Ambrose seeking to fire-up underdogs WI

first_imgHOBART, Australia (CMC):Fast-bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose is seeking to fire up underdogs West Indies who face top-ranked Australia in the first of three Test matches from this evening (Caribbean time).Ambrose, the bowling consultant, is insisting that the West Indies have the manpower to challenge the home side in the three-match rubber following their humiliating 10-wicket loss to an inexperienced Cricket Australia X1.Australia defeated West Indies 2-0 in their last series played in the Caribbean earlier this year.”Even though we lost 2-0, there were moments or periods when we had them on the back foot and had their backs against the wall. And we never really finished them off,” recalled Ambrose.”So we believe we can compete, and not only compete, but we believe we can beat them, and that’s our focus: to beat Australia. Not just to compete but to win and, being the underdogs, sometimes it’s good to be that way.”The Caribbean side was able to avoid an innings defeat against the young Cricket Australia’s X1 on the strength of a stubborn partnership between Jason Holder and Kemar Roach.But their defeat has forced former players and commentators to question their confidence going into the opening Test at Hobart.However, the former fast bowler is insisting that given the expectation of the Australian public, the home side is the one under pressure to perform.”We have nothing to lose. As far as we are concerned, Australia is the one under pressure. They have to beat us because Australians expect them to steamroll us. So they are the ones under pressure, not us,” he said.”We’re here to do a job and we’re going to make a good job of it. We’re not going to worry about what has been said about us not being a good team or not going to compete and games being over in three days and all that kind of stuff.”Jason Holder’s men arrived in Australia not having won an overseas tour of note in 20 years and are ranked above only Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.Ambrose has described in-form batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner as the main threat in the Australian batting line-up, but contends that their middle order is vulnerable.”They are in some good form at the moment, and there are two good batsmen and, yes, they will be key. If we can get them out early for not too many runs, I still believe that the middle order of Australia is not that solid at the moment,” Ambrose pointed out.”I think Warner and Smith will be key, and once we get them out early, that could give us some leeway to really test them.”Ambrose has identified the bowling attack as the Windies’ strength and expressed confidence in Jerome Taylor’s ability to lead an attack capable of taking 20 Australian wickets.”Since I joined the team, it took me a little while to get them to buy into my concept because they are accustomed to certain things and, of course, it would not change overnight,” said Ambrose, who took up his consultancy role in February 2014.The first Test will be played at the Blundstone Arena, from Thursday to Monday. First ball is 10:30 a.m. (Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Jamaica time).last_img read more

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first_imgFIFA ethics judges open case against Valcke ZURICH (AP): FIFA ethics judges have formally opened a case against Jerome Valcke, who faces a nine-year ban from football. The ethics committee’s judging chamber says it “decided to institute formal adjudicatory proceedings” against FIFA’s former secretary general after studying a prosecution file sent by ethics investigators. The judges acted one day after extending Valcke’s 90-day interim ban by 45 days. Valcke is charged with several violations of the FIFA code of ethics while serving as President Sepp Blatter’s top aide since 2007. The charges include accepting gifts and conflicts of interest. The judges gave no details of the case, citing Valcke’s “privacy rights and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty”. Man United recall winger DORTMUND, Germany (AP): Belgium winger Adnan Januzaj was returning to Manchester United yesterday after his one-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund was cut short after half a season. The Bundesliga side confirmed that the clubs agreed on “an immediate return”, and that the “last contractual details between the parties are being sorted out”. The 20-year-old Januzaj joined Dortmund at the end of the last transfer period but failed to make his mark with the side. He played just 166 minutes as a substitute in six Bundesliga games, managing four shots at goal, and scoring none. He played two full games in five Europa League appearances for Dortmund, but again didn’t score. Football’s rule-makers discuss approving video replay trials LONDON (AP): Soccer’s rule-makers are discussing whether to approve trials of video replays to assist referees who find it harder to keep up with the faster, modern game. The International Football Association Board first approved technology in 2012 that was limited to systems determining whether the ball crossed the goal-line. But the FIFA-dominated panel met yesterday in London to decide whether to allow the first official in-game tests with video replay systems that could, for example, help to inform referees on whether a penalty should be awarded, a player should be sent off, or consider violent conduct they might have missed. It is “physically harder for referees to keep up,” and high-tech assistance is proving essential, English Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said. Kiwis beat Lankans by three runs in T20 MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP): Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson each made half centuries in a 101-run opening partnership to help New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by three runs in the first Twenty20 international between the teams yesterday. Guptill scored 58 from 34 balls to give New Zealand the high-tempo start they needed after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl first. Williamson supported him with 53 from 42 balls to lead New Zealand to 182-4. In reply, Danushka Gunathilaka made 46 and Milinda Siriwardana 42 to help Sri Lanka keep things close into the final over.last_img read more

