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Smith, Warner recalled for Australia’s World Cup defence

Steve Smith and David Warner completed their remarkable comeback from the ball-tampering scandal that rocked cricket when they were on Monday selected in defending champion Australia’s World Cup squad. But there was no room for Josh Hazlewood or Peter Handscomb at the tournament in England and Wales. It is the first call-up for the former…

Smith, Warner recalled for Australia’s World Cup defence

Steve Smith and David Warner completed their remarkable comeback from the ball-tampering scandal that rocked cricket when they were on Monday selected in defending champion Australia’s World Cup squad.

But there was no room for Josh Hazlewood or Peter Handscomb at the tournament in England and Wales.

It is the first call-up for the former captain and his deputy since the expiry last month of year-long bans for their part in “sandpapergate” in Cape Town that had wide repercussions for Australian cricket.

Then-coach Darren Lehmann quit and all the top brass from Cricket Australia left after a scathing review said their “arrogant and controlling” win-at-all-costs culture was partly to blame for players bending the rules.

Both players were eligible for the final two games of Australia’s recent limited-overs tour against Pakistan, but selectors preferred that they eased themselves back at the Twenty20 Indian Premier League.

Both grabbed the opportunity and have been in good touch, particularly the bombastic Warner who has made a blistering return.

“As far as I’m concerned they have done everything that’s been asked of them in the last 12 months,” said one-day skipper Aaron Finch, adding that he didn’t believe their return would be destabilising.

“Knowing them both personally as I do, I don’t think there will be any issues whatsoever. They are both great, great guys.”

Their return has left coach Justin Langer with a dilemma on the back of Australia winning eight one-day internationals on the trot, against India and Pakistan.

All the top order have been firing, and it is Handscomb who is the fall guy despite averaging 43 in 13 games this year. The decision to drop him means the team only has one wicketkeeper in Alex Carey.

Australia’s recent red-hot form has been built on the back of a rock-solid opening partnership between Finch and Usman Khawaja.

The decision for Langer now is whether to retain that combination when the 50-over World Cup begins at the end of next month or move one of them down to make way for Warner, who traditionally opens the batting.

Shaun Marsh, Smith, Glenn Maxwell and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis make up the middle order.

“There’s so much flexibility in our order and there will be a lot of options,” said Finch. “There’s been a couple of hard decisions made on the 15, but there’s going to be some even tougher ones with the 11.”

Selectors opted for two spinners in Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon and five quick bowlers.

As with the batsmen, Australia’s selectors faced a bowling conundrum as they target a record sixth World Cup triumph.

Pat Cummins will spearhead the attack while Mitchell Starc, the 2015 World Cup player of the tournament, has been recalled after being sidelined with a muscle tear since early February.

But Hazlewood, who has been out of action since January with a back injury, missed out, with chief selector Trevor Hohns saying the focus was on having him ready for the Ashes Test series in England which begins in August.

Jhye Richardson, who dislocated his shoulder last month, makes the grade along with Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff.

Hazlewood and Handscomb were instead named in both Australia’s one-day A squad, which will play games in England while the World Cup is on, and their four-day A squad to face English county sides in the build-up to the Ashes.

Australia World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa

Australia one-day A squad: Travis Head (capt), Matthew Wade, Will Pucovski, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Mitch Marsh, D’Arcy Short, Kurtis Patterson, Ashton Agar, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson, Sean Abbott

Australia four-day A squad: Tim Paine (capt), Marcus Harris, Kurtis Patterson, Will Pucovski, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Mitch Marsh, Michael Neser, Jon Holland, James Pattinson, Jackson Bird, Josh Hazlewood, Chris Tremain. 

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Live: Voting begins in 3rd phase of Indian elections 2019

The voting over seven phases ends May 19, with counting scheduled for May 23. Voting began on Tuesday across 117 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 15 states and Union Territories as the third – and largest – phase of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise kicked off. A total of 116 seats across 14 states were…

Live: Voting begins in 3rd phase of Indian elections 2019

The voting over seven phases ends May 19, with counting scheduled for May 23.

Voting began on Tuesday across 117 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 15 states and Union Territories as the third – and largest – phase of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise kicked off.

A total of 116 seats across 14 states were slated to see voting in the phase including polling in the first of the staggered polling in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag constituency.

