Franklin County health officials provide COVID-19 update

first_imgBrookville, IN—The Franklin County Health Department today announced receiving one new positive case for COVID-19, bringing Franklin County’s total number of positives to 96.  The new patient is an adult. Health Officials also announced that 13 patients have since recovered from the coronavirus and have been released from quarantine, bringing Franklin County’s total number of recovered patients to 72.  Two of the recovered patients are in their 70’s and had previously been reported as removed from a ventilator but still in the hospital.“It is great to hear that 72 of our 96 citizens who had coronavirus have recovered,” stated Commissioner Tom Linkel.  “We are anxiously awaiting the Governor’s press conference Friday afternoon to determine where we go from here.  With that said, it is important, more now than ever, to continue to stay home as much as possible, to continue practicing social distancing and wearing a mask when it isn’t possible, washing your hands and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces,” continued Commissioner Linkel.  “It is critical that everyone do their part to help prevent a second wave,” said Commissioner Linkel.last_img read more

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Firmino hits hat-trick in friendly

first_img Those included Liverpool’s other goalscorers in a 5-1 win – Danny Ings and Lazar Markovic. Emre Can, who also returned to Melwood later after playing in the European Under-21 Championships but played for 27 minutes at the Britannia Stadium, also featured along with Adam Bogdan, Lucas Leiva, Alberto Moreno, Divock Origi, Jordan Rossiter, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure. Summer signing Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Welsh club TNS at the club’s training ground on Monday. The Brazil international is some weeks behind most of his team-mates in terms of fitness having joined pre-season late because of his participation in the Copa America. Firmino was given his competitive debut with a 12-minute outing in Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League win at Stoke – but manager Brendan Rodgers felt the 23-year-old, signed from Hoffenheim for an initial £22million with a potential £7million of add-ons, and other players short on match practice needed extra work. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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No. 6 Syracuse women’s lacrosse routs Binghamton, 16-5

first_img Published on February 18, 2017 at 11:20 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Despite facing two teams in less than 12 hours and facing a well-rested Binghamton team that scored 14 goals two nights ago, Syracuse never trailed at any point in 120 minutes of game time Saturday. For the third straight year, the Orange competed in a doubleheader and swept its opponents with ease.In the latest installment, hours after No. 6 Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) cruised to an 18-6 victory against Canisius (1-2), SU mauled the Binghamton Bearcats (0-2), 16-5, in the Carrier Dome. In the opening 10 minutes, SU overwhelmed the visitors with five goals en route to its third blowout victory of the year.“We stepped up and executed,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. “We were playing some great lacrosse.”During the first game of the day, Gait yelled at his team to settle the offense. Against Binghamton, he didn’t have to shout orders. His team locked in from the start.It took Syracuse less than a minute to gain a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Forty-five seconds after the initial draw, freshman Emily Hawryschuk’s eighth goal of the year opened the scoring and SU never looked back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange offense pierced through a paper-thin Binghamton defense. Syracuse tested Binghamton goaltender Emma Jehle repeatedly, generating seven shots and scoring five times in the opening 10 minutes. SU would have scored six if not for a Natalie Wallon shot that beat Jehle but not the post.In an attempt to stifle the Orange attack, Binghamton formed a brigade of defenders around the arc. It didn’t work. Syracuse lulled the Bearcats to sleep with passes along the outskirts of the wall and waited for the defenders to cease their communication with one another.When that happened, an SU attack would dart through the wall, receive a perfectly placed pass and beat Jehle from the doorstep. First it was Hawryschuk, then Riley Donahue, followed by Mary Rahal. With 22:39 left in the first, Neena Merola exploited the same weakness and Syracuse led by four.Binghamton began to clamp down on the interior of the arc. Taylor Gait promptly countered with a shot that fired through the defense and flew over Jehle’s right shoulder to the back of the net. Bearcats head coach Stephanie Allen responded with timeout, but by then it was too little too late.“I think we are just starting to gel,” Gait said. “I think we have been executing well.”The Orange converted stellar defense into efficient offense. Constant midfield pressure held Binghamton to only two shots in the opening sixth of the game. The swarming SU midfield drew six fouls and the sputtering Binghamton attack turned the ball over six times early on.As Syracuse won a game in which the outcome was never really in question, history repeated itself. The Orange started the year with three victories for the fourth straight campaign, this time without all-time great Kayla Treanor.In the first three games, the surging attack has averaged 17.3 goals per contest and scored at least four goals in the first 10 minutes of each game. Syracuse’s recipe thus far: score early, defend with the lead, repeat. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Constable chopped by irate vendor

