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Hughes death casts doubts India Test

Reuters The Australian flag flies at half mast under lights at the Sydney Cricket Ground following the announcement of the death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes. Photo: Jason Reed Melbourne - The shocking death of batsman Phillip Hughes on Thursday has cast doubts on whether the first Test between Australia and India will go ahead in Brisbane next week. A two-day tour match between India and a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide was called off following the announcement of the 25-year-old's death, while New Zealand and Pakistan suspended their Test match in Sharjah for the day out of respect. The first of four tests between Australia and India was due to start at the Gabba on December 4. Before his tragic death, Hughes had been hotly tipped to take the place of injured captain Michael Clarke in the home side's starting lineup. “To be honest, the Test match next week we haven't thought that far ahead and we really don't think it is appropriate at this time,” Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland told reporters at the Sydney hospital when asked if it would go ahead. “The whole of Australian cricket is grieving and all we want to do is to provide the Hughes family all the support we can right now.” Hughes was batting on 63 for South Australia when he was hit by a short-pitched delivery from New South Wales bowler Sean Abbot. Opening batsman David Warner, all-rounder Shane Watson, offspinner Nathan Lyon and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin were all in t...  

Why Juventus, AC Milan & Inter are fighting it out for Croatian goal machine ...

PROFILE: The Rijeka star, who has netted 21 goals in 15 Prva HNL games so far this season, is one of the most in-form and in-demand attackers in Europe By Mark DoyleJust over a year ago, Andrej Kramaric was deemed surplus to requirements at Dinamo Zagreb. On Thursday evening, Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici will travel to Rijeka to watch the 23-year-old against Standard Liege in the hope of stealing a march on Serie A rivals AC Milan and Inter in the race to sign one of Europe's most in-form forwards.Kramaric, who has hit 27 goals in 25 games in all competitions this season, has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past 12 months but that is perhaps unsurprising. Firstly, he has long been touted as Croatia's next great goalscorer. Secondly, this is a player desperate to make up for lost time. As he told Goal: "My career has had many ups and downs. I have taken the hard road to success, so I have learned to keep my feet firmly on the ground and work hard."Indeed, few players know better than Kramaric not to take anything for granted. As a teenager, he broke record after record with the Dinamo Zagreb youth teams, while at the same time excelling at under-age level for Croatia.When he made his debut for the Dinamo senior squad in 2009 at the age of 18, he was touted as the natural heir to Eduardo, who had departed two years previously for Premier League outfit Arsenal. However, it was at this juncture that Kramaric's career inexplicably stalled. There are those who believ...  

Allen: Vital we gave ourselves a chance

Joe Allen insists frustrations at a late lapse which cost Liverpool victory against Ludogorets Razgrad were tempered by the fact that the Reds can now command their own Champions League destiny next month. When Georgi Terziev responded quicker than the rest to head beyond Simon Mignolet and level the scores at 2-2 on Wednesday night, it was to deny the visitors a return to winning ways, rather than the chance to qualify from Group B. The fact that Real Madrid beat FC Basel to keep the Swiss side's points tally at six ahead of the final group fixtures, means Liverpool, with four points, can climb above them with a victory by any scoreline when the sides meet at Anfield on December 9. Allen insists securing such a position was paramount in Sofia, where the Reds endured the worst possible start, falling behind after three minutes as Mignolet spilled a shot from range and Dani Abalo arrived to tuck away the opening strike. Rickie Lambert hit back with a goal almost entirely of his own making - aided by a mix-up from the Bulgarians - who were then powerless to prevent Raheem Sterling from carving them open and finding Jordan Henderson, who made it 2-1. With minutes left on the clock, Terziev netted to level the scores and a sense of disappointment pervaded as Liverpool trooped from the turf. The Reds were rocked; however, fully aware of what they must now do to secure qualification. "You want to win games of course," Allen told Liverpoolfc.com. "The most important thing is that we...  

21 variations of yoga you could try!

