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Kitayama claims first European Tour win at Mauritius Open

first_imgBEAU CHAMP, Mauritius – Kurt Kitayama claimed his first European Tour win at the Mauritius Open on Sunday as he closed with a 4-under 68 for a 2-shot victory. Kitayama’s first European title came in just his third tournament as the American held off Chikkarangappa S and Matthieu Pavon, who both carded 67s to tie for second. Defending champion Dylan Frittelli finished strongly, shooting 65 to share fifth place. Justin Harding, tied for the lead with Kitayama overnight, was a shot ahead of him in fourth. Kitayama had an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys in his final round at Four Seasons Golf Course, going birdie-eagle-birdie from Nos. 3-5 to pull ahead. He had to hold his nerve, though, after his second dropped shot on No. 16 saw his lead cut to just a shot and gave Chikkarangappa and Pavon a chance. Kitayama recovered to finish birdie-par for a breakthrough win after only coming through qualifying school last month. ”I’m just so proud, really happy,” said Kitayama, who finished on 20-under 268 overall. ”It’s an unbelievable moment for me. I’m just so happy I was able to pull it off.” The 25-year-old Kitayama said earlier in the tournament he would reconsider staying on the European Tour at the end of the year, but he may have made his mind up to continue after Sunday’s success. ”This whole year has been, well, what a great year,” he said. ”I still have two more events but to win on one of the last events of the year is just great. ”It’s been really exciting, being able to travel all over the globe and I’m going to continue to travel more. I’m really looking forward to it.”last_img read more

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Thomas Keneally’s Transport to Have World Premiere at Irish Repertory Theater in 2014

first_img View Comments Transport tells the journey of Irish women exiled to Australia in the mid-19th century and focuses on a prison liner called “The Whisper,” which carried females to penal colonies. The characters include four prisoners, the crew of the ship and a banished Irish priest. A native Australian, Keneally is best known for his Booker Prize-winning novel Schindler’s Ark which he later adapted to Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1993. In his nonfiction book, The Great Shame, the author wrote of how his Irish forebears were deported for minor crimes in the Irish famine and its aftermath. Walton’s design credits on Broadway include A Tale of Two Cities, Uncle Vanya, Annie Get Your Gun, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Six Degrees of Separation and Anything Goes. He won Tony awards for The Apple Tree, the original production of Pippin, House of Blue Leaves and Guys and Dolls, and garnered an Oscar for Bob Fosse’s All That Chat. Other film and TV design credits include The Wiz, Murder on the Orient Express, Mary Poppins and The Boy Friend. The world premiere of Transport, a new musical with a book and lyrics by Thomas Keneally (Schindler’s List) and music by Larry Kirwan, is set for a limited engagement at the Irish Repertory Theater beginning February 16, 2014. According to the New York Times the new production will be directed and designed by Tony and Oscar winner Tony Walton and the show will run through April 6. Futher casting and creatives will be announced in due course.last_img read more

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Global Liner Reliability Drops

first_imgA global decline in performance of shipping lines has been recorded in July for the first time since February, according to SeaIntel’s latest Global Liner Performance report.The drop amounts to almost four percentage points from 75.6% in June to 71.6%, the report shows.Shipping giants Maersk Line, Hamburg Süd and Hanjin are still the most reliable liners, whereas Hyundai Merchant Marine, MOL, NYK were found at the other end of the list of the world’s top 20 shipping lines.Three major trade lines were hit the hardest, based on SeaIntel’s report, those being the transpacific eastbound, Asia-Mediterranean and Asia-north Europe routes.Congestion issues in Rotterdam and Hamburg are believed to be the biggest contributors to liner reliability downturn between Asia and Europe, which fell for 20 percentage points.The drop was further fueled by longshore contract talks in the US along with port workers strike in Chile, as explained by SeaIntel COO Alan Murphy.According to SeaIntel’s midyear review during the second quarter, the overall industry reliability was improving. However, there was a widening gap between industry players.Maersk Line scored an above-industry rating of 86.1%, which was facilitated by fair weather and fewer port closures for the quarter.As the leading liner for Q2, Maersk Line drove the industry gap to 11%, overtaking Hamburg Süd and CSAV with 84.1% and 79.6%, respectively, the review shows.[mappress]World Maritime News Staff, September 02, 2014; Image: HHM / Dietmar Hasenpuschlast_img read more

