it was implemented without any proper planning,” he alleged. After note ban, the next jolt came in the form of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) which led to the closure of many shops and factories, causing loss of numerous jobs and heaped miseries on traders, the AAP leader claimed, adding under the Modi government, the traders’ community is feeling “orphaned”. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”I want to appeal to the traders of Delhi that so far you were with Modi, what did you get? Now build a relationship with Kejriwal, he will honour the relationship with you till his last breath,” he said. Referring to the violence in Mayapuri on April 13, Kejriwal claimed that the AAP intervened and stopped sealing drive. “Give all the seven Lok Sabha seats (of Delhi) to us, I will ensure that there is no sealing in the national capital. You (traders) strengthen our hands, we will ensure justice,” he said. Around 14 officials were injured after clashes broke out between the security personnel and scrap dealers during the sealing drive in Mayapuri on April 13.last_img read more