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Tony Becca | Cricket, a game of many moods

first_imgI was born during the dark clouds of the second World War, and to those who were born after that, I make no apologies for it, even if, to a few, I am considered old fashion for my views, and especially so, on cricket. And my view on cricket is simply this: for whatever reason, cricket today is a game for all kinds of people, for three kinds of people, including those who love it for its skill between bat and ball, for its excitement, drama, and surprises, and those who prefer it for its artificial atmosphere and finishes, and especially after a quick 20-over affair. And I respect and admire all three versions of the game, but I love the original one, the one that fully tests ones skills in the many aspects of the game, including technique with bat and ball, the intricacies of the game, and the many variables as it meanders through the unknown and on to the end for one to five days. I love cricket for what it really is: a game of skill, of excitement and drama, of surprises and disappointments, and, as Mark Nicholas, the former captain of Hampshire, has said, one of the rearguard action. Now a journalist, Nicholas, writing on cricinfo.com recently, wrote that people have apparently turned off Test cricket because of its length, its total dependency on technique, the possibility of enduring maiden overs after and maiden overs day after day as batsmen fight for survival, and the ever-present possibility of the dreaded draw. To Nicholas, however, and for me also, the draw is not a dreaded draw, at least not all the time. The draw, which can be really be boring at times, can also be an attraction, and an exciting, nail-biting one. And it can be, as it has been on many, many occasions, as exciting as many thrilling victories, when the draw comes after victory seemed almost a certainty or almost a foregone conclusion for one team, and when one team appears dead and buried. At such times, it is almost like a miracle to come away alive and ready to fight another day. How can I forget, as a young man, the Test match at Lord’s in 1963, when the West Indies went all out for victory on the last day, with fast bowler Wes Hall bowling non-stop all day, and when Hall started bowling the last over of the day, Colin Cowdrey, with his left-arm in plaster, came out to bat left-handed as the last man for England with six runs to get and one wicket in hand? How can I forget either, Garry Sobers and David Holford, with the West Indies on 95 for five in their second innings and just eight runs ahead of England at Lord’s in 1966, putting on 274 to save the game? And how can I forget, as a man, that wonderful performance of V. V. S. Laxman and Rahul Dravid in Kolkatain 2001, when, after being dismissed for 171 and following on 274 runs behind, they stroked 281 and 180 in a partnership of 340 to pull an amazing victory? How can I forget that day at Trent Bridgein in 1966 when, with the West Indies in trouble and fighting to save the game, Derek Underwood and company, on a rainy Saturday, bowled maiden after maiden overs before Rohan Kanhai and Basil Butcher gave the Monday crowd a batting display to remember, or just recently, in Ranchi in India, when Australians Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh, with the Indians getting ready to celebrate with champagne, batted for 64 overs on the last day and scored 123 runs on a “turner” to rob India of what seemed a certain victory? And how can I forget that day in Chittagong when, at tea time on the final day, England were 1000 without loss and, to everyone’s shock, to some dismay, to others jubilation, went on to lose to Bangladesh as all 10 second-innings wickets fell for 64 runs in 21.3 overs, These were not normal deeds, neither were they regular deeds, but there have been many more instances of two batsmen, a batsman and an all-rounder, a batsman and a tail-ender, or two tail-enders have gone beyond the norm by defying the odds and by frustrating the opposition when all seems lost. Cricket is a game of many parts, of skill, charm, and elegance, of strength and speed, concentration and staying power, and, of course, of the excitement of flying sixes and acrobatic fielding. MEMORABLE INSTANCES Nicholas mentioned a few memorable instances when the dead got up and walked, when, at Old Trafford in 2005, Ricky Ponting, Brett Lee, and Glen McGrath batted Australia to safety before a full house, when Australia had England on the ropes in Cardiff in 2009 and Monty Panesar and James Anderson fought the good fight to save the game, and when, at Adelaide in 2012, newcomer Faf du Plesis joined A. B. deVilliers and batted all day as South Africa denied Australia what seemed an easy victory. The victory at Old Trafford was so exciting that according to Nicholas, England’s captain Michael Vaughan was heard saying to his players as Australia celebrated the draw, “See, even the mighty Australians are celebrating a draw with us.” My memories suggest to me that the draw is an important part of cricket, and that many of the game’s most memorable and historic moments involves great and surprising escapes. How can I forget, as a teenager, when Denis Atkinson and Clairemont Depeiza of the West Indies batted for over a day and scored 348 for the seventh wicket against Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller, Richie Benaud and company of Australia to save a Test match in 1955? 1963 TEST MATCH AT LORD’Slast_img read more


