Dodgers now more of a team

first_imgIn less than one week, the champion of Super Bowl XLIX will be crowned the best team in the NFL. Will it be the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, or the controversial New England Patriots? Will Pete Carroll win his second consecutive Super Bowl, or will Brady add a fourth ring to his collection?I don’t know, and you’ve come to the wrong place if you’re looking for speculation on the Big Game.Don’t get me wrong. I love football just as much as the next person, but for the past week all I have seen on TV or read about in the newspaper is either in regards to Deflategate or Super Bowl XLIX. Hopefully I can provide you with a break from the monotony.In one month, pitchers and catchers will report to training camp in Phoenix for their first spring workout of 2015. That means we’re one step closer to opening day and the return of America’s favorite pastime.Come April, Dodger Stadium will be home to a very different Dodger team.The 2014 Dodgers won a second straight National League West Championship. To most, the Dodgers’ 2014 season would be considered a success, but to the Dodgers, the season ended in another disappointment. That’s because for the second consecutive year, the St. Louis Cardinals knocked the Dodgers out of the playoffs in the National League Division Series. To add insult to injury, the rival Giants pulled off a Cinderella story to win the World Series.Between the 2013 and 2014 seasons, the Dodgers made minimal changes and consequently saw minimal results in 2014. This year, the Dodgers immediately began making changes as soon as their season ended.The first major change was the demotion of Ned Colletti from general manager to senior advisor to the president. The Dodgers hired the A’s assistant general manager Farhan Zaidi as director of baseball operations.Zaidi’s areas of expertise are providing statistical analysis for evaluating and targeting players in the amateur draft, free agent and trade markets. Zaidi will oversee the Dodgers’ scouting and player development.After Zaidi’s arrival, the Dodgers didn’t wait long to start clearing out the old and making room for the new.Most notably, the Dodgers traded All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz and $32 million to the San Diego Padres in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin.Kemp was an asset to the Dodgers who had the ability to elevate the team and make them better as a whole, but was consistently plagued with injuries. Kemp’s departure also solves the problem the Dodgers had in 2014 with four outfielders rotating between three positions. The Dodgers also sent All-Star infielder Dee Gordon, who led the National League in stolen bases, to the Miami Marlins.Though the Dodgers parted ways with two All-Star players, they added veterans to the roster. In the same trade that sent Kemp to the Padres, the Dodgers acquired shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies. The Boys in Blue also signed former Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick in the deal that sent Gordon to Florida.In nearly every trade the Dodgers have made this season, they have placed a premium on depth in the pitching rotation and defense. The Dodgers let go of slugger Kemp and lead-off hitter Gordon for sturdy defense in Rollins and Kendrick. The biggest statement the Dodgers made in favor of a stronger defense was parting with clean-up hitter Hanley Ramirez, who cost Clayton Kershaw a perfect game with a defensive error in June.According to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, the loss of offensive power is balanced by the team’s stronger defense, because “you don’t need to score as many runs when you limit and give up less runs.”Despite leading off the rotation with National League Cy Young and MVP Award winner Clayton Kershaw, and number two pitcher Zack Greinke, who would be an ace on almost any other team, the Dodgers struggled with depth in the rotation.The 2014 Dodgers were a team of egos and tension that banded together to win 94 games but were humbled for the second-straight year in the post-season.This year, the Dodgers have made changes in hopes of executing a more successful playoff run ending in a World Series victory. The Dodgers are a talented team more than capable of winning it all, but probably not with as much regular season dominance.To quote Mattingly again, “I think the pieces fit together more as a baseball team than a collection of talent.”last_img read more