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Former Lions star Ruan Ackermann hijacked at gunpoint

first_imgFormer Lions flanker Ruan Ackermann, son of Ellis Park favourite and former coach Johan Ackermann, has escaped unhurt after being involved in a hijacking this week.The 24-year-old rising star’s English club, Gloucester, confirmed the incident.Ackermann had been on holiday back in South Africa.In a post on social media, he wrote: “Hello Everyone. Had a bad experience yesterday! Got hijacked and gun pointed. Everything stolen. Grateful for the blessing of God that kept us safe. If anyone needs me just DM me.”Ackermann during his time at the Lions. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)He again allayed any fears of injury with another post later on.According to GloucesterLive, the club is also aware of the incident.“Gloucester Rugby was made aware on Thursday morning that one of its players, Ruan Ackermann, was the subject of a robbery while on holiday in South Africa.“The club has been in contact with the family and, while Ruan and his companions are obviously shaken by the incident, they are thankfully unhurt.”Ackermann left the Lions in 2017 shortly after his father was appointed to his current position as head coach at Gloucester.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

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Marshfield girls basketball slides past Eau Claire North in second half

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterEAU CLAIRE — Marshfield shot just 27 percent from the field but made 19 of 25 free throws and forced 18 turnovers as it defeated Eau Claire North 48-33 in a nonconference girls basketball game Tuesday night at Eau Claire North High School.Ema Fehrenbach led the Tigers (13-4) with 15 points and eight rebounds and made 7 of 10 free throws.McKayla Scheuer added 12 points and four steals, and Caitlin Michaelis had 10 points and seven rebounds for Marshfield.The Tigers trailed 13-9 after the first quarter and 18-17 at halftime before outscoring North (9-6) 31-15 in the second half.Marshfield plays at Stevens Point as part of a girls-boys Wisconsin Valley Conference doubleheader on Friday. The girls game starts at 6 p.m. with the boys game to follow at 7:45 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 48, Huskies 33Marshfield 9 8 16 15 – 48Eau Claire North 13 5 9 16 – 33MARSHFIELD (48): McKayla Scheuer 3-8 4-5 12, Caitlin Michaelis 2-12 5-6 10, Natalie Zuelke 0-3 0-0 0, Martha Kupfer 0-1 0-0 0, Ellie Kummer 2-11 3-4 7, Ema Fehrenbach 4-8 7-10 15, Hannah Meverden 2-4 0-0 4. FG: 13-47. FT: 19-25. 3-pointers: 3-15 (Scheuer 2-6, Michaelis 1-6, Kummer 0-3). Rebounds: 31 (Fehrenbach 8, Meverden 7, Michaelis 7). Turnovers: 10. Fouls: 6. Fouled out: none. Record: 13-4.EAU CLAIRE NORTH (33): Carcyn Wathke 0-1 0-0 0, Mariah Kent 1-2 0-0 2, Mattea Peplinski 1-5 0-0 2, 12 1-2 0-0 2, Brianna Banks 1-8 0-0 2, Emma Fischer 0-1 0-0 0, Kylea Davis 0-3 0-0 0, Alaina Quaranta 6-14 1-2 15, Nikki Kilboten 5-6 0-0 10, Markeysha Hazelton 0-6 0-0 0. FG: 15-48. FT: 1-2. 3-pointers: 2-11 (Quaranta 2-4, Peplinski 0-1, 12 0-1, Fischer 0-1, Banks 0-4). Rebounds: 29 (Kilboten 10). Turnovers: 18. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: none. Record: 9-6.last_img read more

