Paul, Pope fire but Windies lose opener to England

first_imgCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, (CMC):Half-centuries from Keemo Paul and Gidron Pope failed to save West Indies Under-19s from a 61-run loss to England Under-19s in their opening game of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup here Friday.Chasing an imposing 283 for victory at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, West Indies collapsed for 221 all out off 43.4 overs, with Paul top scoring with an aggressive 65 and opener Pope gathering an equally fluent run-a-ball 60.However, the Caribbean side were hamstrung by the loss of two wickets off the first four deliveries of the innings and never recovered.Fast bowler Saqib Mahmood tormented the Windies with four for 42 while left-arm seamer Sam Curran (2-23) and leg-spinner Dan Lawrence (2-38) provided support with two wickets apiece.Earlier, England paced their innings well to reached 282 for seven off their 50 overs, after opting to bat first.Callum Taylor, with 59 and Lawrence, 55, stroked half-centuries while George Bartlett struck 48, James Burnham, 44, and Curran, 39.Pope was the best West Indies bowler, picking up two for 45 with his off spin.England benefited from several partnerships early on which provided the ideal foundation.Lawrence, who faced 56 balls and counted eight fours, posted 43 for the first wicket with Max Holden (4) before adding a further 41 for the second wicket with Burnham.When Lawrence was bowled by off-spinner Michael Frew in the 15th over, Burnham and Taylor put on 62 for the third wicket to give England momentum at the half-way stage of the innings.Pope got the breakthrough in the 28th over when he removed Burnham caught and bowled but Bartlett anchored two key partnerships to sustain the momentum, posting 50 for the fourth wicket with Taylor and another 67 for the fifth wicket with Curran.last_img read more

