Apple Store set to reopen at the Promenade

first_imgHomeFeaturedApple Store set to reopen at the Promenade Nov. 07, 2018 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsApple Store set to reopen at the PromenadeAngel Carreras3 years agoapplepromenadeSanta Monica Just in time for the holiday shopping season, one of the Promenade’s biggest retailers is coming back. The Apple Store in the Promenade will return November 17 at 10 a.m. after it closed September 16 for renovations. The design update will bring the store in line with the tech giant’s Today at Apple strategy, a series of regularly programmed educational and cultural events. To promote the reopening, Apple has listed events such as a series of live art demonstrations and photo walks.Apple couldn’t be reached for comment at the time of publication, but it’s speculated that the Santa Monica remodel will take after the Palo Alto Apple Store location redesign. That store’s redesign included the additions of a glass roof, tile flooring, stone walls, indoor trees and a large video wall. Andrea Korb, economic development manager with Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. said the reopening is much welcomed as Apple’s absence has negatively affected the Promenade’s foot traffic. Apple’s void was part of an 11.2% reduction in daily Promenade visitors, dropping from 37,791 visitors to 33,555. “While other factors could certainly be in play, it does seem likely that that the Apple closure contributed to this drop,” Korb said. iPhone’s and various other Apple products typically cause long lines at the Promenade, but Korb and DTSM officials say they don’t expect much for the reopening. At time of press, Apple hadn’t communicated any plans of making the reopening a large event. While the reopening may not be a huge affair, Korb says the store’s impact on the Promenade is.“The Apple Store is a significant economic contributor to the Third Street Promenade, Downtown, and Santa Monica as a whole. It is a draw for visitors and locals, giving people another reason to visit the downtown.” [email protected] :applepromenadeSanta Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentFree Paint OutCoderDojo at Santa Monica Public LibraryYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agolast_img read more

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Ethereal Sparkle & Experimental Works

first_imgMeghan Boody’s “Trésor (Dear Dame, your sleeping sparkes awake).” William Ris Gallery in Jamesport will host the opening of “Neverlands,” an exhibit by Jeff Muhs and Meghan Boody on Friday, October 11, from 6 to 9 PM. Muhs, a South Fork resident, and Boody, from the North Fork, will be exhibiting for the first time together, representing both shores of the East End. There will also be an artist talk on Saturday, November 2, from 1 to 3 PM, when the two will share their backstories. Until then, Indy caught up with the artists.What does the title, ‘Neverlands,’ mean to you?Jeff Muhs: Meghan and I each have our own mythos to our work. Meghan has the characters that occupy her work, their journeys, their condition. My mythos is in the paint and color, their character, and the story I tell with them. Each of our works lie somewhere in the “Neverlands” of our own creation.Meghan Boody: To me, “Neverlands” is a twilight zone, an alternate plane that exists parallel to ours. It’s a magical place we often visit in our dreams where the normal laws of reality are suspended. Sometimes we get lucky during our day and the veil momentarily lifts and a glimmer of the mystery bleeds through. These are moments of déjá vu and synchronicity that often illuminate our path. As an artist, I try to capture this fleeting beauty.Is there a particular piece that you’re excited to show?JM: I will have two brand new paintings in the exhibition. They represent the latest incarnation of my work. I also will be bringing several small-scale experimental works that may be the forerunner for my next series.MB: I am excited to be showing some transparent photographs printed on plexiglass that I made over the summer. They are like large glass slides and can be hung in front of windows. The natural light activates each image, lending an ethereal sparkle to the otherworldly characters and scenes. The photos are blow-ups of individual cards from my PsycheSuperStar oracle deck (similar to a Tarot deck). Each manipulated image aims to capture the essence of familiar mythic archetypes that are imbedded in our collective imaginations. So if any of these images looks strangely familiar to you, they are doing their job.How does creativity strike?MB: For me, creativity is the life-blood of existence. Not just for artists, but for everyone on the planet. There is great creativity in a master plumber, surgeon, parent, or anyone who is interested in developing their craft. The creative genius hidden inside everyone is directly linked to the divine. Our life’s mission is about tapping into this source.JM: I think rather than a flash of inspiration, creativity for me is wound up like energy in a spring over time, building up to a breaking point, and then is unleashed.How do you feel your work will complement the other artist?JM: While my work and Meghan’s, on the surface, might seem very different, we have, in the past, acknowledged some underlying commonality. While not completely identified, this exhibition gives us the opportunity to explore that connection further.MB: Jeff Muhs and I go way back. In the early 1990s, I posted an ad in the Southampton Press for volunteers to pose nude with their pets for a series of photographs. Jeff and his best friend, Brad, responded. They appeared at my studio with a humongous sow along with a knapsack of Oreos — bribes which were necessary, as this pig was not budging without incentives. Brad was the one who stripped down and we had a hilarious time trying to choreograph a decent shot. (The piece is part of the show.) I mention this incident as an indication of how willing Jeff is to venture into, shall we say, unusual territory. I have been told I have the same tendency. I believe our work together will create a particular blast of intensity!What do you hope to discuss during the talk on November 2?MB: By experiencing art, people open themselves up to the process of transformation. Simply exposing oneself to the symbols, archetypes and color in a work can have a lasting impact on the psyche and trigger shifts in behavior. I hope to engage the audience in a conversation about these fascinating possibilities. To get the ball rolling, I will be giving readings from my oracle deck to volunteers.JM: I think we might discuss our association, what we think of each other’s work, and how it led to the genesis of this exhibition.“Neverlands” will run through November 9. William Ris Gallery is located at 1291 Main Road in Jamesport. Visit www.williamris.com. Sharelast_img read more