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The New Stack: SaaS, Cloud Computing, Core Technology

first_imgDuring the PC era, the technology stack was controlled by Microsoft Windows and Wintel – the “Wintel” era. We are now entering a new era, called variously ‘Cloud’ or ‘SaaS’ or ‘Enterprise 2.0’. In this era everything is different – the stack, the players and the potential for value creation. Let’s outline the basic shape of this emerging era, in particular defining what makes up the new stack.The New Stack Has 3 LayersAt the Top – SaaS: these are the end user services that we actually interact with, such as Basecamp. This is the “final mile”. This is what we used to call application software, vertical systems or value added systems. Although SaaS is sometimes also used to describe the layer below, we prefer to label the top as SaaS and the middle as Cloud Computing. Typically this layer has had thousands of companies. These are our bootstrapped Gritty Entrepreneurs. In the Middle – Cloud Computing: this is the Cloud where we witness the “sound and fury” of BigCos battling it out – Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM and others. This layer is the most fluid and where all the deals are. This layer can be seen as two layers, but the difference is very blurry. Some SaaS companies create some “middleware” that they position in this layer. Some start-ups create middleware as their primary focus, with an end game of getting acquired by one of the Cloud BigCos. Over time, these will tend to get rolled up into a few big platforms that compete by providing higher levels of abstraction for developers. At the Bottom – Core Technology: this is what we might call “traditional Silicon Valley”, hard core patent-protected technology sold to big companies that use it as part of their stack. Arista, the latest venture from Andreas Bechtolsheim falls into this category.Spectators And PlayersMost of us are spectators in the Cloud Computing game. It is fun to watch the big guys duke it out and ReadWriteWeb will continue to report on that. Entrepreneurs need to understand the strategies of the big players who will be their “platform partner”. But we all have lots of opportunities to be players at the top of the stack, in the SaaS layer. This is where there are low barriers to entry, massively reduced R&D costs and incumbents who will be slow to embrace SaaS for fear of cannibalizing their core business.Has The Stack Value Inverted?Traditionally, value was at the bottom of the stack, which is why Microsoft and Intel were so dominant in the past. With a few notable exceptions like SAP, the top of the stack tended to be smaller companies. It is possible that this has inverted, that the real value is now at the top of the stack and not at the bottom. For example, Arista will probably be very successful, but their market will be limited to the few companies who build huge data centers. Those clients will place huge orders but will also have a lot of negotiating clout. Lock-In And Network Effects?So maybe the value is all in the middle now? This is certainly where all the action is today. The two big questions at this layer are:1. Lock-in? How easy will it be to move your SaaS service between Amazon AWS, Google App Engine, Microsoft Azure and other contenders? Today there is quite a lot of technical lock-in, you cannot move from one to another without some re-coding. But is that a big deal? No, because a) any Platform that jacks up prices will get hammered by their competitors and b) when you do need to move, it may require some coding changes but the move is transparent to end users. So, very little lock-in.2. Viral Network Effects? Market leaders will get a lower cost of sale, but there is no social media viral effect at the Cloud Computing Platform layer. Without Lock-In or Viral Network Effects, this layer will be commoditized. It will be very, very big but it will be a thin margin commodity business that is all about scale.So The SaaS Cream Floats To The Top?This is our theory. The value is with the small SaaS companies in the “final mile” interacting with end users. This is what we are seeing with our bootstrapped Gritty Entrepreneurs. What About Players Across Layers?Next week I will be at Dreamforce, the Salesforce.com annual event in San Francisco. Salesforce.com is the SaaS pioneer that defined the market. At some stage they decided that being on the top layer only was not enough and they created their Force.com “platform” on which others could create applications.IBM also operates at many layers of the stack. But they do so with separate divisions that would be large companies in their own right.It will be interesting to see how this stack evolves and specifically how well Salesforce.com succeeds with their mission to operate at both the top and the middle layer. bernard lunn Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Breaking News in the Industry: April 13, 2018