first_imgA Constable attached to the City Constabulary was admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital, nursing a wound to his head after he was chopped by an irate vendor along Water Street, Georgetown.Injured is 38-year-old Satish Boodhoo.Based on reports received, the vendor reportedly stepped on Boodhoo’s feet and the Constable demanded an apology, but the vendor became abusive.The vendor continued to verbally abuse the Constable, who cautioned that if he continued, he could be arrested and charged. By this time, other vendors flocked the Constable and a heated argument ensued as they attempted to defend their colleague.However, the argument continued and as Boodhoo attempted to arrest the vendor, he whipped out a sharp object and dealt him one blow to the head. The Constable fell unconscious to the roadway.His colleagues, also on foot patrol, rushed to his assistance and arrived just in time as the irate vendor was attempting to disarm him. Upon their arrival, the suspect fled the scene. The injured Constable was picked up and taken to the Hospital where he was admitted.Guyana Times understands that the now injured Constable and three of his colleagues were on patrol in the area. The other Constables were reportedly a short distance away when Boodhoo was attacked and injured, and upon hearing the commotion, they turned around and responded before the matter could have gotten worse. The incident was reported to the Police and an investigation has been launched.last_img read more

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Here’s looking at you, Porsche

first_imgI’ve been spending nights watching reruns of “Living With Ed” on cable TV looking for conservation tips. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a very funny show about actor Ed Begley Jr.’s environmentally manic life at his Studio City home, where every day is Earth Day. I’ve redoubled my recycling efforts so that I’m spending more time separating my trash than watching my 401(k) stagnate. I’m even thinking about solar panels for the roof. But, I don’t know, ever since Porsche drove back into my life, I can feel myself weakening, going back to the old me. Don’t get me wrong. Prius is great, but every time I drive her, I feel like an old guy on his way to somebody’s retirement party. When I drive Porsche, I feel like a young guy on his way to the frat house to tap a keg. My wife wants me to get rid of her, but I’m holding out. We’ve been together too long. The car and me, not the wife. Yeah, I know she’s a gas-guzzling, polluting, temperamental tease, but I still have a thing for her. She makes me laugh and feel young. But in honor of Earth Day, I’m keeping her in the garage today, and taking Prius for a spin up the coast. Maybe we’ll run into a nice retirement party to stop in on along the way. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. [email protected] (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she had to drive back into mine. An old flame, she left me a year ago to have some body work done that took a little longer than expected. OK, a lot longer. “Your Porsche’s finally ready,” my mechanic said, calling me at work Tuesday. “Come get her – and bring your checkbook.” She never was a cheap date, my 1969 Porsche. Very high-strung and temperamental. Only wants the best. But, hey, with a body and lines like that, a guy doesn’t complain. She’s pushing 40 and still looks great. But here’s the rub: In the year she’s been gone, I’ve taken up with a younger, more environmentally sensitive model – a 2006 Prius. She’s an Earth Day dream. Low pollution, Diamond Lane-ready, and I can get her in and out of the gas station in under five minutes for a full tank that costs right around the price of a good bottle of wine. Try that in your Hummer, Gov. Gas Guzzler. I don’t know, maybe it’s age or Al Gore, but I’m a changed man since Porsche left last year and I took up with Prius. last_img read more

