Man forced to carry relative’s body on bicycle in Odisha

first_imgA man in a village in Boudh district of Odisha was forced to carry the body of his sister-in-law on a bicycle for funeral on Wednesday as none of his relatives and fellow villagers came out to help him.According to sources, Chatru Banka of Krushnapalli village under Kantamala block had admitted his wife and sister-in-law to a hospital after they complained of severe diarrhoea. His sister-in-law died on Wednesday. Her body was brought to the village in an ambulance.No villager at Krushnapalli came forward to help Banka arrange for the woman’s funeral. Finally, he tied her body to his bicycle and carried it to the cremation ground all by himself. Abakash Sahu, a Zilla Parishad member, claimed that Banka was facing an undeclared social ostracisation. “At times, for various reasons, locals in Boudh district do not take part in marriages and funerals of some persons,” he said.Property dispute Banka had snapped ties with his family members in the village because of a property dispute, said a local, Nabakishor Meher. He is said to have married outside his caste and not given a feast for which he was facing the ire of fellow villagers.On August 16, 2017, a similar incident had happened at Basudebpalli village under Manmunda block of Boudh district. Due to the superstitions and stigma attached to leprosy, a man named Jayanarayn Sahu was denied a decent funeral in this village. As none of the villagers was ready to carry his body to the cremation ground, his daughter along with her brother and husband, performed the last rites.last_img read more

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India team for Sri Lanka to be picked on July 4

first_imgThe Indian cricket team for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, to play five ODIs and a lone Twenty20 International against the hosts, will be picked on July 4.”The all-India senior selection committee will meet at the cricket centre in Mumbai on July 4 to pick the Indian teams for the ODI and T20 International series in Sri Lanka in July-August,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement on Wednesday.India will be playing against Sri Lanka in five one-dayers to be held between July 22 to August 4 followed by a T20 International on August 7 at the Pallekele stadium.This will be India’s first international assignment since the conclusion of the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in March.last_img

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To set up special task force for better performance: Goel

first_imgKozhikode, Sep 24 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today said that a special task force would be set up at the earliest to ensure better performance by the Indian athletes in the next three Olympics. “The task force will be set up very soon to prepare a comprehensive plan for ensuring better performance by our athletes in the next three Olympics,” he said after presenting awards to international and young athletes from Sports Authority of India (SAI) at a function at the Calicut University campus, near here. “As a step to find out young talents in various sporting disciplines across the country, irrespective of urban and rural divide, a special portal will be launched. Anyone representing any event can upload his/her personal data in the portal and SAI will ensure giving coaching to the person after verifying the genuineness of the data,” the minister said. Seminars, symposiums and debates are being organised to analyse the performance of the athletes in the recently-concluded Rio Olympic Games. “Maximum utilisation of facilities available in the country by the athletes will be ensured. Our intention is also to get the involvement of corporate sector so that the athletes will get the support,” Goel said. Medal winners of the Olympics and Paralympic Games have been nominated for the Padma awards, the Union minister said, adding, under Khelo India project more schemes will be launched as a measure to give importance to sports in India. “Indians will be given preference in the selection of coaches and the service of foreign coaches would be made available wherever Indian talents are not available,” he said. “Our stand is to provide maximum support and facilities for the athletes and coaches,” Goal said while replying to a request made by the former Olympian and sprint queen P T Usha that opportunities like those in foreign countries should also be made available to the athletes here. Goel, who was all praise for the sports facilities available in the campus, said efforts will be made to start a centre by SAI for training the athletes, if the University syndicate permits. Vice-Chancellor Dr K Mohammed Basheer said the University stadium will be the venue for next months state level school games. National level tournaments — handball and basketball — will also be hosted by the University, he added. PTI KV BN CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I in Mumbai Highlights: Hosts whitewash Sri Lanka 3-0

