Virat Kohli close to equalling MS Dhoni’s Test captaincy record

first_imgVirat Kohli is one win away from equalling MS Dhoni’s record of most wins as Indian Test captain. The 30-year-old currently has 26 wins from 46 matches while his predecessor had 27 wins in 60.Kohli took over as captain of the Indian Test team when Dhoni retired from the longest format of the game during the tour of Australia in 2014. He has since led India to victories over Australia, England and New Zealand at home and 2-1 and 4-1 losses in South Africa and England respectively.In 2018, Kohli led India to their first ever series win in Australia. A dominant Indian team beat Australia 2-1 to seal a historic win.Moreover, Kohli has switched gears with the bat since taking over the reins. He is the highest run scorer as captain for India with 4515 runs at a mind-numbing average of 62.7. He has scored 18 centuries in this period.The first Test against West Indies marks the two teams’ entry into the ICC World Test Championship. It will be played in North Sound, Antigua and starts on August 22.Also Read | Competition in Test cricket has gone up two-folds in last couple of years: Virat KohliAlso Read | Ravindra Jadeja eyes major landmark in India vs West Indies TestsAlso Seelast_img read more

Rhetoric 25-Year-Old Bourbon Whiskey is On Its Way

first_img The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions Have a whiskey lover in your life? Or perhaps you the whiskey lover? Well, you might want to use some persuasive speaking and writing to get your loved ones to search out a bottle of this whiskey during the coming holiday season.Annually for the past five years, the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company has released a super-aged bourbon released under the name Rhetoric. Starting with Rhetoric 20, the distillery has held a small number of barrels every year since, releasing progressively older expressions. This year, Orphan Barrel is once again releasing a whiskey — aged 25 years this time — but it’s also announced that this will be the last Rhetoric release.See why we said persuasive speaking and writing now? That’s an English joke for you. Is freshman year English class coming back to haunt you yet?Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling CompanyAs with the previous editions, Rhetoric 25’s whiskey was found in the old Stitzel-Weller Warehouses in Louisville, Ky. The whiskey was distilled (between 1990- 1993) at the Bernheim Distillery (which was historically located at 17th and Breckenridge in Louisville) from a mash of 86 percent corn, 8 percent barley, and 6 percent rye. The whiskey used was then hand-bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee (most likely at the George Dickel Distillery, as both are owned by Diageo).On the nose, Rhetoric displays oak, with vanilla, dried fruit, cherries, and some spice coming to the forefront as well. The palate is also oak-forward, with baking spices, caramel, some muted sweet corn, and dark chocolate coming through. The finish warms all the way down. At 45.5 percent alcohol by volume, it is the strongest of the Rhetoric releases (each has gone up .1 percent in alcohol, starting with Rhetoric 20, which was 45 percent ABV). Just as the proof has gone up year after year, the color of wood texture in the label has gotten dark, representing the whiskey itself getting darker in color with every subsequent year.Rhetoric 25 will be sold nationwide but in extremely limited quantities. If you manage to find it, the whiskey will retail for around $140. If you can’t get a hold of any Rhetoric 25, you might still be able to find one of Orphan Barrel’s other releases, such as Forged Oak, Lost Prophet, Barterhouse, or The Gifted Horse.Then, if you can’t find any of those, why not try picking up a bottle of something like Fistful of Whiskey? Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Marriott International and YTL Hotels Sign Agreements for New Hotels Across Asia

