New Delhi, Jun 29 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met a group of 10 tribal students from Maharashtra, five of whom had successfully scaled the Mount Everest in May. The students shared their experiences during the training and ascent of the world’s highest peak. Modi exhorted them to take up a sport and pursue it regularly. He felicitated all the members of the group.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir were present on the occasion. The students were part of a team of the Mission Shaurya initiative of the Adivasi Vikas Vibhag of the Maharashtra government. PTI NAB SMNSMN
Nearly three weeks after Rahul Gandhi’s impromptu hug to PM Narendra Modi during the no-confidence motion in Parliament, AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi called the incident a “farce”.Owaisi also advised Rahul Gandhi to get married as he has no one at home to hug him.”As both PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi are single and have no one to hug them at their homes, they are going around hugging people outside,” said Owaisi amid bursts of laughter from the crowd.Speaking on Sunday, Owaisi said that Hitler also hugged the Jews before executing them.”10-12 lakh Jews had embraced Hitler but despite that they were killed in gas chambers. Rahul Gandhi hugging Modi was like an episode of a Hindi TV serial. On one hand our ‘Shariyat’ is getting targetted, we are getting lynched in the name of cow and we are fighting against Modi and what you are doing? Hugging him,” asked Owaisi.Owaisi also came down heavily on the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC) of Assam.The Hyderabad MP, on Sunday, said that since the ruling party failed to perform so they came out with the NRC.”When people asked about the 15 Lakh, Modi and Shah said take 40 lakh from Assam instead. It’s unfortunate that the President of the ruling party is calling these 40 lakh people ‘intruders’. Whether Amit Shah is so illiterate that he is unaware about the fact the Apex court never called them ‘intruders’, and if they are ‘intruders’ then conduct an NRC in Tripura and Jammu too.”advertisementThe AIMIM chief also alleged that the BJP-led central government is trying to intimidate people with NRC and only fanning the issue for political mileage.Owaisi expressed grief over the continuous attacks on Muslim community in the country and said that the lynchings are weakening India.”Killing us in the name of cow, cutting our beard will not deter us to follow our religion. It’s our constitutional right to follow our religion, sport whatever look we want. Who are they to stop us. We will grow an even longer beard now and with our peace and honesty attract more people to embrace Islam,” said Owaisi while mentioning the incident of a youth who was forced to shave off his beard in Haryana.The three-time MP from Hyderabad Owaisi also challenged the BJP to defeat him in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Sarajevo, Aug 16 (AFP) Ajla Nizic did not know what cancer was when she was diagnosed with it at age four.”But I knew that I lost my hair,” said the Bosnian leukaemia survivor who is now 19 years old.Now a medical student, Nizic is leading a campaign to give other sick children a luxury her parents could not afford: wigs.Bosnia, one of Europe’s poorest countries, has no domestic wigmaking industry.The nearest available source has been neighbouring Croatia, where wigs cost up to 2,000 euros (USD 2,300) — more than four times the average monthly salary in Bosnia.”As trivial as it might seem at first while a person is battling such an aggressive disease, hair loss is often a huge psychological burden, particularly for girls who do not dare to go out without hair,” said Nizic, who now has long brown tresses.Her campaign — “My Hair, Your Hair” — is encouraging Bosnians to donate their locks to a new wigmaking workshop that opened in Sarajevo in October.There, volunteers are weaving wigs specifically for children who are undergoing chemotherapy or have lost their hair because of other health complications.Hundreds of people — mainly women, as the hair must be at least 30 centimetres (12 inches) long — have flocked to hair-cutting events held at schools and shopping malls around the country. Others have cut their own hair and mailed it to the campaign.On a recent afternoon at an elementary school in Sarajevo, several young pupils sat calmly as their hair was combed into sections and then snipped off.advertisement”I don’t want to be the only one smiling,” said 13-year-old Suana Sehic, now sporting a bouncy bob. “I would like a smile to return to the face of all children.”Solidarity often saves lives in Bosnia, where many families struggle to cover the costs of basic medical care, let alone “secondary” therapies like wigs.Local media publish almost daily appeals to help raise money for Bosnians seeking medical care abroad — often with little or no reimbursement by Bosnia’s social security system.The Sarajevo workshop uses donated real hair to avoid the expense of the materials needed to make synthetic wigs.It takes at least two weeks — and the hair of six people — to weave one wig, and a dozen volunteers have woven around 20 wigs since October, according to Nermina Cuzovic, 39, who set up the project with funding from the Swiss government.In addition to making the wigs, the small studio is also training a dozen future weavers to carry on the exacting work, which involves using a small metal needle to sew strands of hair into a mesh cap that covers the head.The pieces of donated hair must be as close in colour as possible, said Fuad Halilovic, 22, who manages the workshop where the weavers work under bright lamps.”We try to make it so the wig resembles the hairstyle the child had before losing their hair,” he told AFP.”We measure their heads and look at photographs of how their hair looked before.”The wig project is part of a wider effort by a Bosnian association called “A Heart for Children with Cancer” which helps young patients and their families.In 2016, the group opened Bosnia’s first “Parents’ House” — a small apartment complex near Sarajevo’s paediatric hospital where