Indonesia records unprecedented daily spike in COVID-19 cases as ‘new normal’ commences

first_imgThe Indonesian Health Ministry confirmed 993 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the highest single-day increase in the official count to date. The data arrived as the government began to loosen social restrictions under the so-called “new normal” policy.National COVID-19 task force spokesman Achmad Yurianto said 286 new cases had been recorded in East Java, the country’s new COVID-19 epicenter. Earlier, authorities declared the provincial capital of Surabaya a “black zone” because more than 3,000 cases had been confirmed in the city.Jakarta – the previous outbreak epicenter – recorded 104 new cases on Saturday. “Based on our analysis of the latest data, the cases were discovered through aggressive contact tracing of infected individuals in addition to waves of Indonesian migrant workers returning to the country through Soekarno-Hatta International Airport [in Tangerang, Banten],” Yurianto said during a press briefing on Saturday.Read also: Experts warn of turbulent ‘new normal’ amid COVID-19 data, testing issuesThe rise in cases came as the central government and several regional administrations began to ease restrictions to allow business to resume.Jakarta was one such region. Governor Anies Baswedan announced on Wednesday that the capital would enter a transitional phase to gradually ease restrictions in several sectors. The plan included reopening houses of worship and increasing the operation of public transportation. Jakarta began its transition on Friday. Muslims in the capital were able to perform congregational Friday prayers in mosques.Yurianto said 17 provinces had reported fewer than 10 new cases on Saturday, while six others had reported no additional cases.National COVID-19 task force head Doni Monardo said earlier that restrictions would be eased only in regencies and municipalities that had zero new COVID-19 cases.As of Saturday, 30,514 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in the country, with 1,801 deaths and 9,907 recoveries.Topics :last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Prithvi Shaw misses ton, Delhi Capitals stun Kolkata Knight Riders in super over

