Thampi, Rana, Tripathi are big gains from IPL-10

first_imgNew Delhi, May 22 (PTI) It has easily been the biggest launchpad for talented cricketers but never has a single edition of the Indian Premier League thrown up a minefield of local talent like the one concluded on Sunday. The stories of one season wonders like Swapnil Asnodkar, Manpreet Gony and Paul Valthaty is well documented but a close analysis of the 10th edition would reveal that a handful of players have emerged, which would only make the bench strength of Indian team solid in coming years. Three such cricketers would be fast bowler Basil Thampi from Kerala, Delhi left-hander Nitish Rana and unheralded Maharashtra boy Rahul Tripathi. The trio made the big stage their own, showed admirable technique but above everything else displayed temperament — the main ingredient to survive at the highest level in any sport. The man who has grabbed attention of one and all is young paceman Thampi. There are times when statistics will never tell you the whole story. Thampis performance is a case in point where his special talent as a limited overs fast bowler came to the fore. Thats the reason why IPL jury awarded him the Emerging Player award despite only 11 wickets from 12 games at an expensive economy rate of 9.49 runs per over. Thampi showed the ability to bowl yorkers at will and clocked 140 plus clicks effortlessly. He was able to hurry the batsmen for pace and even chairman of selectors MSK Prasad admitted that he is the one for the future. His IPL captain Suresh Raina and star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo also termed him “India prospect”. National captain Virat Kohlis liking for genuine quicks is well-known and Thampi could be a welcome addition to the reserve pool of fast bowlers in ODIs and T20 Internationals. A few months back, an irate Gautam Gambhir was taking potshots at Delhi state team coach KP Bhaskar for allegedly “destroying the confidence” of young players like Nitish Rana. Rana wasnt particularly having a good time in Vijay Hazare Trophy but was sent back home in the middle of the tournament for poor performance. Incidents such as these differentiate boys from men. The 23-year-old left-hander got an opportunity to prove himself for Mumbai Indians and he came up with inspiring show. The 333 runs in 13 matches at a strike-rate of 126.13 showed how wrong Bhaskars assessment was about Ranas quality and potentially what he could have brought to the table. He had to relinquish his place to seasoned Ambati Rayudu towards the business end of the tournament but Rana played his part in MIs triumph to perfection. He hit 17 sixes in all and most of them were big ones landing into the stands. And he is not just a T20 dasher. The 961 runs in 16 first-class matches at a steady 41 plus average shows that he has ability to play in longer formats. With a bottom-handed grip and strokes on both sides of the wicket, Rana is certainly one to watch out for. There is no substitute for orthodox cricketing shots even when batsmen out there in the middle are trying all sorts of innovation. Rahul Tripathi would not have got his share of chances had IPL specialist Mayank Agarwal not failed in the first couple of matches prompting skipper Steve Smith to realise that he is not an answer to Rising Pune Supergiants opening woes. Tripathi came in from the third game and by the end of the tournament scored 391 runs at a strike-rate in excess of 146. His performance somehwat tapered during the knock-out stages but he has done enough to earn praise from all quarters. Its not easy opening with a star player like Ajinkya Rahane but Tripathi not only did well but more than well enough to put Rahane in his shadows. His 93 against Kolkata Knight Riders was full of authentic cricketing shots. He has the ability to play pull- shot in-front of the wicket, the footwork against spinners has been admirable and looked equally adept on front and backfoot. For Thampi, Rana and Tripathi — the real test begins now. The next domestic season will be an acid test for them. While Indias red-ball team (Tests) is more or less set but a good season in whites will certainly give their confidence a boost and prepare them for white ball season (limited overs cricket). There will be an India A tour to South Africa in next few months and one can expect some of these youngsters to make the cut. The trio along with Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant gives an assurance that Indian cricket is in safe hands. PTI KHS AT ATadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Ford takes step to dismantle cap and trade officially winds down green

