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Whats Popular Today Wed 20 Mar

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Mar
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After 51 years, Central Districts win back-to-back Plunket Shields

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Mar
20

Central Districts are Plunket Shield champions once again, making it the first time in over fifty years that they’ve won back-to-back first-class titles. The New Zealand domestic season came to a close on Wednesday with Greg Hay‘s side 21 points clear of their closest rivals, Canterbury, on top of the points table.

“It’s a pretty special moment to do it in my first year as captain,” Hay said. “But I think a lot of the work had been done over the last few years to get us in this position. And coming in to take over from Will Young, to take over a successful side already, with a lot of the foundation already laid, but it’s obviously still very special to win it in my first year.”

Central Districts won five of the eight matches they played in 2018-19 with Hay finishing second on the top-scorer’s list with 633 runs, including a career-best 226 in December. “The beauty of four-day cricket is that it doesn’t change a lot, especially as an opening batter. You just go out and be consistent about your routine, doing the same things day in, day out and that’s how I go about at. Managed to be reasonably consistent over the last two years which sets the platform for the team in terms of batting and obviously we’ve got a talented bunch behind me to come in and play a few shots.”

It was 1968 when Central Districts last won back-to-back first-class trophies, and this was their second of the year. They won the Super Smash T20 tournament, beating Northern Districts thanks to their superior bowling strength. In fact, Hay highlighted that as one of the team’s key strengths in long-form cricket as well, with Ryan McCone (24), Doug Bracewell (22) and Seth Rance (22) among the top-10 wicket-takers.

“Ryan’s had some injury problems over the last couple of years but this year he’s managed to stay fit and he showed his class. He’s probably one of the less heralded of our bowlers. You almost think when we’re at full-strength we have all internationals playing and he probably might not even be in the starting line-up. But for him, obviously, with how the season turned out, with all the guys away, he carried a big load for us at the start of the season and ran in to some red-hot form in the back end. He was, really, the go-to guy for me. I knew I could throw him the ball and he’d be straight on the spot and manage to do something with the old ball.

“Dougie, another one, obviously phenomenal. Runs in all day. And then we’ve got Seth who’s had another good season with the red-ball, swinging it at the top. We’ve got Tips who’s a bit different again and obviously Ajaz Patel. We’ve had quite a few that have contributed to the group this year, so it’s been good. Obvilusy Milny when he’s fit he’s been there as well . It’s a pretty potent bowling attack but to have some of that glue that holds it together like Ryan or Dougie, that’s key.”

It was also the perfect send-off for coach Heinrich Malan who ends his six-year stay at Central Districts by helping win their 11th title in domestic cricket.

Killed, orphaned, sold

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Mar
20

KABUL/BALKH, Afghanistan (Reuters) – After fighting forced Mohammad Khan, a villager from the northern Afghanistan province of Sar-e Pul, to move his family to the more secure province of Balkh last year, they quickly fell on harder times.

Khan’s wife grew gravely ill, he could not find work, and struggled to feed their seven children. So in January, Khan sold their baby, just 40 days old, to a neighbour.

“I sold him for 70,000 afghanis ($929) so that my other children would not die of hunger,” he said.

In a country where half the population is younger than 15, Afghanistan’s 17-year war has arguably hit children the hardest. Some 927 children were killed last year, the most since records have been kept, according to a U.N. report released in February.

Aid workers say they are seeing a growing number of children orphaned or forced to work in the streets.

“I think the hope that used to exist, doesn’t anymore,” said Adele Khodr, the representative for UNICEF, the United Nations’ children’s agency, in Afghanistan.

Aschiana, a charity that provides school half a day for children who beg and sell in Kabul’s streets, has seen the number of Afghan children at risk rise sharply in recent years as the Taliban seized more territory across the country.

It has been forced to reduce the number of children it helps, however, as its funding from donors declined, said Engineer Mohammad Yousef, Aschiana’s director.

“Children do not belong to political groups, for this reason they are ignored in Afghanistan,” he said, walking through dark hallways and classrooms where lights are turned off to save money. “They don’t have power.”

Zabiullah Mujahed, 12, is learning to draw at Aschiana and hopes to become a painter. He spends the balance of his day polishing shoes on Kabul’s streets to earn up to 100 Afghanis per day ($1.32).

The money is critical to support himself, his mother and six siblings, after his father was killed in a Taliban suicide attack four years ago.

“I’m worried about when peace will come and what will happen to my future,” he said. “If I don’t work, my mother, brothers, and sisters will remain hungry.”

LONG ROAD

Girls were banned from attending school under the Taliban government’s five-year rule that ended when the Islamists were ousted by U.S.-backed forces in 2001. Enabling girls’ education has been a key goal of Afghanistan’s western-backed government and its foreign allies.

But some 3.7 million school-age children are still not in school, according to a first-of-its-kind UNICEF report in June 2018.

Worsening security, poverty and migration have all made educating children more difficult in recent years, Khodr said.

Sexual abuse and trafficking of boys, a practise that exploded during Afghanistan’s civil war in the 1990s, has also worsened, said Yasin Mohammadi, project manager for the non-governmental organisation Youth Health and Development Organization (YHDO).

Boys from rural areas have flocked to cities such as Kabul and Herat to find work to support families, leaving them vulnerable to those employers who take them in and molest them before circulating them to other abusers, he said.