Glavine may call it quits after 300 wins

first_img“I don’t want to sit here and say definitively,” Glavine said Friday when Mets pitchers and catchers took their physicals. “If I don’t win 300 games for some reason, I will play – unless my arm blows out and that’s the end of it.” Only twice in 19 full major-league seasons has Glavine failed to win at least 10 games (1988 and 2003). PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Tom Glavine is inching closer to 300 wins – and retirement. Needing 10 victories to reach the milestone, the New York Mets’ ace sounds as though he plans to call it quits after this season. VIERA, Fla. – Nick Johnson’s right hip hurts when he walks. Running? Forget that – the pain’s much too severe. So the Washington Nationals’ cleanup hitter and first baseman quite simply has no idea when he’ll be able to play baseball again, when he’ll be fully recovered from the broken right leg that ended his career-best 2006 season. Team doctor Ben Shaffer will examine X-rays Monday, and manager Manny Acta and general manager Jim Bowden both said there’s no way to put a timetable on when Johnson will play. NEW YORK – A major-league position player who scuffs or defaces a baseball would be ejected and receive an automatic 10-game suspension under changes approved by the sport’s playing rules committee. SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jose Acevedo broke four ribs and his collarbone in a motorcycle accident and is expected to miss the entire season, his Dominican winter league team said. center_img PHOENIX – Miguel Cabrera and the Florida Marlins went to an arbitration hearing, with the all-star third baseman asking for $7.4 million and the team offering $6.7 million. Arbitrators Howard Block, Stephen Goldberg and Elliott Shriftman heard the case and were expected to issue a decision today. SARASOTA, Fla. – Ken Griffey Jr.’s throwing hand feels fine and he expects to be ready to go in spring training. BRADENTON, Fla. – The Pittsburgh Pirates kept Brad Lincoln, their top pitching prospect, from participating in the first workout of spring training because of elbow irritation. No timetable was given for Lincoln’s return. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Around our schools

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The local chapter of the National Charity League will be awarding a $20,000 scholarship this year to a female high school senior who lives in Whittier.Officials say the scholarship is based primarily on community service. Applications are available at all Whittier-area high schools.Breakfast to serve as contest’s museChildren between the ages of 5 and 18 are encouraged to participate in a “got breakfast?” essay contest designed to raise awareness about the importance of eating breakfast.Students are asked to write a poem, essay or even a song about why breakfast is the most important meal of the day.Submissions can be in English or Spanish, 75 words maximum, and it must be legible (typed or neatly written on letter-size paper).Students should include their complete name, school year or grade, name of school with address and name of school principal, and send their entries by May 31 to “got breakfast?” Essay Contest, P.O. Box 89, Syosset, NY 11791.Four winners will be chosen and have their photo featured on a Fall 2006 edition of the “got breakfast” poster to be displayed in schools in their area.Winners will also receive a Dell laptop computer and free “grab-and-go” boxed Breakfast Breaks for their school for one week.Winners will be announced in July. For more information, visit www.gotbreakfast.org.Arts camp offers finanical aidStudents interested in applying for scholarships for this summer’s Interlochen Arts Camp have until Wednesday to mail an application.The camp is known worldwide as a premier summer arts program for students in grades three through 12. Students train intensively and produce more than 400 presentations each summer in dance, theater, creative writing, visual arts, music and motion picture arts.The camp takes place from June 24 to Aug. 7. Financial aid is available; 52 full merit-based scholarships will be awarded to students in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate exceptional proficiency on harp, string, wind or percussion instruments.An audition submitted on tape or CD is required with the application. For more information, call (231) 276-7472 or visit www.interlochen.org.Learning disability theme of contestThe National Center for Learning Disabilities is sponsoring a 2006 National Art & Poetry Competition for learning-disabled students.The contest is open to all schools and educational programs with learning-disabled students between the ages of 4 and 18.Students are asked to express themselves artistically on the theme “Welcome to the Land of LD.”Students can discuss hopes, dreams, challenges and aspirations, as well as describe what it’s like to live with a learning disability.The deadline for submitting entries is March 3.For more rules, an application or more information, visit www.ld.org/artandpoetry or contact Teneille Craig at [email protected] or (212) 545-7510, Ext. 211. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us!Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955,Ext. 3051, or send e-mail [email protected]last_img read more


