RCB vs KKR, Highlights: How Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn deflated Bangalore’s bowling attack

first_imgChris Lynn and Sunil Narine’s big hitting helped Kolkata Knight Riders sweep aside out-of-sorts Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in a rain-interrupted Indian Premier League match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Narine scored the joint fastest fifty in the Indian Premier League, as Kolkata Knight Riders have almost placed a foot in the play-offs.Kolkata Innings:19.35 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders (159/4) crush Royal Challengers Bangalore (158/6) by 6 wickets. Narine 54, Lynn 50, Negi 2/21Once the visitors turned out to bat, the wicket looked a totally different one. Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn started hammering all the bowlers all around the park. The former registered the quickest fifty of the tournament while the latter also managed to score a half century on his comeback. They both stitched in a partnership of 107 runs in 37 balls to take the game away from the hosts. It was only a matter of time after that to finish things off.Kolkata have totally dominated the game against Bangalore. After electing to bowl, they did really well to keep the hosts in control. Travis Head and Mandeep Singh made useful contributions after another dismal batting performance from their big guns. Some power hitting in the end helped the hosts post a total close to 160.19.35 IST: Negi to Pandey! Pandey cuts it through the point region for a couple. KOLKATA WIN BY 6 WICKETS!19.29 IST: Chahal to Gambhir, OUT! Gambhir throws it away! Tosses this one wide outside off, Gambhir goes for it and drives it uppishly towards the fielder at short covers. Negi does not move an inch and takes an easy catch to send the Kolkata skipper back. Chahal finally gets a wicket. KKR 156/4 in 14.1 ovs, need 3 from 35 balls.advertisement19.26 IST: Head to de Grandhomme, WICKET! Negi gets his second! Floats this one around off, Colin de Grandhomme dances down the track and tries to swing at it. He gets beaten all ends up. The ball goes to the keeper and Jadhav is quick to dislodge the bails. Colin de Grandhomme has done his job well. KKR 152/3, need 7 from 40 balls19.23 IST: Head to de Grandhomme, SIX!19.15 IST: Badree to de Grandhomme, SIX! Top shot! A bit short and outside off, Colin de Grandhomme stays in his crease and smacks that over the mid-wicket region for a biggie. Spoils a good over from the leggie. KKR 126/2 in 10 ovs, need 33 from 6019.10 IST: More trouble for RCB! Aniket Choudhary has gone off the field owing to a back injury. Travis Head will complete the over. KKR 115/2 in 9 overs, need 42 from 66 balls.19.03 IST: Negi to Lynn, BOWLED! Pawan Negi strikes! Short delivery into the stumps, the ball stays low. Chris Lynn goes to pull across the line but he fails to make contact with the ball. Sees his stumps get disturbed and he has to make the long way to the hut. Kolkata 107/2 in 7.3 overs, need 52 from 75 ballsWicket! KKR – 1?0?7? / [email protected] departs after bringing up his half-century. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201719.02 IST: Negi to Lynn, Single taken! That’s fifty for the big-hitting Australian in 21 balls. Floats it outside off, Lynn pushes it through covers for a single. He has been brutal from the moment he stepped out to bat. A terrific way to make a [email protected] is back in action & brings up his fifty in 21 balls. Well played!#DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201719.01 IST: Aniket to Lynn, DOT BALL! Wicket maiden! Slants it across outside off, Colin comes down swinging still misses. Not given a wide. Kolkata need 54 more from 78 balls.18.56 IST: Aniket to Narine, OUT! Narine has to depart! Short outside off, Narine swings his bat at it. The ball takes the edge carries at a good height to the keeper. Jadhav takes the catch and Narine has to go back. He has done his job though. Lynn gives him a pat on his back. KKR 105/1 in 6.1 overs, need 54 from 83 ballsWicket! KKR – 105/[email protected] (54 off 17) departs after playing a record equaling innings. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201718.53 IST: Chahal to Lynn, FOUR!18.53 IST: Chahal to Lynn, SIX! 105 inside the Powerplay! What hitting this! Lynn sits low and just swings it over mid-wicket for a biggie. Kolkata have made a mockery of the chase already.18.51 IST: Aravind to Narine, SIX! That’s the fastest fifty in IPL history. Equals the record with Yusuf Pathan with 15 [email protected] [email protected] gets his first “FIFTY” in T20. He now holds the record for fastest 50 (in 15 balls) in @IPL along with @iamyusufpathan. pic.twitter.com/7c6rN9KSDx- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 2017#Narine brings up his 50 in 15 balls (Joint fastest in @IPL history) with a flurry of boundaries. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/5KboTaTi4jadvertisement- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201718.46 IST: Aravind to Narine, FOUR! The merry continues! Full toss on the stumps, Narine gets under it and dumps it over mid-wicket for a boundary. He is on 44 in 13 balls.18.45 IST: Aravind to Narine, FOUR! In the gap! Good legnth outside off, Narine does not pull it through but gets it off the splice past mid off for a boundary.18.44 IST: Aravind to Narine, FOUR! Thumped! Lands it outside off, Narine just comes down a touch and slaps it over mid off for a boundary. That almost carried over the ropes.18.39 IST: Badree to Narine, SIX! Three in a row! Full outside off, Narine just eases it over long off for another six. He picked the wrong one there.18.39 IST: Badree to Narine, SIX! And again, he did that before in the match earlier this season and he is doing it again. Another one outside off, Narine launches it over long off for another maximum.18.39 IST: Badree to Narine, SIX! Up and over! Badree bowls it outside off, Narine just nonchalantly lofts it over long off for a biggie.We are 34/0 after 3 [email protected] in this innings: 0,4,4,6,0,0,0,1,0,4,0,6,0,4#DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/8drPQI6VOF- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201718.38 IST: Chahal to Lynn, FOUR! Thumped! Flatter outside off, Lynn comes down and slaps it wide of the cover fielder for a boundary. That was hit hard.Match 46. 2.2: Y Chahal to C Lynn, 4 runs, 24/0 https://t.co/tLEi7aP53n #RCBvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 7, 201718.34 IST: Battle of the West Indians. Badree to Narine, FOUR! Lucky Narine! Loops it outside off, Narine comes down swinging at it. He gets it just over the leaping fielder at short third man for a boundary. Choudhary did not quite pick it well and hence could not catch it. KKR 20/0 (2 overs)18.31 IST: Aniket to LYNN, SIX! Going, going, gone! Lynn expecting a shorter ball on the stumps, drags this wide outside off over wide long on for a 100m monster. What a start for him. Lynn is back and how! KKR: 14/0 (1 over)End of the first over, we are 1?4? / 0?One ball to get his eye in & then 4,4,6. Welcome back, @lynny50.#DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201718.31 IST: Aniket to LYNN, FOUR! Get out of my way! Fuller outside off, Lynn gives himself some room and just clobbers it hard to the right of the mid off fielder for a boundary.18.31 IST: Aniket to LYNN, FOUR! Off the mark! Slants it outside off, Lynn swings his arms freely and gets it through covers for a boundary. Superb shot to get going.18.30 IST: Narine walks out with Lynn.New opening combination for us, the fourth one this season. @lynny50 & @SunilPNarine74 are in the middle. