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Ashes batting practice turns exercise in self-harm as Aussie seamers run riot

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Jul
23

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Hick XII 96 for 7 (Cummins 3-15, Siddle 3-20) trail Haddin XII 105 (Labuschagne 41, Neser 4-18, Bird 3-25) by nine runs

In their quest to avoid a repeat of the batting humiliations in Birmingham and Nottingham four years ago that led to the loss of the Ashes, it cannot have been in Australia’s warm-up plans to stage such a faithful re-enactment.

Requesting a seaming, bouncing surface as part of a training camp deal brokered directly between Cricket Australia and the Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove always left open the possibility of a rush of wickets when the Dukes ball did as expected. Not only was the pitch well grassed on top it was dry underneath, meaning there was variable bounce on offer as well as seam.

But to see the “Haddin XII” shot out for 105, by an attack featuring only James Pattinson among the pace bowlers expected to form the front rank of Australia’s attack for the Ashes, was cause for at least slightly furrowed brows for the head coach Justin Langer and his support staff. By stumps the “Hick XII” had fared little better, limping to 96 for 7, for a combined tally of 201 for 17 across a most eventful day.

Compounding the diversion from likely plans was the fact that the only member of the Haddin XII top seven to reach double figures was Marnus Labuschagne, who demonstrated typical grit and thought in scrounging his way to 41 with the help of the good fortune required to survive on a pitch this lively. Labuschagne is, at best, vying for one of the last couple of spots in the squad, whereas David Warner (four), Marcus Harris (six), Travis Head (one), Kurtis Patterson (two) and Alex Carey (six) are all more probable to figure.

Equally, the new-ball spell of Pattinson turned plenty of heads but went wicketless, while Michael Neser and Jackson Bird struck frequently with a combination of swing, seam, bounce and pace from unerring lines. They were helped, too, by some inattentive shots – Warner was too early into his drive and Head too rash in throwing the bat at an angled ball, tendencies both will want to avoid during the Ashes proper.

When the Hick XII took their turn to bat, the heavy roller and 31C temperatures had served to calm the surface somewhat, allowing Joe Burns and Cameron Bancroft to gain a foothold.

Their dismissals to Peter Siddle and Pat Cummins cleared the way for Steven Smith to get briefly re-acquainted with red-ball combat, before Matthew Wade was given caught behind and made clear he was far from happy with the decision. Pete Handscomb and Tim Paine also stayed only momentarily, before Mitchell Marsh departed in the day’s final over. Cummins and Siddle had plenty of reason to be pleased with their work.

Quirks abounded in this fixture, not taking first-class status but also constituting far more strenuous preparation than the equivalent county games at Canterbury and Chelmsford in 2015. Twelve players a side, with 10 wickets completing an innings, 96 overs to be bowled in the day and the pitch located to the eastern edge of the square. Upon winning the toss, Paine was more than happy to bowl first, consigning Head’s team to the sorts of conditions that have undone Australians in England so many times before.

Pattinson wasted little time making his mark, striking Warner in the chest with a rising first delivery, and moving the ball at pace while also extracting steepling bounce. It was Neser, however, who coaxed Warner into the drive, pinned Harris lbw with a ball straightening down the line of the stumps, and later returned to defeat Mitchell Starc and Cummins, the latter’s off stump plucked out by late movement away.

Bird also fared well, tempting out Head and winning lbw verdicts against Patterson and Carey. Through it all Labuschagne offered a deferential defensive blade, salting away his runs with furtive deflections and the occasional boundary in a stay that, at 81 balls, lasted longer than the collective stays of the rest of the top five combined. He has done his Ashes chances no harm whatsoever.

Another question confronting Langer and the selection chairman Trevor Hohns is whether Starc’s speed will be as dangerous in the Ashes as it was for most of the World Cup. He took the new ball for Head, and was certainly fast, at one point stinging Burns on the gloves. But the more dangerous trajectories looked clearly to be those of Siddle, who ended a 38-run opening stand between Burns and Bancroft, and Cummins, who found a scorcher for Bancroft and then beat Wade numerous times.

Smith offered up a pair of delectable boundaries through midwicket and cover, but dragged a full ball from Cummins onto the stumps when trying to repeat the dose. Wade’s exit was no more graceful, seeming to suggest that a ball from Hazlewood had struck arm rather than bat or glove. Less doubt surrounded Handscomb’s lbw, stuck on the crease to Cummins, or Paine’s glance down the leg side into the gloves of his back-up Carey.

A late pressure release arrived via some loose stuff from Starc, only for Marsh to be bowled by Siddle in the day’s final over. Given all that had gone before, this was only fitting.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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Britain’s new leader Boris Johnson vows to get Brexit done

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Jul
23

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Johnson, the ebullient Brexiteer who has promised to lead Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal by Halloween, will replace Theresa May as prime minister after winning the leadership of the Conservative Party on Tuesday.