first_imgMarriott International and YTL Hotels today announced agreements for new hotels across Asia, strengthening both companies’ presence in the world’s fastest growing region. During an official ceremony held at The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, the two companies agreed to develop two new luxury hotels in Malaysia under the JW Marriott and EDITION brands and signed Memorandums of Understanding for two hotels in Japan, an EDITION and a W Hotel in Niseko Village, Hokkaido. Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr) Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Group of Companies said: “We’re delighted to expand our hospitality footprint in Asia through Marriott International. Our 20-year relationship has been pivotal to the growth of YTL Hotels in Malaysia, Asia and in the UK. We currently have 11 Marriott International hotels in our portfolio of 32 hospitality assets, making us one of Marriott’s largest owning companies with one of the longest relationships in Asia. Through illustrious Marriott International brands such as The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott and Autograph Collection, we seek to offer our guests experiences that will make memories for a lifetime.”Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director for Marriott International Asia Pacific, said: “We are pleased with today’s announcement, which advances our goal of doubling our luxury presence in Asia Pacific. With the addition of these hotels to our system, our guests will have even more luxurious opportunities to explore Malaysia and Japan, two exciting and diverse travel destinations.” In Malaysia, YTL Hotels’ second JW Marriott hotel will be strategically located near KL Sentral, an exclusive urban centre in the country’s largest transit hub, offering guests seamless connectivity and easy access to the city’s premier business and leisure destinations. The EDITION in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s first, will boast a prestigious address neighbouring the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), home to the Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest twin towers. The 350-key property will deliver distinctive rooms that ensure the finest contemporary luxury experience. In Japan, the EDITION and W hotels will further complement the luxury hotel experience in the fully integrated Niseko Village. YTL Hotels’ prominent presence in the powder mecca of Japan – Niseko Village in Hokkaido – is growing with the upcoming development of a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. The highly lauded ski resort currently features two existing hotels with ski-in ski-out accommodation and a collection of bespoke townhouses. It is world-renowned for its dry champagne powder snow in the winter and in the summer, guests are awed by the breathtaking wildlife, fresh harvest and a wide array of outdoor recreation including golf, trekking and horse riding. Separately, YTL Hotels celebrated the relaunch of the 578-room JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur on 5 December after having undergone a complete refurbishment. The hotel combines contemporary elegance with the convenience of being located right in the heart of the city’s Golden Triangle. The hotel is now open to guests, offering luxurious rooms and facilities.  About Marriott InternationalMarriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,400 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 126 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitterand Instagram. About YTL HotelsYTL Hotels owns and manages a prestigious collection of award-wining resorts, hotels, boutique experiences and Spa Villages with a hospitality footprint across Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, Australia, France and the United Kingdom, including Pangkor Island Resort, voted the world’s best resort in 2003 by Condé Traveller UK. The group also co-owns the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train. The Gainsborough Bath Spa, the only hotel in Bath to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World’s collection of legendary hotels, was named the 2017 Condé Nast Traveller Awards World’s Top 100. The portfolio also encompasses the ownership management of a number of Marriott properties in Australia and Kuala Lumpur as well as properties under the brand’s prestigious Autograph Collection banner. The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui is the latest addition to this partnership. Future plans include the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Japan which is set to complement YTL Hotels’ master plan for Niseko Village. With each new experience that it presents, the company strives to embrace and highlight the natural essence of culture, character and tradition of its surroundings. YTL Hotels is the hospitality arm of YTL Corporation Berhad. Visit for more information and follow us on our social media platforms for #TreasuredPlaces #TreasuredMomentslast_img read more

Tickets flying for Meridian doubleheader

Get’em before they’re gone.Tickets are flying out the door for the Brock Badgers basketball doubleheader at the Meridian Centre on Friday, Jan. 27.The much-anticipated Paint the Meridian Red games will see the men’s and women’s basketball teams host the Ryerson Rams in key mid-season tipoffs.General admission tickets and courtside options, for which an additional block of tickets was recently released, are available through Ticketmaster online. Prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $35 for courtside. For staff and faculty, use the promo code (GoBadgers) for a reduced general admission ticket price of $8.For anyone interested in watching the game in added style, suites are available to the Brock community for $125 for up to eight people plus the cost of tickets.Food and drinks are available at an additional cost. To book a suite, please contact Amanda Laprise ( Brock student tickets will continue to be available at the Walker Complex welcome desk, but are limited and expected to sell out.A record was set on campus Monday for the most student sport tickets distributed in a single day, with more than 1,000 making their way into the hands of Badgers fans.The doubleheader will begin with the Badgers women tipping off at 6 p.m. Ryerson currently sits seventh in the country with a 10-2 record while the Badgers have a 4-8 record.The men’s game will follow at 8 p.m. when the Badgers, ranked sixth in Canada with a 8-4 record, play the Rams, ranked fourth with a perfect 12-0 record.Special halftime performances are planned for the games. read more