first_imgLP Worldwide: Man uses crowbar in brazen jewelry store theft [Viral Video]CCTV has captured the moment a man stormed a Melbourne jewelry store with a crowbar. Video shows the hoodie-wearing offender entering the Hampshire Road outlet in Sunshine about 2.20pm last Friday. He is shown tucking his right arm underneath his jacket in a bid to conceal a crowbar. Moments later, he takes out the weapon and begins smashing the glass cabinet at the front of the store. He then grabs thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry and flees the scene on foot. The robber, who remains on the run, is described as about 165cm (5′ 4″) tall and aged in his 40s. Investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.  [Source: Nine News]Police search for suspect who robbed; threatened LPAInvestigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Robbery Unit are asking for the public’s help in locating an unknown suspect wanted for a commercial armed robbery of a Target store located in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. On March 25, at approximately 10 p.m., a loss prevention associate (LPA) noticed a male inside the Target store located at 1288 Camino Del Rio North. The LPA recognized the male from previous encounters. As the LPA was monitoring the male, he saw the male grab three memory cards and attempt to remove them from their security cases. The male then went to the bedding area of the store and used a towel to conceal the cases. The male then removed one of the memory cards and placed it inside his pant pocket. The LPA confronted the male. The male placed the towel on the ground and walked towards the exit. The LPA followed the male. As the male was near the exit door, he pulled out a folding razor knife from his waistband and told the LPA to stand back. The male left the store and was last seen getting into an early 2000’s gray Cadillac CTS. The suspect is described as a White male, approximately 28-years-old, 6”0” tall, 170 lbs., wearing a tan colored long sleeve dress shirt, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes. Anyone with information on the identity or location of the suspect is asked to call the SDPD’s Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. [Source: KUSI News]A middle school teacher tried to shoplift; She blames opioidsA Daytona Beach, Florida, middle school teacher stole items from a Target store and trafficked drugs, police said — and she doesn’t even remember the arrest. Kimberly Vicars, 46, of New Smyrna Beach, took more than 32 different items last Wednesday from a  Target store, according to Daytona Beach Police department arrest records, and tried to hide them in Target tote bags. A loss prevention associate saw Vicars taking clothes, toiletries and other items, which totaled roughly $522.25, and exiting the store without trying to stop at a cashier of self checkout lane. The officer stopped Vicars and contacted police, according to the arrest report. A police officer arrived and arrested Vicars, who teaches eighth-grade language arts at David C. Hinson Sr. Middle School. After searching her purse, the officer found an Advil bottle with 5 Hydrocodone 325/10mg pills. The officer then found another Advil container with 21 pills also determined to be Hydrocodone 325/10mg. In addition, the officer identified another pill in that bottle as Carisoprodol 350 mg, which is used to treat muscle spasms, according to the arrest report. Vicars also had a pill bottle with her name and prescription for Carisoprodol. After searching some more, the officer found a third pill container with three more Hydrocodone pills. In total, the officer found 29 hydrocodone pills, weighing 12 grams; 4 Carisoprodol 350mg, weighing .02 grams; and small pieces of green and orange pills that weren’t identified. Vicars told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that she’s been suffering from chronic pain because of of two car crashes that led to three neck surgeries. She wasn’t able to provide the arresting officer with a prescription for hydrocodone, the police report read, but she told The News-Journal that she has one to help cope with the pain. She said she didn’t know that keeping the pills in an Advil bottle was illegal under state law, which defines trafficking as possession of more than 4 grams of hydrocodone, a schedule 2 controlled substance.  [Source: Tampa Bay Times]- Sponsor – Bon-Ton may be headed for liquidation after losing key bid conditionBon-Ton Stores’ lifeline may have slipped through the bankrupt retailer’s grasp. A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday rejected a $500,000 fee that Bon-Ton requested to pay a group of investors interested in buying the company out of bankruptcy to keep it operating. A spokesperson for Bon-Ton did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The fee was included in the letter of intent signed by the investor group, made up of financial firm DW Partners as well as real estate firms Namdar Realty Group and Washington Prime Group, which operate malls in which Bon-Ton is a significant tenant. The retailer disclosed the potential bid on Monday. Kelley Cornish, a partner with Paul Weiss, representing Bon-Ton in its bankruptcy case, said at the hearing the fee was to help the investor group recoup their costs of due diligence and was necessary to secure the bid, according to an audio file of the hearing. Steve Zelin, a partner with investment banking firm PJT Partners working on the department store retailer’s restructuring, said at a court hearing Wednesday that no other interested parties had received such reimbursement. Cornish described the bid from Namdar and Washington Prime as “the last and only opportunity for the debtors to continue operating in business.”  [Source: RetailDIVE]Man charged in store robbery that injured LPA White Lake Township, Michigan, man who robbed a Hartland Township store and injured employees who tried to stop him has been charged in the incident. Sean Thompson, 39, was arraigned Monday in 53rd District Court in Howell on charges of unarmed robbery and retail fraud. According to a Livingston County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies responded at about 5:17 p.m., April 7, to the Rural King store at 10400 Highland Road. Store employees reported that a man, later identified as Thompson, was observed attempting to conceal an unknown item in his coat. The employees pursued Thompson into the parking lot and tried to restrain him for suspected retail fraud, but he escaped and fled in his vehicle. It was not immediately clear how many employees were involved, but all sustained minor injuries and did not seek immediate medical attention. Thompson was later located by sheriff’s office deputies, who were assisted by the White Lake Township Police Department. Thompson posted bail on a $5,000 cash surety bond. The incident remains under investigation.  [Source: Livingston Daily]That’s all folks! Alabama becomes 50th state with breach notification lawOn March 28, 2018, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill that made Alabama the 50th and final state to enact a consumer data breach notification law. Prior to the signing, Alabama had been the last remaining state without such a law after South Dakota passed its data breach law last month. So what do you need to know about the new Alabama data breach notification law before it takes effect on May 1, 2018? In addition to notification requirements, the new Alabama law also includes provisions requiring covered entities and third-party agents to employ and maintain “reasonable security measures” and document destruction protocols. Under the new law, some of the reasonable security measures covered entities and third-party agents must implement and maintain to protect Alabama residents’ personally identifying information against unauthorized access would include • Designating an employee(s) to coordinate the entity’s security measures;  Identifying internal and external risks of a security breach; Adopting appropriate safeguards to address identified risks and assessing the effectiveness of such safeguards; Retaining service providers that are contractually required to maintain appropriate safeguards for sensitive personally identifying information, and keeping management, including the board of directors, appropriately informed of the overall status of security measures. The law also includes a disposal provision that requires covered entities and third-party agents to take reasonable measures to dispose of any records containing sensitive personally identifying information when the records are no longer needed pursuant to “applicable law, regulations, or business needs.” In general, Alabama’s new breach notification statute is similar to those of other states. But, as always, if you find yourself in a situation where you have to interpret these requirements, you should enlist the help of experienced and knowledgeable data breach and privacy attorneys.  [Source: Thompson Coburn LLP] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Milan escape route for Demiral?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Milan could reportedly offer Juventus defender Merih Demiral an escape route in January. Demiral has played just one competitive match for Juve since arriving from Sassuolo over the summer, despite injuries to Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt. With that in mind, the Turk may decide to jump ship this winter and Goal.com’s Romeo Agresi writes Milan could soon revive their interest. The Rossoneri tried to take the Turk before his stay in Turin was confirmed in August, offering €35m for his services. They have problems in central defence, with Mateo Musacchio struggling for consistency, Leo Duarte tried out more at right-back and Mattia Caldara still a mystery.last_img read more

