India Hits Record Number of $1 Billion Startups

first_imgUnicorns may be mythical beasts in the animal kingdom but in Indian business, they are becoming more and more common. The unicorn here is not a fabled horse with a horn on its head but refers to a specific type of company. To those unaware, a unicorn is a start-up company which surpasses a $1 billion valuation. The term was coined in 2013 by venture capitalist Aileen Lee as it refers to the statistical rarity of this happening.Read it at India Web Related Itemslast_img

Red Sox, Big Papi fans rally around David Ortiz after shooting

first_img“He’s an idol for all of us,” he said. The 43-year-old Ortiz was shot once in the torso on Sunday night in what appeared to be a targeted attack at a Santo Domingo nightclub. Dominican police there did not immediately identify or arrest the gunman; the motive was under investigation.“I didn’t sleep very well last night,” said Red Sox special assistant Jason Varitek, who was Ortiz’s teammate for nearly a decade. “I don’t think anybody did.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe shooting occurred during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final and stole the city’s attention from the Bruins victory as fans and former teammates stayed up into the morning searching for information on Ortiz’s condition. Longtime rivals turned to social media to offer their best wishes; former Dominican president Leonel Fernández visited him in the hospital.“It shocked us to the core,” Kennedy said. “It was jarring, stunning and, frankly, terrifying. It was a horrific incident. Our focus right now is exclusively to focus on his health and well-being (and) to get David back here in Boston.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ortiz further endeared himself to the local fans when he went to the Fenway Park mound after the attacks at the marathon finish line and proclaimed, “This is our (expletive) city!”The slugger’s words reached all the way to the White House.“Six years ago, David Ortiz’s spirit and resolve helped us all begin to heal from the Boston Marathon bombing,” former President Barack Obama said in a tweet on Monday. “Today, I want to join many others in wishing him a speedy recovery of his own. Get well soon, Papi.”Longtime New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who is now a Miami Marlins investor, also wished Ortiz a speedy recovery.“Everyone knows what he was able to do on the field,” Jeter said. “What he has meant to the community — not only in Boston, but in the Dominican — this is a guy who is beloved throughout the sport and throughout sports in general.”The Red Sox retired Ortiz’s No. 34 in 2017, less than a year after he retired, and a street outside the ballpark was renamed in his honor. He remains connected with the ballclub in a special role that includes mentoring current players, recruiting free agents and making special appearances.“He’s Boston, more or less,” said Glen Cantone, who attended Monday night’s game against the Rangers wearing an Ortiz jersey with a 2016 All-Star Game patch. “That’s why everybody loves him.”And he was perhaps even more beloved back home.“He’s obviously an icon on the Mount Rushmore in the city of Boston athletes, but he is the guy in the Dominican Republic,” Red Sox assistant general manager Eddie Romero said. “He’s more famous than any president. When people think of the Dominican Republic, they think David Ortiz, they think of Pedro Martinez.”Mets second baseman Robinson Cano, a fellow Dominican, agreed. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Hopeful Messi keen to end Argentina title drought Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:41Video captures shooting by Hong Kong police01:16Bato: You can shoot me if I’m corrupt at BuCor02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP The Red Sox sent an air ambulance to the Dominican Republic to transport Ortiz to Boston, where he will continue his treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital. The plane landed Monday night while the Red Sox playing Texas.The team asked fans to observe a moment of reflection shortly before its game against the Rangers at Fenway Park and posted on the videoboard: “We send our love to David Ortiz.” In the sixth inning, fans broke out into cheers of “Papi!” and cheered when pictures of fans in his No. 34 jersey were shown on the scoreboard.“I just hope when he gets here that everything is fine, and we can see the big man here again with us and filling our room with joy,” manager Alex Cora told reporters earlier. “He’s bigger than life.”A 10-time All-Star and the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 World Series, Ortiz was one of the most productive — and popular — players in Red Sox history. He led the once-cursed franchise to three championships, and retired in 2016 with a career total of 541 home runs that is 17th-most in baseball history.“Somebody just asked me what my favorite memory was. And it’s not all the home runs and game winning-hits that he’s had, and the World Series,” Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello said. “It’s how he embraces everyone in a room. Just that imposing, loving figure that makes everyone feel special. That’s something that you don’t see a lot. That’s what separates him, for me.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Read Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The Boston Red Sox and fans pause for a moment for former Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who was shot Sunday evening in the Dominican Republic, prior to a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2019. Ortiz is expected to return to the area to be treated at a Boston hospital. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — David Ortiz helped his adopted city recover from the Boston Marathon bombings. And now the Red Sox are calling on their fans to reciprocate for their beloved Big Papi.“We all remember in 2013 when we needed David Ortiz the most, he was there for us,” team president Sam Kennedy said Monday, a day after the longtime slugger was wounded in a nightclub shooting in his native Dominican Republic. “So it’s appropriate and expected that his community would rally behind David when he needs us most.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 2: As it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to the LIVE coverage from Day 2 of the third Test between India and England in Mohali. (SCORECARD)India 1st innings:FIFTY! 