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Curtly Ambrose

Sir Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose, KCN is a former cricketer from Antigua who played 98 Test matches for the West Indies. Acknowledged as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, he took 405 Test wickets at an average of 20.99 and topped the ICC Player Rankings for much of his career to be rated the best bowler in the world. His great height—he is 6 feet 8 inches tall—allowed him to make the ball bounce unusually high after he delivered it. A man of few words during his career, he was notoriously reluctant to speak to journalists, he was chosen as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1992. Born in Swetes, Ambrose came to cricket at a late age, having preferred basketball in his youth, but made an impression as a fast bowler. Progressing through regional and national teams, he was first chosen for the West Indies in 1988, he was immediately successful and remained in the team until his retirement in 2000. On many occasions, his bowling spells were responsible for winning matches for West Indies which seemed lost, in association with Courtney Walsh.

Against Australia in 1993, he bowled one of the greatest bowling spells of all time, when he took seven wickets while conceding a single run, hence taking figures of 7/1 for the first spell of the match. In 1994 he was responsible for bowling England out for 46 runs, taking six wickets for 24 runs, he is rightly regarded as one of the greatest match-winning bowlers of all time. Ambrose's bowling method conceding few runs, he was successful against leading batsmen. From 1995, Ambrose was affected by injury, several times critics claimed that he was no longer effective. However, he continued to take wickets up until his retirement, although he was sometimes less effective in the early matches of a series. In his final years, the West Indies team was in decline and relied on Ambrose and Walsh. Following his retirement, Ambrose has pursued a career in music as the bass guitarist in a reggae band. Ambrose was born in Antigua on 21 September 1963, the fourth of seven children, his father was a carpenter from the village.

The family had no background in cricket, but his mother was a fan, Ambrose played in his youth as a batsman. At school, he performed well academically in mathematics and French, became an apprentice carpenter upon leaving at the age of 17, he considered emigrating to America. At the time, his favourite sport was basketball, although he umpired cricket matches. Ambrose was not tall until he reached his late teens, when he grew several inches to reach a height of 6 feet 7 inches. Around this time, his mother encouraged him to become more involved in cricket. Success as a fast bowler in a softball cricket match persuaded Ambrose to play in some club matches at the age of 20, he attracted the attention of coaches and progressed to the St John's cricket team. Selected in the Leeward Islands competition, he took seven for 67 for Antigua against St Kitts, he made his first-class debut for the Leeward Islands in 1985–86 and took four wickets in the game, but failed to retain his place the following year.

A Viv Richards scholarship provided funding for him to play club cricket in England for Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club in the rated Liverpool Competition during 1986 where he took 84 wickets at an average of 9.80. The following year, he returned to England to play for Heywood Cricket Club in the Central Lancashire League, for whom he took 115 wickets in the season. Upon his return to Antigua, Ambrose practised intensely, regained his place in the Leeward Islands team and, in the absence of leading bowlers Winston Benjamin and Eldine Baptiste with the West Indies team, became the main attacking bowler in the side, he was no-balled for throwing in the first match, which Wisden Cricketers' Almanack attributed to confusion caused by his attribute of flicking his wrist prior to releasing the ball to impart extra pace, there were no subsequent doubts about the legality of his bowling action. Retaining his place when the international bowlers returned, he took 35 wickets—including 12 in a match against Guyana, of which nine were bowled—in five matches in the competition.

Wisden's report on the West Indian season said his performance was "dominant", although few had heard of him previously. Identifying his yorker as his most effective delivery, it noted that he "never lost his pace, his accuracy, or his thirst for wickets"; when Pakistan toured the West Indies in 1988, Ambrose played in the One Day International series, taking the place of the retired Joel Garner. He made his debut during the first match, on 12 March 1988 in Kingston, taking wickets with his third and ninth deliveries. In the second match, he followed with another two wickets in the third. West Indies won those first three matches to take the series, Ambrose did not play in the fourth or fifth game. In the Test series which followed, Ambrose was less effective. In the first Test, he took two for 121. Wisden noted that his debut was "unimpr

Disappear (Hoobastank song)