Carndonagh Community Hospital building plan to begin in mid 2020

first_imgDonegal Minister Joe McHugh has confirmed the building plan for Carndonagh Community Hospital with builders on-site in the middle of next year.Progress on works for Carndonagh Community Hospital is a boost for the local area, Minister McHugh said.“The Health Service Executive has confirmed that the tenders are being looked at for the project and the agency has also said a decision is imminent. Minister McHugh said “That is great news for everyone in the Carndonagh and wider Inishowen area and for people who use a facility like this and their families.“The building work will involve a new temporary ward at Buncrana for patients to be cared for while the works at Carndonagh take place.“Workers are expected to be on site in Buncrana in the few couple of months of the new year and then the main works can kick off in Carndonagh right after that, with the HSE pencilling in the second quarter of 2020 and finishing a year later.“I have placed huge importance on the role of Community Hospitals in caring for our older people and the infirm in the areas where they were born and raised and have family ties. “That is why this Government secured the right decision for redevelopment of other Community Hospitals, like St Joseph’s Stranorlar and Ramelton, as confirmed in the HSE’s Capital Plan. The Government is committed to investing in Community Hospitals.“I am also delighted to see that other works are progressing well in Dungloe and Falcarragh.“Credit has to go to Health Minister Simon Harris and Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly for their commitment to Community Hospitals in Donegal.“Carndonagh Community Hospital building plan to begin in mid 2020 was last modified: December 17th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Source: Raiders trading Kelechi Osemele to the Jets

first_imgOsemele was a cut candidate considering his hefty 2019 … Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.The Raiders are trading starting left guard Kelechi Osemele and a 2019 sixth-round pick to the New York Jets for a 2019 fifth-round pick, according to a source.The sixth-round pick the Raiders are sending to the Jets was from the Bears, acquired in the Khalil Mack trade.The deal can’t become official until the start of the new league year on Wednesday.last_img read more


Have Scientists Found the Secret of Aging?

