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More than one billion fans want T20 cricket in Olympics, reveals ICC study

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has been steadily pushing for cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics and according to survey published by them on Wednesday, 87 percent of global fans want the inclusion.The shortest version of the sport – T20s – is what the fans want in the Olympics, as the sport’s world governing body claimed that the gentleman’s game has over one billion fans across the globe.The survey, carried out in the 12 Full Member countries, and China and the United States — the latter two because they have been identified as non-traditional markets with huge potential for growth, showed T20I as the most popular format with 92 percent interest whilst ODIs are close with 88 percent interest.”It is the first global market research project ever undertaken in the sport and having more than one billion fans in the surveyed age category of 16-69 alone, with an average age of 34, is undoubtedly an exciting and strong position from which we can drive the sport forward,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said in a statement.Of the one billion fans (in the surveyed age category of 16-69) globally, the average age is 34 with a demographic breakdown of 61% male and 39% female. pic.twitter.com/i2g5o4ctzCICC (@ICC) June 27, 2018″There are opportunities to grow in both our traditional markets, where the focus will be on attracting more women and girls, children and families, to the game, as well as non-traditional cricket playing nations where there is clearly both interest and opportunity.advertisement”A global growth strategy for cricket is currently being developed and this research is a significant cornerstone of that, guiding our decision making and providing us with a benchmark to measure progress as we look to drive long-term growth of the game,” he added.Two-thirds of fans over the age of 16 are interested in all three international formats of the game.Globally, T20I is the most popular format with 92% interest whilst ODIs are close with 88% interest. pic.twitter.com/sL3lE1ljKCICC (@ICC) June 27, 2018The research also identified more than 300 million active participants over the age of 16, ranging from occasional social players to the elite level, this number is likely to grow significantly if under 16s are counted.These participants highlighted the fun and sociability of the sport as well as the health benefits.The breakdown of cricket’s three different formats in the research showed two-thirds of fans over the age of 16 who were interviewed are interested in all three international formats of the game.Close to 70 percent fans are interested in Test cricket with fans in England and Wales showing the strongest interest in this format (86 percent), South Africa lead the interest in ODI cricket (91) and Pakistan in T20I cricket (98).The research study also identified more than 300 million active cricket participants over the age of 16, ranging from occasional social players to the elite level. pic.twitter.com/0DdnIQyTE8ICC (@ICC) June 27, 2018It also revealed that the 50-over World Cup and the World T20 are more popular tournaments than the bilateral series and domestic T20 leagues with 95 percent fans expressing interest in the major ICC tourneys.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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Shahid Afridi reveals he preferred limited-overs cricket over Tests

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said he preferred limited-overs cricket over the Test format. Afridi is known for his fiery batting style ever since his 37-ball century in one day internationals in 1996.Afridi was new to international cricket, just two days old to be precise, when he took Sri Lanka’s bowlers for cleaners in his first ODI innings to smash the then fastest ever hundred in the ODIs during a KCA Centenary Tournament match in Nairobi on October 4.Back then, only two formats were played — Tests and ODIs.Two years later, Afridi made his Test debut and went on to play 27 matches in the traditional format. He played his last Test in 2010 before retiring from the format to prolong his limited-overs cricket.Read – Shahid Afridi in trouble for keeping chained lion at homeAfridi finished Test cricket with 1716 runs from 48 innings scoring five centuries and eight fifties at an average of 36.51. In fact, his Test average was far more superior to his ODI and Twenty20 Internationals averages of 23.57 and 17.92 respectively.Afridi played 398 ODIs scoring 8064 runs and bagging 395 wickets.Afridi was undoubtedly one of the biggest entertainers both with bat and ball and that quality earned him the nickname of “Boom Boom” Afridi and a legion of fans across the world.”For me in today’s times, Test cricket, no way. I loved playing One-Dayers. I feel if you don’t enjoy something then you are forcibly trying to do it and I never liked being forced into anything,” the 38-year-old was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times.advertisementEven after his retirement from international cricket, Afridi remains one of the most sought after players in T20 leagues across the world.”With T20s and T10s our careers too have stretched. Lesser the overs ina format, our careers will carry on for longer time,” he said.Afridi will next be seen in action in the second edition of the T10 Cricket League from November 23. The star all-rounder is the batting coach and icon player for the Pakhtoons.last_img read more

