Opening with Ajinkya Rahane a dream experience for me, says Rahul Tripathi

first_imgAhead of their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) this Saturday, Rising Pune Supergiant’s (RPS) young batsman Rahul Tripathi said it’s a “dream experience” for him to open the batting with Ajinkya Rahane.On Wednesday, Tripathi’s 52-ball 93 helped the Pune side register their third win on the trot, when they beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by four wickets at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.The young Maharashtra right-hander said the support of the senior members in the team like Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ben Stokes and Faf du Plessis has helped him convert the starts into big match-winning knocks.Commenting on his experience of opening the batting with Rahane, who himself is due for a big score after a string of starts, Tripathi said: “It’s a dream experience for me. I guess opening with Ajinkya bhai…He tells you little things like ‘you’re batting well’ or ‘you’ve got good intent’ and so on. Well, even if you don’t believe in yourself, you start believing when someone like Ajinkya Rahane is telling you these things.””Even off the field, Faf is there, Ben is there, our team is having so much fun. I’ve also been lucky to remain not out a couple of times to find MS Dhoni join me in the middle,” Tripathi added.The win against KKR helped Pune change places with Hyderabad, who have slipped to fourth in the league standings after their six wicket drubbing at the hands of Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday.The Hyderabad side will now bank on their home record of winning all the five matches so far, to set their house in order as the tournament progresses to its business end.advertisementlast_img read more

Poco F1 to stay on sale in India along with Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro, for now there is no Poco F2

first_imgThe Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro are coming to India next month, July. Some media reports suggest that the Redmi K20 series will launch either on July 15 or July 17 in the country. Xiaomi India is expected to announce the launch date of the Redmi K20 series in the next few days or so. As the Redmi K20 series launch date is coming closer, it is worrying the Poco fans out there. The most anticipated question that is going in the minds of Poco fans is — what will happen to the Poco F2?Will the Poco F2 launch in India? And even if launches how will it co-exist with the Redmi K20 Pro? These question still don’t have answers but a new report coming from 91Mobiles suggest that the Poco will not be discontinued in India. The brand will be there and it will launch phones in the future.The new report reveals it will not. The report suggests that the Poco brand will not be discontinued and will continue to bring new phones in the future. The next phone from Poco is expected to be the Poco F2. At least that is what the rumours and leaks suggest.The report notes, “A trusted source who wishes to remain anonymous told 91mobiles that Xiaomi has not discontinued the POCO series in India.” The report further reveals that the Poco brand is “currently evaluating how the purported POCO F2 will co-exist with the Redmi K20 Pro”. This is because the Redmi K20 Pro comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and like the Poco F1 the next Poco phone is also expected to also sport the latest flagship processor aka SD855. The Poco F1 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.advertisement” The company is currently evaluating how the purported POCO F2 will co-exist with the Redmi K20 Pro; the latter is powered by Snapdragon 855 SoC and the former will likely run on the same chipset too, considering its predecessor offered the then-flagship Snapdragon 845 in a mid-range package. If that’s the case, we could expect that the company will ensure some distinction between the two, otherwise they would end up cannibalising each other’s sales or create confusion among the prospective buyers,” the report notes.We can expect Poco to launch its next smartphone later this year and it is most likely going to be the Poco F2. Hardware is one of the key focus areas for Poco and hence we expect the Poco F2 to come with Snapdragon 855 that is currently the latest flagship processor available and running all the flagship devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro, Redmi K20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10, among others.ALSO READ | Realme 1, Realme U1 get stable Android 9 Pie update with Nightscape modeALSO READ | Next Samsung Galaxy Fold may come with 8-inch display, S Pen supportALSO READ | Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL available at massive discount on Flipkart and Amazonlast_img read more

