Jetstar to add an extra row of seats in A320 refresh

first_imgJetstar is adding a row of seats to its Airbus A320 aircraft operating in Australia and New Zealand in a major refresh it says will not reduce already tight legroom.The refresh, due to start in August and be largely complete by the end of the year, is the airline’s first since it launched in 2004.It will introduce a new generation of ergonomically-designed Recaro seats on 43 existing A320s used on domestic and short-haul international flights and will be accompanied by LED lighting, carpets and a new colour scheme. Ten aircraft are due to be replaced and the new aircraft will be configured with the new cabin, a Jetstar spokesman said.The seat count on the A320s will rise from 180 to 186 seats per aircraft using an Airbus Spaceflex design that removes galley space at the rear of the aircraft and moves the toilets.It will also add up to six overhead lockers to increase baggage space and add an additional row of extra legroom seats to 24 the number of seats offering a 32-38 inch seat pitch compared to the average pitch of 28-29 inches.Jetstar noted the Airbus design is used by more than 26 airlines, including Lufthansa, JetBlue and EasyJet.It estimates it will cut costs by 2 to 3 per cent and Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive Dean Salter said this would allow the airline to keep offering low fare while maintaining “a great customer experience’’.He said it would allow the airline to carry more leisure customers, particularly at peak times.“Our cabins will look and feel like new and we think this will be a win for customers and have great business benefits as well,’’ Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive Dean Salter said“The new seats are comfortable and our customers will have the same amount of legroom and space as they currently do on our A320 aircraft.“This is the latest cabin design from Airbus, which is smarter about the way space is used on the aircraft and allows for an extra row of seats and more baggage space.’’Jetstar has carried 200 million passengers since launch and now services 82 destinations in 16 countries through its own network and that of its joint ventures.In addition to A320 family aircraft, it flies Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on long-haul routes and is due to get A320neos from the 2018-19 financial year.last_img read more

Rice farming to take root in South Africa

first_imgCan rice grow in South Africa? The South African agricultural sector could soon add rice to its list of crops cultivated locally. South Africa’s next major grain crop Rice has never been produced commercially in the country. According to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), 90% of the world’s rice is cultivated in South, Southeast, and East Asia. Rice processing facilities are not available in South Africa yet, but talks are underway with a local financier about investment to build such a facility. “This is an amazing project and a very exciting prospect for South African agriculture,” says local businessman Hennie Kruger, who is spearheading a rice cultivation project in South Africa. A local seed company is looking into importing the rice seed initially, but in the near future the company would like to start seed selection on rice. Kruger estimates that within three years South Africa could have its own seed and the industry could be established commercially. He says that there is a common misconception that rice can only grow in watery paddy fields. However, because northern hemisphere agricultural countries receive much more rain than South Africa, crops such as rice are often grown in water. After harvest, the rice grain undergoes a number of processes depending on how it will be used. Such methods include, drying, storing, milling, and processing. First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. In these environments, rice yields are low and extremely variable because of soil problems and unpredictable combinations of drought and flood. One fifth of the world’s population depends on rice cultivation for their livelihoods. According to Kruger, the absence of local rice plantings does not mean it can’t be produced successfully in South Africa. Kruger says that with well-managed irrigation, rice can be grown in many areas across South Africa, such as Kwa-Zulu Natal, the western areas of the Free State province and even as far north as Thabazimbi in Limpopo province. The IRRI confirms that rice production under irrigation is viable. The irrigated rice environment accounts for about half of the harvested rice area and contributes 75% of global rice production.center_img Globally, rice is grown in more than a hundred countries with a total harvested area of nearly 160-million hectares, producing more than 700-million tons every year. Seed and production facilities “This is a very positive development for the country and there are many farmers interested in growing rice.” He says that about 10 years ago, studies by the Agricultural Research Council found rice to be a crop worth cultivating. “When grown under irrigation the crop responds beautifully,” he says. He says that as rice is a cereal grain summer crop, many grain farmers would be interested in growing rice as a means to diversify their farming operations. Local production will also reduce the country’s reliance on rice imports. South Africa imports two-million tons of the staple each year. According to the IRRI, flood-prone rice producing ecosystems need special rice varieties that are suited to flooded environments. These rice plants must be adapted to conditions such as deep water, flash floods that could last longer than 10 days, salinity in low-lying coastal areas and problem soils. 22 December 2011 Worldwide, about 80-million hectares of rice are grown in irrigated areas. High-yielding areas of irrigated rice can be found in China, Egypt, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Republic of Korea, and the Senegal River Valley in Africa. “Our farmers should produce much of the rice we need. It could become a major grain crop in South Africa,” says Kruger. Recent commercial planting trials carried out by six farmers across the country yielded promising results. “The trials show that rice does not have to be cultivated in water-logged fields. It can be planted in any soil, provided the soil contains 15% clay,” explains Kruger. The South African economy and agricultural sector can benefit significantly from introducing another grain crop, says Kruger.last_img read more

