MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli at No 4 in World Cup? Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri differ

first_imgVirat Kohli or MS Dhoni for India at No.4 in the World Cup? India have been grappling with middle-order problems for the past couple of years and coach Ravi Shastri believes his team can find the much needed balance if Virat Kohli bats at No.4 in the World Cup.Over the last decade, Kohli has scored 39 ODI hundreds in his career. As many as 32 of those hundreds came batting at No.3. Virat Kohli does not have a bad record at No 4 either: he has scored 1929 runs when batting at that position including seven hundreds.India have dominated the on-day format for the last two years because of the way the top-three – Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli – have played. Last year, Kohli was the leading run-scorer in ODIs followed by Rohit Sharma. Between Rohit and Kohli, the two scored 11 ODI hundreds in 2018.It is the middle-order from nos 4 to 6, that has given India cause for concern over. Recenly, the likes of Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav have sought to solve the middle-order riddle. MS Dhoni’s return to form has also given India a boost. But Shastri indicated India might try out Kohli at No.4 in the World Cup to seek more solidity.”The good thing about this Indian top-three is we can separate them, if conditions and situations demand. Someone like Virat Kohli can go to number four, and we can put a good number three to bring more balance to the batting line-up. That’s flexibility for you, and for big tournaments like the World Cup, you have to be flexible to see what’s the best balance for the side. So we will decide that (accordingly in England).advertisement”Maybe Rayudu, or someone else, could bat at number three, and Kohli comes in at number four. We wouldn’t want to disturb the opening combination. Separating the top-three could make the batting stronger.”But we will assess that on seeing conditions there in England. You don’t want to be 18-3 or 16-4 in a big tournament. I don’t care about bilateral ODIs, but why should I lose my best batsman early in a World Cup match (if the conditions are bowler friendly)? Shastri told Criccbuzz.However, Anil Kumble who was replaced by Ravi Shastri as India coach after his infamous fall-out with Kohli during the 2017 Champions Trophy, said in a separate interview, that he thought MS Dhoni should bat up the order at No 4. In Australia, Dhoni hit three successive fifties to win India their first bilateral series in that country.”I think he also understands the game better than anyone else. I mean he understands that because he has played the game for that long and he has won matches from those situations so the only challenge is if he does that for a longer period of time and then gets out. I think in Australia in one of those games he did that and he got out in his fifties, and there was a bit of an iffy decision as well. I mean he knows his game really well and if he takes his time, he will definitely make sure that he bats at least to the end of the 40th over. So yes, there will be some ifs and buts, I think he knows he is always in control of what he is doing.”I would still push him up at four. I know Rayudu has done exceptionally well at four but I would still push him at four and give him the freedom of just go out there and play really quick not necessarily look to consolidate unless there is an issue of top three batting till the 30th over or the 35th over then you could look to use the other batsman who can just go in and play your shots but otherwise I would rather have him at four,” Kumble told CricketNext.Also Read | Virat Kohli leads from the front like Imran Khan, says Abdul QadirAlso Read | India, England hot favourites for 2019 World Cup: Shane WarneAlso Read | It would be crazy not to include Steve Smith and David Warner in World Cup squad: LangerAlso Read | Pant should play 2019 World Cup, New Zealand T20Is great opportunity for him: Harbhajanlast_img read more

