Taylor extends lean batting form

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor’s drought with the bat continued, but Sydney Thunder edged Melbourne Stars by six runs to end the preliminary round on top in the Women’s Big Bash.Playing at University Oval, Thunder produced a meek batting effort and were held to 104 for nine off their 20 overs.Captain Alex Blackwell got 31 from 39 deliveries, while Nicola Carey struck 20 from 24 balls. The pair added 29 for the fourth wicket, after Thunder slipped to 37 for three in the ninth over.One of the three wickets to fall was that of Taylor, who failed to score for the third time since the start of the year. She has now scraped together just 27 runs from her last seven outings.Left-armer Mornal Nielson finished with three for 26.In reply, Stars were restricted to 98 for eight off their 20 overs, thanks to fast bowler Rene Farrell, who was superb in taking four for 18 from her four overs.Wicketkeeper Emma Inglis top-scored with 32 from 34 deliveries.At Hurstville Oval, teenaged West Indies batter Hayley Matthews stroked an unbeaten 17 from 12 balls, but her Hobart Hurricanes went down to Sydney Sixers by two wickets.Batting first, Hurricanes reached 126 for four off 20 overs, with Amy Satterthwaite hitting a top score of 35 from 29 balls and opener and captain Heather Knight chipping in with 33 from 34 deliveries.Entering the contest in the 17th over, Matthews struck a six in her small cameo to help Hurricanes end strongly.However, Sara McGlashan then unfurled a superb, unbeaten 79 off 58 balls, with three fours and four sixes to propel Sixers to their target off the last ball of the innings.Despite the loss, Hurricanes qualified for the semi-finals by finishing second in the standings on 16 points, two behind Thunder.last_img read more

BarkingMad rehomes lost companions

first_imgAnimal professionals help BarkingMad where needed when it comes to properly managing and caring for animals that are either about to be rehomed or are currently in the care of their owners.  (Image: BarkingMad, via Facebook)By providing the link between the public and animal shelters around the country, BarkingMad facilitates the rehoming of abandoned and abused domestic animals with caring individuals and families.BarkingMad also functions as a central point where owners can be reunited with lost and found pets. Its network includes participating veterinary clinics and animal shelters throughout South Africa.The organisation is supported by members of the public and corporations, in turn allowing it to help animal shelters with the finances needed to feed and house animals waiting to be adopted, or waiting to be collected by their owners.Another key function of the organisation is helping pet owners to find new homes for their pets when they are no longer able to care for them because of issues such as relocation or illness.Animal professionals help BarkingMad where needed when it comes to properly managing and caring for animals that are either about to be rehomed or are currently in the care of their owners. This help is available for free to those who need it.By providing the link between the public and animal shelters around the country, BarkingMad facilitates the rehoming of abandoned and abused domestic animals with caring individuals and families.HOW TO GET INVOLVEDIf you’re looking for a new animal companion, you can browse through the BarkingMad list of animals on its website or visit the animal shelter on the network nearest to you to find a pet to add to your family.Similarly, if you have a pet you are no longer able to properly care for, you can contact the organisation via email at [email protected] or telephonically on 063 040 6071.There are other options regarding how to get involved. You can sponsor a pet at one of the homes to keep them healthy and fed; you can also volunteer your time at one of the shelters to walk the dogs or help in their rehabilitation and training.BarkingMad also has a range of merchandise for sale through the Pink Pitbull Trading Company. The proceeds go to supporting the various homes and facilitating the rehoming of the animals.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

PWI vs CSK: Chennai beat Pune by eight wickets

first_imgChennai batsman S Badrinath scored 63 runs off 44 balls as they beat Pune by eight wickets during their IPL match at the DY Patil Sports Academy Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. Score | PhotosChasing 141, Chennai had easy time playing against Pune. Dhoni’s team lost its first wicket as Michael Hussey to Pune’s Murali Kartik.As Hussey departed after scoring just 9 runs, Murali Vijay and S Badrinath shared a good partnership for the team but Pune all-rounder Jesse Ryder claimed Vijay and Chennai lost their second wicket with 80 runs on the board.With most of the damage done by the time Vijay left for pavillion, Suresh Raina took the crease with set batsman S Badrinath on the other side to lead Chennai a comfortable eight wicket win against Pune.Scoring highest for his team, S Badrinath knocked 63 runs off 44 balls. Pune innings Chennai pacer Doug Bollinger claimed Pune opener Jesse Ryder on a good short delivery, Jesse tried to hit hard but failed to strike it hard and gave an easy catch to Anirudha at midwicket. Jesse who was looking to score big went back to the pavillion after scoring just 19 runs.Bollinger striked again in the same over and sent Mohnish Mishra packing on a short ball. Mishra played a poor shot and Jakati was making no mistake to take the catch at short midwicket.Nuwan Kulasekara bowled out Mithun Manhas on his inswinger, which found the way between the bat and pad. Manhas goes without opening his account as Pune struggles to keep wickets intact.advertisementManish Pandey played a poor pull shot as Tim Southee claimed wicket for Chennai. Pune lost its fourth wicket before reaching 50 runs.A traumatised Pune got another shock when Chennai spinner R Ashwin took the wicket of set batsman Robin Uthappa.Uthappa who scored 31 runs off 22 balls was the second highest scorer from the Pune side with skipper Yuvraj Singh on the first position with 62 not out.With a steady innings played by Pune skipper and with the help of other batsmen Yuvraj-led Pune Warriors were able to put 141/6 on the board for Chennai to chase.Mitchell Marsh was the third victim of Chennai bowler Doug Bollinger, who did the most damage to the Chennai side by taking 3 wickets.Pune Warriors captain Yuvraj Singh won the toss and elected to bat.Man of the matchChennai pacer Doug Bollinger was given man of the match award for his superb spell against Pune.last_img read more

