Ashwin blitzes five-wicket landmark, India tighten grip

first_imgINFORE, India (AP): Ravichandran Ashwin took his 20th five-wicket haul yesterday as New Zealand were bowled out for 299 runs on day three of the third Test in Indore. India then reached 18-0 in six overs at stumps, taking an overall lead of 276 runs. The visitors started well, with Martin Guptill (72) adding 118 runs with Tom Latham (53). They were both dropped once. Ashwin then accepted a simple return catch to dismiss Latham before lunch. The slide began after the break, as New Zealand lost four wickets for 14 runs. Ashwin bowled Kane Williamson (8) and then had both Ross Taylor (0) and Luke Ronchi (0) caught at slip, with Ajinkya Rahane pulling off sharp catches. “Early in the spell, I try to get my alignment and rhythm going properly and it’s taking me a few overs,” said Ashwin. “Once I go through it and when my body starts going completely into the ball, the starts getting better. That was one of the spells after lunch,” he said, after the close of play. Guptill was unlucky to be runout when Ashwin got his fingers off a Ronchi drive and deflected the ball onto stumps. James Neesham (71) added 53 runs with BJ Watling (23) to stem the rout. But Ravindra Jadeja (2-80) struck on either side of tea to remove Watling and Mitchell Santner (22), who added 52 runs with Neesham. The all-rounder completed his fourth Test half-century, before becoming Ashwin’s fifth victim, trapped lbw. It was the 20th five-wicket haul for the off-spinner and he became the quickest Indian bowler to achieve this milestone. He got there in 39 Tests, as compared to Kapil Dev (98 Tests), Anil Kumble (75 Tests) and Harbhajan Singh (59 Tests). “We have had some good discussions. If somebody is batting well, he gives you different ideas about how differently you can bowl and what fields you can have,” said Ashwin, about his interactions with Indian coach Kumble. Jeetan Patel (18) was then run-out much in the same way as Guptill, Ashwin deflecting a dropped return catch from Matt Henry (15 n.o.) onto the stumps. Trent Boult (0) was last man out, caught in the deep off Ashwin, as the Black Caps surrendered a first innings’ lead of 258 runs. India didn’t enforce the follow-on though. Gautam Gambhir, who injured his shoulder while fielding, walked off after facing seven balls as he aggravated his injury. There was some surprise that the Indian captain chose to rest his bowlers with only six overs remaining in the day. “I was certainly preparing to bat. Tomorrow, I expect them to come out, play a few shots, and put quick runs on board,” said Latham, after the day’s play. Murali Vijay was unbeaten on 11, while Cheteshwar Pujara was not out on one run at stumps. India have already won the three-match series with an unassailable 2-0 lead. UNLUCKY GUPTILLlast_img read more

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Cape Town Fringe returns to Mother City

