first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 21 January 2014 – Brand South Africa will bring an opportunity to discuss education with specialists in the field, to the community in Soweto when it hosts the second Play Your Part/Sowetan dialogue in Soweto, Orlando West, Uncle Toms Hall on 22 January 2013.The dialogue will focus on the topic, “Why many learners and students start but don’t finish?” and is in line with the awareness that learners must stay in school to receive quality education.The discussion will be guided by:Adam Habib – Vice Chancellor at Wits UniversityVuyo Jack – CEO and founder of EmpowerdexPanyaza Lesufi – National Department of Basic EducationRosie Chirongoma – (PfP) Fundraising and Stakeholder Engagement at SymphoniaDr Jeffrey Mabelebele – Higher Education South AfricaBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “Education plays a significant role in growing a country and in its competitiveness. We therefore need to ensure our school system can deliver quality education to enrich our learners and provide them with the tools they need to be successful.”“I invite all those interested in ensuring our education system is able to deliver the kind of education that supports the intellectual growth and development of our young people to play their part and attend the dialogue,”  concluded Mr Matola.Sowetan Dialogues are public conversations held in local communities across the country. They provide a platform for discussions on issues that affect societies and what we can collectively do to improve these conditions.Media are invited to attend as follows:Date   :        Wednesday, 22 January 2013Venue :        Soweto, Orlando West, Uncle Toms Hall(See map and location documents attached or visit https://maps.google.co.za/maps?q=where+is+Soweto,+Orlando+West,+Uncle+Toms+Hall&ie=UTF-8&ei=TtPXUq7MEqbQ7Abmo4CgCA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAgTime  :         18h00 for 18:30RSVP   :        Fikile MakhobaEmail: FikileM@brandsouthafrica.comMobile: 082 404 4856The entrance to the dialogue is free although places must be booked. To book please SMS keyword DIALOGUES, name and surname to 41936. SMSes are charged at R1.50/SMS. Free minutes do not apply. Booking line closes on 21st January 2014 at 12h00 noon. Confirmation will be sent via SMS or RSVP to obosel@sowetan.co.zaNote to editorsProfiles of the panelistsProfessor Adam HabibProfessor Adam Habib is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, and has served in this position as from the 1st of June 2013. He is an academic, an activist, an administrator, and a renowned political media commentator and columnist. A Professor of Political Science, Habib has more than 30 years of academic, research, institutional and administration expertise. His experience spans five universities and multiple local and international institutions, boards and task teams. His professional involvement in institutions has always been defined by three distinct engagements: the contest of ideas; their translation into actionable initiatives; and the building of institutions.Mr Panyaza LesufiMr Panyaza Lesufi is a spokesman for the Department of Basic Education. He was born in Tembisa where he led a number of youth and student structures before getting arrested under the 1988 Apartheid Emergency Regulation for belonging to then banned organizations (ANC, MK and COSAS). Mr Lesufi matriculated at Vital Link Student Cooperation and went on to study Business Administration at the University of Natal in Durban where he was voted President of the SRC. He served in the Senate, Council and EXCO of the University and was awarded the Best SRC President ever by the University Natal as well as the Albert Luthuli Inter-Personal Relations Award. He served as Deputy Regional Secretary of the ANC at Ekurhuleni for 10 years before being elected to the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) of the ANC Gauteng Province. Mr Lesufi also served as a board member of the Ellis Park Disaster Fund and Chairperson of the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership.Ms Rosie ChirongomaMs Rosie Chirongoma deals with Fundraising and Stakeholder Engagement at Symphonia. Ms Chirongoma’s interests include current affairs, creating awareness about the issues that affect African children and working with children in disadvantaged communities. Armed with a National Diploma in Architectural Technology, she lists strong leadership, good communication skills, being passionate and driven as well as willingness to take risks as her strengths. Ms Chirongoma has been actively involved in affecting change at a grassroots level in South Africa since 2007. Her list of community projects include: Big Brother Big Sister; the Paballo Ya Batho project which helps provide food, medical care and companionship to 500 destitute and homeless people living in the inner city of Johannesburg. In 2010, Ms Chirongoma spent her weekends looking after abandoned children at the TLC Children’s Home. She was recognised as a Nedbank Local Hero, in 2007, for providing 450 learners at New Generation School with learning resources and an environment conducive for learning in an informal settlement.Mr Vuyo JackVuyo Jack grew up in Dube, Soweto where he entertained the idea of becoming a film director, before a family friend in merchant banking changed his mind. He then decided to study accounting which he sees as a critical basis for informed economic decision-making, and as a central measure of business performance. Since co-founding Empowerdex, Vuyo was appointed as a member of the dti’s BEE Task Team in 2003 and has advised both government departments and various corporates on matters of BEE. Vuyo has a weekly column in Sunday’s Business Report on issues surrounding BEE. In addition to his role as Executive Chairman of Empowerdex, Vuyo lectures Financial Accounting at Wits on a part-time basis.Dr Jeffrey MabelebeleDr Jeffrey Mabelebele joined Higher Education South Africa (HESA) in 2009 as a Director, Operations and Sector Support.  Prior to this, he worked for the Human Sciences Research Council as a Researcher, Government Communication and Information System as a Director in the Project Office and the National Treasury’s Technical Assistance Unit as Director, Knowledge Management. His research interests include social values, identity and memory. Dr Mabelebele studied at the universities of Limpopo and UNISA. His work is published widely in accredited and peer reviewed journals.