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From cruising to making waves, how England opener Amy Jones turned potential into performance

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Jun
30

Amy Jones was cruising. In and about the England team, playing the odd game, carrying drinks mostly, but she was just happy to be there. Then, before the 2017 Women’s World Cup, she was dropped.

The realisation that potential was only going to take her so far was pivotal in moulding Jones into the in-form opener who is now poised to take her country into an Ashes series against Australia, starting with the first of three ODIs on Tuesday in Leicester.

“Getting dropped for that World Cup was huge for me because I kind of expected to be a part of it so when I wasn’t it was a bit of a shock and a bit of a wake-up call,” Jones said.

“I was 24, 25 and as a youngster, I always had people telling me how much potential I had and I think when you get told that from such a young age you just kind of expect it to happen. You’re like, ‘oh well, surely I’m going to get a game and I’m going to score runs and it’s just going to snowball from there.’

“But it just didn’t really at that point and missing out on the World Cup at home it was really gutting.”

Interestingly, it was via Australia that that realisation came. During a successful stint with Perth-based WNCL side Western Fury, Jones “just worked it out for myself” with the help of her coaches there and a fresh environment. She has since returned to Western Australia to play for Perth Scorchers in the 2018-19 WBBL season.

“That was the moment when I realised I could do it and that it wasn’t just potential”

Amy Jones

The stop-start nature of Jones’ early career was not all down to her. Being a wicketkeeper she had to play second fiddle to the brilliant Sarah Taylor. But when Taylor took time off in early 2018 to deal with anxiety issues that had sidelined her two years earlier, Jones broke back into the England side. Touring India, Jones took the gloves but also had the chance to showcase her batting at No.3 in a three-match ODI series.

“In the first two I got ducks so going into the last one I was like ‘oh Christ,'” Jones said. “This was my first opportunity back and I’d got two ducks so it was a very scary moment and I had a lot of doubts at that point. But I’d say it was that third ODI that was the big turning point for me.

“I got 94 and that’s my highest score and I think that’s just the moment when I knew. That was the moment when I realised I could do it and that it wasn’t just potential. I actually had the ability to go out and score big runs, and under a lot of pressure at that point as well.”

Also read: ‘You are good enough’ – simple words that saved Tammy Beaumont’s career

Promoted to opener for the subsequent home series against South Africa and New Zealand, Jones has held her place as a batsman ever since while Taylor has also made a comeback as first-choice keeper. In that time, Jones has formed a formidable opening partnership with Tammy Beaumont.

“As a youngster I always opened and it was more in the past almost trying to reinvent myself in different positions to try and get a game because that spot was never really open,” Jones said. “Having been able to nail that down now is where I’m comfortable batting so it’s brilliant that I can just go out and do what’s natural to me and that I’ve taken the opportunity really.”

Jones is the more “chilled” character yet she is the more expressive batsman. She likes to score runs quickly and is not afraid to go for the boundary early. Bubbly fellow right-hander Beaumont oozes class and is generally prepared to dig in for the long haul.

“I love batting with Tam, she’s good fun and we’ve had quite a lot of success recently together with some good opening partnerships and I think we complement each other pretty well,” Jones said.

Beaumont agreed: “She’s good to bat with because she always scores quickly so it takes the pressure off me and it’s exciting to play with someone who complements my game. We hit the ball in different areas, she’s a lot taller than me and we hopefully make it quite difficult for the opening bowlers to bowl at us as a partnership.”

Beaumont posted scores of 32, 61 and 46 in the recent one-day series with West Indies, while Jones twice threatened to overhaul her career best with 91, 18 and 80. Jones seems to be withstanding the inevitable pressure to convert 80s and 90s to a maiden century but she admitted to do it in an Ashes series “would be incredible”.

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After surprise Trump-Kim meeting, U.S. and North Korea to reopen talks

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Jun
30

PANMUNJOM/SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea on Sunday when he met its leader, Kim Jong Un, in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas and agreed to resume stalled nuclear talks.

The meeting, initiated a spur-of-the-moment tweet by Trump that Kim said took him by surprise, once again displayed the rapport between the two. But they are no closer to narrowing the gap between their positions since they walked away from their summit in February in Vietnam.