New university ‘a milestone for SA’

first_img20 September 2013 South Africa is about to start building its first new university since 1994. The Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley in the Northern Cape will welcome its first students in 2014, marking a milestone in the transformation of education in the country. Construction of the R6-billion university is set to start this month and is expected to be completed by 2015. Speaking at the official launch of the university on Thursday, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said the institution would be “a powerful symbol of the country’s democracy, inclusiveness and growth. “Sol Plaatje University is an integral part of government’s programme of expanding access to higher education and growing knowledge production and the innovation capabilities of our nation,” he said. The university is expected to enrol about 5 000 students, starting with about 150 students during the first intake in January 2014. Lecturers and students will have access to the most advanced communications platforms and processes, with well-equipped libraries, knowledge resources and laboratories forming part of the university’s research and scientific infrastructure to support its niche areas of specialisation. According to the Department of Higher Education and Training, one of the university’s specialisations will be heritage studies, including interconnected academic fields such as museum management, archaeology, indigenous languages and restorative architecture. Intellectual, journalist, linguist, politician, translator and writer Sol Plaatje (1876-1932), whom the university is named after, was the author of Mhudi (completed in 1920, published in 1930), the first novel by a black South African. He was also a prominent campaigner for the rights of black people, and a founder member and first general secretary of the South African Native National Congress, which would become the African National Congress (ANC). Sol Plaatje is one of two new universities being developed in the country – work is also under way on Mpumalanga University, which will have campuses in Nelspruit and Siyabuswa. South Africa currently has 23 universities. These include six universities of technology, which focus on vocationally oriented education, six comprehensive universities offering a combination of academic and vocational diplomas and degrees, and 11 traditional universities offering theoretically oriented university degrees. However, none of these is located in either Mpumalanga or the Northern Cape, making these the only provinces in the country that are not home to a university. Source: read more

