The life story of a cricket ball

Sports

To get pounded and pummeled is the destiny of a cricket ball. Its life on the field is full of hardships. Here’s a pictorial snapshot of how the leather ball takes life.

Strings are wrapped around a piece of cork.

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Bunches of cork core are left on the ground to dry before being used to make cricket balls.

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A hammer is used to shape the cork.

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It’s further shaped by hammering the cork into a round, semi-circle set.

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The two halves of the ball is stitched together with the cork placed inside.

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A leather piece is prepared for the outer covering.

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The leather piece is first tanned…

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…and then it is coloured.

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A worker works on the leather pieces.

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The two halves of the outer covering is sewn together.

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A worker stitches the outer covering of a cricket ball.

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The weight of the ball is measured.

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The seam of the cricket ball is stitched.

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The ball is then stamped with its logo.

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The cricket ball is polished till it possesses a good shine.

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The ball is then packed into boxes…

 

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After days and hours of work, the shining red ball reaches the hands of cricketers.

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Jenny McCarthy to pose nude for Playboy again

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Jenny McCarthy is posing nude for Playboy again – almost 20 years since the first time she appeared in its pages.

The 39-year-old blonde beauty will feature on the July/August cover of the famous men’s magazine and will strip for a naked pictorial. A representative for the publication has confirmed Jenny’s spread.

The model-and-actress started her career with a shoot in Playboy’s October 1993 issue and she went onto to be named Playmate of the Month and later Playmate of the Year and has appeared in Hugh Hefner’s magazine several times.

Jenny turns 40 in November and she previously admitted she wanted to bare all in the magazine one more time before she reached the landmark age.

She said: “I would absolutely pose for Playboy. I would be so flattered if they asked me. It’s probably not going to happen but I think I want to do it again.”

Jenny – who has a nine-year-old son Evan – also recently confessed she relies on the wrinkle-smoothing powers of Botox to stay looking young.

She said: “I’m an obvious Botox user. I tell everyone. I get Botox in my forehead. I just have my doctor do a little shot. But I also just take good care of myself.”

The Basics

Google Maps API Tutorial

Using GOverviewMapControl

GOverviewMapControl provides an “overview” map which is linked to the main map.

Here’s an example

Tweaking the Overview map

In versions below v2.93 the following tweaks can be applied directly.
In version v2.93 and above you need to wait for the control code to be loaded from an external module.
See Tweaking GOverviewMapControl in v2.93

Absolute Positioning

Positioning the overview can be achieved by obtaining a reference to the div that contains the overview map and applying styles to it. The “id” of the overview div is created from the “id” of the parent map by appending “_overview”. So if your main map is called “map”, the overview map div will be called “map_overview”.

Applying styles

Once you’ve got a reference to the div, you could apply other styles to it. Those margins on the left and top look rather odd when it’s not in the corner of the page. I guess that the styles might be likely to change in future releases, so the styles that I apply in the example may well need to be changed.

The overview has three nested divs, the outer one has id=”map_overview”. The API styles are:

  • Outer div: width and height set to the requested GSize() or (150,150).
  • Next div: width and height set to the requested GSize() or (150,150), background-color: white, border-top and border-left: “1px solid gray”.
  • Inner div: width and height 9px less than the outer div size, background-color: “rgb(229, 227, 223)”, border: “1px solid gray”, left: “7px”, top: “7px”.

It’s the “left:7px; right:7px” that causes the map to be placed asymmetrically within the div.

In my example, I make the border go all the way round, centre the inner div within the middle div, and change the size of the inner div to be an even number of pixels so that the margins are the same width all the way round.

Accessing the overview GMap2

It is possible to get a reference to the GMap2 that sits inside the GOverviewMapControl, and then use GMap2 methods to manipulate it.

Here’s an example that changes the map type of the overview and sets up a “click” listener on it.

Restrictions

  • Many GMap2 methods can’t be used on the overview until the GOverviewMapControl has completed its initialisation. If you try to perform them in the same “time slice” as the GOverviewMapControl was created, you’ll get an error. The calls can be deferred, like thissetTimeout("ovmap.setMapType(G_SATELLITE_MAP);",1);.
  • There’s no point using setCenter() or setZoom() on the overview, since the GOverviewMapControl code will update those settings the next time the main map information changes.

Women’s Health Pictures Slideshow: 18 Embarrassing Beauty Questions and Answers

Medical- Medicine

How Can I Soften Chapped Lips?

When dry air leaves the lips dehydrated, they develop tiny cracks. This can make the lips sensitive and unsightly. To reverse the damage, avoid licking your lips, which only causes more dehydration. Instead, use a lip balm made with petroleum jelly, castor seed oil, or shea butter. This will seal in moisture and protect the lips from the elements. And look for one with SPF 15. The sun’s damaging rays can dry your lips even more.

Women’s Health Pictures Slideshow: 18 Embarrassing Beauty Questions and Answers

Medical- Medicine

Why Do My Feet Stink?