The practice of men sexually abusing boys, known by the Dari slang term “bacha bazi” for “boy play”, has been illegal in Afghanistan for only a year, and so far there are few known examples of perpetrators being sentenced.

The Afghanistan government’s director of children’s issues, Najib Akhlaqi, acknowledges that the situation for children is eroding. Progress is slow, but underway, he said, including drafting a national, long-term plan to help children.

“I am only one person. We can’t solve all these problems,” he told Reuters in an interview. “It takes a long time.”

PERILS OF PEACE

Aid groups welcome the prospect of peace, but worry that the inclusion of the Taliban in any post-settlement government could see a slide back towards the hardline Islamist rule it imposed between 1996 and 2001.

The Taliban’s possible role in any new Afghanistan government has not been defined as the latest round of talks with the United States wrapped up.

“The Taliban never supported children, never supported people. I think we would see a worse situation than today,” said Pashtana Rasol, executive director of the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization orphanage.

Rasol, who was orphaned herself at age eight after she says the Taliban killed her father, doubts that the orphanages she runs would remain open under a Taliban-led government.

“We are raising very powerful women here,” Rasol said in a Kabul orphanage where smiling girls practiced a dance routine, twirling in brightly coloured dresses. “We want the girls to be improved, to be teachers, doctors, but of course the Taliban and the fundamentalist people do not want it.”

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the fault for the war’s devastating impact on Afghan children lies with “foreign invaders”, adding that it has an organisation that helps orphans in areas that it controls.

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If a peace accord is struck, the Taliban would encourage non-governmental organizations to continue their work in the country, but they would be under close scrutiny to ensure their activities adjust to cultural and religious values, he said.

Yousef, director of Aschiana, worries that women may not be able to work in a society with greater Taliban influence, putting more children at risk.

“Peace is very important to children,” he said. “But we are looking for real peace.”

Reporting by Rod Nickel in Kabul and Abdul Matin Sahak in Balkh; Additional reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Rupam Jain, Hameed Farzad and Orooj Hakimi in Kabul; Editing by Alex Richardson

Salman’s photo with a baby Alia is trending

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Mar
20

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Jailbreak Your iOS Device Using Unc0ver Jailbreak For iOS 12 Without A Computer [Tutorial]

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Mar
20

We have previously covered the release of unc0ver jailbreak for iOS 12 – iOS 12.1.2 on A8X through A11 devices. If you missed out on the news, be sure to check out our coverage. If you haven’t jailbroken your iPhone or iPad, we have also prepared an extensive guide on how you can do it. However, our previous tutorial involved a computer, which allowed you to sideload the unc0ver IPA file on your iOS device. if you’re not familiar with the technique or do not have your computer with you, for the time being, there’s another easy way to jailbreak your iOS device using the unc0ver jailbreak for iOS 12 tool.

Install Unc0ver Jailbreak For iOS 12 Without A Computer – 6 Easy Steps

At this point, unc0ver jailbreak’s popularity is taking the internet by storm. To sum it up, it also took the BigBoss Repository offline due to increased traffic. Overall, the jailbreak seems to be working fine for most users out there. Now, you can even jailbreak your iPhone or iPad without a computer and we’re going to show you show.

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As a prerequisite, we would advise you to create a backup of your personal data and important files. In case anything goes wrong, which you should definitely keep in mind. Now, let’s get down to jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad using the new unc0ver jailbreak for iOS 12 – iOS 12.1.2 tool. Just follow the step by step instructions provided to you below and you will be able to jailbreak your iOS device without a computer.

Step 1: The first thing that you have to do is navigate to next.tweakboxapp.com and tap on Apps at the top portion of the screen.

Step 2: Once you do that, tap on Tweakbox Apps and then scroll down to find the unc0ver jailbreak.

Note: Upon checking, it was listed as iOS 11 – iOS 11.4. However, you don’t have to worry about the name as it is indeed the correct version, meant for iOS 12 through iOS 12.1.2. So tap through and proceed to the next step.

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Step 3: After the page loads, simply tap on the Install button. A pop-up box will appear which you are required to confirm.

Step 4: Once the download is complete, launch the stock Settings app and head over to General Profile Device Management Lebo International Investment Development Co.Ltd and tap the Trust Lebo International Investment Development Co.Ltd option. The confirmation box will pop up, tap Trust.

Step 5: Now, open the unc0ver app on your iOS device’s Home screen and tap on the jailbreak button. Try again if the process doesn’t start. If the Cydia app is not present after the device restarts, run the jailbreak again.

Step 6: After the jailbreak is complete, you will see the Cydia on the Home screen of your iOS device.

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This is all there is to jailbreak your iOS device using the unc0ver jailbreak for iOS 12 – iOS 12.1.2 without a computer. Have you jailbroken your iOS device yet? Which method did you opt for? Share your views with us in the comments.

Whats Popular Today Tue 19 Mar

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Mar
19

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’99 regrets and the World Cup is No.1: Allan Donald warns England to embrace favourites’ tag

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Mar
19

Asked to name his enduring memory of the World Cup, Allan Donald’s mind travels back to 1999 not, he says, because of his “tragic” run-out in that legendary semi-final, but because he knows in his heart that South Africa had the ability to win the tournament.