Female ICT pioneers visit the US

first_imgJanine ErasmusTwelve of South Africa’s most enterprising women in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) will soon be heading to the United States to attend a professional development course, courtesy of the Maxum Business Incubator near Pretoria. The US trip forms part of a broader two-year mentoring programme initiated by Maxum.From computer animation to e-commerce in the wine industry to managing donor funding, each woman has incorporated ICT into her business model, whether it is the focus of the business or is an integral part of the running of the business. There are even two hardware suppliers who, says Maxum manager Dr Jill Sawers, do not offer as much in the line of innovation as some of the others but are delivering essential services to their communities and deserve help in working out logistical problems.Additionally, there are four finalists in the category of aspiring entrepreneur. These are women who are nurturing an idea but have not yet implemented it, or who need assistance with the fine-tuning of, for instance, their business model or target market. Their ideas encompass e-learning, web design, online ticketing and general computer services.The visit to the US is managed by the Meridian International Centre, which promotes international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas, and the arts. It is also hoped that the mentoring programme as a whole will promote long-term collaboration between South African and American women business entrepreneurs, companies and incubators. Says Sawers, “The women that we are currently working with are all energetic and fired up. They’re ready to go out and make a difference.”The Maxum Business Incubator provides a nurturing environment for emerging businesses from sectors such as ICT and biosciences to grow and develop during the vulnerable start-up phase. It is based at Africa’s first internationally accredited science park, the Innovation Hub in Tshwane.Maxum is sending the successful applicants to the US at the end of March 2008, under the sponsorship of the Office of Citizen Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.The entrepreneurs will receive tutoring at the Meridian International Centre in Washington, DC, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County’s (UMBC) Centre for Women and Information Technology (CWIT) in partnership with Maryland Women in Technology (MDWIT). They will also engage with women business professionals in their relevant fields of expertise and will take part in meetings and discussions relating to women in business.Entrepreneurs from all over South AfricaSixty-one applications came in from all around South Africa, the greater proportion of them from the Western Cape (WC). Maxum drew up a shortlist of 19 before the final dozen were selected. Says Sawers, “We have six from the Western Cape, four from Gauteng, one from Bloemfontein and one from Kimberley.” Initially the plan was to support ten women but fortunately funding allowed for the inclusion of two more.With Gauteng touted by its provincial government as the business centre of Africa, it is perhaps to be expected that most of the applicants would hail from this region but, says Sawers, there are a few interesting factors to be taken into consideration.“In the Western Cape 80% of SMEs [small to medium enterprises] are in the ICT field, while in Gauteng the figure is 98%,” she says. “However, while only around 2% of those contribute meaningfully to the GDP in Gauteng, the percentage is higher in the Western Cape. This says to us that entrepreneurs in the Cape are more active and involved.“Additionally, in Gauteng the ICT sector is dominated by large companies and we find that entrepreneurs tend to partner with them or with the government rather than strike out on their own.”Sawers adds that a further factor was the apparent greater efficiency of channels of information in the Cape compared to those in Gauteng. “There is good networking in the Western Cape, and our call for applications reached the target audience better.”The mentoring programme, which is expected to take about two years from start to finish, while the US leg runs from 29 March to 19 April 2008, is designed to instil confidence and equip the women with the competence and skills to successfully start or grow their businesses, aided by South African business incubators such as Maxum. “Our aim is to encourage entrepreneurship,” says Sawers. “We particularly look for innovation because this will stimulate the sector.”Each application was considered individually and finalists were selected on their own merits. “We chose our finalists not only for their entrepreneurial prowess but also for other essential qualities such as their leadership abilities. We want them to come out of this programme and be role models for other women.”In order to ensure that candidates successfully go on to fulfil