Tony Becca: Who will be the kings of Eden Gardens?

first_img Batting powerhouse Quality hitting In a nutshell, the teams boast exciting batting, probably with the exception of India’s Virat Kohli, the best in Twenty20 cricket, and they bat deep, one parading a batting powerhouse capable of hitting many sixes and many fours, the other known for their elegant drives and cuts which race away to the boundary. In Gayle, especially, and Charles, Samuels, and Simmons, however, plus Bravo, Russell, Sammy, and Brathwaite, the West Indies boast a batting line-up which, although it always promises to hit the ball very far hard and very far, and when it does, it can be very destructive, it sometimes, and quite often, falls very short of its attempted distance or regularity. England, on the other hand, possess more controlled batting, the type which can sometimes be conservative, more reliable and productive. The batting on either side, but especially on the West Indies side, could, however, depend on the luck of the day, on the opposition’s fielding on the day, and on their bowling throughout the day. The West Indies bowling, which may be Samuel Badree, Russell, Bravo, Brathwaite, Sulieman Benn, and probably Gayle, may, but for Badree, and probably Benn, find the going rough. England’s attack of the left-handed David Willey, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Stokes, Moeen Ali, and Adil Rashid is a bit more skilful and devious. It could put the West Indies batsmen under pressure, especially because of their big-hitting and sometimes careless reputation. On the other hand, if they report to the Eden Gardens bubbling with confidence, the West Indies batsmen could easily rip them apart. Despite their lack of skill, however, the West Indies bowlers may dismantle England’s sometimes timid batting. The key to the West Indies bowling could well be Bravo. His slower, dipping deliveries can be deadly, if he gets them right. One thing is certain, the fielding on both sides will be extraordinary. England’s fielding, especially that of Stokes and Jordan, is good, and sometimes brilliant. The West Indies fielding, especially the catching of Russell, Bravo, and Sammy, is sometimes truly breathtaking. Based on the action which has gone before, today’s finals of the ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournaments at the beautiful Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata promise to be a grand occasion to be played before an estimated 100,000 cheering spectators. The finalists are the West Indies and Australia in the women’s event, and the West Indies against England in the men’s final. And after the triumph of the young West Indians recently, it will be a great day for the West Indies, especially if they win one or both matches. The men’s final, however, is the stellar event, and however it goes, it should be a shoot-out to remember. It features some of the finest players, not only in the new, flashy, and exciting style of T20 cricket, but also some of the best in the longer, more traditional, and more celebrated format and representing the West Indies and England, two past champions. On one hand, representing the West Indies, the people’s favourite is Chris Gayle, the world’s most destructive batsman, a big left-hander with 98 sixes already in his bag, and he is backed up by a few others who fear no foe, by Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, and others like Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, and Carlos Brathwaite. On the other hand, representing England, the founders of the game, is Joe Root, one of the world’s best batsman technically, an elegant, attractive, and confident right-hander with a pocketful of runs in his possession, and he is supported by a mixture of fine batsmen in the confident opening pair of Jason Roy and Alex Hales, the solid Eoin Morgan, the dashing and fearless all-rounder Ben Stokes, the attacking Jos Buttler, and a few others. The two teams, who lit up the tournament, one in 2010 and one in 2012, are desperate for success this time around. England are fighting to establish themselves, especially in this exciting format of the game, and the West Indies are determined to confirm their success in the T20 style as opposed to their struggling and disappointing form in the longer versions of the game. This tournament has been exciting and wonderful, and it has produced some lovely cricket. It has not produced too much of the hit-or-miss swinging while batting. It has produced some elegant and classical strokes, some quality hitting straight down the ground, some extraordinary fielding and catching, and some teasing and baffling right-arm leg-spin bowling instead of the fast and straight variety pitched just short-of-a-length. The spin bowling throughout the entire tournament has been good, the batting of Gayle, 100 off 48 deliveries against England, including 11 sixes, was exciting, and the batting of Kohli, 55 off 37 deliveries against Pakistan, 82 not out off 51 deliveries against Australia, and 89 not out off 47 deliveries against the West Indies were magnificent. The batting of Roy, 78 off 44 deliveries against New Zealand, was tasty, the batting of Buttler, 32 off 17 against New Zealand was delightful, the bowling of spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner of New Zealand, throughout was impressive, the stumping of Sabbir Rahman by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Suresh Raina against Bangladesh was almost unbelievable, and many of the catches were simply extraordinary. India’s comeback victory over Bangladesh in the last over at the end of the innings, as Bangladesh, needing one run to tie with three wickets in hand, lost to India by one run off the last delivery; India beat Australia off the last delivery with Dhoni hitting a six, and the West Indies defeated South Africa with two deliveries to spare were some of the thrilling moments of 2016. If Gayle, Samuels, Russell, Badree and company from the West Indies; and England’s Root, Stokes, Buttler, and Rashid parade their skills today, the Eden Gardens will be the place to be. The action should be exciting and extraordinary, and it may not really matter who wins. The tournament started with eight of the 16 teams very close and having an equal chance of victory, and it is finishing, after some thrilling and exciting matches, with two of them, the powerful, hard-hitting West Indies, and the conservative, easy-going England, boasting an equal chance of snatching victory, even though my favourites must be the West Indies, who have already beaten England. England go in with a thrilling victory over the previously unbeaten New Zealand, the West Indies with an exciting victory with two deliveries to spare.last_img read more

