James Anderson ruled out of England’s Tests in Bangladesh…
England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson has been ruled out of the Test series against Bangladesh with a shoulder injury.
The 34-year-old, who has 463 Test wickets, has not played since the fourth Test loss to Pakistan in August.
England play three one-day internationals and two Tests on the tour, for which they leave on Thursday.
Anderson’s absence from the Test side will be confirmed on Thursday morning, when a replacement could also be named.
He was not included in the one-day squad.
Cover may come from Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball, who was named in the original squad for the ODIs, but not the Tests.
Anderson, who missed two Tests against South Africa last winter with a calf problem, suffered a stress fracture of the right shoulder in the third Test at home against Sri Lanka in June.
The Lancashire pace bowler was subsequently not selected for the first Test against Pakistan despite declaring himself fit, a row that captain Alastair Cook called a “messy affair”.
Anderson, who was rested when England last toured Bangladesh in 2010, is still hopeful to be fit for the five-Test tour of India, which begins on 9 November.
The Lion King: Disney announces live action film remake…
The Lion King is to be remade as a live action film directed by Jon Favreau, Disney has announced.
The announcement comes 22 years after the release of the original animation, while a highly successful stage musical has been running since 1997.
Favreau was behind this year’s new version of The Jungle Book, featuring a mix of animation and live action.
He has tweeted that he is “excited” for his “next project”, using emojis of a lion and a crown.
Disney said the new version would feature hit songs from the 1994 film, which were written by Sir Elton John, Sir Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer and included Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata and Can You Feel the Love Tonight.
The original Lion King movie made $969m (£745m) and won two Oscars.
The stage musical has taken more than $6bn (£4.6bn) in ticket sales – more than any other stage show or cinema release in box office history.
It is the latest in a long line of classics to get the live action treatment, and comes after Disney recreated Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent for the big screen.
A new live action version of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, is due for release next year and will also feature songs from the original animation.
Favreau will also direct a sequel to The Jungle Book, which has made $965.8m (£743m) around the world since its cinema release.
No release date for the new Lion King film yet been set and casting is yet to be announced.
Happy Birthday Jerry Lee Lewis!
Rock ‘n’ roll musician who is known for the hit “Great Balls of Fire” and who married his thirteen year old cousin, Myra Gale Brown.
He was expelled from Southwest Bible Institute for playing what they termed “devil’s music.” He played music in Natchez, Mississippi to make a living.
He has been the last living member of the Sun Records Million Dollar Quartet and hence was nicknamed The Killer.
He married seven times: first to Dorothy Barton on February 21, 1952, then to Jane Mitchum on September 15, 1953, to Myra Lewis on December 12, 1957, to Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate on October 7, 1971, to Shawn Stephens on June 7, 1983, to Kerrie McCarver on April 24, 1984, and finally to Judith Brown on March 9, 2012. He had a total of six children across the marriages.
He released the album Million Dollar Quartet after collaborating with Elvis Presley.
Pope names Special Envoy for conferences in SL!
Pope Francis has named Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi, India, as his Special Envoy to the XI Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, taking place from 28 November – 4 December in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The theme for the Plenary Assembly is “Joy of the Gospel and the Family in Asia in the Light of the Synod.”
Snapchat launches sunglasses with camera…
Messaging app firm Snapchat has announced its first gadget – sunglasses with a built-in camera.
The device, which the company is calling Spectacles, will go on sale later this year priced at $130 (£100).
The glasses will record up to 30 seconds of video at a time.
As part of the announcement, Snapchat is renaming itself Snap, Inc.
The renaming decision underlined the company’s apparent ambition to go beyond the ephemeral messaging app, a product which is highly popular with young people.
An article published by the Wall Street Journal on Friday showed Snap’s 26-year-old creator Evan Spiegel in a series of pictures taken by fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld.
In an interview, Mr Spiegel explained his rationale for creating Spectacles.
“It was our first vacation, and we went to [Californian state park] Big Sur for a day or two. We were walking through the woods, stepping over logs, looking up at the beautiful trees.
“And when I got the footage back and watched it, I could see my own memory, through my own eyes – it was unbelievable.
“It’s one thing to see images of an experience you had, but it’s another thing to have an experience of the experience. It was the closest I’d ever come to feeling like I was there again.”
On Saturday, Snap released some limited information about how the glasses will work.
Footage will be recorded in a new, circular format which can be viewed in any orientation, the company said. The battery on the device will last about a day.
A light on the front of the device will indicate to people nearby when the glasses are recording.
Prior to confirmation from Snap about the product, news website Business Insider published a promotional video it found on YouTube showing the product. The video has since been taken down.
Spectacles will remind many of Google Glass, an ill-fated attempt by the search giant to create smart glasses.
While Google Glass did get into the hands of developers around the world – at a cost of $1,500 each – the device never came close to being a consumer product. The company eventually halted development, but insisted the idea was not dead.
Though Glass was beset by hardware issues, perhaps its main flaw was the public perception. At worst, many saw it as troubling, privacy-invading technology. At best, others just considered it ridiculous-looking.
However, with a far lower price point, and likely adoption by influential celebrities, Snap’s Spectacles stand a solid chance of being seen as cooler than Google’s attempt.
“If you look at the kinds of glasses millennials wear, the design is very ‘in’,” suggested Carolina Milanesi, a consumer technology analyst from Creative Strategies.
“Making them sunglasses helps hide the camera better, but it also limits the usage somewhat – you’ll need to be outside in daylight.
She added: “The name change is interesting as it would indicate a change in focus away from messaging, which with Spectacles makes sense. Snap is perhaps becoming more about life-logging, content generation and story-telling.”
According to the WSJ, Snap is not treating the device as a major hardware launch, rather a fun toy that will have limited distribution.
“We’re going to take a slow approach to rolling them out,” Mr Spiegel told the newspaper.
“It’s about us figuring out if it fits into people’s lives and seeing how they like it.”