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‘I was like a proud dad when we won at Headingley’

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Jan
17

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Stuart Law, West Indies’ former head coach, believes that England will be “red-hot favourites” going into next week’s first Test in Barbados, but warns that his old side are fully capable of springing another surprise, just as they produced at Headingley two years ago in one of the most sensational run-chases of all time.

Law, who oversaw a steady improvement in West Indies’ Test fortunes during his two-year spell in the Caribbean, stepped down from his role in September to take up the vacancy as Middlesex’s head coach.

And, while being realistic about West Indies’ hopes of resisting an England team that secured an impressive 3-0 win in Sri Lanka before Christmas, Law was adamant that the players he’s left behind have sufficient skill, experience and determination to rise to their latest challenge.

“Don’t underestimate the home team,” Law said. “There’s a core group of senior players who’ve been there for a while and proved that they can do it. If England aren’t on their game, West Indies have the team to make an upset.

“England are going in as red-hot favourites but as the underdogs, West Indies have nothing to lose. They aren’t supposed to win, and the Caribbean crowd will tell them they are not supposed to win, and they like proving people wrong as well.”

Despite being the stronger team on paper for the best part of two decades, England’s recent record against West Indies leaves plenty to be desired, not least in the Caribbean, where they have not won a series since 2004 and where they lost their most recent Test – coincidentally in Barbados – back in 2015.

However, for sheer chutzpah, few results in recent times compare with West Indies’ incredible Headingley upset on the 2017 tour, when Shai Hope – with two hundreds in the match – and Kraigg Brathwaite – with 134 and 95 – helped square the series with one to play after a daunting run-chase of 322.

“I think the euphoria of that first Test win in England in 17 years was something that is still being celebrated in the Caribbean,” Law said. “They don’t need much to have a party out there.

“Some of the kids who stuck their hand up in that match are still involved now… Hope, Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, those guys played their hearts out. Gabriel bowled fast every time he bowled the ball, and the two batters had a dream Test match.

“They can do it, that’s the thing. It comes down to self-belief. If they’ve got self-belief they can achieve anything.”

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of that Headingley win was its context. It came only days after England had crushed the same set of players by an innings and 209 runs in a bitterly one-sided first Test.

“To come back after Edgbaston in that way, I’d have to say it was the best Test performance I’ve been involved with,” Law said. “The enormity after what happened … you’re like a proud dad, watching the kids have a red-hot dip and all of a sudden they start to play cricket you can only dream of playing.”

Not that Law would claim much of the credit for the turnaround, however.

“I didn’t have to say much,” he said. “We sat down in the dressing room on [what should have been] day five, and the players just had a meeting. We were there as coaches to facilitate and prompt here and there, but they did all the talking.

“They didn’t like it. They got abuse from back home – you should have read some of the social media abuse, and that was coming from their home crowd. It was tough for them, but I didn’t have to say too much. It was about pointing them in the right direction and saying you can go one of two ways. You can fall away and lose the series 3-0, or you can stand up and fight. What do you want to do?

“They came up with what they wanted to do, and gave a very honest account of where they were at during that Test match. And once you’ve had that conversation, you are accountable for what you do going forward. They were all accountable at Headingley, and they stuck their hands up.”

West Indies’ hopes in the coming series have been boosted by the recall of Darren Bravo, a proven Test-match batsman who played a crucial hand in that Barbados win in 2015. He had been unavailable for most of Law’s spell in the Caribbean after becoming embroiled in the stand-off with CWI over player availability for T20 leagues. However, his return to the fray, says Law, is a sign of progress.

“I think there’s been massive improvements,” he said. “Johnny Grave, the CEO, and Jimmy Adams, the director of cricket, have made massive strides to raise the professionalism.

“But you can’t rush these disputes. I didn’t really understand the depths, but at times you have to side with the players. I had brief conversations with Darren and he made some very good points.

“He’s a high-class player, West Indies could do with his experience, and you’d like to see commitment from other players as well. But the T20 riches are big, and the West Iindies boys are high in demand, so you can’t blame them, even if playing for West Indies is a shop window for these tournaments.

“I didn’t blame one player once for choosing T20 cricket over Test cricket. Sure, I was disappointed, as I’d have loved to have them playing for West Indies, but they had other issues to keep to, and supporting their families was one of them.”

In fact, supporting his own family was Law’s primary reason for calling an early end to his time with West Indies, and instead seeking out the security that comes with a four-year deal at Middlesex.

“I’ve been asked to improve Middlesex’s white-ball cricket which has not been as competitive as it should be for a while so that will be a big focus,” he said. “But not at the expense of the Championship.

“We’ve essentially still got the core of a group of players who won the County Championship a couple of years ago so we know they are capable of winning games and getting us back into the first division.”

Kenya hotel siege over, militants and at least 14 victims dead

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Jan
17

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan security forces have killed all the Somali militants who stormed an upscale Nairobi hotel compound, taking at least 14 lives and forcing hundreds of people into terrifying escapes, the government said on Wednesday.