It is known to everyone that that yoga is beneficial for both your physical and mental well-being. However, the type of yoga you choose should be based on your goals and your current fitness levels. Types of yoga can range from meditative yoga to power yoga poses. In some yoga sessions you will be encouraged to focus on your breathing and pay more attention to how you are feeling, whereas in some you will need to pay more attention to the movement and alignment of the body. Choosing the right kind of yoga will increase the chances of you sticking to your yoga regime for a longer time. Iyengar yoga Iyengar yoga, which is highly practised by people all over the world, was founded by B. K. S. Iyengar. What differentiates Iyengar yoga from other forms of yoga is that it focuses on the alignment of the body. This form of yoga makes you more flexible due to the sheer intensity of the asanas. It improves your circulatory, nervous, respiratory and digestive systems, and relieves the symptoms of a number of diseases. Read 10 reasons you should practise Iyengar yoga. Ashtanga yoga Ashtanga yoga is one of the most effective forms of yoga to lose weight. It is a more vigorous form of yoga and includes a series of poses, which are done without any interruption from beginning to end. Each posture has particular health benefits and is believed to heal many physical conditions. According to Smt. Hansaji, wife of Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra and present Director of The Yoga Institute, every si...  

Asian steel industry outlook stable as profitability emerges from trough: Moody's

Moody's Investors Service says that profitability of Asian steelmakers will increase slightly in 2015 as capacity growth slows and utilization rates rise, underpinning its stable outlook for the industry. ''We believe steelmakers' profitability has bottomed out and will increase slightly in 2015,'' says Jiming Zou, a Moody's assistant vice president and analyst. ''Demand for steel will likely increase a modest 3%, outpacing net production capacity additions and driving increased utilization rates. Declining raw material costs will also support the steelmakers' profitability,'' added Zou. Zou was speaking on the release of Moody's 2015 Outlook for the Asian Steel Industry. The outlook reflects Moody's expectation for fundamental business conditions in the industry in 2015. According to the Moody's report, steel demand and capacity growth in China drive the Asian steel outlook, as the country is by far the region's largest consumer and producer of steel. But the country's steel producers remain the least profitable in Asia because of domestic oversupply. Moody's expects leading Chinese producers such as Baosteel Group Corporation (A3 stable) will show modest improvement and gain market share at the expense of their smaller domestic peers, as the government moves to reduce inefficient capacity. In Japan, rated Japanese steelmakers Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (A3 stable) and JFE Holdings ((P)Baa1 stable) are better positioned than other ...  

Militants Gun Down Pakistan Health Workers as Polio Crisis Intensifies

Hospital staff stand near the bodies of anti-polio campaign workers who were shot by gunmen, at a hospital morgue in Quetta on November 26, 2014. Naseer Ahmed / Reuters Public health workers continue to be gunned down at will by Islamic militants across Pakistan, where ongoing attacks against vaccination teams have hampered the government’s ability to reign a spiraling polio crisis. On Wednesday, heavily armed militants in the Baluchistan region capital of Quetta mowed down members of an anti-polio campaign, leaving four public health workers dead and three others injured. Survivors of the ambush chided government officials for failing to provide sufficient security for the team. “Two men a on motorcycle stopped our car and started shooting. No security arrangements were made,” one of the victims told the Pakistani newspaper Dawn. “We called everyone but no one came to our rescue.” The bloody scene in Quetta this week has sadly become all too familiar in conflict-riven Pakistan. On Monday, near the city of Peshawar, gunmen mounted on a motorcycle shot and injured another polio health worker. A Taliban splinter group later claimed responsibility for the attack and issued a statement deriding the polio vaccine as “dangerous to health” and “against Islam,” according to the Los Angeles Times. The uptick in brazen attacks against health workers has saddled Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s embattled adm...  

6 proven things women can do to be more attractive

In most cases, a woman wants to look attractive to men in hopes that she will find the one guy who will love and cherish her—and she him. If you are in this category and can’t seem to get the job done, you’re not alone. You may be thinking you’re just not pretty enough. If that’s the case, then it will surprise you to read this comment made by a Miss America contestant when she was asked, “How do you deal with all the guys who want to take you out?” She replied. “I haven’t had a guy ask me on a date for ages. And I don’t know why. I would love to go out.” Being attractive to men is much more than having a pretty face. Apparently, men are looking for more. To test this theory, we did a quick survey, online and in personal interviews, asking men what they consider attractive in women. Here are the six top characteristics that were mentioned—one way or another—by nearly all who were surveyed. These traits are what respondents found attractive in women: 1. Self confident. She knows who she is. She doesn’t need anyone else to define her. She’s content to be herself. She has values and standards and isn’t afraid to stick by them. She’s not driven by every wind and wave of popular culture. She’s grounded in knowing what she stands for and doesn’t apologize for it to anyone. She has a strong faith in God. She’s not arrogant about it, just quietl...  