9th Test 50 for @ashwinravi99 @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/b9Yas6Pza4 BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201617.02 IST: STUMPS! Been an entertaining day of Test cricket! Plenty of runs were scored, as many as 8 wickets fell today. India wrapped up the England innings early bowling them out for 283. India then began superbly with them being 148 for 2 at one stage. But after Tea, India lost a flurry of wickets. Pujara and Kohli both scored a fifty but could not convert those into big knocks and allowed England back in the game.Poor Karun Nair was sold down the river by the Indian skipper who followed him soon. England would have thought that they could have run through the line-up but out came Ashwin and Jadeja who have stitched an unbeaten 67-run stand to save India from falling apart. Both of them have played their shots and Ashwin in particular has looked at real ease to score yet another fifty.India still trail by 12 runs and will want to bat as long as possible. With the pitch turning more as the game goes, any substantial lead here will be handy and it should set up for a cracking day tomorrow. 16.46 IST: FIFTY! Ravichandran Ashwin slams his ninth half-century. India 264/6, trail England 283 by 19 runs First 50 stand between the spin twins (Ashwin & Jadeja) with the bat!#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 27, 2016R Ashwin 3rd Indian to 500+ runs and also claim 50+ wkts in same calendar yearVinoo Mankad in 1952 & Kapil Dev in 1979 and 1983#IndvEngadvertisement Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 27, 201615.35 IST: WICKET! That’s a huge wicket for England. Stokes bowls it outside off, Kohli has a tame poke at it, trying to run it down to third man and is out caught behind. Stokes and Bairstow appeal and the umpire upholds it. Stokes just turns around and keeps a hand on his mouth, remember he was reprimanded for talking when he got out. India 204/6, trail England 283 by 79 runs 15.17 IST:  Yet another fifty for Virat Kohli and a flawless one. The job still half done from the Indian captain with India having lost half of its batsmen in quick succession.14th Test 50 for Captain @imVkohli @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/KBagC6nXWe&; BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201614.51 IST: WICKET! Brilliance from Buttler. On a length outside off, Kohli pushes it towards backward point and calls Karun through for a single. He sends him back but Buttler fires a direct hit at the non-striker’s end. England are confident and it is referred upstairs. The replays show that Karun was short of the crease thanks to the direct hit. Kohli was ball watching there and that cost Karun Nair. Poor Karun would be disheartened there. India 156/5, trail England (283) by 127 runsThe last Indian run-out on Test debut before Karun Nair – Anil Kumble at Manchester in 1990#IndvEng&; Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 27, 201614.45 IST: WICKET! India losing the plot here. Rashid bowls the googly that came in after pitching, Rahane looks to defend but is hit on his pads. The players go up in an appeal and the umpire upholds it. Rahane comes down and has a chat with Kohli. He goes for the review. Replays confirm there was no bat there, the impact was umpire’s call and that is hitting the stumps. Rahane again falls early and India have been dealt another heavy blow. India 152/4, trail England 283 by 131 runs14.34 IST: WICKET! What a start for England post tea. Rashid bowls a rank long hop on leg, Pujara camps back and looks to hit it over mid-wicket. Woakes gets under it and rolls a touch with the ball. He is confident but Pujara is waiting. The umpire refers it upstairs with the soft signal being out. Replays confirm it was a clean catch and Pujara has to go. What a way to lose your wicket, he will be gutted but perfect start for Rashid. India 148/3, trail England 283 by 135 runsFIFTY! #TeamIndia batsman @cheteshwar1 brings up his 11th Test 50 @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/rsrKp0n05r BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201614.13 IST: TEA! 88/1 in the 29 overs bowled in the afternoon session. A good one for India. They lost the wicket of Parthiv Patel in the first hour who played a fluent knock in his comeback Test match. But since then, it has been tough going for the Englishmen. They tried hard but failed to break the partnership between Pujara and Kohli which is worth 75 runs at the moment. The deficit is now down to 135 and England will need a few wickets in the last session to get back on equal terms in this match. advertisement14.06 IST: FIFTY! Cheteshwar Pujara slams his 11th half-century. India 132/2, trail England 283 by 151 runs13.50 IST: DROPPED! Pujara dropped on 35 by Jonny Bairstow off Ben Stokes. Stokes bowls it from wide of the crease and angles a full length ball down the leg side. Pujara gets a faint inside edge as he attempts to flick it and Bairstow behind the wickets catches it with his left hand. But as soon as his hand hit the ground, it popped out. India 113/2, trail England 283 by 170 runs. Pujara 35*, Kohli 21*13.42 IST: Meanwhile, Australia won the day-night Test in Adelaide by seven wickets. Usman Khawaja was named Man of the Match. However, South Africa clinched the series 2-1. (Scorecard)13.12 IST: DRINKS! India lost Parthiv Patel after lunch but Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli batted well to add 24 runs to their partnership. India 94/2 in 35 overs, trail England 283 by 189 runs 12.32 IST: WICKET! Partiv Patel departs for 42. Superb review from England! Floated outside off, comes in, Parthiv comes down the wicket and looks to clip it through mid-wicket but is hit on his pads. Rashid and Bairstow appeal but the umpire says no. Cook comes over for a chat and goes for the review. Replays confirm there was no bat there. Ball Tracker shows the ball to be hitting the stumps so despite being way down the wicket, it is out and Parthiv Patel walks back bewildered. Lucky break for England? Good review, anyway. India 73/2, trail England 283 by 210 runs Parthiv Patel in Tests as opener0 (4b) at Hamilton Dec 200269 (141b) at Rawalpindi Apr 2004 (TestHS)37* (73b) at Mohali Nov 2016#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 27, 2016Obstructing the field? Yes or No? Watch all the drama that unfolded in Over No.3 with Anderson’s appeal https://t.co/S2J2c0S9nQ #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/0PKK6KpelR BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201611.35 IST: LUNCH! That’s a good session for India. They wrapped up the England innings early with Shami taking both the wickets. The tourists were bowled out for 283 and would have been disappointed with the way they batted. With