Cricket enthusiasts apart, the ICC World Cup has evinced a great interest in bookies. As per an estimate around Rs 50,000 crore rides on the biggest cricket extravaganza that starts on Saturday. Be it the best team, top players, each ball or even weather, the bookies running a global betting racket are expecting business to be more brisk than ever this World Cup. Interestingly, the amount riding this World Cup is 100 times more than what the ICC is spending on the event. If the odds are any indication, then Team India is the favourite to lift the coveted trophy. As per the bookmakers’ arithmetic, India’s rate is set at Rs 3, which means that if a punter bets Re 1 on Team India and he wins the return would be Rs 3. “The largest amount is riding on Team India, as India are the favourites. According to us, Team India will win the World Cup,” said a bookie. “India was the first choice of bookies. The best started at Rs 3.80, but after the team won the two practice matches, the rate now stands at Rs 3.50,” revealed another bookie. According to the bookies, after Team India, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Australia are the other three teams that will reach the semi finals. While India’s rate is set at Rs 3, Sri Lanka’s is Rs 4.70, South Africa’s Rs 5 and Australia is at Rs 5.50. The bookies believe that Pakistan, at Rs 8.80 and England at Rs 9.80 are the dark horses and they have the ability to turn the tide at any point. Odds favour Sachin’s bat, Bhajji’s spinMoney is riding not only on the teams, but individual players are also being betted upon. According to the bookies, Sachin Tendulkar will be the batsman to look out for as he will score the highest number of runs. His rate has been fixed at Rs 2. Sri Lankan skipper Kumara Sangakkara comes second in the list with his rate being fixed at Rs 3. Surprisingly, at number three comes Indian batsman and the first-time World Cup player Virat Kohli, whose rate is Rs 7. Spot numbers four and five have been taken by South African batsman Hashim Amla and Australian captain Ricky Ponting with their rates at Rs 9 and Rs 10 respectively. Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh tops the list of the best bowlers with his rate being fixed at Rs 3. Sri Lankan wizard spinner Muralidharan comes a close second at Rs 4. South African pacer Dale Steyn is next with his rate at Rs 7, followed by Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka at Rs 9 and Indian seamer Zaheer Khan at Rs 10.50.advertisement
Neil Etheridge. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhil Younghusband and Stephan Schrock will lead the Philippines in its first AFC Asian Cup appearance, but goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who played a key role in the Azkals’ resurgence in the continent over the past few years, was surprisingly omitted from the 23-man squad announced late Thursday. Swedish coach Sven Goran Eriksson has assembled a veteran-laden squad with an average age of 28 for the continental showpiece event, where the Azkals will be in a challenging group that includes South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ 60-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon PLAY LIST 01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments The goalkeeper, who has played for the country 62 times, said it would have been “unfair” for him to take a spot of another player knowing that he will only be available for one match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid The players picked by Eriksson and his staff have 608 appearances for the national team between them with Phil and James Younghusband arguably the biggest names and with the most number of caps with 105 and 100, respectively. Paul Mulders is the oldest player in the side at 37 years old, while Patrick Strauss is the youngest at 22. Miguel Tanton, one of the top midfielders in the Philippines Football League, who signed with Ceres-Negros recently, was a surprise inclusion as he was not part of any of the squads in the buildup to the tournament. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“I think we have formed a great group of players ready to represent the country in our biggest tournament yet,” said Azkals manager Dan Palami.Etheridge was left out of the squad as he can only commit to play for one match – against South Korea on Jan. 7 – with his English Premier League club Cardiff City locked in a tight battle to stay in the top flight in England. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Giannis Antetokounmpo paces Bucks past Knicks to home-and-home sweep Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich midfielder Jarvis: Maddison class for Leicesterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City midfielder Matt Jarvis is delighted for James Maddison over his impact at Leicester City.Maddison left Norwich for Leicester last summer.Jarvis told The Sun: “I messaged him saying congratulations it’s fully deserved and he just needs to keep doing what he’s doing at the weekend.“I can’t see him not playing for England. If he continues to improve and do what he’s done then he definitely will.“He’s scoring goals, he’s making goals. I saw a stat about him, Eden Hazard and Wilfried Zaha being among the most-fouled players.“He’s always on the ball, getting things going for his team. He’s class.”
