RCB crushed as Gayle struggles again

first_img Gayle fell BANGALORE, India, (CMC): Superstar Chris Gayle’s slump continued as Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered at the hands of a quick-fire hundred by South African opener Quinton de Kock, crashing to a seven-wicket defeat to Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League here yesterday. Sent in at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB rallied to an imposing 191 for five off their 20 overs, behind captain Virat Kohli’s 79 and South African star AB de Villiers’ 55, with seamer Mohammed Shami taking two for 34. In reply, de Kock plundered 108 and Karun Nair, an unbeaten 54, as Delhi roared to victory with five balls to spare. Australian all-rounder Shane Watson claimed two for 25 with his four overs of medium pace. The victory was Delhi’s second in three outings, while RCB have won one of two. RCB were early trouble when Gayle fell to the third ball of the game without a run on the board, caught at first slip by JP Duminy off a tentative push at an out-swinger from left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan. Since his blistering hundred against England in the opening game of the Twenty20 World Cup last month, Gayle has struggled with scores of of 4, 5, 4, 1 and 0. Kohli, who struck seven fours and three sixes off 48 deliveries, put on 107 for the second wicket with de Villiers and another 63 with Watson, who made 33, to rebuild the innings. West Indies seamer Carlos Brathwaite took one for 18 from two overs. De Kock then took the game away from RCB with an innings that required 51 balls and included 15 fours and three sixes. At 50 for two in the sixth over, the game was still open, but de Kock and Nair put an end to RCB’s hopes in a 134-run third-wicket stand.last_img read more

Game 7 breaks PBA attendance record anew

first_imgGinebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ READ: More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6 That mark eclipsed the long standing record of 52,612 during the opening ceremonies of the 2014 PBA season, where the Manny Pacquiao-coached Kia bested Blackwater, before Ginebra turned back TNT in the main game.Turns out, all those marks pale in comparison to Friday’s playdate.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — For the third straight time, the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals broke the record books.Game 7 between Ginebra and Meralco on Friday once set a new league attendance record, attracting 54,086 fans to the Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Fans packed the world’s largest indoor arena to the rafters and eclipsed the previous marks set in Games 5 and 6 as they witnessed Ginebra won its back-to-back titles.READ: Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeatFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGame 5, which ended in a Gin Kings victory over the Bolts, 85-74 on Sunday, drew 36,445 fans.However, Game 6 smashed that turnout, with 53,642 basketball aficionados trooping to Bocaue to gain the distinction of being the biggest crowd in PBA history. Meralco took that game at the expense of Ginebra, 98-91 on Wednesday. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

PPP Eid Message

first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) extends greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. Muslims observe this festival by way of sacrifices and charitable acts to those in need. But it is the lesson of faith and obedience to the command of God as exemplified by the prophet Abraham who was willing to sacrifice his only son as commanded by God that resonated with humanity as a whole.The PPP joins with Muslims in Guyana and throughout the world in the observance of this festival.The PPP fully embraces this message of sacrifice and takes this opportunity to assure all Guyanese that no sacrifice can be considered too great when it comes to liberating the country and for that matter the world as a whole from evil.Once again, greetings to all of Guyana and Muslims in particular on this auspicious occasion.People’s Progressive Partylast_img read more

ALMOST 80 SCOUT LEADERS CONVERGE ON STRANORLAR FOR SKILLS COURSE

first_imgAlmost 80 volunteer Scout leaders converged on Stranorlar Scout Den to participate in an action packed, fun filled day eager to learn some new scouting skills.Leaders came from all over Donegal and even as far afield as Dungannon and Newry for what was the largest training course of its kind. Participants were instructed on basic scouting skills such as:. Knots & Lashings. Campcraft. Compass & map reading The group also learned the various types of fires that can be used safely in the outdoors using natural materials.Course Leader, Lifford based Scouting Ireland trainer, Joe Boland said that the day was a fantastic success due not only to the large numbers of participants but also because of the calibre of Hugh McCallan, Vincent Connolly, Charlie McChrystal, Gerry Doherty, Joe Mottram, Grainne Boland and Gary McDaid as well as the location which was ideal for the type of programme to be delivered.Joe said a big thanks must go to all the instructors, participants, 6th Donegal (Stranorlar) Scout Group for their Den and in particular Martin Flanagan for the refreshments.ALMOST 80 SCOUT LEADERS CONVERGE ON STRANORLAR FOR SKILLS COURSE was last modified: February 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courseleadersScoutsStranorlar Denlast_img read more

