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  • Windies batting fails in loss to India

    first_imgKOLKATA, India, CMC:West Indies’ batting failed miserably as they slumped to a 45-run defeat to hosts India in their opening official warm-up match of the Twenty20 World Cup at Eden Gardens here yesterday.Chasing a challenging 186 for victory, only opener Chris Gayle was good enough to reach the 20s as the Caribbean side were bundled out for 140 in the final over.The left-handed Gayle got exactly 20 from 11 balls, and fellow Jamaican AndrÈ Russell was the next best scorer with 19 from 13 deliveries.West Indies’ run chase was ruined by left-arm spinners Pawan Negi (2-15) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-26), along with seamers Hardik Pandya (2-25) and Mohammed Shami (2-30), all of whom took two wickets each.India had earlier tallied 185 for six from their 20 overs, with opener Rohit Sharma narrowly missing out on three figures with an unbeaten 98.Left-hander Yuvraj Singh chipped in with 31, while opener Shikhar Dhawan got 21.Fast bowler Jerome Taylor (2-26) and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn (2-30) were the best bowlers on show for West Indies.Rohit put on 32 off 29 balls for the first wicket with Dhawan and posted a further 24 for the second wicket with Ajinkya Rahane, who made seven.However, Benn bowled the left-handed Dhawan in the fifth over and had Rahane stumped in the ninth, to leave India on 56 for two.Rohit then dominated the innings in an 89-run, third-wicket stand with Yuvraj, facing 57 deliveries and counting nine fours and seven sixes.In reply, Gayle and Johnson Charles (18) gave West Indies a robust start, gathering 26 from the first two overs. They had put on 36 off just 21 deliveries when Gayle was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah after striking three fours and a six.Charles, who counted two fours off 13 balls, followed in the next over to a catch at the wicket off Mohammed Shami and Denesh Ramdin, promoted to number four, perished for six at 59 for three at the end of the eighth over.Marlon Samuels, who made 17, and Dwayne Bravo, 13, then carried West Indies to 72 without further loss and seemed to be guiding the side out of trouble.But Samuels was bowled by Jadeja at the start of the 12th over, and with just six runs added in the next over, Bravo also followed as West Indies lost their last seven wickets in quick time for 68 runs.last_img read more

  • “Kevin Durant is going to be fine,” says Dominique Wilkins, and he would know

    first_imgOAKLAND – The NBA’s favorite parlor game will soon end. Within the next week, more clarity should emerge about where Kevin Durant will sign as a free agent.Once that parlor game ends, though, another one will begin: How will Durant come back from a torn Achilles?“I have a lot of faith in the man as a player and a person,” Dominique Wilkins told Bay Area News Group. “He’s definitely going to do the necessary thing to get back. He loves the game too much.”Wilkins’ words hold weight. Beyond …last_img read more

  • SA hot destination for US tourists

    first_imgTourists enjoy sightseeing in Cape Town. (Image: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit our image library.)Khanyi MagubaneA recent survey by a top US travel magazine has revealed that American tourists rate Cape Town as their third favourite city in the world.Thousands of tourists participated in Travel + Leisure’s 2008 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey, which placed Bangkok, Thailand, as the top city to visit and Buenos Aires in Argentina as the second favourite.But numbers show that Cape Town in the Western Cape is not far behind. According to South African Tourism, in 2006 alone the province welcomed 145 211 visitors from the US. This was an increase of 19,64 % from the previous year.The Americans also voted Singita Boulders Lodge in the Sabi Sands game reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, as the top hotel in the world. Cape Town’s Cape Grace Hotel was placed 22nd in the same category.As part of the poll, Travel + Leisure subscribers were invited to fill in a questionnaire and rate cities, hotels, islands, airlines, cruise lines, rental-car agencies, destination spas, hotel spas, tour operators and safari outfitters.The different cities included in the survey were rated on characteristics such as the different tourist sights on offer, cultural and art attractions, eateries and shopping opportunities, and value for money.The hotels were judged according to the rooms and facilities on offer, where they were situated as well as the restaurants and value of food offered by the establishment.Other winners in the survey included Singapore airlines as the world’s best international airline, New York as the best city in the US, Hertz as the best car-rental agency and the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, as the world’s best islands to visit.All the 2008 winners in the different categories will be honoured at an awards luncheon in New York City on 24 July.Impressive growthTourism is booming not only in the Western Cape, but in the rest of South Africa too. This is in line with the global trend of all-round growth in the sector.Statistics released by South African Tourism indicate that foreign tourist arrivals in South Africa reached a record high of 7.4-million in 2006, which represents a 10.3% increase on 2004’s figures and exceeds the estimated 5.5% average global growth rate in tourism.This figure continued to climb as the number of foreign visitors in South Africa grew by 10% from January to May 2007. This positive trend is reflected in arrivals at airports, which increased by 4,4% during the first five months of 2007 compared with the same period in 2006.Useful linksSouth African TourismCape Town GovernmentTravel and leisure magazineSingita Game ReserveKruger National Parklast_img read more

