Russell fires KKR to victory

first_img Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha (24) put on 40 for the fourth wicket and added a further 67 for the fifth wicket with David Miller (13). However, Maxwell fell in the 16th over with 45 runs needed from 27 balls and Russell returned in the 18th over to remove the dangerous Miller and swing the advantage KKR’s way. In the final over, Russell ran out Axar Patel for 21 after Gurkeerat Singh drove the second delivery back to him and he turned and hit the stumps, with the batsmen at the non-striker backing up too far. Gurkeerat Singh was then run out off the next delivery, attempting a second run to the deep, and Russell picked up his fourth wicket when he trapped Swapnil Singh lbw with a full length delivery, to the first ball he faced. ADDING ON RUNS KOLKATA, India (CMC): Irrepressible West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell played a small cameo with the bat, grabbed four wickets and bowled a remarkable final over as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) shot to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a tense seven-run victory over Kings XI Punjab here yesterday. The Jamaican lashed 16 from 10 balls at the death as KKR rallied to 164 for three off their 20 overs, after they were sent in at Eden Gardens. KKR were propelled though by openers Robin Uthappa, who stroked 70, and Gautam Gambhir, who gathered 54. In reply, Kings XI’s run chase was crippled by pacer Russell’s opening burst, which reduced them to 13 for three in the fourth over; and despite Australian Glenn Maxwell’s superb top score of 68, the visitors could only reach 157 for nine. Kings XI required 12 runs from the final over but Russell, voted Man of the Match, proved outstanding in conceding just four runs, effecting a run out and grabbing another wicket to finish with four for 20 from his four overs. With the victory, KKR joined new boys Gujarat Lions on 12 points, but topped the standings courtesy of a superior net run rate. Uthappa lashed six fours and two sixes off 49 balls in posting 101 off 81 deliveries for the first wicket with Gambhir, before adding 36 for the second wicket with Yusuf Pathan, who finished on 19 not out. Russell arrived in the 17th over to help give KKR a flourish at the end, belting a four and a six in putting on 27 for the third wicket, before falling to the final delivery of the innings. The 28-year-old then gave KKR a fine start, claiming Marcus Stoinis without scoring off the fourth ball of the innings, with a single run on the board. In his next over, Russell had Manan Vohra caught at deep backward square without scoring as Kings XI tumbled at the top.last_img read more

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Positive regional growth by 2010: IMF

first_img“We expect growth in sub-Saharan Africa to rise to four percent in 2010 and five percent in 2011,” IMF African department director Antoinette Monsio Sayeh said in Washington DC this week. Sayeh noted, however, that there were significant downside risks, to which, wherever possible, the IMF would remain supportive until economic recovery was well-established. According to the IMF, the fiscal balance – including grants – for the region as a whole has swung from a surplus of just over 1.25% of GDP in 2008 to an expected deficit of 4.75% in 2009. Prudent economic policies “As the recovery gains strength, the emphasis of fiscal policy will need to shift from stabilisation to medium-term considerations, including debt sustainability. “In many countries the prudent macroeconomic policies pursued in recent years have provided some policy space to counter the effects of the slowdown. “Accordingly, most countries have been able to maintain or even raise public spending, allowing fiscal deficits to widen temporarily. Where possible, monetary policy has also played a supportive role,” she said. New IMF commitments to sub-Saharan Africa had reached over US$3-billion so far this year, compared to some $1.1-billion for the whole of 2008 and only $0.1-billion in 2007, she said. “Looking ahead, it will be critical that other development partners support this effort and those of other international financial institutions.” 7 October 2009 “This contrasts with the much more limited increase in deficits observed in past global slowdowns, not only because the output shocks were smaller but also most likely because in previous downturns high initial deficits, often accompanied by high debt, limited room for manoeuvre,” the report noted.center_img “In countries with binding financing constraints, the room for fiscal policy is more limited and the primary focus will need to remain on reducing macroeconomic imbalances.” Financial sectors have been for the most part resilient, but prudential supervision will need to remain vigilant in the face of the impact of the economic slowdown on the quality of banks’ portfolios, the report noted. Commenting on the main findings of the IMF’s 2009 Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa, Sayeh noted that many of the regional member states were hard hit by the crisis, reducing economic growth to just one percent in 2009 after a period of sustained high economic growth. Sayeh said oil exporters and middle income countries in the region have been particularly badly affected, while most low-income countries somewhat less so, adding that in most countries, however, the crisis will likely slow, if not reverse, progress on poverty reduction. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects a positive recovery in sub-Saharan Africa, despite the negative effects of the global economic crisis. Sayeh said that scaled-up financial support from the IMF has supported countries’ policy response, saying the doubling of lending limits and more flexible policies had facilitated a rapid response to countries’ needs. Increased IMF commitment Downside risks remain Source: BuaNews-NNNlast_img read more

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AppsGoneFree Keeps You Posted On App Store Deals

