S Sreesanth and Ricky PontingAction ManAfter he made it to the World Cup squad, S. Sreesanth tweeted, “No drama only action.” By action, he perhaps meant verbal duels on the field. What else could explain his altercation with Ricky Ponting during the warm-up game at Bangalore? Having beaten Ponting on a few occasions, Sreesanth went up to him to say a few words and the Australian skipper gave it back. We prefer a five-wicket haul to this drama.AB de VilliersNo ShrinkingTest wicket-keeper Mark Boucher says the South African ODI team should be unpredictable, the Pakistan way. But one-day keeper AB de Villiers is not amused. “Who said that? Oh it’s Boucher. We don’t want to be branded unpredictable. We have our own style of play,” he said in Chennai. He is also not happy with the team seeking the help of psychologist Henning Gericke. “We don’t need more psychologists. There is no worry about failing under pressure. The past is past.” So no more choking? We will wait for a big match.MS DhoniHome RunAfter complaining about the pitch in Bangalore, M.S. Dhoni threw all thoughts of playing according to the situation out of the window in India’s warm-up match against New Zealand at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai. He smashed a 64-ball 108 to crush the Kiwis by 117 runs. The Indian skipper, who plays for the IPL team Chennai Super Kings, seemingly got pumped up by the support of his 35,000 “home” crowd who cheered every run scored by him.advertisementRizwan CheemaClose CallTouted as one of the probable winners of the World Cup 2011, England escaped a humiliating defeat by just 16 runs in their warm-up match against Canada at Fatullah in Bangladesh. Their experiment with Kevin Pietersen as an opener also bombed as the batsman negotiated 49 balls for his 24. “I will look to play my normal game. It’s not a pinch-hitting role,” he said after the match. For Canada, Rizwan Cheema’s 93 went in vain as the lowest-ranked team came tantalisingly close to victory.
NEW YORK — Are you ready for some (bespoke) football? With Super Bowl 50 on the horizon, the NFL and the Council of Fashion Designers of America teamed up to deck out a half-century’s worth of pigskins to raise money for the league’s charitable foundation.Rebecca Minkoff went with all-around spikes for her ball that would likely make a receiver weep. Her fellow designer, Nicole Miller, picked a Day of the Dead theme with a flowery skull face that had an upside-down heart for a nose.Betsey Johnson, who marked 50 years in business last year, performed her signature splits at a party Wednesday night unveiling all 50 designer balls. She propped her ball, adorned with little gold flowers, on two red-nailed mannequin hands she had kept in her garden.“They were kind of freaking people out, especially my granddaughters,” Johnson said of the hands she had pushed into dirt near a rosebush.Other designers were in the tongue-in-cheek school of football design. Kenneth Cole popped his pigskin into a black high-top shoe. For designer Rachel Roy, the project was an education.“I can’t even tell you how much fun that was,” she said of her turn as a football designer. “This year I learned a lot about football. My daughter’s boyfriend is a quarterback, a freshman in high school, but he plays varsity, so it’s really important in my family now.”Roy wrapped her ball in three white leather strips against gold and black.Miller did a helmet for the first CFDA-NFL collaboration last year. She found designing a football more challenging.“I always loved Day of the Dead and I do Day of the Dead parties, so it’s perfect,” Miller said.Is she a fan of the game? “My husband is, so I follow it a little bit. I always root for the underdog,” Miller laughed.After entertaining the media with the splits on a red carpet set up at NFL headquarters in midtown Manhattan, Johnson declared herself a football fan.“I’m a big football cheerleader,” she said. “I was head cheerleader at Syracuse University with the Orangemen. I saw Ernie Davis play. None of you youngins know who he is.”Davis, for the record, earned the Heisman Trophy in 1961, becoming the first African-American to win the award. He died of leukemia at age 23, shortly after being drafted out of Syracuse.Steven Kolb, who heads the CFDA, said his group signed on to collaborate with the NFL in 2014 on designer helmets to mark the Super Bowl held in New Jersey, right in its own backyard. The project was so successful the two organizations agreed on another round for charity to celebrate Super Bowl 50, to be held Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa …“The Super Bowl is iconic. It is up there with the Grammys, the Oscars,” Kolb said.Kolb acknowledged that he doesn’t follow the sport all that much. He’ll be rooting for the “underdog, always the underdog.”Minkoff said she participated to please her hubby.“This project was done out of my husband’s love of football. He’s from Seattle, so that’s his team,” she said. “We’re going to be having a Super Bowl party.”The designer footballs went up for auction Wednesday and will remain up through Feb. 14 at Nflauction.nfl.com. All 50 will be on display in San Francisco from Jan. 30 through Feb. 7. Proceeds from the auction will benefit, among other things, health programs for athletes, youth football and communities that support the game.Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants was on hand to celebrate the fancy balls. He’s a fashion guy as well as a football player.“I do enjoy fashion. I think it’s an extension of who you are. People often see your clothes before they hear you speak,” he said.So who’s going to win Super Bowl 50?“More than likely the team that’s going to end with the most amount of points, I would say,” Jennings joked. “That would be my guess.”LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press___TweetPinShare0 Shares
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Germany’s Port of Hamburg remains on a growth course, achieving a 4.1 percent advance to 69.4 million tons in seaborne cargo handling in the first half of 2019.A solid growth trend in the general cargo segment of 6.1 percent, at 48.4 million tons, was the main contributor to the total and container handling volumes. The total for bulk cargo handling was just 0.3 percent lower than for last year’s first half at 21 million tons.The 7.5 percent increase in container handling to 4.7 million TEU is primarily attributable to the four new liner services that have linked the Hanseatic City with ports in the USA, Canada and Mexico since the start of the year. The 283,000 TEU handled in Hamburg on container services with the United States since the beginning of the year took the USA into second place among Hamburg’s most important partners for container services.The port is now directly linked by a total of 14 liner services with 29 ports in the USA, Mexico and Canada.“A total of eleven new liner services in the 2019 first half make it obvious that the Port of Hamburg has gained in attractiveness for shipping and shippers. With the start of expansion related to the adjustment of the fairway on the Lower and Outer Elbe, we are well on course for further expanding Hamburg’s position as the Northern European hub for worldwide freight traffic,” said Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing.“Apart from its trade routes with China and Asia, Hamburg has now become a hub for those with the USA, Mexico and Canada.”During the first half, the total number of container vessels calling Hamburg rose by 3.7 percent to a total of 3,046 containerships that berthed in the port. Among these were 89 ultra-large container carriers or 36.9 percent more, with a slot capacity of 18,000 TEU+.Additionally, at 1.7 million TEU, transhipment on to feeder ships in Hamburg rose by 5.5 percent. Seaport-hinterland services on land in the 2019 first half likewise achieved an 8.7 percent advance to 2.9 million TEU.For the second half of the year, against a background of repercussions on world seaborne trade that is influenced by the current trade and currency disputes between the USA and China, the Port of Hamburg anticipates total growth of four percent in seaborne cargo throughput, and one of between five and six percent on container handling.
APTN National NewsThere’s a new initiative in Saskatchewan aimed at bridging the gap between the Aboriginal workforce and the contractors who have opportunities in the province.It’s an online skills database and those involved think it will create more jobs.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has the story.