French student held because of photos and emails

first_img July 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French student held because of photos and emails June 9, 2021 Find out more News IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Help by sharing this information to go further RSF_en Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa Newscenter_img February 25, 2021 Find out more Organisation After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News Receive email alerts March 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is very worried by French graduate student Clotilde Reiss’s arrest at Tehran airport as she was about to leave the country on 1 July. Reiss, who was working as a teaching assistant at Isfahan University, has been accused of spying.Relatives told Reporters Without Borders that Reiss’s digital camera contained photos of demonstrations that took place in Isfahan after the announcement of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed election victory. She had also reportedly sent emails about the demonstrations together with photos of them.“Reiss’s arrest is typical of the crackdown that the Iranian authorities have orchestrated since 12 June, “Reporters Without Borders said. “The international community must urgently press for her release. Her fate is similar to that of the hundreds of Iranians who are currently being held in Iran for circulating news and information.”Reiss has been taken to Tehran’s Evin prison. Notified on 2 July of her arrest, the French consular authorities have not yet been able to visit her but they have been in regular touch by telephone. A political science graduate with a keen interest in Iran, Reiss had been in Isfahan since February. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Newslast_img read more

Bruce rubbishes Fulham speculation

first_imgHull boss Steve Bruce has ridiculed reports linking him with a summer move to Fulham. With his mind firmly on Tuesday night’s crucial home clash with Aston Villa, Bruce is determined to give short shrift to the latest suggestions and said they were disrespectful to current Cottagers boss Kit Symons. Bruce said: “I was getting the sack the day before, and then Fulham want me. “Unfortunately with the media today I can’t do anything about it. The biggest problem I’ve got with the whole thing is they’ve got a manager in situ at Fulham and I’ve got huge respect for Kit who is new to the job. “I can’t comment on it because if I comment on it it just fuels it even more, and as far as I’m concerned it’s rubbish journalism.” Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City has provided a timely confidence boost to the Tigers camp and Bruce knows the next month could shape the club’s top-flight future. Games against QPR, Stoke and Sunderland follow Villa and the Hull boss has demanded his players replicate their form against the big clubs in these crucial relegation scraps. “This cluster of games we have coming up are going to be crucial to us,” added Bruce. “We’ve got to show the resilience and attitude we had at Liverpool and Arsenal and Manchester City. “That’s where we were very good last year – we beat the teams around us and unfortunately this season we haven’t done that, and we have to address it over the next few weeks.” Bruce has grown used to hints of his impending departure from the KC Stadium having been strongly tipped to succeed Alan Pardew at Newcastle earlier this season. And just last week Bruce was fielding questions about his future in charge of the Tigers after a 3-0 home loss to Newcastle dumped them in the relegation zone. Bruce could call both new boy Dame N’Doye and fellow striker Nikica Jelavic to his starting line-up for the visit of shot-shy Villa after both started on the bench against City. Jelavic is still struggling to shake off a long-term knee injury and Bruce is keen to protect his Croatian striker. Aston Villa chief Paul Lambert has defended Tom Cleverley but insisted the Manchester United loanee is not guaranteed a starting spot. The midfielder was substituted to ironic jeers from a section of the home supporters in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea. Cleverley is on a season-long loan from Old Trafford and his contract at United expires at the end of the season. Lambert said there is no agreement with United that the England international will start and he picks Cleverley on merit. He said: “No, I don’t judge whether somebody is on loan. You try and pick a team you think will win a game. I don’t pick it through anything else, that is nowhere near it. “Tom is one of these guys who never hides from the ball. I never criticise anybody for looking for the ball if they make a mistake. It is the same with Carlos (Sanchez) as well and the Arsenal game. “Tom never hides. He gives it everything he has got, everything to try and do well. He wants to do well here and sometimes that is part and parcel of football. It is not nice to hear.” Cleverley has struggled to make an impact at Villa, with Lambert’s side 16th in the Barclays Premier League. Villa have won twice in 20 league games and Lambert feels Cleverley may be trying too hard to improve his and the team’s form. “Tom has played in massive games, he is no novice. Confidence goes when you don’t want to take the ball,” he said. “He has got confidence, it is nothing to do with hiding from the ball, the boy takes the ball and gives everything he has got. I don’t think it is that. “He may be trying too hard which can go against you. He keeps on going with the ball and that is a big testament for him that he keeps doing it.” Christian Benteke could return after he was benched against Chelsea. The striker has scored just three times this season and Lambert dropped him after his run of poor form. Philippe Senderos (calf) and Libor Kozak (broken leg) remain Villa’s only absentees after Ron Vlaar returned to the Villa squad at the weekend following a knee problem. Press Associationlast_img read more

SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT DELIVERS HUGE SUCCESS FOR NORTH WEST BUSINESS

first_imgOne of Northern Ireland’s largest indoor karting centres is toasting its success after a programme of investment delivered an 18% increase in sales in the past 12 months.Campsie Karting, Derry expanded its portfolio of leisure and corporate entertainment services with a £100,000 investment in a new state of the art 10,000 sq ft indoor paintball arena and an 18 hole indoor crazy golf course. It has helped increase visitor numbers from 1,300 to 2,000 per month in 2014 ranging from adrenalin fuelled racing enthusiasts to families, groups, businesses and stag and hen parties.The significant expansion includes the recruitment of three additional full time members of staff to an existing workforce of 10 full and part time employees, with further recruitment targeted in 2015.Eamonn Gallagher said, “We have invested heavily in our new 10,000 sq ft indoor paintball arena and an 18 hole indoor crazy golf course to expand our services offering for a range of customers and we reaped the rewards in 2014 with a significant increase in sales and visitor numbers from across Northern Ireland.“As a four star attraction, this investment means that we now boast the largest indoor paintball arena on the island of Ireland alongside the largest professionally designed indoor karting circuit in Northern Ireland and we are looking forward to welcoming even more visitors throughout 2015 to experience our excellent facilities.” Mary Blake, Tourism Development Officer at Derry City Council is thrilled to see this level of growth in business for Campsie Karting, “We are seeing a marked increase in activity tourism and visitors to the rural area seeking action packed days and fun filled nights.“Cutting edge activities offer opportunities for groups, individuals and families and Eamonn’s investment is being rewarded by a marked increase in visitors.”Campsie Karting is a local activity provider located within the Tyrone and Sperrins, which boasts a wealth of natural landscape, amenities and recreational activities to captivate any visitor.Steeped in history and legend, with majestic highlands, lush rivers and rugged valleys, the Tyrone and Sperrins is one of Northern Ireland’s most unspoilt and wild areas.It is well known for its spectacular countryside, stunning mountain ranges and beautiful undiscovered landscapes that makes it ideal for a break in the outdoors.The region has an array of ancient treasures to explore and for the more adventurous pursuits there are a range of outdoor recreational activities including angling, equestrian, food and drink, spa and relaxation, cycling, walking, golfing, paintballing, zorbing, go-karting and water sports. For more information on Tyrone and the Sperrins visit: www.nitb.com/Destinations/TyroneSperrinsSIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT DELIVERS HUGE SUCCESS FOR NORTH WEST BUSINESS was last modified: April 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

H-DNL football: Week 7 at a glance

first_imgFerndale High and Hoopa Valley, winners of opening-week Little 4 games, will meet to decide who will sit alone atop the conference after two weeks while Fortuna will look to shake a losing streak as the season hits week seven tonight.Ferndale (3-2, 1-0) at Hoopa Valley (2-2, 1-0)If the opening weekend of Little 4 play was any indication, the conference will be won on the offensive side of the ball.Ferndale picked up a 45-38 road-win over Arcata last week while Hoopa Valley pulled away from …last_img

