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IPL 2017 Final: Mumbai Indians break the ‘jinx of table-toppers’

first_imgMumbai Indians bossed IPL 2017 for the better part of the season and finished top of the table, thanks to 10 victories in 14 league matches. They were brushed aside by Rising Pune Supergiant in the first qualifier but took the hard route to the summit clash, after decimating Kolkata Knight Riders in the second qualifier in Bengaluru.On Sunday, MI were chasing a record third IPL title. They were up against RPS, who were playing their final IPL match after a fabled two-year journey. Not that the odds were stacked heavily in favour of MI, who had lost their three previous matches to their Maharashtra rivals this year but something about Rohit Sharma’s team tells you they are superb at acing finals.Mumbai Indians are used to winning T20 finals. And the core of their team – Rohit, Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga and Ambati Rayudu have been around for a long time. They were up against a team which had had a nightmarish season in 2016 but rose to the occasion this year, thanks to two great statesmen – MS Dhoni and Steve Smith – and a combination of youthful vigour and international class.But MI were just abysmal with the bat on the big night. They were done in by Jaydev Unadkat, whose double blow to remove openers Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons proved to be telling. Mumbai could never recover from those early jolts and only a gritty 47 by Krunal Pandya ensured the two-time champions escaped the embarrassment of posting the lowest-ever score in an IPL final.advertisementMumbai were restricted to 129/8, the lowest-ever total by a team batting first in IPL finals.It was a bizarre performance from a team which is possibly the most balanced in recent IPL history. Their batsmen have been superb this year Patel has given them brilliant stars, Simmons replaced Jos Buttler and played some scintillating knocks while Rohit recovered from a bout of poor form while Pollard was always at hand to deliver significant runs. Rayudu, who by the players’ own admission, also flopped.Mumbai were left tottering for most of the innings and only Krunal’s late blitz gave them some hope. There was more than a ray of hope when Rahul Tripathi fell to Jasprit Bumrah early in Pune’s innings. But Krunal dropped an easy chance of Ajinkya Rahane when he mistimed a Mitchell Johnson delivery. Thereafter, Rahane and skipper Steve Smith looked like steering RPS home with some classy shots.Rahane and Smith were classy alright but they were not really blazing away at any stage. There might have been a few frayed nerves in the MI dressing room as Rahane departed in the 12th over but MS Dhoni’s presence in the middle with Smith could have soothed them. However, the latter never got going and fell after the required rate kept soaring up. And once Dhoni departed, it all kept going south for Pune. Smith tried valiantly but 10-runs-an-over for the last three overs against Lasith Malinga, Bumrah and Mitchell Johnson turned out to be too much.Johnson had 11 to defend in the final over with Manoj Tiwary and Smith at the crease. He removed both those men and got rid of Dan Christian with four needed off the final ball of the season. Rohit said they deserved to be in the final after a fine show throughout the league stages. One might even suggest they deserved to win the IPL after such dominant performances. Coach Mahela Jayawardene lauded MI’s character for pulling off a thriller – the champions eventually won by one run.Since 2008, only Rajasthan Royals had won the IPL after topping the league stages. On Sunday, Mumbai joined a rather ‘elite list’Meanwhile, RPS missed out on glory which would have been in line with recent trends. Teams finishing second have won the IPL five times since 2011.Here’s a look at the winners and table-toppers in 10 years of the IPL. WINNERSTABLE TOPPERS2008: Rajasthan RoyalsRajasthan Royals2009: Deccan ChargersDelhi Daredevils2010: Chennai Super KingsMumbai Indians2011: Chennai Super KingsRoyal Challengers Bangalore2012: Kolkata Knight RidersDelhi Daredevils2013: Mumbai IndiansChennai Super Kings 2014: Kolkata Knight RidersKings XI Punjab2015: Mumbai IndiansChennai Super Kings2016: Sunrisers HyderabadGujarat Lions2017: Mumbai IndiansMumbai Indianslast_img read more

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TCI Premier Robinson attends special meeting of Caribbean Overseas Territories Leaders

TCI Premier Robinson attends special meeting of Caribbean Overseas Territories Leaders

