Hillary Clinton used personal email for all government business, says report

The former secretary of state may have broken federal law by using the private account according to the New York Times

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton may have violated federal records laws by using a personal email account for all of her work messages, the New York Times reported on Monday.

The newspaper said the likely Democratic presidential candidate conducted all her official business during her four-year tenure at the State Department on a private email account.

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Prototype Fujitsu smartphone unlocks with the blink of an eye

At MWC Fujitsu is displaying a smartphone prototype with an iris-scanning authentication s...

Most smartphones require some sort of password or pattern input to unlock them, whilst some have voice print recognition, and a few – such as Apple’s iPhone 5S and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 – even use fingerprint scanning. But Fujitsu claims to have gone one better by introducing iris pattern recognition on its latest prototype smartphone on show at Mobile World Congress (MWC)… Continue Reading Prototype Fujitsu smartphone unlocks with the blink of an eye

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Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule: Updated Fixtures, Times and Predictions

The pool stages of the Cricket World Cup have motored past the halfway stage and we’re beginning to gather an increasingly clear picture of the eight teams that will make up this year’s quarter-final line-up.

But there is still much to play for at the tournament in Australia and New Zealand, with a scattering of surprise nations in the race to mix it up among the game’s elite in the knockout stages.

Here’s a look at the upcoming schedule for the 2015 World Cup and an examination of two matches that’ll be key in determining the sides remaining in the competition come the quarter-final stage.

 

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Fixtures

Pool Matches – Predicted winners in bold

Mar. 4 Pool B: Pakistan v UAE, Napier (d/n) (1 a.m. GMT)

Mar. 4 Pool A: Australia v Afghanistan, Perth (d/n) (6:30 a.m. GMT)

Mar. 5 Pool A: Bangladesh v Scotland, Nelson (10 p.m. GMT, Mar. 4)

Mar. 6 Pool B: India v West Indies, Perth (d/n) (6:30 a.m. GMT) 

Mar. 7 Pool B: South Africa v Pakistan, Auckland (d/n) (1 a.m. GMT)

Mar. 7 Pool B: Zimbabwe v Ireland, Hobart (d/n) (3:30 a.m. GMT)

Mar. 8 Pool A: New Zealand v Afghanistan, Napier (10 p.m. GMT, Mar. 7)

Mar. 8 Pool A: Australia v Sri Lanka, Sydney (d/n) (3:30 a.m. GMT)

Mar. 9 Pool A: England v Bangladesh, Adelaide (d/n) (3:30 a.m. GMT)

Mar. 10 Pool B: India v Ireland, Hamilton (d/n) (1 a.m. GMT)

Mar. 11 Pool A: Sri Lanka v Scotland, Hobart (d/n) (3:30 a.m. GMT)

Mar. 12 Pool B: South Africa v UAE, Wellington (Westpac Stadium) (d/n) (1 a.m. GMT)

Mar. 13 Pool A: Bangladesh v New Zealand, Hamilton (d/n) (1 a.m. GMT)

Mar. 13 Pool A: England v Afghanistan, Sydney (d/n) (3:30 a.m. GMT)

Mar. 14 Pool B: India v Zimbabwe, Auckland (d/n) (1 a.m. GMT)

Mar. 14 Pool A: Australia v Scotland, Hobart (d/n) (3:30 a.m. GMT)

Mar. 15 Pool B: West Indies v UAE, Napier (10 p.m. GMT, Mar. 14)

Mar. 15 Pool B: Pakistan v Ireland, Adelaide (d/n) (3:30 a.m. GMT)

Schedule courtesy of BBC Sport.


England vs. Bangladesh

Remarkably, despite the moribund displays put in by England at this competition so far, the Three Lions still have a chance at making it through to the quarter-final stage. But if they are going to get there, it’s imperative they get the better of Bangladesh when these two meet at the Adelaide Oval.

England have been emphatically beaten in three of their matches against the Test-playing nations and the pressure will be squarely on Eoin Morgan’s men heading into this one.

As we can see here courtesy of the Cricket Australia Twitter account, the criticism of this team has subsequently been pretty scathing:

All is not lost, though. If England can beat the Tigers and follow it up with a win over Afghanistan they’ll almost certainly qualify for the quarter-finals; as the old adage goes, in knockout format anything can happen from that point.

Bangladesh are certainly no mugs, however. They have an array of classy players in their squad and the bowling talents of Shakib al Hasan will surely cause problems aplenty for an England team that has struggled with spin at this tournament so far.

The all-rounder is a fine batsman too and, according to cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle, should be moved up the order as part of a rejig:

But England, as poor as they’ve been, should have too much for Bangladesh. The batting skills of Moeen Ali and Joe Root have been rare bright spots at this World Cup; expect one of those men to relish what should be a high-pressure occasion and help the Three Lions move into the quarter-finals of the competition.

Prediction: England win


Pakistan vs. Ireland

The two sides vying for the final qualifying spot in Pool B look set to be Ireland and Pakistan; they meet in the final match of the pool stages in Adelaide on March 18.

Ireland got their campaign off to a flyer, winning the opening two games of the tournament. In those two games they showcased remarkable fortitude to topple the West Indies and the United Arab Emirates; as such, you suspect they’ll take a fearless streak into some tough challenges still to come.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan paid tribute to the Irish effort as they eventually got over the line against the UAE:

The men in green boast an excellent blend of batsmen in their squad. At the top of the order there’s the composure of men like Ed Joyce and William Porterfield, while a little further down in the batting they can call upon the power of players like Kevin O’Brien.

That flexibility is definitely something Pakistan will be wary of, but they’re a team that also seem to be heading in the right direction. They turned in a much more balanced display against Zimbabwe to pick up their first win of the tournament and, looking ahead, they should still have enough to reach the quarters provided they beat Ireland.

Wahab Riaz looks as though he could be the talismanic figure this team needs too, especially if his performance against Zimbabwe is anything to go by, per Cricket Record:

Pakistan will be the favourites for what will surely be an epic occasion, but there’s something special about this Ireland team. They’re a balanced outfit who make the opposition scrap for every single run; against the 1992 winners, that edge will see them take a narrow victory and a place in the quarter-finals of this gripping competition.

Prediction: Ireland Win

Brent crude up $1 to over $60.50 as global markets firm

An oil well is seen near DenverBy Henning Gloystein SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Brent crude oil prices rose more than a dollar to above $60.50 a barrel on Tuesday, tracking firmer Asian markets, but analysts warned the market remained oversupplied. Most Asian stock markets edged up on Tuesday, bolstered by a record day on Wall Street, while a resurgent yen helped knock the U.S. dollar index off an 11-year high, making commodities priced in the greenback slightly cheaper for holders of other currencies. A drop in U.S. rig counts is also boosting oil prices, analysts said. "Brent crude prices (are) attempting to rally on rapid week-on-week reduction in U.S. … rig count," Morgan Stanley said on in a note on Tuesday.


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