Phish Plays Their Longest Jam Ever, On This Day In 1997 [Watch]

first_imgAnyone familiar with Phish’s 1997 Fall Tour will confirm that the band did in fact ‘Destroy America’ on a nightly basis during what’s considered by many as their greatest tour of all time. Performing some of the most mind-blowing and improvisational material of their career, the ’97 Fall Tour has so many highlights and notables, that it’s difficult to point them all out.Among the many standouts on Phish’s 1997 Fall Tour is a marathon-like, 59+ minute version of “Runaway Jim” from the Worcester Centrum Centre performed on this date 21 years ago. It’s the longest jam Phish has ever played from a song, excluding performances like the late night disco set at The Great Went, the Tower Jam at IT, Ball Square Jam at Super Ball IX, or the Drive-In set at Magnaball.Make sure you set aside a little time before you get into this one. Enjoy!Phish – “Runaway Jim” – 11/29/97[Video: Phishfunk78]Setlist: Phish | Worcester Centrum Centre | Worcester, MA | 11/29/97SET 1: The Wedge, Foam, Simple -> The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, The Sloth, Ginseng Sullivan, Saw It Again, Horn, Water in the Sky, David BowieSET 2: Runaway Jim[1] > Strange Design > Harry Hood > Prince Caspian, Suzy GreenbergENCORE: Buffalo Bill, Moby Dick[2] > Fire[1] Almost an hour long.[2] Trey imitated Robert Plant’s intro to Moby Dick from the album The Song Remains the Same.This Runaway Jim is one of the longest versions of any song ever played by Phish. It ran slightly under an hour and included Beauty of My Dreams, Harry Hood, and Super Bad teases and a strong Weekapaug jam where the entire melody of Weekapaug was played. Buffalo Bill was announced as Fish’s favorite song. Moby Dick was performed for the first time since February 19, 1993 (435 shows) and featured Trey imitating Robert Plant’s intro to Moby Dick from the album The Song Remains the Same.last_img read more

Shaq Helps Stranded Motorist in Gainesville

first_imgThe Diesel stopped to help a motorist who broke down along I-75 in Gainesville.The NBA legend, Shaquille O’Neal, reportedly has a house in north Florida.Shaq, who is a towering 7 feet tall, was spotted comforting the motorists while and waited for police to arrive.Shaq is also a police officer. He’s previously served as a reserve officer in Miami Beach and Golden Beach in Florida as well as in LA and Arizona.In 2018 in Los Angeles, Shaq pulled over to assist a man who had just been in a car wreck.last_img read more