MICO Care Centre Invites Registration for Education Conference

first_img The Mico University College Child Assessment and Research in Education (CARE) Centre, is encouraging in-service teachers, teachers in training, clinicians and school administrators to register for its seventh biennial education conference.The conference is scheduled to be held October 11 and 12 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.In an interview with JIS News, Associate Clinical Psychologist at The Mico CARE Centre and Co-chairperson of the Conference, Shelleka Matthews, said the conference comes under the institution’s mandate to promote public education and drive awareness around the acceptance of children with special education needs.She pointed out that the theme of the conference, ‘Diversity in education – Raising the bar. Innovate. Motivate. Differentiate’, was strategically chosen because “we recognise that during our work at the centre, there are gaps that need to be filled in terms of what students are getting, and one way to fill that gap is to develop our teachers further”.Miss Matthews said the main focus of the conference will be on personal development, which is always important in the field of education and clinical study.She noted that in terms of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), which embodies critical thinking and reasoning skills, the participants at the conference will be exposed to differentiated learning and reasoning strategies needed to begin to prepare students for the PEP curriculum.“All the presentations will be based on empirical data. However, we want to avoid a conference that is heavily theoretical. The participants should not feel that they cannot apply what they have learnt, because the content and format is too abstract,” she said.Facilitators at the conference will include international presenters such as the Chief Psychologist from the York Region District School Board in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Sue Ball; and Associate Professor of Education at Penn State College of Education in the USA, Dr. Paul Riccomini.Meanwhile, local facilitators include Head of the Clinical Department at The Mico CARE Centre, Yanique Matthews; and Lecturer in the Special Education Department at The Mico University College, Kishi Anderson Leachman,The conference is one of the main platforms used to engage with in-service teachers, in-training teachers, school administrators, parents, policymakers and even the general public, to address issues affecting learning in the classroom.It is open to anyone who works directly or indirectly in the education sector. For further information about registration, persons may call 876-929-7720-2 or send an email to [email protected] Story Highlights In an interview with JIS News, Associate Clinical Psychologist at The Mico CARE Centre and Co-chairperson of the Conference, Shelleka Matthews, said the conference comes under the institution’s mandate to promote public education and drive awareness around the acceptance of children with special education needs. The Mico University College Child Assessment and Research in Education (CARE) Centre, is encouraging in-service teachers, teachers in training, clinicians and school administrators to register for its seventh biennial education conference. The conference is scheduled to be held October 11 and 12 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.last_img read more

Ryan Sheckler Announces Annual Charity Golf Tournament

first_imgProfessional Skateboarder and philanthropist Ryan Sheckler and the Sheckler Foundation are proud to announce the 10th Annual Oakley Charity Golf Tournament and Gala, taking place September 9-10, 2017 in partnership with Monarch Beach Resort & Golf Links in Dana Point, California.Sheckler Golf 2017Year after year, the gala and tournament attract notable athletes and celebrities such as: Klay Thompson, Wilmer Valderrama, Brody Jenner, Josh Duhamel, Kendra Wilkinson, Lil Jon, Kelly Slater and many more to dine, golf and raise money to benefit the Sheckler Foundation’s “Be the Change” initiative — a web-based program designed to help injured action sports athletes and children in need. For more information, click here.The two-day event will kick off Saturday, September 9, 2017, with a gala honoring Steve Astephen, a Sheckler Foundation board member and Ryan’s agent for over 10 years known for managing the world’s top action sports athletes. The gala will welcome guests with a red carpet entrance and cocktail reception featuring a cigar lounge followed by silent and live auctions, dinner, entertainment and much more.The following day, guests will enjoy a vintage nautical themed golf tournament featuring a full-day of hole activations on Monarch’s one-of-a-kind golf course with views of surf breaks at every hole. Golfers can enjoy lunch and entertainment on the green, a sunset cocktail hour, 200-ft. helicopter ball drop, raffles, awards ceremony and more.last_img read more

