How farming helped Alastair Cook get back to form ahead of India Tests

first_imgAlastair Cook has rediscovered his form at a vital time and he gives the credit for his good run to one of the most unlikeliest of sources possible.Speaking about his recent run of success, Cook said that farming has helped him refresh his mind a bit. But he hoped that England gets a bit of rainfall because his farmland needs some fresh new grass.”Farming has got to get bit of a credit for the runs I’ve been getting. Desperate for a bit of rain. The sheets need some new fresh grass and it could do with a bit of rain,” Cook said.As England get ready to host India for a five-match Test series from August 1 at Edgbaston, Cook’s form will be a welcome sight for Joe Root and the team management, especially at a time when England struggling with their opening combination over the last couple of years. While Cook has remained one of the batsmen, his partners have kept on changing, putting additional pressure on the veteran to perform.Over the last few years, Cook has been on and off with the bat. He has got big runs in one Test match and then struggled in the next few. The consistency has lacked but the 33-year-old’s recent run with Essex has been a positive sign personally for the southpaw. He carried that form against the touring India A side as well and slammed 180 for the England Lions in the only unofficial Test at Worcester to guide the home team to a 253-run victory on Wednesday.advertisement Alastair Cook is England’s leading run-scorer in Test cricket (@EssexCricket Photo)And, the former captain, who is also England’s leading run-scorer in Test cricket with 12145 runs from 156 games, feels that he is in a good frame of mind and is hitting the ball well.”I think it’s best to refresh sometimes. Sometimes you get into rhythm and you want to keep playing…sometimes you play a lot and can get into bad habit. So bit of a time way, its been two-and-a-half weeks off as such and I felt good coming back in and training with Essex last week and hit the ball okay.”It was a dry wicket and a little bit of turn and hopefully it will turn a little bit more as the game goes on. It is one of those wickets where you get it in the first 20-30 balls, which is like quite a hardowrk but once you get into it, it is quite even and you get into a rhythm of batting,” Cook said.He is now expected to join the England squad as they prepare for the Test series against India. The home side is yet to announce the squad but he is expected to partner Keaton Jennings, who scored a gritty 57-ball 28 on his return to Test cricket against Pakistan at Leeds last month.The Test match at Edgbaston will be followed by Tests at Lord’s (August 9 to August 13), Trent Bridge (August 18 to August 22), The Rose Bowl (August 30 to September 3) and Kennington Oval (September 7 to September 11).last_img read more

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Foreigner And Grammy Foundation Launch Contest For Schools To Join Band On

first_imgLegendary rock group Foreigner is in a New York state of mind, celebrating their first ever Carnegie Hall performance on October 25, 2016 by inviting area school choirs to compete for a chance to open for the band on stage at the iconic venue and to win a $5000 grant from The GRAMMY Foundation for their school’s music program.As the kick off to their 40 Year Anniversary year, playing this legendary venue is a milestone for the band that has widespread success with more than 16 Top 10 hits like “Hot Blooded,” “Cold as Ice,” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.” This Carnegie Hall performance is a validation of sorts for the wildly successful group that continues to outsell music and tours of its contemporaries, yet for which traditional benchmarks like a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Rolling Stone cover or a GRAMMY remain elusive. Foreigner’s music – recently featured in a slew of modern day usages in film and TV such as “Orange Is The New Black,” “Stranger Things,” “Bad Moms,” “Angry Birds etc – has stood the test of time, and now being performed in an acoustic presentation is wowing a new legion of fans.New York area schools can submit an a capella arrangement of any classic rock song heard on the Q104 website. Four choir finalists will be posted on the Q104 website, and listeners’ and audience votes will determine the winner. Their prize will be presented at the show.This is part of Foreigner’s long-standing partnership with The GRAMMY Foundation, by which local school choirs are invited to join the band on stage in almost every market they play. Through this program, the band has raised well into the six figures for music in school programs, and given thousands of students the once-in-a-lifetime experience to rock on stage with one of the most well known bands of all time.Foreigner’s much anticipated acoustic performance at Carnegie Hall will also mark the release of their live acoustic album, IN CONCERT: UNPLUGGED. Audiences will have an intimate experience witnessing masterful performances of such fan favorites as “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and many more. This album was recorded at a concert hosted by Edsel B. Ford at the Ford Motor Company Conference & Event Center in Detroit, MI and the band’s royalties from this album will be donated to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).Foreigner is Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, flute, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards,vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar, vocals) and Chris Frazier (drums).last_img read more