Cow size: Increasing mature body weight of the United States cow herd

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There has been a 30% increase in cow mature size over the last 30 years. From 1975 to 2015, cow numbers have decreased by 35%, but beef production has been maintained at a level similar to 1975. In response to the low cow numbers, carcass weights have increased. These relationships suggest that the progeny of small cows, similar to the weights observed in the 1950s and 1960s, would not have the potential to produce the carcasses necessary to maintain beef production at the current level with the number of cows currently in the national beef cow herd, unless they take part in a postweaning growing period.This phenomenon is explained by the increased productivity per calf in the progeny of the United States cow herd. The average hot carcass weight in 2014 was 38% greater than 1975, averaging 870 pounds in 2014 compared with an average hot carcass weight in 1975 of 630 pounds.Use of growth promoting technology has contributed to a portion of the increase in carcass weight. Anabolic implants increase ADG by 21%, body weight at slaughter by 128 pounds, and hot carcass weight by 55 pounds. Additionally, β-adrenergic agonists increase body weight at slaughter by 18 to 24 pounds but increase hot carcass weight by 35 to 42 pounds. These growth promoting technologies only account for about 97 pounds of the 240 pounds increase in hot carcass weight, thus much of the increase in beef production per calf is likely linked to the use of EPDs and genetic selection for greater yearling weights, which in turn increases mature size. Beef production is more efficient because of technology advances in growth promotants, feed milling, and feed additives in the last 30 years.The average cow slaughter weights have increased from 1,047 pounds in 1975 to 1,369 pounds in 2005. This increase in cow bodyweight is tied to the genetic changes of the cow herd. For instance in the Angus breed the average yearling bodyweight of bulls and heifers has increased by 7.9 and 5.7 pounds per year since 1972 and selection for yearling body weight and weaning body weight have strong correlation with mature size.A 30% larger cow requires 22% more daily maintenance energy and will consume 22 to 28% more forage dry matter daily, decreasing cow carrying capacity of the farm or increasing input costs associated with pasture management, supplementation, and stored forages. Increased hay production and grazing strategies An indication of increased intensification of cow-calf production is displayed by the increased hay production over the last 40 years. The increased use of the round baler and other hay production technologies since the early and mid-1970s has lowered the labor requirement and increased the convenience of hay production and thus the total amount of hay produced. The OARDC-EARS research station at Caldwell was a location for much of this research (Check out Page 83 of this 1972 OARDC Research Summary). At the same time, forage management strategies (stockpiling and strip grazing) were being developed to reduce reliance on stored forages for wintering beef cows (Check out Page 1 of this 1970 OARDC Research Summary).Environment and cow size Research from the 1960s and 1970s indicates that in limited resource environments (Western Plains States for instance), the reduced efficiency of larger cows may be a limiting factor to the economics of production, whereas in less restricted environments (higher rainfall environments such as the humid states or in Dry Lot Feeding Systems.) mature cow size may not be a significantly limiting factor. ImplicationsIntensification has occurred through increased feeding of hay and stored forages, which increases the expense of maintaining the cow herd due to machinery, fuel, labor, and fertilizer costs. There are forage management strategies that can be used to reduce or replace the need for stored forages. For example, rotational grazing increases harvest efficiency of grazing livestock and can help maintain plant populations of clovers or other desirable forage species that lack persistence under continuous grazing management. Stockpiling of perennial pastures during the late summer for use during the fall and early winter can be utilized. Readers can checkout other grazing strategies at the OSU Forage Team Website.last_img read more

