Gary Clark Jr. Will Play A Rare Solo Performance At Carnegie Hall

first_imgCome December 8th, guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will take his performing in new directions for a very special solo performance at the world famous Carnegie Hall. Clark Jr. is undeniably one of the best blues guitarists today, channeling an authentic soul power in his guitar playing and lead vocals.While Clark Jr. continues to tear things up with his touring band, especially in support of the 2015 release The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, the axeman is sure to impress for this evening of music.For more information about the show, head here. The description reads: “Featuring the singer, songwriter, and guitarist in a rare, solo setting, this performance showcases a very different side of Gary Clark Jr.’s oeuvre. The unaccompanied performance is an intimate version of the full electric experience.”You can watch the full electric experience in action, below.last_img read more

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Impact of the nation’s first black president

first_imgAs Barack Obama’s historic presidency winds down, scholars are beginning the complicated undertaking of assessing the impact of the nation’s first black president.Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) convened analysts, practitioners, and activists this week for a two-day symposium to consider Obama’s legacy on issues of race, justice, and civil rights.At the symposium’s opening Wednesday evening, panelists said Obama’s leadership addressing racism and policing — both in getting parties to the negotiating table while quelling the emotional tinderbox of protests and counterprotests, and in his relentless push for meaningful criminal justice reform, particularly around mass incarceration — will be seen positively in the coming decades.“I think President Obama will go down as one of the most productive presidents, in terms of legislation, that we’ve had in a long time,” said Avik Roy, president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and opinion editor for Forbes magazine, and a former policy adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney. Citing the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank, and the 2009 federal stimulus bill, Roy said, “His goal was to be the liberal Reagan and I think in many ways, he was.”Paul Monteiro, acting director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s community relations service, agreed, noting that Obama got consequential legislation passed despite very stiff and longstanding obstruction from Congressional Republicans even when their interests and the White House’s aligned. The sweeping analyses of police departments in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore and the aggressive pursuit of consent decrees by the DOJ’s civil rights division have been meaningful in jump-starting reform of police practices.Beyond the symbolism of having a black man in the White House, Historian Leah Wright Rigueur, an assistant professor of public policy at HKS, asked the panel about Obama’s effect on policy and social movements.Noting the black cultural renaissance that has flowered amid the Black Lives Matter movement during his presidency, activist Brittany Packnett praised Obama for his frequent public acknowledgement and celebration of black arts and culture.“That kind of black representation matters,” she said, because it “offers a real legitimacy in the American canon. That it’s not just the ‘stuff of black people,’ [but a recognition that] our art forms are American treasures.”Despite all of the racial animus and political resistance against him, Obama has been criticized for being “a respectability president” who hasn’t been aggressive or progressive enough on issues such as education, poverty, and immigration, said Rigueur.Roy said Obama handled such treatment with remarkable “grace,” but said there are valid criticisms of his policies, such as stagnant wages and growth and a sluggish recovery that’s done little for those at the bottom, that don’t involve racism.“There’s always an expectation of grace, of dignity, of a certain magnanimity that says ‘I know you wronged me, but I will not stoop as low as you have,’” said Packnett, co-founder of Campaign Zero and vice president of Teach For America’s National Community Alliances, on the expectation that black people in power won’t react to blatant disrespect. “That is a no-win situation when you’re a black man in the White House, because you’re either going to be too docile or too angry. And being human … is something I do not think is something [that] has been afforded to him over the last eight years, both because of his position and because of his race and because of his gender.”Monteiro said Obama made it clear to those working in the administration that there was no one way to be black. “I reject the respectability [argument] because I think he has done it his way, but he’s allowed space for people to do it their way.”As to criticism that the Obama administration has done a lot more talking than delivering results on racism and reform of the police and criminal justice systems, analysts said he’s accomplished more than people give him credit for.“There are lots of things I think still need to be done,” said Packnett. Still, she said, by talking about these issues repeatedly, forming a policing task force in 2015, and convening meetings between activists, police, legislators and others to look for common ground and begin changing how police and black communities interact, “there’s a way in which he and this White House have brought this conversation into people’s living rooms that may not have happened otherwise.” Obama’s July visit to a federal prison in Oklahoma, for example — the first such by a sitting president — “humanized” the prisoners and brought the issue of mass incarceration to life.Obama has brought new, previously marginalized voices into the public square and validated the need to address their problems, said Monteiro. “I think he’s made the most of his moment.”last_img read more

