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Sachin Tendulkar picks an Australian batsman when asked which current player is most similar…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/ANI/BCCIAdvertisement bzhrxjNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsk9qWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) hWould you ever consider trying this?😱1uphCan your students do this? 🌚1y8zRoller skating! Powered by Firework In the last two decades, the cricket scene in India has been undoubtedly shaped on the ideals of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. The Men in Blue’s hall of fame is revered as one of the greatest cricketers of all time if not the best, and even today’s cricketers aspire to reach the potential to become next to the ‘little master’. But who does Sachin himself pick to be the most similar to him? Surprise, its not Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma, noone from his homeland even, its Aussie sensation Marnus Labuschagne!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/ANI/BCCISince stepping into Test cricket back in 2018, the South Africa born Marnus Labuschagne has been setting himself up as a prodigy in the Australian cricket team. His rise to fame happened in last year’s Ashes, after coming on as a substitute for an injured Steve Smith in the second test. In the whole series, Labuschagne scored a total of 353 runs, with four half centuries.In a recent interview, Sachin Tendulkar was asked about which current batsman he would resemble himself, and Labuschagne’s name came up.Advertisement “I happened to be watching the second Test match (Ashes) at Lord’s between England and Australia. When Steve Smith got injured, I saw Labuschagne’s second innings,” Sachin told reporters.At Lord’s, Labuschagne scored a stunning 59 runs with eight boundaries, and immediately grabbed Sachin’s attention.Advertisement He continued: “I was sitting with my father-in-law. I saw Marnus get hit off the second ball from Jofra Archer and, post that, the 15 minutes he batted, I said, This player looks special.” he added.“His footwork is so precise. So he would be the one I would say,” it was the youngster’s amazing footwork that Sachin found amusing, and its the very thing he could relate to himself with.“Footwork is not physical, it’s mental. If you’re not thinking positively in your mind, then your feet don’t move. That clearly indicated to me that this guy is mentally strong because if you’re not, your feet will not move.” the 46 year old concluded.Following the Ashes, the 25 year old totalled an astounding 896 runs against Pakistan and New Zealand. With an amazing Test batting average of 63.43, he earned his first limited overs call up in January in the ODI series against India.Also read-Aussie batting sensation Marnus Labuschagne names Virat Kohli amongst his role models!Sachin Tendulkar feels 4-day Test Cricket won’t do justice to spinners Advertisementlast_img read more

Schultz’ MS Fundraiser at Count Basie Saturday

first_imgIt didn’t seem like much at first – a little numbness in his foot. But in looking back, it marked a turning point in Steven Schultz’s life. Now, as he addresses his own health concerns, Schultz is looking to help others deal with a serious health condition.That numbness that Schultz first experienced in 2009 in his foot, then later his knee in 2009, was later diagnosed as multiple sclerosis, a chronic and potentially debilitating condition. Now Schultz is working to raise money for research for treatment and an eventual cure and to heighten public awareness and education about the severe condition.Schultz, an Interlaken resident who is member of the Board of Trustees for the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, has worked with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New Jersey Metro Chapter, to establish the fundraiser MS Rock For A Cure, a June 13 event at the theater. The event will showcase The Fab Faux, a musical tribute band that performs The Beatles works. According to the organizers, approximately 300 tickets for the concert have been set aside for the fundraiser, at a cost of $400 apiece, that includes the concert, a pre-event cocktail reception and an after-concert reception.“I want to see awareness here,” Schultz said, hoping this event would allow people to realize what this disease means, its effects largely unrealized by the public and that for those who have it, there is hope.He and his wife, Jaime, said they hope the event would raise $300,000 in sponsorship and ticket sales, with proceeds earmarked for research.“The thing about MS is you don’t know how it’ll affect you,” Schultz explained.Multiple sclerosis, or MS as it’s commonly called, is a neurological, inflammatory disorder that affects and damages the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and
 spinal cord. This condition can prevent parts of the nervous system to communicate, possibly leading to a wide array of physical symptoms and often lead to permanent neurological problems and damage to the body’s immune system. The direct cause is unknown and MS remains incurable, though there are treatments and medications for the approximately 2.3 million sufferers worldwide.“This is a disease that needs to be paid attention to,” Schultz believes.When he first told Jaime about his symptoms, “I said get to the emergency room,” she remembered.Schultz, who works in real estate development, acknowledged that 2009 – during the financial crisis – was a difficult time for him, with the diagnosis compounding the situation. “He spent a couple of months when he didn’t want to get out of bed or go to work,” Jaime said, noting, “He did but he wasn’t really into it.”“I had a little bit of a pity party,” initially, he acknowledged.The key, they found, was finding a doctor, “that was the right fit,” Jaime said.That physician, Saud Sadiq, MD, FAAN, in New York City, drafted “a health regiment that would fit into Steve’s lifestyle,” factoring in things like diet and physical activity along with traditional medical treatments; and that made the difference in his treatment, Jaime said.Since his initial diagnosis and ongoing treatment, “You really turned your life around,” dealing with the disease and just everyday life stresses, Jaime told Steven.He continues to experience various levels of numbness but “it’s all about maintenance,” of the chronic condition and access to proper medical treatment, Schultz noted – at least for now until a cure can be discovered.last_img read more

