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Pasadena Bed and Breakfast House Starts Gofundme Campaign to Help With Free Lodging for Medical Personnel

first_imgHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Signs You’re Not Ready To Be In A RelationshipHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty The Bissell House is raising money to provide free accommodations to Pasadena doctors on the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus.The local historic seven-room Pasadena Bed and Breakfast so far is the only local institution offering lodging to local health care providers.“Many doctors are seriously concerned that they may inadvertently infect their families if they go home,” organizers wrote on a Gofundme page at:gofundme.com/f/doctors-free-stay-at-the-bissell-house-spasadena.“Frontline medical personnel will be working punishing hours-on-end for days at a time.”So far $1,080 of the $50,000 goal has already been raised.On Monday, Dorey Huston, Huntington Hospital spokesperson, said the hospital would unveil a lodging plan this week.“We have been working on lodging accommodations for the providers that are most impacted by COVID-19 for some days now, and will have a plan in place this week to offer lodging to those who are working with COVID-19 positive patients.”The Four Seasons Hotel is currently allowing health care providers to stay free of charge in New York.“The hospitality industry is suffering right now,” said William Hoyman who owns the Bissell House. “It’s no secret to anybody. And we decided rather than just sitting looking at rooms that we were going to try to offer something for the common good here in the community so we came up with the idea to try to partner with local hospitals to offer our rooms to ICU and emergency department doctors. Hopefully we can make a small difference and also bring more attention to this.”Hoyman would not say how many first responders are currently staying in the house.Employees working in the hospital’s COVID-19 unit have been pushing for lodging options.So far more than 5,300 people have signed a petition calling for lodging for the workers at the hospital.“Frontline healthcare workers such as doctors, nurses, nurse’s assistants and respiratory therapists are working around the clock to treatcoronavirus patients,” the petition reads. “Along with long hours, PPE shortages, and for some, a long commute home, these individuals are plagued with worries of exposing their families and loved ones at home. They need the support and help from the community to have a safe place to isolate after a long hospital shift to rest and regenerate.” top box 1 Pasadena Bed and Breakfast House Starts Gofundme Campaign to Help With Free Lodging for Medical Personnel Organizer hoping to provide housing to hospital workers fighting the COVID-19 outbreak By DAVID CROSS Published on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 3:35 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Top of the News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Community Newscenter_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Subscribe STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

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Solar prices fall to new record low in Saudi-led bid for 900MW Dubai project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:A consortium led by Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power has reportedly lodged a world record low price bid of $16.953 ($A25) a megawatt hour for a 900MW solar park in Dubai.The bid – reported by infrastructure journal IJGlobal – is one of two record low offers made by the two consortia still competing for the right to build the fifth phase of the huge 5GW Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum solar park in Dubai. According to IJGlobal, the bid offered by a rival consortium comprising Masdar, French energy giant EDF and China’s Jinko Solar, also beat all previous bids with an offer of $US17.25/MWh.The tender is being run by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), which had already attracted world-record low bids for previous phases, including a then record low of $US24/MWh by ACWA for the fourth phase of the solar park, which will combine solar PV and solar thermal technologies.Dubai has often set record lows for solar power thanks to its low cost of finance, cheap labour and excellent solar resources, and intense competition from the likes of ACWA and Masdar, who have been rivals in numerous tenders in Dubai and across the Middle East and in north Africa.ACWA won the first tender for the Dubai solar park just four eyes ago with a price that then shocked the solar energy world – $US58/MWh. The new offer is less than one third of that price.More: Solar PV prices fall to record lows in tender for 900MW solar park in Dubai Solar prices fall to new record low in Saudi-led bid for 900MW Dubai projectlast_img read more

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Fed comes to CUNA to discuss faster payments solutions

first_imgStaff from the Federal Reserve visited the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Washington, D.C., office Thursday to discuss its payments initiatives. CUNA, via its advocacy efforts and its Payments Subcommittee, is a consistent advocate for a modern, secure payments system.CUNA also is a member of both the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments and Secure Payments task forces.The Fed recently released a progress report on its efforts to enhance the speed, efficiency and security of the U.S. payments system.CUNA was involved throughout the process of adopting the same-day automated clearinghouse (ACH) rule, both from NACHA-The Electronic Payments Association, and when the Fed proposed to adopt NACHA’s standard.CUNA’s payments efforts also include supporting cybersecurity efforts and legislative solutions to ensure a secure payments system. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Brazil’s coronavirus cases pass Germany’s as Bolsonaro fights to open gyms