Diet and Exercise Are Perfect Together For Weight Loss

first_imgBy Mark William LiskyAccording to many philosophies and religions, spring represents renewal and rebirth. It’s the time nature comes out of its long winter sleep with a flurry of activity. The most important activity for both plants and animals is to seek energy, be it from sunlight or food. Plants and animals have been dormant for the last few months, living off the energy supplies stored in either their body fat or in their roots.Like nature, people also come out of their winter sleeps during springtime. Unlike nature, the majority of people haven’t been living off their stored energy supplies. In fact they’ve been adding to them. And now that summer is closing in fast, some of those folks who have put on extra pounds of stored energy (in the form of body-fat) are frantically looking for a way to lighten the load.Others have been storing their energy supplies for decades of winters and now find themselves medically obese.Whether you have gained a few pounds over the winter, or you have become obese, all is not lost. It’s said that “hope springs eternal” and that hope begins with dieting and exercise.Both of these activities are recommended by every professional health organization in the country, although their immense value is still not realized by the most of the public. However, before anyone begins a personal spring renewal program, they need to learn the facts in order to choose the right path.Good Fat, Bad FatAny diet for reducing stores of energy needs to focus on losing non-essential body fat called adipose tissue, not overall bodyweight. Our total body weight consists of bones, muscle, fat, water, etc. We need it all to be healthy. Even when it comes to adipose tissue, we need to have a certain amount because some fat is “essential.” Essential body fat is kept in bone marrow, organs and the fat abundant tissue in the central nervous system. Essential body fat is also needed for other functions including insulating the skin, protecting cells and organs from trauma and providing a reserve supply of energy in case of an emergency.Initial Weight Loss vs. Real Weight LossUnderstanding that the body is made up of different cells that have mass is why some of the initial weight loss on most diets is water (up to five to seven pounds), not adipose tissue. Initial water loss happens because when a person starts a diet, especially ones that are severely calorie restrictive like the South Beach Diet, the brain throws a fit. The principle fuel source for the brain is the simple sugar glucose. The body converts the sugars and starches you eat into a stored form of glucose and initially hides it in your muscles and liver for safekeeping.When you go on a diet that drastically cuts calories without an adaptation period, the brain’s fuel supply is compromised. Cells in the brain are unique in that they burn up nearly all of the fuel almost the moment it arrives. This requires an uninterrupted flow of glucose. It’s like the brain cells are always living on the edge. In order to keep the fuel coming from the pump, the brain seeks it out in the supply stored in the muscles.When the body stores converted sugars in the muscles, they’re attached to a water molecule. When the stored sugars are released to keep the brain from freaking out (this is why people get cranky when they start a diet), water is also released. The end result is loss of water weight, not adipose tissue. All the water weight will return the second the diet ends.All Diets Do WorkIt is a fact that all diet programs work, at least for a short while. It has been shown in research that within one year of starting a new diet, 99 percent of the people using the diet gain any weight that was lost back. Dramatic short-lived results is one reason or “secret” that authors of fad diet books tend to use titles such as, “Lose Thirty Pounds In Thirty Days”They know from research that anyone can lose thirty pounds in thirty days if they diet. They also know that the thirty pounds lost will come right back. That’s why many diet books usually do not mention what do six months from the start of the diet. Also if the fad diet is unpleasantly frugal or Spartan, the likelihood of using it year-round is not great. If a person is going to choose a diet program, it needs to be one that not only helps lose non-essential adipose tissue, but one that keeps it off year after year.Diets RevisitedWith so many views on dieting, it may prove wise to revisit some schools of thought. First is the “Mediterranean” diet. This diet is based on research from the 60s, focusing on the eating patterns of countries in the Mediterranean. This diet includes high intakes of fresh vegetables, nuts, olive oils, olives, fish, lamb, cheese and lots of wine with some complex breads. Studies show that this diet is very effective for weight loss. Also, this diet has been proven in research to improve the condition of patients with heart disease.Another is the “Paleolithic” diet first proposed by Dr. S. Boyd Eaton M.D.  In 1988 and is based on what humans ate before the development of agriculture. Data for the diet was provided by research on modern-day hunter-gatherers. The ratio between animal calories to plant calories in hunter-gatherer cultures is about 65 percent to 35 percent respectively. The Paleolithic diet emphasizes meats from grass-fed animals or wild game, free-range poultry, seasonal fruits, raw nuts, raw seeds and lots of fresh leafy vegetables with no dairy, breads or potatoes.Since its first release, several other diets have followed the “Paleo” line of reasoning. These types of diets, like the Mediterranean diet, are really based on changing long term eating patterns and lifestyles. To succeed in either of these styles, it’s recommended to slowly replace the common foods a person may eat like breads and pastas with more vegetables and salads.The next school of thought is the “High Protein/Fat Low Carbohydrate” diets. These are a group of diets that began appearing in the 1990s including, Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution, the Sugar Busters and Protein Power to name a few. All of these diets are based on a high intake of protein and fat and a low intake of sugars and carbohydrates.The reasoning behind these approaches is that eating large amount of carbohydrates, provoke a hunger response, which encourages overeating. Also, overeating carbohydrates causes the release of large amounts of the storage hormone insulin, resulting in body fat weight gains.These diets also trigger a process called “ketosis” which may help the body to burn adipose tissue. From observations, these diets have been shown to work. However rapid weight loss also causes the loss of lean muscle mass along with adipose tissue. Research has shown that people following Dr. Atkins diet, for example, lose up to 50 percent of their lean muscle mass. Constant loss of lean muscle mass has been shown in research to promote accelerated cell aging.In order to be successful at choosing your approach to healthy eating, it is true that you are what you eat. When crafting your diet, find one that you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy it you will quit. Think long term. Pay attention to the results you’re experiencing. Learn what works and what doesn’t.The Skinny on ExerciseIf, along with dieting, a person wants to add exercise to their program, daily activities such as shopping or doing the laundry simple won’t do. A person needs to kick it up a bit. More challenging daily aerobic activities or “cardio” activities like pushing a lawnmower or biking to the store will do. All types of physical activity help as long as they are performed at a moderate or vigorous intensity for at least 10 minutes at a time.Walking is another great activity. Begin your program with brisk 15-minute walks, four to five times a week. When you feel ready, add 10 minutes to the walks. Eventually, try working up to 45-60 minute walks. This increase should happen over weeks, not days. When performing any aerobic activity, increases in intensity need to gradual in order for the body to adapt, just like dieting.Besides an aerobic activity, strengthening muscles by lifting weight at least two days a week should be mandatory. Not only does strength training improve your overall sense of well being, it helps maintain lean muscle mass while dieting. This is extremely important to maintain health. A strength training program should work all the major muscle groups of your body – legs, hips, back, chest and abdomen. One exercise per body part is all that is necessary. A strength training program to accompany a diet shouldn’t last more than 20 minutes, tops.So, as spring is here with summer coming, it is a perfect time to renew your health by losing weight and getting stronger. So, spring into your new diet and exercise routine with commitment, compliance and consistency.Mark William Lisky is a personal fitness advisor. Mark can be reached at (732) 933-9070 or e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala ‘absolutely’ believes Mark Jackson has been blackballed by NBA