first_imgThere’s a tragic disease that speeds up aging.  Known as progeria (Huntington-Gilford progeria syndrome, HGPS), it is caused by a single point mutation in exon 11 of the NMLA gene.  Children afflicted with this disease look old beyond their years and often die at 13 of heart attack and stroke – essentially, of old age.    A team of scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), publishing in PNAS,1 investigated the results of this mutation.2  They found that the gene builds a mutant lamin-A protein named progerin/LA-delta-50 that lacks the cleavage site to remove a string of RNA during protein synthesis.  As a result, when it comes time for the cell to divide, “During interphase, irreversibly farnesylated progerin/LA-delta-50 anchors to the nuclear membrane and causes characteristic nuclear blebbing” [i.e., bulging].  This causes “abnormal chromosome segregation and binucleation.”    The NIH team followed up on a recent study that small amounts of the mutant protein are found in normal fibroblasts (cells that give rise to connective tissues, like collagen).  They wondered if this is implicated in the normal aging process.  We all have a tiny amount of this mutant protein, the studies suggest.  Fortunately, anti-progerin antibodies monitor our connective tissues looking for giant nuclei and cells with two nuclei, and induce them to self-destruct (apoptosis).    What appears to go wrong, though, is that some of the mutant cells get through the defenses.  The team believes that there is some kind of “irreversible switch” in late-passage cells, allowing the cryptic splice to proceed, “initiating a series of events that lead to mitotic defects and ultimate senescence.”  If this is true, we all have progeria.  The unfortunate victims of HGPS just have a faster version.  Here’s their conclusion:In summary, our studies demonstrate the abnormal membrane association and dynamic behavior of progerin/LA-delta-50 during mitosis, which lead to aberrant chromosome segregation in both HGPS and normal cells.  These observations further implicate progerin/LA-delta-50 in the normal aging process, suggesting that the same molecular mechanisms responsible for the mitotic defects in HGPS may also act at a low level in normal cells at higher passage.  Taken together with results of previous studies, these data add increasing confidence to the long-held assumption that the study of genetic forms of premature aging can shed important light on the normal process of aging.One of the co-authors of the paper is Francis S. Collins, head of the Human Genome Project.  Dr. Collins is a church-going, born-again Christian whose recent book, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, expounded his own theistic-evolution position on origins.1Cao, Capell, Erdos, Djabali, and Collins, “A lamin A protein isoform overexpressed in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome interferes with mitosis in progeria and normal cells,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0611640104, published online before print March 14, 2007.2“This mutation does not cause an amino acid change (G608G), but partially activates a cryptic splice donor site and leads to the in-frame deletion of 150 bp within the prelamin A mRNA.  This truncated prelamin A mRNA is then translated into a protein recently named progerin/LA-delta-50. The Zmpste24/FACE1 cleavage site is missing in progerin/LA-delta-50 because of the internal 50-aa [amino acid] deletion, so that progerin/LA-delta-50 retains the C-terminal farnesylation.”Though we reject Collins’ position on theistic evolution, we respect his epochal work on the human genome and this study that may shed light on normal aging while helping children afflicted with HGPS.  The idea that God somehow front-loaded all the design into the beginning and let it all evolve from there has three problems.  First, it won’t keep the Darwinists from criticizing him, because it does not contain the chance element essential to Darwinian philosophy.  Second, it cannot be true, because it would require either a strict determinism that runs counter to our knowledge of quantum physics or else would require 24×7 intervention by God to guide the evolutionary process.  Third, the evidence is against it.  Fossil and molecular evidence both fail to illustrate a gradual unfolding of complexity.  But we digress; these issues have been taken up in vibrant debates in the creation and ID community during Collins’ recent book tours and interviews by the press (see example of Evolution News).    Think about this finding.  Though it would be reckless to conclude too much about aging at this point in our knowledge, nothing so far is inconsistent with the Biblical view that death is an abnormality.  Physical aging appears linked to the accumulation of defects.  It was not, therefore, part of the original perfect design.  Normally, these defects would be prevented by all the elaborate quality-control mechanisms in the body.  Something has gone wrong.  This is not the way God originally designed the world.    When the first man and woman sinned, according to Genesis, they were expelled from the Garden and the Tree of Life.  God had warned them that the day they disobeyed they would surely die.  Theologically, they became separated from God at once (spiritual death).  Physically, though, all God had to do was loosen the quality control in the genes, or prevent the constant physical renewal that might have occurred prior to the curse, either as a result of the direct fellowship with God (who is Life), or with a secondary source of renewal He provided (the Tree of Life).  