Deepti six-for helps India women clean sweep Sri Lanka

first_imgMedium-pacer Deepti Sharma grabbed six wickets haul before Veda Krishnamurthy scored a half-century as India women completed 3-0 clean sweep after posting a comfortable seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI in Ranchi on Friday.Deepti followed up her four-for in the previous game with figures of 6 for 20 to bundle out Sri Lanka for a meagre 112 in 38.2 overs.India then crossed the target in just 29.3 overs with Veda Krishnamurthy top-scoring with an unbeaten 61. Sri Lanka got off to a good start after electing to bat, with openers Yasoda Mendis (14) and Prasadani Weerakkody (19) adding 33 before Deepti took two wickets in two consecutive deliveries to trigger a dramatic collapse.Although captain Shashikala Siriwardene (14) and Dilani Manodara (23) later combined for a 32-run sixth-wicket stand, wickets kept falling and Sri Lanka were ultimately bowled out for 112 from 94 for five at one stage.Debutant Preeti Bose also put up an impressive show, returning figures of 8-4-8-2. India’s chase started in a shaky fashion as the home team lost both openers Poonam Raut and Smriti Mandhana cheaply.While Poonam was dismissed for a duck in the very first over, Mandhana was run-out soon after for six. Veda and Deepti (28) then consolidated the innings with the duo adding 70 in 109 balls to take India closer to the target. India then cruised to the target with 123 balls to spare.Krishnamurthy remained not out on 61 off 90 balls that was studded eight fours.Brief scores: Sri Lanka Women: 112 all out in 38.2 overs (Dilani Manodara 23, Deepti Sharma 6/20). India Women: 114 for three in 29.3 overs (Veda Krishnamurthy 61 not out, Deepti Sharma 28).advertisementlast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Rain may play spoilsport in first ODI at Dharamsala

first_imgThe opening One-day International (ODI) between and Sri Lanka in Himachal Pradesh’s picturesque stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday has come threat with the local weather bureau on Friday forecasting widespread rain and snow in the state.An active western disturbance is likely to affect northwest India on December 10 with peak activity on the two subsequent days, Manmohan Singh, director of the Meteorological Office in Shimla, told IANS.”Isolated heavy rain and snowfall very likely to occur over Himachal Pradesh on December 11 and 12 and scattered activity on December 13,” he said.You cannot keep @hardikpandya7 @akshar2026 and @Jaspritbumrah93 away for too long. They are back and ready to go. #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/bXTeZxUoWN- BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017The HPCA is, however, not worried about the Met Office forecasts.”Our groundsmen are fully prepared to handle any situation owing to the rainfall. We even have three super soppers to mop up the ground,” Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) media manager Mohit Sood told IANS.The beautiful Dhauladhar range can be a pleasant distraction but you must keep your eyes on the ball. #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/kFLbXtB4gH- BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017The HPCA stadium is situated at an altitude of 4,000 feet in the backdrop of the Dhauladhar ranges that are already wrapped in a thick blanket of snow.It became a part of the international cricket map in 2005, when it hosted a warm-up tie between the touring Pakistan team and the Indian Board President’s [email protected] on his reaction when he got the India call up ahead of the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/bYFCZDMpIUadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017last_img read more

GoAir plans fleet expansion to hire 500 crew members

first_imgIndian budget carrier GoAir has announced it will expand its fleet size by March 2017. With an aim to expand its fleet size, the carrier also said it would recruit 500 crew members, including pilots.The Mumbai-based carrier said it plans to induct five new aircraft to its fleet, which means the airline will have a fleet size of 26 aircraft to fly overseas by next year. “We will expand our fleet by up to 26 aircraft by the end of March next year. We need to build up for the expansion that we are going for. Every aircraft (inducted) needs 100 increase (in manpower) approximately. So we will naturally hire,” Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, GoAir’s CEO, was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India.The expansion of the fleet would automatically result in hiring employees. At present, GoAir has about 2,300 employees. Schauer went on to explain that for every new aircraft the carrier requires about 14 pilots (to conduct smooth operations). Hence, for five new aircraft, GoAir aims to hire about 70 pilots. The Wadia group-owned airline has 21 aircraft in its fleet at present, which includes Airbus A320s and A320neos.New OrdersEarlier this month, GoAir reportedly received the government’s approval to fly overseas to nine countries. Some of the countries include Iran, Uzbekistan and Kazakhastan. In June, GoAir signed deal for 72 Airbus A320 neos at the Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K. The deal is estimated to be about $7.73 billion, Livemint reported.Five years ago, the budget carrier had placed an order with European aircraft manufacturer Airbus for 72 new A320 neo aircraft valued at about Rs. 32,400 crore on list price.IPO ListingGoAir is soon planning a stock market listing, just like its competitors InterGlobe Aviation (IndiGo airlines), Jet Airways and SpiceJet. Talking about the airline’s impending Initial Public Offering (IPO) debut, the CEO said the listing would happen at the right time.”We are preparing ourselves (for the IPO). Its a question of timing, it is about the right timing. We are not in a hurry. We will wait for the right timing. We want to be well prepared. There are many things which we need to look at (before going to stock exchange),” Wolfgang Prock-Schauer was quoted as saying by the agency. Market ShareIndia, currently the fastest-growing civil aviation market in the world, reported yet another month of double-digit growth in passenger volumes in July. The domestic carriers flew 85.08 lakh (8.5 million) passengers last month. GoAir recorded a market share of 8.4 percent in the month of July.last_img read more

