What a practice series ahead of Australia tour! (Column: Just Sport)

first_imgBy Veturi SrivatsaBefore going to South Africa, India played Afghanistan in Bengaluru and won the one-off Test by their biggest-ever margin till then, an innings and 262 runs in two days. After losing the five-Test series 1-4 in England, India returned to score a massive innings and 272 runs victory against West Indies inside three days at Rajkot! It is all scripted so beautifully, and as anticipated. South Africa and England are forgotten by the time the Indians returned from the Gulf with the Asia Cup and now they decimated the Caribbean. The result was foregone and everyone treating it as a practice game before embarking on the tougher tour of Australia. This was a Test in which every Indian player was eager to grab the opportunity to score big or take handful of wickets. Some are fighting for a place in the squad for down under and those the selectors overlooked, some seniors, are cursing themselves, their luck and the selectors for their misery. In these hits and misses, one youngster stood out, creating a record or two on his debut. Opening batsman Prithvi Pankaj Shaw, the 18-year-old got a hundred in his first Test and in style at that, becoming the youngest Indian to do so on debut.Skipper Virat Kohli justified Shaw’s inclusion in the side, saying the Mumbaikar is a ‘different quality’. Just as well the team management did not rush him into the Oval Test and played against the West Indies. This century will make him a lot more confident on the bouncy Australian pitches on which he can hook, pull and cut with refreshing freedom. The run-out drama enacted by Ravindra Jadeja, when he took it for granted that Shimron Hetmyer would not make an attempt to get to the non-striker’s end when both the batsmen were at the other end and nearly muffed the chance by slowly walking to the wicket before realizing the batsman was charging down, is symptomatic of the seriousness of the Test. At the end of it all, Kohli still carries the burden of scoring big runs and others will play around him. He scored his 17th hundred as captain to add to his seven he got before. For him runs come naturally because he takes every attack seriously and will not fool around against inferior bowling. The West Indies were never in the game. Even if they had batted first they would not have fared any better except that the Indians might have taken the Test into the third day, batting for two days. They batted as if they were in the nets preparing for the second Test, charging down to tonk the bowlers. Some of the sixes they hit might have given them the kick but it was not Test cricket. The West Indies can turn back and say that exactly a year before India were walloped this summer, they had beaten England at the Oval with Shai Hope scoring a century in each innings and Kraigg Brathwaite missing the distinction by five runs in the second innings, chasing 322 for victory. There is still hope for their batsmen to show their potential, but then it may not be easy to do on Indian wickets against Indian spin.advertisementNow that the selectors have chosen the team for both the Tests, there is little scope for Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma to show their performance like Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav did in Rajkot, scoring first Test hundred and returning with his first fifer respectively. But then the selectors’ argument will be that there is nothing they need to know about the players who did not get a chance to play in the two Tests and they can still be in contention. The chief selector Mannava Sri Kanth Prasad spoke to Karun Nair and explained to him the circumstances for dropping from the squad for the West Indies Tests. Will that mean he will still be in contention for a place in the Australia-bound squad without playing a match? Right now, the 50-over Vijay Hazare tournament is on and the performances here may not be of much use for Test selection, though they can be considered for the Twenty20 format with which the Indians start their tour of Australia. As for bowlers, there are no fears, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will join Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav and they might add one young fast bowler, either Mohammed Siraj or Shardul Thakur both of whom are in the Test squad now. Luckily, there seem to be quite a few fast bowlers trying to impress the selectors and that’s a good sign. The three spinners, who played at Rajkot, will be there in Australia, even though Ravichandran Ashwin has problems bowling with the Duke ball.advertisementThat means no place for Kohli’s favourite Yajuvendra Chahal will remain a One-day specialist. These days every player, who gets runs or returns with wickets, swear by the team management, saying they have been given the freedom to bat the way they naturally do and experiment they way they want while bowling. All this talk in the run up to the big tour will make for good sound bites.(Veturi Srivatsa is a senior journalist and the views expressed are personal. He can be reached at [email protected])–IANSvs/kk/vmlast_img read more

