Hamilton inches closer to F1 title in Japan

first_img VERY CLOSE “I was able to hold him behind me, but he got very close,” Hamilton said. “We had a bit of traffic, but it was very close at the end.” Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was fourth, followed by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. The Force India duo of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez was sixth and seventh, respectively. Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was eighth, followed by teammate Romain Grosjean. Williams driver Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10. Vettel’s early retirement put a serious dent in his fading hopes of coming back to win the championship. He also had mechanical issues at Malaysia and started at the back of the grid before working his way to a fourth-place finish. “It is obviously a pity the last two races with the reliability issues,” Vettel said. “But you know, it’s like that sometimes. Of course it hurts, and we’re all disappointed.” Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson also retired early when he ran across the gravel and dived nose-first into the barriers. Carlos Sainz lost control of his Toro Rosso, spinning across the gravel into the wall on the outside and retiring after the second lap. Mercedes also increased its lead in the Constructors’ standings to 145 points over Ferrari. Red Bull is in third place with 303 points. The next race is October 22 in the United States. SUZUKA, Japan (AP): Championship leader Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix yesterday, taking a major step towards winning his fourth Formula One (F1) title. The Mercedes driver crossed the finish line 1.2 seconds ahead of Malaysia GP winner Max Verstappen to claim his eighth F1 victory of the season and third at the Suzuka circuit. Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo was third. “The track was fantastic today and the team did an unbelievable job,” Hamilton said. “Max drove an outstanding race. Obviously, it wasn’t easy for us.” Hamilton moved 59 points clear of title rival Sebastian Vettel with four races left. Vettel was forced to retire on the third lap when his Ferrari lost power. Starting from pole position next to Vettel, Hamilton held the lead through the first turn. With Vettel out of the race, it quickly became a showdown between Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Hamilton built up a four-second lead over the Red Bull driver through the first 15 laps and made his only pit stop on the 23rd lap. Verstappen pitted a lap earlier than Hamilton, then produced some good laps to cut the lead to 1.7 seconds midway through the race. Verstappen closed to within a second at the start of the final lap, but traffic allowed Hamilton to escape once more and seal the narrow win.last_img read more

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Durban’s A1 Grand Prix thriller

