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Better Hope pensioner goes missing

first_imgMissing: Cecil Joseph also called “Berty”The family of 72-year-old Cecil Joseph also called “Berty” of Lot 16 Kissoon Street, Better Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD), is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the pensioner after he left his home the day after Easter Monday and failed to return.The missing man’s son, Chaitanya Becunha, told Guyana Times on Monday that his father has been residing with him at Better Hope, ECD, for the past two years since the death of his wife.Becunha added that his father would regularly visit his brother’s home and would return after a week or two, however, this was not the case. The worried son contacted relatives to check on his father but was told that he was not seen, hence he suspected something was amiss.After calls to relatives seeking information on Joseph’s whereabouts proved futile, the desperate son went in search of his father during which he visited both the hospital and police station but this also proved futile.“It got me really bothered now that’s where I decided to search. I went to do a search hunt at the hospital, I check with the police station and stuff like that, nobody knows anything. At this point I am kinda disappointed because he never said anything where he going and here it is, he gone missing” he related.However, Joseph’s son revealed that his father’s disappearances are constant. Becunha told this publication that prior to this incident, his father at one time told him that he was heading to Venezuela for one week but surprisingly, he spent ten years in the neighbouring country before returning home.The son is now of the belief that his father may have headed back to the country or even to Region One (Barima-Waini) since he was constantly expressing an interest in visiting the area.“Since my mom died he was back and forth with us, from here to Venezuela all the time…he got some relatives in North West because he always wanted to go to North West, so I’m wondering if he gone out there now or he gone back to Venezuela, so I don’t know” he related.Nevertheless, Becunha is worried as he related that his father suffers from memory loss among other illnesses. Becunha is, therefore, asking the public to forward any information on the whereabouts of Joseph by calling 638-0710 or contacting the nearest police station.last_img read more

Top 10 tips for poinsettias

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is hard to think of the holidays without conjuring up images of red poinsettias and a snowy landscape. These beautiful plants are easy to care for, with a few simple tips.“There is no need for people to experience difficulties with their poinsettia plants,” said University of Illinois Extension educator Kim Ellson. “Here are some tips to ensure your poinsettia looks its very best this season and well into the new year.”1.  Purchase a healthy, high-quality plant.2.  Make sure the cyathia remain tight and have not opened. The cyathia are the green buds in the centers of the flowers, surrounded by the colorful red bracts. They eventually open into tiny yellow flowers.3.  White and healthy roots are a great indicator of good plant health.4.  Wrap plants before transporting them home.5.  Avoid cold drafts; poinsettias are highly sensitive to direct drafts and suffer damage easily.6.  Let plants go completely dry between waterings, without stressing plants. Poinsettias are prone to suffer from overwatering as they have sensitive root systems that easily rot out.7.  Always water thoroughly.8.  If possible, select a cool area in your home. Avoid heating ducts or placing plants in overly warm areas during the holiday season. This will ensure vibrant, colorful bracts.9.  There is no need to fertilize your poinsettia during the holidays; save the fertilizer for March.10.           Monitor the plant for pests such as whiteflies by checking the undersides of the leaves. Treat early before infestations become unwieldy.“These basic guidelines should help ensure you get the very most out of your poinsettia this holiday, and enjoy a colorful season,” Ellson said.last_img read more

Google Docs Turns Its Comments System Into a Conversation System

first_imgRelated Posts Once a conversation is complete, it can be marked as “resolved” so as not to clutter up a document with comments. Archived comments can still be accessed for review or, if necessary, re-opened.This sounds like a much better way of dealing with document collaboration, and I expect this is the direction document collaboration is heading. Box, for example, is already doing something similar with its discussion tools. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud#saas A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Starting now, Google is rolling out a new commenting system to all Google Docs users except those Google Apps customers who opt-out through the new system we told you about yesterday. The company expects to have the new feature fully deployed by the end of the day.Google is attempting to address a common document collaboration problem: how to manage comments and conversations around a document. “Document comments aren’t really conducive to a conversation,” says Google Docs Group Product Manager Scott Johnston. “So we end up having conversations in e-mail instead.” But when you use e-mail, conversations end up separate from the document. And sometimes those conversations are as important as the document itself.So how is Google trying to solve this problem? klint finley The new comments system works like a conversation thread on a Facebook, complete with @replies. When someone is tagged in a conversation, they will receive an e-mail notification. The user can then either click-through to the document, or simply respond to the e-mail. All the conversation is captured and stored in Google Docs with the document. If the notifications become too much, users can mute notifications.There is no activity stream view of comments on documents, but Johnston said that something like that would make sense. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Craigslist, 3taps & The Court Battle For The Soul Of Public Data

