West Indies show more fight but Aussies triumph

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Allrounder Mitchell Marsh claimed four wickets as Australia broke up a defiant West Indies second innings to claim a 177-run win yesterday in the second Test to retain the Frank Worrell Trophy. Captain Jason Holder and Denesh Ramdin both scored half centuries and shared an aggressive 100-run partnership to highlight a gritty batting performance for the West Indies after Australia declared on their overnight score of 179-3. Chasing the unlikely target of 460, the West Indies batted patiently in the early stages and went to tea on 146-4. The Test seemed destined for a fifth day, but Marsh (4-61) sparked a collapse midway through the evening session when he had Ramdin caught behind for 59. “I was really happy with the way Mitchell Marsh bowled. He was pretty impressive today, bowling consistently over 140 kilometres per hour (87 mph) and guess really helped out the team in the end,” Australia captain Steven Smith said. Offspinner Nathan Lyon took a wicket in each session to finish with figures of 3-85 as the West Indies were bowled out for 282. “I was glad with the way we finished off,” Smith said. “(Lyons) did what he’s done so well this summer. He got crucial wickets for us at crucial times and he’s bowled beautifully.” After Kraigg Brathwaite (31) provided the only wicket of the morning session, the Australian bowlers took three hard-fought wickets in the afternoon session against a West Indies top order that showed far greater determination than in the first innings, when the visitors collapsed to 91-6. “I was proud of the way the guys showed some fight and skill,” captain Jason Holder said. “I’m disappointed we didn’t put up a better fight. But still credit to the way the guys played.” West Indies 2nd innings K. Brathwaite c Smith b Lyon 31 R. Chandrika lbw b Pattinson 37 D.M. Bravo c Nevill b Siddle 21 M. Samuels c Nevill b Marsh 19 J. Blackwood lbw b Lyon 20 D. Ramdin c Nevill b Marsh 59 J. Holder c Hazlewood b Marsh 68 C. Brathwaite b Lyon 2 K. Roach c Warner b Pattinson 11 J. Taylor c Pattinson b Marsh 0 J. Warrican not out 4 Extras (lb7, w1, nb2) 10 Total (all out, 88.3 overs) 282 Fall of wickets:1-35 (Brathwaite) ,2-83 (Bravo), 3-91( Chandrika), 4-118 (Samuels), 5-150 (Blackwood), 6-250 (Ramdin),7-253(C Brathwaite), 8-274 (Holder), 9-278 (Roach), 10-282 (Taylor). Bowling: Hazlewood 20-6-40-0 (1nb,1w),Pattinson 17-4-49-2,Lyon 23-7-85-3,Siddle 9-2-35-1,March 17.3-2-61-4 (1nb), Smith 2-1-5-0. Position: Australia won by 177 runs. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: M Erasmus, C Gaffaney; TV – I Gould. Dismissal Peter Siddle had Darren Bravo caught behind for 21 with a fullish outswinging delivery and Rajendra Chandrika opened up and played his shots before falling leg before wicket to James Pattinson for a Test career-best 37. Marlon Samuels, who took 16 balls to get off the mark, was caught behind for 19 off Marsh. Lyon claimed his second dismissal in the second over after tea when he trapped Jermaine Blackwood lbw for 20, before Ramdin and Holder combined to frustrate the Australian attack. Marsh finally broke through with the wicket of Ramdin (59) who smashed nine boundaries from his 90 balls. Lyon struck again to dismiss Carlos Brathwaite for two when his in-swinging delivery brushed the top of off-stump to dislodge the bail and Holder ended his gutsy innings at 68 when he spooned a Marsh ball to Josh Hazlewood at mid-off. Kemar Roach was out three balls later for 11, caught at third slip by David Warner off Pattinson. Holder encapsulated the West Indies’ defiance and even raised hopes of an unlikely victory push, hitting seven boundaries and punishing two loose Lyon deliveries for six, the first hoisted over mid-wicket deep into the stands. “Our guys need to cherish these moments and come up trumps in these kinds of games,” Holder said. “These are obviously big games and big occasions, and these are things our players can really strive to do.” Australia won the opening Test in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs. The third and final Test begins Sunday in Sydney. “The West Indies were up for the fight this game,” Smith said. “They improved quite a lot from the last match and hopefully they can continue to show that fight in Sydney.” Australia’s hopes of a quick victory were hit by another instance of sloppy bowling when Bravo edged a ball to slip just before lunch only for replays to show Hazelwood overstepped. It was the third time in the match the West Indies had benefited from a similar no ball. James Pattinson squandered two dismissals of Carlos Brathwaite due to no balls Monday to significantly prolong the West Indies innings and deny Australia a possible three-day victory. SCOREBOARDlast_img read more

