Virat Kohli to Ben Stokes: 5 most expensive players in IPL history

first_imgThe Royal Challengers Bangalore decided to keep hold of their and India captain Virat Kohli and at what cost? Well! Rs 17 crore.This amount made Kohli the highest paid player in the history of the tournament toppling what Delhi Daredevils paid for Yuvraj Singh in 2015. Kohli was the first retention for RCB this year and according to the IPL salary caps — it was supposed to be Rs 15 crore — however, the RCB has paid two more and made him the most valued player in the history of the 11-year-old tournament.Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also retained by the returning Chennai Super Kings and so was Rohit Sharma by the Mumbai Indians in the top salary cap category of 15 crore each — making them the joint second highest paid players in the league.Here is a list of the highest-paid cricketers in the IPL.WATCHVIRAT KOHLIRetaining Kohli was a no-brainer for the Royal Challengers and it turned out to be a costly move. But what comes with it is more or less assured peformances.Kohli was in tremendous form in 2017, hitting 2818 runs across all the formats for India before flying off to Italy with Anushka Sharma to tie the knot.Kohli has played for RCB since the inception of the league and has hammered 4418 runs from 149 matches at an average of 37.44. He also became the fastest player to reach 4000 runs in IPL history and his best season was 2016 when he smashed 973 runs including four hundreds at an average of 81.08.advertisementAlong with Kohli, RCB retained AB de Villiers and young Sarfarz Khan for 11 crore and 1.74 crore respectively. The duo are set to form the backbone of the team going into the 2018 season.YUVRAJ SINGHBCCI PhotoDelhi Daredevils paid a whopping Rs 16 crore for the swashbuckling all-rounder back in 2015 — making him the record buy in the history of the IPL then. Incidentally, he was also the record the year before, when RCB paid a 14 crore to get his services but released him the following year because of his bad form and fitness.Yuvi scored just 376 runs from 14 games and took five wickets for Kohli’s team and the following year he just hit 248 runs and took one wicket for the DD and was released again. Since then, he has played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and has scored 236 and 252 runs respectively in 2016 and 2017.Yuvraj was released by the Sunrisers for this year’s auction and he is currently out of the Indian set-up and is struggling to pass the Yo-Yo Test but his past exploits, experience and flamboyance is a bonus for any team and he is expected to fetch decent amount in the auction.MS DHONIBCCI PhotoMS Dhoni’s return to CSK was written in the stars and that did happen on Thursday when the IPL 2018 player retention took place.CSK kept him for a whopping Rs 15 crore — the base salary for the first retained player. Along with him CSK retained Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.But Mahi’s return has got the fans excited the most and him as well. Dhoni has led CSK to two trophies and four finals in eight years of the tournament.Dhoni, who played for the Rising Pune Supergiant in the last two seasons has scored 3561 runs from 159 matches in the IPL. He has hit 17 fifties.For CSK, Dhoni has smashed 2987 runs from 129 matches in the first eight seasons.His form in the shorter formats was questioned toward the end of 2017 but he rescued his team and played some crucial knocks for India in the recently concluded three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka to squash all of them.He is now expected to lead the line as usual and take CSK back to where they belong according to the Whistle Podu loyalists.ROHIT SHARMABCCI PhotoMumbai Indians retained Rohit for the same amount as CSK did with MS Dhoni – Rs 15 crore.Retaining Rohit was a no-brainer for Mumbai just like Kohli was for RCB. He has led them to thre  IPL titles in 2013, 2015 and 2017 — the most by any team in the tournament.The Mumbaikar has been playing for them since 2011 and took over the captaincy in 2013 and has never looked back since.He has a total of 4207 runs from 159 IPL matches and one hudnred. Out of which, out of which 1170 runs have come during his time with the Deccan Chargers from 2008 to 2010. He played 45 matches for them.Rohit was retained alongside Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah and the trio will form the core of the squad. He recently captained India to ODI and series victories against Sri Lanka and is fully expected to help Mumbai defend their title in 2018.advertisementBEN STOKESBCCI PhotoHe was the star-attraction in 2017’s IPL auction and it was evident right from the beginning. He was priced at Rs 2 crore and was expected to go big and he did. So much so, that Mumbai Indians were holding the baton even before the auctioneer Richard Madley could name his base price. All eight franchises were after him and there was an aggressive battle between Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi Daredevils (DD).Later Sunrisers Hyderabad joined in but he was at last bagged by the RPS for a whopping fee of Rs 14.50 crore. He has now become the second costliest player in the history of the IPL auctions behind Yuvraj Singh, for whom the DD paid 16 crore in 2015.Stokes has been in brilliant form since last year and was one of the star players for the England team in their recent series in India.And he didn’t disappoint his buyers. The mercurial all-rounder hit 316 runs and 12 wickets from 12 games for the RPS. He guided them to the qualifiers before joining national duty.He is again expected to go big as all-rounders of such calibre are going to come far and wide and teams will jump on the opportunity of having him on their side.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of September 2 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, September 2, 2018.Sunday, September 2No MeetingsMonday, September 3No Meetings (Labor Day observed)Tuesday, September 4No MeetingsWednesday, September 5The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 6:15pm in Executive Session to engage in contract negotiations with Town Manager Jeff Hull at Town Hall. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, September 6The Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, September 7No MeetingsSaturday, September 8No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”What’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Selfticking oscillator could be next for portable atomic clocks