the ball though, they began well dismissing Murali Vijay early. Runs have come but it has been tough going for the batsman.Parthiv Patel though has looked very positive in his approach. He did survive a scare and will look to bat on and make this start count. He has Pujara for company who has looked solid till now. India still trail by 223 runs and will acknowledge there is a lot of work left. India 60/1 in 22 overs, trail England 283 by 223 runs 11.02 IST: WICKET! Murali Vijay departs for 12. Vijay walks. The bowling change works for England. Stokes dishes it out way outside off on a shorter length, Vijay throws his bat at it. The keeper collects and appeals long and hard. The umpire is not sure but the batsman is walking off. Well done Vijay. On the walking but not on the shot though. India have lost a wicket against the run of play here and Vijay has to go back. India 39/1, trail England by 244 runs advertisement10.20 IST: NOT OUT! Parthiv survives a scare! Woakes dugs it short on middle and leg, Parthiv looks to clip it through but seems to have missed it. The keeper collects and goes up for an appeal and the bowler joins him. They appeal long and hard and Eramus rules it out. Patel goes for the review right away suggesting he did not hit it. The replays confirm the same and third umpire Kumar Dharamasena makes the right decision to overturn the on-field call.10.09 IST: NOT OUT! Drama! Outside off, Vijay comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler. The bowler collects the throw and fires it back at the batsman. Vijay just stands and lets it hit his pads. The bowler wants to appeal for obstructing the field. The umpires get together but there was no real intent from Vijay to obstruct there, he was just standing his crease. He had his back foot on the line but no harm done.09.57 IST: Murali Vijay and Parthiv Patel are out in the middle. James Anderson starts proceedings. India 0/0 in 1 over vs England 283 09.51 IST: It has taken only around 15 minutes. 3 overs and 5 balls to be precise for India to wrap up the England innings. Shami picked up both the wickets and was the best for India taking 3/63. Umesh, Jayant, Jadeja chipped in with a couple of wickets each. India will be delighted with their work despite having lost the toss. England will know that they have squandered a good chance. There were many soft dismissals for them and their task is cut out from here on.Jonny Bairstow was the lone warrior for the tourists with 89 and he got some support from Stokes and Buttler but that was it. India kept applying the pressure and it worked for them. India will know first innings could be match defining and will hope to bat big here.AP Photo09.48 IST: WICKET! Batty reviews in vain! Shami bowls it on a length on off, comes in a touch, Batty plays across the line and is beaten. He is rapped on the back leg. The players go up in an appeal and the umpire upholds it. Batty wants a review though. Replays confirm there was no bat there and Ball Tracker shows three reds and that is it for Batty. Shami has a couple of wickets today. ENGLAND BOWLED OUT FOR 283!09.35 IST: WICKET! Mohammed Shami strikes first ball to get Adil Rashid. What a peach. Shami bowls it on a length outside off, the ball pitches and moves away a touch, just enough to get the outside edge of Rashid and the ball carries nicely through to the keeper. Rashid walks off as the players are appealing. Brilliant start for India. England 268/9 in 91.1 overs 09.31 IST: Ravindra Jadeja starts with a maiden over on Day 2. England 268/8 in 91 overs 09.22 IST: PITCH REPORT! Not a 268/8 pitch reckons Sunil Gavaskar. He adds that the cracks have not opened up at all, there are plenty of runs on it. The odd ball will keep low. Nasser Hussain with him mentions that there are a few rock-hard plates which have held the pitch together. There has been some uneven bounce with some smaller plates which are starting to open up a touch. Gavaskar opines that the cracks will open up only by the evening or tomorrow. Hussain mentions that there will be reverse on offer with the conditions being dry and the bare ends on the pitch. Ends up saying that reverse swing could keep England interested all the while. Minutes to go before Day’s play. How quickly can #TeamIndia wrap up the England innings? Action unfolds soon #INDvENG @Paytm Test cricket pic.twitter.com/dSvJCoQu4P BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2016Day 1 wrap: Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow (89) saved England’s blushes as the visitors reached 268/8 at stumps on the opening day of the third Test against India at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) IS Bindra Stadium.At stumps, tailenders Abdul Rashid (4) and Gareth Batty (0) were at the crease.Bairstow fell 11 short of what could have been his fourth Test century when offspinner Jayant Yadav trapped him in front just before the day’s play ended. His 177-ball knock included six boundaries.Despite losing his partners at the other end, Bairstow played the sheet anchor’s role well to bring up his half-century in 76 balls.Coming together at the fall of Moeen Ali (16), Bairstow forged a 57-run stand with Ben Stokes (29) before being separated by left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja after the lunch break.Stokes, who went in for an ambitious drive was cleverly foxed by Jadeja leaving the rest to stumper Parthiv Patel, who lost no time in stumping the English all-rounder.The fall of Stokes brought in part-time stumper Jos Butler, who was recalled to the England side in place of a struggling Ben Duckett.Buttler and Bairstow then added 69 runs to help restore some measure of respectability to the England scoreboard.Just when the partnership looked threatening, Jadeja once again struck after the tea break to dismiss Buttler, who looked set to reach his half ton.Buttler, who consumed 80 balls, went in for a flashy drive off Jadeja, only to find India skipper Virat Kohli’s safe hands at mid-off. His knock included five hits to the fence.Bairstow then survived a futile review from India to forge another crucial stand of 45 runs for the seventh wicket with Chris Woakes (25) before Jayant found him plump in front from around the wicket.Woakes then departed in the penultimate over of the day to leave England reeling at 266/8.The day mostly belonged to the Indian bowlers, who stuck to a tight line and length as England lost the plot right in the first session of play.For the hosts, Jadeja, Umesh Yadav and Jayant took two wickets each while pacer Mohammed Shami and senior offie Ravichandran Ashwin bagged one wicket apiece.last_img read more

