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Kohli overtakes Smith on top of Test rankings, Philander moves up

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Cape Town – Indian skipper Virat Kohli is back at the top of the ICC Test batsmen rankings after scoring a century in the day-night Kolkata Test against Bangladesh.

Kohli struck a 136 last week to reach 928 points and is is five points clear of Australia’s Steve Smith.

Australia opener David Warner’s unbeaten 335 has lifted him 12 places to the fifth position.

South African-born New Zealand batsman Marnus Labuschagne is in the Top 10 for the first time after being ranked as low as 110th at the start of the year.

Meanwhile, Proteas seamer Vernon Philander moved up one place to sixth – despite not playing any Tests.

The Proteas kick off their summer when they host England for four Tests, starting on December 26 at Centurion.

ICC Test rankings:

Batsmen

1. Virat Kohli (IND) – 928

2. Steve Smith (AUS) – 923

3. Kane Williamson (NZ) – 877

4. Cheteshwar Pujara (IND) – 791

5. David Warner (AUS) – 764

6. Ajinkya Rahane (IND) – 759

7. Joe Root (ENG) – 752

8. Marcus Labuschagne (NZ) – 731

9. Henry Nicholls (NZ) – 726

10. Dimuth Karunaratne (SL) – 723

Bowlers

1. Pat Cummins (AUS) – 900

2. Kagiso Rabada (SA) – 839

3. Jason Holder (WI) – 830

4. Neil Wagner (NZ) – 814

5. Jasprit Bumrah (IND) – 794

6. Vernon Philander (SA) – 783

7. James Anderson (ENG) – 782

8. Josh Hazlewood (AUS) – 776

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China’s Haikou city to start 14-day medical observation for tourists from Hubei

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Workers in protective suits check the temperature of passengers arriving at the Xianning North Station on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, in Xianning, a city bordering Wuhan to the north, in Hubei province, China January 24, 2020. REUTERS/Martin Pollard

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Haikou city, capital of the southern island province of Hainan, will start a 14-day centralized medical observation for tourists from the central Hubei province, center of the coronavirus outbreak, from Saturday at noon, the Haikou government said.

Tourists from Hubei, especially from Wuhan city, are not allowed to leave the hotel where the medical observation will be held during the 14-day period, it said.

Hubei has confirmed 729 cases of the new coronavirus, with 39 deaths as of Jan 24, the provincial health authorities said.

Reporting by Judy Hua, Roxanne Liu and Tony Munroe; Editing by Sandra Maler

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Support Grows For Unionizing Video Game Industry, Survey Finds

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hollywood Reporter: Ahead of the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) — which is dedicated to the art and science of making video games and set to take place March 16-20 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco — the results of the organization’s eighth annual State of Industry report were released Friday. Surveying nearly 4,000 video game developers with the intent of highlighting industry trends and forecasts for the future of gaming, this year’s report indicates an increasing interest in the games industry to unionize. This was also a major topic of conversation in 2019, amid reports of gaming professionals working extended overtime hours and tolerating poor working conditions. Among the survey participants, 54 percent said that game industry workers should unionize (a 7 percent increase from last year), 21 percent answered “maybe” and 9 percent said they weren’t sure. When the same group was asked whether they thought game industry workers would unionize, only 23 percent said “yes,” while 43 percent said “maybe.”

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YouTube Moderators Are Being Forced To Sign PTSD Forms

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According to The Verge, content moderators for YouTube are being ordered to sign a document acknowledging that performing the job can cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). From the report: “I understand the content I will be reviewing may be disturbing,” reads the document, which is titled “Acknowledgement” and was distributed to employees using DocuSign. “It is possible that reviewing such content may impact my mental health, and it could even lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I will take full advantage of the weCare program and seek additional mental health services if needed. I will tell my supervisor/or my HR People Adviser if I believe that the work is negatively affecting my mental health.”

The PTSD statement comes at the end of the two-page acknowledgment form, and it is surrounded by a thick black border to signify its importance. It may be the most explicit acknowledgment yet from a content moderation company that the job now being done by tens of thousands of people around the world can come with severe mental health consequences. “The wellbeing of our people is a top priority,” an Accenture spokeswoman said in an email. “We regularly update the information we give our people to ensure that they have a clear understanding of the work they do — and of the industry-leading wellness program and comprehensive support services we provide.”

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National Track Championships: John Archibald and Josie Knight win individual pursuit titles

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John Archibald won silver at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

John Archibald successfully defended his individual pursuit title on the opening day at the National Track Championships in Manchester.

Josie Knight defeated Anna Morris to capture the women’s individual pursuit.

Six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny rode the qualifying round as Team Inspired won gold in the team sprint.

The championships continue on Saturday when the men’s sprint, kilo and points race and the women’s team pursuit, keirin and scratch titles take place.

Archibald qualified fastest with a time of four minutes 12.624 seconds, while HUUB Wattbike team-mate Jonny Wale beat former national champion Dan Bigham and recorded a personal best of 4:13.059.

In the final, Wale got off to his customary explosive start, but Archibald moved into the lead around the 1,500m mark and he crossed the line in 4:14.572

“I didn’t have the perfect ride but I’m delighted to win – that’s all that counts,” he said.

Knight was the afternoon’s fastest qualifier in the women’s competition, clocking 3:32.771, and was always in control in the final, despite a valiant effort from Morris, who finished just over a second behind.

As well as Kenny, the Team Inspired squad was made up of Phil Hindes, Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens and Joe Truman.

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Northampton 0-0 Derby, FA Cup fourth round: Cobblers earn replay

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Wayne Rooney captained a much-changed Derby in Friday’s goalless draw

League Two Northampton earned a replay with Championship club Derby after a hard-fought draw at the PTS Academy Stadium.

Cobblers forward Vadaine Oliver went closest to a breakthrough in the first half, striking the crossbar from close range.

Curtis Davies headed wide in the second half for the visitors, who failed to register a shot on target.

The draw for the fifth round is live on BBC One on 27 January.

More to follow.

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Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Shakes Eastern Turkey, at Least 4 Dead

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The Turkish authorities reported an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 shook the country’s east on Friday, causing some buildings to collapse and killing at least four people, Turkish officials said.

The earthquake struck at 8:55 p.m. local time, near the town of Sivrice in eastern Elazig province, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said.

The defense minister, Hulusi Akar, told reporters that there were no reports of any casualties in Sivrice but said the quake may have caused casualties in rural areas outside the town. He said troops were on standby to help is they are needed

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told NTV television that rescuers were trying to reach survivors after a four- or five-story building collapsed in the town of Maden, he said. About four to five buildings collapsed in Sivrice, where two people were hurt, he said.

The Kandilli seismology center in Istanbul said the quake measured 6.5.

The U.S. Geological Survey gave the preliminary magnitude as 6.7, with the quake affecting not only Turkey but also Syria, Georgia and Armenia.

Turkish media said the earthquake sent people running outdoors for safety.

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