Manchester: Hailing him as a genius, former Australia captain and batting great Ricky Ponting on Friday said Steve Smith can only be dismissed if he is bowled around the corridor of uncertainty, outside the off stump. On Thursday, Smith — who had to miss the third Ashes Test due to concussion — played an incredible knock of 211 to help Australia post a mammoth first inning total of 497/8 and take the driver’s seat at the Old Trafford. Smith re-wrote the history books with his 26th Test century and third Ashes double hundred as he batted for 513 minutes, and hit 24 fours and two sixes. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “You hear all sorts of words, ‘genius’ is one that comes to mind,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. “A remarkable innings again. It’s his application to what he does. He just doesn’t make any mistakes. His concentration levels are obviously unbelievably good,” said the World Cup winning skipper. Asked how he can be dismissed, Ponting said: “He’s only been out nine times lbw in his last 99 innings, so you know if you’re bowling straight you’re not going to get him out,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “The one thing you have to do is try and challenge the outside of his bat. He doesn’t miss it on the inside.” World’s No. 1 batsman Smith is being compared to legendary countryman Sir Donald Bradman, regarded as the best batsman to have played the game. “Even what Smithy is doing now is remarkable, to think how good Bradman must have been to be a third again better than what Steve Smith’s doing at the moment is ridiculous,” Ponting said.
KIND Financial, the leading financial technology solutions company in the cannabis industry, today announced that Montel Williams, noted television and radio talk show host will join the board as a key advisor on medical marijuana advocacy.“Montel Williams has become one of the most high profile medical cannabis advocates in the country and he is also active in raising money for a variety of charitable organizations relating to veterans issues and multiple sclerosis, which he was diagnosed with in 1999,” David Dinenberg, CEO of KIND Financial, said, “We are proud to have Montel on board. From the first time we spoke, it was clear that we share a similar vision that our business model holds the key to legalization – regulation, compliance and transparency. Montel has a proven track record advocating for these tenets – the same principles upon which we have built our business.”KIND Financial’s technology platform provides tools focused on cannabis tracking and compliance for cultivators, dispensaries, and regulatory agencies in the cannabis industry. These solutions manage the entire cannabis business life-cycle ensuring that transactions are safe, secure and remain in compliance with the rules, regulations, laws and guidelines governing marijuana-related businesses with the federal guidelines set forth by FinCEN, the Cole Memorandums and related laws and regulations.“The national path forward for the medical cannabis movement hinges on the ability to create a well-regulated marketplace in new states, and history has taught us that the better regulated the proposed medical cannabis program, the more appealing it is to voters and legislators, and that’s why I’m proud to partner with KIND, which is at the forefront of medical cannabis compliance,” said Williams.Dinenberg agrees because the genesis of KIND’s technologies were built upon stringent healthcare and banking compliance and regulation foundations, “For the industry to thrive, it must survive. To survive it must figure out a way to manage compliance – we’re never going to get to a Federal policy change without a great compliance record at the state level. That’s where KIND comes in. We believe our partnership with Montel Williams will lead the industry towards a solution to make medical marijuana a viable option for patients who really need it. No one has lived this and represented it better than him.”Said Williams, “We know that the vast majority of voters support making medical marijuana available to relieve the suffering of seriously ill Americans like me and so many others. What we also know is that voters want a well-regulated marketplace – for this industry to expand, to help more patients, the movement needs to keep compliance at the forefront of our minds.”For additional information visit www.Kind.Financial. Kind Financial invites the public to participate in the conversation about the current and future status of financial services in the cannabis industry.