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English / Re: Learn a word every day
« on: October 27, 2015, 01:53:50 PM »
disaster capitalism - (noun) a policy of political officials to take advantage of a shock or disaster to push free-market economic policies and privatization in the management of recovery and reconstruction.

English / Re: Learn a word every day
« on: October 27, 2015, 01:53:20 PM »
the flat white economy -- (noun) the network of media, internet and creative businesses that are bolstering the UK economy.

English / Re: Learn a French sentence everyday
« on: October 27, 2015, 01:51:28 PM »
Good-by --- Au revoir (oh ruh-vwar)

English / Re: Learn a French sentence everyday
« on: October 27, 2015, 01:50:44 PM »
Glad to meet you-----Enchanté (on-shohn-tay)

English / Re: Learn a French sentence everyday
« on: October 27, 2015, 01:49:27 PM »
Excuse me/sorry-------- Excusez-moi (ex-koo-zay mwah)

MS Dhoni's men fought back in the second ODI to beat South Africa by 22 runs. The five-match series is level at 1-1 with the 3rd game to be played at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. Catch all the live updates and scores: (Live Scorecard | News | Photos | Videos)

13:05 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both teams. There are reports coming that David Miller could open the batting with Quinton de Kock. One must remember that Miller is struggling for form and this is an interesting move by South Africa.

India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni(wk and c), Suresh Raina, Axar Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma

South Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(wk), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel

13:00 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the third match between India and South Africa from Rajkot. The latest news is that the Proteas have won the toss and have chosen to bat first. No changes in their squad but for India, Amit Mishra replaces Umesh Yadav. So, on this deck, spin will be the key.

Having managed to level the series, a determined India will be eager to produce an improved performance in the third ODI against South Africa today. However, one major worrying factor for the organisers is the threat of disruption issued by Hardik Patel's Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) who have stated their plan to use the game as a platform for their ongoing agitation for reservation.

The hosts were propped up by a fighting unbeaten 92 by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and a half-century from Ajinkya Rahane during the second ODI while the rest of the batting line-up fluffed their lines. The bowlers then produced a superlative performance to successfully defend the modest total of 247/9 and carve out a 22-run victory.

The Proteas had earlier taken the opening ODI of the five-match series by five runs in Kanpur. The Indian victory in Indore came after three consecutive defeats to the visitors as they had lost both the matches in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series as well.

The Indian top order has been inconsistent so far, specially Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina. The last time Kohli got a half-century was during India's opening match of the 2015 World Cup on February 15. Rahane has been the most consistent Indian batsman so far in this series. Dhoni's return to form will be another morale booster for the Indians.


Cricket / Pakistan v England: tourists fall short in agonising draw
« on: October 18, 2015, 01:51:52 PM »
 Pakistan seemed to be cruising to a draw before debutant Adil Rashid - who returned 0-163 in the first innings - turned the match with five wickets.

Needing 99 to win, England sent out Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes in the top four.

But they were eventually beaten by the fading light, finishing 25 runs short of a famous victory on 74-4.

The tourists could not find the boundary frequently enough before the umpires brought the teams off, with Joe Root 33 not out.

However, this was a hugely impressive performance from England and one that will fill them with confidence ahead of the second Test in Dubai, which begins on Thursday.


English / Literary Fiction vs. Genre Fiction
« on: October 17, 2015, 11:07:35 AM »
Steven Petite

Fiction, of course, is a work that is imagined from the mind, a different world than reality.
An argument can be made that there are two types of fiction when it comes to novels: Genre Fiction and Literary Fiction. The former includes many subcategories such as Mystery/Thriller, Horror, Romance, Western, Fantasy, Science Fiction, etc. The latter is more difficult to classify or break apart into subcategories. To put it simply, Literary Fiction is anything that does not fit into a genre.
There are certainly high brow literary readers who believe that genre fiction does not deserve any merit. Then there are the types who exclusively read one or two subtypes of genre fiction and automatically classify any "serious" works of literature as pretentious or boring.
While changing opinions on reading tastes is not easily controllable, the war between Literary Fiction and Genre Fiction is one that will probably continue for years to come.
The main reason for a person to read Genre Fiction is for entertainment, for a riveting story, an escape from reality. Literary Fiction separates itself from Genre because it is not about escaping from reality, instead, it provides a means to better understand the world and delivers real emotional responses.
All of the most prestigious awards for fiction each year are given to works of Literary Fiction, which makes it sometimes easy to say that writers who write literary sorts of books are better writers.
In reality, neither of the two categories of writers necessarily deserve the distinction of being better writers. Different writers is a better word choice.
Yes, across the bestseller lists there are novels that contain poor writing, and those lists are normally dominated by Genre Fiction. That does not mean that all Genre Fiction writers cannot form competent and engaging prose. The works of Stephen King, Thomas Harris, Michael Crichton, Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, and many others are written with great prose that shows a sound grasp on the written word. Do these types of writers sweep a reader down into their fictionalized world? Yes. But do they provide a means to stay inside reality, through the trials and tribulations of every day life, and deliver a memorable experience that will stick with you emotionally for the rest of your life? In my opinion, no. The works that are well written by genre writers are the ones that provide the best form of entertainment and escapism that fiction has to offer.
On the other hand, works by writers such as David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen, Haruki Murakami, Cormac McCarthy, Zadie Smith, Don DeLillo, a multitude of other modern day writers, and all of the twentieth century giants such as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and Joyce, touch the reader in a different way. There is a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment from finishing a "serious" book and the most important aspect in determining if the novel was indeed a remarkable escape not from reality, but into reality, is if a reader reflects on the words after the last page is turned. With really great pieces of Literary Fiction, this reflection can last for days, weeks, months, even years, until the novel pulls you back in to experience the magic all over again.
In essence, the best Genre Fiction contains great writing, with the goal of telling a captivating story to escape from reality. Literary Fiction is comprised of the heart and soul of a writer's being, and is experienced as an emotional journey through the symphony of words, leading to a stronger grasp of the universe and of ourselves.


