Will give my best in Champions Trophy, says Mohammed Shami

first_imgRight-arm pacer Mohammed Shami has insisted that he has worked really hard on his fitness and skills in the last two years and will be looking to give his best in the upcoming Champions Trophy beginning June 1 in England and Wales.Shami, who last played for India in an ODI, back in 2015 World Cup, has been included in the 15-member squad for the Champions Trophy and thus is looking for a fresh start in the 50-over format.”I am coming to ODI cricket after a long gap of two years. Coming from the injury I have focused on my fitness, I have lost weight and have worked on my weaknesses. I want to perform well in the Champions Trophy and I want to start from where I left. I want to give my best,” Shami said.The 27-year-old is currently playing for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and he feels that IPL games will be providing him with a great match practice in as he prepares for the marquee event.”It would be a good thing for me that I am playing in IPL as it will give me the match practice required for the Champions Trophy.”The right-arm pacer hopes that the quartet of him, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah would be able to perform well in England.”I think we have a very good pace attack for the Champions Trophy. I think India has one of the best pace attacks. We have to work together and help each other in the team. We have to focus as to how much we can guide each other. We are looking forward to the tournament,” he said.advertisementCommenting on the chances of India retaining the Champions Trophy, the pacer said, “100 percent India can win the Champions Trophy. We will try to give our best and will give more than our 100 percent.”last_img read more

Growing Sense a new gardening show rooted in inclusion premieres March 20

first_imgGrowing Sense features Integrated Described Video and is accessible to audience members who are blind or partially sighted. Starting March 20, the series airs Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET and PT, and will be available online at AMI.ca and on the AMI app for iPhone and Apple TV after the initial broadcast.About Tell Tale ProductionsTell Tale Productions Inc. was founded in 2003 by Edward Peill with the goal of providing thought provoking and engaging content that will resonate with audiences and have long lasting global appeal. The company produces unique and highly rated one-off documentaries, factual entertainment series, and interactive media and has recently expanded its development slate to include feature films and mobile apps. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Celebrate the first day of spring with a new 10-part documentary series focused on cultivating meaningful connections with nature and the community through accessible gardening. A series by Tell Tale Productions, Growing Sense premieres on AMI-tv Tuesday, March 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET and PT.Novice gardener Milena Khazanavicius once worked as a floral designer with dreams of opening her own shop before losing her sight at the age of 22. Rosmarie Lohnes is a veteran ecological landscaper with a passion for restoring sustainable ecosystems that connect people with nature. Together, they’ll build and tend to an accessible garden plot at Common Roots Urban Farm in Halifax, Nova Scotia, growing a variety of foods, tackling tough landscaping projects and fostering a lasting friendship.“Growing Sense really highlights the importance of following your passion and stepping outside of your comfort zone,” says John Melville, Vice President of Programming and Production for AMI-tv. “The show provides some interesting how-to content with an array of helpful tips for gardening enthusiasts of all abilities, including individuals living with sight loss.” Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

North American stock markets up as Trump exempts Canada from tariffs

first_imgTORONTO – Markets on both sides of the border saw moderate gains Thursday as U.S. President Donald Trump announced broad tariffs on steel and aluminum that exempted Canada and Mexico.The president signed proclamations slapping tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum that go into effect for the rest of the world in 15 days. Canada and Mexico are to be excluded from the tariffs for now but uncertainty remains on how firm that exemption is as NAFTA negotiations continue.Thursday’s positive finish in North American markets was preceded by mild swings throughout the day as investors waited to see the details and wider implications of the tariffs, said Anish Chopra, managing director with Portfolio Management Corp. in Toronto.“The markets are in a wait and see mode,” he said. “Is this the start of a trade war, or it just going to be small battles on different areas of trade as opposed to a full-scale trade war?”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 66.09 points at 15,538.70, with the industrials and financials sectors offsetting losses in mining stocks.The April gold contract was down US$5.90 to US$1,321.70 an ounce and the May copper contract was down six cents to US$3.08 a pound.Energy also weighed on the commodity-heavy TSX, as oil prices saw sharp losses for a second day in a row after the U.S. Energy Department reported Wednesday that American oil production rose last week — a move that thwarts ongoing efforts by OPEC to tighten global supplies and support prices.The April crude contract was down US$1.03 to US$60.12 per barrel.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 93.85 points to 24,895.21. The S&P 500 index was up 12.17 points to 2,738.97 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 31.30 points to 7,427.95.Markets could see more movement Friday when the U.S. releases its latest job figures, said Chopra.“People are waiting for the jobs report tomorrow to see if there are any signs of inflation ticking up in the United States.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 77.36 cents US, up 0.12 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the April natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.76 per mmBTU.last_img read more

