Steve Smith, Joe Root and Trent Boult: The men who challenged India in their own den

first_imgTeam India under Virat Kohli conquered everything that has been thrown at them. From starting at No.7 in Tests in Australia back in 2014 to No.1 two-and-a-half years later, is not an easy feat and India have done that with great swagger. They are now the only team other than Australia and South Africa to have won their last Test series against every other opposition.India started their home season by whitewashing New Zealand 3-0, followed by a 4-0 hammering of England in the five-match series. They continued the good work in the one-off Test against Bangladesh as they beat the young and hungry Tigers by 208 runs, which was followed by the recently concluded thrilling four-match series against Australia, which India won 2-1 to end the season on a high.However, even in this run of domination, a few visitors stood up and provided stern resistance to the home side with both bat and ball.Here are the top five overseas batsmen in the 13-match long Test season:STEVE SMITHThe Australia captain finished the four-match series with 499 runs from eight innings at an average of 71.28. He lead from the front right from the word go. He scored a fighting 109 in Pune as Australia won the Test by 333 runs to take a 1-0 lead. Although he didn’t have much of a say in Bengaluru, a match Australia lost by 75 runs, Smith came back strong to hammer another big hundred, scoring 178 not out in Ranchi under tremendous pressure which came towards him from all corners after the DRS row.advertisementThe 27-year-old came to Dharamsala being a man on a mission to lead his team to victory and that resulted in another captain’s knock as he scored 111 in the first innings, his third century of the series.The New South Wales batsman was not only the star batsman for the visitors but he also finished as the highest run-getter of the series and 94 runs more than the second placed Cheteshwar Pujara, who has 405.JOE ROOTJoe Root has been the backbone of the England batting for quite some time now. He continued from where he left off in India five years back. He scored 73 in his debut Test back in Nagpur in 2012 and only consolidated his position as one of the best players of spin in these conditions.The newly appointed England captain finished the five-match series with 491 runs from 10 innings, which included one century and four fifties.Reuters PhotoThe 26-year-old n held the key for England before the Three Lions stepped a foot in the country and he did not disappoint in an otherwise very disappointing series for the Englishmen. He started the series with a 124 in Rajkot and followed on from there. He has a fifty plus score in each of the five matches showing complete consistency and why he has always been the most dependable batsmen in the recent past.MOEEN ALIThe England all-rounder became a thorn for the Indians with the bat. Although he was seen more of a player, who can hurt with his bowling, Moeen’s batting impressed everybody in the five-match series.Moeen finished with 381 runs from nine innings with a best of 146 in the last Test in Chennai. He started off the series with a 117 in Rajkot and kept being a headache for the hosts till the last Test. He scored two tons and one half century at an average of 42.33.He provided great resistance along with Ben Stokes in the middle-order and more than made up for just taking 10 wickets in the series with the willow.ALASTAIR COOKThe former England captain finished the series with 369 runs and the fifth highest run-getter of the series.Cook scored just one century and one half-century throughout the series with an average of 43.92 but he kept providing England with good starts with different opening partners through the cource of the series.He started the series off with a 130 in the second innings in Rajkot, allowing the visitors to draw the Test before they went on a losing spree.Reuters PhotoThe 32-year-old was heavily criticised for the series defeat in India and he also quit but his performances with the bat was something that allowed England to at least provide some resistance in an otherwise very disappointing series.JONNY BAIRSTOWJonny Bairstow had a tremendous season coming onto the five-match series. He finished as the second highest run-scorer with 1470 runs in 2016 and that was also the highest run scored by a wicketkeeper in a calendar year.The wicketkeeper batsman carried on the good work and played some gritty innings in the middle-order for England.advertisementThe Yorkshire keeper scored 352 runs from nine innings at an average of 44.00, which included three fifties. His best was 89 in the third Test in Mohali, which was an innings of great character and maturity.While the batsmen had a better time overall in terms of performances, the spinners also made the most of the turning tracks at display in India.Here are the top five bowlers out of the four Test series India played in.And now, the bowlers who troubled Kohli & Co.ADIL RASHIDAdil Rashid was the pick of the bowlers among all the teams, claiming 23 wickets from five matches with a best of 4/82 in the second Test in Visakhapatnam.The leggie is the only overseas player to have picked up more than 20 wickets out of the 13-Test long home season of India.Rashid was often criticised for not being effective or being able to pick wickets at crucial points but he still came out on top of with a handy wicket tally at an average of 37.43 in the five-Test series.NATHAN LYONNathan Lyon has been a much improved bowler over the last couple of years and that showed in the two-match Test series versus India.Lyon picked up 19 wickets from four matches at an average of 25.26 and looked the most dangerous bowlers with his consistent line and length, troubling the Indian batsmen throughout the series.He picked up his carrier best 8/50 in the first innings of the Bengaluru Test, that India won by 75 runs. He again picked up an important five-wicket haul in the first innings of the Dharamsala Test, to bowl out India with a small lead of 32 runs but Australia failed to capitalise on that and lost the match by eight wickets and series 2-1.STEVE O’KEEFESteve O’Keefe picked up 19 wickets and one of Australia’s leading wicket takers in the recently concluded series.He was India’s tormentor in-chief as the Australians announced themselves in Pune with a thumping victory of 333 runs in the first Test in Pune.Reuters PhotoO’Keefe picked up 6/35 in each of the innings and destroyed India’s batting in the process, finishing the match with career-best match figures of 12/70.His stock fell after that however as he struggled to replicate his performance but he did pick up a wicket here and there to end up with the same wickets as his spin partner come the end of the series.TRENT BOULT, MITCHELL SANTNER AND MOEEN ALIEach of them finished with a tally of 10 wickets each in the respective series.Boult and Santner were the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand picking up 10 wickets from three matches at an average of 33.30 and 52.40 respectively.The lack of ability to strike showed why the Kiwis failed to win any of their matches or put any strong performances.Moeen also picked up 10 wickets from five matches with a best of 3/98. He failed to support Rashid properly but that was again because of Cook giving him very less overs to bowl. He was expected to be the leading spinner, especially after his fantastic performances against India in England back in 2014 but he failed to replicate that in favouring conditions.advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