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 2017The flourish towards the end has given the hosts a total to bowl at. The visitors had things in control for a long time, Umesh Yadav bowled well taking three wickets but was hit for 21 runs in his final over. He would have been disappointed with it but overall they would feel this is just a touch above par. Sunil Narine bowled a tight spell taking 2/29. The bowling for the home side has been clicking. Will they come out and defend this total or will the visitors chase this down? Let’s see. Join us for the chase in a short while.advertisementA superb finish for the home side. They have plundered 43 runs from the last three overs to finish with a strong total on the board on this two-paced deck. They lost wickets early but the stand between Mandeep and Head got them back in the game. While the former missed out after scoring his fifty, the latter carried on notch up his highest score in the Indian T20 League, striking a 47-ball 75.Travis Head’s 75* guides RCB to a fighting total, @y_umesh was the pick of our bowlers https://t.co/XRBSC4y4Ad #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/jup9pgw4OF- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201718.18 IST: Excellent innings by Head – unbeaten 75. This will give Virat Kohli’s RCB some confidence as they will try to defend.18.15 IST: Umesh to Head, FOUR! Short delivery into the body, Head goes for the pull shot. Does not time it well and the ball goes over the square leg region for a boundary. A perfect way to end for Bangalore, Head finishes off in style. RCB 158/6 in 20 overs.18.15 IST: Umesh to Head, SIX! Head, you beauty! Similar delivery around off, Head waits in his crease, gets his front leg out of the way and hammers that down the ground over the long off region for a biggie. RCB 154/6 in 19.5 overs.18.14 IST: Umesh to Head, SIX! Massive! Excellent sound off the bat. That’s into the stands! Fuller delivery around off, Head goes a bit across, kneels down and smacks that brutally over the mid-wicket region for a maximum. RCB 148/6 in 19.4 overs.WICKET! RCB – 1?4?2? / [email protected]_umesh takes his 3rd wicket of the game as @lynny50 takes a skier. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/mKjkXbm3NX- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201718.12 IST: Umesh to Negi, OUT! Lynn takes a good catch and Negi departs after his powerful boundary. RCB 142/6 in 19.3 overs.18.12 IST: Umesh to Negi, FOUR! Negi gets a good connection to that and powers it for the boundary. Another fuller delivery outside off, Negi throws his bat at it. Gets it through the extra cover region for a boundary. RCB 142/5 in 19.2 overs.18.11 IST: Umesh is out to bowl the last crucial over. Can RCB reach the 150 mark?18.09 IST: Woakes to Head, SIX! Head has put his foot on the gas and why not! Brilliant shot! Good length delivery around off, Head stays in his crease and smacks that downtown for half a dozen. That was a clean strike. RCB 137/5 in 19 overs. Head 58*, Negi 1*18.08 IST: Travis Head brings up his fifty. Excellent innings and a very important one. RCB 130/5 in 18.4 overs.18.06 IST: Pawan Negi has come in the middle to join Head. WICKET! RCB 1?2?5? / [email protected] bags his 1st wicket of the game as @y_umesh takes a good catch at long-off. #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/ldb6JRlxHm- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201718.04 IST: Woakes to Jadhav, OUT! Jadhav departs! Fuller delivery outside off, Jadhav reaches out to it and lofts it over extra cover. Gets it off the bottom half of his bat. Umesh Yadav from long on goes to his left, gets underneath and takes a good catch. Jadhav’s struggle in the middle comes to an end. RCB 125/5 in 18.1 overs.18.02 IST: Rajpoot to Head, SIX! It’s the last ball of the over that Bangalore make the best of again. RCB 125/4 in 18 overs. Head 48*, Jadhav 8*An economical spell from #Narine, he picked up the wickets of de Villiers & Mandeep Singh. https://t.co/XRBSC4y4Ad #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/BqGyu7bNpa- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201717.59 IST: Gambhir brings back Rajpoot in the attack. He has been good for Kolkata today.17.57 IST: Woakes to Jadhav, FOUR! Good shot! Length delivery angling into the hips, Jadhav swivels across and just helps it on its way through the backward square leg region for a boundary. Jadhav ends the over with a boundary. Bangalore need more of this. RCB 115/4 in 17 overs. Head 40*, Jadhav 6*17.54 IST: Woakes is brought back in attack by Gambhir and that might be the end of spin from Kolkata’s side.WICKET! RCB – 1?0?5? / 4?#Narine strikes for the 2nd time in the day, good catch by @y_umesh as Mandeep walks back for 52. #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/Ap03Yn9kPY- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201717.52 IST: The rain break surely broke Mandeep’s momentum. RCB are 108/4 in 16 overs. They really need someone to fire.17.50 IST: Narine to Mandeep, OUT! Narine strikes! Floats it full into the pads, Singh kneels down and goes for the sweep aerially over backward square leg. Umesh Yadav goes a bit to his left and gulps the catch easily. Mandeep Singh has to walk back to the hut after a brilliant knock.17.47 IST: Mandeep Singh brings up his fifty. He’s been the stabilising factor for RCB amidst the otherwise collapsing top order. RCB 105/3 in 15 overs. Mandeep 52*, Head 36*17.45 IST: With the 15th over going on, Head and Mandeep are looking to immediately go for big shots.17.44 IST: Grandhomme continues his second over. 17.42 IST: The umpires and Mandeep and Head have made it to the pitch as well. 17.41 IST: Kolkata players are back on the field, ready to play. Gambhir is discussing strategies with his team in a huddle.#IPL Match 46: Play will resume at 17:45 hrs IST #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/x40ifOiOvs- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 7, 201717.35 IST: Kolkata would want to break the momentum while Mandeep and Head would look to brush aside the rain break and continue with their stable partnership.17.27 IST: The rain has stopped and the umpires are out in the ground to check the conditions. The game is set to start at 5.45 pm.Update – Play interrupted due to rain #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/7pd9ZJ4aqK- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 7, 2017#RCB touch the 100 mark as play is interrupted due to a slight drizzle???. Mandy(48) & Head(35) are in full swing! #RCBvKKR #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 7, 201717.09 IST: It’s the rain again! Bangalore will be frustrated with it having build a good partnership and 100 runs on the board. The covers are on and we’ll have to wait and see when the rain decides to stop.17.07 IST: Grandhomme to Mandeep, FOUR! Precious timing! Length delivery around off, Mandeep waits for it and guides it past backward point for a boundary. RCB 100/3 in 14.1 overs.17.06 IST: Good over for Bangalore this, 12 runs off it. RCB 96/3 in 14 overs. Mandeep 44*, Head 35*17.05 IST: Narine to Head, SIX! RCB need to start attacking now and Head does just that with a 75m maximum.17.03 IST: Narine to Mandeep, NOT OUT! Fuller delivery around off, Mandeep Singh heaves it through the mid-wicket region. Calls for a second and the fielder throws it to the striker’s end. Mandeep Singh dives full stretch to get in. The umpires go upstairs to check it and the replays show that the dive saved him.17.02 IST: Mandeep and Head have build a 50-run partnership from 51 balls. This partnership is the key for Bangalore.17.02 IST: Good over by Grandhomme, gave away only 6 runs. RCB 84/3 in 13 overs.17.00 IST: Grandhomme is in attack for Kolkata now. Colin de Grandhomme into the attack. He got figures of 3/4 in 10 balls against RCB in our last meeting in #IPL2017. #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 2017Our pacers were spot on with their length during the Powerplay. https://t.co/XRBSC4y4Ad #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/Ov0uI0d0ds- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201716.55 IST: Rajpoot to Head, FOUR! Good shot! Length delivery into the pads, Head pulls it over the backward square leg region for a boundary. Ends the over with it. Head made sure to spoil Rajpoot’s third over which was going for only 3 runs before the boundary. RCB 78/3 in 12 overs. Mandeep 38*, Head 23* 16.51 IST: Kolkata have kept Bangalore very tight. Their run rate is only 6.45. RCB 71/3 in 11 overs. Mandeep 36*, Head 18* 16.48 IST: Big shout-out on the last ball. Angles it on the stumps, Head looks to clip it but is hit on his pads. The players go up in an appeal but nothing from the umpire. That looked to have pitched outside leg. The batsmen take a leg bye. Rajpoot bowls another great over, just 4 runs off it. RCB 63/3 in 10 overs.16.45 IST: We’re back form the time-out! No changes in bowling attack. Rajpoot back in attack.16.43 IST: An important time-out for both the teams. Bangalore will want to cash on the slight stability that Mandeep and Head are building while Kolkata will want to apply more pressure with the Big Three gone.16.42 IST: It’s Strategic time-out! RCB 59/3 in 9 overs. Mandeep 32*, Head 11*16.40 IST: Post the completion of 8 overs, Gambhir has brought Piyush Chawla into the attack.16.38 IST: Rajpoot bowls an economical over, just 5 runs off it. After 8 overs, RCB are 54/3. Mandeep 29*, Head 9*16.35 IST: Ankit Rajpoot has been brought into the attack now.16.33 IST: Narine to Mandeep, FOUR! Hit away! Wide outside off, Mandeep waits for it and cuts it hard past the diving point fielder for a boundary. He’s the only man who has stood up and waged a lone war. RCB 49/3 in 7 overs. Mandeep 26*, Head 7*16.32 IST: Kohli said before the match that they want to end on a high but they have had a disastrous powerplay. They would want Mandeep to stick around for some revival.