first_imgIyer broke the shackles by lofting Kuldeep Yadav straight down the ground but Shaw kept the scoreboard ticking by hitting yet another six this time off Kuldeep. The confidence shown by Shaw rubbed off on Iyer, who pulled Lockie Ferguson to deep midwicket and deposited Kuldeep’s googly into the deep midwicket stands. Shaw notched up his fifty in grand style by smashing a six and a four off Kuldeep and the game was evenly poised.Shaw’s sheer brillianceThe 12th over of the innings bowled by Russell witnessed plenty of action. After Shaw slammed a boundary off Russell, Iyer pulled a short ball to deep midwicket only for Shubman Gill to spill the chance. However, he earned redemption two balls later by taking a high catch really close to the ropes. Replays showed that Gill’s foot was inches inside the line when he took the catch and the partnership was broken. With 34 needed off 24 balls, Shaw and Rishabh Pant survived some nervy moments, including a run-out attempt. The game was sealed in the 17th over when Shaw smashed three boundaries off Prasidh Krishna. Shaw looked set for a century but on 99, he top-edged a short ball from Lockie Ferguson to be caught by Dinesh Karthik on 99.With six runs needed off the last over, Kuldeep Yadav missed a run-out chance and with Delhi Capitals needing two runs off the last ball, Colin Ingram mistimed the sweep and was run-out in an attempt to take the second as the match headed into the super over, the first of IPL 2019 which was won by Delhi Capitals.Earlier, Delhi Capitals chose to bowl and they made a couple of changes, bringing in Sandeep Lamichhane, Chris Morris, Harshal Patel and Hanuma Vihari while Kolkata Knight Riders replaced Sunil Narine, who was injured with Nikhil Naik. Naik was promoted to open with Lynn and the batsman struggled to cope with Lamichhane as he was trapped LBW for 7. Chris Lynn struck some crisp boundaries but Harshal Patel struck at the other end, removing Robin Uthappa for 11. Lynn’s knock of 20 was ended when he gloved a short ball from Kagiso Rabada to be brilliantly caught by Pant diving to his left one-handed.Karthik showed his intent by hitting a boundary and a six but Kolkata Knight Riders continued to sink further with Nitish Rana (4) and Gill (4) falling cheaply.Russell madnessRussell showed his intentions by muscling Amit Mishra for a six over long-off. Kolkata Knight Riders knew momentum was with them when the West Indies all-rounder decided to target Sandeep Lamichhane, the Nepal legspinner who had figures of 3-0-12-1 heading into his final over. After a boundary by Dinesh Karthik, Russell mauled Lamichhane over deep midwicket and another one straight down the ground for another massive six.The match had swung decisively in Kolkata Knight Riders’ favour and Russell survived a scary moment when a beamer from Harshal Patel hit him flush on the left shoulder which required treatment. Harshal had inflicted some physical pain, but Russell decided to inflict some mental pain. A streaky inside-edge off Morris for a four to fine leg was followed with another huge six straight down the ground. Harshal came into the attack for the 16th over and on the last two balls, Russell blasted him straight down the ground, one 98 meters and one close to 100 meters to dent Delhi Capitals severely.When Russell pulled Kagiso Rabada for a four to deep midwicket, Russell had notched a fifty off just 23 balls. At the other end, Karthik matched him for aggression and notched up a fifty off 35 balls by slog sweeping Amit Mishra to the deep square leg fence. The partnership between Russell and Karthik had revived Kolkata Knight Riders, but at the end of the day, they withstood a special knock from Shaw and dragged the match into the super over. However, Delhi Capitals managed to hold their own in their own backyard, but only just. highlights This was the first super over of IPL 2019.This was Kolkata Knight Riders’ first loss in IPL 2019.This was Delhi Capitals’ second win in IPL 2019. New Delhi: Andre Russell put in yet another display of power-hitting in the death overs, blasting 62 off 28 balls to help Kolkata Knight Riders reach 185/8. In response, Prithvi Shaw and his 89-run stand with skipper Shreyas Iyer put Delhi Capitals on course for a win. However, Russell gave Kolkata Knight Riders a slight opening with the wicket of Iyer. Shaw was looking good for a century but on 99, he top-edged a short-ball from Ferguson and was caught by Dinesh Karthik. With Delhi Capitals needing six off the last over, Kuldeep Yadav missed a run-out chance and with two runs needed off one ball, Colin Ingram was run-out attempting the second and the match entered the super over at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday.Prasidh Krishna bowled the super over for Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals sent in Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. The Delhi Capitals skipper got a boundary in the second ball but Krishna roared back by having Iyer caught by Piyush Chawla. The youngster held his nerve and Delhi Capitals managed 10 runs in the super over. Kolkata Knight Riders sent in Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik and Kagiso Rabada was given the task of bowling the super over for the Delhi Capitals. The hosts started disastrously when Russell flicked a full toss to deep square leg where none of the Delhi Capitals fielders moved. However, Rabada roared back by dismissing Russell with a yorker. Dinesh Karthik paddle swept a full toss to fine leg but Hanuma Vihari put in a fine stop and Rabada sealed the deal by helping Delhi Capitals win the super over by three runs and inflict Kolkata Knight Riders their first defeat in IPL 2019.At the half-way stage, Russell remarked, “I think we can defend this total. At one point we were thinking of 150 but the partnership between me and Dinesh Karthik has helped us post 185.” Momentum was definitely with Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals needed a good start. Shikhar Dhawan got going with a couple of boundaries and a six but in the quest for aggression, the left-hander miscued the lofted shot to mid-off where Russell took the catch. Iyer joined Shaw and the skipper found the initial going tough but Shaw broke the shackles when he targeted Russell, first by hammering a lofted shot over mid-off and clobbering a short ball into the stands at deep midwicket. 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Team Ghana Competes At Maltavator Challenge Season 2