US February housing starts fell 7 pct after January surge

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. homebuilders broke ground on fewer apartment complexes in February, causing overall housing starts to fall 7 per cent.The Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts last month were at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.24 million, a decline that was anticipated after construction surged in January to 1.33 million.February’s slowdown in construction came from a 28 per cent plunge in starts for multi-family buildings. Groundbreakings for single-family houses actually rose 2.9 per cent.Builders’ efforts have shifted to single-family houses as the economy has improved and as fewer existing homes are being listed for sale. The solid job market and a growing millennial population looking to purchase a home have lifted demand over the past two years. But the number of homes listed for sale has fallen during that time. Increased construction has not fully offset the shortage.The U.S. housing market appears to be stable because of the relative health of the overall economy. That may be tested by rising mortgage rates that could put a new home out of reach for many.“Soaring employment and faster wage growth should support the housing market, but activity is going to be constrained by higher rates,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.Single-family house construction increased last month in the Northeast, South and West, but it declined in the West.The National Association of Realtors said that the total supply of existing homes for sale dropped to 1.52 million in January, which contributed to sales of existing homes declining 4.8 per cent over the past 12 months.Building permits, an indicator of future construction, tumbled 5.7 per cent to an annual pace of 1.30 million. But that decline, too, was largely concentrated in apartment complexes, suggesting that construction companies expect more Americans to segue to home ownership.Builder sentiment remains positive, although it has slipped over the past three months. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index for March ticked down a point to 70. Any reading above 50 indicates more builders see sales conditions as good rather than poor.Stock investors have also decided that homebuilding companies are overpriced after a strong performance in 2017. Shares in D.R. Horton have dropped nearly 15 per cent so far this year. The Pulte Group is down almost 13 per cent. Stock in Tolls Brothers had lost about 8 per cent of its value.Homebuyers are facing greater cost pressures. The shortage of homes on the market has caused prices to climb much faster than wages. At the same time, it has become slightly more expensive to borrow. The average rate for 30-year, fixed rate mortgages has risen to 4.44 per cent from 4.30 per cent a year ago, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac.last_img read more

Antibiotics may up stroke risk

first_imgWomen who take antibiotics over a long period of time are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, a study claims. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, found that women aged 60 or older who took antibiotics for two months or more had the greatest risk of cardiovascular disease, but long duration of antibiotic use was also associated with an increased risk if taken during middle age (aged 40-59). The researchers could find no increased risk from antibiotic use by younger adults aged between 20-39. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe possible reason why antibiotic use is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease is because antibiotics alter the balance of the micro-environment in the gut, researchers said. “Antibiotic use is the most critical factor in altering the balance of microorganisms in the gut. Previous studies have shown a link between alterations in the microbiotic environment of the gut and inflammation and narrowing of the blood vessels, stroke and heart disease,” said Lu Qi, director of the Tulane University in the US. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFor the study, the team of researchers studied 36,429 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study, which has been running in the USA since 1976. The current study looked at data from 2004 to June 2012. In 2004 the women were aged 60 or older, and they were asked about their use of antibiotics when they were young (20-39), middle-aged (40-59) or older (60 and older). The researchers categorised them into four groups: those who had never taken antibiotics, those who had taken them for time periods of less than 15 days, 15 days to two months, or for two months or longer. During an average follow-up period of nearly eight years, during which time the women continued to complete questionnaires every two years, 1,056 participants developed cardiovascular disease. The researchers also found that women who used antibiotics for periods of two months or longer in late adulthood were 32 per cent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women who did not use antibiotics. Women who took antibiotics for longer than two months in middle age had a 28 per cent increased risk compared to women who did not. These results which were found in the research mean that among women who take antibiotics for two months or more in late adulthood, six women per 1,000 would develop a cardiovascular disease, compared to three per 1,000 among women who had not taken antibiotics. “By investigating the duration of antibiotic use in various stages of adulthood we have found an association between long-term use in middle age and later life and an increased risk of stroke and heart disease during the following eight years,” said Yoriko Heianza, a research fellow at Tulane University “This is an observational study and so it cannot show that antibiotics cause heart disease and stroke, only that there is a link between them,” Qi said. “It’s possible that women who reported more antibiotic use might be sicker in other ways that we were unable to measure, or there may be other factors that could affect the results that we have not been able take account of,” he said. “Our study suggests that antibiotics should be used only when they are absolutely needed. Considering the potentially cumulative adverse effects, the shorter time of antibiotic use the better,” he further added.last_img read more