Geocaching Bucket List: Greatest Hits Edition

first_img Dimples rocks and feet Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp Head (GCHFT2)EarthCache in New South Wales, AustraliaD1 / T1.5Favorite Points: 60 Swedish geocachers have gone bananas APE geocache There’s some serious jungle to hike through The view from up the hill Success! Original Stash Tribute Plaque (GCGV0P)Traditional in Oregon, USAD1 / T1.5Favorite Points: 2771 Geocaching Headquarters (GCK25B)Traditional in Seattle, Washington, USAD1 / T1Favorites Points: 3077 YES! WOOT Happy geocachers make it to Geocaching HQ Geocachers checking out our Shop Geocaching wares Is that the Geocaching HQ cache….? Maybe…? 12345<> Geocaching HQ would be so excited and flattered if you came to find the Geocaching Headquarters geocache! Sign up for a hosted visit, stop by during drop-in hours, shop our store, and even collect a new souvenir for logging this one. And trackables? We got LOTS of trackables – take your pick! This is the oldest active geocache in the world, and the 7th geocache ever created. If you need to complete your Jasmer grid, this geocache is an absolute must.   This first EarthCache ever published is a small tour of a few of the features of the rocks in this wonderful location.An EarthCache is a special geological location people can visit to learn about a unique feature of the Earth. EarthCache pages include a set of educational notes along with coordinates. Visitors to EarthCaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage its resources and how scientists gather evidence. Typically, to log an EarthCache, you will have to provide answers to questions by observing the geological location. For more information about EarthCaches visit Big ‘ol rock In 2001, fourteen geocaches were placed in conjunction with 20th Century Fox to promote the Planet of the Apes movie. Each geocache represented a fictional story in which scientists revealed an Alternative Primate Evolution (A.P.E.). These geocaches were made using specially marked ammo containers and contained an original prop from the movie. Only one Project A.P.E. cache still exists today. Mission 4: Southern Bowl (GCC67)Project A.P.E. Cache in São Paulo, BrazilD3 / T3Favorite Points: 216 Mingo is thatta way… Mingo train The circle of life! Mingo Man Mingo success for this geocaching family 12345<> Were are here! 12345<> Family portrait, anyone? The man, the myth, the legend: Dave Ulmer Nugget and Baboo like to geocache, too The tribute plaque placing party SWAG Any serious geocacher probably has a list of geocaches they wish to find before they “kick the bucket”, so to speak. We’ll be doing an intermittent series dedicated to bucket list geocaches, and today’s theme is “Greatest Hits”. Have you found one of these famous geocaches or do you plan to?Mingo (GC30)Traditional in Kansas, USAD1 / T1Favorite Points: 1565 This is where it all began. On May 3, 2000, a five-gallon bucket was placed right at this very spot by Dave Ulmer. The original cache contained a Delorme Topo USA, 2 CD-Roms, a cassette recorder, a “George of the Jungle” VHS tape, a Ross Perot book, 4 $1 bills, a slingshot handle and a can of beans. The coordinates were then listed on the internet and modern-day geocaching was born.The first finder of that first cache was Mike Teague who took the money and left some cigarettes, a cassette tape, and a pen.That original bucket was severely damaged by an Oregon road crew mower and is no longer around. TEAM 360 and other concerned geocachers recognized the importance of the event that happened here and dedicate this Original Stash Tribute Plaque on behalf of cachers everywhere. 123456789<> Are there any other unforgettable geocaches you’ve visited that you would add to this list? What about other “Bucket List” themes or geocaches you’d like to see featured? Tell us in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More Hanging with the wildlife 12345<> SharePrint RelatedPrivy (GC2Z6GB) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 1, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”The top ten geocaches added to ListsSeptember 24, 2019In “Community”Brand new geocaching country souvenir for RussiaDecember 2, 2016In “Community”last_img read more

