Kerzner back with new hotel

first_imgAn outside view of the majestic One&Only Cape Town hotel overlooking the V&A waterfront. A luxury suite with a classical yet modern,contemporary feel. Each room at the hotel boasts a colourful ensemble of interesting décor. The giant sized pool can accommodate the needs of both social and avid swimmers. (Images: One&Only Resorts)Khanyi MagubaneHotel mogul Sol Kerzner is set to open the South African chapter of his One&Only international luxury hotel chain on 3 April.The hotel, the One&Only Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront, which cost about R1-billion (US$100-million) to build, will be officially opened at a glittering affair with about 400 hand-picked guests and celebrities in attendance.The hotel will be one of South Africa’s most expensive, with rates ranging between R6 000 ($600) and R50 000 ($5 000) a night.The hotel chain prides itself on offering pure opulence to guests, all of which naturally come at a price.For the grand opening of the One&Only Cape Town, Kerzner has left nothing to chance. Hotel staff uniforms have been designed by top South African fashion designer Jenni Button and are made of pure silk, to ensure that the standard of the hotel is maintained on all levels.A little piece of heavenThe hotel, designed by distinguished architectural firm, Dennis Fabian & Berman and Ruben Reddy, is a seven-storey construction of luxury. It will offer an exclusive wine selection that promises to satisfy even the most discerning wine lovers. The 6 000-bottle wine cellar is affectionately called The Wine Loft and boasts glass walls and designer trimmings.For avid swimmers, the hotel has a 350m² infinity-edge swimming pool.Other features include luxury suites – some of which have their own en-suite spa treatment rooms.All of the suites overlook either the V&A Waterfront marina or panoramic views across to Table Mountain, and are said to be generous in size – ranging from 63m² for a basic suite to 383m² for the presidential suite.Kerzner travelled to South Africa last week to supervise the finishing touches to his hotel, which is expected to attract a flurry of the rich and famous.A night to rememberIn traditional Kerzner-style, the opening ceremony for the One&Only Cape Town will be graced by some of the world’s most famous celebrities and influential business moguls.The star-studded event will be Kerzner’s first in 17 years in South Africa after he opened his grand R300-million ($30-million) Palace of the Lost City – an add on to the Sun City casino and resort in 1992.Speaking to journalists on his arrival, the tycoon said he was not all nervous about opening night, “There’s no pressure. Sure, this is by far one of the biggest events I’ve done in South Africa, but it doesn’t help to get nervous.”The guest list for the event, described as a cocktail party, will include US actors Sharon Stone and Robert De Niro. UK-based actress Thandie Newton and supermodel Naomi Campbell will also be in attendance.Each guest will be provided with a personal butler who will be at their back and call.This event will also be a much smaller one than the November 2008 extravaganza at the opening of Kerzner’s Atlantis hotel in Dubai.The one night celebration, co-ordinated by party planner to the stars Colin Cowie, will be a “relatively low-key” event.Guests at this year’s party will be treated to a feast created by 79 local and international chefs, who will be creating the scrumptious dishes from the hotel’s modern-state-of the-art kitchen.  A passion for the hotel industrySol Kerzner’s rise to the top of the hotel industry was not just one of luck, but of calculated risk and right timing.Often described as the “Sun King” or the Donald Trump of South Africa, Kerzner is secretive about how much his worth, and at one stage even claimed that he didn’t know the grand total of his fortune.Kerzner was born in Johannesburg on August 23 1935, the youngest and only son of four children to Russian parents who had immigrated to South Africa six years earlier.Although he grew up poor in the downtown suburb of Doornfontein in Johannesburg, Kerzner had a happy childhood, and love for classical music.After he graduated as a chartered accountant from the University of Witwatersrand, Kerzner quickly rose up the ranks of one of the largest accounting firms in Durban, and at the age of 26, he became partner.But his spirit was elsewhere. He found number crunching boring and it was then that he decided to turn his attention to the hotel trade. He leased a hotel, which he managed at night and on weekends, while still continuing with his day-job. His hard work paid off when it became a flourishing establishment.In 1963, with borrowed venture capital and no previous track record in the industry, he set out to build South Africa’s first five-star hotel, despite never having seen one or ever having travelled out of the country.Speaking of those trying times Kerzner says he remembers what it feels like to convince people to have confidence in him, “I had no capital of my own, no track record and many people were sceptical about what I was doing. I remember sitting around the reception rooms of finance houses, trying to convince them what I wanted to do was financially viable.”After a fact-finding mission in America, he started building the Beverly Hills Hotel.The hotel was a runaway success and he went on to build the 450-room Elangeni Hotel on Durban’s southern beachfront.His newfound success prompted him in 1969, to establish the Southern Sun hotel chain in partnership with South African Breweries.By 1983, the chain was operating 31 luxury hotels with more than 5 000 rooms.In 1979, he built Sun City in the North-West province, after striking what has been described as an allegedly controversial deal with Bophuthatswana homeland leader, Lucas Mangope, for exclusive gambling rights.After his success on home soil, Kerzner ventured overseas where he has built his One&Only hotel resorts in several countries including Mexico, The Bahamas, Mauritius, Maldives and Dubai.Speaking to UK newspaper, The Telegraph, Kerzner said he really loves his work, “I have always said that the thing that drives me is not the money – although there are obviously advantages to living like this – but it’s the excitement of the business, the thrill of creating.”And a rich lifestyle he does have.His properties include a private estate in Hout Bay, a R10.5-million ($1.5-million) four-bedroom penthouse he bought for his daughter, Beverly, in New York, a portfolio of residences in London’s posh Chelsea suburb and a villa set on 2.8ha of Mediterranean cliff side in Monaco, as well as a home in the south of France.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] articlesHolidays that save the world Life’s a beach in South Africa Tourism in South Africa SA tops for business travel Cape Town “best city in the world” Useful linksOne&Only resortsKerzner internationalSun City Southern Sun hotelslast_img read more