their potential and make the most of the skills that they have developed, they will receive ongoing mentorship on their return as part of the programme. “In Cape Town we will work with CITI [Cape Information Technology Initiative] and with the Innovation Hub here in Gauteng,” explains Sawers. ”Mentorship will mostly take the form of peer learning, where groups of entrepreneurs will come together and those who are strong in certain areas will share their knowledge with others. We are also looking for high-profile role models locally to interact with our candidates and inspire them.”CITI has already confirmed that they will come on board for a six-month period. A further requirement from Maxum is an annual project report, to be submitted for two additional years.International co-operationThe mentoring programme kicks off with the US trip, where the entrepreneurs will undergo a specially developed entrepreneurial and technology skills-based training course at UMBC’s CWIT. The course will focus on practical aspects of starting and growing a business, such as developing a business plan and a marketing strategy, managing business finances, human resources and operations, obtaining venture capital, and enhancing competitiveness through the effective use of technology. Dealing with clients, business leadership, and the development of a personal model for a work-life balance will also be addressed.Knowledge sharing will take place during a series of roundtable meetings, panel discussions and networking events that have been arranged with US public and private sector organisations that promote women in business, as well as women’s business associations. Successful women entrepreneurs will also be on hand to impart their wisdom, and the South African contingent will shadow their American counterparts in their specific fields for two days.Site visits to local business incubators have been organised, as well as visits to historical and cultural sites in Washington and Baltimore.In addition, the South African entrepreneurs will be coached in the preparation of “action plans” for their existing or prospective businesses. These are to be implemented by the participants upon their return to South Africa.However, the guidance and development does not stop at the passport control desk. They will also receive ongoing support from the American business professionals with whom they met during their visit to the US. The intention is for these same professionals to travel to South Africa around September to render hands-on assistance and to monitor progress.Others will benefit through a series of seminars held in association with Maxum across South Africa for a wider audience of women, especially those from previously disenfranchised backgrounds. This will also allow those applicants who did not make the final cut to still gain exposure to valuable knowledge and guidance.Helping the entrepreneurs of tomorrowThe Innovation Hub developed the Maxum Business Incubator with a view to ensuring the success of the entrepreneurs and business leaders of tomorrow. The incubation programme provides a fast track environment wherein selected individuals are assisted in essential aspects to get their businesses up and running and financially viable within two to three years. The mentoring programme is just one of the platforms through which Maxum assists entrepreneurs.Incubator participants are able to rent space for their businesses and are provided with as much support as they need in the form of telephones, data storage and internet and e-mail access, a receptionist, advice from business and legal professionals, meeting and catering facilities, and facilitated access to funds. Here they can engage with fellow participants, sharing knowledge and creating partnerships. At the same time they are able to network with established companies through events such as seminars and power breakfasts organised by the Innovation Hub.The Innovation Hub is an internationally accredited science park and is a member of the International Association of Science Parks (IASP). A science park is defined as “an organisation managed by specialised professionals, whose main aim is to increase the wealth of its community by promoting the culture of innovation and the competitiveness of its associated businesses and knowledge-based institutions.“To enable these goals to be met, a science park stimulates and manages the flow of knowledge and technology amongst universities, R&D institutions, companies and markets; it facilitates the creation and growth of innovation-based companies through incubation and spin-off processes; and provides other value-added services together with high quality space and facilities”. [IASP International Board, 6 February 2002]Links:The Innovation HubMeridian International CentreInternational Association of Science ParksCentre for Women and Information TechnologyMaryland Women in Technologylast_img read more