How NASA scientists paid homage to 49ers’ receivers after successful landing of Mars craft

first_imgThe touchdown celebration dates back to 1965, when New York Giants receiver Homer Jones caught an 89-yard touchdown pass on the first play of a game and punctuated the deed by spiking the football in the end zone.That’s according to a 2009 Bleacher Report story, and I think we should stick with it.Since then the TD two-step has become one of the foremost examples of cultural and artistic expression in the world. CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile …last_img read more

Less violent crime in South Africa

first_img8 September 2011 The levels of “contact crime” in South Africa – crimes usually involving violence – decreased by 6.9% in 2010/11, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday, while adding that the fight was far from over. Releasing the country’s annual crime statistics in Pretoria on Thursday, Mthethwa said there was a decline in all types of “contact crime”, including murder, rape, assault with intent to do serious bodily harm, common assault, aggravated robbery and common robbery. Murder was down by 6.5% and sexual offences by 3.1%. Assault with intent to do serious bodily harm dropped by 4.5%, while robbery with aggravating circumstances was down by 12%. However, Mthethwa said the stats were still worrying. “Contact crime is an area of crime which by its nature leads to serious feelings of fear and insecurity, because it is this form of crime [with] which violence is normally associated.”Drug-related crime on the increase Noting the 10.2% increase in drug-related crimes in 2010/11, Mthethwa said the police, instead of focusing on arresting people in possession of drugs, would be mounting operations aimed at the leaders of drug syndicates. He said they would also be working with the Departments of Education and Social Development in addressing the challenge of affected children. “We also acknowledge that dealing with drugs is a global challenge that needs to be coordinated with our international counterparts.”Drunken driving on the increase Mthethwa said it seemed people were not taking the “don’t drink and drive” motto seriously, as drunken driving cases were up by 3.5% in 2010/11, following the previous year’s 10.6% increase. “We all have a duty to ensure that our roads are safe, and those who break the law will be severely punished.” Although the stats showed a general decrease in all crimes, Mthethwa said this was just a motivating factor for the police, and that the fight was far from over. “Victory against crime is now an achievable goal. However, for as long as young children are still under bondage of crime and drugs, for as long as businesses are robbed, for as long as women are abused and raped, for as long as South Africans are mugged and hijacked – none of us must rest.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Of the artiste and her art

first_imgThe book was released by Szilveszter Bus, Ambassador-Designate of Hungary. The launch was followed by an illustrated lecture, Amrita Sher-Gil, Paris, and the Bloomsbury Group, by an art historian Giles Tillotson and a special screening of the film, Amrita Sher-Gil: The Bridge Builder, directed by Ebrahim Alkazi.The book talks about Amrita Sher-Gil’s journey between the polarities when she remained unacknowledged during her life and considered an icon post her death. Did the Ajanta caves and Gauguin influence Amrita’s works? How was she as a person and as an artist? Was her work in India indeed of unequal quality as often considered to be? In this collection, Karl Khandalavala, G H R Tillotson, K G Subramanyan, and N Iqbal Singh, among others, ponder these and other aspects of Amrita’s short but impactful life dedicated to art. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With Charles Fábri’s fictional account of the travails of a young artist in Lahore in the 1940s carrying an unmistakable resemblance with the influential and avant-garde artist, the volume also includes a piece by Amrita on her evolution as an artist. Accompanied by rare black and white and colour visuals, this book brings together modern and contemporary critiques as well as early writings by past masters that have largely remained inaccessible until now.last_img read more

