Tony Becca: Who will be the kings of Eden Gardens?

first_img Batting powerhouse Quality hitting In a nutshell, the teams boast exciting batting, probably with the exception of India’s Virat Kohli, the best in Twenty20 cricket, and they bat deep, one parading a batting powerhouse capable of hitting many sixes and many fours, the other known for their elegant drives and cuts which race away to the boundary. In Gayle, especially, and Charles, Samuels, and Simmons, however, plus Bravo, Russell, Sammy, and Brathwaite, the West Indies boast a batting line-up which, although it always promises to hit the ball very far hard and very far, and when it does, it can be very destructive, it sometimes, and quite often, falls very short of its attempted distance or regularity. England, on the other hand, possess more controlled batting, the type which can sometimes be conservative, more reliable and productive. The batting on either side, but especially on the West Indies side, could, however, depend on the luck of the day, on the opposition’s fielding on the day, and on their bowling throughout the day. The West Indies bowling, which may be Samuel Badree, Russell, Bravo, Brathwaite, Sulieman Benn, and probably Gayle, may, but for Badree, and probably Benn, find the going rough. England’s attack of the left-handed David Willey, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Stokes, Moeen Ali, and Adil Rashid is a bit more skilful and devious. It could put the West Indies batsmen under pressure, especially because of their big-hitting and sometimes careless reputation. On the other hand, if they report to the Eden Gardens bubbling with confidence, the West Indies batsmen could easily rip them apart. Despite their lack of skill, however, the West Indies bowlers may dismantle England’s sometimes timid batting. The key to the West Indies bowling could well be Bravo. His slower, dipping deliveries can be deadly, if he gets them right. One thing is certain, the fielding on both sides will be extraordinary. England’s fielding, especially that of Stokes and Jordan, is good, and sometimes brilliant. The West Indies fielding, especially the catching of Russell, Bravo, and Sammy, is sometimes truly breathtaking. Based on the action which has gone before, today’s finals of the ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournaments at the beautiful Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata promise to be a grand occasion to be played before an estimated 100,000 cheering spectators. The finalists are the West Indies and Australia in the women’s event, and the West Indies against England in the men’s final. And after the triumph of the young West Indians recently, it will be a great day for the West Indies, especially if they win one or both matches. The men’s final, however, is the stellar event, and however it goes, it should be a shoot-out to remember. It features some of the finest players, not only in the new, flashy, and exciting style of T20 cricket, but also some of the best in the longer, more traditional, and more celebrated format and representing the West Indies and England, two past champions. On one hand, representing the West Indies, the people’s favourite is Chris Gayle, the world’s most destructive batsman, a big left-hander with 98 sixes already in his bag, and he is backed up by a few others who fear no foe, by Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, and others like Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, and Carlos Brathwaite. On the other hand, representing England, the founders of the game, is Joe Root, one of the world’s best batsman technically, an elegant, attractive, and confident right-hander with a pocketful of runs in his possession, and he is supported by a mixture of fine batsmen in the confident opening pair of Jason Roy and Alex Hales, the solid Eoin Morgan, the dashing and fearless all-rounder Ben Stokes, the attacking Jos Buttler, and a few others. The two teams, who lit up the tournament, one in 2010 and one in 2012, are desperate for success this time around. England are fighting to establish themselves, especially in this exciting format of the game, and the West Indies are determined to confirm their success in the T20 style as opposed to their struggling and disappointing form in the longer versions of the game. This tournament has been exciting and wonderful, and it has produced some lovely cricket. It has not produced too much of the hit-or-miss swinging while batting. It has produced some elegant and classical strokes, some quality hitting straight down the ground, some extraordinary fielding and catching, and some teasing and baffling right-arm leg-spin bowling instead of the fast and straight variety pitched just short-of-a-length. The spin bowling throughout the entire tournament has been good, the batting of Gayle, 100 off 48 deliveries against England, including 11 sixes, was exciting, and the batting of Kohli, 55 off 37 deliveries against Pakistan, 82 not out off 51 deliveries against Australia, and 89 not out off 47 deliveries against the West Indies were magnificent. The batting of Roy, 78 off 44 deliveries against New Zealand, was tasty, the batting of Buttler, 32 off 17 against New Zealand was delightful, the bowling of spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner of New Zealand, throughout was impressive, the stumping of Sabbir Rahman by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Suresh Raina against Bangladesh was almost unbelievable, and many of the catches were simply extraordinary. India’s comeback victory over Bangladesh in the last over at the end of the innings, as Bangladesh, needing one run to tie with three wickets in hand, lost to India by one run off the last delivery; India beat Australia off the last delivery with Dhoni hitting a six, and the West Indies defeated South Africa with two deliveries to spare were some of the thrilling moments of 2016. If Gayle, Samuels, Russell, Badree and company from the West Indies; and England’s Root, Stokes, Buttler, and Rashid parade their skills today, the Eden Gardens will be the place to be. The action should be exciting and extraordinary, and it may not really matter who wins. The tournament started with eight of the 16 teams very close and having an equal chance of victory, and it is finishing, after some thrilling and exciting matches, with two of them, the powerful, hard-hitting West Indies, and the conservative, easy-going England, boasting an equal chance of snatching victory, even though my favourites must be the West Indies, who have already beaten England. England go in with a thrilling victory over the previously unbeaten New Zealand, the West Indies with an exciting victory with two deliveries to spare.last_img read more