first_imgIndia beat Sri Lanka by five wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to whitewash the Lankans 3-0 . (SCOREBOARD)India innings:22.37 IST: 3-0, a whitewash is what India have inflicted on the Sri Lankan side. After two lopsided victory we have finally witnessed a close match, a last over finish.And that’s the game. Finishing off the game in style and ending the home season on a high! #TeamIndia wrap up the T20I series 3-0 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/AeCnKISzv6- BCCI (@BCCI) December 24, 201722.27 IST: India win by 5 wickets to take the series 3-0 and sign off 2017 in style.Wow what a finish! @DineshKarthik (18*) and @msdhoni (16*) guide India to a thrilling five wicket victory with four balls remaining to secure the T20I series 3-0!Scorecard: https://t.co/BrSId8ACRP #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/i3JqNN5U0o- ICC (@ICC) December 24, 201722.27 IST: Perera to Dhoni, FOUR! Finishes it off in style! A full toss on the leg stump by Perera, Dhoni flicks it through square leg for a boundary.22.25 IST: India 133/5 in 19 overs. Need 3 runs to win from 6 balls.22.25 IST: Pradeep to Karthik, SIX! After all that chat before the ball and all the thinking put into it you end up serving a full toss! Poor very poor from Pradeep. He comes running in and bowls a high full toss. Not many would miss out on those and Karthik dispatches it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. 3 needed off the last over.22.22 IST: 9 off 7 balls.22.21 IST: 11 Off 8 for India. advertisement22.17 IST: India 121/5 in 18 overs. Need 15 runs more to win from 12 balls. 22.13 IST: India 116/5 in 17 overs. Need 20 more runs to win from 18 balls.22.11 IST: Chameera to Dhoni, NOT OUT! It is going over the stumps! A review in hope I feel by the Lankans. Chameera bowls it on a length on off, shapes in after pitching. Dhoni foes for the flick but misses. The ball hits him on the pads and the players appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Sri Lanka immediately review and the replays roll in. There is no inside edge on Ultra Edge but Hawk Eye shows the ball to be going over the stumps. The on-field call stays.22.08 IST: Chameera to Dhoni, FOUR! Streaky! Even if Dhoni intended it, it was never meant to be hit so fine. Chameera bowls it on a length around off, gets it to straighten. Dhoni tries to guide it down to third man but the ball goes off the edge to the right off the keeper. Dickwella puts in a full length dive but is not able to reach it.22.06 IST: MSD comes in to bat.22.06 IST: Chameera to Pandey, OUT! BOWLED ‘EM! Chameera strikes! He has been excellent today. He comes running in and lands it on a length around off, gets it to jag back in. Pandey with no foot movement, tries to flick it through the leg side. He leaves a big gap between bat and pad. The ball sneaks through and hits timber. The set Manish Pandey is walking back and Chameera is elated. A good innings by Pandey comes to an end. Two new batsmen at the crease now just what Sri Lanka wanted. 28 from 23 needed with 6 wickets in hand. Game on?22.04 IST: India 108/4 in 16 overs. Need 28 more runs to win from 24 balls.22.03 IST: Pradeep to Pandey, FOUR! SLAPPED! A short ball, not the delivery you want to be bowling at this stage. Pandey stands tall and slaps it through covers. The outfield here is lightning fast which gives the sweeper cover fielder no chance. 29 needed from 25 now. India in command here.22.00 IST: Dinesh Karthik walks out to the middle.21.59 IST: India 99/4 in 15 overs. Need 37 more runs to win from 30 balls.21.57 IST: Shanaka to Pandya, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! A big wicket, Sri Lanka are not letting India get away. After being hit for two boundaries in the over, Shanaka gets a breakthrough. He bangs it in short outside off, Pandya tries to be cheeky as he plays the upper cut. The ball goes off the toe-end and into the gloves off the keeper. Pandya starts walking as he knew he has edged it but the umpires ask him to wait as they go upstairs to check for the no ball and replays show the front foot is fine. Hardik is not happy with himself and the Lankans are ecstatic.21.55 IST: Shanaka  to Pandey, FOUR! Over compensates now! Shanaka tries to bowl it fuller but ends up serving a full toss, a gift for Pandey. He thwacks it through mid-wicket to fetch himself another boundary. Back-to-back in this over. Is this the game changing over?advertisement21.55 IST: Shanaka to Pandey, FOUR! Too easy! Short at 124 kph, it sits up to be hit. Pandey rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.21.53 IST: India 87/3 in 14 overs. Need 49 more runs to win from 36 balls.21.52 IST: Dananjaya to Pandey, FOUR! Again the fielders have to support the bowler! Akila floats it full on middle, Pandey bludgeons it down the ground. Gunathliaka at long off, runs to his right, puts in a dive but only manages to push the ball onto the rope.21.51 IST: Hardik Pandya comes in to bat.21.51 IST: Dananjaya to Pandey, OUT! Very unfortunate way of getting out for Iyer! Akila drags his length back on the stumps, Pandey rocks back and hits it hard towards the bowler. Iyer was backing up a long way as Dananjaya gets his finger tips to the ball and it deflects back to the stumps. The bowler appeals and the umpire raises his finger as Iyer starts walking back. A big-wicket, just when this partnership looked to take away the game from the Lankans. 55 needed now from 40. Game on!21.44 IST: India 81/2 in 13 overs. Need 55 more runs to win from 42 balls.21.39 IST:  D Shanaka to S Iyer, SIX. BANG! A much-needed one. First boundary after 29 balls. Shanaka bowls a full ball on off, right in the zone for Iyer. He just lofts it over long off for a biggie. Rohit Sharma in the dressing room loved that shot.70 needed of 48.21.27 IST: T Perera to S Iyer, Excellent effort in the deep! A short ball outside off, Iyer plays it nicely with the extra bounce and guides it through the vacant first slip position towards third man. However, Akila Dananjaya covers good ground to his left from third man and dives to stop the ball, keeping the batsmen down to two.21.26 IST: India 50/2 in 9 overs. Need 86 more runs to win from 66 balls. 21.22 IST: India 47/2 in 8 overs. Need 89 more runs to win from 72 balls. 21.21 IST: Pradeep to Pandey, FOUR LEG-BYES!21.18 IST: India 39/2 in 7 overs.  Need more 97 runs to win from 78 balls.21.18 IST: Manish Pandey is the new man in at number 4, replacing his skipper.21.16 IST: Shanaka to Rohit, OUT! Rohit departs cheaply tonight! The bounce does the trick again. Shanaka bangs it in short and the Indian captain goes for the pull. He is cramped a bit for room and miscues it to deep mid-wicket. Kusal Perera is stationed at the boundary and it should have been a fairly simple catch but somehow he misjudges it. Eventually he takes it at the last moment, needing to dive forward for the catch. Do Sri Lanka believe? Not a bad start at all.21.13 IST: Dasun Shanaka is the third bowling change in the last three overs.21.11 IST: End of powerplay. India 37/1 in 6 overs. Need more 99 runs to win from 84 balls.21.09 IST: Pradeep to Rohit, FOUR! Brilliant timing! The ball is straighter, fuller as well but Rohit does not go too hard at it. Just flicks it through square leg and there is millions of real estate available. Rarely found in Mumbai but Thisara has kept plenty of that at the Wankhede. How can a Mumbaikar miss out? Rohit does not either.advertisement21.09 IST: Pradeep to Rohit, FOUR! Not quite well hit but since it is the Powerplay, Rohit gets a boundary. The ball is dropped short on middle and the Indian skipper instantly goes for the pull but the bounce does him in. However, the miscue goes over mid-wicket and he gets a boundary. 106 more needed from 88 balls now.21.08 IST: Nuwan Pradeep into the attack.21.07 IST: India 26/1 in 5 overs. Need more 110 runs to win from 90 balls.21.04 IST: Perera to Rohit, FOUR! TAKE THAT! Welcome into the attack, mate! Short and wide outside off, gentle gentle gentle loosener but Rohit is not at all gentle. Smashes that through point and gets a boundary.21.03 IST: Thisara Perera brings himself on now.21.02 IST: India 21/1 in 4 overs. Need more 115 runs to win from 96 balls.21.00 IST: Chameera to Iyer, FOUR! Gets too straight, does Chameera and it is Merry Christmas for Shreyas Iyer. Flicks it through mid-wicket and gets the gift as a boundary.20.59 IST: Shreyas Iyer is the new man in.20.58 IST: Chameera to Rahul, OUT! Rahul has been adjudged LBW! He seems confident though that it is not the right decision as he has reviewed it straightaway. Umpire’s call it is and the decision stays!20.56 IST: India 17/0 in 3 overs. Need more 119 runs to win from 102 balls.20.56 IST: Rohit has now hit the most number of sixes in a year. Currently the No. is 65. 20.55 IST: Dananjaya to Rohit, SIX! Number 65 for Rohit in 2017 across formats. This is another leggie, outside off but this time Rohit is to the pitch of the ball. Hits it cleanly through the line and gets it over long off!20.54 IST: Dananjaya to Rohit, FOUR! Not pretty well hit but he finds the gap. Floated on off, seemed to be a leg break, Rohit got down and slog swept it over mid-wicket. His intention was much squarer but he will take the boundary. 127 more needed from 106 balls now.20.53 IST: India 4/0 in 2 overs. Need more 132 runs to win from 108 balls.20.50 IST: Dushmantha Chameera to bowl from the other end.20.49 IST: India 3/0 in 1 over. Need 133 runs to win from 114 balls.20.49 IST: Dananjaya to Rohit, DROPPED! Dananjaya nearly had his man. He bowled a leg spinner this time and Rohit was down the track again. He hit this very hard but back to the bowler. The bowler leaped with all his might but the ball brushed only his fingertips and went to mid off. Very difficult chance. But a very good over from the spinner.20.48 IST: Dananjaya to Rohit, How is he not bowled? On most pitches, that would have hit the timber. The googly on middle, Rohit looks to defend but leaves a truckload of a gap between bat and pad. The ball sneaks through but bounces over the stumps!20.46 IST: A spinner to start off proceedings again for Sri Lanka. Akila Dananjaya has the new ball in his hand and he will bowl to Rohit first up20.45 IST: The players are already back out in the middle. They already seem dejected, the Lankans. Hopefully, they provide a fight with the ball. Out come the Indian openers, amidst some cheers from the crowd. Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul walk out to the middle. A challenge for them would be to win by 10 wickets. Possible? Let us find out.20.40 IST: 136 then is what needed for India to whitewash the Lankans. Does not look like a pitch which can assist the bowlers in defending 135. At times, even 190 has proved insufficient. Plenty of dew around. Half of the Lankan players’ minds seem to be already on the plane which will carry them to Colombo tomorrow morning. All these factors seem to point towards an early finish… can we get a competitive game? Stay tuned20.37 IST: India had yet another good outing with the ball and even the debutant, Washington Sundar, impressed. He was frugal and so was Unadkat. In fact, if you look at all the Indian bowlers, only Siraj had a bad outing. He will be feeling very bad as against a team where everyone is doing well, to be hit around the park is not a great feeling.20.35 IST: Another forgetful batting display from the Lankans. Apart from Asela Gunaratne, no one seemed to be intent on hanging out there in the middle. Yes, it is a T20I and it is on a ground where chasing is relatively easier. But still… that does not mean you go swinging every ball. Too many soft dismissals.20.34 IST: 18 runs from the last over. Sri Lanka finish with 135/7 from their 20 overs. India need 136 to win the match and their 37th game in 2017.A disciplined and impressive bowling display from India sees them restrict Sri Lanka to 135/7, with two wickets apiece for @JUnadkat and @hardikpandya7.Will India chase it down, or can Sri Lanka defend the total?Follow all the action live: https://t.co/BrSId8ACRP #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/5vplvaxt4Q- ICC (@ICC) December 24, 201720.32 IST: Siraj to Shanaka, SIX!20.31 IST: Siraj to Dananjaya, FOUR! SPANKED! Siraj continues to leak runs. This is on a length and Dananjaya clubs it through mid off and gets another boundary.20.30 IST: Siraj to Dananjaya, FOUR! Streaky one. A short ball on middle, Dananjaya swings hard and gets a top edge over the keeper for a boundary!20.30 IST: Siraj to bowl the last over.20.27 IST: Unadkat finishes as the most economical bowler with figures of 4-0-15-2. Sri Lanka 117/7 in 19 overs.20.23 IST: Sri Lanka 113/7 in 18 overs.20.22 IST: Akila Dananjaya walks in. India still in with a chance… to pick up 3 wickets inside the remaining 15 balls.20.22 IST: Pandya to Gunaratne, OUT! Caught! No fifty for Asela. It is a short ball and should have been put away but Asela has been struggling with his timing on the short balls entire innings. This is around middle and off, Gunaratne looks to pull but is beaten by the extra bounce. He miscues it in the air and Kuldeep Yadav runs to his right from short mid-wicket. Gets to the ball before it makes contact with the ground and cups the catch. Ohh… Hardik is pumped up now. Finally we see some celebration.20.18 IST: Sri Lanka 110/6 in 17 overs.20.15 IST: Jaydev Unadkat is back on.20.14 IST: Sri Lanka 106/6 in 16 overs.20.14 IST: Pandya to Shanaka, SIX! Ho ho ho! Finally a biggie for the night! We saw plenty in the second game but this is the first in this one. Full and outside off, Shanaka reaches out and lofts it cleanly over extra cover for a flat six!20.12 IST: 100 up for the visitors from 15.4 overs vs India.20.11 IST: Hardik Pandya is back on.20.09 IST: Sri Lanka 96/6 in 15 overs.20.05 IST: The ropes are out again, to sweep the dew out of the ground.20.03 IST: Sri Lanka 91/6 in 14 overs.20.02 IST: Kuldeep to Shanaka, Howzzat? Kuldeep reckons he has his man. Rohit takes the review for LBW against Gunaratne. But it is umpire’s call. Gunaratne survives.19.59 IST: Sri Lanka 85/6 in 13 overs.19.59 IST: Dasun Shanaka walks in to join the procession. 