Deaths prompt police insurers to target NLs insane driving culture

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Tom Hickey says he feels safer on the roads almost anywhere else in North America — Toronto, New York, L.A.“It’s insane,” said Hickey, president of Wedgwood Insurance, one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s major providers. “And it’s not just the speeds at which people drive. It’s the aggression and the way they drive.”Nineteen people have died in 12 crashes in the province since Aug. 1, including a 65-year-old man killed Wednesday in a single-vehicle accident on the Trans-Canada Highway southwest of St. John’s.Despite that deadly toll, officers say they still clocked drivers racing up to 173 kilometres an hour during a blitz last weekend.“You go to a city like Toronto and people merge, traffic flows,” Hickey said in an interview. “But here, if you’re trying to merge in, the person in the lane is like, no, you’re not getting ahead of me. I’m not going to let you in.“I feel safer in California. I feel safer in New York. I feel safer in Ontario.”Social media updates from traffic officers tracking multiple drivers hitting over 140 kilometres an hour prompted Hickey to send a blunt notice this week to clients across the province.“While there are many factors that influence accidents, there is one that we see that comes up over and over,” it said. “Speed kills. So here is our message to you drivers doing 144 km/h: We don’t want your business.”The note goes on to say: “We’ll do everything within the rules to see that you end up in Facility Association where the worst drivers belong at the highest prices. Maybe that will slow you down. Why? Because we want to protect our good clients from you.”Hickey has been “bombarded” with calls and messages of thanks since he spoke out, he said.“I’m sort of shocked at the reaction it has got but obviously there’s an undercurrent here of frustration at what’s going on on our highways.”RCMP Cpl. Oliver Whiffen has been a crash reconstructionist for 11 years. The past two months have been especially horrendous, he said in an interview.Four people died in one accident, and two other crashes killed three people each. They are under investigation.So far in 2017, 26 people have died in 19 incidents, compared to 30 deaths in 21 incidents at the same time last year, Whiffen said.“So even though we’ve had a large number of incidents lately, we’re still below our numbers for last year.”That’s not to minimize those tragedies or downplay the seriousness of reckless driving habits that contribute to an average over the last six years of 28 incidents and 30 to 32 deaths a year, Whiffen said.“I’ve seen people reading the paper” behind the wheel, he said. “What people fail to realize is driving is probably one of the most dangerous things you’ll ever do.“You’re hurtling down the road in vehicles that are 3,000 and 4,000 pounds. When you pass another vehicle, you’re no more than two feet from them.”Control is lost “in a heartbeat,” he said. “Driving is a task that requires total concentration.”Still, officers continue to see the four big killers on the roads, said Sgt. Paul Didham of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. They are: impaired driving, not wearing seatbelts, distracted and aggressive driving, and speeding.“I see it every day myself,” Didham said in an interview. The constabulary works with the RCMP to enforce traffic laws in different parts of the province. Collisions in its jurisdiction are down to 5,200 last year from almost 6,300 in 2013.“It’s still a lot,” for a population of about 240,000 on the northeast Avalon Peninsula plus the city of Corner Brook and the Labrador West region, Didham said.Drivers here are paying for it through escalating insurance rates that are the highest by far in Atlantic Canada, and among the most expensive in the country.The average yearly premium for vehicle insurance on the island of Newfoundland in July 2016 was $1,117. That compares to $813 in Nova Scotia, and $775 in both New Brunswick and P.E.I., said Tom O’Handley, Atlantic region manager of government relations for the Insurance Bureau of Canada.Premiums recently went up again.“Newfoundland does have a higher frequency of claims as well as the cost per claim is much higher,” O’Handley said in an interview.The province’s Public Utilities Board is now reviewing automobile insurance in the province, including a study of resolved claims. It continues as police say they’re stepping up patrols to target aggressive, dangerous and distracted drivers.Speeding to save a few minutes isn’t worth it, Didham stressed.“I can speak to hundreds of situations whereby people have had life-altering injuries as a result of these preventable collisions,” he said. “Slow down. The drive is part of the adventure — getting there.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

New Rumor Heat Wants to Make Room to Acquire

How about a Big 4 in Miami instead of the championship trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh? Reports indicate as the Heat officials focus on winning a third straight NBA title, their thoughts linger on wooing the impending free agent and New York Knicks star forward.Sources told ESPN.com that Heat officials and the team’s leading players have already started to explore their options for creating sufficient financial flexibility to make an ambitious run at adding this summer in free agency.The mere concept would require the stars James, Wade and Bosh to all opt out of their current contracts by the end of the month and likely take further salary reductions in new deals that start next season to give Miami the ability to offer Anthony a representative first-year salary.The Heat also are prevented from making any formal contact with Anthony until July 1 and can do so then only if he opts out of the final year of his current contract. Anthony has until June 23 to notify the Knicks of his intentions, according to sources.With cooperation from their stars and role players Udonis Hslem and Chris Anderson, who also have player options for next season, the Heat could open up in excess of $50 million in cap space this summer and have the most financial flexibility in the league. The only Heat player locked into place for next season is Norris Cole at a salary of $2 million, although team president Pat Riley will have to contend with a handful of cap holds for pending free agents as well as their upcoming first-round pick (No. 26 overall) in the draft later this month. read more

