After three seasons of zooming through space and time, Peter Capaldi is preparing to hang up his sonic screwdriver and depart Doctor Who.He hopes fans of the British sci-fi series have enjoyed watching him as the galaxy-hopping Time Lord — but not necessarily understood him.“I wanted him to be more uncomfortable, more alien,” Capaldi said of his take on a character who first appeared on TV screens in 1963.Originally played by the late William Hartnell, the Doctor arrived onscreen in the Tardis, a time-traveling space ship — bigger on the inside than the outside — shaped like an old-fashioned British telephone booth. He soon established a place in viewers’ hearts, and British popular culture.Thanks to the character’s handy ability to regenerate into new bodies, Capaldi is the show’s 12th lead actor. He’s set to leave after a 12-episode series that begins airing Saturday on BBC television in Britain … [Read more...] about Doctor Who season 10: Peter Capaldi eyes the end of his space-time travels
IMAGE: ICC chairman Shashank Manohar says he will not seek a third term. Photograph: PTI International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Shashank Manohar is to step down when his current term ends in May next year, Indian newspaper The Hindu has reported. Manohar, who was elected unopposed on a two-year term as the global governing body's first independent chairman in May 2016, resigned for personal reasons in March the following year only to defer his resignation a week later. He was re-elected unopposed for a second two-year term last year. "I am not interested in continuing for another two-year term," The Hindu quoted him as saying. "Majority of directors have requested me to continue but I have told them that I do not wish to do so."I have been the chairman for nearly five years. I am very clear, I do not want to continue from June 2020. My successor will be known next May." Katherine Brunt becomes first English woman to take 150 ODI wickets Katherine Brunt on Monday became the first … [Read more...] about Buzz: ICC Chairman Manohar to step down at end of term
How China and the US should avoid misapprehension and improve mutual understanding, and in particular, how some Americans should avoid irreparable and destructive results because of the lack of understanding of and prejudices against China, are important tasks that must be addressed properly, as the two countries face certain difficulties and challenges at a critical moment of bilateral relations. Peter Walker, a Senior Partner Emeritus at McKinsey & Company recently published a book titled Powerful, Different, Equal: Overcoming the Misconceptions and Differences Between China and the US The book dialectically analyzes the stereotyped and prejudiced reports on China by western media and reveals the US misunderstandings of China. It advocates for rational understanding of China's development and the prevention of strategic miscalculations, so that responsible choices for both parties and the world can be made. The opinions of the book are a warning to some US politicians. In this … [Read more...] about Rationality the basis for maintaining China-US relations
The MCG pitch has once again been thrust into the spotlight after a calamitous Saturday session. Western Australia batsmen Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis were left battered and bruised after deliveries rose sharply off the wicket, causing the game to be abandoned after just 39.4 overs. And it has led to calls for the MCG to be stripped of the Boxing Day Test, even though the wicket which will be used later this month wasn’t involved in the dramatic event. So just where is the MCG wicket at? Clark blasts dangerous pitch Cricket: Former Aussie quick Stuart Clark condemns "dangerous" playing surfaces ahead of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG Stream the Australia v New Zealand Domain Test Series Live & Ad-Break Free During Play with KAYO SPORTS. Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly> HISTORY OF DROP-IN WICKETS Drop-in wickets were first developed for World Series Cricket in the 1970s, when Kerry Packer’s competition … [Read more...] about It’s the most revered ground in Australia — so why has it all gone horribly gone wrong at the MCG?
The global video and electronic games market will generate $152.1 billion in 2019, up 9.6% over last year as gaming morphs into content and communication, according to a report by gaming analytics firm Newzoo on Tuesday.It is “the complete convergence of different forms of digital entertainment all coming together,” Peter Warman, chief executive of the Netherlands-based firm, told Reuters in a phone interview.As games become seemingly ubiquitous, they are turning into tools for connectivity, allowing players to chat with friends and meet new people. Fortnite publisher Epic Games Inc, in particular, believes in gaming as a communication platform, Warman said.Facebook Inc is launching its own games through its Facebook, WhatsApp Inc and Messenger apps, as is Tencent Holding Ltd’s WeChat in China. On June 5, Words With Friends developer Zynga Inc launched a new battle royale game exclusively on the new gaming platform of Snap Inc, home of … [Read more...] about World electronic gaming revenues to generate $152.1 billion in 2019: Report