And, speaking at Canterbury ahead of an English season which will feature the World Cup’s return to this country for the first time since that tournament, Donald drew parallels between his South Africa side of 20 years ago, and the potential of the current England team which looks set to begin this year’s campaign as favourites.

“My memory that will always stand out is the ’99 World Cup, not because I was run out in the semi-final, but the team that I played with, that team had the belief, I just knew that team had the ability to win the World Cup for sure,” Donald told ESPNcricinfo. “The disappointing fact of what happened was just a real tragedy.

“To have played and represented your country for four World Cups has been brilliant but not having won any of them has probably been the most disappointing thing of all. I hope this South African side pulls it through, for the country, it needs that sort of thing, so I really hope that they can do something quite special.”

While his heart might say South Africa for the win, Donald’s head agrees wholeheartedly with England carrying the label of favourites into the 2019 edition and he likened the host side’s potential – both on the field and with regards to embracing favouritism – to that 1999 South African team, in particular how captain Hansie Cronje was keen for them to revel in being seen as the ones to beat.

Donald, who was England bowling coach in 2007 before turning down the job full-time for family reasons, said the current England side were well settled, had home advantage and were perfectly placed to embrace, rather than shun, the hype surrounding them as favourites – something that coach Trevor Bayliss has also been keen to emphasise.

“On current form, you’ve got to say that England are playing a brand of cricket that’s saying to others, ‘you’re going to beat us, you’re going to have to play out of your boots,'” said Donald, who is about to start his second season as assistant coach at Kent. “They’ve put down a marker for everyone else.”

Another “but” follows, although not nearly as heavily emphasised as before: “But you’ve got an Indian team who are playing as well right now, the Aussies are making a move and don’t throw away West Indies all of a sudden, because they now have found a new lease of life and confidence.”

While he would like to believe South Africa could “do something quite special” and achieve a feat which none of their predecessors has managed – they have never progressed beyond the semi-finals – Donald admitted facing England in the World Cup opener was “going to be a tough one for them”.

He seemed more confident about Pakistan causing an upset, as they did in 1992, scraping through the group stage to defeat New Zealand in the semi-finals, before beat England in their maiden World Cup final appearance.

“Pakistan just find a way sometimes. The unpredictability of Pakistan can never, ever be put on the backburner,” Donald said of the side ranked No. 6 in the world in ODIs but who won the last global tournament to be played on English soil – the Champions Trophy in 2017.

But Donald was even more enthused about West Indies, who drew their recent ODI series with England 2-2 in the Caribbean thanks to some extraordinary batting from Chris Gayle and a bowling display, led by Sheldon Cottrell, that held its own against England’s powerful batting line-up.

“Watch out for the West Indies, I say, watch out for the West Indies,” Donald said. “There’s just something there, there’s a new spark there that I think the rest of the world want to see – West Indies competing like they are right now. The men in Maroon, for me, I would say, be wary of them, they’re going to really be a factor in this World Cup.”

Brexit in crisis as PM May plots a course around speaker’s obstruction

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Mar
19

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans were in disarray on Tuesday as her government sought to plot a way around the speaker of parliament’s ruling that she had to change her twice-defeated divorce deal to put it to a third vote.

After two-and-a-half years of negotiations with the EU, Brexit remains uncertain – with options including a long postponement, exiting with May’s deal, a economically disruptive exit without a deal, or even another EU membership referendum.

Speaker John Bercow blindsided May’s office on Monday by ruling the government could put the same Brexit deal to another vote in parliament unless it was substantially different to the ones defeated on Jan. 15 and March 12.

Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay said the ruling meant a vote this week on May’s deal was more unlikely but said ministers were studying a way out of the impasse and indicated the government still planed a third vote on May’s deal.

“This is a moment of crisis for our country,” Barclay said. “The ruling from the speaker has raised the bar and I think that makes it more unlikely the vote will be this week.”

“We always said that in terms of bringing a vote back for a third time we would need to see a shift from parliamentarians in terms of the support – I think that still is the case.”

May is due at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday at which she will ask for a delay to Brexit as the British government tries to come up with a way to leave the European Union after 46 years of membership.

EU leaders could hold off making a final decision at that summit on any Brexit delay depending on what exactly May asks them for, senior diplomats in the bloc said.

“Now it looks like we have to wait till the week after the Council to find out what happens,” said one diplomat.

SPEAKER’S SPANNER

Bercow said his ruling, based on a convention dating back to 1604, should not be considered his last word and the government could bring forward a new proposition that was not the same as those already voted upon.

Barclay, who last week said Britain should be unafraid of a no-deal exit, indicated the government was looking at different options and that circumstances, such an extension or a shift in support, would indicate a change in context.

“The speaker himself has pointed to possible solutions, he himself has said in earlier rulings we should not be bound by precedent,” Barclay said. “You can have the same motion but where the circumstances have changed.”

“The speaker himself has said that where the will of the House is for a certain course of action, then it is important that the will of the House is respected.”

He ruled out May asking Queen Elizabeth to cut short the entire parliamentary session, known as prorogation, saying involving the 92-year-old monarch in Brexit was a bad idea.

“The one thing everyone would agree on is that involving Her Majesty in any of the issues around Brexit is not the way forward, so I don’t see that a realistic option,” he said.