first_imgThe Maltavator Challenge is back on our screens in just two weeks and as the excitement builds, it’s time to meet the six energetic Maltavators who will be representing Ghana in this year’s show.They have shown how they turn their goodness into greatness at the Maltavator Challenge recruitment events earlier this year, and now they are taking on contestants from Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Nigeria for a chance to walk away with a massive $20K USD.Representing Ghana will be:Akumba Baba Solomon- A student in sports science at KNUST. He says, “As long as I have life in me, there’s no need to stop! As long as my system keeps working, I will keep pushing”.Emmanuel Gyefa- A police officer from Kumasi. He believes passionately in what he does and always gets the outcome he wants.Ibrahim Abdul-Hateef- An actor and model who grew up in Takoradi. He believes his strongest attributes are discipline, confidence and go get it attitude!Juliana Aventiwin Akuka- She plans to be focused and determined throughout the challenges and is hoping to go all the way to the final for the 20k USD.Precious Appiah- Who is a beautician and network marketer. She can’t wait to take on the challenge and is going to show her can-do attitude by trying her best in all the challenges.Richard Elorm Kuevorme- A personal trainer from the Volta region. He entered the Maltavator Challenge to show the world what he’s capable of. He believes his strongest attribute is the way his body adapts to any challenge.Guided by the new presenters, Nigerian MTV VJ, Ehiz Okoeguale, and Ghanaian TV and radio personality, Regina Van-Helvert, each contestant will tackle a series of challenges set to test their physical strength and mental agility, to see who has the can-do attitude to go all the way and win the $20K USD grand prize.They will be fuelled with Malta Guinness, which is high in B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6 vitamins so they can all give their best effort.Season 2 starts in August 2019 on a screen near you – watch this space for full broadcast details, or like the Malta Guinness Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MaltaGuinnessGhana/The great taste, goodness, energy and vitality of Malta Guinness has been fuelling people across Africa to greatness for many years and inspiring them to live life to the full. Malta Guinness is packed full of goodness, vitality and energy. Source: GGBL/ Malta Guinnesslast_img read more

Hearing in Glenwood discusses need for better Missouri River flood control

first_imgGLENWOOD — A U.S. Senate hearing Wednesday in Glenwood focused on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers management of the Missouri River following the massive flooding along the river.The river management has been criticized by residents who say the Corps is more focused on recreation than protecting them. A Corps spokesman pushed back, saying they were focused on flood control — but Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley was not convinced. “They would have a hard time selling that to the residents of Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri, and I fell the same way. And I am going to back up my constituents,” Grassley says. The Republican Senator says flood control “needs to be the Corps’ number one priority, period!”“Right now I am mostly concerned about getting the emergency money for the Corps to fix up what has been damaged as a result of this flood, and then take on the next thing. But we’d also feel that better control of the existing dams would be a step in the right direction — and that we ought to do that first.”Grassley believes the hearing may’ve made an impression on the Corps. “I think that that may be the only good news that has come out of this hearing — that they are willing to reconsider some of the things by which the decisions were made now that have led to this extraordinary flooding that we’re having lately,” according to Grassley.Senator Joni Ernst called for the hearing by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, says they also need to look at the way flood relief funding is handled. “Because of the low property values in the Midwest, we are often the last ones to receive funding from the federal government,” Ernst says.She says for example, a fancy restaurant on the east coast gets a higher priority, because it is a higher value property. Ernst says that leaves many people with real needs at the end of the funding cycle. “Regular communities across the Midwest — where I think the benefit would be much better than serving caviar or other fancy meals out on the east coast. So, we really need to be sure that we are funding properly,” Ernst says.Ernst, like Grassley, says the most important thing right now is to get the flood relief package passed. “What we have is an immediate need for people to receive disaster assistance,” she says, and what have is an immediate need to make sure that people have housing, and that they are able to get their businesses up and going.”Ernst says continued flooding on the Missouri is unacceptable and needs to be fixed. One suggestion is to eliminate fish and wildlife as a Corps priority in managing the river. “While it is very important — I will not disagree with that — but is it more import than the life and safety of human beings? Their livelihood. No, it is not a higher priority,” according to Ernst.Major Scott Spellmon of the Corps said during the hearing that flood control is their top priority “during periods of significant runoff”. He says nothing could have prevented this spring’s flooding because of the overwhelming amount of water that came down the river from the so-called “bomb cyclone” in mid-March.last_img read more

A’s give Mike Fiers Opening Day nod, pitching plans for Japan

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Mike Fiers was always the logical choice to start Opening Day for the A’s and now it has been made official.Before Saturday’s 11-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, manager Bob Melvin announced that Fiers will take the mound March 20 when the A’s open the season against the Seattle Mariners at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. It will be the first which will count as regular season games.Fiers, 33, has never been an Opening Day starter.“One guy on each team gets to start the season,” he …last_img