His victory catapults the United Kingdom towards a Brexit showdown with the EU and towards a constitutional crisis at home, as British lawmakers have vowed to bring down any government that tries to leave the bloc without a divorce deal.

Johnson, the face of the 2016 Brexit referendum, won the votes of 92,153 members of the Conservative party, almost twice the 46,656 won by his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

May will leave office on Wednesday after going to Buckingham Palace to see Queen Elizabeth, who will formally appoint Johnson before he enters Downing Street.

“We are going to get Brexit done on Oct. 31, and we are going to take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring in a new spirit of ‘can do’,” Johnson, 55, said after the result was announced.

“Like some slumbering giant, we are going to rise and ping off the guy-ropes of self-doubt and negativity.”

Johnson said the mantra of his leadership campaign had been to “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat (opposition Labour leader) Jeremy Corbyn – and that is what we are going to do”.

Within half an hour of his victory, U.S. President Donald Trump had tweeted his congratulations, adding: “He will be great!”

The comprehensive victory for one of Britain’s most flamboyant politicians places an avowed Brexit supporter in charge of the government for the first time since the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU in the shock 2016 referendum.

But Johnson – known for his ambition, mop of blonde hair, flowery oratory and cursory command of policy detail – takes office at one of the most tumultuous junctures in post-World War Two British history.

DIVIDED KINGDOM

The 2016 Brexit referendum showed a United Kingdom divided about much more than the European Union, and has fuelled soul-searching about everything from regional secession and immigration to capitalism, the legacy of empire, and modern Britishness.

Brexit, which has already toppled two Conservative prime ministers, will dominate.

Johnson has pledged to negotiate a new Brexit divorce deal with the EU to secure a smooth transition out of the EU before Oct. 31. But if the bloc refuses, as it insists it will, he has promised to leave anyway – “do or die” – on Halloween.

It is a step that many investors and economists say would send shock waves through world markets and tip the world’s fifth largest economy into recession or even chaos.

A Brexit without a divorce deal would also weaken London’s position as the pre-eminent international financial centre while jolting the northern European economy.

Johnson’s Conservatives have no majority in parliament and need the support of 10 lawmakers from Northern Ireland’s Brexit-backing Democratic Unionist Party to govern.

Even then, the majority is wafer-thin – and some lawmakers have threatened to bring down the government, a step that would probably deepen Britain’s political crisis and lead to an election.

“PM BORIS”

The rise of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, often referred to as simply “Boris”, to the top of British politics is the grandest twist so far in a career that has taken him from journalism via TV-show fame, comedy and scandal into the political brinkmanship of Britain’s Brexit crisis.

Born in New York, Johnson was educated at Eton, Britain’s most exclusive school, and at Balliol College, Oxford. He began his career at a management consultancy in the City of London but dropped out after a week.

He then turned to journalism, but was sacked from the Times newspaper for making up quotes.

Hired by the Daily Telegraph, Johnson infuriated European officials and delighted then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher by lampooning the European Economic Community with a host of sometimes misleading reports from Brussels.

After entering politics, he was sacked from the Conservative Party’s policy team while in opposition for lying about an extramarital affair.

But his sometimes shambolic personal appearance and disarmingly self-deprecating confidence have allowed him to survive both gaffes and scandal. He served two terms as London mayor, from 2008 to 2016.

In 2016, he became one of the most recognisable faces of the Brexit campaign, which won the referendum by 52% to 48%.

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“I know that there will be people around the place who will question the wisdom of your decision, and there may be some people here who still wonder what they have done,” Johnson told party members at the Queen Elizabeth conference centre opposite parliament. “I will just point out to you that no one party, no party has a monopoly of wisdom.” Johnson said.

“Do you look daunted? Do you feel daunted? I don’t think you look remotely daunted to me.”

Additional reporting by Kylie MacLellan, William James, Kate Holton, Andrew MacAskill, Alistair Smout and Michael Holden; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Kevin Liffey

‘Saaho’: Prabhas-Shraddha love-struck poster

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Jul
23

The new poster of the Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor-starrer ‘Saaho’ is here and it is all things dreamy.

After adding intrigue with some impressive character posters, the makers finally released a new one that sees the lead pair getting up close and personal and looking lost in love while staring into each other’s eyes. The poster also features the new release date of the film.

‘Saaho’, which marks south superstar Prabhas’ return to theatres after 2017 ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’, was postponed by two weeks. The film, earlier slated to release on Independence Day, will now arrive in cinema halls on August 30, stated the producers.

While many thought this move was to avoid a clash with Akshay Kumar’s ‘Mission Mangal’ and John Abraham’s ‘Batla House’, the producers issued a statement that read, “We want to bring the best to the audience. For bringing finesse to the action sequences we need some more time. Although we are shifting the date from Independence Day but we want to stick to the month of Independence and patriotism with ‘Saaho’. We are dedicated to bringing the biggest movie on the largest scale.”

Apart from Prabhas and Shraddha, the film also stars Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay and Murali Sharma.

‘Saaho’ is being shot in three languages, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, simultaneously.

