Cricket News Dinesh Karthik’s Unconditional Apology For Being In CPL Match Accepted By BCCI

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Dinesh Karthik had landed himself in hot water when he was seen in a Trinbago Jersey, while watching the match from the dressing room during the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 encounter in the West Indies. This prompted the BCCI to issue a show cause notice and it asked why his central contract should not be cancelled. Karthik tendered an “unconditional apology” for violating BCCI’s central contract clause by watching a Caribbean Premier League game from the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned Trinbago Knight Riders’ dressing room. The BCCI Karthik’s unconditional apology for violating the clause of his central contract and considered the matter to be closed.Karthik is the captain of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders but being seen in a Trinbago Jersey, while watching the match from the dressing room, prompted the BCCI to issue a show cause notice, asking why his central contract should not be cancelled.  Karthik, in his reply, submitted that he went to Port of Spain on KKR coach Brendon McCullum’s request and watched the match wearing the TKR jersey on the New Zealander’s insistence.”The BCCI has accepted Dinesh Karthik’s apology and the matter is now a closed chapter,” a Board official told PTI. As per the central contract, Karthik, who has played 26 Tests and 94 ODIs for India, should have taken permission from the BCCI before attending the match. His contract bars him from being associated with any private league. Also Read | Opener, finisher or a specialist no 4 – DK can do it all at World cup: Abhishek NayarIndian cricket team players are forbidden from participating in any other foreign leagues as the BCCI has been reluctant to issue no objection certificates to the players who want to play. Irfan Pathan was the first Indian to be picked in the Caribbean Premier League draft lottery but the BCCI did not issue the NOC which would have made him the first Indian to play in an overseas Twenty20 tournament. Also Read | Opinion –Rishabh Pant’s ‘confusing’ omission from India team for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 explainedDuring the World Cup, Karthik was promoted ahead of Dhoni in the semi-final against New Zealand in Old Trafford. The plan backfired and India crashed out of the tournament with an 18-run loss. Head coach Ravi Shastri opened up and explained the strategy behind the pivotal decision, which almost turned right for the team until Martin Guptill delivered an extraordinary effort on the field. “It was a team decision. Everyone was in with it — and it was a simple decision, too. Last thing you wanted was Dhoni coming out to bat early and getting out — that would have killed the chase. We needed his experience later. He is the greatest finisher of all times — and it would have been criminal to not make use of him in that way. The whole team was clear on it,” Shastri was quoted as saying in an interview to Indian Express.last_img read more

Plans revealed for Middle Eastern esports venue, Dubai X-Stadium

first_imgDubai Media Office and TECOM Group have announced the Dubai X-Stadium – the first esports-dedicated venue in the Middle East. The two companies hope that the stadium will “establish Dubai as a regional and global hub for hosting video game events.”#Dubai X-Stadium will establish Dubai as a premier destination for digital video gaming competitions through the joint project between @DXBMediaOffice and @TECOMGroupDubai#Dubai10X @Dubai10X https://t.co/0bEyiuuwLP pic.twitter.com/wqF2nmqSrf— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) April 15, 2018This initiative, co-developed by the DMO and TECOM Group, was endorsed by United Arab Emirates’ Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in February of this year. This stadium is an effort for the nation to get in on the ever-growing esports industry and to help bolster tourism.Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Director General of the Dubai Media Office said in a statement: “We are living in a world where digital culture is reshaping all aspects of life, including sports. This has led us to develop the concept of Dubai X-Stadium, which will consolidate Dubai’s status as a key digital economy hub. The idea aims at attracting millions of esports gamers, spectators and enthusiasts from around the world and offering them unique on-line and in-person experiences.”Malek Al Malek, CEO of TECOM Group commented: “TECOM Group, a member of Dubai Holding, is proud to take part in conceptualizing the Dubai X-Stadium, where we seek to attract and harness the creativity, talent and innovation of young generations, which is largely in line with our strategic vision in TECOM Group.”Esports Insider says: It’s an interesting move from the DMO and TECOM Group to get involved in esports in such a big way. The Middle East has somewhat lagged behind esports initiatives to date,  but if things are done properly, then this could serve as a hub for the region as a whole. There’s a trend forming around the development of esports venues on a global scale, and we’re excited to see what ensues.last_img read more