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MH370 search to “hit the ground running”

first_imgThe Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles used to search for MH370. Photo: Ocean Infinity. The sophisticated ship tasked with finding missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370  expects to “hit the ground running” as it steams towards the search area after conducting a series of sea trials off the coast of Africa.The trials included testing the ability of Seabed Constructor’s  Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) to detect targets and debris as well as a dive to more than 5800m (19,029ft)  to check new additions to its flotilla of eight torpedo-shaped submersibles.Deep sea search company Ocean Infinity also ran a test with all eight AUVs operating simultaneously from the ship, the Seabed Constructor.“Essentially we needed to put everything through the paces before we got to the MH370 site,’’ a report from the ship sent Thursday and posted by MH370 independent group member Victor Iannello said. “We’ve found and corrected a few issues, which makes this well worth the time spent.“This testing is due to be wrapped up late tonight or early tomorrow morning, we will then steam to the ATSB box and hit the ground running.”The ship is due to arrive at the search area late next week and, under a deal struck with the Malaysian Government,  US-based Ocean Infinity will not receive any compensation unless it finds the wreckage of the plane within 90 days.MH370 search hit the ground runningThe bridge of the Seabed Constructor. Photo: Ocean Infinity video.It will begin in a 25,000 sq, km area defined in 2016 by a meeting of experts in Australia and later refined by drift analysis from the CSIRO.The experts recommended that the first search continue but a tripartite meeting of government ministers from Malaysia, China, and Australia shut it down in January last year.They vowed not to resume search unless there was credible new information which could be used to identify the aircraft’s position, although they failed to define what this meant.The Malaysian Government has since had change of heart with Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai telling reporters this week there was an 85 percent probability of finding the wreckage in the search zone.Drift modeling and an analysis of satellite imagery by a team headed by CSIRO scientist Dr David Griffin significantly boosted confidence among Australian experts that the wreckage of the Boeing 777, which went missing in March 2014, is in the southern half of a 25,000 sq. km.The scientists identified a location at latitude 35.6°S and longitude 92.8°E, near the seventh arc defined by satellite data, as the most likely location for the missing plane and the search is expected to start in this area. This is just outside an area already searched.They said other nearby locations east off the 7th arc were also possible and there were a range of less likely locations on the western side of the arc, near 34.7°S 92.6°E and 35.3°S 91.8°E.The deal is structured so the company receives $US20 million if it finds the plane in a 5000 sq. km primary search area, $US30m if it finds it in a subsequent 10,000 sq. km secondary search area and $US50m if it finds it another 10,000 sq km tertiary search area.The company says it is capable of scanning 1200 sq. kms per day using the eight Hugin AUVs equipped with an array of sophisticated sensors that include side scan and synthetic aperture sonar, a multi-beam echo sounder, a sub-bottom profiler and an HD camera.A similar submersible was used in the previous search but in this case up to eight will be launched and search in parallel.The Hugins, described as highly maneuverable and stable, will be launched directly from the mothership which will use an acoustic modem to communicate with them as they search for the debris field.Each submersible is powered by lithium polymer batteries that allows them to remain on station for up to 60 hours.Apart from occasional pings to update the Hugin’s  inertial navigation systems and keep them on course, the AUVs will keep their findings stored on an onboard hard-drive to be downloaded on their return.The use of the multiple submersibles means Ocean Infinity could feasibly, subject to the areas sometimes fierce weather and the need to resupply,  complete a search of the ATSB’s 25,000 sq. kms in the first month. This gives it the