first_img“Bolsonaro is walking toward the precipice and wants to take all of us with him,” Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel said on Twitter.Bolsonaro’s popularity has suffered since the crisis began, polls show. Disapproval of the president rose to more than 55% in a survey released on Tuesday, from 47% in January.An investigation authorized by the Supreme Court into Bolsonaro’s alleged efforts to meddle with police investigations has also eroded his support, distracted from the country’s pandemic response, and rattled markets.Bolsonaro won election in 2018 on pledges to clean up politics and make sweeping market-friendly reforms to restore economic growth after a deep recession – plans derailed by the pandemic.Sources told Reuters the government will soon slash its 2020 economic outlook dramatically, predicting a more than 4% drop in gross domestic product, down from a prior forecast for flat growth.Brazil has passed France and Germany in confirmed cases even as its testing lags far behind both.As of Monday, Brazil had processed nearly 338,000 novel coronavirus tests in three months at official labs, said the Health Ministry. Another 145,000 tests are in analysis or the backlog.By contrast, Germany’s certified labs tested more than 330,000 samples last week alone and have the capacity to test around 838,000 samples per week. France has also invested in testing to boost capacity to around 700,000 tests per week.Brazil’s health ministry had confirmed 12,400 deaths from the virus as of Tuesday.A coronavirus mortality model from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) predicts over 88,000 deaths from the coronavirus in Brazil by August. Topics : Brazil’s confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus passed Germany on Tuesday, as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro fought states over his wish to reopen gyms and beauty parlors even as his country becomes a new global hotspot for the pandemic.Brazil has confirmed 177,589 cases since its outbreak began in late February, passing Germany’s 170,508 confirmed cases and drawing nearly even with France’s tally of 178,225 confirmed and probable cases.Europe is beginning to lift lockdowns as the death toll in the region eases, but the outbreak is still accelerating in Brazil, where Bolsonaro has played down the risks of the disease and criticized state governments’ isolation orders.center_img Brazil recorded its deadliest day yet, with 881 confirmed deaths in 24 hours from the COVID-19 respiratory disease caused by the virus.Bolsonaro has ratcheted up his dispute with state governors this week, with a decree classifying businesses such as gyms and hair salons as “essential” services, exempt from lockdowns. The right-wing president has argued that the economic damage from closing businesses is worse than the disease.”Governors who do not agree with the decree can file lawsuits in court,” Bolsonaro wrote on social media. He later threatened to take his own legal actions against them if they do not comply.At least 10 governors said they would not follow the decree.last_img read more

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Students found digital marijuana marketing startup

first_imgOn Nov. 8, California voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana and made it possible for individuals to grow and sell cannabis in the state. USC students Brian Zatulove, Zach Wise, Jordan Wise and Shaun Edalati quickly seized on the opportunity, launching a startup named Reefer that acts as a marketing suite for cannabis dispensaries. “Reefer focuses on two components: loyalty and referrals,” said Zatulove, a junior majoring in business administration. “We allow patients to earn points from their purchases and from the purchases of their friends. This essentially creates an incentivized social network around each dispensary that we are partnered with.”Jordan Wise, a junior majoring in cinematic arts, film and television production, said that people who visit marijuana dispensaries can sign up for the service offered by Reefer. Due to the simplicity of the signup process, Reefer does not do any marketing.“Once the patient inputs their phone number into our platform in-store, we send them a text leading them to the website, and they can complete their account from there,” Wise said. “The virality of the application does its own marketing.”Zatulove said that his own illness built the foundations of Reefer’s business model. As a Crohn’s disease patient, Zatulove had early exposure to marijuana in a medical capacity, which helped him to understand the market. The high-tech startup class he took at USC worked as an impetus to transform his ideas into a reality. According to Zatulove, he and his team saw the potential in the fastest-growing industry in the country.“I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was 8 years old. I was sick in high school and had to choose between prescription painkillers and marijuana,” Zatulove said. “I chose marijuana, and this gave me the industry exposure I needed to recognize the fact that dispensaries have very limited ability to market themselves or make data-based decision. Reefer solves both of these pain points.”Reefer recently launched a beta version with 10 marijuana dispensaries around Los Angeles, and is now in the process of making small product adjustments to improve the user experience, Wise said. He eventually hopes to get a Reefer tablet in every nearby dispensary.“The beta [version] immediately gained a lot of traction, and the patients are loving it,” Wise said. “Our product is very unique, so we are focusing on proving the model and making the virality portion of the product work as smoothly as possible.”Reefer recently received investment funding from Sidebench Studios, a firm that builds technology solutions for larger companies such as Facebook, Sony and Red Bull. Mike Lee, a senior lecturer in the digital entrepreneurship and enterprise systems program, is an adviser for Reefer, and said he is looking forward to seeing what the company can do. “It is always great to see students apply what they learn at USC to their new business ventures,” Lee said. “What is great about [the Reefer team] is that they have already shown traction at such an early stage with their beta customers. Their social approach to loyalty programs is a first in the rapidly expanding cannabis industry, and they have the potential to become the OpenTable of the cannabis industry.”The national marijuana market is currently worth around $7 billion, and is expected to grow in the coming years. As a result, the Reefer team hopes to expand the company by operating in at least a quarter of Los Angeles’ several hundred dispensaries by the end of 2017. They also plan to expand nationwide within the next year.   “We are currently at the forefront of what will be, very shortly, one of the largest industries in America, and we want to be part of that growth and sort of the pioneers of an industry that will change the country,” Wise said. “Obviously, we feel accomplished to get our product out there and have people using it, but right now, we are making very small paint strokes to what could be a very large painting, and we are trying to fill in the whole canvas.”last_img read more

