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I am a jumbie

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first_imgDear Editor,For Freddie Kissoon, (whose vote at the 2015 elections must seemingly be counted among those allegedly garnered by the APNU/AFC coalition) “one of the positive outcomes of politics in the current era in Guyana is the assignment of the PPP to long years in the wilderness.”What an asinine comment from Kissoon! Made in the face of a huge groundswell of support for the PPP led by Bharrat Jagdeo. Make no mistake, even Guyanese who would not ordinarily be perceived to be PPP supporters are clamouring for the return of the PPP. A frequent comment in the streets and market place is: “Life was better under the PPP.” Kissoon is a man about town, with nothing to do and a lot of time to do it. He knows the PPP is the most popular party in Guyana. He knows that the ordinary people of Guyana are suffering at the hands of brutish, vindictive, insensitive, and uncaring APNU/PNC/AFC political neophytes, but Kissoon, who does not particularly see himself as Indian, cannot bear the evidence of the rising tide of support for the PPP.Writing in the Kaieteur News of March 9, 2018, Kissoon, while predicting that oil income will bring economic transformation, and while referring to the expected oil income as a gold mine, very significantly asserted that:1) “the incumbent party (APNU/PNC/AFC) will not give up that gold mine”.This statement should be interpreted to mean that APNU/PNC/AFC will not give up political power. After all, to make sense of Kissoon’s prediction, it must be understood that control of the gold mine goes hand in hand with political control and power. What must therefore be understood from Kissoon’s statement is that even if the PPP/C were to defeat the APNU/PNC/AFC (as the current mood of the people suggests it undoubtedly would), the APNU/PNC/AFC would shed its mask of constitutional conformity and the PNC’s known propensity for elections fraud, thuggery and violence would be unleashed, in fulfillment of Kissoon’s prediction that “the incumbent party will not give up that gold mine.”In this scenario, there should be little wonder about the likely role GECOM may play. It’s role in the 2015 elections has not been forgotten, and a legal challenge to those elections has been affected by an unnatural and discomforting sloth in the judicial system, which, given the nature of the challenges to those results, facilitates the continued exercise of power by APNU/PNC/AFC with an extremely thin majority of votes.The second significant point that Kissoon made in his article is that:2) “certain powerful governments in the world, with formidable influence in Guyana, WILL NOT ALLOW the PPP back in power with Jagdeo in the driving seat.”On reading this, my mind immediately went to the governments of the USA, Britain and Canada. In 2015, the US and Canada had two very active diplomats in Guyana, Bryan Hunt and Nicky Giles. They will long be remembered by the present suffering people of Guyana.Kissoon makes an extremely serious contention. He has described himself as an investigative journalist. Was this prediction the result of his penetrative investigative journalism? This is not a statement Kissoon would make lightly. Every right thinking Guyanese would interpret Kissoon’s statement to mean that “those powerful governments with formidable influence in Guyana” will, or may, be planning to take either overt or covert action to prevent Jagdeo and the PPP from winning and taking power in the 2020 elections.Kissoon has laid a serious indictment principally against the British, American and Canadian governments. Guyanese are well aware of the role of the American and British governments in the destabilization of the PPP government of the sixties, under the leadership of the greatest nationalist of our country, Cheddi Jagan, and of the direct involvement of the US in efforts to install Forbes Burnham and the PNC in government here. History has recorded the untold suffering, the thuggery, the racially directed violence instigated by the PNC against Indians in Guyana; the near-starvation conditions and the gross human rights violations inflicted upon the people of Guyana by the illegal PNC regime, and to which the USA for many years turned a blind eye. Does Kissoon have information that the United States is to behave similarly in 2020, so that we are likely to see a return of the infamous role played by the US in the sixties with devastating consequences for our people?It is now more than two weeks since Kissoon made this very assertive prediction. To date none of the powerful governments represented here in Guyana has said anything by way of disclaimer or disavowal of Kissoon’s foretelling of their intention not to allow a return of Jagdeo and the PPP to the seat of Government. What should the people of Guyana understand by their silence?Kissoon also contended that only jumbies from the cemetery are flocking to Jagdeo and the PPP. By now, Kissoon would have seen the photographs of Jagdeo’s audience recently at Babu Jaan, Corentyne. There were nearly 5000 jumbies in attendance. I would like Kissoon to know that I, too, am a jumbie. In 2015, GECOM told us that 202, 694 jumbies flocked to the PPP, and the overwhelming evidence is that, come 2020, the number of jumbies flocking to the PPP would significantly surpass the 2015 numbers.I never met Kissoon. I do not know him, but when I first saw his photograph, I thought he looked like a person who could flock to Jagdeo and the PPP.Sincerely,Selwyn Persaudlast_img read more