Pinpointing 911 Calls Now Easier for County Dispatchers

first_imgFREEHOLD – A short walk down a hallway and through an entrance inside the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office public safety center in Freehold leads to the 911 communications center, a large room filled with computer and video screens. “But they want that,” Golden said. “That’s that generation. They grew up multitasking on smart phones.” Dispatchers work behind desks with six screens each, ready to receive a call that might involve a life-or-death emergency happening somewhere in Monmouth County at any hour of the day. Thanks to an internet-based application from technology company RapidSOS, first responders are getting more accurate information about the location where those calls are being made. “But now, you’re going to have to serialize and retain all of that data and storage and maintain servers,” he said, also noting the related manpower costs involved. At the police academy his office runs, officials provided recruits with iPad tablets, meaning they no longer had paper law books or note pads during their training period. Now, when a call from a cell phone comes in, dispatchers are able to locate the caller on an electronic map pinpointing a location, either indoors or out. The RapidSOS system works with iPhones using iOS 12 or later software and Android phones version 4.0 or higher, according to the sheriff’s office. In such a scenario, the 911 caller would have to give permission for the dispatcher, through a text message, to use the caller’s phone camera to view the scene. Golden’s office is in the middle of testing the technology and expects to be able to deploy it “by the end of this year, beginning of next year,” he said. 911 dispatchers like Ross Martin agree. From the safety of their vehicles, officers can check law enforcement data bases to see if someone has an active warrant or is on a terrorist watch list, among other things. “We would get people that would drive by accidents or be in a town that they’re not familiar or a shopping mall they’re not familiar with,” he said. “We would be able to ping the phone, but not to an exact location. And so, every day we would see those types of calls come into the center.” Toward the end of 2018, the sheriff’s office announced it was using RapidSOS, which grabs the GPS information from cell phones to pinpoint caller locations. Other law enforcement agencies around the country use it as well, a way to speed up response times and save lives. The sheriff’s office, responsible for dispatch services for about 150 agencies in the county, was the first in New Jersey to implement the technology. Yet for law enforcement agencies, staying current with technology has become a part of the job, along with finding the money to pay for it. RapidSOS is just one way the sheriff’s office – and the larger law enforcement community around the country – is using technology to do its job. On the same day Golden was showing how the system works, members of his department were outside the building working with a drone. The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Center in Freehold. Photo courtesy MCSO “You’re talking about a state-of-the-art 911 facility, despite the lack of funding from the state of New Jersey now for over 10 years,” Golden said. “We’re at the mercy of the state with the 911 infrastructure.” Red Bank Police Chief Darren McConnell recalled that when he started out in law enforcement in the late 1980s, squad car radios were the latest technology.center_img Asked about Big Brother concerns, Golden said, “We always keep that in mind. That’s why the policy and procedures have to be such that we address those issues before we roll out a technology like that.” 911 calls from landline phones still show the address associated with the landline, but cell phones, used in 80 percent of all service calls the county facility received last year, do not. He was referring to how the state has diverted money coming from fees cellphone users pay on their monthly bills that should be going to 911 facilities. It’s an issue Golden has raised in the past. As a result, he turned to the private sector, like RapidSOS, to fill those gaps. Golden pointed to the value of shared service agreements that his office has with other first responder agencies in the county to provide their dispatch services. He said Middletown, one of the partner agencies with his office, wound up saving almost $1 million a year by having the county handle that critical function. “In the traditional 911 system in New Jersey, we don’t have an accurate location,” for calls from a cell phone, Sheriff Shaun Golden said. “We have cell tower locations,” meaning when a 911 call came in from a cell phone, the best “address” officials would get was a geographic radius from the cell tower transmitting the call. And if a caller was driving and/or unfamiliar with the area, location information was even more difficult to pinpoint. By Philip Sean Curran In 2014 the county opened the public safety center, a 45,000-square-foot facility, at a