Hall set to complete Watford move

first_imgFitz Hall is expected to complete his move to Watford in the next 48 hours.The injury-plagued defender is available on a Bosman free transfer, having been released by QPR when his contract recently expired.Leicester and Sheffield Wednesday have also shown some interest in him, but he is keen to stay in the south and has been discussing personal terms at Vicarage Road.Hall, 31, made only 67 league starts for Rangers, who signed him from Wigan in January 2008.See also: Defender Hall close to Watford move Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New global plan to fight TB

first_imgThe new global TB plan was launched in Pholoshong Primary School in Alexandra. The partnership’s Rifat Atun and Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu at the launch. WHO’s Dr Mario Raviglione said they firmly support the plan. Celebrity Gerry Rantseli-Elsdon is South Africa’s TB campaigns ambassador.(Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Judith Mandelbaum-Schmid The Stop TB Partnership +41 79 254 68 35 RELATED ARTICLES • African TB nurses lauded • SA, US join to fight tuberculosis • TB vaccine in SA clinical trial • New TB vaccine for babiesBongani NkosiThe fight against TB has been re-energised in South Africa and around the world with a new campaign launched recently in Johannesburg.International leaders of the Stop TB Partnership launched the “Global Plan to Stop TB 2011-2015” in Alexandra, the densely populated township in the north of Johannesburg, on 13 October 2010.Although there is an existing global TB plan in place, launched in 2006 and due to expire in 2015, the most recent campaign is meant to add new vigour to it, focusing on “setting new and more ambitious treatment targets for the next five years”.The new drive is about “putting a platform in place” for the facilitation of global efforts meant to eradicate TB, said Stop TB Partnership executive director Rifat Atun.The partnership is hoping to raise US$46.7-billion (R316-billion) for various global TB-fighting initiatives between 2011 and 2015.Although billions of US dollars have already been raised, more money is needed to treat the 30-million TB patients across the world, Atun said.According to the partnership, 10-million people in the world run the risk of dying from TB in the next five years. This includes 4-million women and children. “We need to stop these unnecessary deaths,” he said.“This plan will take us further towards universal access” of TB care, Atun said. “TB is curable – it’s unacceptable that it still remains a worldwide scourge.”It takes six months or slightly more to cure TB if a patient completes his or her treatment – a point the South African health department has been emphasising to its patients.The plan “will impact everyone in the world”, said the partnership’s Judith Mandelbaum-Schmid.The funds raised by the initiative will go towards beefing up TB care and vaccine research.There is still no vaccine that prevents pulmonary TB, which is the most common form of the disease, according to the partnership. But “if we execute this plan, we’ll be able to produce at least four vaccines”, Atun said.Many countries still rely on the outdated diagnostic method of testing human sputum for bacteria. Part of the plan is that new, hi-tech methods will be investigated over the next five years.Private and public sector investments will be critical for the plan’s success.Business involvementCorporates have been urged to invest in the plan. John Tedstrom, the president of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/Aids, gave assurance that international groups such as Chevrolet will be involved in new investments for vaccine research.“Business will be part of the solution,” said Tedstrom. “The re-launch of this plan is something that’s desperately needed.”UN agencies offer back-upUN health agencies, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNAids, firmly support the new strategy. Their senior officers attended the launch in Alexandra, where they publicly endorsed it.UNAids’ deputy director Paul De Lay said the agency “stands strongly behind the plan”. “We’ll do everything in our power to ensure that this plan is implemented.”Because HIV weakens the immune system, affected individuals are most susceptible to TB, which attacks as an opportunistic disease. De Lay decried the “terrible link” between TB and HIV/Aids at the launch.The new plan has been endorsed by various international role-players, said WHO’s Dr Mario Raviglione. “It is telling the world what needs to be done and how much money is needed to stop TB.“WHO is fully committed to supporting this plan,” said Raviglione.For those living with TB and HIV this “global plan means hope”, said Carol Nawina Nyirenda, who represents affected communities throughout Africa.SA ideal for launch Although South Africa has one of the highest TB rates in the world, the country is making progress in eliminating the disease, said Qedani Mahlangu, MEC of Health and Social Development in Gauteng.In the last year Gauteng, the country’s smallest yet most populated province, has achieved an 82% TB cure rate among patients on treatment.The national HIV Counselling and Testing policy, introduced by the government in April, integrates testing for both HIV and TB, and for diseases such as diabetes. The Gauteng provincial government reported that by July this year more than 300 000 people had been tested.“We’re delighted to have the global plan launched in South Africa … especially in Alexandra,” Mahlangu said.“TB is a global problem and it requires a global solution,” Atun said.last_img read more