A Fan Club in Kolkata celebrates Messis birthday

first_imgKolkata, Jun 24 (PTI) Far away from his home town Rosario, Lionel Messis 30th birthday was celebrated with much fanfare at a club here in the football-crazy city. A 65-pound cake of five feet length and three feet in width resembling a football pitch was cut by the Argentina Football Fan Club at Gaguly Bagan in South Kolkata and members also distributed football and sweets in nearby areas. “The aim is to promote the sport and encourage kids to take up football,” secretary of the club Uttam Saha said. They have been celebrating Messis birthday since 2006 when the Argentine made his debut. “Im also regular at the World Cups since 2006 and kept celebrating his birthdays since then,” Saha said. PTI TAP ATK ATKlast_img

Smriti Mandhana turns 21: ‘Happy Birthday to a rising star’

first_imgIndia women’s opener Smriti Mandhana turns 21 today and wishes poured in for her on the social media from the top Indian cricketers like Virender Sehwag and Suresh Raina.Sehwag took to Twitter to wish the charming batswoman and called her ‘a rising star’. Sehwag also made it a point to wish her all the best for the ICC Women’s World Cup semi-finals, which will be played between India and Australia on July 20.Mandhana is often compared to Sehwag due to her fearless cricket, a brand of cricket that Sehwag was famous for.Happy Birthday to a rising star @mandhana_smriti . May you continue the rise. Best wishes for the semis ! pic.twitter.com/tgH1lM4DCC- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 18, 2017Suresh Raina, who is currently on the sidelines and waiting to make a comeback in the Indian cricket team, also wished the India opener on Twitter.Happy birthday ??? @mandhana_smriti ??????have a Good one ?????? https://t.co/IvqxIGtvEh- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) July 18, 2017Mandhana began the Women’s World Cup campaign with a brilliant 72-ball 90 in the opening match against hosts England, which India went on to win by 35 runs.In the very next game, Mandhana came out all guns blazing and made sure to not miss out on her well-deserved century this time. Against West Indies, the India opener smashed an unbeaten 106 to help India chase a modest target of 184.Since then Mandhana has not had a good run and she hasn’t been able to contribute much with the bat.Of the 30 ODIs that Mandhana has played in the Indian colours, she has scored 927 runs at an average of 31.96 and a strike rate of 76.80.advertisementThere is plenty of talk around 19-year-old Rishabh Pant and how he could possibly succeed MS Dhoni once the legend calls it a day. Mandhana, who is already scorching the international scene does not get half the attention. But that does not reduce her appetite for runs nor does it diminish her sense of occasion.Happy Birthday to India Women opener, and star of their shock victory over England at #WWC17, @mandhana_smriti!https://t.co/MJtgmuGwji pic.twitter.com/sa4giOb4sy- ICC (@ICC) July 18, 2017Here’s wishing @mandhana_smriti a very happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/PKuEOtrTAM- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 18, 2017last_img read more

Germany begin road to redemption with UEFA Nations League opener vs France

first_imgGermany’s exit from the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup was a brutal shock to the world. Germany had come to Russia as the defending champions and left with a battered reputation.With the Nations League beginning on Thursday, Germany will take on France in the opening match and their long road to recovery begins. However, this will perhaps be the hardest of challenges they could have asked for at this stage.France, loaded with young superstars, will play their first match after lifting the coveted World Cup trophy in Russia with a 4-2 win over Croatia on July 15. Germany, on the other hand, have an entire team to rebuild.While France will come into the match with immense confidence from their stint in Russia. Germany will be looking get back to their old self.READ – France equal 60-year-old record to win second World CupThe Nations League, brainchild of European soccer body UEFA, aims to boost interest in the autumn and spring internationals, which were seen by clubs and fans as disruptive to the domestic football season.To be held every two years, it features all 55 of Europes national teams divided into four divisions — Leagues A to D — that are themselves split into four groups, to be played between September and November.There is promotion and relegation between each league while the top division, which includes France and Germany, will finish with a four-team mini-tournament, to be held in June next year, to decide the Nations League champion.advertisementInitially greeted with scepticism because of its seemingly complex format, it was given a warmer reception by coaches when the draw was made in January, with teams receiving financial bonuses as they progress in the competition.The Germans, world champions in 2014, crashed out in the group stage of the World Cup in Russia in June for their earliest exit in 80 years.Coach Joachim Loew decided to stay on and has pledged to successfully overhaul the team and turn it back onto the road to success, with the Nations League being their new start.He has added three new players and dropped midfielders Sami Khedira and Sebastian Rudy among others.Italy, who did not even make it to the World Cup, will start their own road to recovery with a tie against Poland in Bologna on Friday.Coach Roberto Mancini called up five new players, including 17-year-old Monaco forward Pietro Pellegri.World Cup semi-finalists England host Spain a day later while Switzerland take on Iceland in the other League A clash on the first matchday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

