No complacency – Powell – Youngster impresses as WI overpower Sri Lanka

first_imgHARARE, Zimbabwe (CMC): Impressive rookie all-rounder Rovman Powell has urged West Indies not to relax on the heels of their convincing victory over Sri Lanka in the opening game of the Tri-Nations Series yesterday. The 23-year-old all-rounder played a starring role on debut as the Windies trounced the Sri Lankans by 62 runs at the Harare Sports Club, to make a winning start to the tournament which also includes hosts Zimbabwe. “I think it was a fantastic team effort to see a young team gel and beat a strong Sri Lanka team,” said Powell. “It’s been a while we haven’t beaten Sri Lanka in competitive cricket, but what we need to do now is not get complacent. We have a next game in three days time, so we need to go back to the drawing board and sharpen the areas that need sharpening.” Powell produced a master class in power hitting, smashing a 29-ball 44 with two fours and three sixes, to power West Indies to 227 all out off 49.2 overs after being sent in. WEST INDIES J Charles c Perera b Lakmal 2 K Brathwaite run out 14 E Lewis c wkp Dickwella b Pathirana 27 +S Hope b Gunaratne 47 J Carter c de Silva b Kulasekara 54 R Powell c wkp Dickwella b Pradeep 44 C Brathwaite c Lakmal b Pradeep 14 *J Holder run out 2 A Nurse not out 5 S Benn lbw b Kulasekara 7 S Gabriel lbw b Lakmal 0 Extras (lb6, w5) 11 TOTAL (all out; 49.2 overs) 227 Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Charles, 3.1 overs), 2-27 (K Brathwaite, 9.5), 3-76 (Lewis, 23.1), 4-129 (Hope, 35), 5-172 (Carter, 41.5), 6-209 (Powell, 45), 7-214 (CR Brathwaite, 46.1), 8-215 (Holder, 46.3), 9-226 (Benn, 48.5), 10-227 (Gabriel, 49.2) Bowling: Kulasekara 10-1-37-2 (w3), Lakmal 9.2-1-45-2, Pradeep 10-1-55-2 (w2), Jayasuriya 4-0-19-0, Pathirana 6-0-25-1, Gunaratne 10-1-40-1. SRI LANKA D de Silva c wkp Hope b Holder 3 K Perera run out 4 +N Dickwella c Benn b Gabriel 28 B Mendis c Nurse b Holder 4 *U Tharanga c & b Nurse 12 A Gunaratne lbw b Nurse 18 S Jayasuriya c Powell b C Brathwaite 31 S Pathirana c Lewis b Nurse 45 N Kulasekara c Lewis b Gabriel 16 S Lakmal b Gabriel 0 N Pradeep not out 0 Extras (w4) 4 TOTAL (all out; 43.1 overs) 165 Fall of wickets: 1-7 (de Silva, 3.2 overs), 2-8 (Perera, 4.3), 3-16 (Mendis, 6), 4-51 (Dickwella, 15.3), 5-64 (Tharanga, 21.5), 6-79 (Gunaratne, 25.3), 7-139 (Pathirana, 38), 8-151 (Jayasuriya, 41), 9-160 (Lakmal, 41.5), 10-165 (Kulasekara, 43.1) Bowling: Gabriel 8.1-0-31-3 (w2), Holder 8-0-16-2 (w1), C Brathwaite 9-0-34-1 (w1), Carter 1-0-4-0, Nurse 10-1-46-3, Benn 7-1-34-0. Result: West Indies won by 62 runs. Man-of-the-Match: Jason Holder. SCOREBOARD CARTER’S HALF-CENTURY Fellow debutant Shai Hope got 47, while left-hander Jonathan Carter celebrated his 29th birthday with a measured top score of 54. Powell, who impressed on the recent West Indies A tour of Sri Lanka, said he was pleased with the way he had gone about his innings. “I think it was smart cricket. You have to mix your aggression with a little bit of finesse, and I think I did that well today. After I got a boundary, I tried to come off the strike, I tried to get a single or a double just to calm back down and start to re-assess again.” Powell’s rise to the senior ranks has been meteoric. He has played just one first class game, but caught the eye during a practice game for West Indies last year and followed that up with a impressive outings in the Caribbean Premier League for champions Jamaica Tallawahs. Yesterday, he showed no signs of nervousness as he plundered the Sri Lankan bowling, and said he always trusted his ability at the crease regardless of the situation. “I try to back my preparation and try to believe in my work and and I’ve worked extremely hard so I try to stick by that,” he pointed out. “In doing that, I ensure I get the start and after I get the start, I know that I can make up in the end so no matter what it takes to get the start, as long as I get it I know I will catch up in the end.”last_img read more

