Past players back Windies

first_imgFormer West Indies players Sir Andy Roberts, Jackie Hendriks and David Williams have given the West Indies the edge in the final of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India today. Describing the Caribbean aggregation as best suited for the format, and having the psychological edge after defeating England in the preliminaries, as well as the momentum after overcoming title favourites India in the semi-finals, the trio, however, believes it will come down to application. “I think it’s going to be another win for us,” stated Hendriks, referring in the process to the regional side’s triumph over Sri Lanka four years ago. “They (England) are a good team, but I think that the West Indies are best for this type of cricket. “I think if we keep our heads, our bowling attack can keep them within any total we set, as well as we have the batting to chase down any total they set,” the former wicketkeeper added. Roberts, a member of the pioneering Clive Lloyd-led ICC World Cup 50 overs winning teams of 1976 and 1979, highlighted bowling as the key to victory. “If we bowl well by restricting the amount of sixes, as well as bowling a lot of dot balls, that will be the key to success,” cited Roberts. “We have been bowling well in patches with the spinners, particularly (Samuel) Badree and (Sulieman) Benn, playing extremely well. “However, the medium pacers such as Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Carlos Brathwaite have at times allowed things to slip.” Williams, meanwhile, a wicketkeeper for the West Indies teams in 1990s, and former West Indies assistant coach, believes the strength of the team’s batting will prove decisive. “The Englishmen should have some headaches when we bat,” Williams said. “We have a lot of match-winners, and have picked up some form, and that is worrying for any opposition. “It’s not just Chris Gayle anymore. Lendl Simmons and Johnson Charles have come along, Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo are there, as well as the hitting power of Andre Russell, Darren Sammy and Carlos Brathwaite.”last_img read more


