Rewarding efforts to save the planet

first_imgThe Climate Change Leadership Awards is the first African competition that recognises and rewards original ideas that will help to save the planet and combat global warming. (Image: carbonquids.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bonnie Moore-Boyle  Climate Change Leadership Awards   +27 83 278 8089RELATED ARTICLES • Teaching people to work with nature • Kyoto Protocol extended at COP17 • Call to action for a green economy • SA’s future renewable energy mecca • Environmental activist laid to rest Wilma den HartighClimate change trailblazers with innovative ideas to green South Africa only have a few more days until 6 February 2012 to submit their entries for the Climate Change Leadership Awards.The Climate Change Leadership Awards (CCLA) is the first African competition that recognises and rewards original ideas that will help to save the planet and combat global warming.The intention of the initiative is to create awareness and inspire ordinary South Africans to play their part in creating a low carbon economy, a healthier society and a more sustainable planet.According to Jeunesse Park, founder of Food & Trees for Africa and the CCLA, there has been a great response to the awards, from both applicants and sponsors.“There has been significant interest from community groups and individuals taking a positive and pragmatic interest in the environment and the world around them,” Park says.Climate change is no longer being disputed and the planet needs our help. The effects of rapid global warming are already evident as oceans are getting warmer, sea levels are rising and it is getting hotter.Africa is also one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change and climate variability.Who can enter?Any individual, company, school, community or local municipality with a green product, service or programme idea that meets the competition’s criteria can enter.Entries can be submitted in two categories, namely climate hero or private sector.This year the organisers have introduced new categories, including a waste minimisation award in the climate hero sector and a local municipality category in the private sector awards.This makes the competition more accessible to a wider audience.Climate heroCommunity and youth groups, schools or individuals can submit their ideas in the climate hero category.Just about any idea can be entered: recycling initiatives; energy conservation and renewable energy use; water conservation; environmental protection or enhancement; wildlife protection or enhancement; waste minimisation; land use protection or enhancement; climate change, environment or sustainable development awareness as well as education and food security initiatives.The judges will be looking for entrants who show a strong sense of leadership and initiative by implementing a project, or raising awareness about climate change.Private sectorLarge, medium and small companies as well as local municipalities can enter the private sector category.Company entries will be assessed in their sector in seven categories: energy; minerals and industrial; small and medium enterprises; retail; local municipalities; agriculture and food; financial services and other services.Companies who enter in the private sector category must have proven leadership and an extensive track record in combating climate change. All large companies must have participated in the carbon disclosure project to be eligible for nomination.Local municipalities that are measuring, reporting and engaging with their community about their carbon emissions are also invited to enter.JudgesA panel of industry leaders in all things green will be in charge of deciding which ideas receive awards.Among them are Kevin James, CEO of the Global Carbon Exchange; environmental economist Ant Dane; Andre Nel, sustainable development manager at Pick n Pay and Pancho Ndebele, chair of the Southern Africa Solar Thermal and Electricity Association.Other industry leaders on the judging panel include Valerie Geen, director of the National Business Initiative’s climate and energy unit; Kgabo Mokgohloa, head of sustainability at the SA Post Office; and Harmke Immink, senior carbon advisor at Promethium, a consultancy that specialises in managing the effects of climate change on businesses.• Visit www.ccla.co.za for entry forms.last_img read more

IoT-weets: Argus looks at 2.3m+ IoT Twitter mentions

first_imgRelated Posts As more Internet of Things (IoT) products are found on more Americans’ wish lists – from the Amazon Echo to Fitbit wearables to Bosch refrigerators to Nest thermostats – the latest analysis from Argus Insights shows that most potential buyers’ conversations are heavily concentrated around “big data” concerns.Argus’  “State of the Internet of Things: What’s Leading Market Conversations” points out that as the IoT space grows, so does the sheer massive volume of data collected – and buyers of IoT-enabled devices are talking amongst themselves about their fears of what will happen with this massive mound of data and how it will remain secure.The research firm looked at over 2.3 million social mentions that made up the Twitter storm around IoT between January and mid-April this year. The most popular content, hashtags and tweets – those that prompted the most social media engagement – provided the basis for determining what the marketplace deemed important