Even if you shower regularly, foot odor can be stubborn. The soles of the feet are a favorite hangout for odor-causing bacteria. When sweat mixes with the bacteria, you get that familiar foot stench. Keep the feet dry and avoid shoes that make your feet sweat. Wash socks after every use. If your shoes have a lingering smell, try a deodorizer.

Women’s Health Pictures Slideshow: 18 Embarrassing Beauty Questions and Answers

Medical- Medicine

How Can I Soften Callused Feet?

Calluses are common on the heels and balls of the feet. The thick layers of dead skin are there to protect your feet from the pressure of walking. But you may not like the sight of rough, yellowish heels peeking out of your sandals. Soaking your feet in hot water and scrubbing with a pumice stone can remove some of the dead skin.

Women’s Health Pictures Slideshow: 18 Embarrassing Beauty Questions and Answers

Medical- Medicine

Is There a Fix for Razor Bumps?

Razor bumps occur when stubble curls back on itself and grows into the skin. The best way to treat and prevent the bumps is to stop shaving. Hair removal creams and laser treatment are possible alternatives. If you prefer to keep shaving, you might be able to prevent razor bumps by taking a hot shower first and using a thick shaving gel.

Women’s Health Pictures Slideshow: 18 Embarrassing Beauty Questions and Answers

Medical- Medicine

How Did I Get Stretch Marks?

When the skin gets stretched by pregnancy, weight gain, or extreme weight loss, the stretch can create scarring. Stretch marks are usually red or purple, then fade to a glossy white. They generally occur on the belly, thighs, hips, breasts, or lower back. The marks can be reduced with chemical peels or laser surgery. Lotions and creams are usually of little benefit.

Women’s Health Pictures Slideshow: 18 Embarrassing Beauty Questions and Answers

Medical- Medicine

Are Those Pimples on My Bottom?

Probably not. Small white or red bumps on the buttocks are most likely keratosis pilaris. This is a harmless skin condition that can also appear on the back, cheeks, upper arms, and thighs. The condition may last for years but tends to disappear gradually by age 30. Until then, intensive moisturizing can help reduce outbreaks.

Women’s Health Pictures Slideshow: 18 Embarrassing Beauty Questions and Answers

Medical- Medicine

Does Anything Banish Cellulite?

No woman wants her rear compared to cottage cheese. Unfortunately, a type of fat called cellulite can create dimpled skin on the buttocks, hips, and thighs. Exercising to lose excess fat may help. Doctors question the value of cellulite creams, but those with caffeine may offer short-term improvements. Some cosmetic procedures also target cellulite.

Women’s Health Pictures Slideshow: 18 Embarrassing Beauty Questions and Answers

Medical- Medicine

Why Do I Have a Unibrow?

It’s no secret that some gals grow excess hair between the eyebrows, along the upper lip, or on the chin. Occasionally, this can be a sign of a medical condition, such as polycystic ovary syndrome. But more often, it’s just genetics. Plucking, waxing, or regular use of a depilatory cream can help. Laser hair removal and electrolysis are long-term solutions.

Image Collection: Skin Problems

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Picture of Henna Tattoo Reactions

Picture of Henna Tattoo Reactions

The Food and Drug Administration has received complaints from people who have received products marketed as henna temporary tattoos, especially so-called “black henna,” at places such as salons and kiosks at beaches and fairs. There have been reports of allergic reactions, skin irritations, infections, and even scarring. “Black henna” may contain the added “coal tar” color, p-phenylenediamine, also known as PPD, which can cause allergic reactions in some people. Henna itself is made from a plant and typically produces a brown, orange-brown, or reddish-brown tint. Other ingredients must be added to produce other colors. Even brown shades of products marketed as henna may contain other ingredients intended to make them darker or make the stain last longer. While the FDA has approved henna for coloring hair, and PPD is used in cosmetics as a hair dye, neither of these color additives is approved for direct application to the skin.

Image Collection: Skin Problems

Medical- Medicine
Picture of Fordyce's Condition

Picture of Fordyce's Condition

Fordyce’s condition. The face abounds in sebaceous glands. Normally their distribution stops sharply at the junction of the skin and vermilion of the lips. Commonly, however, ectopic sebaceous glands are found within the lips under the vermilion and sometimes within the oral mucosa of the lips and even in the buccal mucosa. The condition is harmless and may have been present long before the patient or parents became aware of it. No treatment is required or available.

Image Collection: Skin Problems

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Picture of Auricular Tags

Picture of Auricular Tags

Auricular tags. Supernumerary vestiges of the external structures of ears are common. Accessory tragi and auricular tags with or without communication to deeper structures may be deceptively simple. Those in Fig. 27-13 are probably harmless nubs of tissue that could be sliced off and their bases delicately electrodesiccated. Should that be all there is, the cosmetic result would be fine. Sometimes, however, such structures bear cartilage within them and have communication to uncertain depths toward the more important structures in the external canal or middle ear.