The curse, then was denial of access to the ongoing source of life.  To be dead is to be disconnected from the source of life.  Pick a flower and it dies immediately, though it continue to show its outward beauty for a few days.  The human body was left to “coast” with its own internal repair mechanisms.  Incredibly reliable and sophisticated as these are, they cannot stop all the ravages of decay.  Physical death was only a matter of time.    The good news is that God has turned the curse into an opportunity to bless us even more than before.  Think of how tragic it would be to live forever in a fallen physical state, separated from God for eternity.  The Creator came into this world to suffer the curse of death, that He might redeem us from death – we who are dead in sin, and enemies (read Ephesians).  As Judge of the universe, He could have killed the rebels immediately.  Why did he give us time?  Because He is patient and merciful, He gives each individual a measure of time unknown to anyone but Himself.  Were we each to know our time, most would postpone repentance till the last minute.  Not knowing, we can never escape the possibility every moment that this could be the day our soul is required of us.    Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, and was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (I Corinthians 15).  These Christian doctrines will be celebrated by millions during the upcoming Easter season.  By faith we can accept His sacrifice on our behalf.  He promises to those who come to Him that we will live again with Him in a new creation, where there is no more curse.  Our bodies will age and die, but as the apostle Paul said, for the Christian “death is swallowed up in victory.”  Our bodies go to the grave, like seeds in the earth, only to sprout into a new creation by the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.    Having died and rose again, Christ has become the first fruits of a harvest that will share in that resurrection.  With this blessed hope, we can work on earth with steadfastness and joy, knowing that our labor is not in vain in the Lord (I Cor. 15:58).  The most stark difference of all between Biblical creationists and secular evolutionists is right here.  Where are we going?  And how should we live?  To the secularist, there is only aging, death, decay and the ultimate cessation of all activity in a pointless universe that generated life for nothing.  For the Christian, the outlook is totally different.  It is filled with joy and purpose.  In the new creation (Revelation 21), there is no more curse, sorrow, aging, or death, but access to the Tree of Life forever in the city of God.  This gives purpose and joy and direction to life.  In the Lord, our labor is not in vain.    If you are an evolutionist and have been reading these pages, perhaps you have been struggling with the increasing evidence that the case for evolution is going poorly, and that the universe and life really do appear designed for a purpose.  Defend materialism as you might during your healthy days, none of the intellectual arguments will matter much when the aging process catches up with you.  While there is time, while there is hope, will you not think seriously about these things?  Consider again the evidence of design (e.g., this article).  Maybe you’ve been reading our pages for years, and maybe you are finding the evidence compelling, but the reality of God has not gotten from your head to your heart.  The Bible tells that the all-wise Creator who alone can explain the complexity and design in the world has revealed Himself in His word and in person, in His Son Jesus Christ – the Lord.  Christ died for you.  2000 years ago, He walked this earth, was crucified in Jerusalem, a city with geographical coordinates we know.  After His resurrection, He appeared in Jerusalem, Emmaus, and Galilee, at places you can visit.    This is not some fable.  Evolutionists tell just-so stories that can never be checked by observation, but the Bible can be corroborated historically (see, for example, the video clips from Lee Strobel on The Bible and Christ).  History shows that a band of frightened fishermen and commoners in Jerusalem were transformed and changed the world.  How?  What made the apostles willing to travel the world, suffer torture and persecution, each one dying as a martyr without flinching to the death?  The only answer that makes sense is that they saw the risen Christ and became changed men.  The followers of Christ, both men and women, received the power of his Holy Spirit, as He had promised, to become His witnesses to all people, nations, tribes and languages (Acts 1).    That same risen Lord Jesus Christ is alive today.  Patiently He waits for you to accept His offer of pardon and new life.  Why delay any longer?  Today could be your passage from inevitable death to eternal life.    For further help, here is a brief explanation of God’s plan of salvation, and here is where to find more help at Christian Answers.  The most detailed Biblical passages on God’s plan of redemption are Paul’s letter to the Romans and the epistle to the Hebrews; a shorter, simpler explanation can be read in I John.  If you have decided to follow Christ, we would like to hear from you confidentially at our feedback line.  Take your knowledge to the point of commitment – do it today.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Day 1 of IPL 2011 auction: Who went at what price