SA freediver wins Nordic Deep 2008

first_img29 August 2008Cape Town-based freediver Hanli Prinsloo excelled in the Nordic Deep Freediving Competion held recently off the west coast of Sweden, winning the competition and setting four new South African records in the process.Freediving is the sport of diving deep for as long, or as far, as possible on one single breath of air.Prinsloo first improved her mark in Free Immersion, which is a depth discipline where the diver pulls herself down and back up a rope.The previous record had been 42 metres, but she lowered the mark to 50 metres in the black and cold waters of the Gullmarsfjord.She began the pool disciplines with a Dynamic No Fins record in which the diver swims breaststroke under water.Prinsloo destroyed the previous record of 78 metres by swimming 126 metres underwater. That new record places her among the top five women in the world for the discipline.Her third record came a day after the first two when Prinsloo broke her own Static Apnea mark by floating face down while holding her breath for an outstanding five minutes and 39 seconds.On the final day of the competition, competing in the Dynamic with Fins event, she bettered her own record of a dive of 129 metres while swimming underwater with a monofin.By adding another 21 metres to the old mark, she improved the record to 150 metres. Prinsloo now holds four of the six South African freediving records.She has been a freediving instructor for the past 10 years and teaches in a wide variety of locations, including in Cape Town, Umkomaas, Mozambique, Egypt, and Sweden.Prinsloo focuses on wildlife freediving, scouring the oceans for big fish and mammals, and freediving with whales, dolphins, sharks, and many other fish.The Nordic Deep 2008 Freediving Competition was her first big competition since the 2006 World Championships.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Indaba examines outlook and opportunities in manufacturing sector

first_imgEntrepreneurs, government and corporates attended the third annual 2016 Manufacturing Indaba held at the Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng on 28 and 29 June.This year’s conference theme, “manufacturing the future”, was a challenge to attendees. The goal was to imagine an ideal industrial future that worked to the benefit of the globe. This year’s Indaba also focussed on small to medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs).About the conferenceThe Indaba’s emphasis is on key industrial sectors. For the governmental co- hosts (the Department of Trade and Industry [the DTI], the Department of Science and Technology, the host City of Ekurhuleni, and the Department of Public Enterprises) the Indaba offers an opportunity to boost the country’s industrial sector, especially those that hold the promise of sustainable growth and job creation.Julie Cunningham, marketing manager of the event, says visitors were able to take advantage of the opportunity to engage with powerhouses in the manufacturing sector at the interactive sessions. Panel discussions included the gas industrialisation strategy and what this means for manufacturers and pathways to African development: trade; regional, industrial and integration.Speakers across the various panels included Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies, Gauteng Premier David Makhura, City of Ekurhuleni, councillor Mondli Gungubele and the Gautrain management agency CEO Jack van der Merwe.Here are key messages of Premier Makhura’s closing speech:If we are to move into Industry 4.0 it’s important to understand that cities are the drivers of economies – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016We are exploring areas of the new economy: Green, Mineral beneficiation to mention some – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016It’s not good enough for black people to be the importers of goods – that’s not empowerment – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016Our approach to empowerment is that we want black producers – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016We want to position Gauteng to lead the new industrial revolution in Africa – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016We believe there are interventions we can do at sub national levels to revitalise the manufacturing sector – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016Visiting various manufacturing sectors to see what the obstacles are and how we can help improve them – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016We are building a proper automotive city around Rosslyn – @David_Makhura #MFGIndaba— ManufacturingIndaba (@IndabaManufact) June 29, 2016Boost for black business ownersEngineering News reported the DTI’s black industrialists’ programme will be boosted by R500-million. The department’s acting chief director Takalani Tambani explained the funds were approved for eight selected companies across key manufacturing sectors including plastics, pharmaceuticals, metal fabrication and electro-equipment.He encouraged black business owners to form partnerships and joint ventures with one another to be able to compete in the mainstream economy.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