Microsoft Private Cloud: It’s Right for eBay but is it Right for You?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting VMware Lacks Experience?Bob Muglia of Microsoft made the point in his address today that VMware lacks the experience of building private cloud environments. Microsoft makes the claim that its experience in building a public cloud environment means it can carry a number of different insights that only cones when you build something yourself.This may sound good but VMware also has considerable experience in hybrid and private cloud development. Customers are choosing VMware based on the company’s experience in virtualization. It entered the game before the rush of the past few years. VMware has to be pretty deeply involved into data center operations. Its job is more in keeping its position with the larger hardware providers, which it is doing in its partnerships with Cisco, EMC and others.Customers need to weight the cost benefits of a private cloud environment with a public cloud service from the the likes of Amazon, which provides infrastructure for companies. Microsoft’s private cloud means a capital expense that can be considerable.Potential customers should consider, too, what Forrester’s James Staten has to say:“The key question for Forrester clients is whether this makes Windows Azure a more appealing cloud platform. PaaS offerings have seen lower enterprise interest and adoption thus far due to concerns about lock-in. Windows Azure isn’t immune to this as there are unique APIs for leveraging this platform. But if you are a .Net shop or develop in .Net and Java and deploy to Windows Server, then you’ll find what you are looking for here. Yes, it is possible to build an app for Azure and move it back and forth between the PaaS platform and Windows Server 2008. The real question is what do you want out of the Azure platform? If you simply want to test the functionality of an application destined for Windows Server 2008 in your own data center and are just looking for faster access to resources for this type of testing, Azure fits the bill. But more likely you want to run the application on Azure because you want to take advantage of its automatic scalability. For that, you have to write to its APIs. And you should.”The reality of what service to choose comes down to what fits with your company culture. Even though the cloud has its own level of security, a private cloud environment may make more sense for the more conservative also doesn’t mean that a customer can transition to a more public cloud. Amazon’s IT department used virtualization to initially gets its infrastructure ready to for the cloud. That’s a prudent approach to consider for any company making a significant change in its infrastructure. alex williams Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Virtualization Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Microsoft unveiled its private cloud in a box today. Windows Azure Platform Alliance is a container system that plugs into an enterprise data center. Microsoft is touting eBay as its showcase customer. That’s a big name company. But is Microsoft’s private cloud right for you?Microsoft’s strategy is to form partnerships with hardware providers. In the first wave this includes aliiances with Fujitsu, Dell and Hewlett-Packard. If you want a Microsoft private cloud you will have to go with one of these companies solutions. More partners are expected to be announced in the months ahead.The company is using these partnerships as hardware alliances to house Microsoft’s pre-configured systems. It’s not entirely new news. It follows up on promises the company made several months ago. The overall strategy is to fit this private cloud into any ISP. That means customers may just be able to go to their local provider for a virtualized cloud environment. That’s a bit off in the distance but it could mean a tiered service that scales up and down, depending on the needs of the client. As part of its big show today at the Worldwide Partners Conference, Microsoft pointed to eBay as one of its first customers.From the eBay ink blog:“eBay will incorporate the Windows Azure platform appliance into two of its data centers. The goal being to further optimize its platform and achieve greater strategic agility and datacenter efficiency.” That doesn’t tell us a whole lot. Microsoft says the environment provides a strong test environment for eBay. It can test apps on the platform to see how performance pans out. What’s more interesting is what eBay VP of Technology, James Barrese has to say what cloud computing will do for eBay:last_img read more