Cricket / ICC ratify Bangladesh as U-19 World Cup host
« on: October 17, 2015, 10:57:30 AM »
 The ICC has shown faith in the Bangladesh Cricket Board by reiterating that next year's Under-19 World Cup will be hosted by the nation, but stressed on the need for a security plan that satisfies both the ICC and the member countries.

"The [ICC] board confirmed that the Bangladesh Cricket Board will host next year's ICC U19 Cricket World Cup from 22 January to 14 February," an ICC statement said. "As part of this decision, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), working in conjunction with its government, will be developing an appropriate security plan that addresses all security risks to the satisfaction of the ICC's security advisor, working closely with the security advisors for the other Members."

The confirmation should soothe nerves in the BCB as well as among Bangladesh fans, especially after Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa postponed Bangladesh tours scheduled for this month due to safety concerns for foreigners.

The Under-19 World Cup is the next tour that raised doubts among many in Bangladesh. But neither the ICC nor any of the participating nations sounded any concerns about the tournament.

The BCB was awarded the tournament's hosting rights a couple of years ago and had already started preparation, particularly in redeveloping venues across the country.


Cricket / BPL 2015 to start from November 22
« on: October 17, 2015, 10:56:37 AM »
 The governing council of the Bangladesh Premier League has brought forward the tournament's opening game from November 24 to November 22 while the final will be held on December 15. The opening match, final and a playoff game will be held in Dhaka. The players' draft, originally scheduled for October 31, will now be held on October 26.

The players' draft will feature 196 foreign and 122 local cricketers. Each franchise can register 12 foreign players in total, and use a maximum of four such players in a match. England and Pakistan are the most well-represented among international sides with 53 players each, including Pakistan pacers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif. Ismail Haider Mallick, the secretary of the BPL, said the ICC had provided clearances regarding Amir and Asif.

"Amir and Asif have been punished. We have kept them in the list because they got ICC's clearance," Mallick said. "There can be allegations against them like there was against many players in the IPL. But it didn't stop the tournament.

Mallick also stated that the BCB's own anti-corruption unit will be put in charge of this season unlike the 2013 edition when the Bangladesh board had to hire the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit.

The format for the BPL 2015 will follow the 2013 edition where finalists were decided through a four-game playoff. There will be two matches held from 2.00pm and 6.45pm, and most of the games will be held in Dhaka, with Chittagong hosting matches over four-five days.

The order by which the six franchises can pick a player will be decided through a lottery system, which will allot slots to the teams. A franchise can pick two players on its allotted slot before a lottery determines the order for the next two rounds. The draft will be shown live on television.


Cricket / BCB to substitute limited-overs games for Zimbabwe Tests
« on: October 17, 2015, 10:55:59 AM »
 Zimbabwe will play ODIs and T20s against Bangladesh in November, according to BCB president Nazmul Hassan, instead of the two Tests announced last week.

"It has been decided [on the sidelines of the ICC meeting] that Zimbabwe will fill up the slot that opened up due to Australia's postponement," Hassan said. "We have to finish the series by November 18 or 19. They have to come by the first week of November. Zimbabwe have confirmed they are coming. It will be ODIs and T20s. There will be four to five matches, though that hasn't been decided."

The Bangladesh-Zimbabwe series was originally scheduled for January 2016, when the sides were supposed to play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20s. But after Australia postponed their tour earlier this month, the BCB contacted ZC to bring forward the tour to early November. And with the Bangladesh Premier League set to start on November 22, the window for the series is about three weeks. ODIs and T20s would better fit that window, some in the BCB believed, hence the change in plans.

Hassan also said that Cricket Australia have committed to playing in Bangladesh in the near future, even if it is during a tour to India or Sri Lanka. The two Tests could likely be shifted to late 2016 or sometime in 2017.

"Australia regretted the postponement repeatedly, at one point in front of everyone. They postponed because the Italian national was killed. When everyone started saying IS was involved, they became worried.

"But they said they will make it up to us. The problem is, they have a very busy schedule. They can't come to play a Test before the end of 2016 or in 2017. They confirmed this in front of everyone. In addition, they said when they will tour India or Sri Lanka, they will play a couple of matches in Bangladesh to show that they want to come.

Hassan added that Cricket South Africa have asked the BCB to send over fresh schedule for the women's tour that was also postponed earlier this month. "Cricket South Africa told us that they will send the women's team. They have asked for a new schedule, which we sent yesterday. They will let us know soon."


English / Re: 5 important items for teaching portfolio
« on: October 17, 2015, 10:54:07 AM »
This portfolio will be very helpful in the long run.

English / Re: Learn a word every day
« on: October 17, 2015, 10:51:18 AM »
Endeavour (V): Try hard to do or achieve something.

English / Re: Learn a word every day
« on: October 17, 2015, 10:50:19 AM »
Thwart (V): Prevent (someone) from accomplishing something.

English / Re: Learn a word every day
« on: October 17, 2015, 10:49:17 AM »
Puzzlewit (Adj.): That puzzles or would puzzle one's wit.

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