Trump Kim to hold second summit in late February

first_imgUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo poses with Vice Chairman of the North Korean Workers` Party Committee Kim Yong Chol, North Korea`s lead negotiator in nuclear diplomacy with the United States, for talks aimed at clearing the way for a second US-North Korea summit as they meet at a hotel in Washington, US, on 18 January 2019. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February but will maintain economic sanctions on Pyongyang, the White House said on Friday after Trump met Pyongyang’s top nuclear negotiator.The announcement came amid a diplomatic flurry in Washington surrounding the visit of Kim Yong Chol, a hardline former spy chief, and marked a sign of movement in a denuclearisation effort that has stalled since a landmark meeting between Trump and the North Korean leader in Singapore on 12 June.”President Donald J Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and a half to discuss denuclearisation and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. She said a location would be announced later.The summit was announced even though there has been no indication of any narrowing of differences over US demands that North Korea abandon a nuclear weapons programme that threatens the United States and Pyongyang’s demands for a lifting of punishing sanctions.Sanders said that Trump’s talks with the North Korean envoy were productive but added that the United States “is going to continue to keep pressure and sanctions on North Korea.”South Korea’s presidential office said it expected the upcoming summit to be a “turning point to lay the firm foundation for lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.”South Korea will work with the United States and other countries to “achieve concrete and practical results towards complete denuclearisation and a lasting peace regime through the North Korea-US summit…,” presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said in a statement on Saturday.South Korea will also expand inter-Korean dialogue to help a successful meeting between Trump and Kim, he added.The first summit produced a vague commitment by Kim Jong Un to work towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, but he has yet to take what Washington sees as concrete steps in that direction.Nevertheless, both he and Trump had expressed an interest in arranging a second meeting, something some US-based analysts see as premature.Critics of US efforts say the first summit only boosted Kim’s international stature without much to show for it, and some believe Trump may see a second meeting as a way of distracting from his domestic troubles.Trump declared just after the Singapore meeting that the nuclear threat posed by North Korea was over. But hours before Kim Yong Chol’s arrival on Thursday, the US president unveiled a revamped US missile defence strategy that singled out the country as an ongoing and “extraordinary threat.”Harry Kazianis, an analyst at the conservative Washington-based Centre for the National Interest, called the agreement to hold another summit positive. But he added: “Both nations must now show at least some tangible benefits from their diplomatic efforts during a second summit, or risk their efforts being panned as nothing more than reality TV.”Communist-ruled Vietnam, which has good relations with both the United States and North Korea, has been widely touted as the most likely site of the next summit. There has also been speculation about other possible venues, including Bangkok, Hawaii, or a return to Singapore.Trump seeking ‘win’? A senior US administration official said there was an exchange of letters for the leaders during the White House meeting, but gave no details of their content.On his last visit to Washington in June, Kim Yong Chol delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump that helped overcome obstacles ahead of the summit in Singapore.Kim Yong Chol, regarded as a member of Kim Jong Un’s inner circle, also had talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US special representative on North Korea, Stephen Biegun.A State Department statement said that after Pompeo and Kim met, the two sides had “a productive first meeting at the working level”, and that Biegun would travel to Sweden at the weekend to attend an international conference.The conference is also being attended by North Korean vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui. Washington has been keen to set up talks between Biegun and Choe but North Korea has resisted, apparently wanting to keep exchanges high-level.South Korea’s nuclear negotiator, Lee Do-hoon, also would attend the conference, the country’s foreign ministry said, although it gave no indication of whether he would meet with Choe and Biegun.US-based analysts said that North Korea, which has developed missiles and nuclear weapons in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, would likely be seeking a clearer message from the Trump administration on any concessions it may be willing to make.”The North Koreans need a real indication of what the US is willing to put on the table,” said Jenny Town, a North Korea expert at 38 North, a Washington-based think tank.South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha said on Wednesday that if North Korea took concrete steps toward abandoning its weapons programs, Washington could offer a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, humanitarian aid or a permanent channel for bilateral dialogue.Victor Cha, a former White House adviser on Asia under President George W Bush, suggested that Trump may be so desperate for a policy “win” that he could be vulnerable to a bad deal with North Korea.”I worry that the timing works to North Korea’s benefit,” Cha said, citing pressures on Trump such as the partial US government shutdown and the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian ties to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.Earlier this month, Trump defended the stuttering progress on North Korea by saying that Pyongyang had stopped missile and bomb testing and if it had not been for his administration “you’d be having a nice big fat war in Asia.”last_img

