1979: Double delight for West Indies at Cup

first_imgThe second edition of the World Cup has a distinctly different feel as compared to the previous one. And it was due to a development that would, in due course, change the way cricket is played, perceived and financed.West Indies continued their dominance but world cricket was still recovering from the churning that had preceded the tournament due to one man – Australian tycoon Kerry Packer.West Indies captain Clive Lloyd holds up the trophy at Lord’sAfter Packer failed to bag the exclusive rights for cricket in Australia, he set up the World Series Cricket in protest for his network, Channel Nine, in 1977.He signed top Australian, English, Pakistani and West Indian players, including England skipper Tony Greig, West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, Greg and Ian Chappell and fast bowlers like Dennis Lillee, Michael Holding and Imran Khan.Meagre salaries of international players forced them to take the Packer offer. But in the aftermath of the apparent revolt, those Australian players who were part of the series were not considered for the 1979 World Cup in England and thus the Aussies fielded a much weaker side, led by Kim Hughes.West Indies retained all their players and gave the reins of the side to 1975 winning captain Clive Lloyd.Eight teams participated, with Sri Lanka and Canada as the two non-Test playing nations.Still sporting whites in the 60-over format, the teams were divided in two groups. The West Indies, Pakistan, England and New Zealand qualified for the semi- finals. Australia were duly thrashed in the group stages, losing three out of the four matches in the group stage, winning only against Canada.advertisementIn the semis, England and New Zealand played out a humdinger of a match. The Kiwis won the toss and reduced the hosts to 98 for four. But Graham Gooch and Mike Brearley hit half- centuries to take the score to a competitive 221 for eight. John Wright tried to keep his team in the hunt with 69 but fell short by nine runs.In the second semi-final, the batsmen called the shots. Though West Indies won by 43 runs Pakistan gave them a run for their money. The defending champions racked up 293, thanks to an opening partnership of 132 by Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge. In reply, the prolific Zaheer Abbas (93) and Majid Khan (81) added 166 runs for the second wicket but the West Indians kept pegging away, led by Colin Croft who picked three for 29. In the end, Pakistan fell short by 43 runs.Thus the best two teams of the tournament faced off in the final. Clive Lloyd’s team was asked to bat first and was in a spot of bother at 99 for four. But that was all that went the Englishmen’s way. It was the time for some Viv Richards magic as he smashed 138 off 157 balls and remained not out as the defending champions scored 286. The hosts were never in the chase despite a century opening stand as Joel Garner completed the formalities with five for 38 to seal a 92- run win. Lloyd said the win even sweeter than the previous edition, as it had come after the tumultuous Packer series and the ensuing confrontations.Indian angleIt was a disastrous tournament for India. Losing all three group matches, including a humiliating 47-run loss to Sri Lanka. It was preceded by comprehensive losses against West Indies – nine wickets – and New Zealand – eight wickets. India failed to breach the 200- run mark with Gundappa Vishwanath’s 75 against the eventual winners being the best Indian effort. The last defeat against Sri Lanka was played over three days as the first day had a late start. It rained heavily the next day and India began the chase on the third day, falling to the leg- spin of Somachandra de Silva.Highlights of 1979 The fifth game of the 1979 World Cup between West Indies and Sri Lanka at The Oval was abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled.It was moved to the reserve day, but it rained again. The match was rescheduled for the next day and had to be abandoned too. This was first match which was abandoned for three consecutive days due to rain and is the only such instance in World Cup matches and One- Day Internationals.Sri Lanka beat India in the group stage by 47 runs which helped them gain Test status in a few years.last_img read more

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Pixel 3 phones arent selling and its probably Verizons fault