Editing by Michael Holden

Katrina is smitten by Alia’s dance in Kalank

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Mar
19

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Unc0ver Jailbreak For iOS 12-12.1.2 Now Supports Latest iPhones, iPads

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Mar
19
Unc0ver Jailbreak For iOS 12 Adds Support For iPhone XS
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The Unc0ver jailbreak tool received an overwhelming response from the iPhone and iPad users when it was released last month. It supports iPhones and iPads running iOS 12, 12.1.1 beta 3, and iOS 12.1.2. People who had upgraded to iOS 12.1.3 or 12.1.4 were able to downgrade to 12.1.1 beta 3 to enjoy the jailbreak. Unfortunately, Apple has stopped signing the 12.1.1 beta 3, which means people running 12.1.3 or 12.1.4 are out of luck, at least for now.

Unc0ver jailbreak now supports A12 and A12X but…

Until now, one of the biggest limitations of the Unc0ver jailbreak was that it supported only devices running A8X through A11 processors. It means the list of compatible devices was restricted to the iPhone 6S series, iPhone 7 series, iPhone SE, iPhone 8 series, iPhone X, iPad Air, and the 6th-gen iPad. The iPhone XS, XS Max, iPhone XR, and the 2018 iPad Pros were not compatible with Unc0ver.

Developer @pwn20wnd has released the Unc0ver v3.0.0 public beta 44 with ‘partial’ support for A12 and A12X devices. They released it soon after managing a root filesystem remount with read and write privileges on A12 and A12X devices. The A12 runs the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR while the A12X powers the latest iPad Pro models.


The beta 44 brings many other changes as well besides support for A12 and A12X. The developer has also released beta 45 for public testing with a fix for the voucher_swap exploit. You can download the new beta versions from @pwn20wnd’s GitHub page. It’s worth pointing out that it’s still a beta version of the tool, so it may have bugs that could cause problems on your device. Install it only if you are a developer or are willing to take the risk.

What does ‘partial’ support mean? It means you can use the latest version of Unc0ver to liberate your iPhone XS, XS Max, iPhone XR or the iPad Pros, but you can’t do anything else after installing it. That’ because it still doesn’t support Cydia on A12 and A12X devices. You won’t be able to install jailbreak tweaks. It’s unclear if or when Saurik will add Cydia support for the latest iPhones and iPad Pros.

It will be useful for developers

Developers might be interested in trying out the latest beta of the Unc0ver jailbreak tool to gain access to the root filesystem on A12 and A12X devices. It will help them build or optimize jailbreak tweaks for iOS 12. Public users will benefit from Unc0ver version 3.0.0 only after it gets Cydia and Cydia Substrate support.

If you want to download the public version of Unc0ver jailbreak on your older devices running A8X through A11 chipsets, here’s the step-by-step guide to do it. The jailbreak supports Cydia on older devices, so you’ll be able to install tweaks of your choice from Cydia.

It’s worth mentioning that Unc0ver is a semi-untethered jailbreak. It means your device will go back to the non-jailbroken state every time you reboot it. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to put it back in jailbroken mode by running the Unc0ver app and re-jailbreaking. Many other developers have also been working on their own iOS 12 jailbreak tools. It’s only a matter of time before we will see more tools to liberate your devices from Apple’s walled garden.

Apple actively discourages the iPhone and iPad users from jailbreaking. The tech giant has made it increasingly difficult for its customers to liberate their iOS devices. In the last few years, the company has also borrowed many jailbreak features, giving people fewer reasons to jailbreak. The company as warned on several occasions that jailbreaking removes the built-in security layers of iOS, exposing your iPhone or iPad to malware and hacking attempts. It could also cause the apps to crash or behave abnormally.

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Focus remains on World Cup as T20Is start

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Mar
18

Big Picture

Despite the change in format, the focus for both teams remains the swiftly-approaching fifty-over World Cup. South Africa made as much clear by naming the same squad for the first T20I as that chosen for the ODIs just past, with national selector Linda Zondi stating that Cricket South Africa regard the match as another step towards the completion of ‘Vision 2019’, their grand plan for World Cup success.

Captain Faf du Plessis says that he is “99.9% sure” about the personnel he will take to the tournament in England at the end of May, and all of South Africa’s chopping and changing over the course of a long and generally successful home summer has meant that they have a decent idea of who can do what. South Africa have regained form and confidence during the ODIs, and despite their focus being elsewhere, their T20I outfit will be extremely hard to beat.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, seem only to have regressed since the remarkable triumph that opened their tour. Indeed, the glory of their historic Test series win seems a distant memory after their 5-0 drubbing in the ODIs, and they are in the midst of another coaching crisis as Chandika Hathurusingha has been asked to return to Sri Lanka, with fielding coach Steve Rixon tasked with filling the acting head coach’s role for the T20Is.

The visitors have been unable to arrest their slide in one-day cricket, and they also have plenty of ground to make up in the 20-over format, in which their recent record isn’t much better. Sri Lanka are ranked 9th in the format, below Afghanistan, and have won just six of their last 20 T20I matches. Before they get their World Cup squad in order, they will need to get an XI to click on the field.