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SA-born scientist wins Nobel Prize

first_img8 October 2002South African born and educated molecular biologist Sydney Brenner and two of his colleagues have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their research into the genetic development of organs and the “programmed death’ or “suicide’ of cells.Brenner, Sir John Sulston of the UK and Robert Horvitz of the US will share the US$1-million prize for identifying the key genes that regulate the formation of organs and the controlled elimination of old cells in a worm approximately 1mm long – and showing that corresponding genes exist in higher species, including humans.Their discoveries “are important for medical research and have shed new light on the pathogenesis of many diseases’, the Nobel Foundation said on its web site.Brenner is the fourth South African born or raised scientist to win a Nobel prize, after CAT scan co-inventor Allan Cormack, Max Theiler for his research on yellow fever, and Aaron Klug for his research on macromolecules.It was Brenner, widely regarded as a giant in molecular biology, who put the worm or nematode Caenorhabditis elegans on the scientific map, after realising in the 1960s that fundamental questions about cell differentiation and organ development were difficult to tackle in higher animals.C. elegans, on the other hand, provided the perfect subject for research: transparent and fast-growing, its cell division could be directly observed under the microscope; multicellular yet simpler than mammals, its genetic secrets were relatively accessible and at the same time applicable to more complex species.Brenner provided the basis for the award-winning research in a 1974 publication in which he broke new ground by demonstrating that specific gene mutations could be chemically induced in the worm’s genome. Different mutations, he showed, could be linked to specific genes and specific effects on the worm’s organ development.“This combination of genetic analysis and visualisation of cell divisions observed under the microscope initiated the discoveries that are awarded by this year’s Nobel Prize’, the Foundation said.The knowledge of programmed cell death that Brenner, Sulston and Horvitz arrived at has helped the scientific community to understand how some viruses and bacteria are able to invade our cells, and how abnormal (either excessive or reduced) cell death plays a part in a number of diseases, including Aids, stroke and cancer.Today, for example, many cancer treatment strategies are based on the stimulation of the body’s cellular “suicide programme’. According to the Foundation, further exploration is called for to “reach a more refined manner to induce cell death in cancer cells’.Germiston boy, Wits studentBrenner was born in Germiston, South Africa on 13 January 1927, and studied medicine and science at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg before going to Oxford, where he received a D.Phil in chemistry in 1952.After a brief return to South Africa he returned to England, spending the bulk of his 50-year career in Cambridge, where he directed the Laboratory of Molecular Biology.He retired in 1992 – but came out of retirement four years later to become director of science at the Molecular Sciences Institute, a private research institute in Berkeley, California. He retired from this job at the end of 2000, and almost immediately took up an offer to become a distinguished research professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, where he now lives.“I don’t want to retire to play golf. Science is one’s hobby and one’s work and one’s pleasure”, Brenner is quoted as saying on the Beyond the Human Genome Project page of the Harvey Mudd College web site.Brenner is best known for his work in the 1960s, which established the existence of messenger RNA, which transmits information from DNA to proteins. That discovery won him the prestigious Lasker Award in 1971 for basic medical research.More recently, he has been part of a team studying vertebrate genome evolution using the Japanese puffer fish. Brenner won a second Lasker award in 2000 for work in medical sciences, honouring his achievements over a lifetime. “The first one was for science”, Brenner commented at the time. “The next one was for surviving.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 11th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ideal weather conditions allowed farmers to spend a lot of time in the field in Ohio last week, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 10th. Hay and pastures have greened up, and hay is expected to be cut in the coming weeks. Unusually warm and dry weather allowed farmers the opportunity to plant round the clock last week, and tremendous progress was made. In one week’s time, a season of delays jumped to one that is outpacing the five year average, as corn growers planted an estimated 40% of their acreage. This was the fastest weekly progress since 50 percent of the crop was planted during the week ending May 13, 2007. The current record is 65 percent planted on the week ending May 4, 2003.View the current Crop Progress Report for Ohio herelast_img read more