families who live far from the capital can stay while their children are being treated.”Before, some parents slept in their car near the hospital, because it is expensive to pay for accommodation in Sarajevo, particularly because the process of recovery is very long and exhausting,” said Fikret Kubat, the association’s president.Atifa Buldic-Besic, 30, spent seven months in the home in 2016 when her daughter was being treated for leukaemia. Now, her child is on the road to recovery and Buldic-Besic works in the Parents’ House as a volunteer.”That was our second home, the only place where our daughter smiled, the place where she started running, the only place where she played with other children,” she said.The Parents’ House was built through donations and organisers are now seeking to find a sponsor for the upkeep of each of the 10 apartments.Edin Dzeko, a Bosnian footballer who plays for Serie A Club Roma, recently signed up to fund one of the apartments for three years.”All of us who have children know that they are the most precious to us,” he told a news conference at the Parents’ House.”I want to show these children and their parents that they are not alone.” (AFP) SCYSCYadvertisement
India and Pakistan find themselves in a place where neither wanted to be. They face each other in the bronze medal men’s hockey match at the 2018 Asian Games on Saturday.The scene could not be further from what happened just four years ago, when the two sides had met in the final at Incheon and that too after a gap of 24 years. It was India who prevailed walked away with the gold after a nail-biting shootout.Pakistan has the most number of gold medals in Asiad history with eight, whereas India have three gold medals, and the two neighbouring countries have a total 14 medals.Defending champions India were handed a heartbreaking 6-7 loss by Malaysia in sudden death after an exhausting shoot-off with the game finishing at 2-2 in regulation time. India’s failure to secure their place in the final meant that Malaysia had denied them a direct entry into the 2020 Olympics.READ – Defending champions India’s gold medal hopes endPakistan on the other hand lost 1-0 to Japan.India, who had scored a record 76 goals in the group stage, were left stunned after SV Sunil missed his attempt in the sudden death. Only Akashdeep and Harmanpreet scored in the first five shots of the shoot-off while Manpreet Singh, Dilpreet Singh and Sunil faltered.Interestingly, India had defeated Japan in their group phase match 8-0, whereas Pakistan beat Malaysia 4-1 in the same round.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSGoalkeeper PR Sreejesh kept India in the game as he only let in two goals from Muhammad Ashari and Fitri Saari. Tengku Ahmad, Faizal Saari and Muhammad Azuan missed the target for Malaysia.advertisementIn sudden death, Malaysia’s all five attempts were successful while India scored the first four before Sunil cracked under pressure.Earlier on Friday, the Indian women’s hockey team failed to break the 36-year-old gold jinx after losing to Japan 1-2 in the final.READ – India take silver after losing to JapanIn the other match of the day, Malaysia and Japan will be fighting for their first gold medal in men’s hockey. Japan will look to become only the second country to win both the men’s and women’s gold medal, after the Republic of Korea had achieved the feat back in 1986 and 1994.(With inputs from PTI)
Chrome, a free web browser developed by Google, was first released on September 2, 2008. The browser is now ten years old and Google is celebrating the occasion by rolling out a major redesign to it. The redesigning not only includes the updated icons, rounded tabs or the new colour palette but also brings in new features like a new password manager, an redesigned iOS app, and more.To start with, Chrome gets a new look. The redesigned Chrome is rolling out across desktop, Android and iOS platforms. The new rounded tabs are in align with the Google’s new Material design. You will also notice more rounded icons, shapes and a new colour palette. The rounded tabs also make it easier to navigate across multiple tabs. The toolbar has been moved to the bottom on the iOS app so that it’s easy to reach.Omnibox, the unified URL and search bar at the top of Chrome , has also received some tweaks. The redesigned Omnibox will now show answers to results directly in the bar without opening a new tab. Results on public figures, sporting events, and local weather will automatically appear in the address bar. You will now also be able to use the address bar to know if you’ve already opened a tab and switch to it. Google also plans to add the ability to search files from the Google Drive directly in the Omnibox.Google is making some changes to its autofill in Chrome. The new latest version Chrome 69 fill in passwords, addresses and credit card numbers more accurately and store this information in a Google Account. Google is adding an improved password manager to Chrome that will automatically generate a new password for you and store it.advertisementGoogle will allow you to create and manage shortcuts to your favourite websites directly from the new tab page. To do so you need to simply open a new tab and Add shortcut.Google says that it is already working on integrating augmented reality (AR) into Chrome. Google wants to add Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence as the next two big features for the Chrome in coming ten years.”Already, we’re working on integrating augmented reality (AR) into Chrome to bring information that you interact with across the web and put directly into your physical environment. Say youre shopping for a couch online and want to see how it would look in your living room. With the power of AR and Chrome, youd be able to place a virtual rendition of a couch in your living room, right from your smartphone. This is just one example of how more immersive experiences on Chrome could help you get things done faster,” Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, Google’s VP of Chrome and Chrome OS wrote in a blog post that talks about the upcoming plans for Chrome by Google.