4 wickets left, still double that number of overs remaining.19.58 IST: Siraj to Perera, OUT! Soft dismissal. Sorry, ANOTHER soft dismissal. A nothing ball, a nothing shot to complement that. Full and on middle and leg, Thisara clips it uppishly but it is straight to his counterpart at short mid-wicket. Thank you for coming. Siraj is overjoyed. He picks out skippers, doesn’t he? Williamson the other night and Thisara tonight.19.56 IST: Siraj to Perera, FOUR! SMOKED! Dear non-striker, do you have a life insurance? Please get one without delay! Full and outside off, Thisara blasts it over his partner who has to duck just in time. Mid off has no chance.19.55 IST: Siraj to Perera, FOUR! Hit that really hard. Fractionally short outside off, Perera launches onto it and crashes it through point for a boundary!19.54 IST: Mohammed Siraj is back on.19.53 IST: Sri Lanka 74/5 in 12 overs.19.52 IST: Finally, skipper Thisara Perera comes on to bat, at number 7, replacing Gunathilaka.19.51 IST: Kuldeep to Gunathilaka, OUT! Catching practice continues. The Sri Lankan batsmen are giving good audition to be fielding coaches. Remember those good old coaches giving fielding practice to players before the game begins? These lads are giving an extension to the Indian fielders. Full and on the stumps, Gunathilaka gets down and sweeps it hard, really hard. But straight to Hardik Pandya at the mid-wicket fence. No celebration from Pandya, in fact even the bowler is not excited. Really looks like a fielding drill. Half the side, a little less than half the overs left. Can they bat out their full quota tonight?19.49 IST: A successful debut for Washington Sundar (4-0-22-1) Sri Lanka 70/4 in 11 overs.19.46 IST: Washington Sundar to bowl his last over.19.45 IST: Sri Lanka 67/4 in 10 overs.19.44 IST: Kuldeep to Gunaratne, FOUR! INNOVATIVE! He loves playing this shot and hence he is a difficult batsman to bowl to. Yadav floats it up on middle, Asela brings out the reverse sweep and connects well, over point for a boundary.19.42 IST: Sri Lanka 57/4 in 9 overs. 19.40 IST: Danushka Gunathilaka walks out at no. 6.19.40 IST: Pandya to Sadeera, OUT! Just as Sri Lanka looked to build a partnership, India strike! Sadeera who was intent to use his feet does it again but does not get close to the pitch off the ball. He still goes through with the shot as he tries to go over mid off but is undone by the bounce. The ball does not hit the middle and lobs towards mid off. Dinesh Karthik there tracks back and takes a neat catch. Sri Lanka lose their 4th inside ten overs and are now staring down the barrel. Sri Lanka 56/4 in 8.3 overs. 19.36 IST: Sri Lanka 53/3 in 8 overs.19.35 IST: Kuldeep to Sadeera, FOUR! JUST OVER! Sadeera uses his feet and flicks it just over the mid-wicket fielder, who jumps and tries to reach to it but is not able to do so and the ball races to the fence.19.34 IST: Kuldeep to Gunaratne, EDGED AND DROPPED! This one should have been taken by Dhoni, you don’t see him dropping a lot. Another googly by the bowler but shorter in length. Asela goes back and tries to force it through the off side. He gets an outside edge in the process. The ball hits the thump of Dhoni and goes towards short fine leg for a glove. Asela with a reprieve this time.19.34 IST: Kuldeep to Gunaratne, BEAUTIFUL! A wrong ‘un to start with. Pitches it on off and turns away. Asela tries to defend but gets beaten. Dhoni is quick to remove the bails but the batsman never left his crease. The bowler is strangely appealing for a caught behind but he is the only one doing so.19.33 IST: We saw this in the first two matches also after every seven overs. The groundsmen have come out with the rope to sweep the dew out of the ground. Also Kuldeep Yadav has been brought into the attack.19.31 IST: Sri Lanka 45/3 in 7 overs.19.29 IST: Pandya to Sadeera, FOUR! That has gone off the helmet! Given runs though! Sadeera won’t mind. Hardik again bowls it short on middle, Samarawickrama tries to pull bit is beaten by pace. The ball hits the helmet and races to the fine leg fence.19.28 IST: Hardik Pandya introduced into the attack.19.27 IST: End of powerplay. Sri Lanka 37/3 in 6 overs.19.26 IST: Siraj to Sadeera, FOUR! Lovely! Fuller on off, Sadeera leans into it and drives it through covers. Such is the outfield here that the ball races to the fence.19.23 IST: Siraj to Gunaratne, FOUR! They need to keep doing this! Gunaratne uses his feet, Siraj bangs it short. Asela slaps it through covers for a boundary.19.23 IST: First change for India! Mohammed Siraj is into the attack.19.21 IST: Sri Lanka 26/3 in 5 overs.19.20 IST: Washington to Gunaratne, FOUR! Bad ball and dispatched! Short and on the stumps. Gunaratne has all the time in the world to camp back and pull it through mid-wicket for a boundary.19.18 IST: Sri Lanka 19/3 in 4 overs.19.17 IST: Asela Gunaratne strides out to the middle.19.16 IST: Unadkat to Tharanga, OUT! Another one bites the dust! This is poor from Sri Lanka! A needless shot from Tharanga here. Unadkat bowls it on a length on off, Tharanga tries to go big over the leg side. He gets the elevation but not the distance and holes out to Pandya at deep mid-wicket. Unadkat is a delighted man as he gets his second.19.16 IST: Unadkat to Tharanga, FOUR! DEFT! A length ball outside off. All Tharanga does is, he opens his face off the bat and guides it down through third man for a boundary.19.14 IST: Sri Lanka 14/2 in 2 overs.19.14 IST: Sadeera Samarawickrama walks out at no. 4.19.14 IST: Washington to Kusal, OUT! 1st T20I wicket for Washington Sundar and that too he gets a big one! Kusal Perera walks back early today! Sundar tosses it up on middle, the ball sticks in the surface. Perera pays the price for playing across as he tries to play it to long on. He is early into the shot as he balloons it back to the bowler who accepts a simple catch. India have two early wickets and Sri Lanka are in deep trouble now.19.13 IST: Washington to Kusal, FOUR! Sloppy effort in the field! Sundar tosses it up on off, Perera goes across the line towards wide long on. Pandya there runs to his left. The ball bounces and spins away from him. He does not expect that as he has over ran it and concedes a boundary.19.10 IST: Sri Lanka 9/1 in 2 overs.19.09 IST: Kusal Perera walks out to the middle. He played an excellent knock in the last game. Can he do the same here?19.09 IST: Unadkat to Dickwella, OUT! Unadkat draws first blood! He bowls it on a length around middle, Dickwella tries to go over mid on with a flick shot but the ball hits him high on the bat and goes straight up in the air towards that fielder. Mohammed Siraj there, runs back and takes an easy catch. An early wicket just what India needed. The dangerous Dickwella walks back cheaply. Sri Lanka 8/1 in 1.5 overs.19.05 IST: Jaydev Unadkat will bowl the second over. He too has a single slip in place.19.04 IST: Sri Lanka 6/0 in 1.0 overs.19.03 IST: Washington to Tharanga, FOUR! Off the mark in style! Sundar tosses it up on off, a bit too full though. Tharanga plants his front foot ahead and goes over mid off for a boundary.19.01 IST: We are done and dusted with the national anthems. We are all set for the action to begin. The Indian team are seen in a huddle. The Sri Lanka openers, Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga walk out to the middle. Spin to start with, Washington Sundar, the debutant, will open the bowling for India. He has one slip in place. Here we go.18.40 IST:  Rohit Sharma says they will field first. He opines the conditions will remain the same. Mentions they have been batting first and they now want to try something different. Reckons the dew will play an important part but they have to play good cricket and adjusts to the conditions. Further adds he is having a great time playing for his country and helping them win. Ends by saying it has been a great home season and he wants to end it on a high. Informs Washington Sunder comes in place for Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj replaces Jasprit Bumrah.18.38 IST: India go into the last match of 2017 with five bowler. Only five bowling options for Rohit Sharma.The average age of the bowling line-up is 22.8 years.#TeamIndia have won the toss and will bowl first. Changes – Siraj & Sundar in place of Jasprit Bumrah & Yuzvendra Chahal #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/Em2A1tXKo7- BCCI (@BCCI) December 24, 201718.33 IST: India win the toss and elect to bowl first.  It’s the third and final T20I! India have won the toss and chosen to field first.Will India secure a 3-0 series win, or can Sri Lanka restore some pride, follow all the action live! https://t.co/BrSId8ACRP #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/5cg2m7A0bO- ICC (@ICC) December 24, 2017India: Rohit Sharma(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammed Siraj3rd Twenty20. India win the toss and elect to field https://t.co/Wy4fQWNjg2 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 24, 201718.30 IST: Washington Sundar will make his T20I debut tonight.  Young Washington Sundar is all set to make his T20I debut in Wankhede #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/QIZOSvwLe0- BCCI (@BCCI) December 24, 201718.27 IST: India will look to win the series 3-0 and finish 2017 on a winning note. All set for the 3rd and final T20I here in Wankhede. Action to unfold soon #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/bxK9hq6GXD- BCCI (@BCCI) December 24, 201718.25 IST: Pitch Report – Sunil Gavaskar and Russel Arnold are expecting another run fest. They inform there is a little grass which will help the ball to come on the bat. Add further there are also a little patches on the wicket and the spinners might get some assistance. (On being asked what Sri Lanka should do after winning the toss) Sunil Gavaskar says they should bat first, post a big total on the board and put India under pressure.India will look to clean sweep the three-match series when they face Sri Lanka for the last time this year in the 3rd T20 International (T20I) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today.India are ranked fourth in the ICC T20I rankings and defeated their southern neighbours by 93 and 88 runs in the 1st and 2nd T20Is respectively. India have won 36 matches across all the formats in 2017 so far.India will bank on their fearless batting led by captain Rohit Sharma and fellow opener Lokesh Rahul who have looked on top of their game.Supporting them will be batsmen Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik who have the calibre to demolish the Sri Lankan bowling attack which has failed to look up to the mark.In the bowling department, pacer Jasprit Bumrah — who currently tops the T20I bowlers list — will spearhead the unit along side fellow new ball seamer Jaydev Unadkat.However, wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who have caused plenty of trouble to Sri Lanka throughout the series, will once again remain the key to pick crucial wickets.For Sri Lanka, experienced all-rounder Angelo Mathews has added to the worries for the side after being ruled out of the final rubber following a hamstring injury in the previous match.The visitors will however hope top-order batsmen Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga and Kusal Perera to play match-winning knocks to salvage their side some pride and consolidate a victory before returning home.The bowling, which has looked rather ineffective for Sri Lanka will need to re-form strategies with the likes of skipper Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep and Akila Dananjaya to try and trouble the formidable India batting line-up.All set for the 3rd and final T20I here in Wankhede. Action to unfold soon #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/bxK9hq6GXD- BCCI (@BCCI) December 24, 2017Squads:India: Rohit Sharma (c), Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat.Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera (c), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Dananjaya De Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando, Dusmantha Chameera.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy On6 launched in India: Top specs, features and everything you must know