South Africa hosts its first women in manufacturing conference

first_imgThe importance of women in manufacturing and their experience in a male-dominated industry were among the topics discussed at the first Women in Manufacturing, Textiles and Leather Conference held in Johannesburg.The Department of Trade and Industry’s Rashmee Ragaven advised entrepreneurs looking for funding: “Tell us how government will benefit from your business.” (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanThe first Women in Manufacturing, Textile and Leather Conference 2016 was held in Sunninghill, Johannesburg this week. One of the important messages for attendees over the two day event on 26 and 27 October was the importance of knowledge. Knowledge about your industry, its importance and how and where to get assistance when needed.Spinola Dube, organiser and founder of Amabhubesi Training and Conferencing, said in a press release the event is dedicated to support, promote and inspire women in this industrial sector. “For decades women have been under-represented in the sector. It’s high time that we close the gender gap within the manufacturing sector.“It’s not just about getting more women into manufacturing – it’s about strengthening manufacturing by engaging more people,” said Dube.Why women should be in the manufacturing sector?Philippa Rodseth, executive director for the Manufacturing Circle, said women leaders are important for the manufacturing sector. “Women should be in the manufacturing sector, because we are good at multi-tasking. We are resilient and have tenacity.“The manufacturing sector accounts for 12% of South Africa’s GDP and employs about 1.6-million people, 34% are women.”Rodseth advised that women should empower themselves with as much knowledge as possible. For example, if you are interested in funding, one of the things you should find out is if that funding is available.Philippa Rodseth of the Manufacturing Circle says one of their goals is to enhance the competitiveness of manufacturing within South Africa. They also promote buying 100% local goods and services. (Images: Melissa Javan)Felleng Yende, chief executive officer of the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FPM-SETA), said that the government is trying to get more women in the manufacturing sector. There are training and bursary opportunities specifically available for women.The number of women trained per year grew since 2011: a total of 1 832 women were trained in 2011/12, 1 848 women in 2012/13, 4 427 women in 2013/14, 6 328 in 2014/15, and 5 335 women in 2015/16.The women were trained in internships, learnerships, skills programmes and as artisans.Yende said they need 50% of women to become artisans. She added: “We for example need more women in paper packaging- and pattern making space.”She quoted Statistics South Africa: “Women are mostly appointed in non- executive directorship positions [in manufacturing]. Only 9.2% of women hold chairperson positions and only 2.4% are appointed in chief executive officer positions.”Yende said that there are funding opportunities available such as the Women in Leadership project for women in the fashion industry.Felleng Yende, chief executive officer of the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing SETA, urged people to ask themselves regularly ‘how can I make an impact in this occupation’. She says they need 50% women to become artisans. In the book year 2015/16, 5 335 women were trained by SETA.Know your gameRashmee Ragaven from the Department of Trade and Industry said women easily get stigmatised. For example, she said she used to be called “Miss BEE (Black Economic Empowerment).“You have to know your game or you won’t be relevant,” said Ragaven. “I told myself I would become an authority. I wanted to make sure to be ten steps ahead [of my peers] in a meeting.”She said women should put in a little more work. “Ask questions in a meeting. If you go to an event, don’t just take the business cards and forget it in your handbag. Follow up with a note.“Remember it does not only take one engagement to get what you want,” she said.Rashmee Ragaven from the Department of Trade and Industry says when applying for funding it is important to read through the guidelines thoroughly. “It’s important to know in what stage of development your business is when following guidelines of a grant.”Ragaven spoke about the importance of strategic networking. “Through engagement you learn from people within your industry on how to do things efficiently and how to stay ahead of developing trends.“You also get a lot of information out of forums about business,” she said.She added: “In these types of engagements you might meet someone who knows the person you have been trying to get hold of.”Her advice on forming strategic relationships: “Think through what it is that you want to achieve for yourself and your company.” Noma Nibe is part of the Black Business Council. She says when she graduated she approached a white-owned company and told the management why she would add value to them. She later implemented transformation within the company.Noma Nibe, business executive director of Steloy Casting, shared Ragaven’s sentiments. She was promoted from a human resources manager to a human resources director within six months. “When I was offered the promotion I said I wanted shares of the company,” she said.After buying shares, she said she wanted to be more operationally involved. Her advice to women: “Learn and know the industry. Know how money comes into the company. That’s how they the men respect you.“They see there is knowledge coming from a woman.”She added: “You are not there to be a face – you’re there to add value.”Nibe also said that women in the industry should be active leaders and role models. “When you have integrity and values, no one can shake you – because business will shake you up.”She also said that women should support each other. “We as leaders need to start engaging women in decision-making. Don’t have the mentally of ‘I am above you as a manager and you are below me.’”Nibe advised employers to continuously train their staff. “You need to train them so that they will be better people in your company and the economy. Train for your needs and the industry at large.”Other topics at the event included Manufacturing model for women in Africa and Leadership and skills development in the foundry industry.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Taking a look at the future of next-generation transportation

