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Smith, Warner left young batsmen without teachers

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Feb
19

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Even as he conceded that he had no idea whether he would be reconsidered for Australia’s vice-captaincy, injured fast man Josh Hazlewood has declared that perhaps the biggest gap caused by the bans on Steven Smith and David Warner was the absence of first-hand experience and advice for the group of young batsmen cycled through Test series against Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.

Neither Shaun Marsh nor Usman Khawaja are universally regarded as seniors, according to Hazlewood, and his comments reflected the fact that advice provided exclusively by coaches was unable to get any further than the boundary’s edge. Hazlewood said that the likes of Marcus Harris, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, all new batsmen in the Test side, suffered for the lack of guidance at the other end from players who had found ways to be consistently high scorers at Test level.

While the aforementioned trio looked the part at times throughout the summer, it was not until the final match of the home Test calendar that any batsman reached three figures. Khawaja, his season interrupted by a knee injury, did not reach the milestone until his final innings in Canberra, and Marsh was dropped after an underwhelming run of innings against Pakistan and India.

“It’s probably been the first time when you’ve had the top six with no real senior batsmen to feed off, I guess, around training and games, so they [the newcomers] have had to do all their learning from the coaches”

HAZLEWOOD ON THE ABSENCE OF SMITH AND WARNER

“Every time Steve goes out to bat, he pretty much gets a hundred these days, so the time with the feet up is pretty important [for the fast bowlers],” Hazlewood told ESPNcricinfo when reflecting on the gulf set to be filled in time for the Ashes series in England later this year. “It’s probably been the first time when you’ve had the top six with no real senior batsmen to feed off, I guess, around training and games, so they [the newcomers] have had to do all their learning from the coaches.

“It’s just so important to have those couple of senior guys when you bring those couple of young guys into the top six to learn from. You just can’t teach some things as coaches, you have to learn out in the middle batting with a senior person, so I think the other young batters will really feed off having them back.”

Hazlewood got a vantage point from which to observe how the reflexes of Smith and Warner had been dulled by what is now close to a year without top-tier first-class cricket, having participated in a pair of net sessions against them in Sydney in early January. It suggested that coach Justin Langer’s desire to see both the former captain and his deputy playing a significant volume of cricket before returning to Australian ranks is well-founded.

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Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood also talks about the workload management of the team’s bowlers

“It was great to have them around – it’s better than bowling to a stump if no-one’s available,” Hazlewood said. “They were really keen to get in there and have a hit. I think all three quicks were there on one of the occasions and there was just me and Patty [Cummins] the other time.

“They’re class players and they really put you to the test and it really makes you get something out of the net session. They were a little bit rusty early on, it’s hard to prepare to face 140kph-plus if you haven’t been doing it, but you saw over the course of three or four overs how much improvement they had even in that short space of time, so there’s no doubt they’ll be ready to go when called upon.”

When they do return, Smith and Warner will be kept away from holding leadership positions, the former for another year, the latter for the remainder of his career. Hazlewood was part of the churn of vice-captains for Tim Paine and Aaron Finch this summer. He revealed that he had taken a minimalist approach to the role before he was sidelined with a back stress fracture, adding that he had not received any word either way about whether or not he would be required as an official team leader upon his return.

“I’ve always voiced my opinion when we’re out there in the field or in team meetings and things, so I didn’t go out of my way too much to add to that”

HAZLEWOOD ON THE LEADERSHIP ROLE

“Not really going forward, to be honest. I’m not sure how it will all work out, there’s obviously been a few guys have a go of the vice-captaincy and help out as best they can at different stages,” he said. “I really enjoyed my time doing it for a couple of one-dayers and four Tests. I didn’t see my role change too much from previous years, to be honest.

“[Paine] probably came to me a bit more than in the past, but I’ve always voiced my opinion when we’re out there in the field or in team meetings and things, so I didn’t go out of my way too much to add to that. If I saw something, I’d mention it and go from there. I’m not sure how the roles will go moving forward. They obviously pick the team and then we’ll work it out from there. Interesting times.”

Perhaps the most prominent example of unsteady leadership in a time of struggle for Australian cricket was on day one of the Sydney Test against India, where Paine and the fast bowlers – Hazlewood among them – could not agree on a collective approach to test the opposition top order after the still newish Kookaburra ball had stopped swinging.