Ankita Raina, tennis player, on winning a bronze medal at the Asiad, and inspiring women.Q. Tell us about your experience of playing in the semi-finals of the Asian Games?When I won a match, I kept thinking that I had to win another. I thought my job isn’t done. Zhang Shuai,Ankita Raina, tennis player, on winning a bronze medal at the Asiad, and inspiring women.Q. Tell us about your experience of playing in the semi-finals of the Asian Games?When I won a match, I kept thinking that I had to win another. I thought my job isn’t done. Zhang Shuai (world No. 34) is a top player, but I fought hard. Winning a medal is like a dream.Q. How big is the achievement, personally as well as from the point of view of Indian women’s tennis?It’s a huge achievement. I am the second player after Sania Mirza to win a singles medal in women’s tennis. It’ll be great if I can inspire girls to take up tennis.Q. The fourth Indian woman to enter the top 200 in singles tennis-does it also tell you that there’s a long way to go.I’m proud of that, it makes me want to work harder and achieve new things. There’s absolutely nothing holding me back. I am 25. For some, it comes earlier. For some, like Flavia Pennetta, who won the US Open at 33, it takes time. What matters is getting there and achieving it.Q. What are those goals, how far can you go?The Asian Games medal has given me the confidence and belief that I am prepared. I think I can definitely win a medal at the Olympic Games. I am hungry for more. Earlier, I wanted to be India No. 1. Now I want to win a Grand Slam. I want to be the world No. 1.advertisement
Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Chandimal will take no part in the upcoming Asia Cup due to an injury.The Sri Lanka cricket board on Monday announced that Chandimal has been ruled out of Asia Cup after failing to overcome a finger injury.Test captain Chandimal, 28, fractured his right middle finger while playing for Colombo in a domestic Twenty20 league match and was withdrawn from their 16-member squad as he needed more time to recover, Sri Lanka Cricket added.Dinesh Chandimal will be out of the #AsiaCup 2018, after it was found that the player will need more recovery time to heal his injury in the finger, Niroshan Dickwella will be replacing Chandimal https://t.co/aOOdn9qQGKSri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) September 10, 2018He has been replaced by reserve wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella for the 50-over tournament scheduled to start in the United Arab Emirates this weekend.Sri Lanka play Bangladesh in their opener on September 15, before meeting Afghanistan two days later.(With Reuters inputs)
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Prayas Ray Barman is excited about his new Indian Premier League contract. First things first, he had been longing to click a selfie with Virat Kohli and the dream is all set to come true as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) snapped the 16-year-old leg-spinner at Tuesday’s IPL auction in Jaipur.Secondly, Prayas Ray Barman had missed his elder sister, who is an Information Technology (IT) professional in Bengaluru. The teenage leg-spinner is now excited that he will have the opportunity to spend time with her in the Garden City.Prayas had reportedly attended trails with Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians but he was destined to share the dressing room with his idol and India captain, Kohli that we went to RCB even without having a trail with the Bangalore-based franchise.”Like any other youngster in India, Virat is our role model. I always had a dream to click a photo with Kohli. I’ve tried a lot but did not get any opportunity. Now that I would be sharing the dressing room with my hero is just unbelievable,” Prayas Ray Barman told the Press Trust of India even as he was finding it difficult to believe what had happened at the auction table.”Sharing the dressing room, practising, interacting with the likes of Kohli, AB de Villiers on a day to day basis… It will be a big learning curve for me.Prayas added: “My sister is an IT professional but I chose cricket. He gave me full freedom to pursue cricket. Now I’m excited to shift to Bangalore where my sister works.”advertisementPrayas had just become IPL’s youngest crorepati. The 16-year-old was paid Rs 1.5 crore, close to eight times more than his base price of Rs 20 lakh by the Kohli-led RCB.However, he is not willing to think about the pay cheque as his father’s first and simple advice after he had hit the jackpot at the auction was: “Your real achievement should be when you play for country. Money should never worry you.”Prayas idolises Shane Warne, has a Kumble-esque stylePrayas, who has a 6’1 inch frame, idolises Shane Warne despite not being a big turner of the ball. The leg-spinner rise to fame came when he topped Bengal’s bowling charts with 11 wickets from nine matches at a miserly economy rate of 4.45 in his maiden Vijay Hazare Trophy season. He picked up a four-for on his List A debut that came against Jammu and Kashmir.View this post on Instagram20/09/2018 Couldn’t have asked for a better debut! #ListA #Debut #VijayHazareTrophy #Swipe . . . Stump- @shreevatsgoswami Catch- @mannirocks14A post shared by Prayas Ray Barman (@prayas.rb) on Oct 9, 2018 at 5:54am PDTPrayas reveals he was told by his colleagues and friends that his bowling style resembled India great Anil Kumble’s. Despite his eye-catching performances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the leggie wasn’t included in Bengal’s Ranji Trophy squad for the ongoing season.The modest teenager isn’t too worked up because of the Ranji Trophy omission. He, in fact, concedes he needs to work harder to play in the premier domestic tournament of the country.”I was not that tall. It was only a couple of years ago, I’ve grown taller as many people here started telling me that I bowl ‘Kumblesque’,” Prayas added.”Ranji Trophy is a different ball game. I think I’ve to go a long way to play Ranji. I was in the 15 though and learnt a lot from skipper Manoj Tiwary and coach Sairaj Bahutule.”Prayas’ father wants his son to be a good human beingPrayas doesn’t miss out on the opportunity to thank his father, Dr. Kaushik Ray Barman’s contribution to his cricket career. The teenager says his father, who works as a general physician in New Delhi, never forced him to choose academics over cricket.Prayas hails from Durgapur and he started playing professional cricket at Rampal Cricket Academy in Gargi College of South Delhi. However, he was groomed into a solid cricketer at his hometown where he trained at the Durgapur Cricket Centre. He made his name in the junior circuit after impressing at the Ambar Roy Sub-Junior U-14 cricket tournament.Prayas was forced to give up the comfort of staying with his parents as he moved to Kolkata where he now lives with his grandparents in a small flat. However, the feeling of having seen his hard work bring rewards is fulfilling. Kaushik Ray Barman insists that being a good human being should be his son’s first priority.”It’s been a struggle as we keep shuttling from New Delhi to Kolkata. But we are happy now. He should keep working hard. He should make our country, state our roots proud. My first priority is he should be a good human being, be down to earth,” the proud father said.advertisementDespite having pocketed more than Rs 1 crore as a teenager, Prayas understands that his journey has just begun.”Life has not changed a bit. This is just the beginning for me. I’ve to learn and keep improving.”Teenage wicketkeeper bags Rs 4.8 croreMeanwhile, another teenager – 18-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman from Punjab, Prabh Simran Singh was picked up for a whopping Rs 4.80 crore by Kings XI Punjab, who went on a buying spree on Tuesday.Prabh Simran was part of the India team at the recently-concluded ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup in Sri Lanka after impressing in the Cooch Behar Trophy 2017-18.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Rs 8.40 crore for mystery Indian spinner, Rs 5 crore for hard-hitting MumbaikarAlso Read | Sam Curran gets auctioned for INR 7.20 croreAlso Read | Didn’t expect to get Yuvraj for Rs 1 crore, says MI owner Akash AmbaniAlso See:
The International Cricket Council has handed Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur one demerit point and a warning after he accepted a charge of showing dissent following their six wicket loss to South Africa in the first Test at Centurion Park on Friday.Arthur stormed into third umpire Joel Wilson’s room and questioned a decision to deny Azhar Ali a clean catch at first slip off South African opener Dean Elgar that had been given out on the field, but was overturned by Wilson on review.Arthur, who has also coached his native South Africa and Australia, was seething at the incident that occurred when the home side were 16 for one in pursuit of a modest target of 149 on a difficult wicket.He was officially charged by Wilson for “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match” after questioning the decision and left the room immediately afterwards.”After the match, the Pakistan coach admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee David Boon. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing,” an ICC statement said.South Africa eased to victory in the first Test after weathering superb spells from the Pakistan pacemen in the first hour of the day as Elgar (50) and Hashim Amla (63 not out) put on a match-winning stand of 119 for the second wicket.Also Read | Boxing Day Test: South Africa crush Pakistan by 6 wickets to take 1-0 leadAlso Read | Sir Alastair Cook: Former England captain knighted in Queen’s New Year Honours listAlso See:advertisement