first_imgThe basketball court isn’t the only place where Andre Iguodala is a straight shooter. On Tuesday, appearing on ESPN’s “The Breakfast Club” to discuss his newly released book “The Sixth Man” he said he believes former Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been blackballed by the NBA.“I do,” he said. “Yes. Absolutely.”Iguodala joined the Warriors for the 2013-14 season in Jackson’s third, and final, season as the team’s coach.“He was one of my favorite coaches of all time,” Iguodala said. “It was …last_img read more

Chair to unleash South African dreams

first_img“I want to be Hannah Montana,” saysyoung Zarah in Cape Town’s colourfulBo Kaap suburb. The chair in front of the tumulus atMaropeng in the Cradle of Humankind. “I just saw this chair and had to sit on it,it’s wonderful and makes me feel proud. Iwish for clean water. My children arealways sick because the water inKhayelitsha is so bad.” South African music legend Johnny Cleggtakes his turn in the chair. Claire Johnston of Mango Groove wascharmed by the work and care thatwent onto the chair’s construction. The Dream Chair overlooking theJohannesburg city centre.(Images: Dreams for Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS • Paula ThomsonThe Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust+27 31 765 5866RELATED ARTICLESWilma den HartighA spectacular hand-beaded chair is getting South Africans talking about their dreams and expectations for their country, their communities and themselves.The Dreams for Africa Chair is a project of the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (HACT), situated in KwaZulu-Natal.The chair has become a nationally recognised initiative that has warmed the hearts of South Africans and given them the license to express their expectations and raise their hopes for the future. Some may even be inspired to go on and take action to bring their dreams to life.Unleashing South African dreamsAbout eight years ago, the HACT launched the highly successful Woza Moya (Zulu, meaning “Come Holy Spirit”) income generation project to help women affected by HIV/Aids to earn a living. KwaZulu-Natal is one of South Africa’s provinces that is most affected by HIV/Aids.A study titled South African National HIV Prevalence, HIV Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey 2008 (PDF, 655KB) reveals that between 2002 and 2008, KwaZulu-Natal had the highest HIV prevalence in the country.The original purpose of the chair was to draw more visitors to the Woza Moya stand at the 2010 Design Indaba, an annual conference and exhibition that brings together designers, architects, crafters, artists and other creative talents from all over the world.Besides showcasing their jewellery and small crafts at Design Indaba, Woza Moya wanted to create something spectacular to help raise funds of R1.5-million (US$214 000) for a new craft centre.Paula Thomson, who runs the project, described the dream chair as a revolutionary idea. “We realised that the women in the project had stopped dreaming about the future and we were saddened by this. Their circumstances, being HIV positive and living in poverty, didn’t leave much room for dreaming anymore,” she said.This thinking led to the creation of the “talking” chair. The entire chair, except the painted arms and legs, is adorned with beautiful handmade beadwork. Every woman in the project was asked to put her personal dream into the little beaded pieces that would become the chair’s patchwork upholstery.Thomson and the team envisaged that the wings attached to the chair would resemble wire angel wings. However, a German volunteer at the project came up with a much better idea – he constructed the wings from wood in the shape of the African continent, giving the chair a local twist on the classic wingback style.The next challenge was to find a suitable chair. “I was just walking past a skip bin one day and I saw four chair legs sticking out of it,” Thomson said. She rescued an old broken chair from the skip, it was glued back together and local upholsters were tasked with patching it up.The chair has now become a metaphor for the women who come into the project. “They come in broken and damaged and by working together there is transformation within.”After the chair’s first appearance at the Design Indaba in February earlier this year, it has toured the country.Thomson and Claudia Krumhoff, HACT marketing and public relations officer, and photographers Peter Upfold and Matthew Willman have visited many South African towns and cities. Every person who sits in the chair and shares their dreams adds to the character of this work of art.The photographers have generously donated their time and creative input to take photographs of anyone who wants to sit in the chair and share their dreams.Wherever it goes, people are curious about the chair. “The good thing about the chair is that it also connects people to HIV/Aids in a non-threatening way,” Thomson said.South Africans can take a seatHACT staff and patients in the respite care unit were the first to receive the honour of sitting in the chair. Thomson said that although some of the patients were too weak to walk, they still insisted on being carried to the chair.