Georgia Kyle DavisKyle Davis, a five-star wide receiver ranked the No. 1 player at his position in the 2016 class, has yet to make his college decision. Georgia seems to be in good shape, though. The 6-foot-1, 218-pound prospect out of Lawrenceville, Ga., recently got a new Twitter follower. That follower is a former Georgia Bulldog. And Davis is extremely excited about it. my heart just dropped pic.twitter.com/35tmAjrlDV— KD (@KDSZN) August 4, 2015If Davis gets that excited over getting followed by Todd Gurley, you’d think he’s probably going to end up playing for the star running back’s school. Most recruiting analysts believe Davis will end up at Georgia.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – It was a blazing tornado that ripped through homes and buildings in St. John’s, N.L., torching everything it crossed as residents ran for safe ground with all they could carry.The city will this weekend mark 125 years since “The Great Fire” on July 8, 1892, incinerated Newfoundland’s commercial hub and left about 11,000 people homeless.The actual cause was never confirmed. It was blamed on a dropped tobacco pipe or match in a stable on Carter’s Hill overlooking the harbour and city centre. By the time it burned out 12 hours later, 2,000 houses and dozens of businesses were in smoking ruins.“It was like a war zone, like something you might see if an atomic bomb had gone off in the city,” said St. John’s city Coun. Sandy Hickman. “It really burned a lot of the eastern half of the city down.”An investigation would later lambaste city managers and overhaul firefighting services.Flames first erupted at about 4:45 p.m. and were soon whipped up by strong winds. They scattered hot embers like so many fireballs over the wooden houses below. St. John’s, then a city of about 30,000 people, had been baked dry that summer after a month with little rain.“It was tinder dry,” said Larry Dohey, director of programming at The Rooms archives, art gallery and museum in St. John’s. “What could go wrong, went wrong.”The fire raced down Freshwater Road then split in two as it swept down Harvey Road and Long’s Hill. It picked up strength as clapboard homes and stores became powerful kindling.A few strokes of bad luck and even worse planning hampered firefighters who then served as volunteers: water supplies had been turned off earlier in the day as new pipes were installed. Although it had been turned back on, pressure in higher elevations where the blaze broke out was weak. A nearby tank that could hold almost 114,000 litres had been drained during a recent drill and wasn’t refilled, Dohey said.There was a lack of equipment, including hatchets. Old rope snapped as the men tried to use it to pull down a burning house in hopes of creating a firebreak.Another peril was the way St. John’s was rebuilt after a previous massive fire in 1846. Regulations meant to avoid a similar catastrophe were often ignored in the rush to reconstruction. They set out that buildings should be made of stone or brick with slated roofs and protective firebreaks.Instead, tightly packed wooden structures sprang up on narrow streets as before.When flames once again engulfed the city, horrified residents tried to save what they could. They raced with their possessions into stone churches and other structures they thought wouldn’t burn.“In fact, some would suggest that as they were running through the streets, embers were getting into blankets and clothing and they were actually bringing the fire into these public buildings,” Dohey said. “All of these churches would eventually burn.”All but the Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which towered on a hill above the fire and still dominates the St. John’s skyline today.Four people died, according to archival documents. They were identified as a local woman and her daughter, another woman described as an “elderly girl, not married” and a “servant girl” whose name wasn’t immediately known, Dohey said.In the days after the fire, residents who’d lost everything huddled near the basilica “because they felt safe there,” he added. Thousands more stayed in tents or makeshift shelters in nearby Bannerman Park.The massive blaze raged into the next morning, cutting a ruthless swath right down to the waterfront. Daylight laid bare the full extent of ruin: for blocks and blocks all that remained of gutted homes and offices were charred brick chimneys that eerily stood watch over the destruction.Moses Harvey, a Presbyterian minister and writer, described his walk that morning. “Nothing visible for a mile from Devon Row but chimneys and fallen and tottering walls,” he wrote.“It made the heart ache to see the groups of men, women and children with weary, blood-shot eyes and smoke begrimed faces, standing over their scraps of furniture and clothing — some of them asleep on the ground from utter exhaustion — all with despondency depicted on their faces.”Damages were estimated at $13 million, of which only about $5 million was insured, according to Heritage Newfoundland and Labrador. The disaster threw Newfoundland, then a British colony, into economic turmoil.Many of the colourful “Jellybean Row” houses that exist today in St. John’s date back to 1892 and were among the first homes rebuilt.Government officials revamped the city’s previously volunteer fire brigades, hiring 22 paid firefighters and creating three new stations. A new force which included fire and police staff reported to the police inspector-general. Such changes stemmed in part from a scathing report by Judge D.W. Prowse, who investigated the disaster.Municipal council, he bluntly concluded, had severely mismanaged firefighting volunteers and equipment.“If this department is ever left again in the same hands, all I can say is that we deserve to be burnt.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.