Fifty people believed to have been in the complex remained unaccounted for on Wednesday afternoon, the Kenya Red Cross said, raising the possibility of a much higher final death toll.

The bloody bodies of five attackers were broadcast across social media as President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the end of a 20-hour overnight siege that echoed a 2013 assault that killed 67 people in the Westgate shopping centre in the same district.

Somali group al Shabaab, an al Qaeda affiliate fighting to impose strict Islamic law, said they carried out the attack in revenge for U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“The security operation … is over and all the terrorists eliminated,” Kenyatta said in a televised national address, looking drained and grave.

Kenyatta did not specify how many assailants there were, but CCTV clips showed at least five dressed in black, some sporting green grenade belts.

One militant is seen in one clip waiting outside a restaurant before blowing himself up in a cloud of debris just after 3 p.m. (1200 GMT). Another explosion near the entrance gate, possibly a grenade, ignites three cars before four men stroll by firing assault rifles and split into two groups.

One group entered a nearby office building, where they left a grenade in the lobby, a private security professional present during the attack told Reuters. Then they shot into elevators and offices as they searched for victims up to the sixth floor.

The other group raked the restaurant with gunfire. Eventually the militants holed up on or near the top floor of the hotel, taking potshots at those fleeing, he said.

BLOODSTAINED TABLES

Twelve Kenyans – including two best friends who worked to help Somalia – an American 9/11 survivor, and a British development worker were among the casualties.

Some victims had been dining in the Secret Garden restaurant and lay slumped at bloodstained tables, video seen by Reuters showed.

In its two-page statement claiming responsibility, al Shabaab said: “This operation … (was) a response to the witless remarks of U.S. president, Donald Trump, and his declaration.”

Air strikes against the group have intensified under Trump, but Tuesday’s attack showed that the insurgents retain the ability to strike outside Somalia’s borders.

Neighbouring Kenya, a hub for multinationals and the United Nations, became a frequent target for al Shabaab after Kenya sent troops into Somalia in 2011 to try to create a buffer zone along its long, porous border.

The dusitD2 complex is home to offices of international companies including Colgate Palmolive (CL.N), Reckitt Benckiser (RB.L), Pernod Ricard (PERP.PA), Dow Chemical (DWDP.N) ad SAP (SAPG.DE), as well as the dusitD2 hotel, part of Thai group Dusit Thani (DTC.BK).

Hiram Macharia, marketing executive at LG Electronics, said he grabbed a fire extinguisher and headed downstairs after the first blast.

“Then we saw two of the attackers firing at the elevators and we turned back,” he told Reuters outside the hotel.

“They were firing twice at each of the elevator doors and the two staircase doors on each floor as they walked up the building. One of them fired at our office doors, entered slightly and then moved on.”

Macharia and some colleagues hid under desks, but one person ran to the roof and was shot dead there, he added.

WESTGATE MISTAKES AVOIDED

Security forces appeared to have avoided some of the mistakes made during the 2013 attack, when police and soldiers shot at each other, then soldiers looted the Westgate mall.

One private security worker at the scene said many of the explosions, especially those followed by a short burst of gunfire, were Kenyan special forces using small charges to blow open locked doors and clear rooms.

About a dozen armed foreigners of various nationalities were also there, he said, including embassy staff and private security advisers trying to rescue clients.

Mamadou Dia was on a business trip from Paris for STP Consultants when he ended up huddled in a room with Chinese and Canadian hotel guests and a waiter.

“They told us by text that the police knew we were in that room and that they would come, and one and a half hours later, the police came to evacuate us,” he said.

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As armed officers escorted them out, the attackers shot at them “like snipers,” he said, adding that police fired back.

At nearby Chiromo morgue, the family of a 35-year-old man collapsed upon hearing a body had arrived with his identification papers.

“He is gone, he is gone,” the father repeated into his phone as his mother wrapped a shawl around herself and wept.

Additional reporting by Katharine Houreld, John Ndiso, Humphrey Malalo, David Lewis, Hereward Holland and George Obulutsa; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Alexandra Zavis and Gareth Jones

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What is Jailbreaking | Jailbreaking a Device

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Jan
16

The smartphone revolution put an amazing amount of computing power into out pockets. But that iPhone you tote around will only what Apple and your carrier allow it to do. You play by their rules. You can download whatever apps you want from the App Store, but you can’t download third-party apps Apple hasn’t approved. You can tweak the settings menu to your heart’s content, but you can’t change the rules of Apple’s operating system.

The desire to defeat these restrictions gave birth to the idea of“jailbreaking”—the process of setting a phone free from the cage that companies build around it. Today, people are still doing it for just about every consumer electronics device there is. Here’s what you need to know.

What is jailbreaking, really?