Red cards to stay despite outcry: IRB chief

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first_img0Shares0000Brett Gosper said red cards were the best way to encourage players to tackle lower, although critics like former Ireand star Geordan Murphy (C) have said the game has become ‘too PC’ © AFP/File / PETER MUHLYSYDNEY, Australia, Sep 23 – Red cards meted out as part of a crackdown on concussion-related injuries are here to stay, World Rugby chief Brett Gosper said Sunday, despite frustration over recent decisions.Leicester interim head coach Geordan Murphy said last week the “game’s gone too PC” after lock Will Spencer was red carded for catching hooker Tommy Taylor with a shoulder to the head. Earlier this month, Australia’s George Smith, a flanker with Bristol, was sent off for a dangerous tackle against Saracens that was later rescinded by a disciplinary hearing.“We’ve got to work on our consistency I guess, but at the end of the day we’re trying to change player behaviour,” Gosper told reporters ahead of World Rugby meetings in Sydney, where the sport’s top body will discuss numerous issues facing the game.“We’re trying to lower the tackle height so we can reduce the incidence of concussion and injury… and cards are the best way to change player behaviour.”He added officials were already instructed to look out for neck rolls, despite calls from the Wallabies for officials to take more action amid accusations All Blacks players were targeting star flanker David Pocock.Pocock was ruled out of Australia’s clash against the Springboks this month with a neck problem.“I can’t comment on any one incident but we’re certainly against neck rolls and the laws are against neck rolls and people are instructed to look out for that sort of behaviour,” Gosper said.Amid disquiet about Super Rugby’s video refereeing system TMO (television match official), Gosper added that there could be changes after governing body SANZAAR ordered a review in July.Coaches and pundits have expressed concerns the TMO was becoming increasingly influential and undermining the on-field referee.“We had a working group looking at that, they’ll report into the rugby committee this week so we can’t share the results of that because rugby committee haven’t discussed it yet,” he said.“I think there will be some positive change but I can’t pre-empt that until those discussions are had.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Caltrans targets problem bridges

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first_imgThe examination of California’s bridges came following the recent collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis. Mark DeSio, deputy director of external affairs for the California Department of Transportation, said the agency has re-inspected all of the bridges similar to the Interstate 35W bridge, and engineering experts said the types of environmental and structural problems that faced the Minnesota bridge are starkly different from the problems facing spans in California. Caltrans, which operates more than 2,000 bridges in Los Angeles County alone, says its bridges throughout the state are safe to drive on. Although Caltrans insists that the thousands of bridges it maintains are safe, it has identified 228 spans – 17 of them in Los Angeles County – that officials say should be at the top of the list for repairs. Officials said these bridges pose no danger of collapse but are considered top priorities for fixes based on such factors as structural problems and how much they are used by cars and trucks. Seventeen of the 228 bridges listed on the “Priority Structurally Deficient Bridge List” are in Los Angeles County. They include the 5/10/101 split in downtown Los Angeles, the Commodore Schuyler F. Heim lift bridge near Terminal Island in Long Beach and the Santa Monica Freeway viaduct in downtown L.A. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Picture Special: Loreto’s TY students acknowledge emergency services work at Christmas

