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DP World ILT20 franchises retain leading cricket stars for Season 3

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The six DP World International League T20 franchises have retained a total of 69 players for tournament’s third season which will be played from January 11 to February 9, 2025 in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

The window for retaining players was opened on June 1 with the teams given two weeks to submit the list of the retained players.

Season 3 is set to see a number of world-class and seasoned T20 players from around the world. Amongst the 69 players, 26 players were parts of various ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 squads.

The retained players include T20 heavyweights like Andre Russell, David Willey, Sunil Narine (Abu Dhabi Knight Riders), Alex Hales, Azam Khan, Muhammad Amir, Sherfane Rutherford, Wanindu Hasaranga (Desert Vipers), Dasun Shanaka, David Warner, Rovman Powell, Sam Billings, Sikandar Raza (Dubai Capitals), Chris Jordan, James Vince, Shimron Hetmyer (Gulf Giants), Akeal Hosein, Dwayne Bravo, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, (MI Emirates), Johnson Charles and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Sharjah Warriors).

Each of the six franchises have retained two UAE players each.

The UAE players retained for Season 3 include Aditya Shetty and Alishan Sharafu (Abu Dhabi Knight Riders), Ali Naseer and Tanish Suri (Desert Vipers), Haider Ali and Raja Akif (Dubai Capitals), Aayan Afzal Khan and Mohammad Zohaib Zubair (Gulf Giants), Muhammad Rohid Khan and Muhammad Waseem (MI Emirates), Junaid Siddique and Muhammad Jawadullah (Sharjah Warriors).

Following the completion of the players retention window, the teams can now sign new players in the ongoing Player Acquisition Window which will stay open till September 15. Each franchise can sign minimum two additional UAE players to complete their quota of four UAE signings after the completion of the ILT20 Development Tournament which will be held in October.

Retained players for DP World ILT20 Season 3 are:

Abu Dhabi Knight Riders

Aditya Shetty, Ali Khan, Alishan Sharafu, Andre Russell, Andries Ghous, Charith Asalanka, David Willey, Joe Clarke, Laurie Evans, Micheal Pepper and Sunil Narine.

Desert Vipers

Adam Hose, Alex Hales, Ali Naseer, Azam Khan, Bas de Leede, Luke Wood, Micheal Jones, Muhammad Amir, Nathan Sowter, Sherfane Rutherford, Tanish Suri and Wanindu Hasaranga.

Dubai Capitals

Dasun Shanaka, David Warner, Dushmantha Chameera, Haider Ali, Raja Akif, Rovman Powell, Sam Billings, Sikandar Raza, Zahir Khan, Jake Fraser McGurk and Oliver Stone.

Gulf Giants

Aayan Afzal Khan, Blessing Muzarabani, Chris Jordan, Dipendra Singh Airee, Gerhard Erasmus, Jamie Overton, James Vince, Jamie Smith, Jordan Cox, Mohammad Zohaib Zubair, Rehan Ahmed, Richard Gleeson and Shimron Hetmyer.

MI Emirates

Akeal Hosein, Andre Fletcher, Daniel Mousley, Dwayne Bravo, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Jordan Thompson, Kieron Pollard, Kusal Perera, Muhammad Rohid Khan, Muhammad Waseem, Nicholas Pooran, Nosthush Kenjige, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth and Waqar Salamkheil.

Sharjah Warriors

Dilshan Madushanka, Johnson Charles, Junaid Siddique, Muhamad Jawadullah, Kusal Mendis, Luke Wells, Peter Hatzoglou and Tom Kohler-Cadmore.

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Global Chess League Unveils a Stellar Line-up of Icon Players for Season 2

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The Global Chess League, a joint venture between Tech Mahindra and FIDE, today announced the list of Icon players for the second season to be held in London from 3rd to 12th October at Friends House.

Sameer Pathak, CEO, Global Chess League, said, “We would like to extend a warm welcome to all the Icon players. With such renowned names at the helm of each team, we are confident that the exciting matches will offer millions of chess fans an incredible experience. In the following weeks, we will be announcing a host of superstar men, women, and prodigy players, which will only add to the excitement ahead of the player draft.”

