A ‘blindfold technique’ to increase reaction time, leather balls of various weights to gauge trajectory in breezy conditions and a simulation machine for slip-catching have made the Indian team a remarkably improved catching unit, fielding coach R Sridhar said Wednesday.While the ‘blindfold technique’ was specifically used in England for red-ball cricket, a simulation machine called ‘Teammate’ was used in Australia for slip-catching.When asked about the ‘blindfold technique’ specifically, Sridhar explained: “We have a feeder behind a curtain and the catcher doesn’t know from where the ball is coming from.”We would slide it from under the curtain…It did improve their reaction time [reflex], we did that extensively in England throughout the Test series. It was specifically for red-ball cricket.”Now, balls of varying weights are being used during the ODIs against New Zealand in order to help the players prepare for skiers with steady breeze threatening to change the trajectory.”We brought a different type of machine called ‘Teammate’ for slip-catching simulations. We did a lot of blindfold work or reaction work. By the time, we reached Australia, it was a well-oiled machine and if you see, Virat took some brilliant catches,” the fielding coach gave a peek into his trade secret.Asked about how the team is countering the breeze while handling skiers, Sridhar said: “The biggest challenge you face in New Zealand as a fielder is the breeze. Most of the batting and bowling plans are based around that breeze.”If we see the ball wobble a lot in air, we try and simulate that in practice, use balls of different weights, so that the ball swerves and swings more in the air.”advertisementSridhar also informed that the Indian team’s support staff is in touch with various IPL teams to ensure that players adhere to the “follow-up programme”.”We do give them follow-up programme for fielding just like trainer [Shankar] Basu does for fitness and physio Patrick [Farhart] does for rehab.”We keep the communication going with players and also try and keep in touch with fielding coaches of the respective IPL teams so that we can get information about how they are going about.”Sridhar also praised comeback-man Hardik Pandya’s stunning catch off Yuzvendra Chahal’s bowling to dismiss rival captain Kane Williamson.”The desperation he brought was magnificent to see. He is always a good fielder and dying to get into the thick of things and be a part of this and get back to what he loves doing, that is to play cricket and as best as he can.””He [Pandya] made a very difficult catch look easy. It was a piece of magic and he is known for that and he is one of our best fielders. Hardik brings a lot to the team. Not only the balance but other factors as well,” he concluded.Also Read | Rohit Sharma becomes cameraman as Yuzvendra Chahal interviews India’s young brigadeAlso Read | MS Dhoni spotted at nets after missing out third ODI vs New ZealandAlso Read | Hardik Pandya was just dying to get into the thick of things: R SridharAlso Read | India look to try out reserve players in Hamilton ODI vs New ZealandAlso Read | India batsmen hate getting out, says Mitchell Santner
OTTAWA — The latest developments at the House of Commons justice committee, holding hearings Wednesday on the SNC-Lavalin affair (all times local):10 a.m.Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, enters the committee room — one larger than used the week prior for former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould — and takes his seat, alone.A number of additional MPs not on the committee are attending the meeting today. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is also in the room.Butts avoided a phalanx of cameras outside the committee room by arriving through a back entrance.Butts’ testimony will contradict Wilson-Raybould’s version of events, in some detail, casting a different light on conversations Wilson-Raybould described as part a campaign of pressure tactics and veiled threats to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.He is backing up his version of events with emails, text messages and other documentation, much as Wilson-Raybould did in her testimony.Before beginning to speak, the Liberal majority on the committee votes down a Conservative motion for Butts to be sworn in to testify under oath.Conservative MP Michael Cooper tries in vain to have Butts sworn in, but he’s told the committee has spoken.“I will tell the truth,” Butts tells the committee as he starts his opening statement. The Canadian Press
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, April 18, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 53. West wind around 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.In The Community: The Aleppo Shriners Circus returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) during April school vacation week. The circus will run from Wednesday, April 18 to Sunday, April 22:Wednesday, April 18: 2pm & 7pmThursday, April 219: 2pm & 7pmFriday, April 20: 10am, 2pm, & 7pmSaturday, April 21: 10am, 2pm, & 7pmSunday, April 22: 1pm & 5pmTickets cost $10. The Box Office opens on April 9. Call 1-800-700-0013 to purchase tickets. Parking is free. Proceeds from the carnival will benefit the Auditorium. Join the Facebook event HERE.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department will NOT be offering its weekly safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building today.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.Leaves/Brush Drop Off: The Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open today from 8am to 2pm for the drop-off of leaves and brush. Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.At The Library: Tech Help Drop-In at 2pm. Beyond The Fairy Tale: Interactive Theatre Workshop for Kids at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Senior Center: Podiatrist at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Cards at 1pm. Fun Singers at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.]Wilmington Public Schools: NO SCHOOL this week due to April vacation.Go Wildcats!: 4 Wilmington High teams are in action today. See the schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 20, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 22, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
