The postponement of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season after multiple cases of COVID-19 inside the bio-bubble has led to a big question-mark on whether the marquee ICC event should be held in India where a third wave is expected around that time. "If it's going to be a drain on resources or it's not going to be safe, then I don't think it's right to play it over here. That's the first question which needs to be answered," Cummins was quoted as saying by The Age daily. The Kolkata Knight Riders pace spearhead said cricket authorities should check with Indian government and do what's best. "It probably too early to say. It's six months away. The priority should be for cricket authorities to work with the Indian government to see what's best for the Indian people," Cummins said. The 27-year-old feels hindsight always provides better perspective like many who feel that IPL could have been held in UAE this time also. "The IPL in the UAE last year was brilliant, it … [Read more...] about Cummins does not mind playing T20 World Cup in the UAE
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For this writer, the quintessential moment of the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival came in transit. A quick stroll on Saturday afternoon took me from the main stage, where Laurie Anderson was wrapping up a set of luminous, exploratory string-trio free improv, to one of the smaller tents, where octogenarian Memphis piano master Harold Mabern, saxophonist Eric Alexander & Co. were busy muscling through a set of exquisite old-school hardbop. The transition was disorienting in the best way possible — an illustration of just how broad this legendary fest’s concept of jazz still is. Thanks to its upscale beach-town setting, the Rhode Island festival might still have an air of old-money gentility. But on the ground, the event feels populist and homegrown, thanks to hand-painted welcome signs (“We’re all here together and it’s festival time!”), a sea of lawn chairs and coolers, and of course the legendary main-stage view of the water, where a whole other audience can be seen taking in the … [Read more...] about Newport Jazz Festival 2018: 14 Best Things We Saw
Australian pace spearhead Pat Cummins believes if hosting the ICC T20 World Cup amidst raging COVID-19 pandemic is a “drain on Indian resources” or is “unsafe”, it would be prudent to shift it to the United Arab Emirates. The postponement of Indian Premier League after multiple cases of COVID-19 inside the bio-bubble has led to a big question-mark on whether the marquee ICC event should be held in India where a third wave is expected around that time. “If it’s going to be a drain on resources or it’s not going to be safe, then I don’t think it’s right to play it over here. That’s the first question which needs to be answered,” Cummins was quoted as saying by the ‘Age’ newspaper. Cummins said cricket authorities should check with Indian government and do what’s best. “It probably too early to say. It’s six months away. The priority should be for cricket authorities to work with the Indian government to see what’s best for the Indian people,” Cummins said. Cummins feels hindsight … [Read more...] about T20 World Cup: Don’t Host it in India if it’s Not Safe, Says Pat Cummins
In continuing the celebration of my third anniversary with this esteemed newspaper and as my promise to our faithful readers, I am happy to share another two film reviews on the finalists of the recently-concluded Klima Film Festival. “LITRATO” How can a short film about a nature-loving photographer talk about climate change? Anyone who appreciates the beauty and marvel that nature boundlessly has to offer, such as through photos of stunning landscapes or breathtaking sunrises, will soon come to realize that nature can also be a force of destruction. What may appear as mountainscapes of trees against a blazing sky is a thinning forest ravaged by a fierce typhoon and a disastrous landslide that tumbled many homes and took many lives. This was what one young photographer experienced as he traveled to places where nature was both at its best and the most vulnerable. First stirred by breathtaking views, he would eventually zoom in through the lens of his camera on the dire … [Read more...] about Of climate and cameras: A lens to the world and our place in it
Photo: FRQNCY The live-performance business has long been a powerful economic engine for many, many kinds of artists. This is as true for musicians in the streaming age as it is for comedians and, yes, podcasters . (Let’s set theater aside for this discussion. Different bag altogether.) The pandemic, of course, brought live performances to a halt, pushing the business to a cascade of Zoom calls and, to some extent, underground . I can’t speak for everyone, obviously, but my sense is that success in such efforts has mostly been modest at best, chiefly functioning as marginal stop-gap measures as opposed to true virtual adaptations. As the United States inches towards relative normalcy — though within a global context that remains tenuous — the live-performance business in the country appears to be gingerly preparing for the light at the end of the tunnel. Bands are announcing dates again. Some venues are starting to hold very small, socially distant performances. Music … [Read more...] about Are Podcasts Ready For Live Events Again?