Advertisement AdvertisementIndian cricket team’s head coach Ravi Shastri has a simple message for the team that is set to play the first test on August 1st. He has asked the team to play a fearless brand of cricket. He addressed the team to play the same prior to the South Africa series which saw India win the final test match.“We have done exceptionally well in white-ball cricket. We showed some very good signs in South Africa as far as the red ball is concerned. We want to carry that forward. The challenge for us is to be consistent in the red-ball format overseas. We believe we have the potential to be one of the best travelling teams. At the moment, there is no side in the world that travels properly. You can see what is happening to South Africa in Sri Lanka. We know our scorelines in England before this tour: 4-0 , 3-1 . We want to do much better than that,” he said in an interview to ESPNCricinfo.When asked the question on whether the current hot climate in England will help India feel close to home Shastri said that, “The square will be different, the outfield will be different and the weather conditions will be different to back in India. But whatever the conditions, the balls moves in England. In South Africa we played on some spicy tracks. We have to adapt to those 22 yards. We adapted better than South Africa in Johannesburg and we won that Test. They won a couple of sessions more than us in the first two Tests and won two Tests.”The main point Shastri made and believed is that the Indian batting would be the key in deciding the result of the game.“The first 20-25 overs are extremely crucial. If you can come through that period (unscathed) then you get a set a good platform. Understanding your role, understanding what the team needs in those 20 overs, the discipline needed to see off those 20 overs and make sure you lose as few wickets as possible. Then you set up the game because we have enough ammunition in the middle order and lower order to take the game forward,” he said.Shastri felt that the openers needed to stay for the first session and protect the wickets which will allow the middle order to excel later on in the day.“Yesterday morning [the first day of the warm-up match against Essex], if you get those conditions [fresh green pitch, new ball seaming and swinging], I don’t care who the opening batsman is – it is tough. On such mornings you need your slice of luck, but you have to be prepared to go through the grind, like M Vijay did in that period of play.”“You could nick one any time, but you have to get that mental discipline that, yes, the pitch will ease out after lunch and that will make the job for the other players in the team easier. So my role is that even if I get 20-25 runs, if I have seen the team through that early period to make it easier for someone else, I have done a lot. It is about playing the conditions. It is very important you see the tough period through.”In terms of the batting order, Shastri stated that the flexibility in slots is an asset for the team and for everyone to be ready for a surprise. He showed his faith in Pujara even though the Saurashtra man has had a very lean patch.He’s an extremely experienced player. I feel he is one innings away [from a big score]. He needs to spend time at the crease. If he gets one 60-70 under his belt, he will be a different player altogether. My job is to make sure he is thinking in that fashion,” Shastri added. “Pujara is an anchor. He has been one of the pillars of this batting line-up for a long time. You know what he does – he loves batting. We just want him to do it. Unfortunately, in South Africa he was run out a couple of times. That is something we don’t want. We don’t want him to be an Usain Bolt, we want to him to be Pujara. Stay there at the crease. The last thing you want to do is give your wicket away to a run-out,” clarified Shastri.Shastri also clarified that KL Rahul was picked as a 3rd opener but could fit in anywhere in the batting order and surprise everyone.“He (KL Rahul) has been picked as the third opener. But our batting order will always be flexible. The third opener can play anywhere in the top four. We are a very, very flexible outfit. Be prepared for that. We will surprise you guys at times,” said Shastri.Finally when asked about the bowling lineup Shastri felt that India had missed both Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah in the ODI series and felt that it would have been a totally different ball game altogether if they had played.“You have to try other people out. If Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar had been fully fit in the one-day series, it would have been a different ball game altogether. We would have both of them fully fit for the entire Test series. It would have given me selection headaches. There is still enough experience and variety in our bowling attack – whether it is pace, spin, or Hardik (Pandya) filling in as a fast-medium bowler. There are enough options there,” said Shastri.Sashtri also put in immense faith in Ishant Sharma to spearhead the bowling attack. He reminded everyone of the fond memories Ishant has given for the team throughout his career.“Ishant Sharma has done brilliantly in Sri Lanka. He did outstandingly in that Test match in Johannesburg where he bowled his heart out. He might not have taken a five-for, but he kept the bloody pressure on South Africa all the time. That is his role. He is experienced. He wants to be a spearhead. He has taken more wickets than anyone else amongst the fast bowlers. He will remember his seven wicket haul at Lord’s, which played a big hand in the win. Those are the memories that will run through his mind when he gets the ball in hand,” said Shastri on India’s seam bowling options.It will be interesting to see who draws the first blood in the all important test series that starts on August 1st. Let us know your thoughts below.Also Read:Cricket : Dinesh Karthik feels a little excited and nervous at the same time ahead of the England series