“This was an incredible experience because it was as if their dignity had been restored.”Many local celebrities and South African icons have since been photographed in the chair: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro (famous as Zapiro), local band Freshlyground, radio personality DJ Fresh, musicians Lira and Johnny Clegg, and actors Leon Schuster and Shorty, to name but a few.Claire Johnston, vocalist of the ever-popular South African band Mango Groove, was recently photographed in the chair. She was amazed by its detail.“So much work and care had gone into making it; so much human feeling, which is what makes an object special. I was told that the chair had a certain magical quality, and that people who saw it were drawn to it and wanted to sit in it,” Johnston said.She also said that the chair has come to represent something very powerful: “It is definitely a symbol of what we all have in common, what unites as opposed to divides. I want to be like the chair – positive, bright and full of possibility!”The support of high profile South Africans is invaluable to the Dream Chair project, said Thomson, but it is also important to photograph ordinary South Africans, especially those who are doing outstanding work in their communities.Jessica Foord from Hillcrest is one such example. She survived a gang rape while walking with her father at a dam near Hillcrest in 2008. Foord didn’t want to remain a victim, so she established the Jes Foord Foundation to help people restore their lives after rape, to raise community awareness about rape, and also to support victims’ friends and families.South Africans’ dreams“We get to hear everyone’s innermost dreams. People have even asked if they can have two or three dreams. This shows that to some extent, we have all stopped dreaming,” Thomson said. There is no limit to the type of dream people can express, whether it’s for themselves, their communities or for the country.The dreams that South Africans have shared reflect the diversity of the country. They have been funny, uplifting, thought-provoking and unexpected.A mother from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape dreams of clean water for her children who are always sick; a three-year-old girl wants to be teen television character Hannah Montana; a young boy wishes to become a successful businessman and make his parents proud; and another South African would like wealth to be distributed more evenly in the country.While taking the chair to Robben Island, Thomson encountered a man on a Cape Town wharf whose dream was that South Africa would overcome its biggest stumbling block of people not talking to each other any more.Bursting at the seamsWoza Moya is currently housed in a garage, but is in need of a craft centre to inspire the women to come in and work. The garage also houses a sewing and pottery project and the venue is bursting at the seams. Although it is an incredible hub of creativity, said Thomson, the project is now at the stage where it needs larger facilities.Over 300 crafters are involved in the project. The team helps every woman who comes in to identify a creative skill such as beading, quilting, embroidery or sewing, which she can use to earn an income. The body of crafters grows every week, but infrastructure constraints are making it difficult to accommodate more women.A R1.5-million injection would make it possible to enlarge the craft room, build a second storey and do other renovations. Last year the centre raised R3-million ($428 000) for the crafters. “This proves that our crafters are at the centre of everything we do,” Thomson said.Getting involvedAnyone can hire the chair at a daily rate to photograph it on their premises. Many companies are hiring it as part of their strategic planning meetings as well as brand and team building sessions. Any photo shoot with the chair can be tailor-made to an organisation’s needs. The rate includes a set of postcards, which can be customised with the custimer’s logo, and extras may be bought for an additional fee.Prints of South Africans, celebrities and community leaders who have already been photographed in the chair can be ordered and prices vary depending on the size of the image. An extensive catalogue of the postcards, as well as rates, is available online.Woza Moya also sells dream-themed items such as tablemats, handbags and notepads directly from their craft shop in Hillcrest.  They plan to soon release a coffee table book of all the photographs and dreams.Thomson hopes that the Dreams for Africa photo exhibition will raise more awareness of HIV/Aids in South Africa. “We’ve never really met anyone that hasn’t been moved by the chair,” she said. “It has been on an incredible journey and it just makes you feel connected to South Africa again.”/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=314:jewelleryschool130032008&catid=44:developmentnews&Itemid=111last_img read more

