New Orleans is about to have a heavy dose of lights, as famed DJ Pretty Lights has just announced a two-night New Year’s run with his funky live band. With Brian Coogan, Borahm Lee, Chris Karns and Alvin Ford, Jr. meshing beautifully as the PL Live Band, there’s no limit to this group’s musical potential.The shows will take place from December 30-31, and will be held at the famed Mardi Gras World Ballroom in New Orleans, LA. Ticket information can be found here.[Photo by Visual Suplex Media And Design]
Parupalli Kashyap had a good run in the Canada Open tournament.Kashyap had reached the semifinals of the India Open early.HS Prannoy had stayed back to help Kashyap with on-court coaching and also acted as a physio. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Calgary: Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap’s impressive run at the Canada Open Super 100 tournament came to an end after he lost a three-game thriller to China’s Li Shi Feng in the men’s singles summit clash in Calgary on Sunday. Sixth seed Kashyap, who has produced some gritty performances this week, fell short against Feng, going down 22-20 14-21 17-21 in the finals that clocked an hour and 16 minutes. “Silver is @yonexcanadaopen. It was a good fight in the final. Lost to LiShifeng (China) … Can’t say it was the best I played this week but overall it was a good week here. Thank you to all the fans for the support. Thank you to @prannoy_hs_ for extending his stay just to help me out. Next up US open at LA. Until next time Calgary! Cheers !!!,” Kashyap tweeted.Fellow shuttler HS Prannoy had stayed back to help Kashyap with on-court coaching and also acted as a physio after coach Amrish Shinde and physio Sumansh Sivalanka had to leave early for the US Open World Tour Super 300 tournament. A former top-10 player, Kashyap, who has been struggling with injuries for the last few years, seemed quite fit as he played three-game matches against China’s Ren Peng Bo, France’s Lucas Claerbout and Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei in the run-up to the final. Kashyap had reached the semifinals of the India Open early this year and the final finish at Canada Open is his best performance of the season.
MUMBAI, India (Reuters) – Bowlers looking at resuming Test cricket after the novel coronavirus lockdown will require two to three months of preparation to avoid injuring themselves, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said.Cricket, like other global sports, has been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic but some countries are plotting guidelines for the return of the game as governments start easing lockdown restrictions.England players returned to individual skill-based training this week with the country hoping to begin their delayed summer of cricket with a Test series against West Indies in July.Pakistan are scheduled to tour England to play three Tests in August followed by an equal number of Twenty20 Internationals, with the matches taking place behind closed doors as part of measures to combat COVID-19.“Bowlers are at a particularly high risk of injury on return to play after a period of enforced time-out,” the world governing body ICC said in its back-to-cricket guidelines released late on Friday.The ICC advised teams to use larger squads and exercise caution over bowlers’ workloads, saying Test cricket would require a minimum of eight to 12 weeks of preparation with the final four-five weeks involving match intensity bowling.Preparation time of six weeks was recommended for bowlers returning to the shorter 50-over and Twenty20 internationals.The ICC advised its member boards to consider appointing a medical advisor or bio-safety official to help with planning for a safe return to training and competition.The Dubai-based ICC this week announced a ban on using saliva to shine a cricket ball to try and achieve the fabled ‘reverse swing’.Players and umpires would need to maintain social distancing and cricketers must avoid unnecessary body contact and not hand over items like cap, towels, sunglasses to umpires or team mates, the ICC said.
