Recently, I came across the following tariff card of The Mount Lavinia Grand Hotel of yesteryear on Facebook.
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia known in Sinhalese and Tamil as Dehiwala-Galkissa is the largest suburb of capital Colombo situated south of the Colombo Municipality. Dehiwala and Mount Lavinia lie along the Galle Road artery along the coast to the south of the country. It is home to one of Asia’s largest Zoological Garden.
The Mount Lavinia Hotel, now a 275-room hotel is one of the oldest and most famous hotels in the country. The hotel premises was initially constructed as the Governor’s Residence in 1806. Since 1947, it is operating as a hotel. So, this tariff card must have been in vogue in early 1948.
This brought back nostalgic memories of my first visit to the Mount Lavinia Hotel in the early 1960s where I met the doyen of the Indian Tamil screen, the late iconic star Sivaji Ganesan who was on a short visit to the island to receive the ‘Kalaikkurusil’ (Pinnacle of Art) award from the then Radio Ceylon.
It was a memorable meeting. I was 18+ then, and a B.Sc., (Chemistry) student at St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai, Tamilnadu, India. I congratulated him for winning the best actor award at the 1960 Afro-Asian Film Festival held in Cairo for the film Veera Pandya Kattabomman.
The Captains of the teams participating in
Vivo Indian Premier League 2017 (IPL 10)
On February 19, 2017, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was removed as captain of IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiants and replaced by Australian Steve Smith.
Captains of the IPL 2017 teams. Left to Right:
Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (India)
Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (India)
Kings XI Punjab: David Miller (South Africa)
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (India)
Rising Pune Supergiants: Steve Smith (Australia)
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (India)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (India)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (Australia)
Broadcasters and Digital Streaming Platforms for IPL 2017
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the list of broadcasters and digital streaming platforms around the world. Several broadcasting networks and television channels will bring live coverage of Vivo IPL 2017 across the globe.
In India, Sony Pictures Network (SPN) has bagged the global rights to broadcast all the IPL matches live on Sony SIX, Sony SIX HD, Sony Max, Sony Max HD for India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives & their respective territories, Commonwealth & possessions.
Vivo Indian Premier League 2017 (IPL 10)
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives & their respective territories, Commonwealth & possessions
Sony Pictures Network (SPN) – Sony SIX, Sony SIX HD, Sony Max, Sony Max HD, Hotstar
Lemar TV & Cricketgateway.com
Bong BD and Cricketgateway.com
Sportsmax and Flow TV
Cricketgateway.com & Ethnic channel group
Now TV & Cricketgateway.com
Astro & Cricketgateway.com
(MENA Counties) – Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen only
Singtel, Starhub, Eleven sports (OTT) and Cricketgateway.com
South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa Sport
United Kingdom Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man & Channel Island & the European territories & possessions only
Definition of Analemma by Merriam-Webster: “A plot or graph of the position of the sun in the sky at a certain time of day (such as noon) at one locale measured throughout the year that has the shape of a figure 8; also : a scale (as on a globe or sundial) based on such a plot that shows the sun’s position for each day of the year or that allows local mean time to be determined.“
Our Earth orbits around the Sun on an elliptical path. It also revolves around the Sun on a slant with an axial tilt of about 23.4 degrees. This leads to some interesting observational effects. One of these is the analemma, the apparent path traced by the Sun in the sky when observed at the same time of day over the course of a year.
Due to the Earth’s orbital eccentricity and its axial tilt, our Sun does not appear in the same position in the sky at the same time every day throughout the year. These two factors combine to generate the slender figure-eight, called analemma ( Greek “support”) curve.
So, the astronomers use this analemma diagram that shows the deviation of the Sun from its mean motion in the sky, as viewed from a fixed location on the Earth.
The analemma diagram with the Sun’s path resembling a lopsided figure eight can often be found printed on globes of the Earth, usually somewhere over the Pacific Ocean where there is lots of room to print it.
The north–south component of the analemma is the Sun’s declination, and the east–west component is the equation of time. Most often, the diagrams of analemmas carry marks that show the position of the Sun at various closely spaced dates throughout the year. Analemmas with date marks are used for various practical purposes. Without date marks, they are of little use, except as decoration.
Earlier, prior to the 18th century, the term “analemma” referred to any tool or method used in the construction of sundials. Now, the term “analemma” is used in conjunction with sundials to convert between apparent and mean solar time.
Analemmas are photographed by keeping a camera at a fixed location and orientation and taking multiple exposures throughout the year, always at the same clock-time.
The above image is a photo of an analemma posted by Giuseppe Donatiello.
The above is an afternoon analemma photo taken in 1998–99 by Jack Fishburn in Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA. The Bell Laboratories building is in the foreground.
Although the term “analemma” is used to refer to the Earth’s solar analemma, it can be applied to other celestial bodies as well.