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India can do well under MS Dhoni at World Cup: Michael Holding

MS Dhoni with Virat Kohli, shakes hand with spiritual leader Dalai Lama before the start of the 4th One Day International match between India and West Indies (Source: PTI) Legendary West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not “innovative and proactive enough as captain, especially in Tests” although India would remain a strong contender to retain their World Cup title in Australia next year. Holding believes that captaining the Indian ODI team is “not a difficult task”. India have earned many laurels during Dhoni’s captaincy but of late he has copped a lot of criticism, mainly for his leadership in the longest format. “I don’t think ODI captaincy is a problem (with Dhoni) but the longer form of the game is. I don’t think he is innovative and proactive enough in the longer form of the game. But captaining in ODIs it is not too difficult. Therefore India can do well under him at the World Cup,” Holding told PTI in an interview. Holding feels that there are a lot of modern-day players, who ignore Test cricket for extending their ODI and T20 career. Holding feels choosing between Test and limited overs cricket is not a tough choice for the current crop of cricketers. “Why only him (Dhoni), a lot of cricketers prefer playing limited overs cricket,” said...  

Do Juventus now need to limit the role of Andrea Pirlo in order to reverse ...

It feels like sacrilege to put this on paper. It feels sacrilegious even thinking it. So lets qualify things first off. Andrea Pirlo is one of those players who make the game beautiful to watch, and give it the global appeal it holds today. He is also one of the most influential players of the last 20 years. In the same way that Claude Makalele helped define the defensive midfield role into a tool of brutal efficiency, Pirlo showed the beauty in using the position as a deep lying orchestrator, spraying passes around the field with incredible accuracy. Add to this exquisite close control, and being the best exponent of a dead ball since Juninho, and you were never going to have an ordinary player. He will rightly be forever locked in comparison with Paul Scholes and Xavi as the best midfielders of their time (Zidane retired in 2006 before anyone gets started). And when the Italian finally hangs up his boots, he will be able to look back on (to date) winners’ medals from five Scudettos, two Champions Leagues and a World Cup, as well as numerous personal accolades. But, here we come to the hard part: it’s time for Juve to move on. This is not to say that they should dispense with midfielder’s services completely, but time waits for no man, not even Pirlo, and if Juventus wish to continue the journey they began after the ‘Calciopoli’ scandal, and which they hope will end with them crowned kings of Europe, then it might be time to start li...  

Christmas in the Rovers, baby showers and homeopathy

Turmeric has been known to treat our body's gastrointestinal system. Turmeric helps our stomach to withstand digestive acids, which can otherwise harm it. It calms the upper digestive system by getting rid of gas. Turmeric is also known to help ...  

The experts' guide on staying healthy and germ-free on flights

Sitting in a closed cabin with up to 500 people is a breeding ground for germsAccording to air stewards, blankets are rarely washed or table trays cleanedTake precautions by bringing sanitising wipes and gel hand washesPotassium rich foods will aid digestion and reduce swelling on long haul flights Flights can be grubby places. Sitting in the closed environment of a cabin with anything between 200 and 500 people for an extended period of time – not to mention the recycled air – makes an aeroplane the perfect breeding ground for you to pick up germs.What's more, short haul flights turn around quicker than a premier league central mid-fielder leaving cabin crew little (read: no) time to wash, wipe and clean surfaces and chairs. Scroll down for video  Keep it clean: Flights can be grubby places so we've consulted experts to bring you sage advice to beat bugsAs a result, you'll be sitting in the passenger before you's microscopic pool of grit and grime. Nasty bugs aside, keeping yourself feeling fresh, well-fed and hydrated can be a task in itself on some airlines. To help you along your way here we run through some of the best tips to keep happy and healthy at 35,000 ft. 1.) Dirty nappies and tray tablesBeware tray tables. These, according to flight attendant and HuffPost blogger Sara Keagle, are usually only cleaned 'about once a day, usually when the aircraft RONs (remains overnight)'. On a short haul flight, that can mean a number of people ...  

This date in science: First-ever photo of Earth from space

October 24, 1946. Were you alive at a time when we’d never seen Earth from space? Not many of us were, and it’s hard to imagine. But if you can imagine it, think how you’d have felt seeing this first-ever photograph of Earth from outer space, taken on today’s date in 1946. On this date, a group of soldiers and scientists in the New Mexico desert launched a V-2 rocket – fitted with a 35-millimeter motion picture camera – to a suborbital altitude of 105 kilometers (65 mi). The camera was destroyed after being dropped back to Earth, but the film survived. First photo of Earth from space, October 24, 2916, via White Sands Missile Range/Applied Physics Laboratory Air & Space magazine tells the story of this major event in space history: Snapping a new frame every second and a half, the rocket-borne camera climbed straight up, then fell back to Earth minutes later, slamming into the ground at 500 feet per second. The camera itself was smashed, but the film, protected in a steel cassette, was unharmed. Fred Rulli was a 19-year-old enlisted man assigned to the recovery team that drove into the desert to retrieve film from those early V-2 shots. When the scientists found the cassette in good shape, he recalls, “They were ecstatic, they were jumping up and down like kids.” Later, back at the launch site, “when they first projected [the photos] onto the screen, the scientists just went nuts.” Before...  