One way to think about how a device works from a software security standpoint is to imagine it as a castle. Anyone can do the stuff outside the moat—say, open the internet browser app. The person who owns the phone can get inside the moat—they can download and install apps—and they can even get inside the castle walls, which might be going into settings and making some configurations.

But somewhere, in the highest tower, is stuff that only the people who made the device get access to. This is the inner sanctum where the foundational code that determines how the device works lives. When you jailbreak a phone, you’re passing yourself off as someone who can get into every room in the castle, even if you’re just a peasant. That’s why you’ll also hear jailbreaking called “privilege escalation.”

Any other names?

When it comes to Android devices, you’ll usually hear “rooting” rather than “jailbreaking,” but functionally it’s pretty much the same thing.

So it’s not just iPhones that can be jailbroken?

Nope. You can jailbreak Android phones, too, and pretty much any consumer device you might want to use in a way not intended by its manufacturer. People jailbreak Amazon Firesticks and Roku streaming boxes to run media software they prefer to the built-in apps, and Nintendo Switches to run emulated games.

So you can make a jailbroken device run other software?

Yes: because you can give a device features it doesn’t have according to the manufacturer’s spec. Take the iPhone. You can add the ability to tether–use the phone’s cellular collection to create a Wi-Fi network other devices can hop on—even if your device and plan don’t allow it. You can install apps that Apple doesn’t allow. You can redesign the look and feel of the OS.

Is this legal?

If it were up to the manufacturers, it probably wouldn’t be legal. But courts have affirmed that consumers have the right to jailbreak their devices—in the U.S., anyway (make sure to check the laws the cover where you live). That said, if you jailbreak your device, you’ve probably voided the warranty.

So is it safe?

By circumventing the manufacturer’s software, you’ve also circumvented the manufacturer’s security. You could be opening yourself up to malware and other issues like hacking or privacy violations. Whether or not to jailbreak is really a caveat emptor proposition, and certainly not something for casual or novice users. You’re opening Pandora’s Box not only for you to play in, but also for anyone else who can gain access to your phone. Also, jailbreaking some devices runs the risk of bricking them if you do it wrong, that is to say completely destroying your device permanently. So be aware of the risks.

OK. How do I actually do it?

It varies from device to device, but generally speaking: You download a jailbreaking software package, then follow its instructions to get its code implemented on your device. Note that this also varies with each new OS release for your device. Apple, for example, updates its security protocols with each update to iOS, so there’s always a bit of a time lag before there’s new jailbreaking software available, and there’s no guarantee that a given device can be jailbroken, but the hackers usually find a way. Just be patient, and of course, be careful.

Joe Root shrugs off Big Bash rust as England ease into Caribbean groove

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Jan
16

England XI 312 for 10 (Root 87) v WI President’s XI
Scorecard

As the scorecard took on an unusual look – it was 284 for 10 when Keaton Jennings came out for a second bat of the innings – you couldn’t help but wonder what Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott might make of it.

The graves of Worrell and Walcott overlook this attractive ground which bears their name – the final member of the Three Ws, Sir Everton Weekes, remains in fine fettle a month short of his 94th birthday – and remind of us a time when Caribbean cricket – Barbadian cricket, even – was the envy of the world. It remains incredible that this tiny island has produced so many great players.

But times have changed. Tour games like this, once an eagerly awaited opportunity for regional sides to show their worth in front of keen local support, are now little more than glorified training sessions.

And where once – not necessarily the days of the Three Ws, to be fair – Caribbean pitches were expected to provide pace and bounce, they are generally now sluggish and begrudging, offering more to spin than pace. West Indies are down at No. 8 in the Test rankings, too, just a point above Bangladesh.

You wonder if these pitches are, in part, responsible. For while the Caribbean still produces impressive fast bowlers – in this match, the pace and skill of Miguel Cummins, Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder promises plenty for the future – it must be harder for batsmen to develop when they cannot trust the pace or the bounce in the surface. The last first-class game on this surface saw Jamiacia bowled out for 65 in the fourth innings with two spinners – Jomel Warrican and Nikita Miller – claiming 10-wicket hauls in the match. Even the Three Ws might struggle to thrive in such an environment.

The one man who looked comfortable here was Joe Root. He may have struggled in the Big Bash – he managed a top score of 26 in seven innings – and he may have fallen short of a century once more but, on this two-paced surface – Rory Burns described it as “tacky” – with its desperately slow outfield, this represented a fine effort.

While none of his teammates even hinted at fluency, Root scored at a run a ball and produced a range of stroke that found gaps in the field. Twice he skipped down the pitch to loft sixes over the offspinner, Bryan Charles, while Holder, a 20-year-old fast bowler who could have a bright future, was cut – or guided – for three fours in an over when he dropped short. Many more times, he created runs with his movement in the crease, his quick wrists, turning balls into gaps. He never seemed to hurry, but he scored almost double the pace of his colleagues.