Jailbreak app brings watchOS look to iPhone

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Jul
23

Ever wish you could bring the fun fluidity of your Apple Watch home screen to your iPhone?

A new jailbreak app from an iOS developer brings the watchOS interface to your iPhone or iPad.

Honey, created by iOS developer Blake Boxberger, allows users to configure their screen in several ways on iOS devices running jailbroken versions of iOS 11 and iOS 12.

Hackers, feeling restricted by Apple’s operating systems, will jailbreak the operating system as a way to customize the user interface and develop home-brewed apps.

Jailbreaking is complicated and comes with some risk. It voids any warranty and makes devices vulnerable to malware. The jailbreak community is supportive and quick to alert its members to possible security risks.

Apple discourages jailbreaking, however quietly appreciates the work because it helps the company root out security flaws in an OS. Apple can then close the hole with an iOS update to regular users.

watchOS look on iPhone

Other developers have tried to port the Apple Watch home screen to the iPhone, however, iDownloadblog calls Honey “one of the most aesthetically-pleasing user experiences on the market today.”

Created by developer Blake Boxberger, Honey brings the watchOS-circular design of apps and scales them to iPhone display.

Users can access apps with swipe gesture with animated movements like on Apple Watch. The app lets you toggle between off and on, choose Home Screen layouts, select between circle or square icons.

If you already operate a customized device, Honey is available to download on Dynastic Repo for $2.99.

Honey’s current version does not allow users to uninstall apps, however, Boxberger said he will correct this in an update he will release soon.

After Boxberger unveiled Honey on his Twitter feeder, a follower who downloaded it, posted the below video showing the watchOS look on his iPhone.

Jhye Richardson begins comeback from shoulder injury, could feature towards end of Ashes

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Jul
22

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Jhye Richardson, Australia’s impactful young quick, could be back in contention for the latter stages of the Ashes after he makes his return to cricket from a dislocated shoulder. His route back to match fitness will come via the same path that David Warner and Cameron Bancroft took following their bans last year – a stint in the Northern Territory’s winter competition.

Richardson was highly destructive in his two Test matches against Sri Lanka at the start of the year and may also have figured in Australia’s World Cup plans were it not for a painful shoulder injury suffered when diving in the field during the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE in March.

Mystery has surrounded Richardson’s fitness status and potential return dates, but it has now been revealed that Richardson will resume bowling competitively on Saturday in the Northern Territory Strike League, a multi-format winter tournament that also offered Warner and Bancroft the chance to play in the wake of the Newlands scandal.

While there is no question of Richardson being named in Australia’s Ashes squad at the conclusion of this week’s internal trial match in Southampton, the natural attrition of a five-Test series and the obvious eagerness of the Australian selectors to get him back involved may yet see the West Australian return to the fold for the pointy end of the series.

When Richardson was injured in late March, the team doctor Richard Saw indicated that the dislocation was at the moderate end of the scale. “Jhye Richardson has had scans on his right shoulder to assess the extent of his injury,” Saw said.

“The scans demonstrated the usual soft tissue damage we expect following a dislocation but fortunately has excluded any bone damage or fracture. “We are hopeful that Jhye will not require surgery but he will see a shoulder specialist early next week for a further opinion. We will be able to provide an update in respect to next steps once we have all the information on the table.”

In May, before Australia’s departure for the World Cup, Langer said there had been questions over Richardson’s exact return date but none over his quality as a bowler.

“Probably a bit more of a cloud over him to be honest,” Langer said, when asked about Richardson’s fitness. “We’ll just keep monitoring him. He’s played a lot of cricket leading up to his accident. He’s doing everything possible with his rehab. He’s a little ripper.”

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India’s moon mission Chandrayaan-2 launched, hopes to probe lunar south pole

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Jul
22

SRIHARIKOTA/BENGALURU (Reuters) – India launched a rocket into space on Monday in an attempt to safely land a rover on the moon, the country’s most ambitious mission yet in the effort to establish itself as a low-cost space power.

If successful, the 10-billion-rupee ($146-million) mission will allow Indian scientists to carry out studies regarding the presence of water at the moon’s south pole, unexplored by any other nation before.

“This mission will offer new knowledge about the Moon,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a Twitter post, praising the scientists responsible for what he called a fully indigenous mission.

China, Russia and the United States are the only other nations to have sent missions to the moon.

A live broadcast showed images of the rocket, carrying the unmanned Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, blasting off from a space centre in southern India as thousands of onlookers cheered the launch, delayed for a week by a technical snag.

The boosters separated safely as the craft began its nearly 50-day journey, after which the lander will attempt a controlled landing to deploy a rover at the moon’s south pole.

The spacecraft had been successfully injected into the earth’s orbit, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

The next month and a half will see the spacecraft perform crucial maneuvers to ensure a smooth landing, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said, as the agency’s officials congratulated each other with handshakes and bear hugs after the launch.