The two men shook hands warmly and expressed hopes for peace when they met for the third time in just over a year on the old Cold War frontier that for decades has symbolised the hostility between their countries, which are technically still at war.

Trump, escorted by Kim, briefly crossed a military demarcation line into the North side of the Joint Security Area (JSA), patrolled by soldiers from both Koreas.

Moments later, they returned to the southern side and joined South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in for a brief chat, marking an unprecedented three-way gathering.

Trump and Kim then held a closed-door meeting for nearly an hour.

“We just had a very, very good meeting,” Trump said after the talks. “We’ll see what can happen.”

He said both sides would set up teams to push forward stalled talks aimed at getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, adding “speed is not the thing.”

Pope Francis, making his weekly address in St. Peter’s Square, praised the meeting. “I salute the protagonists, with a prayer that such a significant gesture will be a further step on the road to peace, not only on that peninsula, but for the good of the entire world,” he said.

Trump and Kim met for the first time in Singapore in June last year, and agreed to improve relations and work towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

But the second summit in Hanoi broke down after the two sides failed to narrow differences between a U.S. demand for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and a North Korean demand for sanctions relief.

‘PLENTY OF TIME’

Kim looked relaxed and smiled as he chatted with Trump amidst a throng of press photographers, aides and bodyguards.

Trump said the two leaders “moved mountains” to arrange the last-minute meeting.

“I was surprised to see you expressed an intent to meet,” Kim told Trump, referring to Trump’s offer for a meeting in a tweet on Saturday. Trump came to South Korea after attending a Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

“This is an expression of his willingness to leave behind the past and work towards a new future,” Kim said.

Kim said it would be a great honour if Trump visited his capital of Pyongyang. The two agreed to visit each other’s country “at the right time,” Trump said.

“To cross that line was a great honour,” Trump said, referring to his brief incursion into the North Korean side of the DMZ. “It’s a great day for the world.”

But there has been little sign that North Korea and the United States are any closer to narrowing differences on the nuclear issue.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters shortly before departing South Korea that a fresh round of talks will likely happen “sometime in July” and the North’s negotiators would be foreign ministry diplomats.

“Today’s meeting was significant in salvaging faltering working-level talks,” said Shin Beom-chul, a senior fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul.

“But the North wouldn’t easily change its stance, even though Trump has effectively responded to the so-called top-down approach cherished by Kim.”

Trump said he had “plenty of time” and was in “no rush” to reach a deal.

“We want to get it right,” he said.

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North Korea has pursued nuclear and missile programmes for years in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, and easing tensions with North Korea is one of the U.S. president’s top foreign policy priorities.

The DMZ was set up after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a truce, leaving North Korea and a U.S.-led U.N. forces still technically at war.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin, Roberta Rampton and Joyce Lee in Panmunjom and Seoul; Philip Pullela at the Vatican; Editing by Jack Kim, Robert Birsel and Raju Gopalakrishnan

Here’s when PC-Nick plan to start a family

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Jun
30

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First iOS 13 Beta Jailbreak Surfaces On The Internet

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Jun
30

iOS and jailbreak go hand in hand. Many hackers and developers jailbreak their iOS devices to add features not provided by the iPhone maker company. You can read more about iOS jailbreak here.

In the latest development, as opposed to online rumors that iOS 13 will be jailbreak-proof, a developer has managed to jailbreak the latest iOS beta update.

Apple is yet to release a stable version of iOS 13 and it’s the first beta that has been jailbroken. A developer going by the Twitter handle @iBSparkes has teased a photo of jailbroken iOS 13 running on iPhone 8 and Cydia, a popular app store for jailbroken phones, installed on it.

However, the developer behind jailbreaking iOS 13 has not made the jailbreak public but has hinted that the latest iOS update is also vulnerable to jailbreaking contrary to expectations.

Jailbreaking an early iOS beta release isn’t anything significant as there are chances that Apple might fix the vulnerability by the time it releases the Golden Master iOS update.

Nonetheless, it gives hope to those who look forward to unleashing the capabilities of iOS by jailbreaking it and adding features that are not offered by Apple.