Thunder Bay deaths that could be reopened if police follow OIPRD recommendations

first_imgMany of the deaths of Indigenous people in Thunder Bay occurred in or along the McIntyre River (pictured above). File photo.APTN NewsOn Wednesday the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) released its long-anticipated report on the relationship between the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) and Indigenous people.The two-year investigation, led by Independent Police Review Director Gerry McNeilly, found “significant deficiencies” due in part to racism in the police force.Among the report’s recommendations is that police reinvestigate nine sudden death cases involving Indigenous people.Those individuals are not formally named in the OIRPD report, but APTN News matched the dates of the cases in the report with known names in Thunder Bay.Jethro AndersonJethro Anderson, a 15-year-old from Kasabonika Lake First Nation, disappeared in Thunder Bay on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000. His body was found in the Kaministiquia River two weeks later, on Nov. 11. Police determined the death was not suspicious.The 2016 inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students found the cause of Anderson’s death to be “undetermined”.“It’s still a mystery,” Anderson’s aunt Dora Morris told APTN News of her nephew’s death. “We don’t know what happened to him. I guess he just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.”Curran StrangCurran Strang, an 18-year-old student from Pikangikum First Nation, went missing in 2005. His body was found in Thunder Bay’s McIntyre River on Sept. 26 of that year.The inquest determined Strang drowned “with ethanol intoxication”. His death was determined an accident.Strang was pulled from the river with his pants undone and lowered, the sweatshirt he was last seen wearing was also missing.Kyle MorrisseauThe body of 17-year-old Kyle Morrisseau of Keewaywin First Nation was found in the McIntyre River on Nov. 10, 2009. He had been missing for two weeks.“It wasn’t like him to not call home. He called almost every day,” Christie Kakegumic, Morrisseau’s sister, told APTN.A coroner determined Morrisseau too had drowned “with acute ethanol intoxication.”The cause of Morriseau’s drowning was deemed an “accident” by the inquest.Jordan Wabasse was found dead in May 2011. File photo.Jordan WabasseJordan Wabasse, a 15-year-old from Webequie First Nation, was pulled from the Kaministiquia River on May 10, 2011.Two days after police ruled Wabasse’s death not suspicious they received a tip that the youth may have been murdered. The inquest determined Wabasse had drowned but found the cause of his drowning to be “undetermined”.Christina GliddyChristina Gliddy, a 28-year-old mother from Wunnumin Lake First Nation, was found unconscious near a bridge over the McIntyre River.She died later that morning, on March 29, 2016. The coroner and police said Gliddy died of exposure.Gliddy’s mother and sister both told APTN last year they doesn’t believe Christina’s case was properly investigated by police.Marie SpenceThunder Bay police were called to a wooded area, near a bike path just off the Trans Canada on April 30, 2016.The officer who took charge of the scene noted that Spence was on her back with her legs bent to the left. He also noted the following:The officer who took charge of the scene reported that death was obvious, and that the deceased was lying on her back with her legs bent to the left.He also observed that: Her elbows were bent with her hands palm up next to her head, her left hand was clutching a clump of grass, Her right hand was holding a small branch, Her pants were pulled down below her buttocks, but her underwear was in place. Two hospital bands were located on her right wrist (these were from the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre) and there were cigarette burns on both palms.The coroner concluded:“The autopsy report listed significant findings as ethanol intoxication – post-mortem toxicology detected a non-fatal level of ethanol in the post-mortem blood. It can increase the risk of hypothermia. Ketoacidosis – this may occur in diabetics and individuals who are dependent on ethanol consumption.”The Thunder Bay police then released this news release.“A post mortem was conducted in Toronto yesterday on the deceased female whose body was discovered on April 30, 2016 in a wooded area behind Brant Street. Based on the evidence examined to date, her death does not appear to be criminal in nature. The woman had been deceased for a few days prior to the discovery of her.”According to Gerry McNeilly, police didn’t do the work properly.“Ms. E.F.’s (Spence) death may or may not have been related to intoxication (blood alcohol level of 244 mg/100 mL) leading to hypothermia. Ms. E.F.’s recent injuries may or may not have been attributable, in whole or in part, to stumbling or crawling. However, the investigation fell significantly short of what was required to enable those conclusions to be drawn.”Arron LoonThe body of 20-year-old Arron Loon was found in the snow near a pathway in Thunder Bay on March 25, 2015. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue arrived first on the scene and told a police officer who later arrived that it appeared Loon may have been in a fight. There were abrasions and blood on parts of his body, though this was not mentioned in any police report.Loon’s cause of death was listed as hypothermia in the autopsy report, and Loon was said to have had an “elevated blood ethanol concentration.”“This is but one of a number of cases in which an Indigenous person was presumed by TBPS to have died suddenly as a result of hypothermia or drowning,” the OIPRD report reads. “In a number of these cases, police failed to recognize that findings of hypothermia or drowning did not relieve them of their obligation to determine the circumstances under which these individuals froze to death or drowned, including the role, if any, played by others in contributing to their deaths.”The report found the investigation into Loon’s death was “deficient in important areas,” which “prevents a proper determination as to whether it was or was not attributable to accident and unrelated to foul play.“A reinvestigation is required.”Stacy DeBungee died in October 2015. File photo.Stacy DeBungeeThe death of 41-year-old Rainy River First Nation man Stacy DeBungee in 2015 prompted the OIPRD investigation.On Oct. 19 DeBungee’s body was pulled from the McIntyre River. Thunder Bay police immediately ruled his death accidental and caused by alcohol before the completion of a post mortem.An independent investigation into DeBungee’s death determined that police failed to properly investigate and follow leads, including one that claimed DeBungee’s debit card was used after his death.  “What the DeBungee family has been put through by the TBPS is unforgiveable,” said Chief Robin McGinnis, Rainy River First Nations where DeBungee was from. “The findings by the Director that there is overwhelming evidence of racism at the Thunder Bay Police Service vindicates this long battle.”McNeilly is also calling for the Thunder Bay police service to put in place what he’s calling a multi-disciplinary team together to decide whether other cases should be reopened.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant Says Knee Injury Has Made Him More

