Pressure on players to perform due to World Cup: Smith

first_imgSouth African captain Graeme Smith on Tuesday said since a few World Cup berths are still on offer, the players would be under pressure to perform in the one-day series against India.South Africa captain Graeme Smith.Smith said the five-match series, beginning on Wednesday, will be a tough but exciting assignment for both the sides. “I think it is going to be another exciting series, as the Test series was. Both teams have some quality players. A number of players are still playing for spots in the World Cup squad, so it adds an extra incentive to the series.”Any player would love to go to the World Cup and have the opportunity to perform well. I guess there’s always that added pressure on the players to perform,” Smith said on the eve of the opening match at Kingsmead.Smith said the series is being played in different conditions from that of sub-continent but they want to go into the World Cup with on a winning note. “We have to realise that World Cup’s played in totally different conditions to what we are going to be playing here.We would love to have the confidence of performing well here and being successful, it’s not necessarily going to define how well we are going to be in the World Cup. “Our mindset is very crucial here in terms of playing really good cricket and getting the confidence up and players getting good performances under their belt. It’s a very different style of playing in the sub-continent and the selection will revolve around that,” he said.advertisementOn Jacques Kallis unavailability due to an injury, Smith said, “Obviously Jacques injury does hamper (but) how we control things. He is the main front line all-rounder for us.We are really working hard on developing someone like Wayne Parnell into that sort of all-rounder mould.”We got Robin Peterson and Johan Botha in that all-rounders’ mode also and someone like Faf de Plessis who is a very good all-round cricketer. There are options but in South Africa, someone like Parnell heads the pack in terms of developing his batting and his bowling and trying to get him to a point where he could play that number eight role with both bat and ball,” he said adding that Kallis “won’t play any role in this series”.Smith feels players’ mental toughness would be crucial to success in the series.”I think mindset is always crucial. A lot of our guys have been playing longer formats of the game. Both teams are feeling out things and we certainly want to start being well prepared. We have done some really good preparation behind the scenes.”It’s just about the players backing their abilities and skills and going out and executing what they want to do tomorrow. If you start slowly in the shorter formats of the game, you can get found out.”Smith predicted that a score of more than 220 would be competitive on the Kingsmead track.”There is a lot of stories around Kingsmead going around at night. It depends on the surface. Lately. There has not been a lot of grass on the surface. It can swing a little bit at night. I expect it to be a very good surface tomorrow. It’s ranged from 220 to 300 being competitive here,” he said.Talking about the wickets here, that are different from India, he said, “It’s going to be very difficult to produce that. Generally, one-day wickets in South Africa have always been very good round the country there have always been decent surfaces. The ball can swing around a little bit generally the surfaces are great. It’s going to be very difficult to produce Nagpur out at the Wanderers.”Smith is happy to have an attacking spinner in Imran Tahir in his side but said, they don’t, want out the new comer under pressure.”Where we play him and how we play him is also a crucial aspect in his management. For us to have an attacking option, especially through the middle overs, is an asset to have. It’s something we haven’t really had.”I don’t want to put too much pressure on him and expectation. I just want to let him find his feet and grow in the environment. He has proven to be very successful in domestic cricket and we would like him to find his feet at the international level.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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A dummy’s guide to cricket’s biggest standoff