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Jamaicans Urged Not To Relax Against The Mosquito

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Aug. 4 (JIS): The Ministry of Health is urging members of the public to take precautionary measures to prevent vector borne diseases by adopting several simple practices to reduce the mosquito population.Due to the drought conditions being experienced across the island, the widespread use of water storage containers act as breeding sites that have the potential to increase the mosquito population. Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says vector borne diseases are on the rise globally, which puts Jamaica at risk.“The prevalence of vector borne diseases has been on the rise, with estimates indicating that the number of cases of dengue, for example, has increased 30 fold over the last 50 years. This is of great concern because some of the diseases that now threaten the health of the region of the Americas, including Jamaica, are those which are transmitted in the same way as the Dengue virus,” he noted.The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is commonly found in every parish across the island, is the vector through which Dengue, Malaria, Chikungunya, and the Zika viruses are transmitted.At a recent meeting with local government officials in Kingston, Dr. Ferguson said a national approach to vector management is needed to reduce the mosquito population.“Control strategies focusing on source reduction are crucial. These involve the removal of larval/pupal habitat from the environment, or targeting the immature stages of the mosquito,” he said. Dr. Ferguson outlined several measures to control and reduce the breeding of mosquitoes, such as preventing water from settling in shallow areas and in containers; and filling shallow depressions in the ground, where water may settle, with soil or sand. In the case of water storage containers, the Ministry recommends covering or punching holes in the containers. Cooking oil can also be poured on the surface of water in water storage containers to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs.Other measures include: regular cleaning of containers where water is stored to prevent mosquito larvae from maturing; and the proper disposal of containers. Persons are also encouraged to use Abate larvicide to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.The Ministry is urging persons to protect themselves against infection of vector borne viruses by using insect repellents containing DEET, mosquito nets and destroyers. Screens should also be installed on windows and doors. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Aedes aegypti mosquito, Chikungunya, Dengue, Malaria, zika virus CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ADDS CARICOM NATIONS TO WATCH LIST Airliners spraying for Zika prevention; Zika impacting tourism arrivals Recommended for you MORE THAN PREGNANT WOMEN need to be concerned about Zikalast_img read more

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Florin Andone enjoying life at Brighton

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion striker Florin Andone was buzzing after scoring his third goal for the club in their 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday.Andone scored Brighton’s third goal in their 3-1 victory at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday as the Seagulls advanced to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.“It’s my style and I live for those moments, I’m very happy because it will give me confidence as a striker to score,” he told the club’s website.“I feel a real connection with the fans, I think they love me, that’s the feeling I get, and I want to thank them for all their support and encouragement to the team.“The win is good for us and it was important for a lot of the squad to get good game time this afternoon.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“We played very well and deserved the victory, the feeling when I scored was crazy – sometimes you lose yourself in the moment after getting a goal and that’s what happened.“We’re in good form in the league and won today, this is the way to continue.“For me personally, I work hard every day in training in a very competitive squad – both I and Glenn [Murray] push one another and get on really well.“Our relationship is great – he’s a really good guy, this is the way we must continue – the group is very close and strong. It doesn’t matter who is playing and who isn’t, because the team is very competitive.”last_img read more

