Jos Buttler prefers opening batting in T20 – but says it was his idea to move down the order in IPL | Cricket News

first_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement – 2:15 Delhi Capitals paceman Nortje bowled the fastest ball in IPL history – 97mph – but Buttler ramped it for four, only to be castled by the South African next ball! Buttler is ready for the challenge of facing South African pace aces Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje in England’s white-ball games against the Proteas Buttler will soon link up with England in South Africa for the T20I and ODI series against the Proteas, with the first of three T20Is taking place in Cape Town on November 27.The wicketkeeper-batsman will come up against two South African bowlers who starred for Delhi Capitals in the IPL – Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje.Rabada was the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 30 scalps, while Nortje bowled the fastest ball in IPL history to Buttler when Delhi faced Rajasthan in October, hitting 97.1mph.Buttler added: “Rabada has the ability to take the ball away from the right-hander. PositionInningsNot outsRunsHighest scoreAverageStrike-rateFifties England’s Jos Buttler says he feels he can make a bigger impact on T20 matches opening the batting – but that it was his idea to move into the middle order for Rajasthan Royals in the 2020 IPL Last Updated: 11/11/20 8:56pm The best of Buttler’s unbeaten 70 from 48 balls for Rajasthan Royals against Chennai Super Kings in the IPL On slipping down the order, Buttler – who hit 328 runs in 13 innings this season with two fifties and a top-score of 70 not out – added: “It was a discussion and it probably came from myself saying I didn’t think our team had the right balance.“It felt like there were a couple of games we didn’t quite close out when we were in good positions. I felt like if we had had a bit more experience in that position then maybe we would have got over the line.“It was an offering, really, from myself to say ‘I haven’t had the runs I’d have liked at the top and I’m quite happy to move’. I thought for our team, it looked a better balance having a more experienced player in the middle.“I’d say [my form] was average, I guess – it pretty much mirrored the side. I had plenty of starts, felt I got in, but never really extended my innings.“I had a couple of decent knocks but with the expectations I put on myself, I didn’t get to where I wanted to be.” 3-1126653570no26.75134.761 – Advertisement – Speaking to Rob Key and Nasser Hussain on Sky Sports’ IPL Cricket Show, Buttler said: “I see it as bat wherever the team requires you to bat, and however the balance looks best in certain sides.“I do feel for myself – and I think 90 per cent of people who play T20 would say it as well – that the top of the order is the place to bat.“It’s where you face the most balls and where I think I can impact the game most. I think I have had more success at the top of the order and impacted more games in a positive way.” Jos Buttler says he prefers opening the batting in T20 cricket – but that it was his idea to move down the order for Rajasthan Royals during the 2020 IPL.England star Buttler began the tournament in an opening berth, a spot where he averages 40.62 in his IPL career with 10 fifties in 31 innings.However, the 30-year-old then slotted down into the middle, from where he averages 26.75 in 26 innings, after telling management that he felt his struggling side – who ended up finishing bottom of the IPL table on net run-rate – needed more experience later on in the innings.center_img 2:48 Buttler is ready for the challenge of facing South African pace aces Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje in England’s white-ball games against the Proteas Jos Buttler moved into the middle order for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, which he says was his idea
Jos Buttler moved into the middle order for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, which he says was his idea

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House demands investigative audits on all state insurers

