Virat Kohli has unsurprisingly become the prime focus of all the talk heading into the India-Australia Test series.There have been theories on how to tackle the ‘Kohli conundrum’ with Australian cricketers, past and present, weighing in.But what is all the noise about? Why Kohli?The reason might be simple and that may lie in the batting record he has in the country in Tests (apart from his serious form heading into the Test series in Australia).Kohli was the best Indian batsman the last time India toured Down Under, four centuries in as many Tests and notched 692 runs, at a jaw-dropping average of 86.25, and holding fort when others crashed and burned around him.Kohli took over India’s Test captaincy during that series (in 2014) after Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from the longest format and this time around he will be looking to achieve something no India captain has managed before – a series win in Australia.Kohli, who turned 30 last month, is the world’s top-ranked batsman in both Tests and one-day internationals, with over 1,000 runs in both formats in the calendar year. Kohli though has been the backbone of the Indian batting line-up in Australia, very much like the way he has been all over the rest of the world. In 8 matches over three visits, he has scored 992 runs, including five hundreds at an astounding average of 62.In the run-up to the four-Test series, which starts in Adelaide on Thursday, Australian pundits have been asking how the hosts can go about stopping Kohli but few have been able to provide a satisfactory answer.Bowl short… pitch it up to him… don’t get into verbal spats with him to just… or let the ball do the talking – are just some of the options that have been thrown around.But there seen to be no consensus on the matter of what exactly should be done to counter the Kohli threat, except agreeing that Kohli is a threat that the Australians will have to watch out for.Keeping Kohli under lock and key will be crucial will be of paramount importance, which pacers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon will tasked with.With so much talk of the conduct of the Australians on the field during play, Kohli is not one to get into confrontations with Australia.He has maintained that India won’t back down from any challenge or sledging on the field but he has also made it very clear that his team won’t go out looking to start any fights or arguments with the opposition.What unravels come December 6 in Adelaide Oval will be interesting to see as however much Australia try to make it ‘us vs Kohli’, the fact that the Aussie players have Kohli on their mind is a telling sign of the magnitude of the player in question.advertisementAlso read | Virat Kohli not the only Indian batsman we will have plans for: Mitchell MarshAlso read | Recapping a few iconic moments from India’s tours of AustraliaAlso read | Australia under pressure while India flying under Virat Kohli: Brendon McCullumAlso read | India will win Test series in Australia 3-0: Sunil Gavaskar (With inputs from Reuters)Also watch –
Australia has bounced back from their 2013 series loss with three wins on day one of the 2014 Trans Tasman Series in Mudgee. Aussies impress in first Mixed GameAustralia has bounced back from their 2013 series loss in game one of the 2014 Trans Taman, with a comprehensive 10-2 win over New Zealand. Winger Yasmin Meakes impressed, scoring three touchdowns on debut, with debutants scoring six of the 10 touchdowns. Australia got off to a flying start, scoring the first three touchdowns before New Zealand got on the board, with Australia taking a handy 5-1 lead into the half-time break. Australia picked up where they left off in the second half, scoring another five touchdowns to New Zealand’s one to take the first game of the series. The two teams will meet in game two of the series at 1.00pm on Saturday. You can watch it live here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBbEv7F35Ug AUSTRALIA 10 (Yasmin Meakes 3, Kristy Brennan 2, Samantha Rodgers, Dean Springfield, Simon Lang, Justin Mitchell, Cameron Nicholls) defeated NEW ZEALAND 2.Australia takes out gutsy win to claim first Women’s Open gameThe Australian Women’s Open team have fought hard to take out a two touchdown win over New Zealand in the opening match of the series, 