Alan Shearer has explained why Unai Emery’s substitutes were very effective during Arsenal’s derby victory against Tottenham Hotspur.Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day programme on Sunday, Shearer was full of praise for how Emery used his options off the bench with two of those substitutes coming in on the stroke of half-time.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring for Arsenal with penalty kick only for Tottenham to turn things around courtesy of goals from Eric Dier and Harry Kane.It was through the hard work of Emery’s substitutes that the Gunners regained control of the match, firstly through another Aubameyang goal that levelled the score at 2-2, before Lacazette and Lucas Torreira finished off the visitors.Shearer hailed Emery’s decision to take off Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as the key reason why the Gunners saw off their North London rivals.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He did it brilliantly today,” he said, according to Football.London. “At half-time, Iwobi and Mkhitaryan were ineffective in the first half.”“He brought Ramsey and Lacazette on and what these two players did was make the pitch bigger, stretched Tottenham out and played Ramsey in the No. 10 role.”“They invited him to run in behind, get in between the centre-halves Juan Foyth and Jan Vertonghen, and he did that all the second half.”
BURLINGTON, VT — Katherine Rogomentich, Class of 2021, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester at the University of Vermont. Rogomentich from Wilmington, MA, is majoring in Undeclared in the College of Arts and Sciences.To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.About UVMSince 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. Committed to both research and teaching, UVM professors — world-class researchers, scholars, and artists — bring their discoveries into the classroom and their students into the field. Located in Burlington, Vermont, one of the nation’s most vibrant small cities and top college towns, UVM is a Public Ivy and top 100 national research university educating 10,513 undergraduate students, 1,542 graduate students, 826 certificate and non-degree students, and 459 M.D. students in the Larner College of Medicine.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of Vermont via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Katherine Rogomentich Named To Dean’s List At University Of VermontIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Katherine Rogomentich Named To Dean’s List At University Of VermontIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Rogomentich Named To Dean’s List At University Of VermontIn “Education”
DesiClick website.ScreenshotDesiClick is a new platform that is enabling customers in the United States to buy indigenous Indian items in seamless manner. The item can be as small as a pack of garam masala.The Indian population in the US is growing every year, but not many states and cities in the country have stores for this growing demographic. The firm decided to fill this vacuum with theindiabazaar.com, and subsequently re-branded it as DesiClik.com in 2014.DesiClik.com is currently one of the largest US-based e-commerce marketplaces specialising in Indian products — ranjing from apparel, jewellery, handicraft, gifts, furniture, grocery, restaurant equipment, religious to even puja items, festive goods and household items.The firm had reported an annual turnover of $300,000 in 2016, and company executives expect sales to grow manifold in the years to come. The firm is also planning to bring more products in their platform in a move to scale up business.”…We will be adding full-scale grocery and sporting categories soon. The grocery category can help us bring significant repeat customers on a regular basis. Our plan is to become a household name for the 3 million Indians in the US. This can be achieved by reaching out to our target audience through wise spends on marketing campaigns that include both TV and digital,” Deepak Agarwal, co-founder, DesiClik, told International Business Times, India.Going forward, DesiClik plans to launch a business-to-business (B2B) section which will connect buyers from the US with sellers in India, offering a complete range of B2B solutions.”This new platform will essentially be a B2B marketplace for business goods and supplies that will help suppliers and exporters in India and businesses in the US to trade with each other,” Agarwal said.Before the vendors comes on board, there will multiple rounds of scrutiny to validate the credibility of the vendor.”There is a process in place to scrutinize the vendors. We will be interviewing them and reviewing the details about the business and financials before they get listed. One of the reasons we have an annual subscription fee for the vendors is to ensure that we get only genuine vendors on board,” explained Agarwal.Going forward, the firm is planning to expand on a global scale and replicate the DesiClik model in countries with higher Indian population, like Canada, the UK and Australia.”We are looking for investments to take the business to the next level — both in terms of the B2B platform as well as for our worldwide expansion. We are confident of becoming a $5-million US company in the next five years in terms of annual revenue,” said Agarwal.