first_img Comments 99+ Google says it’s sold fewer Pixel phones year over year due to fierce smartphone competition on the high end, but that probably isn’t the entire story. There’s a good chance that the company’s agreement to make Verizon the Pixel’s exclusive US carrier plays a role. On Monday, Ruth Porat, CFO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, explained declining Pixel sales as due in part to “heavy promotional activity industry-wide” and “recent pressures in the premium smartphone market.” Even with deep discounts, people just aren’t buying Pixel phones, despite best-in-class camera performance and glowing recommendations from CNET and other outlets. The Pixel 3 was CNET’s top Android phone of 2018. So why haven’t buyers been snapping it up like hotcakes?  Review • Our Google Pixel review: Pure Android at its absolute best Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. There might be a few reasons for this. First, times are tough across the board. The smartphone market has been slowing down. Apple just announced that it sold fewer iPhones than it did a year ago. People are keeping their phones longer between upgrades, and prices are skyrocketing year over year. New phones are entering the market, like T-Mobile’s “premium affordable” OnePlus 6T, and buyers may be holding their collective breath to see how foldable phones and 5G networks pan out in 2019. (Hint: not too great so far.)But for the Pixel phones in particular, Verizon’s exclusive backing might be almost as much of a hindrance in getting the word out as it is a benefit. Verizon is the US’ largest carrier, which gives the Pixel the advantage of being discovered when buyers walk into a shop or peruse the carrier’s website.  Share your voice 33 Photos Originally published May 1 at 4 a.m. PT. How To • How to transfer your data from an iPhone to Android phone Mentioned Above Google Pixel (32GB, Quite Black) News • Google Pixel 3A: Where is AT&T? 15 Pixel 3 features you should use right nowcenter_img 17 Photos See it Pixel 3 camera test: Google’s phone delivers again Google Pixel $219 Pixel 3: 6 months in But the Pixel is also plagued by a strong misperception that Verizon is the exclusive seller, period. In fact, you can buy the Pixel 3 phones through Google’s online store for use with any US carrier, as well as Google’s own hybrid Fi network. Limiting carrier exposure surely doesn’t help get the word out, and you would think that Google would have as much clout as Apple and Samsung in getting its phones on any wireless provider it chooses.Google’s mostly-direct-to-consumer-except-for-Verizon sales model clearly isn’t working, and I’m not surprised. The vast majority of people — we’re talking about well into 90% — buy their handset from a carrier, not from a phone-maker, even one with as much pull as Google. If your carrier doesn’t have a particular phone, why not just get another pretty good alternative instead?The Pixel 3’s camera is so, so good. Angela Lang/CNET The rumored Google Pixel 3A is said to come to T-Mobile as well as Verizon, which, if true, will put the Pixel in front of more buyers. (T-Mobile is also trying to mute Verizon’s thunder with its #GetOutofTheRed campaign.) Exiting an exclusivity contract with AT&T on the very first iPhone helped Apple create the boom that made its smartphone one of the most iconic, sought-after phones in the world. Google can only hope that expanding into T-Mobile would do the same.For Google’s sake, I hope the Pixel’s rumored carrier parade won’t stop there.Verizon said, “We don’t comment on future contracts nor would we comment on sales.” Google did not comment. 5:52 Preview • Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled: Google’s post-Nexus phones come out swinging (hands-on) Tags Phones Android Pie Android 10 (Android Q) Google T-Mobile Verizonlast_img read more

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Country incurs wrath of God Ershad

first_imgHM ErshadFormer military ruler, special emissary of the prime minister HM Ershad on Friday explained the recent calamities such as flooding and landslide in the country, as the wrath of God.”The country has incurred the wrath of Allah. That’s why there are incidents like flooding and landslide, many people are dying,” he told a public meeting at Osmani Nagar after visiting the flood situation in Sylhet.The Jatiya Party chairman expressed his concern at the ‘alarming rise’ in enforced disappearances, and missing and killing of people.”The people are not doing well. There are rampant disappearances and killings. We start every day with news of killing,” he regretted.He mentioned that the people are now living in panic of disappearances and killings and there was no ‘good news’ for them.Ershad, who took over power by a coup in 1982 and ruled the country for nine years, called on the people to bring back his Jatiya Party to power.He said: “Nothing bothers others — if there is a flood or suffering of the people. But I cannot stay at home, I feel sorry for the people who suffer because of the floods and other calamities.”He mentioned that the people are suffering nowadays as the ‘wrath of Allah’ visited the country.Ershad was accompanied by party secretary general Ruhul Amin Hawlader, former secretary general Ziauddin Bablu, party presidium member Kazi Feroz Rashid, MP, and a few other central and local leaders.last_img read more

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Kathmandu airport in chaos as another aircraft skids off runway