AI’s Role in Driving the Sales Experience

first_imgTags:#AI#CRM#engagement Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Much has been made of AI’s role in serving customers, and AI-supported smart devices have invaded homes everywhere — Amazon’s Alexa was even used to order millions more Alexas as Christmas presents in 2017. Artificial intelligence is embedding itself in our technology-obsessed culture, but not every industry has taken advantage of AI’s utility.Adam Honig and his co-founders at Spiro saw an opening to use AI to drive the sales experience. Businesses utilize CRMs to compile and track the data needed to support ongoing sales efforts and pinpoint new sales opportunities. But Honig, the CEO of Spiro, says that many companies aren’t getting the data they need from these platforms — they aren’t used correctly, fully, or consistently, meaning the information these sales teams are working from is skewed.Spiro is an AI-driven CRM, complete with a conversational email interface, or an email bot, that utilizes existing data — from salespeople’s calendars, emails, and more — to lay out a schedule or to-do list for a salesperson and anticipate next moves. The AI function can process existing information more quickly than humans poring over spreadsheets can, empowering the CRM to predict how many follow-ups it may take — and what format will be most effective — to close a deal.But that’s not where Spiro sees AI’s intersection with the sales experience ending.How a People-Driven Industry Benefits From AIIt’s well-known that AI can process data better than humans can — a Massachusetts Institute of Technology startup’s software developed stronger predictive models than the majority of its human competitors did, and some predict that AI will be better than us at everything by 2060. But even then, there are limits: Eleni Vasilaki of the University of Sheffield says there’s “little evidence that AI with human-like versatility will appear any time soon.”That’s what confounds many: How could an industry fueled by personal relationships, charisma, and camaraderie be driven by AI? Sales is surely a people-driven arena, but it’s already focused on tracking metrics and moving the needle by predicting human behavior. Honig and his co-founders realized, through their CRM work with more than 3,000 companies, that the problem lies in the data being gathered.“To say that salespeople hate CRM is an understatement; most consider it a soul-sucking beast of burden that doesn’t add any value to their sales life,” Honig says. “We knew that salespeople desperately needed a CRM that would help them make more money, not give them more work. When I saw the movie ‘Her,’ I realized that the new AI technologies that were emerging would be perfect to automate non-sales tasks so they could focus on selling.”Is This the End of Sales as We Know It?Beyond increasing productivity and efficiency, automation can relieve salespeople from manual tasks, freeing them up for more high-level strategic efforts. Though many predict that AI will lead to mass unemployment as human beings are relieved of their duties, AI is designed to elevate the skill sets needed in each industry so complex, nuanced problems with big implications are solved by humans who will have to absorb those outcomes.That’s why Honig believes AI will augment, not replace, salespeople. “In some ways, AI is already replacing salespeople at a fast pace,” he says. “Amazon.com’s AI algorithms make specific purchase recommendations and provide a high level of service that’s hard for retail salespeople to match.”What that means is that to compete, salespeople selling to businesses have to be prepared to embrace solutions that make them more effective with customers. “In practice, this means using AI solutions to do things that technology can do better, like entering data, and let them focus on the things that people do better, like building rapport and really understanding the needs of a customer,” Honig explains.The Productive Path ForwardThe biggest benefit AI may offer to the sales process is its data-gathering capabilities. Whereas some salespeople operate from instinct or their “gut feeling” about a customer and his needs, sales is often now held to the same standard and expectation of ROI as most marketers and advertisers. Without numbers, it’s hard to maintain a budget, commission, or even a permanent position.Despite this need for hard data, many sales departments track information haphazardly, failing to record final contract numbers in a database or neglecting to indicate how many touchpoints a lead went through before finding his way to the bottom of the sales funnel. That lack of information may not impact that specific sales process, but it can alter an entire team’s goals and predictions. AI-driven platforms like Spiro can grab the data where it’s buried and build their own reports, adding a layer of analysis and interpretation for human reviewers. Honig says Spiro’s reports have been shown to contain eight times more data than regular CRM reports, underscoring the power of AI.The other side of AI’s productivity can be seen in its ability to look at an overview of a person’s behavior, add context, and predict future actions. “Imagine if your CRM could advise you who you should call and follow up with to drive all your leads and deals forward,” Honig says. “That’s what we do. Spiro uses a machine learning algorithm that was trained by more than 15,000 salespeople to identify the best times for follow-up, the best email templates to be used, and the best contacts to focus on.”Thanks to these insights, Spiro’s customers have indicated they reach up to 47 percent more prospects each week. A big factor in reaching more customers is having the AI predict which prospects won’t close so salespeople can focus on others. Human hope makes it hard for sales professionals to shut down a potential source of income when they can’t see where the road ends.“Artificial intelligence will do more and more for salespeople,” Honig says. “Beyond advising them who to call and follow up with, it will automatically identify similar prospects and suggest that salespeople call them. It will listen in on sales calls and provide real-time feedback to help make the pitch even better. It will learn from emails, calendar appointments, and phone calls to craft specific proposals based on what’s already happened.”In other words, Honig predicts AI will become salespeople’s constant companion, designed to help them make more money. Sales may be a people-driven industry, but AI is on a path to ensure it values data as much as instincts. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. 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Is Bitcoin Accelerating Our Global Warming?