first_imgFor a lot of you wondering what’s all the fuss about India’s participation in the upcoming ICC Champions trophy and what this BCCI-ICC standoff is made of, its all about money. Here’s an explainer.1. The Indian cricket board (BCCI) is the richest in the world and on the basis of its commercial importance in the game, had carved out a revenue arrangement whereby it would get $ 570 million out of a total $ 2.7 billion generated by International Cricket Council (ICC) in the 2015-23 cycle.2. The ICC has now scrapped the old arrangement and reworked a new equitable revenue model whereby the BCCI only receives $ 293 million.3. The ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar had offered to the BCCI representative at the ICC meeting and acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, a compromise offer of $393 million share in return of accepting the new revenue and governing model which he rejected. Subsequently, BCCI lost the vote and now have to make do with $ 293 million.4. Although the Supreme Court allowed the acting Secretary Choudhary to present India’s case at the ICC meeting, the overall BCCI functioning is currently overseen by Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) who were previously negotiating with the ICC. The COA claim to have found a common ground with the ICC and agreed on a more respectable $ 445 million share for BCCI. They blame the existing office bearers acting on the advice of BCCI’s once powerful old guard for the loss at ICC.5. The acting Secretary is now set to call for a SGM next week where it’s likely the various state associations will refuse to adopt a conciliatory stand as COA and mull over resolving to pull the Indian team out from the Champions trophy to devalue the ICC Champions trophy.advertisement6. Although BCCI has used such strong arm tactics in the past on the strength of the commercial value Indian cricketers enjoy, with the Shashank Manohar led ICC no longer on the back foot, there could be similar ugly tactics from the other side as well. Sources don’t rule out the ongoing IPL itself to be impacted if some of the member boards refuse to allow their players to continue playing.7. If other member boards decide to take on an adamant BCCI, the Indian team could be isolated with influential boards refusing to play bilateral cricket with India.8. If the Indian team pulls out it will also mean legal ramifications for the BCCI and a headache for ICC. With the broadcasters having shelled out top dollar to acquire rights for ICC tournaments, both ICC and BCCI will have to tread carefully before taking any extreme step against the other.Expect some more days of uncertainty and ugly power play between the game’s administrative bodies. It’s after all a fight for big moolah that cricket generates. Still some gap between the cup and the lip before we know if Virat and his men will get to defend their Champions trophy crown.last_img read more

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Backers of SoccerCity development tout benefits to taxpayers and San Diego State

first_img Sasha Foo, January 18, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego State University, SoccerCity FacebookTwitter Backers of ‘SoccerCity’ development tout benefits to taxpayers and San Diego State Sasha Foo San Diego voters will get the chance in November to decide between two development plans for the Mission Valley site that was once Qualcomm Stadium.On Tuesday, supporters of the proposal to expand San Diego State turned in their signatures, as part of the process to qualify their plan as a voter initiative.Not to be eclipsed, proponents of the rival “SoccerCity” plan produced more arguments today to support their measure.KUSI’S Sasha Foo has the story. Posted: January 18, 2018last_img

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Restaurants worry as homedining services take eating out off the table

first_imgDecking up, gathering some friends and going to a fancy restaurant that serves mouth-watering dishes equals a Sunday well-spent. On the other hand, eating out is also a hot option for people who get hardly any time to cook due to severe pressure from work and personal life.While visiting a nice restaurant still wins hands down, in-house consumption of equally mouth-watering delicacies for a lot less than what the restaurant charges is slowly catching people’s fancy.Bengaluru, which sees a huge influx of people from other states of India every year, has many such home-chefs whose businesses are flourishing.Advertising professional Pramod Shankar and his wife Lakshmi, serve a delightful five-course breakfast to guests. It consists of traditional items seen in a Kerala breakfast: a variety of puttus with kadala curry, appams with vegetable stew, papads fried in coconut oil, “adai” – a steamed banana dish, and “sulaimani” – a Malabar-style black tea with lime and mint.To enhance the feeling of eating at home, the couple plays old Malayalam film songs in the background, and has decorated the living room with lamps and jasmine bouquets, Bangalore Mirror reported.Originally from Cochin, Pramod and Lakshmi started their business with food stalls at the Sunday Soul Sante flea market in 2009. Then, hosting a wedding sadya a few years ago, where everyone praised their cooked dishes, the couple got the idea of a home-dining business.Since last year, the couple has hosted five such breakfasts, but look forward to expand the business once they move into their new and larger house in Koramangala.While Bengaluru is still in the early stages of this business compared to Mumbai and Delhi, several home-dining chefs are coming forward, generating a lot of interest.There are several platforms that are trying to bring home chefs in direct contact with customers. Califormia-based “Travelling Spoon” (TS) is one such platform, which has tied up with home chefs from around the world.”Our goal is to offer a high-quality curated selection of vetted hosts who offer travellers exceptional experiences. We feature our hosts online and allow travellers to book those experiences directly,” said Aashi Vel, one of the founders of TS.Telecom professional Archana Rajesh and homemaker Asha George are the only two chefs in Bengaluru with whom TS has tied up. Although neither of them has hosted a meal at home yet, Vel said Archana has already planned her menu: a traditional Gowda meal costing Rs 1,000-1,200 per person.Interestingly, TS screens home chefs before giving them a chance to serve their delicacies. For example, Archana had to provide extensive details after applying for the TS job that appeared in a travel magazine, then give a Skype interview and finally host a TS person at home.Outside of India, other countries have also taken up this business.For instance, in Paris, an Italian family runs the business at their small flat. Their menu includes aubergine pancakes, a kind of Neapolitan potato pie and meatballs with three kinds of pasta. The wine is carefully picked out, BBC reported.Dining out would cost more than €80 in a normal Paris restaurant, but the Italian couple charge guests only €25 each.This trend of diners around the world choosing home-cooked delicacies over an expensive visit to a restaurant is making eateries jittery over sales, as they are rushing to call it “illegal”.Didier Chenet, President of the main Paris restaurateurs’ union “Synhorcat”, has appealed to the French government to take action against home chefs and stop them, claiming bistros and brasseries are putting them out of business.”Today, many restaurants in France are on a knife-edge because of the economic crisis. Losing just half a dozen customers can spell disaster,” he said.”There are people out there offering a service which is identical to restaurants: a choice of starters, main courses, desserts, wine, the works. But they pay no rent, no staff, no taxes — it is completely illegal,” he added.Synhorcat estimated that there are 3,000 home-chefs in France. It put up two arguments against them: first, that home-dining business is a part of the black economy, and second, hygiene and safety rules are being broken.”If the government doesn’t do something to stop the underground restaurants, it will be a disaster,” said Chenet.last_img read more