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Follow Brand South Africa@Brand_SA(https://twitter.com/Brand_SA)Tell us how you Play Your Parthttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/tellus-someone@PlayyourpartSAFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Fikile MakhobaEmail: FikileM@brandsouthafrica.comMobile: 071 155 9192Email: Fikilem@brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I hunted with a cat the other evening. I was after deer while the feline was stalking smaller mammals as I watched it undetected from my treestand above its perch. We shared a small swamp flanked by harvested bean and corn fields and accessed by narrow, overgrown fencerows connecting to wood lots. The farmer had left some standing corn and beans in the corners and around a wind-fallen ash tree, and the bonus grain and cover was a magnet to the local game, both feathered and furred.I know fellows who say they shoot feral cats when they see them in the field, taking care to target felines that are far from any farmhouse where they might double as pets. The argument is that the cats have gone native and, with no natural predators, ravage local game- and song-bird populations. You may have read about some recent studies done on the subject. I did, and have invited one feral cat expert on to my show next month to learn more about the issue. I’ll welcome Matt Clayton to Buckeye Sportsman on the Dec. 9 broadcast.I watched that cat as it crept up to the end of a branch off a fallen tree, settling in from that higher vantage point much the way I had in my stand 17 feet above. While I had the benefit of head to toe woodland camouflage to blend in with our shared surroundings, the feline had an unfortunate coloration: pure white but for a tail ringed like a raccoon and a pair of grown eye patches. You could see the stark-white predator working its way through the brush and stalks from clear across the field. The poor cat’s unnatural camo couldn’t be worse, I thought, then shuddered with a blast of the north wind that found its way down the back of my neck. That’s when it occurred to me that when the snow flies and living off the land is at its leanest, that cat’s coat will fit right in when it needs it the most. I wished the feline luck as it eventually padded off into a thick clump of timothy, and I sat shivering ‘til dark waiting for game that never showed. Waterfowl IDSpeaking of hunting, with waterfowl seasons in full swing across the state as Ohio’s duck and goose seasons begin, hunters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with waterfowl identification before heading out. Ohio waterfowl hunters frequently encounter a variety of species of birds when in the field and marsh, and some species of ducks, geese and swans may look similar.Some species, like the state-threatened trumpeter swans and occasionally migrating tundra swans, are protected and may be encountered. Although waterfowl hunters in Ohio rarely encounter snow geese, hunters should still be able to distinguish between swans and snow geese. With proper species identification and attention, there should be little confusion between the species. Trumpeter swan (threatened and protected species)• Mature birds have pure-white plumage (sometime stained heads) and young birds are more gray• Long necks relative to the body size• Length of 4 to 5 feet with a wingspan of 7 feet and weight of 17 to 28 pounds. Tundra swan (protected species)• Mature birds have pure- white plumage and young birds are more gray• Long necks relative to the body size• Length of 4.5 feet with a wingspan of 5.5 feet and weight of 8 to 23 pounds. Canada goose (legal game species)• Black-necked plumage with chin strap, black head, tan breast, brown back, long necks• Length of 2.5 to 3.5 feet with a wingspan of 4 to 5.5 feet, and weight of 6.5 to 20 pounds. Snow goose (legal game species)• White with black wing tips, short necks relative to the body size• Length of 2.5 feet with a wingspan of 4.5 feet and weight 3.5 to 7 pounds.For more information about waterfowl hunting in Ohio visit wildohio.gov.last_img read more


first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Identity is crucial, as Schuermans stresses, because it keeps users engaged with Facebook even if they aren’t actively sharing: “If users don’t just use Facebook as their social network, but also to access scores of unrelated services, then it will be hard for users to drop Facebook entirely.”By making Facebook the center of our digital lives, Facebook makes itself an essential, profitable place for developers to build. 3. Out-Googling Google For Effective Mobile AdvertisingIn Facebook’s quest to sell user reach, engagement and hyper-targeting to advertisers, thereby enriching its developer community and itself, Facebook may be out-Googling Google. In particular, Facebook’s App Links builds bridges between apps, thereby creating a new, searchable application web to rival the non-app web. Schuermans writes:In the most optimistic case, Applinks will allow Facebook to build the PageRank of mobile, a head-on attack on its arch rival. (Facebook has already kindly offered to host an index of all applinks.) At worst, Applinks can substantially boost Facebook’s app install business (CPI) through affiliate marketing schemes, earning revenue on each referral.All Your Developers Are Belong To UsFacebook, once the mobile laggard, is now a mobile leader, particularly with developers. While it still has a long way to go, its strategy of making it easy for developers to build for its platform, coupled with its efforts to make applications an effective advertising target, is winning over developers and stealing a march on Google and Apple. Image of Mark Zuckerberg by Flickr user kris krüg, CC 2.0 It’s a good thing mobile app developers say they’re not in it for the money, because the reality is that the average per-app revenue is under $4,000, according to VisionMobile’s 2012 developer survey. Given the difficulty of standing out on “brutally competitive” mobile app stores like Apple’s App Store or Google Play, it’s easy to see why developers struggle to make much money from their work. There are more than a million apps on the App Store: how likely is it that yours will be the next Angry Birds?Enter FacebookSensing an opportunity, Facebook has pounced. While Facebook used to get knocked for being too dependent on desktop revenue, the company has completely shifted its strategy so that today it generates more than 60% of its revenues from mobile. The heart of Facebook’s mobile strategy is developers.And the way to appeal to developers, says analyst Ben Thompson, is money:One of the key lessons I learned working with developers is that, at the end of the day, everything pales in comparison to the question: “How do I make money?” Developer tools are important, languages are important, exposure is important, but if there isn’t money to be made—or if more money can be made elsewhere—then you’re not going to get very far in getting developers on your platform.Facebook’s mobile developer strategy is comprised of three components, according to Schuermans, each geared toward making developers more money:1. Building A Mega SDKFacebook has been acquiring companies at a torrid pace these past few years, but not for their developer communities. As VisionMobile founder Andreas Constantinou rightly posits, ecosystems aren’t for sale:Instead of buying developers, Facebook has been acquiring essential tools to serve a growing community of developers, including Monoidics (bug checking), Parse (back-end as a service), Airlock (A/B testing framework) and more. To these acquisitions Facebook has added homegrown services to support app promotion, monetization and re-engagement. Facebook, in other words, is gearing up to make app development easy and profitable for mobile developers, recognizing that traditional app stores have done little but provide a weak app discovery mechanism for developers. 