first_imgA list of players sold on Day 1 of the IPL 4 auction. Gautam Gambhir tops the list with Rs 11.4 crore tag.IPL season 4 table 1PlayerBought byPrice in RsFormer team 2Gautam GambhirIPL Kolkata11.04 crIPL Delhi 3Tillakaratne DilshanIPL Bangalore 2.99 crIPL Delhi 4Zaheer KhanIPL Bangalore 4.14 crIPL Mumbai 5Ross TaylorIPL Rajasthan 4.6 crIPL Bangalore 6Yusuf PathanIPL Kolkata 9.66 crIPL Rajasthan 7Kevin PietersenIPL Kolkata 3.00 crIPL Bangalore 8Mahela JayawardeneIPL Kochi 6.9 crIPL Punjab 9Yuvraj SinghIPL Pune 8.28 crIPL Punjab 10Camroon WhiteIPL Hyderabad 4.99 crIPL Bangalore 11AB de VilliersIPL Bangalore 5 crIPL Delhi 12Kumar SangakkaraIPL Hyderabad 3.22 crIPL Punjab 13Jacques KallisIPL Kolkata 5.06 crIPL Bangalore 14Andrew SymondsIPL Mumbai 3.91 crIPL Hyderabad15Rahul DravidIPL Rajasthan 3.2 crIPL Bangalore 16Rohit SharmaIPL Mumbai 9.2 crIPL Hyderabad 17Adam GilchristIPL Punjab 4.14 crIPL Hyderabad 18Graeme SmithIPL Pune 2.3 crIPL Rajasthan 19Robin UthappaIPL Pune 9.66 crIPL Bangalore 20John BothaIPL Rajasthan 4.37 crIPL Rajasthan 21VVS LaxmanIPL Kochi 1.84 crIPL Hyderabad 22Daniel VettoriIPL Bangalore 2.53 crIPL Delhi 23Brendon McCullumIPL Kochi 2.18 crIPL Kolkata 24S SreesanthIPL Kochi 1.14 crIPL Punjab 25Irfan PathanIPL Delhi 8.74 crIPL Punjab 26R.P. Singh IPL Kochi 2.3 cr IPL Hyderabad 27Michael Hussey IPL Chennai1.95 cr IPL Chennai 28Shaun MarshIPL Punjab 1.85. cr IPL Punjab  29J.P. DuminyIPL Hyderabad1.38 cr IPL Mumbai 30Shikhar Dhawan IPL Hyderabad1.38 cr IPL Mumbai  31Saurabh Tiwary IPL Bangalore 7.36 cr IPL Mumbai 32Parthiv PatelIPL Kochi1.3 crIPL Chennaiadvertisement 33 Dinesh KarthikIPL Punjab 4.1 cr IPL Delhi  34 Naman OjhaIPL Delhi1.24 cr IPL Rajasthan  35Wriddhiman Saha IPL Chennai45.3 lakhs IPL Kolkata  36 Brad HaddinIPL Kolkata1.49 cr IPL Kolkata  37 Tim PaineIPL Pune1.24 cr  – 38 Davy JacobsIPL Mumbai87.4 lakhs  – 39 James HopesIPL Delhi1.61 cr  IPL Punjab 40Ravindra JadejaIPL Kochi 4.37 cr  IPL Rajasthan 41Shakib Al HasanIPL Kolkata1.95 cr  – 42Stuart Broad IPL Punjab 1.84 cr  – 43 Abhishek NayarIPL Punjab 3.68 cr  IPL Mumbai 44 Angelo MathewsIPL Pune   4.37 cr   IPL Kolkata 45 Dwayne BravoIPL Chennai92 lakhs  IPL Mumbai 46 James FranklinIPL Mumbai46 lakhs  – 47 Steven SmithIPL Kochi92 lakhs IPL Bangalore 48 Ishant SharmaIPL Hyderabad 2.07 cr  IPL Kolkata 49 Praveen KumarIPL Punjab 3.68 cr  IPL Bangalore 50 Ashish NehraIPL Pune 3.91 cr IPL Mumbai 51 Brett LeeIPL Kolkata 1.85 cr IPL Punjab 52 Morne MorkelIPL Delhi 2.18 cr IPL Rajasthan 53 Dale SteynIPL Hyderabad 5.52 cr IPL Bangalore 54 Ryan HarrisIPL Punjab 1.49 cr  IPL Hyderabad 55 Doug BollingerIPl Chennai 3.22 cr  IPL Chennai 56Muttiah MuralitharanIPL Kochi 5.06 cr  IPL Chennai 57 Piyush ChawlaIPL Punjab 4.14 cr  IPL Punjab 58 R AshwinIPL Chennai 3.91 cr  IPL Chennai 59 Pragyan OjhaIPL Hyderabad 3.2 cr  IPL Hyderabad 60 Amit MishraIPL Hyderabad 1.38 cr  IPL Delhi 61Nathan McCullumIPL Pune 46 lakhs  – 62 Ramesh PowarIPL Kochi 82 lakhs  IPL Punjab 63 Brad HodgeIPL Kochi 1.95 cr  IPL Kolkata 64Callum FergusonIPL Pune 1.38 cr  – 65 Manoj TiwaryIPL Kolkata 2.18 cr IPL Kolkata  66Cheteshwar PujaraIPL Bangalore 3.22 cr IPL Kolkata 67 S. BadrinathIPL Chennai 3.68 cr IPL Chennai 68Paul CollingwoodIPL Rajasthan 1.15 cr IPL Delhilast_img read more