Heracles’ striker Cyriel Dessers – who finished the Dutch Eredivisie season as joint top scorer – has told the BBC Sports that missing out on his Nigeria debut because of the coronavirus pandemic was “painful”.Dessers, 25 – who was tied on 15 goals with Ajax’s Steven Berghuis at the top of the goal-scoring charts when the Dutch campaign ended early – received his first Super Eagles call-up in March.He was included in Gernot Rohr’s squad for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone, but the match was put on hold because of the Covid-19 crisis, denying Dessers a chance to represent the country of his mother’s birth. Cyril Dessers …missed debut for Nigeria last March “It hurt me because I thought it was going to be one of the best moments of my life – or at least my career – and that it didn’t go through was really painful,” Dessers told BBC Sport Africa.When he finally joins up with the Super Eagles, it will be his first time visiting Nigeria. But the Belgium-born striker says he has been hooked on the African nation’s rich football history since he was a boy.“When I was 12 years old, during technical trainings at my academy, every player had to choose one skill or move. Some kids did the scissors kick or Ronaldinho but mine was always the Okocha moves,” he recalled. “I loved him when I was a kid.”Dessers, who studied law at the University in Belgium, also vividly remembers watching Nigeria win her third Nations Cup in 2013. “It was really special because at that moment I was in college studying. I wasn’t even a professional football player, I remember being so happy – with John Obi Mikel the captain, Emmanuel Emenike with the goals. It was a special moment for sure.”Six years later, he was thrilled to see some of his future national teammates winning bronze at Egypt 2019 and is hopeful that he will be “accepted” into Nigeria’s “really nice group.”“I know it’s a young team, a lot of players playing in Europe, so I think that the adaptation would be fine and I hope when I come into the team they accept me.“I am looking forward to seeing Victor Osimhen, I like to watch a lot of football and watch the strikers and I think he is a great striker, and I hope I can help him and support him.”Cyriel Dessers became the second African behind Ivorian Wilfred Bony to finish as top goalscorer in the Eredivisie.He joins an illustrious list of names to have accomplished the feat including Marco van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp, Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Luis Suarez.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
…as SPU head defends reason for reopening Enmore factoryThough the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) has an ambitious plan to produce molasses for both local and regional companies that have a demand for this by-product of sugar, Economic Advisor to the Opposition, Peter Ramsaroop said the prospects of selling molasses to this lucrative market is a “pie in the sky”.In making reference to a recent article published by this newspaper, where SPU Head Colvin Heath-London revealed that the sugar industry could now tap into the Caribbean rum industry due to the high demand based on damages caused by hurricanes, Ramsaroop said it is an unrealistic plan.Economic Advisor, Peter Ramsaroop“What Heath-London failed to acknowledge in his public commentary is that (Demerara Distillers Limited) DDL made a decision to invest in the factory in order to preserve its own world-renowned industry and its fate. It would be uncompetitive for DDL to now have to import its molasses for its rums,” he explained.According to Ramsaroop, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) will barely, by its own projection, meet the molasses demand for DDL, which has a shortfall of in excess of 27,000 tons of molasses.“Where exactly is GuySuCo getting molasses from, to consistently supply the more than 15 world-class distilleries already competing with DDL, which just advanced hundreds of millions of dollars to the SPU in order to protect its own supply of molasses?” he questioned.The financial adviser reasoned whether Heath-London is now trying to say that GuySuCo intends to increase sugarcane production by millions of tons, even when it is publicly known that Government has been closing sugar estates and scaling back production annually.SPU Head Colvin Heath-LondonRamsaroop argued that GuySuCo has set for itself, a target of 115,000 tons of sugar for this year, down from 188,000 tons in 2016. He said it is also important to note that 100 tons of sugarcane, under ideal conditions, yields 10 tons of sugar (GuySuCo actually gets between six to seven tons), while at the same time leaving about three tons of molasses as a by-product.“What this means, is that in order for GuySuCo to meet its already meagre target of 115,000 tons of sugar, it will need to produce about 1.15 million tons of sugarcane. The by-product from this will barely satisfy DDL’s demand for molasses, said to exceed 27,000 tons – molasses for which DDL has already paid for in advance, through its agreement with the SPU,” he further stated.The economic adviser to the Opposition therefore questioned whether based on the statements made by the SPU head, it would mean that GuySuCo has plans to increase sugarcane cultivation and production ten-fold, in order to sell molasses to the Caribbean market.DefenceHowever, despite these arguments, Heath-London defended the reason for reopening the Enmore factory to produce molasses, although it is being suggested that it is an impractical task. He told Guyana Times on Tuesday, “They have to keep the estate going. Like a car, nobody is going to purchase a car if they know it isn’t working. So, we have to keep the estate going. DDL needs molasses and so we are doing that.”While some politicians and former policy makers, including local economist Ramon Gaskin have said that reopening of Enmore to produce molasses for the company’s operations is not economically feasible, the SPU head said he does not agree with that theory, explaining that Enmore is not operating at a loss.“I don’t agree. You have to realise that crystallisation process in a sugar mill is where most of the money is spent – the high cost profit. And that forms a major part of the manufacturing cost or the whole crystallisation process. We will not be crystalising, we are just doing normal work and inversion method.”Heath-London claimed that the factory is using up about a quarter of the energy needed. In fact, he said the operation cost is much lower and at the same time, the molasses cost is much higher. He also rubbished claims that DDL is getting molasses at a subsidised cost. While he did not disclose the prices that GuySuCo is selling their molasses to DDL, he explained that it is at market cost.At present, A grade molasses is sold at a premium price of US$200 per ton while the price for normal molasses is somewhere between US$100 and more. “Their rates are based on the quality of molasses they get and you have to remember at Enmore, normally GuySuCo gives DDL what is called black strap molasses which is molasses when you extract most of the sugar from. The molasses that Enmore is producing now is called high tech or Grade A and that sells at a premium,” he added.