first_imgThe House of Representatives has called for the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) to conduct investigative audits on state-owned insurers to assess their investment management.Members of House Commission VI, which oversees trade, industry and state-owned enterprises (SOEs), are especially eager for the BPK to conduct an investigative audit on state-owned pension insurance company PT Taspen and social insurer Asuransi Angkatan Bersenjata Republik Indonesia (Asabri). The move is meant to prevent the insurers from mismanaging their investments as they manage pension funds for civil servants, police, military and Defense Ministry employees.An audit differs from an investigation as the former assesses financial statements and forms independent opinions about them. Meanwhile,  an investigation is a comprehensive study of financial reports.  Topics : House Commission VI members are also calling for the Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP) to conduct a large-scale investigative audit on Taspen and Asabri, as well as other state-owned insurers, including PT Jasa Raharja, PT Asuransi Jasa Indonesia (Jasindo), PT Asuransi Kredit Indonesia (Askrindo) and PT Reasuransi Indonesia Utama.The commission’s member from Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Evita Nursanty, said the House suggested that audits focus solely on the insurer’s investments to assess their prudence in managing their funds. “They are managing the public’s funds so they need to be able to manage it in a prudent manner and free from the interests of any parties,” she said.In the meantime, Taspen president director ANS Kosasih said he was confident that the company would pass the investigative audit smoothly as it had applied independent investment decisions based on the company’s analysis.“We also asked the BPK to conduct an annual audit on our earnings report to assure that our business is run according to the code of conduct,” Kosasih said.center_img Commission VI member Mukhtarudin from the Golkar Party also said on Wednesday that the move aimed to prevent the insurers from repeating mismanagement conducted by ailing state-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya, which led to negative equity and the inability to pay its policyholders’ claims of Rp 17 trillion.The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) last month instructed the Financial Services Authority (OJK) and the country’s bourse authorities to block 800 securities accounts as it investigated Jiwasraya’s investment mismanagement, having named five people suspects, including three former Jiwasraya executives and two business tycoons allegedly involved in the corruption case.Although Asabri could still pay for its claims, its investment mismanagement led the state firm and the government to suffer losses of around Rp 10 trillion.“The government has to intervene to prevent the same thing from happening again. So, I’m suggesting that Taspen and Asabri undergo investigative audits just like Jiwasraya,” Mukhtarudin said during a hearing with state-owned insurers in Jakarta.last_img read more

Palm Sunday

first_img 26 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyleLocalNews Palm Sunday by: – April 16, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Photo credit: SilknetPalm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the citadel of Jewish religion, and the headquarters of his enemies. He goes there deliberately, though knows that more likely than not only trouble awaits. He’s also aware of the dictum or the axiom: it cannot be that prophets die anywhere but in Jerusalem. The entry thus includes inevitably a sense of foreboding. The passion doesn’t begin with his arrest. It begins more properly here.Three intersecting groups are involved in what follows. First, the crowd. The irony of the moment could hardly have been lost on Jesus. As he enters, he’s in one place and they in another. He gets a rousing reception, but before the week is over, the air will ring with a different shout. But Jesus had experienced the volatility of crowds before. His own townspeople wanted once to throw him from a cliff when his words challenged them; another crowd on another occasion wanted to take hold of him and make him king. That’s how crowds behave – corporate passion, corporate reversal.The second group are the authorities, the Romans first, and then the Jews.  As far as the Romans are concerned, the religious question, the burning issue for the Jewish leaders, is completely irrelevant. Rome was principally concerned about social order. Different groups could worship whomever or whatever they chose, as long as they didn’t imperil the conditions of civic peace. Even the hint of sedition (a rival to Caesar, being an obvious instance) would be brutally dealt with. Pilate will sanction the Jewish leaders’ call for execution for this reason, not for theirs.Finally, the Jewish leaders. They will condemn Jesus for blasphemy, but envy also has a lot to do with it. He’s a nobody from Nazareth, but he has a greater following than they, and he makes them look hollow. He has to go. It’s how envy operates. What I cannot have or cannot be, I will besmirch or bring low.Which brings us back to Jesus. He’s here because that’s where doing the will of the Father has led him; and it’s where he will remain until the end. He’s here, in other words, because he has always been faithful.Faithfulness is not a virtue that should be reserved only for spouses. We should all be faithful – to our loved ones, to our commitments, to our faith, to God.To be faithful is to keep faith, i.e. to be true to one’s word, whether explicit or implied. This means that we exhibit behavior and motivation in line with the nature of our commitment. I can be faithful to my gym practice, for instance, because looking good is important to me, or again because my doctor tells me that unless I exercise, my eating habits will kill me. Being faithful to such a commitment is hardly trivial, but it would not count, on the other hand, as plumbing the depths of faithfulness.Put faithfulness in another context, the context of another life, Nelson Mandela’s, say, or Mother Theresa’s, and at once you see something different. They were both faithful in a much more total and all-embracing sense, not only to themselves but to a vision that animated them.Faithfulness here does not mean being true to something pledged with trumpets and fanfare, but to a call in the deep recesses of your being. It means that you hand yourself over to that. Another word for it is self-surrender. That is why such persons give off the sense of something enshrined in them. What they give off is the animating ideal itself.You can say the very same thing about Jesus. His heart was always ruled by God. “I do always the things that please him,” he said on one occasion, or again, “My meat and drink is to do the will of his who sent me.” Meat and drink, in other words, my total sustenance. From quite early, we are told, he had this disposition. When his parents found him in the temple, the child they lost is not the young man they meet. Allowing for re-interpretation or embellishment after the Resurrection, what the episode establishes is that sense of self-disposal to God that would mark his entire life.So he is here in Jerusalem because faithfulness had led him here, and here, as the sequel showed, is where he will be vindicated, he and his way of life. That is the life to which we are all called, in our different individualities and vocations .Let us pray then as we begin this final week of the Lenten journey, for the grace to be true to our commitments, to our spouses, families, friends, and above all to the call we receive from God, that we may always strive to model our obedience and our lives on the example of Jesus Our Lord.Father Henry Charles Ph. dlast_img read more