Photo by The Washington Post.Kobe Bryant is almost amused by those who doubt that he will return from his recent knee injury to resemble the superstar player he has been all his career with the Los Angeles Lakers.For the first time since suffering a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee–only six games after returning from a torn Achilles–Bryant, 35, spoke on a number of issues:* On the idea of sitting out the rest of the season, as some have suggested: “I think I feel more locked in now than I’ve been my entire career because of this,” Bryant said. “The spirits are fine, the focus is great. Just going to see what happens when I come back. … My philosophy on that kind of stuff is: Do your job. You owe it to the organization and your teammates to get ready as fast and as quickly as you possibly can and to come back as strong as you possibly can.”* On whether the Achilles injury impacted the knee injury: “I don’t think one had anything to do with the other. We’ve evaluated it pretty extensively. The fact of the matter is any of us can get hurt at any moment and the key for us as an athlete is to block that fear out.”* On watching from the bench: “When you have injuries that fear is enhanced and you kind of put yourself under the microscope a little bit and start thinking about it too much,” he said. “The reality is it can happen to anybody, so you have to be able to tune that noise out and just go out there and perform.”* On what he learned in averaging 13.5 points in the six games before the knee injury: “I learned that I can pretty much do everything that I could before, particularly the last game [against Memphis]. The biggest part of my game, the last two to three years, has been getting to a space on the floor and being able to elevate and shoot pull-up jump shots and in the paint. It was a great test going up against Tony Allen, who in my opinion has been the guy that’s defended me the best since I’ve been in the league. So to go up against him on the fourth game in five nights, and respond to that challenge, felt pretty good.”* On the doubters: “It’s the same old tune. It’s just being sung a little more loudly now. Those type of things just really help me lock in more than ever.” read more

