LOS ANGELES — Tyler Beede’s professional journey could have started in the summer of 2011.At 18 years old, Beede was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays with the 21st overall pick in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft.The Blue Jays reportedly offered him $2.5 million to sign and turn pro. The teenager instead honored his commitment to Vanderbilt University.“It wasn’t an easy road, it was a long road,” Beede said. “But everything is a learning experience and it allows you to grow in …
The fourth Japan Summit, hosted by Brand South Africa in Sandton this week, highlighted the importance of trade between South Africa and Japan and the wealth of opportunities for businesses to drive growth in both countries.Rosemary Padi is a homegrown entrepreneur hoping to expand her proudly South African company into Japan. (Image: Yamama Gemmer)Brand South Africa reporterYamama Gemmer is a proudly South African company that produces a healthy ginger-based juice. Entrepreneur Rosemary Padi’s business has been built on a recipe passed down from her mother. Yamama Gemmer is what Saburo Yuzawa refers to as a “one-and-only product”.Yuzawa is managing director and chief editor of the World Economic Review, published by Japan’s Institute for International Trade and Investment. He was speaking at the fourth Japan Summit held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 31 January. The event, hosted by Brand South Africa and the Japan External Trade Organisation, or Jetro, brought together a range of speakers to discuss opportunities for Japanese and South African companies to do business with each other.“South Africa has many ethnicities and cultures,” Yuzawa said. “Each ethnicity has its own uniqueness. A unique value that can be marketed.” He explained that this uniqueness allowed South African companies to develop “one-and-only” products.Yunus Hoosen, head of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Invest SA initiative, told delegates that Japan is South Africa’s fifth-largest import partner (valued at R39.8-billion), and sixth-largest export partner (R50.9-billion). The DTI has a Japanese desk to help South African and Japanese companies access each other’s markets.Hoosen’s talk centred on the establishment of the Invest SA One Stop Shop. Although we do well in global business rankings, he said, we “score poorly on ease of doing business. Our One Stop Shop will help companies navigate permits, licences, and the red tape new investors face.”Growing trade ties between Africa and AsiaAs global economic dynamics shift, Hoosen suggested, Africa’s one billion people will become a major market for Japan. The Asian country will in turn become even more important for African companies. There are a diverse range of opportunities for investment and technology exchanges, such as in petrochemicals, electronics, green and renewable industries, and e-commerce.Shigeyuki Hiroki, Japan’s ambassador to South Africa, said our country remained an attractive investment destination for Japanese corporations. In the last 12 months they have invested R36-billion in South Africa, creating 150 000 jobs. Our infrastructure and talent, Hiroki said, made South Africa a perfect base for Japanese companies eager to invest into Africa.Powering AfricaIn his keynote address Eskom chairman Dr Ben Ngubane said Eskom’s growth, and success, meant economic growth for sub-Saharan Africa. “A reliable high-voltage superhighway grid through Africa is Eskom’s dream.”The current fact of 632-million Africans without access to electricity was a drag on the continent’s economic growth, Ngubane said. But Eskom’s build programme added a further 3105 megawatts to South Africa’s grid in just the last six months. This has allowed the utility to increase cross border sales by 25%. The increased capacity will benefit not only the South African economy but those of our neighbours and the broader regional economy.For Ngubane, Japan’s role in Africa is unambiguous: it needs to be a source of funding and expertise. “Funding is necessary. Especially from investors who understand that benefits will come over the long term.”Learning from the Japanese MiracleDr Danisa Baloyi, president of the Black Business Council, expanded on this point by highlighting the opportunity that a Japanese-South African trade relationship offers South African entrepreneurs. The Japanese Miracle – its rise from the ashes of defeat in World War Two to become an industrial powerhouse – was built on innovation and the nurturing of small and medium-sized companies.“SMEs can benefit from this relationship,” Baloyi said. “Japanese companies can help with skills development. We encourage entrepreneurs and Japanese business to build alliances.”The Japan External Trade Organisation holds trade fairs and exhibitions across Africa to encourage businesses – especially small businesses – to do business with Japan. (Image: Jetro)The Japanese Miracle was built on government policies that were not simply export-driven. Very early on the Japanese government encouraged the import of American technology, not just finished goods. They understood that technology, not their limited raw materials, would become the basis of economic development.Post-war Japanese governments also made it easier for small business to operate by offering them financial help, incentives to build products for export, and extending offers of mentorship and help for SME management and owners.Japan offers South African and African businesses expertise and markets, while Japanese companies see Africa as a market with unlimited potential. It is vital that this relationship is built on and strengthened. Jetro exists to ensure that this is exactly what happens.As Takashi Yao, of the Marubeni Corporation, explained during his closing remarks: “We provide opportunities for our members and South African businesses. Our aim is to develop Africa’s great potential. To work towards our mutual goal of development.”He used a Japanese proverb to explain how Jetro sees the relationship between South Africa and Japan: Onaji tekki kara taberu – “Eating from the same iron pot”. He was expressing the idea that there is strength and community between South Africa, Africa and Japan because we are all working toward the same goal – prosperity and economic growth.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
The Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan will deliver his budget speech in parliament on 22 February 2017.The Minister’s speech will address the social and economic issues affecting South Africa and detail government’s plans for the next year.We asked ordinary South Africans what they would like to hear addressed by the Minister which affects them and below is a video with their responses:
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The marketplace for many agricultural products continues to change. That is one of the reason why Ohio-based egg producer Trillium Farms will begin to take on a different look in the coming months.“We are most interested in two things,” said Doug Mack, Chief Operating Officer of Trillium Farms. “We are aiming to meet the demands of our customers and providing the best possible care for our hens.”To ensure their business remains at the forefront of egg production within the context of the changing marketplace, Trillium Farms has already begun transitioning a portion of their barns to cage-free hen housing. As needed to meet demand, and in close collaboration with customers, they will incorporate additional cage-free production.“As we move forward with these projects, we will be doing everything designed to meet the current standards, as defined by the United Egg Producers,” Mack said. “This will include new construction, as well as some remodeling of our existing buildings.”“We are blessed with some infrastructure that we can transform for the purpose of meeting the certified cage-free standards.”While these modifications will include upgraded equipment and technology, the success of the long-term plan will rely on the how these new procedures are implemented.“Each house is as important as the next house,” Mack said. “It all comes down to how responsible and effective we are in the management system that will generate the optimum care for our animals.There will be many phases of the transition at Trillium Farms, with some plans being completed in a few months, to some that will take up to a couple of years.
Back in June the developers behind AppJet closed up shop to focus on EtherPad, the real-time collaborative editor we called “dead simple” in our initial review. Since then they’ve worked at a breakneck pace to improve EtherPad, trying to attract paying customers for hosted and on-premise installations. Today the company announced a fantastic new addition to EtherPad’s core capabilities: to go along with the real-time editor, they’ve added a real-time playback of edits they call the “Time Slider.”The previous history system of EtherPad was fairly clunky. Users had to stop and save revisions in order to view them later, which disrupted the fast pace of collaborative editing that makes EtherPad such a joy to use. The new Time Slider solves the problems of the old system by letting you play back all the edits to a page. It works something like an online video player, letting you star particular spots of interest and go back and forth in time at will. Rapid InnovationEtherPad works on a freemium pricing model, letting anyone create a public EtherPad to share for free. For teams needing a more secure SaaS version, it’ll cost you $8/user/month and a self-hosted version for the enterprise is $99/user. In order to draw in repeat customers, EtherPad knows it has to have something a little more feature rich than a simple editing app. They need integration with other apps, such as the alliance with group video conferencing tool TokBox they recently announced. Real-time Revision HistoryEtherPad also needed a more robust audit trail of editing in order to make enterprises comfortable. They could have gone the more wiki-like route, by saving all revisions automatically. But those systems tend to have a certain amount of overhead when it comes to learning them, and they aren’t generally a good fit for real-time editors. Google Docs is a primary competitor of EtherPad, and the weakness of its revision system is definitely an example of this problem.In trying it out I found the Time Slider to be very easy to use, and it gave a clearer picture of the entire stream of changes to an EtherPad document. The best way to understand it is simply to see it for yourself, so be sure to watch the video below. Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas steven walling Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair
Make Sure Your Footage of America is actually Footage of AmericaThe Spirit of Summer by ShutterstockThere’s nothing worse than making a US political campaign, only to be called out for using footage from foreign countries. Avoid this fiasco by using stock footage that has been cleared for political campaigns. Shutterstock has created a Made in the U.S.A. clipbox specifically for those working on political videos.If you need something more Fourth of July, you can browse the Spirit of Summer footage. Either way, these clips will keep you from making the wrong kind of headlines.Make Fireworks in After EffectsWant to create some fireworks in After Effects? Take a look at this classic tutorial from PremiumBeat, in which Evan Abrams guides you through the entire process. For step by step directions, check out the corresponding fireworks blog post. The United States is the home of the red, white, and blue. But, what are the exact shades of those colors?Top image via ShutterstockAs the Fourth of July nears for our US readers, here’s a quick guide for motion graphics artists who might be finalizing any holiday ads or video editors finishing up any political campaign ads.The Official Colors of the United States of America FlagWorking with the US flag in a CG video