India will win Test series in Australia 3-0: Sunil Gavaskar to India Today

first_imgHistory has it that in over seven decades since India made their first tour Down Under, they have never been able to win a Test series in Australia. But that piece of history is about to change if Sunil Gavaskar is to be believed.”India should win this series and by a 3-0 margin. Melbourne Test may end up in a draw because of rain and that’s what I feel,” Gavaskar told India Today.The former India skipper, who is the first overseas batsman to score at least a century at each of the venues in Australia, is confident of India’s chances in the four-Test series that begins in Adelaide on Thursday.His optimism is not on the basis of the quality of this Indian team but also because of the state in which the Australian team finds itself in. The curator at the Adelaide has already announced that there will be a fair bit of grass cover for the series opener, but will that affect the Indians?”If there is grass on the pitch and if Australia elect to bat first, Indian bowlers are well capable of exploiting the conditions. They (Indian batsmen) have played in South Africa and England, where they had encountered bouncy and swinging conditions. So, hopefully, the Indian batsmen will use that experience and come good in Australia this time,” noted Gavaskar.”Surely, this is Australia’s weakest batting line-up that I have seen as it lacks experience. Aaron Finch was recently batting at the fifth position for Victoria, so it will be difficult for him to adjust to opening position suddenly. The other opener Marcus Harris would be nervous playing his first Test and then Usman Khawaja is coming back from an injury. So it will be tough for them.”advertisementGavaskar feels that India should go in with two spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Ravi Ashwin for the series opener, and if a choice has to be made between the two, the chinaman should get the nod.”I will go with Kuldeep Yadav and Ashwin in the playing XI for the opening Test with three fast bowlers. If I have to pick just one spinner, then it has to be Kuldeep because the Australians were not able to read him in the T20I series that India just played. He brings that novelty factor as the Aussies haven’t played him much,” reckons Gavaskar, one of the greatest of all time.Although Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari both do not figure in Gavaskar’s playing XI for the opening Test, if a choice has to be made, the former India skipper would pick Vihari.”Rohit was dropped for the one-off Afghanistan Test and since then he hasn’t played red-ball cricket. So it is difficult for him to get back into the playing XI. If there has to be someone, it has to be Hanuma Vihari, because he scored a fifty in his last Test match. So what wrong has he done to not deserve a place in the XI?”Mitchell Starc is being touted as the most potent weapon in Australia’s bowling arsenal, but Gavaskar has put his money on Josh Hazlewood. “Hazlewood would be more dangerous [than Starc] because he is a McGrath-like bowler, who will tease you with his line and length. He will not give you those boundary balls, which releases pressure on the batsman. I think Hazlewood would be more dangerous than Starc,” feels the batting genius.Also Read | Bowlers give India their greatest hope of beating Australia: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Ricky Ponting suggests hostility to rattle Virat Kohli in Test seriesAlso Read | Will Australia sledge Virat Kohli? Josh Hazlewood and Tim Paine weigh inlast_img read more

Tata Open Maharashtra: Rohan Bopanna-Divij Sharan named top seed

first_imgAsian Games gold medallists Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna will start their first tournament together – Tata Open Maharashtra as the top seeds in the men’s doubles event. The ATP 250 tournament, India’s only ATP Tour stop, will be played in Pune from December 31.Sharan, who briefly became India’s number one doubles player, and veteran Bopanna recently joined forces, keeping in mind the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Radu Albot and Malek Jaziri will be the second seed while Phillip Oswald and Tim Puetz are seeded third. The team of Marcelo Arevalo and Jamie Cerretani is seeded fourth.Veteran star Leander Paes will team up with Mexico’s Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela with whom he won the Santo Domingo Challenger title and ended runner-up at Brest, Monterrey, and Chicago in the 2018 season.Left-handed Jeevan Neduncheziyan has entered the main draw with American Nicholas Monroe, who is ranked 65th in the world.”It’s a matter of pride for us to have Asian Games gold medallist Bopanna and Sharan to confirm their participation and become top seeds at the same time,” Tournament director Prashant Sutar said.World number six Kevin Anderson, World number seven and former US Open champion Marin Cilic and Frenchman and defending champion Gilles Simon are among the top names in singles to feature in the second edition of the tournament.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Serena Williams and Andy Murray all set for Australian Open return 2019Also See:last_img read more

Adam Zampa had hand warmers in his pocket: Aaron Finch clarifies amid ball-tampering claims

