Indian Premier League 2016 will have a ten-member ninth team if one were to assemble a squad out of players who have been ruled out of the ongoing season due to injuries. (Full IPL Coverage)Teams losing players to injuries has been the trend this season. A lot of reshuffling has hampered the consistency of franchises and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Rising Pune Supergiants are the worst-hit. After losing four of their key international stars, Pune Supergiants are languishing at sixth position managing only two wins from eight matches. Notably, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen and Mitchell Marsh were the four foreign players Pune had fielded in their first game against Mumbai Indians. Not just the ones who were ruled out during the course of the season but there are a few big names who have been not been part of the season so far. Thanks to the busy cricket calendar which has contributed to player fatigue. The Australians had one of the most busiest T20 seasons in the last sixth months. It began with the Big Bash League followed by T20 series against India and South Africa and the T20 World Cup. Notably, the Aussies had played only one T20 match in 2015 which is nine less than what they have played so far in this year.Here’s is the list of big names who are missing from action this season. Notably, five of them are Australians.Lasith MalingaThe most successful Indian Premier League bowler Lasith Malinga was ruled out of the season after a lot of confusion about his injury update. Malinga, who missed the World T20 action for Sri Lanka, flew to India and joined the Mumbai Indians squad only to be deemed unfit in the following days.advertisementMalinga, who led Sri Lanka at the Asia Cup T20, just played one match in the tournament. The pacer, who suffered a bone bruise in November last year, decided to step down as Sri Lanka’s skipper ahead of the ICC World T20 2016. However, a recurrence of the injury ruled him out of the showdown event.He is also likely to miss Sri Lanka’s tour to Australia in August this year.Mitchell StarcStarc, who has been out of action since November last year, was ruled out of the ICC World T20 and IPL. Starc’s only appearance at a cricket stadium in the last six months has been during the game between India women and Australia. The Australian pacer was there at the MCG cheering for his wife Alyssa in January. Starc suffered a stress fracture in his left foot and underwent an ankle surgery.Kevin PietersenKevin Pietersen was making headlines after he hinted a possible move to South Africa. Pietersen maintained his reputation in the Big Bash League after becoming the first player to score more than 290 runs in two consecutive seasons. Pietersen hit a match-winning 62 in the semi-final for Melbourne stars and followed it up with a 39-ball 74 in the final. He was bagged by Dhoni’s RPS in the IPL and all was looking good for the England star until he injured his calf muscle in the home game against Kolkata Knight Riders earlier this month. He was replaced by in-form Australian opener Usman Khawaja.Steve SmithSteve Smith was the latest Pune Supergiants’ star to be ruled out of the season nine. Smith was starting to click and provided the much-needed balance to the battered Pune unit. Smith had scored 280 runs from eight matches which included a century. Smith, according to Australia’s sports science and sports medicine manager Alex Kountouris, was struggling with the injury for more than a week and eventually pulled out after failing to recover.Faf du PlessisDays after Pietersen’s exit, Pune Supergiants suffered another blow as their ever-dependable batsman Faf du Plessis fractured his finger during the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Again, it was a busy season for South Africa’s T20 skipper which started from the three-match T20 series in India last year. Du Plessis was replaced by Australian batsman George Bailey.Mitchell MarshThe third Pune Supergiants’ player to head back home this season was Mitchell Marsh. The Australian all-rounder was sidelined with a side strain. He had featured for Dhoni’s team only in three games taking four wickets at an impressive economy rate of 5.0.Shaun MarshKings XI Punjab batsman Shaun Marsh was ruled out with a back injury earlier today. The Australia batsman picked up the injury during the game against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 19 and has been struggling to recover since then. Marsh scored 159 runs from the six matches he played this season. Notably, he missed Punjab’s first game of this season due to food poisoning.advertisementLendl SimmonsThe West Indies opener, who smashed a match-winning, unbeaten 82 against India in the semi-final of World T20, was not able to replicate his success in the cash-rich league as he was ruled out with a back injury. Simmons’ only game in the season came against Pune Supergiants. Simmons was replaced by Martin Guptill.John HastingsThe 30-year-old Australia pacer featured only in two games for Kolkata Knight Riders before flying back home. Hastings picked up an ankle injury during the warm-up session ahead of his game against Mumbai Indians last month.Yuvraj SinghYuvraj Singh, who was bagged by Sunrisers Hyderabad this season, hasn’t featured in a single game yet. The Indian all-rounder missed the semi-finals of the World T20 after he suffered an ankle injury during the league game against Australia. Yuvraj carried on with the injury and stitched a match-winning stand of 45 with Virat Kohli. Yuvraj, who has missed the first two weeks of the IPL season, said he was targeting the May 6 game against Gujarat Lions to make a comeback.