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first_imgA GROUP of transition year student from Loreto Secondary School in Letterkenny made a timely festive gesture this week in appreciation of local emergency services.As part of their TY Cumann Gaelach project, the students launched a community project to focus on the emergency services in the area in appreciation of all the hard work they do, particularly over the Christmas Period.“The students began researching the statistics associated with the work of the emergency services over this period, and their eyes were opened to the number of people who give up their Christmas to help others,” the group said. “With a dramatic increase in accidents over the holidays, the emergency services are called on to help people in need, taking Gardai, Paramedics and Fire Service Personnel away from their families and celebrations over Christmas.“The students at Loreto wished to make a gesture of recognition and appreciation to the Emergency services because of the incredible work they do and sacrifices they make throughout the year and particularly now, over the Christmas period, when the rest of us are beginning to wind down with festive celebrations.“The students visited the local Garda Station, the Paramedics’ Base and the Fire Station, to present the workers with hampers filled with baked goods as a token of gratitude on behalf of our school and community. In each of these locations, the students received a great reception, and these workers took the time to show the girls around their bases and demonstrate to them exactly what their jobs entailed.“Without doubt, the students of this TY Loreto class finished their day feeling much richer in the knowledge that by recognising the hard work each of these services do on behalf of our communities, it might make their jobs a little easier for them. “The students would like to thank An Garda Siochana, the National Ambulance Service Paramedics and the Fire Services Personnel for taking the time out of their extremely busy schedule to facilitate their visits, and to also thank all people we did not meet today, who will be working this Christmas on behalf of our Community – it really is appreciate.” Picture Special: Loreto’s TY students acknowledge emergency services work at Christmas was last modified: December 14th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wausau East edges Marshfield boys swim team

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first_imgTigers win three eventsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield boys swim team came up just short of its first Wisconsin Valley Conference dual meet victory, falling to Wausau East 90-80 on Thursday at Marshfield High School.The Tigers (0-4 WVC) won three races and were second in seven others.Taking first place for Marshfield were Anthony Hartwig in the 500-yard freestyle (6:15.14), Jacob Dick in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.53), and the 400 freestyle relay team of Nathan Albanito, Hartwig, Dick, and Brock Hamm (4:19.56).Marshfield will jump back into action Saturday at the Eau Claire North Invitational.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)VarsityWausau East 90, Marshfield 80Winners and Marshfield finishers200 medley relay: 1. Wausau East (Jordan Straub, Jeremy Meerstein, Max Romang, Axel Treinen) 1:56.83; 2. Marshfield (Eric Tollefson, Scott Thompson, Ben Donahue, Zach Hanson) 1:58.17; 3. Marshfield (Tyler Meyer, Jacob Dick, Alex Wuethrich, Nathan Albanito) 2:16.06; 5. Marshfield (Jarreth Schaefer, Kyle Schultz, Cade Esker, Trent Anderson) 2:34.79.200 freestyle: 1. Straub (WE) 2:05.24; 2. Hanson (MAR) 2:14.07; 3. Anthony Hartwig (MAR) 2:15.25; 4. Wuethrich (MAR) 2:36.27.200 IM: 1. Meerstein (WE) 2:23.23; 2. Dick (MAR) 2:29.98; 5. Isaac Eberl (MAR) 3:26.10.50 freestyle: 1. Treinen (WE) 25.41; 2. Donahue (MAR) 25.87; 3. Albanito (MAR) 26.33; 4. Tollefson (MAR) 27.20.100 butterfly: 1. Romang (WE) 1:05.90; 3. Donahue (MAR) 1:12.08; 5. Albanito (MAR) 1:31.89.100 freestyle: 1. Treinen (WE) 57.08; 2. Hanson (MAR) 59.74; 3. Meyer (MAR) 1:08.50; 5. Brandon Koran (MAR) 1:10.20.500 freestyle: 1. Hartwig (MAR) 6:15.14; 2. Thompson (MAR) 6:32.23; 5. Wuethrich (MAR) 7:39.96.200 freestyle relay: 1. Wausau East (Treinen, Meerstein, Romang, Straub) 1:42.73; 2. Marshfield (Tollefson, Hanson, Thompson, Donahue) 1:47.87; 3. Marshfield (Meyer, Brock Hamm, Hartwig, Koran) 1:56.82.100 backstroke: 1. Straub (WE) 1:04.89; 3. Tollefson (MAR) 1:12.96; 5. Koran (MAR) 1:39.25.100 breaststroke: 1. Dick (MAR) 1:13.53; 3. Thompson (MAR) 1:16.03; 5. Esker (MAR) 1:34.55.400 freestyle relay: 1. Marshfield (Albanito, Hartwig, Dick, Hamm) 4:19.56; 4. Marshfield (Anderson, Wuethrich, Eli Swansen, Koran) 5:11.85; 5. Marshfield (Schultz, Connor Berres, Gaven Ronning, Gage Plechaty) 5:32.48.—JVNo team scores.200 freestyle: 1. Ronning (MAR) 2:46.31.50 freestyle: 1. Tyler Meyer (WE) 32.82; 2. Schaefer (MAR) 33.05; 4. Graham Verona (MAR) 36.42; 6. Hunter Karau (MAR) 49.78.100 freestyle: 1. Hamm (MAR) 1:07.42; 4. Berres (MAR) 1:24.89.500 freestyle: 1. Ronning (MAR) 8:00.81; 2. Berres (MAR) 8:21.28; 3. Anderson (MAR) 9:21.50.200 freestyle relay: 1. Marshfield (Esker, Schultz, Berres, Eberl) 2:18.66; 3. Marshfield (Nathaniel Ronan, Karau, Verona, Plechaty) 2:42.44.100 backstroke: 1. Meyer (MAR) 1:37.15; 2. Kraua (MAR) 3:08.45.100 breaststroke: 1. Swansen (MAR) 1:33.08; 4. Eberl (MAR)2:01.37.400 freestyle relay: 1. Marshfield (Eberl, Verona, Ronan, Esker) 5:38.23.last_img read more