Apple will likely release the first stable version of iOS 13 by late August or early September. You can check out the 13 best features of iOS 13 here.

Also Read: iOS 13 Shows Proof Of USB-C Port Coming To iPhone 11

Anrich Nortje’s chance to prove fitness during South Africa A tour of India

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Jun
29

Fast bowler Anrich Nortje, who was sidelined from the World Cup with a fractured thumb, will have a chance to prove his fitness and form when he tours India from August 24 as part of the South Africa A one-day and four-day sides. Left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks, who was a late addition to South Africa’s World Cup roster as Dale Steyn’s replacement, also features in both the squads while the other Hendricks – Reeza – has been named in the one-day squad.

Temba Bavuma, who led the Lions to the CSA T20 challenge title last month, will captain the one-day side, while Aiden Markram will be in charge of the four-day side. This A tour might be a good prep for the international hopefuls to get a hang of Indian conditions before they tour the country again later this year with the senior squad.

South Africa will play three Tests in India in October this year, with all three games part of the ICC’s new Test Championship.

“This is one of the most important South Africa A tours we have planned for some time as it will focus on several important strategic areas,” selection convenor Linda Zondi said. “One of these is to broaden our leadership group and we see both Aiden and Temba playing an important role in this regard. We will be looking at other candidates during the course of the new season.

“Another is the opportunity to give some of our senior batsmen the chance to climatise for the Proteas Test match tour to India in October; and a third is to give opportunity to younger players who have earned their chance through outstanding performance at domestic level.”

Lutho Sipamla, who made a splash in the inaugural Mzansi Super League with his rapid yorkers and bouncers, and subsequently broke into South Africa’s T20I squad, will look to stake his claim for selection in the other two formats as well on this A tour.

All the five one-dayers will be played in Thiruvananthapuram before the action shifts to the four-dayers. Wayanad will host the first four-dayer and Mysuru the second – and last – game of the tour.

One-day squad: Temba Bavuma (capt), Matthew Breetzke, Gihahn Cloete, Junior Dala, Theunis de Bruyn, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Sinethemba Qeshile, Lutho Sipamla

Four-day squad: Aiden Markram (capt), Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Zubayr Hamza, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Pieter Malan, Eddie Moore, Wiaan Mulder, Senuran Muthusamy, Anrich Nortje, Dane Piedt, Rudi Second, Lutho Sipamla, Khaya Zondo

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United States remains outlier as G20 split over tackling climate change

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Jun
29

OSAKA (Reuters) – After much wrangling, the Group of 20 major economies on Saturday agreed to disagree on fighting climate change, with the United States dissenting from a commitment to carry out the 2015 Paris climate change agreement.

In a communique at the end of a two-day summit in Japan’s western city of Osaka, the grouping said “signatories to the Paris Agreement” reaffirmed their commitment to its full implementation, referring to the 19 members aside from the U.S.

The United States withdrew from the Paris pact because it “disadvantages American workers and taxpayers,” the grouping added in a subsequent section, adopting a two-part approach used at last year’s summit in Buenos Aires.

The division reflects tussles over global warming that have repeatedly stymied international forums since U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the landmark accord to limit the effects of climate change.

Even before the summit started, the differences over climate change became apparent when President Emmanuel Macron said France would not accept a final text that omitted the Paris pact.

In that accord, 200 nations agreed to limit the global average rise from pre-industrial temperatures to below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). Current policies put the world on track for a rise of at least 3 degrees C by the end of the century, the United Nations said in a 2016 report, however.

G20 officials said the negotiations to secure acceptable language on climate change were contentious.

The first chunk of text reflecting the majority view said members had “common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities” in implementing the pact.

The section on the American stance said the United States employed a “balanced approach to energy and environment” to deliver “affordable, reliable, and secure energy to all its citizens”.

The U.S. approach uses “all energy sources and technologies, including clean and advanced fossil fuels and technologies, renewables, and civil nuclear power, while also reducing emissions and promoting economic growth,” it added.

The G20 did manage to agree on tackling plastic trash in the ocean. In the statement the grouping said it adopted an “Osaka Blue Ocean Vision” that aims to stamp out additional pollution by marine plastic litter by 2050.

