Australia vs India 3rd ODI, switch-hitting, Shane Warne, Ian Chappell

Cricket icon Shane Warne has shared his thoughts on the switch-hitting debate, fuelling controversial comments made by former Australian captain Ian Chappell.

After Glenn Maxwell exploited India’s pace bowlers with the innovative shot during Australia’s one-day games at the SCG, Chappell voiced his frustration to

“(Bowlers) have to tell the umpire how they’re going to bowl. And yet the batsman, he lines up as a right-hander … and before the ball’s been delivered, the batsman becomes a left-hander,” Chappell said this week.

“One of the main reasons why he’s becoming a left-hander is so he can take advantage of those field placings. I’d love the administrators who made those laws, I’d love them to explain to me how that’s fair.”

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Chappell encouraged India’s players to revolt against the practice by challenging the on-field umpire.

“If I’m captain, I’m going to take the ball myself and I’m going to tell the umpire, ‘I’m bowling right-arm over,’ and then I’m going to run in and bowl around,” Chappell said.

“Obviously the umpire’s going to complain, and I’m going to say, ‘Well, you stop him doing something I think is totally unfair, and I’ll stop doing something unfair’.”

But former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy delivered a rebuttal while speaking to 1170 SEN Breakfast on Wednesday morning.

“I think bowlers have got to be a little bit better, they’ve got to be more aware,” Healy claimed.

“Last minute changes for the bowlers aren’t that great at the moment, but they’ll get better at that.

“But it is tricky, it’s very tricky.

“Let the batters do it, not many are doing it well, but the one’s that do are incredible entertainers.”

Speaking during the innings break of India’s 13-run win in the third ODI against Australia in Canberra on Wednesday, Fox Cricket commentator and former Australian spin bowler Kerry O’Keeffe explained why he had no quarrels with the practice.

“I wouldn’t mind people trying to switch-hit me, because I reckon it’s a higher-risk shot,” O’Keeffe said. “It’s not against the Laws.

“Running in right-handed over the wicket and bowling around the wicket is illegal. It’s outside the Laws.

“Switch-hitting is inside the Laws, and it’s entertaining. I like it.”

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But Warne sided with Chappell, arguing that although the shot was undeniably entertaining, it gave the batter an unfair advantage.

“As a bowler, we have to nominate what hand we’re bowling with, and what side of the wicket we’re bowling with,” Warne said on Wednesday.

“I’m setting a field to a right-hand batsman, so now when they switch-hit, I’m actually bowling to a left-hand batsman.

“I’m not sure I like it. It’s worth a discussion, worth a debate to work out what’s the right thing.

“Maybe the bowler can run up behind the umpire and bowl over or around.”

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Australia vs India 3rd ODI, Aaron Finch, Shikhar Dhawan dropped catch

India will be rueing a pair of missed opportunities to remove opposition captain Aaron Finch during Australia’s run chase at Manuka Oval on Wednesday.

The touring side posted a formidable first innings total of 5/302, and Australia’s subsequent chase started poorly, with temporary opening batsman Marnus Labuschagne chopping on for seven.

But their situation could have been even worse if not for two blunders by India’s fielders during the Powerplay.

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Finch was on 22 when India first granted him a life, with a regulation chance put down in the slips.

Pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah fired the ball on a length, which caught the outside edge of Finch’s bat after seaming away off the deck.

Diving low to his right, the ball slapped into Shikhar Dhawan’s hands, before dropping onto the turf.

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“That’s pretty regulation,” Fox Cricket commentator Mark Waugh sighed. “For a good slips fieldsman, you can’t drop that.”

Cricket great Adam Gilchrist replied: “He should have swallowed that.”

But Finch’s good fortunes continued the very next over when India missed a dream run out opportunity.

Aussie teammate Steve Smith pushed a Thangarasu Natarajan delivery into mid wicket, and called his captain through for a single.

But Indian fielder Hardik Pandya scurried across to collect the ball, quickly offloading it towards the striker’s end.

Although Finch was several metres short of making his ground, Pandya’s throw narrowly missed the stumps, and the single was safely completed.

“They just can’t keep missing these opportunities,” Waugh exclaimed. “Not with these class players.

“Regulation dropped catch, and now a run out where he a good look at the three stumps.”

Fielding had been a worrying concern for India throughout the three-match ODI series, and it once again blemished an otherwise stellar performance in Canberra.

Finch continued to ride his luck through the opening passages of Australia’s run chase, offering up a handful of tough chances and surviving a close LBW shout in 13th over.

But the Australian skipper eventually made his way to 50, bringing up the milestone with a powerful six over square leg in the 18th over.

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It was by no means the most elegant innings of Finch’s career, but he survived a challenging period with the new ball and prevented an early collapse.