Dozens of blue-collar Bangladeshi workers at a factory in Dubai are preparing to sue their employer as he has not paid them in months, reports UNB.They are among a group of 300 workers stuck there without money and food. Some of them have become illegal residents after their visas expired and the company has taken no step to renew them.Bangladesh consulate’s first secretary (labour) Fakir Muhammad Munawar Hossain told UNB that 168 of the workers are Bangladeshis. “We’re in touch with them,” he said.One of them told Khaleej Times that they were penniless and had no food to eat. “Our visas are expired and our passports are still with the employer. We cannot work elsewhere as we don’t have our documents,” he said.Dar Al Ber Society charity has been distributing food items and conducted a medical camp at the workers’ accommodation on Wednesday after learning about the situation from an Indian expat.Munawar said the workers were employed by a “reputable Indian construction company” which recently went bankrupt and that some workers had not been paid in six or more months.Most of the workers’ salaries range in between 700 and 1,500 dirham (roughly Tk 16,000 and Tk 34,500).The employer, who has not been named, promised to clear the dues at the earliest, Khaleej Times reported.The UAE is one of the most preferred destinations of Bangladeshi workers in the Middle-East. Last year, they sent back $2,425.4 million or 15.6 per cent of the total remittance.Munawar said they were providing the workers with legal assistance and food but solving the problem will be a bit complex under the local law.He also spoke about an alternative. “If they give up on their demand, they can go back with the guarantee money.”But the Bangladeshi workers told him that they will move the court. “The procedures can take about seven months,” the first secretary said. “We’ll assist anyone willing to file cases and help those who want to go back.”Munawar said the problem being faced by the Bangladeshi workers was not uncommon. “Many companies are being shut down regularly and we’re doing whatever we can to help our workers,” he said.But the situation appeared to be very grim for the workers. One of them told the newspaper that they had to depend on the mercy of the passerby or nearby cafeterias for meals.”It’s too embarrassing to beg for food. We came here to work with dignity … not to beg or become illegal residents,” he said.
Share Al OrtizHouston police investigate a mass shooting in West University, Houston, on September 26th, 2016.Nathan Desai, the suspect at the active shooter incident in the West University area last month, had no known mental health issues or criminal history, Houston Police Department said on Wednesday on a press release.The HPD also confirmed that Desai, who was pronounced dead at the scene after being felled by police, was wearing a replica of a World War II German SS General’s uniform and that he had a license to carry a handgun. The Department also released the names of the police officers who discharged their weapons during the incident. The list includes five HPD oficers, three Bellaire officers and one West University officer.None of the officers were hurt that morning but nine people were shot or injured by the suspect as he shot at cars driving through the area.
In a letter addressed to the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland Chairwoman Cheryl Glenn this week, Gov. Larry Hogan signaled a willingness to resolve the decade-long Maryland HBCU Equity lawsuit. Hogan offered Maryland’s HBCU’s up to $100 million over 10 years. “We are happy that the governor is in the frame of mind to resolve this lawsuit,” Glenn said. The Baltimore Democrat said she does not see the monetary amount offered by the governor as an end but instead as a possible beginning of a conversation to resolve the impasse between the state and Maryland’s four HBCU’s. “This is not a settlement but the start of a process and, of course, this is an election year,” Glenn said, suggesting that Hogan wants to avoid the bad blood that would result from a formal appeal of the November remedial ruling in favor of plaintiffs for Maryland’s HBCU’s.Other lawmakers and HBCU advocates are not at all buying what the governor is selling. “That equates to 2.5 million per year over the next 10 years for each of the 4 HBCU institutions. That’s like throwing peanuts at a very gigantic problem,” Del. Nick Mosby told members of the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee this week. The House Appropriations Committee is currently considering HB 450, the Britt-Rawlings-HBI Comparability Program, the state funding program designed to create fiscal equity between the state’s four HBCU’s and traditionally White campuses. HB 450 is a companion bill for SB 252, with the same name, introduced recently in the Maryland State Senate by Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Balt.)Mosby made it clear that legislation proposed in the House of Delegates and State Senate is not meant to replace the Maryland HBCU Equity Trial’s remedial ruling