Article: David Berlinski on the Origin of Life

first_imgDavid Berlinski has written a survey of the origin of life field in the Feb. 2006 issue of Commentary magazine.  He critiques whether origin-of-life research qualifies as an entry into “the model for what science should be.”This is a good article to gain background on a topic often discussed here at CEH.  You can also learn some basic organic chemistry and biochemistry, including how DNA transcription and translation work (but, alas, without illustrations; try NHC Image Library).  Berlinski is well informed of the many problems in the field.  He writes somewhat charitably about the principal characters, but with a ready wit that is entertaining as well as enlightening.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cosmology Faces More Chaos

first_imgMost of us have experience with orderly things going to chaos: an unkept room, the garden, our list of things to do.  We all work hard to overcome that universal tendency.  Clara Moskowitz reported on two cosmologists who think the universe went the other way.  She wrote in Space.com, “The universe was in chaos after the Big Bang kick-started the cosmos, a new study suggests.”  That means that all the order we see came out of chaos.    It’s probably not a surprise to think that a colossal explosion like a big bang would be pretty chaotic, but actually, cosmologists have worried about the “entropy problem” for a long time.  Entropy is a measure of the disorder of a system.  For our universe to have the low entropy it has now (organized into stars, galaxies, and planets), it would have had to have incredibly low entropy at the start – where incredibly low means unfathomably low.  Can Adilson Motter (Northwestern U) and Katrin Gelfert (Federal U, Rio de Janeiro) really propose chaos after the big bang?    The article tries to explain that they are defining chaos differently than lay people do in common experience – “small changes can cause large-scale effects.”  Yet in chaos theory, one cannot predict what will happen – and getting a highly ordered system as a result would seem most improbable.  After all, “our universe is no longer chaotic” according to the article.  But then the article speculates that the universe could return to chaos in a big crunch – a big bang in reverse.  Most cosmologists and astronomers think that the acceleration of the universe rules out such a possibility.  It doesn’t help explain the order we see now, anyway.    Suffice it to say, that before one can believe their ideas about the origin and fate of the universe, one should take to heart a disclaimer by Moskowitz, “This period of the early universe is not well understood.”    According to New Scientist in its “Cosmic Accidents” series, the big bang was all a – well, a cosmic accident.  Believe it or not, “most physicists regard the quantum fluctuations that created it as having no cause at all,” Stephen Battersby wrote.  “Of all happy accidents, this one might be the most accidental.”  As to the low-entropy whatever before the bang, he admitted, “What cosmic coincidences preceded our universe’s birth are in the realms of speculation.”Good grief; Moskowitz titled her display of nonsense, “After Big Bang Came Moment of Pure Chaos, Study Finds.”  It found nothing of the sort.  It found nothing, only sordid hubris pretending to be science.  Be sure to read the 10/03/2010 commentary as a preface to this one.  Since Battersby and Moskowitz, Motter and Gelfert have surrendered all credibility and lowered themselves to shaman status, their speculations can be safely disregarded as no better than anyone else’s, and decidedly worse.  For they present themselves as scientists – you know, those who know.    If you’re thinking, “Well, the Bible states that things started without form and void, and that sounds like chaos,” consider that chaos can be molded by intelligent design.  The creation account is top-down, like a potter taking a formless mass of clay and designing art or dishware out of it.  Take the secularist, materialist, evolutionary bottom-up approach on clay without a potter, and try getting the palace of Louis XIV out of it, all orderly and furnished to the hilt.  That would be far more credible than getting our universe out of impersonal chaos.    Not only that, the materialist has to account for the origin of the clay out of hydrogen, and the hydrogen out the chaos, and the chaos out of some undefined, unobservable, fantastically-low entropy nothingness that is “not well understood” and “in the realms of speculation.”  It’s all speculation.  None of it is well understood.  Genesis 1:1 sounds downright scientific by comparison.Suggested Reading:  For a scholarly introduction to some of the problems with modern cosmological speculations, read “Was there a big bang?” by David Berlinski (1998), posted at the Discovery Institute.  Other apropos essays in his book The Deniable Darwin and Other Essays (Discovery Institute, 2009) include “God, Man, and Physics” (2002) and “The State of the Matter” (2009).  These penetrating essays will not convince someone of God, since Berlinski is a non-practicing Jew, but his deftness at exposing the pretensions of the self-acclaimed wise will surely confront the reader with the deep and enduring problems of trying to bring a universe into existence without Him.(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Spain gears up for most uncertain election in 40 yrs

