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  1. Heinrich Klaasen hit 69 off 30 balls in South Africa's win against India in the second T20 JOHANNESBURG: Uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen and all-rounder Wiaan Mulder were named in South Africa´s 15-man test squad on Saturday for the first two of the four-match series against Australia. Klaasen proved swashbuckling with the bat in both the one-day International and Twenty20 series against India over the last month and selector Linda Zondi said, "we firmly believe he can become just as good a player in the five-day format". The 26-year-old has played four ODIs and two T20 matches for South Africa. "The selection of Mulder continues our strategy to expand our pool of all-rounders against top quality opposition," added Zondi in a Cricket South Africa statement. "He is a batting all-rounder and his selection will depend on how we decide to balance our starting XI. "Mulder, 20, represented South Africa in an ODI against Bangladesh in October last year. Touch of Klaasen as South Africa beat India by six wickets Klaasen slammed seven sixes in hitting 69 off 30 balls as South Africa chased down target of 189 The duo take the places of Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo in the squad that beat India 2-1 in their recent three-test series. The first test against Australia is in Durban, starting on Thursday with the second in Port Elizabeth from March 9-13. Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Wiaan Mulder, Lungisani Ngidi, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada.
  2. Hales, who has registered 13 centuries in 107 first-class appearances, is slated to feature in the upcoming PSL LONDON: Alex Hales has announced he is turning his back on Test cricket after signing a new limited-overs contract with county side Nottinghamshire following a similar decision by England team-mate Adil Rashid. Rashid last week said he intended to focus solely on shorter, white-ball cricket for Yorkshire this season and Hales has penned a deal until the end of the 2019 season that will see him feature only in 50-over and 20-over formats of the game. Hales´s decision is likely to strengthen fears that England´s top limited-overs internationals could abandon first class, or red-ball, cricket, which includes five-day Test matches, in favour of playing in lucrative domestic Twenty20 competitions around the world. The opening batsman proved crucial in Nottinghamshire´s domestic white-ball double in 2017 and is a regular in England´s limited-overs set-up with 58 one-day and 52 T20 international appearances. But the 29-year-old´s decision seemingly ends his hopes of adding to his 11 Test caps, the last of which he earned in August 2016. "For the next 18 months I´m excited to focus entirely on limited overs cricket and want to be part of a Notts team that retains the white ball double and a World Cup winning squad with England," he said in a statement on Twitter. "The decision to focus on my white ball game wasn´t taken lightly or on the spur of the moment, it´s one I´ve thought long and hard about. It´s also one I´ve discussed at length with the Notts management." Hales, who has registered 13 centuries in 107 first-class appearances, is slated to feature in the upcoming Pakistan Super League with Islamabad United following England´s one-day series in New Zealand but both he and Rashid were overlooked in the Indian Premier League auction. "Alex is entitled to make himself available for whatever format he wants to play, and we respect his decision," said Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell. "He´s an outstanding white ball player and we look forward to him helping us win more trophies in that format of the game."
  3. Imran, in an interview with a private channel, was commenting on the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)?s request today to the Ministry of Interior to place Nawaz, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar's names on the ECL-Photo:File ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Wednesday said that whether names of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his children are placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) is a test case for Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Imran, in an interview with a private channel, was commenting on the National Accountability Bureau's request today to the Ministry of Interior to place Nawaz, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar's names on the ECL. About the defeat in the Lodhran by-poll, the PTI chief said that the party had fielded a new candidate and he was not able to able satisfy their voters. We will not repeat past mistakes in and are fully ready to contest the upcoming general elections, Imran said. Major upset in Lodhran as PML-N wins NA-154 by-election: unofficial results PML-N won by a margin of 27,609 votes according to provisional results Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had won the by-polls for the constituency of NA-154 Lodhran in a major upset for PTI before the general elections, The seat fell vacant in the wake of the disqualification of PTI leader Jahangir Tareen by the Supreme Court in December 2017. Considered the home ground of Tareen, PTI had won the seat with a margin of around 40,000 votes in a previous by-election in 2015. In response to the defeat, Imran on Tuesday had said that 'every setback is an opportunity to analyse mistakes'.
  4. Gone are the days, when people believed in mystics and everything they said. People are now moving forward from Baba Vanga to other sources, who can give you a better picture of how kickass the future looks like. You guessed it right, folks. We are talking about time travellers. Just like there is no dearth of mystics and their bizarrely accurate predictions, similarly there is no dearth of stories where people claim to have come from the future. After all, these are the stories that fuel directors' imagination or give them fodder for making movies like 'Back to the Future', 'Interstellar', 'Time Crimes' and 'The Time Traveller's Wife'. © youtube apex TV Time and again, theorists have tried to prove time travel wrong; yet every time someone comes up with an account that sounds so real that our knowledge, reality and life goes for a toss. One such story has been served by 'Noah', who claims to be from 2030 and is now stuck in 2018. In fact, this self-proclaimed time traveller's story has most of us convinced, especially because he and his predictions have successfully cleared the lie detector test. Noah stated that he wanted to remain anonymous as he has risked his life for the ones living in this time, by revealing what the future has in store for us. Well, fair enough, but we guess we are fine with Noah being anonymous, as long as he shares some intriguing and interesting facts about life in 2030. © youtube apex tv If his unbelievable claims weren't enough to raise the bar of our excitement, the fact that he cleared the lie detector test further makes us question reality. So, what were the predictions he made? First, Donald Trump will be re-elected as the President of the United States, people will be living on Mars by 2028, AI will improve, people will use bitcoins more, global warming will worsen and humans will discover “intelligent alien life”. Basically, everything that ever happened in Hollywood blockbuster sci-fi movies will come true for us. We guess Donald Trump should just give Noah a permanent citizenship and a green card right now, since he low-key secured his presidency. If the fact that Donald Trump will be elected again in 2020 wasn't shocking enough for the world to handle, he predicted that a certain Ilana Remikee will be the US President in 2030. Take note guys, it will help you clear your general knowledge tests in the future. And we guess, somewhere in North Korea, Kim Jong Un also will be making notes right now on how to deal with Trump for another 4 years. © wikimedia After people failed to believe his words, Noah decided to do a lie detector test with Apex TV and his answers have left the whole world baffled. People first heard about Noah, after 'Paranormal Elite' published a video about someone claiming to be from future. In fact, by the looks of the video, Noah looks like someone in his mid-20s. But, surprisingly Noah is about 50 years old, who has taken some secret drugs to bring him back to his youth. Noah also suffers from anxiety and depression, which he blames to the time travelling he has been doing. “It is not my intent to deceive anybody. I want to be clear, my sole objective is to prove to you that time travel exists. In fact, I myself am a time traveller,” Noah said on the camera. There we have, just the disclaimer we were waiting for. © wikimedia If Noah's words are to be believed then time travel exists since 2003, but it's 'not planned to be released to the public' until 2028. Folks, we think it's time to question our leaders now. If such information exists in the world, we guess we need to get our hands on it right now, just so we can get an idea of how successfully we have managed to f*** our lives.