“We are going to experience 15 minutes of terror, to ensure that the landing is done safely near the south pole,” he told reporters, describing the final moments before the craft is expected to land on the moon, about 47 days from now.

The space agency has previously said the descent on the moon could be complex, with potential problems from variations in lunar gravity, terrain and dust having to be taken into account.

Globally, Chandrayaan-2, whose name means “moon vehicle” in Sanskrit, will be the year’s third bid at a moon landing, following China’s successful launch of a lunar probe and the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft, which failed and crashed on the moon in April.

India’s space agency suspects the south pole region of the moon contains water in the form of ice as well as craters that could reveal fossilized information about the early solar system.

Last week saw the 50th anniversary of humankind’s first steps on the moon in 1969.

For an interactive story on moon landings, click tmsnrt.rs/2NYEC0a

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Sara looks fabulous in this flamboyant outfit

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Jul
22

From the past couple of months, Sara Ali Khan has become the talk of the town for her impeccable sense of fashion and style which portrays ‘simplicity’. The actress can pull off any outfit and look amazing may it be on-screen or off-screen. She never fails to spell her magic out there in public, right from calmly posing and getting clicked by the paparazzi to clicking selfies with fans, she certainly knows how to manage all at once.

Recently, she was seen wearing a flamboyant outfit. In subtle makeup with pink and brown contours, the actress donned a neon yellow blazer paired with matching shorts and a satin magenta camisole. She had opted for matching coloured pencil heels. Sara looks stylish chic in a no-accessory look with white nail polish.

Meanwhile, on the work front, the actress will be seen in Imtiaz Ali’s untitled film opposite Kartik Aaryan that will hit theatres on Valentine’s Day next year

Jailbreak app brings watchOS look to iPhone

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Jul
22

Ever wish you could bring the fun fluidity of your Apple Watch home screen to your iPhone?

A new jailbreak app from an iOS developer brings the watchOS interface to your iPhone or iPad.

Honey, created by iOS developer Blake Boxberger, allows users to configure their screen in several ways on iOS devices running jailbroken versions of iOS 11 and iOS 12.

Hackers, feeling restricted by Apple’s operating systems, will jailbreak the operating system as a way to customize the user interface and develop home-brewed apps.

Jailbreaking is complicated and comes with some risk. It voids any warranty and makes devices vulnerable to malware. The jailbreak community is supportive and quick to alert its members to possible security risks.

Apple discourages jailbreaking, however quietly appreciates the work because it helps the company root out security flaws in an OS. Apple can then close the hole with an iOS update to regular users.

watchOS look on iPhone

Other developers have tried to port the Apple Watch home screen to the iPhone, however, iDownloadblog calls Honey “one of the most aesthetically-pleasing user experiences on the market today.”

Created by developer Blake Boxberger, Honey brings the watchOS-circular design of apps and scales them to iPhone display.

Users can access apps with swipe gesture with animated movements like on Apple Watch. The app lets you toggle between off and on, choose Home Screen layouts, select between circle or square icons.

If you already operate a customized device, Honey is available to download on Dynastic Repo for $2.99.

Honey’s current version does not allow users to uninstall apps, however, Boxberger said he will correct this in an update he will release soon.

After Boxberger unveiled Honey on his Twitter feeder, a follower who downloaded it, posted the below video showing the watchOS look on his iPhone.

Ellyse Perry to the fore again as Australia retain Ashes in drawn Test with England

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Jul
21

Australia Women 420 for 9 dec (Mooney 51) and 230 for 7 (Perry 76*) drew with England Women 275 for 9 dec (Sciver 88, Jones 64, Molineux 4-95)

As Australia drew their Test with England to retain the Ashes, it was only fitting that Ellyse Perry should still be at the crease late on the final day at Taunton.

Perry’s performances have been a shining light in this series, not least in the Test, which ended in the non-defeat the tourists needed after she added an unbeaten 76 to her 116 in the first innings.

Almost as appropriate was the fact Sophie Molineux joined Perry until shortly before the captains shook hands on the draw when Australia lost the wicket of Ashleigh Gardner to close with a lead of 335 runs, which demonstrated their dominance of the match, despite the result. Spinning all-rounder Molineux made a stellar debut in the long format, claiming four wickets to destroy England’s hopes of reviving the match after a severely rain-affected second day, and then put on 41 runs in a 50-plus partnership with Perry.

On a pitch offering little to anyone, the draw gave Australia eight points to England’s two – they split the four points on offer in the Test – to retain the trophy with six points left to be claimed from the upcoming three T20s.

It kept alive Alyssa Healy‘s bold claim before arriving in England that Australia would not lose a match in the series and breathed life into the debate about whether women should play five-day Tests. In fact, it raised many questions. Should Australia have been more attacking and pressed for a result, given England’s declaration before lunch while still trailing by 145? Should the women’s game have pitches prepared specifically to promote attacking cricket? Or did the Australians simply do what they needed to do to achieve the result they came for – to win the Ashes.