#KKRStatCornerIn the last encounter at Eden vs RCB, we had taken 4? wickets in the Powerplay. This time we have taken 3? wickets. #RCBvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201716.30 IST: Umesh Yadav has an awkward fall off the back foot as he runs up to ball. He looks fine though. RCB 40/3 in 6 overs.16.29 IST: Umesh to Head, FOUR! Perfect Timing! Slanting on the pads, Head does not miss out and clips it hard through mid-wicket for a boundary. RCB 40/3 in 5.5 overs.16.25 IST: Narine to Head, NOT OUT! Narine bowls it outside off, Head shapes to drive but is beaten all ends up. The keeper takes the bails off and appeals. It is referred upstairs. The replays show Head had never left his crease and hence he survives.16.24 IST: Travis Head walk out to join Mandeep Singh.16.23 IST: Narine to De Villiers, OUT! After being hit for a boundary, a brilliant comeback by Narine. What have you done, AB! Carrom ball on the stumps, AB de Villiers wants to sweep it through but only gets a glove on it. The ball goes onto hit the stumps and that is another big wicket for the visitors. He did not need to play such a shot. RCB 34/3 in 4.4 overs.16.22 IST: Narine to De Villiers, FOUR! Beautiful shot. Class! De Villiers first gets across a long way, Narine bowls it wide outside off, he adjusts in time and lifts it over covers for a boundary.16.19 IST: Woakes to De Villiers, FOUR! BAMM! Shorter in length on the stumps, de Villiers dances down the wicket and thumps it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Good end to the over. RCB 29/2 in 4 overs. Mandeep 18*, De Villiers 6*16.16 IST: AB de Villiers walks out to join [email protected]_umesh #DidYouKnowThis was the first time in 10 matches that our #Knight, @y_umesh dismissed Kohli. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201716.14 IST: Umesh to Kohli OUT! Dropped in the previous ball, Virat Kohli departs and Chawla is the most relieved man on planet earth. Umesh bowls this on a fuller length but has given no pace at all. It is on the stumps, at 105 kph, Kohli is early into his hoick over the leg side. He gets hit on his back leg and the players go up in an appeal. The umpire rules it out. Chawla has his tongue out, knowing he got away there. RCB: 20/2 (3 overs)WICKET! RCB – 2?0? / 2?A good slower one from @y_umesh as Kohli is trapped LBW. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/1O49WqsM65- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201716.09 IST: Woakes to Mandeep, FOUR! Mandeep strikes back-to-back boundaries. Top shot! Short from Umesh, Mandeep was waiting for it and pulls it hard behind square on the leg side for a boundary.. RCB 12/1 in 2 overs. Kohli 2*, Mandeep 10*16.08 IST: Woakes to Mandeep, FOUR! RCB 6/1 in 1.5 overs.16.04 IST: Excellent start for Kolkata, Umesh gives just a run in the first over and takes the big wicket of Gayle. RCB 1/1 in 1 over. Kohli 1*, Mandeep 0*WICKET! RCB – 0? / 1?A dream start for the #Knights as @y_umesh gets Chris Gayle out, first ball. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/1WAPuglfju- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201716.02 IST: Umesh to Gayle, OUT! Disastrous start for RCB and a sad end to Gayle’s 100th IPL game. Umesh comes out and doles out a length ball around middle, Gayle goes for the clip but gets it off the leading edge towards Gambhir at short extra cover. The Kolkata skipper went to his left a touch to take the catch. Gayle can’t believe his luck, but it has been the case with them throughout this season actually. RCB 0/1 in 0.1 overs.15.59 IST: Mandeep Singh and Chris Gayle have walked to the pitch to bat while Umesh Yadav opens the bowling attack. This is Chris Gayle’s 100th IPL game.15.57 IST: Robin Uthappa is still missing from the Kolkata squad. Gambhir said before the last match that he only had a niggle and they wanted to rest him.15.53 IST: The two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders are placed third in the table with 14 points out of 11 matches, RPS are ahead of them on second with 16 points while Hyderabad are below them with 13 points.15.46 IST: Despite losing the previous two matches, Kolkata have looked a strong unit. Their bowling attack with the likes of Umesh Yadav and Sunil have looked impactful.On the other hand, the only silver lining for RCB has been the performance of their two leg-spinners spinners – Samuel Badree (9 wickets) and Yuzvendra Chahal (13 wickets).#TeamNews: 3 changes in our team as @lynny50, Piyush Chawla and Ankit Rajpoot are named in our playing 11. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #RCBvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 7, 201715.38 IST: Here are the playing XI for both the teams.Royal Challengers Bangalore: Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav(w), Pawan Negi, Sreenath Aravind, Samuel Badree, Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra ChahalKolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Chris Lynn, Manish Pandey, Sheldon Jackson(w), Yusuf Pathan, Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme, Sunil Narine, Ankit Rajpoot, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav15.33 IST: Gautam Gambhir won the toss and decided to put RCB to bat first.”We will bowl first. The pitch will not change a lot and since they are a good chasing side, we will look to restrict them.”Gambhir mentioned that they have made three changes to the squad. Chris Lynn is in for Coulter-Nile, Ankit Rajpoot replaces Suryakumar Yadav and Piyush Chawla comes in place of Kuldeep Yadav.Virat Kohli, on the other hand, was happy with Gambhir’s decision and said that had he won the toss, he would have liked to bat first.”We have had a few problems chasing, we would have batted first anyway. The wicket is very different compared to that of last year. We don’t want to put pressure on ourselves, they love to chase, so I think that’s good for both teams.”On being asked how they stay motivated after their dismal run this season, Kohli said, “We are pretty motivated, we just want to play good cricket. We have no intentions of playing spoilsport but we just want to finish the tournament on a high and hopefully get two points from today’s game.”Kohli mentioned a single change to the squad. Travis Head has come in for Shane Watson.15.24 IST: RCB, on the other hand, have been the biggest disappointment of this year’s IPL. They have been bowled out four times this season and are placed at bottom of the table with five points in 12 matches.15.21 IST: KKR so far has been cashing in on Sunil Narine’s hit- and-miss experiment at the top. When Narine gets going, there is no stopping them as more often than not Gambhir and Robin Uthappa have capitalised on the starts.15.16 IST: During their last meeting, KKR had handed out a 82-run defeat to RCB after bowling them out for 49 – the lowest score in IPL history – and Gautam Gambhir’s men would look to repeat the performance.Brief Preview: Stung by two successive reversals, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will look bounce back and stay in contention for a play-off berth when they take on lowly Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter in Bengaluru on Sunday.KKR, who suffered losses against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiant in their previous two matches, need two wins out of the remaining three matches to seal their berth in the knockout stage.Placed second in the IPL standings with 14 points from 11 matches, the two-time IPL winners are followed by Rising Pune Supergiant and Sunrisers Hyderabad at 14 and 13 points.The manner in which RCB lost to KKR at the Eden Gardens should give them a lot of confidence going into this tie.KKR had handed out a 82-run defeat to RCB after bundling them out for 49 – the lowest score in IPL history.In the next two matches, KKR would be facing Kings XI Punjab, who registered a 19-run victory against RCB on Friday, and already qualified Mumbai Indians who have 16 points from 10 outings. 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Ricky Hatton Calls It Quits After Vyacheslav Senchenko Loss