first_img Rohan Sen LondonJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 09:56 IST Adam Zampa raised a few eyebrows when he was pictured rubbing the ball with a foreign object during the India match (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSome fans on social media claimed that Adam Zampa tampered with the ballZampa was seen taking something out of his pocket before bowlingAustralia captain Aaron Finch said Zampa carries hand warmers in his pockets in every gameAustralia leg-spinner Adam Zampa raised a quite a lot of eyebrows on Sunday when he was seen putting his hands inside his pocket and then rubbing the ball during the World Cup 2019 match against India at The Oval in London.The videos and pictures of Adam Zampa rubbing the ball each time after he put his hands inside his pocket went viral on social media. Zampa was seen taking something out of his pocket before bowling.Fans on social media immediately started to talk about the incident and some even claimed that Zampa was tampering with the ball during his spell.Adam Zampa tamper with ball against India ! @ICC @BCCI @cricketworldcup @imVkohli @msdhoni @sachin_rt @SGanguly99 @virendersehwag @cricketcomau pic.twitter.com/uKFJ612hKrSagar Tayde (@SagarTa47360539) June 9, 2019Did #AdamZampa just tampered the Ball ?? #CWC19 #INDvAUS#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/dRHcOxp1NUSP (@SuneelPofficial) June 9, 2019But Australia captain Aaron Finch revealed after the match that Zampa had hand warmers in his pockets, which he carries in every game. Zampa went wicketless in the match and conceded 50 runs from his 6 overs.”I haven’t seen the photos, but I know that he has hand warmers in his pocket. He has them every single game he plays. I honestly haven’t seen them, so I can’t comment too much on it. But I know for a fact that he has hand warmers every game,” Finch said at the post-match press conference after Australia’s 36-run loss against India in London.The video footage and pictures immediately brought back memories of the Cape Town Test between South Africa and Australia last year when Cameron Bancroft was caught rubbing sandpaper on the ball on the big screen at the ground.advertisementBancroft was suspended for 9 months by Cricket Australia for that incident while then-Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for a year each.The tainted duo of Warner and Smith made their comeback into the national team at the World Cup this year and have been booed by the crowd in England on several occasions already.Even on Sunday, Steve Smith was booed by a section of the crowd at The Oval following which India captain Virat Kohli asked the crowd to stop.If I was in a position where something had happened with me, and I’d apologised and accepted it, and came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn’t like it either.#ViratKohli on why he asked the fans to stop booing Steve Smith. #CWC19 | #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/CIMicjoSA0Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 9, 2019India crushed Australia by 36 runs to register their second successive victory and bring an end to Australia’s 10-match unbeaten streak in ODIs. The defending champions had won both their games before losing to India in this World Cup.India rode on opener Shikhar Dhawan (117) and captain Kohli’s (82) knocks to post a mammoth 352 for 5 after winning the toss and then bowled out Australia for 316 with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah taking 3 wickets each. The defending champions had won both their games before losing to India in this World Cup while India had defeated South Africa in their opening match.”Just one of those games, they outplayed us. You look at everything (when asked if he’d change the combination). You assess the conditions; you look for different combinations and different balances over time.”They got 120 off the last 10 overs and which is a lot. We didn’t bowl well. With so much batting to come, makes it tough to stop. There wasn’t huge amount on offer (help for the bowlers). We could have been straighter, dried up (runs) a little bit at times. They (India) bat very deep, you want to go for wickets, Finch told in the post match presentation,” Finch said at the post-match presentation.Also Read | India outplayed us, says Aaron Finch after defeatAlso Read | Apologised to Steve Smith on behalf of crowd, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Cricket World Cup 2019: Points TallyAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar questions Australia tactics in failed run chase vs IndiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Adam ZampaFollow Aaron FinchFollow India vs AustraliaFollow World Cup 2019 Next Adam Zampa had hand warmers in his pocket: Aaron Finch clarifies amid ball-tampering claimsAdam Zampa was seen rubbing the ball a number of times after putting his hand inside his pocket which led to fans questioning the leg-spinner’s tactics during the match against India on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

PengrowthNova Scotia Grant Winners Announced

first_imgA few years ago, Sarah Bowman and Virginia Brake could only dream that they would be paid to study something they love and have the chance to shape the future of the province’s energy industry. Now, thanks to Pengrowth and the province of Nova Scotia, this dream has become a reality. The women, both from Lower Sackville, have been selected as the recipients of the 2006 Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant. The research grant, valued at $15,000 over two years is awarded to Nova Scotia students pursuing energy-related studies at the master’s degree level. Ms. Bowman is working on her master’s degree in applied science at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, where she is currently studying the Western Laurentian sub-basin, off Cape Breton. Ms. Brake is working on her master’s degree in earth sciences at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where she is studying the 3D seismic interpretation of the Eastern Scotian Margin. “We’re pleased to be able to partner with Pengrowth to support these bright students and help them achieve their academic goals,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Energy. “I am confident that their research projects will be of considerable value to our industry and will help us to better understand some of the complexities of our province’s geological makeup.” “Pengrowth is delighted to help fund Ms. Brake and Ms. Bowman’s research initiatives that show the potential to make a real difference in Nova Scotia’s offshore,” said James Kinnear, Pengrowth’s president and chief executive officer. “The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant is expecting to help fuel a secure energy future for the province. It is helping students reach their academic potential while providing important insight into understanding the dynamics of Nova Scotia’s offshore.” The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant was established in 2005, as part of the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship fund. Up to four Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grants are rewarded each year. Pengrowth, one of the owners of the Sable Offshore Energy Project, initially contributed $1.5 million to the fund and the province added $500,000. Last month, Pengrowth and the province contributed an additional $500,000 each to the fund, bringing the total value of the trust to $3 million. The fund also provides up to 20 undergraduate and trades scholarships annually. The deadline for the 2007 Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant is Jan. 12, 2007. For application forms or for additional information on the scholarships or petroleum innovation grant, please see the Nova Scotia Department of Energy website at www.gov.ns.ca/energy .last_img read more

Supreme Court Appeal Sought in Ryan Case

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service will be seeking a Supreme Court of Canada appeal in the case of Nicole Ryan, a Digby woman accused of attempting to hire a man to kill her husband. Ms. Ryan was arrested in March 2008, and was tried in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on a charge of counseling another person to commit murder. She was acquitted in March 2010, after presenting a defence of duress. The Crown appealed the decision to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. In a unanimous decision on March 29, 2011, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada would be based on errors in law relating to the defence of duress and resulting confusion between the defences of duress and self-defence. “These are significant legal issues of public importance which the Crown wishes the Supreme Court of Canada to consider,” said Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions. The Public Prosecution Service will be filing its notice of application for appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada within the week.last_img read more