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Apple Files Lawsuit Against Samsung

first_imgApple is aiming to stop Samsung’s “illegal conduct”, and is after compensation for the alleged damages caused by Samsung’s products.In mid-March, Apple opened a case against Amazon, citing their use of the term “app store” as confusing and misleading to Apple customers, according to Apple representative Kristin Huguet. Apple states that Samsung is impeding on a variety of their patents, including the trade dress of Apple products (and packaging) and trademarked icons used in Apple technology. The complaint says, “The copying is so pervasive, that the Samsung Galaxy products appear to be actual Apple products—with the same rectangular shape with rounded corners, silver edging, a flat surface face with substantial top and bottom black borders, gently curving edges on the back, and a display of colorful square icons with rounded corners.” Apple is set to enter the courtroom yet again with another Android contender; this time, Samsung is the subject of Apple’s complaint.In a complaint filed officially on April 15th, Apple Inc. brings up several points against Samsung (which represents collectively Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC), specifically Samsung’s Galaxy line of smart phones and tablets.The complaint shares the following grievances, “Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung has chosen to slavishly copy Apple’s innovative technology, distinctive, user interfaces, and elegant and distinctive product and packaging design, in violation of Apple’s valuable intellectual property rights. …Samsung has made its Galaxy phones and computer tablet work and look like Apple’s products through widespread patent and trade dress infringement. Samsung has even misappropriated Apple’s distinctive product packaging.”last_img read more

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NEED TO GET OR RENEW YOUR PASSPORT Wilmington Library Boston Passport Agency

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Need a new passport? Visit the Passport Day Event at the Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 9am to 1pm.Presented by the Boston Passport Agency and the Library, the event is open to everyone. Walk-ins are welcome, but to schedule an appointment in advance, email your name and phone number to BostonPassportDay@state.gov.To apply for a U.S. Passport Book and/or card, attendees must bring a completed U.S. Passport Application or U.S. Password Renewal Application (which can be found at http://www.travel.state.gov), Citizenship Evidence, Photocopy of Citizenship Evidence, Identification, Photocopy of Identification, Passport Photo, and Check or Money Order For Payment. Please see the flyer below for specifics as to what exactly to bring. Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEED TO GET OR RENEW YOUR PASSPORT? Wilmington Library & Boston Passport Agency To Hold Passport Event On May 12In “Community”The Wilmington Insider For May 12, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Memorial Library Receives $7,500 Federal Grant To Provide Programs On Healthy AgingIn “Community”last_img read more

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StokeonTrent Live Rail strike A38 closed and more updates

