Sir Donald Bradman, arguably the greatest batsman ever, played his first-ever first-class match on December 16, 1927.Some 91 years ago on this day, a 19-year-old Bradman made his first-class debut playing for New South Wales against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval.He replaced another fellow youngster in the playing XI, Archie Jackson, who had to sit out due to poor form and also because of a boil on his knee.The ‘Don’ came into bat at No. 7, and scored a century on debut. He scored a confident 118.Today:in 1882 – Sir Jack Hobbs was born. in 1927 – Sir Don Bradman makes his fc debut. Both Wisden Cricketers of the Century. Between them 89,827 first-class runs, including 316 fc centuries! pic.twitter.com/LCYzcWfZpx- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 16, 2017Bradman went on to play a total of 234 matches and he scored a mammoth 28067 runs in 338 innings. His highest-ever score was an unbeaten 452, having scored 117 hundreds in his career spanning 1927/28 to 1948/49. He ended his career with an average of 95.14.His international career was even more astounding. He finished with an average of 99.94 despite his last match duck. He played 52 matches, scoring a total of 6996 runs with a highest of 334. He received his knighthood in 1949.December 16 is also special as it is the day that two legends, Englishman Sir Jack Hobbs and West Indian Joel Garner, were born on this day. Hobbs was born in 1882 in Cambridge, England, while Garner was born in the year 1952 at Christ Church, Barbados.Fast forward to 2017, Australia’s captain Steve Smith notched up his second Test double century and his first as captain of Australia in the historic third Test of the Ashes at Perth. This is the last Ashes Test that will be played at the WACA, the Western Australian Cricket Association.advertisementSmith became the first Aussie skipper since 1993 to score a double hundred in the Ashes series. Allan Border was the last Australian captain to achieve the feat when he hit 200 not out at Leeds in 1993. He also became the first Australian captain since Bob Simpson’s 225 against England in 1966 to reach the landmark in Australia.
Divestment of State Assets Which Will Facilitate Increased Investments a Good Thing For Jamaica – PM
“Divestment of assets is not a bad thing for Jamaicans if it is done correctly, if you find the right partners and if you have the right framework in place, Jamaicans benefit. Prime Minister Holness pointed out that approximately 200 additional Jamaicans have been employed by Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL). Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness says the divestment of state assets which will facilitate increased investments and yield greater levels of economic growth is “a good thing for Jamaica”. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness is proposing that the regulatory arm of the Government be strengthened, so that it can divest itself of assets to the private sector.“We have to put in place the framework in which private and public sectors can work together to have the full utilisation of our asset,” he said.He added that significant acreages of land exist around the port, which is now well placed to be developed for logistics, manufacturing and other forms of operations.“The Government will move very quickly to ensure that these possibilities are explored and developed so that Jamaicans can benefit,” he said.Chief Executive Officer, KFTL, Olivier Tretout, said the expansions being undertaken will redound to the benefit of the country.Other members of the touring party included: Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang; President and Chief Executive Officer, Port Authority of Jamaica, Proffessor Gordon Shirley; Chairman of the Port Authority, Ambassador Nigel Clarke; and Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Audrey Sewell. Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness says the divestment of State assets which will facilitate increased investments and yield greater levels of economic growth is “a good thing for Jamaica”.“Divestment of assets is not a bad thing for Jamaicans if it is done correctly, if you find the right partners and if you have the right framework in place, Jamaicans benefit. (These are) assets that we would not be able ourselves to utilise because of the fiscal constraints that exist, (so) those assets get to be utilised and in the utilisation of those assets, Jamaicans get employed,” he said.Prime Minister Holness pointed out that approximately 200 additional Jamaicans have been employed by Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL).He was speaking following a tour of expansion works being undertaken by the KFTL at Port Bustamante on Friday (May 19).The expansion activities valued at US$456 million will include, among other things, structural developments to the berthing area to accommodate larger ships.KFTL is a subsidiary of the global terminal operators CMA CGM Group. The local company was established for the sole purpose of acting as the signatory to the KCT concession.The agreement gives KFTL a 30-year term concession, with the right to finance, expand, operate, maintain and transfer the KCT at the end of the concession period.Mr. Holness said the expansion of the facility is timely and places Jamaica in a better position to take advantage of the changes in logistics and shipping industries.“We would not at this time be in a position to find those resources with all that the Government has to do, we could not leave the asset there to further deteriorate and to become irrelevant as other ports are being developed and the shipping industry moves forward with new technology,” he said. Story Highlights
SMITHERS, B.C. — The Transportation Safety Board is sending a team of investigators to the site of a fatal small plane crash in northern British Columbia.The Cessna 182 went down Saturday about 100 kilometres northeast of Smithers.RCMP confirmed it was a fatal crash, but have not released any more details including how many people were aboard.The plane, which is capable of carrying four people, sent out a transmission from its emergency locator Saturday morning, prompting a search by the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre.When the site was found, a rescue technician was lowered by cable from a helicopter to check for survivors and the operation was then turned over to police. A statement from the Transportation Safety Board says its investigators will go to the site to gather information and assess the crash.The Canadian Press