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos – November 1, 2017 – The Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, joined Caribbean British Overseas Territory leaders for a Special Meeting on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at the JW Marriott Miami, Florida.The objective of this Special Meeting was to prepare for the upcoming Joint Ministerial Conference (JMC) in London, 28-29 November 2017. The meeting, chaired by Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Premier of the Cayman Islands, discussed the common issues related to disaster response, recovery, resilience building, disaster mitigation and identifying a shared vision for the upcoming meeting of the Joint Ministerial Conference; which will be led by Lord Ahmad, Minister for the Overseas Territories. The Territories explored and agreed on a wide range of issues including, but not limited to: developing a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between Overseas Territories that will outline a Plan for regional disaster management cooperation and assistance. The Memorandum will build upon the territories collective experiences as a result of hurricane Irma and Maria, which significantly impacted the Caribbean Islands. Leaders committed to sharing information, expertise and best practices as it relates to mitigation strategies.Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson provided an extensive presentation on relief to recovery stating that; “ the Turks and Caicos Islands Government immediate priorities were to ensure that residents were safe, that electricity and communication services were restored and our airports were open to facilitate relief flights. We again must state our appreciation to the Cayman Islands Government and the Bermudian Regiment who assisted by providing relief items through the landing of its Police Helicopters in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Maria. The Turks and Caicos Islands remain resolved in our effort to ensure that this Government mobilizes all its resources to ensure that residents return to a state of normalcy, noting that the Government and residents together are determined to build a bigger, better and more resilient Turks and Caicos Islands.”The conference was attended by Hon. David Burt, Premier of Bermuda and Chairman of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA); Hon. Victor Banks, Chief Minister of Anguilla; Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Premier of the Cayman Islands; Hon. Orlando Smith, Premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI); Hon. Donaldson Romeo, Premier of Montserrat.The Premier was accompanied by Mr. Ronlee James, Executive Director and Ms. Joy Lightbourne Executive Administrator of the Office of the Premier. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#UKCaribbeanTerritoriesMeetinglast_img read more

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California Highway Patrol warns those headed to the mountains

California Highway Patrol warns those headed to the mountains

first_imgCalifornia Highway Patrol warns those headed to the mountains KUSI Newsroom MOUNT LAGUNA (KUSI) – The California Highway Patrol is warning those headed to the mountains for a romp in the freshly fallen snow today that the roads are icy and chains, or four-wheel drive vehicles, are recommended.“Chains are needed from Interstate 8 if you’re exiting from the freeway onto Sunrise Highway,” said Tammy McGuire, CHP dispatch supervisor.“We do have snow plows responding, but they are not here yet.”The CHP said several accidents have been reported, while cautioning travelers to expect delays as crowds work their way up the mountains to play in the snow. December 25, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: December 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:20 PMlast_img read more

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RIAA Reports Music Industry Revenue Up In Early 2017

RIAA Reports Music Industry Revenue Up In Early 2017

first_img Twitter News Email Facebook RIAA: Music Industry Revenues Up riaa-reports-music-industry-revenue-early-2017 RIAA Reports: Music Industry Revenue Up In Early 2017 NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Chance The Rapper Wins Best Rap Album GRAMMY In the first six months of 2017, music retail revenues came in at $4 billion, which represents a 17 percent increase over early 2016. Of these numbers, streaming services, including paid subscriptions, free ad-supported tiers and radio streaming platforms, generated 62 percent of total music industry revenue.Financial windfall from streaming services has continued to rise over the last three years, increasing from $474,000 in the first part of 2015 to $1.7 million so far this year, a dramatic jump of 258 percent.While overall this is good news, unfortunately music creators are still seeing a decline in payments through SoundExchange, down 16 percent from this time in 2016. However, when factoring in direct payments some services make to labels, such as streaming radio service Pandora, the report shows revenue from digital radio has increased in 2017 by 21 percent.Continuing the trend of recent months, digital downloads have declined. In the first half of 2017, digital sales accounted for $757 million in revenue, less than half of what digital downloads brought in the first six months of 2013 at $1.54 billion.Physical music sales such as vinyl, CDs, cassettes, and music videos held steady in the first part of 2017, accounting for $632 million in sales, a 1 percent drop from 2016. Vinyl continued its growth trend, adding 3.2 percent from $176.1 million to $181.7 million. The RIAA attributes this to higher vinyl prices as opposed to an increase in unit sales.RIAA Reports: Music Streaming Is Accelerating Industry Growth RIAA report reveals that music industry revenues were up in the first half of 2017 led largely by paid streamingRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 25, 2017 – 4:07 pm Good news for the music industry in the first half of 2017 — according to the Recording Industry Association of America’s mid-year sales report, retail revenues are up by double digits.last_img read more