Govt to invest Rs 107 cr to check river bank erosion

first_imgKolkata: With continuous apathy of the Centre in addressing the problem of river bank erosion in Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee government has decided to invest Rs 107 crore to check erosion at vulnerable areas along Ganga and Padma rivers. Rajib Banerjee, the state Irrigation minister, said: “We will be investing Rs 107 crore to check erosion of the banks of river Ganga and Padma.”The work that will be carried out by investing the money, will be completed by the end of March 2019. Hundreds of people will get relieved as they would no longer have to worry about their houses getting washed away by strong currents. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that in 2017-18, the state Irrigation department had invested Rs 72.1 crore to check erosion at different points along the rivers and with the investment of another Rs 107 crore, a stretch of 15 km will be concretised, so that the soil does not get eroded any more.It may be recalled that around 37 spots were identified, where erosion of river banks is a serious problem and hampers the normal lives of people.The most vulnerable points out of these spots have been identified, where the work will be carried out initially so that it doesn’t cause further loss to property as agricultural land was also washed away at many places due to erosion of river banks. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAfter completion of the concretisation and strengthening of the river banks at such vulnerable locations, the same task will also be gradually taken up elsewhere in due course of time, so the problem is ironed out at all the spots.It may be mentioned that Padma river divides Murshidabad in Bengal and Bangladesh. So, the erosion of river bank also leads to threat to national security as there have been instances when river bank close to Border Out Post (BOP) of Border Security Force was washed away. BSF jawans maintain vigil on Bangladesh on the other side of the river from the BOP. On the other hand, a stretch of river Ganga divides Malda with the neighbouring states on its west. So, erosion of river bank has come up as a serious issue, causing inconvenience to the local residents.Banerjee said: “We had approached the state government several times. But it fell on deaf ears. So, the state government has taken up the responsibility to ensure safety of the people who reside along the river, by checking possibilities of erosion.”last_img read more

Minor IAS reshuffle

first_imgKolkata: IAS officer of the 2004 batch, Sanjay Bansal has been given the charge of Project Director of the State Programme Management Group (SPMG).He will also continue as Chief Executive Officer of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority with additional charge as CEO, Sector VI ITA. Bansal has been made the Project Director of the State Programme Management Group (SPMG) replacing Avanindra Singh, who will continue as Director of Land Records and Survey with additional charge of DEO Kolkata South. Malay Ghosh, Additional Inspector General of Registration and Additional Commissioner of Stamp Revenue, West Bengal, and ex-officio Joint Secretary, Finance Department has been appointed as Joint Secretary of the Finance Department.last_img

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