first_img How to download The Sentinel’s new FREE app The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Watch again Click to playTap to play Video Loading Video Unavailable Video will play in center_img Share this video Stoke Sentinel app launch Launch video for the Stoke Sentinel app.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:01/1:15Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:14 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday, March 26 Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. 19:02Clear run into the city centre….The A52 Bucknall Road is now clear and traffic is moving freely.18:40Heavy traffic inbound into HanleyHeavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 17:37Queueing traffic in Crewe…Queueing traffic on A5020 University Way Northbound at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. 17:06And on the D-Road…Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 17:05Busy roads through Tunstall…Usual slow traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is nine minutes. 16:35Slow going through WerringtonSlow traffic on A52 Ash Bank Road Westbound near Clough Lane. 13:47HandoverThat’s me done for the day. My colleague Matt Simpson will be with you from 3pm until 11pm with the latest updates from across the region.13:39Crime round-upThe latest crimes reported to police across the region. More here.12:52Police hunting for alleged fraudster recently seen in areaAndrew Peasley has recently been seen in Crewe and is wanted in connection with historic fraud offences. More here.Andrew Peasley is wanted in connection with fraud offences12:50Slow traffic on Crewe Green roundaboutThere are queues around Crewe Green roundabout.12:05Staffordshire News: Power cut off to houses as firefighters tackle blazeSome residents in a Staffordshire town have had their power turned off while firefighters tackle a house fire.A total of 30 homes have been taken off the grid while firefighters from Lichfield and Tamworth tackle the blaze in Glascote in the south of the county.A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “Crews from Tamworth and Lichfield are currently tackling a house fire. “Western Power are having to isolate the electric in the Glascote area and some residents may be affected by this. “The incident is being dealt with as quickly as possible.”Western Power report supplies are set to be restored by 3pm.Firefighters at the blaze in Glascote (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)11:56219 homes without power in StokeMore than 200 homes are without power in Stoke town – Western Power Distribution report.The power went out shortly after 10am and is expected to be restored by 2.15pm.There is a power cut in the area11:49Heavy traffic on the A527Heavy traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 11:24Traffic heavier than normal on M6Traffic heavier than normal on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Within the smart motorway works.11:11Cat rescued after 24 hours up treeFirefighters were called to help the cat on Main Road in Weston, near Crewe, on Saturday. More here.11:04Broken down vehicle on the M6 in CheshireOne lane blocked and heavy traffic due to broken down car on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area.Lane three (of three) is partially blocked within the smart motorway works. (Image: Inrix)11:02Video from the fire at Haslington HallFirefighters were called to Haslington Hall on Saturday – with police investigating. More here.10:55No trains to London Euston on Easter SundayAll trains from North Staffordshire and South Cheshire will be affected. More here.London Euston railway station – London Euston Train station (Image: Google)10:24Slight delays on trains to LondonDelays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast Southbound due to track fault between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction.Trains running at reduced speed over a defective track.10:20Bus routes affected by roadworks in Stoke-on-Trent this weekA number of bus routes are affected by roadworks in Stoke-on-Trent this week. More here.A number of bus services are affected10:11Wide load making its way through CheshireMotorists travelling into Cheshire should be aware there is a wide load travelling through the county – it is currently in Holmes Chapel.09:30A38 remains closed due to burst water pipeA Highways England spokesman said: “The A38 remains closed northbound, between Alrewas and Barton Under Needwood (near Burton) due to a burst water pipe. Contractors are working to rectify the issue please approach with care. Please allow extra time for your journey.”The damaged pipe on the A38 (Image: Highways England)09:13Broken down van causing delays on M6 Southbound One lane blocked and heavy traffic due to broken down van on M6 Southbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is blocked within the smart motorway works. (Image: Inrix)09:06Congestion due to traffic light failure in StaffordThe lights are stuck on red near Parkside Avenue. More here.The lights are stuck on red08:57Travellers at King’s School in Kidsgrove A number of staff are currently on First Avenue with some teachers next to the sport centre entrance. Parent Kaz Kocioruba, who has one child at the school, said: “the children have been told to use the other entrance at the moment. “I don’t think my daughter is concerned about it and the school are handling it well.” 08:51Traffic light failure in StaffordQueueing traffic due to traffic light failure on A513 Beaconside in both directions near Parkside Avenue, congestion to B5066 Sandon Road and on M6 to J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North). In the roadworks area.The temporary traffic lights are stuck on red. (Image: Inrix)08:50White Easter? Latest weather forecast for Easter weekend in Stoke-on-TrentCold weather is expected to hit the region at the weekend – with some snow possible in areas of the Staffordshire Moorlands. More here.A cold spell is expected this weekend (Image: Getty Images)08:35Heavy traffic on roads into Hanley Heavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. (Image: Inrix)08:33Broken down vehicle now clearedThe broken down vehicle has now been cleared on the A500 Southbound, but long delays remain.08:22Delays of 50 minutes now reported on A500Reports of queueing traffic and partially blocked due to broken down vehicle on A500 D Road Southbound between A5007 City Road (City Road Interchange) and A50 (Sideway Roundabout), congestion on A500 to A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). Travel time is around 50 minutes.last_img read more

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