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Fort St. John Huskies big weekend

first_imgAfter Friday’s game, the Huskies will travel to Dawson Creek, where they will take on the Junior Canucks at the Dawson Creek Memorial Arena on Saturday. The last time these two teams clashed, they met in Fort St. John’s North Peace Arena, with our hometown Huskies beating Dawson Creek by a score of 5-3.Advertisement The Huskies will travel to Grande Prairie to take on the Wheelers Friday night at the Coca-Cola Center. Upon their last meeting on Nov. 27, the Huskies traveled to Grande Prairie and came home with a 5-2 victory under their belts.- Advertisement -The Huskies are hoping for the same result at Friday’s game, which is a big one for the dogs as they are only one point away from fourth place, with a total of 18 points. The team currently holds a record with nine wins and eight losses, as they sit alone in fifth place in the league.When asked about injuries on the team, Huskies head coach Bob Kalb says that they were in fact suffering from some injuries, but that regardless of the roster they had to be ready for the big weekend ahead of them.[asset|aid=3334|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e4b7384b160f43f57ec468dc3df3a680-Coach Kalb 1_1_Pub.mp3] This is a crucial game for the league standings, as only one point separates the two teams and a win over the Junior Canucks would move the Huskies into sole possession of fourth place in the NWJHL. The team had a chance to progress through the rankings last weekend, but a couple of home losses prevented them from doing so. Although, despite both unsuccessful games last weekend, Coach Kalb is confident that his team can rally and build from the experience.[asset|aid=3335|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e4b7384b160f43f57ec468dc3df3a680-Coach Kalb 2_1_Pub.mp3] Our Fort St. John Huskies have a busy weekend approaching. The puck drops Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday evening at 8 p.m.last_img read more

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The Professor Of Chikmagalore

first_imgChikmagalur, a rainy and hilly district in southern Karnataka, draws a growing number of tourists from Bangalore, who come here for spectacular views of the Western Ghats, or to spend a night in Kemmanagundi, the local hill station. But for a few visitors-and I am one of them-a trip to,Chikmagalur, a rainy and hilly district in southern Karnataka, draws a growing number of tourists from Bangalore, who come here for spectacular views of the Western Ghats, or to spend a night in Kemmanagundi, the local hill station. But for a few visitors-and I am one of them-a trip to Chikmagalur is always accompanied by the hope that we might spot its most famous resident, Professor Carvalho. He should be easy to find: He’s a Mangalorean Catholic, somewhat unusual for these parts, sports a silvery beard, and his Kannada, though formal, is interspersed with English phrases like “My dear young man” and “Yesyes”. So we crane our necks out of cars and buses and stare at the locals, wondering if Carvalho is among them-though we know, of course, that he is not.Aravind AdigaHe lives only in a novel. Published in 1980, Poornachandra Tejaswi’s Kannada classic Karvalo is set around the town of Mudugere in Chikmagalur. A typical town in the Western Ghats: The locals grow honey, rear cattle, and live a hard life, which is made harder by police and politicians. They have a stranger in their midst. Professor Carvalho, a scientist posted at a nearby research centre, is a treasury of information on all kinds of agricultural problems, an expert on glow-worms, and a man who receives photographs and letters from around the world. Though the kindly Mangalorean is always ready to help the locals, some of them are suspicious. What is this urbane, prosperous scientist doing in the middle of nowhere? Is he a foreign agent?One day Carvalho confesses. He is on the trail of a very rare lizard, one that can fly. The creature is a living fossil, a relative of the dinosaurs that survived their extinction by growing wings. Though it was last observed a hundred years ago in Africa, Carvalho is sure it matches the descriptions of a creature seen recently in the forests of the Western Ghats. He has written to the Smithsonian Institute and the British Geographical Institute, and they have jointly offered a reward for this amazing lizard-payable in pounds sterling!advertisementNow all the locals want to be friends with Carvalho. A search party, armed with a cook, heads into the woods. Fatigue sets in quickly, and men who are used to coming to the wilderness only for firewood or shikar grow weary of its monotony. The scientist revives them. He makes them see the forest with new eyes: He touches the branch of a tree, and lo!-it sprouts a moustache and legs and turns into a worm. Under the dark cover of the trees, the locals hold discussions with Carvalho. Does God exist? Does He oversee Evolution? If all creatures are subject to Evolution, how has this living fossil alone opted out of the process? At last they find the lizard-or something that might be their lizard-and give it chase as it glides through the trees, slipping past their hands again and again to reach the very edge of the Western Ghats. Now Carvalho and the others think they have got it: The lizard is at a sheer cliff with nowhere to go. The mysterious reptile, however, has one last trick to play on its pursuers.Tejaswi-whose father, Kuvempu, was a celebrated Kannada poet-made his literary reputation in the early 1970s with the short story collection Abachoorina Post Office. Inspired by Ram Manohar Lohia’s call for a social revolution, these angry and poetic stories are as unsettling as anything by Manto. The multi-talented Tejaswi published essays on astronomy and natural history, took photographs of Chikmagalur (where he lived), and translated wildlife books from English into Kannada; by 1980, he had mellowed enough to write Karvalo. The language is simple and precise; the vision, genial and humanistic, rests equally on commitment to one’s fellow men and respect for the environment. If he lacks the nationwide reputation of U.R. Ananthamurthy or cult following of S.L. Bhyrappa-the Mysorean novelist who is a favourite of the Hindutva crowd, Tejaswi, who died in 2007-is adored in Karnataka as no other writer is. Both comic and cosmic, Karvalo expands out of Chikmagalur. Wherever I am in the hills, in Mussoorie or Germany, there are times when leaves rustle behind me and I turn, expecting to find an eccentric Mangalorean scientist in pursuit of a flying lizard that is as ancient as the dinosaurs. -Aravind Adiga is a Booker Prize-winning novelist.last_img read more

