GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):Former West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after making 286 international appearances for West Indies.Sarwan, 36, made the announcement on Thursday during a ceremony at the Stella Maris Primary School in Guyana, where he launched his career by scoring two centuries in a now-defunct Under-12 competition.Also a former Guyana captain, Sarwan was given a hero’s welcome as students lined up and chanted his name on arrival.”Sarwan always loved cricket. I remember when he was just 10, he was first picked for Stella Marris. He was in third standard and got the Man of the Match award, making 49 in the final,” recalled Surendra Khayyam, Sarwan’s vice-captain at Stella Marris.Sarwan, who made his first-class debut for Guyana against Barbados in the Red Stripe Cup of 1995-96 at the age of 15, had an international career that lasted 13 years.He featured in 87 Tests, 181 one day internationals (ODI), and 18 Twenty20 internationals and boasts 15 Test centuries.”Carl Hooper saw me at Georgetown Cricket Club when I was 14 and told me that I would play Test cricket,” said Sarwan, who launched his Test career in 2000 by scoring 84 against Pakistan in Barbados.HARD WORK”That inspired me to really train and work hard, and here I am today.”Sarwan has identified the high points of his career as his 105 in Antigua which led West Indies to a record 418-run successful chase against Australia in May 2003, his 84 on debut against Pakistan, and his career-best 291 against England in Barbados in 2009.”When I made the Guyana team at 15, my roommate was Keith Semple. I was being peppered by the pacers since I was a little boy from Wakenaam, and I was intimidated by guys who were big and tall and did not do well,” recounted Sarwan, who captained West Indies in four Tests, five ODIs and two T20s, and who finished his career with a total of 11, 994 international runs, spread across all three formats of the game.”I was batting well in practice, but I was afraid to play shots in the games. Semple said I should bat the way I batted in the nets, and I started to do that.”Sarwan’s career was not without controversy.In 2005, he was one of seven players who were dropped for the series against Pakistan and South Africa following a contract conflict between individual sponsor Cable and Wireless and the team sponsor Digicel.Sarwan’s last appearance for West Indies was during the 2013 Champions Trophy, but he was dropped after poor performances against Pakistan and India.
WANT to build a high-rise structure in downtown Los Angeles, but can’t get around zoning or permit restrictions? Not a problem! Members of the Los Angeles City Council have come up with a great solution to your predicament: Buy the “air rights” above the L.A. Convention Center – that is, the unused space hundreds of feet above the center’s roof – then use them to build your skyscraper someplace else. Since no skyscraper would be built over the Convention Center, where it’s legal, that would somehow make it legitimate to build one elsewhere, where it isn’t. Makes perfect sense, no? Like buying the cheap seats for a Clippers game, and using them to get a luxury skybox for the Lakers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Only in City Hall does this kind of accounting pass muster. If there was any doubt that the city lacks a coherent plan for growth, this scheme lays it to rest. The right to bypass zoning and permitting laws is available to whoever’s willing to bid the highest for a legal fiction. So much for sensible planning. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has vetoed the council’s air-rights plan, but only on a technicality. He supports the idea in concept, and has asked the council to work out a compromise. It’s a shame city leaders have offered this deal only to their rich developer friends. After all, it could be a boon for the middle class: Buy land rights in Tehachapi, build a home in the Santa Monica Mountains! The same amount of open space would be preserved, and ordinary Angelenos could get affordable homes in a prime location! If that kind of scheme sounds ridiculous, it’s because it is.
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News Production on new homes slowed in November, falling off from an upward revision to October groundbreakings.According to a report released Tuesday from the Commerce Department, homebuilders began construction on new houses in November at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.03 million, down 1.6 percent month-over-month and 7 percent year-over-year.Month to month, single-family housing starts were down 5.4 percent to an adjusted estimated rate of 677,000, the government reported. Multifamily production rose 6.7 percent to a rate of 351,000 units, meanwhile.Despite the retreat in housing starts, there were a few pieces of good news in Tuesday’s report. For one thing, November marked the third straight month in which starts came in at a rate above 1 million. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the three-month moving averages for both total and single-family starts are now the strongest they’ve been since the Great Recession.”These numbers are in line with our latest surveys, which show that single-family builders are confident that the market is gradually recovering,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly.In a report released Monday, NAHB recorded a one-point drop in its monthly gauge of builder sentiment, putting the measure at a reading of 57. An index level above 50 indicates a market viewed more positively than negatively.Further good news came in the form of October’s revised estimate, which climbed to 1.05 million from an originally reported 1.01 million.On the other hand, November also saw a decline in permit issuance for new home construction. According to the Commerce Department, housing permits were issued at a seasonally adjusted yearly rate of 1.04 million last month, a drop of 5.2 percent from October and 0.2 percent from a year ago.Permits were down for both single- and multifamily projects, declining 1.2 percent to a rate of 639,000 and 11 percent to a rate of 396,000, respectively. December 16, 2014 442 Views Commerce Department Homebuilders Housing Permits Housing Starts National Association of Home Builders 2014-12-16 Tory Barringer Share U.S. Housing Starts Dip in November