Ashley Monroe Talks Sparrow Eminem Pistol Annies More

first_img Twitter From writing songs about her dog to showing a sexier side in her music, the East Tennessee singer/songwriter blazes a new trail on her fourth LPNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 22, 2018 – 12:28 pm You might not recognize Ashley Monroe’s new album, Sparrow, right away — at least not until her unmistakable voice delivers the first few words 12 seconds into the opening track, “Orphan.” Monroe made a sharp left turn on her fourth full-length album, honing in on total honesty and sensuality in her songs and teaming up with GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Cobb to add an extra layer of gorgeous strings, roomy glue and heart-worn grit to her unmistakably East Tennessee style.While the album has a different feel from her earlier work, it also feels undeniably authentic. The album’s focus flows from Monroe’s family relationships to her most personal fantasies and desires. Perhaps Sparrow steps out of country’s shadow and leans toward Americana, but it still all starts with the song.”I just love writing about and singing about what I’m feeling right then. If it’s sexy and sensual, I’ll write something like ‘Hands On You’ or ‘Wild Love,'” says Monroe. “I really had never written songs like that until this album.”The first single, “Hands On You,” offers a particularly candid, lucid and daring moment on the album. The song presents a sexy side of Monroe and uses sultry imagery devices she channeled from one of her songwriting heroes, Aimee Mann.”Well, I had that [she sings] ‘I wish I lay my hands on you.’ I had that started and the melody started when I went in with [the song’s co-writer] Jon Randall,” she says. “He and I both love Aimee Mann. … We were just talking about, let’s make it great. Let’s make some ‘innuendos indiscreet,’ you know? That was like, ‘What would Aimee Mann say?’ Let’s just not make it boring; let’s keep it real. ‘Bathroom stall,’ all that stuff. We wanted to have those gritty lyrics in it.””I’m all about putting an image to a song. I actually think of an image a lot when I sing. I’ll associate an image with that song.”From Sparrow’s honest writing process to its organic recording process, Monroe set out to make an album with nothing to hide, and it worked. A key decision toward that end was working with Cobb, who has experienced unmatched success in recent years with acts such as Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson. The key to Cobb’s sound, and to Monroe’s transformation, lies in the vibe.”Dave is actually super laid back in the studio,” says Monroe. “It seems like a simple thing but he didn’t try to fight me or, ‘Because I’m the producer I have this idea.’ He lets things breathe until it becomes perfect. It’s really a beautiful way of approaching it.”The ease in the process can be heard on the aforementioned album opener, “Orphan.” Monroe lists “She Wakes Me Up” as another one of her favorites from the album.”That started about my dog, Betty,” she says. “I would sing ‘Oh, my Betty, she’s the light of the world. She wakes me up with the sun in her eyes,’ every morning when she would come to me. And then I started thinking, ‘I like this song. This is more than a Betty song.’ Then, at the time, I was trying to get pregnant and thinking, ‘We’re having a kid,’ and in my mind, I’m thinking, ‘It’s gonna be a girl, so I’m just gonna finish this song for my future child that will be a girl.’ But it wasn’t. I kept it she. Betty still loves when I sing that to her.”Where many artists find themselves slowing down as life changes under their feet — Monroe gave birth to her first child, Dalton, Aug. 4, 2017 — Sparrow is only the beginning of a wealth of new material the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter says is inspired in part by these major milestones. Ashley Monroe Talks ‘Sparrow,’ Eminem, Pistol Annies & More News Facebook Email Ashley Monroe On ‘Sparrow,’ Pistol Annies & More ashley-monroe-talks-sparrow-eminem-pistol-annies-more “I’ve written a lot more since I’ve had my son. I just feel more confident, you know? I always want to keep music pure,” says Monroe. “The world is so complicated, and everything is complicated, but when the music’s pure, I feel like people can escape it for a little bit. I always want to keep it honest. I want to keep it true. Not to say everything I write has to be about my life, but I just want to keep it true and real.”Monroe’s prolific writing period has also spilled into the other project she’s become famous for, her collaboration with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley as Pistol Annies. The country supergroup are heading into the studio next month to resume working on their third full-length album.”Angaleena, Miranda and I are the most real and honest versions of ourselves as human beings when we’re around each other,” says Monroe. “It’s crazy how fast the walls fall. That’s why I think that we can write from our true selves. We all have that input in every single song. I feel like this album will be definitely a more grown-up version, cause we’ve grown up a lot since our last one. That’s [not] to say there’s not still humor and all that stuff. There’s heavy topics too, but these are hands-down the favorite songs we’ve ever written.” Visibly excited about all the new music she’s working on, Monroe also teases more solo material in the works. With essentially two main musical projects going at once, a long list of collaborations and live appearances, plus a busy family life with an infant (and don’t forget Betty), she has come to cherish the few quiet moments her life has to offer.”Yesterday, I flew here [to New York] from Nashville. It was very hectic at home, lots going on. Dalton’s sick. This morning I woke up and I had coffee while reading the E.B. White ‘[Here Is] New York’ book in complete silence,” she says, smiling wide. “I had the most amazing morning just doing that.”Monroe is wise to take any opportunity she can to unwind, as her whirlwind year seems to only be getting started. And considering how far she’s come, musically and personally in the first decade of her career — from a budding country talent drawing big-time Nashville buzz and comparisons to Dolly Parton, to a family woman and an artist all her own with a bona fide Americana authenticity. Anything seems possible from here.When asked who she still dreams of collaborating with, Monroe presented a formidable wish list, including Ray LaMontange, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Ryan Adams, David Gray, and even Bobbie Gentry. But Monroe’s scope is even wider when it comes to the possibilities, as the success and transformation she has seen in her life and career have removed any musical barricades.”I just like so many different kinds of music. Eminem, he’s an amazing writer. I would really like to write a beautiful hook, [like] Dido. … I love those samples,” says Monroe. “I love Lil Wayne. He’s an amazing writer. I really don’t see any boundaries anymore. I feel like everything can fit in anywhere.”Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead morelast_img read more


Mahesh Babus Maharshi teaser on the verge of shattering Rajinikanths Petta record