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s new premier has taken a step in his plan to dismantle the province’s cap-and-trade system, a move some observers say leaves businesses involved in the program grappling with uncertainty.In a statement released Tuesday, Doug Ford said he has revoked the regulation that outlines the carbon pricing system and his government will officially begin winding down all green programs funded through it this week.Ford said the province will nonetheless honour contracts and orders that have already been signed for projects funded by cap and trade, such as energy efficient insulation and window retrofits.Some rebates for energy-efficient renovations that were financed through cap-and-trade revenues — such as the GreenON rebate program — were already being phased out before Ford officially took office last week.The premier said the government will decide on a case-by-case basis whether some initiatives previously funded by the program will be paid for using tax base revenue. Those decisions will take into account his overall plan for the province and the results of an upcoming value-for-money audit of government spending, he said.The Progressive Conservative leader, who was officially sworn in as premier Friday, had promised that cancelling cap and trade would be his first order of business.In order to scrap the program, the premier must first amend or rescind the legislation that governs it, said Keith Brooks, program director for the advocacy group Environmental Defence. That law sets climate change targets and earmarks cap-and-trade revenues for green initiatives, among other things, he said.The government also has to formally notify its partners in the Western Climate Initiative that it is withdrawing from the cap-and-trade system, Brooks said. The agreement signed by the province said the government would endeavour to give a year’s notice before pulling out but it’s unclear whether Ford plans to do so, he said.“We know that the premier… promised to get rid of cap and trade and we understand he’s moving quickly to fulfil that promise but I think that there’s some problems here because there’s some questions that haven’t been answered,” he said.Ontario companies have bought close to $3 billion in permits under the cap-and-trade system and need to know whether they will be compensated for those permits, Brooks said, noting some have suggested the province should offer a full refund.More details are also needed on how the green initiatives funded by cap and trade will be closed so that both consumers and businesses involved in delivering those services can make decisions and plans, he said.“I think that there’s a lot of businesses, quite frankly, that still have a lot of questions, I’m sure, about how this is all going to proceed,” he said.“People need the details on exactly when this is going to be wound down and if there are any programs that are going to persist, we also need to know what those are, because otherwise the manufacturers are going maybe on a rollercoaster ride,” he said.The NDP and the Greens have said Ford’s rush to pull out of the cap-and-trade system could stick taxpayers with the tab for billions in legal fees, penalties and other costs.Ford’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday but the premier said in the statement that he believes scrapping cap and trade will put money back in Ontarians’ pockets.“I promised that the party with taxpayers’ dollars was over and that this would include scrapping the cap-and-trade carbon tax slush fund. Today we are keeping that promise,” he said.The government’s website does not list contact information for the newly appointed minister of the environment or any other cabinet members. A spokesman for Ford said the ministers’ offices are not currently staffed and requests for comment should go to the premier’s office.last_img read more

Marlboro maker leaps into the cannabis trade with 24B

first_imgNEW YORK — One of the world’s biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $2.4 billion investment in Cronos Group, a Canadian medical and recreational marijuana company.Altria, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, is taking a 45 per cent stake in the Toronto company.Cronos said Friday that the Richmond, Virginia, tobacco company will pay another $1.4 billion for warrants that if exercised, would give the Altria a 55 per cent majority ownership stake.Cronos first announced that it was in talks with Altria this week.The Associated Presslast_img