handed down in November by Judge Catherine E. Blake in U.S. District Court. Blake ordered the appointment of a special master to create unique high-demand programs at each of the state’s HBCU’s and required the state system of higher education to eliminate the discriminatory system of program duplication. Appropriations Committee members were eager to learn how HBCU’s would use additional funding. “In terms of where the funding would be spent, we have very high-end expensive programs that are currently underfunded,” Juliette Bell, president, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, explained to the Appropriations Committee. Bell wouldn’t comment on the governor’s proposed offer of $100 million to settle the HBCU lawsuit. But David Burton, lead plaintiff for the Maryland HBCU Coalition, had no problems responding to Hogan’s gesture. In an interview with the AFRO, Burton said the governor’s offer of $100 million was a “slap in the face” and not a sincere gesture. “$100 million is just the beginning of a long conversation. It’s nowhere near the requisite amount to meet what is needed to restore HBCU’s to a position of parity as required in the judge’s ruling,” Burton said. By comparison, the landmark “Ayers” Higher Education desegregation settlement in 2002 required the state of Mississippi to pay $500 million for new programs, facilities and student recruitment at Jackson State, Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley, the state’s three public universities. In the governor’s offer letter, addressed to Del. Cheryl Glenn, Hogan’s Chief Counsel Robert F. Scholz says the $100 million offer “represents a serious, multi-year commitment which we believe goes well beyond what the law requires.”“There should not be any signaling at any level from anyone that the governor’s proposal addresses the long-term remedies that will be necessary to resolve this long-standing issue,” said Burton. There is no easy way out of this.”“$100 million dollars does not meet the standard. If you read Judge Blake’s remedial order closely, it will take billions, not millions of dollars over years to correct the years of discrimination faced by Maryland’s HBCU’s,” Burton said.
[photos: Chihiro Saito] February 28, 2011We continue our report from 2/25/11, about the new SPACE FRAME Special Assembly.This is the second piece in a series, that sculptor Brent Scott made for Cosanti. The original prototype was installed there last year [see our reports from March 15., April 14. and 16. 2010].This second piece is half of the size of the original.Special Assembly sculptor at Cosanti, Abel, joins Paolo with suggestions of bells that will make a unison of sound desired by Soleri.Brent with the sculpture in front of Soleri’s house at Cosanti.
Netflix reported a record number of new subscribers in Q1, but its share price dropped more than 7% in after-hours trading after it issued a weak forecast for the current quarter.Netflix said it expects to add 2.5 million members in the second quarter of 2016 – 2.0 million internationally and 500,000 in the US. By comparison, in Q2 2015 it added 2.4 million international members and 900,000 in the US – a total of 3.3 million.The SVOD service said that its Q2 US forecast was in line with previous years, but acknowledged a “modest impact from un-grandfathering” – the process of upping legacy users’ price plans from an introductory US$7.99 or US$8.99 per month to Netflix’s now standard US$9.99 for its HD, two-screen plan.Currently more than half of Netflix US users pay a reduced rate for its US$9.99 offering – something that Netflix said it will phase out gradually over the remainder of 2016.Internationally, Netflix said that it expects to add less users in Q2 2016 than a year earlier due to a “tough comparison against the Australia/New Zealand launch”.“The ANZ growth spike in Q2 last year resulted in international Q2 net adds more than doubling year over year (from 1.12 million to 2.37 million). While ANZ is growing steadily this Q2, it is less than the launch spike last year,” said Netflix in its quarterly letter to shareholders.Netflix said that its launch in 130 new countries at the beginning of this year meant that its Q1 results “captured the initial surge of sign-ups”, with net additions expected to drop sequentially in Q2 as a result.Announcing its Q1 2016 results, Netflix said that it added a record 6.74 million subscribers in the quarter – up from 4.88 million in Q1 2015.The bulk of these additions were international users, with 2.23 million new members logged in the US – down slightly from the 2.28 million new members recorded in Q1 2015.International revenues grew 57% year-on-year to US$652 million. International losses widened year-on-year to a loss of US$104 million – though Netflix said that this was “better than forecast due to the timing of content spend”.In the US, Netflix’s revenues rose 18% year-on-year to US$1.16 billion. It attributed this to 14% growth in average paid memberships and a 3% increase in ARPU. US contribution profit grew 32% year-on-year to US$413 million.