PHE, the JBC and NHS Test and Trace are constantly monitoring the levels of infection and other data on prevalence of the virus across the country. As has always been the case, measures are kept under constant review to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives. all hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to takeaway only late-night restriction of operating hours, meaning venues will be required to close between 10pm and 5am Unfortunately, after improving for several weeks, we have seen a very significant and concerning rise in cases in Bolton. Bolton is now up to 120 cases per 100,000, the highest case rate in the country. Working with the local council, we are taking further local action. I want to say directly to everyone living in Bolton: I know how anxious this can be and I know the impact that these measures will have but we need to take this crucial step to keep this virus at bay. Ban on mixing outside households in homes and in public outdoor settings will be enforceable by law It comes as cases in Bolton reach 120 per 100,000 – the highest in the country Following discussions with local leaders, the Health Secretary, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), and the Chief Medical Officer for England have agreed to take further action to stop the spread of the virus in Bolton following a significant rise in cases.The following action will take effect in Bolton immediately: Current guidance on restricting people from socialising outside their household will also be brought into law.It follows proactive action taken over the weekend by Bolton Council, in consultation with the government and Public Health England (PHE), to implement additional measures on household gatherings and use of public transport.The North West regulations currently prohibit households from mixing indoors or in gardens. Guidance is already in place on not mixing with those outside your household in public outdoor places and today we are announcing this guidance will be brought in as regulations.This means all socialising outside of your household will be banned and will be enforced by law. These new regulations will be laid at the earliest opportunity.Face coverings must be worn on public transport and failure to do so could result in a fine.The number of positive cases in Bolton have risen to 120 cases per 100,000 – the highest in the country – a change from 98.8 per 100,000 over the weekend. Data shows the rise in cases in Bolton is partly due to socialising by people in their 20s and 30s. Social distancing remains our main line of defence against the virus and it is crucial everyone follows the rules.Speaking in the House of Commons, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
L4LM: You’re busting out your vocal skills on this album, which is pretty rare for you outside of harmonies and such. Are you able to play and sing, or is it like the chewing gum and walking thing?JD: Dobro playing and singing at the same time. You’re playing a slide instrument, and if you aren’t paying attention you might not have any idea where you end up. You can end up anywhere. You can end up on stage with some other band. I don’t proclaim myself a singer and a player simultaneously. I would rather lose one or the other. Just like playing fiddle and singing. You don’t see too many people doing it, and if you do, they really rehearsed it. I’ve got such a good band, I don’t need to play while I sing. Their playing sounds fine to me. I’ll sneak in a fill from time to time to, you know, kinda cap off whatever I just said, but I don’t need to play and sing at the same time.L4LM: I like the idea that you could get so lost that you end up on a different stage. Like you look around and you are onstage with Metallica.JD: Maybe even an alternate universe. That would be cool. String theory is alive and cooking. Maybe traveling through universes is something I should try more often. I’ve been on everybody else’s stage enough in my life. I think I’m gonna let other people handle that for now.L4LM: With all the guest appearances you’ve made on other folks’ work, do you ever get tempted to call them all up and get them to make a super band album or something? JD: That’s coming, it’s coming. I do that from time to time. This record, for, What If, I just wanted it to be the band and I wanted it to be me. I didn’t need to call any singers in—if there was any singing to be done, I was gonna do it. I’m sure they all sing better than me, but it’s my band! [laughs] In the end, it’s time for me to try things. I mean, why not? I’ve been around a lot of great singers and have sang harmonies for them, written for them, fed them funny lines when they didn’t have anything to say. It’s time for me to keep some things for myself.L4LM: There is a lot to be said about letting an artist act on their particular, personal vision. A lot of truth in there.JD: I’ve had a long career, and I have played lots of different kinds of music with lots of different people. It’s all in there. What If has stuff on it that I have been waiting to try for a long time now. It feels pretty good to me.Check out the Tom Waits’ cover of “2:19” from What If below:L4LM: Besides helping propel bluegrass forward, you’ve done a lot