Spain-Bafana showdown draws the media

first_img15 November 2013A strong contingent of 44 Spanish journalists will be flying in to South Africa to cover the international friendly between Bafana Bafana and reigning world and European football champions Spain at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday.It will be the first time the world number one ranked Spanish return to South Africa since they clinched the World Cup in 2010 after an extra-time victory over the Netherlands at the same venue – then known as Soccer City – thanks to a goal in the 116th minute by midfielder Andres Iniesta.Journalists representing radio, online, print and television from 14 different media establishments in Spain will be in attendance, reflecting strong international interest in the game, which will be screened live throughout Europe and elsewhere.Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has selected South Africa’s strongest possible side, including nine foreign-based players, for the game. Veterans such as Bafana skipper Itumeleng Khune, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bongani Khumalo and Kagisho Dikgacoi will line up alongside emerging players such as Bongani Zungu, Ayanda Patosi and Kermit Erasmus.Spain’s squad for the match includes 13 World Cup winners. Crowd favourite Andres Iniesta, who scored the winning goal in extra time in the 2010 final against The Netherlands, Cesc Fabregas, David Villa, Alvaro Negredo, Juan Mata, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso will be some of those in action.“It is a dream come true for many soccer fans to once again see the likes of Iniesta and Xavi in action at the venue where they made history by lifting their first World Cup trophy,” South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan said when the match was announced last month. “This is going to be a block-buster of a game.”Bafana Bafana have met Spain twice previously, with both matches taking place during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup in South Africa.Playing in Bloemfontein, the European champions recorded a routine 2-0 victory over South Africa in group play, but a shock loss to the USA, which ended their record unbeaten run of 15 matches, relegated them to the playoff for third and fourth against the hosts.The game turned out to be a cracker, with Spain edging it 3-2 after Katlego Mphela’s second goal forced the game into extra time.Tickets for Tuesday’s match are on sale at Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Shoprite/Checkers stores countrywide. They cost R50 for the top tier; R200 for the middle tier and R100 for the bottom tier. There are also suite ticket packages available for R895 and R1 650.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