APTN National NewsVICTORIA — The British Columbia provincial government on Thursday announced that a public inquiry would be held into the Robert Pickton investigation and the wider issue of how authorities investigate missing women cases.B.C.’s Attorney General Mike de Jong said that many questions and concerns still “linger” around the Pikcton investigation and whether police should have caught the Port Coquitlam, B.C., pig farmer sooner.“This is a situation in which upwards of 50 human beings went missing. We believe many if not all of those individuals were murdered,” said de Jong while speaking to reporters in Victoria. “There are still lingering questions about the nature of these investigations, questions about whether more could have been done sooner, are we in a position to learn from the investigations and mistakes that may have been made. The government has taken the view that the best vehicle by which that can be accomplished is a public inquiry.”Pickton was convicted of murdering six women. He was originally charged in the murders of 27 women many whom were First Nations.Pickton was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years after an 11 month trial that featured some of the most gruesome testimony ever heard in a Canadian court.The Supreme Court of Canada upheld his conviction on six counts of second-degree murder this summer and the Crown in B.C. decided not to pursue convictions on the remaining charges.Most of Pickton’s victims were sex-trade workers who had drug addictions. They were lured to his farm where they were murdered and then butchered, their remains scattered on his property.Pickton claimed to police he had killed 49 women.Police have come under intense criticism for their of the handling case.The Vancouver police recently released a report on the Pickton investigation where they acknowledged they botched the investigation. The report found that the Vancouver police and the RCMP had evidence linking Pickton to the murder of several women as early as August 1998. Pikcton was eventually charged in 2002.The B.C. government said they would announce the name of the person who will head the inquiry at a later date.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Newlywed Ziad Dallal and his wife arrived home in New York, with wedding keepsakes in their bags, to find John F. Kennedy International Airport paralyzed by winter weather woes that cancelled flights, froze equipment and separated thousands of passengers from their luggage.Eleven days later, the couple on Thursday was still waiting for one of their bags, or even a clear answer on where it was. Last they heard, a local luggage delivery company had it. Or it might be in a Delta Air Lines warehouse in Atlanta.“Yes, there was a very bad weather situation, but that does not excuse anyone,” said Dallal, a comparative literature doctoral student at New York University. “This is totally unacceptable to me and to my wife and to every passenger, I believe.”The Brooklyn couple, who flew back from London after marrying in Lebanon, was awakened at 1 a.m. Friday when a deliveryman suddenly showed up with one of their bags, Dallal said. The two cancelled dinner plans Saturday after being told the second bag was coming, but it didn’t.It’s among a hundred or more bags still missing after a long weekend of dysfunction at JFK, where a Jan. 4 snowstorm and subsequent cold snap spiraled into frozen equipment, planes waiting hours for backed-up arrival gates, a burst water pipe that flooded one terminal and days of delays.The luggage in limbo is a fraction of the thousands of unclaimed bags that accumulated during the chaos. But it illuminates the magnitude of the breakdown and airlines’ limitations in handling baggage backups.The industry generally has a good record on luggage: Thanks to improvements in bag-tracking technology and processes, the rate of mishandled baggage has fallen 70 per cent since 2007, hitting a record low in 2016, according to airline technology firm SITA. But airlines aren’t prepared for an unexpected backlog that happens fast, said Robert Mann, an industry consultant and former airline executive.“When an event like this happens, there’s suddenly no physical manpower to address it,” Mann said. “They are forced back into manual procedures and not equipped to handle it.”No kidding, says Inderjit Singh Kaul. He still was waiting Thursday in Mumbai, India, for word of the bag he last saw at JFK after a Jan. 6 flight from London.He said the suitcase cleared customs at JFK, and then was re-checked when he went on to Las Vegas for a digital marketing conference.The bag didn’t get to Vegas — where Kaul missed part of the conference buying new clothes — until after he left for Mumbai Jan. 10, he said. The suitcase was apparently loaded the next day on a Paris-bound plane, supposedly to continue to Mumbai, but that’s where the trail goes cold, he said.“They should have tracked it. I don’t know what’s happening,” said Kaul, who went the Mumbai airport Thursday to inquire again about what became of his bag. “Nobody has any idea.”Atlanta-based Delta said its JFK baggage operation had cleared the backlog and sent bags out to be delivered by Jan. 10, adding that it needs accurate contact and delivery information to return luggage.It’s unclear how many bags remain unaccounted-for.An airport official said Wednesday the backlog had dwindled to about 100 bags from Air China flights; the official wasn’t authorized to discuss the issue publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. A message left with the Beijing-based airline’s JFK office was not immediately returned.But the official’s tally apparently doesn’t include bags that may have been given to delivery agencies or flown elsewhere.The airport agency, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said in a statement Wednesday that it’s “unacceptable that international airlines lack adequate on-the-ground resources” at JFK to return bags to passengers.Under U.S. regulations and international agreements, an international passenger whose luggage was lost may be able to recoup up to $1,536. A domestic passenger might claim