17YearOld Ghanaian Becomes First Black Woman to Make Olympic

Maame Biney (1) falls as she reacts after winning women’s 500-meter A final race during the U.S. Olympic short track speedskating trials Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Kearns, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Maame Biney became the first Black woman to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team with a pair of victories in the 500 meters.The 17-year-old native of Ghana cruised to victory in the first 500 final at the short track trials on Saturday, beating Olympians Lana Gehring, Jessica Kooreman and Katherine Reutter-Adamek.“I can’t believe it, aww geez,” she said after squealing with joy. “It’s a really good feeling, but it has to set in first because it takes me a while. I’m like, ‘Holy cow.’”Before the second final, her father sitting in the stands held up a sign reading: “Kick some hiney Biney.”She sure did.Biney set a blistering pace in taking an early lead that widened as the wild and wooly race went on. She crossed the finish line on the hockey-sized rink and began clapping and then pumping her arms so hard she lost her balance and fell.She went down laughing all the way.“When I realized that I made the Olympic team, I started cheering like crazy and then I made my epic fall,” she said.Biney will be the second black speedskater on a U.S. Olympic team. Shani Davis was 19 when he qualified for the short track team in 2002. He later switched to long track and won four medals, including two golds.Now 35, Davis will try to make the long track team at its trials next month.On the men’s side, J.R. Celski qualified for his third Olympic team despite a crash in the early rounds of the men’s 500. He rebounded to win the C final, finishing well ahead of the other three skaters.“I really couldn’t get control of myself after the first fall,” he said. “I fell into the pads a little awkward, kind of hurt myself a bit but fortunately my trainer and I took care of it.”In the second final, Celski finished second to John-Henry Krueger, who qualified for his second individual event in South Korea. He made the team Friday by winning the 1,500.“Last night I made sure not to get too excited and try to keep my composure,” Krueger said. “My goal was to keep a steady speed but to keep my track tight and make sure no one could pass.”Joining Krueger and Celski on the men’s team is 21-year-old Olympic rookie Aaron Tran, who won the first 500 and finished last among four in the second final.Tran attended the same middle and high schools six years apart from Celski in their hometown of Federal Way, Washington.“He’s a great role model, a great leader,” said Tran, who first met Celski when he came to their middle school for an assembly.Lana Gehring, already on the Olympic team in the 1,500, finished second in the first 500 and last among four in the second final.The men’s and women’s 1,000 will be contested Sunday at the Utah Olympic Oval.Thomas Hong, who was born in South Korea, and Ryan Pivirotto still have shots to make the men’s team, which will be comprised of five skaters.Former Olympians Kooreman and Reutter-Adamek, along with Kristen Santos, remain in contention for the women’s team, which only has three spots available. read more