first_img18 August 2015With a bold programme of more than 70 productions, this year’s Cape Town Fringe – which runs in the city from 24 September to 4 October – promises to be a showcase of the best of South African theatre.Audiences can look forward to an invigorating mix of new and original work spanning every genre. It is the second time this annual event will be held in Cape Town.Ismail Mahomed, the festival’s artistic director, said the Cape Town Fringe was evolving its own artistic fingerprint – that of an engaged, original, and socially aware programme.“It demonstrates how independent artists and arts companies are passionately engaging with the world around them and bringing that experience to their work,” Mahomed said. More productions were likely be added in the coming weeks as contractual and other discussions were concluded.Magic is on the billWhile the programme comprises mostly theatre, dance, performance art, physical theatre, music, family theatre and magic will round off the 11-day festival.This year’s line-up aims to offer a wide choice, ensuring that the Fringe matches the vibrancy and creativity of other Fringe festivals worldwide. “Audiences will be able to craft an amazing experience, drawing from productions that won the coveted Standard Bank Ovation Award at the recent National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, through to original work that is devised and created specifically to premiere at this year’s Fringe,” he said.More venues join the FringeProduced by the experienced team at the National Arts Festival, the Cape Town Fringe will make use of venues in the city centre, Langa, and at the V&A Waterfront for the first time in 2015.“The programme has a strong Cape flavour, with locally based artists making up about 60% of the programme,” said Fringe chief executive Tony Lankester. More than 18 000 tickets were sold last year, and the event was estimated to have an economic impact of more than R4-million, over and above its R2.7-million direct spend.Local partnerships were crucial to staging the event, Mahomed added, highlighting relationships with initiatives such as the Zabalaza Festival, Pansa and Assitej, all of which had made the programme “richer and more relevant”.“The Fringe has helped Cape Town earn the enviable reputation of an events destination of choice,” said Garreth Bloor, the Cape Town mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development. The economic spin-offs of events held enormous benefits for the city and its residents.Innovations this yearLankester said last year’s event had given the organisers a solid base from which to innovate: “We want to grow the event even more and we will be introducing some innovations developed as a result of open engagement with Cape artists and institutions earlier this year.”Some of this year’s innovations include:Patrons who book via the Cape Town Fringe website will be able to make use of the print-at-home-ticket function, reducing queuing time for patrons.An enhanced and more user-friendly Cape Town Fringe mobile booking and planning app.A stronger programme of events for schools and learner groups during the daytime.Greater cognisance given to religious and other holidays in the planning process.Expanding to venues beyond the City Hall precinct.Partnering with Cape Town Tourism and a specialist travel agent to put packages together for visitors from other cities wanting to attend the Fringe.More specials for workers in the City to attend shows during their lunch breaks. “Give us your lunch hour; we’ll give you a show and a sandwich,” say organisers.A busier and more vibrant Fringe Club in the City Hall, where patrons will be able to meet for coffee, a glass of wine and a light meal.Joining the city as a full sponsor of the event this year is Standard Bank, which will host the Standard Bank music stage in the City Hall.“The venue will feature some amazing entertainment,” said Jenny Pheiffer, head of brand and group sponsorships at Standard Bank.Booking opens at the end of August through the Cape Town Fringe website.Productions at #CTF2015NameCompanyGenreProvinceLast Cow StandingNu-Breed Theatre CompanyTheatreKwa-Zulu Natal7 Deadly SinsMacbob ProductionsTheatreKwa-Zulu NatalAcatears MusicVaal University of Technology – BOTCMusicGautengAdam Small BeJazzedApplauz Arts InitiativeMusicWestern CapeADAM:Vichistravrya or I wish I were Caitlyn JennerTazme PillayTheatreWestern CapeAl Julle VolkeWessel PretoriusTheatreWestern CapeAn Extraordinarily Ordinary LifeKB Theatre ProductionsTheatreWestern CapeAshesRust Co-OperativeTheatreWestern CapeAstonishWonga MagicIllusionWestern CapeB*tch Stole My DoekCopy DogTheatreWestern CapeBarbed Wire WallpaperClockwork HeARTDance & Physical TheatreGautengBarredYellow Glove CollectiveDance & Physical TheatreWestern CapeBig GirlsFollow Spot ProductionsWestern CapeBlaqseedVaal University of Technology – BOTCMusicGautengBlood OrangeUntouchable Productions / Craig MorrisDance & Physical TheatreGautengButlers and BabysittersSlick ‘n SleeveTheatreWestern CapeDetritus for OneAlan ParkerDance & Physical TheatreWestern CapeDoucheJawBreaker ProductionsDance & Physical TheatreWestern CapeElla’s HorsesCharles Fourie ProductionsTheatreWestern CapeExhibit S, Ode to Saartjie Baartman by a Black South African WomanThola AntamuTheatreWestern CapeExit the KingFlat Monkey CompanyTheatreWestern CapeFat Man’s CoopApplauz Arts Initiative in association with PANSATheatreWestern CapeGug’Othandayo The MusicalVukani Emalahleni Service CentreTheatreMpumalangaHatchetmanHatchetmanMusicWestern CapeHow Stories BeganJungle Theatre CompanyTheatreWestern CapeĦREJJEF – folktalesSoundscapesMusicMaltaInja ka VuyoIsibane Puppet and Drama Group in association with UNIMATheatreWestern CapeIs this for Keeps?/ Between Love and PainBaxter Theatre centreTheatreWestern CapeJazz with Asanda MqikiAsanda MqikiMusicEastern CapeJohnny Boskak is Feeling FunnyUntouchable Productions / Craig MorrisTheatreGautengMagic through the AgesBrendon PeelIllusionEastern CapeMime La FranceMime Theater promotionsGautengMonna ga se NkuBaikitsi Arts CollectiveDance & Physical TheatreWestern CapeMooi Street MovesNompumelelo MtshaliTheatreKwa-Zulu NatalMorayks LiveRamamudi Trading Enterprise (Pty) LtdMusicGautengNaked Knitting and Other Contradictory ActsLiquid FusionTheatreGautengNatRust Co-OperativeTheatreWestern CapeNdendileBaxter Theatre CentreTheatreWestern CapeNguMzimba WamArt of Hearts in association UNIMATheatreWestern CapeNomadic OrchestraMusicWestern CapeOntwrigDrama Department, Stellenbosch University & WoordfeesDance & Physical TheatreWestern CapeOn and OnCape Junior Ballet CompanyDance & Physical TheatreWestern CapePANSA Unplugged: CollaborationsPANSA Western CapeDance, Music, Comedy & PoetryWestern CapeRooivalkNico ScheepersTheatreWestern CapeSleepless DreamsStuart LightbodyIllusionWestern CapeSleight of Mouth II: Now Talk Your Way Out Of This!Marcel OudejansIllusionWestern CapeSmaartiesAbstr(ACT) ProductionsTheatreNorth WestStil(l)Abstr(ACT) ProductionsTheatreNorth WestSuggestion Box #justsayingOddBody TheatrePublic Art / Public ArtWestern CapeSweet Sounds of Maya SpectorMaya SpectorMusicWestern CapeThe Brothers LiveThe BrothersMusicEastern CapeThe Incredible JourneyKB Theatre ProductionsTheatreWestern CapeThe Politics of Love & Femininity…Black hair & all that JazzWild Young BohemiansTheatreMpumalangaTom Thum & Jamie McDowellMusicAustraliaTrophyGavin KrastinPerformance ArtWestern CapeTumi ThusiTTM ProductionsMusicGautengUhambo LomhambiBaxter Theatre CentreTheatreWestern CapeWaltzThe Gatherings/Intlangano supported by First Physical Theatre and endorsed by Creative City GrahamstownDance & Physical TheatreEastern CapeWarrior On WheelsThe Chaeli CampaignTheatreWestern CapeWaterlineUyabona KeDance & Physical TheatreEastern CapeWe didn’t come to hell for the croissants: 7 deadly new stories for consenting adultsPOPArt productions in association with Jemma KahnTheatreGautengWhat goes UP…FTH:KTheatreWestern CapeSource: SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Meghalaya CM pushes for regulated coal mining

first_imgMeghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Friday sought regulated mining with “utmost care on safety of miners and environment” to help the State tide over revenue loss and provide relief to people dependent on coal.“There is a need to have regulated mining in Meghalaya with utmost care on safety of miners and environment. The ban on mining has affected the socio-economic condition of the people who are dependent on coal as well as loss of revenue generation for the State,” Mr. Sangma told Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.The Chief Minister had called on Mr. Singh along with senior leaders of parties in his coalition government and officials from Meghalaya’s Department of Mining.State Mining Secretary C. Manjunath underscored how the ban on mining was affecting livelihood and pressed for tweaking provisions of rules governing mining in Meghalaya, a State covered by the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.Search haltedMeanwhile, the agencies engaged in the search and rescue operation at the coalmine where 15 miners have been trapped since December 13 are awaiting a decision from the local authorities on retrieving a body detected by an underwater Navy robot on Wednesday night.Efforts to pull the body up mechanically failed as it had decomposed. A few skeletons were also detected in the rat-hole mine at Ksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district.The search operation was halted on Friday since the district magistrate, doctor, forensics expert and the families have to be present to proceed forward, a Navy spokesperson said.last_img read more

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