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How to Create the VHS Look in Premiere Pro + Free VHS Effect Presets

first_imgInterested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Stranger Things Among Us” by Julian Bell“Challenger” by Harrison Amer“All I Want Is You” by Luciano Music Co.“Back and Forth” by Hereafter Music“Retro Vibes” by WolvesLooking for more post-production video tutorials? Check these out.The Audio Ramp-Up: The Best Transition You Should Be UsingVideo Tutorial: Create a Callout Graphic in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Fine-Tune Keyframes in Adobe After EffectsHow to Create an Animated Circle Burst in Adobe After EffectsHow to Create a Stop-Motion Paper Crumple In this video tutorial, learn how to create a retro VHS Look, entirely with Adobe Premiere Pro — Includes free VHS effect presets!I am a big fan of the VHS look, and right now, it seems like it’s more popular than ever. In fact, this nostalgic style is one of 2019’s biggest creative trends. Most VHS Look tutorials rely on After Effects, and then sending your footage back into Premiere Pro. If you’re not experienced with After Effects — or are just in a hurry — this can slow your workflow. However, in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a VHS-inspired look entirely using Premiere Pro. We will even look at how we can add imperfections to the footage that would usually require work in After Effects.Ready to see the world in VHS? Let’s get started!Download the project file.These elements are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these assets.In order to create the VHS look in Premiere Pro, we will need use a combination of different effects. You can easily refine and customize these effects to fit the retro look you want. You can use these effects on any clips, but if you’re looking to create a real vintage feel, check out these retro-futuristic clips full of neon lights, light grids, and more from the Yesterday’s Tomorrow trend.The free project file for this tutorial includes extra VHS assets that you can use to accent your footage even more.Lumetri ColorThe first effect we need to use is Lumetri Color. With Lumetri Color, we can make some Basic Corrections to the Contrast and the White levels. Then we can make a variety of creative adjustments with the Faded Film, Curves, and Vignette settings. Lumetri Color is great because it allows us to dial-in the proper color tone with just one effect.Channel BlurNext, we will need the Channel Blur effect. Channel Blur gives the footage that recognizable VHS appearance. It works very similar to a Gaussian Blur, but it allows us to blur each color channel individually (red, green, and blue.) Because we can blur single color channels, this allows us to “bleed” colors together and push them “outside of the lines.” Use multiple copies of Channel Blur, set to different Blur Dimensions, to customize the look even more.Unsharp MaskUsing the Unsharp Mask effect, we can add over-exaggerated contrast to the edges and fine details of our footage. This gives our footage a “digitally sharpened” appearance that looks dated. Adjust the Radius setting to dial-in your desired look.Noise and GrainFor adding noise to your footage, you have two options. The first is using Premiere’s built-in Noise effect. This can yield great “filmic” results when set to a low value. The second option is to use a VHS or film grain overlay. (I included one in the project file.) Just place this clip over your footage, set the blending mode to Overlay, then adjust the opacity as necessary.4:3 Aspect RatioIf you want an authentic VHS look, you’ll need to set the aspect ratio to 4:3. My preferred method is to use a 4:3 image overlay on top of 16:9 footage. However, you can also adjust the Sequence settings to be 4:3. I recommend a frame size of 1440×1080 if you use this method.VHS Shake (Using Free Presets)Finally, if you would like to add some subtle VHS shake to your footage, you can do so with the Free VHS Presets in the project file. To install the presets, right-click on presets in the Effects window, then select “import presets.” Select the VHS presets from the project file. Now you can drag-and-drop the VHS Shake preset onto your footage. (The VHS Shake preset is designed to work on HD 1920×1080 footage. If your footage is a different size, nest it in a 1920×1080 sequence first. Then apply the preset to the nested sequence.) The VHS Shake preset works on video clips up to 1-minute in length. However, if you have a clip that is longer than one minute, just slice it in the middle using the Razor Tool, then add the VHS Shake preset to each half.last_img read more