Form guide

South Africa LWWWW (completed matches, most recent first)
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In the spotlight

While all of his 10 international hundreds have come in cricket’s other two formats, it’s arguably in Twenty20s that JP Duminy has made the most of his undeniable talents. At franchise level, he has 6,000 runs in the format, while his T20I average of 37.91 is higher than that for Tests or ODIs. His rapid 31 to close out the game in the fourth ODI at St George’s Park showed that Duminy has lost none of his touch despite a lengthy injury lay-off, but with the World Cup drawing closer and the window for selection closing, Duminy will want to make his presence felt in the T20Is.

Few in South Africa would have heard of Isuru Udana when he arrived here ahead of the ODIs. Udana had played just two ODIs previously, against India seven years ago, but after a couple of counter-attacking knocks down the order and a nagging line with the new ball, he was one of the few Sri Lankan players to emerge from the carnage of the one-day series having actually enhanced his reputation. Udana has had a few more opportunities in the shortest format, having played 18 T20Is since his debut at the World T20 in 2009, and his contributions as a back-up seamer and lower-order slugger could help bolster Sri Lanka.

Team news

South Africa may look to play a similar XI to the one they did in the fifth ODI, given how that match ended. The only change is likely to be Dale Steyn playing in place of Lungi Ngidi, who is nursing a side strain. Other than that, the hosts will want to re-test the combination before the squad changes once again for the second and third games, as well as give JP Duminy and Imran Tahir the chance for a fitting send-off.

South Africa (possible): 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Aiden Markram, 4 Faf du Plessis (capt), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Dwaine Pretorius, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Anrich Nortje, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Imran Tahir

There are a few new faces in Sri Lanka’s squad, while several of their frontline players – including Angelo Mathews, who has still not recovered from his hamstring injury – are still not available for selection. Sadeera Samarawickrama may join Niroshan Dickwella at the top of the order, while Jeffrey Vandersay is one of two wristspinners in the squad. Seamer Asitha Fernando, the 21 year old seamer, could well be in line for a T20I debut.

Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 2 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dhananjaya de Silva, 5 Angelo Perera, 6 Kamindu Mendis, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Jeffrey Vandersay, 9 Isuru Udana, 10 Lasith Malinga (capt), 11 Asitha Fernando

Pitch and conditions

Summer is drawing to a close, but the weather should be good in Cape Town, with a mild night expected. The Newlands surface can often be a little on the slow side, but before the lights went out in the fifth ODI, fast bowlers from both teams enjoyed themselves on a track that offered pace and bounce. The last time South Africa played a T20I here, against Pakistan at the beginning of February, they cracked 192 for 6: the highest total ever recorded in a T20I at this venue.

Stats and trivia

  • No player has yet hit a century in a T20I at Newlands.

  • No-one has scored more T20I runs at Newlands than JP Duminy, who has 229 runs at 45.80 from seven games here.

  • Sri Lanka have played two T20Is at Newlands, losing to Australia by 10 wickets in the 2007 World T20, and beating South Africa by five wickets the last time they toured in 2017.
    Quotes

    “We said as a selection panel that we sort of look at it like the Ryder Cup selection where the Ryder Cup captain has a wild card pick. So there’s still an opportunity for someone who comes in and does something unbelievable in the next couple of games. There is still a chance for selectors to consider that person.”

    Even though the format has changed, success in the T20Is could lead to selection in South Africa’s World Cup squad, says coach Ottis Gibson

Ethiopia says crashed jet’s black boxes show similarities to Lion Air disaster

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Mar
18

ADDIS ABABA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that killed 157 people had “clear similarities” with October’s Lion Air crash, Ethiopia said on Sunday, shown by initial analysis of the black boxes recovered from the wreckage of the March 10 disaster.

The crash has generated one of the most widely watched and high-stakes inquiries for years, with the latest version of Boeing’s profitable 737 workhorse depending on the outcome.

Both planes were MAX 8s, and both crashed minutes post take-off after pilots reported flight control problems. Concern over the plane’s safety led aviation authorities to ground the model, wiping billions of dollars off Boeing’s market value.

“It was the same case with the Indonesian (Lion Air) one. There were clear similarities between the two crashes so far,” Ethiopian transport ministry spokesman Muse Yiheyis said.

“The data was successfully recovered. Both the American team and our (Ethiopian) team validated it,” he told Reuters, adding that the ministry would provide more information after three or four days.

In Washington, however, U.S. officials told Reuters the FAA and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had not yet validated the data.

Boeing’s safety analysis of a new flight control system known as MCAS on MAX jets had several crucial flaws, one of which was that it understated the power of the system, the Seattle Times said on Sunday.

The FAA also did not delve in detailed inquiries and followed a standard certification process on the MAX, the paper said, citing an FAA spokesman.

The FAA declined to comment on the report but referred to previous statements about the certification process. It has said the process followed FAA’s standard process.

Citing people familiar with the inquiry, the Wall Street Journal said Department of Transportation officials are scrutinizing the FAA’s approval of MAX jets and a Washington, D.C. grand jury issued a subpoena to at least one person involved in the MAX’s development.

The subpoena dated March 11 – a day after the Ethiopian Airlines crash – listed as a contact a prosecutor from the Justice Department’s (DoJ) criminal division and sought documents to be handed over later this month, the paper said.

It was not immediately clear whether the DoJ subpoena was related to the DoT’s inquiry, which focuses on MCAS, implicated in the Lion Air crash that killed 189 people, the WSJ added.