first_imgThere has been a lot written about the impact of next-generation transportation technologies over the past year. From concerns over driverless trucks during the election to debates over regulation and policies, this booming growth area of technology is becoming unstoppable.We recently sat down with Elliot Katz of DLA Piper, an attorney in the firm’s Connected and Self-Driving Car practice, to talk about the impact of this new technology. Elliot is also a mentor in the new transportation program at Comet Labs, a VC fund and startup lab focused on AI and roboticsReadwrite: How long have you been working in the connected and self-driving car space?Elliot Katz: I’ve been doing this work for about five years now, starting with connected cars. My focus is on privacy, policy, and regulatory issues surrounding connected and autonomous vehicles.RW: The American public has been hit with a lot of headlines about self-driving vehicles recently, and it has become more of a  mainstream topic. From a regulatory perspective, what do you see as being the biggest hurdle here?EK: One of the biggest issues is that we currently have a patchwork of state laws. This is problematic because driving is inherently an interstate activity.  It is possible that Congress will enact autonomous vehicle legislation that will preempt all state laws, as they have the power to regulate interstate commerce, but we will just have to wait and see if that happens in the coming months or years.RW: Once autonomous vehicles are in the wild, what would their habitat look like? Would Level 4 autonomous vehicles be primarily on highways, or will they also be found in downtown areas of cities, such as San Francisco, where we are right now?EK: You mentioned “Level 4,” so I want to make a quick, albeit important point: many people hear public statements about “self-driving cars”, but may not understand that there are different levels of vehicle automation.  Level 4 vehicles can completely take over the driving task, but only in certain conditions, such as at certain speeds, in certain geographic locations or designated roadways, certain weather conditions, etc. Regarding Level 4 vehicles being driven on highways versus in city centers, I believe we may see them in both places.  Relatively speaking, it’s easier to develop a vehicle that can take over the driving task on a freeway, because that vehicle will mostly be going straight at a fairly constant speed, and will not have to deal with pedestrians, stop lights, or construction sites. So, because the highway driving piece of the autonomous vehicle puzzle is somewhat low-hanging fruit, at least relatively speaking, I believe we will see Level 4 autonomous vehicles on freeways.At the same time, some of the autonomous vehicle rollouts scheduled to take place in the next few years involve autonomous vehicle ride-sharing programs, and that is likely to take place more so in city centers.  That said, the vehicles in city centers will likely be driving in certain geo-fenced areas.Elliot Katz, attorney in DLA Piper’s connected and self-driving car practiceRW:  From a technology standpoint, how far along do you think we are here?EK: I would say the technology is about 98 percent there.  That said, that last two percent is a very difficult piece of the puzzle to solve. When we are talking about Level 5 autonomous vehicles – vehicles that can perform the entire driving task, under all conditions that a human driver could perform them – that last two percent of the puzzle may take a number of years to solve. RW: Have any of the issues been sorted out pertaining to when an autonomous vehicle crashes?EK: I would say those issues are more gray right now than anything else. For example: if you have an autonomous vehicle and the OEM sends you an over-the-air update, and all you have to do is press “accept”, but for whatever reason you don’t and then the vehicle gets into an accident because the over-the-air update was not accepted, then who is at fault? Some governments are beginning to give some serious thought to these issues, including the example I just discussed.  For example, the English Parliament is currently considering the insurance coverage implications of various issues in a pending bill pertaining to vehicle technology.  The issues include (1) distinguishing in coverage between various permutations of when a human is driving the vehicle and when an autonomous vehicle is driving itself, and (2) limiting or excluding coverage when an accident results either from the making of unauthorized alterations to the vehicle’s operating system or the failure to install required software updates. RW: Do you believe that the auto industry is making a smart move in pushing forward so vigorously to get self-driving vehicles on our roads? EK: Well, there are upwards of 1.2 million traffic accident fatalities annually worldwide, and in the United States, driver error causes these accidents 94% of the time. And according to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, autonomous vehicles may eliminate as many as 19 out of every 20 traffic accidents from ever taking place.  So, I believe that the auto industry is driving us towards a safe future. Tags:#autonomous vehicles#DLA Piper#driverless cars#featured#Ford#IoT#NHTSA#Self-Driving#Tesla#top IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts Trevor Curwincenter_img Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