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#copyright#e-commerce#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melansoncenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Who owns the kind of information collected by Craigslist? The classifieds site has staked its claim in a series of lawsuits against apartment listings mapper PadMapper and Craigslist data scraper 3taps. On Monday, 3taps will file a bold counterclaim, aiming for a victory that would bring a new era of pubilc information.ReadWriteWeb has learned that 3taps plans to file an answer to Craigslist’s lawsuit on Monday, September 24, denying many of Craigslist’s claims. Alongside this response, 3taps will file an antitrust countersuit, alleging that Craigslist maintains a monopolistic control over numerous markets related to online classified advertising. If successful, 3taps could open up the market to numerous innovations atop Craigslist data  and bring about the user interface and search features, whose lacking seem to be exemplified by the popularity of sites such as PadMapper and others who have fallen to Craigslist litigation.Before we get into the details of 3taps’ answer and countersuit, let’s look at the events and details leading up to this point. In June, Craigslist sent a cease-and-desist letter to PadMapper, the Google Maps mashup that aggregates apartment and rental listings from a number of sources, craigslist included. At first, PadMapper founder Eric DeMenthon acquiesced, announcing that all craigslist content would be wiped clean as he “wasn’t able to get a meeting or convince Craigslist’s lawyer that PadMapper was beneficial to Craigslist and apartment hunters in general.” Several weeks later on July 9, after first urging users to replenish the site’s listings on their own, DeMenthon announced that he would be bringing Craigslist listings back to the site.“I’ve found a way to include them that I’m told is legally kosher since it doesn’t touch their servers at all,” wrote DeMenthon, “but it still seems somewhat dickish to go against their wishes in this, and I’ve always had a lot of respect for what they’ve done for the world.”Craigslist seemed to agree that it was dickish and responded in kind with a lawsuit on July 20, arguing that both 3taps and PadMapper violate copyright laws in their use of Craigslist’s “protected content.” In the suit’s introduction, Craigslist argues that it “has worked hard and invested heavily for many years so that its users can use its local community sites largely free of charge, and free from third-party advertising and marketing” and that PadMapper and 3taps work to “misappropriate wholesale and commercially exploit” Craigslist content. The suit goes on to describe Craigslist as “the world’s largest online forum for free local classified advertising and community discussions,” noting that “more than 60 million Americans visit Craigslist each month, and they collectively post several hundred million classified ads each year.”3taps Answers CraigslistThis exactly the fight 3taps founder and CEO Greg Kidd has been seeking ever since he launched 3taps in April 2011.In a manifesto-esque essay against Craigslist’s claims, titled “3taps Defense Against Copyright Trolls,” Kidd argues that “the choice by [Craigslist] to litigate rather than innovate to respond to completion in search and display methods for big data is a chilling hairball laid at the foot of the open Internet.”  The “liberation” of data that Craigslist cites in its lawsuit has been a common refrain for the early Twitter investor, Square advisor and one-time member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, where, Kidd argues, “the notion of preventing the free flow of information pertaining to prices or offers of supply and demand in public markets is anathema.”Central to 3taps’ response to Craigslist’s lawsuit are the ideas that “public facts are public property” and “open access requires equal access”. The company argues that it is not bound by Craigslist’s Terms of Use, since it claims that it never touches Craigslist’s servers to obtain the data it provides to its customers via API. It also argues that the data that it does acquire does not and cannot belong to Craigslist in the first place.“The [Craigslist] data in question is indexed by public search engines and is made available in the public domain,” writes Kidd. “One does not have to belong to or even go to Craigslist to find this information on the description, price, and time of availability of a posting. The information is freely available in the public domain and is a fundamental component of transparency of supply and demand and price discovery that are the foundation of free markets.”This issue of copyright, however, is a sticky one and not clear cut for either side, according to Kurt Opsahl, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. While Opsahl says that Kidd’s argument that facts cannot be copyrighted is already commonly accepted as law, what may not be clear cut in this case is whether or not a Craigslist ad is pure fact or contains an element of creativity that can be copyrighted.“In the U.S., copyright protects creative expression, and not facts. Let’s use the ‘Jesus Tap Dancing Christ’ CL ad as an example,” writes Opsahl. “Here, the facts include that a 5-speed teal 1995 Pontiac Grand Am is for sale, at $700, and its features include tires, doors, steering wheel, seats and radio. However, elements like the use of a picture of a Grand Am riding a blue-haired unicorn as a reason to buy the car are creative expression.”This doesn’t, however, necessarily put Craigslist in control of the content, says Opsahl. Instead, “users own any rights to the creative expression in their posts. Thus, it is not Craigslist’s right to assert.” Craigslist briefly attempted to claim exclusive ownership over posts shortly after filing its lawsuit, but soon reversed its decision following a discussion with the EFF.3taps on the OffensiveIn addition to its response to Craigslist’s July 10 lawsuit against it, 3taps intends to file a countersuit alleging that the classified ad site violates antitrust laws. This countersuit alleges that Craigslist enjoys monopolistic control over numerous markets related to online classified advertising. 3taps will argue that Craigslist has a monopoly on gathering, indexing and publishing the factual information contained within classified ads. 3taps will also assert that Craigslist has acted in an anticompetitive manner, shutting down potential competition through a series of cease-and-desist letters and lawsuits. Kidd says in an email to ReadWriteWeb that Craigslist’s past actions in dealing with potential competitors and even users are “IMHO, deceptive, unfair, and now given CLs dominance in the marketplace, anti-competitive.”In Kidd’s words:We will file two counters to the CL sham litigation. One is a defense on the intellectual property grounds pointing out the CL copyright like claims are bogus. But the second response, will be a Sherman anti-trust claim filed by the leading anti-trust law firm in the United States: Skadden Arps. We will ask for discovery to unfurl a bunch of the stuff CL has pulled while representing itself as a not-for-profit .org community service (which is how most people know them). . . . CL revenues have grown from millions to tens of millions to hundreds of millions (we have the data now of course). Jim and Craig never profit shared or gave anyone else options or other equity. They have less than 50 workers. Their technology outlays are minimal because they haven’t upgraded the system in a decade. . . . and have no other expense that we can discern (except suing people and eBay). It’s not clear where those hundreds of millions have gone. And to be clear, I’ve got no problem with people doing well. . .As part of Craigslist’s lawsuit, the company cited craiggers as part of 3taps injurious actions against it. Craiggers, which 3taps recently shuttered in light of the lawsuit, allowed users to access Craigslist content with a fully revamped interface, search across localities and even save searches. (I have reviewed the site, saying simply that it “blows Craigslist out of the water”.)It is this sort of innovation that Kidd hopes to support with his antitrust claim. Kidd also cites Kayak, which aggregates flight data from various sources to provide a singular user interface, as an example of what can be done when companies don’t stand in the way of innovation around public data.The EFF’s Opsahl agrees. “The real solution for this would be follow on innovation,” he says, “to allow the room for other innovators to come along and enhance the value of this information for the community.”Craigslist and its attorneys have not responded to requests for comment.3Taps Defense Against Copyright Trolls from rwwmikelast_img read more