7 Things App Developers Don’t Know About the China Mobile Market (But Should)

first_imgdominique tu Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#app development#China#smartphones Due to the rampant intellectual property piracy in China along with low-cost Android phones and hundreds of app stores, many developers assume China is wild and unregulated. The opposite is the case. In China, each local market has its own app certification and QA process. Yes, that means hundreds of app stores with their own sets of regulations. This might not seem like such a problem if you’re able to identify the stores you want your apps on and establish a relationship with them, but it means you have to go through the certification and QA process with all of them.Many App Stores for Many Purposes Western developers are accustomed to working with a handful of app stores, but once again, things are different in China. There are app stores for specific cities and provinces, app stores for specific demographic markets, like married women with kids, even app stores for particular market segments, like gamers or office workers. So finding the right stores for your app is not just a matter of working with the most popular few, but selecting them based on the kind of apps you make, and monitoring current traffic trends, to make sure you’re working with the right market leaders.Even If You Haven’t Published Your App in China, Your App is Probably There AlreadyMany app developers in the West and Japan hesitate to enter the Chinese market at all. They typically cite concerns with IP theft and copycatting. Ironically, the very fact that IP theft and copycatting is so rampant in China pretty much guarantees that their apps already are in China, just published by someone else. It’s sadly quite common that the world’s most popular apps are ripped off so mercilessly in China. The only feasible solution to this problem is working with a local partner who is familiar with the China app stores eco-system, to insure the illegitimate apps are pulled, and replaced by the standard, official app. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces When I discuss this topic with app developers, seven primary points come to mind.Localization is About a Lot More Than Just languageApp developers from the United States and European Union often assume that launching their product in China just requires translating the dialog and text into Chinese. But while this is an important part of the localization process, it’s only just the start. In China, you must also localize your product with the country’s native social network platforms. With Twitter and Facebook blocked, Chinese overwhelmingly prefer local social media products like Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, which are integrated into most apps in China.Localization of a Western app requires another level of customization outside the app. If your apps users in China aren’t able to log in with their social network credentials or easily share content from it with their friends, they’re likely to skip it. Localization also includes integrating your app to Chinese-based cloud systems. Thanks to the Great Firewall Of China, an app that uses a cloud solution from outside the country is going to suffer disconnections and delays.Cloud Technology Exists in China, But Still At A Basic LevelWhile apps in China should make use of a local cloud service, the state of cloud technology in China is still generally many years behind what Western developers are accustomed to. With the possible exception of Microsoft Skydrive, for instance, local Web-based drive services are generally not stable in China. Due to the Great Firewall, it’s is important to find a local partner to provide storage services for your app. At the same time, Western cloud storage providers should not assume their lead over China is assured. As with much of China’s technology industry, we should expect Chinese-based technology to reach competitive levels in a few short years. In China, App Stores Take Their 30% Cut … And So Does The Chinese GovernmentOccasionally, app developers wonder out loud if they should just publish their apps in China by themselves, so they don’t have to split their revenue with a Chinese publisher. After all, the app stores are already taking a 30% cut from their earnings, so why give any more to another third party? Trouble is, the Chinese government also takes about 20%+ in revenue from the app developer in taxes and regulation fees. A local partner can absorb these costs, especially if the company is part of an international firm, which is how Apple China does it.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Editor’s Note: Guest writer Dominique Tu is vice president, Greater China at Kii Corporation.Did you know there are more smartphone users in China than any other single country in the world? Pretty soon it won’t even be close. Most app developers in the West realize the Chinese mobile market is massive, but are still a bit hazy about what that means for their app. Do they localize and publish their apps in China and hope for the best? Or do the country’s problems and history of content theft make it not worth the effort?  Developers who are hoping to get into the China market by themselves should expect to get hit by deductions from several directions. Credit Cards & Most Other Western Payment Are Not Common In China In many ways, China is still a cash-based society. This makes it difficult for developers to make money through app store purchases. In a similar way, Google Play is not easily accessible in China, which hampers Android app monetization. This means you’ll need to integrate the local online payment options that are popular, such as Alipay. You’ll also want to work directly with China’s three mobile carriers—China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile—because allow in-app payments directly billed on the consumer’s carrier payment plan. About 75% of app payment in China comes through direct carrier billing. International digital payments processor Fortumo has a relationship with all three carriers, which creates a doorway for Western developers. Outside of Fortumo, most direct carrier billing services do not have many Western developer customers, so either you can read and write Chinese, or you’ll need to hire an engineer who can to can communicate with local vendors.People Assume There Are No Rules in China, But There Are Many The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Spurs’ star Kawhi Leonard won’t be ready to start the season