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Cricket controversy: When Mike Denness accused Sachin Tendulkar of ball-tampering

first_imgDenness charge against Tendulkar dominated popular debateFor a sport played at the highest level by 10 countries, and at some level of excellence by no more than eight, cricket certainly gets entangled in an inexplicably high number of national, legal, cultural and racial standoffs.Perhaps it is inevitable because as writer,Denness charge against Tendulkar dominated popular debateFor a sport played at the highest level by 10 countries, and at some level of excellence by no more than eight, cricket certainly gets entangled in an inexplicably high number of national, legal, cultural and racial standoffs.Perhaps it is inevitable because as writer Rob Steen says, “No sport relies so heavily on international rivalry as cricket, not pits white so incessantly against black, former master against uppity ex-servant.”Cricket’s last big crisis took place five years ago with India at its heart. During the India vs South Africa Test in Port Elizabeth in November 2001, match referee Mike Denness pulled up more than half the Indian team for various misdemeanours.Most prominent was India’s favourite son Sachin Tendulkar who was accused by Denness of ball-tampering. Four others Virender Sehwag, Deep Dasgupta, Harbhajan Singh and S.S. Das were hauled up for excessive appealing and the then captain Sourav Ganguly for not controlling his team. The charge on Tendulkar was regarded as the most serious and the most inflammatory.The team learnt of the sweeping charges in phases. An Indian working on the TV broadcast crew sounded out Tendulkar about the match referee checking footage around him in the field. Tour manager M.P. Bhargava was handed a letter from Denness on the third night of the Test, listing a 45-minute timetable of disciplinary hearings for the six players scheduled for the next morning.Later that night, a senior member of the Indian team went to have a word with Denness. He is believed to have told the referee that pulling up the Indians for appealing was one issue, but accusing Tendulkar of cheating was entirely another. Denness was advised to be careful about making such a serious accusation against India’s most iconic player.advertisementGanguly’s men believed the referee had let South Africa get away with equally vociferous appealing and the slur on Tendulkar outraged Indians back home. The hearings held on the fourth morning-in which Sehwag was banned for a Test and the others fined and warned-led to a high voltage drama that polarised cricket.The BCCI wanted Denness gone and were backed by their hosts South Africa. Denness had to leave the country in a hurry and never refereed again. The third Test in Centurion was declared an ‘unofficial’ contest played without ICC-appointed officials.last_img read more

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IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla happy after “amicable meeting” with CoA

first_imgIndian cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag will be honoured by the BCCI during the opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Hyderabad on April 5.Confirming this today, Rajeev Shukla, Chairman of the cash-rich league, assured that the 10th edition of the tournament will be bigger and better than all the previous ones.Shukla chaired the IPL Governing Council meeting in Delhi today with head and members of the Supreme Court-appointed BCCI Committee of Administrators (COA) in attendance. (CoA assures full support to state associations for hosting IPL 2017 matches)”It was a very amicable meeting. Before the Governing Council meeting, all staging associations signed the agreement. There was absolutely no voice of dissent. Mr (Vinod) Rai was very thoughtful in his suggestions and assured full support from the COA,” Shukla told India Today after the meeting.Mumbai has been awarded a playoff game this season while the eliminators will take place in Bangalore. The opening game and final match of the tournament will take place in Hyderabad as Sunrisers Hyderabad are the reigning champs.”Mumbai lost out due to the draught issue last season so have been given a playoff this season,” said Shukla.Besides Shukla, the meeting was attended by board treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary, Sourav Ganguly while joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary joined through Skype. Jyotiraditya Scindia and MP Pandove were absent.The staging state associations have also been promised immediate release of funds by the COA.”We will get the money to host the game a day before every match and COA has also promised to clear all our pending dues within two working days, said a happy official of one of the staging associations.advertisementlast_img read more

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