CWCLIME gets exclusive rights to sports TV

first_img LIME Announces Flat Rate Plan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Cable and Wireless Communications PLC, Flow Sports, lime tci, Premier League Football Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Oct 2015 – A more assertive maneuver to beef up its sports offerings is coming from Cable and Wireless thanks to a new partnership.Football lovers will now be able to enjoy action from the Premier League Football games exclusively through Cable and Wireless Communications PLC on the Caribbean’s newest sports network: Flow Sports. LIME TCI revealed that the option includes the showing of all 380 matches per season of the Premier league across 32 Caribbean countries from 2016 to 2019. The company, also won the mobile clip rights which will allows customers to view the games on any mobile device. A press release stated, “The network will be launched in November 2015, with content that includes coverage of international and regional football, cricket, rugby, tennis and athletics, as well as CWC’s exclusive NFL and Rio 2016 Olympics coverage. Flow Sports will broadcast across the region from a new 4-K-ready, state-of-the-art facility in Trinidad, offering 24/7 sports coverage in HD.”John Reid, President of CWC’s Consumer Division said: “We are thrilled to partner with the Premier League across the Caribbean.”Phil Bentley, Chief Executive of Cable & Wireless Communications said: “Following our merger with Columbus and our re-branding to Flow, the agreement with the Premier League is yet another example of the growing momentum building across the Caribbean…” The Indian Premier League Has a New Home in the Caribbean Flow Sports now offers an unrivalled Cricket line-up Recommended for you FISH FRY CANCELLED; GUESTS DISAPPOINTED AND HOTELLIER IS FURIOUSlast_img read more

Family asks for help to get AJ home

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIts a Fundraising Event in honour of Arthur Davino Morris Jr. , “AJ” who drowned on June 25, 2016.  Join family and friends on Friday, July 15th, 2016 at 6:00pm at Homey’s Restaurant Downtown, Providenciales.  There will be LIVE Music, bands, Local DJs and Memorabilia for AJ on sale.  Plus great tasting food, and refreshing drinks.HELP US TO HELP AJ  – SEE YOU THIS FRIDAYlast_img read more