“It’s just part of learning, I guess,” Hazlewood said. “We’ve got quite an inexperienced leadership group to a degree and the plans were a bit mixed and we weren’t all in on the one plan and things got a little bit confused. On a wicket like that, you had to be 100% on the plan I guess, and have everyone buy into that.

“There was a little bit of confusion, but I don’t think it played too much of a role, to be honest. It was probably blown up a little bit too much – those little things happen all the time, and different people have different opinions of what’s going to work on a different wicket. We could have bowled a bit better, there’s no doubt about that, but it wasn’t as big a thing as it was made out I think.”

Many Indians rally behind Modi after Kashmir attack

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Feb
19

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suffered a series of political reverses in recent months but widespread anger after 40 troopers were killed in an Islamist militant attack last week could lead to a surge in support for his Hindu nationalist party.

As emotions run high following the deadliest attack on security forces in decades, Modi, who faces a general election by May, said he had given a free hand to security forces to avenge the killings in Kashmir, the region disputed with arch-foe Pakistan.

Tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals have ratcheted up and shouts of “down with Pakistan” and “blood for blood” have reverberated at funerals of the victims. Many Indians have held candle-lit marches across the country demanding the government “not forget, not forgive”.

The attack has been claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group but the Pakistan government has denied any responsibility.

Rakesh Kumar, a 32-year-old part-time teacher in Kasba Bonli town in the western state of Rajasthan, said he was now inclined to vote for Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the national election after backing the main opposition Congress in a state vote late last year.

“If he teaches Pakistan a lesson, support for him will rise,” Kumar said in a telephone interview. “It’s a matter of the country’s security, and we need to see what he can do for us.”

The BJP was ousted from power in three major states, including Rajasthan, in December, and Modi has been blamed for weak rural incomes and an inability to provide employment to the millions of young Indians entering the job market each year.

Although still tipped to win, pollsters had said before the attack that the ruling party could fall short of a majority in the general election.

No polls have been published since the attack, but political analysts say the anti-Pakistan wave has become a rallying point for the BJP.

Yogendra Yadav, a former pollster and now a political activist, said the Kashmir attack would be a distraction from economic challenges facing the government.

“Ever since those issues have emerged, there have been systematic attempts to divert attention, some by design, some by accident,” he said.

“The consequence (of the attack) would be to bring the spotlight on issues of national security, which is exactly what the ruling party may have wanted.”

NO COMPROMISE

The BJP has not lost time in underlining its nationalist credentials. Addressing a political rally on Sunday, party president Amit Shah ended a brief period of bipartisan politics by saying that Modi was better at responding to militant attacks than the previous government headed by Congress.

“This time it’s not a Congress government that is in power. The BJP government of Narendra Modi does not do any compromise in matters of national security,” Shah said to loud cheers.

“The BJP government will completely uproot terrorism. Narendra Modi’s political will to finish terrorism is the highest among global leaders.”

Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal state and an outspoken critic of Modi, has lashed out at the BJP comments.

“We didn’t raise any questions (about the attack) because we thought we will be united in the fight (against terror),” she told reporters. “But now we see that we are silent and they are giving such speeches that it seems only they are patriots and the rest are outsiders.”

Modi has often spoken about adopting a more muscular approach to Pakistan, after a surprise visit to the neighbour in 2015 failed to improve ties.

BJP spokesman Nalin Kohli declined to say if the response to the attack would be an election issue for the party. But he defended party chief Shah’s comments as a reflection of the “national mood of grief and anger”.

In 2016, Indian forces carried out what they called a “surgical strike” on militant targets across the border in Pakistan in retaliation to an attack on an army camp in Kashmir.

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Earlier this month, before last week’s attack, Modi said the strike had “shown to the world what will be the new policy and culture in India”.

On Monday, he said any hesitation to take action against militancy and those who support it was akin to encouraging the menace.

“Terrorism is a very serious threat to global peace and stability,” Modi said. “The brutal terrorist attack shows that the time for talks is over.”