February PV sales dip 111 may miss fullfiscal forecast

first_imgNew Delhi: Domestic passenger vehicle (PV) sales dropped 1.11 per cent in February, making it the seventh decline in eight months, prompting auto industry body SIAM to suggest that it will miss even the scaled down forecast of 6 per cent for the ongoing fiscal.The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said uncertainty ahead of elections coupled, weak market sentiment and unfavourable factors like high interest rates and insurance cost are continuing to affect sales. In its latest data, SIAM said domestic PV sales were at 2,72,284 units in February, down from 2,75,346 units in the same month previous year. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”What we are seeing is that the market sentiment is subdued. Interest rates are still high and we have not been able to recover from the impact we have had earlier on the year,” SIAM Director General Vishnu Mathur told reporters here. The sales decline in February is the seventh instance in the last eight months, with the only positive growth since July last year coming in October, he added. In the April-February period this fiscal, PV sales have grown 3.27 per cent at 30,85,640 units as against 29,87,859 units in the year-ago period. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsWith people postponing discretionary spends like buying cars ahead of the elections, coupled with the current subdued sentiments, Mathur said it was unlikely that March sales will be high. “So we are more or less looking to end the year at around 3 per cent growth which we have witnessed so far,” he added. In the beginning of the fiscal, SIAM had projected 8-10 per cent growth for PV sales but it was revised to around 6 per cent after dip in sales from the third quarter onwards. In February, PV market leader Maruti Suzuki India posted 0.19 per cent increase at 1,39,912 units. Hyundai Motor India saw its PV sales decline by 3.13 per cent to 43,110 units. Mahindra & Mahindra, however, posted 16.86 per cent growth at 26,106 units. SIAM said domestic car sales were also down 4.33 per cent to 1,71, 372 units as compared to 1,79,122 units in February 2018. MSI’s car sales were down 3.25 per cent at 1,00,513 units. Hyundai Motor India also witnessed a decline of 6.43 per cent at 32,792 units. Honda Cars India, however, posted a jump of 46.53 per cent at 10,920 units in February this year. Total two-wheeler sales in February were down 4.22 per cent to 16,15,071 units compared to 16,86,180 units in the year-ago month, SIAM said. Motorcycle sales last month declined by 0.58 per cent to 10,47,486 units as against 10,53,596 units a year earlier. Market leader Hero MotoCorp posted 1.65 per cent increase in its bike sales in February at 5,44,073 units. Rival Bajaj Auto also posted a growth of 6.28 per cent at 1,86,523 units, while Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) witnessed a decline of 11.66 per cent at 1,45,260 units. Scooter sales in February stood at 4,92,584 units as against 5,60,653 units in the same month last year, down 12.14 per cent, SIAM said. Scooter market leader HMSI saw its sales dip by 19 per cent to 2,63,299 units during the month. Similarly, Chennai-based TVS Motor Co also witnessed 8.68 per cent drop in scooter sales at 83,543 units during the month. Hero MotoCorp posted 19.36 per cent decline at 56,543 units. Sales of commercial vehicles was also down 0.43 per cent to 87,436 units in February, SIAM said. Vehicle sales across categories registered a decline of 3.65 per cent to 20,34,768 units from 21,11,804 units in February 2018, it added. Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor India said on Friday that it would launch a subscription model initially in six cities across the country as part of its partnership with self-drive car-sharing firm Revv. Hyundai Subscription aims to provide an opportunity to the customers to experience Hyundai product portfolio, with hassle-free ownership, flexibility and limited commitment through subscription-based ownership model.last_img read more