CARPHA Observes World AIDS Day

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TrinidadandTobago, December 1, 2017 –   The Caribbean remains the sub-region with the second highest estimated adult HIV prevalence (1.3% Adults 15-49 years, 2016[1]).   Available data indicates that new infections in the Caribbean appear to be stabilizing (0.47/1,000 population, 20161), and AIDS deaths are decreasing.   Nevertheless, challenges remain, and key populations such as female sex workers, transgender persons, men who have sex with men and young persons, continue to be disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic.CARPHA Executive Director, Dr. C. James Hospedales said,  “While high incidences of HIV persist among key populations, significant gains have been made in prevention in the Region.   Six CARPHA Member States (CMS) have been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the dual elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis.”The theme for World AIDS Day 2017 is Everybody Counts.   End AIDS.   Observed every year on December 1st, World AIDS Day calls for increased awareness, education and greater understanding of HIV as a global public health issue.    To end HIV transmission, the focus should be on HIV combination prevention, early detection and access to antiretroviral treatment.CARPHA has spent the last three years identifying activities that focus on reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS on key populations (KP) by identifying and addressing the barriers that KPs living with HIV must overcome to obtain adequate health care.Dr Cheryl Jones, Behavioural Scientist at CARPHA explains, “The approach for addressing this issue is multifaceted and includes building capacity and a detailed understanding of the needs of KPs among health educators, health care service providers and communities of KPs.   The initial focus was to gain input from health promotion specialists in CMS on the development of a regional behavioural sciences agenda that seeks to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS and all related public health concerns in the region.   Secondly, clinicians from five CMS participated in a workshop that sought to facilitate clinician centered behaviour change along the HIV Cascade of Care.   Thirdly, the most recent and, perhaps, most telling phase has been building the capacity of civil society organizations (CSO) by providing technical support in the development of a technical brief to be delivered to ministries of health.”It was noted that public health professionals do not always leverage KP communities’ ability to improve their health, in addition, the CSOs can reach KPs that may regard ministries and other non-governmental agencies as ‘unsafe’ or intimidating. Building the capacity of CSOs in developing technical briefs was seen as an important initiative as CSOs can be very strong representatives, allies and gatekeepers for KPs.   When their ability to collect and analyze data/information for the development of technical papers that support the needs of their communities is enhanced, there is an increased potential for the collection of evidence-based information to inform policy and advocacy.“We have made great strides and need to continue combining our efforts if we want to End AIDS,” stated Dr. Hospedales.    “It is therefore critical for us to have a multisectoral commitment, close collaboration with communities, and investment in sustainable prevention to end AIDS.   By strengthening participation and working together we can end this epidemic.”Let us all play a greater role in advocacy, let us fight against stigma and discrimination, and support those affected and prevent others from being infected. We all count.   Let us End AIDS.Press Release: CARPHA Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

City Councilmember Chris Cate takes a strong lead in District 6 race

first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 11:24 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCity Councilmember Chris Cate took a strong lead Tuesday night in the race for District 6.Preliminary numbers in San Diego County showed him taking a 61% lead over Tommy Hough at 15%.KUSI caught up with Councilmember Cate at Golden Hall. Posted: June 5, 2018 June 5, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom, City Councilmember Chris Cate takes a strong lead in District 6 race Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

