A time to rejoice – Windies brush aside Pakistan to end winless run

first_imgSHARJAH, UAE, CMC: West Indies halted their luckless run when they convincingly beat Pakistan by five wickets in the third and final Test here yesterday to record their first Test victory in 19 months and end an otherwise nightmarish tour on a celebratory note. The Caribbean side needed just over half-hour in the morning session on the final day to complete a successful chase of their modest target of 153, as opener Kraigg Brathwaite and wicketkeeper/ batsman Shane Dowrich stroked unbeaten half-centuries to end a run of eight successive losses on the tour stretching back to the Twenty20 and one-day series last month. West Indies had not won a Test since beating England in Bridgetown in May last year, and Thursday’s victory marked only their second in 17 matches and first on foreign soil in four years. Significantly, it was the visitors’ first away win over a higher-ranked side in almost 10 years and was also Jason Holder’s first success as captain since taking over the helm in August last year. “It is an extremely important [victory], especially after the Dubai Test match when many people thought we could have won the game. We personally felt we could have won the game, but we didn’t get across the line,” Holder told reporters afterwards. “To come here in this last Test match, putting ourselves in a position to win and actually getting across the line is a huge monkey off the back. It’s a great feeling and it just shows we have the ability to win Test matches. it’s just about stringing together a complete game.” CONFIDENT KNOCKS SCOREBOARD Resuming a tense day at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on 114 for five, still requiring a further 39 for victory, West Indies showed little signs of nerves as Man of the Match Brathwaite and Dowrich produced confident knocks to extend their unbroken sixth-wicket stand to 87 and erase any thoughts of a defeat. Brathwaite, unbeaten on 44 overnight, finished on 60 not out in an innings requiring 109 deliveries, 201 minutes and including six fours, while Dowrich, on 36 at the start, also marched his way to an enterprising unbeaten 60 off 87 balls, with seven fours and a six. Any early jitters were quickly dispelled when Brathwaite punched the first ball of the day from left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz to the cover boundary, and he brought up his 12th Test half-century four balls later with a couple to deep point, to follow up his unbeaten hundred in the first innings. Dowrich also showed his intent in the next over when he pulled leg-spinner Yasir Shah to the square boundary to move into the 40s, and the 25-year-old raised his fourth Test fifty in only his eighth game with a delightful cover drive off Wahab in the seventh over of the morning. In the next over, Dowrich smashed a short ball from seamer Mohammed Amir through square for four and raised victory for West Indies with a boundary to third man a few deliveries later. West Indies, however, had already surrendered the series following defeats in the first Test in Dubai and the second one in Abu Dhabi. And despite yesterday’s success, they have now gone two years without a Test series win. PAKISTAN 1st Innings 281 WEST INDIES 1st Innings 337 PAKISTAN 2nd Innings 208 WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 153 runs) (overnight 114 for five) K. Brathwaite not out 60 +S Dowrich not out 60 Extras (lb2, nb1) 3 TOTAL (5 wkts, 43.5 overs) 114 Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-35, 3-57, 4-63, 5-67. Bowling: Mohammad Amir 9.5-0-43-0 (nb1), Wahab Riaz 12-0-46-2, Yasir Shah 15-4-40-3, Zulfiqar Babar 3-1-3-0, Mohammed Nawaz 4-0-20-0. Result: West Indies won by five wickets. Man-of-the-Match: Kraigg Brathwaite. Man-of-the-Series: Yasir Shah. Toss: Pakistan. Umpires: M Gough, P Reiffel; TV – R Illingworth. MORE CRICKET ON B3last_img read more

