Pakistan must hit the ground running against England: Misbah

first_img(Reuters) – Pakistan will have to hit the ground running if they are to have any chance against England in their three-test series which starts today, coach Misbah-ul-Haq said. Six months since their last test match, Pakistan go into the games at bio-secure venues in Manchester and Southampton against an England team that beat the West Indies 2-1 last month as international cricket returned from the COVID-19 shutdown.“We have to really come in this test series right from the word go at our best if we want to win a test series or a test match,” Misbah told reporters.“We’re aware that England have a slight advantage, but if we’re alert and go 100% in the first test, that’s the only way we can beat England … otherwise we will find ourselves in difficulty.” England have lost the first game in eight of their last 10 test series, including against the West Indies, but Misbah said the hosts’ latest defeat could have been due to the long break amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.“That was their first test in a long time and obviously after that they played consistently,” said Misbah, adding, “…we should be ready for an England team that have had three matches of experience and won their last two tests.”Misbah said his players were mentally fresh ahead of the series. “But test cricket is different,” he added. “Once you’re in, pressures build sometimes, but we’ll try to keep it so they’re mentally fresh regardless of the results.” Skipper Azhar Ali told a news conference his team were looking forward to the challenge, having drawn their last two tours to England, most recently under Misbah in 2018.“We’ve prepared as best as we could in the time we had. The players have put in a lot of effort and we believe we’re ready for the tests,” Azhar said.“Everyone is raring to go… We have to be on top of our game in all departments against a team like England… We have to have a clear mind and positive attitude that we can win matches here.” Squad for first test: Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah, Abid Ali, Fawad Alam, Asad Shafiq.last_img read more

Reggae Boyz sink USA in big Gold Cup tune

first_imgUS captain Michael Bradley answered in the 48th minute but the Americans never managed an equalizer against the stubborn Caribbean backline and lost to a Jamaican side that was 1-13 with eight drawn in their prior matches.“We made history by getting into the final. It shows what this team is capable of,” Barnes said.“We’ve shocked a few people along the way but we’ve not shocked ourselves. We don’t fear anybody. We put out a great team.”On Sunday in Philadelphia, Jamaica will play for the crown against six-time champion Mexico, which edged Panama 2-1 in the other semi-final of the biennial North American regional football championship.“We cannot have a party now. We still have one more match,” Jamaican coach Winfried Schaefer said. “Bob Marley comes after the match.”In Jamaica, the late reggae legend’s music might be playing all day and night until the match.“Just incredible. The feeling right now is just insane,” Barnes said. “The phone hasn’t stopped. Back in Jamaica there’s got to be a party on. It will be even bigger when we lift the Cup on Sunday.”The five-time champion Americans had won their past five Gold Cup semi-finals but were undone by a Jamaican side that matched its best runs in 1993 and 1998 just to make the last four. It was the first Caribbean semi-finalist since Guadeloupe in 2007.– Bitter pill for USA –Jamaica’s Giles Barnes, left, netted a free kick in the 36th minute to put Jamaica 2-0 ahead against the Americans. PHOTO/AFP“The team is disappointed,” US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “I cannot complain about the performance of the team. They kept pushing, pushing, pushing. We had enough chances. We had enough chances to put three, four, five in there and we didn’t do it and that’s why we lost.“Congratulations to Jamaica on making the final and we have to swallow that pill.”A long throw from the left side found Mattocks, who outleaped two defenders and headed the ball in off the far post, and the second goal came off a free kick set up when US goalkeeper Brad Guzan was whistled for a throw with his foot outside the area.“I didn’t see the foot was out until the replay,” Barnes said.Barnes curved a free kick from just outside the penalty area over the wall and into the upper right corner of the goal.“I’m very proud of my team,” Schaefer said. “What they were doing from the first minute to the last was over the limit.”The US scored when Aron Johannsson blasted a shot that Jamaican goalkeeper Ryan Thompson stopped but couldn’t keep in his grasp. Clint Dempsey followed and spilled over prone Thompson as the ball came loose and an onrushing Bradley buried it into the back of the net.From there it was a case of missed opportunities. Johannsson fired a free kick in the 51st minute that Thompson could not fully grip but Johannsson headed the rebound over the crossbar. In the 57th, Bradley fired a hard outside shot that bounced off Thompson’s chest, deflected off the goalpost to his right and out of danger.“The luck was not with us but maybe we were not clinical enough as well,” Klinsmann said. “We saw a lot of good stuff but it’s the goals that matter.”John Brooks headed a long thrown in from the heart of the penalty box in the 71st minute but Thompson made the save.“We knew what a threat the US is going forward,” Barnes said. “We thought if we could drop back and soak up the pressure that would be a the best way to handle it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jamaica became the first Caribbean squad to reach a Gold Cup final. PHOTO/AFPATLANTA, July 23- Jamaica’s “Reggae Boyz” delivered defending champion United States a humbling 2-1 defeat Wednesday, becoming the first Caribbean squad to reach the Gold Cup final by shocking the heavily favored hosts.After Jamaican defenders disrupted US attacks for the first half hour, Darren Mattocks nodded home the first goal in the 31st minute and and Giles Barnes scored on a free kick in the 36th to put Jamaica ahead 2-0 and signal an epic upset was in the making at the sold-out Georgia Dome.last_img read more