first_imgSoon after launching the Galaxy J6, Galaxy J8, Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6+ phones, Samsung has launched another budget phone, the Galaxy On6, in India for Rs 14,490. The Galaxy On6 has been seemingly designed to take on other budget and mid-tier offerings from companies like Xiaomi, Honor and Asus, on the back of a couple features never seen before in Samsung’s affordable line-up. This includes Samsung’s proprietary Infinity display and latest Android Oreo software. The phone also comes with a Chat-over-Video feature, that Samsung says, has been designed in India for India.”At Samsung, our constant endeavour is to bring meaningful innovation in our products and services that can truly add value to the lives of consumers. Sporting Samsung’s signature Infinity display, the Galaxy On6 is a stunning device with state-of-the-art hardware and software features. Packed with brand new ‘Make for India’ innovations such as ‘Chat-Over-Video’, My Galaxy Video and Samsung Pay Mini, Galaxy On6 is a perfect companion for multi-taskers,” Sandeep Singh Arora, vice president, Online Business, Samsung India said.Here’s a closer look at everything that the Samsung Galaxy On6 brings to the table:Specifications:Processor: The Galaxy On6 is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor.RAM: 4GBInternal storage: 64GBScreen: The Galaxy On6 comes with a 5.6-inch 720p+ display with Samsung’s hallmark Super AMOLED Infinity screen.Rear camera: The Galaxy On6 ships with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/1.9 aperture and LED flash.Front camera: The Galaxy On6 has an 8-megapixel camera on the front (with f/1.9 aperture) with LED flash.advertisementSoftware: It runs Android 8.0 Oreo-based Experience UI 9.0.Battery: The Galaxy On6 is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and charges via standard micro-USB.Special features:– The Galaxy On6 borrows one of the biggest highlights of Samsung’s top-of-the-line Galaxy S and Note devices. The phone comes equipped with an Infinity screen, which means that much like Samsung’s Galaxy S9, it comes with an edge-to-edge bezel-less display. The front, in the case of the Galaxy On6, is clean and without any physical buttons.– The Galaxy On6 is a budget Samsung phone boasting of a plastic body and edge-to-edge Infinity display. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and on-screen keys for navigation.– The Galaxy On6 is now the second most affordable Samsung phone — after the Galaxy J6 — to come with an Infinity display.– The Galaxy On6 also brings Samsung’s facial recognition the masses.– Samsung’s Galaxy J phones have been harbingers of many made in India features that the company churns out at its R&D centers in the country. In line with the same, the Galaxy On6 comes with a feature called as Chat-over-Video that lets you chat — WhatsApp, SMS — over a video or a game. This means you don’t need to shut down a video to access and respond to your WhatsApp messages.– The Galaxy On6 also comes with Samsung Pay Mini and Samsung Mall, along with the Bixby virtual assistant.– The front camera includes features like selfie focus — software assisted portrait mode — and beauty mode. The rear camera, meanwhile, supports features like live stickers.Price and availabilityThe Galaxy On6 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 14,490 and it will be available for buying from Flipkart and Samsung Online Shop from July 5. It will be available for buying in two colours: black and blue.ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy On6 with Infinity display launched in India for Rs 14,490Buyers can get Flipkart’s complete mobile protection plan for only Rs 49, as well as no cost EMI starting at Rs 1,610 from leading bank debit/credit cards, on buying the Galaxy On6, Samsung has announced. Jio users can further get instant cash back of Rs 2,750 in their MyJio account on recharging with Rs 198 or Rs 299 plan. They would also get a Double Data benefit on the first 4 recharges of Rs 198 plan or above, Samsung added.last_img read more