The chief of the two main political parties are in fray in the third phase with BJP President Amit Shah making his Lok Sabha election debut from Gandhinagar and Congress President Rahul Gandhi contesting from Wayanad, which he also contesting along with his traditional Amethi seat.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will aim to defend the 62 of the 117 third phase seats it won in 2014 and its performance in this phase will be crucial in deciding its political fortunes.

While voting started in all seats in Gujarat (26), Kerala (20) and Goa (2), it also started in the remaining 14 of Karnataka’s 28 seats and 14 out of 48 seats in Maharashtra. Of Uttar Pradesh’s 80 constituencies, voting started in 10 of them while it also began in seven out of 11 constituencies in Chhattisgarh, six out of 21 in Odisha, five each in Bihar (out of 40) and West Bengal (out of 42).
People also came out to vote in four constituencies in Assam (out of 14), and the lone seats in the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
With the third phase, voting will be completed in all seats of Gujarat, Kerala, Goa, Karanataka, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections started on April 11 and would conclude on May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.
Live updates of the third phase of voting in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls:

6:14am

 

Gujarat: BJP President and party’s candidate from Gandhinagar Parliamentary constituency Amit Shah, near the polling booth at Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ranip, Ahmedabad. PM Narendra Modi will cast his vote at the polling booth, shortly. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/rSn96OTbiJ
– ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019

6:10am

Assam: Polling underway at polling booth number 155 in Lachit Nagar, Guwahati, in the third phase of #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/r4uYCoBXD2
– ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019

6:05am

Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at his mother’s residence in Gandhinagar. He will cast his vote in Ahmedabad, shortly. pic.twitter.com/Ik9cDksSr4
– ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019

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5 ways Emirates Post disappointed Sheikh Mohammed

A report of inefficiencies was presented to the Dubai Ruler based on 5 performance indicators. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was presented a report on Emirates Post’s poor performance by a team of ‘secret customers’ who visited one of the customer…

5 ways Emirates Post disappointed Sheikh Mohammed

A report of inefficiencies was presented to the Dubai Ruler based on 5 performance indicators.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was presented a report on Emirates Post’s poor performance by a team of ‘secret customers’ who visited one of the customer service centres to observe and report inefficiencies based on complaints.

On Monday, the Ruler tweeted the five indicators upon which the centre was assessed:

– Services:

> No proper indications or index linking to the center’s efforts to deal with customer satisfaction.??

> Customers wait for long periods of time to receive a service. ??

> Post offices deliver Emirates ID cards in person and this service accounts for 75 per cent of the total number of customers.

Service Efficiency:

> 80 per cent of Emirates ID are reported to be delivered to Al Karama post office, most customers receiving ID cards at that office are workers who don’t have a PO Box.??

> Lack of services to fit the customer’s needs.

Customer Service:

> Lack of coordinated customer service for customers from different stratas of society.??

> Overcrowding at post office due to the increased amounts of text messages sent to customers for Emirates ID pick up at the same time. ??

> Customers have to visit multiple counters to complete a transaction.

Capacity building:  

> According to a 2018 study conducted on the post center, the study was based only on one service at the center not on all services.    ??

> The post office delivers more than 3,000 ID cards per day which results in overcrowding.??

> The centre has not done an capacity building to handle the large number of customers.

Service Culture:

> There is a need for employees at the center to work on building personal conduct and customer service skills.

Sheikh Mohammed expressed his dissatisfaction with Emirates Post’s performance and publicly reprimanded the organisation on social media, stressing that those responsible for the inefficiency won’t be part of his team.

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Sri Lanka attacks: Indian actress has narrow escape in Colombo

The actress tweeted that she was staying near the official residence of the Sri Lankan PM. Noted Indian Tamil actress Radikaa Sarathkumar had a narrow escape when she left one of the three hotels in the Sri Lankan capital just before it was bombed on Sunday. Radikaa tweeted that she was staying at the Cinnamon…

Sri Lanka attacks: Indian actress has narrow escape in Colombo

The actress tweeted that she was staying near the official residence of the Sri Lankan PM.

Noted Indian Tamil actress Radikaa Sarathkumar had a narrow escape when she left one of the three hotels in the Sri Lankan capital just before it was bombed on Sunday.

Radikaa tweeted that she was staying at the Cinnamon Grand, located near the official residence of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister.

“OMG bomb blasts in SL, God be with all. I just left Cinnamon Grand hotel and it has been bombed. Can’t believe this. Shocking,” she tweeted.

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