File photo of Virat Kohli and Babar Azam.© AFP
Star India batter Virat Kohli opened up about his equation with Pakistan captain Babar Azam ahead of the highly anticipated clash between the two arch-rivals in the Asia Cup on Sunday. Kohli revealed he first met Babar during the 2019 World Cup and said the Pakistan star always treated him with “regard and respect”, and that has not changed despite him growing in stature. Kohli hailed Babar as “the top batsman in the world across format” currently and also said that he is the kind of player world cricket needs.
“The first interaction I had with him was the 2019 World Cup after the game in Manchester. Him and Imad (Wasim). Imad I have known since Under-19 cricket, we have played against each other and Imad said Babar wanted to have a chat,” Kohli said in a chat with Star Sports.
“We sat down and spoke about the game. I saw a lot of regard and respect from him and that hasn’t changed regardless of the fact that he is probably the top batsman in the world right now across formats, performing so consistently,” the former India skipper said.
“And rightly so, he has amazing talent and I have always enjoyed watching him play. So that hasn’t changed. He is performing now and he is coming into his own, but I don’t see his attitude or his approach change towards me, which is a very good sign of someone who is very grounded in his foundations of his upbringing,” Kohli went on to say.
“His cricketing foundations as well are very solid. So these kinds of players, these kind of characters go a long way and inspire a lot of people. And I see that happening with him as well,” he said.
Kohli was seen chatting with Babar ahead of the Asia Cup.
“I congratulated him yesterday on how he’s been playing and told him how amazing to watch it is and I wish him all the best,” Kohli revealed.
“And he deserves all of this. And eventually you need to have players like him to keep world cricket exciting,” he said.
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The High Point University men’s soccer team travels to Washington, DC on Sunday to meet No. 2 Georgetown. The Panthers look for a rematch after meeting the Hoyas in the spring 2021 NCAA Tournament.
— High Point University Soccer (@HPUMSOCCER) August 26, 2022
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High Point’s Tony Pineda scored the header from Jefferson Amaya‘s corner kick in the 86th minute in the Panthers’ 1-0 win over Davidson. The victory marks the fourth-straight home opener win by the Panthers dating back to the 2019 season.
— High Point University Soccer (@HPUMSOCCER) August 26, 2022
About the Hoyas
No. 2 Georgetown fell in its season opener to No. 7 Pitt. The Hoyas were picked second in the Big East preseason poll behind Providence while defender Daniel Wu was named the Big East Preseason Co-Defender of the Year. Wu also earned a spot on the Preseason All-Big East team after being named a second team all-conference honoree in 2021.
High Point vs. Georgetown
The Panthers and the Hoyas have only played once before during the spring 2021 NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas walked away with a 2-0 victory in the neutral site contest.
Trent Named Preseason Keeper of the Year
Holden Trent was voted the Big South’s Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year after finishing last season with the league’s best save percentage (.736). Trent allowed just 19 goals while recording 53 saves.
— High Point University Soccer (@HPUMSOCCER) August 25, 2022
Panthers Tabbed Second in Preseason Poll
HPU was picked second in the Big South Preseason Coaches’ poll behind 2021 tournament champion, Campbell. The Panthers received one first place vote in the poll behind the Camels’ eight.
That penny you earned in interest last month? Let’s multiply it by 200.
Inflation affects us all. Dollars just don’t go as far as they did a short time ago. When you need to stretch your budget, you’ve got two options: more in or less out. A high-yield savings account brings more in, and it can be a practically effortless way to maximize growth on the money you’ve got in the bank.
A high-yield savings account is one that pays more interest than typical savings accounts. A lot more The big bank on the corner down the street from your house probably pays a hundredth of one percent (0.01%). True, that’s not zero. But it’s so close it might as well be.
The best high-yield savings accounts, however, pay a lot more. Some pay more than 200 times what the big banks pay. When you earn that much interest, you’ll probably notice it.
The more money you have in savings, the more interest you will earn. But you don’t need to be wealthy to benefit from using a high-yield savings account.
Let’s say you have a $1,000 emergency fund. If you leave it in a typical savings account for one year, you will earn $0.10.
If you put your $1,000 in a high-yield savings account earning 2.20%, you’ll earn $22.22 in the same amount of time.
Are you a saver with even more money set aside? In this example, a balance of $10,000 earns $222 in a high-yield savings account, compared with $1 in a traditional account. Yes, that’s one dollar. Not a typo.
Opening a new bank account is easy. High-yield savings accounts are almost always opened online (and some banks that offer them don’t have physical branches anyway). You’ll apply and provide information that allows the bank to verify your identity. Then you will need to link your existing bank account so you can make an electronic transfer to fund the account. You’ll do this either by logging into your current bank online, or by providing the routing number and account number.
That’s it. You now have a high-yield savings account.