Dodgers Top D-Backs in Aussie Opener

first_imgSYDNEY — Clayton Kershaw flashed his Cy Young form, Scott Van Slyke homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the Major League Baseball season with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22 at Sydney Cricket Ground.A crowd of about 40,000 watched as MLB played its first regular-season game in Australia.Opening day was a g’day for the NL West champion Dodgers.Kershaw, who signed a seven-year, $215 million contract in January, allowed one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Van Slyke hit a two-run homer and also doubled. The first pitch was delayed because of rain for 14 minutes.The long trip Down Under took even longer for some Arizona players. A team bus had a flat tire, and the Diamondbacks said “a handful” of players decided to walk the last half-mile to the stadium instead of waiting for a replacement bus.Kershaw was impressive while making his fourth consecutive opening-day start. He struck out seven, walked one and was pulled by Manager Don Mattingly after throwing his 102nd pitch.Quite a turnaround from spring training, when the two-time NL Cy Young winner went 0-3 with a 9.20 ERA in four starts. “Sometimes you just need the adrenaline of a regular-season game, and I just kind of feel relieved to get this one under my belt,” he said. “It’s always good to get results, obviously,” he said. “This one counted.”In his previous opening-day starts, Kershaw was 2-0 with 19 strikeouts in 19 scoreless innings.“Kershaw did a good job keeping us in the middle of the diamond,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. “He threw a good ballgame against us. We know they’re always going to be close.”Three relievers kept the Diamondbacks scoreless with hitless work. Chris Perez, a five-time All-Star with Cleveland before joining the Dodgers in the offseason, got the last out in the seventh.Brian Wilson pitched the eighth and closer Kenley Jansen got the save. Jansen walked a batter before getting Gerardo Parra to ground out to end the game.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly liked what he saw of his pitching ace and his supporting cast.“Clayton was really good, kind of as always … kind of doing his thing,” Mattingly said. “He’s a tough guy to take out of the game, he always wants to stay in. And I thought our bullpen was really good tonight. Chris comes in and gets a big out for us there and Wilson did a good job and Jansen in closing the door.”Van Slyke, playing because of an injury to Matt Kemp and paternity leave to Carl Crawford, nearly cleared the left-field fence in the second inning. His double set up a grounder by Andre Ethier that scored Adrian Gonzalez with the Dodgers’ first run.In his next at-bat in the fourth, Van Slyke connected off losing pitcher Wade Miley for a drive over the right-field fence — just inside the foul pole — with Gonzalez again on base to put the Dodgers up 3-0.“He’s always been an RBI guy,” Mattingly said of Van Slyke. “He’s a good defender. He’s really a pretty solid player.”Miley, who came out for a pinch hitter in the fifth, got the opening day assignment because of a left elbow injury to Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin. Miley gave up three runs and three hits, striking out eight with two walks. Both teams finished with five hits.The Diamondbacks scored in the sixth after a double by Paul Goldschmidt, who had two hits. He moved to third on Kershaw’s wild pitch and scored on Mark Trumbo’s infield out. The Diamondbacks were shut out 5-0 in an exhibition game March 21 by Team Australia when they stranded 11 runners.A series of thunderstorms but little rain around the stadium about two hours ahead of the start cut short the Dodgers’ batting practice and tarp was rolled on to the field. That caused the start of the game to be delayed and canceled the pregame ceremonies.Sydney Cricket Ground was refurbished two weeks ago to create the baseball diamond and an outfield with an 8-foot wall. It was 328 feet down the foul lines and 400 feet to straightaway center.There were plenty of Dodgers and Diamondbacks uniforms in the crowd, some worn by American visitors and others by Australians who had flown across the country to watch the opener and a March 23 second game, when another capacity crowd was expected.They feasted on baseball-style treats like nachos stuffed in batting helmets and Cracker Jack, which is not usually sold in Australia. If you could afford the cost and the calories, a 2-foot-long hot dog sold for $36.(Dennis Passa, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jerry Seinfeld To Stand Up For A Cure Again