first_img“Most conventional atomic clocks need a more conventional, non-atomic clock, like a quartz crystal, to keep them ticking,” William Happer tells “We’ve developed a system that would be self-ticking, using a specific laser.” Redefining the limits of measurement accuracy This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “It’s really a souped-up mode-locked laser,” Happer says. “While our laser has much in common with a mode-locked laser, there are some differences. The atoms in the vapor cell notice if the frequency of the mode-locked laser drifts and they automatically correct the frequency with no need for any external feedback loops.”Happer continues: “An important benefit of push-pull pumping with alternating circular polarization is that none of the atoms are wasted.” “In most atomic clocks,” Jau adds, “many of the atoms are wasted. Only a very few are in the clock state. With this push-pull pumping, all of the atoms are put into a clock state.”Along the way, the two discovered something interesting. “The self-modulation occurs over a limited range of laser injection current. We weren’t surprised that too little current didn’t work. What surprised us was that too much current caused the laser to stop modulating,” Happer says. Jau continues: “This new oscillator, where the polarized atoms, the modulated photons, and the laser gain centers are all coupled together has very rich and interesting physics. ”Happer does point out that these oscillators could not replace the extremely precise, but large atomic clocks that occupy whole rooms. “It’s really to improve the workings of small, portable atomic clocks,” he emphasizes. “It eliminates the need for quartz crystals or photodetectors. Hopefully, with fewer parts, it will be less expensive to manufacture, and more stable.”Jau agrees: “This is a primitive idea, how to make an atomic clock by using pure optical methods without a quartz crystal. But it works better with reduced components and power consumption.”Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Citation: Self-ticking oscillator could be next for portable atomic clocks (2007, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Happer is a scientist at Princeton University. He, along with his young colleague Yuan-Yu Jau, invented a push-pull laser-atomic oscillator that can be useful in a variety of applications, including questions of fundamental physics, use in portable atomic clocks and coherent optical combs. “We didn’t start out thinking about applications, really,” Happer says. “We’re physicists. We just wanted to see if we could make this type of oscillator work.” The results of Happer and Jau’s work can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Push-Pull Laser-Atomic Oscillator.”Jau explains that even though they didn’t set out to build a better portable atomic clock, he thinks that they have succeeded. “We believe this is the first demonstration of making an oscillator that produces an atomic-clock signal in both electrical and optical forms by purely optical means,” he says. “This is simple. There are fewer components and lower power consumption.”“The new clock needs neither a quartz crystal with its electronics nor a photodetector,” Happer adds.Jau and Happer explain that in conventional atomic clocks, a quartz crystal is used “as a flywheel to keep the clock ticking strongly, with the atoms as a weak controlling element.” They point out that if the quartz crystal fails, the clock will cease working. “These are the types of clocks used in GPS satellites and in cell-phone towers,” Happer says.Jau points out that better precision is becoming increasingly necessary: “Mini atomic clocks can be helpful. There are many systems now working faster and faster, and transmitting large quantities of data, especially in high-speed communications. A laser atomic clock like this would be less complicated than the conventional kind, with comparable precision.”The push-pull laser-atomic oscillator built by the two consists of a semiconductor laser with alkali-metal vapor (in this case Potassium) in the external cavity. A time independent current is used to pump the semiconductor laser. “The laser will automatically modulate its light and its electrical impedance at the clock frequency of the atoms,” Happer says. This in turn eliminates the need for an external modulator, like the quartz crystal, or for a photodetector. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Ship ballast dumps around Australia climbing increasing risk of invasive species getting