The Dark Side Looks Cool with These New Star Wars Baseball Hats

first_imgShare This!With the opening of Rise of the Resistance, many of us are feeling a swell of pride for the Resistance and the light side of the Force. But, if you prefer the dark side, there is a new hope for you. Three new baseball caps landed at Mouse Gear in Epcot, each one sporting a sharp look for the dark side.Darth Vader and Luke battle trucker-style cap $27.99Darth Vader Walt Disney World baseball cap $24.99Stormtooper baseball cap $29.99Star Wars baseball hatsStar Wars baseball hatsStar Wars baseball hats – lightsaber battleStar Wars baseball hats – lightsaber battleStar Wars baseball hats – Darth VaderStar Wars baseball hats – StormtrooperStar Wars baseball hats – StormtrooperStar Wars baseball hats – StormtrooperThe Darth Vader cap has “Walt Disney World” embroidered on the back, with the Galactic Empire emblem on the underside of the bill. The Stormtrooper cap does not have anything embroidered on the back, but has the First Order emblem on the left side and the word “Stormtrooper” on the underside of the bill.Are any of these caps enough to make you show some love for the dark side?last_img read more

South Africa reassures investors

4 September 2012 The recent violence at the mining town of Marikana is not a reflection of the business environment in South Africa, says the inter-ministerial committee established to deal with tragedy. Thirty-four people were killed in clashes with the police at Marikana near Rustenburg in South Africa’s North West province on 16 August. Prior to this, 10 other people – including two police officers – were killed in nearly a week of fighting between rival worker factions. “We would like to reassure all stakeholders and the international community that mining operations continue unhindered in other parts of the North West province and throughout the country,” the committee said in a statement on Monday. The government remained in control of the situation and law and order continued to prevail, it said. “The country continues to fully support direct investment, and appropriate incentives and the legislative framework are in place to give confidence and predictability to investment decisions and security of tenure.” The committee said the Marikana tragedy had not affected South Africa’s ability to attract investors. “As government, we are doing all in our power to make sure what happened does not happen again. “We would like to emphasise the inextricability of stability of investment and the seamless implementation of the Mining Charter with particular regard to social and labour programmes.” The committee said more work still needed to be done in the area of social investment in the country’s mining communities and in improving the living conditions of mineworkers to mitigate the unfavourable material conditions that gave rise to tragedies such as Marikana. Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, who has been tasked with dealing with the Marikana labour dispute, has been meeting with the different labour unions active at the mine. She has also met with platinum and gold producers, the National Union of Mine Workers and the Chamber of Mines in an effort to find solutions to the instability. Following the Marikana tragedy, President Jacob Zuma instituted a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the events and circumstances leading up to the outbreak of violence at Marikana. The commission has been given four months to complete its work and report back to Zuma. Source: SANews.gov.za read more

#Nextchat: The Building Blocks of Social Recruiting

first_imgWhat’s a Twitter chat? Q1. Why does social recruiting matter?Q2. What questions should you ask to create a social recruiting strategy?Q3. Which websites do you check when researching candidates to learn more about them?Q4. How do you think ATS systems will integrate with social channels in the future?Q5. How can you search proactively for candidates instead of waiting for them to come to you?Q6. How can recruiters use crowdsourcing and social collaboration for recruiting?Q7. How can an organization’s current employee base be leveraged for social recruiting?  Q8. What free tools are available for social recruiting? Social recruiting remains one of the hottest and most discussed trends in the human resources profession, yet many recruiters have been slow to join the bandwagon. In a 2013 study conducted by SHRM, 77 percent of companies indicated that they use social networking sites to find talent (Social Networking Websites and Staffing, 2013). That compares to 56 percent in 2011 and 34 percent in 2008.  It’s no longer a choice. Organizations that do not use social media to recruit are missing out on a huge pool of active (and passive) job seekers. And without an approachable and informative career website, any efforts to build a positive image around its employer brand will ultimately fail.It’s not always as easy as posting a job to Twitter or sending an email to a connection on Linkedin. An organization must first define its talent management and employer brand objectives before creating a strategy.  It’s also important to consider the intended audience, the message, and the organization’s culture and communication style before selecting the appropriate platforms to engage potential candidates.So what’s the best way to go about developing an effective social recruiting strategy and what websites are best suited to accomplish your goals?Please join @weknownext at 3 p.m. ET on October 30 for #Nextchat with special guest Jim Stroud @JimStroud along with SHRM’s Aliah Wright @1SHRMScribe. We’ll chat about the ever-changing world of social recruiting and how to create the best plan for your organization.The live conversation will occur on Spreecast. The questions will also be posted to Twitter by @weknownext. last_img read more