2. Making Facebook The Center Of Users’ Digital IdentitiesIt’s interesting to note that identity topped Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s list of the essential elements of a “cross-platform platform” at the recent F8 developer conference: Tags:#app developers#Apple#Facebook#Google#iOS How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img Developers who want to make money may want to spend less time with Apple and Google and more time with Facebook. Though both Google and Apple trumpet their vast app ecosystems, the reality is that it’s hard for app developers to stand out on these platforms and, hence, egregiously difficult for such developers to make a living. Unless they want to focus on Facebook, that is. As VisionMobile analyst Stijn Schuermans highlights, while app developers will continue to depend on Google and Apple for distribution, Facebook’s mobile developer strategy is better suited to help them reach users, get discovered and make money.Mobile’s Crowd Of IndividualsApple has paid developers over $15 billion since launching the App Store in July 2008. While Google’s Android platform has not been as generous historically, it’s catching up. But neither is a particularly great way to make money for most developers, as VisionMobile’s data indicates: Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Matt Asay Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more


first_imgWorking with a new director or DP can be a tricky process that takes some time to develop. Here are some filmmaking tips to help streamline that process, and to make sure your production is getting the most out of that relationship.Top image: Quentin Tarantino and Robert Richardson on the set of Kill Bill via The Red ListWith advancements in technology and professional production equipment constantly becoming more affordable, it seems that timelines (and usually budgets) for projects become smaller and smaller every year. This means that you have to work more efficiently — and as a solid team — to finish with a project that everyone can be proud of.One of the best ways to do this is to make sure that the director and the director of photography have a clear and singular vision for the execution of the project. Here are some suggestions for ways to make sure the two are in sync.Start With a LookbookAn example of a strong look – Blade Runner via Warner Bros.An image can be a hard thing to explain with words. One easy way to make sure that the visual style of a project is decided on and agreed upon is to begin the process with a lookbook. A lookbook is a collection of images that define the look and tone of the image that you’re going for.It can be any number of things… paintings, photographs, stills from another film, anything that is a representation of what you want to do visually. It helps to take notes on each image, so that you can reference what it is about that image specifically that will support your story/look.I prefer to use a cloud-based file storage service for creating lookbooks (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc). This way, while on set or scouting a location, you can always pull up the lookbook and effectively communicate a visual idea on the spot. Evan E. Richards runs a blog with a comprehensive selection of screengrabs of various films that’s a great resource for building a lookbook.Learn Their Process Early OnChristopher Nolan via Warner Bros.Everyone does things differently. Some directors will want to have a lot of involvement in how the image is created, down to the placement of the camera and focal length of the lens. Other directors aren’t interested in those details, and will fully look to the DP to deliver the look that they’re going for, with little to no direction otherwise.This needs to be discussed ahead of time. That bit of information will completely define the nature of the DP’s job on that project, and it can be different every time. It’s important for everyone to know their role on set, and for all expectations to be made perfectly clear before the production begins. Some of these topics are touched on in this Hollywood Reporter roundtable of Oscar-nominated directors discussing their craft. Get Everyone InvolvedRobert Elswit location scouting for Nightcrawler via ScreenDailyIt’s not acceptable to bring the DP in right before the shoot. The DP should be able to walk the locations well ahead of time, taking photos, looking for power (if needed), and getting an overall game plan on load-in and the plan of attack. This will make it easier for them to create lighting diagrams for each of the setups as well, which is a huge timesaver (and will also allow them to put together the gear list for the shoot). A great app for creating lighting diagrams is Shot Designer.It’s important to work together in creation of a shot list (check out the awesome Shot Lister app) and game plan for each shoot day based on the location scout. This should be done before anyone starts to put together a schedule, and (in most cases) before booking the talent.It is the director of photography’s job to know what time will work best for each location (sun through windows, sun positions for best backlight, etc). If they never get to see the locations, there’s no way that they can do their job. This is one of the most overlooked issues in low-budget productions.Keep an Open Line of CommunicationJeff Cronenweth discusses a Gone Girl scene with director David Fincher via 20th Century FoxThere’s always time to talk. No matter how short on time you are, it will almost always save you time if you stop to pull your DP or director aside and have a quick chat about what’s going on and (hopefully) figure out what isn’t working. Sometimes you just have to get away from the rest of the crew and actors to really get some real thinking done.When things are moving and decisions are constantly being made, it’s really easy to get in the swing of things and lose track of what’s actually going on. Always be asking yourself: Are we executing the plan? Am I supporting my colleagues process? Are we achieving the look that we laid out in the lookbook? And most