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Report: Swansea City 1 West Brom 0

first_imgKey Opta stats:- The Swans ended a run of seven Premier League games without a win (D1 L6).- The Baggies are now winless in their last 14 Premier League matches (D7 L7), their longest run in the top flight since a 16 game streak between February 2006 and August 2008.- Wilfried Bony has scored two goals in his last two Premier League games – as many as he had in his previous 28 in the competition.- Indeed, it’s the first time the Ivorian has scored in consecutive Premier League appearances since December 2014.- Swansea had three shots on target in this match – only twice have they managed more in a Premier League game this season (4 vs Newcastle and Leicester).- After having the first shot on target in the 22nd minute of this match, the Baggies didn’t register another one in the entire match. Swansea City 1 West Brom 0: Bony lifts Swans off the bottom Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 01:06 12/10/17 Salomon Rondon_cropped Michael Steele/Getty Images West Brom now remain outside the relegation places only on goal difference after losing to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. Wilfried Bony scored an 81st-minute winner as Swansea City moved off the bottom of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers West Brom.The Swans left it late to record their first league victory in eight matches, Bony ramming home a loose ball following a Ki Sung-yueng corner to lift his side above Crystal Palace in the standings.The striker’s second goal in as many games leaves visiting manager Alan Pardew still winless since taking charge of the Baggies, who only remain outside the relegation places on goal difference. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pardew’s last trip to the Liberty Stadium was back in November 2016, when his Crystal Palace side lost 5-4 to their hosts, yet any hope of a pre-Christmas feast of goals looked unlikely between two clubs with a combined total of 20 in the league prior to kick-off.It appeared the battle between the two strugglers would end in stalemate until Bony popped up with an emphatic finish, securing three crucial points that will ease any pressure on his manager, Paul Clement.YEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/FWcJv1gSp5— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) December 9, 2017Critical of his side after surrendering a lead to lose 2-1 at Stoke City a week ago, Clement responded by making four changes, including handing Wayne Routledge a first start since the opening day of the season.Top scorer Tammy Abraham dropped down to the bench while Renato Sanches failed to even make the matchday squad, a new low for the on-loan midfielder in what is turning out to be a disastrous spell in south Wales.Deckchairs suitably shuffled on a Swansea ship in danger of sinking out of the top flight, Clement saw his side pose the greater threat in their pursuit of a first win since October 14.Jake Livermore nearly helped out the hosts by scoring in his own net, the midfielder inadvertently flicking on a free-kick that clipped the far post and stayed out.Alfie Mawson then carelessly nodded over when picked out perfectly by Routledge’s teasing cross soon after, wasting easily the best opportunity in a first half that failed to warm up until the closing minutesWest Brom did manage the only shot on target before the break, yet Pardew’s attacking line-up caused more work for referee Mike Dean – who booked Claudio Yacob and Sam Field – than home goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.Bony saw a low shot slip narrowly wide before Ben Foster was finally forced into a save when needing to turn aside a drive from substitute Jordan Ayew that looked to be squeezing inside the goalkeeper’s left post.However, Swansea’s incessant pressure was finally rewarded from a set-piece opportunity, as Bony scored in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since December 2014.2 – Wilfried Bony has scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2014 (also for Swansea City). Wild. pic.twitter.com/yZrxwBvh4Z— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 9, 2017Abraham wasted a glorious chance to double the lead in stoppage time, lifting the ball over Foster but also wide of the target when clean through, but Swansea held on for a much-needed result ahead of the midweek visit of leaders Manchester City.last_img read more

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Angelique Kerber ready to be on top of the world again after Wimbledon win

first_imgTennis Share on Messenger Support The Guardian “Without 2017, especially, I would not be here. Because I learnt so much from myself, like a person, improving my tennis, improving me as a tennis player, and I think that is just the process. The process of years of playing tournaments, playing important matches, being in the situation where the pressure is maybe on your side, or on the side of the opponent. It is just a process you have to go through.”Perhaps it is her Polish heritage – her grandparents live in Puszczykowo and she owns a place there – that gives Kerber that feeling, that to fully enjoy the highs you must first experience the lows. She is very close to her grandparents, who watched the final from home on Saturday, enormously proud of their granddaughter. “I spoke with my grandparents after the match, straight after, because I knew that they support me at home in front of the TV,” Kerber said. “They are really proud and without them I wouldn’t be here, with all my family, they support me my whole life and I think they will drink tonight as well a little bit.”Kerber will climb to No 4 in the rankings when the list is updated on Monday and having struggled in the second half of 2017, she has a good chance to go higher, perhaps even to regain the No 1 ranking she previously held going into last year’s Wimbledon. Last time, she found it hard to cope with all the things that go with being the world’s top-ranked player; this time, she feels she will be better equipped.“I was enjoying [being No 1] but I was not expecting so many things because when you reach the top, you have no idea what you have to deal with in this moment,” she said. “What I have learned from that is that sometimes you have to say no, and take time for yourself, not doing every single day media or some stuff, just making a few days for yourself. When you do this, I think you can enjoy it more. [If it happens again] I will deal with this situation a little bit differently.”Her coach, Wim Fissette, deserves a lot of the credit, having begun working with Kerber at the end of 2017, after a successful but short spell with Britain’s Johanna Konta. The Belgian, who has also coached Kim Clijsters, Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka, helped Kerber technically and mentally, rebuilding her confidence and adding a new offensive dimension to her already brilliant defensive skills.With three grand slam titles, Kerber is now fourth among active players, behind Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova. The 30-year-old needs the French Open to complete the full set, and although clay is her weakest surface, she is a phenomenal athlete with time on her side. Fissette has no doubt there are more titles to come.“I am still sure that we haven’t seen the best Angie,” he told a small group of reporters. “Even physically she can do a lot better. Her serve can still improve and her offensive game, the more she feels success with her offensive game, the more she will use that as well. Also, with the experience she has, she is taking more experience into those matches to stay mentally calm.” Share via Email Share on Pinterest It will take time, no doubt, for Kerber to appreciate her achievement. But when she thinks about everything she has gone through to reach this point, she will enjoy it. Then, she can kick on and go again.“I am sitting here and I am the champion but it’s still not really in my mind [that it is real],” she said. “I think that I have to sleep a few nights and see my trophy and then maybe I can realise that I won this moment. When I won the match point … there have been a lot of emotions, a lot of work that I put in these last few months, a lot of sweating in the practice sessions to play in these moments.” Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics features Share on Twitter Angelique Kerber recalls memories of hero Steffi Graf after Wimbledon win Wimbledon 2018 Read more Share on Facebook Read more The path to glory is rarely smooth. Angelique Kerber’s victory against Serena Williams on Saturday gave her a third grand slam title, two years after an eight‑month period in which she won the Australian Open and US Open and became the world No 1. As the enormity of being a Wimbledon champion began to sink in, the German said it was the experience of 2017, when she lost her way and fell out of the top 20, that laid the bedrock of her return to the top.“The last two years gives me so much experience, good and bad things,” said Kerber, who allowed herself a brief sip of champagne a couple of hours after her 6-3, 6-3 win against Williams, whose own achievement in reaching the final, 10 months after a traumatic childbirth, was truly remarkable. Serena Williams encouraged by her Wimbledon performance despite defeat Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Since you’re here… Wimbledonlast_img read more