Dhawan managed to somewhat redeem himself in the 26th over, holding onto a catch in the outfield to finally send Finch back to the sheds for 75.

But he’ll know better than anyone how costly his earlier mistakes were, Finch having already resurrected Australia’s innings.

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Gentle propositions – California is in play on November 3rd (sort of) | United States

CAMPAIGNS TO BAN affirmative action at state universities and reduce property taxes normally smack of Trumplandia. But after achieving majorities in statewide referendums, both these measures have actually been in effect in deeply Democratic California for decades. The disconnect between this lingering, libertarianish regime and the current left-leaning electorate in the state is the result of the unusually frothy version of direct democracy practised in California, which can bind policy decisions decades into the future. The coming election is interesting less for who will win California’s 55 electoral-college votes—Joe Biden will, barring apocalyptic divine intervention—than for whether its liberal voters will reverse these measures.

Because of a ballot initiative approved in 1996 by 55% of voters, the prestigious University of California system has been unable to deploy affirmative action for minorities for nearly 25 years. Advocates say that without such a scheme, minorities have been and will continue to be perpetually under-represented at the state’s leading universities. They are pushing a new ballot measure, Proposition 16, to repeal the pre-existing one. Hispanics currently make up a majority of the state’s high-school graduates, for example, but just 33% of incoming undergraduates. African-Americans are slightly less under-represented—making up 5% of the state’s graduating high-schoolers but 3% of the university system’s freshmen. Even after two decades and a recent summer of protest over racial injustice, the prospects for repeal look tough. A poll in October from the University of California, Berkeley, found that 38% of voters supported repeal against 49% who want to keep the affirmative-action ban (the rest are still unsure). Even if this deficit is reversed, California may find the policy short-lived: the Supreme Court is likely to revisit affirmative action, and, given its more conservative orientation, may severely limit the use of the practice nationwide or strike it down altogether.

Polls show a better chance of success on the state’s property-tax quagmire. Proposition 13 is perhaps the only state law well-known by number alone across the country. This too is facing a partial repeal. Passed by 65% of voters in 1978, the measure caps property taxes at 1% of real-estate value. As long as a property is not sold, its assessed value may grow only by the rate of inflation rather than the growth in market prices. Since housing prices have surged in the past 40 years, this has meant enormous benefits for incumbent landlords and forgone revenue for counties and schools. A repeal measure, Proposition 15, would link property tax back to reality for commercial plots, but not for residential ones. It is being richly funded by strange bedfellows: the teachers’ union, the SEIU (another big labour union), and Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder, who has spent around $11m on the campaign.

The expected returns from partial repeal of Proposition 13 are large: just taxing commercial property according to market prices should generate between $6.5bn and $11.5bn in extra funds. The many millionaires benefiting from residential exemptions might be a plum subsequent target. That would exert downward pressure on stratospheric housing prices in the state, which are stifling growth in some of America’s most productive places.

But unless California can kick its addiction to bureaucratic suffocation of new development—through anonymous environmental lawsuits, height limits, parking requirements, land-use committee reviews and zoning rules requiring some apartments to be leased at well below market rates—its housing crisis will continue. Already, it has made bad ideas like rent control more appealing. A state law called the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act exempts cities from many kinds of rent control; advocates are also aiming to revoke this through the ballot box. It would be a good way to restrict rental supply and increase prices for all except the lucky few, and a rather bad way to actually resolve the state housing crisis.

Despite the money at stake over property-tax rules and the free-flowing Zuckerberg dollars, the housing question is not the costliest referendum campaign facing Californians. That distinction instead goes to Proposition 22, which would exempt app-based delivery workers from a recently passed law that would relabel some gig workers as full-time employees requiring paid benefits from companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash (see article). The effort is being funded by exactly those companies, which have already spent $190m to escape what they see as a death-knell for their businesses in the state. Uber is so keen on the idea that it took the mildly dystopian step of pushing its political ads directly to the phones of its customers, claiming the measure will “save lives”.

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Kosovo CPI falls for 3rd month | The Budapest Business Journal on the web

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 Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 16:30

Consumer prices in Kosovo decreased 0.4% year-on-year in September, following a 0.5% drop in August, figures released by the Pristina-based Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS) show.

It was the third consecutive month of falls in consumer prices, as cost continued to drop for; transport by 7.1% (the same as in August); furniture & household goods fell by 1% (vs -0.4%); clothing & footwear by 0.8% (vs -0.2%) and recreation & culture by 0.7% (vs -1.5%).

On the other hand, prices rose for housing & utilities by 0.1% (vs -0.4%) and increased further for food & non-alcoholic beverages by 0.9% (vs 0.8%).

On a monthly basis, consumer prices went down 0.1%, after increasing 0.1% in August.