first_imgBlockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Related Posts ToyBox and PlayTable Partner Together For Block… The Bitcoin is by far the most popular cryptocurrency in the world. Cryptocurrencies were primarily designed to facilitate faster and more secure financial transactions over the web. They were meant to make the world a better place. However, there are worrying studies that show that the rise of Bitcoin alone could increase the world’s global warming levels by two degrees in a span of just 2 decades. This is because this increase in the use of Bitcoin places huge demands on the world’s energy system. As a result, astronomical amounts of carbon emissions are given off, which consequently cause a global warming effect. It is inevitable that the continued growth of Bitcoin would lead to a two-degree increase in global warming, which is definitely not good news for the environment. Where do Bitcoins come from?Put simply, Bitcoins are born when people mine them online with their computers. They are very expensive to produce. Computers mine Bitcoins by solving complex math equations, and by doing so they suck up a lot of electricity. The amount of electricity used to mine a single Bitcoin is relatively equivalent to the amount of power a single house uses for months. Plus, Bitcoins can only be 21 million in total meaning it takes a lot of time and energy to produce just a single unit.Scientists have done a comparison of the number of emissions by mining computers to that of transportation, housing, and food, which are considered the main contributors to climate change. It has been determined that cryptocurrency mining produces enough emissions to warrant inclusion to the list.Because the Bitcoin business is volatile, predicting its future is tricky. No one can tell where its value will stand at a few years from now. It has also become so competitive now that sometimes, the amount of money it takes to produce it is more than its actual value.The more difficult the equation a computer solves, the more energy it uses. For this reason, the value of a Bitcoin could increase over time as equations become more complex. However, things could also take an opposite twist when mining technology improves in efficiency in the future resulting in lower prices and less energy consumption.How it accelerates Global Warming.Since more complicated equations consume more energy, with the increasing complexity of Bitcoin equations, more energy is being spent to produce fewer coins. As more and more computing power is delegated to Bitcoin mining, the energy being released compounds upon itself, accelerating the effects of global warming.Many crypto companies and blockchain based organizations are looking into this environmental issue with an intention of coming up with a solution. They want to develop a way of sustainable supply chains and decarbonizing energy systems. This has proven to be a hard task since the potential energy uptake and carbon emissions given off from mining bitcoins are directly against the vision of the technology.Is there a solution to this Bitcoin issue?So far, only speculations have arisen. It is dangerous to assume that bitcoin mining will be significantly more efficient in the future. It is a 50:50 scenario because no one really can tell how much more powerful computers of the next decade will be, and if they will be able to handle the equations much faster. Therefore, achieving this speculated efficiency is something that may or may not happen, and that puts all of us in a dangerous position.One of the main proposal being put forward is the regulation of crypto mining throughout the world. Yes, cryptocurrency is untraceable, but governments should take charge and regulate mining them because of their high energy demands- says Day TranslationsAnother solution being proposed is currency-based. The fact that bitcoin is costly in terms of the computing power and work needed for running is what makes it undefeated. An obvious solution, therefore, is to keep improving the existing protocol to further improve efficiencies. And everyday innovators are taking up this task to do just that. Plus, computer chips also continue to advance by the day, improving the efficiency of computation in relation to power intake. However, the main downside of this approach is as long as there is money to be made, more miners will continue flocking the Bitcoin scene and in return, more power will be consumed just as before.Other cryptocurrencies and blockchain platforms have also experimented with alternative protocols which consume way less energy. Such algorithms could potentially eliminate the energy consuming process of mining while at the same time recording transactions. The fact that a number of brilliant minds in the industry have realized the problem and are actively working on such algorithms shows a bright future.Final ThoughtsBitcoin is not the only crypto out in the world today. It is just the most popular one when compared to the rest. There are plenty of more crypto types that require far less energy and less complex equations to solve. In its current state, Bitcoin mining is slowly but surely proving harmful to the environment. If the trend continues, and if a solution is not found soon, the effects will start to be felt within as little as a decade. All stakeholders should strive to come up with solutions that will help mitigate the overall accelerating effects that Bitcoin mining is having on global warming. Tags:#bitcoin#global warming center_img Why is Bitcoin Soaring? 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Ind in Eng: Dhoni & Co must get their act together