Once the follow-on had been avoided, attention turned to a possible England declaration and, when Jess Jonassen trapped Laura Marsh plumb lbw attempting to sweep for her second wicket of the day – and the innings – then Heather Knight made the call to give her team a crack at the Australian batsmen before lunch.

Any sense of damned if she did and damned if she didn’t over denying last batsman Kirstie Gordon the chance to have a swing with Sophie Ecclestone needed to be tempered by the realisation that England’s hopes of winning the match had been placed in peril long before.

Similarly Australia were faced with the dilemma of whether to put the match too far beyond doubt to be interesting, or press for victory and, incidentally, an exciting end to the Test.

As it happened, two early wickets to Marsh forced Australia to put the shutters up – if they hadn’t already – after Ecclestone had begun for England in fine fashion, threatening with every ball of the first over – a maiden – to Rachael Haynes, opening the batting in place of Nicole Bolton, who had injured her thumb while fielding.

Lunch was taken after five overs, by which time Haynes was still not off the mark after facing 15 balls and Healy was not out 13 off 15. Marsh came into the attack at the resumption and struck with her second and sixth deliveries, bowling Healy through the gate with a gem that angled across the right-hander, and then trapping Haynes lbw.

At 15 for 2, Meg Lanning and Perry dug in, building a 48-run partnership before Lanning’s remarkable dismissal. Replacing Marsh, debutante spinner Gordon struck in her first over with a full toss which Lanning looked to punish on the on-side but managed to pick out Georgia Elwiss at cover, much to the batsman’s disbelief and, possibly, the bowler’s as well.

Ecclestone was rewarded when Beth Mooney tried to slog her over mid-wicket and found a cat-like Tammy Beaumont pouncing on the catch at short leg. By that time, Australia had extended their lead to 250 and Perry had a half-century in sight.

Perry, carrying a leg-muscle complaint and who benefited from a favourable but apparently errant lbw decision when on 20, brought up her fifty with a four off Katherine Brunt, who did not return from tea after injuring her right arm while fielding late in the second session. Perry did emerge, with the bat, alongside Jonassen after the break, squashing any hopes of a declaration.

Instead, the height of excitement through the final session was watching Player of the Match Perry in action again, and seeing what Molineux could do with the bat. Gardner also chimed in with the only six of the match before she was out for 7. The only other action of note, and it was certainly not positive, was seeing England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor struck on the shoulder by an Anya Shrubsole delivery to Perry that spat up off a full length. Taylor remained behind the stumps for some time before leaving the field for treatment, replaced by Amy Jones.

Earlier, Jonassen had claimed the wicket of Natalie Sciver, upon whom England’s hopes had fallen late on day three, only growing as she neared her ton. But Sciver added only 26 runs to her overnight score before she was out for 88 chopping on.

Molineux had claimed the first wicket of the day when she tempted Shrubsole to try and hit her over the leg side, only to find herself out of her ground for a stumping by Healy. That gave Molineux match figures of 4 for 95.

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Iran warns UK against escalating tensions, says crew of seized ship safe

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Jul
21

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s ambassador to Britain warned against escalating tensions on Sunday as a UK official failed to rule out sanctions in response to Tehran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker.

Britain has called Iran’s capture of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday a “hostile act”.

Britain needs to contain “those domestic political forces who want to escalate existing tension between Iran and the UK well beyond the issue of ships,” Iran’s envoy to Britain Hamid Baeidinejad said on Twitter.

“This is quite dangerous and unwise at a sensitive time in the region,” he said, adding that Iran “is firm and ready for different scenarios.”

Britain’s junior defence minister Tobias Ellwood did not rule out the possibility of targeting Tehran with sanctions in response.

“Our first and most important responsibility is to make sure that we get a solution to the issue to do with the current ship, make sure other British-flagged ships are safe to operate in these waters and then look at the wider picture,” Ellwood told Sky News.

Asked about the possibility of sanctions, he said: “We are going to be looking at a series of options …We will be speaking with our colleagues, our international allies, to see what can actually be done.”

Tehran’s seizure of the Stena Impero followed the July 4 capture by Royal Marines of the Grace 1 tanker carrying Iranian oil near Gibraltar.

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt on Saturday said Tehran’s actions showed “worrying signs Iran may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour after Gibraltar’s legal detention of oil bound for Syria.”

ALL CREW SAFE

In a letter to the U.N. Security Council, Britain said the Stena Impero was approached by Iranian forces in Omani territorial waters where it was exercising its lawful right of passage, and that the action “constitutes illegal interference.”

British warship HMS Montrose radioed an Iranian patrol vessel to warn it against boarding the Stena Impero, according to radio messages provided to Reuters by maritime security firm Dryad Global.

Iran said the seized tanker “risked maritime safety” in the Strait of Hormuz, through which almost a fifth of the world’s annual oil consumption passes.

“We are required by regulations to investigate the issue … the duration of the investigation depends on the level of cooperation by the involved parties,” Allahmorad Afifipour, head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organisation in Hormozgan Province, told state TV.