Boeing and the FAA declined to comment on the WSJ report.

Two government officials briefed on the matter told Reuters it would not be surprising for the Transportation Department to investigate a major safety issue, but could not immediately confirm the report.

SAFETY ANALYSIS

An official told Reuters that when investigators – after reviewing black box data from the Ethiopian Airlines crash – return to Addis Ababa to conduct interpretive work, the NTSB and FAA will assist in verification and validation of the data.

A second source said little information had been circulated between parties about the contents of data and voice recordings.

It was not clear how many of the roughly 1,800 parameters of flight data and two hours of cockpit recordings, spanning the doomed six-minute flight and earlier trips, had been taken into account in the preliminary Ethiopian analysis.

International rules require a preliminary report on the crash to be released within 30 days.

Previous air crash reports show that in such high-profile cases there can be disagreements among parties about the cause.

In Paris, France’s BEA air accident investigation agency said data from the jet’s cockpit voice recorder had been successfully downloaded. The French agency said on Twitter it had not listened to the audio files and the data had been transferred to Ethiopian investigators.

In Addis Ababa, a source who has listened to the air traffic control recording of the plane’s communications said flight 302 had an unusually high speed after take-off before it reported problems and asked permission to climb quickly.

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Last Monday, Boeing, shares of which have fallen 10 percent in the week since the crash, said it would deploy a software upgrade to the 737 MAX 8, hours after the FAA said it would mandate “design changes” in the aircraft by April.

Boeing was finalising the software change and a training revision and would evaluate new information as it became available, Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement on Sunday, after the Ethiopian transport ministry’s comments.

A Boeing spokesman said the 737 MAX was certified in line with identical FAA requirements and processes that governed certification of all previous new airplanes and derivatives. The spokesman said the FAA concluded that MCAS on 737 MAX met all certification and regulatory requirements.

Additional reporting Gaurika Juneja, Tim Hepher, Tracy Rucinski; Writing by Sayantani Ghosh; Editing by William Maclean and Clarence Fernandez

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Unc0ver Jailbreak For iOS 12-12.1.2 Now Supports Latest iPhones, iPads

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Unc0ver Jailbreak For iOS 12 Adds Support For iPhone XS
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The Unc0ver jailbreak tool received an overwhelming response from the iPhone and iPad users when it was released last month. It supports iPhones and iPads running iOS 12, 12.1.1 beta 3, and iOS 12.1.2. People who had upgraded to iOS 12.1.3 or 12.1.4 were able to downgrade to 12.1.1 beta 3 to enjoy the jailbreak. Unfortunately, Apple has stopped signing the 12.1.1 beta 3, which means people running 12.1.3 or 12.1.4 are out of luck, at least for now.

Unc0ver jailbreak now supports A12 and A12X but…

Until now, one of the biggest limitations of the Unc0ver jailbreak was that it supported only devices running A8X through A11 processors. It means the list of compatible devices was restricted to the iPhone 6S series, iPhone 7 series, iPhone SE, iPhone 8 series, iPhone X, iPad Air, and the 6th-gen iPad. The iPhone XS, XS Max, iPhone XR, and the 2018 iPad Pros were not compatible with Unc0ver.

Developer @pwn20wnd has released the Unc0ver v3.0.0 public beta 44 with ‘partial’ support for A12 and A12X devices. They released it soon after managing a root filesystem remount with read and write privileges on A12 and A12X devices. The A12 runs the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR while the A12X powers the latest iPad Pro models.


The beta 44 brings many other changes as well besides support for A12 and A12X. The developer has also released beta 45 for public testing with a fix for the voucher_swap exploit. You can download the new beta versions from @pwn20wnd’s GitHub page. It’s worth pointing out that it’s still a beta version of the tool, so it may have bugs that could cause problems on your device. Install it only if you are a developer or are willing to take the risk.

What does ‘partial’ support mean? It means you can use the latest version of Unc0ver to liberate your iPhone XS, XS Max, iPhone XR or the iPad Pros, but you can’t do anything else after installing it. That’ because it still doesn’t support Cydia on A12 and A12X devices. You won’t be able to install jailbreak tweaks. It’s unclear if or when Saurik will add Cydia support for the latest iPhones and iPad Pros.

It will be useful for developers

Developers might be interested in trying out the latest beta of the Unc0ver jailbreak tool to gain access to the root filesystem on A12 and A12X devices. It will help them build or optimize jailbreak tweaks for iOS 12. Public users will benefit from Unc0ver version 3.0.0 only after it gets Cydia and Cydia Substrate support.

If you want to download the public version of Unc0ver jailbreak on your older devices running A8X through A11 chipsets, here’s the step-by-step guide to do it. The jailbreak supports Cydia on older devices, so you’ll be able to install tweaks of your choice from Cydia.

It’s worth mentioning that Unc0ver is a semi-untethered jailbreak. It means your device will go back to the non-jailbroken state every time you reboot it. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to put it back in jailbroken mode by running the Unc0ver app and re-jailbreaking. Many other developers have also been working on their own iOS 12 jailbreak tools. It’s only a matter of time before we will see more tools to liberate your devices from Apple’s walled garden.