The other top-order batsmen to impress were Rory Burns and Ben Stokes. While neither were fluent, they demonstrated patience and technique in each resisting for over two hours. And if Burns may be frustrated with his dismissal, playing across a straight one, he could be consoled by the disciplined manner he negated this deserving new-ball attack.

The dangers of trying to force the pace on such a surface were demonstrated by Jonny Bairstow. Having survived several nervous moments before getting off the mark – he eventually did so with a thick outside edge as he pushed at one off the back foot – he was frustrated into a furious, footless drive that resulted in an edge to the keeper.

Impatience was responsible for several of the other wickets. Stokes, who was admirably patient until reaching his 87-ball 50, and Moeen both fell trying to drag short balls into the leg side – Charles was somewhat flattered by his bowling figures though he improved as the day wore on – while Root top-edged a sweep. Jennings had earlier popped a bat-pad catch up to short-leg off his inside edge while at the other end of the day Sam Curran fenced at a short one, Ben Foakes was brilliantly taken by Jahmar Hamilton, who looks a good quality keeper, after edging one that left him, while Jack Leach edged a decent offbreak.

While some spectators were disappointed by the nature of the contest, it is the way of the modern world and its unrelenting schedules. As things stand, it appears England will play the top seven that is playing here with the addition of Jos Buttler forcing Moeen Ali down to No. 8. And, with the Barbados pitch expected – maybe ‘hoped’ would be the more appropriate word – to provide some life for seamers, England look likely to play at least three fast bowlers (James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Stokes) with the final selection coming down to a choice between the left-arm swing of Curran or the left-arm spin of Leach. The fact that Duke’s balls are to be used may help Curran.

That means Chris Woakes, Olly Stone, Joe Denly and Adil Rashid could be set for a frustrating tour. Woakes did provide a reminder of his value with a typically effective innings late in the day, though, and much could happen in the three days of warm-up cricket that is to follow. England will also bat first in the second warm-up match starting here on Thursday to ensure they don’t spend 180 overs in succession in the field.

Shutdown bites economy, U.S. Coast Guard as Washington talks stall

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Jan
16

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy is taking a larger-than-expected hit from the partial government shutdown, White House estimates showed on Tuesday, as contractors and even the Coast Guard go without pay and talks to end the impasse seemed stalled.

The shutdown dragged into its 25th day on Tuesday with neither Trump nor Democratic congressional leaders showing signs of bending on the topic that triggered it – funding for the wall Trump promised to build along the border with Mexico.

Trump invited a bipartisan group of members of Congress for lunch to discuss the standoff but the White House said Democrats turned down the invitation. Nine House Republicans – none of whom are involved in party leadership – attended the private lunch.

House Democratic leaders said they did not tell members to boycott Trump’s lunch but had pressed those invited to consider whether the talks would be productive or be a photo-op for Trump.

“We are unified,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of senators has been exploring solutions. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican participant, told reporters in a Capitol hallway that the group had “momentum” but gave no other details.

Senator Joe Manchin, a Democratic member of the group, said “anything can be part of the negotiations.”

“There’s a group – everybody’s talking. Everybody wants to find a way out of this,” he said.

“Never in my political life have I ever seen the workers and the citizens that are dependent upon the services be used as a pawn,” Manchin said.

Trump is insisting Congress shell out $5.7 billion for wall funding as about 800,000 federal workers go unpaid during the partial shutdown.

SEEKING COAST GUARD FUNDING

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she was working with the White House and Congress to pass legislation to fund the Coast Guard. While the Pentagon is not affected by the shutdown, the Coast Guard budget is part of Nielsen’s department.

“Like the other branches of the U.S. military, active duty @USCG should be paid for their service and sacrifice to this nation,” Nielsen wrote on Twitter.

The Trump administration had initially estimated the shutdown would cost the economy 0.1 percentage point in growth every two weeks that employees were without pay.

But on Tuesday, there was an updated figure: 0.13 percentage point every week because of the impact of work left undone by 380,000 furloughed employees as well as work left aside by federal contractors, a White House official said.

The partial shutdown is the longest in U.S. history and its effects have begun to reverberate across the country.

Longer lines have formed at some airports as more security screeners fail to show up for work while food and drug inspections have been curtailed and farmers, stung by recent trade spats, have been unable to receive federal aid.

Speaking on CNBC, Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian said the partial shutdown will cost the airline $25 million in lost revenue in January because fewer government contractors are traveling.

Trump ran for office in 2016 on a promise to build a wall to stop illegal immigration and drug trafficking. He had toyed with the prospect of declaring a national emergency to circumvent Congress to secure the funding, but this week has backed off from that idea, which would attract a court challenge.

  • Impact on U.S. government widens on 25th day of shutdown

Democrats, who took over the U.S. House of Representatives this month, have rejected the border wall but back other border security measures. They also have insisted the government be fully open before negotiations occur.