Ricky Hatton, a former two-weight world champion, has announced his retirement for a second time after his comeback defeat to 35-year-old Vyacheslav Senchenko Saturday night.The 34-year-old Hatton previously announced his retirement in July of 2011, but had not fought since 2009. Hatton wanted to see if he could still compete in the sport that he loved.“I needed one more fight to see if I had still got it – and I haven’t” he said. “I couldn’t have done any better.”Hatton started the fight aggressively, but as the match progressed fatigue began to set in and he began to let his guard down. A body shot delivered by Senchenko to Hatton’s ribs in the ninth-round ended the fight and he knew his career was done.“A fighter knows and I know it isn’t there anymore,” Hatton said. “I have got to be a man and say it is the end of Ricky Hatton.”Hatton admitted after the fight that he was in the best shape he could be in, but even if the hit to body would not have occurred, he would have barely been able to finish the fight.“It’s too many hard fights, I’ve burned the candle at both ends, I’ve put my body through the mire in and out of the ring,” he said.This is Hatton’s second disappointing defeat. He was knocked out in his previous fight by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas in 2009 and retired following the loss.After the Saturday night defeat, Hatton said he accomplished his goal by seeing if he could mount a comeback without being eliminated in the early rounds.“I have got the answers I needed,” Hatton said. “I can look at myself in the mirror and tell myself I did my best.”Matthew Macklin, the former European middleweight champion, feels Hatton made the right decision.“It is the right thing to do,” Macklin told BBC Sport. “He was a shadow of his former self on Saturday night.”Hatton’s career has had a lasting impression on Macklin and boxing community. Macklin said that instead of mourning his loss, that his career should be celebrated.“We should talk about how good he was,” Macklin said. “He is one of the greatest British fighters, certainly one of the most exciting, and he is a former two-time world champion.”Hatton ends his career with a lifetime of record of 45-3. read more