first_imgThe Stand Up For A Cure 2013 Concert Series has announced that comedy icon Jerry Seinfeld will perform the first show of the new season with a performance at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on April 17th with special guest Colin Quinn.The show is collaborating with the American Diabetes Association to benefit research for children and youth with diabetes.A limited number of tickets for this highly anticipated event went on sale through Ticketmaster on December 20th at 10AM EST. A passcode is required to purchase tickets for this exclusive event. For more information about supporting this event or purchasing tickets, please visit www.sufac.org or call 1-800-706-CURE.This concert marks Jerry Seinfeld ’s third time performing as part of the Stand Up for a Cure Concert Series which has included other high-profile performers including Bon Jovi, The Dave Matthews Band, Brian Wilson and Barry Manilow. In addition, celebrity hosts have included Julia Roberts (9/10/08 at Madison Square Garden) and Alec Baldwin (6/2/08 at Wamu Theater).The concert will feature a top shelf VIP pre-party hosted by actress, model and Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza – most recently seen as a contestant on NBC’s the Celebrity Apprentice. In addition, a limited number of Meet and Greet experiences will be available for purchase on Ticketmaster with a passcode. The concert series has been known to attract an A-list audience of celebrities including Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Olsen, Antonio “LA” Reid, Woody Harrelson amongst many others.Welcoming the concert, Larry Hausner , CEO of the American Diabetes Association said: “The American Diabetes Association is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this special Stand Up for a Cure event. About 1 in every 400 children and adolescents has diabetes and this number continues to grow. Thanks to events like these, we are able to provide a vast array of resources for these youth and their families.”This concert is sponsored by Novo Nordisk. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 89 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within haemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. For more information, visit www.novonordisk.com. Follow US-based news on Twitter: @NovoNordiskUSThe 2013 Stand Up for a Cure Concert Series is produced by Live Production Group who produce events to raise funds and awareness for various medical and social causes.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Racism gets full airing during Town Hall

first_imgAPTN National NewsOn Tuesday evening, APTN broadcasted its live Town Hall from Winnipeg.The event was called “Racism: Let’s talk about it!”The event brought together experts and a studio audience to talk, listen and learn about racism.APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson takes a closer look at the evening.last_img

Minister of Education Youth Sports and Library Services makes remarks at Turks

first_imgPress Release: TCIG Press Office#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 27, 2017 – The Youth Ministries Department of the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission of Seventh-Day Adventists celebrated last weekend beginning January 21, with an investiture service of 80 youth of all ages from throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.  This investiture is the largest the Mission here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  The theme for the joint service was “Lord, transform me for your service”.The Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services, Hon. Connolly, attended the event and brought remarks on behalf of her Ministry.  She said; “It is my pleasure to bring greetings on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sport and Library Services at this very important ceremony.  I want to acknowledge all of the elders and leaders of the Seven Day Adventist Church who are here with us today to support all of these amazing young people.  Today you are making a very important public commitment. You are making a commitment to service, service to your God, your church, your community and your people. I congratulate you! I am proud of you!”She further told the youth present that; “I understand that the Pathfinders Club is a very well established and important one for the Seventh Day Adventist Church. When I heard of the work that you do with young people, assisting with homework, conducting evangelism, visiting the children’s home and giving of your time and talents to our country, I was more than proud of you and even more elated to be here.“Willingly engaging in service is a commendable act.  This will prepare you well for the future, not only on your CVs but for leadership on a whole.  The Bible itself admonishes that if you want to be Great in the Kingdom, you must be a servant of all! Indeed, we are admonished in 1 Peter 4 verses 10 and 11 to ‘use our gifts to serve one another, so that God may be Glorified’.   You heeded that call!”She encouraged the gathering of youth by reminding them that they have a role to play in today’s society. She told them that; “You are powerful and you have potential!  Remember David was only a boy when he killed a giant, Jehoash was 7 years old when he became King of Judah and Josiah was 8 years old when he became King in Jerusalem.   Look around you, Look at how many people have invested in you being here; your parents, your minister, your teachers and your friends.   You have to take the opportunity today to encourage one another.”“I look at you and I am reminded that today’s youth are the leaders of tomorrow.  Each of you have something that you are destined to do, whether that is raising a beautiful family, succeeding in a profession, being CEO of a large cooperation or leading your community into a better future.  You all have a role to play.  We, The Turks and Caicos Islands, need you.  As you move forward in your journey towards being an adult, a responsible citizen of the Turks and Caicos Islands, I want you to remember that you are never alone.”  Hon. Connolly stated that she enjoyed the event and the participation of the youth in the service. She left words of encouragement for the youth at the service and hoped that she was an inspiration to them.  She said; “I want to leave these few words of encouragement with you because I know as young people, involved in community work you will have some challenging times. When you feel discouraged or heartbroken, ask God to transform you so that you can be of service to Him.“Concentrate on what God is calling you to do rather than the naysayer’s personal agendas.  You will struggle with this all your life, so the sooner you discipline yourself the better.  Just like Elijah, you probably have more supporters than you think you have.  Hang around positive-minded people, people you trust and who trust you, to help you continually mature as a person and leader.“I’m so proud of all of you here today.  I’m proud of this gathering.  I know you all can move forward with God as the center of your life.  Live to serve Him.  I believe in you, and I can’t wait to see everything you all will achieve for your generation and generations to come.” Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