first_img30 January 2006About 100 000 fans lined the 3.2-kilometre A1 Grand Prix Durban street circuit on Sunday to witness a riveting sprint and grand prix race, with ex-Formula One driver Jos Verstappen of the Netherlands turning in a fine performance to take the honours in the feature event.The former Formula One star snatched the lead on the final lap, overtaking Switzerland’s Neel Jani, who was having brake problems, with a bold pass.Earlier, Verstappen had crashed out of the sprint race on the last lap, as he tried for the victory. That mistake saw him relegated to 16th place on the grid for the 40-lap main event.Portugal’s Alvaro Parente claimed third place ahead of New Zealand’s Matt Halliday, who drove superbly and with considerable guts to snap up fourth spot.Error-free run for SimpsonSouth Africa’s Stephen Simpson finished fifth, equaling the best finish thus far by a driver in his home grand prix, following an error-free run.Simpson started the race in 10th place on the grid after he struggled with electrical problems in the sprint race, which resulted in a lowly 20th place finish. His crew played a vital role in helping him move up the standings, executing a slick pit stop which enabled Simpson to move ahead of a number of his rivals.The local crowd showed their appreciation for his efforts by giving him a standing ovation after the race, and Simpson responded by throwing his gloves to the fans.Following Simpson across the finishing line was Italy’s Massimo Busnelli, Alexandre Premat of France – who won the sprint race – Austria’s Mathias Lauda, Brazil’s Nelson Piquet junior, and Sean McIntosh of Canada.Home supportSpeaking after the race, Simpson said he was delighted to have been able to pay the South African supporters back with a good drive, especially in light of the disappointing result in the sprint race. “It was hard work and very tiring, but I am relieved and very proud to have finished in the top five,” he said.“The technical team in the pits has been great and a lot of hard work went into this achievement. This is a great afternoon to be a South African.”Team South Africa CEO Dana Cooper said the event was a huge success. She said the sell-out crowd was a fantastic reward for all the hard work that went into preparing for the A1 Grand Prix on the Durban beachfront.Among the guests in attendance were South African President Thabo Mbeki, Kwazulu-Natal Premier Sbu Ndebele, and Durban Mayor Obed Mlaba.ResultsSprint race 1. France (Alexandre Premat)2. Britain (Robbie Kerr)3. Switzerland (Neel Jani)4. Ireland (Ralph Firman)5. Czech Republic (Tomas Enge)6. New Zealand (Matt Halliday)7. Germany (Timo Scheider)8. Portugal (Alvaro Parente)9. Australia (Will Davison)10. Mexico (David Martinez)11. Pakistan (Enrico Toccacelo)12. Canada (Sean McIntosh)13. United States (Philip Giebler)14. India (Armaan Ebrahim)15. Austria (Mathias Lauda)Did not finish16. Netherlands (Jos Verstappen)17. Lebanon (Basil Shaaban)18. China (Tengyi Jiang)19. Brazil (Nelson Piquet Jr.)20. South Africa (Stephen Simpson)21. Indonesia (Ananda Mikola)22. Italy (Massimiliano Busnelli)23. Malaysia (Alex Yoong) Grand Prix  1. Netherlands, (Jos Verstappen)2. Switzerland (Neel Jani)3. Portugal (Alvaro Parente)4. Zealand (Matt Halliday)5. South Africa (Stephen Simpson)6. Italy (Massimiliano Busnelli)7. France (Alexandre Premat)8. Austria (Mathias Lauda)9. Brazil (Nelson Piquet Jr.)Did not finish10. Canada (Sean McIntosh)11. Germany (Timo Scheider)12. China (Tengyi Jiang)13. Pakistan (Enrico Toccacelo)14. Mexico (David Martinez)15. Lebanon (Basil Shaaban)16. Malaysia (Alex Yoong)17. Ireland (Ralph Firman)18. India (Armaan Ebrahim)19. Indonesia (Ananda Mikola)20. Britain (Robbie Kerr)21. Czech Republic (Tomas Enge)22. Australia (Will Davison)23. United States (Philip Giebler) Overall standings 1. France, 120 points.2. Switzerland, 92.3. Brazil, 63.4. Britain, 58.5. New Zealand, 54.6. Portugal, 50.7. Ireland, 44.8. Netherlands, 44.9. Malaysia, 33.10. Canada, 32.11. Czech Republic, 30.12. Australia, 29.13. Italy, 26.14. Mexico, 20.15. South Africa, 20.  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Analytics – Where Big Data Is Taking LP and the Retail Enterprise

first_imgBy nature a conservative, risk-averse beast, the loss prevention industry is well suited to the task of playing steward to this enormously valuable, enormously risky set of big data. And when used properly, loss prevention is also well suited to the role of leader when it comes to guiding other retail segments toward best practices and responsible use.Analytics is the side of big data that doesn’t have to worry as much about risks. Analytics plays with the data, extracting the patterns and putting them to useful ends. But guarding the data – cyber security – is outside the scope of analytics. Nevertheless, it’s important to keep in mind during any discussion of analytics that all of the data comes from somewhere and could have wide-ranging, possibly calamitous effects if not well protected.LPM Contributing Writer Chris Trlica takes an in-depth look at the current state of analytics in the retail enterprise that is affecting every part of the organization from operations to marketing to e-commerce as well as loss prevention. His research and interviews with Johnny Custer, LPC, CFI, director of analytics at Sears, and Tom Meehan, CFI, Bloomingdale’s corporate manager of data, systems, and central investigations, provides readers with an interesting look at the implications of data analytics technology.- Sponsor – You can read the entire feature article in the March-April issue online as well as in a PDF version via the Print Archive. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Breaking News in the Industry: November 1, 2018