Apple actively discourages the iPhone and iPad users from jailbreaking. The tech giant has made it increasingly difficult for its customers to liberate their iOS devices. In the last few years, the company has also borrowed many jailbreak features, giving people fewer reasons to jailbreak. The company as warned on several occasions that jailbreaking removes the built-in security layers of iOS, exposing your iPhone or iPad to malware and hacking attempts. It could also cause the apps to crash or behave abnormally.

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‘I am no slouch’ in white-ball cricket

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17

On June 30, when ODI cricket’s No. 1 and No. 2 sides meet in one of the World Cup’s most anticipated clashes, India will have a decision to make about the composition of their spin attack. Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja will almost certainly feature in that discussion, but one man who almost certainly will not is R Ashwin.

On that day, unless India’s selectors spring a major surprise with their World Cup squad, it will have been exactly two years since Ashwin last played an ODI.

Since that game against West Indies in Antigua, Ashwin has found himself cast as a Test specialist, another fingerspinning casualty in the worldwide push for wristspin as a wicket-taking force in white-ball cricket. Kuldeep and Chahal have been India’s first-choice spinners in ODIs since then, and if Jadeja has re-entered the picture over recent months it’s thanks in large part to his utility as a lower-order hitter and gun fielder.

Ashwin hasn’t reconciled himself to being a Test-only player, however, and says his exclusion from limited-overs cricket is down to a “perception” that wristspin is a must in the shorter formats.

“I am not looking at it like that because I am no slouch,” Ashwin said in an event in Mumbai on Saturday. “In the white-ball format, my records are not bad like what it is perceived to be. It is out of perception that wristspinners are required in the modern day one-day cricket format, that [is why] I am sitting out. The last one-day match that I played, I got 3 for 28.

“I would always look back at my career and say it is not due to my effort that I am sitting out of the team, it is due to the supply and demand that the team requires.

“I went and played in the Syed Mushtaq Ali [domestic T20 tournament] and I had a decent outing and that is how I look at it. I am playing cricket and it is not like I need to specialise in one particular format. It is the challenges of the modern-day game, I will be looking forward to do whatever I can do best.”

Perception or not, the rise of wristspin in ODIs has coincided with Ashwin trying to reinvent himself as a limited-overs bowler; during last year’s IPL, he alternated between legspin and his usual offspin, and he’s set to do so again this season for Kings XI Punjab.

“I have always maintained that you can spin the ball into the batsman or out of the batsman, you can’t do anything more than that,” Ashwin said, when asked if he was working on any new variations. “I am just adding more ammunition to my own skill and try and add more strength to my game and that’s all it has always been.

“I have never played for the galleries, never really played for the records, never really played for places. I just enjoy the sport, the sport has given me everything. When I picked up the bat and ball as a eight-year-old it gave me everything, I love it. Even today when I play a club game, when I play on the streets I enjoy it. For me it is all about playing the game that I love and excelling in the best possible way I can.”

Ashwin also weighed in on the discussion over whether India’s World Cup contenders should have their workloads monitored during the IPL. Virat Kohli recently said it was up to individual players to monitor their own fitness requirements and arrive at the World Cup sharp and match-fit. Ashwin felt a clearer picture would develop as the IPL progresses, and that the bowlers might require rest at some point.

“I don’t think as a cricketer you can look far ahead about what needs to be done and how you can manage it,” he said. “As a cricketer or as a sportsperson you just concentrate on what happens today. The franchise has invested money on you. Obviously it is a massive tournament, everybody plays for pride, everybody wants to perform and excel. It definitely stays at the back of the head because it is being spoken about a lot more right now.

“I am sure the players are responsible enough and more fitness-aware and be able to handle it than they ever were. I don’t think going into the tournament people will be thinking about it but as the tournament pans out and the way it goes for each and every franchise and for each and every player, they will take decisions wisely. Probably because of the number of injuries and the amount of premium players that are right now available for the country, and how important every spot is.

“It is a dream for every cricketer to represent his country at the World Cup, it is a big stage. I think that is the point of view from where they are coming. Obviously, bowlers have more chances of succumbing to injuries because of the workload they go through, it is physically more hard on the body than the batters. Probably from that point of view, if you look at a [Jasprit] Bumrah or a Bhuvneshwar [Kumar], Bumrah has been fine but Bhuvneshwar has had a few concerns over the last year or so. I think from that point of view the bowlers need to be taken good care of.”

Ethiopia crash probe advances with voice download, fresh details

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Mar
17

ADDIS ABABA/PARIS (Reuters) – The hunt for the cause of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed all 157 people on board gathered pace on Saturday when investigators successfully downloaded the cockpit voice recorder and fresh details emerged of the final seconds of the flight.

While experts say it is too soon to know what brought down the Boeing 737 MAX 8 on March 10, aviation authorities worldwide have grounded Boeing’s 737 MAXs, as concerns over the plane caused the company’s share price to tumble.

In Addis Ababa, a source who has listened to the air traffic control recording of the plane’s communications said flight 302 had an unusually high speed after take-off before the plane reported problems and asked permission to climb quickly.

A voice from the cockpit of the Boeing BA.N 737 MAX requested to climb to 14,000 feet above sea level – about 6,400 feet above the airport – before urgently asking to return, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the recording is part of an ongoing investigation.

The plane vanished from radar at 10,800 feet.