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Farmers Urged To Produce More Sorrel

first_img Related Items:Bethel Town Sorrel Factory, farmers, Lenworth Fulton, sorrel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Strides for Agriculture in TCIcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 16 (JIS): Farmers in St. James, Westmoreland, Hanover and St. Elizabeth are being urged to increase their cultivation of sorrel to supply the Bethel Town Sorrel Factory in Westmoreland.In an interview with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Lenworth Fulton, said the plant, which was opened in 2014, has not been producing at its optimum of 1,000 kilogrammes of sorrel pulp per week, because of an under supply of the commodity.“The farmers did not produce enough sorrel to make the factory fully viable. We are now working with them to produce enough sorrel and to put the correct management at that factory,” Mr. Fulton said.He also attributed the low sorrel production to the prolonged drought, which affected sections of the country in 2015.Mr. Fulton said RADA will be assisting farmers across the island to boost sorrel production to supply the Bethel Town processing plant, through a major sorrel-planting programme.He informed that RADA extension officers will also be undertaking a public education and training programme on best practices in sorrel cultivation. The Bethel Town Sorrel Factory was constructed at a cost of $27.8 million with funding from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI), in partnership with the Bethel Town Sorrel Value Chain Improvement Project.The JSIF provided $23.2 million of the project cost, with the community contributing $4.6 million through its agricultural cooperative society. North Caicos Farmers like new Agriculture Director for TCIlast_img read more