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Freya Ridings On Sharing Personal Experiences Lost Without You

Freya Ridings On Sharing Personal Experiences Lost Without You

first_img Facebook Twitter News Email How Freya Ridings Discovered Unexpected Tears freya-ridings-sharing-personal-experiences-lost-without-you Standing at a train station watching her lover leave, while falling apart, as the singer/songwriter recounts in her biggest hit to date, didn’t actually happen… but it felt so realPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 24, 2018 – 4:30 pm Londoner Freya Ridings is used to keeping it real. She began distributing her songs and performances digitally in 2017, winning a following for the pure-toned heartache in her voice and for recordings of her live performances. But her song “Lost Without You” broke the mold, bringing its enveloping sense of loss straight from her imagination. Freya Ridings On Sharing Personal Experiences & “Lost Without You” NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 24, 2018 – 4:29 pm Freya Ridings On “Lost Without You” “I always write from personal experience,” says Ridings — but this was an exception. “It’s never actually happened, and it really affected me.” She said “Lost Without You” came to her “state of consciousness while … sitting at the piano. It just came out fully formed, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, that just made me want to cry.'” It’s received a big reaction with more than a million views on YouTube and Top 40 placement on the UK Official Charts.The unexpected response is reminiscent of another real experience from Ridings’ life. “We made these little guerilla-style videos where we go around these secret pianos that are on underground train stations in London,” she shared. “No one would stop, and I loved that because it was kind of in your own world.” They tipped their fans 24 hours prior to one of these sessions thinking to attract “friends and family” but they got more than they bargained for. “They had to shut down the station,” she described. “It was hundreds of people and I was like, ‘What is going on?’ I still can’t believe that happened.” A friend’s choir even showed up and joined in.It will be interesting to see how other unexpected and imaginary life experiences surface through this emerging talent’s songs that have yet to arrive.The Aces On Music As A Tool To Ease The PainRead morelast_img read more

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Reliance General Insurance to be listed on bourses by FY18

first_imgReutersIn order to unlock value for shareholders, the Board of Directors of Reliance General Insurance Company Ltd on Monday decided to list the company on the bourses by 2018, the company said.In a statement issued here, non-life insurer Reliance General said its Board has approved a proposal to independently list the company-a subsidiary of Reliance Capital Ltd on the stock exchanges.”The independent listing of Reliance General Insurance Company Limited is expected to unlock substantial value for all stakeholders. Listing of RGI (Reliance General Insurance) to be completed by FY18, subject to necessary shareholders, regulatory and other Approvals,” the company said in the statement.”The General Insurance industry is slated to grow with the economy where affluence led consumption will act as its primary growth driver. The coming years are likely to witness a double digit growth in the sector largely due to disproportionately low penetration of insurance,” Rakesh Jain, Executive Director and CEO, was quoted as saying in the statement.He said the company is well positioned to capitalise on opportunities across retail, corporate and government supported consumer segments. The listing will enable retail investors to participate in this high growth and new wealth creation opportunity. A man ties a balloon to the horns of a bull statue at the entrance of the Bombay Stock ExchangeReuters fileAccording to the statement, Reliance General outgrew the industry’s growth rate by 10 per cent last fiscal logging a growth of 40 per cent.The company’s gross written premium stood at Rs 4,007 crore registering a growth of 40 per cent as on March 31, 2017. The Profit Before Tax stood at Rs 130 crore, up 32 per cent,while the investment book stood at Rs 6,724 crore, up 25 per cent for the year ending March 31, 2017.last_img read more

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Lightmatter interaction can turn opaque materials transparent