‘Sundari’ may not be shifted to Nandankanan

first_imgSundari, the tigress captured following a few incidents of mauling in Odisha’s Satkosia Tiger Reserve, may not be shifted to the Nandankanan Zoological Park as the Central Zoo Authority has advised against transfer of animals from the wild.The ambitious tiger reintroduction programme at STR had run into controversy after Sundari, which was translocated from the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, attacked a man in Satkosia leading to his death. Angry villagers had then vandalised public property demanding shifting of the tigress.Bowing to public pressure, the State Forest and Environment Department decided to tranquilise the big cat. State Forest Minster Bijoyshree Routray had then said that Sundari would be shifted to Nandankanan after her capture.After successful tranquilisation of the tigress on November 6, the animal was shifted to a makeshift enclosure set up at Raiguda, deep inside the Satkosia forest.Terming the shifting of Sundari “unlawful”, a wildlife activist, Ajay Dubey, had moved the CZA over the proposed shifting of the big cat to Nandankanan. “As per the strategy to achieve objectives of zoos specified in the National Zoo Policy, 1998, para 3.2.1 says except for obtaining founder animals for approved breeding programme and infusion of new blood into inbreed groups, no zoo shall collect animals from the wild,” said CZA member secretary D.N. Singh in a letter addressed to Odisha’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Sandeep Tripathi, in response to the allegation.Mr. Singh asked the Odisha government to consider all the pros and cons and arrive at a decision in accordance with the National Zoo Policy.“We have written a number of times to the National Tiger Conservation Authority and the Wildlife Institute of India to come to Odisha and give us technical guidance. Now, we are approaching them again to guide us on the future course of action,” said Mr. Tripathi, reacting to CZA’s point of view.Meanwhile, a man was trampled to death by a trained elephant, which was brought to tranquilise Sundari, on Thursday. The victim was identified as Sudur Pradhan.last_img read more

Modi, Kejriwal used Anna Hazare: Raj

first_imgMaharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Monday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had piggybacked on anti-graft activist Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal movement.“I have urged Anna not to put his life in danger for this apathetic government. This [BJP-led NDA] is a government of liars and the biggest liar is Mr. Modi. It has not the slightest sensitivity to whether Anna lives or dies,” Mr. Raj Thackeray said. He and other MNS leaders visited the activist in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar as his indefinite hunger strike over the Centre’s failure to appoint a Lokpal entered the sixth day on Monday.“It is only because of Mr. Hazare’s agitation for the Lokpal and Lokayuktas that Mr. Modi and Mr. Kejriwal are in power. They have used Anna and then conveniently jettisoned him. Who had heard of Mr. Kejriwal before? But today he does not even bother to visit Anna or ask after his health,” said the MNS chief. He said that Mr. Modi had tweeted on December 18, 2013, about the need to implement the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act. “After five years in power, the Modi government has done nothing,” he said.Mr. Raj Thackeray had a half-hour talk with Mr. Hazare inside the Yadavbaba Temple, where the activist is on his hunger strike, and requested him to end the strike in view of his steadily deteriorating health. “I have requested [Mr. Hazare] to instead tour the State with me to bury this [BJP] government,” he said.He said that Mr. Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah were subverting the autonomy of every institution in the country, but in the upcoming general election, it would be the people versus the duo. “The pressure that is being exerted on bodies — from the RBI to the CBI — to toe the BJP’s line is deplorable. A CBI Director was dismissed in a cavalier fashion and two RBI Governors have resignedas they would not conform. The blame lies only the PM and his arrogance,” Mr. Raj Thackeray said.Water activist Rajendra Singh, too, met Mr. Hazare. He was worried about the Centre’s apathy as in the case of environmentalist G.D. Agarwal, who died last year after an indefinite hunger strike in Haridwar over the government’s inadequate efforts to clean the Ganga river.Meanwhile, The Shiv Sena also lent support to the activist. “The people have been administered an anaesthetic by the Modi government and they need to be brought out of their slumber. Mr. Hazare should give up his fast and lead an agitation over his demand. I assure him the Sena’s support,” said party president Uddhav Thackeray, in a statement.Opposition leaders, too, flocked to meet Mr. Hazare since he commenced his fast on January 30. Senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil met Mr. Hazare on Sunday. “The present government, which rode on the wave of Mr. Hazare’s Lokpal agitation, has now completely forgotten him,” he said.last_img read more