first_imgOn December 6, 2009, India became the World’s best. It was the team which was at the pinnacle of Test cricket, but all the hard work to get to the top may go down the drain. India’s mission to dominate in whites looks set to come to a grinding halt.  India’s meek surrender at Trent Bridge in the second Test will convince few about the team’s invincibility and consistency. Former captain Sourav Ganguly says, “I’m fed up of hearing the time-to-recover theory. You don’t play for Indian then. Everyone knew what the series meant. It was an important series, the marquee series to decide the number one side in the world.” On paper, India may still be the No 1 side in the world. But where it matters most, on the field, India’s mission domination has come a cropper. As things stand now, India’s dubious No 1 status is fast slipping away if they don’t get their act together. If England win the current series 2-0, India will be displaced from the number one spot. They will just about manage to hold on to their number one spot if England win the series 2-1. However, a 3-1 defeat will mean the hosts will become the new number one Test side in the world. If MSD’s men miraculously come back to level the series 2-all, India can maintain their number one status. “Winning the WC, playing well in South Africa, winning in England in 2007 and the win against West Indies, it will all go down the drain. People will start saying you guys are not the number one side in the world. When there are tough conditions, when the ball swings, we are not good enough,” says Ganguly. The uncomfortable truth is that this Indian team just doesn’t seem to have the strength of character that merits their position at the top. Bad planning  Here’s an incisive look at how Dhoni’s men are paying a heavy price for some injudicious planning. The seeds of defeat were planted right at the planning stage. With Virender Sehwag declared unfit for at least the first few tests, K. Srikkanth & co never thought of including a third specialist opener. Abhinav Mukund has looked like a fish out of water against the English pace attack and with Gautam Gambhir injured, India sorely missed a third specialist opener. Rahul Dravid was pitch-forked into the role and though he tried his very best, for someone as meticulous as him, the deviation from regular slot of No.3 was hugely disruptive. Therein lies the baffling selection of Wriddhiman Saha. With him unlikely to play any part why wasn’t someone like Parthiv Patel, who has opened the innings and is more than a decent wicketkeeper, not included? On the bowling front too, an off-colour Harbhajan Singh has been persisted with. Harbhajan has so far picked just two wickets in two matches at an average of 143.50. So, why wasn’t Amit Mishra included in the playing XI. Mishra is an attacking leg spinner and certainly would have provided more variations. Munaf Patel was another choice waiting to be made. The 28-year-old bowled beautifully in the Caribbean and would certainly have proved more handy than Bhajji. So it’s not just a coincidence that England have looked more hungry, sharp and ready. They have planned well whereas India seem to have taken their No.1 spot for granted. Senior cricket journalist Sharda Ugra told Headlines Today, “You are not prepared?for a major series. Is this the way you go to Australia?” The English summer of 2011 could very well spell the doomsday for Indian cricket, because MSD & Co. are losing battle after battle without any solution in sight and that’s got to do a lot with the mentality of the team. While at Lord’s, they let England off the hook in the second innings letting the hosts progress from 62 for 5 to 269/6, at Trent Bridge, no lessons were learnt and from 124/8, England were allowed to make 221 in their first innings. The bowlers and the captain let the foot off the gas pedal which backfired in both the tests. But as far as the batting goes, well, the less said the better! The ever-so-mighty, fabled Indian batting line-up never really looked like a solid batting unit. Barring a few individual highs, the Indian guns have only fired a blank. Instead of being ruthless, the players are just going through the motions. The Ian Bell chapter just goes on to show that the Indians are not strong mentally. Why appeal in the first place if you are only going to withdraw it later? The Indians clearly need to learn the art of learning to play like a champion team. That’s why the Australians were at the summit for so long and were so good at it. It seems that the number one crown is proving too heavy a burden for Team India and the architect of so many of these triumphs, Captain Cool M.S. Dhoni, is not so cool anymore. No wonder the excuses are coming thick and fast. “For some of us this is like a seven-match series. We play three matches in WI and are playing four matches here without any real gap.” Halfway through what is perhaps the biggest series of India’s reign at the top, the team is tired. Test cricket is certainly the most demanding format of the game, but one expects the number one team to embrace that challenge, not hide behind it. “Dhoni shouldn’t make excuses by saying the team is tired. They are playing for India. Players are of age between 25-27-29. Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. have played so many Tests, but they aren’t tired. Dhoni shouldn’t belittle himself by giving this excuse,” says Ganguly. Fitness woes feature high on Dhoni’s list of excuses as well. “You have to look at the resources we had. We had to work with three bowlers,” says the skipper. With Zaheer out in the first Test and Harbhajan being hit by a mysterious stomach strain in the second, there’s no doubt Dhoni’s resources in the bowling department were depleted. But does that justify the poor show from the rest of the bowlers? Tired, hurt and two nil down and with no respite in sight, it seems very likely that Dhoni might just be making some more excuses for the rest of this miserable English summer. In fact, so shameful has been India’s batting performance that England’s bottom five have averaged almost 18 more runs that India’s top 7 and that too at a much better strike rate.  In fact, Team India has crossed 300 just once over the last five Test matches with their highest being 347 in the third Test against West Indies. It’s important to score runs and put them on board. India lack that from last series. The old failing against the short ball continues to dog players, who India claims are among the best in the world. But what makes it worse is that the captain was defending them.  “There will be days when we will be caught with short pitch stuff. We have done well in Perth, Durban and Barbodos,” he says. The likely return of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir should reinforce the batting unit. But the solution to India’s batting debacle isn’t that simple, what with Indian bowlers getting trounced by England’s tail – a bowling show that can best be described as lack-lustre, inconsistent and downright embarrassing.   Trent Bridge’s track was believed to have been bowler-friendly. However, unlike their English counterparts, the Indian bowlers failed to extract any support, resulting in a crushing 319 run defeat for the visitors. Listless bowling After troubling the opposition batting in the first innings, the expectations were high from the Indians. But the way they surrendered, especially to the English tailenders has taken everyone by surprise.  Praveen Kumar picked up four English wickets in the second innings, but ended up giving 124 runs at an economy rate of 3.44. His new ball partner Ishant Sharma also proved out to be a huge disappointment.  India’s most successful bowler this season was expensive, giving away 131 runs at an economy rate which he surely wouldn’t feel proud of. However, the biggest failure was Zaheer Khan’s replacement and India’s hero from the first innings S. Sreesanth. The Kerala express was most uneconomical of the lot, giving away 135 runs at a rate of five runs per over.   In the absence of their premier fast bowler Zaheer Khan, the Indian pace battery was completely outplayed by the opposition batsman, while Harbhajan Singh’s fitness issues didn’t help India either. Clearly, the listless bowling attack proved to be a complete failure.  With England gaining an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series, the Indian camp now have a formidable task ahead of their next battle at Birmingham. The only consolation being that Zaheer Khan could make a comeback to help the struggling bowling unit.    But, the big question is whether Indian bowling has the firepower to stop the English onslaught. Can Dhoni’s bowlers really help India script a historic comeback?advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Video: Jay Bilas Drops Hilarious “What Are Those?!” At West Virginia Player’s Gold Sneakers

first_imgCollege GameDay at Syracuse.SYRACUSE, NY – FEBRUARY 01: ESPN College GameDay hosts (L-R) Rece Davis, Jalen Rose, Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas prior to the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on February 1, 2014 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)West Virginia guard Jevon Carter had to know he’d get a reaction with the shoes he’s wearing tonight. With the Mountaineers facing Virginia in a great match-up at Madison Square Garden, Carter broke out bright gold kicks for the occasion. They’re quite audacious.#WVU has arrived at MSG. Here’s Jevon Carter… pic.twitter.com/amEmnakzrl— Greg Madia (@GregMadia) December 8, 2015Jay Bilas certainly noticed the kicks, hitting Carter with a loud “What Are Those?!” on air.  For those who aren’t as hip as Bilas, “What Are Those” is a meme that became popular over the summer, and is generally exclaimed at someone wearing lame or ridiculous shoes. Even Michael Jordan got hit with it this year, so don’t feel too bad, Jevon.[Reddit]last_img read more