House Democrats have passed a number of bills to fund the roughly one-quarter of federal operations that have been closed, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, has said the chamber will not consider legislation that Trump will not sign into law.

McConnell, who has mainly stayed out of the public fray on the shutdown, on Tuesday accused Democrats of “acrobatic contortions” to avoid negotiating on the shutdown.

Reporting by Steve Holland, Susan Cornwell, Ginger Gibson, Makini Brice, Susan Heavey, Alexandra Alper and Lisa Lambert; Writing by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Bill Trott

Twitterati slam ‘Sridevi Bungalow’ teaser

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Jan
15

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Cydia closes purchases for its iOS jailbreak store

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Jan
15

In the earliest days of the iPhone, Cydia arose as a rival distribution channel to Apple’s App Store, built specifically for jailbroken smartphones. Now, more than decade later, Cydia founder Jay “Saurik” Freeman has decided to shut down in-app purchasing through the Cydia mobile store after he acknowledged a bug related to PayPal digital token authorization that affected “very few users,” via TechCrunch. Through Cydia, users could buy mobile software designed to run on a jailbroken iOS device, but the jailbreaking community has grown smaller over the years as Apple’s iOS ecosystem has grown more robust and secure.

“The reality is that I wanted to just shut down the Cydia Store entirely before the end of the year, and was considering moving the timetable up after receiving the report (to this weekend),” Freeman wrote in a Reddit post published late last week. “This service loses me money and is not something I have any passion to maintain: it was a critical component of a healthy ecosystem, and for a while it helped fund a small staff of people to maintain the ecosystem, but it came at great cost to my sanity and led lots of people to irrationally hate me due to what amounted to a purposeful misunderstanding of how profit vs. revenue works.”

Freeman said that shutting down the service doesn’t actually help him financially, as he still has to pay for hosting the archived Cydia repositories, a cost he says his new job helps him cover. So instead of shutting the store completely, he decided to simply disable the purchasing mechanism. It sounds as if the Cydia project itself may imminently come to an end, but Freeman says he’s planning a more “formal” post next week to better explain the PayPal issue and also outline the roadmap for Cydia going forward.

Five years to ‘inspire a generation’ – ECB unveils strategy for future

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Jan
15

5:26 PM ET

The future of cricket in England and Wales depends on its ability to reach out to people and communities that have never previously considered the sport was for them, according to Tom Harrison, the ECB chief executive, at the unveiling of the board’s strategic plan for 2020-24.

Speaking at the launch of “Inspiring Generations”, a 35-page document that places youth participation and a diversification of the sport’s traditional fanbase at the heart of the ECB’s strategy for the coming five years, Harrison also insisted that it was a “myth” that The Hundred, the proposed new competition and the source of significant disquiet among cricket’s traditionalists, has been designed solely with that new audience in mind.

“The new competition is designed to appeal to cricket fans,” Harrison said, an assertion that sought to reframe the ECB’s message of the past 12 months – in the wake of statements from the likes of Andrew Strauss, the former director of England cricket, who had said it was aimed at “mums and kids”, and Eoin Morgan, England’s one-day captain, who claimed that the point of the product was to “upset people that already come to a game”.

Mistakes had been made in the ECB’s unveiling of the new competition, said Harrison, but he believes that now was the time for the game to “come together” for the greater good.

“[The competition] addresses three key principles: time, complexity and the perceptions of cricket that are out there,” he said. “It is designed to do a certain job for a certain period of the season. The bottom line is that growth over the next few years is fundamentally important to us as a game. You cannot keep relying on the same audience … the world is changing quickly. Success in five years’ time will be people saying ‘cricket is a game for me’.”

A huge amount of the ECB’s strategy remains to be finalised in the coming 12 months, not least the sign-off for The Hundred itself, which is expected to be sent out to the 18 first-class counties in the coming days.

As yet, there are no confirmed teams or sponsors for the competition either, and while Harrison remains adamant that the best players in the world will be attracted to take part when it is finally launched, India’s captain, Virat Kohli, is already a notable sceptic.

Harrison, however, was at pains to point out that, in the scope of the ECB’s five-year plan, the new competition forms just one of 26 activities across six priorities for growth – ranging from a greater focus on women’s and girls’ cricket to the use of the 39 existing county teams (first-class and minor alike) as “delivery networks” to improve the links between the professional and recreational game.

“It’s a strategy with six key focuses, it sets a clear ambition for the game,” said Harrison. “We want cricket to grow, but we want to rely on our existing infrastructures, on existing assets. The new competition is just one of those tactical approaches. But so is digital investment. So is our women’s and girls’ strategy. These are the areas we can make a difference and grow.”

The Hundred’s greatest significance, however, may lie in what Harrison believes it has already achieved for the sport – namely luring the BBC back to the table as free-to-air broadcast partners, and persuading Sky Sports to part with the bulk of the £1.1 billion of the last rights deal – a sum of money which transformed the relationship between board and broadcaster from merely transactional to a full-blown strategic partnership.