Indian cricket’s most successful foursome on the verge of decline

first_imgIndian QuartetBoy, that was quick. The moment India learnt its senior most batsmen had opted out of September’s Twenty20 World Cup, there was a stampede. Not towards the nearest street corner for a ritual round of protests, but to hammer out the tributes and order the bugler to sound the,Indian QuartetBoy, that was quick. The moment India learnt its senior most batsmen had opted out of September’s Twenty20 World Cup, there was a stampede. Not towards the nearest street corner for a ritual round of protests, but to hammer out the tributes and order the bugler to sound the Last Post. Quick, before they change their minds.The Twenty20 World Cup, cricket’s ode to the microwave, is for young legs, quick wits and short attention spans. Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have decided that their wits and skills are in good condition but their inner athlete is unlikely to rise and shine. With thinning pates and growing children, who needs more reminders about the generation gap? Who needs to dive, slide, and produce physiology-defying shots? Not such a tough choice, is it? Between the judgment of history and a verdict by popularity contest. Thanks guys, the microwave is all yours. The pressure cooker is more our thing.It was as if relief was ringing out from rooftops in stereo. It had happened. The baton had been exchanged, thank god. The torch has been passed.Not yet.Soon it will be, but not just yet. In between that day and this, the light will slowly fade on a quartet like no other in Indian cricket history. Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly are top of the mind today, but ignore VVS Laxman and their collective mojo vaporizes. These four, India’s most successful generation middle-order batsmen, perhaps its greatest ever batting generation are in England now at the start of what could be their last season together.advertisementClick here to EnlargeIndia has had many luminous batsmen, and a few great line-ups, but these four stand apart. Not merely because all feature amongst the top 10 Indian Test run-getters (300-odd more runs for Laxman in England and they will be four of the top eight). Their real distinction lies in their impact: at their peak, their runs and partnerships led to more Test victories than any other foursome India had ever fielded.Click here to EnlargeWhen the Tests in England begin, the group will be thrown up into the familiar swirl of affection and aggravation, kinship and rivalry. In the middle, they will try to rediscover the sync that builds when the scoreboard is hostile, the skies grey, the ball swinging, when all they have is each other. Eventually, one may keep going longer than the other, but every man knows he will never keep such company again.Before the Lord’s Test, they are being paid a few cursory compliments but being told, in a very English way, that they are frankly a little pass. Ever since the World Cup, they have grown attuned to the impatient hissing.Pataudi on the Quartet: They were the greatest Indian middle order ever when they were the top of their game two-three years ago- only Viswanath and Vijay Manjrekar come into the frame.When told about this article, one of them laughed and gave it a title, “The old boys’ last stand, eh?” Their last two seasons have witnessed a tumult in fortunes, a spiraling of batting form and a jangling of confidence. Cool, green England, where cricket is organic entity rather than a shrill modern sport, is a place to check whether their multiplier effect still works. India will hope it does, for that is a well-trodden route to success and redemption.Each of them have the means. To expert and peer, the core of their qualities lies beneath the surface and beyond glib brand names. Tendulkar’s stroke play comes from a clutter-free creativity, says Javagal Srinath. His gift- carving out an extra instant by first concentrating on reading length alone before making his decision-forward or back. Unlike ordinary batsmen, Tendulkar does not think about where the bowlers arm come from or judging how the ball would swing. Length first, action in the next instant. “That sort of batsman,” says former India spinner V.V. Kumar, “is a miracle. It is like he has a sixth sense, one of shot-making.”Dravid’s defense is immaculate and his technique sound, but below the accumulated layers of learning and training, at his core, he is a master of the mind. A formidable mind player who brings his preparation to the crease well before the precision tool of his technique comes into play.Dravid with GangulyAfter his early flourish, Ganguly’s Test cricket has been played before the scrutiny of scowling pundits who say he can’t play fast bowling, can’t play the pull, doesn’t have an onside game, doesn’t have patience, doesn’t have the bottle. Still, he does have 5,000-plus Test runs and a signature six over long on that is an offering to the Gods. Tendulkar says, “See, Sourav knows his strengths very well. Singles are not his style, he likes boundaries. He knows how to set up bowlers.” Only three batsmen in history have a better ODI record and Srinath says, “His game is about domination. Either you overpower Sourav or he overpowers you.”Laxman is the juniormost but his skills seem the most unfathomable. No one can define the meeting point of his technique and his temperament, how he makes his physical art and his mental craft work. “His success,” says Kumar, “lies between the extremes of the improbable and the probable.” Laxman has often batted as if the scoreboard is irrelevant. He seems more careworn these days but India hopes England will uncork the magic.advertisementJohn Buchanan on India: Between 2000-2004, they were the best batting side we ran up against, not just in depth but in their skills-they could play pace and spin, they could attack and defend.Each knows what he would like to borrow from the other. Laxman’s wrist-work, says Tendulkar. Dravid’s