Reporting by Krishna N. Das and Devjyot Ghoshal; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Raju Gopalakrishnan

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Feb
19

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Ajmal Shahzad can’t help but smile at Mark Wood’s pure pace

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Feb
18

Last Friday, Ajmal Shahzad was appointed MCC Young Cricketers’ head coach, just days after smiling as Mark Wood’s pure pace helped England to victory in the third Test against West Indies. Former journeyman quick Shahzad tells ESPNcricinfo about hitting his stride in his one and only Test, life on the fringes of the England team and his quest to help emerging players avoid mistakes.

It was fitting in a series dripping in nostalgia that the decisive spell in last week’s final Test at St Lucia had us reaching for the history books.

The first two Tests of England’s Caribbean tour were marked by the usual reminiscence about West Indies greats past. Was Shimron Hetmyer the easiest batsman on the eye since Lara? This seam attack the best since Holding, Marshall, Croft and Garner?

But in the third Test it was England’s turn, as Mark Wood ran through the hosts’ middle order either side of tea on the second day. Scyld Berry, the doyen of the travelling press pack, declared Wood’s 19-ball spell before tea the fastest he had seen by an England bowler; others thought Flintoff at Lord’s, Harmison in Jamaica, or Devon Malcolm at the Oval must have run him close.

Such is the way of the world that the statisticians soon put paid to the wistfulness; CricViz revealed that with an average speed of 88.88mph, Wood’s was the quickest spell by an England seamer since 2010, when Ajmal Shahzad clocked 88.98mph in his first and only Test.

“Those numbers put a smile on my face!” Shahzad laughs. “Ultimately, I played one Test, and sometimes I feel I was unfortunate not to play more. In that one game, it turns out that I bowled two of the six or seven fastest spells in a long time [15 years] by an Englishman – it’s really nice to know, but I do wonder what could have been if I’d stayed injury-free, if my workloads had been monitored a bit more.”

While that Test – an innings win against Bangladesh, remembered best for Tamim Iqbal‘s quickfire 108 – might have faded from English cricket’s collective memory, the memories remain vivid for Shahzad.

“I was nervous in my first spell,” he recalls, “and it didn’t go so well. Tamim put all of us – me, Finny, Jimmy – to the sword a bit, came hard at us. It was an eye-opener: I thought ‘Test cricket? I’m not sure if I’m ready for this’. And then I remember bowling him a yorker and flattening him, and thought ‘ok, I might be able to get through this’.

“In the second innings, I was a bit more relaxed and we had the ball moving sideways a bit more. I remember just charging in – there was a point when I was walking back to my mark, I looked to my left, where they’d put in some temporary seating, and I thought my heart might pop out my chest. I remember thinking ‘this is great, there’s nowhere I’d rather be.'”

Shahzad’s spell was less dramatic than Wood’s burst – he took 1 for 18 across seven second-innings overs – but few who saw it would dare question the accuracy of the speed gun that rated it so highly.

“I wanted to bowl as fast as I could and if it meant that my shoulder was going to pop out, there’s no better place to pop your shoulder. My thought process is different to most”

Ajmal Shahzad

“Matty Prior was telling me how hard I was hitting his gloves,” Shahzad says, “so afterwards I went in and spoke to the stats guys, and asked them how quick it was. The numbers guy said my quickest ball was 96.1, and I thought ‘hang on, that’s not so bad’.

“In that game, I wanted to bowl as fast as I possibly could, and if it meant that my shoulder was going to pop out, I thought ‘so be it, there’s no better place to pop your shoulder’. My thought process is just a bit different to most.

“As a young kid, I looked at Goughy, Shoaib, Waqar, Wasim, all the greats, and thought even if I’ll never be as good as them, I just want to bowl quick. People tune in to watch proper fast bowlers go about their business. They want to see some stares, some banter, some competition. People are still watching clips of Allan Donald bowling to Mike Atherton on YouTube – that’s what people want to watch, the passion, the emotion.”

It is a reflection on England’s depth in that era that Shahzad never got another look in. His debut came due to Tim Bresnan’s injury and with Stuart Broad rested, and despite going on the 2010-11 Ashes tour, he soon fell to the back of a queue featuring those two, James Anderson, Steve Finn and Chris Tremlett.

“You’ve got to have another three really good seamers giving you control to have a tearaway in your side – it is a bit of a luxury. You’ve got to let him express himself, and say if he goes for 40 in five overs, that isn’t the end of the world – you’ve picked him because he might take five wickets in a short burst on his day.