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Watch the Aston Martin DBX SUV rip around the Nurburgring

first_img 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable Post a comment SUVs Future Cars Performance Cars More From Roadshow 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 first drive: A standout track star Aston Martin Share your voice 10 Photoscenter_img We’ve seen it on a Welsh rally stage. We’ve seen it in the Swedish snow. And now, we’ve seen Aston Martin’s upcoming SUV on Germany’s hallowed Nürburgring.A keen-eyed spotter has captured a camouflaged Aston Martin DBX taking some laps of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It’s a common sight to see wrapped-up prototypes blasting around this historic track, as its numerous curves and elevation changes put a vehicle through all manner of hell. It’s a great way to shake down a performance car before unveiling it, because if it can handle the ‘Ring, it can handle just about anything.We’ve been no stranger to the DBX’s form since November, when Aston Martin finally gave us an idea of what to expect with its disguised utility vehicle. The front end looks like it comes right from the Vantage’s bag of tricks, so while the shape in general might be new to the British automaker, it’ll still look like a member of the family. While the original concept was electric, reports now say the DBX will offer V8 and V12 engine options. It definitely sounds good on the Nürburgring, no matter what’s actually under the hood. We’ll know for sure when it debuts in the last quarter of 2019. (Hat tip to Motor1!) Aston Martin’s DBX SUV throws snow all over the place Tags 2019 BMW M4 CS review: Greater performance with fewer compromises 0 Aston Martinlast_img read more

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Microsoft patent app could see the Surface Pen double as an earbud

first_img See It $210 at Best Buy 1 $999 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Sprint Microsoft,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Turo Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Microsoft has dreamed up a flexible version of the Surface Pen, according to a patent application.  Screenshot by Abrar Al-Heeti/CNET Microsoft may be planning to make future versions of its Surface Pen more functional — and flexible. The tech giant is envisioning a stylus with an earpiece dock, an application published by the US Patent and Trademark Office last week shows. The earpiece would be fitted with a speaker, earpiece battery and wireless radio that would pair with a host device. The pen would be flexible so it could bend around a person’s ear when it’s being used as an earpiece. It’d also have one or more input buttons that could be used for functions like controlling audio volume, hitting pause or moving through slides in a presentation. The pen would have at least one flat edge, and could feature a button used for zooming in on a screen. The patent application was filed in December 2017, and was published June 13. Microsoft declined to comment.First published June 18 at 3:20 p.m. PT.Update, 4:33 p.m.: Adds that Microsoft declined to comment.  $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET 7 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $520 at HP Share your voice Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Turo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Angela Lang/CNET Computer Accessories See at Amazon Rylo $299 at Amazon The Cheapskate $59 at eBay Apple iPhone XS Chris Monroe/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Tags Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).center_img Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Comments Tags Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See it Read the Rylo camera preview Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Boost Mobile Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Share your voice See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Comment See It $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 $155 at Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $60 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Amazon $6 at Tidal Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read Google Home Hub review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read the AirPods review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.last_img read more

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Doubts continue on claim to have solved P vs NP mathematical question

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Doubts continue on claim to have solved P vs NP mathematical question (2010, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-p-np-mathematical.html One of the most complex mathematical problems in the world is proving either that P ≠ NP or P=NP, a riddle that was first formulated in 1971 by mathematicians Leonid Levin and Stephen Cook. The question was one of seven millennium problems set by the Clay Mathematical Institute (CMI) in Cambridge, Massachusetts as being among the most difficult to solve. P vs. NP — The most notorious problem in theoretical computer science remains open More information: www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Vinay_ … r/Papers/pnp12pt.pdfcenter_img Explore further Vinay Deolalikar, a computer scientist from Hewlett-Packard’s research arm based in Palo Alto, California, claims to have solved the problem and stands to win $1 million if his proof is accepted.P refers to problems with solutions that are easy to find, in other words P is a class of problems for which an answer can be found in polynomial time. NP refers to problems with solutions that are almost impossible to find, but easy to verify, or in other words a class of problems for which an answer can be verified in polynomial time. The Clay Mathematical Institute offers the following problem to illustrate NP: you have a list of 400 university students to be accommodated but there is only room in the dormitory for 100 students. The Dean has provided a list of pairs of incompatible students who cannot be on the final list. This is an NP-problem because it is extremely difficult to go through all possible combinations to come up with a list, but very easy to verify once a list is obtained. According to CMI the number of possible combinations is greater than the number of atoms in the universe.If P ≠ NP some complex problems, such as the one above, could never be solved efficiently and there are serious limits on what computers will be able to accomplish in the future, whereas if P = NP every such problem would have a polynomial time solution. Mr Deolalikar writes that this would have profound implications for applications such as cryptography and on the question of whether or not human creativity could be automated.Among those skeptical of Deolalikar’s claim is Scott Aaronson, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who said on his blog that he will personally add $200,000 to the prize, even though he can ill afford it, and he has not read Deolalikar’s entire paper. He said if the proof was correct it would change his life so dramatically that “having to pay $200,000 will be the least of it.” He later also gave his reasons for being so confident in MIT’s technology review.Another skeptic is Professor Richard Lipton at Georgia Tech College of Computing, who has been working on the P vs NP problem for three decades.Deolalikar’s paper is available online, and is being peer-reviewed by computer scientists. To be considered for the million dollar prize the paper must be published in an approved mathematics publication and must also retain general acceptance by mathematicians two years after the proof is published. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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Eurocopter demonstrates new emergency backup electric motor for helicopters