temperament, says Ganguly. Tendulkar’s balance, says Dravid. Ganguly’s attitude, says Laxman. “When Sourav is at the crease, it’s all happening. Whatever shot he has just played on the previous ball, he’s still staring the opposition in the eyes.”Batting together, they have built an understanding of each other’s tempo and a mutual confidence, unshaken despite a run out or two dozen. Like a long-assembled, much-rehearsed string quartet, their cadences complement rather than compete. Dravid says, “Having them at the other end has helped me play in the rhythm I like.” In turn, Dravid has been the solid presence, the steady bass player, around whom the others could fly free and improvise knowing that the backbeat would always hold.The equal music of their batting together is actually conducted through long silences. Their partnerships punctuated by the occasional tap of the gloves, a few muttered words: “Have faith, have faith,” says Laxman and Dravid’s trademark “Keep going, you’re okay, you’re good, mate.” The only stream of chatter comes from Tendulkar and sometimes reserved, especially for Ganguly, in Bengali: “All the time, it’s the wrong Bengali-11 years and he still speaks it wrong.”There are parts to their old partners they still cannot understand: Sachin’s obsession with cars, Sourav’s obsession with his bats (he is alleged to have carried 15 on one tour), Laxman’s propensity to rush in for showers even at tea and pad up at the very last possible minute. And the perennial mindbender: why is Rahul so serious?Tendulkar on his Mates: If I could take a quality from their games, it would be Dravid’s patience, Sourav’s ability to calculate and pick and choose in an innings and Laxman’s wrist-work.They are secure enough to banter about each other but ask them if they think they form the India’s greatest ever batting generation and they palpably baulk. Tendulkar and Laxman opt for the safety of “one of the best”. Dravid says comparing eras is “silly, and I don’t want to do that.” Ganguly, never one for shy understatement says, “I would put it this way, in that period, we have contributed immensely to Indian cricket.”advertisementClick here to EnlargeFormer India captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi places these young men in the historical context of the middle order batsmen he has seen from the 1950s onwards. “Only G.R. Viswanath and Vijay Manjrekar would enter the picture with them in terms of ability and effectiveness.” In his mind there is no argument, “When they were at the top of their game two-three years ago, they were the greatest middle order India has ever had.”Click here to EnlargeThey all know what time he is talking about. Between 2000 and the end of the 2004 season, when India played 41 Tests and won 16, exactly half of those away from home. There were Test wins in the West Indies after 26 years (series lost), in England after 16 years (series drawn), in Australia after 21(series drawn) and for the first time ever in Pakistan, where after many noshows, India kept its date with destiny, winning a series away from home. In that time, between them, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman scored 12,367 runs, 32 centuries (11 each to Tendulkar and Dravid), and shared 27 century partnerships.Ganguly on the Streak: There’s a lot of ability in our group-you’re talking tens of thousands of international runs. But mostly, at that time we played freely. There was no pressure on us.Why did it happen then, that hot streak when the phrase “best batting line-up in the world” meant what it said. When it was applied to Indian batsmen without the mockery loaded on? “It’s hard to give a reason,” says a smiling Tendulkar shaking his head, “but you’re talking about a lot of quality there.” Laxman includes runs from the top order like Virender Sehwag and his partnership with Akash Chopra in Australia, and believes, “it was a great team, everyone was gelling. It was amazing, we were all in great nick, getting runs for ourselves and the team.” Dravid’s dissection is more precise, “It coincided with the fact that we raised our games. We are the same age, we had similar experience, we peaked at around the same time.” Ability and freedom, says Ganguly, “we played freely, there was no pressure on the four of us.” Down a phone line from Christchurch, their coach at that time, John Wright, offers an odd-ball explanation, “They batted in a functional way,” he says.Throughout their history, Indians have never been functional cavalrymen. Swashbuckling yes, suicidal, very often, but functional? Like household gadgets? Wright explains. “They set some very clear goals-batting five sessions, batting in partnerships. Batting was our strength, if we could bat five sessions, put on runs, we knew we could control games.” So, these batsmen knew exactly what was expected of them? “No,” says Wright, “they knew exactly what was needed of them.”Tendulkar with LaxmanIndia was able to dominate in opposition territory, says Srinath on the back of this clutch of batsmen operating together. “I just wish,” he says with something sounding like longing, “these four guys had been in alignment for longer.”They are together again in England and what they will do will not be governed by the motion of the stars, but by their hunger and drive. If there was a single common chord in these diverse players, it lay in their intent to be the master of their destinies. Just like they orchestrated the perfect storm, maybe they can work out how to script the perfect finale. Despite the fact that Indian cricket doesn’t do fond farewells, only bitter and angry ones. If they could pull that off, it would perhaps be their ultimate victory. But the hours before contest commences in England are not for the anticipation of brute reality but for dreaming. They provide the perfect pause. To acknowledge these remarkable batsmen. To will them to suddenly perform in full-blooded chorus again.To say thank you for the music.last_img read more