People on the Move 092310

first_imgCrain Communications promoted KC Crain to vice president and group publisher, overseeing Plastics News, Rubber & Plastics News, Tire Business and Waste & Recycling News. Crain will continue to serve as publisher of AutoWeek.New York magazine appointed Scott Brown as theater critic. Brown previously served as a writer at Entertainment Weekly, covering theater, movies and television.Time Inc. named Katy Delehanty executive design director of corporate sales and marketing. Most recently, Delehanty served as creative director at Harper’s Bazaar. Ahead of launching its App Lab, Hearst Magazines appointed Avi Zimak advertising director of tablet media. Since July 2007, Zimak served as advertising manager at Town&Country.The National Journal Group has made yet another editorial hire. Kathy Kiely is joining the group as managing editor for politics. Previously, Kiely covered Congress and national politics for USA Today.Harper’s Magazine named Zadie Smith as books columnist, replacing Benjamin Moser, who is transitioning to contributing editor. An author, Smith also serves as a creative writing professor at New York University.Penton Media appointed William O’Conor to the newly-created post of vice president, financial services group. Most recently, O’Conor served as president and managing director of the Wealth Market Segment of Dow Jones Group.Longtime Newsweek correspondent Howard Fineman reportedly is leaving the magazine to serve as a senior editor at the Huffington Post. Fineman had been with the magazine for three decades.Cygnus Business Media named Gloria Cosby executive vice president, diversified portfolio—responsible for managing several brands including Mass Transit and the CPA Technology Advisor. Most recently Cosby served as a brand director.Michael Speier joined Nikkie Finke’s Deadline.com as managing editor. Previously, Speier served as executive editor at rival Variety.Scientific American announced three editorial additions: Christine Gorman was hired to edit the magazine’s health and medicine features, Anna Kuchment was brought on to edit the front of the book section and Bora Zivkovic was named blog and community editor.United Business Media’s Everything Channel appointed Lisa MacKenzie senior vice president of events. MacKenzie previously served as senior vice president of sales.Former People en Español editor-in-chief Richard Pérez-Feria was appointed business editor at Greenspun Media Group and editor of its In Business Las Vegas newspaper. After leaving People en Español, Pérez-Feria served as founding editorial director of Glam Media’s Web vertical Brash.com and most recently as senior vice president of editorial and entertainment at Miami-based República.Theresa Gonzalez was named editor-in-chief of Future US’ Crochet Today. Gonzalez replaces Brett Bara, who is leaving the company.Kiplinger’s Personal Finance announced a pair of personnel changes: Lawrence Carrel was named a contributing editor and Jennifer Schonberger was named a staff writer. Less than a month after Blood-Horse Publications president and CEO Stacy V. Bearse announced that he will retire this fall, the company has promoted Marla Bickel as publisher and CEO. Bickel joined Blood-Horse in 2006 as director of circulation and was named vice president of operations in 2008.Ziff Davis Enterprise has appointed Kristin Beaulieu senior vice president of event sales. Beaulieu joins the company from virtual event vendor INXPO, where she served as vice president of client services.Simon Barnett was named director of photography for LIFE.com. Before working on a documentary project, Barnett served as director of photography at Newsweek.last_img read more

Total Request Live MTV Reboots A Classic

first_img Facebook MTV Will Bring Back “TRL” total-request-live-mtv-reboots-classic Email Twitter “Total Request Live”: MTV Reboots A Classic News MTV turnaround slates classic “TRL” to return in October with multiple co-hostsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 31, 2017 – 1:53 pm GRAMMY.com”TRL,” aka “Total Request Live,” was cancelled in 2008 but MTV recently told The New York Times that the fan-favorite show will return this October.The original show featured a countdown of popular music videos while a live studio audience looked on in hopes of a celebrity guest dropping by, all hosted by personality Carson Daly. The show was pivotal in launching the careers of teen pop sensations in the late ’90s and early ’00s, including Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson, while N’Sync and Backstreet Boys reached their commercial height after appearing on the hit series.The new version of “TRL” will initially air for a one-hour timeslot, with the option to expand to two or three hours in the future. It will be helmed by five co-hosts, including comedian/rapper DC Young Fly and radio personality Erik Zachary.”TRL” caters to MTV’s core audience of 18- to 34-year-olds, the voices of whom MTV President Chris McCarthy wants to highlight as MTV works to reinvent itself and get back to its roots.”MTV at its best — whether it’s news, whether it’s a show, whether it’s a docu-series — is about amplifying young people’s voices,” McCarthy said. “We put young people on the screen, and we let the world hear their voices.”Bringing back “TRL” is just one way McCarthy plans to do this. “When you talk to artists and they say to you, unaware of what we’re doing, can you bring back ‘TRL’? We’d be crazy not to reinvent that.”So what’s next, by request?A new iconic studio to house “TRL” is under construction, and McCarthy’s plans to feature “young people’s voices” in his new slate of programming show promise across the network’s schedule.Get ready for New York with the 60th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 28last_img read more