Thirdy hopes to crack Gilas roster

first_imgLATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Alapag seeks quick turnaround as SMB-Alab eyes sweep of Wolf Warriors Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Nationals departed Saturday morning for Doha, where naturalized big man Blatche rejoins them and rounds out the cast of 14.Ravena has represented the Philippines in the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championships in Bangkok in 2013 and in the Jones Cup in Taiwan last year.But making the final Gilas roster in the matches against Qatar or Kazakhstan could be Ravena’s biggest national team milestone.Guiao previously noted that the Ateneo star has a “realistic chance” of making the final cut for the sixth window.“Right now, my focus is solely to be prepared to be able to become the best version of myself,” Ravena said.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAs if being in the pool wasn’t already an achievement in itself, Thirdy Ravena will be flying to Qatar with the National team that is hoping to crack a berth in this year’s World Cup in China.“You can’t help but be overwhelmed sometimes,” he told reporters Friday morning during the Nationals’ only scrimmage before plunging into two crucial games in the Asian qualifiers this week.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Can’t blame him if he entertains thoughts of making the squad.“Hopefully,” said the 22-year-old Ravena. “Right now, I’m just thinking of being prepared for anything.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRavena, the only nonprofessional cager in the pool, joins a cast of PBA champions, tested veteran internationalists and former NBA player Andray Blatche in the Philippines’ bid to go perfect on this road trip.“Supposedly, there’s no longer pressure since I was already able to represent the country a few times, and I’ve already dealt with pressure in the UAAP—which I think is kind of the same,” he said. “But it’s hard not to be consumed by it.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

Incheon won’t match grandeur of 2010 but glory is up for grabs, says S. Kannan

first_imgS. KannanThe day every sports fan on the continent has been waiting for has finally arrived. Athletes from every nook and corner of Asia will stretch every sinew to try and gather glory for themselves and their countries as the 17th Asian Games get underway in Incheon on Friday.The profile of the Games has gone up several notches since New Delhi hosted the first event in 1951. Such is the standard and intensity of the Asiad these days that some world records could take a beating.Track and field, swimming, shooting, boxing, baseball, weightlifting and wrestling are events which will generate a lot of excitement in their respective arenas dotted across this port city, which is an hour and a half away from the South Korean capital, Seoul.Athletes with posters supporting India.If the opening ceremony at the 2010 Asian Games was a visual delight as giant laser shows and high decibel fireworks lit up the Guangzhou skyline, there is no suspense before Friday’s opening ceremony as the Incheon organisers have sought to keep costs in check and have kept the fuss to a minimum.The Songdo Convensia, where the main media centre is located, is in the heart of the city and next to it is the Incheon University, where students are busy with academics just a day before the Games.”I don’t think I will be going for the sporting events. This time, events have not been publicised much,” said Kim Rae.The real action in the fortnightlong sporting extravaganza will be in 36 disciplines, of which India will be competing in 28. Being the hosts, South Korea will try and maximise their medal chances but the Chinese are in no mood to relent.advertisementIn Guangzhou four years ago, China towered above the rest of the field with 199 gold, 119 silver and 98 bronze for a tally of 416 medals. South Korea had then won 76 gold, 65 silver and 91 bronze for an aggregate of 232 while Japan was third with 48 gold, 74 silver and 94 bronze.There has been no looking back for China since. With their economy booming, funding for sports has not been a problem for athletes. Today, the world marvels at their systematic training programmes, where huge emphasis is on modern methods and applying sports science.India finished fourth in the charts in Guangzhou with 65 medals (14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze). At that time, India had trained hard for the New Delhi Commonwealth Games and managed to continue the good form into the Asian Games. Similarly, India did fairly well in the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games, clinching 64 medals, and that will serve as a psychological boost.This time around, there is no scope for pessimism, though standards in Asia in almost every sport have gone up.Comparisons with China and South Korea can never be avoided in a multi-discipline extravaganza, but as a sporting nation, India still does not have the culture to produce champions by the dozen.Those who did well in Glasgow will not necessarily do well in Incheon as there is a huge difference in standard. In sports like wrestling and weightlifting, winning gold will be very tough even as fierce competitor Yogeshwar Dutt and company hold a lot of promise.Hockey used to be India’s traditional strength but times have changed. Only a gold medal can restore faith in the ‘national game’. There is a lot of buzz in the air about boxing. Glasgow was disappointing for the pugilists and if they have to make a mark here, they will have to compete very hard.If one were to pick some gold medal prospects for India in Incheon, it won’t be a tough call. Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra is gunning for his first Asiad gold, pistol shooter Jitu Rai is in superb form and rising shuttle star P.V. Sindhu, fresh from her recent bronze medal at the World Championship, can again bother the Chinese.s.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