De Bruyne only interested in beating Brazil

first_imgKevin De Bruyne is not interested in whether Belgium’s upcoming World Cup game against Brazil is being considered as a “classic” and the only thing he is interested in is winningThe Red Devils will face the five-time winners on Friday in what is widely being viewed as a mouth-watering tie with Belgium’s golden generation of De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku set to go head-to-head with Brazil’s star duo of Neymar and Philippe Coutinho.But for De Bruyne, the only thing that matters is winning.“I don’t really care if it’s a classic or not,” he said, as stated on the Daily Star.“If we get a scrappy 1-0 in the last minute I’ll be happy.“Yes, Brazil are a good side but I think every team left in the tournament has great qualities. We have great offensive qualities, Brazil have great offensive qualities.”Belgium were fortunate to have been able to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament after falling two goals down against Japan before mounting a stunning late comeback to seal a 3-2 win.But De Bruyne knows they cannot allow that to happen against a side with the quality of Brazil.“The goal is always to be better and there are always lessons to be taken,” he said.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“We have to do our job against Brazil. You have to win the game. You can play bad, but you have to win. You can play good, but you have to win. If you don’t, then you go home.“We want to try and stay until the end.”Teammate Marouane Fellaini is expecting a “tough” encounter against Tite’s men, but has confidence in the Belgium squad ahead of their biggest game in years.“Yeah it’s been a very good week but the most important thing is we’re through to the quarter-finals,” said the 30-year-old.“The next match will be tough. We know the quality of Brazil, the quality of their players, so it will be a good test for us.“But I think we are a good group with good players and a good mentality.“We’re more mature than before and we’ve been working together for a long time, you can’t forget that. So we have a big game on Friday and want to show everyone what we can do.”Belgium will not solely be focusing on Neymar: “Of course they have Neymar, yes, but they’ve got Coutinho, Firmino and Jesus as well,”“I don’t want to put pressure on our players but we have quality up front too.”last_img read more

Public Schools to receive late text books today Minister reports

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Oct 2015 – The Education Minister said by today all of the public schools will have their text books after meeting with what she called, ‘unforeseen circumstances’. The absence of the books has drawn criticism and Hon Akierra Missick during her ministerial statement in Parliament explained that heavy rains and service delivery strikes stopped the distribution. There was no detail given on those so called, ‘service delivery strikes’ but it was said that two pallets of primary schools books were up to yesterday in Grand Turk and were due to clear customs in order to be shipped to South Caicos by today. Also affected by delays, according to Minister Missick, were HJ Robinson High in Grand Turk, Raymond Gardiner High in North Caicos and Marjorie Basden High in South Caicos; all three of these schools are due to get their remaining text books, via Lew 1 Shipping today October 15.As for the South Caicos parade grounds, structurally it has to be reviewed as apparently – said Minister Akierra Missick – it has been built into a salt pond. The complaint is the facility is almost always flooded. Recommended for you Related Items:akierra missick, late, public schools, text books Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Education Minister tours schools this weeklast_img read more