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Fernanda Coppel’s King Liz to Receive Showtime Adaptation

first_img View Comments Fernanda Coppel’s King Liz, which made its world premiere off-Broadway earlier this summer, is to be adapted for the small screen. Deadline reports that Coppel will pen the Showtime half-hour dramedy herself.King Liz follows Liz Rico, a sports agent who, despite money and an elite client roster, must work twice as hard to stay on top in an industry dominated by men. When Freddie Luna, a high school basketball star with a troubled past enters, she seizes the opportunity to skyrocket his career as well as her own.Directed by Lisa Peterson, the Second Stage Theatre Uptown production officially opened at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on July 27 and starred Karen Pittman, Jeremie Harris, Michael Cullen, Russell G. Jones, Caroline Lagerfelt and Irene Sofia Lucio.last_img read more

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Representatives write to CFPB about concerns with payday proposal

first_imgA bipartisan group of Representatives, including multiple members of the House Financial Services Committee, wrote to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Richard Cordray expressing concerns about the bureau’s short-term, small-dollar loan proposal. The legislators expressed fears, shared by CUNA, that the proposal has the potential to “severely restrict access” to credit, and asked the bureau to work with stakeholders to craft a final rule that protects both consumers and their access to credit.“We all encourage rules that serve to weed out and punish those that take advantage of consumers,” the letter reads. “Yet, with this proposed rule, in an effort to keep unscrupulous actors out of the industry, the CFPB will simultaneously be harming the very consumers it is trying to protect by significantly reducing their ability to access the credit they desperately need.”The CFPB introduced its proposal earlier this year, and CUNA is concerned that the overly broad rule will effect consumer-friendly credit union loan products, as well as other loan products that would fall within the rule’s scope.Comments on the proposal are due Oct. 7, and CUNA is urging credit unions to make sure they submit comments to the CFPB highlighting ways consumer-friendly products will be negatively impacted. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Privacy: A guide for people Part 2 – Things you can do