There were no details of how the goal would be met, except that members would adopt “a comprehensive life-cycle approach” by improving waste management and finding innovative solutions while recognising the importance of plastics for society.

Reporting by Malcolm Foster and Chang-Ran Kim in Osaka; Writing by Malcolm Foster in Tokyo; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

Mental Hai Kya to get a new title

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Jun
29

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First iOS 13 Beta Jailbreak Surfaces On The Internet

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Jun
29

iOS and jailbreak go hand in hand. Many hackers and developers jailbreak their iOS devices to add features not provided by the iPhone maker company. You can read more about iOS jailbreak here.

In the latest development, as opposed to online rumors that iOS 13 will be jailbreak-proof, a developer has managed to jailbreak the latest iOS beta update.

Apple is yet to release a stable version of iOS 13 and it’s the first beta that has been jailbroken. A developer going by the Twitter handle @iBSparkes has teased a photo of jailbroken iOS 13 running on iPhone 8 and Cydia, a popular app store for jailbroken phones, installed on it.

However, the developer behind jailbreaking iOS 13 has not made the jailbreak public but has hinted that the latest iOS update is also vulnerable to jailbreaking contrary to expectations.

Jailbreaking an early iOS beta release isn’t anything significant as there are chances that Apple might fix the vulnerability by the time it releases the Golden Master iOS update.

Nonetheless, it gives hope to those who look forward to unleashing the capabilities of iOS by jailbreaking it and adding features that are not offered by Apple.

Apple will likely release the first stable version of iOS 13 by late August or early September. You can check out the 13 best features of iOS 13 here.

Also Read: iOS 13 Shows Proof Of USB-C Port Coming To iPhone 11

The sun is still shining on England, and Jos Buttler promises to ‘turn up and adapt’

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Jun
28

Like ointment on an angry rash, Jos Buttler seemed to calm England nerves at Edgbaston on Friday.

The gentle voice, the ready smile, the warm words, all were in marked contrast to Jonny Bairstow‘s bristling performance the previous day.

While Bairstow painted the picture of a team besieged by anxiety and paranoia, Buttler’s was one of a side which was focused yet relaxed. And while Bairstow appeared concerned about pitches, pundits and pressure, Buttler gave an impression of a man who was phlegmatic about pretty much everything.

Worried about the surfaces, Jos? “Whatever conditions we encounter, we have to turn up and adapt on the day,” he replied.

“We wouldn’t have been able to win the number of games we have, home and away, if we weren’t adaptable. That’s a skill of this team, to adapt and still play a way we want to do”

Jos Buttler doesn’t think England are flat-track bullies

Feel the nation is against you, Jos? “Walking down the street, people wish you well,” he said. “Guys hang out of vans to wish you good luck. It seems everyone has been really behind the team and wanting us to do well.”

Pressure starting to tell, Jos? “You talk about pressure,” he said with a smile. “But pressure is a privilege sometimes. We’re in a very privileged position to be in this situation.”

He’s right, of course. England know that if they win their next four matches, they will be World Cup winners. Yes, they have to beat the team which is now rated the best in the world. But it is a chance to show how good they are on the biggest stage of all. It is the stuff they dreamed of when playing in parks and gardens as boys. It’s exactly the situation in which every top sportsperson should want to be.

It would have been wrong to presume Bairstow’s comments reflected the general mood of the team. In person, Bairstow is hugely likeable: modest; approachable; engaging. But, in an interview situation, he can seem prickly and chippy. He is, after all, the man who roared at everyone and no-one following his century as a Test No. 3 in Colombo. The man who seems to need to invent adversaries so he can prove them wrong. The man whose childhood involved tragedy that has, no doubt, had an influence on making him the man he is. Those who know him largely laughed off his comments on Thursday with a sigh of ‘That’s Jonny’, though Michael Vaughan criticised a “negative, pathetic mindset”.

Bairstow was not the only one in the England set-up appalled by Kevin Pietersen’s suggestion, made on Twitter, that Eoin Morgan was backing away from Mitchell Starc in trepidation. But while others dismissed them with a rueful shrug about Pietersen’s habit of burning every bridge that might be crossed, Bairstow felt the need to defend a captain who is deeply respected in the England dressing room. It was clumsily done and ultimately unhelpful. But it was probably well intentioned.