first_imgNepali workers try to bring a Malaysian airliner back onto the runway at the international airport in Kathmandu on 19 April 2018, after it skidded off the runway following an aborted take-off. Kathmandu airport was closed 20 April after a Malaysian jet with 139 people on board aborted its takeoff and skidded off the runway. Photo: AFPA Malaysian jet carrying 139 people that aborted its takeoff and skidded into mud forced Kathmandu airport to shut down for more than 12 hours causing flight chaos Friday after the latest near miss on the city’s notoriously dangerous runway.Nobody was hurt in the incident but hundreds of passengers had flights out of the Nepalese capital cancelled and all incoming flights were diverted after the Malindo Airlines Boeing 737 went off the runway late Thursday.Earlier on 12 March, an aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport killing 49 people, including 26 Bangladeshis.Talking about the jet, airport spokesman Prem Nath Thakur said that the jet was speeding down the Tribhuvan International Airport runway when the pilots detected a problem and aborted takeoff.The jet skidded into grass and came to a halt in mud about 100 feet (30 metres) from the runway at the airport which had a major crash last month.“All aboard are safe,” Thakur said, adding that the cause of the cockpit alert was not immediately known.Nepal’s only international airport reopened again just before midday Friday after the jet was “removed without any damage,” Thakur added.More than 100 people were needed to move the jet, its tyres stuck in grass that had been turned into a soggy morass by recent rainfall.Tow tractors pulled the jet out of the mud up ramps set up in front of the tyres.Delayed expansionAmerican traveller Sarah Ann Loreth, heading to Doha before returning to her home in Boston, spent hours on her delayed jet after the emergency.“We were supposed to take off on Thursday but couldn’t because of the Malaysia flight,” she told AFP.“Around 2:00 m the flight attendant informed us the other flight had slipped off the runway and was stuck in the mud and could not be moved.“They deplaned us around 2:30am and it was pure chaos. We went back to the terminal and they had our bags laid out behind the counter and we just went behind and grabbed them.”Cars eventually took the passengers to hotels to wait for a reorganised flight, Loreth said.The Himalayan nation has some of the world’s most remote and tricky runways, flanked by snow-capped peaks with approaches that pose a challenge even for accomplished pilots.Its only international airport struggles with surges in passengers and flights, and faces constant congestion and air traffic.“Delayed expansion of the airport has made things difficult. If we had the infrastructure, other flights would not be disrupted and we could have removed the aircraft more quickly,” said Sanjeev Gautam, chief of Nepal’s civil aviation authority.The incident came one month after the crash of a US-Bangla Airways plane at Kathmandu airport, which killed 51 people.In March 2015, a Turkish Airlines jet skidded off the runway as it landed, forcing Tribhuvan Airport to close for four days.Nepal has a poor air safety record. Accidents are common and Nepal-based airlines are banned from flying in European Union airspace.last_img read more

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DC Experiences Most Violent Day in Weeks

first_imgUp until July 30 the District had gone 14 days without a homicide, but six separate shootings on July 30 left three people dead, making it one of the most violent days in weeks.One of the shootings included a homicide along Interstate 295 which caused traffic delays early in the morning on July 30. Police said they responded to a report of gunshots around 2:28 a.m. on July 30. Officials said they found 25-year-old Judonne Stephens and another man suffering from gunshot wounds inside of a vehicle at the Firth Sterling Avenue overpass in Southeast.Both of the victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Stephens died on July 31 from his injuries, police reported.Sean Hickman, a spokesperson for the police department, told the AFRO Aug. 1 that no arrests have been made in the case and police are searching for suspects involved in the crime.Several other shootings took place on July 30 as well.According to police reports, the first shooting took place at a little after 2 a.m. in the 900 block of Emerson Street NW close to the Brightwood Park neighborhood. It was followed by the Interstate 295 homicide near Suitland Parkway and another shooting, occurring at 2:40 a.m., in the 5300 block of Georgia Avenue NW. Then police also reported a shooting in the 2400 block of Elvans Road SE at about 3:15 a.m.A few minutes later, Edward Roberts Jr., 29, was shot and killed in the 3500 block of 14th Street NW. Police said they responded to a report for sounds of gunshots. Authorities added they found Roberts Jr. suffering from numerous gunfire wounds. He later died at an area hospital.At about 3:50 a.m. a 19-year-old girl was shot and killed inside of a residence on Good Hope Road in SE. Police said they found Anaiona Gaston from Hyattsville, Md. in the 2300 block of Good Hope Road suffering from a gunshot wound. D.C. Fire and EMS personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene.Police arrested Malik Fields, 21, of Southeast, for suspected connection in the murder. Fields is being charged with second degree murder while armed and will appear in court on Aug. 15, according to D.C. Courts.A 6-year-old boy was struck by gunfire around 5 p.m. on July 30. Officials said he was shot in the leg not far from a playground outside of an apartment complex in Southeast. Police said at least one gunman opened fire, but the child was not the intended target. Police are now searching for suspects involved in the incident who were described as two men wearing black masks at the time of the shooting. The boy is reported to be alive and at a local hospital as of July 30.last_img read more

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Financial Tech Startups Compete for US Immigrant Market