to help honor the past. Your work with The Earls Of Leicester has been a wonderful way to keep the memory of the Foggy Mountain Boys, Lester Flatt, and Earl Scruggs alive and well.Jerry Douglas: The Earls had gigs last week, and that music is really soul food for me. It was the first music I ever played. To get to play it with those guys in that band is as close to playing with Lester and Earl as I’ll ever get—heck, as anyone ever could.L4LM: You present a pretty authentic rendition, all the way down to the fancy dress. Do you need the clothes to get in the mood?JD: NO. [Laughs] Actually, some of that thinking is wrong. They didn’t all wear suits. Lester and Earl did, but the other guys were poor men. They couldn’t afford suits. They had shirts and ties. As long as you had that tie, that country string tie, you were good. That is kinda The Earls’ model. Doesn’t much matter what you got on as long as you are wearing a white shirt and that tie. You got that, you’re in the band, man.L4LM: I think Rob and Ronnie McCoury might just appreciate it if you spoke to their dad.JD: [Laughs] That’s why they get out away from him sometimes. They found freedom! I’ve gone backward. For years, I fought the suits. I wore the t-shirts and the tank tops, but now I’m wearing a tie on stage.L4LM: Within the past Flatt & Scruggs catalog, are there any tunes you are dying to play?JD: Oh yeah, there are plenty more great Flatt & Scruggs tunes left. I am kinda wondering what the next step for that band is—what we are gonna morph into. There are lots and lots of great songs left to play though, no doubt about that.Check out The Earls Of Leicester nailing the Flatt & Scruggs’ classic “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke,” below:L4LM: We have bands like Greensky Bluegrass and The Infamous Stringdusters heading in a jamgrass direction and other bands choosing to go the more traditional route. How healthy does the future of bluegrass look to you?Jerry Douglas: It looks great! Obviously, I fall in the middle of that spectrum you described. All of those guys can play bluegrass. They just choose to play other things to go along with it. And that’s great. I think that’s wonderful. With them, my test is whether they can play the real thing or did they jump immediately to jamgrass music. I really appreciate the musicians who can go back and forth and have learned the basics before they speed up and start to jam. I like the ones who learn to play a melody first, then they can learn how to speed it up.L4LM: You need to know the rules before you can break them.JD: Exactly. There are some rules with me. I respect them more if they can play melody. But I don’t respect them less if they then go into the jam. I’ll go right along with them. I’ll go deep into the jam.L4LM: Well, good luck with the new album and the tour. And thanks for representing the music so well.JD: My pleasure! Dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas has pretty much done it all at this point in his career. His session numbers are mind-boggling, with over 1,500 appearances to his credit. Over the course of those seeming infinite recording experiences, he’s worked with everyone from Phish to Dolly Parton. He’s paid homage to bluegrass masters Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs with his incredible tribute The Earls Of Leicester. Now, with a new band and a new record, What If, Douglas is ready to make some noise of his own again. Before hitting the road with his new band, Jerry Douglas took a few minutes to talk with our own Rex Thomson about the history and future of bluegrass, his hundreds of awards, and the importance of learning the rules before breaking them. Enjoy!L4LM: Over the course of your forty-plus years in the business, you have won basically every award, including fourteen Grammys. Is there a full-on wall of stuff or a shrine at your house?Jerry Douglas: I don’t like looking at that stuff, honestly. My wife has a closet that is full of that stuff, and that is way too visible for me.L4LM: That’s good though. Have you ever been in an argument with her and pulled out the “Honey, are you questioning the word of the ten-time IBMA Dobro Player of the Year?”JD: Ha! That’s one I haven’ t used yet, but I’m waiting. You gotta pick your battles, man.L4LM: We spoke to Anders Beck a while back, and he credited you with inspiring his love of the dobro. Do you remember your first encounter with the instrument?JD: Totally! I loved the sound of it the first time I heard it. The thing that brought me to the instrument was a guy named Josh Graves—”Uncle” Josh Graves—who played with (Lester) Flatt and (Earl) Scruggs. Graves was just so ahead of his time. He could play fast, he could play slow. He apparently learned the blues from an old black man, and it had really served him well.John Fogerty put it better than anybody I ever heard. Fogerty is a big lover of the dobro too. I’m paraphrasing here, but he said, “It has an emotional sound that hits you in the heart and never leaves.” It’s such an emotive instrument. It’s a lot like the human voice. It can emote the same way. It sounds so real, and it is real. It’s your head to your hands to your heart.There’s a lot of things that you can do because you’re playing