Still, it is important that England remain in their bubble. They need to block out the distraction and the detractors and recover the positive mindset that helped them enjoy such success. They need to adapt to conditions as they encounter them and not resent or resist that challenge. And they need to remember they are the only team in the world to play every format of the game in front of full house crowds. Never for a moment should they doubt the support they receive.

Buttler did have one minor quibble with the media representation of this England team. He felt the characterisation of them as flat-track bullies was both harsh and simplistic. And he probably has a point.

“That’s something which maybe we haven’t been given enough credit for,” he said. “When you have flat pitches and records are broken, it’s a very obvious thing to say this is the way the team plays.

“But we wouldn’t have been able to win the number of games we have, home and away, if we weren’t adaptable. That’s a skill of this team, to adapt and still play a way we want to do. Going to Sri Lanka last winter… not many teams win there. We’ve faced stronger teams but we overcame conditions.”

There was ertainly no sign of any great tension at England training on Friday. Even though the boss – Ashley Giles, the managing director of the men’s teams – arrived to survey the scene, he seemed only to urge relaxation and enjoyment. There were backslaps and smiles and a long game of football before the more serious training began. You would never have guessed they were a team on the brink of elimination at an agonisingly early stage. And that, no doubt, is a good sign.

There were other encouraging developments for England at training on Friday too. For a start, Jason Roy batted for some time without any sign of discomfort. While it is hard to believe he is 100% fit, England do look set to pick him so long as they can be confident his hamstring problem will not reoccur. James Vince, whose star has fallen sharply in recent days, may have played his final international match. Whether fair or not, his performances in this tournament have done his Ashes chances no good.

And while Jofra Archer did not bowl, he did take part in fielding practice, football and shuttle runs. He must still be considered a doubt, but he still has a chance of playing. Adil Rashid bowled in the nets, too, and looks set to play.

Most of all, though, there was the sunshine. It was 25 degrees for a while on Friday and will be 30 on Saturday. This new pitch, left uncovered throughout the day, will grow harder and faster and is not expected to turn by those who work and play here most often. It may well be the sort of surface we expected to see much more of ahead of the tournament. The sort where a score of 350 is tough to defend. The sort upon which England have enjoyed a lot of success.

Whether you really want to play a side containing Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma on a fine batting pitch is debatable. But England have won nine international matches in succession at this ground. They are back in conditions where they are comfortable and dangerous. Yes, they have made life far tougher for themselves than might have been the case. But their tournament isn’t over just yet.

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Sensex, Nifty post first monthly fall in four

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Jun
28

(Reuters) – Indian shares ended in the red on Friday, pulled lower by financials like Yes Bank Ltd and Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd, ahead of a key trade meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The benchmark BSE Sensex closed down 0.48% at 39,394.64 but recorded a 0.5% weekly gain, while the broader NSE Nifty ended 0.45% lower at 11,788.85, but gained 0.55% in the week. Both the indexes closed higher for the first time in four weeks.

For the month, the NSE Nifty shed 1.12%, while the BSE Sensex settled 0.8% lower. Both the indexes posted their first fall in four months.

Yes Bank Ltd closed 3.25% lower and Indiabulls ended down 3.15%.

Reporting By Arnab Paul in Bengaluru

Photos: Kareena jets off to London in style

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Jun
28

Kareena Kapoor Khan is currently on a roll. Apart from having her kitty full of projects, she has also made her much-talked-about small screen debut where she is judging a reality dance show. The actress was recently snapped by the shutterbugs at the airport.

Dressed in a multi-colored striped top, denim jacket and denim pants, the actress looked absolutely stunning as she turned heads at the airport. Her black shades and white shoes complimented her overall look.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Kareena will next be seen in Karan Johar’s ‘Takht’, Homi Adjania’s ‘Angrezi Medium’, Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Good News’ and Saif Ali Khan starrer ‘Jawani Jaaneman’.

First iOS 13 Beta Jailbreak Surfaces On The Internet

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Jun
28

iOS and jailbreak go hand in hand. Many hackers and developers jailbreak their iOS devices to add features not provided by the iPhone maker company. You can read more about iOS jailbreak here.