Despite Battery Fires Teslas Model S Lands the No 1 Spot for

first_img 3 min read Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now November 21, 2013center_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Despite being in the spotlight over recent battery fires, Tesla’s Model S electric car received the highest owner-satisfaction score in Consumer Reports’ annual survey.”Owners of the Tesla Model S gave it the highest owner-satisfaction score Consumer Reports has seen in years: 99 out of 100,” the magazine said in statement.Rounding out the top three were the Porsche Boxster with a score of 95, followed by the Chevrolet Volt and the Porsche 911, which both received a 91.This is hardly the first time the Model S has won rave reviews. The electronic car set a new record in August when it was awarded the best safety rating of any car ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In May, Consumer Reports also acknowledged it was the best car ever tested, again getting a score of 99 out of 100. The Model S was also named car of the year by Motor Trend and Automobile magazine.Related: Elon Musk’s Tesla Continues Awards Tear for Model S Electric Car The latest award is a bit of good news for Elon Musk’s company, which has been under scrutiny after three Model S cars caught on fire in the last six weeks. On Tuesday, the NHTSA launched an investigation into the matter.Musk is not standing on the sidelines over these allegations. In a lengthy blog post, the CEO rebuffs safety concerns, stating drivers should be much more wary driving a car run on gasoline, as opposed to a battery.”Those metrics tell only part of the story. The far more deadly nature of a gasoline car fire deserves to be re-emphasized,” Musk writes. “Since the Model S went into production mid last year, there have been over 400 deaths and 1,200 serious injuries in the United States alone due to gasoline car fires, compared to zero deaths and zero injuries due to Tesla fires anywhere in the world.” Related: Tesla Nabs Apple Hardware Exec to Lead Vehicle DevelopmentWhile Musk’s blog defends Tesla’s track record, it does provide an outline of how the company plans on addressing safety issues. Tesla will roll out a suspension-adjustment software update, so there will be more room between the road and the car’s undercarriage. Musk also wrote Tesla requested the investigation probe mentioned above (NHTSA stated the inspection was independent), to quell consumer fears. If the agency recommends changes to improve safety standards, the electric company will act to implement these recommendations in all Tesla vehicles affected. Lastly, Musk stated Tesla will be changing its warranty to cover fire damage, even if it the driver’s fault. last_img read more