Farmer found hanging from tree in Rajasthan

first_imgThe body of a 30-year-old farmer was found hanging from a tree in a forest under Nahargarh police station area of the Baran district on Wednesday morning.The deceased farmer had gone missing since Monday evening. The body of Sanjeev Meena, a resident of Sakrawada village was found hanging from a tree in the forest, said SHO, Nahargarh police station, Mukesh Meena.The farmer is suspected to have committed suicide on Tuesday as the body is about one-and-half-day old, the SHO said.The reason behind the extreme step is yet to be ascertained as no suicide note was recovered, he said. The family members of the deceased claimed that he had ended his life due to heavy debt, but police officials were not immediately inclined to accept it. The farmer owned about 12-15 bighas of land and had a good yield, the SHO said adding that the deceased did not seem to be under debt. However, an investigation into the matter was under way. The deceased was reportedly suffering from depression after his mother and 22-year-old brother died in the last few years, the SHO added.last_img read more

Durant And Westbrook Have Never Faced A Defense Like The Spurs

81994Knicks+8.1 Best defensive rating relative to NBA average, single seasons since 1950-51 11964Celtics+10.8 YEARTEAMRELATIVE DEFENSE 32004Spurs+8.8 122016Spurs+7.4 21965Celtics+9.5 61962Celtics+8.5 Defensive rating is points allowed per 100 possessionsSource: BASKETBALL-REFERENCE 71993Knicks+8.3 91961Celtics+7.6 51963Celtics+8.5 112004Pistons+7.5 101962Lakers+7.6 42008Celtics+8.6 In terms of points allowed per 100 possessions, San Antonio gave up just 99.0, which was 12th-best in NBA history and 7.4 points better than the league average. In other words, reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard is leading a unit in hailing range of the string of ’60s-era Celtics teams led by Bill Russell, and right there with the teams that fill out the top 10 all time.Given the Spurs’ dominance this season, it’s no surprise that Durant and Westbrook have never faced a defense like San Antonio’s in their playoff careers. Coming into this series, the toughest D that either has faced belonged to the 2013 Memphis Grizzlies (whose 100.3 defensive rating was 5.6 points/100 better than league average), but that defense gave up 1.9 fewer points per 100 possessions than the 2016 Spurs — more than the difference between the third-ranked Pacers and 10th-ranked Cavs this season. After a less-than-exciting first round in the playoffs, NBA fans can look forward, finally, to sinking their teeth into an epic Spurs-Thunder matchup in round two. OKC’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are two of the best offensive talents in the game, and they’re facing down a 67-win Spurs team with a historically great defense. If there’s good news for the Thunder, however, it’s that Westbrook and Durant have scored just as efficiently against tough defenses in the playoffs as they have against weaker ones. And it may be because of their collective ability to knock down difficult shots.Durant, for instance, frequently knocks down shots few other players can consistently make. As a result, he ranks as the NBA’s third-best shotmaker1For players attempting 500 shots or more in the 2015-16 season. according to quantified shot quality (qSQ), a new SportVU-based statistic that measures the difficulty of each shot by accounting for where the shot was taken, the proximity of the defender and other variables. As a team, the Thunder were the fourth-best shot-making squad, adjusted for the quality of their looks. They don’t always take good shots — as an out-of-control Dion Waiters drive, or a pull-up three-pointer by Westbrook attests — but they’re still better than most at making them.The Spurs are the opposite: Their defense is predicated on forcing opponents to take bad shots. As a team, San Antonio ranked as the second-best defense, behind Charlotte, in terms of suppressing their opponents’ qSQ. Part of this is due to Leonard’s relentless perimeter defense; wily veterans such as Tim Duncan and Tony Parker also offset their waning athleticism with smart positioning to cut off easy paths to the basket.However, the Spurs’ problem is that they only have one Leonard to put on OKC’s two elite scorers. During the regular season, when Leonard matched up against Durant on defense, KD scored 38 points per 100 team possessions; but when Kawhi guarded Westbrook, he held him to only 25 points per 100 team possessions. If Westbrook faces Danny Green or Tony Parker instead, his scoring rate rises to 48 and 33 per 100 team possessions, respectively. So despite San Antonio’s dominant D, individual defensive matchups will be worth keeping an eye on.Whomever Leonard and Westbrook eventually match up against, this series is also notable for both players’ emergence as superstars over the past few seasons. According to Basketball-Reference’s Box Plus-Minus metric — which estimates a player’s contribution to his team’s scoring margin while on the floor — Leonard and Westbrook rank as Nos. 1 and 3, respectively, during the playoffs (sandwiched in between is poor Chris Paul), after ranking fourth and second (amidst Steph Curry and LeBron James) during the regular season. With Paul and Curry on ice,2Curry may return later in the playoffs. there’s an easy case to be made that this Spurs-Thunder series features two of the three best players remaining in these playoffs — and that’s without even considering Durant’s place among the league’s elite.It’s just one of the many twists adding intrigue to what should be a must-watch series. We knew the Western Conference’s second round would offer some of the best matchups of the entire playoffs, and Spurs-Thunder is shaping up to be the best of them all.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Markets cautious ahead of election results Hero MotoCorp declares 2750 interim dividend

first_imgA man looks at a screen displaying news of markets update inside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, February 11, 2016.Reuters fileHero MotoCorp rewarded shareholders with a bonanza: 2,750 percent interim dividend or Rs 55 per share. However, the news did not have any impact on the share price of the two-wheeler maker. The share, which has a face value of Rs 2, actually closed in the red at Rs 3,299, down 0.65 percent.The company has fixed March 8 as the record date for determining entitlement of members for the purpose of paying the bonanza.Hero MotoCorp sold 5.24 lakh units in February, down 4.75 percent in comparison to 5.50 lakh two-wheelers sold in February 2016.The BSE Sensex closed 49 points lower at 28,999 on Tuesday while the NSE Nifty closed 16 points lower at 8,947. Investors are apparently cautious ahead of the outcome of the Assembly polls, particularly in Uttar Pradesh.”The markets are keenly awaiting the outcome of the exit poll announcements that are expected in the next few days and the street has already factored in a BJP win in the key state of Uttar Pradesh,” Mayuresh Joshi, fund manager at Angel Broking, said in a note.”Any disappointment however on this front can cause significant volatility and disruption in the positive momentum that has been created and can have a short term negative impact in the way the markets react,” he added.Top Sensex losers included Tata Steel, Lupin, Infosys and Axis Bank. Adani Power closed 4.8 percent higher at Rs 40.The rupee gained 4 paise to end at 66.67 to the US dollar. Gold and silver prices also fell on Tuesday, with the yellow metal losing Rs 200 to close at Rs 29,550 per 10 gm while silver ended Rs 300 lower at Rs 42,500 per kg.last_img read more