building cost of $23.2 million. At the facility the county provides dispatch services for half the police departments in Monmouth and other agencies, processing some 780,000 calls in 2018, of which roughly 200,000 were 911 calls. “You don’t know what you’re going to get every day, you don’t know what you’re going to get from one call to another,” he said. “So this makes it easier for us as dispatchers.” “I think the challenge is for the smaller departments to keep up with it,” said John G. Comiskey, a professor of criminal justice at Monmouth University. “Monmouth County is the exception. And I think part of it is because of the money. They’re (the) 38th most wealthy county. And I think you get a similar size town in Alabama, they wouldn’t have the money to do some of those things.” In recent years, there was a push to have law enforcement wear body cameras. The devices are not that expensive, said Comiskey, a former New York City police officer. “It is a different generation, so the officers that are newer grew up that way, grew up on computers and technology,” he said. “Whereas the ones from my generation or before my generation did not. So there was more of a learning curve.” “It’s the technology that really gives you the economies of scale and efficiency,” he said. “Now we have cameras in our cars, we have laptops in our cars,” he said. “We can look up anything, practically, at our fingertips real time.” While a comparison of response times before and after RapidSOS went into effect was not available, Golden said the system has helped “tremendously.” So where does Golden’s office go next for technology? “The next tech step is looking at streaming video and photographs from scenes into the dispatcher, so the dispatcher can then get an accurate picture of what’s going on,” he said. “That’s where technology is going.”last_img read more

Canucks Ground Ducks In Shootout To Win Seventh Straight

first_img Chris Higgins continued his solid play on the third line and tallied a goal, his fifth in the last four games.  He’s playing extremely well the last 20 games or so.  Since a great third line is often the difference in the playoffs, having to play responsibly defensively and chip in with the odd goal here and there, his good play (along with Sammy Pahlsson and the reinvigorated Jannik Hansen) is imperative for the team’s success. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks completed a late-season five game homestand by winning their seventh consecutive game with a 5-4 shootout win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night at Rogers Arena.  The Canucks remain in first place in the Western Conference, extending their lead over second-place St. Louis to three points, with the Blues holding a game in hand.  It was the Canucks’ 50th win of the season.Alex Burrows led the Canucks offensively with two goals, while linemate Henrik Sedin continued his recent torrid pace with another two assists.  Dan Hamhuis also added a couple of helpers.  Bobby Ryan led the Ducks with a three assist night, with rookie Devante Smith-Pelly also adding two assists.The Canucks spent most of the first two periods chasing the Ducks, as they fell behind 1-0, 2-1, and 4-2, before coming back to tie the game on each occasion.  Max Lapierre scored with 1:27 left in the second period to bring the Canucks level for the final time. Vancouver starter Roberto Luongo was pulled after the Ducks scored their fourth goal at 7:03 of the second period, with backup Cory Schneider entering the game to hold the fort while the Canucks pressed Anaheim.  The Canucks outshot the Ducks 24-9 after the goalie switch.Although they held a marked edge in shots in the third period and in overtime, the Canucks were not able to solve Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller to earn the victory before the skills competition. The Canucks scored on all three opportunities in the shootout, with Burrows, Alex Edler, and Lapierre all scoring.  Teemu Selanne, playing for perhaps the last time in Vancouver, scored the Ducks’ only shootout goal.Overall, this was a sloppy, poorly played affair.  There were numerous mistakes in the defensive zone by both teams, which led to many of the goals scored.  In the first two periods, it seemed that every mistake wound up in the back of the offending team’s net. The Canucks were especially poor in their own end.  Marc-Andre Gragnani, who had been playing better defensively of late, was horrid, as he was on the ice for three of the four Anaheim goals.  He was blatantly caught out of position on two of the goals and was just standing around, watching, on the third. GOALTENDING “CONTROVERSY”Most of the chatter as a result of this game surrounded the goaltending change by coach Alain Vigneault and the crowd’s resulting reaction, as they cheered the move and booed Luongo.  Luongo was beaten five-hole on three of the goals, and went down early and left his post on a power play goal by Corey Perry. As noted above, the defense was very bad and these breakdowns left the Ducks with point-blank chances – Luongo didn’t whiff on any of these and realistically they were all difficult, in-close shots to stop.  That said, he really didn’t look very good tonight, and the bottom line is that he needs to make a save on one or two of them. He ended up allowing his four goals in 27 minutes on only 15 shots.  The numbers don’t lie – he just wasn’t very good tonight. Andrew Ebbett played again tonight on the fourth line with Manny Malhotra and Kassian.  I don’t expect he’ll be in the lineup come playoff time either, but clearly these games right now are for Vigneault to get guys into games so they have some legs under them if they are called upon in the playoffs. Gragnani needs only one more game played in order for the Canucks to avoid him becoming a Group 6 (unrestricted) free agent.  