Cards Complete Series Sweep of Georgia Tech

first_img Sidney Melton has a career-high 24 stolen bases this season and stands third on UofL ‘s single-season list, needing three more to tie Audrey Rendon (2005) Melton moves her career stolen base tally to 57 and stands third on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs three more to tie Jennifer Esteban (2010-13). Celene Funke stands fourth on Louisville’s single-season list with 23 stolen bases. Funke pushes her career stolen base total to 43, good for seven on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs three more to move into a three-way tie for fifth with Candi Hicks (2004-07), and Kristin Austin (2009-12). Melton improved her career run tally to 145 and stands fifth on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs 13 more to tie Audrey Rendon (2004-07) for fourth. Hensley stands fourth on Louisville all-time list with 34 home runs. She needs two more to tie Melissa Roth (2007-10) for third. Hensley extends her career RBI total to 165, moving into a tie for fourth with Alicja Wolny (2010-13) on the Cards’ all-time list. She needs one more to ti Katie Keller (2011-14) for third. Print Friendly Version Prior to the doubleheader, the Cardinals picked up an 11-7 win in the completion of the series opener which was suspended in the fifth inning on Friday. Louisville 7 – Georgia Tech 2Redshirt senior Sidney Melton went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run and a stolen base and freshman Charley Butler drove in a pair of runs to back sophomore RHP Danielle Watson who tied a career high with 11 strikeouts as the Cardinals clinched the series. “I think that top to bottom, we really did a good job of matching them offensively,” said UofL Holly Aprile. “They’re a really, really strong offensive team. We do different things, but we did a good job of matching them and answering back when they scored. I think that was huge. We put a lot of nice offensive innings together, both with our running and with our hitting the gaps and to score the runs with two outs in that inning. Playing with a time limit like that because of their flight is a weird situation, it’s not something either one of us wanted to do, but it’s the circumstances. I think overall, we pitched well. We struggled in some areas at some times, but the idea was could we battle through it, could we figure out what we’re doing, and we found a way to survive it.” Next Game: at Marshall 4/23/2019 | 3:00 p.m. In a game which featured three lead changes, a tie and 21 combined runs, the Cards collected 15 hits with nine of them falling in for extra bases including three home runs and six doubles.Louisville used a late-inning rally to take the lead for good, entering the bottom of the fifth trailing 10-8 with 15 minutes remaining before the game was called, Hensley delivered a two-out single and scored on Roby’s double to pull the Cards within a run. A wild pitch second Roby to third and Ferguson walked to put runners on the corners for Chung’s two-run double which made the score 11-10. Freshman Cassady Greenwood’s pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the third put Louisville on top 6-5. Freshman Rebecca Chung connected on a leadoff double and took third on sophomore Kyra Snyder’s sacrifice bunt to set up the score. The Yellow Jackets tacked on another run in the sixth when Zeitler walked and scored on Drew Puckett’s double. Photo Gallery Story Links The Cardinals used five hits, two walks and an error to put up a four-spot in the home half of the first. Back-to-back doubled by Funke and Melton started the Louisville scoring. Senior Megan Hensley walked to set the table for Roby’s two-run single which pulled the Cardinals within a run. Georgia Tech got on the scoreboard in the top of the second on Bailee Zeitler’s RBI double to make it a 5-1 game. Matchup History Sidney Melton Interview This marks the first ACC sweep of the season for the Cardinals (31-15, 11-7 ACC). The Yellow Jackets drop to 27-23, (8-10). In the game, Roby went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run, four RBIs, freshman Rebecca Chung went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and two runs. Senior Megan Hensley went 2-for-3 with a home run and scored three runs. Louisville now leads the series 9-1 The Cardinals have now won five straight and seven of their last eight. Louisville has produced at least seven runs in the last five games and seven of its last eight. UofL won its third straight ACC series With the win in the opening game, head coach Holly Aprile collected her 300th career victory. The Cardinals’ 7-2 win in game two marked their 30th victory of the season, extending the program’s streak to 16 straight seasons with 30 or more wins. Louisville has a 15-3 record at Ulmer Stadium in 2019. As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 87 stolen bases with 101 attempts on the season. The previous record was 68 (95 attempts), set in the 2010 season Full Schedule Roster Louisville 11 – Georgia Tech 10In the second half of Sunday’s doubleheader, the Cardinals overcame deficits of 5-0 and 10-6 to prevail 11-10 in a game that was called at 4:25 p.m. due to Georgia Tech’s travel arrangements.center_img Georgia Tech countered with five runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Crosby Huckabay’s grand slam which gave the Jackets a 10-6 lead. The Cardinals jumped to a 5-0 lead using two hits, three walks and an error in the first. Junior Celene Funke earned a leadoff walk, stole second and moved to third when redshirt senior Sidney Melton reached on an error. Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby’s RBI groundout. Walks to junior Caitlin Ferguson and sophomore Kyra Snyder loaded the bases for senior Madison Cousineau’s RBI hit. Freshman Charley Butler followed with a two-run single and came home on sophomore Maddy Newman’s double to cap the first inning scoring. Roby (12-1) picked up the win, allowing six earned runs on five hits and striking out two in 3.1 innings. Hensley gave up four earned runs on one hit and struck out four in 1.2 innings. Freshman Charley Butler has reached safely in the last 12 games. Redshirt senior Sidney Melton has reached safely in the last 10 games. Melton leads the team with a .349 batting average and stands third with a career-high 31 RBIs. Junior Celene Funke is on a six-game hitting streak. Funke leads the team with 43 runs and stands second with 23 stolen bases. Senior Megan Hensley leads the team with 36 RBIs and nine home runs. Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby tallied career highs in hits and RBIs in the 11-10 series finale. Preview Morgan Bruce (10-11) took the loss, giving up five unearned runs on two hits. Brooke Barfield (6-3) took the loss after giving up three earned runs on four hits in 1.1 innings. Crosby Huckabay went 2-for-3 with a home run and six RBIs in the game to pace the Jackets at the plate. Coach Holly Aprile Interview Georgia Tech struck early with five runs in the first. Walks to Bailee Zeitler, Cameron Stanford and Tricia Awald loaded the bases for Skye Webb’s two-run double. Crosby Huckabay’s two-run single and an RBI hit by Drew Puckett brought the score to 5-0. Georgia Tech Series Notes: In the third inning, Roby’s third home run of the season tied the game at 5-5. The Cardinals began to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Hensley led off with her team-best ninth homer of the season and, two outs later, Chung delivered a solo shot over centerfield for her fourth home run of the season to make the score 10-8. Record Watch Player Notes The University of Louisville softball team completed an ACC series sweep of Georgia Tech with a 7-2 win in game one of a doubleheader and an an 11-10 victory in game two Sunday on Don Dobina Field at Ulmer Stadium. The final game of the day on Sunday was called in the sixth inning due to Georgia Tech’s travel arrangements. Watson (10-11) picked up the complete game win after surrendering two earned runs on three hits and striking out 11. Highlights from 7-2 Win Louisville extended its lead in the fourth. Newman walked and Funke beat the throw for a bunt single to put two on for Melton’s RBI hit. Funke would eventually come home on an error, making the score 7-1.last_img read more