Lightmatter interaction can turn opaque materials transparent

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2014 Phys.org , arXiv Quantum holograms as atomic scale memory keepsake Explore further In a new study published in Physical Review Letters, researchers have developed a new method for manipulating light scattering. They theoretically show how to induce transparency in otherwise opaque materials using the complex dipole-dipole interactions present in a large number of interacting quantum emitters, such as atoms or molecules. This ability could have several potential applications, such as producing slow light or stopped light, along with applications in the field of attosecond physics.”The significance of our work is in the discovery of a very neat phenomenon (dipole-induced electromagnetic transparency [DIET]), which may be used to control light propagation in optically active media,” coauthor Eric Charron, Professor at the University of Paris-Sud in Orsay, France, told Phys.org. “We showed how light scattering by a nanometric size system, collectively responding through strongly coupled two-level atoms/molecules, can be manipulated by altering the material parameters: an otherwise opaque medium can be rendered transparent at any given frequency, by adequately adjusting the relative densities of the atoms/molecules composing it.”As the scientists explain, light scattering is very well understood when dealing with individual quantum emitters; that is, single atoms or molecules. But the physics becomes much more complex when dealing with two or more interacting emitters. In this case, the electromagnetic field experienced by an emitter depends not only on the light beam striking its surface, but also on all of the electromagnetic fields radiated by all of its neighbors, which in turn are affected by the emitter in question. Each quantum emitter can have a dipole, meaning a positive side and a negative side, due to an uneven distribution of electrons within the emitter. In a dense “vapor” of many quantum emitters, strong dipole-dipole couplings can then occur. The collective effects usually result in an enhancement of the light-matter interaction, although a very complicated one. Here, the researchers have theoretically shown that strong dipole-dipole interactions in a dense vapor of quantum emitters can be used to manipulate the spectral properties of the light scattered by the emitters. In particular, the medium may become transparent at a particular frequency that can be controlled to a certain extent. The scientists explain that, on the most basic level, DIET results from destructive interference between the electromagnetic waves emitted by the quantum emitters. DIET is also closely related to another phenomenon, called electromagnetically-induced transparency (EIT). EIT is also based on destructive interference, but it is induced by a laser instead of dipole-dipole interactions.The scientists expect that DIET could have many of the same applications as EIT, which include the generation of slow light or stopped light by interactions with the medium. Slow light has a variety of optical applications, including information transmission, switches, and high-resolution spectrometers. Also, in the field of attosecond physics, DIET could potentially be used to generate high harmonics in dense atomic or molecular gases.The researchers anticipate that DIET can be experimentally implemented in a few different ways, including in atomic vapor confined in a cell as well as in ultracold dense atomic clouds. However, both systems still face challenges for demonstrating DIET, which must be addressed in the future.”Currently our goal is to hunt for the observation of DIET in multilevel atomic or molecular systems,” Charron said. “Each emitter will behave as a series of oscillating dipoles, and this is expected to yield a series of transparency windows, thus opening the way for more elaborate and flexible manipulation strategies. We will publish new results on this topic in Arxiv in the next few weeks. Moreover, DIET offers yet another way to slow the light due to strong anomalous dispersion. We thus plan to develop the study of slow light with DIET in the near future, with potential applications for information processing.”center_img (Phys.org) —All objects’ colors are determined by the way that light scatters off of them. By manipulating the light scattering, scientists can control the wavelengths at which light is transmitted and reflected by objects, changing their appearance. Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Raiju Puthumpally-Joseph, et al. “Dipole-Induced Electromagnetic Transparency.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.163603 . Also at arXiv:1407.1970 [quant-ph] Citation: Light-matter interaction can turn opaque materials transparent (2014, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-light-matter-interaction-opaque-materials-transparent.html Illustration of a thin, dense vapor of quantum emitters (blue disk) interacting with an incident electromagnetic field. 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50 Richter scale tremor felt in South Bengal districts

50 Richter scale tremor felt in South Bengal districts

first_imgKolkata: A tremor was felt at some places in South Bengal districts, including Hooghly and West Midnapore.The magnitude of the tremor was 5.0 on the Richter scale and the intensity was moderate. According to the regional meteorological department, the time of origin of the earthquake was 6.33 pm and its epicenter was somewhere near Khanakul block in Hooghly district, at a depth of 10 km.Concerned officials of the state Disaster Management department have initiated collecting information about the situation in the districts after the tremor was felt.last_img

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