A closer look at the Gordie Howe International Bridge project by the

first_imgOTTAWA – The final price tag for a new span at the busiest border crossing between Canada and the United States is out, and so too are some other details about the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Here’s a rundown of some key figures:$3.8 billion — Estimated cost to design and build the bridge, ports of entry and a highway interchange in Michigan.6 — Years it will take to build the bridge.$1.9 billion — Anticipated cost over 30 years to operate and maintain the bridge and its the ports of entry.$559 million — Amount the federal government has spent since 2005 to get to the point where construction can begin.400 — Anticipated number of commercial vehicles like trucks expected to cross the bridge every hour.2,500 — Expected number of jobs directly related to construction of the bridge.225 — Size, in American football fields, of the green space at the two ports of entry.162 — The same space, roughly, in Canadian football fields.2.5 — Length of the bridge in kilometres.125 — Lifespan of the new bridge in years.(Source: Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority)last_img read more

Kristin Davis To Attend Eight Stories High For Oxfam

first_imgA stellar line-up of Oxfam supporters will be taking to the stage at the Oxford Playhouse on Sunday 14th October for Eight Stories High, an exclusive evening of storytelling, performance, big ideas and surprises.Celebrating Oxfam’s 70th anniversary, the unique, star-studded event promises a moving evening filled with tales of courage, passion, innovation and perspiration.Each of the special guests, including actress and Oxfam Global Ambassador Kristin Davis and Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis, will share a remarkable story, providing a unique insight into what leaders in business, entertainment and the arts feel about the world we live in. Joining these stars on stage will be journalists John Simpson CBE and Ian Hislop, Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright, acclaimed author Victoria Hislop, Oxfordshire’s favourite top chef Raymond Blanc and Innocent Drinks founder Richard Reed, who is fronting the new BBC3 series Be Your Own Boss.Uplifting performances will include Tabu Flo, an afro urban dance company from Uganda, whose aim is to inspire, create and exchange creativity. More surprise special guests are expected to make an appearance. The evening will also include exclusive video contributions by Oxfam Global Ambassadors Colin Firth, Livia Firth and Angélique Kidjo.Kristin Davis said: “I am deeply proud to be involved in Eight Stories High – there are so many untold and fantastic stories that touch Oxfam’s world, which should be shared. This event is a very special 70th anniversary celebration and I am honoured to be involved as a Global Ambassador for Oxfam.”Richard Reed adds: “As someone who runs a business, I’ve been really bowled over by my experiences with Oxfam, and I’m sure everyone attending Eight Stories High will be too. I’ve spent time with communities who have so little, but are achieving so much and witnessed real-life stories that are truly transformational. I’m looking forward to sharing what all this means to me at Eight Stories High.”The inaugural Eight Stories High is being held at the Oxford Playhouse to reflect Oxfam’s beginnings in Oxford, where a small group of people got together to help people starving in Greece during World War Two. 70 years later, Oxfam has grown into a global movement for change, working in more than 90 countries worldwide to overcome poverty. Tapping into a wealth of inspiring stories and people, Eight Stories High’s celebrity cast is set to deliver a thought-provoking, highly entertaining evening.A limited number of tickets are available for this exclusive event, priced at £50. For more information and to buy tickets visit www.oxfam.org.uk/eight Tickets are also available from the Oxford Playhouse on 01865 473741.last_img read more

Diageo to build new whiskey distillery in Kentucky

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. — Spirits giant Diageo is taking a deeper plunge into bourbon and American whiskey production with plans for a new distillery in Kentucky.The company says the $130 million venture includes plans to build a distillery and warehouses in Marion County.Diageo says the distillery will support its “growth ambition” in the bourbon and American whiskey categories.The new distillery will supplement Diageo’s Kentucky operations at its Stitzel-Weller distillery in Louisville and its Bulleit distillery near Shelbyville. The company says the new distillery will be able to produce up to 10 million proof gallons per year, or 3.8 million 9-litre cases.Diageo says its Bulleit bourbon brand had double-digit growth in the U.S. in the past year.The company says it hopes to start production at the new distillery in 2021.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Forest dept finds rare birds in abandoned cages traders give officials the

first_imgKolkata: The Wildlife Wing of the state Forest department seized 20 birds of three scheduled species of parakeets from Galif Street on Sunday.No one could be arrested as offenders probably had sensed danger and abandoned the cages full of birds to save themselves. According to sources, acting on a sources information sleuths from Forest department conducted a special raid on Sunday morning at Galif Street. Forest department officials posed as prospected buyers of pets and was taking a round of the pet market for possible catch. After almost an hours, some of them noticed few cages covered with pieces of cloth which were abandoned. Suspecting something fishy, sleuths started keeping strong vigil on the cages. But after waiting for a long time no one came to pick up those cages. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLater, forest officials removed the cloth pieces and found three species of birds identified as rose ringed parakeets, alexandrine parakeets and grey headed starling. Immediately, the birds were seized and it was found there are 20 birds from the schedule of forest department regulations which are banned for trade. Later, the birds were taken to the wild life rehabilitation centre in Salt Lake. A case has been lodged. A forest officials said they are continuously trying to inform people not to buy any scheduled birds as it is illegal. The aim is to save and conserve wildlife by awareness of common people. Earlier this month, state Forest department and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) jointly carried out a raid at Galif Street, after the officials got a tip off that several endangered species of birds were being sold by a few persons. A large number of birds were recovered during the raid and nine persons are arrested by the officials of forest department and WCCB.last_img read more