Cape Town spends more on early childhood development

first_img3 June 2014Cape Town has allocated R16-million for the construction of more early childhood development (ECD) centres across the city in 2014/15, it was announced at a recent tabling of the city’s budget.Speaking at the meeting, Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and ECD, Suzette Little, said the city remained committed to giving young children a safe learning environment at ECD level. This, she said, would prepare them for their formal schooling.In the new financial year, Little said, the department would expand the programmes initiated in the previous financial year and continue investing in capital projects.The directorate has budgeted nearly R16-million to build more ECD centres in Delft, Mitchells Plain, Dunoon, Ocean View, Heideveld and Lotus River.Little said that in 2013/14, the City had spent over R7-million on building a number of ECD centres, completing the Leonsdale and Scorpio centres in Elsies River and Ocean View. The new Strandfontein centre was also on track for completion, she said.“In addition, the department has exceeded its targets for the number of initiatives to help ECD centres become compliant so that they can register with the Western Cape Social Development Department, and has also provided training to 165 ECD practitioners on the national norms and standards for these facilities.“Children need a solid start in life,” Little said. “We are making a massive investment in early childhood development by building these centres of excellence, as part of our goal of getting to the point where every child has access to a facility that can provide the building blocks so crucial to their future.”Partnerships with communitiesLittle stressed the importance of partnerships with communities, insisting that parents share in the responsibility of ensuring that their children get ahead.“I encourage residents to approach the authorities to find out how you can get involved in the development of the community by, for example, starting a food garden. In some cases, there is the option of volunteering at a local school for those who are unable to pay the school fees.“Our responsibility towards our children must take priority at all times, to ensure that they grow up to be active, well-functioning members of society,” she said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Ateneo Blue Babble protests CHR budget, EJKs at halftime performance

first_imgThe House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 119-32 to approve the P1,000 budget.This was not the first time that the Blue Babble Battalion used the halftime show to get their message across. Last year, members of the team wore shirts that spelled “NOT A HERO.” LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. After tearing a huge placard that said “P1,000″ into two, members of the BBB held up signs that read “stop the EJKs [extra judicial killings], uphold human rights” during their performance. LATEST STORIES ‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon PLAY LIST 01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Right mindset key to Dennison’s easy transition to FEU’s go-to-guy Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stop the EJKs and uphold human rights. #UAAPSeason80#MensBasketball pic.twitter.com/gVNJG6Geae— Ateneo Blue Babble (@AteneoBabble) September 13, 2017The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion on Wednesday took a stand against the extrajudicial killings and the House of Representatives’ decision to allocate just P1,000 of the 2018 budget for the Commission on Human Rights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe group made the statement during the its routine performance at the halftime break of the game between Ateneo and University of the Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cape Town Test: India look to overcome South Africa challenge