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Hair and make-up tips for party season

first_imgAs the year draws to an end, the temperatures dip, champagne tastes better and the mood gets merrier. Partying means looking your best, but you don’t want to stand brooding about what colours, shades, styles and textures to use this season. Here are a few tips from make-up and hair,As the year draws to an end, the temperatures dip, champagne tastes better and the mood gets merrier. Partying means looking your best, but you don’t want to stand brooding about what colours, shades, styles and textures to use this season. Here are a few tips from make-up and hair experts to beat the gloom of the dull skies. Try these for a day party, an evening cocktail or a wedding.Day party lookGetting ready for a day party during the cold months can be really challenging if you haven’t been paying attention to your skin, because harsh weather conditions easily damage your skin.A well-moisturised, radiant skin is the key to a fresh winter face. Day parties mostly use natural light and thus the glow that lies beneath is of utmost importance here. Opt for a liquid based foundation, only if required.The eyes should not be overloaded with make-up either. “It’s best not to use too much eye shadow as it may make the face look harsh,” says Lakme studio makeup expert Sushma Khan. Use coloured eyeliner along with a couple of coats of mascara instead to accentuate the eyes. One can choose citric colours for the eyes like lime green, orange, and aqua colours such as blue and green.As against the powder-based blush of the summers, it is best to opt for a cream-based blush for the cheeks in shades of peach and pink in this season on order to give them a natural glow. Also, a dewy look for the lips is the thing to go for this season. The lips should be given a subtle look in shades of pale pink. Make sure that you use a lip liner and blot the lips with a balm to give them the moist look.”Ponytails are very much back in fashion this season. Straighten your hair with a flat iron and tie it up into a high ponytail,” says Lakme Studio hair expert Sudeep Grover. Other options include making a braid or any other style of long hair dressing. The basic idea is to keep the look of the hair simple, so that it does not distract any attention from the natural glow of your winter skin.Wedding bash lookLuminescent make-up and shimmer has always been a favourite with Indian women as it highlights their features. The glitter is especially essential for a wedding guest’s look to add to the festive mood.Use glitter on the corner of the eyes or the highest point of the brow line. You can choose silver eye shadow along with kohl-defined eyes to complete the look. Black glitter eye liner is popular and can be used to contour the eyes.Accentuate your cheeks by using shades of reddish brown to give them a hint of blush. The colours applied on the lips can range from rust colours for darker skin to pale pinks and reds for fair skin tones.Style the hair with loose curls at the ends. This gives a classic Victorian look. “Backcomb the hair and create a bouffant to add volume,” says Grover.Pick from the palette1. Eyes: If your eyes are brown, wear green or bronze eye colour. To give your eyes dimension, use a combination of two to three colours.2. Lips: To make lips look naturally beautiful, use a nude or pink lip colour, and complete the look with lip gloss. Use a bold red or dark pink to make a statement with a simple black or white dress.3. Cheeks: Take a big blusher brush, rub it onto the apples of your cheeks by smiling in the mirror and rubbing upwards till you have blended it. The shading can be highlighted by adding a little shimmer over the blusher. It will