and how those concerns shifted over time.Argus’ report demonstrates that among IoT issues discussed in social conversations, big data leads market mindshare – well ahead of other general IoT topics like wearables, cloud computing, smart homes and cities, and more. As data growth is a natural byproduct of the IoT – since all connected devices generate a huge amount of data – it’s not surprising this would be the chief concern voiced about IoT.Argus sees IoT brand dominance still up for grabs?Among IoT in general, security concerns dominate, showing significantly more social mentions than privacy concerns. In fact, the report explains that consumers are tired of Google and Amazon tracking everything they say through Alexa and other smart home devices, and they’re concerned that hackers can crack baby monitors, smart locks, and other connected devices.“Security concerns for consumers are definitely on the rise and this goes double for any enterprise deployments. Security issues continue to be a real roadblock for IoT product acceptance,” said John Feland, CEO of Argus Insights.Marketers, take notice: among the social conversations Argus observed over their analysis period that talk of brands accounts for less than ten percent of the social world’s conversations on IoT. “Though there was definitely talk about Google, Microsoft, Intel, Amazon, Cisco and the rest, no single brand is dominating the overall IoT conversation,” Feland said.So in the IoT terms, the market is still up for grabs in terms of recognition.Asked by Readwrite if an analysis of tweets – even millions of them – might just be a giant echo chamber, Feland said if that were the case, you’d expect to see brand dominance.“If it was purely an echo chamber, you would expect the discussion to be awash with brand-based propaganda, the way the smartphone social conversation is a never-ending stream of iPhone case ads,” he told Readwrite. “In fact, less than 20 percent of the discussion makes any mention of the major brands leading the fight for mindshare.”While he said any good analysis “starts with understanding the limits of the data you are using,” the aim of their report was not to measure market adoption size, but to take a snapshot of main themes of the IoT story right now.“This means that most of the IoT discussion happening in Twitter is not just brands touting their own prowess, but a mix of thinkers, doers, consumers, advertisers, analysts and more all sharing and even conversing about the Internet of Things,” he said, adding that, in their estimation, “no single company has control of the market.” Tags:#Amazon#Amazon Alexa#Argus Insights#Bosch#Cisco#Google#Intel#Internet of Things#IoT#iPhone#Microsoft#Nest Follow the Puck Trevor Curwincenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

IPL 7, CSK vs KXIP: Chennai vs Punjab, Qualifier 2

first_imgChennai won the toss and elected to field against PunjabWelcome to the coverage of the Indian Premier League 2014, Qualifier 2 between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab from the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.Full IPL Coverage Kings XI Punjab defeated Chennai Super Kings by 24 runs at the Wankhede stadium to seal the finals berth against Kolkata Knight Riders. Hoho! Hang on for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s post-match quotes. I have never seen him so angry before. Some scathing criticism. We will have the interview as soon as he stops talking. Coming back to tonight’s game, it was Sehwag’s night. And Punjab’s night. They have reached their first final after 6 years. They deserve it too. They have been the form team during the league stages and though they had an off-day against Kolkata in the first qualifier, they weren’t going to spurn a gift horse in the mouth the 2nd time. They say run-outs change matches. And boy didn’t Raina’s run-out prove to be the turning point of the game! Bailey – the Punjab skipper with a turn and throw, all in one motion. That changed the match and the middle-order just couldn’t cope up with the asking rate. Imagine a team scoring 100 runs in the first powerplay of six overs and still not able to chase the remaining runs. That’s what happened after Suresh Raina produced arguably the innings of the day, even at times surpassing Sehwag with strokeplay of the highest order.The Punjab dug-out is ECSTATIC while Preity Zinta STORMS OUT in the middle and HUGS coach Sanjay Bangar who has played a CRUCIAL ROLE in guiding Kings XI to their MAIDEN IPL FINAL.advertisementThat’s an EMPHATIC WIN for Punjab!!19.6 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni stands tall and smashes it over long-on for the maximum.19.5 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni takes it on the full and slaps it over midwicket for a boundary.19.3 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni reaches out and gets an outside edge towards third man for a boundary. Parvinder Awana will bowl the FINAL OVER for Punjab!! With MS Dhoni(28) and Mohit Sharma(0) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 187/7 after 19 overs.FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!!18.4 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni shimmies down the track and sends it deep into the stands over long-off for the maximum. It’s a TAD TOO LATE for Chennai now!!18.3 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni stands tall and smashes it towards long-on for a boundary. With MS Dhoni(15) and Mohit Sharma(0) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 167/7 after 17 overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Mohit Sharma comes to the crease for Chennai.16.