Legendary New Zealand fast bowler Richard Hadlee is completely in awe of star batsman Virat Kohli and has termed India’s Test captain as a phenomenal “player player”.”He is world class clearly and is a phenomenal player. It’s a real joy to watch (him play). He plays proper cricket shots in all forms of the game, even in T20 cricket. The four hundreds in-a-row he scored in the IPL were beautiful to watch.”He stamps his impression on the game and looks to dominate the bowlers. It takes a brave batsman to do that and he is showing no fear. (He’s) beautiful to watch,” Hadlee said. (‘Virat Kohli wants to be the best athlete in the world’)Hadlee, who scalped 431 wickets in 86 Test matches for New Zealand from the early 1970s till he retired in 1990, was in the city as the guest of Tata Trusts and spoke to the reporters at the Bombay House, its headquarters. (Kohli busy ‘changing diapers’ as Dhoni battles Zimbabwe)WILLIAMSON WILL BREAK ALL NZ RECORDSAsked whether Kohli is currently the best batsman in the world when there are players like Kane Williamson and England’s Joe Root, Hadlee said, “They are different sorts of players. Kane Williamson is a fantastic player. He, without doubt, will be our best-ever batsman.”He (Williamson) will break all the New Zealand batting records in time and again, he plays normal cricket shots. He just places the ball, sometimes he has the power-hit, but (generally) he plays normal cricket shots.advertisement”(AB) De Villiers is another of those really destructive and orthodox players who can take the game away. So they are the top three in world cricket and rankings would reflect that. They are different and a joy to watch,” he said.Kohli has been in superb form and scored heavily for India in the ICC World T20 championship before carrying on his sublime form into the IPL by scoring four hundreds for Royal Challengers Bangalore.Asked whether the Indian star should lead in all the three formats, Hadlee said, “I don’t want to interfere with what India do. It’s not unusual to have different captains in different forms of the game. That’s the the decision for local authorities (to take).”BALANCE BETWEEN BAT AND BALL EVENWhile agreeing that modern bats do cause some sort of uneven contest in terms of number of balls crossing the ropes, Hadlee – who will be 65 on July 3 – said that things can be evened out by lengthening the boundaries.”I think we are seeing more results in Test cricket these days. The contest between bat and ball is pretty fair. Having said that with the bigger bats, heavier bats, (or) in some ways light bats with thick edges, a lot more boundaries are being hit.”In Test cricket, we are getting results, you are always going to get results in ODIs and T20 game, so the balance is actually okay. What I would like to see is bigger boundaries.”Bowlers, at times, do suffer in some formats with smaller boundaries, and you want to make that a contest.Running between the wickets is an important part of the game, but we don’t see a lot of threes being run, so make it (boundary) little bigger,” he said.HADLEE’S SUCCESS MANTRAHadlee also spoke about the changes he made in his bowling, which helped him to become more successful.”I started first-class cricket in 1971-72 as a tearaway fast bowler, just trying to bowl as fast as I could and not a lot of control, bowling halfway down the pitch and all that sort of stuff. There’s not much of a skill in doing that! By the time 1976 came, I took 25 wickets in six Tests on tours to India and Pakistan – three (games) in each country. That’s not bad in sub-continental conditions.”I was just starting to get it right, with my rhythm and technique being a little more efficient. Again, another big change happened during my career – with (me) going from a long to a shorter run up in English county cricket.”I was criticised in my initial season for the shorter run-up by the media, fellow players and spectators. I copped a fair “bagging” because people felt that I was taking short cuts, and that if you’re a fast bowler you’ve got to run in from 25 yards. And so I made a professional decision to stay with a shorter run up and I really honed in on a classical action, nicely and efficiently,” he said.advertisement”I was three times more effective off the shorter run-up internationally than I was off the longer run-up. So the decision I made was right, and I was pleased about it,” he said.’IMRAN WAS THE BEST’Hadlee, who competed with Imran Khan of Pakistan, India’s Kapil Dev and England’s Ian Botham for the best all-rounder’s title in world cricket in the 1970s and 1980s, said the quartet closely followed each other’s progress.”We did that, (but) mind you technology was a bit different in our day. We had to read it in newspapers that Kapil got five wickets or Beefy (Botham) got a hundred. We kept an eye on each other because we were similar sort of players even though we had different skill sets.”We were interested to know what others were doing and clearly when we were playing against each other. I rated Imran as the better of the four because he was more consistent with the bat and ball in my view. I’d like to think I was the better bowler than the others, but my batting was a weaklink. And stats would back that,” he added.(With PTI inputs)