Car Carrier Sector Braces For a Bumpy Road Ahead

first_imgzoom The car carrier sector has seen an increase in scrapping and almost no new orders in 2016 as vessel owners are trying to combat a decline in global seaborne car trade, according to Clarksons Research.Given the strong link between economic growth, consumer demand and car sales, the car carrier sector has been highly exposed to sluggish world economic performance in recent years, and global seaborne car trade has still not yet returned to its 2008 peak of 21.3 million cars, with average annual growth of just 1.4% in 2013-15. This year has seen further pressure on seaborne volumes, with car trade projected to have dropped 4% to 19.8m cars.The key driver of this fall has been considerably lower imports into developing economies following the commodity price downturn. Car sales in these countries have dropped sharply, and seaborne car imports into the Middle East, Africa and South America are set to drop by more than 10% this year, according to Clarksons Research.While imports into North America and Europe, still the two largest markets for imported vehicles, have grown moderately (by 2% and 4% respectively), this has not been enough to offset declines elsewhere. Other factors have also dented volumes, with expansion of car output closer to demand centres leading to a disconnect between global car sales, which have continued to expand, and seaborne trade volumes.Largely as a result of the downturn in demand, car carrier market conditions have deteriorated further this year, according to Clarksons Research. Most car carriers still operate under long-term agreements, but guideline charter rates have fallen back to subdued levels, with the one year rate for a 6,500 ceu Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) falling to USD 16,000/day in recent weeks, down 30% from the start of the year.Vessel idling has risen, utilisation of active capacity is under pressure, and waiting time between fixtures has increased, whilst a trend towards shorter-term and spot fixtures has also been apparent, Clarksons Research said.In response to these pressures, owners have stepped up supply-side action. Scrapping has increased, and is projected to reach 0.2m car equivalent capacity this year, over four times the 2015 level and the highest since 2009, with fleet capacity projected to have declined by 0.3% in full year 2016. Meanwhile, only two ships have been ordered this year, after 42 contracts were placed in 2015.Yet the road ahead still seems far from clear for the car carrier sector, with demand seeming unlikely to shift up a few gears in the short-term, according to Clarksons Research.last_img read more


Translating film to the stage is a delicate dance for Robert Lepage

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Harrison James, left, and Guillaume Cote in rehearsal for Frame by Frame. (DAVID LECLERC) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Norman McLaren’s short film Pas de Deux was a revelation when it debuted in 1968: A pair of luminous dancers, their movements leaving shimmering tracks across a black screen. It was a technical near-impossibility that McLaren had made real, his irrepressibly inventive visual poetics enboldened by his peerless skill.For McLaren, it was just another day at the office. Revelation was a near-daily achievement for the wryly irreverent genius of a filmmaker who, through the 1950s and ’60s, near single-handedly built the National Film Board’s shining international reputation. Without him, the country would be lighter an Academy Award or two, and likely much more.It all makes Pas de Deux a no-brainer inclusion in Frame by Frame, the National Ballet of Canada’s onstage homage to the late visionary filmmaker, getting its world premiere on June 1. But his other films, too, have a connection to dance that’s less obvious.last_img read more