“Before a ball is bowled, The Hundred is a profitable venture,” said Harrison, who confirmed an operational budget for the tournament of £180 million across five years. “We would not be on free-to-air TV without the new competition. We would not have the premium in the new rights process if The Hundred hadn’t been there. It’s not an afterthought.

“It’s really, really important that we demonstrate as a major sport in this country that we have the capacity to grow, and the intention to grow, and the ambition. It’s also good for business. We think we can do that, Sky agree with us, and they are helping us with that because ultimately it’s good for their business too. And the same goes for BBC. In terms of scale and reach, it’s a powerful combination that we haven’t been able to talk about before.”

The full details of how Sky’s involvement will manifest themselves from 2020 onwards will be revealed in due course. However, having spoken in the past of the transformative effects of the Sky Ride programme on participation in cycling, Harrison added that the broadcaster had committed a sum of £50 million to attracting a new audience and perpetuating the value of their investment. One benefit that is already in the offing is the distribution of free subscriptions to registered cricket clubs, potentially in time for this year’s World Cup.

Another key priority for the coming five years is to shed the perception that cricket is a sport for the moneyed middle classes. The vast majority of England’s current Test team were privately educated, while the ECB’s extensive research – dotted throughout “Inspiring Generations” – shows that more than 80% of the sport’s current spectators are white and male, with an average age of 50.

“There’s a lot more that we can do to make cricket more open to communities that haven’t felt part of it in the past,” Harrison said. “We need to shed that tag of elitism and privilege that we carry around with us. We don’t believe it’s good enough, for example, for us to be in only 22 per cent of schools. We’ve got to do more.”

The alternative to embracing a vision of concerted collective action, says Harrison, is unpalatable.

“If we didn’t do all of that, I think we might be managing decline,” he said. “I fundamentally believe we can mean more to more people. And I fundamentally believe in the power of cricket to do amazing things. A powerful sport in terms of what it can mean to people. It connects communities, inspires people, and it can change your life. That’s the purpose statement that sits behind the whole strategy.”

Police charge student leader, nine others, in sedition case

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Jan
15

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian police on Monday charged 10 people, including a prominent former student organiser, with sedition, in a case that activists say is really about freedom of speech.

Kanhaiya Kumar, a former head of the students’ union at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, was arrested in 2016 at a rally to commemorate the anniversary of the execution of a Kashmiri separatist who had been convicted for an attack on India’s parliament.

Kumar’s detention under colonial-era laws led to protests by opposition parties, who accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of trying to muzzle free speech.

The Delhi High Court later released Kumar, now a member of the Communist Party of India, on bail.

On Monday, the police sent a list of the 10 suspects to a city court which will decide if they will stand trial, the Delhi Police said.

Reporting by Mayank Bhardwaj and Suchitra Mohanty; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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Cydia closes purchases for its iOS jailbreak store

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Jan
14

In the earliest days of the iPhone, Cydia arose as a rival distribution channel to Apple’s App Store, built specifically for jailbroken smartphones. Now, more than decade later, Cydia founder Jay “Saurik” Freeman has decided to shut down in-app purchasing through the Cydia mobile store after he acknowledged a bug related to PayPal digital token authorization that affected “very few users,” via TechCrunch. Through Cydia, users could buy mobile software designed to run on a jailbroken iOS device, but the jailbreaking community has grown smaller over the years as Apple’s iOS ecosystem has grown more robust and secure.

“The reality is that I wanted to just shut down the Cydia Store entirely before the end of the year, and was considering moving the timetable up after receiving the report (to this weekend),” Freeman wrote in a Reddit post published late last week. “This service loses me money and is not something I have any passion to maintain: it was a critical component of a healthy ecosystem, and for a while it helped fund a small staff of people to maintain the ecosystem, but it came at great cost to my sanity and led lots of people to irrationally hate me due to what amounted to a purposeful misunderstanding of how profit vs. revenue works.”

Freeman said that shutting down the service doesn’t actually help him financially, as he still has to pay for hosting the archived Cydia repositories, a cost he says his new job helps him cover. So instead of shutting the store completely, he decided to simply disable the purchasing mechanism. It sounds as if the Cydia project itself may imminently come to an end, but Freeman says he’s planning a more “formal” post next week to better explain the PayPal issue and also outline the roadmap for Cydia going forward.

Azhar Mahmood points out inexperience in Pakistan’s attack

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Jan
14

Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood admitted that his side could have bowled a lot better in the morning, as South Africa set the visitors a colossal 382 to avoid a whitewash in Johannesburg. He also added, however, that the pitch appeared to have flattened out, allowing South Africa a degree of comfort with the bat they had not enjoyed on Saturday.

“We could have bowled a lot better today, and there were patches we didn’t bowl well in Centurion and Cape Town as well,” he said. “But as you see, our bowling line-up is very inexperienced, and this is a learning curve for them. Apart from Amir, no one came here before. These are different pitches, different atmosphere, so it’s a learning curve for them.