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple’s App Store is a frantic place. There’s no good way to keep track of what’s new or what’s changed among the more than 700,000 apps in there. For instance, when a great app goes free for a promotion, wouldn’t you like to know about it? Believe it or not, there’s an app for that. AppsGoneFree 2.0 launched Tuesday.Apps don’t cost a lot of money, but if you’re the type of person who likes to try them all, it adds up. So AppsGoneFree updates every day with the latest free promotional offers for paid apps. AppsGoneFree 2.0 has an iPad version and nine languages and App Store locations, so more people can take advantage of the offers. It also has a new feature called AppBump, which lets the million members of AppsGoneFree nominate their favorite apps to be featured. If the developer agrees to make the app free for a day, AppsGoneFree will feature it prominently.AppsGoneFree is a service from AppAdvice, a site dedicated to reviewing the latest and greatest iOS apps. The site’s knowledge of the app universe helped it identify an area of need for developers and customers alike, and AppsGoneFree is the result.App Store StrugglesApps in the App Store live and die by the buzz. By temporarily going free, they can quickly climb the charts and get attention. This hopefully leads to future sales.“The problem with this methodology is the App Store is too crazy a place for methodologies,” says AppAdvice editor in chief Jamie Young. “There are literally several hundred apps reducing their price to free each day. This technique doesn’t work reliably to draw any attention to an app.”So AppsGoneFree helps developers get an additional bump out of those promotions, and its new democratic features let the community of app enthusiasts give valuable feedback and generate exposure.And whether you’re an enthusiast or not, if you want to know when great apps go free, just install AppsGoneFree (it’s free), and the app will alert you when the day’s issue comes out.Disclosure: Jon and Jamie used to host The Dock Podcast together, which is why Jamie tipped him off to this update. jon mitchell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#apps#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Amarnath attack a quick plan: SIT

first_imgEleven militants used two cars and one motorbike to carry out the attack on a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims on July 10 last year in Kashmir and “the spot and the target was picked just days before the attack”, says the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that filed a chargesheet against the accused on Monday.Read: Sheikh Salim Gafur, driver who saved Amarnath pilgrims, gets second highest awardSpeaking to The Hindu, SIT head and Superintendent of Police (SP) Tahir Ashraf Bhatti said, “The Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, including locals, and its head Abu Ismail, picked the spot and the target just a few days before the attack. It was executed by four terrorists directly, with others being assigned their role to provide logistics and keep an eye on the movement of the yatri bus.”Also Read Charge sheet against LeT, 11 people in Amarnath terror attack case  He said two cars and one bike was used for the attack. “One car remains missing,” the officer added. Eight pilgrims died last year when heavily armed militants opened indiscriminate fire on the bus carrying pilgrims from Baltal to Jammu on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.According to the 1,500-page SIT report, the bus got disconnected from its security cover first at Pantha Chowk, where the pilgrims picked up more associates, and “later developed a technical snag”, which was attended to at Awantipora.Of the 11 accused, four persons, including a juvenile, have been arrested.last_img read more

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The Lunchbox stumped not Indias Oscar choice

first_imgIn a decision that is likely to break many hearts, The Lunchbox, the film that won over critics and your average film buffs alike, has not been picked as India’s official pick for the Oscar. Instead, debut feature filmmaker Gyan Correa’s Gujarati film The Good Road has been chosen to represent India in the best foreign film category at the Academy Awards. It is said to be the first Gujarati film to have made it.‘It was a unanimous decision to select The Good Road, which is a movie produced by the National Film Development Corporation,’ renowned filmmaker Goutam Ghose, who headed the selection committee appointed by the Film Federation of India, said. The movie left behind 21 other Oscar contenders, including strong films like The Lunchbox, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, English Vinglish, Vishwaroopam, among others.last_img read more

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Miron launches OTA TripXpertz with host agency The Travel Agent Next Door

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — Former itravel2000 and TravelBrands exec Brad Miron has resurfaced with TripXpertz, an OTA billed as the next generation of online travel agencies and a “virtual agency website network” that includes Mexico-focused MexicoXpertz.com.Miron says package sales on the site will be driven not by price but by destination information and aspirational content.“This site will focus on enticing the consumer through rich engaging destination focused content. Our destination partners love it – they get the concept – we provide a focused platform for engaging consumers.  This is not about price or product, this is about creating demand,” said Miron, TripXpertz Founder and CEO.He says the site will prioritize the user experience. “Consumers are tired of being bombarded with ads when they search online. Our ‘No Ads Guarantee’ ensures consumers are not led astray and confused with non-relevant ads [and] click bait. It is all about giving them relevant content.”The first offshoot site, MexicoXpertz, will incorporate 10 sun and  beach destinations launching in spring 2017. These sites will feature in-depth travel content on Mexico and Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa, Mazatlan, Huatluco and Los Cabos.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaMiron says he plans to launch and “hyper-grow” a global network of destination-focused sites in the next 36 months. The road map for 2017 includes the launching of USAXpertz, FloridaXpertz, OrlandoXpertz, CaliforniaXpertz, LasVegasXpertz, CaribbeanXpertz and EuropeXpertz.“Unlike traditional OTAs, we are not focused on volume,” said Miron. ”We are focused on conversion rate. We start off with enticing the consumer using social media and database partners in collaboration with our destination partners.“The user experience will be entirely focused on the specific destination travel experience without the usual commercialization. Our sites are designed to eliminate ‘search fatigue’.”In Canada the agency will be hosted by The Travel Agent Next Door. “By affiliating with The Travel Agent Next Door, we avoid negotiating supplier agreements and we resolve the back end infrastructure and we satisfy regulatory requirements. This allows us to focus on what we do best … build brand and demand and increase passengers travelling to destinations,” said Miron, who has partnered with call centre industry veteran Lisa (Mona) Georganes in the virtual agency to handle TripXpertz’s Canadian fulfillment.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJIn the U.S., fulfillment for the sites will be provided by BestDay Travel Solutions and call centres in Cancun.Miron said the company is also launching TripXpertz in the U.S. this week and will soon launch in the UK and in other English speaking markets. French will be added in Canada in the future.Miron was Executive VP, Marketing, Sales & Business Development at itravel2000 from 2000 to fall 2013. He joined TravelBrands in December 2013, leaving the company in summer 2015. << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, February 1, 2017 center_img Tags: OTAs, The Travel Agent Next Door Share Miron launches OTA TripXpertz with host agency The Travel Agent Next Doorlast_img read more

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