to option to move into other areas if the plane is not found.Some experts have suggested the debris may be north of the 25,000 sq. km zone, possibly to an area around 30°S,  and if a wider search proves necessary the Malaysians have agreed to pay Ocean Infinity $US70m if the plane is found.The Seabed Constructor is capable of recovering debris from the ocean floor but a decision on whether it proceeds to do so is up to the Malaysians.MH370 search hit ground runningThe Seabed Constructor. Photo: Ocean Infinity.Top priority will be given to recovering the so-called “black boxes” – the cockpit voice recorder, the flight data recorder and the quick access recorder.Using the Seabed Constructor to do this would be a logical move and having the ship already on station makes it what experts describe as an “asset of opportunity” if the black boxes are to be retrieved before the winter weather sets in.Although they have been at the bottom of the sea for almost four years under immense pressure, the recorders are built to withstand extremes and experts believe it will be possible to extract data from them and probably other memory chips in the the Boeing 777s avionics.Flight data recorders are usually double-wrapped in titanium or stainless steel and tested to withstand up to 1500 times the force of gravity and to be able to withstand water pressure at 20,000ft (6096m) for 30 days.There are also precedents for this sort of situation.The recorders from Air France flight 447,  An Airbus A330 which plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009,  were readable despite being at a depth of  3980m (13,000 feet)  for almost two years.Pressure is the biggest problem: at a depth of 5000m (16,404ft)  it is 500 times the pressure at sea level or 7114 lbs per square inch. The lack of currents, low levels of oxygen and cold temperatures at such great depths are expected to help preserve other parts of the plane as well as the bodies of the 239 passengers and crew.The move by Ocean Infinity to take on the MH370 search is not so much a roll of the dice as an informed bet, although one with high stakes. One “rough estimate’ puts the daily operating costs of the ship, personnel, and the sophisticated Hugin robots at about $US150,000 a day.As the video below shows, it is an impressive operation.The move comes after the company was extensively briefed on the data gleaned during the ATSB’s initial two-year search as well as the projections of others such as University of Western Australia Professor of coastal oceanography Charitha Pattiaratchi and the Independent group of experts.The initial 120,000 sq. km search failed to find the plane but this was in an area defined before the arrival of debris allowed more informed drift modeling.While there is some variance in where the parties think the debris field lies, they all point to the same general area.Dr Griffin says nothing has come to light since last year to affect the CSIRO findings on the most likely site for the MH370 wreckage.“From everything that we’ve done,  that is the most likely place,’’ he told AirlineRatings, noting it was not possible to say where the plane was with absolute certainty.“It’s impossible to know what could possibly be wrong with any of the clues that we used.“They’ve all got assumptions which could turn out to be false, but we know it’s the best shot at it and that’s it’s worth doing.”Among those most desperate for answers —and an end to the speculation and wild theories regarding the plane’s disappearance —  are the families of the MH370 victims.Support group MH370 has applauded the Malaysian Government for concluding the agreement and Ocean Infinity for its “bold offer” to search on a “no cure, no fee” basis.“It is our fervent hope that the search yields results, MH370 said in a statement. “While it may not bring our loved ones back into our midst, we wish for the answers that will let matters rest, and to make civil aviation safer.’’The group called on the Malaysian Government to provide regular updates and to consult with families on a recovery effort if the aircraft is found.“In the event the search by Ocean Infinity is unfruitful, we ask of the Malaysia to be open to a similar “no cure, no fee” search proposals from other parties or initiate a prepaid search if new evidence is found,’’ they added.The sad fact is, however, that if this search is unsuccessful the trail will have grown well and truly cold.last_img read more