"Disappear" is the fourth and last single from Hoobastank's second major studio album, The Reason. Released as a single in early 2005, "Disappear" reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart; the music video for the song switches between footage from live Hoobastank shows during their 2004 tour, footage of them performing the song at the Utah State Fairgrounds, in Salt Lake City during a local radio station's music festival. The video was directed by Marc Webb, it is the last music video to feature bassist Markku Lappalainen as he left the band after Hoobastank's 2005 Summer Tour. CD 1 "Disappear" – 4:00 "Same Direction" – 3:26 "Just One" "Disappear" CD 2 "Disappear" – 4:00 "Same Direction" – 3:26 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Dubai Towers Dubai

Dubai Towers Dubai was a four tower complex on hold in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The developer, Sama Dubai, intended this to form the centrepiece of The Lagoons, a megaproject located on Dubai Creek, to consist of seven islands; the towers have between 57 and 94 stories and although the heights are not known, it is believed the tallest would top 400 metres while two others would rise beyond 300 metres and the fourth tower will rise at 230 m. Sama ECH was the Project Management company in charge of the project. Due to downturn in Dubai, the project was cancelled; as the Complex were not built, The Tower was proposed, It will surpass Burj Khalifa upon its completion. Its construction began in 2016, estimated to be completed in 2020. Designed by tvsdesign, these towers were intended to create a dramatic new landmark for Dubai, their design represents the movement of candlelight and according to Thompson, Stainback & Associates, this is supposed to symbolise hope, harmony and opportunity.

The Dubai Towers Dubai, like the rest of The Lagoons, is on hold. Dubai Towers Doha Dubai Towers Istanbul tvsdesign website

Fall of Kabul

The Fall of Kabul took place in 2001 during the War in Afghanistan. Northern Alliance forces began their attack on the city on November 13 and made swift progress against Taliban forces that were weakened by American and British air strikes; the advance moved ahead of plans, the next day the Northern Alliance forces entered Kabul and met no resistance inside the city. Taliban forces retreated to Kandahar in the south. Coupled with the fall of Mazar-i-Sharif five days earlier, the capture of Kabul was a significant blow to Taliban control of Afghanistan; as a result of all the losses, surviving members of the Taliban and al-Qaeda retreated toward Kandahar, the spiritual birthplace and home of the Taliban movement, Tora Bora

Mega Adventure Park

Mega Adventure Park - Singapore is located on the picturesque Sentosa Island, host to Singapore’s main attractions. Mega Adventure operate the world famous Mega Zip flying fox, that spans 450 m, where you fly at 60 km/h over the jungle and beaches of the Island. Furthermore, there are 3 additional activities that include a 36-obstacle treetop ropes course, a 15m Mega Jump free fall simulator, a rock-climbing wall; the main attraction is a 450-metre zip-line which takes participants from the peak of Imbiah Hill, 75 metres above ground level and at a speed of up to 60 kilometres per hour, across a jungle, a beach, the sea, ending on a man-made island off Siloso Beach. Participants are connected to the zip-line by a customized "zipper" that rolls them down the line from the start to the end. Mega Climb is an obstacle course consisting of three levels of aerial ropes installed around eucalyptus trees 15 metres high. Participants are connected to continuous belaying systems; the course has 12 obstacles per level, includes confidence gaps, horizontal ladders and mini flying foxes.

Mega Jump is a simulated parachute jump. Participants experience the sensation of a free fall from jumping off a 15-metre tower while connected to a power fan descender that ensures a soft and safe landing; the Mega Wall is a 16-metre climbing wall, one of the highest in Singapore, with three different routes to the top. Under the supervision of climbing instructors, participants are safely belayed to the top, abseil back down the wall. Mega Bounce is based on a simple trampoline with the added feature of a system of elastic bands that allows participants to make higher-than-normal jumps safely – they can "bounce" up to 10 metres into the air. Official website Official website

Cyril Watkin

Cyril Watkin was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Bristol City and Stoke City. Watkin was born in Stoke-on-Trent and joined local side Stoke City in 1940 after working for Sneyd Colliery. During World War II he guested for Port Vale, he broke into the Stoke first team during the 1948–49 season and missed only five matches in 1949–50. However Watkin was unable to maintain his place in the side at the Victoria Ground and once manager Bob McGrory had left and Frank Taylor had been appointed, Watkin was deemed surplus to requirements and he was sold to Third Division South side Bristol City. Despite having been a First Division regular only a few years he only managed three appearances for Pat Beasley's "Robins" before he decided to retire. Source