India property market Cloud of uncertainty grips housing lenders as mortgage rates

first_imgConcerned over weak and uncertain revenue outlook going ahead in the wake of sheer marginal cost-based lending rate (MCLR) cuts, leading brokerages Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse have downgraded LIC Housing Finance stock.Also read: Comparison of interest rates on deposits by senior citizens after PM Modi’s speechWhile Morgan Stanley slashed the target price by 20 percent to Rs 560 from Rs 700 for the stock downgrading it to equal weight from overweight, Credit Suisse also lowered its price target to Rs 620 from Rs 670 earlier while retaining the Outperform rating.After State Bank of India on Monday sharply cut the MCLR to new borrowers by 90 bps to 8 percent, rest of the PSU and private sector banks followed the day after with similar rate cut announcements by first lowering the MCLR by 70-90 basis points and then tweaking rates for MCLR-linked other loans.The housing loan portfolio of banks increased by 15.6 percent in the months to November 2016 while outstanding home loans remained at Rs 8,15,300 crore, according to the Reserve Bank of India data.On Tuesday, Housing Finance Development Corporation (HDFC), India’s largest housing finance company (HFC), cut retail home loan rates by 40-45 basis points and will offer a rate of 8.65 percent to women borrowers for home loans up to Rs 75 lakh, and 8.7 percent for other borrowers.Indiabulls Housing Finance will also offer the same rates.Probably indicating that the MCLR rate cut may not lead to increased profitability for the housing finance companies and there will be pressure to grow profitability, Morgan Stanley believes that going forward, banks will be aggressively pursuing loan takeovers and in that case, housing finance companies will have no place to hide.”The one-time meaningful cut has raised the risk of higher prepayments/repricing pressures for HFCs and will weigh on NIM (net interest margin),” Morgan Stanley analysts Subramanian Iyer and Sumeet Kariwala wrote in a note to clients, as reported by BloombergQuint.The brokerage has cut earnings per share (EPS) estimates for LIC Housing Finance by 1 percent for the current financial year. It also revised EPS lower by 16.5 and 22 percent for the next two financial years. Additionally, the home lender’s net interest margin estimates are expected to take a hit of about 35 basis points over the next three financial years and the credit growth has been revised to 12 percent from 16 percent due to balance transfers and demonetisation.Shares of LIC Housing Finance were trading 1.1 percent down at Rs 525.3 at 10.52 am on Wednesday, while HDFC was trading flat at Rs 1,216.Other smaller mortgage lenders in the India housing segment are Repco Home Ltd, Gruh Finance Ltd and Can Fin Homes Ltd.last_img read more

