Was lucky enough to get a wicket, admits Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne on Test debut

first_imgMarnus Labuschagne was picked by Australia to make his debut in the first Test against Pakistan for his batting, with his part-time leg-spin seen only as a bonus. But with his team struggling to break a crucial partnership, Labuschange made a key breakthrough on day two to bring Australia back into the contest in Dubai on Monday.Pakistan had been cruising, Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail adding exactly 150 to take the score onto 410/4. They looked set for a mammoth total, but, the ball after bowling a big full toss which was hit for four, Labuschagne bowled the perfect leg-break, which spun and bounced and took Shafiq’s outside edge before nestling in Tim Paine’s gloves.The dismissal was the start of a slide of 72/6 with Pakistan eventually bowled out for 482 as Australia surged back into the game. Labuschagne credited technical work on the speeds and lengths he bowls as helping him have a productive spell.”I’ve been working on my bowling for a long time but the last three months specifically, just getting a bit faster through the air and making sure I’m bowling the right length,” Labuschagne said.Pakistan vs Australia – Report | Highlights | Scorecard”I’ve been working really hard with Sri [Sridharan Sriram] and John Davison back home, making sure we get that length right. So it was pleasing to see it come off today, I was able to come on and not go for too many runs and also lucky enough to get a wicket as well.”It felt like a day when Australia captain Tim Paine would need to shuffle his pack constantly in hopes of getting a breakthrough. Having a leg-spin option to call upon helped in this regard too.advertisement”It was a change-up, a change in momentum, a change in the rhythm of the batsmen and just making them think a little bit differently about how they want to play shots and stuff like that,” Labuschagne said.Marnus Labuschagne celebrates his maiden Test wicket! #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/ujvUGOMBdUcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 8, 2018″That’s probably the key, trying to get them to think a little bit differently with someone who bowls a bit of leg-spin.”Australia ended the day with their openers having taken them to 30/0, 452 behind Pakistan’s first innings total. Sometime tomorrow, Labuschagne’s main job, with the bat, will begin. But without his part-time skill, his side would surely be much further behind in the game.last_img read more

Volvo Trucks is working out how to turn a profit with autonomy

first_img Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Enlarge ImageUnlike most autonomous vehicle developers, Volvo Trucks has found out how to put its Vera to work and make money doing it. Volvo Trucks We’ve covered Volvo Trucks’ autonomous Vera platform before, but now, we’re getting a better idea of how Volvo is managing its relationships with its pilot program customers and how it plans to make money from an emerging technology, thanks to a report published Wednesday by Reuters.So, just as a refresher, Vera is a fully autonomous, electric semi-truck that is being targeted (at least initially) at a particular kind of short-haul trucking called drayage. These drayage jobs are short, repetitive and often done without ever driving on a public road. It’s kind of a best-case scenario for self-driving technology right now.”There’s a lot of uncertainties, and that’s why we believe the right way to develop autonomous is with commercial pilots where we partner up with customers, go for real implementations, and learn from that,” said Sasko Cuklev, Volvo Trucks’ autonomous solutions director, in a statement to Reuters.Volvo has already lined up its first commercial pilot program with a company in Norway called Broennoey Kalk AS, in which the Vera truck will shuttle limestone from a mine to a nearby port. Volvo will be responsible for not only providing the trucks, but also setting up the infrastructure which includes a monitoring tower, a remote driver and vehicle charging, as well as providing maintenance and insurance. In turn, Broennoey will pay Volvo per ton of limestone transported. It’s kind of like a cross between a car subscription program and a usage-based insurance program.This makes the operation low-risk for the client since it’s not paying for work that’s not being done, and Volvo is making money during what would typically be another test phase for an already expensive-to-run program. It’s kind of brilliant.The pilot program with Broennoey Kalk AS is set to begin in the winter of 2019. Volvo 12 Photos Volvo’s new self-driving truck teams up to fight inefficiency 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Volvo Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The Iron Knight is the coolest Volvo you’ll never be able to buy Now playing: Watch this: 3:01 0 More From Roadshow Post a comment 2019 Audi Q3 second drive: More for the masses Share your voicelast_img read more