  5. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, January 9, 2018. REUTERS ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned Cyprus not to ?overstep the mark? in the eastern Mediterranean, after Greek Cypriots accused the Turkish military of obstructing a vessel exploring for natural gas over the weekend. Turkey, which does not have diplomatic ties with Cyprus, says some areas of Cyprus?s offshore maritime zone fall under the jurisdiction of Turkey or Turkish Cypriots, underscoring tensions in the broader eastern Mediterranean over competing claims for offshore resources. ?Our warships and security units are following all developments in the region with the instruction to do whatever is necessary,? Erdogan told members of his ruling AK Party in parliament. ?We warn those who overstep the mark in Cyprus and the Aegean,? he said. ?They are standing up to us until they see our army, ships and planes,? he said, comparing the situation in the Aegean Sea and Cyprus with the Syrian region of Afrin where Turkey is waging an offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades declined to comment on Erdogan?s remarks but said there was no cause for worry. Cyprus is one of several states, also including Israel and Lebanon, racing to tap gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean. Greek Cypriots run Cyprus?s internationally recognized government, while Turkish Cypriots have a breakaway state in the north - recognized only by Ankara - and say resources around the island belong to them too. The area where the Saipem 1200 drill ship was headed, Block 3 of Cyprus?s economic zone, is also claimed by Turkish Cypriots. Turkey?s state-owned oil company also plans to search for oil and gas off Cyprus, ethnically partitioned between its Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities. STANDOFF Saipem is contracted by Italy?s state-controlled Eni, whose officials have confirmed the drill ship was stopped by Turkish ships on Friday afternoon because of a military exercise in the area. Cyprus has seemed keen to downplay the standoff, which appears to be the worst escalation of simmering tensions since the island struck a small quantity of natural gas in 2011. ?There is no cause for anyone to be concerned. This is being handled in a manner to avert any possible crisis which could create problems either to the economy or to the state,? President Anastasiades told reporters in Nicosia. The European Union on Monday called on Turkey to avoid threats and ?refrain from any actions that might damage good neighborly? ties. Eni and France?s Total, partners in a Cyprus venture, announced last week finding a promising gas field off Cyprus. They said the find looked geologically similar to the Zohr field off Egypt, which holds an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, the largest field ever found in the Mediterranean. Cyprus was split in a Turkish invasion in 1974 after a brief Greek-inspired coup. Peace talks collapsed last year.
  6. Kei Saito of Japan trains during Short Track Speed Skating practice ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games/File photo PYEONGCHANG: Japanese short track speed skater Kei Saito failed an out-of-competition doping test on the day of his arrival in Pyeongchang and has been expelled from the Winter Olympics, Japan team officials said on Tuesday. Saito, a reserve athlete who had not yet competed in South Korea, was provisionally suspended after testing positive for masking agent acetalozamide and a final ruling would be issued after the Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said. Masking agents are often used to cover up banned performance-enhancing substances. This is the first doping case during the testing period of the Olympics in South Korea and comes as Tokyo prepares to host the Summer Games in 2020.Team Japan officials said Saito was tested hours after arriving in the athletes´ village on Feb 4.The athlete said he was stunned by the finding. "I am shocked by this as I have never tried to commit doping," Saito said in a statement. "I have been trained in anti-doping. I have never taken a steroid so there is no need for me to mask something, and I never had to drop weight by using this medicine. "So I have no motivation to use this. I want to prove my innocence but I do not want to burden my team so I accepted this decision," he said. Team chief Yasuo Saito said the athlete had also been tested at a training camp on Jan. 29 on the order of the International Skating Union (ISU) and his test was negative. "We respect the athlete and his will and intentions, and in conjunction with the Japanese skating federation we will continue to look into this matter with all our means," he added. The team chief said it was "inexplicable" how the athlete could have tested positive but in order not to burden his team mates he agreed with the International Olympic Committee proposal to have him removed from the Games. He added that while the suspension was only provisional it was better for the athlete to leave as there was no time to clear his name. "There was no opportunity to prove his innocence during the Olympic Games. It was a difficult decision, one he did not want to take, but he accepted to leave the Olympic village so as not to cause problems for his fellow team members," the team chief said. Doping cases are rare among Japanese athletes and this is the first for the country at a Winter Olympics. Last month, however, sprint canoeist Yasuhiro Suzuki admitted to spiking a rival´s drink with an anabolic steroid to scuttle his Olympic dream, and was banned for eight years. He now faces a lifetime ban from the Japan canoe federation.