How To Best Approach Your Indie Film Budget

first_imgWhether you’re creating a low-budget short or a multi-million dollar feature, follow these considerations for creating a comprehensive (and realistic!) film budget.No matter what your budget, there is always one constant: creating a budget for your film should surely guarantee that every dollar will be spent wisely. A properly constructed budget will allow you to look critically at all of your departments, which in turn provides you with much needed clarity on critical decisions that need to be made throughout the process. For example: How much do you need to set aside for star talent (if any)? What elements can you, or need to, barter for if the budget is very low? Is it better to rent or buy gear? What can you get for free? What are the largest unavoidable expenses?To begin the budgeting process, I recommend breaking things down into the 4 following major categories, all of which are standard to just about any film budget:Pre-Production ~10%Production ~35%Post-Production ~35%Distribution and Marketing ~20%Understanding your needs, ahead of time, for each of these basic components of the filmmaking process will keep you organized and ultimately make your life that much easier.Pre-ProductionPre-production is comprised of all the items you must address in the beginning phases of your production up until the day you go to shoot your film. In this stage, your budget will account for items such as location scouting, insurance, office expenses, courier services, script fees, casting director rate, and just about anything else that you need to pay for before actually getting to set. Theoretically, pre-production should be the easiest to predict in terms of cost and if you’re shooting a low or micro-budget film, this stage will likely be the cheapest of the four components of your budget (no more than 10%).ProductionFor films of any scale, production is often where the most amount of money is spent, simply because there are more unavoidable costs during this stage. Big ticket items such as paying your cast and crew, location permits, gear rentals (including the camera, lenses, filters, rigs, tripods, and extra batteries), insurance etc. are all items that necessarily will need to eat into your budget. Other line items such as catering, lodging (if necessary), transportation costs for cast and crew and makeup are also big considerations, but some of these can be mitigated by thinking outside of the box. For instance if you’re really on a shoestring budget, you might be able to get a local catering company to sponsor your film, ultimately bringing down your food line item.During production it’s wise to keep a “miscellaneous fund” or rather a contingency of money that isn’t accounted for in case you incur unforeseen expenses such as repairing equipment that breaks or renting additional gear that will help you get the most out of your shots. As I mentioned earlier, the majority of film budgets are spent during production (not including huge blockbusters that spend the most on marketing), but regardless I typically recommend designating about 35% of your budget to actually shooting your film. As you will see in the sections that follow, both post-production and marketing deserve just as much attention and funding.Post-ProductionI always advise leaving a healthy portion of your budget for post-production, even if you aren’t making a heavily post-driven film (such as a VFX spectacle or action movie). No matter what genre you’re working in, if you skimp out in post your film will suffer and the money you spent in production will be somewhat wasted. Post-production funds will go towards your editor, colorist, sound designer, composer, and the rest of your post team. Not to mention you may need money for music licensing, stock footage, and deliverables (like a DCP for festival screenings).Personally, I recommend allocating about 35% of your budget for post-production (the same as your production budget). This may seem like a lot, and many filmmakers choose to put more into production, but you will be doing your film a disservice by cutting corners in this department. Your final audio mix alone is worth its weight in gold, as clean audio will literally make your film more valuable when you go to sell it. I’ve seen some films completely ruined in post production because of a lack of funds…and these were films with great scripts and great production/cast/crew behind them. Without enough budget or time left over for post, the final products just didn’t work.Distribution and MarketingOnce you’ve got the final master of your film, it’s time to start pushing it out into the world. It’s rare that independent filmmakers allocate a sufficient amount of budget to marketing, but this should really never be the case. After all, without marketing dollars no one will ever see your movie.To start, you need to create a strategy to reach your audience and eventually turn a profit. There are cost efficient options such as blogging or reaching out to other bloggers/online publications in hopes that they will share your films trailer or write a review. As well, social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo can be instrumental in your films success on a grass roots level if you really push things on those platforms.That said, you will also want to account for the following, more costly, items marketing in your budget: A website for your film, screenings at various theaters, film festival applications, local ad campaigns, and hiring a publicist (if needed). Like any other phase mentioned here, make note of what can be done on your own and what bartering options are available to you within your network to keep your costs down. In any case, do your best to allocate at least 20-30% of your funds to marketing, and be prepared to do most of the leg work if you are trying to keep the costs down.There is no one-size-fits-all budget format, and ultimately you must create a budget that is most in-line with your film’s needs. However it is essential that you create a well thought out, organized budget for your project to ensure that all bases are covered when it comes to the four important elements of filmmaking. Familiarizing yourself with the film’s needs ahead of time will make the entire process (and your life) easier.When you begin itemizing your expenses, be sure to gain a clear understanding of what you can contribute to the process on your own and who you can utilize in your network to lend your film a helping hand. After you’ve worked out these essential details don’t forget to include some breathing room by creating a “contingency” fund, which will go toward miscellaneous or unforeseen expenses you may (and likely, will) incur when setting out to make your film.last_img read more