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Deport Them Arpaio Departs From Trump On DACA Recipients

first_img Share Ralph Freso/Getty ImagesMaricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a Donald Trump campaign rally on Aug. 31, 2016 in Phoenix, Ariz.Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff from Arizona, announced this week that he will run for the U.S. Senate to help advance President Trump’s agenda.But he’s breaking from the president on people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.“Deport them,” Arpaio told NPR’s Morning Edition in an interview airing Thursday morning.“When we come across these kids, or some are older than just kids,” Arpaio said, “then deport them. You deport them back to the country they came from.”Arpaio, 85, is someone who has devoted his career to cracking down on immigrants in the U.S. illegally and used highly controversial tactics toward that goal — sometimes in defiance of federal court orders. He instructed his deputies, for example, to detain Latino residents and ask them about their legal status. He then ignored a federal judge’s order to stop.He was convicted of criminal contempt for that last year. But President Trump pardoned him.The immigration firebrand’s entrance into the Arizona race could have far-reaching consequences for the party, as Arpaio’s views will likely receive an outsize megaphone. It will likely mean that immigration — and conservative hard-line views on the subject — will dominate a Republican primary in a state that is now almost a third Latino and in a country where Hispanics are gaining increasing clout politically nationally.DACA recipients as ambassadors, like the Peace Corps?Under President Obama, after the House did not pass the comprehensive immigration bill that garnered 68 votes in the Senate, immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children were allowed to stay in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, executive order.Trump rescinded DACA last year and is letting it expire by March. Trump’s decision is now hung up in the courts, but he said this week that he wants a “bill of love” that allows the some 800,000 DACA recipients to stay. That, however, comes with conditions that Democrats don’t appear ready to accept, including funding for a wall along the Southern U.S. border.Arpaio told NPR that DACA recipients should be sent back in this controversial way:“They can do a lot of good in those countries. They have education here and help out and be good ambassadors from the United States to their country. That’s just my idea.”He likened it to the Peace Corps and indicated he’d be open to them returning later to the United States legally.“Should we deport all the people in Chicago?” But asked about the risks many could face going back to dangerous countries, places some of these DACA recipients have never been or where they don’t speak the language, Arpaio pushed back.“We have danger here, so should we deport all the people in Chicago with all the shooting and murder?” Arpaio asked. “If they want to get out and go to another country, should the other countries welcome them? I don’t think they would.”He continued: “It’s unfortunate there’s problems in other countries, but that’s … you live in those other countries, you have to do something there whether it’s through the political system in those countries to try to alleviate the problem.“We pumped a lot of money into these foreign countries — tons of money to help their security, law enforcement, and that’s OK, but you have to do it right.”“Make sure you get the right people to come into our country”Asked if he would close all of U.S. borders to migrants, Arpaio adamantly said no.“Just make sure you get the right people to come into our country,” he contended, noting that his parents came from Italy. “I have a personal interest in that situation.”Of course, when Arpaio’s parents came from Italy, there were far fewer restrictions, and immigration was most certainly not “merit-based.” Italians at the turn of the century and into the mid-20th Century, like people in other countries today, were escaping poverty, war and famine.It wasn’t the doctor from Milan heading to America.A history of controversyIn the 1990s, Arpaio controversially also set up an outdoor Tent City jail in the blistering Arizona sun. It was criticized as inhumane by activists, and his successor said there was no evidence it made people less likely to commit crimes.It began to be torn down last year and was closed in October.Arpaio was also closely linked to the “Birther Movement,” which peddled the falsehood that President Obama was not born in the United States.That’s how Arpaio and Trump got to know each other.How Arpaio’s run could affect politics in Arizona and nationallyBecause of his reputation, Arpaio would be a highly controversial figure running in the Republican primary. But his candidacy might cut a couple of different ways.On the one hand, he will draw unwanted attention for the GOP nationally.On the other, Arpaio could unwittingly help establishment Republicans’ preferred candidate get the nomination. It’s possible he splits the vote with another hard-line conservative, Kelli Ward, and opens an avenue for Rep. Martha McSally, who is expected to announce her candidacy Friday.In fact, a poll, paid for by a local TV station in Arizona, out Wednesday showed exactly that — McSally with 31 percent, Arpaio at 29 and Ward with 25.National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner, the senator from Colorado, declined Wednesday to explicitly rule out throwing the NRSC’s support behind Arpaio if he wins the primary.“It’s too early to speculate who’s going to win, who’s not going to win,” Gardner said on MSNBC, adding, “I think that is a conversation much further down the road.”Gardner was publicly critical and refused to support controversial Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was accused of sexual assault by multiple women, many of whom were teenagers at the time of the allegations. When it came to Arpaio, Gardner declined to take the same stance.“It’s difficult to compare what happened in Alabama to any other state,” Gardner said. He seemed willing to let the primary play out instead: “Is he going to be the nominee? I can’t tell that; you can’t tell that, only the people of Arizona can tell that. That’s why we have campaigns; that’s why we have primaries and races. That’s not my choice. That’s not my decision to make at the senatorial committee.”Arpaio’s candidacy will almost guarantee immigration will again be elevated in an election year, something that has not benefited Republicans in the past.“Right now, that’s what we need– is some leadership,” Arpaio told NPR, “and get this problem solved.”It’s the one issue that has galvanized and fired up the most ardent in the conservative base — and made Latinos reliable Democratic voters in the past few elections.Immigration’s potential dominance in this race could have broad potential consequences for the party in the age of Trump and as Arizona and the country continues to become browner.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Cop Cars Targeted in Sex Assault Case