  7. EHang, a startup that has been working on flying passenger drones for years, has finally released the first footage of a manned flight. The company posted a video that showed the Ehang 184 in action through a series of manned tests. © Ehang The flying passenger drone comes in two variants and the video showed both single and double seat models. The video shows the drone undergoing some extreme testing conditions such as intense manoeuvres, high-altitude climbs and withstanding high wind speeds (typhoon-level winds). © Ehang It's worth noting that the video itself is heavily edited and does not show the flaws of the flying drone. Take a look: The video glorifies the flying taxi as a possible future transportation system, however, one should be wary of what it entails. Based just on the video, the future of the company looks bright and may launch the passenger drop internationally sometime soon. © Ehang There is no infrastructure or framework present for a flying drone in any city at the moment, however, it's assumed that individual travellers will take a car, or a helicopter if you need to fly. “What we're doing isn't an extreme sport, so the safety of each passenger always comes first,” said Ehang founder and CEO Huazhi Hu in a statement. “Now that we've successfully tested the Ehang 184, I'm really excited to see what the future holds for us in terms of air mobility.” According to Ehang, the passenger drone is electric and can carry a single passenger up to 10 miles and can last in the air for up to 23 minutes. It is safe to assume that the passenger drone will not be used for long distances however it can still be convenient for future travellers. The person in the cockpit does not fly the passenger drone, instead just feeds the destination into the console and enjoys the ride. The company claims the drone can take off and land autonomously and can navigate without any input from the passenger. If anything goes wrong, a human pilot can step in and take over the controls from a remote command station to safely land the drone. Would you ever fly in a passenger drone to get to places? Let us know in the comments what you feel about flying taxis. Source: The Verge
  8. Kumar Sangakkara - File photo HONG KONG: Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara has called for Test cricket to introduce a minimum match fee for all countries to stop young players ditching the long-form for lucrative Twenty20 leagues. Sangakkara, the fifth-highest run scorer in the history of Test cricket, retired from the first-class game last year but has continued playing for domestic T20 franchises around the world, including in this week's Hong Kong T20 Blitz. The 40-year-old praised the shorter format for spreading the game's popularity to new markets but warned that without change Test cricket could face a battle to remain relevant for young players and fans. "T20 is the ideal format to introduce -- you talk about the Americas, with China," Sangakkara told AFP on Wednesday. "Since its inception it's been a huge pillar of strength for world cricket. "But there are a few negatives ... a lot of young players taking up T20 instead of playing international cricket. "There are various things that have been discussed, about parity of pay, especially when it comes to match fees for Test cricket. "Shouldn't there be a blanket minimum pay for Test cricketers? "The top countries are being paid a certain Test match fee -- shouldn´t that be reflected all throughout the Test-playing countries?" Currently, international match fees paid to cricketers from different Test nations vary wildly, with the sport's so-called "Big Three" -- India, England and Australia -- far ahead of the rest. According to a survey last year by ESPN CricInfo, Australia's captain Steven Smith was due to earn $1,469,000 in 2017 while Zimbabwean skipper Graeme Cremer pocketed just $86,000. Twenty20 competitions have sprung up around the world, from Australia's Big Bash League and India's IPL which stretch out over many weeks to smaller competitions in Hong Kong, Bangladesh, and the UAE which last just a few days. Tests 'the pinnacle' Players from poorer nations can often earn more in the Twenty20 world than by representing their countries at Test level. The MCC world cricket committee last month endorsed calls for wage reform at its annual meeting. Fans as well as players need to be canvased on the changes required to keep Test cricket as the sport´s pinnacle, including day-night and four-day Tests, said Sangakkara. "We need to understand what Test cricket means to players and what it is to fans," he said. "Relevance in sport is so important in terms of not just growing the sport but also sustaining it. "I think international cricket is very strong still. For any player, I think the honour of representing their country be it in Test, one-dayers or T20 cricket, it´s still the pinnacle of the game." Sangakkara, who is appearing for Galaxy Gladiators Lantau in this week´s Hong Kong tournament, also praised the shorter format for extending his career. "T20 is definitely the easiest format at my age to stay competitive in," said Sangakkara, who retired from the first-class game in September. Sangakkara went out at the top with a remarkable final flourish for Surrey in the English county championship, finishing as the competition´s top scorer with 1,491 runs at an average of 106.50. "I'm definitely a has-been!" he joked.
  9. Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes take off for a run, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chittagong, 4th day, February 3, 2018/AFP DHAKA: The International Cricket Council on Tuesday penalised the "below average" pitch in Chittagong after batsmen plundered more than 1,500 runs during last week´s Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Five centuries and six half-centuries were smashed over five days at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium before the teams accepted a draw in the opening Test of the two-match series. Sri Lanka -- who declared at a colossal 713 for nine in their first and only innings -- criticised the pitch after the match. ICC match referee David Boon said the pitch "provided no seam movement to the fast bowlers with the new ball and also lacked carry and bounce throughout the match." He added that the pitch provided "occasional slow turn for the spinners early on" but did not deteriorate as expected over the course of the Test. That resulted "in a pitch that too heavily favoured the batsmen across the five days," Boon said in an ICC statement issued Tuesday. Cricket´s governing body gave one demerit point to the Chittagong pitch, rating it "below average". Any ground that receives five demerits from the ICC over five years is suspended from hosting international cricket for a year. Chittagong is the second Bangladeshi venue to be rebuked in just half a year. In September, the ICC rated the outfield of Dhaka´s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium "poor" after the hosts defeated Australia by 20 runs in a Test match.
  10. The crime scene/File photo MARDAN: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police on Thursday confirmed it has received the forensic report from the Punjab Forensics Laboratory in the rape and murder case of four-year-old Aasma. In the latest development in the ongoing investigation against the brutal incident, Mardan Regional Police Officer DIG Awal Khan said the police has received the DNA test report on the case and has sent samples of 243 suspects to the laboratory for cross matching. Aasma was reported missing from the Gujjar Garhi area in Mardan on January 13, and was recovered dead the next day from the nearby sugarcane fields. The murderer remains at large. In a suo motu hearing of the case on Tuesday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar admonished the KP police for its failure to arrest the culprit and said it was reflective of the force's incompetence. The chief justice also inquired what the KP police had done so far in the case, to which the DIG failed to give a satisfying reply. SC admonishes KP police for 'incompetence' in Aasma rape-murder case The Supreme Court was hearing its suo motu case in the rape and murder of four-year-old girl, who was found in sugarcane fields two weeks back The court then adjourned the hearing until February 6. Dr Ashraf Tahir ? the Director-General of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency ? earlier said the DNA tests conducted on the samples obtained from the deceased?s body and the crime scene proved that the minor girl was sexually assaulted before her death. One person?s DNA was found on Aasma?s body confirming the rape, the official added, noting that the next stage in the investigation would be to match the DNA samples taken from over 200 people in the case to track down the suspect.