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Akshar Patel has got Ravichandran Ashwin out stumped by the wicket-keeper. Ashwin skips down the track looking for the big shot but misses it as Wriddhiman Saha whips the bails off in a flash to catch him short at the crease. Ravichandran Ashwin departs after scoring 10 runs off 11 balls. Another WICKET FALLS DOWN for Chennai!! With MS Dhoni(13) and Ravichandran Ashwin(9) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 164/6 after 16 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!! 15.2 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni hangs back and slaps it over mid-off for the maximum. Rafael Nadal will be PROUD off that forehand!!With MS Dhoni(5) and Ravichandran Ashwin(8) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 155/6 after 15 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!Karanveer Singh comes back into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. With MS Dhoni(1) and Ravichandran Ashwin(1) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 143/6 after 13 overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Ravichandran Ashwin comes to the crease for Chennai.12.5 overs: OUT!! Parvinder Awana has got David Hussey out caught at midwicket. Hussey goes for the pull and sends it straight into the hands of Virender Sehwag who takes it comfortably. David Hussey departs after scoring just one run off three balls. Chennai IN TATTERS now!! MS Dhoni comes to the crease for Chennai.12.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Parvinder Awana has got Ravindra Jadeja out caught at third man. Jadeja was looking to hammer it straight down the ground but gets a top-edge that went straight towards Mitchell Johnson for a simple catch. Ravindra Jadeja departs after scoring 27 runs off 21 balls with two boundaries and a six. Chennai in a SPOT OF BOTHER now!! With Brendon McCullum(8) and Ravindra Jadeja(24) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 134/3 after 11 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!10.4 overs: FOUR!! Ravindra Jadeja dances down the track and smashes it towards long-on for a boundary. 10.1 overs: SIX!! Ravindra Jadeja takes it on the full and smashes it straight down the ground for the maximum. Chennai WILL NEED MORE of those!! advertisementWith Brendon McCullum(7) and Ravindra Jadeja(13) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 122/3 after 10 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!! Akshar Patel comes into the attack for Punjab. With Brendon McCullum(6) and Ravindra Jadeja(11) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 117/3 after nine overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!8.2 overs: FOUR!! Ravindra Jadeja waits for it and clips it towards fine leg for a boundary. With Brendon McCullum(2) and Ravindra Jadeja(5) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 107/3 after eight overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Ravindra Jadeja comes to the crease for Chennai.Suresh Raina is ABSOLUTELY GUTTED wth himself while Brendon McCullum SHAKES HIS HEAD in distraught!!6.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Suresh Raina has been run-out by Geroge Bailey’s direct hit. Brendon McCullum pushes it towards covers and calls for a single while Raina responds back with a little resistance only to go through with the single….meanwhile Bailey covers ground and fires in a direct hit to catch Raina short at the crease. Suresh Raina departs after scoring 87 runs off 25 balls with 12 boundaries and six sixes. BIG WICKET for Punjab!!First sign of spin, Karanveer Singh comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. With Brendon McCullum(0) and Suresh Raina(87) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 100/2 after six overs.THIRTY THREE RUNS off the over!!5.6 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina goes deep in the crease and heaves it through square leg for a boundary.5.5 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina stands tall and slams it back past the bowler for another boundary. Raina is ON SONG!!Wankede has been SET ABLAZE by Suresh Raina here!!5.4 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina picks the length early and slogs it through midwicket for a boundary.5.3 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina leans forward and flicks it towards deep square leg for a boundary.5.2 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina stands tall and sends it deep into the stands over long-on for another maximum. It’s the SIXTH SIX for Raina already!!5.1 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina waits for it and smacks it over long-on for the maximum. That WASN’T EVEN TIMED WELL by Raina!!With Brendon McCullum(0) and Suresh Raina(55) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 67/2 after five overs.Brendon McCullum comes to the crease for Chennai!!4.6 overs: OUT!! Sandeep Sharma has bowled Dwayne Smith on a pitched up delivery. Smith was looking to play down the wrong line but misses as the ball rattles the stumps. Dwayne Smith departs after scoring seven runs off 11 balls. BIG BLOW for Chennai!!Suresh Raina