Bravo extends fine batting form in Big Bash T20

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo extended his fine batting form, upstaging both West Indies teammates Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell, as he fired Melbourne Renegades to a handsome five-wicket win over Sydney Thunder yesterday.Chasing a challenging 174 at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Renegades swept to victory in the final over with Bravo hammering a stroke-filled 47 off 24 deliveries.He struck three fours and three sixes and put on 91 for the third wicket with captain Cameron White, who top-scored with 61 from 46 deliveries.Bravo, who also got a half-century at the weekend, looked en route to another when he moved into the 40s with two sixes off medium pacer Russell in the 18th over.However, he was deceived with the fourth ball, top-edging a slower delivery for Russell to snare the caught and bowled chance. Three balls later, Russell accounted for White to finish with two for 42 from his four overs.Gayle had earlier struck a breezy 28 off 20 deliveries as he put on 46 off 29 balls for the first wicket with Tom Cooper who got 25.He perished in the fifth over, caught at fine leg off seamer Clint McKay, looking for his sixth boundary of the innings.Opting to bat first, Thunder mustered 176 for five off their allotted 20 overs, with opener Usman Khawaja (62) and Shane Watson (62) both top-scoring.Khawaja helped add 61 for the first wicket with Jacques Kallis (13) and a further 57 for the second wicket with Watson.Russell, batting at number four, belted a four and a six in scoring 16 from nine balls, while Bravo picked up two for 26 from four overs of medium pace.last_img read more

Minister Highlights Importance of Music Tourism

first_img Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says music tourism is a rapidly expanding market, which plays perfectly into Jamaica’s strength as the top entertainment destination in the region.Addressing the graduation ceremony for the DJ Capacity Building Training Programme at the Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, St. James, on June 21, Mr. Bartlett said to fully capitalize, “we are positioning” the tourism sector to work strategically with the music industry to create valuable products and experiences for visitors.“Our music continues to set Jamaica apart from rival destinations,” the Minister pointed out.“Each year more and more reggae music fans converge on the island to enjoy great music and the offerings of a remarkable destination. The resounding success of music festivals like Reggae Sumfest and Sting have helped to enhance our international profile significantly,” he added.Mr. Bartlett said that while the Ministry is committed to fostering the continued development of the entertainment industry and its full integration into the tourism product, he is fully cognizant that there is still more to be done to maximize the potential of “this important” sub-sector.“So, as we put in place the framework to further diversify our tourism product, we are well aware of the enormous benefits if we get this right,” Mr. Bartlett said.“We have to give visitors more things to do when they come to our island. We have to tap into their passion points, and music is a great way to start. Simply put, we are placing a special focus on developing entertainment tourism as part of our growth strategy,” he noted.Mr. Bartlett said that while the country’s goal of welcoming five million visitors annually remains on target, there is simply no room for complacency.He said that as good as the current offerings may be, stakeholders should always be looking to innovate and focus on growing earnings per visitor and retaining more of those earnings in Jamaica.“It goes without saying that entertainment is an area in which we are world beaters,” the Minister further added.“Therefore we are taking the necessary steps to capitalize on the tremendous potential Jamaica has in this area to significantly boost our arrivals and tourism earnings,” he said.The Minister commended the Head of the Ministry’s Sports and Entertainment Network, Entertainment Consultant and Promoter, Kamal Bankay, noting that “he is doing an excellent job leading this initiative.”“This is being done in collaboration with my colleague, Hon. Olivia Grange and her team from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport,” Mr. Bartlett said.“We will also be leveraging February’s Reggae Month to appeal to visitors. In addition, the month marks the birthdays of Jamaica’s most recognizable musicians, the King of Reggae Bob Marley and the Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Brown, both great selling points,” the Minister said. Story Highlights “Each year more and more reggae music fans converge on the island to enjoy great music and the offerings of a remarkable destination. The resounding success of music festivals like Reggae Sumfest and Sting have helped to enhance our international profile significantly,” he added. Addressing the graduation ceremony for the DJ Capacity Building Training Programme at the Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, St. James, on June 21, Mr. Bartlett said to fully capitalize, “we are positioning” the tourism sector to work strategically with the music industry to create valuable products and experiences for visitors. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says music tourism is a rapidly expanding market, which plays perfectly into Jamaica’s strength as the top entertainment destination in the region. last_img read more