TORONTO — The New York Yankees have used a brilliant bullpen to climb to the top of the American League East. Things didn’t work out so well for their relievers May 4.Pinch-hitter Russell Martin singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 3-1, snapping New York’s road winning streak at six games.New York lost despite getting seven scoreless innings from starter Chase Whitley.“It’s unfortunate because we got a great game from Whitley,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “We just didn’t score any runs tonight.”With closer Andrew Miller unavailable after locking down a May 3 win at Boston, and New York nursing a 1-0 lead, Girardi hoped to get two outs from Chris Martin in the eighth before turning things over to Dellin Betances.Instead, the Blue Jays struck for three runs. Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista chased Martin (0-1) with one-out singles before Edwin Encarnacion greeted Betances with a bloop double that landed just inside the foul line in shallow left.One out later, Martin grounded an RBI single to third. A diving Chase Headley made the stop in foul territory, but first baseman Garrett Jones couldn’t scoop Headley’s low throw and the ball rolled away, allowing Encarnacion to score an unearned run.“I thought we had him,” Headley said. “It’s a do-or-die play. I didn’t even know if I had a chance to catch it. When I caught it, I just got up and threw it as hard as I could and almost got him.”Betances, who blew his first save, had pitched in 12 games without allowing a run, a streak that dated to his season-opening appearance, April 8 against Toronto.“I don’t think there’s anything I could have really done different there,” Betances said. “They just found holes.”Whitley, who allowed six hits, walked none and struck out six, shrugged off the bullpen’s struggles. “I’ll take our chance with this bullpen any day of the week,” Whitley said.R.A. Dickey (1-3) allowed one run and three hits in eight innings for his first win in six starts. “That’s probably as good as I’ve seen him in three years,” Manager John Gibbons said of Dickey.Headley said it’s never easy facing Dickey’s knuckleball. “It’s really tough because it’s so much different than anything that you do,” Headley said. “You can’t really prepare for it.”Brett Cecil finished for his second save.New York’s lone run came in the seventh when Carlos Beltran hit a leadoff double and went to third on Stephen Drew’s grounder. After Headley walked, Beltran scored on Jones’ RBI grounder.Both teams threatened in the sixth, but neither could break the deadlock. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-out double and Brett Gardner walked, but Alex Rodriguez flied out.Devon Travis singled to begin the bottom half and went to third on Donaldson’s double, but Whitley kept it scoreless by getting Bautista to ground out, fanning Encarnacion and retiring Kevin Pillar on a pop up.“That was great,” Girardi said. “Just outstanding pitching on his part.”(IAN HARRISON)TweetPinShare0 Shares
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zoomImage Courtesy: Teekay Corporation Teekay Offshore Partners has secured a new USD 450 million revolving credit facility for sixteen shuttle tankers.The loan will be used to refinance the existing revolving credit facility dated September 8, 2017, currently fully drawn with outstanding amount of USD 445 million, and for general corporate purposes, Teekay Offshore explained.It is funded by commercial banks and bears interest at LIBOR + 250 basis points with a five-year tenor and a profile of 8.4 years.The company added that the facility is in accordance with its previously noted financing plans.In April 2019, Teekay Offshore Partners secured USD 414 million long-term debt facility, funded and guaranteed by Canadian and Norwegian export credit agencies and commercial banks, to finance four new shuttle tankers under construction at South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).Following delivery in 2019 and 2020, two of the Suezmax DP2 vessels would start working for Norway’s energy company Equinor, while the remaining two units would join Teekay Offshore’s contract of affreightment (CoA) shuttle tanker portfolio in the North Sea.
Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu Saturday thanked the people of the state for reposing faith in the policies and performance of his government and electing 41 BJP MLAs in the recently held state polls.The BJP won 41 seats in the 60-member Assembly while the Janata Dal (United) bagged seven, the National People’s Party (NPP) five, the Congress four, the People’s Party of Arunachal one and Independents two. Khandu, in a statement here, also thanked the people for electing two BJP MPs from the state with massive margins, “strengthening the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. “It is Narendra Modi’s good governance and policies that ignited minds of our people and they openly voted for development and voted for ‘Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar’,” he said. He dedicated the people’s massive mandate to party leaders and workers. He said the BJP’s ideology of development and strong leadership under Modi and party chief Amit Shah resulted in the Lok Sabha successes.