has registered 2ND FASTEST FIFTY in the IPL!!4.2 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina makes room and hammers it over extra cover for the maximum. That’s 16-BALL FIFTY for Raina!! With Dwayne Smith(7) and Suresh Raina(47) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 56/1 after four overs.TWENTY RUNS off the over!!3.6 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina goes on the backfoot and smokes it over deep square leg for another maximum. Raina is RUNNING AMOK here!!advertisement3.4 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina picks the length early and smashes it over the cow corner for the maximum. That CAME OUT OF NOWHERE!!3.3 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina hangs back and slaps it towards deep midwicket for a boundary. SHORT STUFF isn’t working against Raina here!! With Dwayne Smith(4) and Suresh Raina(31) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 36/1 after three overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!2.5 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina shimmies down the wicket and smokes it over extra cover for another boundary. Raina is LOOKING DANGEROUS here!!2.4 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina goes on the backfoot and pummels the pull shot over midwicket for a boundary.First change, Parvinder Awana comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab.With Dwayne Smith(4) and Suresh Raina(23) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 27/1 after two overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!1.5 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina makes room and crashes the cut past backward point for another boundary.1.4 overs: SIX!! Suresh Raina goes on teh backfoot and smashes it over deep midwicket for the maximum. SENSATIONAL STUFF from Raina!!1.2 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina leans forward and drills it past mid-off for a boundary. BACK-TO-BACK boundaries for Raina!!1.1 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina rocks back and pulls it over midwicket for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT by Raina!! Sandeep Sharma will bowl from the other end for Kings XI Punjab.With Dwayne Smith(4) and Suresh Raina(5) at the crease, Chennai Super Kings are currently at 9/1 after one over.NINE RUNS off the over!!0.4 overs: FOUR!! Suresh Raina hangs back and dabs it towards fine leg for a boundary.Suresh Raina comes to the crease for Chennai Super Kings.0.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Mitchell Johnson has got Faf du Plessis out caught at mid-on. Du Plessis was looking to pull but gets a leading edge that goes straight into the hands of George Bailey at mid-on. Faf du Plessis departs for a golden duck. EARLY BLOW for Chennai!!Dwayne Smith and Faf du Plessis are out in the middle for Chennai Super Kings while Mitchell Johnson will start the proceedings for Kings XI Punjab. Kings XI Punjab scored 226 runs at the loss of six wickets after batting first against Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede stadium.That’s the END OF AN EXCEPTIONAL INNINGS for Punjab!!19.6 overs: OUT!! Mohit Sharma has got Wriddhiman Saha out caught at deep square leg. Saha was looking to go wide of the fielder but sends it straight into the hands of Dwayne Smith who doesn’t drop those. Wriddhiman Saha departs after scoring six runs off four balls with a six. Mitchell Johnson comes to the crease for Punjab.19.3 overs: That’s OUT!! David Miller has been run-out by MS Dhoni. Wriddhiman Saha reaches out for it but fails it connect as the Miller sets off for a bye…but Dhoni fires in a direct hit to catch him short at the crease. David Miller departs after scoring 38 runs off 19 balls with five boundaries and a six. 19.2 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha hangs back and smacks it over deep square leg for the maximum.Mohit Sharma will bowl the FINAL OVER for Chennai!!With David Miller(37) and Wriddhiman Saha(0) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 218/4 after 19 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!Wriddhiman Saha comes to the crease for Kings XI Punjab.18.6 overs: That’s OUT!! Ashish Nehra has bowled George Bailey on a fuller delivery. Bailey was looking to slog it over midwicket but misses it as the ball makes a mess of the stumps. George Bailey departs after scoring just one run off two balls. 18.2 overs: FOUR!! David Miller takes it on the full and tonks it over midwicket for a boundary. POOR BOWLING from Nehra!!George Bailey comes to the crease for Kings XI Punjab.18.1 overs: OUT!! Ashish Nehra has got Virender Sehwag out caught at covers. Sehwag was looking to go big but mistimes it straight down the throat of Faf du Plessis who takes it cleanly. Virender Sehwag departs after scoring 122 runs off 58 balls with 12 boundaries and eight sixes. TAKE A BOW Viru!! With Virender Sehwag(122) and Glenn Maxwell(31) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 211/2 after 18 overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!17.4 overs: SIX!! Virender Sehwag picks the length early and smokes it over long-on for another maximum. That’s EIGHTH SIX for Viru today!!17.3 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehwag slashes hard and sends it towards third man for a boundary. Nothing seems to be WORKING OUT for Chennai at the moment!!17.2 overs: SIX!! Virender Sehwag gets a big stride forward and bludgeons it over long-on for the maximum. Sehwag, YOU BEAUTY!! With Virender Sehwag(105) and Glenn Maxwell(30) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 193/2 after 17 overs.SEVENTEEN RUNS off the over!!16.5 overs: FOUR!! David Miller makes room and steers it past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. CLEVER CRICKET from Miller!!16.4 overs: SIX!! David Miller takes it on the full and clubs it over long-on for the maximum. That was EFFORTLESS from Miller!! 