In the latest development, as opposed to online rumors that iOS 13 will be jailbreak-proof, a developer has managed to jailbreak the latest iOS beta update.

Apple is yet to release a stable version of iOS 13 and it’s the first beta that has been jailbroken. A developer going by the Twitter handle @iBSparkes has teased a photo of jailbroken iOS 13 running on iPhone 8 and Cydia, a popular app store for jailbroken phones, installed on it.

However, the developer behind jailbreaking iOS 13 has not made the jailbreak public but has hinted that the latest iOS update is also vulnerable to jailbreaking contrary to expectations.

Jailbreaking an early iOS beta release isn’t anything significant as there are chances that Apple might fix the vulnerability by the time it releases the Golden Master iOS update.

Nonetheless, it gives hope to those who look forward to unleashing the capabilities of iOS by jailbreaking it and adding features that are not offered by Apple.

Apple will likely release the first stable version of iOS 13 by late August or early September. You can check out the 13 best features of iOS 13 here.

Also Read: iOS 13 Shows Proof Of USB-C Port Coming To iPhone 11

Shami-Bumrah, Kohli put India one step closer to semi-finals

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Jun
27

India 268 for 7 (Kohli 72, Dhoni 56*, Rahul 48, Hardik 46, Roach 3-36, Holder 2-33, Cottrell 2-50) beat West Indies 143 all out (Shami 4-16, Bumrah 2-9, Chahal 2-39) by 125 runs

As it happened

India’s bowlers nullified yet another middling batting performance, pounding West Indies into the ground long before they could think about any reasonable comebacks. Having elected to bat, India were kept in check by some disciplined seam bowling from West Indies, whose wickets through the middle overs gave India their second consecutive bout of existential dread surrounding their middle order. But a solid 72 from Virat Kohli, who became the fastest to 20,000 international runs in the process, and timely, staggered attacks from Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni gave India 268. Mohammed Shami then took four, Jasprit Bumrah was practically unplayable, and the others chipped in as West Indies became the latest team to crash out of semi-final contention.

Watch on Hotstar (India only): Highlights of Virat Kohli’s innings

Shami, the hat-trick hero from India’s last game, was at his attacking best once again. He had Chris Gayle swiping to mid-on, and followed it up by nipping a length ball past Shai Hope’s defences to hit off stump. At 16 for 2 in seven overs, West Indies had seemingly already gone off the rails. A laboured 55-run stand for the third wicket between Sunil Ambris and Nicholas Pooran took up 12 overs and had the required rate breach run-a-ball territory early in the innings. To this context were thrown India’s middle-overs bowlers, with all their variations. Hardik, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, and West Indies were simply outdone. Ambris was trapped in front, Pooran holed out at long-on, Jason Holder was expertly done in by Chahal, driving to a strategically placed extra-cover fielder, and Carlos Brathwaite was taken by Dhoni, diving one-handed to his right, on what was a below-par wicket-keeping day for him.

Watch on Hotstar (India only): The West Indies collapse

For the most part, Dhoni seemed to be having a below-average batting day as well. Coming in at No. 6, after the promoted Kedar Jadhav had fallen cheaply, Dhoni had time to play in his preferred patient style. At 140 for 4, Kohli was at the other end – a power pair. But with the prospect of Shami at No. 8 and more than 20 overs to play, India were forced, once again, to play within themselves. Dhoni, however, strayed out of his crease and looked to hoick Fabian Allen over midwicket in the 34th over, only to miss and give up on getting back. But Hope spilled the ball, missed the stumping chance, and in his funk from that moment, failed to gather the ball and run Dhoni out as well. It would come back to haunt his team.

But the effects of Shikhar Dhawan’s injury were clearly still in play for India. When India bat well, it is usually on the back of a big partnership for at least one of their first two wickets. With Rohit Sharma having fallen early, KL Rahul and Kohli were on their way to setting up such a stand. But for the fourth time in five innings, Rahul was undone by his shot selection. Having punched, driven straight, and pulled with control, he went across the line to a length ball slanting into him and was bowled for 48.

