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Brathwaite, Powell among WI stars for T20 tourney

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):Twenty20 World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite, along with rising stars Rovman Powell and Nicholas Pooran, were among 14 West Indies players picked up in the players’ draft for the Bangladesh Premier League set to bowl off here next month.Brathwaite, who smashed four consecutive sixes off the last over in the T20 World Cup final as West Indies dramatically beat England in India last April, has gone to the Barisal Bulls, while Powell will turn out for Comilla Victorians and Pooran for new franchise Khulna Titans.Test and one-day captain Jason Holder has also been picked up by Victorians, while superstar opener Chris Gayle has moved from Bulls to Chittagong Vikings for the coming season, which bowls off on November 4.SOUGHT-AFTER PLAYERThe 28-year-old Brathwaite has emerged as one of the most sought-after players on the T20 circuit ever since his heroics in the T20 World Cup.He turned out for Delhi Daredevil in the Indian Premier League and is also expected to feature in this year’s Big Bash in Australia.However, the strapping all-rounder will be unavailable for most of the BPL campaign between November 10-28.He is currently part of the West Indies one-day and Test team in the United Arab Emirates for the series against Pakistan.Powell, meanwhile, was part of the Windies squad for the just-concluded T20 International series against Pakistan, though he failed to make his debut in the three matches.last_img read more

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A light bulb goes on for GM’s Volt hybrid

first_img“We’re actually going to put it into production,” Lutz told the NPR audience. “I think it could be one of the most important things we’ve ever developed.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is now what I’m more excited about than I was about the Dodge Viper,” Lutz said. “I think this can bring about the revolution and really make us independent of foreign oil and solve all the other problems.” . With the same enthusiasm that he has long used to describe high torque ratings and engine displacements, Lutz touted the Volt’s mileage, which he estimated will reach 151 miles per gallon, fueled by a combination of electricity and gasoline. The prospect of Lutz going green represents a sharp reversal. After all, he has often mocked environmentalists, saying that except for “a few nuts in California,” no one cared about the impact of cars on the environment. In 2003, he described Toyota’s hybrid-electric Prius as a public relations stunt – although he admitted he wished GM had a similar model – and declared GM’s most important car to be the Chevrolet Corvette. But GM is also moving ahead with the Volt, even though it hasn’t yet developed the lithium-ion battery that is needed to power it. ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Robert A. Lutz, vice chairman at General Motors, has long been considered one of Detroit’s ultimate “car guys,” for whom no vehicle could be big enough, powerful enough or fast enough. He is the father of the V-10 Dodge Viper and has championed automobiles like the 1,000-horsepower Cadillac Sixteen, a V-16 concept coupe that Lutz said would have fulfilled his longstanding goal of designing a high-powered car to match the finest European models. Now Lutz, known by his “Maximum Bob” nickname around Detroit, says he has a new dream car. Speaking at a taping of “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!,” the quiz program on National Public Radio, Lutz declared Thursday night that the Chevrolet Volt, the hybrid-electric concept car that GM unveiled at this year’s Detroit auto show, may be among the most important vehicles that GM has ever developed. last_img read more