importantly: Are we making something we’re all going to be proud of?If there is ever any doubt, pull your director or DP aside and figure out how you can fix it — and do it sooner than later.Know Your Role in the RelationshipDenis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins working together via Warner Bros.In the end a film can look lousy but work because of a great performance but not the other way round. That’s something always worth remembering. – Roger DeakinsOne thing a DP should always remember is the pecking order on set. The director is always in control. While filmmaking is a very collaborative process, it’s important that the DP keep the ultimate vision of the director and execution of the project at the front of their mind at all times. If you don’t watch out for it, ego can set in and arguments can begin because the DP wants or takes too much control.However, that works both ways. If the director isn’t assuming the lead role in the execution of the project in a way that cannot be questioned, someone else is going to have to step up to make sure the project is completed. There is an art to doing this in a way that gets the best work out of people, while also getting the best out of the project.When working quickly, and under stressful guidelines, these things can be a weak point in the hyper-sensitive ecosystem that film sets usually become. It’s important to be aware of everything, and everyone’s feelings, especially when it comes to the way that the director and the DP work together.Have any filmmaking tips for the community? 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first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (13.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSOn Tuesday, November 6th, I am releasing my third book in three years. If you read this newsletter each week (or even most weeks), you know the book is titled “Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition.” It’s a book about competitive displacement, or put more directly, “stealing your dream clients from your competition.”Eat Their Lunch is a book about living, thriving, and surviving in the red ocean, where there is fierce competition, where clients want to commoditize what you sell, and where you are necessarily a large part of the value proposition (and in many cases, the largest).When someone writes a book, they have something they absolutely must share, some question they must answer, some problem they need to solve, or some complicated knot they are attempting to unravel.When you think about sales, there aren’t too many things more difficult than taking your dream client away from a competitor they believe is satisfying their needs. It’s not that they don’t have a compelling reason to change, but rather they don’t think they have a compelling reason to change. Unless and until you help them believe they need to do something different, you are not going to have an opportunity to win your dream client away.You also can’t wait to win your dream clients. In the past, it was customary to wait patiently for your dream client to become dissatisfied enough to let an RFP or rummage through a box business cards to invite different companies in to present to them. This behavior, waiting passively and being reactive, is how you become a commodity. Here’s the terrible truth about commoditization: If you act like a commodity, your dream client will treat you accordingly.The right approach for both of these problems is to get on your front foot, to be proactive, to dictate the tempo, to control the narrative.Is Eat Their Lunch for You?When you write a book proposal, you are supposed to include a section to describe the audience for your book to the publisher. The wrong answer is “everyone.” The right answer is a small niche that is large enough to publish a book profitably.It’s Not For You If . . .If you want to know how to speak poorly about your competitor, this book is not for you. I offer the opposite advice. The best way to “eat their lunch” is to say nice things about your competitor and then differentiate yourself and your approach.If you want tricks and shortcuts that will provide you with a result without any effort on your part, I am afraid I am going to disappoint you. Eat Their Lunch is practical and tactical, and the frameworks require disciplined effort on your part.It’s For You, For SureHowever, if you are the kind of person who wants to know how to create so much greater value than their competitors that their dream clients will switch providers, Eat Their Lunch will show you how to do so.If you want to make ideas like Challenger and selling with insights actionable, the chapter on capturing mind share will provide you with a framework and exercises that will allow you to do so.Prospecting isn’t an event. Prospecting is now a campaign, where you professional persist and pursue your dream client over time. If you want to know how to professionally persist effectively and use your greater value creation to capture mind share and gain appointments with your dream clients, you’ll find the strategy in Eat Their Lunch.For me, discovery is now about helping the client discover something about themselves. If you want the newest and sharpest lens for understanding your client’s real challenges, Eat Their Lunch will stretch you, and in doing so, give you a much clearer view, one that opens up opportunities and creates an advantage. It will help you see what is invisible to your competitor.You know how there seem to be more people involved in every deal and how it is getting more difficult to manage this process? If you want a framework for understanding who these people are, what they want, and how to create a strategy to get the ones you need to “yes” at the same time, you’ll find it in chapters 7 and 8.We use words like “peer,” “consultative,” and “trusted advisor,” when we talk about how we want to be perceived by our clients. In a section on Intangibles, you will find the recipe from becoming these things for your clients. However, while you are doing so, you also need to retain your clients, protecting yourself from being displaced. You will find the answer to the problem of retaining your clients while you do the work of taking theirs from them.You can get the book now on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or in bulk from the best book people on Earth, 800CEOREAD.com. But first, go to eattheirlunchbook.com to look at the bonuses available when you buy the book, things like workbooks and videos and keynotes. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more


first_imgMumbai: A group of activists under the banner of recently formed Indians for Actualization of Democracy (IAD) on Wednesday released a fact-finding report on the March 25 communal violence at Vadavali in Patan district of north Gujarat, following a visit to the area.Vinod Chand, the president of IAD, called the incident as a “dacoity” rather than “riots,” and said the incident sparked off after a tiff between two schoolboys, one Hindu and the other Muslim, when the latter reprimanded the former for throwing stones at a beehive.last_img read more