first_imgBy Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFROThe Baltimore Police Department (BPD) is investigating a sex assault allegation within their own department.In a written statement, police spokesman Matt Jablow confirmed 115 of the department’s patrol cars have been put out of service while the investigation continues.More than 100 Baltimore City Police cars have been taken out of commission during the investigation of a sexual assault within the department. (Photo Credit: Pinterest)Jablow also confirmed that a woman reported the assault on June 2, but did not say that the act occurred in a patrol car. Jablow did acknowledge the woman was in a patrol car at some point.Police would not say when the assault occurred or the specific allegations that were reported but according to a memo sent to officers within the department and obtained by local television station WJZ, the victim reported that she was picked up by a man named “Rick” who appeared to be a police officer.The woman said she was picked up near the Charles Village Pub and taken to a residential area near Camden Yards- where she was forced to have sex-before being taken back to the Charles Village Pub.The woman then went into a hospital and reported the sex assault.According to Jablow, Investigators will not be processing all of the cars for evidence, but are holding them. Jablow said he expected many to be released back into service “relatively soon,” and that the department has 415 patrol cars in total.Until cars are released upon processing, “some officers will have to double up,” meaning there would be two officers to one car so that patrol efforts would not be affected.Dozens of patrol vehicles sat unused in the lots of multiple police district stations Monday morning blocked off by yellow tape. Jablow said the department was processing vehicles all across the city.Some advocates in the city believe the investigation should be conducted by a third party as to keep the case transparent and make sure there are no cover up’s.“When the police engage in sexual violence, be that sexual harassment, coercion or outright sexual assault, the power dynamic is such that it adds extra consequences should the police officer be rebuffed,” said Jacqueline Robarge, head of Power Inside, to WJZ.“The victims are least likely to be believed and most likely to be highly vulnerable.”“It’s a particularly devastating trend, she said, given the power dynamics at play, which make victims fear reprisal if they talk, from the very people meant to protect them.”Police did not say how long the investigation will take but they are “trying to get patrol vehicles back on the street as soon as possible.”last_img read more

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