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IPL 2019: Opening the batting started a great journey, says Jos Buttler

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiApril 9, 2019UPDATED: April 9, 2019 16:17 IST Jos Buttler’s fortunes have changed since he started to open for Rajasthan Royals ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSJos Buttler said his career has gone up after he started to open for RajasthanButtler had scored a total of 548 runs from 13 games last season for RRButtler managed to get a spot in the Test team on the back if strong IPL performancesIndia opener Rohit Sharma turned a new leaf in his career when Mahendra Singh Dhoni asked him to open the innings for India. There was no looking back for the run-machine since. But he isn’t the only one who has benefited from being pushed to the top of the order. Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler turned from an impressive batsman to a match-winner when RR decided to make him open last season in the Indian Premier League.Speaking to IANS, the Englishman said that it is indeed true that his career has gone from strength to strength after he was made to open the innings for Rajasthan in the last edition of the cash-rich league. From being a quality bat, he went on to become a destructive player who can now change the course of the match with bat in hand.”It has been an incredible year personally. I think last year when I started with the Royals, I was doing okay, but I wasn’t quite feeling like I was showing exactly what I was capable of and a change to the top of the order coincided with a great run of form and from there I was very lucky to be involved with England in Test match cricket and had a really enjoyable summer. Have been riding that wave ever since and looking to make it continue and last as long as possible,” he smiled.While he has been in top form, this IPL will be remembered for KXIP skipper R. Ashwin ‘Mankading’ him in their opening game. From a position of strength, Royals lost the game. While many believed that his sudden and uncharacteristic dismissal changed the course of the game, Buttler begs to differ.advertisement”I am not sure it changed the course because we were still confident that we would go over the line. I just feel we were in a good position and couldn’t finish the game from there. I think the guys actually handled everything really well and didn’t seem to get too distracted by it. Unfortunately, we just didn’t quite play well enough in the end to win the game. It is always frustrating when you don’t finish the games, but you have to learn from that,” he pointed.Asked to comment on what makes his journey with the Royals special, Buttler said: “I have really enjoyed the environment at Rajasthan. There is a nice relaxed atmosphere round the group and it is a great franchise to be a part of. This is my fourth IPL and I am taking the experiences from the first two with Mumbai Indians and a more successful season last year with the runs I scored (for RR) and I keep looking back at them to know what works for me and how to keep getting the best out of myself. Have enjoyed the role at the top of the order,” he said.RR brand ambassador Shane Warne feels that Buttler is a champion cricketer and the wicket-keeper feels that it has been quite an experience to interact with someone like the legendary leg-spinner.”It was an amazing experience to get to know Warne. Obviously one of the best players to have played the game and I loved listening to him and talk about the game and how he sees things. He got the best out of people last season as mentor and I think that rubbed off on me as well. It was a privilege to get to know him. This is one of the fantastic things about the IPL that you get to be coached by some of the best in the world,” he acknowledged.After the highly successful season in 2018, there were questions if Buttler could continue the form into the 12th edition and to be fair to the Englishman, he has done it in style. “It is never easy, but I think I have understood my game a lot more in the last couple of years and know how to get the best out of myself more consistently and just look to do that. I don’t try to think too much about last season or emulate that. I take it one game at a time and adapt to conditions and keep trusting my play,” he said.Also Read | David Warner shows how to avoid getting Mankaded when R Ashwin bowlsFor 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 Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Jos ButtlerFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow RR IPL 2019: Opening the batting started a great journey, says Jos ButtlerJos Buttler credits opening for Rajasthan Royals last year in the Indian Premier League changed his career completely.advertisementlast_img read more

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Venture Capital Fund Next Fiscal Year

first_img The agreement sees the IDB providing some $14 million in grant financing The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) is to launch a venture capital fund within the first half of the next fiscal year, which begins April 1, 2014.This initiative forms part of the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme (JVCP), which is being implemented over three years in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The JVCP is a Government of Jamaica (GoJ) initiative, aimed at developing the environment to mobilise long-term equity funding to enable greater access to alternative financing sources for high potential, small and medium size (SME) enterprises, and entrepreneurs.Making the announcement at a Venture Capital Conference held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on September 9, Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, pointed out that the venture capital fund, and the efforts involved in making it a reality, “assume a central place in the policy perspectives of this administration”.He said this move is important as it takes place within the context of the Economic Reform Programme and an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has, as its centre-piece, the reduction in the levels of public debt.“It takes place against the background where we recognise that there are many factors that impede the development of the MSME sector. There is a high degree of informalisation, inadequate knowledge of modern business procedures, the difficulties of accessing financing, problems of high energy costs, and some of these will require government interventions in other ways and policy interventions to help solve them, but it is in this context that the DBJ with its mandate to facilitate economic growth, has reached out in very significant ways to place emphasis on that sector,” Dr. Phillips stated.Chairman of the DBJ, Joseph Matalon, said DBJ views the availability of venture capital as one solution to address the issue of lack of access to long-term financing required by high potential SMEs, as well as innovative start ups.“We recognise that there continues to be a persistent gap when it comes to longer term SME financing…within the next 12 months, it is our intention to provide seed funding to a newly established venture capital fund or funds, but we also wanted to ensure sustainability, and our main objective, is to therefore lay the proper foundation for a vibrant and sustainable venture capital and private equity industry that is driven by the private sector,” he explained.For her part, Country Representative, IDB, Therese Turner-Jones, informed that a consultant “will be looking at the system which is necessary to make venture capital a reality in Jamaica”.“We see this as an excellent opportunity to enable small enterprises in Jamaica to have more durable, sustainable, long-term access to finance, and in such a way that we create a fund and opportunities for venture capitals to really thrive in Jamaica in the future,” she stated.The implementation of the programme is as a result of a technical co-operation agreement signed by the DBJ and the IDB in February this year.The agreement sees the IDB providing some $14 million (approximately US$150,000) in grant financing under its Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) facility, with the DBJ putting up counterpart funding totalling $12 million (approximately US$128,000).The one-day conference is being held under the theme: ‘Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Seeding Tomorrow’s Opportunities’. DBJ to launch a venture capital fund by April 1, 2014. Story Highlights This initiative forms part of the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme (JVCP)last_img read more

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DryShips to Add Two Economou Vessels to Its Fleet

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek shipowner DryShips has reached an agreement to purchase two vessels at an aggregate price of USD 93.8 million.Under the deal, the company would buy a 2013-built Newcastlemax drybulk carrier and a 2017-built Suezmax tanker, both of which were constructed in China.The units will be acquired from entities that may be deemed to be affiliates of George Economou, the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.The purchase price including the associated bank debt of USD 50.3 million.DryShips said that the transaction remains subject to documentation and customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in June 2018.last_img

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Hakim holds meeting to take stock of drainage system in city ahead

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim held a high level meeting with the Irrigation and Waterways department officials at the KMC headquarter on Wednesday, to take stock of the drainage system in the city ahead of monsoon.This year’s monsoon is expected to hit the state early next month. Hakim conducted a review meeting and issued necessary instructions to the engineers and other senior officials of the drainage department. After the meeting, Hakim said that KMC and Irrigation and Waterways department is working in tandem in order to ensure that incidents of waterlogging can be properly addressed. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaHe said that KMC is ready to combat waterlogging woes along the length and breadth of the city, akin to what they did in the wake of the cyclone Fani. “A meeting was conducted to check the preparedness as to how the waterlogging situations can be fought. Our officials have been asked to see where the problems lie. How the KMC officials will maintain liaison with their counterparts in the Irrigation and Waterways department would be looked into. Irrigations canals are to be desilted in some stretches. Along the Majerhat Bridge, there are some obstructions due to work carried by the Public Works Department (PWD). In some areas, drainage lines have been damaged due to piling works,” Hakim said. He also said that there is a possibility of waterlogging in Kidderpore. There are perpetual waterlogging problems in some wards of Behala as well. “Our engineers are visiting the places on Thursday. They will talk to the PWD engineers. They will finally submit a report to me,” the Mayor added.last_img read more