first_imgManager accused of stealing $30,000 from her storeA former employee has been accused of stealing more than $30,000 from a Burlington store, including $13,000 from the Springfield, Missouri, store. Angie Chaney, 43, was charged earlier this month with felony stealing in Greene County. A probable cause statement says Burlington store contacted the Springfield Police Department in January about a theft case involving Chaney, the ex-store manager for the 3860 W. Washita St. location.The company reported to police that Chaney had stolen more than $13,000 in the fall of 2017 by taking money from the cash drawer while counting, according to the statement. A bond recommendation from prosecutors says Chaney is also charged with stealing $19,000 from a Burlington Coat Factory in a different jurisdiction. Court records indicate Chaney posted bond in the Greene County case but does not have an attorney listed. Felony stealing carries a possible 7-year prison sentence.   [Source: Springfield News-Leader]Driver leads police on high-speed chase before crashingA Michigan motorist led police on a short, high-speed chase before he crashed into a curb and was caught while running away.  Police later determined the man had just shoplifted several items from a store in the 2100 block of West Columbia Avenue. The incident began at 3:35 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, when Calhoun County sheriff’s deputies spotted a traffic violation on 20th Street near Lafayette Avenue in the City of Springfield.- Sponsor – Police tried to stop the vehicle near Jackson Street but the driver fled at a high speed. After a short pursuit, the driver could not make a turn onto Van Buren Street near Limit Street and crashed into the curb. The man got out and ran through several yards before he was arrested. During the investigation, police learned that the man had just shoplifted, and found stolen items in his vehicle.The driver, a 47-year-old Battle Creek man, was arrested for fleeing and eluding, resisting an officer, driving on a suspended license and retail fraud, or shoplifting. He also had outstanding warrants. Battle Creek police helped sheriff’s deputies. The suspect was held at the Calhoun County Jail.   [Source: MLive.com]Sears’ ‘tragic’ bankruptcy turns to opportunity as US mall owners court retailers to fill empty storesU.S. mall owners see Sears’ bankruptcy as “tragic,” dumping millions of square feet of empty real estate on a market already marked by store closures and staggering vacancy rates. Still, the “ultimate, unfortunate demise” of Sears came as no surprise to Simon Property Group, the largest mall owner in North America, according to CEO David Simon. It’s been planning for it for some time — talking to up-and-coming retailers and hotel companies as possible replacements, as well as disposing under-performing assets, Simon told analysts on a conference call Thursday. The real estate investment trust, which operates more than 100 malls globally, is putting Sears “in the rear-view mirror,” he said.Simon and other mall owners largely brushed off Sears’ bankruptcy filing during calls with analysts last week. Many are saying it provides an opportunity, even as these landlords are now forced to spend billions of dollars renovating empty spaces and potentially suffer from lost rent in between tenants. A recent wave of store closures by big-box retailers and department store chains like Sears, Toys R Us, J.C. Penney and Bon-Ton is forcing commercial landlords to pony up more cash and get creative to replace those spaces with unconventional new tenants, like Nobu hotels.Simon says it will spend more than $1 billion in capital to redevelop the 33 Sears stores it has in its portfolio that either have already shuttered or are expected to close later this year. Washington Prime Group, which has 28 Sears locations in its portfolio slated to go dark, says it’s allocating up to $325 million of capital to renovate them for new tenants. The latter also said last week it’s now expecting net operating income to decline about 2 percent in fiscal 2018, primarily because of Sears. Other landlords with exposure to Sears and Kmart include Macerich, CBL Properties, Urban Edge Properties and Kimco.   [Source: CNBC News]Beer, steaks and jewelry go flying after shoplifting suspect crashes mopedA shoplifting suspect who drove away after taking a variety of food and jewelry items from a South Carolina store was arrested after his moped crashed, scattering the stolen merchandise in the roadway, according to police. Spartanburg police officers responded to a wreck involving a moped on East Main Street at Dawn Redwood Drive around 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to a Spartanburg Police Department incident report. They found a yellow moped that had crashed and a man laying in the street. The man was taken to a hospital for treatment. While police searched his book bag and clothing for identification, they found several items that were believed to have been recently stolen, according to the report.Scattered across the roadway were several steaks, miscellaneous jewelry items, three packages of Reese’s Cups and a pair of brown FUBU shoes, police said. Also strewn across the roadway were several packages of jumbo shrimp, chicken wings and a case of Bud Light beer. The loss prevention team from the nearby Walmart told police the suspect, identified as Michael Warren Hill, entered the store around 9:30 a.m. and took the items without paying for them, the report states. None of the items collected from the roadway could be resold. Hill faces a shoplifting charge, according to police. It was not clear in the report what caused him to wreck the moped.   [Source: The Charlotte Observer]Authorities believe Romanian nationals tied to card skimmers found on ATMsCourt documents say multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating illegal card skimmers on ATMs in the Springfield, Missouri, area and believe the culprits could be tied to Romania. Loredana Baceanu, 30, was arrested in Nixa on Tuesday, October 23 with 49 debit and gift cards in a hidden pocket of an undergarment and $880 in cash in her bra.Baceanu allegedly told officers she was a Romanian citizen who had entered the United States through the southern border. Before coming to America, Baceanu was part of a Romanian gang that committed a string of burglaries in Wales, according to a Welsh news outlet. At the time of Baceanu’s arrest by Nixa police, court documents say a Springfield police detective had already been working on several cases involving a group of Romanian nationals who were targeting ATMs using card skimmers and stealing information.   [Source: Springfield News-Leader] Blind couple sue retailer after employee uses self-checkout kiosk to steal money from themThe National Federation of the Blind is suing Walmart, saying the stores’ self-checkout kiosks don’t fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Baltimore Sun reports that three blind Maryland residents are named in the federal lawsuit filed October 25, including a woman who says a Walmart worker in Owings Mills, Maryland, selected cash back and took $40 without her knowledge.The plaintiffs want a permanent injunction bringing the kiosks in line with accessibility regulations, a declaration that Walmart has been violating the ADA, court costs and attorneys’ fees. Walmart says in response that it doesn’t tolerate discrimination, and believes its checkout procedures already comply with the law. The company also says it investigated the theft complaint and the worker in question is no longer an employee.   [Source: KSW8 News] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Former Oz pacer McGrath engaged to girlfriend Sara