Good Blogs

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first_imgrichard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Blogging#web For some reason, three of my favourite blogs posted self-referential reflection posts at pretty much the same time. An excuse for me to pay homage to them (and some other blogs I enjoy). In no particular order:a) PaidContent.org is the most professional blog that I know of and I’ve been an admirer for a while now. Rafat and Staci have a knack of getting to the nitty gritty of each story and the coverage of new media is second to none. I also admire the network Rafat has built (and continues to expand) and all the sponsors he has! PaidContent is celebrating 3 years this week, so congrats! Rafat says “I still believe, as I believed it back then, that the weblog publishing tools have enabled the rise of the individual journalist-entrepreneur, away from the shackles of underpaid, under-utilized, under-appreciated jobs with formal media companies.”Amen to that!b) Another blog I admire is Om Maliks’s Broadband Blog. To be honest, a lot of the topics he covers aren’t really in my interest areas (telecommunications, broadband). But the way he writes and the sheer quantity of quality, topic-focused posts he pumps out is amazing. He’s just posted a request for feedback from his readers – it’s noteworthy that more than a few commenters said they want the long-form posts to continue. As another blogger who tends to favour the long-form posts (I simply can’t stop myself – and I suspect Om is the same), that’s good to hear.I particularly enjoyed comment #2, which I’m going to paste here – because it’s an excellent reminder of the type of blogger I aspire to be.“You are differentiated by relaying important developments *AND* providing insightful, compact analysis backed up where possible with factoids. Too many blogs out there are mere ìrepeaters.îYours is one of a handful of blogs I follow closely. But I scan the feed and donít look at the categories.Thlinking is fine, but long form provides more to chew on.Do more ìpicture buildingî, pulling together a series of seemingly disparate pieces of information to reveal something hitherto unrecognized. Youíre good at that.If you must expand, then look more at applications and services that are only now possible because of ubiquitous broadband into the home and small biz.Donít loose your irreverence.NB: I am a poor model for the world.”c) Chris Anderson’s The Long Tail blog is one I follow because of the ideas, but also because it’s a great example of using a blog as a precursor to a book. Chris is celebrating the 6-month anniversary of his blog and says:“It’s been hugely fun so far, and very encouraging as an experiment in sharing book research, thinking and some writing (or at least phrasing) in public. Thanks to the extraordinary quality of the comments, emails and other feedback I’ve received on my posts, I think the book is going to be far better thought-through than I could have made it myself.”d) Some other blogs that I follow, which I think are worthy of more attention:Joshua Porter’s blog about interface design – we have very complimentary ideas about Web 2.0.Mathemagenic, Lilia Efimova’s blog about Knowledge Management. The thing I admire about Lilia is how she continues to write creative and poetic posts, while staying focused on her niche of KM.Susan Mernit is a constant source of inspiration about new media topics, and manages to mix in personal stories and life observations too.Andy Baio’s waxy.org is a blog I wish was updated much more often 😉 But luckily for us, there’s a continuous stream of Waxy Links to follow.Erik Benson’s blog has always been thought-provoking. As with waxy, I only wish he published more long-form posts these days. But he’s busy doing real work with The Robot Co-op (and excellent work it is too!).Andrew Chen is a blogger I’ve become good friends with over the past year. I keep berating him to post more often, because his writings on cyber-ethical themes (in particular) are well worth reading. But like Erik, Andrew’s too busy in the real world. 🙂Dina Mehta is an Indian blogger whose social software posts are thoughtful and an excellent counterpoint to the more American-centric blogs that I usually follow. The tech world needs more international bloggers (hey, that’s me too!).There are loads of other bloggers that I follow keenly and I’ve probably missed out at least 3-4 obvious ones, but it’s getting (very) late and it’s time for me to get some sleep. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