first_imgThe Odisha government is taking measures to face the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, which is likely to hit the State’s coast in the Puri district on Friday evening.Twelve senior officials were on Wednesday assigned for supervision of restoration works in the coastal districts of Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Cuttack. All concerned departments were also pressed into service to focus on saving lives and property in case of any eventuality. The State government’s Health Department has set up control rooms at all levels of administration.‘Foremost priority’“Evacuation and rescue of people likely to be affected to safe places, restoration of road communication immediately after cyclone, and proper distribution of relief materials with zero casualties are is the foremost priority of Odisha Police,” said State Director General of Police R. P. Sharma.Also Read As cyclone Fani approaches, RTGS warns against selfies near the sea  While the District Collectors were busy preparing the administration to evacuate people from villages close to the sea or villages alongside the rivers from Thursday, senior police officers have been sent to the coastal districts to coordinate with the district administration and other connected line agencies and field functionaries for rescue and relief operations.MCC suspendedThe office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Odisha has also taken several measures to ensure the safety of the electronic voting machines (EVM) in the constituencies along the coastal region of the State, where simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections were held recently. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has suspended the model code of conduct (MCC) from 11 coastal districts of the State to facilitate relief and rescue operations. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on Tuesday urged the ECI to lift the MCC for this.Also Read  Mr. Patnaik had also urged the ECI to postpone polling in the Patkura Assembly constituency under Kendrapara Lok Sabha seat. The ECI had earlier fixed May 19 as the date for the polling in Patkura. Polling in the constituency, which was scheduled to be held on April 29, was adjourned due to the death of Biju Janata Dal nominee Bed Prakash Agarwalla on April 20. The Commission had not passed any order in this regard till Wednesday afternoon.Cancellation, reschedulingAs many as 74 trains have been cancelled by the East Coast Railway between Bhadrak and Vizianagaram from Thursday in view of the cyclone. Examinations scheduled in all colleges under the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT), scheduled to be held on May, 2, 3 and 4, have been rescheduled to May 25, 27 and 28 respectively.According to the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), Cyclone Fani lies over west-central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal, about 680 km south-south-west of Puri on Wednesday. It is likely to have landfall in Puri district coast on Friday with a maximum sustained wind of speed 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph.The districts of Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur may experience extremely heavy rainfall during the landfall. Cyclone Fani: INCOIS warns of damage along east coastlast_img read more


first_imgRafael Nadal extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 23 matches, continuing the chase for his “Rafa Slam” with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 win over American qualifier Ryan Sweeting in the second round of the Australian Open.Rafael Nadal keeps his eyes on the ball as he makes a backhand return to Ryan Sweeting during their second round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Thursday. APThe top-ranked Nadal is aiming to be the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.He’s conceded only four games en route to the third round, sealing his win over Sweeting on Thursday with the last in a blizzard of forehand winners.After his quarterfinal exit at the last Australian Open, Nadal rebounded to win the French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles.Nadal hit some shots that Sweeting could barely believe, including a forehand on set point in the second when the Spaniard’s curling shot caught the baseline. With nothing to lose, Sweeting challenged the call as he walked off. The call stood.The only hint of anything other than complete domination for Nadal came in the third set, when Sweeting broke serve in the fifth game and then got within a point of bring it back to 4-2 in a game that went to deuce five times. Again, Nadal held on to convert a break and served out in the next game.”A few mistakes with the backhand, that’s all. My serve improved a lot since the first day. I think I was serving very well today,” Nadal said, noting the one blot on his serve was when he looked into the sun. “Movement good; backhand good; having a few more mistakes than usual. I have to play longer with the backhand. Maybe have to play a little bit more aggressive, more inside the court.”advertisementThat’s not good news for Nadal’s next opponent – 18-year-old Australian wildcard entry Bernard Tomic.Sweeting said he was overwhelmed by Nadal’s relentless accuracy and the fact he had to play so many shots just to earn a point.Tomic, the last Australian male left in the draw, advanced with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over No. 31 Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Canada’s Milos Raonic also produced a second-round upset, beating No. 22 Michael Llodra of France 7-6 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4).Kim Clijsters showed why she’s fast becoming a hot favorite for the women’s title by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3.U.S. Open champion Clijsters opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over former No. 1-ranked Dinara Safina, but Suarez Navarro was a potentially dangerous second-round matchup. The 22-year-old Spaniard beat Venus Williams in a second-round upset in her first trip to Melbourne Park two years ago.”She is a tough player. She’s tricky. The balls bounce so much different than for my first round,” Clijsters said. “I was just happy with the way that I played. I tried to play both sides of the court, tried to be aggressive and dictate the points. And it worked.”With defending champion Serena Williams not playing in Australia due to a prolonged foot problem, third-seeded Clijsters is hopeful of going one better than her previous best performance at Melbourne Park – she