first_img © 2015 When big ships unload their cargo, they are left mostly empty, which creates a weight distribution problem—to fix that problem, giant pumps are used to fill ballast tanks with water from the sea in which they reside. Unfortunately, those pumps also suck up local organisms, which then live in the ballast tanks for some period of time as the ship travels to a place to pick up cargo. Upon arrival, the water in the ballast tanks is pumped back into the sea in anticipation of new added cargo. But, as scientists, environmentalists, sports enthusiasts and others have found, that ballast water may contain an organism that is able to take up residence (dubbed an invasive species) in its new part of the world, and sometimes is able to dominate those already there, putting the legacy residents at risk. In this new effort, the researchers sought to put some metrics on the ballast tank dumping problem around the shores of their native Australia in an attempt to better understand the invasive species risk for the country. They gathered historical shipping data for the period 1999 to 2012, which included ballast filling and dumping information and data regarding organisms that are known to be able to survive living in ballast tanks.In analyzing their data using a computer model, they found that ballast dumping in Australian seaports more than doubled during the study period and that the majority of the increase was related to mining and forestry operations, which meant that the dumping increase was more often located in remote ports near mines, rather than in more established areas. They also found that a large percentage of ballast water was coming from the waters around Southeast Asia and China, which they suggest offers an opportunity for more research regarding which species from those areas might be in the ballast water being dumped in Australian ports and other places around the world. Explore further (—A small team of math and biological researchers with the University of Adelaide, has found that the amount of ballast water being dumped into the waters around Australia more than doubled over a thirteen year study period increasing the possibly of invasive species introduction. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, the team describes how they studied historic ballast data to create a model of ballast dumping, and discovered that most of the increase can be attributed to mining operations. More information: Temporal modelling of ballast water discharge and ship-mediated invasion risk to Australia, DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150039 AbstractBiological invasions have the potential to cause extensive ecological and economic damage. Maritime trade facilitates biological invasions by transferring species in ballast water, and on ships’ hulls. With volumes of maritime trade increasing globally, efforts to prevent these biological invasions are of significant importance. Both the International Maritime Organization and the Australian government have developed policy seeking to reduce the risk of these invasions. In this study, we constructed models for the transfer of ballast water into Australian waters, based on historic ballast survey data. We used these models to hindcast ballast water discharge over all vessels that arrived in Australian waters between 1999 and 2012. We used models for propagule survival to compare the risk of ballast-mediated propagule transport between ecoregions. We found that total annual ballast discharge volume into Australia more than doubled over the study period, with the vast majority of ballast water discharge and propagule pressure associated with bulk carrier traffic. As such, the ecoregions suffering the greatest risk are those associated with the export of mining commodities. As global marine trade continues to increase, effective monitoring and biosecurity policy will remain necessary to combat the risk of future marine invasion events. New requirements for ballast water dumped by ships This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Ship ballast dumps around Australia climbing increasing risk of invasive species getting foothold (2015, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Royal Society Open Sciencelast_img read more