Testing human limits – for a good cause

first_img14 June 2013Endurance adventurer Sean Conway seems to be a man who is always on a mission – and no ordinary missions at that. They include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro dressed as a penguin and cycling 16 000 miles (25 750 km) across six continents. He did three-quarters of that event, the first-ever World Cycle Race, with a fractured spine after being run over by a truck in the USA.His next challenge, believe it or not, is probably even tougher, and it’s something that (not surprisingly) has never been attempted. He’s going to try to swim the entire length of Great Britain, from Land’s End to John O’Groats, a distance of 1 000 miles (1 600 km).The swim, which will be sponsored by Speedo, begins on 30 June.Daunting logisticsBreaking it down, the figures are astonishing. Conway will be attempting to swim a distance equivalent to a crossing of the English Channel each day for a period of two months in some very inhospitable waters.Organising such an ambitious swim requires plenty of planning. “Crew logistic are the hardest. I have to feed them, keep them warm, make sure they can follow me safely, etcetera,” Conway, who was in South Africa on one of his regular trips in April, told SouthAfrica.info earlier this month.“There will be times when I can swim, but the boat might not be able to sail near me, or the wind is forcing the boat to tack in a different way.“The other big problem logistically is the tides. The tide can be 10 knots at times and in the wrong direction. I have to plan the times when I swim. I am planning 32km per day, so I might have to swim at night to make the most of a good tide.”South Africa where it all beganHis love of endurance adventures began in South Africa, where, as a schoolboy at Clifton Prep School he competed in the Midmar Mile. “I did the Midmar Mile twice as a kid and loved it,” he reckoned.Conway also loved canoeing and being the competitive type took on the Dusi Canoe Marathon, a very tough test of running and paddling, a few times. He also competed in the Fish and Drak Challenge canoe marathons. “I loved canoeing and wish I had carried on with it,” he admitted.He moved to the United Kingdom in 2002, but remains a regular visitor to South Africa, which he says is a wonderful place for endurance training. His father, Tony, has been with KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife since 1983, and was with Zimbabwe National Parks before that. He has dedicated the last 35 years of his life to rhino conservation.Charities working in AfricaAs with every challenge the former Hilton College schoolboy takes on, charity is one of the primary reasons that drives him.“Raising money for charities is a very important part of my adventure challenges,” Conway explained. “They give me a reason to carry on when times are tough or I feel like quitting.“I like to help charities in Africa, which is why I support War Child, Solar Aid and Save the Rhino.War Child, the charity he is swimming for on his 1 000 mile journey, provides life- changing support to children whose families, communities and schools have been torn apart by war; Solar Aid aims to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020 by creating a market for high-tech solar lamps.“My father has dedicated the last 35 years of his life to rhino conservation, so that’s why I have a thing for rhinos,” Conway said.Saving the rhinoDad, Tony Conway, is proud of his son. “To have him personally involved in rhino is great as it is a species very close to my heart, having been the chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal Rhino Management Group for 19 years, a member of the IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group for 22 years, and a member of the SADC Rhino Management Group for seven years.“Any publicity on the plight of rhino, which is clearly a ‘species in crisis’, helps,” Tony Conway said, “and that is what Sean is trying to create – it’s all about awareness, and obviously through that people are more likely to donate generously to NGOs/donors that fund rhino security and management programmes.”The challenges that the younger Conway faces when he takes on one of his missions are those most people would consider impossible, if not slightly crazy, but it is the scale of those challenges that drives him on. “It’s my oxygen. I seem to thrive at being cold, wet, hungry and sleep deprived. I can’t explain it,” he said. “I actually get panic attacks at the thought of being average and just existing on this planet.”Another South African connectionThe idea for “Swimming Britain”, the name adopted for his forthcoming challenge, is his own. He thought it must have been done before, but it hadn’t been.“It was only when I e-mailed all my swimming mates and they were annoyed that they hadn’t thought about it that I got excited,” he revealed. “I’d be lying if I told you that being the first at something isn’t cool. It is. I get to make the rules and no one can question my decisions.”One of Conway’s swimming mates is former Pietermaritzburg Seals swimmer Kent Kirkwood, who now lives in Johannesburg. A triathlete who has competed over the Ironman distance (3.8km swim, 180km cycle, 42km standard running marathon), Kirkwood, too, is serious about saving the rhino and supporting his mate, so he’s committed himself to being part of the Swimming Britain challenge by taking on a portion of the swim.“What I’m planning to do is to join him when he crosses the Irish Sea, which is probably one of the more difficult sections, where you’re out of sight of land for a couple of days, just swimming,” Kirkwood told SAinfo.Apart from the swimming, another difficulty, even before participating in the event, will be to co-ordinate his time away from work to hook up with Conway, who will have hopefully managed to stick closely to his timetable.“He’s raising money for War Child and I’m going to try to raise money to prevent rhino poaching,” Kirkwood said. “I come from Zululand and grew up near the Umfolozi Game Reserve. I’m very close to that issue (saving the rhino), and it’s important. I don’t see a solution happening, and it’s horrific what’s going on in the game reserves.”Kirkwood receives first-hand information from Tony Conway about the horrors of rhino poaching. “I’ve been involved in some of those efforts to fight rhino poaching. You can see how it affects communities and all the organised crime that is behind it. It’s really a big problem,” he said.Midmar Mile and Save the Rhino“The open water swimming community is so big,” Kirkwood said, “and we want to reach out to it to support these charities.”With Sean Conway’s endurance adventures having begun with the Midmar Mile, it’s fitting that the world’s largest open water swimming event has committed itself to support the Save the Rhino campaign.“After meeting with KZN Wildlife CEO Dr Bandile Mkhize, we were glad to discover that saving the rhino is one of his passions,” Midmar Mile organiser Wayne Riddin told SAinfo. “The Midmar Mile has become a very effective tool for charity fund-raising, so we’re thrilled to get behind this crucial drive to save the species.”After learning about the Swimming Britain challenge from Kent Kirkwood, Riddin has also committed himself to getting the story about the epic swim out to the Midmar Mile community; with close to 20 000 swimmers taking it on annually, with family members in tow, the community is a big one.Conway is hoping to be a part of the world’s largest open water swimming event again in 2014.Follow his progress in the Swimming Britain challenge mile-by-mile on www.swimmingbritain.co.ukWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Patent Protection? Google Bids Nearly $1 Billion for Nortel’s Patents