They have been playing him a lot more than he deserves to achieve this goal.  Based on his play, I’d be surprised if we see much of him in the playoffs. Lapierre has played so well on the Sedin line that I’d like to see AV try him on the second line with Kesler and Booth when Daniel comes back.  He may be able to provide them some spark. Conversely, the second line continues to struggle and was a combined minus-7 tonight with only one assist.  After showing some promise a week ago, Mason Raymond has reverted back to his previous malaise. The forwards had a slightly more unbalanced workload tonight as a result of the 10 minutes of power play time. That said, it’s not really appropriate for the fans to boo him.  He’s been on an absolute tear lately and has been standing on his head, and the fans should keep this in mind. When at his best, Luongo is close to unbeatable and is truly an elite NHL goaltender – and lately, for the most part, he’s been at his best.The fan base is punchy primarily as a result of his gaffes in last year’s Stanley Cup Final – and that is understandable.  I’ve long contended that you can usually tell, very early, whether or not Luongo’s on his game. After the second goal tonight, I thought it looked like he was a bit off, but didn’t call for him to be pulled because of the fact this game was relatively meaningless.  After the fourth goal went in, however, I fully applauded Vigneault’s decision.As it turned out, it was the right decision – the team started to play much better and they were able to tie it before the second intermission.  In addition, Luongo was spared falling on his sword even more than he already had.  The team generally has the utmost trust in Luongo, and I’m sure he’ll bounce back in his next start.Is there a goaltending controversy?  I don’t think so, as I think Luongo has earned the right to get the nod when the playoffs start.  That said, when the games really start to matter, I fully believe that Luongo should be kept on a very short leash. As I noted, when he’s good, he’s great – but when he’s bad, he’s really bad.  The Canucks can’t afford to have “really bad” Luongo in net in the playoffs, especially when their #2 option is near the top of the league in save percentage and is generally regarded as the best non-starter NHL goaltender. Watch for AV to get a read on Luongo very quickly if he lets in a couple of goals early or in quick succession in the postseason. GAME OBSERVATIONS While the Canucks showed a lot of jam in climbing back into the game tonight, their power play had numerous chances to help out or put them ahead in the third and it was again unable to get the job done, going 0 for 5.  The Canucks’ power play has absolutely deserted them.  Since the Boston game in early January, the Canucks have played 31 games and are 12 for 82 on the power play, for 14.6%.  Those numbers are horrible. Rookie winger Zack Kassian left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury and did not return.  Vigneault said after the game that he was “in playoff mode” and only said that he was day to day.  The Canucks may have to consider calling someone like Byron Bitz up from Chicago as the playoffs start. The PP is not getting a lot of production out of the first unit, especially lately as Daniel Sedin is out and Ryan Kesler is struggling.  The second unit, which consisted tonight of Burrows, Raymond, and either Booth or Higgins looks lost as it doesn’t have a true playmaker.  Both units seriously need to start just standing in front of the net and working the puck there, hoping for rebounds and greasy goals. The Ducks have a lot of talent for an 11th place team, and it’s somewhat unbelievable that they are in the predicament they are in.  I know that Hiller wasn’t himself (or was out altogether) until after Christmas, but one would think a team with the names this one has would be able to put something together.  It’s astounding that Ryan Getzlaf has only 10 goals and 45 assists – he’s a world class player. IF THIS WERE A PLAYOFF GAMEA lazy win, in a shootout, where the team overcame a weaker opponent and needed a shootout to secure the two points.  Also, the goaltending was substandard.  Unfortunately, if this game were a playoff game, it would have been a loss.  Canucks are now 7-4 in the past 11 games since I began assessing them this way. PARTING SHOTSBroadcast Observation of the Night:  TSN did the broadcast and I was surprised at how protective they were of Luongo.  In my opinion, it’s very important for the media to present an unbiased view, especially on a national broadcaster.Therefore, I was disappointed when respected studio analyst Bob McKenzie defended Luongo in the second intermission and chided the fans for giving him a bad time. Even though the goals Luongo allowed to get past him were prime scoring chances, and it’s arguable as to how much he could have done about them, when you are beaten through the legs three times, you just aren’t at the top of your game. In the post-game scrum, Luongo even admitted as such. For McKenzie to go on about how the fans should cut him slack and not express their displeasure, all the while defending his play on the night, is just wrong.I would have had no problem with McKenzie defending him for his recent play, or what he’s brought to the franchise, or for his pedigree, etc.  However, it’s incorrect to turn around and say the goals were completely not his fault.  The influence of the broadcaster on the fan base is quite large, if the action on twitter is any indication.Looking ahead: The Canucks play Edmonton and Calgary to finish out the season.  They control their own destiny as pertains to finishing first in the conference, as two wins will get them the first seeding and home ice advantage.last_img read more