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Farmington Hills Harrison football coach Herrington breaks career win record

first_imgIn 24 minutes @FHHarrisonFB coach John Herrington will have these many victories. #TheGOAT pic.twitter.com/FbvFoVbOAg— Mick McCabe (@MickMcCabe1) October 14, 2017 Celebration for Herrington @freepsports pic.twitter.com/J3nw0A39wU— MIPrepZone (@MIPrepZone) October 14, 2017 It’s official: Harrison High School’s John Herrington is the winningest football coach in Michigan High School Athletic Association history.The Hawks cruised to a 39-0 Homecoming win over Berkley Friday, giving the veteran coach his 431st career win.Herrington has been Harrison’s only head football coach since the school opened in 1970. Under his leadership, Hawk teams have won 13 state championships, more than any other Michigan program.Read about the game (Farmington Observer): Herrington stands alone as state’s winningest coachHere’s what happened on social media during the record-setting night: It’s official, Harrison 39-0 victory over Berkley. Herrington now the winningest (431) coach in MHSAA history. @CandGSports @OAAscores— Mike Moore (@CandGMike) October 14, 2017 FOOTBALL: As John Herrington approaches a new MHSAA record, see who makes the Harrison All-Time team https://t.co/jbsD9LVVqU pic.twitter.com/UQxGpVU2yF— MIPrepZone (@MIPrepZone) October 13, 2017 FOOTBALL: As John Herrington approaches a new MHSAA record, see who makes the Harrison All-Time team https://t.co/jbsD9LVVqU pic.twitter.com/UQxGpVU2yF— MIPrepZone (@MIPrepZone) October 13, 2017 FOOTBALL: Harrison’s John Herrington goes for the all-time coaching record Friday against Berkley — https://t.co/stx4ODDECi pic.twitter.com/YMX81ATZjX— STATE CHAMPS! (@statechampsnet) October 13, 2017 Reported by John Herrington well on his way to victory 431 with a 32-0 halftime lead against Berkeley. pic.twitter.com/LB9NqalqNN— Justin Rose (@JRoseWXYZ) October 14, 2017 Friday night lights at Harrison High. Herrington going for the record tonight. Hawk Pride! pic.twitter.com/HkXAekQuAj— Terry Kosdrosky (@TerryKoz) October 13, 2017 FOOTBALL: A look at the All-Time Harrison Team under John Herrington https://t.co/jbsD9LEk2k pic.twitter.com/guYzwGO0Rr— MIPrepZone (@MIPrepZone) October 13, 2017 admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Player says he plans to talk to Manchester United leaders –…

first_imgSeveral reports from Argentina have been claiming the club will work hard to negotiate with Manchester United and extend his loan spell.Signed from the Red Devils back in January, the defender struggled with injuries at first, and took a while before making his first appearance for the Argentine side.Rojo played only one game for his childhood club, and then the league took a break due to the Coronavirus crisis, meaning he could have to return to England with just that appearance for them.Now Estudiantes fans are obviously asking Rojo to stay a little longer, and in an interview with Estudiantes y su Gente, the player has confirmed his wish to extend his contract.Embed from Getty Images“If it were up to me, I would talk to Manchester United leaders to stay six more months. I would feel tremendous pain if I had played so little. I’m fully recovered and able to play,” he said (via Olé).One of the people who’ve joined this campaign is Rojo’s teammate Javier Mascherano. Following the loanee’s quotes, the former Barcelona star has tweeted saying: ‘I want to believe that you have already signed the contract extension, Marcos.’ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameDon’t Play This Game, it’s Addictive.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been covering several stories about Marcos Rojo’s situation at Estudiantes de La Plata.last_img read more