Sandals Foundation Spreads Christmas Cheer to Hundreds of kids with Annual Toy

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 21, 2017 – Providenciales – The donations were sponsored through the Sandals Foundation- the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International- which supports community, environment and educational causes within the Caribbean region.Public Relations Manager of Beaches Turks & Caicos, Elanor Krzanowski, commented on the successful toy drive.   “It’s always a pleasure to spread holiday cheer,” She continued, “With all that has happened this year, we wanted to make the little ones feel extra special.  We’re happy to partner with the schools and the various organizations in making the holidays brighter for children of the Turks and Caicos Islands.”Toys were donated to the entire student body of the Enid Capron Primary School – the hotel’s sponsored school-where students were treated to toys and treats during a Christmas party hosted by the hotel’s staff and Sandals Foundation volunteers. “On behalf of Enid Capron Primary School, staff, students and parents, we are eternally gratefully to Beaches Turks and Caicos for their kind donation in the form of the annual toy drive,” said Sophia Garland, Principal at Enid Capron.Garland continued; “We do appreciate the fact that our students matter to this resort as a corporate citizen.   Our parents and students are appreciative of the happiness that giving and receiving brings.   We continue to thank Beaches Resort for their continued support to our institution.”For a consecutive year, the hotel also brought cheer to the Living Word Center Ministries through donation of toys.Bishop Alvin Harvey expressed; “We really appreciate the help from Beaches which helps to make our Christmas Party happen every year.   It was very good, we used the toys at our annual Christmas ceremony and the donations helped us to reach our goals.”The hotel also makes a donation to the National Cancer Society.  “Beaches have always been one of our corporate sponsors,” commented Rosemary Jolly, President of the National Cancer Society of the TCI.   “Beaches is always very supportive. Today we are very grateful for the offer of toys to the children through the National Cancer Society.   Elanor (Beaches PR Manager) offered these toys without even asking here.   Knowing that we decided to give toys this year from proceeds of In the Pink to the children, this will go a long way and we are very appreciative to Beaches for its constant support of our initiatives.”Meanwhile the hosted a holiday party for the children of staff members who took part in face painting, games, dancing, and bouncing castles.Press Release: Sandals Resortlast_img read more

Gattuso delighted to see Higuain end goal drought

first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso believes Gonzalo Higuain has ended a barren run of goals in their 2-1 win over SPAL something he attributed to a mental block.The visitors took an early lead via Andrea Petagna before Gattuso’s men rescued the game thanks to Samu Castillejo and Higuain who completed the comeback.“I liked the team’s performance a great deal, both technically and tactically. I liked the mentality of the side, that knew how to suffer,” the Coach told Football Italia.“We could’ve killed it off earlier and must continue to improve. We’ve had to deal with all sorts of things this year. Now we go to Doha without Suso for the Italian Super Cup, one of our most important players, but I don’t want any alibis.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We had two big games in December that we didn’t make the most of, but we’ve just got to lick our wounds and keep going.”Perhaps even more important than the victory was Higuain breaking his two-month goal drought.“He lives for the goal, has always been a marksman and therefore really struggled to deal with this negative period. The defeat to Juventus, with the penalty and red card, was a terrible blow for him.“Higuain needs to rediscover that consistency and precision in his finishing, because he has always had those elements. We’ve missed him and hope this has also broken through that mental block.”last_img read more

