Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Luis CentenoMTA eTix, a new, free smartphone app allowing Long Island Rail Road riders to buy digital train tickets without visiting a ticket booth or machine, is being rolled out sooner than expected.LIRR riders can currently use the app on the Port Washington branch. The app is expected to be operational on the other 10 LIRR lines by September, instead of the end of this year as originally planned, New York State officials said.“This e-ticket system for the railroads is where the economy is now,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters Tuesday during a news conference at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. “You take out your device. You scan it, and you pay for something. That’s how it works, and that’s how it’s going to work on the railroads.”The LIRR is the nation’s busiest commuter railroad with about 300,000 riders daily. Those who wish to use paper tickets can continue to do so. Riders who want to make the switch can download the app using their iOS or Android mobile devices.Cuomo noted that the new technology is a huge advancement for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which originally wrote out train schedules on chalk boards. As riders begin using the app, it should reduce long lines at ticket machines and booth windows.MTA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Prendergast said that the app is easy to use, involving just three simple steps. First, download the app; then open it, and lastly buy a ticket by setting the point of origin and destination, he explained.It offers the option of buying monthly, weekly and daily passes, plus one-way or round-trip tickets. Once the ticket has been bought, it has to be activated when boarding the train. When the conductor asks for the ticket, riders have to show the ticket information displayed on the smartphone.Getting the MTA to implement the new system was tough, the governor claimed.“Introducing technology to a bureaucracy is extraordinarily difficult,” Cuomo said. “It requires change, and change is chaos … You get a bureaucracy as big as the MTA, and you have to push every day. Otherwise it’s not going to work.”He added that some hurried riders were eagerly anticipating the new app.“I was harangued this morning by a person who said, ‘Well, it’s not on her station,’”Cuomo said. “It’s not on all stations on the railroads until the end of the summer, but this is a new technology. It’s bringing the railroads to the same level of technology as most services, which is an extraordinary upgrade in the case of the MTA.”
NEW DELHI: The 2014 tour of England is one that saw current India skipper Virat Kohli struggle against the swinging Dukes ball in English conditions. With scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0,7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests of that tour, he averaged just 13.50 in his ten innings. However, Kohli doesn’t see the tour as a disappointment.”In the 2014 England tour, it was basically about not adjusting to the conditions and doing things that I wanted to do and being rigid about it. Being rigid about anything doesn’t get you anywhere. It was a long and painful realisation but I realised it,” said Kohli while speaking with Mayank Agarwal on the series ‘Open Nets with Mayank’ hosted by bcci.tv. “2014 tour is always going to be a milestone in my career. I really had to sit down and change things about how I approach the game before that tour, the way I played the game and start being more fearless. “I realised that in Test cricket when it gets tough, to maintain your composure is the most difficult thing for a cricketer and that was something which I really needed to correct. “If that tour hadn’t happened, I would have continued the same way I was and wouldn’t have improved. That tour made me think how I approach my international career and do I just want to be a pushover everytime I play Test cricket. That’s a decision I had to make,” he added. Kohli revealed that after that England tour where India were defeated 1-3 in the five-Test series, Ravi Shastri offered him a piece of advice which worked wonders for him. “Ravi bhai called me and Shikhar to his room after the Test series in 2014. His understanding was very sharp. He told me to stand outside the crease and explained the mindset behind it. He also asked me if I was afraid of the short ball. I said, ‘I wasn’t afraid of the short-pitched balls. I am not afraid to get hurt, I just don’t want to get out’,” he said. “I started practising that in Australia in the same year and the results were unbelievable.” The 31-year-old also had a chat with legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar after the England tour and had few sessions as well with him in Mumbai. “After the England tour, I looked at my footage. I spoke to Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai and had a few sessions with him. I told him that I am working on my hip position and he made me realise the importance of a big stride, the forward press against fast bowlers as well.” On his next tour of England in 2018, Kohli emerged as the leading run-scorer with 593 runs, including two hundreds and three half-centuries. “I never really paid attention to the perception of the people about me after 2014. Obviously, it troubled me a little because all my credibility as a player went away in a month or so. But then I stopped focussing on what people had to say about me,” Kohli said. “I went into my zone and kept working on my game. The great thing about 2018 was I went as a captain and a player. I wanted to lead from the front and contribute to the team by scoring runs. “That’s why I was nervous before the first Test in 2018. I wanted to start well. It was not like that I performed bad in 2014 and now here’s my chance of redemption in 2018,” he added. Despite a brilliant batting performance from Kohli, India went on to lose that series 1-4. However, the Indian captain believes the tour boosted the confidence of the team, which later on helped them win their maiden Test series in Australia. “We weren’t too heartbroken about the England series in 2018 to be honest because we really competed well. It was a tight and a confidence boosting series for us.” Talking about his X-factor as a captain, Kohli said: “I would not compromise on wanting a result in any situation. A draw comes to me, only and only if the situation has gone too bad or in the last hour when you don’t have an option. I will not think of a draw from the first minute in the morning.” IANS Also watch: Minister Reviews Flood Readiness for Guwahati
Kick-off time is 9pm at the Stade MMArena.Todayâ€™s game is an interesting one with Nigeria a mix of veterans and upcoming stars, while France, who finished in fourth place at the FIFA World Cup finals in Germany seven years ago, also boast a number of new prospects.Falconsâ€™ Head Coach, Thomas Dennerby, who had been in France three days before the contingent landed on Wednesday is expected to use the game to try out fresh invitees to spice up the team.All 18 players, including Holland-based Sophia Omotola Omidiji, a late call-up, had a light work out at the Le Clos Fleuri ground at 10am and later followed with a tougher session in the evening at the Le Mans Stadium.Nigeriaâ€™s Falcons have won eight of the 10 editions of the Women Africa Cup of Nations staged to date, and have represented Africa at all editions of the FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup since the first competition was held in China 27 years ago.While Skipper Rita Chikwelu, Josephine Chukwunonye, Faith Ikidi, Ugo Njoku, Osinachi Ohale, Ngozi Okobi, Francis Ordega and Desire Oparanozie have been everywhere and seen it all, goalkeepers Onyinyechukwu Okeke and Chiamaka Nnadozie, as well as Glory Ogbonna and Anam Imo are starry-eyed and looking to notch senior caps.The match comes just days after the Super Eagles concluded the first phase of their 2018 FIFA World Cup actual build-up with useful encounters against Poland in Wroclaw and Serbia in London, and the Under-20 boys concluded a two-match tour of the Arab Republic of Egypt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLYOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaNigeriaâ€™s senior women national team, Super Falcons, is scheduled to take on France today in an international friendly in the city of Le Mans, west of France.