completely change your look from that of a girl-next-door to that of a stunning style diva.Cocktail lookCocktail parties make formidable winter evenings fun. But most people forget that the make-up should add to the mood of a cocktail. The trick is to achieve the thin borderline between a fun look and a mysterious, sensuous look. “Since cocktail parties in the evening use a lot of artificial light, the make-up should use lightreflecting particles,” says Khan. Metallic shades are great for this. Concentrate on shades of gold, silver, bronze and copper. They will give you that desired oriental look, the perfect blend of adventure and sensuality that is needed.Generally people tend to look paler during winters, so your makeup should add vitality and a subtle tint to your skin tone. A basic foundation should be a shade lighter in order to make the skin look brighter. Your look for the cocktail should accentuate your eyes. Highlight the eyes through a smoky look created by using a kohl pencil, some eye shadow and bold brows. Use a soft brown to highlight the eyebrows to give them a more natural look. One can use eye shadow with a brownish or golden tinge to accentuate the eyes. Heavy eye make-up with golden/silver shimmer at the corners of the eyes can be one way to enhance the evening look for your eyes. False eyelashes also make a bold statement. Just make sure that there is negligible gap between your real eyelashes and the fake ones. The lashes should differ in length very slightly.Highlight the cheeks in shades of plum and reddish brown to showcase your metallic look and to add a little shimmer as you get ready for a delightful evening.Saturated colours, such as reds for the lips are back in fashion and these tones suit the Indian skin beautifully. Define your lips by lining them, but make sure you condition them first. Then use the pencil before adding glitter or shine.”Sleek and straight hair is back on the style radar,” says Lakme Studio’s Grover. Whether one dresses in Indian or western attire at a cocktail party, sporting shiny, straight hair is the way to go.Dark smoky eyes never fall out of favour1. Start the make-up by applying a light shade of concealer to the under eye area, and all over the top lid. Outline the rims with an eye pencil. If you have small eyes, apply liner starting from the middle of the under eye to the outside of the eye. If your eyes are large, feel free to line from corner to corner.2. With a small eye shadow brush, soften the edges of the pencil line. Apply a dark shadow directly over the penciled area and smudge. Brush away any shadow that has fallen below the eye and clean up any areas that have smeared.3. For a more dramatic look, just add more shadow; curl those lashes; and apply two-three coats of black mascara.Show your metal1. Silver metallic make-up should always be worn as the base to your regular shadows. You can then layer and blend your regular colours on top. You will quickly see that a layer of silver underneath adds depth and highlights the upper eyes.2. Use copper, bronze or gold for a glamorous way to add sparkle to your eyes. Whether you are playing it cool and using natural tones or going bold, applying metallic makeup will add style to your look. Silver eyeliners are perfect for blue and purple shadows, while gold is great for greens, reds and natural tones.3. For the ultimate luscious lips, add a touch of your metallic eyeshadow to the centre of your lips after applying the liner and lipstick.With inputs from Sushma Khan, Lakme Studio Make-up Expert; Sudeep Grover, Lakm Studio Hair Expert; and Reshma Lekha, Head Tainer, Beauty, VLCCadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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All out at Lord’s