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global For two decades, Noe Sanchez sent money from California to his father in Mexico City through storefront outlets of traditional remittance firms such as Western Union.Now he grabs his smartphone and uses Remitly, one of several new competing mobile apps promoting cheap and quick international transfers. Sanchez quickly got over his initial unease of sending money through an unfamiliar company.”If it goes badly, I’ll cancel it and try another,” said Sanchez, a 44-year-old Mexican technical support professional in Oakland.Founded in 2011 and backed by Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos’s venture capital arm, Remitly is among a vanguard of financial technology, or fintech, companies targeting what they view as an underserved immigrant market — traditionally disregarded as high-risk and low-margin.The upstart firms — along with expanding digital and mobile options from Western Union Co. and MoneyGram International Inc. — are helping immigrants deepen their roots in the United States at a time when incendiary anti-immigration rhetoric dominates national politics.Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump recently attacked remittances from illegal immigrants as a form of “welfare” for Mexicans. Trump threatened to impound such money transfers unless Mexico agreed to pay up to $10 billion for his proposed wall on the southern U.S. border.Many emerging companies in the fast-growing fintech sector, by contrast, view financial services for immigrants as an untapped source of revenue. They include remittance apps, such as Remitly, TransferWise and Xoom — an early player bought last year by PayPal Holdings Inc. for $890 million — along with companies such as Lendup and Oportun, which lend to high-risk borrowers.”We’re part of a community of companies that is helping [immigrant] customers understand the landscape of financial services” in the U.S., said Raul Vazquez, chief executive of Oportun.Global cash flowIt remains unclear whether Trump’s campaign attacks represent a real threat to the remittance industry. He proposes regulating remittance firms through U.S. anti-terrorism laws that now apply to banks and other financial institutions.The plan has been criticized in part because of the difficulty in differentiating between the transfers of legal and illegal immigrants.”Good luck with that,” U.S. President Barack Obama quipped, reacting to Trump’s proposal at a recent news conference.Trump’s campaign did not respond to request for comment from Reuters.Many financial technology companies expect a continuing boom in cross-border transfers and other financial services for U.S. immigrants. According to the World Bank, remittances to Mexico totaled nearly $25 billion in 2015, their highest level since 2008. Globally, nearly $600 billion is transferred each year. The World Bank reported that 700 million people opened bank accounts globally between 2011 and 2014 — making them more likely to use financial technology — and about 2 billion more people remained unbanked, representing huge growth potential.Immigrant communities increasingly access financial services through phones. Thirteen percent of Latinos in the U.S. are dependent on smartphones as their only source of Internet access, compared to just 4 percent of white people, according to a 2015 Pew study.Those trends play into the strategy of remittance apps like Remitly and Xoom. Many other financial tech firms are private and not required to share financial results, but some claim fast growth in customers or revenue when releasing selective data.Remitly said it transferred five times the amount of money in the first quarter of 2016 as it did in the same period a year earlier. The company said it recently surpassed $1 billion in annual transfers.Western Union, a $9.36-billion public company, acknowledged new threats in its 2015 annual report. “We are seeing increased competition from, and increased market acceptance of, electronic, mobile, and Internet-based money transfer services,” the company told investors. In a statement to Reuters, the company said the transfer industry is teeming with new players and that competition had contributed to falling prices. Western Union’s digital money transfer sales reached about $300 million in 2015, and the company expects online and mobile transfers to be a “major driver of overall remittance market growth,” it said.Arjan Schutte, the CEO of fintech investor Core Innovation Capital, said he’d seen more than 100 different business plans for companies wanting to disrupt Western Union or Moneygram, but that’s “not nearly enough relative to the market opportunity.” Economies of scaleSmaller financial technology companies can be flexible in crafting creative solutions to serve customers on the margins, said Lisa McFarland, an executive vice president at Ingo Money, which charges between 1 and 4 percent to deposit paychecks through a mobile app.McFarland previously worked at Visa Inc. setting up prepaid products for the immigrant market. She said more established financial companies have long struggled to serve lower-income markets because of high development costs and low profit margins.”The problems have to be solved, in many cases, in unique ways,” she said. “That’s what opens the door to technology players.”Oportun and Lendup, for instance, use their own underwriting formulas rather than traditional credit scores to underwrite risky borrowers, and they offer declining interest rates over time for those who pay reliably.The alternative online lending sector as a whole has faced new scrutiny in recent months in the wake of scandals at industry leader Lending Club. But Lendup says its customer base of half a million borrowers is growing at 15 percent per month. The company says it can charge less than traditional payday lenders because of its underwriting software and because it saves money by not opening physical branches.”If the work is lower margin, technology has a real opportunity to allow you to reach that profitability,” said Leslie Payne, who runs public affairs at Lendup. “Once you reach scale, the economics can work out.”(Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Brian Thevenot) 5 min read May 24, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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Rice and other universities create Texas Digital Library

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: B.J. Almond PHONE: (713) 348-6770 E-MAIL: balmond@rice.edu RICE AND OTHER UNIVERSITIES CREATE TEXAS DIGITAL LIBRARYCommunity Can Benefit From Combined Resources Rice University’s Fondren Library has entered into an agreement with The University of Texas Libraries, Texas A&M University Libraries, the University of Houston Libraries and Texas Tech University Libraries to establish the Texas Digital Librarylast_img

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