  11. Indian Captain Virat Kohli and bowler Mohammed Shami celebrate the dismissal of South African batsman Aiden Markram. -AFP JOHANNESBURG: Play was called off because of a dangerous pitch at Wanderers Stadium on Friday after South African batsman Dean Elgar was hit on the grille of his helmet by a short ball. Umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould had consulted earlier because of unusual bounce and deviation on a pitch which former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar described as "dangerous". After Elgar was struck late in the afternoon by a sharply lifting delivery from India's Jasprit Bumrah, match referee Andy Pycroft joined the umpires on the field and the third day of the third and final Test was halted. South Africa, set 241 to win, were 17 for one. Only two Test matches have previously been abandoned because of dangerous conditions. In January 1998, England were 17 for three against the West Indies at Sabina Park in Jamaica when the umpires stopped play because of a hazardous pitch. And a match between the same two teams in Antigua in February 2009 was called off after 10 balls because a soft outfield was regarded as dangerous for bowlers and fielders. India seize control Indian captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane had set an attacking example as India took control of the match, scoring 247 in their second innings. Umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould called off play after they were joined on the field by match referee Andy Pycroft. The captains and match officials met after the stoppage and the only official word was that play had been called off for the day. There had been suggestions during the day that play might be halted because of a dangerous pitch but with India having completed their innings any decision to abandon the match was always likely to be controversial. It became clear that demons remained in the pitch when Mohammed Shami had Aiden Markram caught behind in the second over and Bhuvneshwar Kumar hit Elgar with a painful blow on the right hand in the next over. The delivery which dismissed Markram lifted and seamed away, while the ball which struck Elgar lifted sharply off a good length. The pitch was the subject of intense discussions by the umpires and a meeting in match referee Pycroft's office, attended by groundsman Bethuel Buthelezi and local officials, during the lunch break, when India were 100 for four. There were areas on a good length on both ends of the pitch where the bounce was unpredictable. Kohli and Rahane added 34 in quick time after lunch before a good spell by Kagiso Rabada, who bowled Kohli for 41 and then caught Hardik Pandya off his own bowling, reduced India to 148 for six. But with the ball going softer, Rahane and Kumar, followed by Shami, attacked some wayward bowling. India´s last four wickets added 99 runs -- crucial in a low-scoring match. The innings was marked by good running between the wickets, while the lower order batsmen went for their shots, to the frustration of the South African bowlers. Rahane, who was not selected for the first two Tests, made his runs off 68 balls and hit six fours in a courageous stand given the conditions. After his partnership with Kohli set the tone for the afternoon, he and Kumar added 55 for the seventh wicket, with Kumar going on to score 33 to complete a series where he made useful contributions in each of his four innings. With India already in a good position, Shami swung hard after Rahane had been dismissed, hitting two sixes in an innings of 27 off 28 balls. Rabada, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel each took three wickets amid generally inconsistent bowling. Dropped catches also weighed heavily. Elgar put down a straightforward catch at gully off Morne Morkel when Kumar had 15 and the total was on 178, then Rahane was dropped at deep point by Andile Phehlukwayo off Kagiso Rabada when he was on 38 and the total was 180.
  12. Jasprit Bumrah picked his first five-for in Tests, South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Johannesburg, 2nd day, January 25, 2018/Getty Images JOHANNESBURG: Seamer Jasprit Bumrah took five wickets as India seized control of the third and final test against South Africa on Thursday, going to the close of the second day with a 42-run lead on a treacherous wicket at the Wanderers. Bumrah, in this third test, ripped through the middle-order and cleaned up the South African tail with career-best figures of 5-54 as India bowled their hosts out for 194. With South Africa having taken a slender lead of seven runs, the tourists reached 49 for one wicket in their second innings. Murali Vijay (13 not out) and Lokesh Rahul (16 not out) will resume on the third day as India look to set South Africa a challenging target. With 21 wickets tumbling in just two days on a wicket that has pace, bounce and prodigious lateral movement, it appears that any target above 150 will be difficult to overhaul. South Africa lacked their usual intensity in the Indian second innings and may rue not being able to make deeper inroads into the batting line-up before the close. India had elevated middle-order batsman Parthiv Patel (16) to the top of the order to give them a right/left hand combination in the opening positions. He made a fast start, but was out to a fantastic catch from Aiden Markram racing in from slip after an inside edge onto his pad from a Vernon Philander (1-11) delivery. "It was always my dream to play test cricket and to get my first five-wicket haul, it´s very good. And to contribute to the team´s success is a good feeling," Bumrah told SuperSport. "When so much is happening on the wicket you can get over-excited. That was the basic message that was given to the bowlers, not to get carried away, to bowl a disciplined line." Hashim Amla brought up his 37th Test half-century, South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Johannesburg, 2nd day, January 25, 2018/BCCI The home side started the second day on six for one after dismissing India for 187 and Hashim Amla (61) and nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (30) put on 64 for the third wicket. Rabada was out five minutes before lunch and South Africa then lost their way in the middle session as AB de Villiers (5), Faf du Plessis (8) and Quinton de Kock (8) all failed, the latter two out to Bumrah. The Indian seamer then had Amla caught at mid-wicket, before trapping Andile Phehlukwayo (9) lbw and seeing Lungi Ngidi (0) caught by wicketkeeper Patel as the innings came to a rapid end. "We had to scratch around for a few runs and at one stage we were quite far behind the deficit, so to get to 190 was a decent effort," Amla said. South Africa have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, but are seeking a first ever clean-sweep over India.
  13. Bhuvneshwar Kumar added a wicket to India's late fightback, South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Johannesburg, 1st day, January 24, 2018/BCCI JOHANNESBURG: Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara hit half-centuries for India but South Africa´s fast bowlers dominated the first day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Wednesday. India were bowled out for 187 despite contrasting innings of 54 by Kohli and 50 by Pujara. South Africa were six for one at the close. Kohli and Pujara put on 84 for the third wicket but there were no other major partnerships. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who made 30 batting at number eight, was the only other Indian to reach double figures. South Africa picked a five-pronged pace attack and the Indian batsmen were under pressure all day on a pitch which offered pace and sideways movement. All five bowlers took wickets. Kagiso Rabada took three for 39, while Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Andile Phehlukwayo took two apiece. Lungi Ngidi only took one wicket but it was the key one of Kohli, who was caught at third slip by AB de Villiers. Kohli won the toss and decided to bat on a hard, well-grassed pitch in cool, overcast conditions. As in the first two Tests, Kohli was batting early in the innings after both openers were dismissed inside the first nine overs. While Pujara played a dogged, defensive innings, Kohli attacked when the bowlers strayed in line or length. Pujara took 54 balls to score his first runs and battled for 261 minutes and 179 balls, hitting eight boundaries, before he was caught behind off the medium-paced Andile Phehlukwayo. Two dropped catches and a wicket overturned because of a no-ball hampered South Africa on a day when the bowlers were able to extract considerable sideways movement off the pitch. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli added 84 in partnership, South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Johannesburg, 1st day, January 24, 2018/AFP Kohli, who made his runs off 106 balls with nine fours, was the beneficiary of both dropped catches. He was put down when he had 11 by Philander off Rabada and on 32 by De Villiers at third slip off Morkel. De Villiers made amends when he held a sharp chance off Lungi Ngidi to end Kohli's innings, but South Africa's star batsman did not field after tea while receiving ice treatment on a bruised right middle finger suffered when he held the catch. Philander took the first wicket when he had Lokesh Rahul caught behind and bowled a remarkable first spell of one for one in eight overs. He was later denied a second wicket when Ajinkya Rahane, on three, edged him to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, only to get a reprieve when replFast bowlers dominate first dayys showed he had over-stepped the bowling crease. Rahane made only six more runs before he was leg before wicket to Morkel shortly before tea. Pujara faced 31 balls without scoring a run in Philander´s first spell and was beaten several times as well as surviving an unsuccessful review for a leg before wicket decision which showed the ball hitting the bails in the umpire's call zone. South Africa suffered an early blow when Aiden Markram edged an outswinger from Kumar to wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel in the third over. Both teams selected all-seam attacks, with no spinner in either team. "There is good grass cover but the surface is nice and hard. If we bat first and bat well it's an advantage," Kohli said at the toss. "We played some really good cricket at this ground last time and we are looking to correct the mistakes we made in the first two games."
