Short spells key, advises Sir Curtly

first_imgGALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies bowling consultant Sir Curtly Ambrose is advising new captain Jason Holder not to burden his seam attack with long spells if he wants to ensure their effectiveness in the two-Test series.Since arriving in the south Asian nation, the Windies have been confronted with stifling heat, with temperatures soaring into the mid-30s Celsius, coupled with high humidity.”In these conditions it’s been very, very hot and it is going to be important that the fast bowlers bowl shorter spells,” said Sir Curtly, the legendary Windies fast bowler, who took 405 wickets in 98 Tests.”Bowling eight, nine, 10 overs a spell is going to be too much for them, so the skipper will have to monitor the fast bowlers a little bit better, giving them shorter spells – whether it’s three- or four-over spells – where they can give you a full hundred per cent, so at the end of the day they have some energy left when you need them to produce. So, the spells are going to be important.”He added: “Hydration is going to be (important). You can’t wait until you’re tired or feel hydrated to put in the fluids, so that is going to be key, the hydration factor is going to be key;”Sir Curtly said that in the humid conditions, the fast bowlers will need to make the most of the abbreviated spells and get early wickets, as life would become harder for bowlers as the game went on.”You have to make sure that your first spell – for instance, with the new ball – you have to try your best to make that count,” he cautioned.”You have to nick out a few wickets early because the conditions here will be extremely hot. So short spells for me will do the trick, where fast bowlers will feel a little more fresh than bowling eight or nine overs in one spell.”quick pitchHe said one of the bright spots from the tour game was the awareness of the seamers in knowing the right length to bowl.”It’s a lot hotter than the Caribbean. Playing that three-day warm-up game … there was something for the fast bowlers. It was not a quick pitch, but there was grass on it and something for the fast bowlers,” Sir Curtly pointed out.”What impressed me most with our quickies was that they quickly found the right length to bowl and that was very impressive. We didn’t have to tell them what length to bowl, they really worked it out themselves and that, to me, was very impressive.”Once we can do that going into the Test matches, I think we’re going to be ok.”last_img read more

Annapolis Featured in Ad with Charles Barkley Samuel L Jackson and Spike

Annapolis Featured in Ad with Charles Barkley Samuel L Jackson and Spike

first_imgANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A new Capital One commercial features the city of Annapolis — along with former basketball star Charles Barkley, actor Samuel L. Jackson and director Spike Lee.The commercial shows the trio road-tripping to the NCAA basketball final four.But instead of arriving in Indianapolis, Indiana, where the games will take place, Barkley drives them to Annapolis, 600 miles east. A sign is shown welcoming the group to Maryland’s capital city.“Wake up, fellas. We’re finally here,” Barkley says. “In the Annapolis. Now we’ve just got to find the stadium.”Jackson and Lee go on to explain to Barkley they’re supposed to be in Indianapolis, not “in the Annapolis.”“Uh oh,” Barkley says.Connie Del Signore, president and CEO of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Convention and Visitors Bureau, called the commercial hilarious.The confusion between Annapolis and Indianapolis, a city of more than 800,000 people, isn’t new, she said.When Del Signore took the position with the convention and visitors bureau, she said some of her colleagues in the industry congratulated her on the new job in Indianapolis.“I used this with the CVB team to say ‘Look, we need to brand ourselves,’” she said. “That has been our main objective.”With the amount of advertising and branding the bureau has done over the past 12 years, coupled with the times Del Signore has heard the confusion herself, she said the bureau will take “some credit for planting the seed” for the commercial.“National placement,” she said. “Do you know how much CVBs would pay for this exposure?”___Information from: The Capital, http://www.capitalgazette.com/last_img read more

Rep García announces economic grant to create 30 jobs

Rep García announces economic grant to create 30 jobs

first_img State Rep. Daniela García today announced a $430,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund has been awarded to GNS America Co. in Holland Township, a company that specializes in metal stamping, hot stamping, welding and assembly.The company is investing $3.5 million to create a 40,000-square-foot addition to its existing facility for housing new machinery and equipment.  The grant will create 30 jobs at the new facility.  Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Nevada.“I want to personally thank GNS America Co. for their continued investment in our community,” García said. “This grant helps create local jobs and contributes to economic growth in our community.”For further information, please contact Rep. García’s office at 517-373-1774 or via email at danielagarcia@house.mi.gov. 14Sep Rep. García announces economic grant to create 30 jobs Categories: Garcia News,Newslast_img read more

The Bureau Amazon Prime Video has acquired French

The Bureau Amazon Prime Video has acquired French

first_imgThe BureauAmazon Prime Video has acquired French dramas for the first time, as speculation over an international SVOD launch grows.The platform has bought The Bureau, which comes from Federation Entertainment and The Oligarchs Productions, and Baron Noir, which Eric Benzekri and Jean-Baptiste Delafon created.This comes soon after the European Commission indicated plans to force SVOD platforms such as Amazon and Netflix to ensure 20% of their catalogue is European.It also comes amid increasing speculation Amazon will expand its streaming service beyond the US, UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Japan with a full international offering. Earlier this week, Ampere Analysis said such a launch was “imminent”.The new dramas will launch on Amazon later this month, with season one of The Bureau debuting on June 17 and season two going out on August 26.The Bureau follows a member of a clandestine branch of the French Secret Service, who returns home after a six-year mission in Damascus.Baron Noir, which Pulp Fiction’s Ziad Doueiri directs, follows a French politician who wants revenge against his political enemies, while concurrently fighting to save his election after he is double-crossed.Other recent Amazon acquisitions include AMC martial arts drama Into the Badlands and ITV’s children’s toon Thunderbirds Are Go.Earlier this week it was reported the entertainment arm of the e-commerce conglom has ordered five new pilots, namely Benicio Del Toro’s Carnival Row, Kevin MacDonald’s Strange New Things, period drama Tropicana, Amy Sherman-Palladino’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Legend of Master Legend.last_img read more