Warming up for the Cup

first_imgThe Indian team working out in MadrasThe shyness is gone. The cloak of reticence exchanged for one of assertiveness. Track-suit bottoms, Reebok T-shirt hanging loosely, Mohammed Azharuddin exudes confidence these days. Perhaps, he now realises that it’s nothing personal. That he is just part of a quaint Indian ritual, wherein,The Indian team working out in MadrasThe shyness is gone. The cloak of reticence exchanged for one of assertiveness. Track-suit bottoms, Reebok T-shirt hanging loosely, Mohammed Azharuddin exudes confidence these days. Perhaps, he now realises that it’s nothing personal. That he is just part of a quaint Indian ritual, wherein the moment someone becomes the Indian cricket team captain everyone begins finding reasons why he’s not good enough. But Azhar’s not quitting. Win or lose the World Cup, he’s staying put for “four more years”.But perhaps he knows he may not have a choice; that the long, hard winter ahead will eventually decide his fate. First comes the New Zealand series. Then, the 1996 World Cup. And all over the subcontinent, from the Indian team working out in Madras to TV magnates finalising their master plans and organisers working out the opening ceremony, the buzz has begun. After all, it will be the most expensive (cost: Rs 200 crore), most widely covered (each match will be televised live by seven maj or sports channels in Test-playing countries) and the most watched (estimated audience: 1.5 billion) World Cup ever.The ’96 world cup is expected to be the: most expensive, most widely covered and the most watched world cop ever. For the team, it’s homework time. Sure, the Kiwis don’t qualify as the best of sparring partners, and yes, the short tour by Pakistan is as yet uncertain, but the team is trying to imbibe the best it can. Says team manager Ajit Wadekar: “The Kiwis are no pushovers, a gradual buildup is beneficial because it helps plug the loopholes and allows us to peak at the right time. Not to mention what a win and a few persuasive individual performances will do for collective confidence.”At the Madras camp though, the World Cup is the final mission. Says vice-captain Sachin Tendulkar:” It’s the last world cup of the century, and we would love to win it.” Team members reflect his attitude, for unlike other years, all have been here since day one. Navjot Singh Sidhu, who faced Azhar’s ire for arriving late at the last camp, not only reached here a day early but showed clearly through his fitness that he hadn’t had a lazy off-season.advertisementNot surprisingly, of course, it is Azhar who is setting the standards: a daily regimen of jogging, stretching, over 500 sit-ups and nearly two hours of fielding practice. And if Sachin has lost 8 kg during the off-season, through training and a new “fruit diet”, even the normally plumpish off-spinner Ashish Kapoor looks much slimmer. Says a beaming team physio Ali Irani: “They are much fitter now than they were at the beginning of the season last year.”The team is much the same:lacklustre bowling, poor fielding and batting dependent on Sachin. The team itself does not promise to be radically different. The one major discordant chord has been fielding, and Azhar (see interview) is adamant that all socks need pulling up. Not to mention the bowling in the slog overs – in Sharjah in April this year, wides and no-balls gave away 43 runs. But Azhar is buoyed by the fine form of the Indians playing English county cricket. Javagal Srinath, especially afflicted by wides and no-balls, picked up an impressive 8 7 (at last count) wickets for Gloucestershire, AnilKumble going further with 105 for Northants.But Manoj Prabhakar at Durham (around 50 wickets) hasn’t done well enough, though he has an attitude the team craves. Round up the usual bunch of suspects – Venkatesh Prasad, Ven-katapathy Raju, Rajesh Chauhan – and Sachin chipping in with his wobbly stuff now and then, and the Indian bowling looks much the same.So does the batting, unarguably solid but equally unarguably, over dependent on Sachin. Azhar realises this, warning that “the rest have to perform as well”. Old problems remain, though: there may be enough openers in Sachin, Prabhakar, Sidhu and Ajay Jadeja. But a No. 6 batsman whose hitting target is the stands is still missing.Frenetic activity of a different sort is on too. With an estimated Rs 42 crore as the cost of being the title sponsor, ITC will spend another Rs 10 crore-Rs 12 crore on promoting the Cup. Apart from the logo and the usual merchandising like caps, shirts, yearbooks, magazines et al, it also plans to make five promotional films. pilcom (Pakistan, India, Lanka Organising Committee) is hard at work too, promising that the February 11 opening ceremony at the Eden Gardens in Calcutta will be spectacular.The President will inaugurate it and effects will be provided by the Italy-based Half Moon Image Consultants, which produced the opening ceremony of the 1990 soccer World Cup. In a sweet touch, invitations have also been sent to captains of every previous world cup team worldwide.Other deals are already signed. Coke is the official drink. VISA the official card, in a deal worth approximately Rs 119 crore. The staggering revenue includes a Rs 30 crore guarantee from WorldTel Corporation for TV rights and 7 5 per cent of World Tel’s profits (see box).advertisementGrounds too are being given a facelift. The stadia in Mohali, Bangalore. Gwalior, Madras and Bombay are being floodlit, and most are acquiring electronic scoreboards, instant-replay video screens and modern pitch covers. Bombay’s Wankhede Stadium, for instance, hosting just one match, is getting a Rs 10 crore spruce-up.Unlike India, many Pakistan centres will host more than one match. Centres without a certain grade of five-star hotels have been ignored, so that Lahore has four of Pakistan’s matches, including the final; Karachi and Rawalpindi three each; Peshawar and Faisalabad two each; and Gujranwala and Sheikhupura (probably) one each. Sheikhupura, although just an alternate site, is building a brand-new 25,000-capacity stadium. The Karachi and Lahore stadia are being upgraded too.Despite the continuing violence in Karachi, Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Arif Abbasi says there are no plans of shifting the venues of the matches. Indeed, they are hoping that a truce will be declared with the country’s image and honour at stake.And honour, both teams know well, depends on a win. Pakistan goes to Sharj ah in October and then to Australia for what must be a superior warm-up to India’s. Playing the World Cup at home, Azhar knows, will bring the worst kind of pressures; and failure could mean his head. Fairness never counts in moments like that.last_img read more