with a slide. You’re not stuck with a fret that tells you how far you can go. You’re not a dog on a chain. You can do other things that a guy with a fret can’t do.Check out our interview with Anders Beck about the role of Jerry Douglas in his own dobro playing here.L4LM: You have been playing professionally for almost five decades. You’re probably the first dobro player that literally thousands of players heard. Do you feel the responsibility of being an ambassador for the instrument?JD: Oh, absolutely. I’ve had to explain to so many people over the years what a dobro is, though I find I don’t have to do that as much anymore. I think I’m doing something right. All those guys like Anders and Andy Hall, Rob Ickes—we’re all doing it. I kinda started a train, and those guys all came on board. I love Anders’ playing. I love his whole idea of how the thing works and how to use it. Andy Hall too, right there. Those guys are both playing in front of a different audience than I play in front of. But I’m gonna be out there real soon with an eight-piece band, and we’re gonna be hitting it real hard. We’re really looking forward to getting down at The Festy with Andy and everybody.Check out our chat with Andy Hall about The Festy and his dobro love here.L4LM: You have a new album, What If, coming out August 17th. After all your work with others and with the Earls, how does it feel to be back to making your own music again?JD: It’s just really great. I wrote this record when I really inspired to jump back out there and just write. Plus, it was an inspiration to play with my band a bit and play my older material with these players, because then they can go in and put their stamp on it. That’s when the music really grew up. Every time we play this stuff now, we find new stuff we want to exploit. It is just getting better and better. They are just great musicians. I just wrote the songs, they made them their own. This is a real band record. I didn’t tell everybody what to play. The secret is hiring the right people and turning them loose to do what they do. That’s the secret.Check out the title track to Douglas’ new album, What If, below:
By Robert R. WesterfieldUniversity ofGeorgiaOrnamental vines can make an interesting addition to your yardand serve more than one purpose. Following a few tips can helpyou grow thriving vines in your yard.Most flowering vines need at least a half-day of sun to grow welland bloom abundantly. Other vines, like variegated English ivy,will develop more vivid leaf patterns with a few hours of morningsun.Most vines grow best in fertile, well-drained soils. Bare-rootvines are best transplanted during the fall and winter.Container-grown vines can be planted anytime if you water them.If you need organic matter to improve the soil, rotary-till about4 inches of it into the top 12 inches of soil before you dig theplanting hole. Compost is an excellent amendment.A proper holeDig the hole as deep and twice as wide as the root ball. Make thetop of the root ball level with the soil surface. Then backfillwith soil removed from the hole, tamping it lightly to eliminateair pockets. Water right after planting, and use a mulch to keepmoisture in the soil.A low-cost way to plant a lot of vines as a ground cover is tobuy and plant rooted cuttings or “liner” plants. Ask yournurseryman about liners.If you plant during fall and winter, wait until spring tofertilize. If you plant in the spring and summer, wait four tosix weeks for the plants to get established before fertilizing.Then lightly sprinkle about a tablespoon of a complete, balancedfertilizer such as 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 around the perimeter of theplanting hole and water it in.Then…Once the vines are established, fertilize in early spring andmidsummer with a complete fertilizer such as 6-12-12 or 5-10-10at 1.5 pounds per 100 square feet. Take a soil sample to yourcounty Extension Service office to find your soil’s precisenutritional needs.Vines have different pruning requirements. Generally, prune toremove dead, diseased and damaged wood, reduce size and promotebranching. Vigorous vines such as honeysuckle, trumpet vine andwisteria may require regular pruning to keep them confined to thesupport.As a rule, prune flowering vines after they bloom. This isparticularly true for vines like wisteria and spring-floweringclematis that bloom on last season’s growth. Pruning these vinesbefore they bloom will reduce flowering.The amount of pruning depends on the vigor of the vine and theamount of foliage you want. Some vines will form layer on layerof growth unless they’re thinned out regularly.Wisteria, for instance, requires annual pruning to reduce theamount of growth. Removing about one-third of the canopy eachyear will lead it to grow short spurs on the remaining branchesthat will bear next season’s flowers.(Bob Westerfield is an Extension Service consumerhorticulturist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