Video Editing Storage Solutions

first_imgWe examine several popular video editing storage solutions and determine the best for professional use.Before I begin any film project I like to take stock of my data capabilities (I currently run a RAID system). Below I’ll give some quick rundowns on the various video editing storage solutions for filmmakers that I have come across in my experience and research over the years. Remember there are no right or wrong solutions here, it all comes down to what will best fit your workflow.Know Your Format and Space RequirementsFirst things first, you want to determine how much storage you will need based on the format you will be using during the shooting/capture process. Get this info and then head over to Digital Rebellion and use their handy video space calculator, or download Digital Heaven’s useful VideoSpace app. Either one of these options will give you the information you need.Now, make note of the bandwidth of your codec, for instance the bandwidth for a Sony FS700 AVCHD that I use is 3MB/s at 1080 running at the standard 30fps. Another format that I often use, RED Raw, running at 30fps is 162MB/s at 4K. So you can see there is quite a jump in bandwidth. Lastly, remember that when you edit multilayer projects the bandwidth will increase quite a bit, so you need to keep this in mind as well.The Time Tested 3.5 Drive Solution3.5 drives are the gold standard when it comes to desktops, and they are also a decent solution for video editing storage. I’ve used 3.5 drives over the years with a lot of success, and now with some models achieving bandwidth speeds of 150MB/s in sizes as high as 5-6TB these drives provide massive storage at affordable prices.Keep in mind that if you select this storage type you want to make sure they deliver a speed of at least 7200 rpm, which most high-end drives will.Look into the Seagate Barracuda and Western Digital Caviar Black drives as solutions, as both are well reviewed.A Newer Kid on the Block: SSDsSSDs (Solid State Drives) are ideal for internal hard drives to run your OS and video editing apps, but in terms of video editing storage but are they worth the price bump?While SSD’s do operate quickly with tremendous speed, you need a drive that can sustain a continuous transfer rate. To purchase a drive that can effectively do this like the Samsung 1TB SSD, which runs at 540MB/s you’ll need to shell out more than double the money you would for the same sized 3.5 Drive. Now keep in mind with Solid State Drives there are no moving parts inside so the failure rate is substantially lower.The Mobile Route with External Hard DrivesExternal drives are especially useful when your on location and you need to do a quick footage dump. However with external hard drives you need to keep in mind the speed of the drive itself as well as the interface speed. You’ll find that many drive manufacturers will place the interface speed on the front of the box to make it seem as if the drive speed is faster than it really is, which in reality its not. External hard drives utilize several connection types such as USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Firewire 800, eSata, & Thunderbolt (each with varying transfer speeds).The greatest aspect of external hard drives is its mobility. Being able to have a LaCie 500G Rugged Mini has been extremely helpful for me on documentary shoots when I’ve filled all my RED Mags and I needed to offload footage to make room.Remember to pay close attention to the drive speed of the external hard drive.Also refer back to one of our previous articles that gives a good rundown of external hard drive solutions.Bunch it Up and RAID with ArraysThis is the solution that I have used for many years now. I utilize the extra hard drive bays in my Mac Pro and filled those with 4TB 3.5 Hard Drives, which I then RAID together using RAID o. This mashes up my drives into one big drive, where the speed and space of those drives combine to give a large amount of storage, with fast transfer rates.Another RAID system that many fellow filmmakers and editors I know use is RAID 5. This allows you to  have greater speeds and overal storage space, but the key addition is its ability to save you from drive failures. If one drive dies you don’t lose your work. The downside to this is RAID 5 requires at least 3 drives to work.If your working on a small project and you just want a simple backup, then RAID 1 would work for you. Check out Geek Stuff and their diagram on the different RAID configurations.Mix the Network with the RAID and get a NASTake the concepts we just talked about with RAIDs, but now apply network access to it. If your working in an environment where you have several post production members working on various aspects of the film or video to get it ready for editing, and your working within the same location, then a NAS (network attached storage) setup might be the way to go.Look at Drobo and Synology for smaller NAS solutions. If you want something more substantial then you’ll want to check out Dell or IBM, leaders in network storage.The Future is in the CloudCloud storage is becoming cheaper and cheaper with the storage size getting larger and larger. The top four commercial cloud storage providers are Microsoft, Google, Dropbox & Amazon. Each one offers up to 1TB of storage with Microsoft and Onedrive being the cheapest at $6.99/month. Amazon is the most expensive at $500/year, while Dropbox and Google are $9.99/month for 1TB.Microsoft, Google & Dropbox also offer business solutions which provide 1TB of storage for each team member for a fairly low price. While these storage solutions aren’t ideal for housing full projects, they are good for offloading and backing up footage when on location (provided you have a wifi or network connection).LTO for BackupMany professional video environments prefer to use LTO (Linear Tape-Open) to archive and backup their projects. Advocates of LTO claim that the LTO tape drives last longer than ‘traditional’ hard drives and file recovery is easier if the tape malfunctions. The downsides of LTO are many, namely that it is tape based and tape will deteriorate over time and is sensitive to the environment in which it is stored in. LTO drives are pricey, but the cost per tape is significantly less than a harddrive with similar storage capacity.WolfCrow has a solid rundown of LTO and video backup that’s worth checking out.LTO usage appears to be on the downswing, as other storage solutions are becoming cheaper and more reliable. If you’re an LTO user I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.There Is No Right Or WrongRemember there is no right or wrong answer since solutions exist for any type of production workflow you need. Each one of the storage solutions above are viable for video editing, with the exception of possibly cloud storage (at least not in realtime). The key is to look at your upcoming production workflow and the storage requirements you will need, then determine which solution is the best for you before you get into the edit bay. If you are running single drives remember to backup, backup & backup again.This is your work and your career. Protect it every way you can.Do you have other storage solutions that you’ve successfully used that didn’t make the list above? Or have questions about storage? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