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What is the Workflex in the 21st Century Act?

first_imgWe all know that workplace flexibility, family-friendly policies, and paid leave are at the forefront of many company and legislative discussions. Numerous articles condemn the lack of family-friendly policies in the US, see here and here. As a reaction, many states have, or are in the process of, passing local legislation requiring various levels of leave. Many cities, such as San Francisco, are also passing legislation on leave. This is putting many US companies in the situation of having to possibly respond to a patchwork of laws resulting that may result in compliance problems or at least inconsistent policies.The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), has helped develop, and is promoting, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act. In this post, and in several subsequent posts over the coming weeks, I will try to explain the act for you and let you decide if it’s something you want to support.Federal legislationCurrently, in the US there is only one piece of Federal level legislation that covers leave, that is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and it applies to employers who have 50 or more employees. An Obama era Executive Order requires federal contractors to provide paid sick leave. The Workflex Act would be on the federal level, but it does NOT require compliance. It is an OPT-IN program that provides benefits to the employers and employees who do opt-in.SummaryHere is a summary of the legislation. In ensuing blog posts over the next month, I will provide more detail on the various components.It is a voluntary, opt-in program. Employers could offer an ERISA-qualified plan that includes a federal standard of paid time off and options for flexible work arrangements.This plan would pre-empt state and local paid sick leave laws.Employees of employers participating in the program would receive more paid leave than is currently required by either state or local mandates.Workers are guaranteed flexible workplace options them may not have current access to, the first such arrangement.Employers have a model to follow, providing more predictability in use of the program.It is complementary to current unpaid programs.It reduces compliance issues by eliminating the patchwork of state and local laws that many employers much currently comply with.Not yet passedThis is legislation that SHRM is trying to usher through the legislative process. The bill’s key sponsor in the House of Representatives is Rep. Mimi Walters, [R-CA-45]. Additionally, it has an additional four sponsors from New York, Washington, Michigan, and Alabama. SHRM is helping find a Senate sponsor to introduce this legislation in the Senate.SHRM’s leadership is heavily behind this bill, so you will hear a lot about it at SHRM18 in Chicago. Stay tuned for next week when I cover a component of the bill.I wish to thank Lisa Horn, SHRM’s Director of Congressional Affairs and Leader of SHRM’s Workplace Flexibility Initiative, for providing this information and answering my questions.Originally posted on Omega HR Solutions blog.last_img read more

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History’s Longest Imprisoned Blogger, Kareem Amer, is Free

first_imgThe man believed to have been imprisoned longer than anyone else in the world for the contents of a blog, Egyptian Abdul Kareem Nabeel Suleiman, has been released after four years and 10 days of detention, his supporters have announced on their blog.Suleiman, who blogged under the name Kareem Amer, was sentenced in 2006 to four years of jail for insulting religion and the leadership of Egypt on his blog. He was critical of, among other things, Egypt’s treatment of women and of its Coptic Christian minority. Supporters report that during those four years, Amer was tortured, beaten, attacked by other prisoners, disowned by his family and had his books, letters and personal effects taken away. His case is of international interest not just because of his humanity, but because of the political conflict between authoritarian states and a new world of freely self-published bloggers who would challenge them with new Web technology.Due to the political importance of his case, Amer gained an international support movement that kept him in the online news throughout his time in prison. ReadWriteWeb has covered his case at least five times, most recently and in depth when his sentence expired, but he remained in state custody for an additional 10 days.Amer’s supporters say he is declining interviews while recovering from his detention.Part of a Larger TrendThough Kareem Amer was the longest-imprisoned blogger known, detained for most of the history of this young phenomenon called Social Media, he was not alone. A report by international media watchdog organization Reporters Sans Frontières last year found that there were 151 people in prison around the world because of the contents of their blogs in 2009, a nearly three-fold increase over 2008.Iranian cultural satire blogger Omid Reza Misayafi is believed to be the only blogger killed in prison to date. He was sentenced in 2008 to 30 months in prison for “insulting Islamic Republic Leaders” but died under mysterious and allegedly abusive circumstances after just six months of detention.With brave bloggers in mind who are free, imprisoned and deceased around the world, we leave you with the moving short video Iran: A Nation of Bloggers, about just one of many places where disruptive social media and authoritarian tradition clash, and where the stakes are at their highest.IRAN: A Nation Of Bloggers from ayrakus on Vimeo. marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Tags:#international#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Google Launches Starter Kit For A More Consistent Web