up to $3,500. For baggage delays, airlines may have to pay “reasonable” expenses.U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, the Democratic minority leader, spotlighted the JFK luggage lag Monday while pressing federal transportation officials to urge foreign airlines to work better with the airport’s government and private operators.The Port Authority has tapped former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to investigate all the problems that followed the snowstorm, while the Federal Aviation Administration probes whether the Port Authority fell down on clearing snow.David Elizandro, meanwhile, is finally unpacked after getting back from London early on Jan. 8.After days of calling, waiting and wondering, the banking executive said he got the first of his bags Friday. The second arrived Tuesday at his Manhattan apartment, and Delta offered him a three-figure gift card, said Elizandro, who’s logged many miles with the airline.“It wasn’t that the bag was on the other side of the world and had to be sent back,” he marveled Wednesday. “It literally took, in one case, eight days to get from JFK to the Upper West Side.”
OTTAWA – The Canadian ministers hosting a group of G7 counterparts in Montreal have begun crafting cross-border policies that would help and reassure workers caught in the churn of a dramatically evolving labour market.The most recent estimates provided at the two-day meeting that started Tuesday suggest that up to 15 per cent of jobs in the G7 could disappear because of automation over the next two decades.Automation is expected to generate demand for both high-skilled and low-skilled occupations, resulting in “a hollowing of the middle” marked by declines in jobs requiring a mid-range level of skill, according to details the OECD provided to officials in attendance.Despite high government talk of automation, artificial intelligence and innovation, not everyone has — or will — feel the benefit of the technological changes, said Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains. He said governments want to find ways to clearly demonstrate how “innovation” spending can help the majority of citizens, such as how digital infrastructure advances could help rural and remote communities.A senior European Union official echoed Bains’ words, suggesting the G7 needed to encourage use of artificial intelligence to improve daily lives while affirming the importance of privacy and accountability to maintain trust with workers. Britain’s envoy to Canada highlighted her country’s contribution to the talks in a report focusing on the need to use “genuine innovation” to solve “real-world issues.”“This G7 isn’t about economic growth, it’s also about equality,” Bains said in an interview ahead of the Montreal meeting.“That’s really what innovation is about. We sometimes get really focused on technology and gadgets. I think it’s really important to realize the benefits of innovation.”The Liberals have looked to calm domestic nerves through spending on skills training programs to ensure the programs are “available at any stage or age” so displaced workers can land new jobs, said Labour Minister Patty Hajdu, who is co-hosting the meeting with Bains. But the programs are “not going to be for everyone,” she said, such as older workers nearing retirement age, a growing cohort in this country.Canada has one of the youngest populations in the G7, even as it rapidly ages as more people hit retirement age with fewer replacement workers available as a result of low birth rates. Statistics Canada predicts that the proportion of seniors could, by 2031, equal the level now seen in Japan, which has the oldest population in the G7 with one-quarter of people over age 65.“One of the conversations that keeps coming up at these G7 and G20 meetings is the idea of how to help workers transition (to jobs or retirement) and that there is some fairness and equity in that transition. So we’re very focused on that,” Hajdu said in an interview ahead of the meeting.The Liberals have put their future bets on programs to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields for students, and a program known as CanCode aimed at teaching coding and digital skills to one million students. Bains and Hajdu are touting the measures as they seek matching policies from other G7 nations so the widest number of people possible benefit from technological changes.The two-day meeting on the future of work is one of several Canada will hold this year ahead of the G7 leaders summit in early June in Charlevoix, Que.Hajdu and Bains opened the meeting by outlining the extent of coming technological change, like automation, that could displace workers, as well as the need to craft policies to prepare workers for new jobs.One dominant theme of their remarks was that no one should hold back in talks about dealing with the rise of the “gig” economy — defined by more temporary or freelance jobs — and digital tools that let companies hire workers anywhere in the world.Top federal officials have been wrestling for years with how to deal with such changes and meet the government’s stated goal of “inclusive growth.”A document prepared for a top official at Employment and Social Development Canada last year argued for more flexibility in the social safety net to smooth out the “unemployment risk and unstable earnings” that come with the gig economy.The briefing note from May 2017 also noted a downward shift in unionization rates that “contribute to rising inequality” because unionized workers earn, on average, $4 more per hour than their non-union counterparts. “Civic and political participation” and “level of reliance on basic labour standards” could also be affected by the shift, it adds.The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the document under the Access to Information Act.In the interview, Hajdu didn’t say if Canada would look for new policies to increase unionization rates, but instead pointed to legislation approved last year that repealed Conservative-era policies around financial disclosure rules for unions and unionization rules.— With files from Ross Marowits in Montreal.
