South Africa survive early scare to beat Afghanistan in World T20

first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP):South Africa avoided another bowling nightmare to revive their World Twenty20 campaign and beat inexperienced Afghanistan by 37 runs in the Group One match yesterday.Chasing South Africa’s daunting 209-5, opener Mohammad Shahzad smashed 44 off just 19 balls before medium-fast Chris Morris grabbed 4-27 to dismiss Afghanistan for 172 in 20 overs.”We need to be a lot better, it’s as simple as that,” said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who won the toss and chose to bat. “It’s a big challenge for the bowlers … I guess we are a bit soft in our execution which we need to improve on.”AB de Villiers had earlier capitalised on two dropped catches to hit 64 off 29 balls. Left-handed opener Quinton de Kock made 45 and du Plessis contributed 41.South Africa lost the first match against England, which chased down a WT20 record 230-8 at the same venue on Friday to win by two wickets. It was Afghanistan’s second loss in succession after they were beaten by defending champions Sri Lanka at Kolkata.Shahzad followed the England-style run rampage when he smashed five sixes and three fours in the first three overs from fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott as South Africa rested their front-line fast bowler Dale Steyn and included David Wiese, who went for 0-47.Morris cut short the cricketing carnage and knocked back the middle stump of Shahzad, before following it up with the wicket of captain Asghar Stanikzai. He returned to clean- bowl Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran in his last over.The South African pace proved too much for Afghanistan’s middle-order batsmen as they kept losing wickets, with wicketkeeper de Kock holding on to four catches and also stumping Noor Ali Zadran.”This experience will be good for us,” Stanikzai said. “Shahzad started well but, unfortunately, we gave some quick wickets and that’s why we lost the match.”Earlier, de Kock and du Plessis set the pace of the South Africa innings by adding 65 off 42 balls after Hashim Amla was dismissed in the third over.Afghanistan came back briefly when du Plessis was run out in the 10th over and two overs later de Kock was caught behind.last_img read more

Gilas PH eyes end of skid vs Perpetual

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Led by amateur sensation Kobe Paras, the young Nationals will face an Altas squad that features NCAA holdovers Prince Eze, AJ Coronel and Keith Pido.Lim is being tasked to rebuild the Perpetual program, with an eye toward replicating his success during his stint as coach of the San Beda Red Lions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLim steered San Beda to NCAA men’s basketball championships in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He takes over a team that also added former UE Red Warrior Edgar Charcos to its roster.Far Eastern University and Letran tangle in the 4:30 p.m. game looking to stay unbeaten. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Gilas Pilipinas Cadets try to end a slump in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Wednesday when they square off against a rebuilding Perpetual Help at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Cadets opened up with losses to Ateneo, La Salle and San Beda and hope to finally notch a win when they square off with Perpetual Help and its new coach, Frankie Lim, at 6:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Unstoppable Bell carries Petron closer to PSL Grand Prix crown Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Emilio Aguinaldo College opens the day’s schedule against University of the East at 10 a.m.Mapua, meanwhile, takes on National University at 12:30 p.m. and San Sebastian battles St. Benilde after.Mapua is undefeated thus far in the tournament, and is coming off a 77-74 squeaker over EAC.Before the main matches, the Hanes 1-on-1 King of the Hardcourt will debut with La Salle’s Miggy Cortez taking on Lyceum of the Philippines rookie Yancy Remulla at 4 p.m.Ateneo is also among the undefeated squads in the tournament after leading by as many as 32 points in a 100-72 rout of winless UP.In another match the past week, St. Benilde shot down Jose Rizal, 104-83.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