“I think the pitch flattened out a bit. For the last three days, all sides opted for the heavy roller and the pitch flattened out. I think our plan was to get them out for less than 50 or 60 runs today, so we’d have to chase 270 or 280. But credit goes to de Kock and Amla. They played really well. They left the ball well, and when they got opportunities, they hit boundaries. On this ground, there are a lot of boundary options. You don’t get lot of runs by singles, because boundaries can be had on both sides.”

South Africa had begun the day still slightly precariously perched at 135 for 5, but 129 from Quinton de Kock, a half-century from Hashim Amla, and contributions from the lower order took South Africa to 304. It was de Kock’s innings however – his first century in two years – that most impressed Azhar.

“De Kock is a class act. He’s one of the best players in the world. We know when he’s at the crease he will get runs, because he likes ball on bat. He has the ability to hit good balls for four, and the innings he played was very good.”

Pakistan still need 232 runs to win, with seven wickets in hand. The chase, if it were to be completed, would break all sorts of records, but will require the Pakistan batsmen to show a command over South Africa’s all-pace attack that they have not come close to achieving. Mahmood, however, still felt his side were in with a shot, pointing to the sturdy little 48-run partnership brewing between Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq.

“We’ve done this before [in Pallekelle in 2015, where Pakistan also chased 382]. Babar and Asad are batting really well. If they bat for a long period of time, we’ve got a really good chance. Like I said in the morning, when you get 50, you have to turn it into 70, and then on to 100. If one of these guys can get a hundred like de Kock did, then I think we’ve got a chance.”

Another slight peculiarity of the day was legspinner Shadab Khan, who had enjoyed turn since day one, not being called upon until the 34th over of the day. He sent down just under five overs, but caused the batsmen the greatest discomfort during that time, taking two wickets, including de Kock’s. Azhar admitted he may well have come on earlier, but said that the early swing made Pakistan stick with pace.

“That’s the decision we had to take. The ball was doing a bit and there were a lot of plays and misses. We were hoping the fast bowler did the job for us and the captain thought that was the way to go. But when he came back, he bowled really well. I’m satisfied with the bowlers’ performance overall this series. As you can see, not only did the Pakistan batting line-up struggle, but the South Africans did too.”

The issue about the performance of the bowlers has become a major talking point over the past week, with Sarfraz making his frustrations with their reduced pace obvious after Pakistan succumbed to a nine-wicket defeat in Cape Town. On the first day here, Amir, too, had made it clear that he would not take questions on the subject, abruptly ending a press conference when asked. But Azhar, who has been in charge of the bowlers, used the example of Shaheen Afridi, sitting this game out with an injury, to illustrate their workload of late.

“Look at Shaheen: he’s a young guy. He only played six first-class games, out of which three were Test matches. He’s bowled a lot, and we’ve been playing Test-match cricket for the last three months. The boys played eight Test matches in a few weeks. It’s tough on a young guy, because he’s not used to the workload. We miss him, but we have to manage his workload for the ODIs as well, because he’ll be crucial in the ODIs for us.”

Samsung to launch India-first smartphones to counter Chinese rivals

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Jan
14

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Samsung (005930.KS) plans to launch a budget smartphone series in India ahead of a global release, aiming to regain ground ceded to Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi (1810.HK) in the world’s second-biggest mobile phone market.

The South Korean company’s Indian market share by shipments has lagged Xiaomi’s in two of the three 2018 quarters for which data is available, according to technology researcher Counterpoint.

The three new M-series phones, which Samsung plans to sell only through its website and Amazon.com’s (AMZN.O) Indian operation, will help the company to double online sales, the head of Samsung’s Indian mobile business told Reuters.

“The M series has been built around and incepted around Indian millennial consumers,” Asim Warsi said, adding that the phones will be rolled out globally after the Indian launch at the end of January.

He declined to give specifics but said that online sales account for a double-digit percentage of the company’s overall mobile phone revenue.

Samsung’s mobile phone sales in India touched 373.5 billion rupees ($5.3 billion) in the 12 months to end-March 2018, according to regulatory filings sourced by paper.vc, a business intelligence platform.

The India-made phones, priced from less than 10,000 rupees ($141.80) up to 20,000 rupees, will carry chunkier batteries and features such as quick charging, Warsi said.

Samsung has been sharpening its focus on India, home to more than a billion wireless subscribers and where roughly 350 million users still do not use smartphones.

Last year it opened what it said was the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturing plant on the outskirts of Indian capital New Delhi as well as its biggest mobile phone store globally in Bengaluru.

“A lot of our insights, RD and developments for consumers in India … they have great connect with many other consumers in many other parts of the world,” Warsi said.

Samsung’s Indian business sells its phones through 250,000 retail outlets and more than 2,000 exclusive stores, with support offered by 2,000 service centers.