project? Making graphics for a political campaign? Then you’ll need to know the proper colors of the red, white, and blue. In fact, the US has two official colors — Old Glory Red (Pantone 193C) and Old Glory Blue (Pantone 282C).Old Glory RedOld Glory Red signifies hardiness and valor.HEX/HTML BF0D3ERGB 191, 13, 62CMYK 2, 99, 62, 11PANTONE 193CWhiteWhite signifies purity and innocence.HEX/HTML FFFFFFRGB 255, 255, 255CMYK 0, 0, 0, 0Old Glory BlueOld Glory Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice.HEX/HTML 041E42RGB 4, 30, 66CMYK 100, 90, 13, 68PANTONE 282C Find the Perfect Patriotic TrackImage via ShutterstockTrying to find the big patriotic orchestral track? We’ve got you covered right here. From John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever to Yankee Doodle Dandy, the PremiumBeat Patriotic Playlist hits all the right notes.If you need something with more punch for that Fourth of July truck month ad, try some rockin’ tracks like Turning Out The Stars by Flash Fluharty or Universal from JAM Studio. You’re bound to find a song that will get viewers pumped.Have you ever considered shooting drone footage in a fireworks show? This helpful post has everything you need to know.
Much of success boils down to your focus and your mindset.What Do You Want?Hustlers focus on what they want. They focus on their vision and how they can bring it to life. By focusing on their dreams and goals, they move towards them. Focusing on what you want is how you succeed, even if it takes more time than you would like.Non-hustlers focus on what they don’t want. And because they aren’t focusing on what they want, their only target is what they are trying to avoid. The non-hustler makes their fears bigger than their dreams, instead of making their dreams bigger than their fears.Resources and ResourcefulnessHustlers focus on the resources they have available to them. They try to get everything they can out of whatever they have. That gets them far enough to create greater resources, and it allows them to squeeze the most that they can out of everything. Hustlers see abundance and are grateful. They’re resourceful, and they find a way.Non-hustlers focus on what they don’t have. They believe that they have a lack of resources and that this lacking absolves them of the responsibility to make do with what they have. Unsuccessful people see scarcity where it doesn’t exist. Being ungrateful for what they have makes those resources useless to them. Non-hustlers lack resourcefulness.Dreams and FearsSuccessful people focus on doing everything necessary to move towards success. They take action, even when they may not be ready, and even when they lack the resources. As they move forward, they move from small victories to larger victories. This is how you build success, brick by brick.Unsuccessful people repel success away from themselves by focusing on what they don’t want and what they don’t have. They can’t close the gap between their current state and a better future state because they are always staring at the wrong target. They let their fears direct them.Hustlers have dreams bigger than their fears.
MOST READ Myers flew in more than a week ago supposedly to replace Smith in the Final Four series with Barangay Ginebra after the 6-foot-9, 330-pound big man tore ligaments in his right foot.But Smith bravely plodded on and hit the winning basket in the Texters’ 104-102 Game 1 win as he repaid his local teammates in kind after they had asked Racela to give him the chance to play in the championship series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMyers, if he gets the green light to play, will be measured for the 6-foot-10 height limit hours before the 7 p.m. tip off of Game 4 on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Team officials are confident that Myers will easily make the grade. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Joshua Smith vs June Mar Fajardo. PBA IMAGESA win behind in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, TNT KaTropa is working on the requirements of Mike Myers as the coaching staff decides by 12 noon on Tuesday whether or not to play a new import for Game 4 of the best-of-seven title series.Joshua Smith played the first three games and helped the Texters win the series opener, but after back-to-back losses to the powerhouse San Miguel Beermen, coach Nash Racela is now contemplating on tapping Myers.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cordilleras next stop of PSC games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ After the Beermen’s 109-97 Game 3 win, San Miguel coach Leo Austria said TNT would be “better” off replacing Smith at this stage of the series because the Beermen showed a lot of authority winning the last two games.Players of both teams will be coming off a break on Monday, with the TNT coaching staff meeting to discuss whether or not to replace the injured Smith.If he gets the go-signal, Myers will have the benefit of just one practice on Tuesday before he plunges into action to try to save the Texters from falling into a 1-3 hole against the consensus team to beat in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
Over 2,000 children stole the hearts of about 60,000 spectators at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium as they performed to the tunes of ‘Vande Matram’ and created a rangoli pattern on the field as part of the closing ceremony of the 19th Commonwealth Games.It began with 2010 school children from the national capital, dressed in white costumes, taking over the centre of the stadium to form a rangoli pattern.As a group of children moved in to form the Ashoka Chakra in the centre of the Rangoli, others holding coloured powder dispensers sprinkled colours of the Indian flag on the children creating an eye catching moment of patriotism.As the dust settled, what one got to see was the children covered in various shades of the Indian flag creating a tri-coloured rangoli. With the laser lights cutting across, the scene was indeed spectacular.