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Our current patent system is a mess, many industry observers contend, and the number of patent lawsuits currently underway regarding technology IP borders on the ridiculous. To say that everyone is suing everyone doesn’t feel like much of an exaggeration. Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, RIM, Motorola, Google, and more – all suing or being sued.For its part, Google has long tried to take the moral higher ground, if you will, criticizing patent trolls (those who buy patents in order to file suits and profit without actually developing the technology themselves). Google has argued that the current patent system stifles innovation. Indeed, the company has found itself on the receiving end of plenty of lawsuits, most notably in recent months, by Oracle, which is accusing Google of infringing on the company’s Java patents in the development of Android.That history makes Google’s announcement today a little surprising, perhaps. Google says it is spending almost a billion dollars in a bid to acquire patent rights from Nortel, which filed for bankruptcy in 2009.Nortel and Google have entered into a “stalking horse” asset sale agreement that will include all of the former’s remaining patents and patent applications for $900 million. This will involve approximately 6,000 patents, spanning wireless, wireless 4G, data networking, optical, voice, internet, service provider, semiconductors and other patent portfolios. According to a statement from Nortel, this “extensive patent portfolio touches nearly every aspect of telecommunications and additional markets as well, including Internet search and social networking.”Google has called for reform of the patent process, but in announcing the agreement today, Google seems to recognize that while reform is the long-term solution, that stance will do little good in the short-term. “As things stand today,” writes Kent Walker, Google Senior VP and General Counsel, “one of a company’s best defenses against this kind of litigation is (ironically) to have a formidable patent portfolio, as this helps maintain your freedom to develop new products and services.”Describing itself as a “relatively young company” without a sizable patent portfolio, Walker says that Google hopes that the acquisition of Nortel’s patent will “create a disincentive for others to sue Google.” Hopefully, Walker adds that it will help those involved in projects like Android and Chrome to continue to innovate. Of course, that argument runs counter to what Google has long maintained about the patent process. But if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Google#NYT#web center_img audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Two head constables suspended, three Special Police Officers dismissed in Faridabad

first_imgTwo head constables were suspended and three Special Police Officers (SPOs) dismissed after a video featuring them beating up a woman with a belt during interrogation went viral on Monday. A case has also been registered against the policemen on charges of causing hurt and outraging the modesty of a woman.The around four-minute-long video features a woman being interrogated by three policemen, two of them in plain clothes, and one of them allegedly hitting her with a belt for not sharing the desired information. The woman shares a contact number with the police as being heard in the video and pleads that she does not have any other information on the subject. But the policemen refuse to believe her and hit her.The video dates back to October last year when the police team at Adarsh Nagar Police Station had received a tip-off about a couple indulging in an illegal act in a park. A raid was mounted and the woman was detained, but the man managed to escape.The five policemen in the video have been identified as Head Constables Baldev, Rohit and SPOs Krishan, Harpal and Dinesh.Taking cognisance of the video, Faridabad Police Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said that the policemen in the video had acted against the law and brought bad name to the entire fraternity. He said the interrogation must have been carried out only in the presence of a woman police officer.Efforts are being made to contact the woman featuring in the video and seek more details about the matter, said Faridabad Police spokesperson Sube Singh.last_img read more

