Archive | February 17, 2016

Sri Lankans Accusing India Of Cheating After 3rd T20I ‘Is Not Cricket’.

by Anura Guruge


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A Sri Lankan posted the (at very top) “Indian Cricket the Real Face (Exposed)” video on Facebook on February 14, 2016. I immediately knew that it must have been in reaction to the India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I that too place that day in Visakhapatnam (India). I had not watched it yet but given how badly India thrashed Sri Lanka in the 2nd T20I, after SL’s surprisingly easy win in the 1st I had a feel that Sri Lankans were not happy about the result.

I finished watching the 3rd T20I yesterday. Yes, there were two (2) bad UMPIRING DECISIONS — and yes, both umpires were Indian. Actually there were a couple more questionable decisions but these two, that I ‘spell out’ above were what would have riled Sri Lankans.

The implication that MS Dhoni cheated because he appealed is not right. I was kind of surprised because he also broke the wicket to try and get a stumping — BUT he appealed for ‘caught behind’. IF it was a catch WHY did he bother to break the stumps. You can’t be out caught & stumped. The appeal, however, was instinctive. He didn’t stop and think about it. MS Dhoni has a hard-earned and well-deserved reputation for ONLY appealing when he thinks the batsman is out. He got it wrong this time BUT I for one don’t think he was cheating!

For a start the Indians had NO reason to cheat. Sri Lanka were 7 for 54 in the 11 over. Plus this was NOT a Test Match or an ODI. It was a T20I.

It was bad umpiring. I also don’t think the umpires were cheating. Yes, it would have been better if we had neutral umpires BUT that debate is now done and dusted. ICC umpires have to much at stake to want to cheat. TV replays highlight their decisions and they are rated for how well they did. Mistakes like this cost them in ranking — which translates into the fixtures they will be allowed to umpire in the future — and as such FUTURE income. That is the biggest motivator UNLESS of course they stand to make ‘millions’ on match fixing!

I am pretty harsh about match fixing and cheating — in the game that I love and have loved for 5 decades. But in this case I will NOT even come close to even thinking that the Indians cheated. They bowled well. There was some turn in the pitch and quite a few of the Sri Lankans batted LIKE I USED TO BAT! Smile.

I would like to SCRAP DRS and instead, in every Test, ODI and T20I, have each appeal and decision reviewed to avoid errors.


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Another Viagra-Spike On Amazon Stock Price On February 16, 2016, After Hours.

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I talked about this modern phenomenon of Viagra-effect stock charts just last week.

This one, 11.5% for all of an instant, shortly after the 4pm after hours trading is rather inexplicable. Yes, a story about Amazon’s share buyback plans flashed across the wire but that was old news from last week, rehashed. So this had to have been some kind of automated trading on the keywords ‘Amazon’ ‘stock buyback’. Somebody could have made some money if they were able to sell on the near instantaneous drop. It is crazy. But it established one thing. AMZN could shoot up to $580 — and above — in no time, just like how quickly it dropped. Just makes me shake my head.


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Oxford University Rugby Football Club — Women’s (Nude) Calendar 2016: In Use.

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I ordered 4 copies of the Oxford University Rugby Football Club — Women’s (Nude) Calendar 2016 for Christmas. Deanna wanted one and I gave one to my 23-year old son, Matthew. I gave another as a surprise Christmas present to a ‘character’ at our Alton Hannaford’s Supermarket. It made his day. I kept one, unopened, as a long-term investment. I might even have it listed in my will.

Deanna intended to use hers all along and I was happy about that. So it is on the wall, in our ‘Office Area’ (i.e., the entire 4th floor of this house), on her side, next to her table. We had not given it any thought until Teischan was up here over the weekend. She wanted to know why Mum had a calendar with naked ladies on her wall? That is when it occurred to me that I should take a picture for posterity.


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‘6 images for the day’ — February 17, 2016 + 6 Bonus From ‘Mummers Parade’.

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With my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
Straight out of the camera.

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These are from Philadelphia’s famed New Year’s Day
Mummers Parade“.

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Lenovo Tab 2 10″ 16GB Android Tablet — Pretty Darn Impressive For $171.

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I ordered the Lenovo 10″ Tab 2 last Thursday when the 10.6″ 8-Core Dragon Touch X10 Android Tablet which I had got from Amazon the day before proved to be a major disappointment in terms of screen resolution and USB-based battery charging.

The 1920 x 1200 screen on the Lenovo, as is mentioned in all the product reviews and many of the Amazon ‘feedback’, is pretty spiffy. Vastly superior to the Dragon X10. Crisp and vivid (and I do have it set to ‘vivid’). It is also surprisingly and pleasantly fast. That was a bonus. As I have stated before 96% of what is do on a pad is Web browsing — using Chrome. And it seems to be very adept at doing that. I am pleased.

Slightly more ‘bloatware’ than was in the Dragon. Most of it was easy enough to remove though I am still stuck with a few, such as ‘FM Radio’, which I will never use because it needs an earphone cord to act as an antenna and I don’t use (or like) earphones.

It upgraded, as part of a mandatory System Update, to Android 5.0.1. So I have only used it with Android 5. Works fine (so far). Haven’t found an APP that has not been compatible,

The only problem I have is I can’t get a magnetic compass APP to work. Yes, I know I about calibration but I still haven’t managed to crack that. GPS works. So not the end of the world.

Only has USB-charging (as opposed to also have a separate charger as was the case with the Dragon) and charging, so far, seems par for the course.

So bottom line, after (say) 28 hours and maybe 90 minutes of use is that ‘So Far So Good’, screen is impressive and performance, including Wi-Fi, more than acceptable. I am happy.

Hope this helps.

 

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Click to access Amazon listing. Smaller and a (slower) Quad-Core as opposed to the 8 in the Dragon.


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