Former Men’s Soccer Standout Darrin MacLeod Signs with Swope Park of USL

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former Drake men’s soccer standout goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod signed a professional contract with the Swope Park Rangers of the United States Soccer League, the club announced Wednesday, Feb. 22. “I want to thank Drake University for their support and guidance throughout my collegiate career,” MacLeod said. “The institution as a whole helped develop me as a person, pushing me to be the best version of myself each and every day in every facet on life. I also have to give a special thank you to the men’s soccer program as it helped to develop me as a player. With the knowledgeable coaching staff and strong team culture I was always challenged to get outside of my comfort zone and stretch myself as a player. I am excited to see what the future holds as I begin my professional career.” MacLeod is the all-time leader in Drake history in games (76), minutes (6940:22), saves (308), shutouts (19) and wins (33). He earned All-Missouri Valley Conference and All-MVC Scholar-Athlete honorable mention accolades this past season. MacLeod helped the Bulldogs win the 2015 MVC Tournament and then advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after its road win at Kentucky in the first round. MacLeod, who is from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada has extensive experience from the Premier Development League, where he competed for both K-W United FC in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and last summer for the Toronto FC Academy where he made 47 saves over 10 appearances. “We are very excited for Darrin as he takes this next step in his soccer career,” said Drake head coach Gareth Smith. “As a Bulldog, Darrin demonstrated an exceptional work rate and dedication to high standards both on and off the field, which has helped provided a great platform for him to make the transition into the professional ranks. We wish him the best of success!”center_img “I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to play for Swope Park Rangers and be a part of the Sporting KC organization,” MacLeod said. “During my time at Drake I was able to witness first-hand how the club operates and was impressed with its high standards and pursuit of championships. I can’t wait to help bring this team back to the USL Cup Final and continue to grow as a player with such a great club.” As a sophomore, MacLeod led the MVC in save percentage at .809 and earned MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors four time in his career. He received the MVC State Farm Good Neighbor award his junior campaign. MacLeod is the second former Drake men’s soccer standout to sign a professional contract with a USL team in the past two seasons. Alec Bartlett (2012-15), a defender, signed with Charlotte prior to the 2016 season. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Yammer Opens Up Its Microblog Network To a Much Broader Community

first_imgCompanies can use the new service, or not if they prefer to remain with the Yammer service as it is without communities. Admin controls allow a business to set permissions for employees. Admins may also control who can sets communities and what extent they can use them.Yammer says the service is available on the iPhone and will have a desktop client. It will be available March 1.We wonder where Yammer is heading. it has that quasi-business/consumer quality to it. It feels in some ways like an application that would be applicable to any number of groups, be they civic organizations or tech communities.This is a good next step for Yammer. It extends its real-time capabilities. It’s focused. It’s similar in some ways to Chatter but with constraints. And we don’t mean constraints in a bad way. Yammer has decided to go deep with its core capabilities instead of trying to add services that are not part of its DNA. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT#Products Yammer is opening up its microbogging platform. In “Yammer Community” people may now create a community without the requirement that an email address be associated with a particular domain.This is a big change for Yammer. Many companies do not have their own domains. Opening up the platform means that the service is open to a much larger audience – and has created a much wider place for itself in the enterprise.Yammer has done what any smart service does these days: open the network. Communities can be created internally and are associated with the overall company network. They may also be set up with people outside the company, be they customers or partners. alex williams 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Unnao gang rape case: BJP MLA’s wife demands narco test of husband, minor