The Face of Intelligent Marketing Your Customer

first_img 7 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Consumer-driven businesses need to stay on top of emerging technology, especially when they compete with giants like Amazon. And, in that context, sthe latest tools to attract and retain customers are wi-fi analytics and automated marketing platforms.Related: Effective Marketing Appeals to Emotions Instead of ReasonThese platforms provide brick-and-mortar retailers and restaurants advantages similar to those that the big online retailers enjoy, for collecting and using customer data for marketing.Capturing customer information and personalizing the customer experience, after all, are the ways forward for retail and hospitality businesses. And a big part of this is triggered marketing.So, what exactly is triggered marketing?Some businesses confuse “triggered marketing” with loyalty programs and mobile apps. Certainly those efforts help drive traffic. But they lose some of their potential effectiveness when treated as stand-alone tactics, because for a loyalty program to be effective, customers first need to download your app or register. When it comes to the plethora of online marketing tactics, then, the sum of all the parts is not nearly equal to the whole. Instead, the key is to align all digital marketing strategies under one umbrella solution that maximizes the reach and potential of each.Baking analytics into your marketing mixHere is where wi-fi analytics and automated marketing programs level the marketing playing field — with new ways to attract and retain customers.Specifically, wi-fi analytics and automated marketing platforms include three services: capturing customer data, analyzing the data and then delivering personalized content. Take the example of the Atlanta Bread Company (ABC), a 27-location chain that credits analytics and automated marketing for an increase in its companywide sales.In the past, the missing link between traditional and digital marketing had to do with collecting the actual data that allowed a business to personalize its communication with customers in order to improve that relationship. Using data analytics, however, ABC has collected 33,000 customer email addresses automatically.  More importantly, it’s gained the ability to market to each one of those customers, based on his or her individual behavior.Danny DinerConsider the fictional case of “Danny Diner.” Danny comes into his neighborhood Atlanta Bread Company store every Monday and Thursday at around 10 a.m., logs onto ABC’s wi-fi and stays for an hour. How does the company know this?  Its “smart” wi-fi tracks Danny’s behavior. This means that ABC can send Danny a deal to his phone at 10:10 every Monday morning, offering him $2 off a muffin and thereby increasing the likelihood that he will in fact, order a muffin.Related: How Big Data Analytics Is Solving Big Advertiser ProblemsThat is how and why capturing customer profiles and tracking these individuals’ behavior provides the chain restaurant with an opportunity to personalize its target marketing.Knowing that Danny spends an hour using ABC wi-fi indicates his interest in the restaurant as a destination, where he is comfortable sitting and doing work. This lets ABC tell its brand story in a way that resonates with Danny himself, highlighting its comfortable seating and wi-fi speed.In contrast, “Carol Caffeinator” dashes in to ABC and dashes right out again with her coffee every morning at 8. Catching Carol with a triggered daily deal at 7:45 am for an extra-large cup o ’joe will up her daily spend at ABC. That’s how communicating on a one-to-one basis with actual customers, based on their real-life needs, is a way to increase revenue and maintain their loyalty.But, back to DannyWhy does he come in only twice a week? How does ABC increase this customer’s frequency by using real-time intelligence? Seems as though ABC has a real opportunity to truly individualize Danny’s experience and deliver dynamic marketing content to attract him other days of the week too. A deal sent to Danny on Monday offering him a discounted breakfast on Tuesday might get him to come in another day during the week.Social media is the new word of mouth, and ABC can encourage Danny to share marketing content with friends and friends of friends. Perhaps he’d like to share his Tuesday breakfast deal with friends, to meet up with him to enjoy a meal and surf the web together. If Danny is inclined to tell his friends more about ABC, he might post a review through the ABC wi-fi landing page. In fact, ABC actually generated 5,000 customer reviews through its wi-fi marketing efforts.But . . . uh oh. Danny hasn’t been at ABC for a while. And here again, wi-fi analytics can help by rescuing at-risk customers like him by knowing who they are, how and when they dine. If Danny has decided to spend his mornings elsewhere, ABC can trigger deals to bring him back and maintain his loyalty.What you need to knowIf you want to know how and when you should market to individual customers,you need to know what they do when they’re at your location. One factor that wi-fi  presence-analytics measures is average dwell time at the physical location. This directly influences how and when to market to these customers.Sending the offer for a muffin deal while Danny is enjoying his coffee at ABC is much more effective than sending it when he’s home and about to have dinner. Another way to improve operational efficiencies? The answers you obtain to these questions:How long do diners take to enjoy their meal?How much time did it take for them to complete their meal or shopping?How likely is it that an average customer will return?What is each customer’s projected lifetime value?What’s better than standard wi-fi?The answer to the last question lies at the core of analytics and triggered marketing: It’s smart Wi-Fi. Having the ability to engage customers like Danny and Carol at physical locations is an exciting new way to communicate with them and be at the center of their dining experience.The overwhelming majority of consumers keep their mobile phones with them at all times. So, business should use smart wi-fi with marketing-automation platform triggers. That will mean that when Danny is at ABC checking his phone text, the restaurant can grab his immediate attention. In short: Give Danny a deal for tomorrow’s breakfast and he just might share it on his Facebook newsfeed.Get Danny’s interest while he’s on the premises, and he’ll be back.Smart wi-fi marketing reaps benefits beyond that of the usual on-premises experience. When customers register for in-restaurant or in-store wi-fi, that action enables customer-profile collection and simplifies third-party application onboarding, a.k.a. downloading the restaurant’s app. Therefore, using smart wi-fi enables a business to:Encourage customer reviewsDrive social media engagementFrom the sales perspective, smart wi-fi enables:Point of sales marketingFuture event marketingData collectionOn that last point, once a customer is registered, data is collected whether he or she logs in or not. In addition, the restaurant or retailer is able to interact with a customer who does not have the locations mobile app installed.Although online giants may have had the initial capabilities to leverage automated marketing, restaurants and brick-and-mortar retailers have even more opportunities to market to guests because they have the physical presence of the customer.Customers like Danny Diner and Carol Caffeinator who have made the effort to go to the location are more committed to the brand at a personal level. From the business’s perspective, then, it’s important to leverage this loyalty in every way possible, which is why knowing who that customer is and why learning about his or her behavior is so important to the marketing mix.Related: 10 Tools Helping Companies Manage Big Marketing DataHence, the importance of triggered marketing: Going the additional step to offer customers this type of deal, which will continue to engage their interest even after they leave is what will ensure return visits. And, that’s what wi-fi analytics and triggered marketing are all about. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 9, 2017 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