New Delhi: A 38-year-old man has been arrested for giving instant triple talaq to his wife, the first such case registered in the national capital since the practice was criminalised, police said on Saturday.The arrest was made on Friday at 11.00 pm after a 30-year-old woman lodged a complaint against her husband in north Delhi’s Bara Hindu Rao police station. However, the man got a bail by a court on Saturday, a police officer. “On June 23, her husband pronounced talaq three times upon her and sent a fatwah on WhatsApp mentioning that triple talaq was pronounced,” said DCP (North) Nupur Prasad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe DCP said he has been booked under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019. According to police, this is the first such case registered in the national capital. Parliament on August 1 approved the bill that makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence. Police said the couple got married in 2011, and the man runs a shop in Kamla Market in north Delhi. In a complaint, the woman alleged that she was being harassed for dowry by her husband and his family. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsShe alleged that on June 28, “under a well-planned conspiracy”, her husband and his family members had come to her room and forced him to pronounce triple talaq. Thereafter, he pronounced the word talaq three times, and they all asked her to leave the house along with her six-year-old son, she alleged. “I came to my parental house, but parents were not present as they were outside the country. After two days, they sent my brother fatwah on WhatsApp that divorce is complete and she cannot come back again,” the woman said in her complaint. Further investigation is underway, police said. In a similar case, a man was charged for allegedly giving triple talaq to his wife over the phone in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district in August this year. Abdul Raheem, who is working in Saudi Arabia, divorced his wife Fatima Khatoon by saying “talaq” three times over phone.
FRANKFURT — The operator of Frankfurt’s international airport says it is developing a concept for electric air taxi services.Fraport AG is working with Volocopter GmbH, which makes two-seat, multi-rotor electric aircraft that can fly with a pilot or autonomously.Actually operating such taxis to bring people to and from the airport will have to wait until the legal framework for autonomous flying is established and such aircraft can be certified for passenger use.Volocopter says its aircraft, based on drone technology and flight tested in Dubai, are quiet, safe and local emissions-free. The idea ultimately would be to operate pilotless when the legal framework is in place.The European Aviation Safety Agency says it is developing standards to enable certification of such aircraft.The Associated Press
Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The head of the Bank of Canada says his trend-setting interest rate is low enough, at its below-inflation level of 1.75 per cent, that it’s delivering stimulative effects to the economy.But even in the stronger economy, governor Stephen Poloz said Thursday that the benchmark rate’s upward journey to its likely destination range of between 2.5 and 3.5 per cent is “highly uncertain.”The bank’s destination range — or neutral range — is an estimate of the preferred level for the interest rate when the economy is operating at full capacity and inflation is within its target zone of one to three per cent.In prepared remarks of a speech in Montreal, Poloz said the central bank will scrutinize incoming data in order to study how several important uncertainties unfold.They include, he added, the evolution of the impact of higher interest rates on indebted Canadians, how housing markets adjust to higher borrowing costs and stricter mortgage guidelines, whether business investment picks up its pace and the “highly uncertain” global trade environment.“Given these uncertainties, we have kept interest rates unchanged at 1.75 per cent since last October,” Poloz said in his speech to the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.“We will remain decidedly data-dependent as the domestic and international situations evolve.”The improved economy has encouraged the bank to raise its key interest rate five times since mid-2017 to keep inflation from creeping up too high — but it hasn’t introduced an increase since last October.“But with that rate still lower than inflation, it is clear that monetary policy continues to deliver stimulus to the economy today,” Poloz said.Statistics Canada’s December inflation reading was two per cent.Poloz has said the central bank will likely continue hiking rates once the economy builds new momentum following a soft patch largely caused by unexpectedly weak oil prices in late-2018.The bank’s next interest-rate announcement is March 6 — and many market watchers expect Poloz to leave the benchmark untouched until late this year.The governor’s speech Thursday walked the audience through the effectiveness and the limitations of the bank’s main policy tool: the key interest rate target.He shared an example on what would have likely happened if the bank hadn’t introduced five quarter-point increases to bring the rate up to 1.75 per cent.“If we had kept our interest rate at 0.5 per cent from mid-2015 until now, our models tell us that we would have seen stronger economic growth — no surprise there,” Poloz said.“By now, the level of (the growth domestic product) would be about two per cent higher than it is today.”However, he added that while such an increase may sound good, it would have pushed inflation to the top of the bank’s inflation range, and likely even higher.The bank would have then been compelled to raise rates “forcefully” to guide inflation back to its target over the next year or two, Poloz said.With lower rates over a longer period, he added every Canadian would have likely amassed about $2,000 more in additional debt.