Racquet sports better for longer life: Study

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, Nov 30 (PTI) Activities like tennis, swimming and aerobics have emerged as better sports for a longer and healthier life than football and jogging, according to a new study.Researchers of Oxford University found that people who played racquet sports such as tennis, squash or badminton slashed their risk of dying from heart disease and stroke by 56 per cent.Swimming cut the risk by 41 per cent and aerobics by 36 per cent. No such benefits were seen in people who listed football, rugby or running as their main exercise.”We think racquet sports not only offer the usual physiological benefits but also offer additional mental health and social benefits perhaps unique to these sports, Charlie Foster, associate professor of Physical Activity and Population Health at Oxford University said. “We had a younger group of team sports players and runners and we may not have enough deaths to see a difference at this point in time, another five years and we will know with more precision,” he said.”One theory might be the team players struggle to graduate to new sports or activities once they stop playing, so they lose the benefits of their active younger days,” he added.The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine this week and conducted by scientists from the UK,Finland and Austria,followed more than 80,000 people for an average of nine years to find out if certain sports protected them against early death.It found that people who play team sports when younger often do not move onto a new sport once their teams disband for family, or injury reasons.advertisementThey become spectators rather than participants in their chosen activity.”There is a certain age limit to how well you can play football or rugby, or go running, to get the needed health benefits. People tend to move on from team sports to other forms of exercise when they get a bit older and their knees wear out. You cant store the benefits of sport done in your youth,” Foster said.The researchers believe that some sports, such as running or football, may also be affected by seasonality or weather which means participants do not keep them up all year round, which limits their long-term benefits.”These findings demonstrate that participation in specific sports may have significant benefits for public health,? the authors of the study said. PTI AK AJR AKJ AJRlast_img read more

Fake medical racket busted kingpin held

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar police have busted a fake medical racket and arrested the kingpin for duping lakhs of rupees from various medical aspirants by assuring them secure medical seats in colleges.On the basis of the complaint lodged by one Kaberi Sinha, the cyber crime department of Bidhannagar started a probe. According to police, the a 30-year-old man, Sandip Jaiswal set up an institute in the name of Education Point at Ballygunge Tarase near Golpark and also opened other branches in the city. Jaiswal has been arrested in this connection so far. Police are investigating if he was a part of any interstate racket. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPolice said he rented a house in the city saying that he runs an education centre where training is imparted to the medical aspirants. They also said Jaiswal duped Rs 35 lakh from a medical aspirant with assurances of a secure seat at a private medical college in the city. He and his associates told the aspirant that they would arrange a donor’s quota seat at KPC Medical College and got Rs. 35,30,000 from the family members of a medical aspirant. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWhen he failed to arrange a seat, he said that he would arrange admission at GCRG Medical college, Lucknow in UP but failed to do so. Investigation reveals that this racket has been active in and around Kolkata since 2016. Many others were also duped by them. Police have seized mobile phones, one Toyota Fortuner and bank related documents of two banks accounts. Police said Jaiswal was absconding but based on a specific complaint, police started a detailed probe in this regard and arrested him.last_img read more