Farmers Bank MD removed

first_imgAKM Shameem The Bangladesh Bank has removed Farmers Bank Limited (FBL) managing director (MD) AKM Shameem from his post on Tuesday amid allegations of negligence of duty and mismanagement.The central bank sacked him as per Section 46 of Bank Company Act, Bangladesh Bank executive director and spokesperson Subhankar Saha told Prothom AloOn 27 November, ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) MP Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir resigned as the chairman of the bank following a number of allegations.A day before, the BB instructed the FBL management to remove Shameem and asked the bank authorities to explain why he would not be removed from office within seven days.Finding the board’s explanations unsatisfactory, the central bank questioned Shameem on 13 December about the irregularities and violation of Bangladesh Bank-issued guidelines to continue disbursement of loans despite a liquidity crisis in the bank.last_img read more

UN prepares ground for Yemen peace talks

first_imgIranians carry placards as they demonstrate in front of the UN office in Tehran on 20 November 2018, in support of the Yemen people. Photo: AFPUN envoy Martin Griffiths was preparing Tuesday to head to war-torn Yemen to lay the groundwork for peace talks in Sweden, after fresh fighting shook the flashpoint city of Hodeida.Griffiths—whose efforts at kickstarting peace talks collapsed in September—is again trying to get the Iran-aligned Huthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government to the negotiating table by the end of the year.He is expected to meet with Huthi officials in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday.Both sides have in the past week expressed their support for the envoy and his mission to hold talks in Stockholm, but fierce clashes erupted in the Red Sea city of Hodeida late Monday after a lull.Military officials said the battles were the worst since loyalists halted an offensive last week, and were concentrated in the eastern part of the city where rebels fired artillery.Pro-government forces struck back, supported by warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition which launched a dozen raids, the sources said.According to Huthi-run media, clashes lasted up to four hours and resulted in fatalities.The city was relatively calm on Tuesday morning, according to an AFP correspondent who spoke to residents by telephone from Khokha about 100 kilometres (62 miles) away.Call for truce – On Monday, Britain presented to the UN Security Council a draft resolution urging an immediate truce in Hodeida, whose port serves as an entry point to nearly all imports and humanitarian aid to the impoverished country.The draft, circulated by Britain to the 14 other council members and seen by AFP, sets a two-week deadline for the warring sides to remove all barriers to humanitarian aid.The proposed resolution would significantly ratchet up pressure on the Saudi-led coalition and the Huthis to seek a negotiated settlement in Yemen, where millions are on the brink of starvation.It also calls for a large injection of foreign currency to support Yemen’s collapsing currency and for salaries of civil servants, teachers, and health workers to be paid within a month.Mohammed Ali al-Huthi, head of the Huthi rebels’ Higher Revolutionary Committee and an influential political figure, tweeted on Monday that he wanted his group to announce “readiness to suspend and halt all military operations” and stop firing missiles on Saudi Arabia.Riyadh also lent its support to new talks.Saudi King Salman told the Shura Council, his country’s top advisory body, that the kingdom backed a “political solution” and a “comprehensive national dialogue” in Yemen.Multiple past attempts to hold negotiations between the government alliance and Huthis have failed.Griffiths said on Monday he hoped the rivals would meet in Sweden “within the next few weeks”. No date has yet been set.‘Stop selling weapons’ – The Huthis seized Sanaa in late 2014, when they also took control of Hodeida and its port.A year later, Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in the war to bolster Yemeni president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.Both parties in the conflict stand accused of acts that could amount to war crimes.Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called on France to address laws-of-war violations with the UAE—a key member of the Saudi-led coalition—during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan’s visit to Paris on 21 November.“If president (Emmanuel) Macron is truly concerned about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, he should tell the crown prince that France will stop selling weapons to the UAE if there’s a real risk of their unlawful use,” said Benedicte Jeannerod, HRW’s director for France.Although Western governments have condemned civilian deaths in Yemen, they remain political and military backers of Saudi Arabia, which is a regional ally and spends billions of dollars on arms from the United States, Britain and France.The World Health Organization says nearly 10,000 people—mostly civilians—have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi intervention in March 2015, but rights groups believe the toll may be five times higher.The World Food Programme says up to 14 million Yemenis are at risk of starvation.On Monday, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates announced they would each give $250 million in aid to the war-ravaged country to support more than 10 million people.last_img read more

