Shikhar Dhawan sends Pakistan on a leather hunt to slam 15th ODI hundred

first_imgShikhar Dhawan continued his impressive form in limited-overs cricket on Sunday as India played Pakistan in their second Super 4 clash at the Dubai International Stadium.Dhawan, who failed to impress in England in Tests, smashed his second hundred in this year’s Asia Cup as India eased forward in their chase of 238 against Pakistan in Dubai.This was Dhawan’s 15th ODI hundred in ODI cricket and he brought it up with a four off Shaheen Afridi in the 33rd over.He also became the second fastest Indian to reach 15 ODI tons behind Virat Kohli, who did it in 106 innings. Dhawan achieved the feat in his 108th innings. He is third in the overall list, with Hashim Amla leading the charts. The South African took just 86 innings to reach the landmark.India vs Pakistan: Report | Highlights | PhotosDhawan along with Rohit Sharma played smart cricket throughout as India looked to chase down a tricky total of 238 against a good Pakistan attack.The Delhi dasher attacked the bowlers right from the word go and took pressure of Rohit, who took his own sweet time to settle in. Attacking the bad balls and milking the good ones away for singles, Dhawan showed yet again why he is such an exceptional limited-overs cricket.The southpaw negotiated the pacers extremely well and took apart Pakistan’s spinners in Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz and reached his fifty in the 18th over. But, he didn’t take the foot off the peddle and continued to play smart cricket and attack when needed.advertisementSeeing Dhawan play so freely, Rohit also joined in and the pair brought up their 13th ODI century stand and after that, both started to attack the bowlers.The duo raced to 150 in the 26th over as Pakistan continued to struggle to get a breakthrough. And as they crossed 160-run mark, they became India’s most successful opening pair against Pakistan. They bettered Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly’s stand of 159 against them in 1998.Rohit took over the hitting for a bit and caught up with Dhawan, who was batting in his 80s but it looked like Dhawan was in no mood to reach the three-figure mark after his partner.Also read – Sarfraz Khan rues dropped catches after Pakistan go down to India againHe played some swashbuckling shots and finally reached his century in the 33rd over.He continued his attacking game and looked to finish the game early but his day was cut short after a misunderstanding brought an end to his night.He was run-out for 114 and left the field to a standing ovation after entertaining the crowd a 100-ball innings studded with 16 fours and two sixes.Also read – MS Dhoni overtakes Rahul Dravid to became the second most capped IndianThis was second hundred in Asia Cup 2018, with his first coming against Hong Kong, when he smashed 127 in the first game of the tournament.Dhawan has now scored 327 runs in the tournament so far from four matches.With Dhawan’s wicket, India’s opening stand came to an end on 210. This was also the highest between Dhawan and Rohit.Dhawan’s return to form after a drab tour of England will give him and the team management much needed relief going into the series against West Indies and the ultimate tour towards the end of the year, when Virat Kohli’s men go Down Under to play three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs against Australia.The tour starts in November and will go in till January, 2019.last_img read more

Shaquille ONeal To Host SHAQaCLAUS Event Today

first_imgFormer Los Angeles Lakers Center, NBA legend, and philanthropist Shaquille O’Neal will host SHAQ-a-CLAUS on Monday, December 23 at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.As part of his longstanding dedication to advocating for youth development, the former All-Star has arranged for more than 300 kids to experience the ultimate holiday carnival amid “snowfall” in sunny California.“Every kid deserves a memorable holiday season,” said the four-time NBA champion. “The Boys & Girls Club of Venice serves as a home away from home for young people who need encouragement. Although there are no chimneys involved, SHAQ-a-CLAUS is definitely coming to town.”Dating back to 1992, SHAQ-a-CLAUS has showered thousands of at-risk youths with gifts during the holiday season. O’Neal, who is a Boys & Girls Club alumnus, continues his long tradition of helping those in need.An estimated 350 pre-registered Boys & Girls Club of Venice members will receive a JAKKS toy from Shaq-a-Claus, shoes from Crocs, support from Feed The Children, and lunch courtesy of Panda Express. Shaq has even paid to have the party dusted with snow.“Shaquille O’Neal’s support for the Boys & Girls Club of Venice means the world to the kids who come through our doors each day,” said Monique Brandon, Executive Director of the Club. “We salute his extraordinary generosity and applaud him for coming back to Los Angeles to spread hope and cheer.”The Boys & Girls Club of Venice delivers exciting youth development programs in academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship to more than 4,000 youths annually. The Club appreciates the sponsors for their generosity and support of SHAQ-a-CLAUS.Event registration has reached capacity and is now closed.last_img read more