The US Is On Pace For A Lousy Olympics

Italy23.1610.3 China01.4510.9 Gold medalsAll medals South Korea35.259.7 Canada511.71530.3 Belarus11.923.9 Here’s how it works: We collected Winter Olympics medal data going back to 1998, when snowboarding was added to the official program as a new sport,2As of the 2018 Games, snowboarding is the most recent new sport to be added to the Winter Olympics. and then calculated the share of medals that each country won in each sport. For example, from 1998 to 2014, the U.S. won 33 percent of all gold medals in snowboarding, to go with 17 percent of silvers and 30 percent of bronzes. (Yes, we’re pretty good at snowboarding.) Then we used those historical rates to set the baseline expectations — the expected medals — for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.3For example, anytime a snowboarding medal is awarded, we add 0.33 golds, 0.17 silvers and 0.30 bronzes to the U.S.’s expected medal tally. There is one big exception to note: The Olympic athletes from Russia use the Russian Federation’s expected-medal rates, but with a 25 percent reduction to reflect the reduced number of Russian athletes competing in the 2018 Games (plus whatever other negative effects the Russian doping scandal might have on their medal tally).Add up all of those expected medals, and you can see where a country “should” be based on what it’s good at and what’s happened at the games so far. And the U.S. is definitely underperforming in South Korea, relative to expectations. Based on the events that have already been completed at the games, we would expect to have seen 18 American podium appearances thus far, which is exactly double the number the U.S. has actually had. From Lindsey Jacobellis’s coming up short again in boardercross to Mikaela Shiffrin’s shocking non-medal in slalom, Lindsey Vonn’s super-G struggles and Nathan Chen’s disappointing fifth-place finish in men’s figure-skating, no country is off to a rougher start in Pyeongchang than the Americans.The good news for the U.S., however, is that there are plenty of medal events remaining in which American athletes excel. Based on its rates over the 1998-2014 period, we would expect the U.S. to pick up about 18 more medals before the games are over, which is more than any other country’s projection. Even if that happens, however, our tracker projects that the U.S. would finish a distant fourth in the final medal table — which would be its worst showing at the Winter Olympics since 1998 — but at least it would mean the second half of the games was a lot better than the first.For Norway, this is shaping up to be its best performance at the Winter Games ever. Even though a number of their best events are over, the Norwegians should still finish strong. Indeed, if they (and everyone else) simply perform to expected baselines over the rest of the Olympics, Norway will finish first in the standings, with 34 medals, ahead of Germany and Canada. Netherlands68.91320.5 Country▲▼Current▲▼Projected▲▼Current▲▼Projected▲▼ Austria35.1917.5 Norway711.42234.1 France34.7713.7 Who will win the most golds?Medal projections based on each country’s current medals and historical performance in remaining events, as of the end of competition on Feb. 17 Liechtenstein0<0.111.0 Spain0<0.122.0 Sweden45.6712.6 Switzerland24.5713.7 The 2018 Winter Olympics are basically halfway over,1Which is sad, because winter is the best kind of Olympics. and the usual suspects are off to a great start. The Norwegians, the kings of cross-country skiing, currently lead the medal table with 22 pieces of hardware, including seven golds. The Germans, who traditionally rule luge and biathlon, are not far behind with nine golds and 17 medals. The United States, meanwhile, is in a four-way tie for fifth, having nabbed only nine total medals.How many should we expect the U.S. to have at this stage of the games, though? Since medals in different sports are awarded at different times, it can be difficult to know whether a country is behind where they should be or right on track. To help with that, we created a simple medal tracker. It compares a given country’s medal count with how many we’d expect based on its historical performance in the sports that have already been completed at this year’s games. It also tells you how many remaining medals a country should pick up over the rest of the Olympics if its athletes play to form. (One note on this: We’re looking at the broad categories of events that make up the Olympics — Alpine skiing, snowboarding, curling, etc. — not the specific events within those categories.) Poland11.412.4 United States510.7927.1 Czech Republic12.057.7 Slovenia00.212.1 Australia00.935.0 Finland00.938.0 Germany913.81730.4 Great Britain11.244.9 Kazakhstan0<0.111.4 Olympic athletes from Russia*02.7916.6 Slovakia11.233.5 Japan11.8912.0 *Using medal rates for the Russian Federation, but with a 25 percent reduction to reflect that fewer athletes are competing this year, compared to previous games.SOURCES: Sports-reference.com, international olympic committee read more