lost the 2004 final.Her third-round 6-0, 6-1 loss here to Nadia Petrova last year was her worst in a major. It’s a defeat she claims she doesn’t dwell on and doesn’t think will influence her preparations for the same stage this weekend.”I don’t think I’ve ever played a match like that. So it was very easy in a way to also forget about it, as well,” Clijsters said.Joining her in the third round from the bottom half of the draw were No. 10 Shahar Peer, No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 13 Nadia Petrova and Iveta Benesova, who beat No. 18 Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-1.Seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic lost 7-6 (3), 6-3 to China’s Peng Shuai, continuing an unimpressive streak of seven losses in eight matches. It was former world No. 1 Jankovic’s worst result at a major since the 2009 U.S. Open.Meanwhile, Clijsters has spent just two hours on court so far, leaving plenty of time to joke with the crowd and take a little swipe at on-court interviewer Todd Woodbridge, a former Australian doubles great. She lightheartedly chided Woodbridge about a text message he’d sent to fellow Australian Rennae Stubbs, suggesting Clijsters was showing physical and emotional signs of being pregnant.”No, I’m not!” said Clijsters, who took time off the tour when she married and had a child – daughter Jada, born in February 2008 – before returning to win the U.S. Open in 2009.advertisementWhile Clijsters and Nadal have advanced with ease, Venus Williams and defending men’s champion Roger Federer have encountered challenges.Williams injured a muscle between her stomach and groin Wednesday as she twisted for a volley. She needed a medical timeout after losing the first set. She was on the verge of tears, and apparently elimination. But she refused to stop playing and eventually beat Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-4.Federer faced a more familiar problem – Gilles Simon. He’s one of only three men on tour with a winning record against the Swiss great.The 16-time Grand Slam champion admitted he was “happy I survived a scare” after winning in five sets.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata will be eager to maintain their 13-game winning streak as they take on Dolphins todayWelcome to the coverage of Match 18 in the Champions League Twenty20 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunfoil Dolphins from the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium in Hyderabad.ScorecardSunfoil Dolphins managed to score 151 runs while chasing an imposing total of 187 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders at Uppal. It is a comprehensive win for Kolkata and Gambhir’s men extend their unbeaten streak to 13 matches, which is the most by an Indian team. Yusuf and Russell struck early and had Dolphins at 6/2. van Wyk and van Jaarsveld rebuilt the innings, but fell in quick succession. Zondo and Phehlukwayo hit some meaty blows and kept them in the hunt, but once they perished it was just a matter of time for Kolkata to complete the formalities. Gambhir tried out a few different options, like opening the bowling with Yusuf, giving Suryakumar and Tendo a bowl. At the end, it was Narine who did most of the damage with his 3 wickets, he was well supported by the rest of the bowlers. Dolphins showed glimpses of what they are capable of, but return home without a win.Most consecutive wins in T20s!Top 3 Teams :- 25 Sialkot- 14 Otago- 13 #KKRCongrats Everyone @iamsrk @KKRiders !! Happy New A.K.N (@iamAKN) September 29, 2014That’s the END OF INNINGS for Dolphins!!FIVE RUNS off the over!!19.6 overs: Prenelan Subrayen swings hard but misses it while the ball hits the pads. Andre Russell will bowl the FINAL OVER for Kolkata. It’s 42 off 6 for Dolphins!!advertisementWith Prenelan Subrayen(6) and Kyle Abbott(3) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 146/8 after 19 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!! 18.2 overs: FOUR!! Prenelan Subrayen waits for it and smacks it through square leg for a boundary.Prenelan Subrayen comes to the crease for Dolphins.17.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Kuldeep Yadav has got Jonathan Vandiar out caught at long-off. Vandiar stands tall and sends it straight into the hands of Suryakumar Yadav who takes it under the ropes. Jonathan Vandiar departs after scoring one run off two balls. Dolphins are FALLING APART here!!FOUR RUNS off the over!!Kyle Abbott comes to the crease for Dolphins.16.6 overs: OUT!! Sunil Narine has got Khayelihle Zondo out caught at deep midwicket. Zondo sweeps it with brutal force but sends it straight down the throat of Piyush Chawla for a simple catch. Khayelihle Zondo departs after scoring 32 runs off 25 balls with a boundary and a six. With Robert Frylinck(8) and Khayelihle Zondo(31) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 132/5 after 16 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!15.3 overs: SIX!! Robert Frylinck employs the slog sweep and sends it deep into the stands over deep midwicket for the maximum.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!Robert Frylinck comes to the crease for Dolphins.14.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Sunil Narine has bowled Andile Phehlukwayo on a quicker delivery. Phehlukwayo was looking to heave it across the line but gets beaten by pace as the ball makes a mess of the stumps. Andile Phehlukwayo departs after scoring 37 runs off 18 balls with six boundaries and a six.14.3 overs: FOUR!! Andile Phehlukwayo reaches out and slaps it over covers for another boundary.14.2 overs: FOUR!! Andile Phehlukwayo goes for the reverse-sweep and gets a top-edge over the wicket-keeper for a boundary. Phehlukwayo was LUCKY there!! With Andile Phehlukwayo(29) and Khayelihle Zondo(26) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 111/4 after 14 overs.FIFTEEN RUNS off the over!!13.6 overs: FOUR!! Andile Phehlukwayo employs the reverse-sweep and sends it past short third man for a boundary. CLEVER CRICKET from Phehlukwayo!!13.4 overs: SIX!! Khayelihle Zondo gets down on his knee and smokes it over deep midwicket for the maximum. That was BLUDGEONED by Zondo!! With Andile Phehlukwayo(25) and Khayelihle Zondo(16) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 96/4 after 13 overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!12.3 overs: FOUR!! Andile Phehlukwayo reaches out and sends it racing past backward point for another boundary.12.2 overs: SIX!! Andile Phehlukwayo gets underneath it and smokes it over long-on for the maximum. Phehlukwayo is TAKING ON ten Doeschate here!!12.1 overs: FOUR!! Andile Phehlukwayo stands tall and hoicks it over extra cover for a boundary.Ryan ten Doeschate comes into the attack for Kolkata. With Andile Phehlukwayo(7) and Khayelihle Zondo(11) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 72/4 after 11 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!! 