Petra Kvitova was proud of her second-set fightback against Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open final on Saturday but was left ruing her inability to convert her chances in her loss to the Japanese.The 28-year-old Czech was down a set and a break and was facing three match points when she produced three big serves to hold then level the set and take the final to a decider much to the liking of a packed Rod Laver Arena.She saved another match point before Osaka served out for a 7-6(2) 5-7 6-4 victory in two hours and 27 minutes, securing a second straight Grand Slam title after winning her maiden major at the US Open in September.Kvitova had five break-point opportunities in the opening set but could not convert any of them and then went on to lose the tiebreaker in her first meeting against the Japanese.Thank you to my team for being with me every step of the way.It hurts right now but we have been through much tougher things together…and look at this beautiful trophy #ausopen pic.twitter.com/L8gRHWeDD8Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) January 26, 2019That was also the first set she had lost at Melbourne Park in the last two weeks.”It’s painful, for sure,” she told reporters. “I don’t know how long it will take me to get over it.”When I look back, I did have my chances in the first set when I had 40-love on her serve. Did have a few breakpoints.advertisement”I don’t think I played something really badly, but I just think I should maybe have gone a little bit more aggressive on one or two rallies.””I wanted to win and have the trophy. But I think I already won two years ago. So for me, it’s amazing.”@Petra_Kvitova puts it all in perspective #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/rdK5tvWjTy#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2019Coming into Saturday’s clash, Kvitova had lost just seven out of 33 career finals and was unbeaten in her last eight.”I really fought back in the second set. I’m proud of myself in that case,” she said.”And, yeah, the third set was just one break. That’s how tennis is. It’s the final. I think you will just get few chances. When you don’t make it you lose. And I think that was also the case today.””We didn’t even know if I would be able to hold the racquet again.”@Petra_Kvitova’s comeback story is one in a million #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/XLz2tc703i#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2019Kvitova’s victory would have capped one of the most inspiring comebacks in the history of the sport.The double Wimbledon champion had to undergo nearly four hours of surgery on her playing hand in 2016 after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the Czech Republic.”It’s hurting a lot today. I wanted to win and have the trophy. But I think I already won two years ago,” she said.”So for me, it’s amazing. I think I still don’t really realise that I played the final.”I’ve been through many, many things, not really great ones. Still few things which I can improve, and we’ll do it. So it’s not the end. Yeah, I will be back for sure.”Head up @Petra_Kvitova.You’re an inspiration to many #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/HP2YTcM1YJ#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2019While Osaka will become the new women’s number one, replacing Romanian Simona Halep, when the world rankings are released on Monday, Kvitova will be a spot behind.”I wanted to be back to my greatest level probably as I played before,” said Kvitova. “I knew it will be very, very difficult because my hand, it’s not 100 percent, and never will be. It’s just how it is.”I’m just trying to make maximum from the minimum. I feel great. I’m playing great tennis.”Also Read | Naomi Osaka forgets her victory speech after Australian Open glory Also Watch:
Hardik Pandya’s breathtaking all-round performance that set up Mumbai Indians’ 37-run win against defending champions Chennai Super Kings in an IPL game here has earned fulsome praise from rival team’s head coach Stephen Fleming.Pandya smashed an unbeaten 25 from just eight balls and in the company of big-hitting West Indian Kieron Pollard (17 not out from 7 balls) went for an all-out assault on the CSK bowling attack to help MI post 170 for 5 after struggling at 57 for 3 at halfway stage at the Wankhede Stadium.Pandya hit three sixes and one four in his unbeaten blitzkrieg and later picked up three wickets for 20 runs, including that of rival team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to help MI halt CSK at 133 for 8 and hand them their first defeat of the season.”I am a massive fan (of Pandya), I think he is a wonderful player. His confidence is up, looks like he has a good thing going with what he is doing at the death. Plans should be now for teams to combat that. We were happy with what we were trying to do but executed it poorly,” said Fleming at the post-match media conference on Wednesday.”He is a quality player. I think he is one of Mumbai’s key weapons and one of India’s key players going forward. If you keep him out of the game you often go on to win. But today with both bat and ball he was excellent,” said the former New Zealand captain.Special to hit helicopter shot with @msdhoni watching: Hardik”Hoped MS would congratulate me after that shot “An overjoyed @hardikpandya7 talks about emulating inspiration MSD’s pet stroke against CSK. Interview by @Moulinparikh #MIvCSK @mipaltanhttps://t.co/jLLWXuZRYe pic.twitter.com/aci6s6cPBFadvertisementIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 4, 2019Fleming said his team was in control for the major part of the game.”Over the last 5-6 overs we came a little bit unstuck. We had an