He added that all 23 crew members aboard the ship are “safe and in good health in Bandar Abbas port”.

The vessel’s Sweden-based owner, Stena Bulk, said it hoped to visit the crew, who are from India, Latvia, the Philippines and Russia. India has called on Iran to release the ship’s 18 Indian crew members.

Tehran for weeks has vowed to retaliate for the seizure of the Grace 1 tanker by British forces.

“The Revolutionary Guards responded to Britain’s hijacking of the Iranian tanker,” parliament speaker Ali Larijani told a parliament session aired live on state radio.

WAIVERS

Iran is feeling the pressure of U.S. sanctions imposed on its banks and oil exports by U.S. President Donald Trump last year after he pulled the United States out of a 2015 international pact with Iran designed to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

U.S. waivers which allowed eight countries to keep buying Iranian oil – China, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey – expired on May 2.

“The export of oil is one of the issues in which we have limitations and the U.S. and its allies have caused restrictions for us and we have to be sensitive,” Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said, state media reported on Sunday.

He said the country’s oil exports had not been impacted so far by the recent tanker incidents in the Gulf.

Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz if it cannot export its oil because of the sanctions but cannot legally do so as part of the waterway is in Oman’s territorial waters.

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Ships using the Strait also pass through Iranian waters, which are patrolled by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Navy.

Oman has urged Iran to release the tanker and called on all parties to exercise restraint and resolve differences diplomatically, state broadcaster Oman TV News reported.

“Iran is displaying its power without entering a military confrontation. This is the result of America’s mounting pressure on Iran,” said an Iranian official, who asked not to be identified.

Additional reporting by Asma Sharif and Lisa Barrington and Tuqa Khalid in Dubai; writing by Parisa Hafezi; editing by Jason Neely

B-town reacts to Sheila Dikshit’s demise

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Jul
21

The tragic death of the senior Congress politician Sheila Dikshit has taken the entire nation by shock. Not only politicians but even Bollywood celebs took to their respective social media handles to offer condolences over the unfortunate demise of Delhi’s longest-serving Chief Minister, who passed away at the age of 81.

Akshay Kumar took to social media and wrote, “Extremely sad to know about the passing away of #SheilaDixit ji…she effectively changed the face of Delhi during her tenure. Heartfelt condolences to her family ??”

Ace filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri paid his respects to her and tweeted “Just landed in Delhi to learn about the sad demise of #SheilaDixit She was dignified, passionate and cultured. Difficult for Delhi to find such a CM.”

Bhumi Pednekar wrote, “Loss of a great leader…You were really loved #ShielaDikshit ma’am.A huge loss to our country. You’ve really left behind a great legacy.May your soul rest in peace .My condolences to the family ????”

Even actress Nimrat Kaur penned a heartfelt note which read as “Deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers on the passing of #SheilaDixit ji. A lady par excellence, someone who lead by example. An indispensable presence for generations to remember ?? May her blessed soul rest in peace.”

Jailbreak app brings watchOS look to iPhone

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Jul
21

Ever wish you could bring the fun fluidity of your Apple Watch home screen to your iPhone?

A new jailbreak app from an iOS developer brings the watchOS interface to your iPhone or iPad.

Honey, created by iOS developer Blake Boxberger, allows users to configure their screen in several ways on iOS devices running jailbroken versions of iOS 11 and iOS 12.

Hackers, feeling restricted by Apple’s operating systems, will jailbreak the operating system as a way to customize the user interface and develop home-brewed apps.

Jailbreaking is complicated and comes with some risk. It voids any warranty and makes devices vulnerable to malware. The jailbreak community is supportive and quick to alert its members to possible security risks.

Apple discourages jailbreaking, however quietly appreciates the work because it helps the company root out security flaws in an OS. Apple can then close the hole with an iOS update to regular users.

watchOS look on iPhone

Other developers have tried to port the Apple Watch home screen to the iPhone, however, iDownloadblog calls Honey “one of the most aesthetically-pleasing user experiences on the market today.”

Created by developer Blake Boxberger, Honey brings the watchOS-circular design of apps and scales them to iPhone display.

Users can access apps with swipe gesture with animated movements like on Apple Watch. The app lets you toggle between off and on, choose Home Screen layouts, select between circle or square icons.

If you already operate a customized device, Honey is available to download on Dynastic Repo for $2.99.

Honey’s current version does not allow users to uninstall apps, however, Boxberger said he will correct this in an update he will release soon.

After Boxberger unveiled Honey on his Twitter feeder, a follower who downloaded it, posted the below video showing the watchOS look on his iPhone.

Sounds like ICC have had enough with Zimbabwe cricket

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Jul
20

Former Zimbabwe batsman Grant Flower believes Zimbabwe Cricket’s perpetually crisis-ridden state might have contributed to the ICC’s decision to suspend them. The drastic decision, which immediately froze all payment to Zimbabwe Cricket and barred the nation from participating in ICC events, took many by surprise, particularly since this was the first time a Full Member had been sanctioned in this manner.