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Web 20 How to Get What You Dont Pay For

first_imgLet me take you on a journey back in time… It’s the late 1990s. I’m sporting my best mullet and stone-washed jeans and working at a b-to-b technology magazine, which has just launched a “Web site” on this thing called an “Internet.” The publication is run by forward-thinking suits, who decide in their ultimate wisdom to add bulletin boards to their shiny new online property, where folks can exchange pleasantries “in cyberspace.” So they commission a company to build and add the bulletin boards to the site at huge expense.Almost no one uses the message boards, but more importantly, one of the more geeky employees points out shortly thereafter that a better bulletin board is available as Linux software, at a cost of no dollars (and two years after that, the magazine is shut down… coincidence?).Of course, no-one in b-to-b publishing could make such a dumbass mistake today, right? Wrong. Every day in every part of our industry b-to-b publishers throw good money away signing long-term contracts that lock them into overpaying for technology that is available to the canny shopper either free, or for pennies on the dollar. Worse still, many of these contracts lock them into proprietary services, which make it difficult and hugely expensive to switch providers.Deals A’ Plenty But don’t take my word for it; let’s look at some real-world examples. A former colleague of mine, R. Scott Raynovich, is currently starting a Web business, raynoreport.com, comprising ad-supported blogs and paid research. The site will feature message boards, e-commerce, and a bunch of other Web 2.0 mumbo jumbo. The cost to launch this business? $600 for two years of hosting on godaddy.com, plus $2,000 in programming development work. This is a good deal—working out to just $3.56 a day. (How does that compare to the cost of running your Web 2.0 enabled e-commerce friendly site, hmmmm?)I recently negotiated a deal with a paid search company for a large publisher. After the usual va-et-vient we agreed on a price of 5 cents per click-through with the provider. It subsequently transpired that a different part of the same publisher was paying 80 cents per click-through for the same service. Oops!There are three reasons why there are deals a’plenty to be had at the moment. First, the recession. Second, VCs with deep pockets and shallow IQs are funding many of the Web startups and are prepared to paper over losses in the hope that their investment will be the last man standing. Third, Google has more money than sense. Recent analysis by Internet Evolution, a Web site I founded, indicates Google is losing about $1.6 million a day on YouTube. And at Internet Evolution we’re taking advantage of Google’s largesse by using YouTube to enable video messaging on our site—for free. There’s no reason why other b-to-b publishers shouldn’t do the same.How To Keep From Getting BurnedTraditionally the argument for going with a more expensive service is that you get what you pay for. This is often not true. Take customer service—in my experience I’ve found that it tends to dissolve faster than an Alka-Seltzer once you ink a contract with any Web service provider. Talking of contracts, here’s another word of advice: NEVER sign a contract of more than one year with any provider of any Internet service. Things like Web hosting, e-commerce, and content management are infrastructure, and the rule of thumb is that all Internet infrastructure is getting cheaper over time. Locking in a price today makes no sense.Before signing with any service provider find out how easy it will be to extricate yourself should things go pear-shaped. Hosting companies and content management companies add a bunch of proprietary “stuff” on the backend, which makes it incredibly difficult and time consuming to extract your data should you have a falling out with them. This explains why the average cost of switching content management systems is $250,000, or enough to keep raynoreport.com going for 187 years.For b-to-b publishers the game today isn’t “The Price is Right,” or even “Let’s Make a Deal.” In a world where Google has virtually limitless money and VCs have an inexhaustible supply of stupid, publishers with money to spend on Web services hold all of the power. Half price? How about “no price”—at least for the first six months. Baker’s dozen? Make that a two-for-one and you’ll think about it.Steve Saunders is an independent media consultant and the founderof Internet Evolution.last_img read more