Indian Mobile Phone Market to Surpass Japan's by Year-End: Counterpoint

The Indian mobile phone market is estimated to surpass Japan's by 2014 end, reaching the $10 billion mark, Hong Kong-based market research firm Counterpoint has said."The third largest smartphone market India is on track to reach $10 billion (roughly Rs. 61,821 crores) in smartphone revenues for the first time in 2014 and will surpass Japan in terms of the total mobile phone shipments revenue size in last quarter 2014," Counterpoint Analyst Neil Shah said.The price-sensitive Indian customers are now buying premium iPhone smartphone as its shipment in India has crossed over 1 million for the first time, as per the third quarter report of Market Monitor service of Counterpoint."The Cupertino vendor (Apple) crossed 1 million units of cumulative iPhone shipments for the first time in its fiscal year ever (October 13-September 14) for India market. This is a notable feat for Apple as it captured almost half of the high profit premium segment, taking share away from Samsung," Counterpoint' Senior Analyst Tarun Pathak said.As per the report, Korean electronics giant Samsung led Indian smartphone market with 25.1 percent share in July-September 2014 period followed by Micromax with 20.4 percent market share, Karbonn 9.6 percent, Motorola 4.7 percent and Sony 4.5 percent share.The other smartphone brands jointly accounted for 35.7 percent market share in the third quarter, the report said.In over all mobile handset market, Samsung again led Indian market with 15.1 percent market share...  

Reports: Juventus set to beat Arsenal to the signing of FC Basel defender ...

Italian giants Juventus are set to beat Arsenal to the signing of FC Basel defender Fabian Schar, after holding talks with the centre-back over the last few weeks according to the Evening Standard. The Swiss international has been attracting attention for some time and his performances at the World Cup has seen a number of clubs chase his signature in the last few months. No one was able to bring in the 22-year-old this summer, but a number of potential suitors are waiting for the January transfer window to make a move, including Arsenal who were said to be closing in on a £9.5 million move. Reports: Arsenal closing in on £9.5 million deal for Fabian Schar Swiss champions Basel value Schar at over £10 million, but they know they must extend Schar’s deal quickly as it expires in 2015. However, it seems strong and productive talks with Juventus for his services, and Schar is happy with the terms offered by the Italian champions. Schar has won 5/12 tackles in the Champions League this season ...  

iOS 8 Now Running on 60 Percent of Active iOS Devices: Apple

Apple's iOS 8, the mobile operating system powering iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, is now running on 60 percent of active iOS devices, according to the latest figures posted by the Cupertino-based firm.The company recently updated its App Store Distribution page to show the OS distribution data of App Store visitors on November 24, split between iOS 8, iOS 7 and earlier iOS versions.The official App Store Distribution page reveals that the majority (60 percent) of active iOS devices are running iOS 8, followed by 35 percent still running iOS 7, and 5 percent still running earlier versions.Notably, the new figures if compared to Apple's last figures published earlier this month show a minor increase in iOS 8 adoption numbers. On November 10, Apple said 56 percent of active iOS devices were running iOS 8, while 40 percent were on iOS 7, and 5 percent on previous versions.The numbers reported by Apple overall definitely show a rise in iOS 8 adoption if compared to the numbers revealed by Apple in September. As of September 21, 49 percent or the majority of active iOS devices were running iOS 7, closely followed by iOS 8 on 46 percent of the devices, and the rest on earlier versions (5 percent).Interestingly, Apple's iOS 8 within three months of its public release is powering the majority of active iOS devices. It took Google's Android 4.4 KitKat version 11 months to reach 24.5 percent of the worldwide users, according to Google's own figures shared in September.Recently, ...  


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