Will putting limits on how much JavaScript is loaded by a website

first_imgYesterday, Craig Hockenberry, who is a Partner at The Iconfactory, reported a bug on WebKit, which focuses on adding a limit on how much JavaScript code a website can load to avoid resource abuse of user computers. Hockenberry feels that though content blocking has helped in reducing the resource abuse and hence providing better performance and better battery life, there are few downsides of using content blockers. His bug report said, “it’s hurting many smaller sites that rely on advertising to keep the lights on. More and more of these sites are pleading to disable content blockers.” This results in collateral damage to smaller sites. As a solution to this, he suggested that we need to find a way to incentivize JavaScript developers who keep their codebase smaller and minimal. “Great code happens when developers are given resource constraints… Lack of computing resources inspires creativity”, he adds. As an end result, he believes that we can allow sites to show as many advertisements as they want, but keeping the overall size under a fixed amount. He believes that we can also ask users for permission by adding a simple dialog box, for example, “The site uses 5 MB of scripting. Allow it?” This bug report triggered a discussion on Hacker News, and though few users agreed to his suggestion most were against it. Some developers mentioned that users usually do not read the dialogs and blindly click OK to get the dialog to go away. And, even if users read the dialog, they will not be knowing how much JavaScript code is too much. “There’s no context to tell her whether 5MB is a lot, or how it compares to payloads delivered by similar sites. It just expects her to have a strong opinion on a subject that nobody who isn’t a coder themselves would have an opinion about,” he added. Other ways to prevent JavaScript code from slowing down browsers Despite the disagreement, developers do agree that there is a need for user-friendly resource limitations in browsers and some suggested the other ways we can prevent JavaScript bloat. One of them said it is good to add resource-limiting tabs on CPU usage, number of HTTP requests and memory usage: “CPU usage allows an initial burst, but after a few seconds dial down to max ~0.5% of CPU, with additional bursts allowed after any user interaction like click or keyboard) Number of HTTP requests (again, initial bursts allowed and in response to user interaction, but radically delay/queue requests for the sites that try to load a new ad every second even after the page has been loaded for 10 minutes) Memory usage (probably the hardest one to get right though)” Another user adds, “With that said, I do hope we’re able to figure out how to treat web “sites” and web “apps” differently – for the former, I want as little JS as possible since that just gets in the way of content, but for the latter, the JS is necessary to get the app running, and I don’t mind if its a few megabytes in size.” You can read the bug reported on WebKit Bugzilla. Read Next D3.js 5.8.0, a JavaScript library for interactive data visualizations in browsers, is now out! 16 JavaScript frameworks developers should learn in 2019 npm JavaScript predictions for 2019: React, GraphQL, and TypeScript are three technologies to learnlast_img read more

April savings on summer Europe trips to mark Insights milestone year

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Posted by April savings on summer Europe trips to mark Insight’s milestone yearcenter_img TORONTO — Insight Vacations is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month with savings on Europe itineraries departing May through July 2018.Clients can save 10% on more than 40 Premium Journeys to Europe and North America. All are Definite Departures. The offer applies to new bookings made April 1 – 30, 2018.Portugal | photo provided by Insight Vacations“This significant milestone is the time to look back on all that we have accomplished, we’re so proud to have brought transformative travel to clients and truly appreciative of the long-lasting support from our loyal travel agent community,” says Insight Vacations Canada President Brad Ford.“With our Anniversary Sale, it is our biggest not-so-secret sale of the year and space is extremely limited on this superb collection of 40+ Premium Journeys and the availability of these Definite Departures won’t last so we encourage clients to book their summer dream vacation with us now.”Spain | photo provided by Insight VacationsClients can choose from a selection of guided vacations including Britain & Ireland, the Western Mediterranean, Central & Eastern Europe, Northern Europe & Russia, European Discoveries, and USA & Canada.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoSee Prices are per person, twin share, land only. Single supplements apply. Full payment is required at the time of booking.Fjords | photo provided by Insight Vacations Tags: Insight Vacations Monday, April 2, 2018 last_img read more