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3rd edition of HLB Launchpad 2020 comes with focus for finding innovation in New Normal

  • Mentorship to focus on three themes: Being Digital, Adaptable and Sustainable
  • Winner nets cash prize of US$12k; top two runner-ups will earn US$6k each

The so-called “new normal” of today calls for new and innovative solutions. This is the goal of Hong Leong Bank (HLB)’s upcoming HLB Launchpad 2020 mentorship platform, which is calling for startups in the technology and fintech space to take on the challenge of co-creating innovative solutions for the Covid-19 world we’re residing in.

Now in its third edition, HLB Launchpad 2020 is a collaborative partnership that brings HLB together with MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation), Cradle Fund, MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre), Malaysian Business Angel Network (MBAN) and crowdfunding platform pitchIN under a common vision to cultivate a vibrant and competitive startup community.

This year’s HLB Launchpad, which is open to any startup who has a presence in the Malaysian market, will be carrying the theme of “Reboot: Thriving Together in the New Normal”. It will focus on three themes: Being Digital, Adaptable and Sustainable.

HLB has identified over 15 problem statements, and will invite applicants to address them with solutions, from digitalising and simplify customer journeys, creating new experiences in financial services to helping business customers find new ways to grow digitally.

The third pillar in particular (Sustainable) is squarely aligned with HLB’s emphasis on integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) elements and best practices into the bank’s operations.

As such, startups keen to apply for the 2020 HLB Launchpad are required to have at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as an essence of their solution(s) as well as practices in place to manage and mitigate ESG risks identified in their operations.


3rd edition of HLB Launchpad 2020 comes with focus for finding innovation in New NormalTaking startups to the next level

“2020 was going to be a continuation of Southeast Asia’s thriving startup ecosystem, instead it took an extraordinary turn where the Covid-19 health and economic crisis grabbed the headlines. However, it did highlight the need for digital options in everything we do,” says Domenic Fuda (pic), HLB CEO and group managing director.

He adds that the crisis has brought about many opportunities for innovation, and validates the importance of HLB’s digital-at-the-core strategy and the need to continue to reimagine financial services.

At the same time, many businesses also pivoted towards a digital business model to remain in operations during this challenging period.

“The HLB Launchpad platform enables us to identify and work with the best breed of fintech startups in the country, proven through the track record established from our two previous editions in which 80% of the firms we worked with received private and public funding. At the same time, 20% of the finalists are working closely with or are in partnership with the bank today where most are part of our SME Digital Business Solutions that we provide to clients,” Fuda notes.

HLB Launchpad 2020 will see 40 participants shortlisted to join a pitching round. From there, 12 will be shortlisted again to be part of a one-month programme where they are allowed to pilot and explore their solutions with the bank.

The outcome of the pilot programme will be presented in the final pitching session. The winner of HLB Launchpad 2020 will win a cash prize of US$12,055 (RM50,000), whereas the top two runner-ups will each earn a cash prize of US$6,027 (RM25,000).

Startups gain a few perks by being part of the programme. For one, they have the opportunity to tap into Hong Leong Group’s regional businesses across various industries, as well as [email protected], a state-of-the-art community space.3rd edition of HLB Launchpad 2020 comes with focus for finding innovation in New Normal

Startups also gain access to iStart, a programme that provides the tools in banking facilities, such as a business current account and micro-financing, as well as digital solutions to enhance their business; and networking opportunities between HLB, its clients and partners.

Previous HLB Launchpad winners include Dropee and SalesCandy, with former finalists being the likes of Kakitangan and Biztory who are not only part of HLB’s SME Digital Business Solutions, but have also expanded their business to others within and outside the financial industry.

“Corporations like HLB possess market knowledge, resources, established networks and the validation that startups aspire to attain; startups possess the agility, grit and novel ideas that corporations value,” chimes Gopi Ganesalingam (pic), MDEC’s VP of Global Growth Acceleration.

“Together, it creates a symbiotic force that propels MNCs and SMEs to take a digital leap and to sustainably resolve pressing business, environmental and social issues via inventive tech solutions.”

Technology and fintech startups who are interested to be part of HLB Launchpad 2020 can find out more information here. Applications are open until 25 September 2020.

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11 arrested, 3 cops hurt in 3rd night of Rochester protests over Daniel Prude’s death

Police used tear gas after agitators deployed fireworks, officials said.

After the third night of protests in Rochester, New York, nearly a dozen people were arrested and three officers were hospitalized as thousands took to the streets calling for justice for Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after being restrained by police during a mental health emergency.

Friday saw the largest crowds gathered since the release of body camera footage that showed Rochester police officers pinning Prude, 41, on the ground and placing a bag over his head before he lost consciousness.