first_imgTwo years after the death of his first wife Jane, former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath is all set to walk down the aisle once again after getting engaged to his Italian girlfriend of seven months Sara Leonardi.Jane died following a long battle with breast cancer and two years after the tragedy, McGrath got engaged to Leonardi, a 28-year-old interior designer by profession, last week.”We are engaged and we’re really happy,” McGrath told the Herald Sun newspaper.The 40-year-old cricketer’s manager Warren Craig also confirmed the news: “They got engaged about a week ago. Glenn and Sara haven’t spoken to any (magazines). There has been no story told or anything like that, and they’re not planning on speaking to anybody about the engagement.”Leonardi has been snapped wearing a diamond engagement ring presented by McGrath while out walking with him and his two children, ten-year-old James and eight-year-old Holly, near their south Sydney home.Leonardi met the former Test cricketer at a party in Cape Town in 2009 while he was playing for the Indian Premier League team Delhi Daredevils, sparking a friendship that blossomed into love later in the year.McGrath, still raw from the death of his wife Jane, said he never believed he’d fall in love again but Leonardi changed all that.”After Jane passed away, I never thought that I could love another woman. I was adamant about that. But I am in love with Sara, totally and completely and absolutely,” McGrath said when his relationship with Leonardi became public earlier this year.advertisement”I think marriage is definitely in our future. I can’t picture life without her,” he added.Jane, who married the bowlers in 1999, passed away on June 22, 2008.last_img read more

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Eye on London: Weekend breaks