Heavy lifting required to fill looming BC labour shortage

Heavy lifting required to fill looming B.C. labour shortage AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Shipbuilding contracts, new liquefied natural gas plants and a booming mining sector are being hailed for keeping British Columbia afloat as worldwide economies falter, but they bring along a topsy-turvy problem.Jobs are expected to abound here in the next decade, but there won’t be enough trained workers to fill them.Recognizing a looming labour shortage in industries from construction to natural resources, the provincial government has embarked on a mission to make blue-collar work more attractive.Those in the field say the B.C. Liberals’ plan is just the start of the heavy lifting needed to build up the necessary manpower.“There’s no silver bullet to solving the skills shortage, because the demographic issue that we’re all facing … has been creeping up on us and you can’t produce more kids overnight,” said Philip Hochstein, president of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of B.C., which represents 85 per cent of construction work done in the province.“The government’s job is really to set the foundation — having the schooling in place, make sure the technology is current and up to date, and then they should just get out of the way and let the industry do what it does best.”The government is projecting that among the one million job openings expected by 2020, 43 per cent will require skilled workers. It predicts there will be a gap of 22,000 to 32,000 people in northern B.C. alone.According to government figures, between 2010 and 2020, the province will require 435,490 technical or skilled workers with a college or trade certificate. That compares to a need for 364,070 professional workers with a university education.Just under 200,000 workers with a high school diploma will be needed while those without a high school education will find just over 34,000 job openings.More than a year after the B.C. Liberals unveiled their provincial jobs plan, the premier followed up earlier this month with an additional plan to develop the requisite skills and training to fill the positions.The range includes heavy-duty equipment technicians, carpenters, commercial transport mechanics, cooks, construction workers, electricians, metal fabricators, industrial mechanics, plumbers and sheet metal workers.The training strategy strongly emphasizes promoting careers in the trades, with a goal of boosting the number of high school graduates going into technical programs — instead of universities — by 50 per cent, among other initiatives.Premier Christy Clark said the plan represents a “fundamental change” to how young people are prepared for entering the workforce, though only $75 million has been unveiled as part of this year’s overall $1.9 billion advanced education budget.The cash will be used to renovate facilities at both Okanagan College in Kelowna and Camosun College in Victoria, as well as fund upgrades to trades-related equipment at several other institutions.It does not represent any new investment, with some of the funds shifting from other spending areas within the education budget.More so, the plan revolves around shifting traditional thinking about what professions should be valued by society, said Advanced Education Minister John Yap.“The shift is this: We need to promote the trades, and where there may have been a view that perhaps a career in trades is not desirable — that couldn’t be further from the truth,” Yap said.“We’re saying to families you should think about this, our youth should consider the trades as an option for a rewarding career, where they can get well-paying jobs that can meet the needs of communities around B.C.”Government figures state that currently, research intensive universities receive 55 per cent of all taxpayer-funded operating money, while colleges and institutes receive about 28 per cent.The Liberals’ plan also includes creating more opportunities for apprenticeships, introducing 15 new jobs coaches, speeding up the certification process and recruiting more foreign temporary workers, among others.The official opposition calls the Liberals’ plan an “afterthought” in a crucial jobs plan.NDP skills training critic Gwen O’Mahoney contends the government should focus on making trades training affordable and should put greater efforts into boosting apprenticeship completion rates.B.C. joins several other provinces whose economies depend on skilled labour, such as oil and agriculture-reliant Alberta and Saskatchewan, with its forests, mines and potash, said Douglas Watt, a research director at the Conference Board of Canada.“The training that’s going on, investment is both longer term and shorter term (in) vision,” he said. “Most provinces are doing similar efforts to what B.C. is doing.”That includes tapping into under-utilized groups in society such as immigrants, aboriginal people, women and people with disabilities, he said.Some of the province’s top research universities say they’re lending a hand too, adapting programs so graduates are more employable, said Jon Driver, vice-president academic at Simon Fraser University.“I don’t see this as being a threat in any way to other areas or components of the post-secondary system,” he said.The challenge lies not only in filling the current knowledge gaps but ensuring workers have leading-edge skills as companies constantly innovate their methods.“We’ve always placed a premium on doctor, dentist, lawyer … but rarely does somebody wake up and say, ‘You know son? I’d really like you to learn how to weld aluminum,’” said Greg D’Avignon, president of the Business Council of B.C.He said governments seem to have awakened to the new requirements of the labour force starting with the 2008 global recession.“You don’t change that unless you start to really focus on programs and opportunities and expose kids to it.” by News Staff Posted Sep 30, 2012 4:00 am MDT read more