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brook Lopez scored 16 points for the Lakers (2-4), and the Los Angeles teams tuned up against each other before they meet in their season openers on Thursday.Tyrone Wallace had 23 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Clippers (2-3).LAKERS: Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle each scored 15 points. … Rookie Kyle Kuzma struggled to a 1-for-8 night, scoring eight points. … Lonzo Ball sat again after hurting his ankle earlier in the preseason.CLIPPERS: Rookie Jawun Evans had 22 points and eight assists. … Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic all sat. “He’s still rehabbing and when he’s ready, he’ll be ready,” Popovich told reporters in Houston before San Antonio’s preseason finale.Leonard didn’t play at all in camp or preseason, after a year where he averaged 25.5 points — raising his scoring average for the fifth consecutive season — and finished behind only Russell Westbrook and James Harden in the MVP race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Spurs aren’t alone when it comes to injury woes heading into the season.Many are minor, like Cleveland’s LeBron James nursing a sprained ankle and Golden State’s Andre Iguodala dealing with a bad back — issues that might keep them out of their respective opening nights. Kevin Durant (virus) and Draymond Green (back) also missed Golden State’s preseason finale on Friday, though neither situation is thought to be serious. Nor is the Rockets’ Chris Paul sitting out Friday with a sore knee, after missing a game earlier this week with a sore shoulder. View comments Tim Hardaway Jr. had 23 points as the host Knicks finished 0-5.WIZARDS: All-Star John Wall sat out the finale. … Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 21 points. … Former Knicks forward Jason Smith had 17 points.KNICKS: Kristaps Porzingis (sore right hip) and Frank Ntilikina (bruised right knee) were held out again. Ntilikina, the Knicks’ first-round pick, appeared in just one preseason game. He said he expects to fully practice Saturday. … Doug McDermott scored 21 points off the bench. He had 12 in his first five minutes.RAPTORS 125, BULLS 104Toronto outscored Chicago 38-17 in the fourth quarter to turn what was a tie game into a blowout.CJ Miles scored 27 points for visiting Toronto (3-2), which got 17 from Kyle Lowry and 16 from Norman Powell. Justin Holiday scored 17 for Chicago (3-3).RAPTORS: Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points and 10 rebounds. … The Raptors were 19 of 48 from 3-point range.BULLS: Lauri Markkanen scored 13 and Bobby Portis added 12. … Chicago had 28 assists on 38 field goals.SPURS 106, ROCKETS 97LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio (3-2).Rudy Gay scored 14 points and Kyle Anderson added 13 for the Spurs. Eric Gordon led the host Rockets (4-1) with 27 points, and James Harden added 15 points and 11 assists — but shot a mere 5 for 17.SPURS: Danny Green had 11 points and seven assists. … The Spurs outscored Houston 60-38 in the paint.ROCKETS: Houston took 53 shots from 3-point range, making 15. … Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson combined for 27 points, but shot 5 for 20 from behind the arc. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Some other injuries from training camp and preseason action are far more significant, like the ones endured by Charlotte’s Nic Batum (elbow ligament tear), Miami’s Rodney McGruder (stress fracture in left leg), Indiana’s Glenn Robinson III (high ankle sprain followed by surgery to repair ligaments Friday), Washington’s Markieff Morris (sports hernia), New Orleans’ Rajon Rondo (sports hernia) and Utah’s Dante Exum (shoulder).They are looking at weeks — or in many cases, months — before they’ll play again.So the preseason is over. Some teams will be feeling the effects of it for a while longer.Here’s a look at Friday’s preseason finales:HORNETS 111, MAVERICKS 96Kemba Walker scored 17 points and Johnny O’Bryant III had all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter for Charlotte.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 76ERS 119, HEAT 95Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick each scored 19 for Philadelphia (2-3), with Redick going 5 for 6 from 3-point range.Bam Adebayo, James Johnson and Dion Waiters had 13 apiece for Miami (3-3).HEAT: Hassan Whiteside picked up three fouls by the midpoint of the first quarter, with Joel Embiid drawingthem all. … Jordan Mickey had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Justise Winslow scored 10.76ERS: Philadelphia “hosted” the game in Kansas City, Missouri. … The 76ers shot 14 for 39 from beyond the arc, while holding Miami to a 4 for 30 performance from long range.WARRIORS 117, KINGS 106Stephen Curry had 18 points in 19 minutes as Golden State made a successful return home after its two-game China trip.David Stockton had 23 points and eight assists for the Kings (1-5).KINGS: Veteran summer acquisitions Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and George Hill all were sidelined. … Rookie Frank Mason started and had 10 points. … Rookies De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic missed the game with injuries.WARRIORS: Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala didn’t play. … Patrick McCaw scored 17 points and Nick Young made five 3-pointers for 15. … Rookie Jordan Bell started and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.LAKERS 111, CLIPPERS 104 Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017 in Oakland, California. ages License Agreement. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — Kawhi Leonard still isn’t ready to play.San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said the All-Star forward needs more time to get his injured thigh muscle right, meaning he won’t be out there when the Spurs open their regular season on Wednesday against Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Harrison Barnes scored 24 for visiting Dallas (4-2).MAVERICKS: Dennis Smith Jr. closed his preseason with 10 points and nine assists. … Dirk Nowitzki had 14 points and J.J. Barea added 13.HORNETS: Dwight Howard grabbed 12 rebounds, helping Charlotte win that battle 50-37. … Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon each scored 14.CAVALIERS 113, MAGIC 106Playing without LeBron James, Cleveland got 18 points from Jose Calderon and 15 from Dwyane Wade to beatOrlando.James missed his fourth preseason game with a bad ankle, and Kevin Love also didn’t play for the visiting Cavaliers (1-4). Aaron Gordon had 21 points for the Magic (3-3).CAVALIERS: Kyle Korver took five 2-point attempts, something he did in only six games all last season. … Wade and Derrick Rose didn’t play in the second half. … JR Smith came off the bench to further acclimate to his new role, now that Wade is the starting shooting guard.MAGIC: Orlando allowed 36 points in the third quarter. … Jonathon Simmons started again in place of the injured Terrence Ross (hamstring). … Simmons had 12 points and Elfrid Payton had 11 on 4-for-4 shooting.WIZARDS 110, KNICKS 103Bradley Beal scored 24 points in his best game of the preseason, helping Washington (4-1) send the Knicks to a winless exhibition slate. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GRIZZLIES 142, PELICANS 101New Orleans’ Tony Allen — who will have his jersey retired by the Grizzlies when his career ends — got a huge ovation from fans in Memphis in his first trip back as an opponent. He didn’t play, and the Pelicans got routed.Jarrell Martin scored 20 points and Marc Gasol finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Memphis (3-2). Jordan Crawford scored 19 for New Orleans (1-3).PELICANS: Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins both shot 2 for 5, combining for 16 points. … New Orleans trailed by as many as 49.GRIZZLIES: Memphis got to the 100-point mark with 4:17 left in the third quarter. … Mike Conley scored 19.BUCKS 107, PISTONS 103Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out six assists as Milwaukee (1-3) avoided a winless preseason.Avery Bradley and Andre Drummond were brilliant for visiting Detroit (2-3). Bradley scored 26 points on 11-for-17 shooting, and Drummond finished with 18 points, 22 rebounds and seven assists.PISTONS: Tobias Harris scored 13 points and Boban Marjanovic added 10. … Detroit got outscored 48-27 from 3-point range.BUCKS: Khris Middleton and Mirza Teletovic each scored 14. … Milwaukee used 14 players — 13 of them scored (rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon was the exception) and all 14 got at least one rebound. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Source: Cavs trading Jefferson, Felder to Hawks LATEST STORIES NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Success secrets of CBSE toppers: Regular self-study and no social media