  14. While a 2-0 Test series loss against South Africa might have left the Indian team and their fans disappointed, their captain Virat Kohli gave them something to cheer for after sweeping top honours at the ICC annual awards. The right-handed batsman, who had slammed a brilliant 153 in the second Test, clinched both the cricketer and captain of the year honours. The Delhi lad received the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named ICC Cricketer of the Year - the second Indian in succession after Ravichandran Ashwin bagged it last year - and ODI Cricketer of the Year. The 29-year-old also was also named the captain of both the ICC's Test and ODI teams of the year after leading India to the top of the Test rankings in 2017. © BCCL Kohli is only the fourth Indian to win the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, following in the footsteps of batting greats Sachin Tendulkar (2010), Rahul Dravid (2004) and teammate Ashwin (2016). Clearly, at a time when the Indian fans and former cricketers were probably overwhelmed by their team's loss, Kohli's individual success would have surely cheered them up. No surprises there at all. You deserved it. Many congratulations, @imVkohli! #ICCAwards @ICC — sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 18, 2018 With wishes pouring in from every corner of the country, Kohli also received a special message from none other than his idol - the great Sachin Tendulkar. Taking to Twitter, the Little Master said: "No surprises there at all. You deserved it. Many congratulations, @imVkohli! #ICCAwards @ICC". It means a lot to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and also the ICC ODI player of the year. I won that (ODI Player of the Year award) back in 2012 also but it's the first time (I'm) winning the Garfield Sobers Trophy and it's a huge honour for me. It's probably the biggest of all in world cricket and two Indians getting it back-to-back makes it more special," Kohli said.
  15. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/e560ce932d7600e433acba0c7472ab2e.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8xNy8yMDE4IDEyOjA0OjUwIFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9aGhSTWhYNVBiMUhRdzBXL2tBT3gxUT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] PRETORIA: Debutant Lungi Ngidi took six wickets as South Africa defeated India by 135 runs for victory in the second test in Pretoria on Wednesday and also claim the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match contest. Seamer Ngidi, 21, recorded figures of 6-39, his best in first-class cricket, as South Africa bowled India out for 151 in their second innings just before lunch, as the youngster completed match figures of 7-90. India are the top-ranked side in test cricket according to the International Cricket Council rankings with South Africa second, though the Proteas will not be able to overhaul the sub-continent side even with a 3-0 series win. The third test starts at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Jan. 24.
  16. Nimrat Kaur is one of the finest and most versatile actresses in Bollywood and with each movie; she proves that she is here for the long run. After flooring us with her exceptional performances in projects like 'The Lunchbox', 'Airlift' and 'Homeland'; Nimrat is back in action with 'The Test Case', the much-awaited web series by ALTBalaji. And the recently released trailer speaks volumes about how kickass the show and Nimrat's performance is going to be. © ALT Balaji Nimrat plays the lead role of Captain Shikha Sharma, India's first woman combat officer, who struggles to make a mark in a male-dominated world. The first few seconds are enough to make you fall in love with Nimrat's character and her flawless and phenomenal acting. When a woman strives to break-free from the shackles of the society and do something that was until now considered to be under men's jurisdiction, especially when it means fighting the enemies in the battlefield as a commando; the whole world tries to pull her down. But, Captain Shikha Sharma fights all odds and shows the men in the Special Forces Training Centre that she can overcome any obstacles thrown at her – be it physical or the mindset of those who believe women aren't fit for combat or to be in the Army. © ALTBalaji As we delve deeper into the trailer, things get problematic and suspicious for Nimrat's character who now not only struggles to become the first female combat officer, but also has to deal and get over the politics inside the academy. At the end of the trailer, Nimrat says “This is my story sir, And there is only one hero in this story and that's me” and we completely agree. By the looks of the trailer, it seems that Nimrat will completely own the web series. And we can already smell a suspense-filled thriller brewing in the backdrop that confuses us to an extent where one is compelled to question who the main player here is. Is it Nimrat who is pulling the strings or is she just a pawn in this game? Apart from Nimrat, Juhi Chawla, Atul Kulkarni, Rahul Dev, Sumit Suri, Annup Soni and Akshay Oberoi too did an amazing job. Chawla plays the character of Shraddha Pandit, the Minister Of Defence. Although we couldn't see much of her in the trailer, her dialogue was enough to intrigue us to look forward to the release of the episodes. “The torture that a man is willing to bear for his nation, a woman too, can bear. Captain Shikha Sharma will be our test case for this.” This will go down in the history of web series as one of the most hard-hitting dialogues. 'The Test Case' is produced by Ekta Kapoor and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. The first episode has already been aired and the remaining episodes of this series will be available on ALTBalaji from January 26.