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Bolt headlines Jamaican team for World Championships

first_imgReigning World 200m champion Usain Bolt will defend his title in Moscow at the 2013 IAAF World Championships and will look to regain the 100m crown he lost to team-mate Yohan Blake in Daegu two years ago.Blake is unable to accept his wildcard entry in the 100m as he has been forced to miss the rest of the season due to injury. But Bolt’s victory in the 2012 Diamond Race means he gets an automatic entry for the shorter sprint, allowing Jamaica to send four athletes in both the 100m and 200m.Elsewhere on the 45-strong team, Nickel Ashmeade will also be doubling up, while Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nesta Carter contest the 100m. Olympic bronze medallist Warren Weir will be a medal favourite in the 200m.Two-time Olympic 100m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is also contesting both the 100m and 200m in Moscow.As ever, the relay teams are strong and the Jamaican men are hopeful of retaining their 4x100m title. Jamaica won medals in all relay events at the last World Championships and will be keen to do so again in Moscow.IAAF JAMAICAN TEAM FOR MOSCOWMen100m: Nickel Ashmeade, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter200m: Ashmeade, Bolt, Jason Livermore, Warren Weir400m: Javere Bell, Javon Francis, Rusheen McDonald110m Hurdles: Hansle Parchment, Andrew Riley, Dwight Thomas400m Hurdles: Leford Green, Isa Phillips, Annsert WhyteLong Jump: Damar ForbesShot Put: Raymond Brown, O’Dayne Richards4x100m Relay: Ashmeade, Oshaine Bailey, Bailey-Cole, Bolt, Carter, Livermore, Weir4x400m Relay: Bell, Francis, Omar Johnson, Akheem Gauntlett, McDonald, Edino SteeleWomen100m: Sheri-Ann Brooks, Schillonie Calvert, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Kerron Stewart200m: Fraser-Pryce, Patricia Hall, Anneisha McLaughlin400m: Hall, Stephanie McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills800m: Natoya Goule100m Hurdles: Andrea Bliss, Danielle Williams, Shermaine Williams400m Hurdles: Danielle Dowie, Kaliese Spencer, Ristananna Tracey, Nickiesha WilsonLong Jump: Francine SimpsonTriple Jump: Kimberly Williams4x100m: Brooks, Calvert, Fraser-Pryce, McLaughlin, Natasha Morrison, Carrie Russell, Stewart4x400m: Christine Day, Hall, Anastasia Le-Roy, McPherson, Rosemarie Whyte, Williams-Millslast_img read more

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Middletown Takes Next Step Toward New Town Hall