first_imgThe wife of BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on Wednesday demanded that a narco test be conducted of him and as well as of the minor from Unnao, who has accused her husband of gang-raping her along with his accomplices.Sangeeta Singh Sengar placed the demand before Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police O.P. Singh here. She is a zilla panchayat head in Unnao, a post she won in 2015 while her husband was with the Samajwadi Party.“Even without a probe, they have already declared him a rapist. They must conduct a narco test of my husband and that girl,” Ms. Sengar told reporters.She alleged that there was a “political issue” behind the rape allegation against her husband, who she said was being “made a pawn.”“My husband is innocent… I have full sympathy for that girl. Her honour is being torn to shreds,” Ms. Sengar said. She added that the media labelling her husband as a rapist was causing mental harassment to the family.Court to hear case on ThursdayMeanwhile, the Allahabad High Court has taken suo motu cognisance of the case and decided to hear it on April 12.The special investigation team constituted by the government to prove the entire issue, the gang-rape allegations as well as the custodial death of the victim’s father, is already in Unnao and is expected to submit a preliminary report to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. There is heavy police presence in the village while the minor girl has been shifted to a district guest house and is under police protection.“All angles are being investigated,” ADGP Lucknow Zone Rajiv Krishnan, who is monitoring the special investigation team, told reporters in Unnao.last_img read more

A faster way to watch blood flow in the brain

first_imgShielded by the skull and packed with fatty tissue, the living brain is perhaps the most difficult organ for scientists to probe. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which noninvasively measures changes in blood flow and oxygen consumption as a proxy for neuronal activation, lags far behind the actual speed of thought. Now, a new technique may provide the fastest yet method of measuring blood flow in the brain, scientists report online today in Nature Methods. The technique, which bounces laser beams off red blood cells, has a resolution of under a millisecond—slightly less time than it takes a neuron to fire—and it has a far higher spatial resolution than fMRI. Even the most powerful fMRI machines, used only on animals, can image only millimeter-wide swaths of tissues including thousands of cells. The new technique, which takes its measurements from sonic waves produced by the beams, can image structures as small as individual blood vessels and cells (see above). Although the technique is not likely to be feasible in humans due to safety concerns, it could provide an important tool to better understand how blood flow and oxygen consumption is related to brain activity. That’s a key question for those relying on cruder and safer tools, such as fMRI, to study the human brain, researchers say. It is also a powerful tool for studying how errant eddies and whorls of blood in blood vessels can sometimes lead to stroke, they say.last_img read more

The Reliance-Spielberg Blockbuster?