“England have been a bit reluctant over the years, and tend to go for a four-man attack who all offer you lots of control. It’s about finding that balance; ultimately, that route probably worked for them in the bigger picture, with the number one ranking and all that success.”

Dropped from the ODI squad after the 2011 World Cup – in which he hit a last-over six in the breathless tie against India, but struggled with the ball – Shahzad went down a “tricky road” following his England days. He became something of a journeyman, with spells at Lancashire, Notts, Sussex and Leicestershire after leaving Yorkshire, and found himself without a county at the end of 2017.

“I probably came out of the game a bit prematurely,” he reflects. “I’m only 33. I was a bit of a traveller – I’ve been up and down the country playing with different counties, and it’s been a tricky road.

“When I left Yorkshire, it became tougher. I always wanted to be tearaway fast bowler, but in some team set-ups, I was looked at as a senior guy who could offer control and skill. Of course, you start to develop that, but it wasn’t a role I really wanted.

Shahzad’s enthusiasm and passion for the game – and for fast bowling in particular – are there for all to see, and it was no surprise that he wanted to keep working in cricket after his release. On Friday, he was announced as the MCC Young Cricketers’ new head coach, and it is hard to imagine a more eager candidate for the role.

“Coaching seemed like the best option for me. I don’t only want to help people aged 10 coming through, but also guys who are about to play county cricket, play for the Lions. I know how it feels when everyone’s tapping you on the bum after a fantastic spell, or in a bit of a dark place where you bowl three rubbish overs and you don’t know who to turn to.

“These days, there are more young players in the system who are subject to social media, to people’s opinions on Twitter, so you need to make individuals as strong, as robust as possible. At 20 or 21, like Sam Curran, you can get the nod for England. I had a rollercoaster of a career, felt all the highs, felt all the lows. I know what people have been through. And if I can help people make fewer mistakes on their journey, then I’ll be helping the English game.”

Pakistan recalls envoy from India amid tensions

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Feb
18

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan has recalled its ambassador in New Delhi for consultations amid escalating tensions with nuclear-armed neighbour India, Pakistan’s foreign office spokesman said on Monday.

“We have called back our High Commissioner in India for consultations. He left New Delhi this morning,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said on Twitter.

India recalled its ambassador to Pakistan last week to discuss Pakistan relations in the wake of a suicide bombing in the disputed Kashmir region that killed 44 Indian paramilitary police. New Delhi says Pakistan had a hand in the attack, which Islamabad denies.

Reporting by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Paul Tait

Aditi Dravid expresses love through music video

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Feb
18

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PSL on lookout for TV production house after Reliance-IMG ends deal

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Feb
18

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IMG-Reliance has pulled out of its deal to produce television coverage of the Pakistan Super League worldwide, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Sunday. The decision by IMG-Reliance, an Indian company, comes three days after a terrorist attack in Kashmir that killed 44 Indian paramilitary troops and severely strained relations between India and Pakistan.

“We have been informed by IMG Reliance that they will be unable to partner with us for the remaining HBL PSL 2019 and PCB has reserved all its rights. The PCB always had a contingency plan in place, and we are confident we will be in a position to announce the new partner on Monday after the completion of the formalities,” PCB’s Managing Director Wasim Khan said.

The PCB had sold the PSL broadcast rights to a consortium of Blitz Advertising and Techfront for approximately USD 36 million. This deal was set to run till the end of the 2022 season.

Neither Blitz, which is a media management group, nor Techfront, an affiliate of a sports technology and management company, own a TV channel. So they resold the rights to others with the facility to broadcast cricket matches.

Techfront does own the Cricketgateway website, which has been streaming PSL matches online for the past two seasons. That website has stopped providing its coverage to India. DSport, the television channel showing the PSL in India, has also stopped its coverage.

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Feb
17

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s resurgent La Liga run skidded to a halt as they fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at home by struggling Girona on Sunday in which captain Sergio Ramos was sent off in added time, leaving them nine points adrift of leaders Barcelona.

Real looked on course for a sixth consecutive league win when Casemiro leapt highest to meet a Toni Kroos cross and head them in front midway through the first half.