Letters: Get big money out of politics

In our constitutional republic, elected officials are supposed to work for and represent the people — all the people, not just the highest bidders. We the people have lost the power to regulate corruption by money in our government since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. If money is free speech and political contributions cannot be limited, how can we regulate bribery, undue influence or conflicts of interest?Thousands of Fox Cities residents and millions of citizens across the nation are taking action. Move to Amend and Money Out Voters In are just two of the many groups working to return power to the people. Residents in Appleton, Neenah and Menasha submitted petitions requesting that their municipality include a referendum question on the Nov. 4 ballot to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.By voting yes, you’re supporting a resolution instructing our political representatives to pass a 28th amendment stating that:1. Only human beings — not corporations, limited liability companies, unions, nonprofit organizations, or similar associations — are endowed with constitutional rights; and2. Money is not speech and, therefore, regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.Over 80 percent of Americans support a constitutional amendment to get the corrupting influence of big money out of politics and reclaim the liberties and privileges guaranteed in our Co...  

Easy-Macro Lens Offers Easy Smartphone Macro Photography (video)

Anyone who enjoys taking photographs with their smartphone but would like to engage in a little more smartphone macro photography. Might be interested in a range of macro smartphone lenses created by Adam Hicks for both iOS and Android devices. The Easy-Macro smartphone macro lens is available in either 2x, 4x, and 10x magnifications and can be backed over on the Kickstarter with pledges starting from just $13. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Easy-Macro lens and see it in action. The Easy-Macro project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise $75,000 in pledges to make the jump from concept to production. Its creators explain : “Just what exactly distinguishes Easy­-Macro from other smartphone lenses? Easy­-Macro doesn’t cost hundreds and there are no bulky lenses involved. Easy­-Macro is one of the most affordable smartphone lenses on the market and comes with a convenient storage card that slides into your wallet for easy access. Not to mention, Easy­-Macro works onall different sizes of smartphones. Even if you get a new phone or just want to share it with a friend, rest assured that your lens will always work!  With Easy­-Macro, anyone can snap amazing macro photography on a smartphone. The incredible experience of exploring the world in macro is no longer limited to photographers with expensive equipment. You now see up­-close, artistic shots all over Instagram. Th...  

Surprise! Harrisonburg Has An Arts Scene

In 2001, Harrisonburg City Council designated its downtown as an Arts and Cultural District. WMRA's Luanne Austin begins a series on downtown Harrisonburg's arts scene.  Even though the city has lost one of its most popular music venues at the Blue Nile, downtown is expected to continue to attract art, theater and music lovers from around the area. In 2001, the Harrisonburg City Council designated its downtown as an Arts and Cultural District. Since then, the area around Court Square has gradually been transformed into a thriving arts scene. Lindsay Denny is marketing manager for the Arts Council of the Valley. DENNY:  Harrisonburg is really overflowing with art. There’s music at places like Clementine, Capital Ale House, the Blue Nile, Artful Dodger and Court Square Theater, just to name a few. And then there are documentary, independent and award-winning films that are being shown at Court Square Theater. And we also have a community theater group in town called Valley Playhouse.   Court Square Theater, downtown’s largest venue, is also host to the annual Super Gr8 Film Festival. Manager Michael Weaver says the theater offers events seven nights a week.  WEAVER:  Our attendance over the last three years has just been on a high arc up and that’s across the board from our music shows to live theater to movies.   Another creative hub is Larkin Arts, a Court Square business that sells art supplies, offers art classes and r...  

WIAA state girls team tennis: Edgewood overcomes injuries to earn the chance ...

After losing two of its best players early in the season, Madison Edgewood’s hopes of defending as WIAA Division 2 state team tennis champion appeared to be in jeopardy.The Crusaders lost both No. 1 singles player Emma Sango and No. 2 doubles player JoJo Munns to season-ending injuries before the calendar had even turned to September. Sango, a sophomore, suffered a back injury and Munns, a junior, was lost after injuring her knee.Despite these setbacks, which had the potential to derail the entire season, the Crusaders bounced back with a first-place finish in the Whitewater sectional, earning the opportunity to defend their title in this weekend’s state team tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.The tournament opens Friday with four Division 1 quarterfinal matches, including defending Division 1 champ Middleton against Brookfield East at 5:30 p.m. Semifinals and finals in both divisions will take place Saturday, with Edgewood meeting Eau Claire Regis in a 9 a.m. semifinal.“After the first weekend, we lost a couple of players to what we were quite sure were season-ending injuries,” Edgewood coach Kelly Lagman said. “We really had to regroup and look to some other kids to step up.”One of the biggest changes in the aftermath of the injuries was sophomore Maddie Molitor’s move from No. 1 doubles to No. 1 singles. Molitor, the No. 2 singles player on last year’s team, was planning to play doubles with sophomore Abby Fox this...  

James Gunn Celebrates Non-Commercial Cinema at Tokyo Film Festival

AP Images/Invision James Gunn The competition jury of the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival, led by chair James Gunn, writer and director of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, introduced itself to the press Friday, with the various members sharing their criteria for assessing the 15 films going head- to-head in the event's official competition. Gunn at the conference implored the audience to spread the word and drum up support for the Tokyo festival and all those like it. "In a world where film has become something like a pure commodity – of course, business does have to be part of it, because movies take so much money to make -- it's great to have these pockets of real culture," he said. "The festivals in Tokyo, London, Berlin, or Venice. It's important to have events that acknowledge films as something other than commerce, so that it doesn't become a world where movies are made purely to make a lot of money and don't have any heart." Read more Disney Executives, Politicians Attend Tokyo Film Festival Opening Night Gunn opened the press conference by saying that he was thrilled to be in Tokyo for the first time as Asian cinema, particularly the work of Japanese master Akira Kurosawa, has been as big an influence on his work as Hollywood. "I've only been here for a day and a half and it's been a wonderful time," he said. "So far, this is the best jury I've been on. I hope it continues that way." This year's competition jury is heavy on directors, with Gunn su...  


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