first_imgNumerology is in vogue in Bollywood these days. Actors are adding letters to their names. Movie titles, too, have fallen prey. The result: Heyy Babyy, A Love Issshtory and the latest superhit, Singh is Kinng. When you combine the values attached to individual letters, they add up to “lucky” numbers.A different sort of number is being discussed in the corner office of Reliance Entertainment– the entertainment and media arm of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) – though Anil Ambani and his lieutenants must be hoping it proves equally lucky. That is the $500 million the group is proposing to invest in a joint venture with Steven Spielberg, the man who made Jaws and Jurassic Park. The money will enable Spielberg to exit his current contract with Viacom’s Paramount Pictures. The new Dreamworks studio will invest $1.5 billion in film production and is expected to roll out 30 movies over four years.   Steven Spielberg is the best — and most expensive — brand in Hollywood.Movie industry experts view the Spielberg-Reliance deal as compelling math on many fronts. Spielberg would have found few other investors with a penchant for the movie business willing to invest such a large amount, and Reliance offers a gateway to Indian audiences, they say. For Reliance, Spielberg represents the lowest-risk opportunity to secure its lofty $10 billion revenue target while tapping markets globally.In the U.S., Spielberg is not commenting on the deal and in India, Reliance Entertainment is being equally circumspect.“Steven Spielberg is regarded as the world’s greatest storyteller and a brand in [himself],” says Nelson Gayton, executive director of the Entertainment Media Management Institute at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Adds Jehoshua (Josh) Eliashberg, professor of marketing at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, “There are very few names in the movie business on which it seems worthwhile to take risks. Spielberg is one of them.” Spielberg delivers effectively in two key areas of the movie business, he notes: “selecting the right stories and telling them in a very appealing manner.”Gayton says the deal makes eminent business sense for Spielberg and Reliance. “We are not talking about dumb money coming into the industry. Reliance has had a long history in the movie business, and they want to turn this into a $10 billion entertainment company. When you are trying to achieve that much growth, you have to think of how you are going to get there from a content perspective and what Steven Spielberg can give you to reach that kind of success.”According to Eliashberg, “a good return on investment” in the movie business would be about 15%, and “Spielberg would be able to deliver that.” With the big bets Reliance is making in the movie business, it is taking “minimal risks” by partnering with Spielberg, he says. For a sample of 281 movies produced between 2001 and 2004, the return on investments at a studio ranged from -96.7% to more than 677%, Eliashberg noted in a June 2007 paper he co-authored in the journal Management Science.Reliance is not the first Indian company to foray into Hollywood. Yash Raj Films, one of India’s leading studios, has collaborated with Walt Disney to produce a computer-animated feature film called Roadside Romeo, the story of an abandoned dog in Mumbai. It should be in the theaters in the next few weeks.   Anil Ambani with Amitabh Bachchan at the Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati. Reliance has signed a deal with the Bachchan family for a joint venture to make movies starring the icons — Amitabh himself, wife Jaya, son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai. The project will start with funding of $200-300 million.UTV Motion Pictures has already co-produced films like The Namesake with Hollywood studio Fox Searchlight and Japanese producer Entertainment Farm. UTV and Fox Searchlight also teamed up to produce I Think I Love My Wife. Another co-production, The Happening, happened earlier this year in a deal with 20th Century Fox. Now UTV is producing its first independent Hollywood film, The Ex-terminators (with technical help from Michaelson Films). UTV has also signed deals worth $37 million with Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment.In the animation space, of course, there have been several tie-ups. Pritish Nandy Communications has signed a $25 million, five-movie contract with Motion Pixel Corporation. There have been many more such ventures where Indian companies are doing the back-end work.What differentiates the Reliance deal from the others is, of course, size. Secondly, Spielberg is an international icon. India is moving from the fringes of Hollywood to center-stage. “India is getting more and more recognized and the acceptability of Indian houses globally is on the increase,” says Niteen Tulpule, associate director at KPMG, an international accounting and consultancy firm.A Trophy Acquisition?Two decades ago, Sony of Japan made history and generated a lot of adverse nationalistic sentiment when it purchased Columbia Pictures for $3.4 billion. That turned out to be a trophy acquisition, more for show than financial success. Does the Reliance deal run a similar risk?It could. Spielberg is known to be extremely pricey. Recently, both Paramount and Universal Pictures refused to green-light a $130 million trilogy on cartoon hero Tintin. Paramount and Universal were working on a joint Tintin project, each with a 50% stake. According to the International Herald Tribune: “The pending deal with Reliance underscores some realities about Spielberg – mainly that he has become so expensive that few public companies can afford him. Spielberg’s standard deal, on par with other blue-chip talent, is 20% of a movie’s gross from the first ticket sold.”“From Spielberg’s point of view, money obviously plays a big role,” says Tulpule of KPMG. “[But] Spielberg is the best brand around, so there is no question about the brand value. He also brings in industry best practices.”Eliashberg says Spielberg “could very easily approach private equity and financial institutions.” But such funding is typically available on a project-by-project basis, while Spielberg’s need is financing for a whole slate of movies. “There are very few entities that can put up the kind of money [he] requires.” Also, private equity investors typically back studios that can then hire different directors for their movies, according to Eliashberg. “With Spielberg, Reliance is investing directly in a single director with a terrific track record, and very powerful brand equity.”  In the entertainment arena, Ambani seems well prepared to take risks. “We haven’t branded our E&M (entertainment and media) business ‘BIG’ for nothing,” Reliance Entertainment president Rajesh Sawhney recently told business daily Mint. “Once we connect all the dots, you will see [us] as a leading global player with interests across every single E&M domain.” The company is already worth a great deal. Early this year, international financier George Soros was negotiating for a 3% stake in the company; the valuation of the enterprise at that time was around $3.3 billion.Eliashberg says Hollywood film studios have in recent years preferred bigger budget movies primarily because “they yield a better return on investment.” Movie makers have to try much harder to win audiences away from television and the Internet, he adds. “People stay home and entertain themselves; it’s easier to bring them to the theater with big budget movies.”By partnering with a big name like Spielberg, Reliance is ensuring that it also gets access to the so-called “aftermarket” of TV and the Internet, says Gayton. “When you look at the U.S. market, the aftermarket is where all the value is; the theatrical market is not growing. If you are going to come here, why not come with that one brand like Steven Spielberg.”Gayton notes that movie ticket prices are much too low in India, and that “the only way” to grow revenues is to go overseas. Also, while the Indian film industry produces more than a thousand movies a year and is growing 17%-20% annually, “it is still a fraction of Hollywood’s size.” According to Gayton, the Indian film industry’s revenue is about $2 billion including box office, overseas and ancillary markets, while Hollywood is an $11 billion industry, although its growth rate is just about 3%-5% a year.“Getting into entertainment is a brilliant move from Reliance,” says Tulpule of KPMG. “This is a highly under-invested and under-corporatized segment in India and has huge potential. Distribution to global Indians is also becoming a big play. Reliance could also be looking at addressing not only the Indian diaspora but also the English-speaking audience.”Gayton, too, argues that Reliance could use the Spielberg partnership to penetrate the Indian market both at home and overseas. “There are 25 million Indians outside India, and part of that is taken up by the aftermarket like the Internet and TV,” he says. “Also, when you put aside India and the U.S. market, you have the rest of the world. Spielberg has made movies that have delivered box office returns across the world in billions of dollars.”Spielberg is not Ambani’s only Hollywood connection. At Cannes earlier this year, Reliance announced that it had signed deals to make films with the production firms of Hollywood stars Nicolas Cage (Saturn Productions), Jim Carrey (JC 23 Entertainment), George Clooney (Smokehouse Productions), Tom Hanks (Playtone Productions) and Brad Pitt (Plan B Entertainment), and filmmaker Jay Roach (Everyman Pictures). The total investment: $1 billion.Gayton says those deals make sense especially because “Bollywood talent is pretty much booked up” for many years into the future. “In many ways, if you are going to feed this growing industry, you have to look outside of India to Hollywood,” he says. He adds that he won’t be surprised if Reliance uses Spielberg to make “a new genre of crossover films.”Reprinted from knowledge@wharton Related Itemslast_img read more