extra seamer. In the last three or four overs, the game got away from us. We had been keeping things simple but today it got a bit complicated. It was a tough ask,” he said.”In bowling, we were tight for the first 2/3rds but not in the last 1/3rd. A score of 150 would have been par for the course.”He agreed that a Twenty20 game should not extend for four hours as it did on Wednesday night.”I think it is going to call for a collective effort to speed up things. Moisture (because of dew) plays its part. Wiping the ball is a consideration. Cricket in general is played at a pace below what it needs to be. Cricket needs to be speeded up in all forms of the game. If it puts pressure on captains and bowlers, so be it. We need to ask captains and bowlers to be a little bit surer in their plans.”The CSK head coach also conceded that his team, with a lot of players in their thirties, could have fielded better.”That was one of the downsides with athletes who are a little bit older. Today we were a bit passive with movement around the field. We need to be at our absolute best. For the majority of the innings we were pretty good, but we are not going to be one of the top fielding sides in the competition,” Fleming said.Fleming defended the move to leave out senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh from the playing eleven.”We are happy with what we have done (in picking the eleven). Today we were spot on (in picking an extra pace bowler). Harbhajan is bowling beautifully. We would expect him to get back in the team when conditions suit him.”Asked why Shane Watson was not being used as a bowler, Fleming said the big-built Australian was playing as a specialist batsman in the competition.”He has not bowled for quite a while, has not bowled in the Big Bash League. He is playing for us as a specialist batsman. It is a risk to ask him to bowl. His body is such that we did not want to risk him, especially as we have six bowlers.Also Read | MS Dhoni blames poor fielding and death bowling for CSK’s crushing defeat vs MIAlso Read | Wanted to play the brand of cricket Mumbai Indians are known for: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Want to win World Cup for India: Hardik Pandya after heroics for MI vs CSK
Justice RM Lodha while proposing recommendations for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had put special emphasis on the conflict of interest clause.In fact, that the Ombudsman DK Jain has asked Sourav Ganguly to explain his position as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president and Delhi Capitals (DC) advisor is due to the Lodha panels proposals. But the former Chief Justice of India is saddened how his proposals have been taken for a ride.This is after BCCI CEO Rahul Johri wrote to the ombudsman, asking him to allow the former India skipper to continue in his role if Ganguly makes ‘full disclosures’ of his interests.Johri on behalf of the board wrote to Jain that if full disclosures were made, Ganguly for his ‘vast knowledge’, should be allowed to continue. This is a clear case of interfering in the functioning of the ombudsman and Lodha isn’t too pleased.Speaking to IANS, Lodha rued how Johri’s act is a clear example of people holding positions in the board trying to interfere in the transparent functioning of the BCCI.”Very true (it is interference). Look those who are tasked to enforce the rules, if they themselves seek relaxations, God help them. What can I say? My whole idea is being spoilt. If they want to relax conflict of interest, this doesn’t happen actually and unfortunately it is a sad state of affairs,” he explained.Echoing the sentiments, another BCCI official said while the panel had gone overboard in some cases and it looked as an attempt to keep individuals out rather than address situations. But all that doesn’t matter as the order of the Supreme Court is final.advertisement”See, the whole Lodha Committee edifice was based on the perception of eradication of issues of conflict of interest. I think the Lodha Committee did go overboard in their articulation of what defines conflict of interest and the resolution of conflict. Certain illustrations seem as if an effort has been made to keep individuals out rather than to address situations of conflict. I also feel that they failed to take into account the ecosystem of a sport that was doing well.”However, what I or for the other matter anyone else feels is immaterial. There is an order of the Supreme Court which must be followed. If such a letter has indeed gone out (from Johri to Jain), it is ill advised in terms of law but in terms of conflict (in violation of Lodha reforms) it may possibly be correct.”The issue however is that practically we all knew how difficult these rules were and we knew that the real resolution of the conflict is in full disclosure to all the stakeholders and decision makers. We had raised the issue repeatedly but it had been ignored and we were marked as the ones resisting even by the CoA.”We were told that we were doing it out of some self-interest but now if even the CEO has written a letter under the instructions of the CoA, it validates our long standing view,” the official pointed.Another board official said that the mail vitiates the process. He feels this also needs examination if other issues have also seen such interferences.”Whether a letter could have been written to the Ethics Officer is another story altogether. Writing to him vitiates the process as it has the effect of influencing the decision of the ethics officer. I wonder if they have expressed their opinions on other issues till date as well. I wonder if this was done at the time of MV Sridhar as well when he resigned under pressure,” he said.Also Read | Ombudsman DK Jain to double up as BCCI’s Ethics Officer: COAAlso Read | After Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul deposes before BCCI Ombudsman over TV show controversy