  • The Buckeye Cowboy — Kirby Hidy

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If you have ever been around the Farm Science Review, The Ohio State Fair, The Sale of Champions, The Agriculture Hall of Fame Breakfast, Pork Congress, Power Show or a number of other events around Ohio and saw a salty-haired, mustached man sporting a cowboy hat and a smile, I can almost guarantee  that you met Kirby Hidy.We lost our great friend and co-worker over the weekend and for a man who brought so much life to every conversation he had, it is hard to believe that he is gone. Kirby was in and around Ohio agriculture for decades. He worked at The Ohio Department of Agriculture, The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, WRFD Radio, with me years ago at The ABN, and over the last five years after he and I began working here at The Ohio Ag Net.Kirby was the most simple, yet complex man I have come to know. He didn’t need much. His family and a group of friends he considered family would do.The complexities came from what molded him over time.He was an Ohio boy, who found his love for the cowboy way during the years he lived in Texas. His passions were diverse. He loved horses, The Dallas Mavericks, The Texas Longhorns, wood working, jazz music, disc golf and above all, telling a good story. Some stories he told almost sounded made up from out of the blue. But if you knew Kirby, you knew they were true…with some ad libbed details to add a little color to the picture. What noble cowboy can’t tell a good story?For Kirby, life was all about the people he spent it with. The conversation would most always turn to his wife and three kids and he would beam when he talked about them. He had a way of making every meeting at our conference room table interesting. His wit was so fast sometimes he couldn’t take the toothpick out of his mouth quick enough to get his quip in and make us all laugh out loud.He had a group of friends that he had known for years, some since college, that he would play poker with every month. I can tell you for a fact that it was never about how many chips he was up or down — he was always winning by just being a part of that camaraderie.That is how everyone that came across Kirby Hidy at one time or another should feel. For having met him, we all hit the jackpot. People were the highlight of his life and he most certainly accentuated all of ours.Peace, Love, Dove, Compadre. We will miss you.last_img read more

  • Suspected criminal shot dead by police in Muzaffarnagar encounter

    first_imgA suspected criminal was gunned down by police in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh in an alleged encounter, an official said on Monday.Police said that a police inspector in Purkazi area of Muzaffarnagar had a “chance encounter” with three motorcycle-borne suspected criminals while he was on patrolling duty.”In an exchange of fire one accused and the inspector were injured. Both injured were sent to the hospital,” said UP police spokesperson Rahul Srivastava.The accused died on the way to hospital. He was identified as Ramesh alias Rishipal, a resident of Deoband in Saharanpur.A 32-bore pistol with live cartridges and a stolen motorbike were recovered from him, police said.Police parties have been pressed to nab the other two, Mr. Srivastava added.Many cases against himAccording to police, Ramesh carried a bounty of ₹ 50,000 and had over two dozen criminal cases against him including loot, murder, attempt to murder and gangster activities in the districts of Meerut, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar and Baghpat.”He is an active member and shooter of the Jamshed gang,” said Mr. Srivastava.last_img read more

  • Elder Paper nearly trashed million dollars

    first_img(preceding photo: Michele Paper, 97, on the right, stands next to elder Tom Eagle in 2005)APTN National NewsDene elder Michel Paper, 97, nearly tossed $1 million into the trash.The elder from Dettah, NT, is now planning to buy a new house for his family, throw a feast and leave the rest of his winnings to his son and grandchildren.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier has this story.last_img

  • John Prine And His Famous Friends Are Knockin On Your Screen Door

    first_img John Prine And His Famous Friends Are “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door” Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 27, 2016 – 11:02 am John Prine, Sturgill Simpson On Songwriting’s Myst Email John Prine Is Knocking, Let Him In john-prine-and-his-famous-friends-are-knockin-your-screen-door Twitter Joined by Dan Auerbach, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and Sturgill Simpson, he’s introducing himself all over againPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 10, 2018 – 4:16 pm Legendary folk artist and multiple GRAMMY winner John Prine released The Tree Of Forgiveness this past April, his first album of original compositions since 2005’s Fair & Square, which won Best Contemporary Folk Album at the 48th GRAMMY Awards. On July 10, joined by some exceptional guests, Prine released a video for the first track, “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door.” A new generation of listeners just might answer that summertime call.His knock-knock is distinctively set in Nashville and his band includes GRAMMY winners Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and Sturgill Simpson, as well as Elizabeth Cook and Margo Price. Favorite Nashville spots incorporated as settings include Arnold’s Country Kitchen, Ernest Tubb Record Shop and the Station Inn. Altogether the warm feelings are “down home” and inviting. News With just a couple more U.S. dates this month, Prine’s summer will take him abroad in August for a European tour, but he’ll be back in fall. As announced on July 9, joined by Simpson, Prine will be ringing in the New Year at the Grand Ole Opry. https://twitter.com/NationalShows2/status/1016409849494736896 “I’m basically doing the same thing I’ve been doing over the years,” Prine said in an interview with The Tennessean. “Maybe people finally caught on to it.”The paper, a version of which began publishing in Nashville in 1812, dubbed him “the godfather of the exploding Americana music scene.” The way Simpson put it to their writer was, “John Prine is the coolest person in the room and he always has been.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