10 months ago​Fiorentina keeping tabs on Southampton striker Gabbiadini

first_img​Fiorentina keeping tabs on Southampton striker Gabbiadiniby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina have an interest in Southampton attacker Manolo Gabbiadini.The striker is being linked with a move to Italy in the January transfer window.Gabbiadini has scored 10 goals in 47 games for the Saints since arriving in 2017.And he is not seen as part of new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans, per the Daily Echo.The new boss even admitted some January transfers may happen.Saints’ boss said in a press conference last week: “We have to keep our eyes open in January.”There can be a few changes in the squad and a few possibilities but first I want a good overview of all the quality I have in my squad.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days agoKevin De Bruyne forced out of action at Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kevin De Bruyne forced out of action at Man Cityby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKevin De Bruyne has been forced out of action at Manchester City.The Sun says he is set to miss two games after a scan on his groin injury.The City midfielder, 28, is out until after the international break later this month and has been ruled out of the weekend clash against Wolves and tonight’s Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb.De Bruyne was injured after a heavy tackle from Morgan Schneiderlin and while he was taken off the pitch with ten minutes to play.The former Chelsea star later revealed he was fine, but hasn’t suited up for training since.It’s now expected De Bruyne will be sent for further tests to get the bottom of the problem.The playmaker could also miss Sunday’s game against Wolves – but will then have two weeks to prepare for the trip to Crystal Palace on October 19, thanks to the international break. last_img read more

Duke Basketball: Blue Devils Release “Duke In The NBA” Alumni Highlight Video From 2014-15 Season

first_imgNBA players in the league based on colleges they attended.Duke NBA PlayersTwenty former Duke players appeared in NBA games during the 2014-15 season. That’s a hefty number, and the most of any college program. Naturally, the Duke program wants to promote that next-level success, which it did via highlight video yesterday. The “Duke in the NBA” video features highlights from nearly all Blue Devil alumni, though some (Kyrie Irving, J.J.Redick, Mason Plumlee etc) are featured more prominently than others.Here’s the full clip:last_img