first_imgMake the most of your vacation by exploring more of the country… Here are a few quick getaway options-a bit different than the usual boring Bath and Brighton ideas! Cliveden House Berkshire40 minutes from central London by road.Berkshire is one of the most accessible and historic of all counties in England and I think, one of the most English. Its Royal Borough Windsor & Maidenhead make it a great getaway and the 17th century Cliveden House is your perfect base to explore it. Built by the second Duke of Buckingham in 1666, this glorious symphony in stone has a long and tumultuous history. You might find it hard to wrench yourself from its state of the art spa or the beautiful boathouse that offers lazy picnic lunches on a most wonderful stretch of the Thames. If you are 4-6 people, try the Spring Cottage. Built as a summerhouse for the Duchess of Sutherland, it is set on the banks of the Thames and comes with its own butler. Prices start at 210 with breakfast. Tel: +44 1628 668 561Isle of Wight1.33 hours by train from Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour; then 22 mins by ferry from Portsmouth to Ryde.Isle of Wight’s white chalk cliffs of Alum Bay have long been popularised as the quintessential holiday destination. You find yourself among quaint Victorian villages, rolling sandy beaches and exceptional wildlife. There are a number of villages to choose from: Newport is at its centre and is the islands main shopping area. If you prefer the seaside, I recommend Ventnor. Built on the steep slopes of the south coast of the island, it is the home of the International Jazz Festival and also The Hambrough, a contemporary restaurant with accommodation, owned by Michelin star Chef Robert Thompson. Tel: +44 1983 856 333Thorpe Park SurreyTake the Waterloo Direct to Staines. The 950 shuttle link operates from Staines station to Thorpe Park, running every 15-20 minutes.If your children want more than a trip to Hyde Park to run amuck, Thorpe Park is your answer. Known as the ‘Thrill Capital’, it has just reopened in March with a brand new ride called ‘The Swarm’. Boasting Europe’s tallest winged rollercoaster and UK’s first, ‘The Swarm’ will probably have you screaming as loud as your teenager. Make a day of it while you tuck into Mexican fajitas and splash with your little ones at Neptune’s Beach. The extreme rides require a height of at least 1.4m while the thrilling rides require children to be taller than 0.9m. Neptune’s beach is open to young ones. All children need to be with an adult. www.thorpepark.comCooking weekend at Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons Oxford tube bus service from London, for details visit www.oxfordtube.comIf you’ve managed to catch The Restaurant, an erudite version of Masterchef Australia, on the BBC, then you’ll know Raymond Blanc. One of UK’s most respected chefs, he is a self-made man who started as a waiter in Oxfordshire and returned to create one of its most awarded restaurants. Now you have a chance to learn from him at his Michelin star restaurant and cookery school in Great Milton. The weekend gives you a day in the school, a nine-course dinner and a base to discover Oxford. Tel: +44 1844 278 881Cycling in Dorking Surrey43 miles if you cycle it from London.If you want a little getaway that will have your heart pumping, then cycling your way around Dorking on the London Olympics cycling route will be right up your alley. The course runs from The Mall via Fulham and Putney to Richmond Park, then through up-river suburbs to Weybridge, before heading south down the Wey Valley and over the North Downs into the gorgeous Surrey Hills. Not an Olympic level cyclist? No problem. Take the train for part of the way and then cycle your way up past Guildford. Once in Dorking, stop for a pub lunch and then visit the Denbies wine estate where you can have a well deserved tasting. Spend the night at The Talbot Hotel and cycle up to the top of Box Hill the next day. www.london2012.com/cycling-roadArundel West SussexDirect train from London Victoria.Arundel is one of West Sussex’s most picturesque villages and is perfect if you happen to be a cricket lover, as it hosts a number of games each season at the Sussex County Cricket Club. The borough is home to Arundel Cathedral, an 18th century marvel and the absolutely stunning Arundel Castle, seat of the Duke of Norfolk. A treasure house of Britain, it has priceless works of art and is extremely well preserved. Stay at the Norfolk Arms Hotel or if you prefer a guesthouse option try the Garden Room at Thomas Cottage. www.norfolkarmshotel.com; www.thomascottage.co.ukCoworth Park Ascot50 minutes by train, Waterloo to Sunningdale.Voted one of UK’s best spas, Coworth Park, is the most fashionable Londoner’s getaway. Set in 240 acres of manicured polo fields and beautiful rose gardens, the white Georgian manor has been converted into 70 rooms. The spa houses eight treatment centres and is considered an architectural wonder for its focus on natural light, eco-friendly materials and clean contemporary lines. Treatments are primarily European but they do offer a few Asian treatments like a Thai massage. When you’re done relaxing you can play polo, golf, or just gallop around the huge estate. Don’t be surprised if you bump into Prince William or Prince Harry, as this is a royal favourite. Tel: +44 1344 876 600Kitesurfing in Shoreham Brighton1 hour 10 minutes by train from Victoria to Shoreham-by-Sea.If looking for a different kind of adventure getaway–kitesurfing may be an option. Fast becoming the ultimate seaside sport, you might come away a fan too. Kitesurfkings, a local coaching centre, will teach you the basics of land boarding in a day or kitesurfing basics in three days amidst the calm shallow waters of Shoreham beach. You will learn how to handle a powerkite, the dynamics of wind direction and board skills. There are plenty of places to stay while you learn. Good news for vegetarians as they can finally feel special as local celebrity Heather Mills, Paul McCartney’s ex wife, caters to them at the vegan cafÅ V Bites. www.kitesurfkings.comThe Hopeful Earl Cranleigh35 minutes by train, from Waterloo to Guildford.If you are a lover of racehorses and have always dreamed of riding one, The Hopeful Earl Riding Centre in Cranleigh is the perfect place to spend your treasured weekend. Located in the heart of the Surrey hills, you will find the best hacking in South England, be it cross-country or a leisurely trot across a field. But the beauty is that you can ride these magnificent creatures even as a beginner as the horses have been retrained to provide the most comfortable riding experience. They also provide lessons and offer day-trips and weekends where you stay at the village B&B. Hacking: Euro 43/1.5 hours. Tel: +44 1483 200 227Sherbourne DorsetTwo hours by train from Waterloo.Voted one of the most beautiful towns in England, this market village chiselled out of golden stone has grown rich from small trade and tourism and is the perfect romantic getaway. The Guardian says: “Like a supermodel, this town’s got the golden skin, the great bone structure and the a-tti-tood.” It has an endless selection of medieval architecture aided by a glorious countryside. It is a little bit of a trek from London but worth it for its antiques and fashion on Cheap Street and excellent food. Choose between the posh The Eastbury Hotel and the less expensive Half Moon. www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk; www.halfmoon pubsherborne.co.ukadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Android phone with massive 10,000mAh battery in the works

