West Indian Cricket Team in England in 1995

West Indian cricket team in England in 1995

The West Indian cricket team toured England from 13 May to 3 September 1995 as part of the 1995 English cricket season. The tour included six Tests and three One Day Internationals. The Test series was drawn 2-2 while the ODI series finished 2-1 to England. The first ODI match of the series was the 1,000th ODI to be played. This was Ray Illingworth's first series in charge as England Team Manager as well as Chairman of Selectors, having sacked Keith Fletcher earlier in the year after the Ashes defeat.

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West Indian woodpecker

The West Indian woodpecker (Melanerpes superciliaris) is a species of bird in the family Picidae. It is found in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Cuba. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forest, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and heavily degraded former forest. The species has been observed to have a polyandrous breeding system, with one female raising two broods with different males concurrently.

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2002–03 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season

The 2002-03 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season was one of the longest lasting and the third-most active season in the South-West Indian Ocean. Storms during the season impacted the Mascarene Islands, Seychelles, Madagascar, and countries in southeastern Africa. The season began early when an unnamed tropical storm struck Seychelles in September, becoming the most damaging storm there in 50 years. The next system, Atang, was the first named storm of the season, but was only a tropical depression; it was named due to the threat to an outer island of Mauritius. Atang later struck Tanzania in a climatologically unusual area in November, resulting in unconfirmed deaths of fishermen. The first named storm to reach tropical storm intensity was Boura, which brushed the Mascarene Islands with gusty winds and rainfall. In December, Cyclone Crystal threatened to strike Mauritius but instead veered eastward, and later, Tropical Storm Delfina lasted from late December through early January 2003. Delfina damaged or destroyed thousands of houses in Mozambique and Malawi, killing 54 people. In January 2003, Severe Tropical Storm Ebula continued the steady activity, forming in the eastern portion of the basin. Later, Tropical Storm Fari crossed southern Madagascar with heavy rains, causing flooding and mudslides that left 3,400 people homeless. In February, there were four simultaneous tropical cyclones in the Indian Ocean, three of which in the basin. Cyclone Gerry formed first and the farthest west, passing just east of Mauritius and killing one person there. Cyclone Hape formed shortly thereafter, and Tropical Storm Isha formed farther east, having originated from the Australian basin. Cyclone Japhet struck southern Mozambique and produced widespread flooding in southeastern Africa, killing 25 people. In March, Cyclone Kalunde was the strongest storm of the season, reaching 10-minute sustained winds of 215 km/h (135 mph). It struck Rodrigues while weakening, damaging 1,600 houses and causing an island-wide power outage. About a month later, a subtropical cyclone named Luma intensified southeast of Madagascar and developed an eye. Lastly, Cyclone Manou was only the sixth May tropical cyclones on record, making a rare landfall in southeastern Madagascar, killing 89 people and destroying thousands of houses.

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1987–88 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season

The 1987-88 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season was a moderately active cyclone season, with nine named storms. Four of the storms attained tropical cyclone status, which is the equivalent of a minimal hurricane with 10 minute sustained winds of at least 120 km/h (75 mph).[nb The seasonal activity was evenly dispersed, officially beginning on December 9 when the Mto-France office (MFR) on Runion started tracking Tropical Storm Ariny. The storm crossed 90 E from the adjacent Australian basin, one of two storms in the season to do so along with Cyclone Ezenina. There were also two storms tracked unofficially by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) in November. Cyclone Filao was the most notable storm of the season, originating in late February off northern Madagascar. It ultimately struck Mozambique on March 1, where it killed about 100 people and left $10 million in damage (1988 USD). In January, both tropical storms Calidera and Doaza crossed Madagascar, the latter of which helped end a drought. Long-lasting Tropical Storm Hely also struck the country in March. The strongest cyclone of the season was Gasitao, which formed at the same time as Hely and attained peak winds of 150 km/h (95 mph). The season ended when Tropical Storm Iarisena dissipated northeast of Madagascar in the middle of May.