The Red Wings Empire Is Crumbling

Simply put, the talent coming in hasn’t been able to keep pace with the talent going out — and nowhere is Detroit’s drain more evident than on the blue line. The Red Wings used to be able to pencil in the likes of Lidstrom, Rafalski and Mathieu Schneider for 50 to 60 points a season, with significant contributions made in quarterbacking one of the league’s top power-play units. This year’s Wings, though, have the worst power play in the NHL and the league’s fourth-worst group of offensive defensemen, according to GVT. (Where have you gone, Paul Coffey?) Although some of their weak shooting percentage with the man advantage is bound to improve with better luck, Detroit’s D corps is contributing about half as much GVT as the team got from its defensemen during the playoff streak, with nearly two-thirds of the blueliners’ drop-off coming specifically on offense.And it isn’t as though the rest of this season’s roster has picked up the slack. Goalie Petr Mrazek has been one of the worst in the league, and Detroit’s forwards have been mediocre at both ends of the rink. (They rank seventh-worst in offensive GVT and 10th-worst on defense.)In the past, the Red Wings were able to phase in a few promising young forwards every time one of their veterans declined or left the club. When Yzerman’s point totals dipped in the mid-1990s as he focused more on checking, Sergei Fedorov, Slava Kozlov and Keith Primeau provided an offensive spark. When Yzerman, Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan left the club in the mid-2000s, Datsyuk and Zetterberg were there to carry the torch. But although Tatar, Mantha, Gustav Nyquist, Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou have all shown flashes of potential, none has emerged as a star on anything approaching the level of a Fedorov or Datsyuk. Without those kinds of star turns, Detroit might be starting up a new playoff streak — one of the “drought” variety. Although there’s still plenty of time for the club’s recent draft picks to develop, the Red Wings as they’re currently constructed aren’t an especially young team — they have the NHL’s 12th-oldest roster — and they certainly aren’t a good one. The NHL is a league designed for parity, so Detroit’s record probably won’t stay outright bad for long, but it might also be awhile before we see the Wings restored to their former glory.If so, it’s all the more reason to appreciate the playoff dynasty Detroit built over the past 26 years. Thanks to shrewd drafting, trades, player development and a forward-looking vision of the game, the Red Wings built one of the best teams in hockey year in and year out for two and a half decades. For a whole generation of Motor City fans, greatness on the ice is all they’ve ever known. It’s a remarkable legacy, even if, like every great empire, it eventually collapsed.CLARIFICATION (Feb. 9, 2:34 p.m.): Since this article was originally published, a sentence has been rephrased to reflect the fact that Alexey Marchenko is no longer on the Red Wings’ roster, though he did have a Corsi greater than 50 percent during his time as a regular skater for the team this season. Is College Basketball Broken? We Asked The Game’s Top Stats Guru 2015114.9+3.8+25.7-3.8140.6 Related: Hot Takedown 2007218.1+22.7-4.2-58.2178.4 2017109.3+15.1-12.9-22.788.8 2010174.6+15.9-8.2-46.9135.4 2013171.8+5.9-14.8-25.1137.8 On April Fools’ Day in 1990, the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers skated for the final game of the season at The Spectrum in south Philly. Captain Steve Yzerman banged home a goal late in the third period to earn the Wings a 3-3 tie, ending Detroit’s campaign with 70 points and a last-place finish in the Norris Division. Soon after, the 1989-90 Red Wings cleaned out their lockers and parted ways for the summer.In the nearly 10,000 days since then, Detroit has played 2,035 regular-season games and employed 246 players. It’s gone through three captains, four general managers and six head coaches. But the one constant throughout the last 25 full seasons of Red Wings hockey has been extra action in the spring — and often deep into the summer. Detroit hasn’t missed the postseason since that April day in 1990, a mind-boggling run that beats any playoff streak outside of hockey1The longest playoff streak for an NBA team is 22 seasons, by