How Self-Driving Vehicles Will Change Us

first_img6 Best Video Conferencing Services for Small Bu… Tags:#cars#Connected Autos#Culture#Guest Posts#IoT#Self-Driving#self-driving cars#transportation amber case How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutionscenter_img With This One Question, You’ll Never Need an Ic… Guest author Amber Case is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and researcher who helps Fortune 500 companies design, build, and think through their roadmap for connected devices. She is the cofounder and former CEO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012. Tesla announced its first self-driving cars this summer, while Apple is rumored to be getting into the self-driving car business. Even if there’s no iCar in our immediate future, we need to start talking about the dramatic changes self-driving cars likely have in store for us—not just in the way they’re built and sold, but also in the way they’ll change our lifestyles and everyday habits. See also: How Robot Drivers Will Save Us From OurselvesTo help start that conversation, let’s consider the four likely scenarios that are likely to emerge in the next decade or two. Cars Will Become Live/Work SpacesCar interiors will become more and more like living rooms, or even bedrooms. Didn’t get enough sleep the night before? You’ll be able to sleep on your way to work.Consequently, the most sought-after features will not be powerful engines, but quiet rides with good suspension, and built-in outlets/nooks for our laptops and handhelds. (Anti-reflective glass will also have a high premium, as it helps limit excess glare on our device screens.)High-quality speaker systems will become even more important, not just for music, but for teleconferencing and phone calls. Connectivity will become essential for everyone who works from their cars, so also expect to see car-based wireless and network plans offered by carriers and wifi-providers, possibly bundled into our existing home and mobile plans. Self-Driven Cars Will Lead to New Businesses Self-driving cars will open up new business models and self-employment opportunities. On your way into town? Save on gas or electricity by dropping off a package on the way, or opt to take advertiser-sponsored trips. And speaking of ads, consider how self-driving cars will increase our time in front of screens.See also: How Self-Driving Cars Could Radically Transform CitiesPeople will view 30-40% more ads as commutes become our preferred space to work. This will increase ad impressions and app purchases, and probably help pay for the costs to develop and distribute cars. (And on the downside, increase challenges around media addiction.)Drive-thrus will probably become more diverse and high-end, as we gain more time and freedom to savor meals on the road.Self-Driven Vehicles Will Create a New Car CultureAs cars become a place to be lived in, versus a space that’s merely tolerated between point A and B, a lifestyle and culture will grow around them.Given access to regular showers, many of us will begin to live almost entirely out of our cars. Gyms may see an uptick in subscriptions because of their showers alone, and companies will offer showers and spas as work benefits.There may be entire parking lots dedicated to live-in cars, with showers, restrooms, and food/laundry services nearby. Road trips will likely increase, as families become better equipped to take pleasant trips together, often sitting in silence, connected to our devices. Self-driving cars owners will be able to subscribe to custom-made tours created by others; they may even come with “get lost” or “I’m stressed by the city, take me somewhere nice” modes.Where previous generations used cars for make-out sessions at drive-in theaters, the next generation will probably want to hook up while their cars are driving. We’ll Argue Over Automated Traffic Fatalities—and Our Humanity Simulation of self-driving carpool fleet by fullness of car, Lisbon, PortugalWhile self-driving cars will help prevent hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths from drunk driving and other road mishaps, no automated system is perfect.The first fatality due to computerized vehicles will spark great debate. For some, this will be a sign of our waning humanity. What machine has the right to make a decision over a human life? Then again, the first car accidents in the early 20th century also provoked concerns over rising mechanization. What is bizarre at first can quickly become a cultural norm. Even so, there’s no doubt we’ll see yet another decline in self-sufficiency. For teens, learning to drive is a rite of passage, a mark of coming adulthood. But how long will it be before driver’s licenses are a thing of the past? These forecasts only touch the surface of the controversies we’ll soon face—issues over privacy, safety, and hacking will also have to be dealt with. And while it’s not yet known how different our driverless future will ultimately be, it’s certain we’re not yet prepared to deal with it. Lead photo by zeitfaenger.at; courtesy of Institute of Technology in Massachusetts  Related Posts last_img read more