16.1 overs: FOUR!! David Miller stands tall and drills it towards long-off for a boundary. Miller JOINS THE PARTY!! With Virender Sehwag(104) and Glenn Maxwell(14) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 176/2 after 16 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!15.6 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehwag reaches out abd carves it over backward point for a boundary. Sehwag is in FORM OF HIS LIFE here!!15.4: Virender Sehwag drills it towards mid-off and completes a single. That’s 50-BALL TON for Viru!! With Virender Sehwag(70) and Glenn Maxwell(0) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 111/1 after 11 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!Glenn Maxwell comes to the crease for Kings XI Punjab.10.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Ishwar Pandey has got Manan Vohra out caught at midwicket. Vohra was looking to pull but gets a top-edge that goes straight down the throat of Suresh Raina who doesn’t drop those. Manan Vohra departs after scoring 34 runs off 31 balls with a boundary and two sixes. Vohra is ABSOLUTELY GUTTED with himself!!Ishwar Pandey comes back into the attack for Chennai Super Kings. With Virender Sehwag(68) and Manan Vohra(34) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 109/0 after 10 overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!9.2 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehwag goes deep in his crease and swats it towards long-on for another boundary. This is SENSATIONAL BATTING from Viru!!9.1 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehwag slashes hard and gets a top-edge towards third man for a boundary. With Virender Sehwag(59) and Manan Vohra(33) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 98/0 after nine overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!7.3 overs: SIX!! Virender Sehwag gets a big stride forward and sends it deep into the stands over long-off for the maximum. MIGHTY BLOW from Viru!! Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack for Chennai Super Kings. With Virender Sehwag(50) and Manan Vohra(27) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 81/0 after seven overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!6.5 overs: Virender Sehwag works it past backward point and steals a single. That’s 21-BALL FIFTY for Viru!!6.1 overs: SIX!! Virender Sehwag bends down and slogs it over the cow corner for the maximum. GLIMPSE of Sehwag we know!!First sign of spin, Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack for Chennai. Dhoni & co. DESPERATELY NEED A WICKET here!! With Virender Sehwag(42) and Manan Vohra(25) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 70/0 after six overs.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!It’s RAINING BOUNDARIES for Punjab at the moment!!5.2 overs: SIX!! Virender Sehwag flays the upper-cut and sends it sailing over third man fence for the maximum.With Virender Sehwag(31) and Manan Vohra(23) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 57/0 after five overs.FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!!4.3 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehwag waits for it and guides it towards third man for the third consecutive boundary in the over. Sehwag is ON FIRE here!!4.2 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehwag leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through extra cover for another boundary. That’s Viru AT HIS BEST!!4.1 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehwag hangs back and slaps it past mid-off for a boundary.TWENTY FOUR RUNS off the over!!3.6 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra stands tall and smashes it over long-on for another maximum. Vohra is in TOP FORM here!!3.4 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehwag was looking to flick but gets a leading edge over backward point for another boundary. Viru was REALLY LUCKY there!!3.3 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehwag slashes hard and sends it racing towards third man for a boundary.3.1 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra rocks back and clouts the pull over midwicket for the maximum. That was MUSCLED by Vohra!! With Virender Sehwag(10) and Manan Vohra(8) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 19/0 after three overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!2.6 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehwag reaches out and slices it over backward point for a boundary.First change, Mohit Sharma comes into the attack for Chennai Super Kings.With Virender Sehwag(5) and Manan Vohra(6) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 11/0 after two overs.BRILLIANT START by Pandey, just one runs off it!!Ishwar Pandey will bowl from the other end for Chennai Super Kings.TEN RUNS off the over!!0.6 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehwag reaches out and smashes it through covers for a boundary. BEAUTIFUL SHOT by Viru!!0.2 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra waits for it and flicks it towards fine leg for the first boundary in the over. POOR LINE from Nehra!! Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra are out in the middle for Kings XI Punjab while Ashish Nehra will start the proceedings for Chennai Super Kings. TEAM NEWS: Chennai have Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum and David Hussey as the overseas players in their Playing XI. On the other hand, Punjab will play David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey and Mitchell Johnson as the overseas players in their Playing XI today. TOSS: Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to field against Kings XI Punjab. What’s At Stake:It’s a do-or-die clash for both teams in the second qualifier today. On one hand where Punjab will be looking to make their second chance count, their counterparts Chennai will be eager to make the IPL finals for the record sixth time in the tournament’s history.Chasing 164 in the first qualifier, Punjab blew away a chance for automatic qualification, as their powerful batting line-up failed to live up to its potential and crashed to a 28-run loss against Kolkata.A few hours later at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, the Chennai came up with a professional display to oust defending champions, Mumbai, in front of their home crowd, in the eliminator match, and are on the threshold of entering the final for the 6th time in the Indian Premier League.Statistics:Glenn Maxwell has enjoyed facing Chennai bowlers. In the previous two innings against them, he scored 95 and 90 respectively.Maxwell has hit 35 sixes in the tournament so far, and is closely followed by Dwayne Smith, who has hit 34.Quotes:”In batting, you have to keep improving your shots. You have to execute really well. At the same time you need to back your strength,” Suresh Raina, on batting in T20s.”Maxwell can expect me to come over the wicket to him in the next match,” Ravichandran Ashwin isn’t worried about bowling to his tormentor-in-chief, Glenn Maxwell.Chennai Super Kings:The MS Dhoni – led side has peaked at the right time. Dwayne Smith, 2nd in the charts for the highest run scorer has more often than not provided blazing starts. Against Mumbai, Faf du Plessis opened with Smith while Brendon McCullum came in at No.4, but on a good batting track such as the Wankhede, the team management might revert to the Smith-McCullum combination that has served them so well so far.The middle order has been further strengthened by the arrival of David Hussey while Suresh Raina continues to be a model of consistency. Add the skipper to this batting line-up, it gives plenty of muscle and balance to the order.Dhoni was worried about the lack of penetration amongst his bowlers, but Tuesday’s performance would have brought smiles on his face. Ashish Nehra, returning after an injury, has provided variety to what was an one-dimensional attack, and has also allowed Chennai to play the extra overseas batsman. Mohit Sharma, with 22 wickets is the holder of the purple cap, while the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have kept the batsmen quiet.Kings XI Punjab:After a sizzling start to the tournament, Punjab have begun to slow down as the business end emerged. Glenn Maxwell, who started in a rollicking fashion, has been somewhat stopped on his tracks, accumulating just 22 runs from his last 4 innings.Virender Sehwag has been hit-or-miss, while Manan Vohra and David Miller have not capitalized on starts. Known for their attacking brand of cricket, that very aspect of the game went missing when they faced the Kolkata, admittedly on a track that slowed down as the match progressed.George Bailey’s side will be worried about the profligacy of their pacers. While the two young spinners, Akshar Patel and Karanveer Singh, have more than justified their selections, the pacers have tended to go for plenty of runs.The axing of Sandeep Sharma, after just a couple of failures has been perplexing. With all to play for, Bailey will hope that his bowlers put up a spirited performance against the rampaging Chennai batsmen.Key player to watch in today’s crucial tie:Glenn Maxwell: The million-dollar man last season, Maxwell was snatched by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 6 crore this year. The 25-year-old is a terrific all-rounder to have in your side. He can bowl right-arm off-spin and bat anywhere in the middle-order. He shot to fame after smashing a 19-ball half-century in 2009-10 – the fastest fifty in Australia’s domestic cricket. His most recent antics of 33-ball 74, the third fastest fifty in T20 internationals, shows his batting prowess. He will have to play a key role if Punjab intend to clinch their first IPL title this year.MS Dhoni: If Chennai Super Kings intend to repeat their 2010 and 2011 heroics in the IPL 7 this year, it has to be skipper MS Dhoni who’ll need to lead from the front. The 32-year-old Captain Cool is one of the best finishers in limited overs cricket today. His ability to hold wickets in pressure situations and then accelerate ferociously at the death overs has earned him accolades all over the globe. With over 2200 runs in 96 games for Super Kings, Dhoni is as ferocious as they come in T20.David Miller: The 24-year-old South African, aka ‘Killer