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#Android#App Design#Browsers#Chrome#design#Google#Web Apps#Web design#Web Development Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid lauren orsini How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Today Google launched Web Starter Kit, a download that consists of all the templates and tooling developers need to create sites that function on any device and any display.  Today’s Internet users don’t have just one device. They prefer as physical keyboard for their PCs but they want as touch screens on mobile. These days, no two screen sizes are alike. Users expect the same website to perform differently depending on the device by which it is accessed. Since these features don’t come built in to new websites, developers have to put them there, over and over again. This is referred to as “boilerplate,” chunks of essential code that needs to be manually inserted before any creative work can be done on a website. Google’s Web Starter Kit provides much of that boilerplate as downloadable content, so developers can speed up their projects and get site building. In its introduction to the kit, Google divides the workflow in to three functions: developers can pick a template, build the site and test it out.The Web Starter Kit builds off of a previous Google effort, Web Fundamentals. This earlier effort informed developers about best practices for building accessible websites while harnessing the most modern technology possible. If you’ve been following previous Web development best practices, you’ll find these tools build on the fundamentals you’ve already adopted. The kit is designed to not just create attractive websites across Internet connected devices uses Google Chrome, but all browsers. That’s because it’s based on the Web standards provided by the W3 Coalition to make the Web accessible. Google is not launching its Web Starter Kit into an empty market. Many developers have already adopted Bootstrap, a similar framework for building cross-platform websites. However, Google engineer Addy Osmani said on Hacker News that Google doesn’t plan to compete with Bootstrap in terms of user interface components, of which it has notably less.Google’s Web Starter Kit may tie into some new design concepts coming from Google in the coming weeks and months, including the expansion of its Polymer Web design principles it announced at Google I/O 2013 and the rumored Google Quantum Paper project for Android design.Bootstrap, Foundation and other existing boilerplate kits have very distinctive looks. If you’ve used them you can start to recognize patterns all over the Web. A little competition from Google will keep the next generation of cross-platform websites from all looking the same.Photo via Web Starter Kit Related Posts last_img read more

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SBP still on lookout for next naturalized player

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Recruitment biggest challenge for Frankie Lim at Perpetual View comments MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutoutcenter_img But they just haven’t decided on who to take that next step with.“At this point in time, we do not have any particular player yet. My understanding is we’re still looking for the best possible candidate,” said SBP vice chairman Robbie Puno on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Right now, we’re ready to spearhead that process. We’ve spoken with a couple of congressmen who will author the bill. But what we’re waiting for is the imprimatur as to who we will really make the effort to naturalize, because when you start that process, it becomes really difficult,” he said.Blatche has represented the Philippines as its naturalized player for the better part of the last three years, but the SBP has meticulously tried to find a contingency plan and kept an eye on a few prospects. One of them is Isaiah Austin, who suited up for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup and impressed with his averages of 20.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, and 2.4 assists.Puno, who authored the bills for the naturalization of Blatche and Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger previously, said that the Philippines hosting the 2023 Fiba World Cup should be taken at the highest of considerations as SBP looks to field possibly one of the strongest national teams in six years’ time.“If our target is 2023, there will be probably enough time for us to make sure we have the right player in terms of his basketball skills, his age, as well as his attitude,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche may still be at his peak right now, but Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) acknowledges that the Syracuse native is now battling time.That’s why the association has is prepared to endorse next naturalized candidate who could represent the country in international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more

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India vs Australia: Game 5, ODI Tri-series- As it happened!