Police declared Friday night’s protest an “unlawful assembly” following a peaceful gathering at Martin Luther King Jr. Park earlier in the evening, ABC News Rochester affiliate 13WHAM reported.

Upwards of 2,000 people were in downtown Rochester Friday night, officials said. Many demonstrators could be seen wearing goggles and carrying umbrellas as they marched toward police barricades chanting “Black Lives Matter.”

Police used pepper balls and pepper spray to disperse the crowd in response to “aggressive behavior,” the department said, citing protesters throwing rocks, bottles and other forms of debris.

Shortly after midnight, officers also deployed tear gas after “a group of agitators began hurling commercial grade fireworks directly at officers,” the department said.

Garbage cans and a bus shelter were also lit on fire.

The arrests included disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, rioting and inciting a riot. Four people were remanded to the Monroe County Jail and seven were issued appearance tickets, authorities said.

Three officers were hospitalized, the department said. Two had cuts, severe swelling and contusions on their hands and legs, while a third had burns on their neck. All three were later released, officials said.

Joe Prude, the brother of Daniel Prude, could be seen leading demonstrators on Friday. Prude’s family is calling for the seven officers involved in his brother’s fatal encounter to be fired and criminal charges to be filed.

The seven officers were suspended with pay, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced Thursday, a day after the release of the body camera footage.

“That horrific moment was something that I won’t wish upon nobody to see. Don’t no family member deserve to see their family member there being tortured like that,” Joe Prude told ABC News this week.

Activists are also calling for the resignation of Warren and Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, and for police to stop using pepper spray and pepper balls on protesters.

Elliot Shield, the attorney representing the Prude family, said the family intends to sue “everyone responsible for Daniel’s death.”

“This incident is only coming to light right now because we requested the body camera footage and all of the police reports under New York’s Freedom of Information law,” said Shield.

Officers responded to a 911 call made by Prude’s family on March 23 after they said he was going through a mental health issue. The body camera footage, first obtained by the Democrat and Chronicle, showed several officers approach Prude, who was naked and kneeling on the street.

Prude appears in the video to comply with the officers’ orders and questions as they placed him in handcuffs. He began to shout and spit at the officers, who then placed a spit bag over his head, the video showed.

Three officers are then seen pushing Prude to the ground and pinning him while he continues to shout and spit and eventually vomit, according to the video and police report. Prude appears to go lifeless minutes later.

An ambulance is later seen arriving and a paramedic attempts to do CPR before Prude is put on a stretcher and driven away. Prude died a week later. The Monroe County medical examiner declared his death a homicide due to “complications of asphyxia,” according to the preliminary autopsy report.

ABC News’ Joshua Hoyos contributed to this report.

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South Africa vs Australia 3rd T20I Tips, Odds and Teams 2020

Australia’s T20I series in South Africa heads into a game three decider after the hosts produced a stirring bounce-back in the second clash. We take a look at Friday’s ODI (27/2/2020) which is the 3rd T20I match between South Africa and Australia. View the odds for both sides as well as our Tips and Bets for the match.

When: Thursday 27th, February at 3:00AM

Where: Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town

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The series opener was the definition of one-sided. Australia racked up 6/196 despite not having a dominant individual batsman.

Steve Smith (45 off 32) and Aaron Finch (42 off 27) were the top scorers, but enough of the middle order contributed to keep the scoreboard ticking over. David Warner (4) was the only Australian dismissed for less than 18.

The hosts were skittled for just 89 in 14.3 overs. Mitch Starc and Pat Cummins did the early damage, before Ashton Agar went ballistic with a hat-trick amid scintillating figures of 5/24. Adam Zampa (2/9) helped mop up the tail.

But South Africa levelled the rubber with a 12-run victory in Port Elizabeth. Captain Quinton de Kock (70 off 47) and Rassie van der Dussen (37 off 26) led them to a solid total of 4/158. Kane Richardson (2/21) was the pick of the Aussie bowlers.

Despite Warner (67* off 56) carrying his bat, Australia came up short. The tourists appeared to be cruising at 1/98 in the 13th over, but Smith’s departure for 29 put the breaks on and they finished 6/146. Lungi Ngidi picked up three wickets.

South Africa are sweating on the fitness of Temba Bavuma and Heinrich Klassen. Primarily, though, they need someone other than de Kock to step up as a game-breaker. Australia are expected to field the same XI and will be looking for more from the likes of Matt Wade and Mitch Marsh.

Australia have won eight of the last 12 T20I clashes between the nations. They also won the last series in South Africa 2-1 – back in 2016.

Australia have eased out to $1.52 favourites for the decider. They will be keyed up after their botched run-chase in game two.

Expect Smith to take the initiative. He has been in decent T20 form for the Sydney Sixers and Australia, but not world-beating. Before this series, he had three unbeaten half-centuries in his last five T20I innings.



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