BCCI to ask Mahendra Singh Dhoni to retire respectfully

first_imgFile photo of MS Dhoni.IANSFormer Indian captain and cricket legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni may be dropped from the Indian squad as he is not in the future plans of Team India, the Times of India reported. According to reliable sources quoted by TOI, Dhoni is not the same batsman that he used to be and MSK Prasad will speak to him about retirement so that he retires and youngsters get chances.”We’re surprised that he’s not done it so far. There are youngsters like Rishabh Pant waiting to grab their chance. As we saw in the World Cup, Dhoni isn’t the same batsman anymore. Despite coming in at No. 6 or 7, he was struggling to force the pace, and it was hurting the team,” said a source from BCCI.This source also stated that MSD has no chance of getting selected for the West Indies series as he is not an automatic pick anymore. The likes of Dhoni and Pant didn’t play a big part in India’s victory with the bat.Twitter/BCCI”I don’t think he’s in the selectors’ plan for the 2020 T20 World Cup too. He must quit international cricket gracefully. He isn’t an automatic pick any more,” the anonymous official added.He also mentioned that the board did not want to distract him before the World Cup talking about retirement but the time has come for the 38-year-old to take a call.”We didn’t want to distract him, and he too must have wanted the team, and himself, to be focused on the Cup. But the time to take a call is now. He has nothing left to achieve or prove in international cricket anymore.” India were undone by a smart and determined Kiwi side.Twitter/Cricket World CupThe former Indian captain had to face a lot of criticism from cricket fans and former cricketers during the ICC Cricket World Cup for scoring at a slow rate during the death overs of matches. The World Cup-winning captain could not perform up to expectations as a finisher and it looked like age has taken a toll on him. Probably the time has come to say goodbye to, according to some, the greatest captain ever of Indian ODI cricket team.last_img read more

Viacom Inks Deal With FuboTV Streaming Service

first_imgViacom reached a distribution deal with FuboTV, which will soon add an array of the conglomerate’s networks — including Comedy Central, BET, MTV and Nickelodeon — to its live TV internet streaming service.Viacom is now on four “virtual pay-TV” platforms: Dish Network’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Philo and FuboTV. Viacom remains absent from Google’s YouTube TV, Hulu’s live TV bundle and Sony’s PlayStation Vue (which dropped the conglomerate’s lineup more than two years ago).For Viacom, there’s some urgency in getting on OTT platforms as traditional cable and TV satellite distributors have seen their subscriber losses accelerate. In 2018, the five biggest U.S. pay-TV operators collectively lost 3.2 million subs, a 4.2% decline.“FuboTV is quickly evolving as a major force in the streaming television space, and the addition of Viacom’s media networks as a cornerstone of FuboTV’s entertainment offering demonstrates the power and popularity of our global brands and programming,” Tom Gorke, Viacom’s EVP and head of distribution and business development, said in a statement. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Viacom is expanding its digital footprint on other fronts. Last month it spent $340 million to buy PlutoTV, a free TV-like streaming service, and its Viacom Digital Studios division now owns VidCon and digital network and studio Awesomeness.For now, FuboTV is relatively small in the grand scheme of things. Launched in 2015 as a sports-centric OTT TV service, the New York-based company said it had just shy of 250,000 paid subscribers at the end of September 2018. It has raised $150 million from investors including AMC Networks, 21st Century Fox and Sky (now owned by Comcast).Viacom shows that will be available to FuboTV customers include Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (pictured above), MTV’s “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” and Nickelodeon’s “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”Under the deal with FuboTV, Viacom’s nine core media networks – BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount Network, TV Land and VH1 – will soon be included in FuboTV’s base package, priced at $45 per month.In addition, an expanded suite of Viacom channels will be available in the Fubo Extra premier package ($50 monthly). Those include BET Her, BET Jams, BET Soul, Logo, MTV2, MTV Classic, MTV Live, mtvU, Nick Music, Nicktoons and TeenNick. The deal also will bring Viacom’s Telefe and MTV Tr3s networks to FuboTV’s Spanish-language Fubo Latino package (an additional $8 per month).“We’re very excited to enter into this strategic partnership with Viacom, which continues to make prescient and aggressive moves in the digital media space,” said Joel Armijo, FuboTV’s CFO. “Fubo remains singularly focused on offering sports fans a compelling pay-TV alternative with a robust content offering able to serve the viewing needs of the entire household.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Martian Face Turns Out to be a Rocky Mesa

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — In 1976, the Viking spacecraft, flying above Mars, captured an image of what appeard to be a large face on the surface of the planet. The face appeared, to many, as proof that a Martian civilization existed; beings not unlike humans must have populated Mars at one time. The famous “face on Mars” is located in the Cydonia region of Mars. The latest image was taken with the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera. The camera is located on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The Orbiter is a satellite in orbit around Mars, designed to get a good look at the Martian surface. The resolution offered by these images is much higher than that taken by previous spacecraft. Images have been taken over the years, including in 1998 and 2001. The latest images were taken in 2007. As technology has improved, though, images show the face becoming blurrier and blurrier. And now, it appears the face on Mars has disappeared altogether. Technology has advanced a considerable amount since the original photo was taken, though. And now NASA has released a new image of the area — one that shows quite clearly that what looks like a face in the 1976 image is really just a rocky mesa. FOXNews.com offers this explanation for the differences in the two images:Taken from much nearer to the planet and with a substantially higher resolution camera, the features so distinctive in the original image completely vanish in the new one. The original Viking Orbiter image had much lower spatial resolution and a different lighting geometry, factors that led to the optical illusion. 1976 Viking image. Image source: NASA NASA celebrates 30 years of Mars research © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: “Face on Mars or Rocky Hill? New Photo Reveals Truth,” FOXNews.com (July 30, 2010). Available online: www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/0 … cs-famous-face-mars/.”Extreme Close-Up of the Face on Mars,” Nancy Atkinson, Universe Today (July 28, 2010). Available online: www.universetoday.com/69766/ex … of-the-face-on-mars/ Citation: Martian Face Turns Out to be a Rocky Mesa (2010, August 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-martian-rocky-mesa.html 2007 HiRISE image. Image source: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Heavy rain inundates parts of city inclement weather to persist for next