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Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2s Erica unfollows exbeau Shaheer on social media is

first_imgKuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi actors Shaheer Sheikh and Erica FernandesShaheer Sheikh/InstagramHere’s a piece of heartbreaking news for fans of alleged former lovers Erica Fernandes and Shaheer Sheikh. The actress, who is currently seen in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, has unfollowed Shaheer on Instagram. The good looking actor, however, continues to follow her. Shaheer and Erica had worked together in Sony TV’s Kuch Rang Pyaar Ke Aise Bhi where they played the roles of Dev and Sonakshi, respectively.Although there were strong rumours of the two dating each other during the time when the show was on air, both Erica and Shaheer never admitted to their relationship and had always maintained that they are ‘just good friends’.It was being said that the alleged couple broke up because of Shaheer’s infidelity. However, Erica had then responded to the reports and reiterated that Shaheer and she were just friends. She further requested gossip mongers to stop making accusations at the cost of someone’s character.Currently, Erica is rumoured to be dating her Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 co-star Parth Samthaan. The buzz is that a lot has been brewing up between the alleged lovebirds. The couple is going strong and is spending more time together than usual. Apparently, Parth and Erica often arrive together on sets and also wait for one another to have afternoon and evening meals together. Not just that, they often leave the sets together as well.While it is not known as to what went wrong between Erica and Shaheer, we wonder if the actress’ growing closeness with Parth is the reason behind her unfollowing Shaheer and thus putting an end to her former relationship? Erica Fernandes and Parth Samthaaninstagramlast_img read more

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Widespread Flooding In Houston Area

first_imgInformation from emergency management officials #houwx #hounews pic.twitter.com/Jizktg32PW— HCFCD (@hcfcd) May 28, 2016Areas hard hit by heavy rain over the past two days are experiencing severe flooding, especially in north and northeast Harris County.NWSResidents living in the Northwood Pines subdivision and the Park at Northgate Apartments have been asked to voluntarily evacuate their homes by 2 p.m. on Saturday as a precautionary measure, according to Harris County Emergency Office of Management. Flood waters from Spring Creek are high and may flood the neighborhood, or cause a breach of the levee. Evacuation of Northpoint woods subdivision on Spring Crk at I-45 #houwx #hounews pic.twitter.com/TiNcANr9N1— Jeff Lindner (@JeffLindner1) May 28, 2016 Share Many structures flooding on Montgomery County side of Spring Creek E of I-45 #houwx #hounews pic.twitter.com/84s4etDSlr— Jeff Lindner (@JeffLindner1) May 28, 2016Residents living along the San Jacinto River need to be aware and take action ahead of the ongoing flooding situation affecting homes along the West Fork of the river. Water levels will continue to rise through next week. Residents living near the Addicks and Barker reservoirs need to be careful with flooding in that area. Highway 6 and North Eldridge Parkway will likely go underwater on Saturday.Weather resources:Traffic & High Water Locations: Houston TranStarBayous & Creeks: Harris County Flood Control District, Montgomery CountyPreparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.orglast_img read more

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Paula Faris to Launch Podcast on Faith for ABC News