10.2 overs: FOUR!! Khayelihle Zondo flays the sweep and sends it past short fine leg for a boundary. With Andile Phehlukwayo(6) and Khayelihle Zondo(5) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 65/4 after 10 overs.advertisementSEVEN RUNS off the over!!9.3 overs: FOUR!! Andile Phehlukwayo shuffles across and whips it towards deep square leg for a boundary.FOUR RUNS off the over!!Andile Phehlukwayo comes to the crease for Dolphins.8.6 overs: OUT!! Yusuf Patha has got Morne van Wyk out caught at long-on. Van Wyk skips down the track and lofts it straight down the throat of Manish Pandey who takes it comfortably. Morne van Wyk departs after scoring 34 runs off 28 balls with five boundaries and a six. BIG BLOW for Dolphins!! FIVE RUNS off the over!!Khayelihle Zondo comes to the crease for Dolphins.7.6 overs: That’s OUT!! Piyush Chawla has got Vaughn van Jaarsveld out stumped by the wicket-keepr. Van Jaarsveld skips down the track looking for the big shot but misses it as Robin Uthappa whips the bails off in a flash to catch him short at the crease. Vaughn van Jaarsveld departs after scoring 19 runs off 18 balls with three boundaries. 7.1 overs: FOUR!! Vaughn van Jaarsveld stands tall and hoicks it over mid-off for a boundary.Piyush Chawla comes into the attack for Kolkata. With Morne van Wyk(26) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld(11) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 38/2 after six overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!5.6 overs: FOUR!! Morne van Wyk hangs back and slaps it behind point for another boundary. POOR LINE from Narine!! 5.4 overs: FOUR!! Morne van Wyk makes room and cuts it past backward point for another boundary. Van Wyk is LOOKING TO BREAK FREE here!! 5.2 overs: FOUR!! Morne van Wyk bends down and sweeps it over square leg for a boundary. Sunil Narine comes into the attack for Kolkata. With Morne van Wyk(14) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld(11) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 26/2 after five overs.TWO RUNS off the over!! Kuldeep Yadav comes into the attack for Kolkata.It’s Yadav vs Van Jaarsveld here!!With Morne van Wyk(13) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld(10) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 24/2 after four overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!3.5 overs: FOUR!! Vaughn van Jaarsveld reaches out and flays the cut behind point for a boundary. With Morne van Wyk(12) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld(5) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 18/2 after three overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!2.3 overs: FOUR!! Vaughn van Jaarsveld goes deep in the crease and crashes the cut past backward point for a boundary. Dolphins will need MORE OF THOSE!!With Morne van Wyk(11) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld(0) at the crease, Sunfoil Dolphins are currently at 12/2 after two overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!1.5 overs: SIX!! Vaughn van Jaarsveld goes for the pull and gets a top-edge over the wicket-keeper for the maximum.Vaughn van Jaarsveld comes to the crease for Dolphins.1.2 overs: OUT!! Andre Russell has got Cody Chetty out caught at mid-on. Chetty was looking to go over midwicket but lobs it straight down the throat of Sunil Narine for a simple catch. Cody Chetty departs after scoring just one run off three balls. Another BLOW for Dolphins!!advertisementAndre Russell will bowl from the other end for KolkataSIX RUNS off the over!!Cody Chetty comes to the crease for Dolphins.0.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Yusuf Pathan has got Cameron Delport out caught at midwicket. Delport goes for the wild swing and sends it straight into the hands of Gautam Gambhir who doesn’t drop those. Cameron Delport departs for a golden duck. EARLY BLOW for Kolkata!!0.2 overs: FOUR!! Morne van Wyk gets forward and drills it through extra cover for the first boundary in the innings. That was BEAUTIFULLY TIMED by Van Wyk!!Morne van Wyk and Cameron Delport are out in the middle for Sunfoil Dolphins while Yusuf Pathan will start the proceedings for Kolkata Knight Riders. Kolkata Knight Riders scored a massive 187 runs after batting first against Sunfoil Dolphins at Uppal. Gambhir wanted his batsmen to be put in a different situation. They were reduced to 34-2, but Uthappa and Pandey put on a show in a record stand in the history of World T20 League. They rebuilt the innings in the early stages with steady accumulation before exploding at the death. Frylinck and Abbott set the ball rolling in the powerplay, but froze in the face of Uthappa-Pandey stand. Kolkata look poised for their 13th consecutive win. Can the Dolphins alter the script?That was #KKR’s highest partnership ever, surpassing Jacques Kallis & Gautam Gambhir’s 152 versus Rajasthan Royals in 2011. #KKRvSD #CLT20 Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) September 29, 2014That’s the END OF INNINGS for Kolkata!!TEN RUNS off the over!!19.4 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey takes it on the full and hammers it over deep midwicket for the maximum. Pandey surely LOVES THAT AREA!! Kyle Abbott will bowl the FINAL OVER for Dolphins!!With Manish Pandey(69) and Robin Uthappa(82) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 177/2 after 19 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!18.5 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa gets a big stride forward and slices it over covers for a boundary. With Manish Pandey(67) and Robin Uthappa(75) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 168/2 after 18 overs.TWENTY TWO RUNS off the over!!17.4 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey reaches out and slashes it towards third man for another boundary.17.5 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey stands tall and muscles it over long leg for the maximum. Pandey is UNSTOPPABLE here!!17.4 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey picks the length early and tonks it over long-on for the maximum. LUSTY-BLOW from Pandey!!17.3 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey takes it on the full and slices it past point for a boundary. That’s FIFTY for Pandey!! With Manish Pandey(46) and Robin Uthappa(74) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 146/2 after 17 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!! 