first_imgIndia’s overseas challenge begins when they take on South Africa in the first Test at Newlands in Cape Town from Friday.After the Cape Town Test, India and South Africa will head to Centurion for the second Test from January 13 while the third match of the series will take place in Johannesburg from January 24.The two teams will also play six one day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals.India have never won a Test series in South Africa and this will be the biggest challenge for Virat Kohli since he became the captain of the Test team in 2015.A green and supposedly fast bowler-friendly pitch lurking under the covers at Newlands shouldn’t surprise India ahead of the first Test in South Africa starting on Friday.India’s batsmen will already know they are set to face a typically South African challenge of pace and seam movement, likely through all three Tests of the tour, as the top two teams in five-day cricket meet at the start of 2018.”You’ve got to be prepared for it,” India opening batsman Murali Vijay said.Top-ranked India’s preference for playing series at home means that the last time the Indians faced these kinds of conditions was probably when they toured Australia in 2014-15. India lost that series 2-0 and since then has played nine of their last 10 series in Asia.In South Africa, India’s vaunted batting lineup of Vijay, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, who has been declared fit for the series-opener in Cape Town, also haven’t had any warmup games to acclimatize to the greener, faster surfaces, preferring to work in the nets in the buildup to Newlands.advertisement”We are well prepared, very confident and we are here to win this series,” Pujara said. “We are not bothered about the kind of pitch they will prepare. We will just try and focus on our processes. We have a clear game plan.”India will also be emboldened by their own pace attack, which has far more bite than previous Indian touring teams. Slow-bowling allrounder Ravindra Jadeja is a doubt for the first Test, though, with a viral illness.South Africa, the closest challenger to India at the top of the Test rankings, is tempted to play four fast bowlers and a spinner at Newlands, coach Ottis Gibson said, fearing that while the Newlands pitch is green now, hot weather forecast for Cape Town over the next few days could quickly dry it out and an extra bowler might be needed.Fast bowler Dale Steyn, fit again from a series of right shoulder injuries and recent illness, could return to Test cricket for the first time since November 2016, joining quicks Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander. Captain Faf du Plessis is also healthy after illness ruled him out of the one-off Test against Zimbabwe and batsman AB de Villiers has returned to the Test team after a sabbatical.That gives Gibson, in his first true Test as coach of South Africa after easy victories over Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, options.”It’s a selection headache but it’s a good headache to have, to have all the best players in the country fit and available to play,” Gibson said.Specifically on Steyn’s long-awaited return – he was meant to play against Zimbabwe on Dec. 26 but was withdrawn with a virus on the morning of that game – Gibson said: “We don’t know just yet whether we will see him this week. But, depending on the make-up of the team, he might well play. We’ll pick the team that we think is best to win the Test.”India, the top-ranked team in Test cricket by some way after nine straight series wins, has been the subject of the same analysis it always is when it travels abroad: Can the Indians transfer their dominance at home – they’ve won seven straight series in India, and eight in Asia – to something close to that level in unfamiliar conditions.India lost on the greener tops of South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia on all their most recent tours there.Coach Ravi Shastri said this Indian team is different.”All I can say is the team is up for the challenge,” Shastri said. “In fact, if you had asked me four years ago, I would have said no. But this team has gained experience … The beauty of this team is it doesn’t matter which opposition it is playing. We respect all oppositions. We look at the pitch and adapt to those conditions.”advertisementSquads:India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Parthiv Patel, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Lokesh Rahul.South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Chris Morris, Vernon Philander, Theunis de Bruyn.(Courtesy: AP)last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd target Declan Rice insists he’s happy at West Ham

first_imgMan Utd target Declan Rice insists he’s happy at West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeclan Rice insists he’s happy at West Ham.The midfielder continues to be linked with Manchester United.But he told the Mirror: “I’ve signed a long-term, five-year contract last season and if I didn’t want to sign it, I wouldn’t have done it.“It makes me a West Ham player for the next five years and I’ll be giving my best for the team and the supporters.“All I can do is to keep my head down, play my football and I’m not taking any notice of what’s going on outside.“The manager keeps emphasising to us that we are a top club with a big-team mentality and we’ve started the season that way.“We see how the boss works, and we know what he’s done at Manchester City , Real Madrid and Villarreal. He’s a top manager and all the lads respect him because we know he’ll take us in the right direction.“As a club, we want to get into Europe and his track record says he usually gets there. If we make it this season, that’s a bonus – but we need to keep pushing.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more