first_imgOf the four CBSE toppers, three belong to the City Beautiful Chandigarh. While Bhumi Sawant of DAV School, Sector 8 Chandigarh, bagged second position in Science stream by securing 99.4 per cent marks, another girl Mannat Luthra and her school mate Aditya Jain, both commerce students of Bhawan Vidayalay stood at number 3 in Commerce stream and got 99.2 per cent marks.”It was a surprise for me though I hoped that I will get good marks. Although I did not follow a strict time table to study but I regularly studied upto 5 hours a day,” says Bhumi Sawant, who loves music. She had stopped taking part in family get-togethers or celebrations from the last two years. However, she took part in all activities in the school except sports.Bhumi is daughter of Deepak Sawant, who works as a computer scientist at the National Informatics Centre (NIC), Chandigarh. Her mother is also a qualified maths teacher.WANT TO JOIN CIVIL SERVICES Like Bhumi, Mannat Luthra and Aditya Jain, also did not follow the age old late night or early morning study schedule. Both want to join civil services.”I want to be an economist and want to serve the country by joining civil services,” says Aditya Jain, son of a Panchkula businessman Rajesh Jain, who considers sound sleep and football as important part of his life. He studied mainly during the day.Aditya’s secret of success and strength is perhaps his undeviated mind. A 4-5 hours study was a routine for him. He did not allow anybody including his siblings and parents in his room when studying. He did not allow his mind to deviate and avoided phone calls also. The family had sacrificed all gatherings so that Aditya did not miss his school.advertisementUnlike Aditya, Mannat Luthra studied upto late night and would only sleep after completing 4-5 hours of study, besides home work and tuition.   “A combination of self study, tuitions and school teachings worked. I started studying from day 1. I want to join civil services,” says Mannat Luthra, daughter of Deepak Luthra, who owns pharmaceutical business.Like Bhumi, Mannat also loves music and would go out for a walk to refresh her mind. She also watched television occasionally.AVOIDED SOCIAL MEDIA Over the years, the penetration of social media and availability of internet facilities while at one hand has shortened the distances, has also affected the performance of school and college students. A cross examination of three Chandigarh based toppers revealed that they rarely used social media.One common thing about the CBSE toppers is that they avoided use of social media which these toppers consider as a wastage of time.Bhumi, Aditya and Mannat used their mothers’ mobile phones to get information on social media and were not given personal mobile phones by their parents.”Social media indulgence wastes a lot of time. I did not use any application,” says Mannat Luthra.Also read: Meet Bhumi Sawant De who secured AIR 2 in CBSE Class 12 Boards 2017Also read: CBSE declares Class 12 board results 2017! Trivendrum tops regional ranking, Delhi at No. 3last_img read more