Capturing spirituality

first_imgAs we evolve the human race attains refinement and greater spiritual heights, so believes the artist Mahendra Kumar Aggarwal who is showcasing his premier solo art exhibition in the Capital from 20 July. With spirituality as its essence, he brings forth artworks that are of universal nature. Mahendra gave up on his IT job in early 2000 to become a serious collector of Indian art. Then on started his journey into the world of modern and contemporary  art. His works stem from the subconscious which he believes is the real mode of perceiving reality than depending upon rational thoughts and senses. His work is centered on the human figure with face as the focal point depicting it as the mirror of the soul.last_img

This Mobile Seed Fund Just Added Two More Partners

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » 3 min read Days after dropping the title “accelerator,” this seed fund is bringing on new partners.On Wednesday, Silicon Valley-based Tandem announced it has added Shashi Seth, who has served as an executive at tech companies including Google, Yahoo and eBay, and Daniel Hoffer, a co-founder of CouchSurfing who has also worked at TripIt and Symantec.“Together our new partners have decades of experience building global consumer-facing businesses,” Doug Renert, co-founder of Tandem, said in a statement. “Tandem backs great founders from around the globe, and now they’ll all benefit from Dan and Shashi’s insights, experience and skills in the push for product-market fit.”While at Yahoo, Seth oversaw Yahoo Search, Local, Small Business and other products. At Google, he helped develop YouTube’s ad framework and worked in product development in search. Hoffer is one of the founders of CouchSurfing, a site that connects travelers with people willing to house them. The company was founded in 2004 and currently has more than 10 million members, according to its site. Both partners have served as advisors in the startup world.Related: How Millennials Can Ease Their Financial WorriesTandem, the largest mobile-first seed fund in Silicon Valley, now has 15 full-time team members who work directly with startups. With the addition of Seth and Hoffer, Tandem today has six partners including Renert and co-founder Sunil Bhargava, who started Tandem in 2007. The company has not yet brought on any female partners.  The announcement of the new partners comes days after Tandem’s announcement that the company had dropped the word “accelerator” from its title. The decision came as Tandem felt the term no longer encompassed the seed fund’s involvement and investment in its startups.”We simply felt that the typical accelerator (and its close relative, the incubator) had evolved a long way from our original investment approach,” the company said Monday in a blog post. “Tandem has always been focused on backing a limited number of talented founder teams and working with them very closely to discover product-market fit.”In January, Tandem completed its third investment fund, raising $100 million, a figure that tripled the size of its previous $33 million fund. The company says that plans to use the fund to partner with startups beyond the acceleration phase and expand its program to include companies working on the Internet of Things and connected devices. Related: The Best and Worst U.S. Cities to Launch a Businesscenter_img April 29, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Goway offers buy one get half off deal on East Africa flying

first_img TORONTO — Goway Travel clients can save up to $3,835 on an exclusive eight-day Kenya fly-in safari.The offer is applicable on the Kenya Sky Safari, including flights between the iconic parks, luxurious lodge or tented accommodation, activities, and unsurpassed game viewing.Already among Goway’s most popular wildlife experiences, this safari “will sell out fast”, says the company.“A throwback to the golden age of East African travel, the Sky Safari blends incredible game viewing, luxurious wilderness camps, intimate gourmet dining, and spectacular flightseeing over the legendary landscape of Kenya,” says Goway. Destinations include Masai Mara, Meru National Park, and Amboseli National Park.Travellers get business-class seating in an executive aircraft and private butler service at all lodges.Plus, with just a single check-in and check-out during the eight-day journey, the safari “is designed to be stress-free”.The offer is valid for bookings April 1 – May 31. Discount not applicable on park fees. For more information or to receive a copy of Goway’s Africa Travel Planner, call 1-800-245-0920 or email info@goway.com. Travelweek Group Share Posted by Tags: Goway Travel, Kenya, Savingscenter_img Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Goway offers buy one, get half off deal on East Africa flying safari << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more