As You Like It A Pierrot Parody

first_imgFrom the mound of theatre masterpieces, comes Rajat Kapoor’s recent stroke- I Don’t Like It, As You Like It, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It. A play within a play, with clowns being at its helm, it hits you like a breath of fresh air with its moments of high silliness and perfectly-timed comedy.The plot revolves around a troupe of clowns doing “not so well” in the clown company. A poor financial run, everyone hating each other and unfolding issues every now and then, makes it difficult for the troupe to save the company. The troupe attempts to stage As You Like It under Popo (Joy Fernandes), a baton-wielding director, quick enough in his large-self to strike an aberrant actor’s rear. Dollops of romance amongst the clowns mirror the characters that they play, bringing them closer as the play progresses. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Coco (Aadar Malik) and Mimi (Faezeh Jalali) are excited young lovers who’re unable to keep their hands off each other, while Fifi (Shruti Vyas) and Fido (Vinay Pathak) are another couple where Fido is head-over-heels about Fifi, who ignores him and fancies other men. Soso (Cyrus Sahukar), is a rather depressed soul who is in a relationship with his sock puppet Toto. Trying to fit in the mad brigade is a floppy hat-wearing Gigi (Rytasha Rathore), a newcomer in the troupe, trying to make an existence amongst her egotistical peers. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo make it more complicated, Popo makes it worse by interchanging gender roles. Yes! The men cross dress as the women and the women cross dress as men. The plot progresses with their respective dynamism, discovering something new about themselves and about each other. With such strong plot-holding actors, the play worked wonders amidst the audience. The spontaneity with which the actors goof around is simply delightful. Vivacious Jalali’s athleticism is once again on display proving to be a whirpool of motion. Malik and his love for music was clearly visible with his short versions of hysterical songs. King of versatility, Pathak, didn’t fail (like always) to channel the mix of sadness and humour while portraying lover-boy Fido. Vyas and Rathore, with their strong presence are hilarious with their poignant style. Sahukar, being the pseudo-intellectual, lumbers about the stage with his comic stance.last_img read more

Apple iPhone Unlocking Maneuver Likely to Remain Secret

first_img 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals The company that helped the FBI unlock a San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone to get data has sole legal ownership of the method, making it highly unlikely the technique will be disclosed by the government to Apple or any other entity, Obama administration sources said this week.The White House has a procedure for reviewing technology security flaws and deciding which ones should be made public. But it is not set up to handle or reveal flaws that are discovered and owned by private companies, the sources said, raising questions about the effectiveness of the so-called Vulnerabilities Equities Process.The secretive process was created to let various government interests debate about what should be done with a given technology flaw, rather than leaving it to agencies like the National Security Agency, which generally prefers to keep vulnerabilities secret so they can use them.   The government’s efforts to force Apple to help it unlock the San Bernardino iPhone have reignited a national debate about encryption, security and privacy that continues to rage two weeks after the Justice Department said it broke into the phone without Apple’s help.The sources said the technology used to get into the phone was supplied by a non-U.S. company that they declined to identify.Without cooperation from the company, the FBI would not be able to submit the method to the Vulnerabilities Equities Process even if it wanted to, the sources said on condition they not be named.The FBI itself probably does not know the details of the technique – just enough to determine that it worked, according to government sources and Rob Knake, who managed the White House process before leaving last year.The FBI said in February that it was unable to get into the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook without help from Apple, and it won a court order compelling the Silicon Valley icon to break into the device. Apple, backed by much of the tech industry, complained that the order would in effect make businesses arms of the state.The Justice Department dropped the matter the day before a crucial court hearing, saying it had found a way to get into the phone.At the time, Apple said it hoped the maneuver would be disclosed so that it could fix the flaw before it is discovered and exploited by criminals.In a separate New York case, the Justice Department is trying to force Apple’s help in extracting data from a drug dealer’s iPhone 5s. For technical reasons, that would be easier for Apple to do, though it would be much harder for the FBI or a contractor, said phone security expert Dan Guido.The two battles spotlight a long-running but seldom aired conflict over whether information about software security lapses should be kept secret by law enforcement or intelligence agencies, who want the knowledge to snoop, or disclosed to the technology companies so they can patch the holes.After questions were raised about the Vulnerabilities Equities Process in 2013, White House cybersecurity policy coordinator Michael Daniel said it was “reinvigorated,” though information as basic as which departments are involved remained undisclosed.Daniel has written that the factors to be weighed include how easy a flaw would be for outsiders to find and how much danger would be posed to society.But Knake said the procedure had been created in 2010 to handle situations like an FBI technologist in a lab inventing a method for circumventing security.“It was not set up for a world of commoditized exploitation,” where major defense contractors buy and sell flaws for millions of dollars. “There is no way the government could force companies to share the methods that they are trying to sell, or any way to stop government agencies from buying from those companies,” he said.Knake said the process could be improved if it were revamped again to deal with the reality of the exploit marketplace.The White House referred questions to the FBI, which did not respond to emails seeking comment.(Reporting by Joseph Menn in San Francisco and Mark Hosenball in Washington. Additional reporting by Dustin Volz. Editing by Jonathan Weber and Bernard Orr) April 14, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now »last_img read more