Judd Trump surges back to beat Ding Junhui and reach Crucible last eight

first_imgTrump quickly erased any lingering frustration from an erratic opening session with a break of 93 in the first frame of the evening to reduce the deficit to one. And with Ding, like Trump a former finalist who is still chasing the sport’s major prize, struggling to get a look-in, Trump went on to make three more half-centuries, then a 103 to move within one of victory.After completing the job Trump, who is in the midst of one of the best seasons of his career with three titles including the Masters, said he is relishing his meeting with Maguire. “He is a very fiery character who can intimidate you if you’re not playing well,” added Trump. “We’ve had a good few battles over the years. If I start like I have in my last two matches again, I’ll be going home.” match reports Facebook Since you’re here… Judd Trump said he is still “leagues” away from winning an elusive first World Championship title despite reeling off six consecutive frames to sink Ding Junhui.Trump, who made his solitary final appearance in 2011, turned a 7-9 deficit into a 13-9 victory over the Chinese player to set up a quarter-final against Scotland’s Stephen Maguire. But the 29-year-old has been far from happy with his form in the tournament, having squeezed through his first round-match against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, and believes others stand a far better chance of success.Trump said: “I’ve probably been the worst player of the whole tournament so far, so I knew I had to raise my game and I was prepared to go out there and fight. You have to look at Neil Robertson and Kyren Wilson – those two are leagues above the standard I’ve seen in the tournament so far, so I just have to keep competing and hope my chance will come.” Snooker Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share via Email Mark Selby and Mark Williams suffer shock World Championship defeats Read more John Higgins John Higgins booked his place in his 15th career quarter-final with an attritional 13-11 win over Stuart Bingham. Resuming at 8-8, Higgins racked up an opening break of 97 but he would have Bingham to thank for a series of spurned opportunities to take control. After moving within one frame of victory, Higgins knuckled down with a 63 to set up a last-eight clash with the title favourite, Robertson.Wilson also overturned a 9-7 overnight deficit to reel off back-to-back centuries and seal a 13-11 victory over Barry Hawkins in a record-breaking Crucible showdown. Breaks of 125 and 132 in the last two frames earned Wilson a fine victory and took the total of centuries in the match to nine – a new mark for a best-of-25 match in Sheffield. Wilson’s break in the penultimate frame took him in front for the first time in a match in which he had trailed 6-1, after Hawkins scored four centuries of his own in the first session.Wilson, a semi-finalist last year, said: “Towards the end I reeled off the games very comfortably. I’ve worked really hard for this event and that’s the time you rely on it and it comes out.”Hawkins, a six-times Crucible quarter-finalist, said he was planning to “go mental for a bit” after suffering a defeat which he said summed up his topsy-turvy season. Support The Guardian John Higgins edged past Stuart Bingham to book his quarter-final spot. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA Read more Share on WhatsApp World Snooker Championship … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Topics Pinterest Ali Carter preys on Jack Lisowski’s errors to keep Crucible dream alive Ali Carter drew on his renowned fighting spirit to reel off six successive frames and turn a 9-7 overnight deficit into a 13-9 victory over his fellow qualifier Zhou Yuelong. The two-time finalist, who has twice beaten cancer and has Crohn’s Disease, will next face another qualifier, Gary Wilson, in his sixth career appearance in the last eight.Consecutive breaks of 72 helped Carter nudge in front and, with Zhou appearing to wilt under the pressure, the Essex player kept his focus in a scrappy session to get over the line.Carter said: “I feel like I’ve swum the channel to get through that match. It’s just the fight I’ve got in me and, if I didn’t have it, maybe I wouldn’t be here today. I feel like maybe I deserve to be world champion. I’ve lost twice in the final to Ronnie [O’Sullivan]. I’m not really bothered about the other tournaments any more – this is the only one that matters.” Share on LinkedIn Judd Trump Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd, Joel Klatt Explain Why They Believe Michigan State Can Win It All