“He said he had a flight control problem. That is why he wanted to climb,” the source said, adding there were no further details given of the exact problem and the voice sounded nervous.

Experts say pilots typically ask to climb when experiencing problems near the ground in order to gain margin for manoeuvre and avoid any difficult terrain. Addis Ababa is surrounded by hills and, immediately to the north, the Entoto Mountains.

In Paris, France’s BEA air accident investigation agency said data from the jet’s cockpit voice recorder has been successfully downloaded. The French agency said in a tweet it had not listened to the audio files and that the data had been transferred to Ethiopian investigators.

The BEA also issued a photo showing the recorder intact but dented by the impact of the plane’s crash into a field minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa.

“We are waiting for the results. We are making all the necessary efforts to identify the cause of the accident,” Ethiopian Minister of Transport Dagmawit Moges told reporters in Addis Ababa.

“This kind of investigation needs considerable amount of time to reach concrete conclusions”.

The Ethiopian carrier said DNA testing of the remains of the people on board flight 302 may take up to six months, and it offered bereaved families charred earth from the plane crash site to bury. Passengers from more than 30 nations were aboard.

Dagmawit said temporary death certificate had been given, and a final one would be issued in two weeks time. Collection of DNA samples from relatives had begun.

Victim identification would be done to scientific international standards, and internationally-recognised organisations such as Interpol were going to be involved in the process, she said.

As families await results from the investigation, the airline is planning to hold a service on Sunday in Addis Ababa, at the Kidist Selassie, or Holy Trinity Cathedral, where many of Ethiopia’s past rulers are buried under its pink stone spires.

EARTH FROM THE CRASH SITE

“We were told by the company that we will be given a kilo (of earth) each for burial at Selassie Church for a funeral they will organise,” said one family member who asked not to be named.

The return of remains – most of which are charred and fragmented – would take up to six months, the papers said, but in the meantime earth from the crash site would be given.

Around 100 relatives, including the brother and father of pilot Yared Getachew, gathered at a memorial for the victims at the Kenyan embassy.

“His dream was to be a pilot,” said Meno Getachew Tessema, 39, Yared’s brother. “He was diligent, hardworking, he had a consistent work ethic. I would like to emphasize his record and that he was a rising star at Ethiopian Airlines.”

Flight data has already indicated some similarities with a crash by the same model of plane during a Lion Air flight in October. All 189 people onboard were killed. Both planes crashed within minutes of take off after pilots reported problems.

The grounding of the 737 MAX jets has had no immediate financial impact on airlines using the planes, but it will get painful for the industry the longer they do not fly, companies and analysts said on Friday.

Boeing plans to release upgraded software for the 737 MAX in a week to 10 days, sources familiar with the matter said.

The U.S. planemaker has been working on a software upgrade for an anti-stall system and pilot displays on its fastest-selling jetliner in the wake of the deadly Lion Air crash.

Additional reporting by Maggie Fick; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Alexander Smith and Mark Potter, William Maclean

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Uncover Jailbreak For iOS 12 Adds Partial Support For iPhone XS, XS Max, XR And The 2018 iPad Pro

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17

The Unc0ver jailbreak for iOS 12 – iOS 12.1.2 received a lot of attention over the past month. The jailbreak was available for all A8 through A11 devices which excluded the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and the latest 2018 iPad Pro. A few days ago, the @pwn20wnd team added support for 4K devices like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s to Unc0ver. Now, after the team’s extensive hard work, partial support for Unc0ver 3.0 has been added for A12 – A12X Bionic devices. Let’s dive in to see some more details on the matter.

Partial Support Of Unc0ver Jailbreak For iOS 12 Added For iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and the Latest iPad Pro

As we have mentioned earlier, partial support for the Unc0ver jailbreak for iOS 12 has been added for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and the latest iPad Pro. Partial support for Unc0ver jailbreak suggests that you can use the tool to jailbreak your A12 – 12X Bionic devices, but there’s not much you can do apart from this.

Related Unc0ver Jailbreak For iOS 12 Receives Crucial Update With Fix For ‘Reload System Daemons’ Failure

At this point in time, there is no Cydia support which means that you will not be able to install jailbreak tweaks. However, there are a set of advantages that you should consider as well. For instance, jailbreaking the device will allow it to block updates and you will be able to remount the root filesystem as RW. Furthermore, there’s no official statement from Saurik as to when Cydia might finally be available on the platform.

Check out the entire changelog below for more details:

  • Enable partial (Export/Un-Export Kernel Task Port, Set HSP4 as TFP0, Dump APTicket, Overwrite Boot Nonce, Log Slide, Log ECID, Disable Auto Updates, Remount RootFS, Disable App Revokes, Restore RootFS) iOS 12.0 – 12.1.2 support for A12-A12X devices
  • Update the APT lists cache file for repositories
  • Fix the voucher_swap exploit for the beta firmwares on A12-A12X
  • Update the APT lists cache file for repositories.

As of now, some iPhone XS users on iOS 12.1.1 beta 3 have reported that their devices undergo rebooting during the process of jailbreak. If you have experienced such an issue, put the device in airplane mode before starting the process. In addition to this, also make sure that no OTA file is stored on your device. If so, it will result in the device entering the respring loop.

There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details on the matter. Have you used Unc0ver jailbreak for iOS 12 tool on your iPhone XS? Let us know in the comments.

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