($1 = 70.5200 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by David Goodman

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Anushka-Virat’s pics are too sweet to miss

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Jan
13

As a tradition, Anushka Sharma also celebrated Karva Chauth with her husband Virat Kohli today. The actress and the Indian cricket skipper took to their respective social media accounts to share the pictures and wished everyone on the occasion.

Anushka can be seen in a yellow saree with big earrings and sindoor while Virat wore a black Kurta with a churidar. The pics are totally blissful. She captioned the image, “My moon , my sun , my star , my everything ?

Happy karva chauth to all ??”.

While Kohli’s caption read, “My life. My universe. ?? Karvachauth ??”.

During Karva Chauth, women who are married fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands.

On the work front, Anushka Sharma is will be next seen in Aanand L Rai’s ‘Zero’ starring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. The film is all set to hit the theatres in December 2018.

Cydia closes purchases for its iOS jailbreak store

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Jan
13

In the earliest days of the iPhone, Cydia arose as a rival distribution channel to Apple’s App Store, built specifically for jailbroken smartphones. Now, more than decade later, Cydia founder Jay “Saurik” Freeman has decided to shut down in-app purchasing through the Cydia mobile store after he acknowledged a bug related to PayPal digital token authorization that affected “very few users,” via TechCrunch. Through Cydia, users could buy mobile software designed to run on a jailbroken iOS device, but the jailbreaking community has grown smaller over the years as Apple’s iOS ecosystem has grown more robust and secure.

“The reality is that I wanted to just shut down the Cydia Store entirely before the end of the year, and was considering moving the timetable up after receiving the report (to this weekend),” Freeman wrote in a Reddit post published late last week. “This service loses me money and is not something I have any passion to maintain: it was a critical component of a healthy ecosystem, and for a while it helped fund a small staff of people to maintain the ecosystem, but it came at great cost to my sanity and led lots of people to irrationally hate me due to what amounted to a purposeful misunderstanding of how profit vs. revenue works.”

Freeman said that shutting down the service doesn’t actually help him financially, as he still has to pay for hosting the archived Cydia repositories, a cost he says his new job helps him cover. So instead of shutting the store completely, he decided to simply disable the purchasing mechanism. It sounds as if the Cydia project itself may imminently come to an end, but Freeman says he’s planning a more “formal” post next week to better explain the PayPal issue and also outline the roadmap for Cydia going forward.

Jofra Archer on England’s World Cup radar, says Ashley Giles

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Jan
13

1:56 PM ET

Ashley Giles has confirmed Jofra Archer‘s “hat will be in the ring” for England selection ahead of the World Cup. But Giles, the new managing director of England men’s cricket and, as a result, a selector, said he would have to talk to the others on the panel, notably national selector Ed Smith, before a final decision was taken.

He also sounded a note of caution over expectations of Archer, who has played only 14 List A games, suggesting it would be unfair to expect “some sort of messiah” if he is selected.

Archer, Barbados born but the holder of a British passport courtesy of an English father, qualifies for England selection in March. That means he will have no chance to make his international debut before England have to name their provisional World Cup squad by April 23.

But while Eoin Morgan, the England captain, has previously said that, unless injury intervenes, it may be too late for Archer to force his way into a relatively settled England one-day squad, Giles suggested Archer’s skills could prove hard to ignore. England play a one-off ODI against Ireland, on May 3, and have a five-match ODI series against Pakistan before the World Cup.

“He is an exciting cricketer and his hat will be in the ring,” Giles said when asked if the World Cup came too soon for Archer. “It will be exciting when Jofra is available. Any guys who bowl 90mph-plus are going to create interest and get people out of their seats. His skills are good and it is a massive one-day year. He will be available from the end of March.”

Giles is also keen not to unsettle a team that has taken England to the top of the ODI rankings and looks likely to go into the World Cup as favourites. And, for all Archer’s success in T20 cricket – he has played in leagues around the world and was the quickest bowler in last year’s IPL – his inexperience in List A cricket is a concern.

“We’ve got a group of players who’ve done a lot to get us to this point and have performed very well for England,” Giles said. “So competition for those final places is going to be strong.

“I’ll have to speak to Ed. I’ve not spent much time with him although we spoke through the summer as a director of cricket of a county [while Giles was at Warwickshire]. I’ll need to get some other opinions as well. I need to know what the coaches are thinking and the captains.

“It is a big year and it would be a bit tough on the lad to think he is going to be some sort of messiah coming into the team. But he is an exciting cricketer.”

Giles also confirmed that he hoped to travel to the Caribbean and India in the coming weeks to see the England side and the England Lions side in action.

“I’ll be going out for second Test in Antigua and some of the one-dayers,” he said. “It is not about me just watching some cricket: I need to get to know some of these guys. Before we know it, we will be into the season so I need some time with them. I have a long list of people I need to catch-up with and a long list of stuff I need to read.”

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