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Eurocopter demonstrates new emergency backup electric motor for helicopters (2011, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-eurocopter-emergency-backup-electric-motor.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Eurocopter X3: The world’s fastest copter (PhysOrg.com) — Normally, when a helicopter loses power in flight due to engine failure, the pilot reverts to using a technique called autorotation to avoid crashing. What happens is the rotors keep spinning automatically due to the air rushing past as the aircraft descends, which prevents the aircraft from picking up speed as it descends, eventually leading to a reasonably safe landing. The problem though, is that controlling such a descent is quite difficult due to the lack of power adjustments to the angle of the rotors, which can lead to pitching. In a sense it’s much like the difference between regular and power brakes. The pilot is forced to rely on a lot of muscle power. To make things easier for pilots, and thus safer for all concerned, Eurocopter, the biggest maker of helicopters in the world, has come up with a way to allow a pilot to more easily maintain control of the rotors while descending and landing using an electric motor add-on. Traditionally, the most difficult parts of using the autorotation technique, is the beginning of the event and the landing. The beginning is difficult because more often than not the helicopter is leaning towards its destination to head forward in that direction, thus the aircraft needs to be leveled off. Landing is always the most difficult part of flying a helicopter because of the many tiny adjustments that need to be made just as the aircraft touches the ground; doing so with no engine power is far more complicated due to the inability to alter the speed of descent and the difficulty in changing the rotor angle. Plus, the pilot only gets one shot.To help in both cases, the engineers at Eurocopter have developed an electric motor and battery system that can be used in the event of engine failure. It appears that the backup motor doesn’t actually make the rotors go around, but instead allows the pilot to effortlessly adjust the rotor angle, which allows for much easier stabilization both during the initial switchover and during landing.In the demonstration, a AS350 helicopter outfitted with the new motor was able to land very nearly as easily as it would have using its normal gas engine.Eurocopter is a global company with main offices in France, Germany and Spain. It makes both commercial and military helicopters. As part of its announcement, the company said it plans to implement the new technology in all of its aircraft and will continue to look into using what it’s learned with the electric motor to help in the development of true hybrid helicopter technology to help cut fuel consumption.last_img read more

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Review of Peachtrees Accounting Software

first_img This story appears in the July 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals When it comes to accounting, folks generally separate into two camps: those who transact, and those who analyze.Any of the major small-business accounting programs–Peachtree, QuickBooks, Microsoft Small Business Accounting, DacEasy–will serve entrepreneurs in either camp. But if you’re an analyzer, chances are you’ll feel most at home with one of the just-released editions of Peachtree Accounting. That’s especially true if you carry inventory. It’s not that Peachtree’s 2007 editions have features competitors don’t. It’s about depth in certain key areas and a degree of flexibility that appeals to those who–if truth be told–kind of dig accounting.Most of us are transactors, of course, because that’s the easiest thing to be. A good accounting program will take a lot of bookkeeping drudgery off your shoulders–but nothing saves time like dumping your shoebox on a paid professional. The only trouble with that particular strategy is, even if you strike gold early on, fortune never smiles on a business forever. You’re bound to hit a rough patch sooner or later–sooner if competitors hear about your margins. That’s when a good accounting program really comes in handy.Star to Steer ByJust recording your transactions in a program like Peachtree creates the most important database you’ll ever own–the one with your company’s key financial details. Peachtree also happens to be an excellent container for customer and vendor records, syncing tightly with Microsoft Outlook and Sage Software’s ACT!As transaction information piles up, standard Peachtree reports will let you compare your performance to those of competitors or industry averages kept by organizations like the Risk Management Association. RMA’s website is also a good place to find useful standard operating ratios, like an instrument panel to steer your business in the right direction. Before you know it, you’ll be analyzing–something you can’t do if your financial data is sitting on an accountant’s computer.Devra Walker, co-owner of Walker Pharmacy & Gifts in Statesboro, Georgia, has an even better approach. She manages her own books with the help of in-house data-entry staff and uses an outside accountant to double-check them, file taxes and act as a sounding board. Peachtree 2007’s improved access privilege system facilitates this kind of close-but-safe relationship.A CPA herself, Walker, 45, needs quick data access because she and her husband, Lindsay, 47, manage eight separate business units with combined annual sales of $8 million and a 60-employee payroll. Peachtree lets her roll up the accounts of all her units when preparing payroll or financial statements, but isolate their performance milestones when meeting with her unit managers.That kind of strong reporting gets stronger still in Peachtree Premium 2007 and the new Peachtree Quantum 2007, says Dean Penderghast, certified Peachtree consultant with Anaheim, California, Sales Automation Services Inc. Premium and Quantum use Pervasive’s 32-bit data engine–it holds more data per record and delivers it faster than the 16-bit Btrieve engine in other Peachtree versions. Quantum can also juggle still-larger databases and more simultaneous users than Premium.One Bean, Two Beans.Companies needing high-level data management and reporting include mixed product/service businesses like contractors, architects–anyone tracking jobs or projects. It’s particularly critical to the margins of manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and e-tailers who face the twin challenges of costing and managing large inventories.For example, Paula Gilliland, a Roswell, Georgia, accounting consultant and owner of e-commerce site PocketScope.com, uses Peachtree to orchestrate the comings and goings of thousands of parts and assemblies for her $900,000 medical instrumentation business and one client’s large inventory. Many parts are used in several different subassemblies, and if there’s a failure, Gilliland, 44, has to quickly find the bad part among hundreds of similar subassemblies, see if it’s under warranty and arrange a replacement.Keeping too much of something increases carrying costs and, maybe, capital costs. Keeping too little can increase handling and shipping costs, or cost you customers. Both erode margins, so Gilliland leans heavily on Peachtree reports when trying to arrive at just the right inventory mix. The difficulty of this task was underscored recently when Intel had 38 percent shaved off its quarterly profits primarily because it didn’t sync up inventory and sales. If it can happen to a company with Intel’s market experience and business resources, think how easily it could happen to a smaller, product-oriented business.Of course, not every growing business faces these kinds of challenges. But if you do, you could fare worse than Peachtree’s tools. After 30 years of use by companies with 100 or fewer employees, they’re pretty well-honed.How peachy is peachtree 2007?Pros: Fast and easy to use with a degree of record detail unique in its class. A new interface brings key business barometers forward on a home page, while tabs permit quick hops to other modules. There’s new flexibility in budgeting, cash-flow analysis and the use of lists and custom data fields. Formatting, formulas and lists are maintained when you swap data with Microsoft Excel or Outlook.Cons: None. But Peachtree may be more program than you need if you sell services exclusively, or only one or two people need simultaneous access to your books.Mike Hogan is Entrepreneur’s technology editor. Register Now » July 1, 2006 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