first_imgNo matter how futuristic your smartphone may get, its battery life would always be of primary concern to you. Chinese company Oukitel is looking to change all that with its upcoming K10000 smartphone; its USP being its massive 10,000mAh battery.Yes, you heard that right. The Oukitel K10000 which is now reportedly in the works and is set to launch soon will house a huge 10,000mAh battery rated to deliver almost a week’s talk time on moderate usage on a single charge, reports Neowin.Moreover, looking at its reported spec sheet, this seems to be a handset that is primarily focused on long battery life. Just like more premium smartphones, this one is made entirely of metal but that humongous battery on-board may just give the recently launched flagships some serious run for their money.The report has also tipped some other rare specs of the K10000. It will reportedly come with a 5.5-inch display with a 720p resolution. The handset will reportedly be powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.It will reportedly come with 16GB of internal memory (no word on expansion) and run Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box.The K10000 is further reported to sport a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera.There is no word from Oukitel regarding the handset as of now, but looking at its spec sheet it is safe to say we are looking at something interesting.Chinese companies are indeed going places, churning out one handset after another some of which turn out to be real value for money offerings. Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei and OnePlus are some of these companies that are giving global honchos some stiff competition.advertisementIt’s no surprise that other Chinese OEMs would want to cash in on the latest market trend and use it to the best of their advantage.Coming back to the issue of battery life, a phone housing a 10,000mAh battery would be a first if Oukitel does launch this one. Recently, we’ve seen device batteries fluctuating in the range of 3,000-4,000mAh, with companies also having reached the 6,000mAh mark.last_img read more

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IndvSL: Murali Vijay backs skipper Virat Kohli’s five-bowler strategy

first_imgSkipper Virat Kohli’s strategy to field five bowlers would mean that six specialist batsmen can hardly afford to relax but opener Murali Vijay said there won’t be any extra pressure on them when they clash with Sri Lanka in a Test series, starting next week.Vijay is coming into the series after making a strokeful 150 against Bangladesh in the one-off Test and the opener is eager to cement his place in the side.”It’s actually not demanding. It is actually our role and if any one of us clicks, it’s going to be good for the team and we are going to be in a much comfortable position on most times. So it is a good challenge,” Vijay said when asked about the pressure on the top-order batsman in the face of Kohli’s five-bowler theory.Also read: Virat Kohli could go for 5-bowler strategy in Sri Lanka “It is a good responsibility to have on your shoulder to go in and bat and these are good things. If you are looking to dominate in a Test match, you have to perform as a team. You should have the plans and work according to them,” he added.Opener Shikhar Dhawan also made a blazing 173 in Bangladesh and with Lokesh Rahul also in line for a spot in the playing XI, the competition is intense. Vijay though is not too worried.”It (the competition in the top-order) is going to add more challenge for everybody to pull up their socks and do their bit for the team. Be as consistent as possible and it’s a good challenge and good thing to have in a team,” he said.advertisementWith two fairly young sides up against one another starting August 12, Vijay hopes the challenge will be worth everything.Also read: BCCI working committee meets, says sponsors backing board “There are a lot of youngsters, like Angelo Mathews is doing well, there is (Lahiru) Thiramanne, so there is a lot of talent in the team and it is going to be a tough series for us. We are also a young bunch of players and it is going to be a challenging series,” he said.Sangakkara retirement will leave a big holeAfter Kumar Sangakkara’s retirement post the second Test, Sri Lanka will be without two of their most experience batsmen — Mahela Jayawardene is already retired — and Vijay opines that India will have the upper hand on that count.”With Mahela retired and Sangakkkara about to (retire), there is a big hole in their batting line-up when these two greats retire. Overall I have seen Sri Lanka’s series with Pakistan and watched quite a bit of them. They are a talented side. We are looking forward to the challenge and hopefully we can pull it off,” he said.last_img read more