Miller’ in IPL, is as explosive as they come in limited-overs cricket. After making a name for his power-hitting, Miller has turned into a gruesome strokeplayer in modern-day cricket. His ability to play a wide range of strokes, both off the front and backfoot has earned him quite a reputation in international cricket. Miller was also one of the most entertaining batsmen in the IPL last season. The young South African took the IPL by storm after scoring 418 runs with 28 fours and 24 sixes for Kings XI Punjab in 2013. The performance impressed his team owners to such an extent that he became one of the only two players to be retained by KXIP ahead of 2014 IPL auctions.Brendon McCullum: The 32-year-old swashbuckling batsman is the latest weapon Super Kings boasts of in the seventh edition of the IPL. The New Zealand skipper is one of the most explosive batsmen in the shortest version of the game. His breathtaking knock of 158 runs for Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural IPL match showcases his ability to take the game away from the opposition. With over 1200 runs in 48 games, McCullum will be one of the key players for the Super Kings this season.Ravichandran Ashwin: He is one of the bankers of the side and can put the brakes on opposition batsmen while also getting wickets. With 64 wickets in 67 games, Ashwin has been a key performer for the Super Kings in the IPL so far.Teams(from):Chennai Super Kings:  Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, David Hussey, MS Dhoni(c/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Samuel Badree, Ben Hilfenhaus, Matt Henry, Baba Aparajith, Mithun Manhas, Pawan Negi, Vijay Shankar, Ronit More, John HastingsKings XI Punjab: George Bailey(c), Mitchell Johnson, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, Shaun Marsh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Gurkeerat Singh, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Thisara Perera, Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Murali Kartik, Shivam Sharma, Beuran Hendricks, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Sandeep Sharma, Parvinder Awana, Anureet Singh, Shardul Thakurlast_img read more

Virat Kohli expected to play for India AND Surrey on June 27

first_imgIndia skipper Virat Kohli was named in the India’s squad for the two-match T20 series against Ireland after a break from their one-off Test agaisnt Aghanistan. But the national selection committee’s decision to name moves has created confusion as the T20Is will clashing with Kohli’s county commitments for Surrey.There were rumours in the BCCI corridors that the section which wasn’t happy with Kohli skipping the one-off Test match against Afghanistan, has played a role in cutting short his county stint in favour of the T20 Internationals against the minnows.India are set to play two T20’s against Ireland in Dublin’s Malahide on June 27 and 29 while Kohli is scheduled to play his last county match for Surrey against Yorkshire at Scarborough from June 25 to 28.Also read – Rahane named captain for Test vs AfghanistanAccording to an announcement made by the county: “India captain Virat Kohli will play for Surrey during the entire month of June.”Despite the county matches schedule being announced much in advance before the team selection, it was surprising to find Kohli’s name for the two-match series against Ireland.Also read – Hope Dhoni translates his IPL form in international cricket: GangulyWhen chairman of selectors MSK Prasad was contacted by PTI for a clarification whether it was a clerical error, he said: “Kindly talk to the BCCI secretary on this issue.”When BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary was asked, he replied.”Be rest assured, everything is fine,” was all he said.Also read – Rayudu in India’s ODI squad for England touradvertisementHowever, there has been no clarity as to what will be Kohli’s choice as he gets to play only three four-day matches during his stint.”If the selectors have picked him for the Ireland T20s despite the county dates being available, it means that he will not play the game against Yorkshire. This cannot be a unilateral decision as the county contracts has been inked after much deliberation. Playing against Ireland means that he will get only two county games.”It will be very interesting to know why has there been a change in Virat’s schedule if England Tests are paramount,” wondered a senior BCCI official when apprised of the situation.Whether Surrey would agree to the new arrangement is another question because the contract was signed after a lot of deliberations regarding Kohli’s image rights.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

PDM vows to push for Freedom of Information did not make House

first_img TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Aug 2015 – The PDM party did not get to debate the Private Members Motion for a Freedom of Information Act to be established. The party is disappointed in the run of the agenda during House of Assembly this week and the fact that the motion did not make it to Monday or Tuesday’s debates. The party blames re-ordering of the agenda by Premier Rufus Ewing for time running out; saying only two of four bills on the agenda were tabled and the Private Members Motion for the FOI did not see action. It was brought by party leaders, Sharlene Robinson and Sean Astwood. The PDM in a media statement says it “will continue to raise this issue…” and that “we stand firm that the people have a right to know and have access to information on what its government is doing.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Related Items:freedom of information, Pdm, sean astwood Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s whylast_img read more