11 Ways to stop prospects from trashing your email

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first_imgEveryone’s inbox is overflowing. Don’t fill up the world with one more boring, over-selly email template.When you send an unsolicited email — to a prospective client, a journalist, a Social Media Manager — you want to make a real, human connection with them and make it easy for them to respond to you.Your business depends on these people emailing you back. So how do you get people to open your email and communicate something you want, while still being genuine?1. Respect your reader’s intelligenceIf you start condescendingly telling them what their business is lacking, what they’re not seeing, or conversely, telling them “you need this!” or “you need me!” with over-authority, you’re going to come off as a know-it-all.People can sniff an overbearing “expert” miles away.The trick is to show simple insight into their business. Assume that they already see and know everything about their business, and already have plans for improvements. Assume that they don’t like being told what to do.Some people will tell you that you should email prospects trying to solve a problem they didn’t know they had. I appreciate much more when someone provides me with a simple solution to an obvious problem I know I have or a product I just launched that I’m nervous about!If you can put your simple — almost obvious — insight in the frame of a (real) compliment, all the better: “I noticed that you’ve been posting on your blog more often, so I thought that you might be interested…”; “I love the new line you just added to your collection. It gave me the idea…”.2. No template emailsHow many times have you gotten form emails that begin, “Hey Lindsay,” but are clearly not just for you?A form email is the quickest way to turn off your prospect and give them permission to ignore your email. If a human didn’t send it, why should a human respond?At best, you’ll be conveying your true enthusiasm about their business. No template can capture your honest desire to be an asset to your prospective client.3. Respect your reader’s timeThe purpose of your initial unsolicited email is to make an introduction and ask for a simple reply, not to explain all of what you do, map out exactly what you can do for them, or include your full two paragraph bio.The most successful unsolicited emails I have ever written were five sentences or less.This is even more important in an age when almost half of emails are read on mobile. What looks fine on your computer screen looks like an essay on their iPhone.4. No one wants to explore possibilitiesInclude clear CTA. It’s amazing how many emails I get that don’t include exactly what they want me to do.You’ve gone to the trouble of explaining yourself. Now I have to work hard to write a reply in which I carefully tread around your unstated expectations. Do you want to design something for my business? Did you just want to have coffee? Are you just wasting my time?Tell your prospect exactly what you want them to do. Not authoritatively, but just make it clear. This is not the time to dance around and be shy. “I’d love to write a blog post for your site. Do any of these ideas interest you?” “I’d love to have a quick phone chat about what you’re looking for. Maybe I could give you a call early next week?”Make it as little work as possible for your prospect to respond. Convey that you’re the type of person who doesn’t beat around the bush and waste their time “exploring possibilities” — you just want to be an easy, reliable service provider.5. If that’s too big an ask, what are some easy things they could do?Let’s say you’re angling for something big — a high-level partnership, a long-term client relationship. But you’d actually be content if they responded back affirmatively to a smaller-level request.For instance, let’s say you send a proposal to help with the social media marketing of a small business. You’re trying to initiate a conversation for a long-term