Gary Ballance celebrates after scoring his 3rd Test ton for EnglandWelcome to the coverage of Day 1 of the 3rd Test between India and England from the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton.A great day of cricket for England. Alastair Cook’s decision to bat was right on the money with a total of 247 runs scored at the loss of just two wickets on the first day. Sam Robson and Cook started off brilliantly amid a drop chance of the England skipper at the hands of Ravindra Jadeja. But, Mohammed Shami provided the much-needed breakthrough to India and Jadeja got an opportunity to make mends for his drop catch. Robson’s dismissal opened up the chances for India but the incoming batsman Gary Ballance took the game away from the opposition. Cook and Ballance added a grueling 158 runs for the second wicket to stabilize the innings for England. In a befitting reply to his critics, the England skipper played a responsible innings of 95 runs but failed to notch up his 26th Test ton. Jadeja finally sent Cook back home but the damage was already done. Ian Bell arrived at the crease to witness Ballance’s 3rd Test ton in six Tests as India failed to trouble the batsmen. MS Dhoni also decided to take the second new ball but none of the seamers were able to sneak in another wicket. England will be confident after piling up crucial runs on the first day while India will try to bounce back with some quick wickets in the morning session on Day 2. advertisementWith Ian Bell(16) and Gary Ballance(104) at the crease, England end Day 1 at 247/2 after 90 overs of play.That’ll be STUMPS on Day 1!! That’s a MAIDEN, but sadly NO WICKETS for India!!Pankaj Singh to bowl the FINAL OVER of the day for India. With Ian Bell(16) and Gary Ballance(103) at the crease, England are currently at 246/2 after 85 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!84.3 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell waits for it and carves it in front of point for another boundary.84.1 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell stands tall and smacks it past backward point for a boundary. GREAT CONTROL from Bell there!! SIX RUNS off the over!!England is just recharged with 100 full talktime, their Balance is now 246 /- #indvseng awaken by stars (@jeansjacket) July 27, 2014Ballance PUNCHES THE AIR in sheer joy. BRILLIANT EFFORT from the left-hander!!83.5 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance steers it towards third man for a boundary and brings up his 3rd TEST TON. With Ian Bell(8) and Gary Ballance(97) at the crease, England are currently at 232/2 after 83 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!82.5 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell shuffles across and flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. With Ian Bell(4) and Gary Ballance(97) at the crease, England are currently at 228/2 after 82 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!81.2 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance waits for it and clips it towards deep square leg for a boundary. Ballance INCHES CLOSER TO TON!! With Ian Bell(3) and Gary Ballance(93) at the crease, England are currently at 223/2 after 81 overs.THREE RUNS off the over!! India have TAKEN THE 2nd NEW BALL and debutant Pankaj Singh is ready to make the most of it!! With Ian Bell(0) and Gary Ballance(86) at the crease, England are currently at 213/2 after 76 overs.ONE RUN off the over!!Ian Bell is the new man in for England.Just when Cook was looking promising, Jadeja got him out on 95. This test is no easy game for either of the nations. #IndvsEng Darshan Gajara (@WeirdoWizard) July 27, 2014Ravindra Jadeja has DONE IT AGAIN!!75.6 overs: OUT!! Ravindra Jadeja has got Alastair Cook out caught by the wicket-keeper. Cook was looking to sweep down the leg side but gets a faint edge through to MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Alastair Cook departs after scoring 95 runs off 231 balls with nine boundaries. BROKEN HEARTS for England!! With Alastair Cook(93) and Gary Ballance(85) at the crease, England are currently at 210/1 after 74 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!73.4 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance leans forward and flicks it towards deep square leg for a boundary. EASY BOUNDARY for Ballance!!FOUR RUNS off the over!!72.2 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance reaches out and slashes it over backward point for a boundary. With Alastair Cook(90) and Gary Ballance(76) at the crease, England are currently at 198/1 after 69 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!68.2 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook rocks back and pummels the pull towards deep midwicket for a boundary. With Alastair Cook(83) and Gary Ballance(72) at the crease, England are currently at 187/1 after 65 overs.ONE RUN off the over!! advertisementMohammed Shami will bowl from the other end for India.Jadeja starts off with a MAIDEN!! Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance are out in the middle for England while Ravindra Jadeja will start the proceedings for India.And, we’re back!! Indian bowlers clearly showing how much they are missing @ImIshant today. #IndvsEng #BigTestSeries Aditya Natani (@imadityanatani) July 27, 2014TEA: England have clearly dominated the second session of play today. Skipper Alastair Cook lead from the front while Gary Ballance followed suit brilliantly. The duo have added a crucial 131 runs for the second wicket to stabilise England innings. On the other hand, MS Dhoni & co. look out of sorts as India are clearly missing a specialist spinner. Indian debutante Pankaj Singh bowled a tidy line but has so far failed to get the breakthrough for his team. With Alastair Cook(82) and Gary Ballance(72) at the crease, England are currently at 186/1 after 63 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!61.6 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook gets forward and flicks it towards fine leg for an easy boundary. With Alastair Cook(76) and Gary Ballance(63) at the crease, England are currently at 171/1 after 59 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!58.6 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance hangs back and flays the cut past backward point for another boundary. POOR LINE from Singh!!58.4 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for a boundary. That was MAJESTIC from Ballance!! With Alastair Cook(76) and Gary Ballance(55) at the crease, England are currently at 163/1 after 57 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!56.5 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance rocks back and crashes the cut past backward point for a boundary.This is TURNING INTO A GREAT STAND for England!!55.6 overs: Gary Ballance leans forward and pushes it past mid-on for a single. That’s FIFTY for Ballance!! With Alastair Cook(71) and Gary Ballance(46) at the crease, England are currently at 149/1 after 51 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!50.1 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance makes room and thrashes it through extra cover for a boundary. With Alastair Cook(69) and Gary Ballance(41) at the crease, England are currently at 142/1 after 47 overs.Today Alastair Cook 8232* has surpassed both Pietersen 8181 & Gower 8231. Now only Gooch 8900 & Stewart 8463 have more for Eng #EngvInd Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 27, 2014NINE RUNS off the over!!46.4 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance goes for the cut and gets a bottom edge past the slip cordon for a boundary. With Alastair Cook(59) and Gary Ballance(19) at the crease, England are currently at 109/1 after 37 overs.Has swung the ball, bowled off-cutters with the scrambled seam, used the crease too…so far Pankaj has been impressive on a good pitch! Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 27, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!!36.4 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance goes on the frontfoot and drills it straight down the ground for a boundary. BEAUTIFUL SHOT by Ballance!!Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes back into the attack for India. With Alastair Cook(59) and Gary Ballance(15) at the crease, England are currently at 105/1 after 36 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!35.6 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook waits for it and steers it towards third man for a boundary. CLEVER CRICKET from Cook!! advertisementWith Alastair Cook(55) and Gary Ballance(15) at the crease, England are currently at 101/1 after 35 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!34.1 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance gets into position early and flays the uppercut over point for a boundary. Ballance TIMED IT TO PERFECTION!! With Alastair Cook(54) and Gary Ballance(8) at the crease, England are currently at 88/1 after 31 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!30.4 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook rocks back and clouts the pull over midwicket for a boundary.Fact is stranger than fiction…and the fact is — A fifty for #Cook after horrible seven months of struggle.. #IndvsEng Vickas T (@vickastomar) July 27, 2014BRILLIANT EFFORT from the England skipper!!30.2 overs: Alastair Cook flays the pull and sends it towards deep square leg for a couple. That’s FIFTY for Cook!! Mohammed Shami will bowl from the other end for India.FOUR RUNS off the over!!29.5 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance hangs back and clips it towards fine leg for a boundary. POOR LINE from Singh!! Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance are out in the middle for England while Pankaj Singh will start the proceedings for India.And, we’re back!! LUNCH: The first session swung both ways as far as the momentum in the game is concerned. Apart from Ravindra Jadeja’s drop catch, Dhoni will be happy with his bowlers who have managed to keep a tight lid on the runs and also sneaked in a wicket. On the other hand, despite losing a wicket in the session, England will be happy to see their skipper Alastair Cook back in form who’s two runs shy of a crucial fifty following a heavy criticism on his captaincy and more importantly his batting prowess. Dhoni and his men will be wary of the Cook’s start and a plan to send him back to the hut should definitely be on cards. Also, Gary Ballance is fairly new at the crease and India would like to take advantage of the situation when the second session gets underway. With Alastair Cook(48) and Gary Ballance(4) at the crease, England are currently at 78/1 after 29 overs.India is playing without Ishant Sharma, this is the first time in the history when Indian supporters are sad about it. #IndvsEng Jimeet Shah (@jimeetshh) July 27, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!!28.5 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook goes deep in the crease and slaps it through point for a boundary. POOR LINE from Jadeja!!Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack for India. What disciplined bowling from India! 28 overs, 0 extras. #IndvsEng Somya Gupta (@dr_somyagupta) July 27, 2014With Alastair Cook(43) and Gary Ballance(4) at the crease, England are currently at 73/1 after 27 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!26.5 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook goes on the backfoot and crashes the cut behind point for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Cook!! Rohit Sharma comes into the attack for India. Dhoni is trying to SNEAK IN some quick overs before lunch!! With Alastair Cook(37) and Gary Ballance(3) at the crease, England are currently at 66/1 after 26 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!24.4 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook was looking to drive but gets an outside edge through vacant gully for a boundary. UNSETTLED Cook LIVING DANGEROUSLY here!! With Alastair Cook(30) and Gary Ballance(0) at the crease, England are currently at 56/1 after 22 overs.Robson continues to be weak outside the off stump. He seems to be a poorer version of Compton who was thrown out why?? #IndvsEng drkirket (@doctorkirket) July 27, 2014That’s a WICKET MAIDEN by Shami!!Gary Ballance comes to the crease for England.India finally get a breakthrough. Jadeja making amends for his earlier dropped catch. #INDvsENG Shantanu Chikara (@ShantanuChikara) July 27, 2014Mohammed Shami DRAWS FIRST BLOOD for India!!20.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Mohammed Shami has got Sam Robson out caught at third slip. Robson was forced to play the back of a length delivery and he knicks it towards the slip cordon where Ravindra Jadeja takes it cleanly. Sam Robson departs after scoring 26 runs off 59 balls with four boundaries. EARLY BLOW for England!!FOUR RUNS off the over!!19.5 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook rocks back and carves it past backward point for a blazing boundary. That went LIKE A TRACER BULLET!!18.3 overs: FOUR!! Sam Robson gets forward and creams it through extra cover for a boundary. That was ELEGANT from Robson!! With Alastair Cook and Sam Robson at the crease, England are currently at 43/0 after 17 overs.13.6 overs: FOUR!! Sam Robson leans forward and drills it through mid-on for a boundary. That was BEAUTIFULLY TIMED by Robson!!12.2 overs: FOUR!! Sam Robson goes on the frontfoot and sends it through covers for a boundary. Robson is LOOKING GOOD for England!!11.1 overs: CATCH-DROPPED!! Ravindra Jadeja has dropped Alastair Cook at third slip. Cook pokes at the wide delivery and gets an outside edge that goes straight down the throat of Jadeja who eventually PUTS DOWN a simple chance. That’s GOING TO HURT India!!8.3 overs: FOUR!! Sam Robson goes forward and hammers it through covers for a boundary. FIRST FOUR for Robson!!3.6 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook goes for the drive and gets an outside edge past gully for the first boundary in the innings. That was REALLY LUCKY for Cook!!Alastair Cook and Sam Robson are out in the middle for England while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for India.Toss: England won the toss and elected to bat first against India.Changes: India have made two changes with Rohit Sharma and Pankaj Singh replacing Stuart Binny and injured Ishant Sharma. On the other hand, England have opted for three changes with Jos Buttler replacing Matt Prior as wicketkeeper, while Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan replace Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes in the bowling attack.Teams(from):England: Alastair Cook, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Joss Buttler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James AndersonIndia: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Pankaj Singh