Magazine Deals Difficult Not Impossible

first_imgAn economic recession makes diversification of revenue streams vital, says Oakstreet Media CEO and former VSS managing director Tom Kemp. ”Magazines that are leaders in their verticals, serving markets with long term growth will continue to attract buyers, but at lower multiples,” he says. “Buyers are primarily looking at non-advertising supported media such as subscription information products that have lower volatility in tough market. Also, trade shows continue to be attractive to buyers.”Traditional print publishers need to build out their online offerings, including social network products. According to Phillips, digital sales should make up 15 to 30 percent of a publisher’s overall annual revenue.According to JEGI’s Peters, the highest-growth categories right now fall into four core buckets: consumer online (“big growth with lots of interest”), b-to-b online (“smaller than consumer, but growing nicely”), interactive marketing (“one step removed from magazines but has high deal flow”) and database information (“driven by subscriptions, data analytics and mission-critical information”). “The average revenue multiple for pureplay consumer magazine companies is 1.1X and the average EBITDA multiple is 8X,” says Peters. “For online consumer companies, the average revenue multiple is 4.1X and EBITDA is 21.2X. That’s huge.” The same goes for b-to-b companies, he says, with an average revenue multiple of 2.1 and average EBITDA multiple of 9X for pureplay companies. Online b-to-b companies see average multiples at 3.4X and 13.5X, respectively.According to FOLIO:’s 2008 B-to-B CEO Survey, smaller publishers saw e-media grow by one percentage point to 9 percent in 2007, while larger publishers say e-media on average accounted for about 13 percent of their total revenue last year. On the consumer side, e-media is the fastest growing revenue stream.Be Flexible, Open to Creative ThinkingIn this rollercoaster economy, sellers should be flexible with their asking price. “When M&A markets become challenging, the sellers are always the last to acknowledge that their business is worth less,” Kemp says.Still, buyers and sellers are finding new ways to get deals done. An extreme example was Macrovision’s sale of TV Guide to investment firm OpenGate Capital for $1—less than half the cost of a single copy of the magazine. On top of that, Macrovision agreed to loan OpenGate up to $9.5 million at 3 percent interest.Another, says Peters, was AMI’s sale of its defunct supermarket tabloid Weekly World News to a group of New York investors called Bat Boy LLC, which said at the time it would expand the brand online and by licensing its “characters” into television and film. With big magazine deals like Reed Elsevier’s divestment of Reed Business Information up in the air and ABRY Partner’s sale of Cygnus Business Media still hanging in the balance (at presstime), there’s no disputing that the tightening global credit markets have made media M&A a challenging landscape to navigate.“The credit crunch makes it difficult to borrow the money necessary for a lot of deals and the economy’s downturn is worrying a lot of buyers,” says DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips. “Magazine companies that are for sale are showing downward financial results in the fourth quarter of 2008 and buyers are worried about 2009.”But while observers watch the Reed and Cygnus deals as industry bellwethers, the difficulty these deals have faced shouldn’t suggest that magazine deals are “impossible” to get done. “For magazines that are holding their own and/or growing and are profitable, there is without a doubt a strategic buyer audience out there,” says Scott Peters, a managing director at media broker firm the Jordan, Edmiston Group. “It’s not a good time, though, to be selling products that need heavy financing. Many of the acquisitive platform companies are taking a transaction hiatus because of their own leverage and own debt facilities.”What Makes an ‘Attractive’ Buylast_img read more

In Western Pennsylvania Army Reserve Unit Joins Forces with Free Medical Clinic

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A partnership between a reserve engineering unit in western Pennsylvania and a local health clinic is quickly gaining attention within the Army Reserve, while providing valuable experience for soldiers.The collaboration began last year when the Johnstown Free Medical Clinic provided flu shots for about 100 members of the 458th Engineering Battalion. The unit asked for the clinic’s assistance to reduce the distance many of its personnel would need to travel to receive a flu shot.In turn, the unit’s medical staff began working at the clinic. Now 24 reservists regularly volunteer there, reported the Tribune-Democrat.“More and more soldiers are getting experience with patients that they wouldn’t have,” said Capt. Bruce Jordan. “Our training is usually in classrooms. This has given an opportunity for us to take care of the citizens that we don’t usually get to see,” Jordan said.And after Jordan’s superior, Maj. Gen. Tracy Thompson, commanding general of the 412th Theater Engineer Command, learned about the partnership, higher-ups quickly began to gain interest in the initiative.“Once [Thompson] got hold of it, he contacted the chief of the Army Reserve,” Jordan said. “We were fulfilling his mission of transitioning from the global war on terror to defense support of civil authorities,” he said.Defense support for civil authorities describes a new domestic role for military reservists introduced in the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill, according to the story.last_img read more