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Govt pushes use of all official languages

first_img8 August 2012 The South African government took a step towards promoting the equitable use of the country’s 11 official languages when Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile tabled the Use of Official Languages Bill in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday. The Bill was approved without dissent and will now go to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence. It is aimed at ensuring that the government elevates the status of indigenous languages, in particular, and promotes their use. The Bill will also make a contribution towards the national effort to promote multilingualism. “This Bill is not aimed at diminishing the significance and use of any of the South African official languages. Through this Bill, we will promote equitable use of all official languages,” Mashatile said. “In the long run, we will endeavor to equally promote the use of sign language.” It also means South Africans will have an opportunity to use the official languages of their choice in interacting with government. “This, we believe, will strengthen efforts to ensure equal access to government services and programmes and contribute to the goal of building an empowered citizenry,” he said. “Specifically, this Bill seeks to provide for the regulation and monitoring of the use of official languages by national government and public entities for official purposes.”Establishing national language units Mashatile added that it provides for the establishment of a national language unit. The unit will advise the Arts and Culture Minister on the policy and strategy to regulate and monitor the use of official languages. It also provides for the establishment of language units in every national department, public entity and national public enterprise to advise the national department on the development, adoption, and implementation and monitoring of its language policy. He said that through the Bill, government was giving effect to the provisions of Section 6 of the Constitution, which not only identifies 11 official languages but also obliges the state to take practical and positive measures to elevate the status and advance the use of indigenous languages. In terms of the Bill, language policies by national departments should identify at least three official languages to be used for official purposes. When identifying these three official languages, departments must take into account its Constitutional obligation to take practical steps to elevate the status and advance the use of indigenous languages whose historic use and status was diminished. The Arts and Culture Minister will be required to annually table a report to Parliament on the use of official languages for the provision of government services. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 14-20 Feb 2005