the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers from 1950 to 1971. The longest for MLB is 14 seasons, by the 1991-2005 Atlanta Braves. The longest for the NFL is nine seasons, by the 1975-83 Dallas Cowboys and 2002-10 Indianapolis Colts. and is tied for the third longest in NHL history. (That it has come partially during the NHL’s salary-cap era is especially impressive.)But it could all come screeching to a halt this season. With a 22-21-10 record, Detroit currently occupies last place in the Atlantic Division, five points out of the Eastern Conference’s final wild-card spot with seven teams ahead of them. According to Hockey-Reference.com’s playoff simulator, the Red Wings have just a 7 percent probability of continuing their run for a 26th straight postseason. Every streak has to end eventually, but how did Detroit go wrong after so many years of success?Perhaps the Red Wings’ most distinctive hallmark during their playoff streak has been a focus on puck possession. Even as teams won through superior playmaking and shooting talent in the 1980s and early ’90s, Detroit loaded up on ex-Soviet stars who’d been trained to take care of the puck. In doing so, the Red Wings anticipated the direction that the game would head in the future, building their dominant teams of the 1990s less on the premise of aiming pucks past the league’s rapidly improving goaltenders and more on the basis of simply controlling the flow of play. These days we measure that control through Corsi percentage, the share of even-strength shots a team directs at the opponent’s net (as opposed to vice-versa) after adjusting for score effects and other factors.2For seasons after 1986-87 and before 2005-06, this number can be estimated using a team’s shots for and against, its power-play and shorthanded chances, its record and its goal differential. Although we didn’t know it at the time, the Red Wings were dominating Corsi back when Corsi was just a guy, not a metric. 2009200.4+28.3-50.3-3.8174.6 2012145.4+9.7+28.9-12.2171.8 2014137.8+10.2-24.7-8.3114.9 SEASONPREVIOUS GVTNEWCOMERSHOLDOVERSDEPARTURESSEASON GVT 2006199.2+32.6+32.0-45.7218.1 2008178.4+22.1+35.7-35.8200.4 No NHL team averaged a better Corsi than the Wings from 1991 to 2016, and the team even ranked fifth in the statistic as recently as two seasons ago. But the next generation has fumbled the torch on the handoff, and Detroit’s fabled possession machine has eroded badly in recent seasons as its stars have aged and departed.Gone are such advanced-metric idols as Pavel Datsyuk, whose 58.1 percent on-ice Corsi3At 5-on-5, adjusted for score effects and zone starts. ranked second among all NHL players from 2007-08 until his retirement from the NHL last summer, as well as Brian Rafalski (fifth), Tomas Holmstrom (10th), Mikael Samuelsson (14th) and Nicklas Lidstrom (19th). (Fifteenth-ranked Johan Franzen is also technically on the Red Wings’ long-term injured reserve list, but is unlikely to ever play again.) In the wake of that mass exodus, Detroit has fallen to an unheard-of 25th in the NHL in Corsi, according to PuckOn.net’s calculations. Only three players who have regularly skated for the Red Wings this season — forwards Anthony Mantha and Tomas Tatar, and recently waived defenseman Alexey Marchenko — have been on the ice for a Corsi greater than 50 percent (i.e., on the ice while Detroit possessed the puck more than the opponent). Even Henrik Zetterberg, normally one of the best possession-drivers in the game, has a mere 49.9 percent mark this season, with his relative Corsi, which measures how much he influences play relative to his teammates, dropping 12 percent from what it was during his best seasons.Detroit’s decline isn’t just about a drop-off in possession rate. The Red Wings have bled talent up and down the ice for years, going back to their post-lockout high-water mark of 124 standings points in 2005-06. Here’s how their roster changed each season since then, according to incoming and outgoing goals versus threshold (GVT), a metric that estimates each player’s value over a hypothetical replacement player in terms of goals added per 82 games: Abbreviated seasons prorated to 82 games.Source: hockeyabstract.com, Hockey-Reference.com NET GVT ADDED VIA… 2016140.6+22.9-45.5-8.7109.3 2011135.4+8.5+5.3-3.8145.4 Net change in goals versus threshold (GVT) for Detroit Red Wings read more