Shakti Kapoor admits he used to look at Shilpa Shetty from the

first_imgShilpa Shetty, Shakti KapoorSony TVShilpa Shetty, Govinda and Shakti Kapoor, are some of the few actors who have entertained moviegoers during the 90s with their inimitable style and acting prowess. They not only carved a niche for themselves and stood out against all odds in the industry but also became household with their every portrayal of their characters. And when the trio reunited once again on the stage of Super Dancer 3, they all walked down the memory lane and cherish the moments they had spent together. And while speaking his heart out, Shakti Kapoor even went on to say that he has always had his eyes on Shilpa.When Govinda is in the house, you just can’t go back to your homes without watching him pull off those impeccable dance steps and move like a jelly on the stage. And when Shilpa Shetty joined Govinda on stage, she couldn’t resist herself from matching a few steps with him almost after two decades.After performing with Govinda, Shilpa expressed her admiration towards the dancing star and said, “I was dancing bravely on the stage, but from within my heart was pounding. We danced together after almost 20 years on this song. My legs and hands are still shivering. I had no idea how I was going to match steps with him. I have worked with a lot of actors and I have worked with Chi Chi as well but the energy he brings with him makes me scared.” Govinda, Shakti KapoorSony TVShilpa further said that Govinda used to come on sets and very easily dance in his inimitable style while she used to vigorously practice the choreography and nobody even used to look at her. She even credited Govinda for the dance she has learned over all these years from him.And while all this was happening, Shakti Kapoor couldn’t contain his excitement when he heard Shilpa saying that nobody used to look at her. Seizing the opportunity, Kapoor quipped, “Shilpa feels nobody used to look at her, but she doesn’t know that I always used to look at her from the corner of my eyes as I didn’t have the courage to look at her up front” bursting everyone into laughter.Shilpa Shetty ne #SuperDancerChapter3 ke manch pe sab ka dil chura liya! Catch this lovely moment tonight at 8 PM. #HoliSpecial. @TheShilpaShetty @govindaahuja21 @geetakapur @basuanurag @rithvik_RD @Pparitosh1 @LotusHerbals— Sony TV (@SonyTV) March 23, 2019last_img read more

Bagerhat road crash kills 1

first_imgA man was killed and four others were injured in a road accident at Attraki on Dhaka-Mawa Highway in Fakirhat upazila of Bagerhat on Sunday morning, reports news agency UNB.The deceased was identified as Bellal Hossian, 45, son of Nowsher Ali, a resident of Holishpur village in Shalikha upazila of Magura.The accident took place when a pickup van collided head-on with a Khulna-bound private car due to poor visibility caused by dense fog around 7am, leaving five pickup van passengers injured, said Azizul Haque, officer-in-charge of Katakhali Highway Police.The injured were taken to Fakirhat Health Complex and Khulna Medical College Hospital where doctors at the health complex declared Bellal dead.last_img read more

600 detained in Turkey over links to Kurdish militants

first_imgTurkish police have detained more than 600 people over alleged links to Kurdish militants in the past two days, state media said on Tuesday, a crackdown the pro-Kurdish parliamentary party said was aimed at sidelining it ahead of an April referendum.Turks will vote on April 16 on replacing the parliamentary system with the stronger presidency sought by President Tayyip Erdogan. The referendum will be held under a state of emergency, imposed after an attempted coup last July.Tens of thousands of people have been arrested since the abortive coup over suspected ties to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of organising the putsch. Separately 5,000 members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) have been held, the party says.Counter-terror police on Tuesday detained 86 people suspected of ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group in dawn raids across Turkey, in addition to 544 held a day earlier, state-run Anadolu agency reported.”The basic goal of these operations… is to hold the referendum without the HDP,” a statement from the HDP’s executive committee said.Its statement, released before Tuesday’s arrests, said more than 300 of its members and executives had been detained on Monday, bringing those held this year to around 1,200. A dozen of its lawmakers and tens of Kurdish mayors from a sister party have been jailed pending trial.”WE WILL NEVER BOW DOWN”The government accuses the HDP, parliament’s second biggest opposition party, of being a political extension of the PKK. The HDP denies direct links with the PKK and says it wants a peaceful settlement in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast.The PKK, designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the European Union and the United States, launched an armed insurgency against the Turkish state in 1984 and more than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.A ceasefire between the PKK and the state broke down in July 2015 and thousands have been killed in conflict since then.”We will never bow down faced with this persecution and pressure,” the HDP said. “What they are trying to prevent with the detentions and arrests is a ‘no’ (vote in the referendum).”Ahead of the official launch of referendum campaigning this week, Erdogan has called for Turks to vote ‘yes’ to the reform by saying that the PKK oppose it and that a ‘no’ vote means taking sides with those behind last year’s putsch.last_img read more

