ICC World Twenty20: Took the bullet for my Indian colleagues by asking Dhoni about retirement, says Aussie journalist

first_imgAn Australian journalist was mobbed by his Indian colleagues at the end of India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s press conference following India’s ICC World Twenty20 semi-final loss to the West Indies yesterday.  He started trending on social media minutes after the presser.The Australian journalist, Sam Ferris, had asked Dhoni about his retirement plans after which the Indian skipper invited him to the dias and took a sarcasm-laden jibe at him.Ferris later on penned down his experience of becoming the interviewee and sharing the dias with Dhoni.  “If you had told me that by the end of the night, after watching a stunning West Indies run chase in the World T20 semi-final, that I would share the press conference table with India captain MS Dhoni and end up on every TV news bulletin in the country, I would have flat out called you a lunatic,” Ferris wrote on ‘cricket.com.au’ website. (Also read: Ajinkya Rahane, bowlers attract criticism after India lose in semi-final)”I thought it was a pretty standard question to be fair,” he said.When Dhoni shocked the world with his Test retirement out of nowhere after the 2014 Boxing Day Test at the MCG, it caught everybody off-guard,” Ferris said. (Also read: Virat Kohli heroics in vain as West Indies crush India to enter final)The scribe added, “With that in mind, I was sure he would get asked again if he was going to retire from limited-overs cricket. And it’s not like at 34 years old hasn’t achieved anything in white-ball cricket; he won the inaugural World T20 in 2007 in South Africa, hit the winning runs, a six no less, to win the 2011 50-over World Cup on home soil, and to complete the trifecta, took out the 2013 Champions Trophy in England.”advertisementNarrating the sequence of events, Ferris said, “An invitation to come join him (Dhoni) on stage. At first I politely decline, but he insists. Who am I to turn down India’s greatest-ever captain?”I’m welcomed with a warm embrace, a sympathetic arm around my shoulder and a crisp white smile, the same smile I’ve seen on a dozen commercials featuring Dhoni on Indian television selling a vast range of products,” he added.”Word has it Dhoni hates that question and was ready to pounce on an Indian journalist who was going to ask it. Even though I fired the wrong ammunition, it seems I took a bullet for my Indian colleagues,” he said.WATCH: MS Dhoni’s reply to a journalist who asked him about his retirement plans #WT20 #IndvsWIhttps://t.co/STYW5Hh4xn ANI (@ANI_news) March 31, 2016last_img read more

Facebook makes deal with Washington AG to halt discriminatory ads

first_imgFacebook will be legally required to end its practice of allowing businesses to block certain groups like blacks, gays and immigrants from viewing ads under an agreement reached with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.The Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday it had launched an investigation into the social-media giant and successfully bought 20 fake Facebook ads that excluded various ethnic minorities in late 2016. The ads, all approved by Facebook, were in some cases blatantly racist: One housing ad contained a headline specifically stating that people of certain ethnicities need not apply; another was looking for a white tenant.On Tuesday, under pressure from the investigation, Facebook signed a legally binding document in court in Seattle requiring it to shut down the advertising tool for businesses looking to exclude demographics protected under state law.The practice, first unveiled in a series of ProPublica articles that sparked the attorney general’s investigation, is one of several issues facing Facebook’s lucrative advertising network, which allows anyone from presidential candidates to the local flower-shop owner to micro-target its billions of users.When advertisers launch a campaign, Facebook offers a drop-down menu where they can select what types of people won’t see their ads, which it calls “exclusion marketing.” A landlord could advertise an open apartment and make sure black Facebook users couldn’t see it, for instance — an apparent violation of fair-housing laws.last_img read more