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The Expats Offering a Breath of Fresh Air in Polluted Beijing
Beijing has developed a reputation for terrible air that is dangerous for people to breathe.Earlier this month, the city recorded an air pollution reading over 20 times the limit deemed healthy by the World Health Organisation. It was the worst day for pollution since January 2013 when media worldwide reported on Beijing's "airpocalypse".That event led to a small exodus of expats, and put off some who were thinking of coming to China's capital, which is home to 20 million people. But for those enterprising enough, it presented an unlikely opportunity.Chris Dobbing, 24, from Oxford, arrived in Beijing in September 2012. It was while working for an education company that he noticed a lot of local students were developing respiratory problems."I looked online for a mask that I could recommend they wear and finding nothing of much quality for children I started working with Vogmask USA to develop child masks and sell them here in China", Mr Dobbing said.The good, bad and ugly of moving to Beijing Flying the flag for the best of British in China China smooths path for foreigners with new visa regime Expats forced out of Beijing and Shanghai by Chinese returning from West The Chinese shopping street with a 'foreigners only' policy He became director of Vogmask's China operation and has since started his own business developing a fashion conscious line of anti-air pollution face masks, with designs that make them cooler than the average offering.Chris Dobbing saw a gap in the market for face masks Chris Buckley, 53, originally from Poole, developed mild asthma after he came to Beijing in 2000. After doing research he identified the problem, and with a PhD in physical chemistry, conducted his own tests on the claims made by air purifier manufacturers.He now has two stores in Beijing selling air purifiers and other products which he says have made him "a lot wealthier" than his previous venture selling Tibetan carpets. His website, toranacleanair.com also contains information designed to allay people's air pollution fears.Another successful British expat in this niche market is Paul Afshar. After quitting a successful PR job in London at the age of 26, he moved to Beijing in 2011 and set up a website, ijustwannabuy.com that was originally intended as an expat-orientated online store. However, he quickly zoned in on the air pollution products that yielded higher profit margins."In January 2013, we had greater revenue and volume of sales than the previous eight months of operation," said Mr Afshar of the month when Beijing broke air pollution records. He noted that some Chinese retailers and manufacturers have marketed products with pollution protection claims that have not been true.After two brisk years, with dramatic revenue increases, he sold his company to a larger operator in the market. Although he won't reveal precise figures, he says he made enough from the sale to put a deposit on a "nice, two-bedroom flat in Shoreditch, London." These foreign entrepreneurs in China are symbols of the incredible economic success of the Asian giant. Between 2010 and 2012 China saw an increase of around 40 per cent in its GDP in two years.But with this phenomenal growth have come grave environmental concerns.Shanghai has had smog problems of its own recently , while smaller cities such as Harbin can have even worse problems than Beijing.All three of the expats interviewed for this story predicted that the anti-air pollution market will grow and evolve. For other entrepreneurs, however, the smog problem represents a long-term thorn in the side of their otherwise growing businesses.Bespoke Beijing ( bespoke-beijing.com ) is a travel company that tailors travel advice and services to tourists hoping to visit the historic capital. Clients have included celebrities such as rock band The Killers, and ex-model and TV presenter Tyra Banks. Pop star Katy Perry also visited recently."We were walking around and Katy and her manager were saying that all they hear about Beijing is the pollution," said Sarah Keenlyside, the Essex-born founder of Bespoke Beijing.Miss Keenlyside, 32, a former Times journalist, said that a few months in 2013 saw booking figures that were noticeably down on previous years. She blames the pollution scares for those results. "We are a growing business, but pollution was certainly a big part [in negatively affecting business]", she said.Hotels, international schools and multinational companies have all been affected, and tourist numbers from January to November 2013 were down 10.3 per cent year-on-year, according to a report by the Beijing Tourism Development Commission. Tourist numbers were down 2.5 per cent for the whole of China in 2013, as a comparison.Although the pollution has affected Beijing's image abroad, particularly as a travel destination, Miss Keenlyside is quick to point out the cultural and historic attractions of the city. She tells potential visitors: "Unless you have existing respiratory problems, don't worry about it. You're only affected if you live here many years, not if you're here just a few days." She does not find the air poses a problem for her on a day-to-day basis."I have no reason to leave," she said. "Beijing has so much to offer, the pollution shouldn't define the city. But it does bum you out when you can't see the sun, can't see the sky. It's more of a psychological thing."
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