I will try to retire as an India cricketer, says Kedar Jadhav

first_imgWhen Kedar Jadhav learnt about the big news of his India call, there wasn’t much time to celebrate. The moment he had been waiting for all his life had arrived as the selectors named him in a 15 man squad for the Bangladesh ODI’s, but he was busy attending to his father’s fearful road accident. “He was returning after watching me in an IPL game when his car suffered a bad accident. His spectacles had hit both the eyes hard and the right eye was badly damaged,” Kedar recalls in an interview with India Today.  Thankfully Jadhav Sr has since recovered and he can now afford to breathe easy. Kedar credits his father a lot in allowing him to take the punt in playing professional sport. His father’s sorted ways and retirement planning has allowed him to live a content life even as Kedar’s three sisters and he are all married. “I have to say I never had the pressure of what happens if I fail in cricket. He has taken care of all that,” he says.  Aged 29, if Kedar now gets his opportunity to play his first India game in Dhaka, he will be one of the older pros in a youthful and very different India side. Unlike his captain for the series Suresh Raina, Kedar wasn’t someone in national reckoning in age group tournaments or youth World Cups. He made his List A debut, aged 23. “I have always got most things a bit late but once I have got them, they have not gone away,” Kedar philosophises.  And than goes on to add, “On the cricket front I must admit I have wasted a few opportunities. Two years back I got a 300 plus in the first game of the new season but ended up scoring only 630 runs in the year. If I had carried on from there I should have played for India two years back,” he says.  Its Kedar’s free flowing style of batting that’s helped him score 1200 plus runs in the last Ranji season and earn the selectors nod. Inspired by the Virender Sehwag school of batting, he plans to continue carrying the same approach to international cricket. “There’s one thing about Viru pa’, he looks to hit a boundary or a six first and if it’s not possible, than looks for a single. That’s what I try to do in my batting as well,” he says.  “Of course I can’t bat like him. He is unique; I have to use my legs to connect the ball to the middle of the bat. But I try to think like him while batting,” he adds as a rejoinder. Kedar also comes across as someone ever willing to learn. “While I am motivated by Viru pa’s batting, I am a middle order player and one batsman whom I look to learn from in that position is MS Dhoni. There is a lesson in his calmness in the middle overs. I may have to bat there a lot and try to be a good finisher,” Kedar opines.  While he’s observed and learned from Sehwag and Dhoni, his hands-on mentor has been Maharashtra coach and former India selector Surendra Bhave. “One thing he always tells me that performance is not based on talent all the time, it’s about making most of the opportunity you get,” an advice he always keeps close by his side.  Kedar has left for Bangladesh with the rest of the Indian team and opportunities like these may not come too often. With the cream of Indian batting rested for a not so important series, it’s his chance to make it count. And while he may have got his India call at 29, Kedar suggests he will try to ensure he is here to stay. “Hopefully will try to retire an India cricketer,” he throws himself a challenge.advertisementlast_img read more

Rudy Gobert, Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo headline NBA All-Defensive teams

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Thurman says ready to ‘crucify’ Pacquiao Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks defends Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors during the first half in game four of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 21, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and MVP finalists Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George were the leading vote-getters for the All-Defensive first team.Boston’s Marcus Smart and Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe rounded out the first team that was announced Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Gobert finished with 97 first-team points and 196 points, giving the Utah center his third straight first-team selection. George had 96 first-team votes and 195 points, followed by Antetokounmpo (94, 193).Smart and Bledsoe both earned their first All-Defensive team selections.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe second team included Golden State’s Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, who earned his first selection. They were joined by Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and New Orleans guard Jrue Holiday.The teams were selected by a panel of 100 writers and broadcasters.last_img read more

Championship Title Icing on Cake for Atherton Committee

first_imgOne of North Queensland’s smallest affiliates came up trumps against two of North Queensland’s strongest in two divisions last weekend at the 2013 North Queensland Open & Senior Regional Championships in Townsville, as Atherton’s Women’s Over 34 side claimed the title in their division with a spectacular 3-2 victory over Townsville Castle Hill, and the Atherton Women’s Open side earned a hard-fought victory over Gordonvale 6-5 to claim the Women’s Open Tier 2 title.After mixed results during early round games while combined with the Women’s Under 26 division, including an 11-1 loss to Townsville’s Women’s Under 26 side and a 5-1 victory over Mackay’s Women’s Over 34, the strength and experience of the Atherton Over 35’s side led them to a confrontation with division heavyweights Townsville Castle Hill on Sunday afternoon.The Atherton Women’s Open side weren’t so lucky, having a rough time finding points during round games, but eventually meeting a young but experienced Gordonvale side in the final of the Tier 2 division.The victories were all-the-more sweeter for Atherton, knowing that not only is it the first time that sides from Atherton have attended the annual NQ Championships since 2010 but that they came from an affiliate of less than three hundred players.After an absence from the annual NQ Championships since 2010, Atherton not only fielded the winning Women’s Under 34 and Women’s Open Tier 2 sides, but also fielded a Men’s Over 39 side who narrowly missed out on a spot in their division’s final, thanks in no small part to the efforts of a devoted committee that has worked tirelessly over the last few years to return strength to the representative levels of the sport in the Tablelands area.Adding to the glory of the Women’s Under 34 title, Atherton referees Karli Riesen and Adam Hogan were recognised for their efforts on the weekend, receiving Most Promising Female and Male referee awards respectively.Thank you to Kerrod Hall from North Queensland Touch for providing the content.Related LinksIcing on Cake for Athertonlast_img read more