Kiwis beat Pakistan by 39 runs

first_imgSpinner Nathan McCullum took four wickets to bowl New Zealand to a 39-run win over Pakistan in the second Twenty20 cricket international and to an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.After New Zealand had made a competitive 185-7 having being sent in to bat in damp conditions, McCullum raced through the Pakistan middle order to finish with 4-16 from four overs.Pakistan were left 146-9 after their 20 overs, conceding the series ahead of the final match in Christchurch on Thursday.Earlier, Martin Guptill made 44 and James Franklin 40 to lead New Zealand’s recovery after it lost opener Jesse Ryder to the first ball of the match.McCullum dismissed Younis Khan for 3, Asad Shafiq for 6, Abdul Razzaq for 14 and Umar Gul for 0, then took two catches to provoke the collapse of the Pakistan innings after the tourists had been 68-1 in the eighth over.Swing bowler Tim Southee took two wickets with two balls at the end to finish with 2-26 and spinner Luke Woodcock bowled his four overs for 20 runs in a tidy debut to ensure Pakistan didn’t threaten the New Zealand total.Pakistan won a valuable toss and sent New Zealand in to bat on a ground on which a women’s Twenty20 international between Australia and New Zealand had been abandoned earlier in the day because of rain.The loss of Ryder to the first ball of the match seemed a major blow but Guptill and Franklin formed a productive partnership, putting on 91 runs for the second wicket, to set the foundation for the New Zealand innings.advertisementScott Styris made 34, captain Ross Taylor 30 not out and wicketkeeper Peter McGlashan hit 26, including 24 from one over from Umar Gul, to present Pakistan with a difficult run chase.”It was a good performance,” Taylor said. “The partnership between Guptill and Franklin after Jesse went early set a good platform for the other players to come out and express themselves.”Spinner Saeed Ajmal took 3-35 as the best of the Pakistan bowlers.Pakistan started its run chase strongly but when Younis Khan ran out Mohammad Hafeez for 26, the innings began to unravel.McCullum dashed through the middle order and the tourists slumped to 114-7 after 15.4 overs, with no hope of victory.”I’m disappointed from the bowling side,” captain Shahid Afridi said. “We didn’t bowl well, especially our experienced bowlers and put the ball in the right areas.”They played positively and we didn’t bowl to our strength which is the yorker.”last_img read more