India have lost the bilateral ODI series against Australia after their bowlers and lower-order batsmen misfired in the first four matches, but Virat Kohli is determined to end the campaign on a a high.The 27-year-old with two fifties and two successive hundreds is the leading run-scorer (373) in the series. But he said the personal milestones mattered little when the team kept losing one game after the other.Ahead of the final ODI against Australia at the Sydney Crickeyt Ground tomorrow, Kohli said it hurt when the team lost despite playing well but reiterated that his team-mates were determined to finish off well.”It hurts when you play well and (still) lose,” Kohli told the media today. “I still feel like a club cricketer and want to win every game.”Kohli has tried his best to win every game for India. He was involved in a double-century stand with Rohit Sharma in Perth, added century stands with Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan in Brisbane and Melbourne before rattling up a 212-run partnership with Dhawan in Canberra – on the last occasion, India were cruising along on a record chase of 349 but lost nine wickets for 46 runs in a space of 12 overs.India need to win the last match of the series if they have to retain their second spot in the ICC ODI rankings and Kohli said the team was motivated to put up a good show tomorrow.But it could easier said than done given India’s fragile middle-order. Barring Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, the others have not been up to the mark. To make matters worse, the consistent Ajinkya Rahane will miss tomorrow’s match after splitting the webbing on his right hand on Wednesday.advertisement”The guys are motivated and they want to win badly. Just need a bit more experience to close games in our favour,” Kohli said.But the experience won’t come overnight. Manish Pandey, who is certain to replace Rahane, will need to grab this opportunity with both hands and show that he belongs.Kohli also lauded team director Ravi Shastri for his “massive contribution.””Ravi Shastri has helped me more as a batsman and never interfered with my captaincy,” he said.
Malayalam film IllayarajaTwitterMalayalam film Illayaraja, which has been written and directed by Madhav Ramadasan, is set for grand release across UAE and GCC on May 2. Indywood Distribution Network booked good numbers of screens in these regions.Illayaraja is a drama film, which has been produced by Sajith Krishna, Jayaraj T Krishnan and Binish Babu under the banners of Movie Musical Cutz and Mumbai Cine Talkies. The film stars Guinness Pakru in the lead role, with Gokul Suresh, Deepak Parambol and Harisree Ashokan in supporting roles. Ratheesh Vega has composed its background score and songs and Pappinu has cranked the camera for it.Director Madhav Ramdasan has beautifully portrayed the life of a family residing in Thrissur and the happiness, the sorrows and the struggles they share under their small roof. He explores the likes and desires of the children, the attitudes of various sections of the society and the beauty in finding contentment in the little things.Mollywood has made movies on gifted young children earlier and they have become a great success with the audience. Ilayaraja is no different from them, as it is about child epitome, struggles of trying to fit into the society and the roles of parents who try to encourage their kids’ development could be seen. It is a feel-good tale with noble intentions. It is meant to cater to family crowds.Illayaraja is said to have scored particularly well in two departments, sound and photography. The actors in the movie have done a fantastic job. Harisree Ashokan as grandpa and Anil Nair as the loan shark have showcased a remarkable performance. The music in the movie beautifully blends with the story and the cinematography too received a special attention post its release in India.
Dwayne Haskins Jr (Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)Dwayne Haskins Jr. is a problem solver. Whether he’s on a football field as the fourth-ranked pocket-passing quarterback in the nation, or in a classroom at The Bullis School in Potomac, Md., Haskins always seems to find a solution.He has a 3.5 GPA, and it’s no surprise that the high school senior’s favorite subject is math.“I like going through problems and finding the answer,” Haskins said. “When you finally find the answer, it’s satisfying because you worked so hard to get the answer.”Haskins is no stranger to working hard. He didn’t start playing football until he was eight, and even then, he stuck with defensive positions, such as fullback and blocking tight end. It wasn’t until Haskins turned eleven that he decided he wanted to be a quarterback. He progressed from being a third-string quarterback on his Pop Warner team to being a highly-recruited starter in high school.“That was a pretty cool experience for me, going from being someone who had to follow the crowd to being the leader of the crowd,” said Haskins, who committed to Ohio State in January.Haskins was recently selected as a finalist for the prestigious Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Trophy Award.The Watkins Award recognizes exceptionally talented African-American male athletes who, through their example, help promote high academic standards and a commitment to community service. The finalists were selected based on their extracurricular activities, grade-point average, personal statement and letters of recommendation.Haskins is more than a pro-style quarterback and math wiz; he’s also the sports editor of his school newspaper, The Bullis Bulldog.The 18-year-old said his parents, Dwayne Sr. and Tamara, and little sister, Tamia, have been very supportive over the years. He added that his faith-based family has always pushed him to overcome obstacles.“There were times I didn’t feel like I was good enough to play football or good enough to be recruited, so my dad stuck with me,” he said. “There were times when school started getting harder—and school always used to be easy for me—so I was like, ‘How do I continue to do well in school?’ My mom taught me that.”The other Watkins Award finalists are Brandon Burton (Los Angeles), Messiah deWeaver (Dayton, Ohio), and Brandon Hill (Orangeburg, S.C.). Past winners include Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle. This year’s winner will be announced on March 12 at a black-tie dinner in Washington, D.C.Ahead of the announcement, Haskins says he has already found the solution for his nerves.“My parents always told me to never have expectations for something you can’t control; just have fun and God will reward you,” he said. “You just have to work hard, and that’s what I did.”