8-6. Locked up at 6-all with minutes remaining, two quick touchdowns to Australia in the dying minutes saw them take a 1-0 series lead. Birthday girl, Kimberley Sue See starred for the Australians, scoring three touchdowns in her debut, which also doubled as her 18th birthday. The Australians got out to a great start, taking an early 2-0 lead following a double to Sue See in the early exchanges. The New Zealanders hit back to trail by one at half-time, 4-3, before clawing back in the opening set of the second half to level the game at 4-all. Australia got out to a 6-4 lead, before New Zealand again levelled the game at six touchdowns-a-piece. Maddison Studdon’s second touchdown of the game gave her side a 7-6 lead and when Sarah Spacie scored just before the siren the home side had gone one up in the series. Match highlights here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC7pgqpMNMs The two sides will meet again at 2.15pm on Saturday afternoon and you can watch it live here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEgSGNxhAVwAUSTRALIA 8 (Kimberley Sue See 3, Maddison Studdon 2, Danielle Davis, Catherine Sargent, Sarah Spacie) defeated NEW ZEALAND 6. Aussies make it three from three on day oneThe Australian Men’s Open team made it a perfect night for the home side, with their 10-6 win making it three wins from the games on day one. Debutant Tim Good scored three touchdowns as did the returning Sam Brisby, to help the side take the early advantage in the best of three series. New Zealand was on the scoreboard early, scoring in the first set, before Australia hit back with two touchdowns to take a 2-1 lead. New Zealand made it 2-all shortly after, before a second touchdown to both Good and Brisby gave the Aussies a two touchdown lead at the half-time break, 4-2. The sides exchanged touchdowns early in the second half, with the Kiwis trailing by one touchdown, 5-4, before touchdowns to Stuart Brierty and Drumayne Dayberg-Muir gave the Aussies a 6-4 lead. Australia then extended its lead to three touchdowns and then four, to take the game 10-6. Match highlights here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2GhaGwVcPU The two sides will meet again tomorrow at 3.30pm in game two of the series – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-QWCrAwVWs AUSTRALIA 10 (Tim Good 3, Sam Brisby 3, Drumayne Dayberg-Muir 2, Stuart Brierty, Steve Roberts) defeated NEW ZEALAND 6. Related LinksAussies Undefeated
Twitter/@PickSixPreviewsWhen Steve Spurrier resigned as South Carolina’s head coach midseason last year, there were many who believed that at some point, in some form, he’d head back to his alma mater – Florida – to finish up his career. It turns out they were right.Steve Spurrier will serve as an ambassador and consultant for Florida athletics, per UF release.— David Ubben (@davidubben) July 29, 2016Spurrier, who played quarterback for the Gators from 1963-1966, won a Heisman Trophy and later coached the program for 12 seasons, is headed back to Gainesville. Florida has announced that Spurrier will be an Ambassador and a Consultant for the Florida athletic department. Here’s more from AD Jeremy Foley, via Florida’s official website:“It’s a great day for the Gator Nation to be able to welcome Coach Spurrier back home,” Foley said. “He has served as a tremendous ambassador to the University and the athletic department for 50-plus years and it’s only fitting that at this point in his career, he is back in Gainesville. Being a Gator has always meant so much to Coach Spurrier, but it means just as much to us have him come home.”Spurrier began his college head coaching career at Duke, posting a 20-13-1 record from 1987-1989. After coaching the Gators for 12 seasons, during which he won a national title, he tried his hand in the NFL, coaching the Washington Redskins for two seasons. He later returned to the college ranks in 2005, spending 11 years as the head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks. Spurrier retired from coaching after six games this past season.Last month, Florida announced that it would be naming its football field in Spurrier’s honor.In 26 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Spurrier posted a 228-89-2 record with one national title – in 1996. His teams finished ranked in the top ten of the AP Poll 13 times.
BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government is sparing no expense to its international reputation in its determination to force Canada to back down over the case of a Chinese telecommunications executive it detained last month.While Beijing formally denies any connection, the arrest of two Canadians on vague national security charges and the re-sentencing of a convicted Canadian drug smuggler to death on Monday point to a determined campaign of intimidation and retribution.And while global perceptions of China’s adherence to free trade and rule of law may take a beating, for Xi and other highly nationalistic Communist leaders, the stakes are simply too high.“The Chinese will stop at nothing because it’s a huge loss of face, for both the Chinese government and Xi Jinping in particular,” said Willy Lam, an expert on Chinese politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.Canada detained Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States. The U.S. wants Meng, who is also the daughter of Huawei’s founder, extradited to face charges that she committed fraud by misleading banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran.China responded nine days later by arresting former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor. On Monday, a Chinese court sentenced Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death, overturning a 15-year prison term handed down earlier.The actions fit a pattern of retaliation against nations that offend China, which sometimes extends to their citizens inside the country. Past instances have shown China willing to endure long freezes in relations and subsequent damage to its national image.China suspended its bilateral trade deal with Norway and restricted imports of Norwegian salmon when the Nobel peace prize was awarded to political prisoner Liu Xiaobo in 2010. Britain and other countries were retaliated against over meetings with the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, considered a dangerous separatist by Beijing, and in 2014, a Canadian couple was detained in northeastern China and charged with espionage following Canada’s arrest of a man accused of stealing U.S. aviation secrets for China.Analysts say they have little doubt Kovrig and Spavor’s cases are related to Meng’s, and the handing down of tougher sentences on appeal is rare enough to arouse suspicion.“This really hurts China” and its efforts to promote its influence around the world, said David Zweig, a Canadian who directs the Center on China’s Transnational Relations at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.“Xi Jinping has been talking so much about promoting soft power … I certainly think that it hurts China’s soft power and its argument that it supports the rule of law,” Zweig said.Retaliating against Canada, widely seen as a benign influence on the global order, also offers fewer dividends for China than confronting the U.S., which is regarded by many in the international community as at least as much of a bully as China, Zweig said.“China doesn’t win any points by pushing around Canada,” he said.However, Beijing’s dismissive attitude toward Canada seems very much in line with its binary view of the world as divided into “big” or powerful nations that need to be deferred to, and “small” ones which China can afford to push around, said Steve Tsang, director of the China Institute at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.China is picking on Canada “because they can,” said Tsang. “It will have lots of negative effects on China’s standing in the world and international perceptions of China.”He said Beijing’s handling of the case shows its refusal to recognize the concept of an independent judiciary, something unknown in China, where the ruling Communist Party controls the courts. As the daughter of the founder of Huawei — closely connected to China’s powerful military and considered something of a national treasure — Meng is afforded special status, Tsang said.While he predicts further steps by Beijing to pressure Canada, Tsang said he doubts they will have any bearing on the result.“It will have no impact in terms of how the Canadian government deals with the Meng case,” he said.International observers also point to the strikingly different ways in which the cases are being handled by the two countries. While Meng has been afforded a lawyer and released on bail to her Vancouver mansion, Kovrig and Spavor are being held in cells with only minimal consular access. Canada has also complained that as a former diplomat, Kovrig should be accorded a degree of immunity.The timing and circumstances of Schellenberg’s resentencing are also being called into question. While his case was on appeal, the speed with which the new hearing was held, with only four days’ notice, drew criticism from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — and a subsequent sharp rebuke of him by Beijing.Underlying China’s behaviour is the apparent conviction that Meng’s detention was a political act that must be responded to in kind. Given the limited information about the cases allowed by government censors, Chinese have “no sense that Ms. Meng was grabbed for anything other than political reasons,” Zweig said.“And if it’s completely political, then I guess in their viewpoint, kidnapping people is just tit-for-tat,” he said.On Beijing’s frigid streets Tuesday, public opinion seemed to be running strongly in the government’s favour.“It shows China is standing up” to Canada, said teacher Liang Reufen, adding that she hopes the matter will not be “elevated to a political level.”Finance worker Huo Yong said politics were already inextricably tied up in the case.“We should pressure them since they use politics to contain our economic growth,” said Huo. “My attitude is, ‘whoever bullies us, we should bully them back.’”___Christopher Bodeen has covered politics in China and Taiwan for The Associated Press for more than two decades.Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press