EVA Air’s flying chairman

first_imgNo mere paint job, new aircraft liveries tell a tale. They’re the public-facing reflection of an airline’s identity and aspirations. That’s the case with EVA Air, the expansive Taiwanese carrier. It just took delivery of its 22nd Boeing 777-300ER at Paine Field, Everett, Washington State.“We just did some adjustment,” says EVA President Austin Cheng. The new paint scheme is less cluttered, less busy than the old one. Gone are the big, bold letters on the side of the fuselage advertising that the aircraft is, indeed, a 777-300ER. Vanished are the orange swooshes. “We made it simpler,” says Cheng. The straight horizon line (the line bisecting the bottom of the aircraft from the top) is absent on this big Boeing leased from Air Lease Corporation. That line’s been replaced by more of an aerodynamic curve.It will take a while for the new paint scheme to start showing up on the rest of the EVA fleet.Along with the rollout of a new exterior scheme comes an interior change: new boarding music composed by renowned Asian composer Ricky Ho. Sweeping and soulful, the music mirrors the distinct white compass on the vertical stabilizer (vertical tail) of the aircraft. The idea is to prep passengers with a visual image of a worldwide airline before reinforcing the message with music as they enter the cabin. That cabin was recently revamped to include an upgraded three-class layout.The passenger part of EVA’s overall package earned the carrier a seven-star ranking from this website, the highest you can get.If the style is sleek, the substance of no-longer-under-the-radar EVA Air is focused squarely on safety. In this category too the airline earned seven stars.Safety starts at the top, in the left seat of a B777 occupied by EVA Air Chairman K.W. Chang. And he’s not in the pilot-in-command’s seat for a marketing photo-op. He’s a rated B777 captain, the person who flies B-16725 (the aircraft’s registration number) on to Taipei after all the pre-flight ceremonies.“Most chairmen are financial people,” smiles Chang. “Everybody talks about safety, but we really understand [it].”Chang is a true believer in CRM—cockpit resource management. CRM, when it works right, helps ensure the crew flies the airplane in a coordinated, mutually supportive fashion. Concrete communication is key here, a sometimes culture-defying interaction that allows a junior co-pilot to tell a senior captain, when they’re about to a mistake. Up front, behind those locked cockpit doors CRM is king—at least on the airlines that understand its importance. “We want to make sure everybody understands [CRM],” says Chang, “the principles behind it, not just the letter of the law.”The challenge, of course, is ensuring as EVA grows those principles remain strong. By the end of 2016 the airline plans to have added seven more 777-300ERs and six more A321-200s, the latter for shorter-range regional flights. By that time the green and white fleet will sport more than 80 aircraft.One way Chang intends to scale up safety as the airline expands is by keeping the principle that pilots should fly no more than one aircraft type. That way, the chairman says, “They become specialists on the aircraft.”Chang should know. This decidedly un-desk-bound airline executive doesn’t confine his time in the left-hand seat to ferry flights. He’s not a captain in name only. He pilots regularly-scheduled passenger flights “probably two or three times per month.”It’s an uncommon approach to the airline business that makes considerable common sense.EVA Air has also committed to be 24 Boeing 787-10s..last_img read more

Facebook is Great, But Does It Make Businesses Any Money?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow There is no shortage of hype around social media, especially for the space’s most dominant player, that 500 million user-strong behemoth called Facebook. For businesses of all shapes and sizes, the need to jump on the social Web bandwagon is pretty much a given at this point. Indeed, more than 70% of small businesses use Facebook, according to a recent Merchant Circle survey.While the perceived urgency of getting on board is clear, what’s less obvious to businesses is whether or not social pays off. Of course, the question of what social media ROI even means varies across different types of businesses, all of whom have different goals in mind for their social marketing strategies. For most e-commerce-based businesses, the use of Facebook is not translating into cash, at least according to a recent report from Forrester. Of the 24 companies interviewed, only 7% cited social networking as one of their most effective sources of customers. Affiliate programs, organic search traffic and even offline advertising scored higher than social. By far the most effective channel was paid search marketing, which 90% of respondents put in their top three biggest sources of customers. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#biz Is it just a matter of time? Not so fast. As the report points out, paid search marketing was viewed as effective pretty much from the beginning. Seven years in, shouldn’t Facebook be driving e-commerce by now? The businesses surveyed reported a 1% click-through rate on Facebook posts, which pales in comparison to the 11% average click-through rate seen with good old-fashioned email marketing. Some Hope For Small BusinessesThe report leaves hope for certain types of businesses, who it says may be in a better position to make money from their Facebook presence. Among them are what they call “small pure plays”, small businesses for whom “Facebook is the 2011 version of Yahoo Merchant Solutions or eBay ProStores.” Because the online sales of these sellers are often generated by their own word-of-mouth advertising and because Facebook is essentially their eCommerce platform, it is not uncommon to hear of 100% of the online revenues of such sellers coming through Facebook.” For small businesses, using Facebook for their e-commerce needs frees them from some of the administrative headaches of hosting their own solution, not to mention the lower cost of entry (free). Indeed in the Merchant Circle report we cited above, nearly 37% of small businesses named social networking profiles as their most effective marketing method, second only to search engine marketing. “For such small businesses, it can be more cost-effective to direct customers to one’s fan page on Facebook rather than invest in setting up one’s own website,” the report said. “Local businesses or offers are particularly suited to Facebook as well because individuals often have other local friends in their online social networks.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