Radha Ravi controversy Here is the complete text of Nayantharas press release

first_imgNayanthara.PR HandoutNayanthara has hit out at veteran actor Radha Ravi for his distasteful comments against her. In a press release, the actress has thanked DMK president MK Stalin’s quick action, while asking people not to entertain misogynist like him.Her statement is not just restricted to criticising Radha Ravi’s behaviour, but urges the Nadigar Sangam to set up Internal Complaints Committee in the actors’ guild. The complete text of her press release can be read below:I rarely issue public statements, as I have always allowed my professional work to speak for itself. However desperate times mandate desperate measures. Today, I am compelled to issue a detailed statement so as to clarify my own position and also to champion the cause of women who bear the brunt of male insensitivities and sexism.First & foremost, it is my bounden duty to place on record my sincere thanks and deepest appreciation to the President of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Thiru.M.K.Stalin for swiftly taking action against misogynistic speeches of Thiru. Radha Ravi. My sincere Thanks to you sir. Read How Celebrities Respond to Ravi’s CommentsAt the outset, I would like to remind Mr. Radha Ravi and the likes of misogynists like him that they were also given birth by a woman. By demeaning the status of women and passing sexist remarks, these retarded men get a feeling of machismo. I feel terribly sorry for the way they treat women in an opinionated way and my empathy remains with all the women who live in the families of these ‘macho’ men. As an actor of considerable seniority and work experience, Mr. Radha Ravi should have led the younger generation by example, instead he has chosen to take up the role of a misogynist ‘role model’. These are troubled times for women, as women are establishing themselves predominantly in every field of public life and asserting their due place in this era of meritocracy. When actors like Mr.Radha Ravi fall out of business and become irrelevant, they tend to rely on cheap popularity tactics in order to grab some limelight.What remains ghastly shocking about his male chauvinistic speeches are that he never ceases to get applause and laughs from some members of the audience. As long as the audience encourage sexist remarks, speakers like Mr.Radha Ravi will continue to thrive on misogyny and cracking of denigrating jokes against women. I strongly urge well intentioned citizens and my beloved fans to deeply discourage the behaviour of the likes of Mr.Radha Ravi. Not withstanding the aforesaid advisory, through this statement I would like to strongly register my condemnation and protest against the derogatory speeches made by Mr.Radha Ravi against women and children in general and me in specific.God has been amply kind in giving me wonderful professional opportunities and the affectionate movie-goers of Tamil Nadu have amply rewarded me for my good performances. Irrespective of all negative remarks and aspersions cast upon me, I shall continue to take up the multifaceted roles of Sita, ghost, Goddess, friend, wife, lover, so on and so forth with the sole intention of providing maximum entertainment to my fans.Lastly, my humble question to the South Indian Artistes’ Association (Nadigar Sangam):- Will you set up the Internal Complaints Committee as per the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s dictum and commence an internal inquiry as per Vishakha Guidelines???Once again, thanking all the good hearts that have stood by me yet again supporting me through this little phase of negativity!Now, Getting back to work! With God’s Grace and your unconditional Love as always!!last_img read more

Sylhets rail link with Dhaka Ctg cut off

first_imgMoulvibazarTrain communication of Sylhet with Dhaka and Chittagong remained suspended following the derailment of an intercity train in Kulara upazila in Moulvibazar on Thursday morning, reports UNB.Nurul Islam, TI of Kulaura railway station, said one of the compartments of the Sylhet-bound Jalalabad Express from Chittagong veered off the tracks around 9:45 am, halting the train communication on Sylhet-Dhaka and Sylhet-Chittagong routes.On information, a salvage train from Akhaura junction is on way to the spot to rescue the derailed compartment.last_img read more

Iftar helping Rohingyas forget atrocities

first_imgIn this photograph taken on 10 May 2018, an NGO worker (L) talks with a Muslim cleric and other members of the congregation about preparations for the upcoming monsoon season in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. Photo: AFPMajhi Nurul Islam, a Rohingya refugee sheltered in Kutupalong camp block D, finds solace in taking Iftar during the month of Ramadan, commenting that it helps them forget the horrors they had faced back in their homelands.Their pre-Iftar ritual consists of congregating for prayers, seeking their salvation, blessings for their loved ones and the ones who died during the carnage, often leading many to tears.Most of the Iftar items are provided for the refugees in individual boxes by various local and international NGOs. Given the Rohingyas do not have much to do for the entire day, they keep themselves busy with prayers.The refugee rehabilitation and relief commissioner Abul Kalam said that barring 500 Hindu Rohingyas, the remaining 1.1 million refugees are Muslims, for whom the agencies are providing adequate food items in boxes for both Iftar and Sehri.Although they prefer to break their fast with their family around them, many gather round in an open space outdoors and break their fast over there.Majhi Lalu Miah, another refugee from Kutupalong camp, said that they do not find any shortage of stocks during the month of Ramadan.But he observed that many like him feel uncomfortable having to spend the month of Ramadan in such displaced conditions.“It is better to spend Ramadan here than in Myanmar,” he pointed out.last_img read more