G-G Says Priority Must be Placed on Rescuing Misguided Males

first_imgAccording to the Governor-General, boys are consistently sliding into a state of underachievement and underperformance, which he believes has led to the chronic problem of at-risk young men in society.In that regard, he called for more Jamaicans to join the fight to rescue “our boys” through mentorship.“Our boys need mentoring to stand and take their rightful place in society. There is so much attention focused on helping our young ladies, and you see that it is paying off vastly with the number graduating from high school, with the number graduating from university, taking their places in society. We see on the other hand, some of our young men falling back into the gutter, and so I ask that all of us together, bring all our young people forward to take their place, as we mentor them to be successful leaders in the future,” the Governor-General emphasised.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right), presents an award to Justice of the Peace and Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Gordfrey Dyer, at the Inaugural Custos Awards banquet, hosted by Custos of St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, in St. James, on Saturday (April 27). Speaking at the inaugural Custos Awards banquet, hosted by Custos of St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, in St. James, on April 27, the Governor-General said for a long time now, “we have allowed so called boy behaviour to enjoy a level of adult permissiveness, which for a number of reasons, contributes to male adolescent indiscipline and a sense of entitlement.” Story Highlights “Many times, such adolescent males, without helpful guided intelligent restraint, grow into men with a deficient sense of responsibility in important areas of their lives,” he said. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says priority must be given to rescuing misguided males in the Jamaican society. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says priority must be given to rescuing misguided males in the Jamaican society.Speaking at the inaugural Custos Awards banquet, hosted by Custos of St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, in St. James, on April 27, the Governor-General said for a long time now, “we have allowed so called boy behaviour to enjoy a level of adult permissiveness, which for a number of reasons, contributes to male adolescent indiscipline and a sense of entitlement.”“Many times, such adolescent males, without helpful guided intelligent restraint, grow into men with a deficient sense of responsibility in important areas of their lives,” he said.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen speaks at the Inaugural Custos Awards banquet, hosted by Custos of St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, in St. James, on Saturday (April 27). He added that keen focus should be placed on how children, in particular boys, are nurtured, and called on Justices of the Peace to play a critical role in positively influencing the lives of the nation’s youth.Thirty one Justices of the Peace were honoured for their excellence in service at the ceremony.last_img read more

iTopper New Tablet to Help Medical Engineering Aspirants Launched for ₹10000

first_imgAppthoughtz, a Hyderabad-based IT startup, has launched iTopper tablet, a new tablet to assist students aspiring to fulfill their medical and engineering dreams by scoring well in competitive exams.Priced at ₹10,000, iTopper offers quality study materials and unlimited mock tests to succeed in highly competitive entrance examinations, according to Appthoughtz. The tablet chiefly meant for Class 11 and Class 12 students is expected to build in-depth insight on various subjects in an interesting way.”We are delighted to launch our first product iTopper in the market.” said Vijay Kallepalli, managing director of Appthoughtz. The true potential of the tablet still remains untapped, according to Kallepalli.Besides helping with a large database of study materials on subjects like chemistry, biology, mathematics and physics, Appthoughtz said the tablet will help students crack intermediate, JEE, EAMCET and NEET examinations. It assures to help them in learning, comprehending and analysing subjects in a simple, engaging and well-organized way. iTopper is equipped with applications which enable students to browse through quality content on varied subjects from publishers worldwide. It also allows users to read content, clarify queries and watch previously recorded videos, offline. Appthoughtz has also tied up with Cambridge University Press (CUP) to access quality contents on subjects.Available in four versions, the tablet sports a 195×18 mm screen, 24GB internal memory, 1GB RAM and upto 32GB expandable memory. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and features 3G connectivity.last_img read more

Expatriates wife hacked dead

first_img.A housewife was hacked to death by a group of miscreants at Sonakanda in Bandar, Narayanganj on Saturday afternoon, reports UNB.The deceased is Nahida Rahman, 35, wife of Singapore expatriate Asinur Rahman of the area.Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Bandar police station, said a group of miscreants carried out the attack at her house that left her dead on the spot due to excessive blood loss around 1:30pm.Later, they set fire to the house and fled the scene.Being informed by locals, police recovered the body and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy, the OC added.last_img read more