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Cracking the Code on Diversity in Tech

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » March 16, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It seems the tech industry’s ability to disrupt and innovate has found its limit. Tech companies have acknowledged the need to diversify their workforce, but haven’t quite been able to crack the code on how to do so. And in a post-Trump world, candidates’ anxieties around the issue are showing no signs of slowing. How can an industry with innovation in its DNA, and virtually unlimited resources, effectively address this issue? The answer is a two-pronged approach that addresses both the next generation of diverse workers and the qualified and underrepresented candidates who are knocking on Silicon Valley’s door today.Related: Why Gender Diversity In Tech MattersFor an industry that is obsessed with data, it may not be surprising that a common pitfall is an over-emphasis on numbers. This obsession with metrics has led to initiatives like affirmative action hiring programs set up by some of the biggest names in tech, which, unfortunately, have failed to perform as hoped. While hiring initiatives and public revealing of diversity numbers are steps in the right direction, they are just that — a step, not a cure.The bottom line is that both short and long-term solutions are needed to really solve this problem. Qualitative measurement of this type of progress is difficult, but the goal should be a lasting cultural shift, not a data point to share with the world. Thinking long-term: Expanding talent pools.While some have written off the leaky STEM pipeline as a “cop out” for companies, addressing systematic exclusion and low retention is essential to long-term progress. According to the National Science Foundation, women with bachelor’s degrees in math and computer sciences has declined by about 25 percent since the mid-80s, when computer games were aggressively marketed as a boy’s hobby. Instead of competing over the same limited pool of diverse talent, the tech industry should come together to create new, larger pools. Building programs that support STEM education, vocational schools and skills training for underrepresented groups will grow the pipeline of more diverse potential candidates for everyone down the line.Google, despite its less than stellar diversity numbers, should be applauded for their long-term thinking in this regard. The company has created industry-wide initiatives aimed at growing the overall pool of underrepresented talent. Last June, the internet giant debuted its Made with Code campaign in an effort to get young women excited about computer science — a field that less than one percent of high school girls think of as part of their future. Another Google-led program, CS First, makes it possible for teachers and community volunteers to form computer science clubs for young kids.Related: 21 Silicon Valley Women Who Are More Qualified to Be on Your Board Than Mark CubanWhat we can do now: Eliminate biases.While it’s essential to grow highly skilled and diverse labor pools, an ocean of qualified, underrepresented candidates isn’t enough if unconscious biases continue to derail hiring processes. Removing gatekeepers’ subjectivity and prejudices from the process will not only help level the playing field for candidates today, but also ensure a lower barrier for entry for underrepresented talent pools in the future.Researchers found that companies using GitHub approved code written by women at a higher rate than code written by men, but only if the gender was not disclosed. As soon as gender was revealed, the situation reversed and the acceptance rate for code written by women declined. This extends to race as well; a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research revealed that candidates with African American names have a tougher time finding a job.The issue is difficult to regulate, but companies can prevent unconscious biases from impacting their hiring decisions in a few ways. An easy first step is to use gender-neutral language in job descriptions that will attract a diverse pool of applicants. Using a tool like Textio can help with this. Once the evaluation process begins, “blind” hiring tactics can eliminate potential biases. For example, hiring tools can hide the name, photo and university from candidates’ resumes. Some have even suggested that virtual reality may be the answer to masking appearances during interviews. While VR headsets may not be realistic for everyone, creating consistent scorecards to judge candidates can also prevent interviewers from putting too much weight on things like physical appearance or shared interests.Related: 3 Ways to Attract and Hire Diverse, Hardworking MillennialsThe issue of bias is evident not only when it comes to hiring, but also retention. Unconscious biases can create a less inclusive company culture that perpetuates traditional white patriarchal power dynamics. People of color who enter the tech industry leave the field at more than 3.5 times the rate of white men, and research from the Center for Talent Innovation shows that U.S. women working in SET fields are 45 percent more likely than their male peers to leave the industry within their first year.The industry needs more than superficial band-aids if it wants to create a genuine and sustainable culture of inclusion. Real progress might mean not having much to show the world for 18-24 months, or even 18 years in the case of initiatives to patch the leaky STEM pipeline. The benefits of a diverse workforce are more than just impressive figures in an annual report. Diversity brings with it unique perspectives, experiences and solutions to the everyday challenges businesses face. We cannot effectively create the tools and technology of the future if we surround ourselves with homogeneity of thought and experience today. 5 min readlast_img read more

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