  17. Cheteshwar Pujara as a batsman is a throwback to the eras gone by, not so much in technique - he is unusually bottom-handed for someone who pays his bills through Test cricket - as in temperament. He doesn't tire of scoring runs irrespective of the opposition or venue and his fitness is more about what is required for batting for long periods as opposed to bulging biceps carrying flamboyant tattoos. At a time when India were looking to fill the void created by Rahul Dravid's retirement, Pujara stepped up to the task, slamming centuries against all three touring sides - New Zealand, England and Australia - and became the joint-fastest Indian to 1000 Test runs in 2011. © Reuters Since then, the rock-solid Pujara has been seen as the backbone of Indian cricket team's batting order in the longest version of the game. And, when India began their gruelling tour of South Africa, it's needless to say that the right-hander was expected to carry the weight of Indian batting in the three-match Test series. But, forget about carrying the weight of his team, Pujara - for all his patience and skill - has undeniably struggled alongside his teammates to carry his own innings. In India's 72-run loss in the first Test, Pujara was only managed to score 30 runs across two innings. © AP If that wasn't enough, Pujara was sent back into the hut after being run-out without even scoring in the first innings of the second Test at the SuperSport Park In Centurion. The second innings proved no different, as the Indian batting mainstay once again got run-out at a lowly-score of 19 runs. To make matters worse, the Indian batsman who has known nothing but to score big runs also notched up an infamous record. On the fifth day's play, Pujara's dismissal made him the first Indian player to get run-out twice in a Test match. Sadly, he also became the first player to be run-out twice in a Test in the 21st century. © AP The last cricketer to have achieved this ridiculous record was former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming who was run-out twice against Zimbabwe during the Wellington Test in December, 2000. That's not the kind of record anyone would like to claim, let alone a great batting genius like Pujara but the fact that he ended up achieving such feat sums up India's miserable outing in the Rainbow Nation. Cheteshwar Pujara Becomes ðFirst Indian Player ð3rd In The World ðFirst In 21st Century To Be Dismissed Run Out In Both Innings Of A Test Match. Thank You Pujara. ððªð®ð³ #INDvSA #INDvsSA #SAvIND #SAvsIND — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) January 17, 2018 Cheteshwar Pujara run out twice in the game. You cannot make this up. — Nikhil ð (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 17, 2018 Cheteshwar Pujara and run out is still a better Story than Shilpa's journey in bigg boss ððð — Kinjal (LUVINAðð) (@KinjalDamor) January 17, 2018 Cheteshwar Pujara is new The Wall of India cricket #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/rQp9ClzIyv — KP (@Kazi_Parvez) January 17, 2018 Cheteshwar pujara's Moms reaction after he got run out twice.#SAvIND #INDvSA #INDvsSA #TeamIndia #SonyTen1 #IndvSAonSonyTen3 pic.twitter.com/fZyvS4fN49 — Imran (@imranyh) January 17, 2018 Girlfriend: Surprise me. Me: People think Cheteshwar Pujara is one of India's better test batsman, but his batting average of 22 outside the subcontinent is even worse than that of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan or even Ashwin. Girlfriend: pic.twitter.com/jeYsAVNBng — The Educated Moron (@EducatedMoron) January 17, 2018 *Cheteshwar Pujara ideas* If you run urself out, you need not worry abt any demons in the pitch!#SAvIND #INDVSA pic.twitter.com/pykL6KgmHZ — That LOL Buddhu (@lolbuddhu) January 17, 2018 Not even in my dreams, I could have dreamt Cheteshwar Pujara getting Run Out. That too twice in one game. Damn it. #IndvsSa — Udit Telang (@u_did_itt) January 17, 2018 As if the SA bowlers were searching for ways to pick wickets, Cheteshwar Pujara runs himself out ððð #SAvIND — Swetha Harini (@Swez_S) January 17, 2018 The day he had to stay glued to the wicket, Cheteshwar Pujara ran himself out by going for a needless run. Should be made to do 50 rounds of the ground! #IndvsSA — Kunal Purandare (@kunaljp) January 17, 2018
  18. Last year, spinner Rashid Khan and former captain Mohammad Nabi became the first Afghans to be picked in IPL auction NEW DELHI: Afghanistan will play their maiden Test match in the southern Indian city of Bangalore from June 14 to 18, cricket officials announced Tuesday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said it welcomed the opportunity to host its "friends" for their first Test since Afghanistan became a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) last year. The war-torn nation´s team has played the majority of its home games in India, which supported its quest for Test status. "It will be a historic day for Afghanistan and everybody is waiting for it," Atif Mashal, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman, said after meeting his Indian counterparts in New Delhi. "The support of BCCI to ACB over the last several years has been tremendous," he added. The one-off Test has been scheduled ahead of India´s tour of Ireland and England starting June 27. ACB chief executive Shafiq Stanikzai said Afghanistan will provide "good preparation" to India for the England series. India currently top the world Test rankings. "It will be (a) tough challenge for Afghanistan against a mighty Indian team but a pleasant one and one that we will learn a lot from," Stanikzai said. "Cricket has a bright future in (Afghanistan). We have raw talent which needs exposure and our target is to be a competitive side in Test cricket in the coming three years." Afghanistan have emerged as a competitive international team in recent years with strong performances in the limited-overs formats, including two one-day series victories in Zimbabwe. Last year, spinner Rashid Khan and former captain Mohammad Nabi became the first Afghans to be picked in the lucrative Indian Premier League auction. Thirteen Afghan players are included in this year´s IPL auction on January 27 and 28 in Bangalore. Afghanistan and Ireland were granted Test status in June last year by the ICC, becoming the 11th and 12th Test-playing nations.
  19. Kohli has been fined 25 percent of his match fee and receives one demerit point for breaching Level 1 of the code/AFP file photo India captain Virat Kohli has been fined and handed one demerit point for breaching the International Cricket Council?s (ICC) Code of Conduct during the ongoing second Test against South Africa at Centurion. Kohli has been fined 25 percent of his match fee and received one demerit point for breaching Level 1 of the Code of Conduct: Article 2.1.1 for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to ?conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.? ?Monday?s incident happened in the 25th over of South Africa?s second innings when Kohli continued to complain to umpire Michael Gough about the ball being affected by a damp outfield following a rain delay, before throwing the ball into the ground in an aggressive manner,? a statement from the ICC read. After the day?s play, Kohli pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing, the statement added. The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar. Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player?s match fee, and one or two demerit points. On Monday, Kohli hit a masterly 153 in India?s first innings of 307 to keep his side in the match.