To their credit, West Indies did have good control at that point. All short bowling had been punished early on, but Holder quickly put a stop to the hitting with a simple plan – bowl an off-stump line. He began with two maidens, and barely bowled a single ball in line with the stumps during his first few overs. Kohli, especially, could do little against him, and would eventually fall to his opposite number trying to drag one into the leg side from wide outside off. In the middle, though, it was Kemar Roach who reaped the rewards.

He emulated Holder’s strategy and straightened one past Vijay Shankar, who the spotlight keeps following at No. 4. Jadhav’s push up to No. 5 was also struck down with that ploy, and suddenly India’s big-hitters needed to be smarter with their plans.

In Hardik’s case, this meant keeping the slogs out till the last eight overs of the innings, without compromising on his scoring rate. He was the only batsman – barring Sheldon Cottrell later – who struck at a rate greater than 100, despite hitting only five boundaries during his 38-ball 46.

For Dhoni, it was hobbling to 40 off 55 at the start of the 49th over. Oshane Thomas hit the blockhole thrice in the last over, and none of them cost any runs. But his decision to also bowl three short balls took India from 252 to 268. Dhoni finished unbeaten on 56, and West Indies were left ruing their choices at the death.

The most noteworthy moment early in India’s innings was Rohit’s dismissal. He was given out caught behind off the inside edge on review. Rohit’s disbelief was blatantly evident, a reaction likely prompted by the seeming hastiness with which third umpire Michael Gough overturned the on-field decision. Changing a decision demands conclusive evidence, which Gough seemed to have found relatively early from replays, almost at the first instance of Ultra Edge. While there was a murmur as the ball went past the inside edge, the square angles showed the ball had been between bat and pad when the noise was registered. Front-on angles suggested daylight between bat and ball, and in all, it seemed much too close for a decision made as quickly as it was. In the end, it didn’t play too big a part in the result.

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Finance ministry seeks state fund payout cut amid fears about lending crunch

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s finance ministry has demanded the social security and pension fund cuts the 8.65 percent annual return it was planning to offer about 85 million member workers, according to a ministry memorandum reviewed by Reuters.

The reason is that the yield may not be justified given the fund’s performance but two officials with knowledge of the discussions said the bigger factor is concern the high return would hurt the economy by reducing banks’ ability to lend at attractive rates.

India’s Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO), which is administered by the labour ministry, announced just before the recent April-May general election that it would pay the rate for the last financial year ending March 31, 2019, up from 8.55 percent in the previous year.

But with inflation around 3 percent, the yield is appealing to those who want to save and is forcing banks to keep their savings deposit rates at similar levels, the officials said. There are also fears that banks will lose deposits to the fund, they added.

That is very bad news for borrowers, such as small businesses, who are having to pay double-digit loan rates in an economy that is slowing and where their power to raise prices is constrained.

A senior labour ministry official said that the concerns of the finance ministry would be considered and the issue soon resolved.

A finance ministry spokesman declined to comment.

The high rates on savings are undermining attempts by the Reserve Bank of India to provide stimulus to the economy, which is weakening on a broad number of fronts, through a series of cuts in its benchmark repo rate.

The central bank has in aggregate chopped 75 basis points off the rate since February but only about 10-15 basis points has come off bank lending rates in that time.

In the memorandum, a finance ministry official tells a counterpart at the labour ministry that the proposed rate of return “is not in line” with the fund’s rules.

Those rules say that the government needs to make sure it doesn’t set an interest rate that is out of kilter with the fund’s overall returns.

The memo, dated June 12, also notes that the fund may have suffered some losses from its investments in the Infrastructure Leasing Financial Services group of companies, a financially troubled Indian infrastructure financing company.

“Ministry of Labour Employment is therefore advised to consider a rate of interest for FY 2018-19 which does not fully utilise the surplus of the previous year and leaves a reasonably higher surplus in the account undistributed,” adding that the memo is issued with the approval of new Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

The EPFO has so far deferred payment of interest to its members, a labour ministry official said.

“The interest rate paid by the EPFO should move in tandem with their earnings from investment in government securities,” said Devendra Pant, chief economist at India Rating Research, the Indian arm of Fitch rating agency.

