Carberry hits ton on return after cancer treatment


Carberry hits ton on return after cancer treatment

Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Sun, 02 Apr, 2017, 10:23 PM

Michael Carberry received a standing ovation from the Ageas Bowl crowd © Getty

Hampshire opener Michael Carberry marked his return to cricket with a century against Cardiff MCCU at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday (April 2). The left-handed batsman, who has played six Tests for England, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour last July and missed the second half of last season.

Carberry, who returned to cricket after a successful treatment, was given a standing ovation by the crowd after he was dismissed by David O’Sullivan, but not before scoring a 121-ball 100. His innings helped Hampshire post 289 in the first innings, before reducing the opposition to 21 for 2 at Stumps on the opening day.

In an official statement last week, the left-hander had said, “I would like to thank my family, the club, the supporters and my team-mates worldwide for all the kind messages of support and love through another very tough time in my career and life.

“There is still a long way to go to being ‘recovered’ fully, but the outpouring of support from the cricket family has helped massively in getting me back playing and I’m looking forward to another great summer with Hampshire.

“In regards to the media, I would like to thank them for respecting my privacy in dealing with my illness and I would like to ask for this to continue on my return.”

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Banking services in all local languages in the offing

To help overcome language barriers migrant workers face while conducting banking transactions in other states, two engineers from Mumbai are creating a banking service platform which will make banking services available in all local languages. Their idea, which has been selected by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) for a Central government-sponsored support programme for startups, envisages creating a prototype to be installed in banks.

A customer can walk into a bank and interact with the machine in any given language. The system, using artificial intelligence and machine language, will then provide information to the customer in the preferred language.

The first phase of the Rs 100-crore National Initiative of Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI), was flagged off in January. More than 50 applications were received by the IIT-B’s Society for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (SINE), which is coordinating the programme on behalf of the sponsor — the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Under the first scheme — NIDHI — PRAYAS (Promotion and Acceleration of Young and Aspiring Innovators and Start-ups) — 100 budding entrepreneurs will be provided technical as well as financial support this year. Across the country, 10 PRAYAS centres have been established to help budding entrepreneurs.

“These centres are each expected to support at least 10 innovators annually. SINE will release funds to the centres to be further disbursed to the innovators. At least 100 innovators will be supported under the programme in the first year,” said Poyni Bhatt, the chief operating officer of SINE. The source fund is released annually from the DST.

The selected innovators are entitled to a grant of Rs 10 lakh to realise their idea into a workable model within 18 months. The idea will then be presented to incubators. Hence, PRAYAS Centres will act as pre-incubators.

Apart from technical guidance from mentors present at each centre, innovators will also be supported to set up the Fab lab to facilitate the mechanical and digital fabrication.

Some other ideas selected under the programme include a unique waste management and treatment system, electric bikes and and assisting device for the visually impaired, explained Bhatt.

The NIDHI-PRAYAS programme was conceptualised by the DST to address the gap in the very early stage idea/proof of concept funding. “It seeks to build an innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystem with the objective of socio-economic development,” said Milind Atrey, professor in-charge of SINE and a member of its governing board. Artificial intelligence, machine language, data analytics and computer intelligence are some of the fields that show potential, he added.

With the first round of selections complete, SINE is now planning to expand the programme to more places. “The plan is to open 50 PRAYAS Centres in the next five years and each centre will support 10 innovators in five years,” said Bhatt. “The programme adds to entrepreneurial ecosystem. It enables start-to-end support to potential entrepreneurs,” she said.

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Hindi Cell to support groups: Suicide attempt shakes IIT-Delhi

At IIT-Delhi At IIT-Delhi

In light of the attempted suicide by a first year Engineering student of IIT-Delhi, the Director of the institute has written an email to all students. In it, he says that the incident should “shake all our conscience from slumber” and that there was a need to “collectively address the problem” and “build a support system” for students. Talking to The Sunday Express, Director V Ramgopal Rao said the institute is taking many measures to deal with the issue, including activating the Hindi Cell to help students from the Hindi-speaking belt.

“The student is now stable and the institute is closely monitoring the situation. However, this incident should shake all our conscience from slumber… We are putting in place mechanisms to proactively reach out to students based on their performance in academics and attendance. For example, parents of this particular student were called to IIT-D just a few months ago and were apprised of the issues their child was facing. The Timble attendance system is also a step in this direction. But this is not sufficient,” he wrote in his mail.