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Details The previous part of our Privacy discussion covered your devices and regular activities on them. Cookies, ads, and what’s changing in this realm. Plus, we looked at how norms are shifting to more data sharing.With the overnight explosion in work-from-home, many of those practices became commonplace. Services like Zoom got themselves caught on the wrong side of the privacy conversation. And then made the right efforts to get better.Some of the places your data goes have your best interests in mind. Others…less so. This post will cover some of those technologies for credit unions, while also exposing some risks you may not know about.Of course, we’ll discuss options to protect your data and self (sadly, some of this is used to control and instill fear in others).Let’s start with the network you’re using.Wifi NetworksWhen on public wifi networks, consider everything visible. Your banking connection might be encrypted, but some data can still be seen if someone is “watching” network activity.Surprise, there’s a solution for it! A technology called VPN (Virtual Private Network) encrypts your traffic and “tunnels” it through trusted servers. Now no one can see anything you do online.Since all your traffic goes through their systems, it’s good to trust the provider. I use Windscribe, a company out of Canada that is well-reviewed by those in the know. Plus, their marketing is stellar.You can use a VPN on any connected device, so desktop or mobile activities can be private.Ironically, LTE (and 5G eventually) traffic is among the most secure in our country. If you don’t trust the wifi (Name: “FreeWifiConnectNow”), don’t have a VPN, and need to do some banking, just use LTE.Other Privacy ChallengesThe original draft of this post then went into depth on a really scary kind of location tracker: the license plate scanner. It’s really a discussion upon itself. When I have time, I’ll give it the treatment it deserves.The rest of this post share challenges as well as opportunities for your credit union, then further exposes privacy risks we can mitigate.Data SharingBetween Open Banking and the general expectation of users, you’re under higher obligation to share data than ever before. And that doesn’t include what your members share on their own!How does this data and your privacy fit together?How are we ever going to keep this stuff locked-down?If you’ve been an honorary geek for any length of time (ie. one of my dedicated readers!), you’ll recall our conversations on data breaches and security. Many, many tweets about it, too.To answer the question: Most of the time, you guys do a great job with security! It’s everyone else causing issues. Can I get an, “I know, right?”So there’s a few forms of data sharing. The first is really blatant. It’s when you provide your card number to a merchant to buy something. If it’s in person, I hope you’re using the chip (EMV) or contactless (NFC, like Apple Pay). Why? Go here. Read it.Security in that form is tough, because you’re depending on the merchant. And that’s where most “breaches” occur, costing your institution time and money (though consumers seem to consider it normal now).It’s not normal. It doesn’t have to be a regular occurrence. Now that the tech is available, the challenge is in member education.API AccessChances are, you have at least one connection to some financial service using an API (Application Programming Interface). These are secured links between systems that don’t require sharing passwords.The handshakes that happen are in the background. It’s like “Log in to this site with Facebook”. You don’t give them your Facebook credentials; you just say “sure, share my data.” (Those have their own privacy implications…)Your members are used to this type of system. If you present your own solution, they’ll use it (assuming it promises and delivers on a value proposition).Trusted partners will have strict controls on what they can do with the data you send to them. I’m sure that was decided during the agreement stage.Having a standardized process for this is at the core of Open Banking. Yes, it will let members connect banking data to other, perhaps cooler, platforms. Yet they’re still with you. And your institution can market this easy integration.Privacy & FunctionalityData is the new currency. Companies want it. And with the technologies of today (and tomorrow), they can gather more of it than ever before.Your goal is to help maintain your members’ privacy and security, while also engaging them through interesting, personalized experiences.Risks From OutsideSometimes, ok, most of the time, the privacy risks to your credit union and members come from outside. There’s not much you can do about them besides being aware and educating members.But there is one thing every hacker wants…access to your device. What are the two best tools to prevent this?Biometric authentication (TouchID or FaceID)Long passcode only you knowYeah, that means not sharing access. It also means never sharing passwords (I’m referring to those streaming services logins you absolutely never give to family and friends).Whether directly or remotely, hackers long to access your information (be it financial, personal, or business). Locking down your phone and computer is your best first line of defense.Sometimes the “hacker” isn’t a hacker, but someone close to a member. They may install software called “stalkerware” that tracks usage and activities, just as much as any other hack. Go here to get tips for detecting and removing these programs.Here’s a company which might make you a bit more eager to lock down your social media accounts. Surprise, surprise, they got hacked.Clearview AI Facial Image HackHere’s a scary and timely hack (based on when I wrote this piece) I hope never happens again. Though, given the information is already out, does it even matter? Yes, yes it does.A company called Clearview AI was just minding their own business, providing quality services to other companies…sorry, none of that is true. Here’s what they were doing:Stealing all photos of your face visible online. Then keeping them in their own systems permanently. Even when you deleted your copies on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or elsewhere, they had you saved.Already, that’s…not great. It gets worse. They sell this image data (with associated AI recognition capabilities) to law enforcement, governments, and, oh, yeah, banks.Presumably, it’s used to match your identity to photos of unknown people. For what reasons? To find wanted people, sure. To discover those who aren’t paying the loans? Your guess is as good as mine.The hack? Their entire client list was stolen. So while there’s no way to remove your photos from their system, someone else has access to who they’ve sold them to.What You Can DoIn this case, your strategy is just empowering members with clear and concise information. Then share pieces of a regularly-updated guide on maximizing safety and security online and in the real world.Include mention of privacy settings on social media, the potential risks of friending people you don’t know, and the typical “your credit union will never ask for any personal information”.Keep Dark Web In MindFor your own institution’s protection, realize some of your member data might be on the Dark Web. Brainstorm the most effective and unobtrusive ways to verify member activity and identity.PS – Make sure security questions never include maiden names, pets, street/city where you were born, or first car. Embrace 2FA and answers to questions that are less likely to be found in public record searches. Say, favorite movie or breakfast. Again, be creative!Privacy Talks ContinueThese two posts may have felt like a lot. And you’d be right. But it’s still just the beginning. I could talk about nothing else on here and stay busy. I won’t, because there’s more to cover.Just keep these ideas in mind and ensure they are built into your mission, so it’s always considered.You have your member’s trust. Use it wisely and share your own wisdom to help them live safer, more productively, and happier.Be sure to Subscribe to the Credit Union Geek to get more posts like this delivered straight to your inbox.last_img read more

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Feyenoord set price for Arsenal to sign Orkun Kokcu