U.S. Utility Execs Concede Need for More Innovation (or Better Messaging) FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Glen Boshart for SNL:Top officials with the Edison Electric Institute wrapped up the group’s annual convention June 15 in Chicago by discussing what they must do to prosper in a rapidly changing industry environment.Tom Fanning, EEI’s newly elected chairman who also serves as chairman, president & CEO of Southern Co.: “We are innovative, we are in the customer interest, we are constantly looking for ways to create the future,” Fanning maintained, suggesting that the problem has been more one of messaging.Christopher Crane, president and CEO of Exelon Corp. and EEI vice chairman sees storage as something utilities need to embrace by working with the labs and universities “to help advance that along.”But the officials acknowledged that the traditional utility culture may be holding them back. Patricia Vincent-Collawn, chairman, president & CEO of PNM Resources Inc. and EEI vice chairman, stressed the need for utilities to hire people from the younger generation who are more adept at using new technologies in innovative ways.“You have to walk the talk, you have to bring in people from the outside, you have to protect them from the internal immune system of the utility” that wants to quickly “kill off anything that’s different,” Vincent-Collawn said.Picking up on that theme, Fanning noted that the culture and employees at his company can be represented by a pie chart, only a tiny slice of which is composed of “the revolutionaries, the creative disruptors.”“The people in the big pie slice want to murder the people in the little pie slice,” Fanning acknowledged. Thus, he said companies need to keep from living on their past successes and instead embrace innovation and new technology.Full article ($): EI officials debate how to keep up with rapidly changing times
By Iris Amador/Diálogo March 16, 2017 The first Woman’s City center, a Honduran government project to provide social services to women, will begin operations on March 28th. The Honduran Military finished construction and handed over the facilities in early January. Honduran women will receive multiple services at these centers, including training, health care, and legal advice. The service center, located in the Kennedy neighborhood of Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, is the first of five centers whose design and construction are the Military’s responsibility. This innovative model for serving the country’s female population envisions promoting the welfare of women and their families through access to health care, the economy, safety, civil rights, and personal and financial growth opportunities. The centers also will offer services to the children who visit with their mothers. “Woman’s City is a venue for women’s opportunities, where 15 organizations are housed under the same roof to coordinate and collaborate in providing quality services for the comprehensive development of Honduran women,” Attorney Rosa de Lourdes Paz told Diálogo. She is the presidential delegate in charge of the Woman’s City program. The project calls for opening two more centers in 2017; one in Choloma, in Cortés department, and the other in Juticalpa, in Olancho department. For 2018, the plan is to start operations at another two centers; one in San Pedro Sula and another in La Ceiba, on the north coast. Women’s cities “The Armed Forces support this program with design, development, budgeting, and supervision of all of the construction through the engineering department at the Logistics Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Honduras,” Colonel Jorge Alfredo Cerrato, spokesman for the Armed Forces, told Diálogo. “We finished building the first center in seven months and are expecting to finish the four remaining centers on deadline,” Col. Cerrato confirmed. “Everything is ready for us in Choloma. The Military is supervising the construction through the end.” Each Woman’s City is, in effect, like a small city. Every complex contains at least seven buildings, each of which is outfitted to cater to different needs. The buildings are surrounded by gardens, green spaces, and open-air walkways. Nearly $4 million were invested in the first center. The cost of building the rest of the centers will run close to $20 million. Like other women around the world “Even though we represent 52 percent of the Honduran population, women are subjected to many types of discrimination. Women receive lower salaries for the same work, are vulnerable to various kinds of abuse, and don’t have access to financial credit. Many women lose their lives to illnesses tied to their gender that aren’t treated in time,” Paz stated. “We believe that this project will have a positive impact on the lives of many women. We believe that it will have the effect of reducing violence within the family unit and that through the help that the women receive, emigration and school dropout will also be avoided,” Col. Cerrato added, expressing his satisfaction with the Military’s collaboration on this initiative. “This is an initiative to facilitate every woman’s access to her rights. It’s the state stepping up to provide a platform for women to get services in a single place, not at different locations, which is what makes it more difficult to access services,” Paz said. “The only entry requirement is being a woman.” Service modules Woman’s City will provide services through six service modules. The first is to help women