“Where does our poo go? […] This year’s Toilet Day observance encourages people to think about the sanitation chain,” said Ms. Mohammed in her remarks at a panel discussion on toilets and wastewater, co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Singapore, UN-Water and the International Chamber of Commerce. World Toilet Day is observed on 19 November, and events are held around that day to raise awareness of the importance of safe sanitation. Ms. Mohammed said that nearly 900 million people worldwide practice open defecation – not because they want to but because they have no choice. “Regardless where we are from, we all have the right to safe and dignified toilets,” she said, noting that she stressed this point during a recent dialogue with community members in Saint-Michele de L’Atalaye in Haiti. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed speaks at World Toilet Day 2017 The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for ending open defecation and working towards universal access to safely managed sanitation services and safely treated wastewater, she continued. The UN deputy chief also urged all to ask questions such as “Who is responsible for disposal?”, “What are people’s working conditions?” And “Where does menstrual hygiene waste go? She noted that faeces contaminate the environment, spreading dangerous diseases and undermining progress in health and child survival. Disposable menstrual products often end up in solid waste or wastewater systems not designed to handle them. Toilets can take many forms. Some systems provide treatment and safe disposal in situ, while others are connected to a sewer. Pit latrines and septic tanks need to be regularly emptied and the waste taken to a treatment facility. Workers providing these services are “true sanitation heroes,” she said. Wastewater and faecal sludge must also be treated and converted into products that can be safely used or returned to the environment, she stressed, highlighting the massive potential of treated wastewater as a source of energy, nutrients and water.
In Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks made his first substitutions eight minutes into the game. Nick Collison and Caron Butler came in for Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka with the Thunder down four points.This wasn’t the first time the Thunder’s starting lineup had been outscored in its first stint of a game — it was the 48th this season (including the playoffs). The first few minutes of a game are a relatively small sample, of course, but it’s a telling trend: The Thunder’s starters have put them behind in 53.3 percent of the team’s games. And yet the Thunder have won 70 percent of all games so far.Monday night, though, they didn’t. Everything tightens in the playoffs; small weaknesses become magnified and exploited. The narrowest of margins in the beginning can become the deciding factor between victory and defeat. For the Thunder, figuring out how to start building a lead right from the opening tip could be the difference in extending a playoff run.All season, the Thunder have struggled with their starters. In part because of injuries, the Thunder used nine different starting lineups by the time the playoffs rolled around. Those nine different starting lineups had a raw plus/minus of -10 in the 589 minutes they played before the first substitute came in, which is an average point differential of -0.8 per 48 minutes. That number doesn’t seem overwhelmingly negative until we compare it to the Thunder’s season-long differential of +6.3 per 48 minutes using all lineups.In other words, the Thunder’s ability to recover from slow starts is a reflection of their immense talent. Their starting lineups play an average of just over six minutes a game, and in that time the -0.8 per 48-minute point differential works out to just hundredths of a point per game. Their win percentage is almost identical regardless of whether their starters build a lead or dig a hole, 74 percent to 67 percent.But there is an enormous difference in the Thunder’s margin of victory between those two scenarios. In games where the starters build a lead to begin the game, the Thunder have won by an average of 10.86 points. In games where the starters have left the team behind, the Thunder have won, but by an average of just 1.77 points. The Thunder are good enough to eventually overwhelm almost any opponent, but the lead, or lack thereof, that they create for themselves at the beginning of a game carries enormous weight in determining the final margin of victory. It’s something to keep in mind as the Thunder’s starters take the court on Wednesday for Game 2.A methodological note for those interested: The lineup data for this post came from the gameflow charts at popcornmachine.net. I took the game results, final-point margins and number of starting lineups from Basketball-Reference. The per-48-minute differential for all lineups came from NBA.com. I’m kind of a stats polygamist when it comes to sources.