Halls helping hands Ohio States Fickell rewarded by decision to stay with

College football coaches have their play-calling and decision-making skills frequently scrutinized, but first-year Ohio State football head coach Luke Fickell’s decision to stick with junior running back and kick returner Jordan Hall, despite two fumbles, factored heavily into the Buckeyes’ 33-29 win Saturday against then-No.12 Wisconsin. With OSU trailing, 7-3, Hall fumbled a Badgers’ punt as he bent over and braced for a collision with another player in the second quarter. Hall scrambled to recover the ball on the Buckeyes’ 8-yard line. “He caught (that punt) inside the 10,” Fickell said after the game. “I’m not saying those are things we designed up.” Momentum shifted as play continued, and the Buckeyes took a 10-7 lead early in the second half. Hall added to the lead at the 9:26 mark with a two-yard touchdown run. But Hall’s adventurous night as punt returner wasn’t over. A second punt-return fumble by Hall was recovered by Wisconsin redshirt senior defensive back Andrew Lukasko, and led to a 1-yard touchdown run junior back Montee Ball that sliced OSU’s deficit to 17-14. Hall said he was anxious to make a play. “The drops I had, that’s not usual for me,” Hall said. “I’ll be making sure that doesn’t happen again.” Fickell stuck with Hall for the remainder of the game, though, and it paid off. OSU stretched its lead to 26-14 before Badgers’ senior quarterback Russell Wilson connected with sophomore wide receiver Jared Abbrederis for two touchdowns, the second of which gave Wisconsin a 29-26 lead with 1:18 remaining in the fourth quarter. Senior center Michael Brewster said his first thought after the Badgers retook the lead was that OSU would need a good return on the ensuing kickoff. “We have got to get a good return to help us out,” Brewster said. “At least get in field goal range, at worst.” Hall agreed. “On the return, I knew I just had to make a play to help our offense out,” he said. Hall collected Wisconsin sophomore Alec Lerner’s kick and returned it 42 yards to OSU’s 48-yard line. “After (Hall) got that big return, I knew we would get at least three points,” sophomore receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said of Hall’s return. Just four plays later, freshman quarterback Braxton Miller heaved a 40-yard pass to fellow freshman and receiver Devin Smith who waited in the end zone to collect the pass. The rest is history. Fickell said he wanted the ball in Hall’s hands. “Just because (Hall) makes a mistake here or there, he doesn’t make them often,” Fickell said. “We’re going to stick with him.” Hall said the win was big for OSU, (5-3, 2-2) which improved its position in the Big Ten Leaders Division standings. “It (the win) will give us more confidence,” Hall said. “It’s up to us. Time to get back to work.” OSU returns to work Saturday against Indiana at noon in Ohio Stadium. read more

Pioli reveals why he dropped Giovanni Simeone

first_imgHead coach of Fiorentina football club Stefano Pioli has revealed why he refused to feature Giovanni Simeone for Fiorentina’s trip to Torino.Stating that he “was not satisfied with his recent performances,” Fiorentina’s coach surprisingly started with Kevin Mirallas and Valentin Eysseric and left Simeone on the bench.“We brought home a good result, considering we didn’t play well, and that is nothing to be sniffed at,” said Pioli in his Press conference via Football Italia.“In the second half we actually played better and had the best scoring opportunities. We struggled with their pressing and didn’t move enough off the ball.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We can and must work on many situations, but the psychological approach from my players was excellent and a real sign of progress. We suffered for the result and that is important.“I wish we converted more of our chances and have to improve the final ball too. It was tough against a physically strong opponent, but we never let go.”“I was not satisfied with his recent performances and there were other players who had impressed me more during the week.”last_img read more

Inter Milan defender accuse wrong choices for goalless match with Sassuolo

first_imgFollowing the Inter Milan’s goalless match against Sassuolo on Saturday, Ghanaian full-back Kwadwo Asamoah claims the wrong choice cost them a chance of winning the game.While speaking to Inter TV Asamoah said:“All that was missing from our game was the final pass, we made the wrong choice on a number of occasions. The Coach asked us to remain calm, including in the final stages if the score remained goalless.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We made a few mistakes on the ball and need to work on this: when a goal doesn’t come we have to concentrate on keeping the ball and attack at the right moment. The BUU campaign confirms that we are brothers of the world and are looking to combat discrimination.”In 2010, Asamoah was awarded CAF Most Promising African Player and named Ghana Player of the Year twice in 2012 and 2013 respectively.In 2013, Asamoah was ranked as the 27th best footballer in the world by Bloomberg.last_img read more