But Girona, who had not won in the league since November, came out with a vengeance in the second half, levelling in the 65th minute with a Cristhian Stuani penalty after a handball by Ramos.

Spanish striker Cristian Portu gave Girona an unlikely lead 10 minutes later, nipping in front of Madrid’s lacklustre defender Marcelo to nod in on the rebound after Thibaut Courtois could only parry a shot from visiting forward Anthony Lozano.

Madrid substitutes Gareth Bale and Vinicius Jr each squandered opportunities to level and things got worse when Ramos earned a second yellow card in stoppage time and was sent off for the 25th time in club football.

Real goalkeeper Courtois came close to salvaging an equaliser late on but headed wide, leaving Real third in the standings on 45 points, nine behind table toppers Barcelona and seven back from second-placed Atletico Madrid.

Madrid had eased to a 7-3 aggregate win over Girona in the Copa del Rey last month, and with the Catalans sitting one point above the relegation zone and having lost their six previous games, a home win seemed highly likely.

Coach Santiago Solari made six changes from the team that beat Ajax Amsterdam 2-1 in a Champions League last-16 first leg, handing breakout forward Vinicius Jr a rest after 12 consecutive starts and also benching Bale.

But perhaps his biggest mistake was handing the out-of-form left back Marcelo a first league start since Jan. 6.

Girona attacked Marcelo’s right wing throughout the second half, with Portu enjoying particular freedom, thumping the near post moments before he headed in the winning goal.

Midfielder Aleix Garcia had blazed a golden chance to equalise over the bar early in the second but Girona finally were rewarded for their bold attacking approach when Ramos blocked a goal-bound shot with his hand and a penalty was given.

Girona’s confidence rocketed after equalising while Madrid lacked composure in their attempts to find a way back in the game.

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Pulwama attack: Sonu takes on secularists

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Feb
17

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Spirited quicks help Lahore Qalandars defend 138

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Feb
17

Lahore Qalandars 138 for 6 (Sohail Akhtar 39, Devcich 28, Umer Khan 2-25) beat Karachi Kings 116 all out (Mohammad Rizwan 34, Haris Rauf 4-23, Shaheen Afridi 2-20) by 22 runs

How the game played out

The odds were stacked against Lahore Qalandars at the halfway mark against Karachi Kings, a side that’s had their number for the last three years. Defending 139, it was the young pace attack of Mohammad Hafeez’s side that refused to give in, with 18-year old Shaheen Afridi leading from the front, while Haris Rauf landed crucial blows towards the end. Karachi never could get a head of steam, with wily changes of pace and disciplined bowling by both fast bowlers and spinners ensuring the asking rate continued to creep up. It was an easy win in the end, Lahore ensuring Imad Wasim’s team fell 22 runs short.

Much as Lahore had in the opening game, they got off to a fast start, this time thanks to Sohail Akhtar, whose 25-ball 39 was the dominant performance of the early stages. But from 64 for one after eight overs, Karachi chiseled their way back thanks to teenage spinner Umer Khan. He built the pressure on Akhtar before forcing him to hole out, before getting the wicket of AB de Villiers to strike a dagger into the Lahore innings. From thereon, it was only cameos from Lahore, but their bowlers ensured the 138 posted was more than enough.

Turning point

Even though tight lines from Lahore’s bowlers meant Karachi required 49 from the last five overs, they had eight wickets in hand and Colin Ingram and Mohammad Rizwan at the crease. But the collapse that followed, after the rain break meant they gave themselves little chance to come back into the game. The last eight wickets fell for 26 runs, with the chasing side bowled out within the 20 overs. The DLS method might have had them losing by nine runs at the rain delay; the true scale of the defeat was in fact significantly greater.

Star of the day

20 years old and having never played in the Pakistan first class system, Haris Rauf stood tall in a team that comprises legends of the international game. Rauf came through the talent hunt programme that Lahore Qalandars have in place, with the side impressed by his ability to bowl in excess of 150kph. He consistently hit the high 140s during his spell today, and was playing just his fourth T20 at any level. That inexperience never really showed as he hit his lengths with impeccable accuracy, and he was the one who put paid to any hopes that Karachi might have harboured. His final figures of 4-0-23-4 didn’t come close to flattering a player who is certain to have his best years ahead of him.