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts richard macmanus A look back at the week that was in the world of Web 2.0. This week: Google’s AutoLinks feature, IE7, NY Times buys About.com, more Big Media blogging coverage, Bloglines hacks.AutoLinks and AnnotationEver since Google made it big, many people have been looking for a chance to pin the‘evil’ label on them – especially as one of their company philosophies is to‘do no evil’. This week some folks pounced on Google for adding an AutoLink feature to its GoogleToolbar. The issue? It has similarities to a controversial old Microsoft featurecalled SmartTags. According to Google, AutoLink is this:“The online review of a great new restaurant has the place’s address but no map. Youcould type the restaurant’s street, city, and ZIP code into the search box, but whybother, when clicking the Toolbar’s AutoLink button will automatically create a link toan online map (US addresses only)? AutoLink can also link package tracking numbers todelivery status, VIN numbers (US) to vehicle history, and publication ISBN numbers toAmazon.com listings.”What’s getting folks riled up is that AutoLinks enables Google to create links totheir own content, using your webpage as the context. According to CNet News:“…trademark attorneys and security experts say that AutoLink could face problems,because Google modifies the underlying HTML of a Web page to deliver the addedlinks.”There’s a beauty of a conspiracy theory attached to this too. Slashdot explains:“Jeff Reynar – was the lead SmartTag Program Manager while at MS and is reportedly nowa Google Product Manager who’s being credited as AutoLink’s creator.”The most interesting thing about this for me is the annotation angle.Annotation has long been a desired feature for web browsers – e.g. the W3C’sbrowser/editor Amaya has extensive annotationfeatures. Anil Dashis one person keen on annotation in this manner – he suggested on his blog (also quoted by CNet) that “once your HTML page gets to my machine, it’s mine to rip, mix andburn.”.Is That IE7 In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Pleased To See Me?Speaking of browsers… the much anticipated Internet Explorer 7 was announced by Microsoftthis week. Only trouble is, there’s little evidence of innovation. The upgradeseems to be mostly about improved security. Also the beta IE7 won’t be available until“this summer” (US summer that is). So, like, what’s to get excited about? Or as Imentioned in Scoble’s commentssection: “What, no read/write browser? No RSS aggregation? Where’s the innovation,c’mon…”To be fair, maybe there will be some innovation in the backend – as Jeremy Wrightsuggests. But I’d like to see some real ground broken, for a change…NY Times Buys About.com – Gains Web 2.0 Street CredThe New York Times announced they will buy About.com for$410 million. There was a great meme going round the week leading up this: About.comrepresents blogging 1.0, whereas the likes of weblogsinc and Gawker are blogging 2.0. Mytake on that theory ishere. Nevertheless lots of people think the NY Times deal was a good one for the venerable newspaper. Mypicks for in-depth analysis: SusanMernit, paidcontent.org(plus audiointerview), VC FredWilson, John Battelle(great headline too! “About The New York Times: Deep Into Web 2.0 Now”), JayRosen, NY Times article.Key Quotes:MartinNisenholtz, CEO of New York Times Digital: “The model we’ve acquired is a web 2.0model; it’s not a centralized model, it’s a decentralized model where the content iscreated by passionate individuals who have a competency and a desire to reach the publicand that scales into many, many categories and it scales potentiallygeographically.”(emphasis mine)Fred Wilson nailsit: “If the content that is created on the edges starts to show up in the middle and thecontent that is created in the middle starts to show up on the edges, that will be a bigdeal.”John Battelle: “I thinkmicrocontent is key to winning in the Web 2.0 publishing world.” [and] “As Martin told mewhen I pinged him after the deal: ‘We’re deep into Web 2.0 now.’”JayRosen: “The second life of content, made possible by search, is of criticalimportance to journalists whose work is on the Web. (That’s almost all journalists.)”Big Media Blogging Coverage – Chicken Bloggers OutedAhhh, a warm fuzzies AssociatedPress article about SixApart: “The couple’s odd chemistry cooked up Six Apart Ltd., astartup that has helped popularize the “blogging” craze, with millions of peopleworldwide maintaining online personal journals that dissect everything from politics topoultry.” Poultry??In other news Weblogs Inc was named as one ofBusinessWeek’s FiveNet Names to Watch in ’05, which founder Jason Calacanis wasobviously chuffed about.Commenting on the above two stories, Slashdot notes: “Business Press Pays Attention To Blog Industry”.Techy Web 2.0 HighlightsRather than a single techy post, it was two bits of Web 2.0 hackery that caught myattention this week. Firstly, Erik Bensonmanaged to convert his entire weblog into a Bloglines API-powered site:“I made a folder in Bloglines that has all of the RSS feeds around the web that havestuff that I’ve written/done. Then I used the Bloglines Web Service to get an aggregated,normalized feed of all my content in one stream…”He explainshow he did it in a later post (nb: I noted in the comments that it’d be cool to makethis available to us non-programmers via an easy-to-use web service).Speaking of Bloglines (which I nearly always doin these weekly wrap-ups), Joshua Tyler has created a neat app called Chameleon, built using the BloglinesWeb Services. It’s basically an alternative interface to Bloglines and has some niftypersonalization features, such as keeping track of “which feeds you read, how often, andwhen”. I’ve had a play round with it and it’s a great example of value-add using a publicly available API.SummaryThat’s it for another week. As always, I value your feedback. Please leave a commentor send me an email at readwriteweb AT gmail DOT com. 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Bach and IOC: No Olympic city ever as ready as Tokyo