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – Citing outdated infrastructure, shoddy HVAC service and a dearth of parking, township officials took the next step earlier this week toward the development of a new town hall.After reviewing the 50-plus page report compiled by Middletown planners during their examination of the property, the Township Committee signed off on designating the greater 1 Kings Highway plot as “an area in need of redevelopment” at the June 19 committee meeting.“This goes to show that if you do the planning right, you can really take the sting out” of a big project, said Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger by phone Tuesday afternoon.Scharfenberger echoed earlier statements from township officials at a June 7 planning board meeting when the study was introduced.When presenting the report to the planning board, township administrator Anthony Mercantante said Middletown has “come to the conclusion that there’s no viable way to rehabilitate this building or the other buildings on site to be a functional municipal building.”In early April, the governing body asked the Middletown Planning Board to investigate whether or not the existing town hall, planning department and non-profit EMS service buildings meet the criteria for an area in need of redevelopment.Through that study, the planning department describes in detail how the 1 Kings Highway, 3 Penelope Lane, and 1 Penelope Lane locations meet state-mandated criteria for areas in need of redevelopment, said Sanyogita Chavan, director of planning.Built in 1961, the existing main town hall complex spans approximately 15,700 square feet of space at its 1 Kings Highway location. That location alone met a bevy of different redevelopment guidelines.A blue tarp currently sits atop the building covering a leaky section of the roofing. According to the report, there were also instances of flooding and sewage backup in the basement of the facility, along with windows being boarded up to provide extra insulation.A walk along a pathway connecting the township’s two main properties leads to the planning department building at 3 Penelope Lane. The building itself is weathered, according to the report, and the mixture of a gravelly driveway and limited parking spaces makes for a difficult maneuvering situation.The EMS building next door, which was converted from a residential unit to an office building, is showing signs of deterioration around the foundation in the basement. Lack of parking is a concern here as well, considering the space needed for ambulances and staff parking.In February, Scharfenberger told The Two River Times that the overall price for a new municipal center would cost upwards of around $20 million. That figure was based on architectural renderings by Arcari + Iovino, Middletown’s architect of record in 2017.Mercantante confirmed last week that Middletown has retained Arcari + Iovino as the architect for the project and is using their provided plans as the guidelines for the project.According to documents provided by Middletown, that proposal calls for a multi-story building with a footprint of approximately 23,000 square feet. The all-in-one design is aimed to house all municipal functions except for the departments of Public Works and Recreation, respectively found at Kanes Lane and Poricy Park.Including all three floors, the new complex would encompass nearly 61,000-square-feet of floor space. The ground floor level is designed to host a 2,715-square-foot courtroom, a 2,640-square-foot gallery, and all the planning and zoning department offices.The middle level, the largest of the three stories at 23,500 square feet, is designed to have the mayor’s office and additional administrative offices. On the opposite end would be the beginning of the police department’s space, including offices for higher-ranked officers and both male and female locker rooms.“The concept of female police officers was rather unusual (in 1961), but is not so today,” Mercantante said. “We don’t have facilities to deal with the number of female officers we have here.”Scharfenberger did say that design features aren’t set in stone until Middletown brings in a redeveloper, which he anticipates will happen in the coming months.Referencing the façade and building design proposed by Arcari + Iovino, Scharfenberger added he wasn’t “crazy about it.”“With such a historic town like Middletown, we really need something that is going to reflect the character of the town,” he said. “I don’t want a non-descript building that doesn’t do it justice.”Scharfenberger and Mercantante both said Middletown would soon begin searching for requests for proposals (RFPs) for a developer to work on the site. The added advantage, through a possible public-private partnership, is that a fixed price would be set, and raising taxes would not be an issue through that system, Mercantante said.“We’re going to do it the way that results in the best project and has the least cost,” he said.This article was first published in the June 22-29, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Atlas to help tap SA wind potential