17 Families Celebrate With Love and Gratitude on Adoption Day

first_imgBy John Burton |FREEHOLD — There is always much to give thanks for this time of year, but for 17 Monmouth County families and their newest members, it’s going to be a very special holiday season.“These kids deserve a home, they deserve love,” said Seegal Moses, who, in recognition of National Adoption Day, welcomed 5-year-old Steven into her already large family last Friday.“They just want to be loved,” Moses observed of her children and all the others who continue to wish for a permanent home.Jeff and Kate Johnson, a Middletown couple, are the proud parents of 4-month-old Ellianna, as they finalize her adoption last week at the Monmouth County Courthouse, Freehold.“It really does feel like Christmas!” added a beaming Kate Johnson, holding her adopted infant daughter.Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters and the seven judges assigned to Family Court in state Superior Court at the Monmouth County Courthouse on Nov. 17, were on hand to celebrate finalizing 17 adoptions, joining together loving families with those who need that love.The courts and the Surrogate’s Office aren’t always happy places, acknowledged Peters and Judge Kathleen A. Sheedy, noting they’re usually the places for people facing difficult and stressful circumstances.But on this day, “For our office, this is wonderful,” Peters said. “This is happiness.”Sheedy said for her and her colleagues, “I can tell you this is the happiest day of the year.”Sheedy added, “Today we get to create new families.”The Moses family is already a pretty big one by contemporary standards. Red Bank residents Richard and Seegal Moses have six biological children and with the finalized adoption of Steven last week, have three adopted children.Seegal was adopted as a young child and is more than willing to bring as many children into the fold as they can, Richard said. “She’s the instigator in this,” he said affectionately. “It still touches me in deep ways,” the commitment her adopted family made to make her a part of their lives, Seegal added.And with Steven they couldn’t say no, Seegal acknowledged. The boy was found when he was only about 1, living on the streets in Ecuador, being cared for as much as was possible by his two only slightly older sisters. “The parents were M.I.A.,” Richard explained. “We don’t know what happened.” And no one really knows exactly how old Steven is, Richard said, although they have settled on 5.The boy has been with the Moseses for the past five months and is loved by all his siblings, Seegal said. “It’s just awesome,” Seegal said. “It really is.”According to Moses, Steven’s sisters have also been adopted and are living with families in the U.S.For Kate and Jeff Johnson, 4-month-old Ellianna was part of their lives within about an hour of being born. “We were able to meet her at the hospital,” Jeff said.The Johnsons, who live in Middletown, had entered into a private adoption agreement with the birth mother. “So, she’s been part of us,” Kate said.But with the formal adoption now done, “We can kind of relax now,” Jeff said, acknowledging there was always the concern the birth mother may change her mind. “This is the day,” Jeff said, joking he now has to start saving for Ellianna’s college and wedding.“We’re just so excited,” Kate offered. And while it is a lengthy process, having taken the Johnsons about four years total, Jeff recommended to anyone thinking about adopting: “Don’t hesitate, just do it,” because it brings so much joy and happiness.Victoria Smith and her life partner, Karen Mitcham, are old hands at this, yet it still feels so joyful, they said. “It’s wonderful,” Smith said, as the couple’s adoption was completed for two children.Karen Mitcham, left, Victoria Smith and Mya, 7, are all smiles with the adoption of Samantha and Jaylen last Friday, part of the Monmouth County’s celebration of National Adoption Day.Jaylen, 2, and Samantha, 5, are joining the Mitcham and Smith family, alongside Mya, a 7-year-old who the couple adopted in June 2012. Smith and Mitcham have been foster parents for these children and for a total of 32 kids over the years. Most of the children returned to their original families or were placed in other homes. “I’m retired now and I love kids,” said Smith, which made the decision to adopt Jaylen and Samantha an easy one.Mitcham said it’s a lot of work dealing with three youngsters but, “We have a lot of help…we have our church family” to lend support.Smith believed she and Mitcham are the ones receiving all the benefits. “They keep us young,” she said of the children.“We learn so much every day,” from the children, Seegal Moses said, believing she and her husband are the lucky ones. “I look at their faces and see so much love.”National Adoption Day is sponsored annually by a coalition of national organizations, such as the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Children’s Action Network, to raise awareness of the approximately 100,000 children nationally, and 300 in Monmouth County, currently in foster care hoping for permanent homes.Those adopted last Friday range in age from 4 months to 29 years old. There were 122 adoptions finalized in Monmouth County over the course of the year, according to Peters.This article was first published in the Nov. 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

