Virat Kohli is just 81 runs short of becoming the first man ever to smash 1000 runs in a single edition of the Indian Premier League. (IPL Full Coverage|Points Table)Kohli, 27, has been on a record-shattering spree this year. He became the fastest to 7000 runs and 25 hundreds in ODIs early this year during the five-match series against Australia before turning his attention to T20 cricket. (Also read: David Warner backs Virat Kohli to break 1000-run barrier in IPL 9)RUN MACHINE After crushing Australia and Pakistan under the weight of his runs, Kohli carried on with his meteoric rise in the IPL, where he became the first man to hammer four hundreds in a season and the first to breach the 4000-run mark in the tournament’s nine-year history. (Also read: Table-toppers Gujarat Lions face tough Test against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Qualifier 1)Kohli is now on the verge of another unique record. If he scores 81 against Gujarat Lions in the first qualifier tonight, he would become the only batsman to aggregate 1000 runs in a single T20 tournament. That would also take him comfortably past Suresh Raina, who is the leading all time run-scorer in the IPL.KOHLI-RAINA TUSSLE That would be another interesting tussle of course. Raina (4096), is 40 runs ahead of Kohli’s 4056. Both men are crucial to their team’s chances tonight and if both of them fire, there would be some serious fireworks on display at the M Chinnaswamy in Bangalore this evening.Kohli’s composure and determination have been the hallmark of his sensational run this year. Many are already comparing Kohli’s 2016 with Tendulkar’s 1998 and not without good reason. This could be the year that elevates the Delhi dasher to a different level altogether.advertisementTRADITIONAL ROUTE His mercurial rise has been scary for bowlers the world over. And his success mantra is even more frightening for opposition captains – Kohli says he follows a boring and traditional routine to maintain that dizzying height. And he says that with a smile which clearly suggests that the young man clearly enjoys the process.Kohli has raised the bar for batting in limited-overs cricket. He has proved in no uncertain terms that risk-free orthodox shots can fetch you runs. And a 1000 runs in a single edition in mind-numbing but he is almost there.Considering his recent form, would you place your bets against Kohli? Flat pitch, small boundaries and ‘AAR-CEE-BEE’ chanting fans. The odds are heavily stacked in Virat Kohli’s favour.
US-based crude oil shipping company Gener8 Maritime has taken delivery of the ECO Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) the Gener8 Miltiades on October 25, 2016.Delivered from China’s shipbuilder Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, the 301,000 dwt vessel represents the sixteenth of 21 ECO VLCCs expected to be delivered into Gener8 Maritime’s fleet.Upon delivery, the 333-meter-long ship entered Navig8 Group’s VL8 Pool.Featuring a capacity of 328,848 m3, Gener8 Miltiades is the sixth ECO VLCC delivered by SWS to Gener8 Maritime, concluding the company’s newbuilding program with the yard.In September, the shipping firm added its fourteenth and fifteenth VLCCs, the Gener8 Perseus and the Gener8 Oceanus, which were built by South Korean shipbuilders.Upon delivery, the two VLCCs entered Navig8 Group’s VL8 Pool.Three more VLCC newbuildings are scheduled for delivery in 2016, while another two are expected to join the company in 2017.As of October 27, 2016, Gener8 Maritime has a fleet of 43 wholly-owned vessels comprised of 26 VLCCs, including 5 newbuildings, 11 Suezmaxes, four Aframaxes, and two Panamax tankers.
Oscar-winning director, actor and filmmaker Ben Affleck joins Oscar–winning Pixar Animation Studios’ filmmakers Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera in receiving special honors at the 1st Annual AUTFEST International Film Festival presented by The Autism Society on April 22-23, 2017 at the AMC Orange 30 in Orange, CA.The announcement was made by Matthew Asner, VP of Development for The Autism Society.Said Scott Badesch, President of Autism Society of America: “The first Annual AutFest International Film Festival is a perfect opportunity for us to celebrate the role film is now playing in autism awareness. We are proud to honor outstanding filmmakers Ben Affleck, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera, for their cinematic portrayals of the complexity of human emotions, as we can see with our two spotlighted films The Accountant and Inside Out.”Celebrating autism awareness “from spectrum to screen,” AutFest is the first film festival solely dedicated to an autism audience and filmmakers. Its mission is to further advance the well-being of all with an autism diagnosis, as well as to educate the nation about autism and the important need to fully respect and value each person with autism. AutFest wishes to celebrate films that promote autism awareness and support autistic filmmakers and artists that have chosen film as their profession.“For more than eight years we’ve been honored to partner with the Autism Society through our regular screenings of AMC Sensory Friendly Films, which allows families with special needs to see films in a welcoming environment,” said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, Vice President, Alternative & Special Content, AMC Theatres. “We’re thrilled to continue that partnership by serving as the host of this important, impactful event.”A number of special awards will be handed out at a special ceremony at the conclusion of AutFest including Best Film, Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Actor, Best Actress as well as an Audience Award. A Best Autistic Filmmaker Award will be presented to an autistic filmmaker.AutFest is also inviting student graphic designers to create a festival poster that depicts the festival’s theme “from spectrum to screen.” Winning posters will be used as the festival’s official poster as well as for official materials such as t-shirts and postcards. The contest is hosted by We Are Lions, a marketplace for products created and designed by individuals with disabilities. More details about the poster contest can be found hereAutFest Honorary Committee Members include seven-time Emmy winner and autism advocate Ed Asner, actress Kristen Bell (House of Lies), actor Dax Shepard (CHIPS), Emmy-winning actress comedian Sarah Silverman, Golden Globe-nominated actor Matthew Modine (Stranger Things), Emmy-nominated actor Gary Cole (Veep), Autism Speaks co-founder Bob Wright, The Suzanne Wright Foundation president Liz Feld, Warner Bros. president and CCO Peter Roth and Autism Society’s VP of Development Matt Asner.