Chess World Rattled As Someone Nearly Wins Game

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Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the world’s No. 1 chess player, fended off a vicious siege at the hands of U.S. grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, the world No. 2, in London Friday. It was the sixth frame of the World Chess Championship, and one that for hours appeared likely to give the American a critical lead. But Carlsen escaped, and the match remains level, 3-3. Each of the six games so far have been a draw.“It’s a miracle save,” said Robert Hess, an American grandmaster commentating on the match for Chess.com.To catch you up: Carlsen is seeking his fourth world title while his challenger Caruana is trying for the first American world championship since Bobby Fischer in 1972. Their horns are locked in the middle of a best-of-12-game match for the game’s most important title.The two began Friday’s Game 6 in one of Caruana’s favorite openings: the Petroff. (Specific lines of this opening were featured in the deleted video that scandalized the match days ago.) Game 6’s first three moves appear in 12,289 other games in the ChessBase database. In 11,802 — or 96 percent — of those, white moves its knight to f3 on its fourth move. In 17 of those — or 0.1 percent — white moves its knight to d3.Carlsen moved his knight to d3. We’ll keep the draw-filled chart below updated throughout the match. And perhaps we’ll be able to add a decisive result to it at some point. Or perhaps not. And that could be exciting, too.1While the chart below shows a big advantage for Caruana throughout most of the end of Friday’s game, the computer engine is not always perfectly reliable when it comes to numerically assessing complex, fortressed-based endgames. 87654321abcdefgh A dozen moves later, Caruana had captured three of Carlsen’s pawns, including those aspiring to become queens, and still had one of his own. That left him in a victorious position — if only he could see it. On the 68th move, a supercomputer analyzing the game found a guaranteed checkmate a distant 30 moves down the road — down a lengthy bridle path, say. Chess players are second only to maybe biological taxonomists in their proclivity to elaborately name things, and sure enough even this rare position has its own proper name: the Karklins-Martinovsky Variation. But neither player was troubled by Karklins-Martinovsky, they said after the game. Its theory is well known to these elite players.And so they played on. The powerful queens came off the board by move 8, but this loss took no edge off the fight. For a while, the game looked less like a battle and more like a dressage competition, as 66 percent or more of each player’s first 12 moves were knight moves.Many moves later, as the game cantered through its middlegame, winning chances emerged and swelled for Caruana’s black pieces, according to both the computer engine and human grandmaster commentators. (Surprisingly, black, which is usually at a disadvantage, has often had an advantage over white in this match.) While there was no single blunder for Carlsen, there was an accumulation of … what to call them? “Mistakes” seems too serious. “Slip-ups” make them sound like pratfalls. Let’s go with “inaccuracies.” Carlen admitted after the game that he’d made a number of imperfect moves. By move 34, knights and bishops were the only firepower left on the board, and they threatened salvo after salvo in a crucial struggle over the pawns.By the 47th move, Carlsen was down a knight but up three pawns, which gave him a few slim hopes. Two had open routes to the end of the board, where they could become queens. Much delicate, asymmetrical and impossibly complex maneuvering commenced, as Caruana tried to prevent the pawns’ promotion. 87654321abcdefgh Caruana is an unbelievably strong player — though not that strong. As play continued, the silicon’s guarantee quickly went away. If only Carlsen could eliminate the pawns, he’d survive: a bishop and a knight versus a bishop is a theoretically guaranteed draw.Finally, through many feats, Carlsen was able to spirit away his king to a fortress on black’s side of the board. 87654321abcdefgh read more

SPOILERS WWE Smackdown tapings for September 12

first_img The Miz WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Now Playing Up Next Triple H Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Videos Articles Google+ Videos Articlescenter_img WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Xavier Woods Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Facebook The following was taped on Tuesday night in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.WWE Smackdown tapings for September 12, 2014:* WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos, Mark Henry and Big Show def. Goldust, Stardust, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.* Bo Dallas def. Justin Gabriel.* WWE Divas Champion Paige def. Summer Rae in a non-title match.* Mark Henry def. Rusev in an arm wrestling match.* WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth def. The Miz and Damien Sandow.* Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns def. Randy Orton and Seth Rollins.* Added to the Night of Champions PPV on 9/21: Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton and Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

Tag team match headlines tonights 912 WWE Smackdown

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Facebook Now Playing Up Next 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Xavier Woods Now Playing Up Next Triple H The Miz WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever The following is scheduled for tonight’s 9/12 WWE Smackdown on Syfy.* WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos, Big Show and Mark Henry vs. Goldust, Stardust, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.* Bo Dallas vs. Justin Gabriel.* WWE Divas Champion Paige vs. Summer Rae (non-title match).* Mark Henry vs. Rusev (Arm Wrestling match).* WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth vs. The Miz and Damien Sandow.* Randy Orton and Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns.Check back later tonight for a detailed recap of Smackdown here on Wrestleview.com.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Videos Articles Pinterest Videos Articles Google+ WhatsApp Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Chris Jericho to defend the AEW World Championship against Cody at Full Gear PPVlast_img read more

Update on report about Warner Bros and WWE library

first_img In an update to an earlier story by TheWrap.com about Warner Bros. looking to purchase the entire WWE library, it is said according to a new report by Dave Meltzer that the story is not true. However, Warner Bros. is in negotitations with Cinedigm, the home video distributor for WWE, about the home video distribution rights to the entire WWE library. Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest WWE Network to be updated this week with a new design, simpler navigation, search tools Google+center_img ROH announces Death Before Dishonor PPV and TV tapings for Las Vegas this September Facebook WhatsApp Rey Mysterio to return this Monday on RAW, update to tag team match stipulationslast_img read more

WWE starts process of liquidating all CM Punk merchandise

first_img Twitter CM Punk to appear at Starrcast III, Scheduled for interview and meet-and-greet Google+ Facebook WhatsApp The Young Bucks on CM Punk coming to AEW, Cody’s chairshot, nearly signing with WWE center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest In a response to a 22 page letter being sent to WWE from attorneys representing former WWE star Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, WWE is currently in the process of liquidating all CM Punk merchandise from WWE Shop. At one point prices for Punk merchandise had been discounted to very low amounts this week. Performing a search for “CM Punk” on WWE Shop comes back with: “0 RESULTS FOUND FOR “CM Punk” – Did you mean: CM PINK.”Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online, WWEShop.com Chris Jericho on being disappointed with his WrestleMania 18 main event matchlast_img read more