Median gross base salary for UK entry level roles is £26000

first_imgThe median gross base salary for entry level professionals in the UK is £26,000 a year, according to research by Willis Towers Watson.Its Global 50 Remuneration Planning Report, which collates pay and benefits information for 50 positions across 60 countries worldwide, found that the UK’s median gross entry level base salary ranks 14th out of the top 20 European economies.Switzerland, on the other hand, reports a median gross base salary of £68,959 for its entry level professionals. This is followed by Denmark, where entry level professionals have a median gross base salary of £45,194, and Norway, which offers its entry level staff a median gross base salary of £42,822. Poland pays its entry level professionals the least, according to the research, with a median gross base salary of £11,628.The median gross base salary for middle managers in the UK is £69,480, which ranks 10th out of the top 20 European economies. Switzerland tops this list, paying middle managers a median gross base salary of £125,890, followed by Germany (£85,261), Denmark (£85,038) and Luxembourg (£82,540). The research found that Slovakia pays its middle managers the least, with a median gross base salary of £35,239. Poland (£37,011) and the Czech Republic (£38,899) also feature at the bottom of the list.When the median gross base salary is adjusted for purchasing power parity, which reflects the tax burden and cost of living across the respective countries, the UK ranks eighth for entry level employees, offering £29,739. It ranks fourth for middle managers, with a median relative buying power of £57,129.Switzerland has a median relative buying power total for entry level professions of £47,202, and £77,963 for middle managers. This places it highest for both among the top 20 European economies. Luxembourg comes second, with median relative buying power figures of £44,011 for entry level staff and £73,876 for middle managers, while Germany is third, with £36,511 and £66,615 respectively.Slovakia places last for median relative buying power, as entry level professionals have £13,587 and middle managers have £33,465.Tom Hellier, UK practice lead, rewards at Willis Towers Watson, says: “Although dependent on prevailing exchange rates, this data shows that from a cost perspective the UK remains relatively attractive for business compared with European peers. However, staying open to talented [employees] with fast-growing emerging economies will be critical to realising the UK’s long-term growth potential, and employers also need to be mindful of the total package; for example in some countries such as the UK, annual bonuses play a more prominent role in addition to base pay.“Increasing competition for talent, amplified by medium-term uncertainty from Brexit, highlights the need for organisations to position themselves as an employer of choice and look at the overall perceived value of their offer. Enhancing the non-financial aspects of the deal, such as career-advancement opportunities, learning and development programmes and flexible work arrangements are key to improving retention and ensuring [organisations] remain competitive across the region.”last_img read more

Sewage Overflows In Houston Caused By Harvey A Health Concern

first_img Share 00:00 /01:05 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Gail DelaughterOfficials say sewage overflows, caused by Harvey flood waters, have already been reported in Memorial Villages, West University, Baytown, and Crosby.Bellville resident Bruce Margolis has been volunteering with water rescues, in multiple areas around Houston.“We watch things floating through the water that you can only imagine,” said Margolis.  “The water we’re in, if you can imagine, the sewers back up. We watch these sewers bubble.”And advocacy group Environment Texas fears sewage overflows could eventually total in the millions of gallons; and it says many systems have yet to file reports.At least 12 sewage spills in Houston have been reported to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.And Brian Zabcik, a clean water advocate with Environment Texas, said that’s concerning. “Think of it. It’s your toilet flowing into floodwaters, bay, and bayous.”Even though its diluted, Zabcik says the untreated sewage is a health concern for anyone who wades in the water; due to infectious organisms, intestinal bacteria, and other disease agents that may be present.A Texas A&M analysis of Houston floodwater shows E. coli levels are 125 times higher than what’s considered safe for swimming. Listenlast_img read more