The big miss

Mentioning him twice in a row might constitute cyber-bullying, but it’s hard to look past AB de Villiers failing to get going for the second time in as many matches. Having shown us a sneak peak of what could be expected from him with a cameo against Islamabad United, Lahore fans couldn’t wait for him to bring his best in the match that arguably matters more than any other throughout the competition – Lahore vs Karachi. Instead, de Villiers innings lasted just five balls, having added just three runs to his side’s total. He did get a shot at redemption in the second innings, however, when he took over the captaincy after Mohammad Hafeez was forced off with a nasty thumb injury. A few key decisions he made – notably giving Rauf the ball just after he had dropped a simple catch – turned out well in a game his side ended up comfortably winning.

Where the teams stand

There’s a harmonious egalitarianism to the PSL table thus far. No team that’s played two matches has won or lost both thus far. Lahore’s win means both they and Karachi have one win from two each.

‘Roma’ actress says she is proud of her roots after fellow actor uses racial slur

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Feb
17

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Oscar-nominated Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio, who stars in the critically acclaimed film “Roma,” said on Saturday that she was proud of her indigenous roots after a soap opera star used a racial slur to describe her.

“I am proud to be an Oaxacan indigenous woman, and it saddens me that there are people who do not know the correct meaning of words,” Aparicio, who became the first indigenous woman to be nominated for a best actress Oscar, said in a statement.

On Friday, video surfaced on Twitter in which Mexican actor Sergio Goyri, 60, can be heard criticizing the film community for nominating “a fucking Indian who says, ‘Yes, ma’am, no, ma’am’.”

Goyri quickly apologized for his remarks.

“It was never my intent to offend anyone. I apologize to Yalitza, who deserves (this Oscar nomination) and much more,” he said in a video posted on Instagram. “For me, it is an honor to see a Mexican be nominated for an Oscar.”

Aparicio, 25, starred as a domestic worker in director Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” which chronicles the life of an upper middle class family in the Mexico City neighborhood where Cuaron was raised.

The film, which was released by Netflix, has been nominated for 10 Oscars at the Academy Awards, to be held on Feb. 24.

Reporting by Julia Love in Mexico City; Editing by James Dalgleish

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RootlessJB: Jailbreak Your iPhone Or iPad Running iOS 12-12.1.2

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Feb
16
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We have been hearing for months that a public iOS 12 jailbreak could be just around the corner. Though consumer enthusiasm for jailbreaking has declined in the last few years as Apple has made it more difficult than ever before, a large number of people are still eagerly waiting for the iOS 12 public jailbreak tool. We don’t know if or when a public jailbreak would arrive, but developer Jake James recently surprised the community by releasing a developer-centric RootlessJB jailbreak tool for iPhones and iPads running iOS 12-iOS 12.1.2.

RootlessJB is here, but it’s for developers

The SSH-enabled RootlessJB tool can liberate devices running Apple’s A9, A10 and A11 processors. That makes it compatible with all the iPhones from iPhone 6S through iPhone X and iPads running chips older than the A12X Bionic. It’s worth pointing out the tool is aimed at the developer community, meaning casual users shouldn’t attempt installing it.

Jake James’ tool doesn’t offer root access. So, you won’t be able to enjoy the complete freedom that comes with jailbreaking. It also doesn’t support package managers like Cydia or Cydia Substrate. If you want to install any tweaks, you have to install them directly over SSH. However, the developer has released an updated version 3.1 that brings many new features including support for tweak injection.


The developer said in a tweet that the updated version can tweak unsandboxed apps. You can’t use it to tweak sandboxed apps. The PreferenceLoader appears to be broken with version 3.1. Jake James clearly warned that noobs should stay away from it.

How to jailbreak your device using RoolessJB

If you have a compatible device and you are a developer, here’s how you can use RootlessJB to liberate your device running iOS 12-12.1.2.