It’s very tempting to play Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav together: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli heaped the ultimate praise upon the new found ‘spin-twins’ of Indian cricket ahead of their first match against New Zealand in Mumbai.Kohli, when asked about playing two wrist spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal together instead of a finger spinner in Axar Patel, said that it’s really tempting to play them together.”We always had in mind to bring wrist spinners into play. We honestly didn’t think of playing two together but they are so good together that it’s very tempting to play them every game,” he said.#TeamIndia captain @imVkohli cannot resist playing his two young wrist spinners at one go #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2017He also defended the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who have been left out for the third consecutive limited-overs series by saying that they have been playing for India for the last few years and now these kids have stepped up. He also sounded positive and said that the shuffling creates a larger pool of bowlers to choose from in the upcoming World Cup.PTI PHOTO”Ashwin and Jadeja played limited-overs cricket for the last six-seven years for us regularly. Now these youngsters have stepped up and as I said it creates a strong pool for us before the World Cup,” Kohli said.”Contrary to a lot of things being said left, right and centre…we understand how the dynamics of this team are going forward and that is something that will be very hard to explain otherwise. People only count results and right now we are getting the results. So, we are happy,” he added.advertisementThe more the merrier. Captain @imVkohli more than happy to have a strong pool of bowlers #TeamIndia #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2017Earlier, New Zealand opener Tom Latham also heaped praise on the duo of Kuldeep and Chahal, saying that their main aim is to play spin well and the Blackcaps are aware of the good form they are in.”We obviously know that they (Kuldeep and Chahal) are quality bowlers and they have done really well in the previous series,” said Tom Latham.Kohli also spoke about Ajinkya Rahane and what his position will be now that Shikhar Dhawan is back after his break.He said that it is unfortunate for Rahane as he has done well whenever the opportunity has come at the top of the order and he hinted that the Mumbai batsman will be used as an opener for the time being.”Jinks has really performed well. He has stood up and taken his chances and that’s how the dynamics of the team work when you have four guys who play in a similar position, obviously one has to miss out. Even in the three, only two can play in the XI,” said Kohli.”We don’t want to confuse him too much with making him play in the middle-order because you need to find your game in ODI cricket, you need to understand how to go about things and he has always been very solid at the top of the order because of his technique,” he added.The first ODI of the three-match series is in Mumbai on October 22.last_img read more

JIS and BCJ Take Part in Jones Town Primary Career Day

first_imgThe Jamaica Information Service (JIS) and the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) came together on May 30, to make Career Day an interesting experience for students at Jones Town Primary School, in Kingston.Both entities not only shared information with the students about careers in the media, but to also “Appreciate their Individuality”, which was the theme for May 30, under the Child Month calendar of activities.“Appreciate their Individuality” was one of the 31 actions on the calendar indicating what parents and guardians could do to empower their children during Child Month, which was observed in May under the theme – ‘Children’s Care and Protection: A Fi Wi Mission’.Veteran Photographer at the JIS, Melroy Sterling, gave a group of students, who have an interest in photography, an entertaining lesson on how to take professional photographs.“It was good teaching the youngsters about the work that we do at the JIS. The short time that I spent with them was good,” he told JIS News.Public Relations Manager at the JIS, Marie Berbick-Graham, said the agency was pleased to establish partnerships with the Broadcasting Commission and all entities that “support the growth and development of the nation’s children.”“We believe it is important for us to go beyond sharing information. We are here to demonstrate active participation in nation building through continued support of activities that enhance the lives and enrich the experiences of the nation’s children,” she said.Earlier, students and their teachers participated in a one-hour session on media literacy, facilitated by Assistant Executive Director of the BCJ, Karlene Johnson. The students were also exposed to careers in the digital world, and success stories of Jamaican social media entrepreneurs.The career day activity at Jones Town Primary was one of several outreach activities that the JIS participated in during Child Month. Other activities included a joint Children’s Day initiative with the National Child Month Committee in the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre and tree-planting exercises with students at selected primary schools in the parishes of St. Andrew and St. Catherine.Contact: E. Hartman Reckordlast_img read more