Basel (Switzerland): Two-time winner Saina Nehwal and defending champion Sameer Verma will look to shrug off their All England disappointment when they spearhead India’s campaign at the Swiss Open, starting with the qualifiers here Tuesday. For Sameer, this event started his journey that culminated into a World Tour Final semifinal finish last year and a career-high ranking of 11. He had defeated newly-crowned All England Champion Kento Momota in the quarterfinals, a few months before the Japanese went on to become the world no 1 and world champion last year. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWorld no 14 Sameer will be opening his campaign in USD 150,000 event against a qualifier after his elder brother Sourabh, who had also battled injuries on his way to becoming the Senior National Champion last month at Guwahati, pulled out of the tournament. Sameer might face fellow Indian B Sai Praneeth in the second round and a favourable result is likely to hand him over the chance to settle scores with former world no 1 Viktor Axelsen, who had defeated him in the first round of All England Championships in Birmingham last week. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe BWF World Tour Super 300 event will be Saina’s fourth outing this season, having won the Indonesia Masters before losing in the semifinals and quarterfinals at Malaysia Masters and All England Championship respectively. A bout of diarrhea had affected her performance last week at Birmingham and Saina would look to recover quickly before she begins her campaign against a qualifier, eying to secure her third title at Swiss. She had won the event in 2011 and 2012 in the past. Seeded third, Saina is expected to face second seeded He Bingjiao of China in the semifinals if the results fall in her favour. Among other Indians in fray, Saina’s husband and fellow shuttler, Parupalli Kashyap, a former Commonwealth Games champion, will face a qualifier, Praneeth will meet England’s Rajiv Ouseph and SaarLorLux Open champion Subhankar Dey will also take on a qualifier in first round. In women’s singles, Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy will be the only other Indian in the competition. She will square off against Estonia’s Kristin Kuuba. In men’s doubles, Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok and Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will also eye their chances, while Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will lead India’s challenge in the women’s doubles. Pooja Dandu and Sanjana Santosh will also look for a good outing in the women’s doubles. In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will be the prime contenders for India, while Arjun MR and Maneesha K and Dhruv Kapila and Kuhoo Garg will also be in the fray. In the qualifiers, Riya Mookerjee and Vrushali Gummadi will be in the fray.
San Francisco: Microsoft has acquired San Diego-based software company Express Logic, that makes software for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, to accelerate IoT development for billions of devices at scale. With this acquisition, Microsoft said late Thursday it will unlock access to billions of new connected endpoints, grow the number of devices that can seamlessly connect to its Azure Cloud and enable new intelligent capabilities. “I am incredibly excited to share we have acquired Express Logic, a leader in real time operating systems (RTOS) for IoT and edge devices powered by micro-controller units (MCUs),” said Sam George, Director, Azure IoT at Microsoft. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Manufacturers building products across categories — from low capacity sensors like light bulbs and temperature gauges to air conditioners, medical devices, and network appliances — leverage the size, safety and security benefits of Express Logic solutions to achieve faster time to market. “Even highly constrained devices (battery powered and having less than 64KB of flash memory) can use Express Logic solutions. Over 9 billion of these MCU-powered devices are built and deployed globally every year, many of which can benefit from Express Logic solutions,” said Microsoft. Microsoft is getting an established company with a proven product that can help it scale its Azure IoT business. The acquisition is part of a $5 billion investment in IoT the company announced last April that includes a number of Azure pieces, such as Azure Sphere, Azure Digital Twins, Azure IoT Edge, Azure Maps and Azure IoT Central.