first_img14 March 2012South Africa has released its first verified numerical wind atlas, which will help identify wind energy development sites in three provinces as the country pushes to increase its use of renewable energy sources.The Wind Atlas for South Africa, launched Deputy Energy Minister Barbara Thompson on Tuesday, brings together 30 years’ worth of data verified over a year by 10 measurement masts and data collection systems installed in selected areas of the Eastern, Western and Northern Cape provinces in August 2010.The data is graphically displayed on the project website www.wasa.csir.co.za, enabling its users to predict key parameters such as wind speed, frequency, direction and estimated power output, and will be updated as measurements continue over the next two years.Moving towards renewable energySpeaking at Tuesday’s launch, Thompson said the initiative was in line with the government’s objective of meeting the needs of a fast growing economy “without compromising our commitment to sustainable development”.Energy from renewable sources will be expected to make up a substantial 42% of all new electricity generation in South Africa over the next 20 years, according to the government’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand in the country.As it stands, about 90% of South Africa’s energy is produced from burning coal, which has a negative impact on the country’s carbon footprint.Thompson noted that, based on studies done in the past, South Africa is widely acknowledged to have good wind energy resources along its coast and in some inland areas.Overcoming the lack of informationThere remained, however, a dearth of verifiable quantitative assessments to back up these findings.“As we embark on our ambitious renewable energy programme, the need for reliable, accurate and representative data on wind becomes critical,” Thompson said. “One of the major challenges hampering large scale utilization of wind energy is knowing the practical exploitable wind energy potential in the country.”The wind atlas overcomes this obstacle, Thompson said, providing data that will “help developers in planning and project preparation of bankable projects, siting of turbines as well as siting of wind farms”.At the same time, the project is building local capacity in wind resource assessment through the participation of the South African Weather Service, the University of Cape Town’s Climate System Analysis Group, and the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research, managed by the SA National Energy Development Institute.‘This is world class’According to Engineering News, the Technical University of Denmark’s (DTU’s) wind energy department is also involved, with funding of R22-million to date provided by South Africa’s Department of Energy, the Danish Embassy in SA, and the UN Development Programme’s Global Environment Facility.The DTU’s Jens Hansen told Engineering News that a mesoscale climate model with a 5km x 5km resolution had been created, using 30 years’ worth of meteorological global reanalysis data, in order to generate the wind atlas.The atlas had then been verified against the 10 stations set up to measure wind speeds 80 metres above ground level.Hansen told Engineering News the correlation between the atlas and real measurements was pleasing. “This is world class, there is nowhere in the world that has a better wind atlas than this one.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Hontiveros returns to action, joins Alab Pilipinas

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA legend Jimmy Alapag, who replaced Mac Cuan, is also making his head coaching debut for Alab Pilipinas. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The 40-year-old guard, one of the deadliest sharpshooters in the PBA, fortifies the Philippines’ roster that already features the likes of import Ivan Johnson and Bobby Ray Parks Jr.Hontiveros, who had a colorful 17-year career in the pros, is just one of six former PBA players in the lineup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJoining Hontiveros are ex-PBA veterans Rico Maierhofer, Josh Urbiztondo, Pamboy Raymundo and Rob Celiz. Oping Sumalinog, who briefly played for TNT is also part of the team.Completing the team are gritty point guard Pao Javelona and the returning Lawrence Domingo.center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Alab Pilipinas new recruits Oping Sumalinog (left) and Dondon Hontiverors. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netBarely a month after announcing his retirement from the PBA, Dondon Hontiveros is lacing up his kicks again to write the next chapter of his basketball career.Hontiveros has been tapped to play for Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests againlast_img read more

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Want to give England selectors some headaches, says Delhi Daredevils’ Sam Billings

first_imgEngland wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings feels his inclusion in the England squad for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy, starting here from June 1, is enough to give “headaches” to the national selectors.Billings said his flexibility to bat at any position besides keeping wickets will give the side different options.”I want to give the selectors some headaches. I have proven that I can put in match-winning performances and get big scores,” Billings was quoted as saying by ecb.co.uk.”I think I can offer different options because of my flexibility in being able to bat between one and seven as well as keep wicket, so I think I have something to offer the team,” he added.Exuding confidence on the composition of the team to win the tournament, the 25-year-old said the side is ready to make the most of the home advantage.”Our aim is to win the Champions Trophy and we will go into the tournament with nothing to fear because of the ability in our whole squad,” said Billings, who is currently playing for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL).”We have amazing quality throughout the squad and everyone can come in and do a really good job.”Billings was named in the 15-man England squad that will play a three-match One-day International (ODI) series against South Africa next month before the start of Champions Trophy. He was also included in the 14-man group for the two-match ODI Series against Ireland in May.advertisementAcknowledging the pressure of playing in front of the home crowd, the right-hander said the team should use that to their advantage.”There is always going to be pressure, especially in a home tournament, but should be using that to our advantage,” he said.”We know how good we are and how good we can be. We have the attitude to improve and we go into every game believing we can win.””It’s a cliche, but we will take it one game at a time. If you look too far ahead, that’s when you run into problems, but we know the end goal.”We have a great team and a great group of players who are mates and enjoy each other’s company, so we will all be really looking forward to it,” he added.England will start their Champions Trophy campaign against Bangladesh at the Oval on June 1 before completing the group stage with matches against New Zealand and Australia.last_img read more

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