achieve financial self-sufficiency. Women are the main engine of the informal economy, but they cannot avail themselves of loans. Through Woman’s City, they will have access to what the government calls “solidarity credits,” so that they can finance their own small businesses. There is also a module focused on treatment and prevention of domestic violence that provides women with access to legal aid and emergency assistance. The third module is focused on women’s sexual and reproductive health. According to Dr. Jorge Cerrato, a gynecologist at the Military Hospital in Tegucigalpa, cervical cancer is the leading cause of death for Honduran woman, closely followed by breast cancer. In addition, Honduras is the second leading country in Latin America in numbers of teenage pregnancies, he said. Thus, Woman’s City seeks to nurture safe and healthy sexual practices among women, and to reduce the rates of disease through education aimed at prevention and early detection. The center also provides preconception, prenatal, and postnatal care for women. A fourth module is focused on community education through educational strategies and community involvement in order to stamp out cultural norms that allow gender inequality. The instruction will be varied, and talks, workshops, and seminars will be held on issues ranging from decision-making to sex education. As for the remaining modules, one is focused on serving young children, and the final one, on serving adolescents. Through Woman’s City, the government aims to reduce the percentage of women aged 15 and older without employment income, lower the maternal death rate, and reduce the infant mortality rate for children under five. The initial projections are to serve 8,000 new beneficiaries per year. “It is my conviction that when a woman takes the initiative to rise up and move forward, she will never fall back again,” Paz concluded.
As citizens across the world await a vaccine to end the coronavirus pandemic, a survey by Pew Research Center published Tuesday has good news: scientists and their research are widely viewed positively across much of the globe.The center polled 32,000 people between October 2019 to March 2020 in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Russia, finding that a median of 82 percent consider government investment in scientific research worthwhile.In each of the 20 countries surveyed before the COVID-19 outbreak reached pandemic proportions, majorities have at least some trust in scientists to do what is right. In Canada, the figures were 74 percent on the left and 35 percent on the right, in the UK it was 62 and 35. The differences also existed albeit on a smaller scale in Germany (17 points), Sweden (15 points) and Spain (10 points).”As the global landscape for scientific research continues to shift, these findings showcase the generally positive views that publics around the world hold for scientists and their work, as well as ideological fault lines,” said Cary Funk, Pew’s director of science and society research.A median of seven-in-ten across the 20 countries said climate change is having at least some effect on their local community. In some places – Italy, Spain and Brazil – about half or more see a great deal of impact from climate change in their community.Here, too, political ideology played a significant role: Australians on the left for example were more than twice as likely as Australians on the right to say climate change is a very serious problem (79 percent v 36 percent).In Canada, the left-right divide on climate change was 82 percent against 44 percent.A majority of adults in 17 of the 20 publics rate the preventive health benefits from childhood vaccines –- such as the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine -– to be high. But while most places considered the risk of side effects from childhood vaccines to be low, half or more in Japan, Malaysia, Russia, South Korea, France and Singapore consider the risk to be medium or high.Majorities said the media does a good job covering science, but also said the public often doesn’t know enough to understand news on scientific research.Around two-thirds or more said the news media do a very or somewhat good job covering science topics, while far fewer said the media do a bad job covering science — medians of 68 percent against 28 percent across the 20 countries.But across the countries surveyed, 74 percent considered limited public understanding of science to be a problem for media coverage of science research.Topics : Scientists as a group are highly regarded, enjoying “a lot” of trust by a median of 36 percent, the same share who say this about the military — though in eight countries including India, the United States and France, people trust the military more than scientists, the survey showed.This is much higher than the shares who say this about business leaders, the national government and the news media.But the generally favorable views toward scientists also revealed a partisan divide: public trust in scientists is often higher for those on the left than the right.These differences were especially pronounced in the US, where 62 percent on the left had a lot of trust in scientists, compared with two-in-ten on the right.