When asked about the potential impact on the project, Conway stated that the work stoppage would not impact the overall Site C project schedule, and that Hydro is currently assessing the potential cost implications. However, he added that any increase in costs related to the work stoppage would be covered by the project’s contingency funds.“We are proceeding with clearing and access road development along the transmission corridor outside of this area and waste wood disposal and hauling of already felled merchantable timber will continue along the entire transmission corridor,” said Conway in a statement. “We are assessing what additional work is planned for summer/fall in the other ‘critical areas’ identified in the injunction.”Conway added that this is not the first time BC Hydro has suspended work while waiting for a legal ruling. Work was suspended in the Moberly River area while awaiting a ruling after the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations launched a judicial review of construction permits in August 2015, a case that Hydro ultimately won. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A BC Hydro spokesperson says a work stoppage on clearing a path for a transmission line to connect the Site C to the rest of the provincial grid won’t impact the project’s overall schedule.BC Hydro’s Site C Community Relations Manager Dave Conway said that clearing and road access work on the dam’s transmission line corridor was stopped in at the request of the West Moberly First Nations on February 16th. The section of the corridor covers 29 of the 75-kilometre length of the future power lines, and includes Trapper Lake, Sucker Lake and Peace Moberly Tract.Conway said the area was identified by the West Moberly First Nations as a “critical area” in its late January application for an injunction to stop work on Site C pending the outcome of a Treaty infringement lawsuit, which was also filed that month. Last Friday, the B.C. Supreme Court decided an injunction hearing will take place sometime between July 24th and September 10th, and is expected to take 10 days. Conway said that BC Hydro has suspended that work until either October 1st, or a court decision on the injunction is made.
Residents can use the water taxi to transport fuel to the Old Fort but will need to organize transportation to the boat launch.Hydro crews did start the work to restore the outage, but crews were told to evacuate due to the area they were working was now under an evacuation order. There is no estimate on when B.C. Hydro will be allowed back into the area to try and restore power. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents of the Old Fort are still without power, and there is no estimate on when power will be restored.The power went out at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday night, and B.C. Hydro crews were trying to restore power but were evacuated due to the landslide. In a post to Facebook on Sunday, the Peace River Regional District said they would not be providing generators to residents of the Old Fort.
New Delhi: Coffee Day Enterprises said Monday Japan-based Impact HD Inc will acquire 49 per cent stake in Coffee Day Consultancy Services Pvt Ltd (CDCSPL) for $15 million (about Rs 104.45 crore). The company along with its material subsidiary Coffee Day Global Ltd (CDGL) and Coffee Day Consultancy Services Pvt Ltd has entered into a share subscription and shareholders agreement with Impact HD Inc for the deal, Coffee Day Enterprises said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe CDCSPL will carry out the business of providing consultancy services in the retail sector. Subsidiary of CDCSPL operates and manages Coffee Day Fresh & Ground business. “The company has approved to enter into the share subscription and shareholders agreement between Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd (CDEL) along with its material subsidiary Coffee Day Global Ltd (CDGL) and Coffee Day Consultancy Services Pvt Ltd (CDCSPL) with Impact HD Inc, (IHD) for subscription to equity shares of the CDCSPL by IHD by investing rupee equivalent to $15 million for 49 per cent stake in the CDCSPL,” the filing said. Coffee Day Enterprises said post subscription of equity shares by IHD, CDEL and CDGL will hold 51 per cent of the paid-up-equity capital of CDCSPL, the company added.