I hate love stories, says Shah Rukh Khan

first_imgShah Rukh Khan.Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who has collected the maximum number of Best Actor awards for My Name is Khan this year, has no reservations about being given the Golden Kela award for Worst Actor for the same film.”I think they did not have my address to officially invite me for this award. But, I want to ask these people as to why they are copying the Hollywood concept of giving away the Razzies. Why can’t they come up with something original?” SRK quipped.The actor has a very philosophical take on various awards conferred on him. “There are people who praise you endlessly while there are people who are ready to rob you off those praises.These people think that may be you were not as fantastic. I feel that the truth is somewhere in the middle, you can’t take either too seriously,” he said, speaking on the sidelines of the recent India Today Conclave in the Capital. “As a public figure you have to live with it. It is normal to have the darker side attached to your image. Besides, public perception is always varied.”SRK, who was till recently seen sporting the Rasta hairstyle, which he had acquired for his forthcoming film Don 2, has gone back to his original short crop. “It’s very difficult to maintain long hair,” he said. “The ‘Rasta look’ idea was developed by my hairstylists Dilshad and Adhuna Akhtar, wife of Farhan Akhtar who is directing Don 2.In the first half of Don 2, where my character is shown to have spent a long time in jail, I had to sport long hair. I have tried various looks in films such as spikes, the Japanese look and now the Rasta look,” he adds. Dismissing the buzz about Shakira making an appearance in the Kolkata Knight Riders music video for the forthcoming season of IPL, he said: “There is hardly any time left for me and Shakira to shoot together. I don’t think it is happening.”advertisementRegarding his much talkedabout mafia flick Xtreme City, directed by Paul Schrader and co-produced by Martin Scorsese, there has been the buzz that Leonardo De Caprio could be doing a cameo in the film. “We are working on this film. I think the news about such projects become too big instantly. Paul is still conceptualising the film and it is not decided as to what role would be offered to Leonardo and if he chooses to be a part of the film.”Shah Rukh is known as the ultimate romantic icon in Hindi films thanks to blockbusters such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam. But in his forthcoming releases, Ra One and Don 2, he has been cast as a superhero and an antihero respectively.”I hate love stories. I don’t think I have ever been a romantic hero in the real sense. The nineties was a period of love stories, but these were not pure love stories. Most of these films were family films with lovable characters. It’s not that I am going away from any set image. I have been recently offered a romantic film by Yash Raj,” he added.This takes us to another muchtalked about film – Vishal Bhardwaj’s adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel 2 States.”Vishal and I had a few meetings and he is right now working on the adaptation. We will finalise on how Krish and Ananya, the two lead characters of the story, should look on screen and how my character should be shaped.”So, after Aamir Khan, who at 44 played an engineering student, it is SRK’s turn at 46 to play a student. “It’s not difficult at all. I was supposed to play one of the students in 3 Idiots. As far as 2 States goes, it’s a story of an IIM graduate, so we can have a slightly elderly look,” he concluded.last_img read more