Mortal remains of slain CRPF jawan consigned to flames in Uttarakhand

first_imgHeart-rending scenes were witnessed in Mohammadpur Bhuria village of Udham Singh Nagar district as slain CRPF jawan Virendra Singh’s three-year-old son lit his funeral pyre on Saturday.People flocked to Singh’s residence this morning to pay their last respects to the soldier who lost his life in the Pulwama terror attack on Thursday. Prominent among those who attended the funeral and gave their shoulders to Singh’s coffin were Union Minister of State for Textiles Ajay Tamta, Uttarakhand minister Yashpal Arya and Khatima MLA Pushkar Singh Dhami. CRPF jawans fired three rounds in the air to pay their last respects to the 35-year-old, the youngest son of Diwan Singh. Virendra Singh had rejoined his duties in Jammu and Kashmir only last week after a brief vacation at home for 20 days.Union minister Ajay Tamta announced a compensation of ₹25 lakh and a government job to Singh’s family. Markets in Khatima, Chakarpur and Jhankat kept their shutters down.Ex-Army men held a procession in Khatima where they raised anti-Pakistan slogans.last_img read more

Heroes rise as athletics fuels Philippine gold drive

first_imgTrenten Anthony Beram, who ruled the 200-meter sprint late Wednesday night, is a math major at University of Connecticut back in the United States.READ: SEA Games: PH athletics team delivers 2 golds before day’s endFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut Beram’s academics temporarily took a back seat to athletics as he helped save the day for Team Philippines, which was headed to a gold-less outing late Wednesday until Beram and decathlete Aries Toledo reeled in a victory each.“I knew that I was coming in as a rookie; nobody knows me so it is good to put my name out there,” said Beram. SEA Games: PH’s Lois Go settles for bronze in Ladies’ golf Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ “I though top three (in the men’s 200) would be good so winning the gold is a bonus,” added Beram, who crossed the finish in 20.96 seconds.While most athletes based abroad are recruited, Beram is a certified “walk-in.”READ: SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdles He reached out to the Philippine Track and Field Association wanting to join its weekly relays.“He went straight to us and inquired how to go about playing for Philippine team,” said athletics official Edward Kho.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Born to a Filipino mother from Cebu City, Beram worked to obtain dual citizenship to be able to represent the Philippines here.Beram shocked the field with a gold medal performance in the 200m dash. He was to see action in 400m and relays in the coming days.READ: Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathon“The hard work paid off,” said Beram. “This is only the beginning.”Toledo also proved himself a hero at Bukit Jalil National Stadium, gritting through pain to emerge victorious.“I did everything I needed to do even if I was hurting all over—my back, my arms (during the javelin throw) and my whole body,” said Toledo in Filipino. “I told God to help me because I wanted to come through for the Philippines.”The 24-year-old Toledo, who hails from Nueva Ecija, finished with 7,433 points to snare the gold.Also winning gold for athletics were Mary Joy Tabal, who captured the country’s first victory when she ruled women’s marathon, and Eric Cray, in 400m hurdles. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Mark Harry Diones, who won silver for men’s triple jump event, Anthony Beram, who won gold in men’s 200 meters, and Aries Toledo also won gold in Men’s Decathlon, in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday night. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR— Athletics continues to lead the way or Team Philippines in the 29th Southeast Asian Games here, with four gold medals already in the bag.One of those golds came from someone who would be comfortable being labeled either a jock or a nerd.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more