Windies were always confident – Sammy

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, (CMC): Captain Darren Sammy says West Indies were always confident they could defend 162 at the R. Premadasa Stadium, especially drawing on the experience from the final of the Twenty20 World Cup staged at the venue three years ago. The Caribbean side beat Sri Lanka for the first time on the current tour on Wednesday when they pulled off a 23-run victory in the second and final Twenty20 International here. Sammy said the Windies were cognisant of the fact that they beat Sri Lanka here in the T20 World Cup final defending an even smaller total. “The par score [here is] 150, and I think 170 has only ever been chased once,” Sammy told a media conference. “When we played the finals here, we scored 130-something and defended it, so that was a reminder for the guys going on to the field in the second half of the game.” He added: “Like I said, we had a good start [and] we controlled the power-play. They didn’t get off to a flyer. “They didn’t get used to one particular bowler. If you notice, the plan was to give one-over spells for the bowlers, and it worked, and we kept on taking wickets every time they looked like getting a partnership. So that was the key for us.” The victory for West Indies gave them a share of the series after they lost the opening T20 in Kandy by 30 runs on Monday. More important, it was their first win over Sri Lanka on tour and would have served as a boost for flagging morale, especially after having lost every game in the Test and one-day series. “It was good to end the series on a winning note. I think you could see the difference today after playing the first game, which we still thought we could have won, but we were coming from a long break from international cricket, but it shows how quickly we could learn and you could see it was a much more professional effort,” Sammy said. Charles and Fletcher put on 62 for the first wicket, and following a middle order slump, Ramdin struck an unbeaten 34 in a 41-run, fifth-wicket stand with Bravo, who stroked a run-a-ball 31. West Indies failed to find acceleration at the death and finished on 162 for six off their 20 overs, but Sammy said Sri Lanka’s seamers had to be commended for their excellent bowling later on. “They bowled really, really well at the end of the innings, but the work done by Charles and Fletcher at the top gave us that cushion, even if they bowled some good overs. “The key was to bat around Bravo, and I thought he and Ramdin stepped up the pace a little bit, and at the end of the day, 160 was enough to get the job done.”last_img read more

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Hong Kong city skyline view from KowloonGo back to

first_imgHong Kong city skyline view from KowloonGo back to the e-newsletterA new 26-day cruise tour of Asia hosted by Cruise Express next February will include an ocean cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong and a four-day Yangtze River journey through China’s spectacular Three Gorges.To mark the release of its exclusive ‘Treasures of the Orient and China’ Escorted Voyage, Cruise Express is offering a complimentary ‘Classic Beverage’ package with Celebrity Cruises for bookings made in ocean-view cabins and above. The offer is available until sold out.Departing Australia 24 February 2017, the tour begins with a flight to Singapore for a one-night stay and city tour including Merlion Park with its famous lion fish fountain sculpture, the Marina Bay waterfront, Orchard Road shopping district and a ‘bumboat’ cruise on the Singapore River.Guests then board the 2100-passenger Celebrity Millennium for a 14-night cruise to Hong Kong via Bangkok and three ports in south, central and north Vietnam. The three ports are Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and also Hanoi where an overnight stay allows guests to visit nearby Ha Long Bay with its 2000 limestone rocks rearing from the bay’s emerald waters.After a day and night docked in spectacular Hong Kong Harbour, with time to explore the bustling city, guests will fly to Beijing to begin a 10-night fully escorted overland tour.During three days in Beijing, the tour takes in the Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace. Flying to Xi’an for a two-night stay in central China, guests will visit the world-renowned Terracotta Warriors. Only discovered in 1974, the vast underground army of 8000 life-sized soldiers, 670 horses and 130 chariots took 700,000 workers a decade to make 2300 years ago to protect China’s first emperor in the afterlife.After a flight to Chongqing in south-west China, guests board a luxury Victoria Cruises river ship for a three-night cruise on the majestic Yangtze River, with complimentary tours ashore to see villages and temples. A highlight of the cruise is a journey through the legendary and mystical Three Gorges which rise vertically from the Yangtze for up to 1200m.The itinerary ends with a flight to Shanghai for a two-night stay that includes a visit to the historic, skyscraper-lined Bund waterfront and a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.Including return flights from Australia, domestic flights in China, wine and beer with dinner during the Yangtze River cruise and the services of a Cruise Express Tour Manager throughout, the ‘Treasures of the Orient and China’ package is available in an interior cabin from $8990 per person, twin-share, or $12,690 for solo travellers. Bookings in ocean-view staterooms – from $9490 per person, twin-share, or $13,690 for singles – will receive a ‘Classic Beverage’ package on board Celebrity Millennium. The beverage package offers complimentary selected wine, beer, spirits, cocktails and liqueurs.Go back to the e-newsletterskyline and great walllast_img read more