“We need to collectively address the problem and build a support system… When you see someone in depression, or see something wrong in what one is doing, please do let the administration know,” he wrote. Rao said Timble was an app started by faculty members. “It’s a mobile phone-based attendance system. So when students enter the class, their mobile phones are registered. It shows their face at the start of the class, and also at the end. So it won’t work if students are not within a certain circle,” he said.

“We’re also making counselling compulsory for certain students who are not doing well, and making peer groups through which students can help each other,” he said.

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WHO estimates suggest 300 million people suffer from depression

(Representational) (Representational)

More than 300 million people are living with depression, according to the latest estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The UN agency released the estimates on Thursday ahead of World Health Day. “These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves,” Xinhua news agency quoted a WHO news release as saying. With the number of people with depression increasing more than 18 per cent from 2005 to 2015, WHO is carrying out a year-long campaign, Depression: Let’s Talk, the focus of April 7’s World Health Day, with the aim of encouraging more people with depression to get help.

Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives. Depression is an important risk factor for suicide, which claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year, says the report. One of the first steps is to address issues around prejudice and discrimination.

“The continuing stigma associated with mental illness was the reason why we decided to name our campaign Depression: let’s talk,” said Shekhar Saxena, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO. “For someone living with depression, talking to a person they trust is often the first step towards treatment and recovery.”

Increased investment is also needed. In many countries, there is no, or very little, support available for people with mental health disorders. Even in high-income countries, nearly 50 per cent of people with depression do not get treatment. On average, just three per cent of government health budgets is invested in mental health, varying from less than one percent in low-income countries to five percent in high-income countries, says the report.

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Now, Air India pilots’ union IPG comes in support of AK Kathpalia

On March 30, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved appointment of Kathpalia as Director (Operations) of Air India for five years. (Representational Image) On March 30, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved appointment of Kathpalia as Director (Operations) of Air India for five years. (Representational Image)

Pilots at Air India seem to be divided over the appointment of A Kathpalia as Director of Operations, with pilots’ union IPG today saying they have no objection to his promotion.

The statement from the Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG) comes a day after Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA) protested against the elevation of Kathpalia.

IPG represents the pilots of Air India flying wide-bodied aircraft such as Boeing 777 and 787, while ICPA is the union of pilots operating narrow-body planes which include Airbus 320.

There are around 1,600 pilots employed with Air India.

In February, aviation regulator DGCA suspended his flying licence for three months after he had skipped compulsory pre-flight medical test on several occasions.

On March 30, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved appointment of Kathpalia as Director (Operations) of Air India for five years.

“We would like to place on record that the vast majority of pilots of Air India have no objection to this appointment which is the sole prerogative of the government… and have no doubt that all due diligence and processes have been followed before his appointment,” IPG said in a letter.

Further, the letter, written to the Cabinet Secretary, said IPG “would like to express our full confidence” in Kathpalia’s abilities to do justice to the post.

Copies of the letter have been sent to Civil Aviation Minister, among others.

IPG said an impression is being sought to be created that all pilots of Air India are not in favour of this appointment and that a group of pilots has been opposing Kathpalia over the last two years, ever since he was appointed Executive Director – Operations.

On Friday, the Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA) alleged that Kathpalia had willfully evaded the breath analyser test and fudged pre-flight register by signing it without undergoing breath analyser test.

In a letter to the Civil Aviation Minister, ICPA had said that if Kathpalia is exonerated of the suspension ordered by DGCA, then “all pilots in India who had been suspended for similar offence should also be exonerated”.

“We humbly request you not to support and exonerate ‘Corrupt Officials’ just to ensure he fits the requirement for the selection of the post of Director (Operations), Air India Ltd,” the letter from ICPA had said.

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Facebook, Messenger older version apps will no longer support messaging

Facebook will be ending support for messaging in some older version of Messenger and Facebook apps by the end of March. Facebook will be ending support for messaging in some older version of Messenger and Facebook apps by the end of March.

Facebook is ending support for its older versions of the app as well as Messenger app. The social media giant wants its users to “enjoy more of the delightful features” of Messenger. Facebook is sending out suggestions to users to update the app, right in Messenger. According to the company, features such as voice and video calling, games, and bots for Messenger won’t work properly on older versions on the app.

In case user’s device don’t support newer versions of Facebook and Messenger, they can visit through their mobile browser. This includes Android users on versions older than Android 2.3 Gingerbread. People using version 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above can update to the latest app version by visiting Facebook’s website via their smartphone browser.

Facebook will be ending support for messaging in some older version of Messenger and Facebook apps by the end of March. “We have proactively reached out to those affected and have also offered suggestions right in Messenger. These include updating your app to the latest version, loading an OS update for your device or migrating to Facebook Lite,” Facebook said in a blog post.