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Tata Group market cap dips by Rs 50450 crore due to market

first_imgThe Tata Group has suffered an erosion of Rs 50,450 crore in the market capitalisation of its listed entities in just over a month, reflecting the sharp fall in stock markets in India and across the globe.Seventeen listed companies of the Group had a combined market capitalisation of Rs 7,00,912 crore, based on the closing prices as on 22 January, 2016, down 6.71% from Rs 7,51,362 crore as on 17 December, 2015.During the same period, the Sensex has plunged by 5.30%, from 25,803 on 17 December, 2015, to 24,435 as on 22 January, 2016. The Sensex and Nifty witnessed a sharp correction in the past few days on account of a slowdown in China’s economy, the depreciation of the Chinese yuan and a fall in crude oil prices, triggering a wave of global sell-off in stock markets.The Group has 24 listed companies but the figures of some of the companies were not available for comparison, especially those like Mount Everest Mineral Water, the shares of which were not traded in the last 30 days on the BSE.The diversified Group’s listed companies include TCS, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Power, Tata Communications, Voltas, Tata Global Beverages, Indian Hotels and Tata Coffee. The Group in all has over 100 companies that operate in over 100 countries, according to its website. In 2014-15, the Group’s combined revenues stood at $108.78 billion.In December last year, Mukund Rajan, member of the conglomerate’s group executive council and brand custodian at Tata Sons, had said that the Group plans to increase its market cap to $350 billion by 2025.”By 2025, if we want to be amongst the 25 most valuable companies in the world, the number we would need to hit would be around $350 billion,” Rajan had said. Overall, these companies employ over 600,000 people.last_img read more

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Are Rashmika Mandanna and Trisha playing female leads in Vijays next film

first_imgRashmika Mandanna and Trisha.PR HandoutIn the last one month, there have been a lot of rumours about Rashmika Mandanna playing the female lead in Vijay’s 64 movie. Her interaction with her fans on social media sites have been giving a strong indication of the actress having talks with the makers for the project.Recently, it was stated that along with Rashmika, Trisha Krishnan too was approached to play the female lead in the film, presently referred to as Thalapathy 64. Grapevine had it that the actress, after a gap of 11 years, was going to pair up with the actor again.It was said that she was offered an important role in Thalapathy 64, leaving her fans excited about the development. Trisha had earlier worked with him in four films like Ghilli, Kuruvi, Aadhi and Thirupaachi. Amid these speculations, the names of Keerthy Suresh and Samantha were also doing rounds.The latest update about the movie is that nothing has been finalised yet and the actresses have not been offered the film yet. However, our sources say that the heroines of Thalapathy 64 will be finalised by the end of this month.Thalapathy 64 Cast and Crew: Anirudh Ravichander, who had churned out peppy numbers in Kaththi, is reuniting with Vijay again as the music director. Lokesh Kanagaraj-directorial has Sathyan Sooryan’s cinematography and Philomin Raj’s editing. Xavier Britto is funding the project, which will take off in September 2019.last_img read more

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NewFronts West Showcases Podcasts Influencer Marketing in Inaugural LA Event