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Jessica Biel denies she is an antivaxxer after opposing California vaccination law

first_img@catherineshoard Share on Twitter Movies Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Justin Timberlake Shares130130 Parents and parenting news Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Jessica Biel denied suggestions she was a supporter of the anti-vaccination movement after spending the day lobbying lawmakers in the US with advocate Robert F Kennedy Jr.After news emerged of her opposition to a vaccine bill which seeks to limit medical exemptions in California and make it more difficult for parents to bypass the rules requiring children to be vaccinated before enrolling in school, Biel wrote on social media: “I am not against vaccinations — I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their children.” Read more Biel added that the reason she had joined the opposition to the bill was “solely regarding medical exemptions”, and that it “would greatly affect [a friend’s] family’s ability to care for their child in [California]”.According to the Los Angeles Times, officials estimate that about 40% of the 11,500 medical exemptions requested each year would be denied under the bill, which is currently under review.Posting on Instagram, Kennedy had applauded Biel’s efforts, calling her “courageous” and for her to be applauded for “a busy and productive day”. Kennedy is chairman of Children’s Health Defense, an organisation that explicitly opposes the bill. In another photo, Kennedy and Biel posed with Democratic Assembly member Autumn Burke, with Biel commenting: “Great meeting with both of you today.”In an interview with the Daily Beast, Kennedy called Biel “a very effective advocate”, as well as “very strong and very knowledgeable”. He said he would not label Biel “anti-vaxx”, calling that term “pharmaceutical propaganda” and “a lie”, adding instead: “I would say that she was for safe vaccines and for medical freedom.” Share on Pinterest Catherine Shoard Health First published on Thu 13 Jun 2019 07.51 EDTcenter_img Share on WhatsApp Biel had not previously spoken in public on the issue, but in 2015 it was reported that she had declined to vaccinate her son with husband Justin Timberlake.Earlier this year, the World Health Organisation called “vaccine hesitancy” one of the 10 worst health threats facing humanity. “The reasons why people choose not to vaccinate are complex,” says the organisation, citing “complacency, inconvenience in accessing vaccines, and lack of confidence”. Vaccines and immunisation Thu 13 Jun 2019 10.45 EDT California Share via Email Share on Messenger Topics Family Share via Email Movies Reuse this content Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel at the Golden Globe awards in 2018.Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images The actor said she was ‘not against vaccinations’ despite joining prominent anti-vaxxer Robert Kennedy Jr in opposition to a bill intended to reduce medical exemptions This article is more than 1 month old This article is more than 1 month old Measles outbreak sparks concerns over anti-vaccination movement Support The Guardian Jessica Biel denies she is an anti-vaxxer after opposing California vaccination lawlast_img read more

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Adoption of digital IDs would help unlock Canadas economy bankers say

first_img Canada needs to embrace digital identification to “unlock the full potential” of banking and the economy, Canadian Bankers Association Chief Executive Officer Neil Parmenter said.“We should be open to innovative identity verification methods like document review through a live video connection, use of blockchain, biometrics and other methods that have begun to see widespread adoption in other parts of the economy,” Parmenter said Tuesday in a lunch speech in Toronto. “These methods have the potential to prove a person’s identity more securely and accurately than showing physical identification.”The Canadian Bankers Association’s push comes as the country revamps its payments system and the federal finance department seeks public consultations on “open banking,” a process that would let customers share financial data with other companies. The CBA represents more than 60 domestic and foreign banks operating in Canada. OSC looking to lighten regulatory load on companies — and it wants suggestions RBC denies having ability to see users’ Facebook messages after NYT report Canada stokes concerns with decision to accept Alipay credit reports on visa applications “With Ottawa exploring the possibilities of open banking, the modernization of our payments system now underway, blockchain and artificial intelligence pushing into new frontiers, the need for digital ID will only grow more urgent,” Parmenter said.The CBA is urging the country to let go of outdated paper-based processes and move to a “federated model” of digital IDs that links federal and provincial systems and allows identity to be authenticated electronically. The private sector needs to be involved and legislation must be passed to allow businesses and governments to accept digital IDs, the association said.Canada’s six-biggest banks, along with Desjardins Group and insurer Sun Life Financial Inc., have been collaborating with SecureKey Technologies Inc. for more than two years on such a blockchain-based system called Verified.Me, though it has yet to launch despite its earlier goal of being in place last year. SecureKey CEO Greg Wolfond said “this is definitely the year” for launching Verified.Me.Bloomberg.com 0 Comments Related Stories Comment January 16, 20197:36 AM EST Filed under News FP Street More Share this storyAdoption of digital IDs would help unlock Canada’s economy, bankers say Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Twitter Email The Canadian flag blows in the wind in the heart of the financial district in Toronto.Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press Sponsored By: Join the conversation → Facebookcenter_img What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Doug Alexander How Ottawa’s new consumer protection plans would affect banks Big banks tighten grip on mortgage market after rule changes stifle competition Reddit Featured Stories Adoption of digital IDs would help unlock Canada’s economy, bankers say Canadian Bankers Association pushing Canada to get rid of outdated paper-based processes and move to a ‘federated model’ of digital IDs advertisement Bloomberg News Canada’s big bank CEOs find solace in strong economic fundamentals amid market volatility ← Previous Next →last_img read more

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