Flower, however, believes their lamentable track record, as well as the glacial rate of progress despite the ICC ploughing bail-out cash into the board over the years, had counted against them.

“I can understand the player’s frustrations, but unfortunately with Zimbabwe cricket, it sounds like the ICC have just had enough,” Flower told ESPNcricinfo. “Regarding money owed and money lent, and money the ICC gave Zimbabwe that they’re probably never going to see again, it sounds like maybe they’ve run out of patience.

“I think over time, the ICC have just been worn down by all the corruption, the fraud, and the problems with Zimbabwe cricket not being able to get its house in order. Maybe they thought a jolt to their system would make some people realise what was expected of them. They would have reasoned Zimbabwe needed to understand that at some stage, you’ve got to put your house in order, and we can’t keep propping you up like we have been doing over the years.

“We can go back so many years to when things were very badly run. It’s pretty obvious what was happening at the time and the people responsible who were involved. And I think the current crop of players and the interim board, who are really good people, are being punished because the ICC felt they needed to take a stand.”

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The most ironic, and from a Zimbabwean point of view, frustrating, point in this state of affairs is the timing of the suspension. In September 2018, former Olympic swimmer and Zimbabwe’s most famous sportsperson Kirsty Coventry was appointed minister of Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC). Under her stewardship, there was a belief that a corner had been turned, and that Zimbabwe Cricket would benefit from the increased accountability the revamped SRC was expected to deliver. It was a point Flower accepted and said both the timing of the decision, as well as the consistency with which it was applied across the cricketing world, didn’t quite add up for him.

“My understanding is the SRC is a public body and not exactly government,” he said. “I think there’s quite a big difference there and I’m surprised the media hasn’t picked up on that. The SRC now is slightly more transparent. I don’t know all the members, but I do know Kirsty Coventry and she’s a good lady, a good person. And a few other people that are involved in it you could say the same of. So if you got someone at the top like Kirsty there, her hands might be tied in a lot of places, but there should be more good things happening than bad.

“Regarding government intervention, it’s curious how the ICC have decided to interpret that. There are other countries where it’s publicly stated that some of the times that certain things will be discussed and decided at government level. So I think there’s quite a big contradiction there from the ICC.”

“It is a sad day, and maybe some of the players are going to move on. Most of the players are still quite young, like Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis, who left their county to return to Zimbabwe.”

Zimbabwe cricket isn’t a stranger to deep crises. Flower played a part in arguably the gravest one of all, when in 2004, he, along with 14 other white cricketers, walked out on Zimbabwe cricket after captain Heath Streak was dismissed following a disagreement over the squad’s re-selection based on what Streak interpreted as unofficial racial quotas. It saw 21-year old Tatenda Taibu become captain, and an inexperienced side suffer a drastic downturn in results. One year later, they would withdraw from Test cricket for over half a decade.

Flower believed this particular bind was even graver, especially because it effectively prevented Zimbabwe from playing cricket altogether. “Even when we were leaving, there were a good bunch of youngsters coming through that could get the country’s cricket going. But that’s not the case anymore, with even the domestic competitions unable to take place. For it to be stopped until October at the very least, the guys are probably going to go and play in the leagues, seek a future elsewhere to try and look after their families, So yeah, I certainly think this is far worse.”

An impending exodus threatens to plunge Zimbabwe cricket into further turmoil. Solomon Mire has already announced his retirement, while Sikandar Raza hinted at it in a post on Twitter and interview with ESPNcricinfo. Kyle Jarvis wryly noted that “we are not far behind you” in response to Mire’s decision to quit, while, with no money to pay players, administrators and groundstaff, a secure future with the international side looks next to impossible. Flower said it was a harsh lesson Zimbabwe were learning, and hoped there could be a favourable resolution to the dispute in October.

“Unfortunately in Zimbabwe corruption is rife. When you live there, you get used to it. It’s quite an unhealthy state of life and affairs which has become the norm. It’s quite frightening, but until you live there, you don’t quite actually realise that.

“The scapegoats are the players and some of the good administrators. I saw this thing on Twitter about Harare Sports club, it’s a beautiful ground and at the moment it’s just going to waste because no one is being paid and the staff have left. It’s publicly owned by Harare Sports Club and the upkeep is paid for by Zimbabwe Cricket so unfortunately those sorts of things may just go to ruin.

“It is a sad day, and maybe some of the players are going to move on. Most of the players are still quite young, like Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis, who left their county to return to Zimbabwe. They could still ply their trade elsewhere; it’d be a pity it won’t be for their country of birth.

“But life goes on eh?”

For those players with no offers abroad and the hundreds of non-cricketing staff that ZC employ, even that’s barely a guarantee.

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Rating agencies knew of stress at IL&FS, but gave good ratings: audit

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Jul
20

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Credit rating agencies for years assigned high ratings to India’s Infrastructure Leasing Financial Services (ILFS) and its group companies despite its deteriorating finances, according to a special audit.