16.1 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa leans forward and caresses it through covers for a boundary. Robbie is SCORING AT WILL here!! With Manish Pandey(44) and Robin Uthappa(68) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 138/2 after 16 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!15.4 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey goes on the backfoot and bludgeons it over the cow corner for the maximum. That was TONKED by Pandey!! With Manish Pandey(36) and Robin Uthappa(66) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 128/2 after 15 overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!14.3 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa rocks back and pummels the pull over midwicket for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK BOUNDARIES for Robbie!!14.2 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa reaches out and slashes it towards sweeper cover for a boundary.TEN RUNS off the over!!13.6 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa gets forward and hoicks it over the in-field for another boundary. Uthappa is ON FIRE!!13.4 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa goes back and clips it towards fine leg for a boundary.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!12.2 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa waits for it and guides it towards third man for a boundary.NINE RUNS off the over!!Manish Pandey comes to the crease for Kolkata.4.6 overs: OUT!! Craig Alexander has bowled Jacques Kallis on a good length delivery. Kallis makes room to go over covers but misses it as the ball crashes onto the stumps. Jacques Kallis departs after scoring six runs off seven balls. With Jacques Kallis(0) and Robin Uthappa(7) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 25/1 after four overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!Jacques Kallis comes to the crease for Kolkata.3.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Robert Frylinck has bowled Gautam Gambhir on a slower delivery. Gambhir was looking to flick it towards fine leg but gets beaten with the pace as the ball makes a mess of the stumps. Gautam Gambhir departs after scoring 12 runs off 11 balls with two boundaries. EARLY BLOW for Kolkata!! First change, Robert Frylinck comes into the attack for Dolphins. With Gautam Gambhir(11) and Robin Uthappa(6) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 18/0 after three overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!2.3 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir rocks back and steers it over the slip cordon for a boundary. CLEVER CRICKET from Gauti!! With Gautam Gambhir(6) and Robin Uthappa(6) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 12/0 after two overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!1.6 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir waits for it and flicks it towards short fine leg where the fielder lets it through his hands for a boundary. POOR EFFORT from Dolphins!!1.4 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa leans forward and sends it scurrying through extra cover for the first boundary in the innings. FAB SHOT from Robbie!! Craig Alexander will bowl from the other end for Dolphins.TWO RUNS off the over!! Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa are out in the middle for Kolkata while Kyle Abbott will start the proceedings for Dolphins. Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bat first against Sunfoil Dolphins. Kolkata, who have been riding on the wings of winning 13 matches in a row will take on the whipping boys of CLT20 2014, Dolphins. It is an inconsequential match in the sense that Kolkata have won all their three matches till now. At the other end of the spectrum, despite showing flashes of brilliance, Dolphins have lost all their games so far.Quotes:”I think the guys have taken up great responsibility. Unbelievable knock from Suryakumar Yadav(against Perth) and it’s the best knock I’ve seen from such a young guy. He’s got a great head on his shoulder and he’s got a great future. To see Kuldeep bowl well is very pleasing. We need someone who can compliment Sunil and Kuldeep is a perfect fit. Yusuf bowled well and it could help him in his batting as well. There is a lot of hunger in the dressing room and that is the secret about doing well,” Gautam Gambhir said.”It looked closer than it was really, but credit to Robbie for it. It would have been nice if there was a batsman to help him. We will learn from this experience. The batting was an issue, the bowling was OK, although we should have chased some 20 runs less. We want to show we can play good cricket, will look to do well against Kolkata. We can do much better, we will try and show the Dolphins brand of cricket. It has been a wonderful experience playing cricket in India, it is a wonderful country. It has been a good exposure for our guys, we can go back, work on our batting and do better in the future,” Morne van Wyk said after Dolphins lost a cliffhanger to Lahore Lions.Kolkata Knight Riders:Kolkata have shown the required resilience and self-belief to make their mark in the tournament. The likes of Ryan Ten Doeschate, Andre Russell, Gautam Gambhir and Suryakumar Yadav have chipped in with useful runs as and when required under pressure-cooker situations.It shows that they don’t just depend on one or two players in the batting line-up to make their mark.However, it has been their bowlers, who have played a pivotal role in helping them to win games. They have wicket-taking spinners like Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav to make those crucial breakthroughs. Narine has always been a threat with his box of tricks.However, the emergence of Yadav, with his left-arm chinaman bowling has added more firepower to their line-up. Till now most of the batsmen have failed to pick Yadav’s variations.Sunfoil Dolphins:Kolkata’s opponents, Dolphins, have played with boyish enthusiasm in CLT20. However, they don’t have the results to show for it. It is up to them to put up a fine performance in their last game of the tournament and at least go back to South Africa with a win under their belt.Among their bowlers, Kyle Abbott has bowled well in patches. The seamer can trouble the batsmen with the new ball, as he hits good lines and lengths and sticks to his plans. Robbie Frylinck, who impressed one-and-all in their last game against Lahore Lions can vary his pace and when needed, bowl yorkers.In the batting department, Khaya Zondo, Morne van Wyk, the captain and Cameron Delport have caught the eye, but haven’t been consistent enough. It was Frylinck yet again whose power-hitting against Lahore sent the crowd into a tizzy. Their ground fielding has been of acceptable standards.Teams(from):Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Jacques Kallis, Pat Cummins, Manvinder BislaSunfoil Dolphins: Morne van Wyk(c/wk), Cameron Delport, Cody Chetty, Keshav Maharaj, Jonathan Vandiar, Khayelihle Zondo, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Robert Frylinck, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kyle Abbott, Prenelan Subrayen, Daryn Smit, Daryn Miles Dupavillon, Craig Alexander, Sibonelo Makhanyalast_img read more