Bigger Isnt Always Better But With the iPhone X It Is

first_imgDecember 7, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The holidays came early this year — Nov. 3, to be exact — for lucky entrepreneurial techies. Not only did those early birds snag their preordered iPhone X models, but they enjoyed quick access to the newest Apple gadget while competitors had to wait up to six weeks for theirs. And what those first buyers discovered is that the iPhone X has shattered the mold once again, offering significant opportunities to businesses wanting to up their game.Aside from the X’s myriad aesthetic improvements — like no home button on the frame, to nearly edge-to-edge display — iPhone X reviewers agree that Apple has cemented itself as the influential leader in driving technology, even at the gulp-worthy starting price of $999.Related: Will X-gen iPhone Axe the Exiting?Behind all the bells and whistles, though, is the whisper of what could be — and what will be — for entrepreneurs prepared to lean on the iPhone X as a personal and professional tool. Not only is it a social media and web-browsing monster, it’s also a platform that can launch the next generation of sales, marketing and customer-experience opportunities, even while it springboards startups into 2018.A lookalike that sets itself apartNo one can look at the iPhone X without recognizing its enhancements. The taller screen, with its 19.5:9 aspect ratio and approximately 20 percent space increase, is sleeker and bigger than the screens of previous iPhones. But that’s not even the best part: That status belongs to the phone’s hardware and software, which are ultimately blowing users’ minds.With the addition of Face ID, enabled by the inclusion of a front-facing and infrared 3D camera, the days of Touch ID seem like a bygone era. Using a system that recognizes a user’s face, the iPhone X can be unlocked — day or night, with or without sunglasses — when its user simply looks at it. And because Apple keeps face maps out of the cloud, it’s secure against hackers who might try to use two-dimensional photos or create 3D masks. In addition, the iPhone X’s rear, 12-megapixel camera offers greater image stabilization and a smarter portrait mode through AI, for adding visual effects and recreating lighting scenarios.Nor are these attributes playthings, either. They’re radical, sociological experiments that, if Apple’s history is any indication, will transform the way consumers, and therefore entrepreneurs and businesses, interface with devices. In fact, according to Recode, the iPhone has a long history of changing the world: 85 percent of photographs are now taken on cellphones, and what was once an App Store containing 500 apps is now a spectrum of 5.5 million app offerings, if you total those available from the App Store and Google Play. Even the newly introduced gestures, swipes and movements used to access the iPhone X will likely become the new normal.Making today’s difference tomorrow’s normEntrepreneurs need to recognize these features not as novel, then, but rather as the soon-to-be, de facto standard around which they should already be structuring their operations. As in years past: When Apple rolls out new gestures, entrepreneurs should roll those new iPhone X traits into their company software.Related: How iPhone X Can Make an Entrepreneur’s Life EasyFurthermore, the iPhone X’s gorgeous display and Dolby Vision-rated color experience are things content-creators should embrace. While color correction and accuracy have never been one of the biggest selling factors for mobile devices, Apple’s HDR-capable screen adds a degree of color accuracy that lends a new level of nuance and flexibility to technology concepts, as well as interface elements.Moreover, having more screen real estate for software puts more things within the view of a user — from task lists to emails to social media posts. In daily usage, this means a user can get through more content quickly without the need to refresh or scroll as often.All of these new interface features and experiences disrupt the marketplace, and founders who use them to pursue their business goals and address the needs of their target audiences are the only ones who’ll be able to keep pace with the changes already here.To seize the business opportunities your iPhone X presents, you should:1. Run existing applications through heavy-duty screen tests. With the new screen resolution and size, certain applications are guaranteed to function differently on an iPhone X versus other business equipment. Some applications will have major problems, such as overlapping text, and getting these problems fixed quickly is vital, especially when it comes to sales and marketing.Even if the software works perfectly, businesses can take their investigation a step further to see if the new screen real estate opens doors to unheard-of user interface or user experience concepts. For example, older navigation paradigms might be best abandoned in favor of more natural, modern ones. And, as augmented reality is already changing how consumers shop, entrepreneurs should look to the possibilities of the iPhone X and its augmented reality platform to better understand what their businesses should offer and how they should offer it.2. Work emerging gestures into UX. With all the new muscle memory that will be developing among iPhone X users, entrepreneurs should see how that can be leveraged for UX. For example, if gestures that users are comfortable using provide them with shortcuts to an application’s key features, they’ll be more likely to prefer those gestures and perhaps that brand.Related: 10 Things You Need to Learn From Apple’s MarketingObviously, leveraging these features for your own business means experimenting with the control-less screen and 3D facial-mapping software, as well as that software’s far-reaching capabilities (if Apple provides this ability to developers, that is). While some users will always want to have click-ability and a sense of touch — hence the password protection that backs up iPhone X’s Face ID — many will expect to be able to engage with other software á la their devices.3. Consider how face-mapping can engage your customers. Interestingly, 3D-mapping software is ideal for use on human faces and on objects. This opens new possibilities: Could tapping into the new hardware enable people to try on items, as glasses purveyor Warby Parker has already done? Might facial gestures unlock accessible interfaces for the hottest new brands? Down the line, it may even be possible for face-mapping software to send personalized content to users based on the expressions they make.So . . . is it worth shelling out a grand so that every employee of yours has an iPhone X to explore and innovate with? Probably not. But figuring out the advantages of these evolutions is essential. Today’s marketplace is as dynamic as it’s ever been, and if the iPhone X teaches entrepreneurs anything, it’s that failing to keep up with these changes is the quickest route to backsliding in 2018. Register Now » 7 min readlast_img read more