first_imgAustralia have won the toss and elected to field first against IndiaWelcome to the coverage of the ODI Tri-series, Game 5 between India and Australia from the Sydney Cricket Ground in Melbourne.ScorecardIt’s Official: So the inevitable has happened. The match has been called off. From yesterday rain was predicted for Sydney today and the forecast promptly came true. The match was delayed by 40 minutes. We got some play in before a rain delay for 50 minutes. The rain relented and the players came back to play. 16 overs were possible before a big storm struck and forced the abandonment.Inevitable. Called off! Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 26, 2015India and Australia now share two points each which makes the England clash on Friday a knockout game for the two sides as the hosts are already through to the final. The pitch had pace and bounce and Dhawan struggled. He got out to Starc and Rayudu came out with an intent to play a stroke every ball. He got away a few times, but his luck ran out soon. Rahane and Kohli were there in the middle when the rain came down. India will be happy with the two points as it now gives them a realistic chance of making the final. If they beat England at Perth, they are through. Don’t worry about the weather at Perth, it hasn’t rained in ages there.If as seems likely now, this game is a washout, India vs England on the 30th becomes a straight knockoutadvertisement Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 26, 2015Rain Update: The weather has not changed a bit, rather it’s getting worse at the SCG. The play has been stopped for over an hour now. The cut-off time for a 20-over game is 20:45(local) which is two hours away. In case of a no result today, the two teams will share two points each which will make India’s tie against England on Friday, a straight knockout game. Stay tuned for more updates! We have got no chance now.. Smashing down #washout #AUSvIND Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) January 26, 2015Bad News: The rain is back at the Sydney Cricket Ground, yet again. The players are walking off the field and the covers are coming on. It’s not looking good as dark clouds encircle the stadium. Stay tuned for more updates! With Virat Kohli(1) and Ajinkya Rahane(27) at the crease, India are currently at 66/2 after 15 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!James Faulkner comes into the attack for Australia. With Virat Kohli(0) and Ajinkya Rahane(24) at the crease, India are currently at 62/2 after 13 overs.Superb catch running back by Warner Rayudu out for 23 India 2-62 #AUSvIND #IndianRepublicDay #AustraliaDay #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/rfk2Sz7uBE Indian Cricket Team (@IndianCricNews) January 26, 2015SIX RUNS off the over!!Virat Kohli is the new man in for India.There was NO NEED FOR THAT SHOT from Ambati Rayudu who had already scored a boundary in the over!!12.5 overs: OUT!! Mitchell Marsh has got Ambati Rayudu out caught in covers. Rayudu skips down the track looking for the big shot but mistimes it straight into the hands of David Warner who takes a good catch while running backwards. Ambati Rayudu departs after scoring 23 runs off 24 balls with two boundaries and a six. Another BLOW for India!!12.4 overs: FOUR!! Ambati Rayudu hangs back and steers it over the wicket-keeper for a boundary. CLEVER CRICKET from Rayudu!! With Ambati Rayudu(19) and Ajinkya Rahane(23) at the crease, India are currently at 56/1 after 12 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!! First sign of spin, Xavier Doherty comes into the attack for Australia. With Ambati Rayudu(13) and Ajinkya Rahane(16) at the crease, India are currently at 41/1 after nine overs.Nice aggressive batting from @RayuduAmbati #WeWontGiveItBack #INDvsAUS Pavan Praneeth (@praneethtz) January 26, 2015NINE RUNS off the over!!8.6 overs: SIX!! Ambati Rayudu shimmies down the wicket and smashes it deep into the stands over long-on for the maximum. That was SMOKED by Rayudu!! First change, Mitchell Marsh comes into the attack for Australia. With Ambati Rayudu(6) and Ajinkya Rahane(14) at the crease, India are currently at 32/1 after eight overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!7.5 overs: FOUR!! Ambati Rayudu stands tall and smashes it over mid-on for a boundary. Rayudu GETS GOING for India!! With Ambati Rayudu(1) and Ajinkya Rahane(13) at the crease, India are currently at 26/1 after seven overs.TWO RUNS off the over!! Shikhar Dhawan appointed as new fielding coach of Australia, as he gives away catching practice to the slips! #AusvsInd #AusvInd #INDvsAUS Pranay Mehta (@PranayMehta_PM) January 26, 2015Ambati Rayudu comes to the crease for India.advertisement3.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Mitchell Starc has got Shikhar Dhawan out caught at first slip. Dhawan stays back in the crease and dabs it straight into the hands of Aaron Finch who doesn’t drop those. Shikhar Dhawan departs after scoring eight runs off 13 balls. Dhawan’s DISMAL FORM continues!! With Shikhar Dhawan(8) and Ajinkya Rahane(13) at the crease, India are currently at 24/0 after six overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!5.4 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane was looking to pull and gets a faint edge past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. With Shikhar Dhawan(1) and Ajinkya Rahane(8) at the crease, India are currently at 12/0 after four overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!3.5 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane swivels across and flicks it towards long leg for the first boundary in the innings. POOR LINE from Hazlewood!! With Shikhar Dhawan(1) and Ajinkya Rahane(2) at the crease, India are currently at 6/0 after three overs.TWO RUNS off the over!! Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane are back in the middle for India while Mitchell Starc will continue his over for Australia. Good News: The rain has stopped at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the covers are being removed here. The overs have been reduced to 44-over per side. The play will resume at 4:06pm(local) in another 11 minutes. Bad News: The rain returns back to the Sydney Cricket Ground. The players are walking off the field and the covers are coming on. It looks quite gloomy in the background as dark clouds hover over the stadium. Stay tuned for more updates! #TriSeries: The rain returns at the SCG, as do the covers. Ind 6/0 in 2.4 overs against Aus #INDvsAUS #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/vs4oVBCtmT CricketGroundSe (@CricketGroundse) January 26, 2015With Shikhar Dhawan(0) and Ajinkya Rahane(1) at the crease, India are currently at 4/0 after two overs.THREE RUNS off the over!! Josh Hazlewood will bowl from the other end for Australia. TIDY START by Starc, just one run off it!! Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane are out in the middle for India while Mitchell Starc will start the proceedings for Australia.Team News: India have made two crucial changes with Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja coming in for Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. On the other hand, Australia bring back David Warner, George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood and Xavier Doherty. This is fantastic looking team. 6 pure batsman 3 All-Rounders 2 Fast Bowlers Amazing n different combination #IndvsAus #RepublicDay Srstc pk 😉 {~} (@Shoaib_Alam0786) January 26, 2015Toss: Australia have won the toss and elected to field first against India. Bad News: It’s drizzling at the Sydney Cricket Ground at the moment. The weather and cloudy situation will only make it worse as the start of the game is likely to get affected. Stay tuned for more updates.If India lose today or the match gets washed out, their ODI against England on Friday, becomes a knock-out game. India will have to secure a bonus point win in case they lose today. Stat-Attack:Sachin Tendulkar scored a masterly 117 in 2008 to mastermind India’s only victory over Australia in a One-Day International in Sydney.advertisementIt’s very very special day for both the teams. While India celebrate their 66th Republic day, the hosts will be celebrating the Australia day, their official national day. A win in today’s game will be of momentous significance for both the teams. Australia are already through to the final and will be looking forward to keep the momentum going. On the other hand, winless India find themselves in a do-or-die situation.The hosts are in terrific touch. Their bowling attack is solid, with Mitchell Starc enjoying a dream run. He was ruthless in their first two games, and combined well with other bowlers in their last match to put up an admirable display of death bowling. Although their batting lacks the same consistency as their bowling, their depth has allowed them to play more freely. George Bailey, who missed the last game due to suspension, will take over the captaincy from Steve Smith. Shaun Marsh will make way for David Warner. Mitchell Johnson is fit but it remains to be seen whether Australia would rush him for a seemingly inconsequential game. The fact that Australia are already through offers them a good chance to experiment.For India, it has been a sorry tale. Opting to bat first in both their games, the visitors stuttered in the initial overs. They were able to post a decent 267 against Australia in the first, but it was no match for a flamboyant Australian batting attack. Against England, it was yet another story. Collective failure from the batsmen meant that India could only post a meagre 153 on board. There continues to be a big question mark over Shikhar Dhawan’s form and Virat Kohli’s batting position still seems uncertain. Even Rohit Sharma continues to remain out of the side due to a hamstring injury. The bowlers have been wayward and miserably inconsistent. India have failed as a unit in both their matches. However, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja’s return to the side might give the visitors a glimmer of hope.India:The defending World Champions had a sorry day at the office against England. They were blown away by Steven Finn and James Anderson and there appear to be cracks creeping up into the famed batting line-up. There are question marks surrounding Shikhar Dhawan’s place in the side and Virat Kohli’s batting position. India’s two aggressive batsman at the top of the order have failed to get started. Rohit Sharma, India’s centurion against Australia in Melbourne, has been sidelined by a hamstring injury and will miss the encounter in Sydney.India, however, will be boosted by Ishant Sharma’s and Ravindra Jadeja’s steady return to fitness. Stuart Binny, who shone in an otherwise forgettable day against England, may keep his place even if India opt to for a two-spinner attack. Jadeja’s bowling readiness may help the team management make the choice among the three available spinners. A five day break after their twin defeats may augur well for a team that looks to regain its mental freshness.Australia:Australia have enjoyed the perfect tune-up thus far. Their first two victories were set up by Mitchell Starc and their bursts with the new ball. Then, in their last game against England, Starc and James Faulkner came up with a fine exhibition of death bowling to restrict England to 303, when they looked set to get much more. The batting has remained solid, if not flamboyant. The depth in batting has allowed the top-order to bat with freedom.For the India game, there are welcome returns to the squad. George Bailey will take over as captain missing the last game due to suspension. Mitchell Marsh has sufficiently recovered from an injury sustained during the Brisbane Test against India. David Warner and Shane Watson missed the Hobart ODI with hamstring injuries and It remains to be seen, if the think-tank would rush them for an inconsequential game. Mitchell Johnson, though fit, will make a return only for the final. However, Josh Hazlewood and Xavier Doherty are expected to play on Monday.Teams(from):India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(c/wk), Stuart Binny, Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ravindra JadejaAustralia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey(c), Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin(wk), James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson, Gurinder Sandhulast_img read more