first_imgArteta is yet to make his first permanent signing for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)League chiefs confirmed on Friday the 2019/20 season had been called off and that there would be no champions or relegations this year.Feyenoord were in third place, six points behind league leaders Ajax and AK Alkmaar – who were separated by goal difference. With leagues across the country debating whether to resume or abandon their seasons, Ajax star Dusan Tadic hit out at the decision in the Netherlands.‘Both champions are not an option for me either, because a difference has been made,’ he said. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘That difference is the target difference. And we have agreed that goal difference counts in case of a tie. ‘Then it is very simple for me and Ajax must be declared the champion. This prize was taken from us.’‘You want to become champions every year and Ajax is now also at the top,’ he added. The rest of the Eredivisie season has been cancelled (Picture: Getty‘Even under these circumstances you have to be declared champion. I think it’s great that the competition has stopped, but the number one is the number one.‘We have agreed rules with all clubs in advance. The rules say that the goal difference counts and not the mutual result. ‘If we had mutually agreed on results, AZ would be the rightful champion. I would have liked to make our supporters happy with the trophy.’MORE: Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos drops major hint on Arsenal futureMORE: Martin Keown says Arsene Wenger would have united Arsenal players over coronavirus pay cut disputeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coral BarrySaturday 25 Apr 2020 8:10 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6kShares Feyenoord set price for Arsenal to sign Orkun Kokcu Kokcu is wanted by Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Feyenoord are ready to sell Orkun Kokcu after Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made the playmaker one of his top targets, according to reports.The 19-year-old is highly rated by the Gunners and his current club, but Feyenoord are eager to raise transfer funds to sign Heerenveen’s star midfielder Joey Veerman.Voetbal International claim Feyenoord will accept a £23million bid for Kokcu, who has made 35 appearances this season.Arteta identified the midfielder earlier this year as an ideal addition to his squad and technical director Edu has already held talks about signing Kokcu.ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisementKokcu would be Arteta’s first permanent signing after Arsenal were only able to secure loan deals in the winter window.Arsenal were thought to be prepared to pay as much as £25m for Kokcu after Sevilla declared an interest in the Dutchman.Feyenoord are free to weigh up their transfer plans after the Eredivisie was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.center_img Advertisement Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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Charles P. Riddell

first_imgCharles P. Riddell, 88, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 in Rising Sun, Indiana.He was born February 2, 1929 in Cynthiana, KY, son of the late George Larkin and Sarah F. Riddell.He served his country as a member of the United States Army. Charles served 15 months overseas during his time in the Army. After returning, he worked for Probst Brothers Imp.He was a co-owner of Tri County Water and also worked for Paul H. Rohe Co., where he continued to work both jobs until he was 75 years old.Charles was a member of the Aurora VFW. Charles loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and his great grandchildren.Surviving are his loving wife of 64 years, Patricia L. (Tonne) Riddell of Aurora, IN; son, David (Judy) Riddell of Rising Sun, IN; daughter-in-law, Denise Riddell of Cincinnati. OH; twin sisters, Vivian Cotton and Virginia Waldon of Moores Hill, IN; brother, Bill (Joyce) Riddell of Rising Sun, IN; sister in laws, Betty (late Leonard) Riddell of Aurora, IN, Connie (late Kenneth) Riddell of Dillsboro, IN; grandchildren, Sarah (Jeff) Wickman, Amanda (Mike) Gray, Nicole (Eean) Bailey, and Andrew Riddell; great grandchildrens, Lydia Riddell, Jessa Wickman, Addison and Alivia Bailey, and Delaney Gray.He was preceded in death by parents, Larkin and Sarah Riddell, sons, Jeffery and Charles “Dennis” Riddell; brothers, Leonard and Kenneth Riddell, and sister, Pauline Wiemeyer.Friends will be received Monday, August 14, 2017, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11:00 am with Pastor Charles Hill officiating.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Aurora Life Squad or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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IGG basketball teams named

first_img… Coaches express confidence in teamsAS THE countdown to the 2016 Inter-Guiana Goodwill Games falls to three days, the male and female basketball teams have finally been selected. The two teams are packed with IGG experience since multiple players on both sides have already had IGG exposure.On the male side, Tahquille Johnson, Stanton Rose, Troy David and Jamol Gilkes make up the Region 10 players with Neil Wills, Tafawa Daly and Ramone Fogenay forming the Berbice contingent. For Georgetown, Jaleel Duke, Travis Belgrave, Nathan Saul, Roger John and Timothy Thompson will don national colours.At left, Luwanna Abrams of Digicel hands MVP trophy to Kennesha Leacock.At left, Luwanna Abrams of Digicel hands MVP trophy to Kennesha Leacock.On this side, Johnson, Rose, Wills, Saul and Thompson all have IGG experience and will be called upon for their experience. The male side will benefit from the general skills of Rose who is this year’s Road to Mecca 3 MVP as well as National Schools Basketball Festival MVP.On the female side, Jenelle Belle, Makeda Rogers, Kennesha Leacock hail from Kwakwani with Tandika Bouyea and Toshieka Arthur representing Berbice. For Georgetown, Kesann Charles, Ruth Sanmoogan, Jada Mohan, Saffiya Greene, Demelza Nicholas, Ashley Khan and Analisa Barclay make up the Georgetown contingent. On this side, Belle, Rogers, Leacock have IGG experience while Barclay, Mohan, Charles, Greene and Nicholas have CBC U-16 experience. The females will see a boost in scoring from National Schools Basketball Festival MVP Kennesha Leacock.Both coaches have expressed confidence in their teams. Male coach Junior Hercules provided comments for the Guyana Chronicle.His first comment addressed the period of time for which they would have to train. “You could always use more time but the reality is this is the time that was afforded to us.”He also said, “It’s gonna be jammed but I’m assuming, based on the players we have, they will be able to absorb the information we dispense as quickly as possible.”He is very confident in the skills and talent. “IQ seems very solid and we have scorers at the 1, 2, 3 and 5 positions which are basically 2 and 1 positions,” Hercules finished.The IGG basketball games begin on Friday at the newly refurbished Cliff Anderson Sports Hall at 13:00hrs and end at 17:00hrs.last_img read more