client relationship. But you’d also be happy if they read some of your blog posts about social media or subscribed to your newsletter. “If you want a small sample of what I do, I hope you take a second to join my 400 other subscribers to receive advice about social media for small businesses!”6. Establish credibilityIf you paid attention to my previous example, you’ll notice that I sneaked in a small example of social proof — that I had 400 other subscribers.While you don’t want to provide your complete bio, it will be very wise for you to slip in a few instances of social proof in your email. Mention a big previous client you’ve had. Include where your blog posts have been featured. Or if you want to be more subtle, put your 3,000-follower Twitter feed below your name.7. Use “you” not “your company”Your speaking to a human, not to an institution. At this point, you should have done your research to find the right person to reach out to. Not the Director of HR, but the blog manager. Not the Social Media Manager, but the person actually running the Twitter feed who may be able to just do what you ask quickly.Think of how you can make that person’s life easier. Use “you,” which is still the most persuasive word in the English language. When you use “you,” you should notice that your language relaxes; you’re speaking to a real person, not trying to impress anyone.Similarly, your “from” field should be your name, not your company name.8. Use your natural voice. Be human. Add personality.I’ve been saying this throughout, but it bears repeating. In order to be replied to, you need to sound like you actually sound.Try this: read these tips, then sleep on it and don’t try to write something right away. You’ll come back to writing tomorrow with only a loose memory of these tips, but your mind will be fresh and able to convey them in a natural, unforced, human way.9. Craft a good subject lineThe subject of subject lines is too vast to cover here; I’ll let the experts do it: The Three Key Elements of Irresistible Subject Lines from CopybloggerHint: Don’t use free, help, opportunity, some overblown claim (“I will save you thousands!!”), all caps, or excessive exclamation points. I might also stay away from questions because they can seem markety.10. Follow them on social firstIncrease the chance that your contact will not skip over your name in their inbox by following them on social media first. Then try retweeting or sharing something they share. This not only gets your name in front of them, but it shows them that you’re interested in and involved with their business.11. ExperimentIs your quest to find clients through cold-emailing failing? Then it’s time to change your approach. Challenge your assumptions about what people want to hear. Heck, challenge the tips in this blog post. Keep iterating.Do you send cold-emails? What has worked for you?last_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan to miss rest of Sri Lanka tour to attend to his ailing mother

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first_imgOpener Shikhar Dhawan will no longer take part in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka as the southpaw will travel to India on Sunday to be with his ailing mother, the BCCI said in a statement.”The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced that opener Shikhar Dhawan would be leaving for India on Sunday to see his ailing mother,” the statement read.”Dhawan’s mother is stable and is recovering well at the moment.”With the five-match ODI series already in their kitty and only two matches to go (including the lone T20 International on Wednesday), the BCCI decided against naming a replacement for Dhawan.”The All-India Senior Selection Committee has decided not to name any replacement for the fifth ODI and the only T20I, scheduled on September 3rd and 6th respectively in Colombo,” the statement said.The men in blue took an unassailable 4-0 lead in the series after winning the fourth ODI by 168 runs.last_img read more