The stellar line-up of Icon players includes world No.1 and five-time world champion, Magnus Carlsen, who also featured in the first season of the Global Chess League. In the second season, he will continue to play for Alpine SG Pipers.

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Magnus Carlsen, the five-time world champion, said, “The first season in Dubai was a fantastic experience. Chess has been an individual sport, but the concept of a team setting introduced by the Global Chess League is very exciting and refreshing. I look forward to playing again with the Alpine SG Pipers.”

To add to the thrilling level of competition, two new Icon players are joining the league for the first time. One of the world’s most popular and dynamic players, Hikaru Nakamura, will play for the new team American Gambits. Anish Giri will make his debut in the second season with PBG Alaskan Knights as the Icon player.

Joining as an Icon player for American Gambits, Hikaru Nakamura, said, “I followed the Global Chess League in its first season and was hooked to the format. It is an exciting opportunity not only for the top players, but also for fans as they get to pick a team with their favorite players to cheer on. I am excited to be a part of American Gambits team, and I look forward to meeting my teammates in London.

Grandmaster Anish Giri, who has been signed up as the Icon player by PBG Alaskan Knights, said, “The unique format of the Global Chess League takes the competition to a higher level. I am sure that the fans will tune in to see the exciting battles between teams comprising top men and women chess players. I am delighted to play in my debut season with PBG Alaskan Knights, and I am looking forward to the exciting times ahead.”

Returning in the Icon player role for Ganges Grandmasters is the five-time world champion, Viswanathan Anand. As the Icon player of the first season’s finalists, Mumba Masters, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will continue to lead from the front for the team. In the second season, Ian Nepomniachtchi will be the Icon player for the Triveni Continental Kings.

Viswanathan Anand, the five-time world champion and the Icon player for Ganges Grandmasters, said, “The inaugural season was a huge success with some very exciting matches. Chess is widely played across the world, and the game being televised in this unique format will only add to its popularity. I believe that fans who tune in will get to see intense battles between teams playing chess at their highest level. I am excited to be back playing for Ganges Grandmasters.”

Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi, in his new role as the Icon player for Triveni Continental Kings, said, “After an exciting launch season, I am glad to be a part of the second season of the Global Chess League. Playing for the winners of the first season, Triveni Continental Kings, makes it even more special, and I am looking forward to play some exciting matches in London.

Former World Blitz champion and the Icon player for Mumba Masters, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, said, “Playing for my team Mumba Masters was a fantastic experience in the first season. The whole team came together beautifully and reached the finals. I am geared to return for the next season and collaborate with my team members.

The league will feature a minimum of three marquee showdowns every day between the Icon players as they lead their teams into the chess arena. The first-of-its-kind franchise-based league will feature a total of six teams. Each team will consist of six players, including one Icon player, two superstar male players, two superstar female players, and one prodigy player.

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Dubai’s Economy Surges: GDP Hits Dh115 Billion in Q1 2024 with 3.2% Growth

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Dubai’s economy has grown 3.2 per cent in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year — with the emirate’s gross domestic product (GDP) reaching Dh115 billion.

“Dubai’s ambition is limitless, and its success story will remain a role model for cities wishing to create a promising future for their coming generations,” said Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the UAE, and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai.

The goal, he said, is to “sustain success and establish a culture of excellence and leadership” across all sectors in the emirate. The economic growth in the first quarter of the year mirrors the success story of 2023, when the GDP reached approximately Dh429 billion, marking an increase of 3.3 per cent compared to the 2022 figure of approximately Dh415 billion.

Numbers show that Dubai is booming across sectors — from transportation and storage to food services and real estate.

Here’s how each sector has grown in the first quarter of the year:

  • -Transportation and storage sector: 5.6%, amounting to Dh15.4 billion
  • -Financial and insurance activities sector: 5.6%, amounting to Dh15.1 billion
  • -Wholesale and retail trade sector: 3%, amounting to Dh26.3 billion (the top GDP contributor at 22.9%)
  • -Information and communications sector: 3.9%, amounting to Dh5.1 billion
  • -Accommodation and food services activities sector: 3.8%, amounting to Dh4.7 billion
  • -Real estate sector: 3.7%, amounting to Dh8.4 billion
  • -Utilities and waste management: 7.5%. amounting to Dh3.2 billion
  • -Manufacturing sector: 1.6%, Dh8.4 billion
  • -Other activities: 0.46% (These include agriculture, mining, construction, professional services and administrative services, among others.)