first_img“It will continue to be at the front of our minds for us and the organizers,” Coates said. “We will do everything possible to insure that they (athletes) are not competing at risk — or watching at risk.”Coates said organizers are preparing more cooling light-water sprays, reflective pavement for the running courses, and more shade for fans.“It’s those sorts of things,” Coates said. “There’s a list of about 20 precautions they think we should take, and they’re not going to be free.”Coates said those and other costs were stressing the operating budget. The third version of that budget will be presented on Dec. 21.“My confidence is that there will be a balanced subject, subject to there being nothing massively untoward,” Coates said.Several months ago, Coates contrasted Tokyo with Rio de Janeiro.“In Rio we didn’t know who was paying what — if at all,” he said.Tokyo’s privately-funded operating budget of $5.3 billion derives income from the IOC, domestic sponsorship sales, merchandise sales and ticket sales.The largest chunk of income is from domestic sponsorship sales, which have reached about $3 billion. Coates and Bach said the enthusiasm of Japanese companies had helped smash all records.Still, Coates said about $100 million more was needed to meet budget requirements. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion John Coates, the head of an IOC inspection team, wrapped up three days of meetings in Tokyo on Wednesday and said the city’s summer heat is a growing worry.Organizers are proposing to start the marathon between 5:30-6 a.m., and have moved up morning rugby matches by 90 minutes to play in the cooler air. Mountain biking will be contested later in the afternoon for the same reason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefOrganizers are also struggling to keep the 600 billion yen (about $5.3 billion) operating budget balanced with heat-related solutions driving up costs.This is the privately-funded budget for running the games themselves and separate from billions more that governments are spending to prepare the city. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The organizing committee and the people of Japan remain on track to deliver spectacular Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Coates said.Yoshiro Mori, the president of organizing committee, was sitting alongside and was cautious about the plaudits.“We should not be overconfident about such praise,” he said through an interpreter. “We still should buckle down very firmly … They praise us, they give us a good report card. But in addition to that I want to be better.”This summer’s scorching Tokyo heat nudged 40 degrees C (104 degrees F) several times and is running up costs and concerns.Coates said an IOC panel had studied the problem and called this summer “abnormal.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Alaska lacked effort in Game 1 loss to Magnolia, says Alex Compton International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, right, gestures to John Coates, left, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, shake hands prior to an IOC Executive Board meeting Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Tokyo. The IOC said boxing will take place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But exactly who runs the tournament and the details of qualifying are up in the air because of charges of corruption and malfeasance surrounding the boxing federation that runs the sport at the Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — IOC President Thomas Bach and other International Olympic Committee members are calling Tokyo the best prepared host city in memory.Still, there are obstacles ahead for the 2020 Games, though small by the standards of the corruption-plagued Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH dancesport looking to sweep golds Fossil launches its newest generation smartwatch: The Gen 5center_img Coates said he was hopeful “there won’t be any drain on the public purse.”Despite the wealth of private money, public money is still the backbone of the Tokyo Olympics.The national government’s Board of Audit spelled out total Olympic costs in a 178-page report published in October. It forecasts total spending to prepare the Olympics at about $20 billion. That includes the private operating budget.The rest comes from the national government, Tokyo city government and other local governments — meaning about 75 percent of the funding is taxpayer money.This reality contrasts sharply with Tokyo’s winning bid in 2013, which projected overall Olympics costs of 829 billion yen ($7.3 billion).Tokyo organizers and the IOC dispute what are — and what are not — Olympic costs. It’s complicated. Some projects might have been built without the Olympics and are not clearly related. Others are driven directly by the requirements of hosting the games.Stung by criticism of forcing cities to build white elephant venues, the IOC is saying the upcoming Olympics in Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028) will rely heavily on existing venues. The same is true for the two bids for the 2026 Winter Olympics: Stockholm, Sweden, and the Italian bid of Milan-Cortina.The outlier is the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Chinese capital spent at least $40 billion on the 2008 Summer Olympics. Bach and the IOC have cautioned China to keep the costs down.Also, the Tokyo city government said a 51-year-old man died Wednesday after falling from the 12th floor of a building under construction at the athletes village in the bay area of Tokyo. He was Japanese, but his name has not been released. 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Shahid Afridi wants to reclaim fastest ODI ton record during World Cup

first_imgShahid Afridi held the record for the fastest one-day hundred for nearly 17 yearsAll-rounder Shahid Afridi said he will try to wrest back the record of scoring the fastest ODI hundred when Pakistan tours New Zealand and during the World Cup to make it a memorable farewell for him and his fans from 50 overs cricket.Afridi has announced he will retire from ODIs after the World Cup but continue to play T20 cricket. “You never plan out to set such records. It just happens when you have a very special day and your confidence is sky high. If everything works out for me and it is my special day than I will try to improve the record set by Ab de Villers in New Zealand or in the World Cup,” Afridi said.He said that he was happy to see a batsman of de Villiers caliber now hold the record for the fastest fifty and century in ODIs.”He played like a champion to get the record and it was his special day,” he said.Afridi held the record for the fastest one-day hundred for nearly 17 years after blasting 102 off 37 balls against Sri Lanka in Nairobi. His record was bettered by New Zealand’s Corey Anderson in 2013 in Queenstown against the West Indies by just one ball.South African de Villiers improved upon the record against the Windies last week scoring a century from just 31 balls.Afridi said he had never dreamed he could get a ODI hundred in 37 balls when he played in the tri-series in Nairobi in 1996.advertisement”It just happened that day it was my special day and everything clicked. I hope I get another special day in the coming World Cup if it can happen I will try to get back the record of which I was always proud.”But realistically speaking I know that at the number I come to bat at these days one can score a half century but it is really difficult to get a hundred but you never know it could my special day,” he said.Afridi known as “Boom Boom” for his power hitting once hit a hundred against India from 45 balls in Kanpur in 2005.The seasoned allrounder, around whom they are a lot of expectations in the World Cup, said he would not be surprised if a day came when even chasing down totals of 350 or 400 would become a norm in 50 overs cricket.”After the rule changes in 50 overs cricket and with the popularity of T20 cricket things are now tilted in the favor of batsmen and in coming days we could see even totals of 400 go down easily,” he said.”Limited overs cricket has really changed dramatically in the last couple of years.”last_img read more

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