first_imgSpain faces its most uncertain national election in 40 years on Sunday with newcomer parties poised for big gains against the traditionally dominant conservatives and socialists, complicating efforts to form a stable government.The ballot will mark the end of the established two-party system that has held sway since the dictatorship of Francisco Franco ended in 1975, ushering in an untested and potentially volatile era of consensus politics.It will also offer the latest snapshot of the willingness of European electorates to abandon the mainstream centre-right and centre-left, following significant gains by populist parties since October in elections in France and Portugal. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortOpinion polls show the governing conservative People’s Party (PP) of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will win Sunday’s vote but fall well short of an absolute majority. Rajoy said on Wednesday he would consider a cross-party pact to ensure a stable administration over the scheduled four-year term, but all the main opposition parties have come out against joining the PP in a coalition. That points to a stalemate that analysts agree would probably disrupt an economic reform programme that has helped pull Spain out of recession and made inroads into a still stubbornly high unemployment rate. Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanBut many Spaniards view the election as an opportunity to shake up a political establishment they consider inefficient and corrupt.“The People’s Party and the Socialists have run out of steam. They’ve promised things that they’ve never done and I hope that Podemos will be a change,” says Cristian Ciudad, who works on a fish stall at Valencia’s fresh food market.The 22-year-old says most of his friends will also vote for the upstart leftist anti-austerity party because they think it can bring much-needed youth employment.last_img read more

New Electric Bus Could Travel 350 Miles Per Charge

first_img 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Electric bus startup Proterra, whose early models are already accepting passengers on the streets of Philadelphia and a few other U.S. cities, yesterday unveiled a new design that it claims will travel up to 350 miles on a single charge.That’s longer than nearly every municipal bus route in America, which theoretically positions the new bus as a viable replacement for fossil-fueled public transit. There are a lot of caveats, not the least of which is price: the bus, called the Catalyst E2, is likely to be significantly more expensive than its diesel brethren. That would make it unattractive to perennially cash-strapped transit agencies. Still, the electric drivetrain’s reduced maintenance costs will help offset the purchase price, and there’s no denying that the ability to travel hundreds of miles on a single charge is a game changer. It’s also a feat that most electric bus makers have shied away from as they unveil concepts packed with self-driving technology and features like wireless phone charging that boost passenger comfort.Proterra, founded in 2004 by clean transit veteran Dale Hill, is different. The Catalyst E2, whose prototype already travelled 600 miles on a single charge during a test run last month, would join two other all-electric models already in production. Philadelphia’s transit agency has among the largest fleet, with 25 Catalyst FC models that travel up to 62 miles per charge.They’re also on the road in Worcester, Mass., whose transit agency says their batteries and drivetrains have taken major Northeast snowstorms in stride. Nationwide, Proterra’s busses have travelled 2.5 million miles in revenue service.Proterra didn’t offer a timeline of when the Catalyst E2 would go into production. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. September 13, 2016last_img read more