first_imgColin Cowherd previews the Big 10 Championship on The Herd.colin cowherd joel klatt high on michigan stateMichigan State has an all-important contest this Saturday, as the Spartans take on undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten title game. The contest, which is being played between the No. 4 and No. 5 ranked teams in the College Football Playoff rankings, is a de facto national quarterfinal.Thursday, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd and guest Joel Klatt debated whether they believe the Spartans are capable of not just winning that game – but winning the national championship. Both do, citing Connor Cook, the team’s offensive line and the fact that they’re getting healthy at the right time.Michigan State and Iowa kick off at 8:00 PM on FOX.last_img read more

JIS Jamaica 50 Photo Album Wins International Award

first_imgThe Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) commemorative Jamaica 50 photo album has won an international award in the prestigious Mercury Awards Competition, organized by New York-based firm, MerComm, Incorporated, in the United States.The publication, titled: “Our Golden Jubilee, Snapshots of Post Independent Jamaica 1962 – 2012”, was selected for the 2012/13 Bronze Award in the Photo Album category, eclipsing some 677 other publications, representing 21 countries, which were vying for one of the top three awards.Now in its 26th year, the International Mercury Awards Competition recognizes the best outputs in public relations, public affairs and corporate communications, by honouring the hard work of the creative professionals.Major categories for awards include: Advertising, Annual Reports, Brochures, Custom Publications, Designs, Emerging Media, Magazines, Special Projects, Websites and Writing.Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, who was pleasantly surprised on receiving notification of the Award, informed that the Golden Jubilee publication was the choice of some of the world’s leading communications specialists.The commemorative album has been endorsed by the Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who commended the JIS for its foresight and creativity in producing the publication, during its official launch in July 2012.In describing it as “timely and welcome”, Senator Falconer pointed out that “with this publication, Jamaicans at home and abroad and friends of Jamaica, have been provided with a unique opportunity to relive some of the special moments in the story of our glorious independence journey.”MerComm, Inc. is the world’s only independent awards organization dedicated to defining the standards of excellence in the communications field and recognizing the professionals whose work has made outstanding contributions to their organization, corporation, or clients.To view a list of all recipients of the award, see related link at: http://www.mercommawards.com/mercury/awardWinners/categoryWinners/customGeneral.htm,under photo album.By Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more