first_imgKolkata: Vast stretches of the city were left inundated following heavy rainfall that lasted for an hour on Sunday afternoon, resulting in traffic congestion in some parts. In the central part and also some northern parts of the city, the traffic was reportedly in a mess following the shower.The situation may continue to worsen, not only in the city but in all South Bengal districts, as the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore has predicted heavy rainfall in all South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the weather office, a low pressure trough has been created over the northern parts of Bay of Bengal, which will be further intensified bringing more rainfall in all the districts in South Bengal. There will a heavy to very heavy rainfall in various South Bengal districts. The city will be no exception.The sky will remain cloudy from Monday morning and various parts will receive moderate to heavy rainfall. As per the prediction, some of the North Bengal districts will also receive moderate rainfall while some others may receive heavy rainfall. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedRain lashed Kolkata and many other districts on Sunday afternoon. The downpour started at around 1.30 in the city and continued for nearly one hour. The incident left various stretches waterlogged.The civic authorities acted promptly to discharge the accumulated water in major thoroughfares. College Street, Amherst Street and Thanthania went under water due to the rain, causing severe inconvenience to the people. Motorcyclists and auto rickshaw drivers faced problems after the engines of their vehicles shut down on College Street. Other parts of the city like Central Avenue, MG Road, some stretches of VIP Road and Salt Lake also went under water following Sunday’s rain. Both Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and other civic bodies acted promptly to discharge the accumulated water. The situation was, however, brought under control within a couple of hours.According to KMC sources, the pumping stations at Palmer Bazar in North and Ballygunge in the Southern fringes of the city recorded around 50 mm rainfall in one hour in the afternoon. The number of traffic was less on the streets as it was Sunday. Many people, however, got stuck in the downpour that lashed the city. Many people preferred to stay indoors on Sunday evening due to the rain.As similar weather will continue for the next two days, people in the city have been asked to carry umbrellas while going to their workplaces on Monday and Tuesday.last_img read more

The Internet of Things May See Huge Growth So Companies Want in

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read July 22, 2014 These days, users are aware of the exchange of their personal information and make a decision if what they get in return is worth the invasion. When it comes to the smart home, some people are willing to give up their data to save on utility bills, automate the garage door and avoid plumbing leaks, among other things.Most of the things in our lives are not designed to save us money. Most aid in consumption. Your toaster reminds you to buy more bread, your coffee maker encourages you to get better coffee, your TV encourages purchases of more channels and more shiny discs.The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, which describes a market of everyday objects and appliances with Internet connectivity, is going from novel to pervasive. Today, there are 1.9 billion connected devices, and that number is predicted to grow to 9 billion devices by 2018. Erickson predicts there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Related: 8 Ways the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Your Everyday LifeApple didn’t invent smartphones, it made them pervasive, and that created a market where there had been none.Google earlier this year purchased smart thermostat maker Nest primarily because it was the first company to make IoT have a value proposition.Smart energy is going to depend on embedding technology in everything in the home, but consumers often own their appliances for years. Nest controls the furnace in a home, and that furnace may be 15 years old. Being able to upgrade without having to spend $15,000 to get a new furnace lets consumers enjoy the savings of smart energy without a huge initial investment.One of the companies seeking to gain an early lead on IoT is Belkin, best known for its switches, routers and network storage devices. Its CEO, Chet Pipkin, has a vision for connecting all sorts of appliances to the Internet with smart modules, in a series of products called WeMo, allowing users to control home electronics from anywhere.“What makes our point of view with WeMo a little more unique is that we’re providing the actual devices to mar the Internet of Things right now and providing more devices and modules that serve as an onramp, where it takes existing appliances, and is able to on board them to the Internet of Things right here, right now,” Pipkin says.Related: What’s the Right Path for Startups Entering the ‘Internet of Things’?Belkin integrates a frugal value proposition to customers who want to save money. Taking a modular approach, WeMo offers a mobile app so users can control their home technology from anywhere, and program the home to their personal preferences. This gives WeMo the advantage of home-energy savings to the masses, without having to install expensive new systems.By getting its feet wet with a broad-appeal product, and giving the developer community the tools to find ways to use the product in other solutions, Belkin reduces its costs in researching ways the technology could be applied.Most venture capitalists and technologists agree that the age of IoT is coming, but to get consumers excited, early adopters need to prove the value proposition. Belkin, with its WeMo series of products, seeks to reach these early IoT adopters.Cisco, a competitor to Belkin, released a report estimating IoT will be a $14.4 trillion market over the next 10 years. IoT is smart energy today, controlling Christmas lights with your iPhone tomorrow, and a refrigerator that knows if the milk has spoiled in the near future.Related: Samsung Reportedly Looking to Snatch Up Startup SmartThings For $200 Million Register Now »last_img read more