1) “Bitter medicine” – Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked citizens to expect a “bitter medicine” when it comes to economic reforms in the country, the term has remained a buzzword ahead of the Budget Session that will begin on 7 July 7. “I need to take some harsh decisions and administer some bitter medicine in order to resuscitate this patient. The medicine may hurt some of you but I ask for your support at this time,” Modi had said last week.2) Austerity – Modi’s words were interpreted as an indication of bringing about more austerity by the government to improve growth. “Taking tough decisions and strong measures in the coming one or two years are needed to bring financial discipline which will restore and boost the country’s self-confidence”, Modi had told party cadres during his address in Goa.3) Inflation – The Indian economy is facing a five-month high inflation of 6.01 percent, while food inflation had touched 9.50 percent in May. Inflation fears are said to be the biggest test for the Modi government, which came to power after it criticized the UPA government for failing to rein in inflation.4) Weak Monsoon – The poor rains this year are looming large on the Union Budget, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley making references to it more than once when addressing issues of inflation. “The rise in prices of food articles can be attributed to withholding of stocks on account of apprehension of a weak monsoon. The State Government should take effective steps to ensure that speculative hoarding is discouraged,’ Jaitley had said on his Facebook account.5) Iraq crisis – While Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan assured that that India had enough foreign exchange reserves to combat the fallout of the Iraq crisis, and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that it will not affect crude oil supplies to India, there have still been speculations that the rise of global prices of crude oil will impact India dearly.6) Indian Rupee – The Rupee has been hovering around the 60 to a dollar mark for several days, because of an increased demand for the US currency. On Friday, the rupee opened at 60.26 after it lost 18 paise against the dollar.7) Potatos, Onions – Soaring prices of vegetables, mainly that of potatoes and onions, have left citizens agitated and the government scampering for remedies. On Wednesday, the central government had asked states to delist fruits and vegetables from the Agricultural Produce Market Committee, and also imposed a minimum export price of USD 300 per ton on onions in order to cut down on their export.8) Tax – For the common man, the term ‘tax’ in the budget largely revolves around the exemption limit, and there have been speculations about the Finance Ministry raising the income tax exemption limit from ₹2 lakh to ₹3 lakh and up to ₹4.5 lakh for women. For the corporate sector, it means a hope for a more conducive tax environment. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) had suggested many recommendations to the Finance Minister on taxes in the Union Budget, such as clarity in tax laws, removing the sting of retrospective tax and improving dispute resolution mechanism for tax matters, among others, as detailed on the FICCI website.9) Gujarat Model – Several reports have suggested that Modi could import some of his schemes from the Gujarat model into the Union budget, such as ensuring the fiscal deficit is not too high and to bring in better tax administration, as highlighted by Yahoo News.10) ‘Acchey Din Aane Wale Hain’ – The Bharatiya Janata Party’s signature campaign during the election seems to be been raked up again, but this time with a certain amount of uncertainty whether the Modi-government can stick to their pre-poll motto.
This handout photograph released by the Indian Navy on 18 August 2018 shows Sajita Jabeel, 25, with her newborn boy in a hospital in Kochi, after she was rescued while heavily pregnant from a roof in a flood affected area of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala. Photo: AFPA heavily pregnant woman stranded by floods in the Indian state of Kerala gave birth just after being airlifted to safety, an Indian Navy spokesman said, as the military stepped up rescue operations on Saturday.Dozens of navy helicopters have embarked on high-risk missions to save people from rooftops and isolated land as the southern state battles a flood crisis that has left at least 324 people dead.Sajita Jabeel, 25, was winched up by Commander Vijay Verma, who has been widely praised for leading the rescue in the Aluva district of the state’s main city Kochi.”The lady was in labour, her water had broken,” Verma told News18 television.He called the relief mission “very challenging” and said his team had rushed to find the family after receiving an emergency call.”We took a doctor along, we winched her up, it took some time though because we had to winch down two people to help her.”Jabeel gave birth to a healthy baby boy after being rushed to hospital.People are airlifted by the Indian Navy soldiers during a rescue operation at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India on 17 August 2018. Photo: ReutersKerala, popular among international tourists for its tropical hills and beaches, has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year.About 60 military and coast guard helicopters and hundreds of boats are scouring the flood zones across the state for trapped victims.The military said that tens of thousands have been rescued in the past week, but thousands more are feared trapped.Another pilot winched 26 people up from a rooftop in Kochi on Friday while hovering between trees and other houses just two days after receiving a medal for saving a fisherman last year.A video of P. Rajkumar’s Sea King helicopter pulling up the victims has been widely shared on social media. He ended up with 32 people on board.”It was a life-threatening mission but it’s an unprecedented situation. We can’t leave behind our people,” Indian Navy spokesman DK Sharma told AFP.Rajkumar was given the Shaurya Chakra medal for bravery this week after lifting a fisherman from the sea when cyclone Ockhi hit India last year.