Sheikh Hamdan said the emirate’s successes highlight the combined efforts and teamwork of various stakeholders to realise the objectives of the emirate’s comprehensive development plans for 2033, especially the Dubai economic Agenda (D33) and Dubai Social Agenda 2033.

“Dubai is progressing in accordance with a clear vision whose foundations were laid down and whose goals were defined by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,” the Crown Prince said.

“What we witness today is a practical reflection of this vision, which has placed Dubai among the leading economic and commercial centres of the world.”

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Indian wellness practioner Piush Jain eyes global expansion, announces plans for Dubai

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Award-winning Indian wellness practioner Dr Piush Jain, renowned for his groundbreaking age reversal therapy using Ayurvedic medicines and herbs, is now eyeing global expansion with Dubai as his first international hub.

Dr Jain, who runs the famous Dr PK Jain Clinics with a legacy of close to hundred years in the Indian city of Lucknow, has helped many reverse aging process, naturally, through a 5000-year-old age reversal Ayurvedic therapy. And now, the leading Ayurveda exponent is ready to spearhead age reversal therapy by taking his line of work to the wider world.

“My line of treatment is a revolutionary step forward in the field of age management and hormonal health and it is something I now want more people from around the world to have greater access to. So there’s no place better than Dubai to start my global operations from.  And our plans are to be in business within this quarter pending all necessary approvals from relevant authorities,” Dr Jain said this week during his trip to Dubai where he is meeting officials from various health authorities ahead of his grand launch. “Dubai is home to close to 200 nationalities. So setting up a business means unparalleled opportunities for growth and innovation, thanks to its strategic location, world-class infrastructure, and business-friendly environment and also a gateway to the wider world”

Dr. Jain – a fourth-generation practitioner from a family of holistic wellness therapists who have been tapping the power of traditional Ayurvedic practices for over a 100 years in India – stresses particularly on the use of Amalki Rasayana herbs, that he says, have a positive impact on the pituitary-gonadal axis – a key controller of aging and vitality.

“What sets us apart is our work on the pituitary gland. Often referred to as the ‘master gland,’ it plays a pivotal role in regulating the body’s hormonal balance and, consequently, the ageing process. My groundbreaking treatment taps the power of traditional Ayurvedic medical practices like the age old Amal Ki Rasayan and other herbs to harness the natural functions of the pituitary gland to manage age-related hormonal changes. By stimulating the gland in a way that mimics the body’s own processes, this innovative approach effectively slows down the ageing process without introducing any side effects,” explains Dr Jain who has been lauded with lifetime achievement awards both internationally and in his native India.

Recent studies underline the potential of Ayurvedic treatments to enhance longevity and quality of life. Research published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine published by MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute), the Swiss-based publisher of open-access scientific journals and the largest of its kind, emphasises how natural compounds can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, critical factors behind aging process. A comprehensive study on the effects of Vajikaran Rasayana herbs substantiates their significant influence on hormonal balance and vitality. “The results are stunning – one’s hair start growing again, one’s skin starts glowing just as your other organs including brain, kidney and liver start functioning at an optimum level again thereby making one reverse a lot of usual age-related conditions like diabetes, hypertension, eventually making the patient feel better emotionally, physically and even sexually as part of a holistic wellness therapy,” he says.

Based in Lucknow but now with a firm eye on global expansions starting with Dubai, Dr. Jain’s clinic has scripted many success stories. His patients have reported feeling more energetic, mentally clearer, and looking younger. Not just in India, his work is also gaining attention and popularity across the globe as more and more people look for alternative anti-aging treatments.

For more information about Dr. Piush Jain and his Ayurvedic age reversal therapy, please visit https://www.drpkjain.com/ or contact: India – +919415027773 /+917007467416

UAE – +971545935289

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