India will clash for the 2nd time in 2 days against West Indies in the 2nd T20I of the 3-match series at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill, Florida on Sunday. Having already won the 1st game by 4 wickets on Saturday, India will look to clinch the series before the teams shift base to the Caribbean for the latter part of the tour.Debutant right-arm pacer Navdeep Saini was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he claimed three wickets conceding just 17 runs. The 26-year-old pacer will aim to replicate the show on Sunday and cement his place in the side.Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked two wickets in India’s win while Washington Sundar, Khaleel Ahmed, Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja also grabbed a wicket each.The Indians were also helped by some poor shot selection by the Windies batsmen.Chasing 96, India made heavy weather of the small target before overhauling it 17.2 overs. Opener Rohit Sharma was the top scorer for India with his 24 runs while Kohli and Manish Pandey contributed with 19 runs each. While the bowlers were decent, the batsmen struggled with the bat as the wicket was not easy to bat on.While India won’t try to make any changes in their playing eleven and would stick to the winning combination, West Indies could include an extra spinner in Rovman Powell as the wicket might again be on the slower side.Dream 11 team, WI vs IND 2nd T20I: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard (vice-captain), Krunal Pandya, Keemo Paul, Navdeep Saini, Sheldon CottrelladvertisementIndia squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep SainiWest Indies squad: Carlos Brathwaite (C), Anthony Bramble, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Oshane Thomas. (With IANS inputs)Also Read | Raw talent Navdeep Saini can definitely build a name for himself: Virat KohliAlso Read | Navdeep Saini relives dream debut, reveals Virat Kohli’s role in Kieron Pollard dismissal
The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission has voted to have the Attorney General handle the case against a Sioux City businessman who allegedly has violated state solid waste regulations.That means Aaron Rochester and his business known as “Recycletronics” could be prosecuted for dumping cathode ray tubes and other electronic waste.The E-P-C also says Rochester has not met repayment obligations of a loan from the Department of Natural Resources, and owes over $75-thousand dollars plus interest.The state revoked Rochester’s cathode ray permit in March.A statement from the E-P-C says their decision Tuesday does not determine potential guilt or innocence and does not automatically mean a greater fine or penalty.The Attorney General’s office will negotiate with Rochester on appropriate terms.Photo courtesy KMEG TV
Photo Attribution: US PresswireThe Wall Street Journal published a report on Monday valuing Oklahoma State’s football program (not athletic department, but football program) at $209 million.$209 million!For Oklahoma State football!That’s a higher value than USC ($197 million), Florida State ($159 million), and Stanford ($148 million).Here’s the full list… Here are the factors that went into the valuation:Revenues and expensesCash-flow adjustmentsRisk assessmentsGrowth projectionsAccording to the article:The resulting figures represent what the teams might fetch if they could be bought and sold like pro franchises. As a point of reference, the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars sold in late 2011 for about $760 million.I know a lot of you guys (and girls) are in corporate jobs so I thought you might find this interesting.Frankly, I’m shocked OSU is valued higher than Southern Cal and lower than Texas Tech. I don’t know which factor we could have scored higher than SC in other than potentially growth projection[1. For “growth projection” I imagine whoever made this list just screenshotted a picture of Boone’s face next to the cell under Oklahoma State.].Oklahoma State was valued at $207 million this time last year (25th in the country). This is interesting to me because, even though I don’t have football-specific numbers, OSU’s overall revenue generated has dropped over the last few years after peaking at $106 million (!) in 2010.The funniest part about all of this[2. Unless you play college sports and have no money.] is that we continue to operate these things under the guise of “amateurism.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