  20. Following Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma's dream wedding in Italy last December, there has not been a single day when the couple did not break the internet with their antics. Be it their larger than life two-part wedding reception in Delhi and Mumbai, Virat learning a trick or two about romance from Shah Rukh Khan, the couple inviting their special Sri Lankan fan to the party or Virushka setting the dance floor on fire with their crazy dance moves; their wedding was nothing short of a big banner film that the whole nation happily binged on. © Instagram Now the celebrations are over and the couple has resumed their respective work, but what stays behind are the sweet gestures they are showing towards each other and winning their fans' hearts in the process. Virat is currently in South Africa slaying the test series like a true boss and if giving a tough time to his opponents on the field wasn't enough, Virat is also making all the husbands in the world burn with jealousy, by taking home the best husband award. © Twitter Virat is currently in his best form and undoubtedly one of the best cricketers in the team right now and his killer form against South Africa only goes on to prove the same. It was the second session of Day 3 and Kohli went past 150 after hitting a boundary on Morne Morkel's delivery. This was definitely a major triumph, both for Kohli and Team India and Virat made sure that he does not let this milestone pass by just like that. Kohli took this opportunity to express his love for the leading lady in his life Anushka, by kissing the wedding ring that he hangs around his neck on a chain. HE IS KISSING THE RING, the ring that Anushka gave him. He has it around his neck and HE IS KISSING IT. This is what we girls want, this is love and respect and utter devotion to the woman he married. SHE IS HIS SUPPORTð­â¤ï¸#ViratKohli#Virushka pic.twitter.com/lB4rqbYEng — muskaan â (@itsmuskaaan) January 15, 2018 After his sweet romantic gesture, Virushka's fans are losing their minds and we can understand why. ð¥ | Virat Kohli proudly showing everyone his engagement ring and kissing it after scoring 150* against South Africa today ð More power to you both @imVkohli @AnushkaSharma ðâ¤ï¸ #Virushka (via @singhvishakha3 ) pic.twitter.com/6rlA8gNYSv — Anushka Sharma FC™ (@AnushkaSFanCIub) January 15, 2018 Is this man even real?? All I can say is thank you @imVkohli for protecting our girl, respecting her and loving her so purely at every stage. You truly are an amazing person ⤠# virushka pic.twitter.com/AFRwBstpWv — Priti (@AnushkaAddict) January 15, 2018 The moment he scored a 150 and the kiss to that wedding ring ððð. Damn you VK .!!! You aren't just the best cricketer but major major hubby goals ð♥ï¸ð¥ #Virushka #ViratKohli — AruDivAn (@arudivan) January 15, 2018 @imVkohli kissing his engagement ring after scoring 150 runs against South Africa today, surpasses Sir Don Bradman to become the only cricketer in history to score 150 plus runs more than 9 times ððð»♥ï¸ð #Virushka @AnushkaSharma #INDvsSA pic.twitter.com/1IulKTKdpn — Anushka Sharma News (@AnushkaNews) January 15, 2018 People trolls Anushka when Virat couldn't perform but no one praised Anushka when he performs...hypocrites.. #Virushka #Virat more power to you #virat_kohli pic.twitter.com/KZ4hJZsDCD — sanchit jain (@sam_aka_sanchit) January 15, 2018 That moment ð­ð­ð­â¤â¤â¤â¤â¤â¤ Luv the way he always expresses his love for her no matter what #virushka https://t.co/2sOmP7DL7K — Aanya (@aanya_virushka) January 15, 2018 Team India was then bowled out for 307, but we guess people will remember this match solely for Virat's romantic gesture for Anushka. What's more, with this score, Kohli has become the second Indian captain after Sachin Tendulkar to hit a century in South Africa. While, Kohli is flooring us all with his exceptional performance on the field, Anushka is set to floor us with her acting prowess off the field. Currently, the actress is busy with her upcoming film 'Zero' alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif and we have already seen a glimpse of her next flick 'Pari' which is slated for a March 2nd release.
  21. Virat Kohli is one of the best cricketers of our country and perhaps even the world and his loyal fan following is just the proof of the same. But there's one thing that has gotten the man involved in controversies in the past and that is his aggressive attitude on the field. © virat_Twitter Known for speaking his heart out, Kohli has gotten himself into trouble previously for swearing on the field and if rumors are to be believed, he has even abused former coach Anil Kumble. In fact, apparently, this was one of the reasons as to why Kumble decided to step down. And he has done it again. During the ongoing test series in South Africa, Kohli was caught swearing on the stump mic while playing in partnership with Murali Vijay. He said, “Shaam tak khelenge, inki***d phat jayegi.” A Twitter user uploaded the video to his account where Virat can be clearly be heard saying the statement. But you can't see him as he isn't in the frame captured on camera. Stump mic catches Virat abusing 'Sham tak khelenge inki Gaand phat jayegi' #SAvIND #SAvsIND pic.twitter.com/8q3crsmZuF — Khurram Siddiquee (@iamkhurram12) January 14, 2018 And of course, Twitter could not help but react to this video. 1. Dilli Ka Launda FTW Yes Sir, that's natural Delhi way of talking. Nothing abusive here. Also this is his conversation with his teammate, he can talk as he wants. — Piyush Mishra (@EnggJourno) January 14, 2018 2. Correction Please! G*** Marengey bola , not fatt jayegi — Akhand Bharat (@Chanakya_fan) January 14, 2018 3. Not So Sure About This Legend aadmi h apna @imVkohli bc ð — Vishal (@iVishalKumar_) January 14, 2018 4. Keep It Up? Its not much abusive word and everyone use this languages so not big issue...VK keep it up — andrew person (@andyperson1692) January 14, 2018 5. Dum To Bohot Hai, No Doubt hahaaha Fad b dega dam h londe# me No daubt.ððð — gαυÑαν sнαηkнωαÑ (@royal_gaurav25) January 15, 2018 6. Wait, What? That's brilliant...and inspirational...well done Kohli — Kris Warrior (@kris_warrior) January 15, 2018 7. For Those Who Don't Understand Hindi. Will play till the end of day, their arse will explode. Word by word translation — Kah ke loonga (@legolas_7777) January 14, 2018 8. Hmmm… Kitna bhi dikhawa karo asli vaykyitav bahar aa hi jata hai 𤣠— NARESH PATEL (@Nareh_patel) January 14, 2018 9. Let The 'Sakht Launda' Jokes Begin Kohli...sakht laundaðð — PARTH RAMAN (@imParthRaman) January 15, 2018 10. Bhai-Bhai, Bhai-Bhai! @Im_a_rover @katiharami apna bhai ð — Satyam (@i_m_satu) January 14, 2018 After this incident, we are guessing Virat is going to take extra care before saying anything during a match. Or maybe not. As long as he keeps kicking ass on field, all is well!
  22. It is 2018 and running, as a means of fitness, has outgrown almost every other recreational sport out there. People are running marathons more than ever and hence, the engineering that goes into designing running shoes is at an all time high. The designs are much better and the fit is definitely more snug and natural feeling. Runners' body dynamics and biomechanics are being looked after and taken into consideration as well. The competition in the market, needless to say, is intense and cutthroat. Nike, with its newer innovations, is trying to stay abreast by providing better running shoes, almost every next month. The latest offering from Nike's stable is the ZOOMFLY. We got our hands on it and took it for a rugged test, MensXP style! Let's Check The Design Out First © Nike First things first, Nike manufactures some really slick looking shoes and this is no different. It looks futuristic. No really, the design flows very well and is pretty symmetrical. The upper toe-mesh is well-designed and so are the laces. The sole's design also compliments the upper body of the shoe. Again, just like I said, the design just flows. There are 8 color options you can pick from and they all look pretty good, except for the all-white variant. We didn't really like it. We also did not experience any chaffing on the forefoot. Performance- These Shoes Will Make You Want To Move © Nike The fit of the ZOOMFLY is so snug that once worn, you'll immediately feel like moving. The 33mm heel drop seems too much at first, but you'll get used to it soon. The upturned toe looks a large but it does let the toe rest very well, while still keeping it firmly gripped. This upturn makes your foot go from flat to 45 degrees without any deformations in the side sole. The foot just floats ahead and literally tries to get you walking. The abrasion resistant outsole works pretty well and sustained a 10 kilometer run on tarmac without much tear off. Since the shoe is fitted with a propulsive plate, you feel the shoe propelling you forward. A propulsive plate fights back when it's bent to get in its original shape and hence, the propulsive feeling. This feature is rarely found in shoes and Nike did a really good job with it. A 25 Kilometer Walk From Rohini To Dhaula Kuan After the running test, we decided to walk it out on a 25 kilometer stretch. Literally, long distance walking is a pleasure in these shoes. The stretch we covered was 25 kilometers of tarmac and concrete. The shoes felt like a breeze. Foot fatigue was absent, nor were there any toe abrasions. Is It For You? © Nike The shoe comes with a price tag of Rs. 10,000 and if you ask us whether these pair of Nike running shoes are right for you- we'll say that it all depends on what you want. The shoe is basically aimed at elite runners with the fine design and engineering so, dropping 10K on a pair of running shoes that you'll wear to the gym isn't really wise. If you are a hardcore runner, then these shoes are totally worth every penny spent!