first_imgThe kick-off day of the first-ever Digital Content NewFronts West conference in Hollywood highlighted two trends: the expansion of digital media forms like podcasting, as well as creative approaches to advertising, especially influencer marketing.Anna Bager, the executive VP of industry initiative at IAB, which manages the event, said the L.A. iteration was designed to be different from its New York counterpart in focusing on branded and sponsored content, as well as content creators. NewFronts West runs Oct. 9-10.The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday announced that following the success of its narrative podcast “Dirty John,” the company will roll out similar formats through 2019 with additional podcasts. They include “Big Willie,” about drag racer and local legend Big Willie Robinson, and “Room 20,” which follows an investigative reporter’s search to uncover a hospital patient’s identity. ×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 Gallery Media Group, the company behind PureWow and ONE37pm, announced three upcoming podcasts: “Long Story Short,” which will have makeup industry veteran and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown interviewing guests like Connie Britton and Cindy Crawford about their journey to success; “Mom Brain,” hosted by Daphne Oz and Hilaria Baldwin, the wife of Alec Baldwin, will discuss aspects of motherhood with guests like Alyssa Milano and Sheryl Crow; and “Respect Replay,” a joint collaboration between ONE37pm and Fanatics that will bring together athletes from different eras or leagues.Mary Kate McGrath, Gallery’s chief content officer and the editor in chief of PureWow, said podcasts’ popularity have skyrocketed recently, thanks to Apple’s bevy of selections and the acclaimed podcast “Serial.” Now, one in four Americans listens to podcasts, and almost half of those people listen to up to 10 hours a week, McGrath said, which presents new opportunities for brands to acquire users and embed ads within episodes.“Thanks to the mobility of the medium, and the amazing stories across categories, people are listening more than ever,” McGrath said. “We launched Gallery Podcast Co. because we saw attention shifting dramatically to the audio space and we saw an opportunity to connect our clients to an intimate way to connect to consumers.”Gallery also touched on its new hero video platform, which bypasses traditional ads by creating content around advertising, rather than the opposite. The company has had success with longer videos from PureWow or ONE37pm’s handle that craft a plot around a brand, such as its recent musical short that promoted Olay, called “I Can’t Wait to Wash My Face.”Both Gallery and FameBit by YouTube focused on new strategies in influencer marketing. Beau Avril, the global head of business operations at FameBit, said the company has developed tools like a measurement to track brand interest lift and find if searches for a brand term increases after influencers mention it in a video.Avril said audiences are more skeptical than ever about traditional advertising and 92 percent of consumers trust product recommendations more when coming from their peers on social media, like social influencers. He says FameBit has been working with influencers to naturally implement a brand’s products in their videos, whether through the “get ready with me” format or cooking segments. YouTuber Freddie Wong, who has worked with brands through FameBit, said brands must offer something that complements and elevates his storytelling, as a straightford promotional video would result in viewers labelling him a “sell-out.” Wong cited successful collaborations with the likes of Dodge Dart for a video about racing and the thriller film “Mile 22” for an action short about his quest to get tickets to the film’s premiere.“In a world where we’re lacking that authenticity but also that relevance and that relatability, the epicenter of that happens on these channels, in that content,” Avril said. “Because these moments are so special and they’re so pointed, as a brand being in those conversations really gives you a chance to shape opinions and even drive decisions.”Some 20 companies are presenting at the IAB’s NewFronts West conference at NeueHouse in Hollywood. Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Bengals business chambers laud state Budget 201920

first_imgKolkata: Various business chambers in Bengal lauded the state government’s Budget presented by Finance minister Amit Mitra on Monday.President, MCCI, Vishal Jhajharia said that full exemption of Education Cess and Rural Employment Cess for Tea gardens has been extended for two more years, which would help the tea industry grow. The government has given more emphasis to develop the MSME sector and credit flow to Rs 20,287 crore during April to September 2018, which is noteworthy. Around 95 new SSI clusters have been taken up, taking the total number to 520 from 425. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe appreciated the prudent fiscal management of the state, by which revenue deficit has come down to 0.96 percent. Fiscal deficit as a percentage of GSDP has also gone down to 2.83 percent. Industrial growth in the state has been as high as 16.29 percent in 2017-18, compared to 5.54 percent at the national level, which is excellent. He also mentioned that Flipkart is going to develop a Flipkart Hub in Haringhata at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore. Meanwhile, the Bengal Chamber thinks that the Budget has brought in good news for revenue deficit of the state, which has been reduced to zero for 2019-20. The Budget has announced additional income for poorer sections of the society, namely contractual group C and D workers, as well as self-employed persons. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chamber welcomed the fact that Asha and Anganwadi workers, the backbone of rural society, have seen a rise in monthly salary by Rs 500. The farmers having below 1 acre of land (marginal peasants) will have an annual additional income of Rs 5,000. The fast growth of the industrial sector and GSDP will generate additional revenue to the state, so that on debt head, Bengal needs only a 10 percent rise in this Budget, compared to an increase of almost 55 percent during the last Budget. The Chamber also feels that the Budget has given stress on demands of farmers, social sector and poorer sections of the society, as well as MSMEs. Sitaram Sharma, president, Bharat Chamber of Commerce, said: “From the industry perspective, the full exemption given to tea gardens from the payment of Educational and Rural Employment Cess for the next two financial years is indeed laudable.” “The state’s achievement of a GSDP growth of nearly 12 percent in the last fiscal clearly states that the government has been able to drive aggregate demand and create more and better employment for the youth,” he added.last_img read more