Facebook for Android v55, released on November 16, 2015 and below will as well as Messenger v10, released on August 14, 2014 will not work after March. For iOS users, iPad v26, released on October 10, 2011, and below will not support Facebook and Messenger app. Messenger v8 released on July 14, 2014 and below as well as Facebook for iOS released on October 10, 2011, and below will stop working after March.

Facebook is ending support for Windows phone, while Messenger for Windows phone 8 and 8.1 won’t work after March. Facebook support for Windows 8 and 8.1 desktop app has been pulled out.

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Five-time MLA new Speaker, Chief Minister calls for unity in House

SENIOR BJP leader Hriday Narayan Dixit, who was so far the chief party spokesperson in UP, and has been elected for the fifth time to the state Assembly, was unanimously elected as the Speaker of 17th Legislative Assembly on Thursday.

A five-time MLA, Dixit’s was the only nomination filed on Wednesday for the post. Members of the most parties and Independent MLAs had filed papers proposing and seconding his candidature.

Praising Dixit in the Assembly, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed confidence that proceedings of

the House would be conducted smoothly under his guidance.

“Your Parliamentary knowledge, interest towards religion and philosophy and guidance to society on different issues… this House will definitely take pride from all this,” he said.

“Over two dozen books written by you have been published… writing becomes very difficult in public life and therefore your creativity is all the more important… this House feels elated to get you as the Speaker,” he added. A PhD in Journalism, Dixit (69) has authored several books.

He also sought support of the Opposition in proper functioning of the House so that issues related to public interest and welfare could be raised. “Ruling party and Opposition are two important pillars of the democracy,” said Adityanath, adding that despite targeting each other during elections, as elected representatives, it was the responsibility of both to work for the welfare of people.

Assuring that there would not be any bias in the functioning of the government, the CM sought support of the Opposition to work with complete focus to establish the democratic values of the country to benefit the common public.

He said that so far, the development ratings of the state has been very low and thus, he would hope that in the future, his government would be able to work according to the trust shown by the people.

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War of words within BCCI over players’ reward


War of words within BCCI over players’ reward

• Last updated on Thu, 30 Mar, 2017, 07:33 AM Indranil Basu in Delhi

CEO Johri & Treasurer Chaudhary exchange mails over the right to hand out special payments. © AFP

Hours before the Indian team conquered Australia to retain its supremacy in Test cricket, a battle was fought through emails within the BCCI over who had the right to hand out special payments to the players for their terrific performance during a long, energy-sapping season.

In anticipation of the win on Tuesday (March 28), BCCI CEO Rahul Johri – having reached an agreement with the committee of administrators (CoA) the previous night – wrote an email to all the office-bearers about the plan to reward the Indian cricketers individually, along with the chief coach and support staff for all the hard work they had put in during the season.

“The members of the CoA have already expressed their support to this. I would request everyone’s concurrence to the proposal,” Johri wrote, while proposing Rs 50 lakh to be given to every Indian player, Rs 25 lakh to the coach and Rs 15 lakh each to members of the support staff.

This triggered a war of words be tween BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary and Johri. Chaudhary’s contention was that the money can’t be disbursed at the cost of day-to-day affairs of the board. “The amount to be paid ought to be decided by BCCI in its forthcoming general meeting as we are talking about an outgo of at least about Rs 8 crore. It is not something that relates to day to day affairs of the board,” Chaudhry wrote to the CoA and Johri on the same night, while acknowledging that he “welcomed and fully endorsed BCCI’s plan to reward the team”.

After India wrapped up the Test and the series, Johri replied to Chaudhary’s barb. “The practice for similar decisions has not been to take prior approval of the general body. Further, waiting for the AGM SGM to be convened before making such an announcement would not be appropriate given that the cricket season ends today,” Johri wrote. He added, “Since there is consensus that the team deserves to be rewarded and no revised amounts have been suggested, the COA is proceeding to make the announcement as proposed.”

Less than an hour later, Chaudhary changed his tone. “I explained my position to you when we spoke a little while back… I was absolutely clear in my earlier email as well about my personal view that the team ought to be awarded and there are no two ways about that as far as I am concerned.”

Chaudhary agreed that BCCI had taken a similar decision in the past without consulting the working committee. However, he said those decisions were taken by the elected officials who “enjoyed complete support of BCCI”. He claimed he was outnumbered on several issues in the recent times within BCCI and that was why he was not ready to take the risk of approving such payments to cricketers.”I can’t say with certainty whether I would be able to carry the house with me. I try not to make a commitment that I may not be able to back with certainty,” he said.





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