Kolkata: The state Science and Technology and Bio Technology department has joined hands with Science City to provide a platform to more than 45 students from various schools across the state to share their ideas on science models at the West Bengal State Science and Technology Congress (WBSS&TC).The event will be held on February 28 and March 1 in Science City. Various workshops on science will be conducted on the second day of the event. In the first half, the students, who have been selected in three Science and Technology Congresses in three regions of the state, will be solving certain scientific problems under the mentorship of experts from Science City and in the second half they will be making presentation of their respective models before science enthusiasts and guests. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThis is the 26th edition of WBSS&TC and for the first time such an intensive programme is being held to motivate students towards science and research. “The primary objective of the science congress is to provide a forum for research for young scientists and to synergise new ideas with societal needs,” a senior official of the state Science and Technology and Bio Technology department said. Students from Class VIII to XI will take part in the programme. According to the official, there have been several instances when it has been found that students with outstanding marks in science failed to deliver when it came to solving practical problems. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We are ready to keep our doors open for any state government initiative to nurture the culture of creativity among the students. When the state government sought our cooperation to conducted interactive science workshop we agreed without any hesitation,” said Subhabrata Chaudhuri, director of Science City. The state Science and Technology and Biotechnology department has drawn up a plan for resource sharing among the science and technology-based institutions across the state.
3 min read Volkswagen is looking at on-demand mobility services such as smartphone ride-hailing to earn a “notable share” of future revenues as the carmaker pushes a strategic shift in the wake of its emissions scandal, its top executive said.Volkswagen, or VW, which posted 213 billion euros ($237.90 billion) of revenue last year, on Wednesday signed a cooperation with ride-hailing company Gett after announcing a $300 million investment in the firm last week.Cooperation with Gett may lead to business models involving car sharing, limousine rides and taxi services in the fast-growing ride-hailing market which in Europe alone may yield 10 billion euros of sales by 2025 and could grow more than 30 percent annually, VW Chief Executive Matthias Mueller said.”In future, our core product will not be just the car,” Mueller said. “Our core product, our promise to customers, is mobility.”Europe’s largest automaker will this month unveil a new business strategy aimed at improving accountability and speeding up model development, with greater investments in electric cars, new technologies and mobility services among the key elements, company sources have said.But VW’s rivals are not standing idly by. Toyota Motor Corp. last week said it would invest in mobility company Uber Technologies Inc. while General Motors invested $500 million in Lyft, Uber’s main U.S. rival.The growing number of deals reflects the desire by automakers to avoid becoming bystanders if a significant number of consumers around the world choose to forego vehicle ownership and buy transportation by the mile or the minute.”Through this partnership, we’re getting access to 100 million VW customers,” Gett founder and chief executive Shahar Weiser said. Volkswagen and Gett declined to disclose the financial terms of their agreement.Wolfsburg-based VW has long ignored alternative mobility concepts unlike its German rivals Daimler and BMW who have for years been running their own car-sharing operations.The advent of smartphones has fundamentally changed customer expectations, with travelers seeking to connect to different modes of transportation through apps.CEO Mueller on Wednesday pledged that post-dieselgate VW will open up to new investments and partnerships such as with Gett.”Volkswagen now is not the same as Volkswagen before I became CEO” in September 2015, Mueller said, indicating the group is willing to expand beyond manufacturing and selling cars as a means to broaden its appeal with customers.”The times when we thought that the world revolves around Wolfsburg are history.”(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by David Gregorio) June 2, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free