Zayan Chowdhury. File PhotoZayan Chowdhury, one of the victims of Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, was laid to rest at Banani Graveyard in the city on Wednesday evening, reports UNB.Earlier, a Sri Lankan Airlines flight carrying the body of Zayan, 8, the grandson of Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 12:40pm. His body was then taken to their Banani residenceThe namaz-e-janaza of Zayan was held at Banani Club Field after Asr prayers.Later, he was buried at the Banani Graveyard around 6:00pm.Earlier, prime minister Sheikh Hasina went to her paternal cousin Sheikh Selim’s Banani residence to console the family members of the victim.Sheikh Hasina stayed there for over an hour and consoled the family members of Zayan Chowdhury. A heart-rending scene was created at that time.Sheikh Hasina also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul of Zayan.A second grader of an Uttara school, Zayan is a son of Moshiul Haque Chowdhary and Sheikh Sonia.Zayan and more than 350 others were killed in explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. He had gone there with his family on a vacation.Moshiul also suffered splinter injuries in his kidney and liver in the deadly terror attack in Sri Lanka’s capital on Easter Sunday.
Venezuelans line up as they wait for a free lunch at the “Divina Providencia” migrant shelter outskirts of Cucuta, on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, Colombia on 13 February 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido took another step Wednesday in an international bid to economically starve president Nicolas Maduro’s regime, announcing the appointment of a new board for Citgo, the US-based arm of state oil firm PDVSA.Guaido—who has been recognised as acting president by more than 50 countries and also heads the opposition-controlled National Assembly legislature, which appointed the new board—is locked in a battle with Maduro for control of the crisis-hit country.The United States, which is leading the push to topple Maduro, has sanctioned key regime financial assets including Citgo, and on Wednesday president Donald Trump once more refused to rule out military action against the leftist leader.Announcing the new six-member board on Twitter, Guaido said it “will be made up of qualified Venezuelans, who are free of corruption and without any partisan affiliation.”“With this decision, we are not only protecting our assets, we are avoiding the ongoing destruction and loss of the business,” said Guaido, who declared himself interim president after incumbent Maduro announced victory in polls the opposition said were rigged.The previous board was named by Maduro, who has presided over the economic collapse of Venezuela.The country is wracked by recession and hyperinflation, while millions of people are suffering from shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicine.‘US blockade’Venezuela earns 96 per cent of its revenues through oil but its production has dropped to a 30-year low of 1.1 million barrels a day.The US was its biggest single customer, buying almost half of its production, which represented 75 per cent of the country’s liquidity.Caracas says the “US blockade” has cost it $30 billion.In announcing the latest raft of sanctions last month, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Citgo can continue to operate, but its earnings must be deposited into a blocked account in the United States, out of reach of Maduro’s regime.As Venezuela’s opposition moved to replace Citgo’s leadership, Trump was hosting Colombia’s president Ivan Duque for talks on the crisis gripping its Latin American neighbour.Declaring himself “sad” about the “turmoil” in the oil-rich nation, Trump demanded that Maduro unblock US aid shipments to the country, sitting on the Colombian side of the border.Key to Guaido’s strategy to oust Maduro is bringing in the aid that has been blocked by Venezuela’s military, at Maduro’s behest.Success would demonstrate to Venezuela’s people that Guaido is able to meet their needs.Maduro says the aid is a “political show” and would be a prelude to a US invasion.“You’ll see,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked if thousands of US troops could deploy.Duque, whose country has taken in large numbers of Venezuelan refugees, also lambasted Maduro, saying that “obstructing the access of humanitarian aid is a crime against humanity.”‘Feast of hatred’“I think he’s making a terrible mistake” by not letting in the aid, Trump said of Maduro.“We’re trying to get food to people that are starving. You have people starving in Venezuela.”Maduro hit back at the two leaders, terming the meeting a “feast of hatred” and warning: “Hands off Venezuela.”At a huge opposition rally on Tuesday, Guaido vowed that humanitarian aid would enter the country on 23 February.“We have almost 300,000 Venezuelans who will die if the aid doesn’t enter,” he said.In his latest attempt to erode Maduro’s authority over the military, Guaido added: “Here is a direct order to the armed forces: allow in the humanitarian aid once and for all (and) end the repression.”Guaido’s team has met with Brazilian officials to set up a second aid storage centre on that border. The new right-wing government of President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil has joined the growing coalition against Maduro.But Maduro has so far resisted, portraying himself in the mold of historic Latin American anti-imperialist leaders.He has backing from Russia and China, as well as his armed forces.Moscow weighed in on Tuesday, with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov warning “against all interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs, including the use of force threatened by Washington.”There have been growing rumours about possible US preparations for some kind of military involvement ever since Trump’s hawkish national security advisor John Bolton was photographed with a notepad reading “5,000 troops to Colombia?”However, on Wednesday the State Department point man for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, played down the idea.Military intervention “is not a path that the US government is pursuing,” he said. “I don’t see a reason” for the use of force.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The lawyer representing women who said maintenance workers demanded sex from them in exchange for basic repairs at public housing units in Baltimore says a settlement of at least $6 million has been reached.Cary J. Hansel said at a news conference Friday that all victims of sexual harassment in public housing will be eligible for the settlement. Hansel said the settlement amount will range from $6 million to $7.95 million, depending on how many join the lawsuit.The lawsuit included accounts by women who alleged they had been victimized by handymen whose neglect resulted in squalid conditions including leaks, insect infestations and dangerous mold growth.Housing Authority Commissioner Paul T. Graziano has said the agency will make sure this doesn’t happen again.