The National Spatial Data Management Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation will be increasing the number of geographic information systems (GIS) teacher training workshops, under its GIS in Schools Education Programme (GISSEP).This was disclosed by Acting Principal Director of the Division, Simone Lloyd, in an interview with JIS News, following the conclusion of a teacher training workshop at the Church Teachers’ College in Manchester, on March 27.“We usually do the GISSEP trainings in the fourth quarter of the financial year, but we plan to have others this year. There are at least three planned,” Ms. Lloyd noted.The GISSEP trainings are conducted in regional workshops incorporating the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s regions and also at teachers’ colleges.Acting Principal Director of the National Spatial Data Management Division, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Simone Lloyd (right), and Acting Senior GIS Manager/Trainer at the Division, Nadisha Poyser (left), with Geography lecturers and student teachers of the Church Teachers’ College, in Manchester, at the GIS in Schools Education Programme (GISSEP) training workshop, held at the college on March 27. The lecturers and students were presented with certificates. “We want to target teachers’ colleges so that student teachers are taught spatial skills and they are taught how to use the technologies. With these institutions we provide their computer labs with GIS software at no cost,” Ms. Lloyd said. Lecturers and student teachers from Church Teachers’ College received certificates of participation and Environmental Systems Research Institute certificates after completing an online GIS programme. The teacher training session was dubbed: ‘Teaching with GIS: Thinking Spatially’. The National Spatial Data Management Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation will be increasing the number of geographic information systems (GIS) teacher training workshops, under its GIS in Schools Education Programme (GISSEP). Story Highlights The Division has a Memorandum of Understanding with four tertiary institutions under GISSEP – Church Teachers’ College, Shortwood Teachers’ College, College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) and Mico University College.“We want to target teachers’ colleges so that student teachers are taught spatial skills and they are taught how to use the technologies. With these institutions we provide their computer labs with GIS software at no cost,” Ms. Lloyd said.“Then we facilitate the training of the lecturers and also the student teachers in the technology and how the technology can aid them in better delivering geography, social studies and any other curriculum. However, we tend to focus on geography and social studies, since they are the subject matters that usually speak to location,” she added.Lecturers and student teachers are engaged in using ArcGIS Online and a desktop software that gives access to interactive maps and geographic data from across the world and are tested at the end of the training sessions.Lecturers and student teachers from Church Teachers’ College received certificates of participation and Environmental Systems Research Institute certificates after completing an online GIS programme. The teacher training session was dubbed: ‘Teaching with GIS: Thinking Spatially’.
Photo by insidesocal.com.Kobe Bryant, sidelined since April with a torn Achilles tendon, could make his season’s first appearance Sunday against Toronto in Los Angeles. That’s the goal of the Lakers’ superstar, anyway.“I’m trying,” Bryant said Thursday.He said he’s “pleased” with the way his injury has responded to three consecutive strenuous workouts, but he will measure the stiffness after more practices.“The [left] ankle joint, that’s the thing that’s been restricted for so long,” Bryant, 35, said. “You’re talking about months of immobility, so you got to work through that a little bit. There’s still some scar tissue in there that needs to be broken up. That’s done through movement and therapy and mobilizations.”He said he does not possess the explosiveness he displayed last season. “I’m not jumping through the gym by any means, but I don’t need to be able to do that in order to be a great player,” he said.Whenever he returns, which could be Tuesday against Phoenix if not Sunday, Bryant expects to log less than the 38.6 minutes he did last season, which was a point of controversy because he of his age and the number of years he has been playing. This is his 18th season in the league.In fact, coach Mike D’Antoni likely will ease Bryant into the flow, monitoring his minutes in an effort to prevent a setback.“The perfect-case scenario is that we get it right the first time,” Bryant said. “But if it’s not, then you have to be smart about it as well and take a step back and build up the strength and say, ‘Hey, listen, it’s not as good as we thought it was going to be, so let’s take a step back and get it to where we want it to be and try again.’”
© 2018 Science X Network Journal information: Antiquity 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. More information: Lautaro Núñez et al. Tulán-52: a Late Archaic ceremonial centre at the dawn of the Neolithisation process in the Atacama Desert, Antiquity (2018). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2018.195 Credit: Antiquity (2018). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2018.195 Archeologists unearth 3,300 year old complex in Israel Citation: Reinterpretation of Tulán-52 excavation suggests social complexity among late hunter-gatherers (2018, November 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-reinterpretation-tuln-excavation-social-complexity.html Explore further In this new effort, Núñez and Perlès have revisited two stone complexes excavated in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Both were built by Neolithic people thousands of years ago. One site, called Tulán-54 is believed to be older than the second—perhaps as old as 5000 years. The second site, named Tulán-52 is believed to have been used from approximately 1110-900 BC until 550-360 BC. Excavation for the first was completed in 1985—the second was finished in 2015. After much study, researchers working on the excavations concluded that the complexes were semi-sedentary settlements—people both lived in them and used them for ceremonies. In this new effort, the researchers suggest that neither site was ever used as a place to live. They note that both complexes show many signs of being used for rituals but lack signs of settlement. Gold-plated vulture heads have been found, for example, along with mortars and grinding slabs that were used to prepare pigments, and plants that contain hallucinogens. Also, the remains of more than two dozen infants were found.In studying the complexes and the artifacts, the researchers found more similarities between the two than found in prior studies—similarities that suggested more complexity than had been realized before. They suggest that the layout of Tulán-54 and its artifacts indicate that the site was like a fully developed ceremonial center. The way the stones were used to build the complex is one example suggesting a massive concerted effort.The researchers also suggest that innovations that occurred in the second site, such as using camelids to carry material to the site, the use of farming to feed the people, and plant processing to produce hallucinogen effects and metallurgy, all point to a ceremonial purpose—though they suggest it is still not clear what the ceremonies were for. A pair of researchers has found evidence at the Tulán-52 excavation in Chile that suggests the need for a reinterpretation of how the stone complex was used. In their paper published in the journal Antiquity, Lautaro Núñez with Universidad Católica del Norte and Catherine Perlès with Allée de l’Université, suggest the new evidence shows more social complexity among the later hunter-gatherers who built and used the complex than previously thought.