  • Google Doodle celebrates International Womens Day 2019

    first_img 2 43 Photos Google Doodle Google Culture Internet Share your voice Tagscenter_img Enlarge ImageAustralian artist Gemma O’Brien illustrated the words of British suffragette Millicent Fawcett. Gemma O’Brien/Google Google is celebrating leaders, artists and inspirational trailblazers from the past 200 years, and Friday, they all happen to be women. To mark International Women’s Day, the Google Doodle for March 8 has illustrated famous quotes from 13 inspirational women. There are those who have gone before us, such as pioneering Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and British suffragette Millicent Fawcett, who campaigned for higher education for girls and the right to vote. The list also includes modern champions who are breaking new ground today. From Indian Olympic boxer Mary Kom, who is the only female boxer to have won a medal in seven world championships, to Chimamanda Adichie, the Nigerian writer whose writing on feminism has been translated into more than 30 languages worldwide. google-doodle-iwd-frida-kahloArgentinian artist Yai Salinas drew inspiration from Frida Kahlo’s work to illustrate this quote from her. Yai Salinas/Google To bring the words of all these notable women to life, Google commissioned 10 female artists and design studios from around the world to illustrate their quotes. US-based Polish designer Zuzanna Rogatty, who illustrated a quote from Adichie, described her process. google-doodle-iwd-chimamanda-adichie Zuzanna Rogatty/Google “Through expressive and rhythmic lettering, I tried to illustrate the energy and power coming from the quote,” she wrote on the Google blog. “I especially highlighted the word ‘equally’ and the last ‘I matter”, which I felt should sound the loudest.”You can read all about the artists and their inspiration on the Google blog, or head to Google Arts and Culture to read about the women who have shaped our world — from the heroes of STEM to the women who turned a hat into a symbol of female power. Google’s focus for this year’s International Women’s Day was “women empowering women” — hence the choice of all female artists for its doodle. While the company has struggled with the issue of gender diversity in the past, along with the rest of Silicon Valley, Google is making inroads, including giving out $9.7 million in 2018 to help address wage inequality. Still, women make up just 30 percent of the workforce in Silicon Valley, according to the Kapor Center, and girls also face several obstacles in pursuing STEM education. On International Women’s Day, some organizations and companies are launching initiatives to change that. If you want to read about more inspiring women in tech, science and entertainment, check out our gallery below.  Originally published March 7.Update, March 8: Adds stat about female workforce in Silicon Valley. Here are the women who inspire us this International Women’s Day Commentslast_img read more

  • Red alert Vigilance urged on Bengaluru public transport after suspicious man refuses

    first_imgKempegowda metro station, MajesticTwitter [Representational Image]The security measures have been increased at all public transport stations at Bengaluru after an unidentified man suspected of carrying something lethal refused to undergo a security checkup at Majestic metro station.The incident happened on Monday night after a suspicious man triggered a red alert at the metal detectors at the station entrance. According to the reports, the man was wearing a belt-like device below his belly.In the surveillance footage, a man wearing a dress similar to the Arab robe, a black jacket and a headgear refused to cooperate with the metro station staff after the alarm was triggered on the metal detector after he passed through it. When asked to show the device under his shirt, the man quickly escaped the scene.A while later, the man tried to enter the metro station from the south entrance of the building. The metro staff and a few auto-rickshaw drivers tried to catch him but he managed to escape from them. This incident has been recognised as a major security lapse by the security officers at the station who let the suspicious man go without further questioning.According to the Bengaluru City Police (BCP), there were slim chances of that man being someone with a hidden agenda to harm others. But they also said that a team has been initiated by the lawmakers to trace him, at the same time the police has asked the people to restrain from spreading rumours that might create unnecessary panic among the public. However, they have been unsuccessful in locating the person.”Our team has been checking through all hotels, dormitories and public installations near Majestic area and other parts of the city. Though it appears to be an event which is being blown out of proportion we will verify his identity. We have already collected the security camera footage from BMRCL officials,” said a police official, reports Bangalore Mirror.Following the incident at Majestic metro station, the city has been warned of a high alert at all places of public gathering including the railway stations and bus stations. The Metro staff has been instructed to strictly monitor the situations at the station. The authorities have stressed the staff on baggage checking as well as body check through hand-held metal detectors should be conducted thoroughly.last_img read more