The Real Life Most Interesting Man in the World

first_img“A giant among men” is a phrase that’s been applied to many over the years, but it’s much more apt for Peter Freuchen than any other. Born Lorenz Peter Elfred Freuchen in 1886, he was a Dane of Jewish descent. A giant of a man, standing more than six and a half feet tall, and sporting a truly impressive beard, Freuchen resembles our images of the Vikings of old.His adventures as an explorer and anthropologist only serve to reinforce that image.Peter FreuchenFreuchen’s early adult life started normally enough. At the behest of his father, he enrolled at the University of Copenhagen, planning to study medicine.His father, a businessman, put a high value on order and stability and wanted that for young Peter.It didn’t take very long, though, before Peter learned that those were not his values and that he was more driven by a desire for action and adventure.Peter Freuchen with guests at the Danish island of Enehøje on Nakskov Fjord.Having learned that about himself, he did the only thing that made sense to him — he dropped out of university and began exploring.His first trip, in 1906, was to Greenland. Freuchen and his friend Knud Rasmussen sailed from Denmark, going as far north as they could by water before leaving the boat and covering another 600 miles by dogsled. While they were traveling, they met Inuit people, hunted with them, and learned their language.Peter Freuchen with his wife Dagmar Cohn.The Inuit hunted a variety of arctic animals, ranging from seals and walruses to whales and polar bears, and with the advantage of his substantial size, Freuchen did well at hunting. He eventually made himself a coat from a polar bear that he killed.In 1910, Freuchen and Rasmussen opened a trading post in Greenland which they called Thule, a reference to the phrase “Ultima Thule,” which was used in ancient cartography to indicate that which was beyond the boundaries of the known world. The Thule Trading Station became the base for seven different exploration expeditions between 1912 and 1933, according to Arctic Thule.Knud RasmussenThe first of these expeditions was undertaken by Freuchen and Rasmussen, and its goal was to test the theory that there was a channel dividing Greenland from Peary Land. The trek covered more than 600 miles across inland Greenland and nearly resulted in Freuchen’s death.An enormous blizzard caught the adventurers and, despite taking cover under a dogsled, he found himself completely buried in snow, which swiftly turned into ice, forming a cave. When this happened, he didn’t have his usual assortment of diggers and tools on him and so was trapped without any tool to free himself.Reportedly, he ended up using his own frozen feces to make a dagger to dig himself out. As a result of this misadventure, he lost one leg to frostbite and several toes to gangrene, which he removed himself out there in the wild.Inuit man in kayak, photo by Edward S. Curtis. Noatak, Alaska, c. 1929.In addition to his various expeditions Freuchen was also an author, writing about his exploits and the Inuit culture. When he returned to Denmark in the 1920s, he became a Social Democrat and wrote articles for a paper called Politiken.Some years later he became involved in the film industry as a scriptwriter and consultant, especially for Arctic-related movies. In 1932, he returned to Greenland on a trip paid for by MGM studios. The most well-known movie he was involved with was a 1933 Oscar-winning film called Eskimo (called Mala the Magnificent in the UK and Australia), in which he appeared as an uncredited role as a ship’s captain.Ray Mala, the star of Eskimo.He continued to be interested in travel, and in the mid to late 1930s went to South Africa and Siberia. In 1938, he founded the Adventurers Club in Denmark as a group for men interested in travel exploration. The club originally consisted of Freuchen and nine other men. It continues to this day, and is now 110 members strong, still holding to the same values.During World War II he became actively involved in the Danish resistance against the Nazi occupation. The Germans captured and incarcerated him with a pending death sentence, but Freuchen escaped, fleeing to Sweden.Freuchen and his wife, Dagmar, eventually moved to the U.S. and lived in New York City. In 1956 he was a contestant on a new television quiz show called The $64,000 Question, and was one of the show’s earliest winners of the $64,000 prize.Read another story from us: The Disastrous Attempt to Reach the North Pole by BalloonFreuchen died of a heart attack in 1957 in Alaska, and his ashes were scattered on Thule Mountain in Greenland, marking the end of new stories about a truly fascinating man.last_img read more