CM offers puja as Kolkatans usher in Nobo Borsho

first_imgKolkata: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee began her day by offering Puja at Kalighat temple in the wee hours of Sunday on the occasion of Poila Baisakh amidst tight security. She also wished the people a very happy and prosperous Bengali New Year on Twitter.The Chief Minister extended her greeting to the people of Bengal and sent across a message of peace and prosperity. Many enthusiastic people were happy after seeing the Chief Minister outside the temple. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPeople across the state on Sunday celebrated ‘Poila Baisakh’, the Bengali New Year, with great gusto and fervour, with many thronging temples and offering their puja. Amidst immense joy and festive fervour, the Bengali community celebrated the auspicious first day of the Bengali calendar. People wore new dresses and started thronging various temples from early Sunday morning.The grand festival coincides with the other regional festivals like Bohag Bihu in Assam, Vishu in Kerala and Puthandu in Tamil Nadu. Many prayed to Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi for blessings to ensure prosperity and success. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedMany Bengali traders purchased new accounting books and offered puja at the temples. The accounting in the halkhata begins only after offering puja. Devotees seek blessings of the almighty on the first day of the Bengali New Year. Mantras are chanted while puja is offered before the deities. “Hindu swastika” is drawn on the accounting books by the priests. Long queues of devotees were found in front of the Kalighat and Dakshineshwar, Tarapith and Tarakeswar temple from late night. Thousands of devotees thronged Kalighat temple and Dakshineswar Kali temple, seeking blessings for prosperity. Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee also offered his prayer at Dakshineswar temple. He said that he is a great worshipper of Goddess Kali. On the first day of the Bengali New year, the MP became emotional while offering prayer to the deity.In various places of the city and state, people took out Prabhat Pheris, while children took part in various cultural programmes, clad in new attire. State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay also took part in a Prabhat Pheri, in his own constituency area in Rashbehari. Rallies were taken out in various places in Jadavpur and Ultadanga.Apart from Bengal, the Bengali New year is also celebrated by the people in Bangladesh and among Bengali communities in other states.People, particularly the traders, had hectic activities in Chaitro, being the last month of the Bengali calendar. They remain busy with huge pressure of purchase, with many organising Chaitro sales to attract customers with discounts.Long queues were seen in front of restaurants serving Bengali delicacies on this special day. Several Bengali restaurants have rolled out various special dishes to cater to the demands of people.last_img read more