To get the most out of your money, keep a few best practices in mind:
Limit your transactions. Savings accounts are not good for everyday use. Federal law limits the number of withdrawals you can take from a savings account each month (six), and high-yield accounts are subject to this law. If you have too many withdrawals, the bank might convert your account to checking, and then you will lose out on the high interest rate.
Avoid monthly maintenance fees. Most savings accounts are free, but you don’t have to pay for a checking account either. Find an account that has no monthly maintenance fee (or one where you can easily meet the requirements to have the fee waived). Many free checking accounts are available, delivering convenient banking at no cost.
Stay under FDIC limits. Once your savings account balance gets close to $250,000 (hey, we can all dream, can’t we?), start looking for a second bank with high-interest savings accounts. The federal government insures the money in your account against the possibility that the institution will fail. But the coverage is limited to the first $250,000 in combined deposits you hold at that institution.
When your money earns zero or almost zero, you’re actually losing money. Inflation is real. The $20 in your pocket today will buy less in the future. If your savings isn’t earning measurable interest, it’s going down in value over time.
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At present, Bitcoin has the same number of users as the internet did in 1999. It paints a pretty clear picture of where we are in terms of the adoption of cryptocurrencies all across the world. While developed countries are certainly ahead in terms of innovation, developing economies have not been left behind. India is one such nation where cryptocurrency adoption is rising at a phenomenal pace.
A report from Chainalysis said that India ranked no 2 in terms of crypto adoption among all nations globally. On the other hand, Finder’s report shows that India ranked no 1 on the same index. This is happening despite the government’s attempt to discourage crypto investment and adoption by levying a 30% and 1% TDS on crypto transactions.
The most popular crypto owned by Indian citizens is Bitcoin, with 29.9% ownership as of April 2022. At no 2, we have Dogecoin, which got really popular this year after Elon Musk hyped it up and is owned by 23% Indians. Other popular cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Solana, and Ripple are also on the top 10 list.
According to cryptogorilla.comIt is estimated that 27 million people, 2.0% of India’s total population, currently own cryptocurrency. Considering that India has a population of over 1.4 billion people, it seems to be a pretty small figure. However, things are just getting started, and if the government is a little supportive of regulations, India can lead the way in terms of the mass adoption of crypto.
But it won’t be as easy as Indian banks, and especially the RBI has been pretty restrictive about crypto. India’s FM has also recently warned investors about the current investigations that crypto exchanges like WazirX and Vauld are facing over money laundering and KYC issues.
India is working on a CBDC (Central Bank Digital currency), which could change the country’s outlook on crypto. Plus, with time, as the crypto market gets bigger and more countries adopt a positive approach towards the sector, Indian authorities cannot simply just sit around.
The most important thing right now is a better tax regime that doesn’t strangle crypto investors. For example, according to the current rules, investors cannot offset losses with profits, and the 30% tax is also a flat rate. This makes trading incredibly difficult, and profit margins get slimmer.
There is also a need for regulatory clarity that allows foreign exchanges and businesses to operate in India. Do you remember when Coinbase came to India and had to pause its operations due to UPI problems? Or when banks were sending notices to customers for transferring funds to crypto exchanges? These things cannot happen anymore, or crypto adoption will be difficult.
India does have the potential to lead crypto adoption globally, with 50% of its population under the age of 25. Millennials have always been more accepting of new technologies, and the same is the case for crypto.
ORAN, Algeria (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is meeting would-be Olympic break-dancers Saturday and visited an Algerian record store celebrated by a famous DJ, a feel-good interlude during a trip to Algeria dominated by delicate diplomacy.
Both stops were seen as part of Macron relying on young people to pitch Franco-Algerian relations forward after decades of tensions over colonial-era wrongs and related disputes since Algeria’s hard-won independence in 1962.
The French leader visited Disco Maghreb, an iconic record store in the western Algerian city of Oran and a recording label for artists who perform traditional Rai music. Franco-Algerian artist DJ Snake has helped bring attention to Disco Maghreb and Rai rhythms.
Macron is also watching a performance by Algerian break-dancers who hope to compete in the 2024 Olympics in Paris, where breakdancing is making its debut as an Olympic sport.
Macron is expected to wrap up his three-day trip to Algeria later Saturday by signing a joint declaration with President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
On Friday, Macron promised France would become more flexible in issuing visas to citizens of Algeria after a major diplomatic crisis between the two countries over the issue last year. He and Tebboune also agreed to form a joint commission of historians to examine their countries’ past, from the beginning of French colonization in 1830 to Algeria’s independence.
Economic cooperation is a major part of the trip. Algeria is a key supplier of gas and oil to Europe, and Russia’s war in Ukraine has reinforced the North African nation’s role as European countries seek alternatives to Russian energy.
Macron’s office said he would also raise human rights concerns. Algeria has seen a creeping crackdown on dissent since pro-democracy protests in 2019, and activists criticize a system of governance that views dissidents as criminals and does not allow free speech.