He said yields on government securities were falling, and it would not be prudent for the fund to dip into its reserves to pay higher returns.

EPFO, which manages about $190 billion in assets, invested about 5.75 billion rupees ($83.15 million) in the bonds of financially stressed ILFS, officials said, less than 0.1% of total assets under its management.

Nearly one-fifth of India’s workforce are EPFO’s members, contributing every month a part of their salary which is then matched by their employers. The fund invests more than 85% of the contributions in federal and state securities and highly rated corporate bonds.

Reporting by Manoj Kumar; Editing by Martin Howell and Nick Macfie

Indian film actress-cum-director Vijaya Nirmala passes away

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27

Actor-cum-director Vijaya Nirmala, 73, passed away early hours on Thursday, following a brief hospitalization. Actor HE Dr Naresh VK confirmed her mother passing on social media.

She was admitted to Continental Hospitals, Gachibowli on June 26, after became sick following a treatment session. She was on a ventilator, according to hospital sources.

Born on February 20, 1946, in Tamil Nadu, Vijaya Nirmala made her screen debut with Machcha Rekhai (1950) where she has starred as a child artist. She was seven. She forayed into the Telugu film industry with Panduranga Mahatmyam (1957). Before becoming the producer, she set up a production banner Vijaya Krishna Movies and bankrolled 15 films. Afterwards, she made her directorial debut in Telugu with 1971 film Meena, which was a super hit. She has helmed 44 films in a career span of forty years.

Vijaya Nirmala has directed several memorable films including Meena, Kavitha, Rowdy Rangamma, Moodu Puvvulu Aaru Kayalu, Hema Hemeelu, Bhogi Mantalu, Collector Vijaya, Sahasame Naa Oopiri and many more to her credit. The Guinness World Record Holder, also best known for films such as Bhookailas, Manchi Kutumbam, Rangula Ratnam, Poola Rangadu, Asadhyudu, Saakshii, Bomma Borusa, Mosagallaku Mosagadu and so on, was one of the most acclaimed female directors of the country. She has also won the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for her contribution to the Telugu cinema.

Vijaya Nirmala is survived by his son Naresh and husband, Ghattamaneni Krishna. Her family will lay Vijaya Nirmala’s remains at his home from 11 am today where the public can pay their respects. The film fraternity will shift it to the film chamber on Friday, and they will hold the funeral on the same day.

Tributes poured in for the legend on social media.

Puri Jagan

Lakshmi Manchu

Harish Shankar

Sreenu Vaitla

Nithiin

Eesha Rebba

Manchu Manoj

Jr NTR

Anil Ravipudi

Allari Naresh

Gopichand Malineni

Tanish Alladi

Gopi Mohan

Mohan Krishna Indraganti

Nandini Reddy

Maruthi

Gunasekhar

Raashi Khanna

Ram Achanta

Sampath Nandi

Shritej

Vennela Kishore

Srinivasa Reddy

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First iOS 13 Beta Jailbreak Surfaces On The Internet

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27

iOS and jailbreak go hand in hand. Many hackers and developers jailbreak their iOS devices to add features not provided by the iPhone maker company. You can read more about iOS jailbreak here.

In the latest development, as opposed to online rumors that iOS 13 will be jailbreak-proof, a developer has managed to jailbreak the latest iOS beta update.

Apple is yet to release a stable version of iOS 13 and it’s the first beta that has been jailbroken. A developer going by the Twitter handle @iBSparkes has teased a photo of jailbroken iOS 13 running on iPhone 8 and Cydia, a popular app store for jailbroken phones, installed on it.

However, the developer behind jailbreaking iOS 13 has not made the jailbreak public but has hinted that the latest iOS update is also vulnerable to jailbreaking contrary to expectations.

Jailbreaking an early iOS beta release isn’t anything significant as there are chances that Apple might fix the vulnerability by the time it releases the Golden Master iOS update.

Nonetheless, it gives hope to those who look forward to unleashing the capabilities of iOS by jailbreaking it and adding features that are not offered by Apple.

Apple will likely release the first stable version of iOS 13 by late August or early September. You can check out the 13 best features of iOS 13 here.

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