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Delighted to have scored my first ODI hundred for England: Jonny Bairstow

first_imgWicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow said he was extremely pleased to have scored his first ODI century and join the ‘elusive club’ during England’s comfortable seven-wicket win over West Indies at the Old Trafford on Tuesday.In only his second innings as an opener in ODIs, Bairstow hit 100 not out off 97 balls to help England take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.The Yorkshire man was ably supported by Joe Root (54) as the hosts backed up an impressive bowling performance as West Indies could only post 204/9, with Ben Stokes taking 3/43 including the wicket of his old foe Marlon Samuels.Before Tuesday’s match, England skipper Eoin Morgan had emphasised that Bairstow would have the opening slot and deserved a run there after waiting patiently in the wings for a long time. The wicketkeeper-batsman repaid his captain’s faith amply, starting confidently and never letting up.”I’m really pleased. It seems a long time ago since I made my debut at Cardiff,” Sport24 quoted Bairstow as saying.”I’m delighted to have scored my first one-day hundred for England. There aren’t many people who’ve done it – and to join that elusive club is something, when you make your debut at Cardiff against India, you want to do. So you’ve got to enjoy it when you do,” he added.The second match will be next played at Trent Bridge on Thursday.last_img read more

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Sydney Rebels Win Mixed Open NTL Title

first_imgBy BEN HARRIS Sydney Rebels made it a hat-trick of national titles in the mixed opens division by defeating the Brisbane City Cobras 9-8 in a drop-off.In a match that lived up to the pre-match hype, the two sides showed off their skills during a touchdown-fest.Rebels co-captain Matthew Wigg said to win a third title was an incredible feeling.“This grand final win is the best win out of all of them. It is pretty good,” he said.“The [Western] Tigers took it to us [in the semi-final]. It was probably the longest drop-off any of us have been involved in and we weren’t happy to go to another one [in the final] that was for sure.”Jamie Chan was fantastic for the Rebels, scoring a hat-trick of touchdowns and taking home the male Player of the Final award.“Jamie Chan was a legend, he spent about 50 per cent of the time on the field in both drop-offs,” Wigg said.“But all the big guns stepped up as well. Manu [Wakely], Rushy [Daniel Rushworth], Frosty [Christian Frost] and all the other boys did really well to get us to the line.”The Rebels posted two early touchdowns thanks to Chan before Phoebe Thomas got the Cobras on the line.The two sides traded touchdowns until half-time where the Rebels took a 3-2 lead into the break.But it was the Brisbane side that came out firing in the second half.From the restart, the Cobras ran down the left-side of the field and the women’s Player of the Final, Alyce Hulbert, crossed over to level things up.They soon had the lead when Natasha Clifford crossed the white stripe.It was a cat and mouse game; whenever the Cobras scored the Rebels would hit straight back.It was like that until the full-time whistle when it was 7-all and it continued in the drop-off.The Rebels scored first in the drop-off through Tina Ashworth but the Cobras hit back in their reply set thanks to Lachlan Stanton’s third touchdown.With the scores at 8-all, the teams dropped to four players.But it was soon all over when Christian Frost scored the decisive touchdown to give his side their third consecutive Mixed Open title.SYDNEY REBELS 9 (Jamie Chan 3, Manu Wakely 2, Jason Say, Carly Walsh, Christian Frost, Tina Ashworth touchdowns) def BRISBANE CITY COBRAS 8 (Lachlan Stanton 3, Kieran Poole 2, Natasha Clifford 2, Alyce Hulbert touchdowns).For all the news, results and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League, you can get it through the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksMixed opens finallast_img read more

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