first_imgSachin failed to fire during the inningsIt must have been pretty cool being Mahendra Singh Dhoni this last year or so. His Indian team have throughout sat on top of the world Test rankings. In April, his breathtaking innings led them to their first World Cup victory in a generation.,Sachin failed to fire during the inningsIt must have been pretty cool being Mahendra Singh Dhoni this last year or so. His Indian team have throughout sat on top of the world Test rankings. In April, his breathtaking innings led them to their first World Cup victory in a generation. And in May he captained Chennai Super Kings to a second successive ipl title.Here in England, we think we are inured to celebrity, but still find it hard not to be seduced by Dhoni’s obvious substance and very evident style. This aura of near-infallibility has only made India’s disastrous start to their England tour all the more unexpected.All of a sudden the man with the Midas touch could do nothing right. Hindsight showed that he was party to the picking of the wrong team for Lord’s, and did the wrong thing on winning the toss (he finished as the first India Test captain in five years to lose after opting to field), and afterwards he trotted out a string of limp excuses as to why his side had been outplayed.None addressed the fact that mentally, several of his players did not have the stomach for the fight against a disciplined and well prepared England team that made them work hard for all 30 hours of the game. Perhaps Dhoni was reluctant to highlight these shortcomings given his own feckless dismissal on the final afternoon-an incident that signalled the hoisting of the white flag of surrender, the first of five wickets to tumble in 67 balls to conclude the rout.advertisementPossibly only Dhoni’s reputation as a cricketing demi-god persuaded match referee Ranjan Madugalle not to inflict further indignity by slapping him with a suspension for yet another instance of a tardy Indian over-rate.Before the opening Test, comparisons had been drawn between this hoped-for gladiatorial battle and the one for the Ashes in 2005, but the only way in which these still seemed apt afterwards was that Ricky Ponting’s Australians had also swiftly shot themselves in the foot, going down to an early defeat to Bangladesh in Cardiff while Andrew Symonds nursed the after-effects of an all-night bender.England Captain Andrew StraussThe reason why India-who arrived in England with an unbeaten record spanning 11 series-came so badly unstuck appears complex, but everyone has their theory. Not that their defeat came as a surprise to everyone. India’s reputation for tentative batting in the fourth innings is well known and has not been scotched by their famous wins over England in Chennai and Australia in Mohali; just as relevant is how painstakingly they held out for draws this year in Cape Town and Dominica. Rahul Dravid may be The Wall at earlier stages of the game but he again showed at Lord’s how he can crumble under pressure in the denouement (his most recent fourth-innings 50 dates from 2006).Then there is India’s schedule, which to English eyes looks extraordinarily onerous, and we know a thing or two here about burnout. Those players who did not miss parts of the tour of West Indies have been playing for months on end and must be exhausted. Those who did sit out the Caribbean ended up being thrust into a massive Test match with only one warm-up against a Somerset side for preparation.As most observers have not failed to notice, all those who did not play in the Caribbean-Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan-contributed little at Lord’s. Was Zaheer’s breakdown bad luck? Not if you were watching at Taunton, where he looked leaden-footed, overweight and opted out of bowling in the second innings. If Zaheer was an England player, he would have been put on a strength and conditioning course to make sure he came back better prepared, not worse. Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher, the coach, should have spotted the signs with a bowler who has a history of injury.The IPL has never been popular as a concept in England because it clashes with our domestic season and seems like just another financial stick with which the Indian board can beat their counterparts at the England and Wales Cricket Board. But it is time Indians drank some unpalatable medicine: the ipl is ruining their best cricketers.Indian Captain MS DhoniThere is a direct correlation between the emergence of the ipl in 2008 and the rise in injuries of India’s top stars, especially fast bowlers. And in this instance, the England team cannot believe their luck that Virender Sehwag has not yet arrived because he is still recovering from a shoulder operation that he might have had straight after the World Cup but which instead was put back, apparently at the insistence of the Indian board, so that he could turn out in the IPL.At his opening press conference in Somerset, Dhoni conceded just how dependent India’s mighty middle order are on their opening batsmen giving the side good starts. But not only is Sehwag missing but Gambhir, his regular opening partner, similarly played in the ipl only to rest during the West Indies tour, meaning that Gambhir arrived in Taunton not having played a first-class match since January 6.advertisementDo India want to be world Test champions or not? India also did not cope well with the fuss surrounding Tendulkar’s search for his hundredth international century on a ground at which he had never done well for his country. Tendulkar is rightly saluted for his capacity to absorb pressure but in such situations as these-where personal targets receive more publicity than collective ones-even he looks vulnerable. The same thing happened around the times he became Test cricket’s leading century-scorer and run-maker.It was unfortunate that Tendulkar was not in the best of health but England rose magnificently to the challenge of bowling at this immense sportsman. In each innings they dried up his runs in the build-up to getting him out, and in fact they effectively had to get him out three times in the second innings because he was dropped by Andrew Strauss and inexplicably spared by umpire Billy Bowden.Would so many Indians have turned up on the last day had it not been for the possibility of seeing a century from Tendulkar? And is it really good for the team that such a cult of personality surrounds one player? England have no such problem. In spirit and in tactical execution, they are now a team working together. Even Kevin Pietersen, once the superstar apart, has been assimilated by the whole.India, who are notoriously slow starters, may yet recover. But they look like a team whose best has been seen, rather than from whom the best is yet to come. As the dust settled on Lord’s, it was possible to believe that we had been watching the world’s No. 1 Test team. But that team was not India.- Simon Wilde is cricket correspondent of The Sunday Times, Londonlast_img read more

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