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a cultural faith-based perspective towards the Ganga and there will be an “Indian solution” to a clean river, says Justice Michael D Wilson of the Hawaii Supreme Court who has played a leading role in establishing a court that specialises in environmental laws in the US state.He says “Modi cares about the river” and dubbed the government’s National Mission for Clean Ganga scheme as a fantastic community project. “When somebody goes into the Ganga, they are not just getting wet. They are getting inspired. It’s a fantastic community project. Ganga has not been abandoned despite all the poisoning, people still revere it. So I think it will be cleaned up. There will be an Indian solution which will have an epic approach,” Justice Wilson told PTI in an interaction. “This is a culture which believes in longevity – a commitment that is reflected in over 2000 years of culture and faith. People of India are committed to changing the present trend of global warming and unacceptable levels of carbon emissions. Their commitment is power – it is cultural,” he says. On being asked about similarities between Donald Trump and Modi, Justice Wilson says there is a big difference between the two leaders and the Indian prime minister cares about the river. “People compare him to Trump. There can be some comparisons which can be made, but there is a big difference. I know all politicians have certain amount of hyperbole and rhetoric but I don’t doubt that the prime minister of India cares about the river Ganges. He cares about the river. This is the big difference between the Prime Minister of India and the President of the United States. Prime minister Modi’s commitment is one of faith. “I don’t know where I can find that commitment level in the executive branch of USA. The prime minister of India has a personal cultural perspective towards Ganga,” Justice Wilson says. Expressing concern over the rise in air pollution , the judge says this is not a complicated issue and just a matter of will. He says there is a need to pass a law that puts a cap on pollution and public transport system needs to be strengthened besides replacing the cars on the roads. “It’s not a matter of difficult administrative theory or science. It’s known from where the contamination is coming from. The major problems are burning of fossil fuel and agricultural residue. Most of the poisoning is of poor children. The fact that India has a high percentage of young people in population, it is a very strong indication of power in terms of civil participation,” the judge says. Justice Wilson also spoke at the ‘Green Law’ lecture on “Environmental Justice and the Rule of Law: Role of the Judiciary and Judges”, organised here by the O P Jindal Global University (JGU) and the WWF-India. The judge was here on the invitation of JGU VC C Raj Kumar. PTI
NEW DELHI: AAP Delhi State Convenor Gopal Rai along with party’s South Delhi Lok Sabha Candidate Raghav Chadha presented Report Card of BJP’s sitting South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri where the AAP slammed him for his “abusive” behaviour. “While no one, starting from Parliamentarians, party workers, constituents of South Delhi, etc has been spared his abrasive speech, his lips are sealed when it comes to development of Delhi,” said Rai.”Many residents of South Delhi take the Delhi Metro for their daily commute. But because of the increase in the metro rates, locals have faced inconvenience and transport has become unbearably expensive. Despite that, Ramesh Bidhuri failed to represent their interest and did not raise his voice against Metro fare hike either in the parliament or on the streets of Delhi. Similarly, even on the matter of sealing, Ramesh Bidhuri held his silence while merchants continued to suffer,” he said. Leaders said that in Ramesh Bidhuri’s adopted village, apart from one Mohalla Clinic constructed by the Delhi Government, he failed to provide any health or educational infrastructure in the village.
San Francisco: With the aim of helping organisations strengthen their data privacy practices, Microsoft has added new features to “Microsoft 365” that include controls to automatically expire or revoke access to encrypted emails and data investigation capabilities. “Microsoft 365” is an integrated bundle of Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS) solutions by the tech giant, sold on a subscription basis. “Now with Office 365 Advanced Message Encryption, admins have additional controls to automatically expire or revoke access to encrypted emails through a secure web portal,” Rudra Mitra, Partner Director of Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “For example, with Advanced Message Encryption, you can leverage sensitive information types – such as health Ids – and automatically encrypt and expire the message after 30 days, which may be specified by the organisation’s internal or external compliance requirement,” Mitra added. The update in Microsoft 365 also allows organisations to quickly delete sensitive information in the event of a data leak. “In the event of a data leak, you can create an investigation to search and identify impacted content or people, then delete the email messages that may contain confidential information to prevent end users from accessing the content,” Mitra said. Microsoft also added new features in Teams, including data loss prevention and information barriers, to help organisations prevent sensitive information unintentionally being shared or leaked when using Teams. Microsoft Teams is designed to improve workplace collaboration by bringing together chats, meetings, and calling in a more secure and compliant way.