DC Author Kimberly K Parker Uses Writing and Culture to Teach Others

first_imgAs a self-published author, Kimberly K. Parker is using her life experiences to educate, tell stories, and coach others into living their dreams. At the heart of Parker’s work is her love for writing. “I just love words. They’re so powerful, they have the ability to uplift or destroy, they can change a person’s outlook, [and] they can change a person’s life. So if they are there, why not utilize them,” Parker told the AFRO.As a child, she was often ridiculed and labeled proper, smarty-pants, and teachers pet. She was even called ‘white girl’ on several occasions because slang was not part of her day-to-day conversation. However, she continued to use the dictionary for new and interesting words and proceeded to put them on paper, making writing her primary source of expression.In 2005, Parker self-published her first book, Out of the Mouths of Babes: Spiritual Insights for Practical Living, which was inspired by her two oldest children and their ability to transform her spirit through words. After the birth of her third child, she released the book’s sequel in 2011, Out of the Mouths of Babes: Daily Devotions from Our Greatest Teachers. In 2013, she released her first technical book, Writing an Essay is Like Playing Basketball, where she correlates players on a basketball court to essential pieces of an essay.Parker works with first-time authors, helping them translate their thoughts onto paper and walking them through the steps of self-publishing. “When people hear book publishing, they think it’s this massive undertaking and it’s not,” she says. “To publish a book simply means to take your creative content and put it in a format that can be reproduced so others can enjoy it – that’s all it is.”Parker’s latest book, published in 2015, documents one of her most life-altering experiences: teaching English to students in China through the international language program English First. In about 200 pages, she documents the challenges and successes of her year abroad in 2013.“What I experienced in China is there is no glass ceiling. They look at your base qualifications and if you’re a hard worker. If you prove that, you can advance,” she says. “So I started off as a foreign teacher in January and by June I was senior teacher because I put in the work. They needed someone to work 12 hours on Saturday, I did it, and my daughter was with me, too.”During her time in China, Parker also witnessed a cultural awakening. “If you were of African descent and you were a child, I did not see you,” she says. The only children she saw who resembled herself were her own.“When I saw that there were no beautiful Black faces consistently seen in China, I said I have a duty to offer this opportunity to as many Black children as possible,” says Parker, who is organizing a trip back to China in April 2016. “I have a grand vision of seeing this sea of beautiful Black faces at the Great Wall with our Kimberly K. Parker International t-shirts on saying ‘Yes we can, yes we did.’Parker is working on her next book, which will focus on the importance and ease of increasing vocabulary for adults and children alike. She takes these strategies into corporations and nonprofits during “Lunch n’ Learns,” teaching groups of busy professionals ways to refresh their English and language arts skills.“I enjoy teaching in whatever capacity that may be, I welcome the opportunity,” she says. “I believe that we’re so marginalized as African Americans and oftentimes labeled in ways that are not true so any opportunity I have to expose a little insight to help a person change their thinking and foster change on the parts of others – it’s my duty.”For more information, visit www.kimberlykparker.com.last_img read more

Govt develops Energy Action Plan to ensure generation of worldclass electricity in

first_imgKolkata: The state Power department has developed a comprehensive ‘Energy Action Plan’ in order to generate world-class electricity in Bengal.The Power department has been exploiting all its resources to ensure that the people here in the state can avail the quality of electricity that is normally found in Western countries. In its attempt to produce best quality power, the state government has focused on the renewable energy sector. A senior official of the department said through the development of an ‘Energy Action Plan’, the department aims to produce the best quality electricity, at par with the Western countries, in the next 2-3 years. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We are venturing into the unknown areas of renewable energy sources and in the future years, there will be a paradigm shift from conventional energy to renewable energy. We are taking all necessary steps to make the whole process more sustainable. How the grid integration will be done remains a big challenge for us,” a senior official of the Power department said. In the last one year, more than 10 power sub-stations have been constructed across the state to maintain better quality of electricity and also to address the voltage problem that has often been reported from some pockets, the official added. In the solar energy sector, Bengal has already achieved a significant growth through various projects. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedStressing on the generation of hydroelectricity, the Bengal government has taken up a number of new initiatives. Several hydroelectric projects are coming up on Teesta river, namely Teesta I, Teesta II, Teesta V, Teesta Intermediate state and Rammam Stage I in Darjeeling, each having a capacity of 80-84 MW. “The number of hydroelectricity resources is not plenty in Bengal. Despite the challenges, we are trying our best to generate hydroelectricity, which is one of our main focus areas in the state now,” the official said. It may be mentioned here that the Centre, during the Paris Convention in 2015, had vowed to catch up with other developed nations in the field of energy generation and power. The Centre has also made some commitments before the United Nations, saying that it will achieve the target of producing 40 percent of its power through renewable sources by the end of 2030. The overall carbon emission level in the country will also be reduced within the same period. India has so far been successful in generating 20 percent of its total power through renewable sources. The country will achieve the goal if all the states give more emphasis on renewable energy, thereby contributing towards the cause. Bengal is one of the states that has done a great deal of work on building infrastructure in the renewable energy sector. Since the Mamata Banerjee government came to power in the state, there has been a significant infrastructural reform in the energy sector. Power generation from solar energy has been given paramount importance through the launch of the ‘Aloshree’ project, a brainchild of the Chief Minister. To this end, solar panels have been set up on the rooftops of various government buildings, schools, colleges and other offices by the Power department.last_img read more