35yearold vulnerabilities in SCP client discovered by FSecure researcher

first_imgYesterday, Harry Sintonen, researcher at F-Secure, discovered 35-year-old vulnerabilities associated with SCP (Secure Copy Protocol) client, a network protocol, that uses Secure Shell (SSH) for data transfer between hosts on a network. These SCP clients are susceptible to a malicious SCP server, which could perform unauthorized changes to the target directory. In 2000, a directory traversal bug was found in the SCP client in SSH, which got fixed then. Vulnerabilities discovered One of the vulnerabilities associated with SCP clients lets the attackers write arbitrary malicious files to the target directory on the client machine. The attackers can change the permissions on the directory to allow further compromises. Another vulnerability is that the SCP clients are failing to verify how valid is the object returned to it after a download request. The consequences are severe as an attacker who controls the server can easily drop arbitrary files into the directory from which the user runs SCP (similar to a man-in-the-middle attack). The list of major vulnerabilities discovered are: CWE-20: SCP client improper directory name validation [CVE-2018-20685] With the help of empty (“D0777 0 \n”) or dot (“D0777 0 .\n”) directory name, the SCP client permits the server to modify permissions of the target directory. CWE-20: SCP client missing received object name validation [CVE-2019-6111] Since the SCP implementation has been derived from 1983 rcp (1), the server can choose which files/directories are sent to the client. According to the post by Sintonen, “A malicious SCP server can overwrite arbitrary files in the SCP client target directory. If recursive operation (-r) is performed, the server can manipulate subdirectories as well (for example overwrite .ssh/authorized_keys).” This vulnerability is known as CVE-2018-20684 in WinSCP. CWE-451: SCP client spoofing via object name [CVE-2019-6109] The object name can be used to manipulate the client output as there is a missing character encoding in the progress display. For example to employ ANSI codes to hide additionalfiles being transferred. CWE-451: SCP client spoofing via stderr [CVE-2019-6110] A malicious server can manipulate the client output by accepting and displaying arbitrary stderr output from the SCP server. These vulnerabilities affect the SCP client implementations in Red Hat, Debian, and SUSE Linux, OpenSSH version 7.9 and earlier, and few versions of WinSCP. How to overcome these vulnerabilities? For OpenSSH Users can switch to sftp or apply the https://sintonen.fi/advisories/scp-name-validator.patch for hardening scp against server-side manipulation attempts. A note by Sintonen : This patch may cause problems if the the remote and local shells don’t agree on the way glob() pattern matching works. YMMV. For WinSCP One can upgrade to WinSCP 5.14 or later versions. There are no fixes available for PuTTY yet and users are refraining from using PuTTY. One of the users commented on HackerNews, “I strongly discourage anyone from using PuTTY, not for this reason, but for its weird and nonstandard handling of SSH keys.” Users are now more skeptical to deal with the network while downloading their files and transferring them. Most of us highly rely on SSH as we think it is secure and trusted, but should we continue trusting it? Is it advisable to blindly trust and not take preventive measure beforehand? One of the users commented on HackerNews, “We trust a lot of things, and maybe we shouldn’t. I use SCP infrequently and on machines that I control, so that’s a level of risk I’m comfortable with.” Another user commented on the HackerNews thread, “The argument that you trusted this server enough to connect to it and download a file, therefore you clearly should trust it enough to permit it to execute arbitrary executables on your machine, is false in both cases.” Another user advises accessing data in offline mode by shutting down the instance and connecting the storage as secondary storage on another instance. The user further suggests discarding the storage as soon as the work is done. The data can also be downloaded at the hypervisor level. Another comment on HackerNews reads, “You can’t physically access the disk, but you often can download a snapshot or disk image, which is created at the hypervisor level.” To know more about the vulnerabilities, check out the post by Sintonen advisories. Read Next OpenSSH, now a part of the Windows Server 2019 OpenSSH 7.9 released OpenSSH 7.8 released!last_img read more