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Disney hopes for its next blockbuster in newest Star Wars

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Disney’s $4 billion deal for Lucasfilm and “Star Wars” just keeps getting better for the House of Mouse.The company is banking on the latest installments, “The Last Jedi” in December and a Han Solo movie in May, to drive people to theatres. But that’s far from the end of money-making opportunities from Han Solo, R2-D2, Kylo Ren and Rey. In fact, CEO Bob Iger said Thursday that the company is now planning a brand-new “Star Wars” trilogy, which will be the fourth in the franchise.Disney has drawn big profits from the strengths of its TV channels — namely ESPN — but that growth is challenged as more people dump cable subscriptions. As people turn to online replacements such as Netflix, Disney is hoping to lure them with a streaming service planned for 2019. “Star Wars” movies will be a big part of that; so will a new “Star Wars” series Iger also announced Thursday.Disney also wants to squeeze cash from “Star Wars” fans in the forms of toys and, theme park visits and hotel stays.___MOVIE MONEY“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” released in December 2015, pulled in more than $2 billion in worldwide ticket sales, trailing only “Avatar” and “Titanic” as the bestselling theatrical release ever (without adjusting for inflation). It also bumped up home entertainment revenue from DVD sales. “Rogue One,” last year’s installment, made over $1 billion in global box-office revenue.“The Last Jedi” will continue from where “Force” left off. Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson has a “somewhat conservative” estimate of $1.9 billion in box-office haul for the film. He also expects the latest “Avengers” installment to bring in $1.3 billion.Big-budget, sequel-generating movies deliver big wins for studios. In fiscal 2016, when Disney released “The Force Awakens,” the studio’s profit was $2.7 billion. That’s expected to fall this year and jump back up to $2.84 billion in 2018, thanks to “The Last Jedi” and several Marvel movies.In the July-September quarter, however, the studio’s revenue fell 21 per cent to $1.43 billion. “Cars 3” wasn’t as big a hit as “Finding Dory” in 2016.Overall, The Walt Disney Co.’s net income slipped 1 per cent to $1.75 billion. Revenue dropped 3 per cent to $12.78 billion.___DISNEY EMPIREDisney is funneling its movie hits to other parts of its sprawling empire to help it make money repeatedly from its intellectual property.For example, “Star Wars”-themed areas at Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida will open in 2019.“They’re huge and I think very exciting in terms of how we’re using technology to create really interesting attractions and experiences,” Iger said at a September investment conference.The company is also planning a “Star Wars”-themed hotel at Walt Disney World in Florida. Disney touts it as an “immersive” experience; guests will be able to dress up as their favourite characters.Disney is making other big investments in its parks, too, as it races to catch up with Universal’s enormously popular Harry Potter-themed areas. In the latest quarter, revenue rose 6 per cent to $4.67 billion, helped by the international parks. In the U.S., Hurricane Irma shut down Walt Disney World for two days, hurting domestic results.Analysts expect merchandise revenues to get a bump in fiscal 2018; Nathanson cites the “Star Wars” and Marvel movies, as well as “Frozen” coming to Broadway, as drivers.___GEARING UP AGAINST NETFLIXThe movies will also serve as a lure for Disney’s streaming service, which will contain hundreds of movies and thousands of TV episodes and shorts. Pixar, “Star Wars” and Marvel films will be included along with Disney-brand video. Disney’s deal with Netflix is expiring and won’t be renewed, making the new service the exclusive online home for much of Disney’s prime content.Morgan Stanley estimates that the service can, after a decade, become a nearly $5 billion-a-year business, with roughly 30 million subscribers. (Netflix’s streaming revenues for just the last nine months were $8.1 billion, with 109 million subscribers.) Disney will lose out on hundreds of millions from Netflix when it pulls its movies, and UBS estimates that it needs 32 million subscribers for the app just to break even.Iger said Thursday that the streaming service will cost less than Netflix at launch. Netflix’s streaming plans start at $8 a month.Disney also plans an ESPN streaming service, which it announced Thursday will be called ESPN Plus, that will launch in spring 2018. It won’t air the same sports as its channel — but one day might. ESPN, long its cash cow, has been losing subscribers as attention shifts online.In the fiscal fourth quarter, the media networks’ revenue fell 3 per cent to $5.47 billion; profit slid 12 per cent, to $1.48 billion. At ESPN, content costs rose and ad revenue fell, but Disney wrangled higher payments from cable companies.Shares rose 1.4 per cent to $104.09 in after-hours trading Thursday.___Editor’s note: This story been corrected to note that the new trilogy will be the fourth in the “Star Wars” franchise. An earlier version stated it would be the fifth.last_img read more

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Ukrainian authorities We thwarted massive cyberattack

first_imgMINSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian authorities say they’ve thwarted a huge cyberattack and are blaming Russia for the alleged digital assault as tensions between the two countries have flared.The Security Service of Ukraine said in a statement that hackers used malicious accounting documents to target the information technology systems of the country’s judiciary.The SBU described the alleged hacking as “massive” but produced little detail about the extent, timing, nature or severity of the hacks.Ukraine has been buffeted by extraordinarily damaging cyberattacks since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and Russian-backed forces overran eastern Ukraine, leading to years of fighting.The grinding conflict escalated on Nov. 25 when Russian forces fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels carrying 24 seamen.Russian government officials did not immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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UK Election Conservatives Lose Majority

Rabat – After calling early elections, British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a major setback with her Conservative Party losing its overall majority in UK Parliament and plunging the country into political turmoil.As results were reported on Friday morning, no clear winner emerged resulting in a hung parliament. Although the conservatives won the most seats, 318, they were several seats short of the 326 seats necessary for a parliamentary majority. Their rival, the Labor party, won 261 seats.Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labor party, called for May to resign indicating that he wanted to form a minority government. He explained, “the mandate she’s got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence.” He added, “I would have though that’s enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all the people of this country.” Despite the blow to Conservatives, May intends to stay in power and will aim to form a minority government. A statement released by the prime minister’s office indicated that “The prime minister will be visiting Buckingham Palace at 12:30 today to seek permission from the queen to form a government.”May will likely look to the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland who won 10 seats as she tries to from a government. With their support, May would have 328 seats – just over the necessary majority. This is a huge loss, however, as in the last Parliament Conservatives controlled 330 seats.With Brexit negotiations set to begin 10 days, the political upset signaled more uncertainty to come and an increased risk that the negotiations would fail. Already the British pound plummeted compared to the dollar and the euro on Friday morning and with a hung parliament the pound could fall further.May called the snap election three years early hoping to win strong support for her party as Britain beings negotiations over its withdrawal from the European Union. The exit from the EU is the result of the 2016 ‘Brexit’ referendum that led to then-prime minister David Cameron’s resignation. read more

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UN agency in talks with Sri Lanka government rebels on refugee returns

The meeting also discussed the future return of some 84,000 refugees living in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, spokesman Kris Janowski said in Geneva.Last February, the Government and rebels from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) signed a ceasefire agreement brokered by Norway, raising hopes for the return of more than 1.5 million people uprooted by a civil war that lasted almost two decades.More than 84,000 Tamils fled to neighbouring India. In addition, hundreds of thousands sought refuge in Europe and North America, becoming one of the western world’s largest groups of asylum seekers. The conflict also displaced 800,000 Sri Lankan Tamils within their own country. Since the ceasefire agreement was signed, more than 230,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) have spontaneously returned home while about 1,000 have come back from India.While welcoming the ceasefire agreement and subsequent accords on refugee returns as a breakthrough in one of South Asia’s longest-running displacement crises, Mr. Janowski said UNHCR has repeatedly stressed that certain conditions must be created for the return to work.“The issues that need to be addressed include property restitution, the establishment of independent administrative and police systems in areas of return and the issuance of identity documents to those going back,” he said. “In addition to legislative steps there is a need to repair Sri Lanka’s physical infrastructure that had been shattered by the war and to remove landmines that pose a lethal danger to those going back.” read more