first_imgMaharshiTwitterMahesh Babu has once again proved his popularity as the teaser from his upcoming movie Maharshi has amassed record-number of hits on YouTube. In about 48 hours, the clip has garnered over 15 million views. The teaser presents him in stylish avatars. He mouths inspirational words aimed to lift the spirit of the youths. Stepping into the shoes of a college student ‘Rishi’, the actor has charmed the audience with his chocolate boy looks.After promising a Ugadi and Gudi Padwa surprise, Mahesh Babu treated his fans with the much-awaited teaser of his upcoming next on Saturday, April 6. Ever since the teaser released, the actor’s look in a checkered suit stepping out of a helicopter in an exquisite location and his powerful dialogue in the custody has left the fans crazy. It is now on the verge of beating the teaser record of Rajinikanth’s Petta which amassed 15,637,517 hits till the story went for publishing. In the Mahesh Babu’s latest movie, the actor will be also portraying the role of a high-profile successful entrepreneur, a man who never loses. Maharshi marks the 25th film of the Superstar and is a very close and special project for him. The film is all set to hit the theatres on May 9.With about a month to go for the film’s release, the fans can expect songs from the movie to be unveiled one after the other in the weeks to come before the big pre-release event. The Telugu movie has Pooja Hegde playing the female lead with Meenakshi Dixit and Sonal Chauhan doing key roles. Allari Naresh has enacted an important character, while Jagapathi Babu, Sai Kumar, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha, Vennela Kishore, Pavitra Lokesh and host of other supporting artistes are part of the cast.last_img read more


DhakaMymensingh train service resumes

first_imgtrain file photoThe rail communication between Mymensingh and Dhaka resumed after three and a half hours of suspension following derailment of a train in Bangladesh Agriculture University area in Mymensingh on Monday morning, reports UNB.One compartment of Dhaka-bound ‘Bhawal Express Mail’ veered off the tracks around 6:00am, said Mosharraf Hossain, officer-in-charge of government railway police.On information, a relief train came and cleared the rail tracks around 9:30am, said the OC.last_img read more


Enhanced efficiency when determining band gap in solids

first_img Explore further Chan, a post-doc at Argonne National Lab (formerly at MIT), points out that the theory is lacking when it comes to band gaps. “The band gap problem is a well known one. However, using current methods, there is quite a bit of inaccuracy when it comes to calculating band gaps.” Band gaps in solids are important, especially if researchers want to identify the best materials for a variety of functions. The maximum efficiency of a solar cell, for example, is determined by the band gap of the material. “The inability to predict the band gap is holding back research in photovoltaics, as well as in semiconductors and thermoelectrics,” Chan points out.However, Chan thinks that a solution might have been found. Working with professor Gerbrand Ceder at MIT, it appears that a modified application of density functional theory – with a special generalization for solids – might hold the key to more accurate predictions of band gaps. The work is described in Physical Review Letters: “Efficient Band Gap Prediction for Solids.”“In the past, researchers have broken down individual electrons using a sort of itemized list of individual states. This has allowed for calculations revealing different properties, including band gaps. Unfortunately, the accuracy of the band gap predictions has been off,” Chan says. She points out that scientists know that silicon has a band gap of about 1.2 eV, but when current methods are employed to calculate the band gap, the answer is 0.7 eV. “You can see how that’s a problem if you are trying to gauge the suitability of a material for specific purposes,” she continues.To get a more accurate prediction of band gaps, Chan and Ceder created a method that involves altering the use of density functional theory so that an itemized list of individualized states is not the only consideration. “We also recognize that there are a number of interactions between electrons. So we look at the total energy, which includes these interactions,” Chan explains.Not only do Chan and Ceder make use of the total energy, but they also demonstrate that the band gap can be viewed as a property of the ground state. “This changes the way we view the band gap, seeing that it is a part of the ground state,” Chan says.Moving forward, Chan hopes that this technique can be used to identify the band gaps of different materials with more accuracy. This could prove useful in identifying the best options when creating future technology. “This work is part of the Materials Genome project started by Professor Ceder, with a goal of predicting properties of known compounds and using the knowledge to design new ones,” Chan says. “Part of that is understanding the band gap and being able to quickly determine the band gaps of various materials.”“Our method is relatively inexpensive, and could be useful when learning the properties of new materials,” Chan continues. “If someone came up with a new kind of material, predicting the band gap is not a question easily answered in the past. Hopefully our work will pave the way for easier answers in the future.” More information: M.K.Y. Chan and G. Ceder, “Efficient Band Gap Prediction for Solids,” Physical Review Letters (2010). Available online: prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v105/i19/e196403 Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Enhanced efficiency when determining band gap in solids (2010, November 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-efficiency-band-gap-solids.htmlcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — “With density functional theory, we are able to put different elements in a computer simulation and do calculations based on quantum mechanics to find out about their different properties,” Maria Chan tells PhysOrg.com. However, density functional theory is not entirely helpful in identifying all the properties associated with different compounds. Toward a better understanding of bilayer graphene 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.last_img read more