Rishabh Pant will play for Delhi Capitals in the 2019 IPL.MS Dhoni will captain Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2019.Chennai Super Kings are the three-time champions. New Delhi: Rishabh Pant has enhanced his reputation greatly in the last couple of months when it comes to his batting and wicketkeeping. In the series against Australia, his batting and his sledging took the cricketing world by storm and he is one of the players who are almost certain of making the big trip to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which will be held in England. Before that, there is the small matter of the Indian Premier League which will be played from March 23. It is no secret that Pant considers MS Dhoni as his ultimate role-model. In the past, Pant said Dhoni had advised him in every step of the way during his career, “Whenever I needed any support from Mahi bhai, I used to ask him. From my IPL contract to my wicket-keeping, he’s advised me on everything. He’s always told me that when it comes to wicket-keeping, your hands and head coordination is important, the body balance can come into play later. That (his advice) has helped me a lot,” Pant had remarked.However, in a video that was shared by Pant in his official Twitter handle, the Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman has sledged and teased Dhoni in a unique way as part of the build-up to the Indian Premier League. The video shows Pant holding a scrapbook which includes all of Dhoni’s great moments. In the video, he is seen, “Mahi bhai is like a guru to all of us. If it was not for Dhoni, I doubt whether I would have become a wicketkeeper batsman. However, this time, I will sledge his team in such a way that captain cool will not be cool. Mahi bhai tayyar rehna, game dikhane aa raha hoon,” Pant said with a devilish grin. The video ends with Dhoni looking at the video and staring angrily in front of the camera.The Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket on Friday decided not to organise a regular IPL opening ceremony for the year 2019 as the entire budget for the event will be donated to the families of Pulwama attack martyrs, Vinod Rai, the head of the administration said. The decision was taken at a crucial CoA meeting held today to address the spiralling speculation around the June 16 World Cup face-off between India and Pakistan at the Old Trafford in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, which left 42 CRPF personnel dead. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Speaking to the media, Vinod Rai said, “We will not have a regular IPL opening ceremony and the amount of the budget for the opening ceremony will be given to families of the victims of this terror attack”.The fixtures for the 2019 Indian Premier League was announced and it starts off with a blockbuster match on March 23. The opening game will see three-time and current champions Chennai Super Kings, captained by MS Dhoni, taking on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chepauk.In 2018, Chennai Super Kings had played only one match at their home venue but the rest of the fixtures where shifted out of Chepauk following protests by some groups over the Cauvery issue. Chennai Super Kings won the 2018 edition of the tournament when they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final in Mumbai thanks to a brilliant century from Shane Watson. highlights
A two-day conference hosted by the USC School of Social Work has spawned a new data collaboration between researchers and policymakers.The Children’s Data Network kicked off at the event, titled “Advancing Science of Children’s Services Through Large Data,” with the goal of using administrative data to generate research relating to policies and programs affecting children.More than 100 people participated in the event, representing state and county governments, researchers, foundations and L.A. partner organizations. This kind of collaboration between such a diverse group of children’s health professionals and academics is unusual.“It is exceptionally rare to bring together the most prominent thought leaders in child welfare for the exchange of ideas about future data development, issues in large administrative database use and other related questions,” said Marilyn Flynn, dean of the School of Social Work, in a press release. “It changes and advances the dialogue on how we can better understand and create relevant policies addressing children’s needs.”A major breakthrough resulted from this conference will be the linking together of state- and county-level data sources. This will allow both social workers, researchers and others involved in child welfare to have a more complete profile of the factors affecting a child. The collaboration between universities, local and state governments will hopefully make strides in the study of social work in addition to more effective policymaking.The presentations focused on the importance of linking data, making data available to universities and community stakeholders, the use of data in holistic evaluation of children and the appropriate methods for obtaining and organizing data.“The CDN is not just about researchers in an academic setting crunching numbers,” said assistant professor Emily Putnam-Hornstein in a press release. ”We want it to be a collaborative project where the work that emerges is actionable and relevant.”Putnam-Hornstein noted that as a whole, the conference served to garner interest in the new program.“We viewed the convening as an opportunity to get people excited about the potential of the network,” Putnam-Hornstein said in a press release.