Dontre Wilson and Corey Smith trying to find a legacy

OSU then-junior H-back Dontre Wilson (2) runs with the ball during a game against Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOne was playing at another school and another was pledged to a different program. The two football players have gone through their test and trials, but one thing is in common for senior wide receiver Corey Smith and senior H-back Dontre Wilson — this is their last go-round in Columbus.Once a highly touted recruit from DeSoto, Texas, Wilson initially had plans to play his college football in Eugene, Oregon, under then-head coach Chip Kelly. Once Kelly left for greener pastures in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Wilson changed his post-high school plans.He committed to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes on Feb. 4, 2013, where he would see playing time as a freshman. Meyer raved about Wilson’s speed, often using him in jet sweeps where he would run across the line of scrimmage from one side of the field, receive the handoff, then run to the opposite sideline hoping to find open space to turn on the jets.Listed at 5-foot-10, 181 pounds by 247Sports entering into his freshman season, Wilson clearly wasn’t built for the physical play of the Big Ten. Now listed at 195 pounds, Wilson says he has evolved into a complete player, instead of one that can just run by you.“Everything that I’m doing right now, I feel like I haven’t done over the past couple years,” Wilson said. “But this year I feel like I’m going to bring everything to the table and put it all out on the field.”Wilson was fourth on the team in all-purpose yards with 983 in 2013, which put him behind only three players now in the NFL: Carlos Hyde, Corey “Philly” Brown and Braxton Miller.In his sophomore campaign, he saw improvement in his game from the year before, but that train came to a halt against Michigan State when he broke his foot, ending his regular season, excluding three plays in the national championship game. Wilson would miss extensive time in 2015 as well, still dealing with the foot injury from the year before.Now it’s 2016, his senior year. Since his arrival on campus, Wilson has carried a hype with him that he has yet to reach. Meyer believes that potential is still there.“The hardest part of our profession is when players get hurt,” Meyer said. “One of the great things about our profession is when they get to join the team again.”But Wilson isn’t the only Buckeye returning from an injury-plagued 2015 season. Senior Corey Smith was granted another year of eligibility after suffering a season-ending leg injury against Indiana on Oct. 3. It’s his final year in the Scarlet and Gray.“I don’t take nothing for granted anymore,” Smith said. “It’s really just a blessing to be out there with my brothers and being coached by some of the best coaches in the world.”Smith committed to OSU on Jan. 29, 2013, after a season playing under coach Buddy Stephens at East Mississippi Community College. After redshirting his first year in Columbus, Smith played in all 14 games for OSU, catching 20 passes for 255 yards, including a 47-yard reception in the national title game against Oregon. In total, he has registered 25 receptions and 317 yards as a Buckeye.To think there were a lack of expectations for Smith coming from JUCO ball would be ludicrous. Smith — originally from Akron Buchtel High School in northeast Ohio— had 51 receptions, 733 yards and nine touchdowns at EMCC and was ranked as the ninth-best overall junior college recruit. Smith was the first junior college commit to OSU since Larry Grant in 2006.Wilson and Smith have taken different paths to get to 2016, but neither of them feel like they have left a substantial mark on the program yet. With a younger receiving core, the two seniors will be asked to take the leap forward that was expected of them since their initiation into the program.“The legacy I want to leave is that kid that came from nothing and grinded to the top,” Smith said.Smith will see a healthy amount of time at receiver with Wilson getting touches at H-back, punt and kick return and running back.“A healthy me is a great me,” Wilson said. “I’m going to stay humble about it but you guys really haven’t seen what I can really do. This year I’m going to show it. I feel like if I can do everything that I’m ready to do this year, it’ll be great for my legacy. The sky’s the limit.” read more