Coat of Arms is Revealed for the New Duchess of Sussex

first_imgBy The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace has given details of the newly created Coat of Arms for the former Meghan Markle — an honor which is accorded by tradition to the nobility.The Coat of Arms for the Duchess of Sussex, as she is now formally known, includes symbols that invoke the former actress’ background and look to her future.This generated image made available Friday, May 25, 2018 by Kensington Palace shows the newly created coat of arms of Meghan Duchess of Sussex. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry married on Saturday, May 19, and are now known as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Kensington Palace/PA via AP)It features a blue background that represents the Pacific Ocean and golden rays of sunshine reminiscent of California, her home state in America. The shield includes three quills representing the power of words — a nod to her former website, which was used as a forum to discuss social issues.A collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower, sit on the grass beneath the shield together with wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.last_img read more

Math model suggests fishing out older members may destroy collective fish school

first_img( —A team of researchers from Denmark and Italy has created a mathematical model that suggests that if older members of a school of fish are removed, the school may no longer be able to find its way to migration targets. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society: Interface, the researchers describe how they created a model based on stochastic networks and how it revealed that older members in a school of fish may hold the information necessary for the school to find its way to migration areas. Robot fish found able to lead real fish (w/ video) A school of sardines in Italy. Credit: Wikimedia / Alessandro Duci © 2014 Explore further More information: Fishing out collective memory of migratory schools, J. R. Soc. Interface 6 June 2014 vol. 11 no. 95 20140043. rsif.royalsocietypublishing.or … ntent/11/95/20140043AbstractAnimals form groups for many reasons, but there are costs and benefits associated with group formation. One of the benefits is collective memory. In groups on the move, social interactions play a crucial role in the cohesion and the ability to make consensus decisions. When migrating from spawning to feeding areas, fish schools need to retain a collective memory of the destination site over thousands of kilometres, and changes in group formation or individual preference can produce sudden changes in migration pathways. We propose a modelling framework, based on stochastic adaptive networks, that can reproduce this collective behaviour. We assume that three factors control group formation and school migration behaviour: the intensity of social interaction, the relative number of informed individuals and the strength of preference that informed individuals have for a particular migration area. We treat these factors independently and relate the individuals’ preferences to the experience and memory for certain migration sites. We demonstrate that removal of knowledgeable individuals or alteration of individual preference can produce rapid changes in group formation and collective behaviour. For example, intensive fishing targeting the migratory species and also their preferred prey can reduce both terms to a point at which migration to the destination sites is suddenly stopped. The conceptual approaches represented by our modelling framework may therefore be able to explain large-scale changes in fish migration and spatial distribution.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface Citation: Math model suggests fishing out older members may destroy collective fish school memory (2014, March 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Stochastic adaptive networks are networks that behave according to the whims of its individual members. In this new effort, the researchers applied lessons learned in the past regarding such networks to schools of fish. They did so by programming in three major factors of fish swimming in schools: the relative strength of linking interactions between individual fish, the percentage of older fish relative to those that were younger, and how strong a preference the older fish had for particular migratory destinations. By adjusting the constraints, the researchers were able to see which factors were most critical in allowing or preventing a particular school from functioning as a viable unit, and most specifically, whether they were able to migrate to where they needed to go to survive.In analyzing what they’d observed, the researchers noted that two of the factors—cohesion of the group, and the presence of older fish—were more important to school survival than any particular migration destination. They noted also that removal of the older fish tended to damage the collective memory of the group and prevented the school from migrating at all. In the real world, that would mean that if fishermen catch the older fish that hold the memories of where to go when it’s time to migrate, the rest of the school won’t know what to do, and likely as a result, will die without even trying.The model might explain, the researchers note, why it is that when a population of fish is decimated (such as bluefin tuna in the 60s) and then efforts are made to help them repopulate, such efforts are oftentimes unsuccessful because there is no way to reintroduce the lost collective memory.The researchers next plan to improve their model by adding data obtained from real life studies of fish populations, including those that have been overfished. The hope is that a model can be constructed that will help prevent collapse of other fish species due to current fishing techniques.last_img read more