first_imgThe first season of ‘Journeys of Faith’ will feature ten episodes, posting every Wednesday. Episodes will be available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Spotify, Stitcher and the ABC News app.  ABC News has in recent months placed new emphasis on podcasting, which has gained new interest from a variety of media companies as consumers flock to the format. Pew Research found in July that 44% of Americans ages 12 and older said they have ever listened to a podcast, according to Edison Research and Triton Digital survey data, while 26% said they have listened to a podcast in the past month, compared with just 9% in 2008.ABC News in late March launched a podcast called “Start Here,” a twenty-minute session hosted by Brad Mielke that taps ABC News personnel to offer insight on events shaping the world. The Disney-owned news outlet has experimented with new kinds of digital audio for a few years,  launching an ABC News audio channel on the ABC News app about three years ago.Faris in July said she would leave her roles on “The View” and a co-anchor on the weekend edition of “Good Morning America” to focus on doing stories of greater consequence.  “This is a passion project of mine so I’m incredibly involved in the process,” she said. “It’s a new venture and the team helping put this together has been incredible – we’re all learning together and committed to its success.”Booking guests for the venture has been easy, she added. “I’m finding there’s a real hunger to talk about one’s personal faith.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The podcast has conjured up memories from her past. “I’m going back to my college radio days, so it’s been a treat. I’ve long maintained that TV can be cumbersome to produce – it’s a lot of effort from many, for a few moments on screen,” she said. ” In the audio space, especially in the podcast format, there’s something so intimate about the medium and the conversations you’re able to have. Come as you are, don’t worry about your exterior. We’re talking about the interior: matters of your heart and mind.”She is eager to speak to people of different beliefs. “We’ll speak with those practicing Christianity, Orthodox Judaism, Islam and Atheism,” she said, adding: “This podcast is an opportunity to listen and learn from one another – respecting that faith is the core and foundation for so many, yet no two faith journeys look alike. I hope listeners will also be encouraged and inspired by the stories.”Faris wants listeners  “to feel like they’re a fly on the wall and right there in the room with us.” Subsequent episodes will be released on Wednesdays. The first season will feature ten. Paula Faris recently served as one of the co-hosts on ABC’s “The View.” Now she’s about to examine a different kind of perspective.The ABC News journalist will launch a new podcast, “Journeys of Faith,” during which she will interview influential people and talk to them about how they’ve used faith and spirituality at crucial moments in their lives. The first three episodes will be released Wednesday, November 14 and feature interviews with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts; country-music artists Luke Bryan and Hillary Scott; and political commentator Ben Shapiro. Other first-season guests who have been slated include Kellyanne Conway, Tim Tebow, Reza Aslan, Sam Harris, Marla Maples, Sherri Shepherd and Melissa Joan Hart.“My faith is my rock and foundation. It’s been the glue of my marriage when I wanted to walk, it’s grounded me in triumph, and carried me through tragedy. I honestly don’t know where I’d be without it, and I know there are so many who feel the same way,” Faris said via an email exchange. She added: “In covering news and sports the better part of 25 years, I know firsthand we just don’t talk to our interviewees about their faith. Tell us about your latest project. Tell us about that controversial statement you made. Tell us about that game-winning catch. But, just don’t tell us about God, Allah or Jesus, etc. There’s no mainstream media platform that’s giving people the platform and opportunity to talk about what they believe and why they believe it. That is, until now.”last_img read more

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A weighty Grain

first_imgWhile the musician was in Delhi for a performance at The Aquarium Lounge, we got a chance to talk to him. Read on…Before we get into your solo projects, I must bring up Midivil Punditz. Describe to us the journey Indian electronica music has taken ever since you began making music? Midival Punditz has been Tapan and my main project for the last 15 years and we have come a long way from being Dj’s in Delhi night clubs, to making our own music and releasing 3 studio albums till yet. We started making electronica when it was just starting out in the west. This actually gave us a pretty open palette to do anything we wished to in India. So, we kinda decided to do the most honest style that came to us. We did not realise at that time that it would be called Asian Electronica eventually. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’You are coming out with an album called Grey to Silver, where you have collaborated with Karsh Kale. Is there an underlying theme behind this album? What inspired you to create it? Describe that moment to us.The Grain project came about, out of my personal desire to write songs and vocal tracks. I have wanted to do song-writing for a long time now, and it was with Karsh that i started experimenting with it. I wrote the first couple of tracks with Karsh and then with Talia Bentson, and that was a realisation into the style i wanted for Grain. I think it was after I wrote It’s All Right with Karsh that the entire sound emerged for me. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat is the stuff that you grew up listening to? Tell us a little bit about your key musical influences?Like any other kid born in the 70’s, I grew up listening to 80s music, and then Classic Rock. It was not until the 90’s that i started listening to the Electronica artists like Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Fat Boy Slim, Apollo 400, etc. My musical influences have been a mix of all these, from Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, to Michael Jackson and Prodigy. Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, in an interview said, ‘Today, electronic music is like an audio energy drink. Artists are overcompensating with this aggressive, energetic, hyper-stimulating music – it’s like someone shaking you. But it can’t move people on an emotional level.’ Do you agree?I agree with Thomas’ introspection on the electronica production these days. It has become pretty aggressive and loud. However, there is also a lot of good emotional and well written electronica out there.What suggestion/advice would you have for newbies in this field?Make ‘honest’ music. Please speak the truth and that will make you successful and also make the audience feel your music.last_img read more

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