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Cyndi Lauper Releases New Song In Honor Of World Psoriasis Day

first_imgNovartis announced this week that Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and activist Cyndi Lauper has released a new song, Hope, in honor of World Psoriasis Day.Inspired by psoriasis patients and Lauper’s own experience living with the disease, Hope is part of the SEE ME campaign, an initiative that celebrates patients’ success stories and encourages others living with plaque psoriasis to seek ways to get back to doing the things they want to do.“I have met many people living with psoriasis and drew inspiration for the song from their stories of struggle, courage, perseverance and hope,” said Lauper. “I know first-hand the impact psoriasis can have and my goal is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who may struggle with their psoriasis. We don’t need to hide, and we don’t need to feel embarrassed.”An estimated 7.5 million Americans are affected by psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory condition which is considered the most common autoimmune disease in the US. Like many patients, Lauper hid her psoriasis and struggled for many years to find a treatment that worked for her. Now, she is sharing her story to demonstrate the impact that plaque psoriasis has had on her life, and why she saw a dermatologist and made the decision to start treatment with Cosentyx (secukinumab), the first IL-17A antagonist approved to treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.“Plaque psoriasis symptoms like flaking, scaling and bleeding can have a significant impact on a patient’s daily life,” said Dr. Jeffrey Weinberg, Associate Clinical Professor, Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City and Lauper’s personal dermatologist. “I encourage all people with psoriasis to speak with a dermatologist who specializes in the disease to find a treatment plan that works for them.”“It took me a long time to get to where I am today, but I made it – and so can others who are struggling with psoriasis,” said Lauper.The song and music video for Hope are available to stream on the SEE ME campaign microsite, SEEMEtoknow.com. Additional content includes webisodes featuring Cyndi Lauper and other patients providing a more in-depth look at life with psoriasis.Cyndi Lauper is a Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning artist with over 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million albums. With her first album, She’s So Unusual, Lauper won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and became the first female in history to have four top-five singles from a debut album. Since then, Lauper has released ten additional studio albums, been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and celebrated as a New York Times best-selling author. Overall, during her storied music career, Lauper has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven American Video Awards and 18 MTV Awards. In 2013, Cyndi Lauper became the first solo woman to win Best original score for her music and lyrics for Kinky Boots. Next, she’ll write the score for the Broadway adaptation of the 1988 feature film Working Girl, contribute a song to the score of the Broadway musical Spongebob Squarepants and launch her own fashion line with Home Shopping Network.last_img read more

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