  • Fire up the Safari browser on your iPhone or iPad and visit jailbreaks.fun
  • Search for RootlessJB using the search bar and you’ll see the tool in results
  • Hit the Get button and wait for it to download on your device
  • Launch the Settings app on your device and go to General Profiles and Device Management to trust the certificate. Now Trust the newly added developer and trust again on the popup
  • Now turn on Airplane Mode and then launch RootlessJB. Make sure that the Tweaks toggle is enabled before tapping the Jailbreak button
  • Your iPhone or iPad will respring when the process is complete. It means you’ve successfully liberated your device. But if it restarts, it means something went wrong with the process and you’ll have to try again

Again, the RootlessJB tool is suitable only for developers. If you’re a casual user, you won’t have much to gain even if you successfully install it. It’s also worth pointing out that jailbreaking removes the built-in security layers in iOS, exposing you to malware and hacking attempts. It could also cause the native and third-party apps to behave abnormal or even crash. Jailbreaking could also void the warranty of your device.

Earlier this week, Apple stopped signing the iOS 12.1.2 and iOS 12.1.1 firmware versions. People who have upgraded to version 12.1.3 will no longer be able to downgrade to earlier versions. Apple traditionally stops signing the older versions a few weeks after releasing new ones to ensure that users have the latest security and stability improvements. The iOS 12.1.2 was released back in December with eSIM bug fixes. The 12.1.3 was released a couple of weeks ago with bug fixes and stability improvements.

Bangladesh top order wobbles against New Zealand quicks again

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Toss New Zealand elected to bowl v Bangladesh

Kane Williamson elected to bowl against Bangladesh in the second ODI in an overcast and damp setting at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Most of the lead up to the toss had the pitch under covers due to morning showers, but there were no delays. The home side switched their specialist spinner by bringing in Todd Astle in place of Mitchell Santner.

Bangladesh went with the same team, giving their top seven batsmen another go to rectify the mistakes from the Napier game. This will be the 200th ODI for Mushfiqur Rahim, who is now the second Bangladesh cricketer to reach the milestone after Mashrafe.

New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Henry Nicholls, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tom Latham (wk), 6 Jimmy Neesham, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Todd Astle, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Matt Henry, 11 Trent Boult

Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Liton Das, 3 Soumya Sarkar, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mohammad Mithun, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Sabbir Rahman, 8 Mohammad Saifuddin, 9 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 10 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Trump makes his case for Nobel Peace Prize, complains he’ll never get it

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16

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump made the case on Friday that he deserves to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on North Korea and Syria, but complained he probably would never get the honour.

Trump, a Republican, capped off a rambling Rose Garden news conference with a well-oiled gripe that former Democratic President Barack Obama, a nemesis, won the Nobel Prize in 2009, just months into his first term in office.

“They gave it to Obama. He didn’t even know what he got it for. He was there for about 15 seconds and he got the Nobel Prize. He said, ‘Oh, what did I get it for?’” Trump grumbled.

“With me, I probably will never get it.”

Trump claimed he saved 3 million people living in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib region from being killed after he warned Russia, Iran and the Syrian government against a planned offensive.

“Nobody talks about that,” he complained.

Attacks on the Idlib region have continued, though Trump said the strikes are done “surgically.”

He said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had given him “the most beautiful copy” of a five-page letter in which Abe nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize for opening talks and easing tensions with North Korea.

“You know why? Because he had rocket ships and he had missiles flying over Japan,” Trump said. “Now, all of a sudden, they feel good. They feel safe. I did that,” Trump said, adding that the Obama administration “couldn’t have done it.”The White House declined further comment on Trump’s claim that Abe had nominated him, and a spokesman for the Japanese embassy said he had no information about such a letter.

“Many other people feel that way, too. I’ll probably never get it. But that’s OK,” Trump said.

Last April, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Trump deserved the Nobel for his efforts to negotiate an end to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi on Feb. 27-28 for a second summit on the nuclear issue. Trump says their first meeting in Singapore last June was a triumph but critics said it delivered no progress on denuclearisation.

Trump praised himself on Friday for establishing a good relationship with Kim. “I like him a lot and he likes me a lot.”

And he fondly recalled his original hardline approach to the reclusive leader, regaling reporters with some of his favourite bellicose lines.

“It was a very tough dialogue at the beginning: ‘Fire and fury.’ ‘Total annihilation.’ ‘My button is bigger than yours,’ and ‘My button works.’ Remember that? You don’t remember that. And people said, ‘Trump is crazy.’”

Reporting by Roberta Rampton; additional reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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