first_img We have been experimenting with lighter gear as well as fly reels and mooching reels to make the battles even more exciting. Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is here to give his monthly fishing report. So read and enjoy.Kootenay Lake: Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Fishing Charters Nelson B.C 250-505-4963www.reeladventuresfishing.com Mostly surface action for our boat, so the magic lures have been the usual bucktail flies.  Lately the lucky numbers have been 203,210, 215, 224, and 228.  Colors have been purples, blacks, or grays. By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Sportfishing We have had some pretty good days on the lake lately.  Most days with 8 –10 fish being caught.  Sizes have ranged from two to 13 pounds. The water temperature has dropped below 50 degrees and our fish are still feeding more on the surface.  Which makes for some exciting bucktail action.  My favorite kind of fishing. December is usually a good month for fishing, so hopefully the pattern continues.  Either way, we’ll be out there, so stay tuned……………….  What are they biting on???? Our latest trip had some boys from Alberta join us for their annual Kootenay Lake trip.  And while the weather was freezing cold here, they were still happy to not be back at home where it was even colder and a lot more snow.  A nice get away for the crew. Mix it up a bit and run both surface lines and deep lines and you should catch some fish.  Tight lines……………………. They managed to land 10 fish up to 10 pounds during their trip.  Day one was a bit slow because of the weather change, but day two made up for everything.  Lots of action on the mooching reels.  Line peeling and fish jumping made for a few exciting battles.  They are already planning their next trip.  Looking forward to it.  On one of our trips last week, a young lady asked to bring her fly rod on board and we accepted the challenge. Throughout the day we hooked numerous fish on all of our rods except the fly rod.  However, patience prevailed and in the final hour of the day the fly reel started screaming. Kalyn was quick to grab the rod, and just in time because the reel had only three wraps of line left on it when she grabbed it and slowed the fish down.  After about a 15-minute battle with her 6-weight fly rod, we finally got the fish to the boat.  A beautiful nine pound Rainbow.  What a great battle on this light rod.  I think we are hooked on this new found technique. And now with lots of  two to three pound Rainbows being caught, I think the lighter gear will be a lot of fun.  As long as the gear can still handle a 10 – 12 pound fish, we should be ok.  Either way, it will be exciting.  Looking forward to experimenting more as the season continues. Also catching a few Bulls on the downrigger with Lyman plugs or flashers & hoochies.  There seems to be a lot of fish showing up on the sonar at depths between 80 – 120 feet.  Although most of the fish seem to come to the surface when they want to feed.last_img read more