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Other Sports Deepak Punia Misses World Wrestling Championship Final, Settles For Silver

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India’s Deepak Punia had to settle for silver after after missing the final of the men’s freestyle 86kg at the World Wrestling Championship. Deepak Punia had to miss the title clash against Iranian Hasan Yazdanichara due to injuries. Deepak had picked up an injury on his left leg and eye in his earlier fight.”The left foot is not taking the load. It’s difficult to fight in this condition. I know it was a big chance to fight against Yazdani but I can’t help it,” Deepak told PTI.  The 20-year-old Indian will have to be content with a silver medal in his debut senior world championship. Deepak had come out of the mat limping and with a swollen right eye after his semifinal against Switzerland’s Stefan Reichmuth on Saturday. In a dream run, Deepak reached the final with wins over Reichmuth, Colombia’s Carlos Arturo Mendez and Kazakhstan’s  Adilet Davlumbayev. It was a good draw for Deepak and he exploited it to get the biggest medal of his career. Only last year, he had won the junior world championship title. Sushil Kumar remains India’s only world champion. He had won a gold in 66kg in 2010 World Championship in Moscow.  last_img read more

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Late strikes hand Aussies advantage

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneySYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) – Australia stunned England with two late wickets, including that of Joe Root for 83, to leave the tourists wobbling on 233 for five at the end of the rain-disrupted opening day of the fifth and final Ashes Test yesterday.A day that started with rain washing out the first session had looked like ending with a packed Sydney Cricket Ground bathed in summer sunshine and England’s Barmy Army of fans in full triumphant voice.Root and Dawid Malan had combined for a 133-run partnership to help steer the tourists to 228 for three when Australia took the second new ball with two or three overs of play remaining.First, Mitchell Starc, back after missing the fourth Test with a bruised heel, induced Root into a half volley to square leg where Mitchell Marsh took a superb catch.Then Jonny Bairstow, who had eschewed a nightwatchman, was removed caught behind by Josh Hazlewood with what turned out to be the last ball of the day.“It was great to get the late reward as a bowling group for our hard toil,” said Marsh.“Two three-hour sessions really took it out of us, certainly in that last hour, it felt pretty long. So to get those two wickets was great for our confidence and we’ve got a two-over new ball tomorrow, so hopefully we can get stuck into them.”Despite the Ashes already having been relinquished after the loss of the first three Tests in the series, the tourists had been determined to build on their performance in the drawn fourth Test and secure a consolation win.Malan, who survived a few scares to notch up his fifth Test half-century and reached stumps unbeaten on 55, said England were obviously disappointed.“It sort of sums up where we’ve been in on this tour, we’ve been on top for so long in games and then make a couple of mistakes and let the Aussies back in,” he said.“I thought Rooty played fantastically well to get to that position, obviously he was disappointed to get out and to be five down after the hard work we put in today is obviously not ideal.”Mark Stoneman, James Vince and Alastair Cook departed relatively cheaply before tea but Australia’s bowlers were unable to drive home their advantage until the dramatic climax.Both Root and Malan scored slowly – the captain had six boundaries in his half-century and his partner five – and there were chances to dismiss the latter in particular.Root had just reached the 50 mark when he called for a single off Nathan Lyon only for Malan, who was on 28, to stand his ground and then set off very late.Marsh fielded the ball but fired it to the striker’s end and Tim Paine’s throw to Lyon caused the spinner to spill the ball, allowing Malan to make his ground.ENGLAND 1st inningsA. Cook lbw b Hazlewood 39M. Stoneman c Paine b Cummins 24J. Vince c Paine b Cummins 25J. Root c MR Marsh b Starc 83D. Malan not out 55J. Bairstow c Paine b Hazlewood 5Extras: (lb-1, w-1) 2Total: (81.4 overs) 233-5Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-88, 3-95, 4-228, 5-233.Bowling: M. Starc 16-4-63-1, J. Hazlewood 17.4-2-47-2, P. Cummins 17-4-44-2, N. Lyon 26-4-61-0, M. Marsh 5-0-17-0last_img read more

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