Avoiding accidents is a top priority for every driver in Saturday’s regular-season-ending race (7 pm ET on NBC and Peacock) at Daytona International Speedway.
But there’s no scientific way to do it.
In 2021, 136 caution-causing accidents and spins involved 263 cars in the Cup Series. The four superspeedway races accounted for 17 accidents, which is 12.5% of the season total.
Accidents at those four races, however, involved 96 cars. That’s 36.5% of the total number of cars involved in accidents, even though superspeedways made up only 11.1% of the schedule.
When it comes to multi-car accidents, Daytona and Talladega are overachievers.
Between 2001 and 2021, 86 superspeedway races produced 416 accidents involving 1,986 cars. Only 2 of those 86 races went accident-free. Both were at Talladega: the 2001 spring race and the 2002 fall race.
Daytona is slightly more conducive to crashes and spins than Talladega. Daytona averaged 4.93 accidents per race from 2001-2021, while Talladega averaged 3.65.
The most accidents in a single superspeedway race is 12, at the 2011 Daytona 500. Forty-one cars were involved in accidents. That includes cars involved in more than one accident.
While the “Big One” gets the most attention, most superspeedway incidents involve only a few cars.
Of course, it doesn’t matter whether a driver is involved in a huge accident or a small one. There’s no correlation between number of cars involved and damage to the cars.
The most cars involved in a single accident is 26. It’s happened three times: twice at summer Daytona races (in 2014 and 2018), and at the 2005 spring Talladega race.
So far this year, Daytona and Talladega have had nine accidents involving a total of 35 cars. The largest accident collected nine cars, but 55.5% of the accidents involved three cars or less.
Predicting which running positions are safest is a tall order. A meaningful statistical analysis might be possible if one had access to NASCAR’s raw SMT data, which tracks cars via GPS. Loop data is not sufficient because drivers can gain or lose a half-dozen positions in a matter of seconds.
Even with multiple camera angles, using video to determine where cars were running when an accident starts is difficult. It’s also tremendously time-consuming, especially pinning down the positions of cars at the rear of the field.
But even with that data, no strategy guarantees a driver can avoid accidents. The system — thirty-some-odd cars, their drivers and their spotters — is complex enough to make modeling impossible.
Here’s one exhibited for why you can’t predict which cars will be impacted by an accident. The incident is from last year’s summer Daytona race.
I slowed the video to highlight how Martin Truex Jr. missed at least four cars on his way to hitting William Byron. Kyle Busch, running immediately ahead of Truex, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., running right behind him, both escaped damage. The cars immediately in front of and behind Byron avoided accidents, as well.
Truex came back down the track — again, missing a number of cars on the way — and clipped Tyler Reddick. Reddick had been running P24.
The driver in P13 took out the driver in P16, yet everyone two rows ahead and two rows behind them avoided contact.
Cars brake or scatter to avoid accidents, but some of these cars spin and/or get hit by other cars that are also trying to avoid contact.
In the Daytona incident, a cluster of drivers running in P25-P27 dodged the initial accident — only to be hit by the P22 car after it spun and hit the wall.
The upper-right corner at the end of the video shows the P36 car, which spun trying to avoid the accident.
An accident starting at P13 affected eight cars between P16 and P36 — but not in any logical or predictable order. A moment’s hesitation, or a choice to go high instead of low, could easily have changed which cars were damaged and which weren’t.
Increased blocking by leaders produces more accidents at the front of the field, potentially exposing more cars to damage.
Exhibit two is a 12-car accident from this spring’s Atlanta race. I chose it over Talladega or Daytona because the incident happened only a lap after a restart. The cars were pretty well ordered, making it easier to figure out who was where when the accident started.
The still below shows the order of the first few rows of cars before the accident. Red indicates the car that initiated the incident. Orange circles show cars that were damaged, while cars with green circles avoided damage.
There’s no rhyme or reason as to which cars make it through and which don’t. The crash kinetics depend on how quickly spotters and drivers react.
Just being in proximity to an accident doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily be part of it.
Because the bulk of the Atlanta accident happened on the frontstretch, cars running the lower lane had a slight advantage. They had more space to get away from each other. Cars running against the wall didn’t have that option. But, as the video shows, the lower lane wasn’t entirely immune.
Staying ahead of the instigators should, in principle, ensure a driver avoids accidents. But sometimes even that doesn’t work.
In the 2022 Daytona 500, the car running P39 lost a wheel. Twenty positions ahead, the P19 and P20 cars collided. One apparently anticipated the caution coming out faster than the other.
And there’s no staying in front of the accident when the leader causes it. Given the stakes for tonight’s race, expect plenty of blocking, especially at stage ends. Those battling for the remaining playoff positions might consider forgoing stage points so they survive to the end of the race.
There are no safe places on superspeedways.