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Registration open for digital pedagogy conference

Educators from across North America will be on campus next month to learn more about weaving technology into teaching.Registration is now open for the fifth annual Digital Pedagogy Institute Conference, to be held at Brock Aug. 9 and 10.The two-day conference includes presentations, workshops and digital tool training that focuses on innovative uses of digital technology to enhance and transform undergraduate and graduate teaching in the humanities and social sciences.Topics explored during the conference include best practices, case studies, the state of digital pedagogy in higher education and digital pedagogy collaborations between faculty, educational developers, librarians and students.“Hosting for the second year, Brock is proud to be able to bring together international educators and practitioners to share their knowledge and experience with technology in higher education,” says conference co-ordinator Justin Howe from Brock’s Centre for Digital Humanities.“Being able to bring together people from diverse fields with a common focus of interest and interesting applications has proven a very rewarding opportunity for the Centre for Digital Humanities, building new partnerships and collaborations for institution and participants alike.”Nearly 100 educators from across North America are expected to attend this year’s conference, which will feature 30 presenters on a wide variety of digital pedagogy topics.The conference also features three keynote speakers. They include:Claire Battershill, a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Simon Fraser University, is an author and co-creator of a number of digital pedagogy resources. She will be speaking about digital resource development and collaborative pedagogy.Jennifer Jenson, the Director of the Institute for Research on Digital Learning and a professor at York University, is an internationally-recognized scholar on digital games and gender as well as technology and education. Her talk will explore pedagogy through the animated series South Park.Ray Siemens is a Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria and directs the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab. His keynote talk will be “Making Open Social Scholarship Work.”The conference program and registration information are available on the Faculty of Humanities website. Deadline for registration is Aug. 6.The annual conference is a partnership between Brock University, the University of Guelph, the University of Toronto Scarborough and the University of Waterloo.Brock’s organizing committee includes the Centre for Digital Humanities, the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation and the James A. Gibson Library. read more

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Pippa Middleton and husbandtobe make first public appearance at society event just

first_imgMs Middleton and James Matthews were not afraid to walk into the limelight at the ParaSnow Ball at Hurlingham Gardens.While the two have been snapped at Wimbledon before, and were seen at Sandringham with the Royal children, this is their first public society event. Pippa Middleton is preparing for life in front of the camera before her wedding dayCredit:SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock The 12th century church is away from prying eyes, on a private estate near Englefield House which is owned by MP Richard Benyon.After the service, the newlyweds will travel to Pippa’s parents’ Bucklebury home for a marquee reception. Carole and Michael Middleton bought the Georgian Grade II-listed manor house, which has an 18 acre garden, back in 2012. Pippa Middleton and her husband-to-be rarely make public appearances, and especially do not often attend society events.However, all eyes will be on them at their wedding in two weeks, and perhaps to get used to the unusual attention the pair stepped out on Thursday night. James Matthews smiled but did not look directly at the cameras 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.center_img Pippa and James will wed at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire, just six miles from the quaint village of Bucklebury where the bride grew up with elder sister Catherine and younger brother James. The bride-to-be looked radiant in her elegant and understated dress.Fans of the Royal Family have been looking forward to seeing what Pippa Middleton will wear on her wedding day.Their wedding is set to be a special event, as Prince George and Princess Charlotte will act as page boy and bridesmaid, and Prince Harry is expected to attend with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.Pippa Middleton, 33, is just weeks away from marrying hedge fund manager James Matthews, 41. They are due to tie the knot on Saturday, May 20. James Matthews smiled but did not look directly at the camerasCredit: SilverHub/REX/Shutterstoc Pippa Middleton is preparing for life in front of the camera before her wedding daylast_img read more

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Pensioner 85 fights off burglars with billiard cue

She said: “He had a hood up and something over his face. I shouted: ‘What are you doing?’ I was angry and upset.””He turned and ran down the stairs into the porch. He legged it down the stairs.”She said she locked the front door and saw her grandfather on his back on the floor near the radiator.”He was covered in blood and he had some sort of stick in his hand and he was in a lot of pain. It looked like a snooker cue in his hand,” she said.There was a lot of glass and a lot of blood on the floor and walls, she said.Roderick McDonald, 52, of Luxembourg Close, Luton and Stephen Simons, 44, of Brook Street, Luton deny aggravated burglary and causing grievous bodily harm to Michael Ring on 10 August last year.Prosecutor Isabel Delamere told the jury that DNA recovered from broken glass on the floor in the conservatory was swabbed and found to match McDonald. CCTV from outside the house showed Simons before he put on a balaclava, she said. Mr Ring said he suffered cuts from a Stanley knife in the struggle. He set the burglar alarm off and when the black man ran upstairs he was confronted by his granddaughter Emma Price who had called the police, and was shouting at him.The man ran back down stairs and kicked Mr Ring in the chest.He said the black man ran out of the front of the house and the white man, who had been ransacking the living room, escaped by the way he came in.Mr Ring said the room had been “pulled to pieces” and he was bleeding everywhere. He went on: “Then I heard glass breaking. I got out of bed. The nearest thing I could see was a billiard cue. I kept it near the bed because I expected the thieves to come back again.”I pulled back the curtain [in the living room] and I saw two gentlemen in the conservatory.”There was a bolt holding the doors and they were having difficulty trying to get in.”He said he saw a white man, alleged to be Roderick McDonald, working on the bottom of the door and a black man, alleged to be Stephen Simons, watching him.Mr Ring, who walks with a crutch, said: “I switched on the light in the room hoping to deter them, but they continued as if I wasn’t there.”He said he “rammed” the billiard cue in the face of the white man saying: “He fell backwards and I thought they would disappear, but the [other] chap jumped over the first man and yanked the door. It opened and he came in to fight me. He came in to do battle.”He came straight for me. He pushed me out of the way. I hit him with the billiard cue a couple of times.” CCTV captured the robbers on Michael Ring’s property Credit:South Beds News Agency They moved a safe from the upstairs but were unable to get it down. After that break-in his son-in-law fitted an alarm and CCTV.Mr Ring, who comes from Cork, said he woke at 5am on 10 August to use the toilet and was awake in bed when he heard a noise. CCTV captured the robbers on Michael Ring's property  He went on: “The carpet and armchairs were covered in blood – mine unfortunately. I was taken to hospital. I was in a few days. I was in a lot of agony.”In the witness box Ms Price said she was woken at 5am by the sound of smashing glass and voices.She said: “I couldn’t believe it [a burglary] was happening again. I panicked and grabbed my mobile phone. I called 999. I was in a state of shock.”I could hear my granddad saying ‘Call the police.'”Ms Price said she heard her grandfather call out in pain. She went out of her room and saw a man at the top of the stairs. An 84-year-old pensioner who kept a billiard cue by his bed after he was burgled ‘rammed’ it into in the face of one intruder and used it to fend off another.Michael Ring suffered fractured discs in his spine, a black eye, cuts to his wrists and bruising on the brain after taking on the two masked men.In the early hours of 10 August last year, Mr Ring was asleep downstairs at his home in Ashburnham Road, Luton when the men broke in through his conservatory, Luton crown court heard on Thursday.In the witness box Mr Ring, now 85, said: “My granddaughter stayed with me that night – she stayed with me because I had been broken into.”He said he had lived in the four bedroom house since 1965. His wife died in April 2017 and two months later he was burgled. His late wife’s jewellery was taken along with £500.On that occasion the burglars forced their way in through the conservatory and forced open French window doors to get into the living room. 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. I heard glass breaking. I got out of bed. The nearest thing I could see was a billiard cue. I kept it near the bed because I expected the thieves to come back againPensioner Michael Ring read more

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