Bandhan Creation launches Shraddha a collection for elders

first_imgBandhan Creation, a one-stop destination store that upholds the country’s culture and heritage, recently launched the mint fresh Shraddha Collection for senior citizens at their outlet in South Kolkata. Shraddha will be a dedicated corner in each Bandhan Creation outlet which will showcase apparel, accessories and giftables especially crafted for the senior citizens of the country. The latest endeavour of Bandhan Creation’s ‘Shraddha’ is a tribute to the elders amongst us who give so much to the next generation and society at large. It is not a way of giving back but it is an inspiration to express our heartfelt gratitude and love for their presence and guidance. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBandhan Creation is a market-driven initiative to put the spotlight on the undiscovered talent of rural artisans and find the right price for their products. This unique fashion and lifestyle chain offers an attractive collection of apparel, home furnishing and decor, candles, decorative artefacts and accessories made by traditional handloom artisans from rural India. “Introducing a special line for the elderly section of the society has always been my dream and this is my way of paying homage to our seniors. The sale of every product from this store supports the livelihood of the artisans in West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Telangana, Rajasthan and a few other states. The plan is to turn Bandhan Creation into a national chain, marking its presence in most Indian states,” said Nilima Ghosh, Managing Director, Bandhan Creation. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBandhan Creation is a perfect meeting ground for indigenous creativity and modern lifestyle. The collection of home furnishing, table-top items made of wood and cane are a connoisseurs’ delight. Patachitra, dokra, kantha, applique, block prints, terracotta, ceramic and other items find a new expression at this outlet. The collection of garments covers men’s and women’s range such as kurta, kurti, tops, dupatta, stole, skirt, palazzo, jacket, shirt made from various fabrics including ajrak, bagru and dabu. The jewellery collection is made from fabric, stone, dokra and silver. Each and every product that one buys from Bandhan Creation backs its vision and endeavour towards supporting the livelihood of artisans across the country and thus helps revive and promote national heritage. The programme was graced by legendary artistes and writers of West Bengal.Four Bandhan Creation outlets are located at the city: at Gariahat, Salt Lake City, Eco Park, New Town and Jessore Road, Kolkata.last_img read more

Preserving the natural heritage

first_imgSuccessfully attracting thousands of visitors to Garden of Five Senses, three-day-long Garden Tourism Festival ended on a high note on February 17. Organised by Delhi Tourism, the festival saw an enthralling set of performances and engagement activities for people across ages.People were spellbound by the beauty of the venue as they spent quality time with their friends and family in the lush green gardens. The festival enlightened the visitors on the importance of gardening and how small efforts can make a difference towards a greener Delhi. It showcased vibrant dance forms such as Kaalbelia, a spellbinding magic show by Raffan and a serene musical performance by Jhoom, the band, concluding the day with a grand prize distribution ceremony, wherein winners across 32 categories were facilitated by C Arvind, General Manager, DTTDC. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGreenways Nurseries honored Raja Ram with a Lifetime Achievement award for contributing to the horticultural practices as a Maali. In order to promote entries in the Dahlia category, they also incentivised the competition with cash prizes. Over the past three days, the 32nd edition of Garden Tourism Festival not only offered the best of floral displays but also proffered an opportunity for Delhiites to build their own garden, relish the food and live performances and find repose in the lap of mother nature. Various nurseries showcasing plants for kitchen gardens, home gardens, and indoor areas had put up exclusive stalls. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”I’ve seen this festival grow bigger over the years and even though my age allows me very little, I have never missed the Garden Tourism Festival,” said Shekhawat from Rajajipuram, New Delhi. Activities like painting competition for children saw active participation. While many groups of visitors were engaged in informative sessions and photo walk, others were indulged in understanding the many properties of plants and their benefits, before making their purchases at the Garden Bazaar. Storytelling session by eminent artists Jaishree Sethi, along with engaging performances by bands such as Shivankur Vashisht, and NUUR added to the festivities. All three days were brimming with the energy of cultural activities and performances, which entertained people throughly.last_img read more