NewsSports Showdown at Lindo Park Hard Courts. by: – June 4, 2011 Results of games played on Thursday and Friday. Friday, June 3rdGame 1 – Kubuli/Vitamalt Division 1 – T.F Grand Fond Ball Tricks won their second game in a tightly contested game and overcoming the 2011 regular season champs Salisbury Juggernauts by 13 points. Final score Ball Tricks 53 points to Juggernauts 40 points. Top scoring for the Grand fond boys were Alister Browne 14 points, Kemon Cuffy 12 points and Kuriney Cuffy 12 points and Esmond Andrew with a game high 24 points for Juggernauts. Note of Interest was prominent doctor Thompson Fontaine spotting a uniform for the Grand Fond Ball Tricks. 40 Views no discussions Game 2 – The Pistons of Pichelin turned the tables and arrested the Police Team winning by 10 points, the final scores Pistons 76 points to Police Sports Club 66 points. Top scoring for Pistons were Kijuan Thomas 23 points and Yannick Regis 19 points while for the police Floyd Theodore 11 points and Englebert Defoe 12 points. Share Share Share Game 2 – Domlec Premier Division – Dragon Stout Pros of Grandbay redeem themselves by taking care of the team which played the finals last year Paix Bouche Eagles. Final score Dragon Stout Pros 72 points to Paix Bouche Eagles 58 points, top scoring for Pros were Craig Angol 18 points, Ramal Carbon 14 points and Hakeem Dangleben 12 points while Earl Mathew had a game high 29 points and Andel George 16 points for Eagles. Tonight in the 2011 Lime National Basketball League at the Lindo Park hard courts promises to be the biggest night of the season so far, that’s because the two biggest names in Dominica basketball champions Signman X-Men plays former champions Gatorade Blazers. Its going to be an epic battle as both teams bring undefeated records of 3 – 0 but one must go down tonight. But before at 7pm in the Kubuli/Vitamalt Division 1 will see the NBD Original X-Men take on the boys of Canefield Maximum Building Supplies Tigers. Tweet The Lime National League continues this evening at the Lindo Park from 7.00By: Mickey Joseph Thursday, June 2nd – Kubuli/Vitamalt Division 1Game 1 – Element Agencies Ole Skool went down to the National Youth Team 55 points to 56 points in a closely contested game. Top scoring for the National Youth Team were Kevin Augustine 16 points and Wakamie Fabien 10 points while Cedric Hypolite 16 points and Layne Royer 12 points for Ole Skool. Sharing is caring!
Brookville, In. — The Franklin County Health Department offers flu shots Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. The regular cost is $25 and a variety of insurance is accepted.Call the health department for more information 765-647-4322.
New Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles admits he is very ambitious and is looking forward to competing with established first-choice Tim Howard. The 23-year-old signed a five-year contract with the Toffees on Tuesday and will be viewed as Howard’s long-term successor. However, while the Spaniard is keen to learn from the United States international – Everton’s first-team goalkeeper since his arrival from Manchester United in 2006 – he is not fazed by the prospect of deposing him. “I am a very ambitious goalkeeper. I can’t wait to get started at such a big club,” he said. “It is a great honour to come here and work with Tim. He is a great goalkeeper and I am sure I will learn a lot from him. “Obviously we will be competing together and it’s the manager’s decision at the end of the day (who he chooses).” Robles spent last season on loan at Wigan from Atletico Madrid and ousted Ali Al-Habsi towards the end of the season, playing in the Latics’ historic FA Cup final win over Manchester City. Robles is the third player Everton have signed this summer familiar to Martinez, who has also brought former Wigan players Arouna Kone and Antolin Alcaraz to Goodison Park as well as four members of the Latics backroom team. The goalkeeper is grateful to extend his stay in the Premier League but he will not be resting on his laurels having secured a permanent deal. “It was a fantastic experience to come to the Premier League, it is clearly the most important league in the world, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue at a club like Everton,” he told evertontv. “Roberto Martinez being here was a major factor in me coming here. I firmly believe that Roberto will take Everton to even greater heights and we are all here to achieve that aim.” Press Association
highlights Bangalore finished second from the bottom in the recently concluded IPL. Ganguly believes World cup stint will be different for Virat as captain. India will play their first World Cup game against South Africa on June 5. Kolkata: Former captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday insisted that Virat Kohli’s IPL captaincy will not have an impact in the World Cup as he enjoys a good record as an ODI skipper. The biggest advantage for Kohli will be the support of two very successful leaders — Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma — on whom he can fall back on during testing situations. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s repeated failures in the Indian Premier League have put the spotlight on Kohli’s leadership skills but Ganguly said Indian captaincy is a different ball game.”Don’t compare Virat Kohli’s IPL captaincy record with that of India. His captaincy records for India is very good actually. He’s got him in his team as the vice-captain. Dhoni is there. So he’s well supported,” Ganguly told PTI on the sidelines of a promotional programme.The 46-year-old felt Hardik Pandya will play a key role in India’s campaign at the mega event, starting May 30 in England.”Hardik Pandya will play a key role. He is in tremendous form. He will be very, very important for India’s chances.” The former left-handed batsman picked Pakistan alongside India, Australia and England as the four semifinalists in the upcoming World Cup, saying their records in world tournaments in England is remarkable. England has been a ‘lucky’ venue for the Pakistan, who had won the 2017 Champions Trophy beating India and had also bagged their maiden World Twenty20 title in 2009.”Pakistan’s record in world tournaments in England is remarkable. They won the Champions Trophy two years ago, they won the 2009 World T20 in England.”He also cited the recent example of Pakistan’s second ODI against England, in which they almost chased down a mammoth 374 before going down by only 12 runs.”Pakistan always play well in England. You see the last game in England. England got 374 and Pakistan just lost by 12 runs. They also beat England in England in Test matches there because of their bowling lineup.”Ganguly, however, was quick to add that Virat Kohli’s men should not be wary of Pakistan and they would prove to be strong contenders.”I don’t believe in records. Both of them will have to play well on that particular day. India will be a very good side. They will be very hard to beat. Team which has the likes of Kohli, Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan can’t be weak.”Asked to compare this team with that of his team of 2003 that lost to Australia in the final, Ganguly said: “Both the teams are of different generations. We played the final in 2003. I hope they play the final and win it.”Indian cricket is so strong. And we have been strong for the last 25-30 years. Every world competition that we play, we will have a chance. This team has as much chance as we had in 2003.”Starting as one of the favourites, India would be under tremendous pressure but Ganguly felt it would bring out the best from Kohli and Co.”So it’s good that India is under pressure, every other team in the World Cup will be under pressure. You don’t want to turn up like a Nepal or an Ireland where the entire world thinks that you’re not going to win.”You rather turn up like an India or an Australia or an England where everybody says this team is going to win the World Cup. So Virat, probably being the best player of the world at the moment, is as much under pressure as anybody else and that will be good for him because he will turn up, work hard, he will be pumped and get India going.”Ganguly said it would be an interesting World Cup as all 10 teams will play each other before the best four qualify for the knockouts. “This team has as much as opportunity. It’s a great World Cup because all 10 teams play against each other and the best four qualify. There are strong teams and you realise England, Pakistan, West Indies all can win.”So it’s good that India is under pressure because it will help them perform and it’s going to be exciting 55 days of cricket,” Ganguly said. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.