Thunder’s Westbrook signs record $205M deal

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOOKLAHOMA CITY—Reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook hit the jackpot for the second time in less than 18 months by signing a five-year, $205 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.The deal begins with the 2018-19 season, and puts the 28-year-old Westbrook under contract with the Thunder through the 2022-23 NBA season.ADVERTISEMENT Westbrook, the number four overall pick in the 2008 draft, beat out runner-up Harden to win MVP honors.Westbrook has career averages of 22.7 points, 7.9 assists and 6.2 rebounds. Give Pinoy boxing viewers a break Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Westbrook posted a picture of himself on his Instagram page, wearing an orange “OKC” jersey with his arms raised and wrote: “WHY NOT??”WHY NOT??The 28-year-old Westbrook is coming off a historic season in which he averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists and set an NBA record with 42 triple-doubles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Westbrook wins MVP award after historic seasonHe broke the mark of Oscar Robertson (1962) and joined the Hall of Famer as the only players to average a triple-double over an entire season. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The six-time all-star won his second scoring crown and scored 40 or more points on 18 occasions.Despite his individual success, the Thunder finished sixth in the Western Conference standings and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by James Harden’s Houston Rockets four games to one.The Thunder tried to address that in the offseason by acquiring forwards Carmelo Anthony and Paul George in trades.READ: Knicks put cap on Carmelo Anthony era in NYIn July 2016, the Thunder were rocked by the surprise departure of the all-star Kevin Durant. Soon after, Westbrook agreed to a contract extension through 2018-19 season, with the final season being a player option.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

IPL players’ auction on Jan 8-9, decision on Kochi after Nov 27

first_imgInsisting that the season four of Indian Premier League would have eight teams like its previous editions, the IPL governing council on Wednesday decided that the auction of players would be held on January 8 and 9. That means the eighth team issue has to be resolved by the first week of January 2011. The governing council however refrained from any decision on the Kochi team as the deadline to resolve its ownership dispute ends on November 27. After the meeting, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president and IPL governing council member Rajiv Shukla said, “Now that preparations for IPL-4 have started in full swing, we have to make it a big success. Eighth and ninth January has been set for the players’ auction in Mumbai.” “The BCCI president has already said that there will be eight teams in the league and the format will remain unchanged,” he added. The controversial Kochi IPL franchise’s fate has been uncertain even as it got an extension to sort out its problem pertaining to ownership. Though the latest deadline set by the governing council lapses in 10 days, reports had suggested that the franchisees might throw in the towel as they have failed to resolve the issue. On the question of Kochi team’s ouster Shukla said, “Kochi team was not discussed today. It has been given one-month notice which lapses on November 27. So any decision on Kochi will be taken after 27th only. Kochi was not on the agenda today.” Since no letter of withdrawal was received from the franchisees, the decision on Koci team’s ouster was not taken on Wednesday. However the governing council has been busy preparing for the exit of Kochi team as it also deliberated on the tender process options in lieu of Kochi’s axe from the season four. Earlier, amidst indications that the group of investors in the Kochi franchise have been unable to resolve their differences over its ownership the IPL governing council members huddled at Mumbai Cricket Association’s Recreation Centre at Bandra Kurla Complex. Options before BCCIEven before a decision on the Kochi team, the BCCI has already started weighing its options and might call for a fresh bid for the eighth franchise if its decision goes against the Kochi team. If that happens, the BCCI would in all likelihood put out an invitation to tender on November 28 and ask for the bids in 15 days. With Kochi’s fate hanging in the balance, the IPL for the moment only has seven confirmed teams in the fray for the forthcoming season. BCCI president Shashank Manohar had earlier told Headlines Today that the governing council would examine all operational and organisational matters pertaining to the IPL season four. If the governing council decision goes against Kochi, the time would be of the essence as player auctions can only be completed once the teams are decided. In case of a new team, the base price could be $225 million.advertisementlast_img read more