  23. It reached over 55 degrees in the middle of the Sydney Cricket Ground/Getty Images SYDNEY: Sydney sweltered through one of its hottest days on record Sunday as temperatures soared in southern Australia and authorities imposed a fire ban in a sizzling start to summer. Australia´s largest city recorded its hottest day since 1939 as the mercury rose to 47.3 degree Celsius (117.14 degrees Fahrenheit) in the western suburb of Penrith. More than 200 weather records were broken nationwide during the last summer, with intense heatwaves, bushfires and flooding plaguing the December 2016-February 2017 season. Top tennis players were called off the courts Sunday at the Sydney International, a warm-up tournament for the Australian Open Grand Slam, after thermometers recorded temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. The heat took its toll on French star Kristina Mladenovic, who retired midway through her match citing heat stress. "43degrees but probably 50 on court when started. I´m sorry to the fans. I think it´s 1st time in my career I retired a match..it says it all," the world number 11 tweeted. Australian and English cricketers slogging through the final Ashes match in Sydney may have also experienced the hottest day on record for a Test match in Australia. The hottest Test day on record appeared to be 43.1 degree Celsius in Adelaide in 1908, the Bureau of Meteorology told the Sydney Morning Herald. Weather stations near the Sydney Cricket Ground were recording maximum temperatures of 43.4-43.7 degree Celsius Sunday. Marsh brothers plunder centuries as England wilt in the heat Shaun and Mitchell Marsh become the third set of brothers to score centuries in the same innings for Australia Total fire bans were imposed to reduce the risk of bush fires, which are common during Australia´s arid summers. Numerous blazes had already sprung up on Saturday, with several homes and buildings lost in bush fires in the states of Victoria and South Australia. Australia has warmed by approximately 1.0 Celsius since 1910, according to a report from the weather and national science body CSIRO. Experts have also warned that climate change had pushed up land and sea temperatures, leading to more extremely hot days and severe fire seasons.
  24. LOS ANGELES: The red carpet is rolling out, the champagne is on ice and the statuettes are about to be handed over. But with the cloud of sexual harassment hanging over Hollywood?s annual round of self-congratulations, the Golden Globe ceremony on Sunday marks the first test of how the industry will handle live on the world?s stage a scandal that has rocked show business. ?This is an issue that is center stage in Hollywood and is playing out at the award shows,? said Tom O?Neil, founder of awards website GoldDerby.com. Celebrities and filmmakers who were once major players during awards season have been shunned, written out of shows or snubbed in nominations. Women are planning to wear black on the Golden Globes red carpet to signal support of sexual harassment victims; a major talent agency has canceled its annual Golden Globes party to instead fund legal defense for victims; and the Screen Actors Guild Awards later in January will feature all female presenters. The mood ahead of the Oscars on March 4 ranges from nervousness to eagerness to take a stand. ?Everyone I have been talking to is relishing the opportunity to make this kind of visibility and attention more meaningful than simply about the glorification of a single profession,? actress Michelle Williams, who is Golden Globe nominated for ?All the Money in the World,? told Reuters. More than 30 men have accused Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct and more than 70 women have made allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein. Dustin Hoffman, comedian Louis C.K. and Jeffrey Tambor are among dozens of other celebrities, politicians and businessmen who have been accused of sexual impropriety. Reuters is unable to independently verify any of the accusations. Weinstein has denied having any non-consensual *** with anyone, Spacey apologized to one of his accusers but was erased from ?All the Money in the World? and written out of his TV series ?House of Cards.? Hoffman and Tambor have denied any wrongdoing. C.K. admitted past misconduct and his movie and TV projects have been dropped. ?I always saw this awards season as a perfect little bubble where everything is magical and beautiful because it?s movies. I think what we?re realizing now is that it has its own issues that it has to work on,? Emily Gordon, screenwriter for movie ?The Big Sick,? told Reuters On Sunday, all eyes will be on Golden Globes host Seth Meyers and how he navigates what is traditionally a boozy celebration and the elephant in the room. ?He?s got an impossible job. He can?t ignore the hot button issue in Hollywood. He?s expected to lead a jokathon but it?s not a laughing matter,? said O?Neil. Hollywood is also at odds with itself. Matt Damon was slammed in December for suggesting that allegations of rape and inappropriate touching should not be conflated. Talk show host James Corden was criticized for joking about Weinstein at a Beverly Hills event in October, and Rose McGowan accused Meryl Streep of remaining silent about Weinstein?s alleged behavior. Streep denied the accusation and called for women to unite. ?This is getting to be a whole internecine battle in Hollywood. I think they are all very nervous,? said Pete Hammond, awards columnist for Deadline.com. The Golden Globe awards for film and television will be televised live from Beverly Hills on NBC on Sunday Jan. 7, starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT (0100 GMT on Monday).
  25. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/b0db40c5b8c73a0e59b86e2dbdb7f453.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8zLzIwMTggMjoxMTozMiBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPUZWUUY0bkxSVTlMZ2kzUVA5eEpPRUE9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] KARACHI: The Pakistan Navy (PN) on Wednesday tested the indigenously developed Harbah naval cruise missile after launching it from the newly commissioned Fast Attack Craft (Missile) PNS Himmat, said a statement from the PN. Harbah is a surface to surface missile with land attack capability. "The missile accurately hit its target signifying the impressive capabilities of Harbah Naval Weapon System," said the PN statement. "The successful live weapon firing has once again demonstrated the credible firepower of Pakistan Navy and the impeccable level of indigenisation in high tech weaponry achieved by Pakistan's defence industry." Chief of naval staff on the occasion expressed his utmost satisfaction on the operational readiness of the PN fleet units and commended efforts of all those involved. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi also appreciated the efforts made by the engineers and researchers in making the Harbah weapon system project a success.