Living With an iPhone 3G Part 1

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Brought to you by PCWorld 5 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Is the Apple iPhone 3G “twice as fast at half the price,” as Apple’s marketing boasts? Or is it a slow, faulty, overhyped device that drops calls and doesn’t reliably or consistently connect to AT&T’s network, as a consumer’s lawsuit claims?The truth lies somewhere between the two extremes, in my experience. I bought an iPhone 3G on July 18, one week after the smart phone became available in stores. ‘This week and next I’ll give you a recap of my experience using the device thus far. First up, a look at the e-mail challenges I’ve faced (and resolved). Next week, I’ll focus on the iPhone 3G’s battery life and other issues.Two Geniuses, One Phone CallThe first problem I encountered with my new iPhone 3G was trying to send and receive e-mail. The iPhone’s Mail program would work correctly for a day or two. Then, inexplicably, the spiral that appears at the bottom of the Mail program’s screen, next to “Checking for mail,” would spin endlessly.I decided to seek help at the Genius Bar in San Francisco’s Union Square Apple store. Apple’s Genius Bar is a free, by-appointment tech support service, located in its stores.I arrived early but had to wait about 10 minutes past my scheduled appointment time. I explained my problem to the Genius. He tinkered with my iPhone’s e-mail account settings, but the problem–which was now constant–remained. After about 10 minutes, he shrugged and suggested I call AT&T and check my iPhone 3G’s Mail settings for my e-mail with them.Before I proceed, a note of clarification is in order here. My primary ISP is AT&T, the landline phone company, not the AT&T wireless division that provides data and cell phone service to iPhones. I get my home-office DSL service and e-mail account from the AT&T landline/Internet division. I was trying to use my iPhone 3G to check e-mail sent to that account.I called AT&T’s tech support for DSL customers but they couldn’t help. So I made a second Genius Bar appointment, this time at San Francisco’s Chestnut Street store, which is smaller and less busy than the Union Square location.The second Genius suggested I go home and restore the iPhone through iTunes using backup. You have two options when restoring an iPhone: You can restore it to its previous state using the backup iTunes creates when you sync. Or you can restore the phone back to its default factory condition without using the backup. The second option wipes all your data off the phone, and you start over from scratch.If restoring using backup didn’t work (it didn’t), the Genius said I should restore the iPhone without the backup. And if that didn’t work, I could bring the phone back to the store for a swap.I tried restoring without backup, and still the problem persisted. I wasn’t keen on having to swap my iPhone for another unit. I couldn’t be sure they’d have a replacement in stock. And besides, the replacement would have been a refurbished iPhone, the Genius told me after I specifically asked him if I’d been given a new phone.My next move was to call Apple’s toll-free support line. The technician I spoke to understood my problem right away. He believed the iPhone’s Mail program wasn’t syncing correctly with Microsoft Outlook on my Vista PC, to which I had been syncing the iPhone’s e-mail settings, contacts, and calendar. I asked him to e-mail me the steps he recommended to resolve the problem. His solution worked.Here are the steps he suggested:On the iPhone, delete all e-mail accounts.Reset the iPhone’s network settings (Settings, General, Reset, Reset Network Settings).Disable Wi-Fi. (Some e-mail accounts don’t work properly if set up the first time with Wi-Fi in use, the technician explained).On the iPhone, manually re-add e-mail accounts. He suggested I select Yahoo from the ISP options when setting up my AT&T/Yahoo e-mail account on the iPhone.In iTunes, disable e-mail syncing with my iPhone.A Second E-Mail ChallengeFrom that point, I enjoyed several weeks without any further e-mail problems. However, another issue developed, this time relating to the passcode to my AT&T/Yahoo e-mail account.The passcode for that e-mail account contains six characters. During my initial iPhone setup, I had entered the passcode to my AT&T/Yahoo e-mail account. At that time, the iPhone validated the address and passcode; everything seemed fine. However, sometime after I had resolved the e-mail problem I described earlier, I received a warning that my e-mail passcode was incorrect.I went back to Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars and retyped the correct passcode for my e-mail account. The iPhone validated my address and passcode, and all was fine … until I received the incorrect password warning again, a day later. I returned to Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars again and noticed the iPhone had changed my passcode from 6 to 8 characters. I retyped the correct passcode, the e-mail flowed without problems, and then–you guessed it–I was told the passcode was incorrect. I installed Apple’s iPhone 2.0.2 software, hoping that might fix the bug, but it didn’t. Finally, I deleted this account from my iPhone and manually added it again. So far, I’ve had no further e-mail problems. September 10, 2008last_img read more