Nora Belahcen Fitzgerald The Change Maker who Brings Hope to Marginalized

Meknes – Nora Belahcen Fitzgerald, the founder of the Amal Association for Culinary Arts in Marrakech, lends a helping hand to disadvantaged Moroccan women by getting them involved in business and improving their lives through her humanitarian project, “From Kitchen to Company Leader.”One of only five women from the Mediterranean region, Nora is a candidate for the “Women for Change” award bestowed every year by the Orange Foundation. The annual award honors the most committed woman who devotes herself to aiding marginalized women in her country.Nora founded her non-profit organization in 2013 in Marrakech, inspired by the social services of Aicha Echenna’s Association to help single mothers, widows and homeless beggars, and encourage them to reintegrate into society. Belahcen initially conceived of creating a platform for women to focus their energies, when she had once met several women in need in Marrakech. Her six-month training program includes training regarding local and global cuisine and personal development courses.Nora’s philanthropic program aims to improve the situation of indigent women by funding them to set up their own culinary micro-business or by finding them other employment to take them on the road to financial independence by managing their own future affairs.Nora is the mother of three children. She was born in Marrakech to American parents. She studied in the United States and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Spanish. Afterwards, inspired by daily confrontation with homeless beggars and needy women, she returned to Morocco and launched her charitable project.Nora has revived the hope and secured the welfare of more than 55 beneficiaries who have finished their training. 80% of them are currently employed by restaurants and other companies.Winners of the award receive 25,000 euros to fund women’s businesses and advance them toward a brighter future.ALC Fès Talent Show read more

Police in Nador Arrest Suspect Under National Search Warrant for Drug

Rabat – Police in Nador, a city in Eastern Morocco, arrested a suspect under national search warrant for his alleged involvement in drug trafficking on Sunday.A statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said that the suspect, who has multiple criminal records, was accompanied by a police inspector working in Nador.Police seized large quantities of cocaine and a small amount of of cannabisresin in the vehicle. Security services placed the suspect along with the policeman in custody for further investigation to determine the circumstances of the case and to arrest other accomplices involved in drug trafficking.

Beware alien fish it could eat native stock change habitat alter gene

1 March 2007It might not match the thrills of alien body-invaders-from-outer-space horror movies, but the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is issuing an expanded database to warn of the unintended dangers that can arise from introducing non-endemic species into different regions of the world, especially alien fish farming. It might not match the thrills of alien body-invaders-from-outer-space horror movies, but the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is issuing an expanded database to warn of the unintended dangers that can arise from introducing non-endemic species into different regions of the world, especially alien fish farming.While some such alien introductions have been widely beneficial, like transplanting the potato from the New World to Europe, or the wide human-generated migration of crops and animals such as maize, coffee, tomatoes, sugar cane, turkeys, cows, sheep and the African tilapia fish, becoming global staples, others have had far more malignant impacts. Consider the voracious Nile Perch, introduced to Lake Victoria in the 1950s, that has now been blamed for causing the extinction of several hundred native species, although it is a major source of income for lakeshore communities, with exports to Europe valued at around €170 million (euros) a year.Or the golden apple snail, brought to the Philippines and other Asian countries in the early 1980s, that is easy to rear and fast breeding, with a high protein content that would seem to make it an ideal supplement to the diets of rural poor as well as a product for export. Unfortunately, not only did the snails not take off with consumers, but they escaped into irrigated rice fields, evolving into a major pest and devouring thousands of hectares of young rice.“The idea is to make people aware of the benefits and risks of introducing a given species into a specific area, as well as international regulations governing those introductions, so that they can avoid mistakes and make good, and legal decisions,” FAO Fisheries Department official Devin Bartley said of the expanded database available of CD-ROM which focuses especially on species used in aquaculture, or fish farming.“Introductions shouldn’t happen without a precautionary risk/benefit analysis being conducted ahead of time. Our goal with this CD-ROM package is to provide a tool for doing that.”New fish species can also bring with them new diseases, to which native stocks have no resistance. The shrimp farming industry in Taiwan Province of China was nearly wiped out in the early 1990s when that happened. There are other examples of aliens changing habitats, competing with or feeding on local species, or breeding with their relatives and causing a form of genetic pollution.FAO started its tracking in the 1980s, monitoring only inland fish species, around 1,300 in all. But as world appetite for fish continued to grow both in terms of net demand as well as demand for greater diversity, more species became farmed, and FAO started collecting information on marine species and species other than fish. The newly launched expanded database now includes introductions of all taxa being produced via aquaculture, with over 5,000 records of introductions of several hundred species. The CD-ROM also includes a virtual library of reports and studies by FAO.The expansion was largely funded from FAO’s regular working budget and the FishCode Project, but vital support also came from the Netherlands via the FAO-Netherlands Partnership Programme (FNPP). read more

Sex robots will make women interchangeable with technology campaigners warn

Human-like robots are sold as substitutes for women and are marketed as “companions”, “girlfriends” or “wives”, a coalition of academics, abuse victims and activists have claimed and MPs and ministers are ignorant of the potential dangers. “At a time when pornography, prostitution and child exploitation is facilitated and proliferated by digital technology turning it into a global profitable industry; these products further promote the objectification of the female body and as such constitute a further assault on human intimacy,” the campaign… Ministers are “lagging behind” in efforts to tackle sex robots, experts have warned, amid concerns they could “make women interchangeable with technology”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more