A Lack of Communication on Cyber Security Will Cost Your Business Big

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. July 2, 2014 Communication stays within silos instead of spreading across the company. Security talks occur at a low level, and are rarely brought to executives attention. Security professionals warnings are too technical in nature, and don’t translate the threats into easy-to-understand language. Criticisms of existing practices are often filtered out before being presented to management. 5 min read Related: Microsoft Takes to the Front Lines in the War on Cybercrime Security pros can effectively tackle these issues by taking the following actions: Ensure that cross-functional teams are allowed to communicate risks effectively, and that awareness of these risks spread beyond the walls of the IT department. People in engineering, sales and marketing also need to be aware of security risks. IT professionals must turn technical details of security risks into information that can be easily comprehended and digested by upper management. Finally, it is the responsibility of the CIO or top IT executive to address these issues directly with the CEO and executive team. This way, the issues are brought directly to their attention, and facts are not filtered out by intermediate players.center_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As more data moves into the cloud and across other devices, companies face a greater risk of losing sensitive information to attackers or unauthorized users. Ultimately, organizations that invest in more robust data protection face lower costs in the long run. That’s the message that executives need to hear.Click to Enlarge+ Enroll Now for Free When it comes to cyber security, most CEOs don’t get it. That was the conclusion of a recent survey of IT security professionals on the state of their companies’ defenses against data leaks or malicious attacks.The survey, sponsored by Websense and conducted by the Ponemon Institute, exposes the lack of communication between IT and upper management about the importance of cyber security and the damage a data breach can do to a company’s public image and bottom line.More than half of security professionals believe that their organizations’ security controls don’t provide adequate protection against advanced cyber attacks, according to more than 5,000 IT professionals from 15 countries including the U.S. The same portion of IT professionals said that executives fail to appreciate the value of putting effective security controls in place, and do not equate a data breach with financial loss. This echoes a similar study conducted last year, also by the Ponemon Institute, which concluded that a majority of IT professionals fail to communicate security risks effectively to upper management.Related: CEOs Can No Longer Sit Idly By on CybersecurityIt’s time for a wakeup call. As the size and cost of data breaches continue to mount, CEOs must recognize the importance of protecting their companies’ sensitive data. In this modern era, all enterprises are involved in handling valuable information. There is simply no room for lax practices, a concept that should be understood at all levels and not just among rank-and-file IT workers.These reports show that along with managing and developing defenses against emerging security threats, IT security professionals also need to focus on informing upper management about the seriousness of security threats and convincing them to allocate adequate resources to protect against data breaches.The high cost of low security. Financial repercussions of a data breach are huge — an average of $5.4 million per organization, according to the 2014 Websense-Ponemon report. Last year, we witnessed massive data breaches that took place due to malicious programs such as the RAM Scraper malware and Ransomware.The Target breach that affected millions of customers was the result of malware accessing point of sale terminals within the company’s retail facilities. Target suffered a huge loss as a result of the data breach — possibly as much as $1 billion.CEOs and CIOs ultimately bear the responsibility of data breaches, which means there should be major incentives for everyone to help create better communication channels and work together to ensure implementation of strong security policies and practices within the organization.Senior managers tend to view IT security as a luxury, not a necessity, and often fail to account for the financial implications of a data breach. In the midst of developing new products and services, security takes a backseat, as adding additional layers of security controls can impact time to market and potentially create a less-than-optimal user experience.A stitch in time saves nine. While executives may view the longer product development cycles and additional security protocols as a drain on productivity, studies show that productivity costs are much greater for companies that fail to implement adequate security practices in advance.Related: Cyber Safeguard Faces Big HurdleAccording to a study sponsored by HP Enterprise Security, 30 percent of the cost of a data breach was due to business disruption or lost productivity. The study found that companies that invest in adequate resources, appoint a high-level security leader, and employ certified or expert staff have cybercrime costs that are lower than companies that have not implemented these practices. The cost savings for companies deploying proper security governance practices is estimated at more than $1 million on average, according to the study.So why are so few companies putting adequate focus on security and protecting sensitive data? Less than a third of companies have a crisis-containment plan in place for security breaches and failures, according to a report sponsored by IBM. The problem, we believe, lies in IT professionals not communicating the real costs and benefits of a comprehensive security strategy.How to tell your boss to boost security protocols. To see how the communication between IT professionals and executives can be improved, it helps to take a look at the 2014 Websense-Ponemon report. The report found several key reasons why communication between executives and IT is so ineffective: Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more