Audit firm Grant Thornton was appointed by ILFS’ new board to conduct the review following the government’s decision to take charge of the group after its defaults on debt obligations sparked fears of financial contagion.

Grant Thornton reviewed the role of five credit rating agencies — Fitch group’s India Ratings and Research, Indian affiliate of Moody’s, ICRA, Standard Poor’s local unit Crisil, CARE Ratings and Brickwork Ratings India — which assigned 429 ratings to various ILFS financial instruments in recent years.

In a 105-page report, reviewed by Reuters on Saturday, Grant Thornton said the agencies raised multiple concerns on ILFS group’s financial stress and liquidity position between June 2012 and June 2018, but continued to assign “consistently high” ratings which were only downgraded or reversed last year.

“Various strategies deployed by the then key officials of ILFS group and certain favours/gifts provided to rating agency officials suggest the possible reasons for consistent good ratings provided to ILFS group,” said Grant Thornton in its report that detailed gifts or favours such as smartwatches and tickets to overseas games.

ILFS declined to comment. India Ratings said the Grant Thornton report is based on “partial and selective source material”, adding “our ratings were based on robust and transparent analysis of relevant information”.

Brickwork said it did not assign the highest ratings to ILFS “because it follows robust, transparent and consistent rating methodology” and its actions were not influenced by any commercial pressures or rating withdrawal requests.

ICRA, Crisil and CARE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The ILFS crisis that started last year has sparked a series of federal probes into the firm’s operations, but Grant Thornton’s report raises questions on whether rating agencies have misled investors about the stress levels at other companies in India’s shadow banking sector, where new fractures are emerging.

Dewan Housing Finance Corp, another top firm in the sector, last week warned its financial situation was dire, raising more worries about the sector’s health and signalling the crisis was far from over.

“These instances show a glimpse into the incestous financial services industry where quid pro quo has become the norm. The rot … is deep and needs more cleansing,” said Shriram Subramanian, a corporate governance expert at proxy advisory firm InGovern. 

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Grant Thornton’s review of communication between former ILFS employees and ratings agencies found the company at times “used to potentially pressurize” rating firms to withdraw their assessment if the company did not receive a favourable rating.

It also found instances where credit rating agencies would meet with ILFS employees and then decide not to downgrade the ratings they had initially decided on, the report said.

“It appears that various potential strategies noted above were applied to ensure favorable ratings or to avoid the rating downgrade,” Grant Thornton said.

Highlighting “potential favours/gifts”, Grant Thornton said various key officials at rating agencies received gifts such as smartwatches, shirts and coasters.

E-mail communication showed a former ILFS employee had facilitated purchase of a villa at a steep discount for the wife of a senior Fitch executive, while another had arranged football tickets for a Brickwork Ratings executive to a Real Madrid game, the report added.

Brickwork said it had shared “a detailed response” on this specific allegation with ILFS’ new management. Fitch in a statement said the employee involved had violated the agency’s code of conduct and was no longer employed.

India’s market regulator has toughened regulations for credit rating agencies over the past three years to boost monitoring and bring clarity for investors. Following the ILFS crisis, the regulator last month ordered enhanced disclosure norms for such agencies.

Reporting by Abhirup Roy and Aditya Kalra; Editing by Euan Rocha and Stephen Powell

Arbaaz on his life post divorce with Malaika

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20

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Jailbreak app brings watchOS look to iPhone

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Jul
20

Ever wish you could bring the fun fluidity of your Apple Watch home screen to your iPhone?

A new jailbreak app from an iOS developer brings the watchOS interface to your iPhone or iPad.

Honey, created by iOS developer Blake Boxberger, allows users to configure their screen in several ways on iOS devices running jailbroken versions of iOS 11 and iOS 12.

Hackers, feeling restricted by Apple’s operating systems, will jailbreak the operating system as a way to customize the user interface and develop home-brewed apps.

Jailbreaking is complicated and comes with some risk. It voids any warranty and makes devices vulnerable to malware. The jailbreak community is supportive and quick to alert its members to possible security risks.

Apple discourages jailbreaking, however quietly appreciates the work because it helps the company root out security flaws in an OS. Apple can then close the hole with an iOS update to regular users.

watchOS look on iPhone

Other developers have tried to port the Apple Watch home screen to the iPhone, however, iDownloadblog calls Honey “one of the most aesthetically-pleasing user experiences on the market today.”

Created by developer Blake Boxberger, Honey brings the watchOS-circular design of apps and scales them to iPhone display.

Users can access apps with swipe gesture with animated movements like on Apple Watch. The app lets you toggle between off and on, choose Home Screen layouts, select between circle or square icons.

If you already operate a customized device, Honey is available to download on Dynastic Repo for $2.99.

Honey’s current version does not allow users to uninstall apps, however, Boxberger said he will correct this in an update he will release soon.

After Boxberger unveiled Honey on his Twitter feeder, a follower who downloaded it, posted the below video showing the watchOS look on his iPhone.

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