I think Bill Snyder is confused. He was asked about J.W. Walsh and Mason Rudolph this week at his press conference and he said the following. “I do not know if it is wrinkles, but I think both of them can do the same things,” said Snyder.Hmmm … the same things?“In their offense, you anticipate that No. 4 comes in the ball game and they are going to run the quarterback run game with him because he can run the ball. But you might go back, he completed about 67 percent of his passes against us in 2013 when we played them. So, he threw the ball around pretty well in that ball game.”Well … that’s true. Walsh did have a good game against Kansas State in 2013. But they’re really pretty different quarterbacks, aren’t they?“I would not preclude him being on the field. My guesstimate about him, or anybody else, is he could play one snap or he could play 80 snaps. It is just whatever they choose to do, but I do know that he is capable, and he proved to us that he can throw the ball around. We know he can run it because that is what they use him for now. But, he will do both when he is in the ball game – he will throw it as well as run it.”Gundy actually agrees with Snyder.“J.W. could play five plays in a game or 25 plays in a game,” said Gundy.Speaking of Gundy, he’s always been so big on QB secrecy that I imagine him reading these quotes about Snyder not totally being sure how much each guy is going to play and pulling this move.Maybe I buried the lede here, by the way, but Snyder also commented on Stillwater and whether it’s a difficult venue. “Well, it is tough if you do not play well. If you play well, it probably was not all that hard.”“You have to go play. We need to make more about the game and less about the fact that we had to spend a couple hours on a plane. If we make it more about what’s in the stands and what the color of the stadium looks like, we might as well forfeit.”Kansas State has lost four straight in Stillwater.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
My TOP 10… Plus 2 #HumbledandBlessed pic.twitter.com/2cpgmyepLQ— Chaz (@chazahyou3) August 2, 2016On top of being a pretty sharp kid, Ah You can ball a little, too. The 6-2 safety stands at an even 200 lbs. and could be an early contributor wherever he chooses to play. On top of a commitment this weekend from Denton Guyer Thabo Mwaniki, OSU is still seeking top talent in 2017 who could contribute early in Stillwater, especially with the Pokes losing big experience following the 2016 season. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment. If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Timpview, Utah safety Chaz Ah You, a four-star prospect with 20+ scholarship offers, has narrowed his list to a top 10 (plus 2), which he released on twitter on Monday. Oklahoma State is in the mix for the 2017 standout, whom OSU has recruited steadily for several years.And unlike many recruits, Ah You released not only his top schools, but also his reasoning for why he chose the schools he did in a 12 question criteria — which clearly shows a unique thought process and in-depth behind the scenes rationale for why recruits choose who they do.
Tre Flowers, Jordan Sterns & Josh Mabin lookin just as spent as their coach Glenn Spencer!! #HotYoga @CowboyFB pic.twitter.com/vuowNV0wN6— Jeannine Edwards (@jeanninee12) June 22, 2016“You’ve got to take them through those valleys to chisel that into them,” said Spencer.Think about how great that quote is. Take them through those valleys to chisel that into them.“We did that today. Some of them responded well and some of them didn’t, so we’ll go look at the tape and just try to win tomorrow. That’s the biggest thing is to just win the next practice. Don’t worry about the season yet, don’t worry about the first opponent. We’ve got a lot of things to worry about internally before we can think about anything else.”This is true of course, and nobody is better at presenting it than Spencer. He knows his defense will have to roll deep against some wicked good Big 12 offense.“We’ve got some maturity and we’ve got some guys that have played enough where that can’t happen, and shouldn’t happen. Now, our challenge is to create some depth so that some guys know how to respond when there’s a lot of pressure. There’s a lot of work to be done there.”Yes there is.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Glenn Spencer is the best. It’s August 9, and he’s in the throes of fretting and worrying about his 11 guys on defense like it’s October 28 and OSU is still undefeated. I love it. He has good reason to worry too. OSU has been bad in defensive efficiency the last two years. With an above average year (for OSU standards) this season, this team could legitimately win the Big 12.Spencer was asked on Monday what he’s preaching at practice. His answer was amazing.“Of course, effort,” said Spencer.Of course.“Any great defense I’ve ever been around has played with great emotion and great intensity, so you get out here in 90 percent humidity and they’re soaking wet, sweating,” added Spencer.They are not the only ones.