Tony Becca: Cricket for everyone

first_img IMMEDIATE SUCCESS It was an immediate success, and I remember going from London to Birmingham in the summer of 2004 to see the final and to have a day-out. It was a lovely day. Edgbaston was filled to capacity. I met some old friends. We talked cricket sometimes, we looked at the cricket sometimes, and we ordered a drink most of the time. Little did we know that T20 cricket was here to stay and, regardless of what the cricket bosses say, and keep saying, it is here to threaten the survival of the limited-over game and the longer and traditional Test cricket. And it is now played, not for fun, not for saving the game, but for the money it pulls in. A Test series usually lasted for eight to ten weeks, during which time five Test matches plus county or state matches were played, and a Test match lasted five days, and sometimes they finished without a result. Test cricket continues to be played in white clothing, and today, it is still considered a gentleman’s game, where you sit and have lunch and tea and conduct yourself in a polite manner. The basics of the game are rigidly technical, where a flowing cover-drive, or a tight and studious defence, is one of its creed, or one of its commandments. Those, like me, who defend Test cricket or one-day cricket as their preference, are referred to as old, or as coming from the Dark Ages. They are told to adapt to the times, to make the necessary changes, and to come into today’s world. But why do they have to conform? Can’t they still love the game for what attracted them to the game so many years ago? They love the game for what it was, for what it was intended to be, and for what it tries to be: a passion, a classical experience of a flowing cover-drive, a tantalising leg-spinner, a game which moves between fast and slow, pleasantly through the notes, somewhat like a good musician in action while playing some good music, up and down the scale, with the result, the win, a loss, or a draw, sometimes, most times, a drama, unknown right up to the end. T20 cricket is for immediate satisfaction. Test cricket is longer, much longer, and calls for patience and understanding. In terms of leisure and skill, it is like golf, which is played over four days, all day, and whoever likes it makes it to the course every day with no complaints. Maybe the difference is that one is for the working class, which needs money to survive, and one is perceived by the poor as being basically for the rich, or the well-to-do, and which hardly needs the people’s money to survive. The cricket clubs, especially in this country, and countries like this one, are almost empty shells, void of people, and lacking in everything. The golf clubs, on the other hand, are pristine palaces, nice and shiny, tucked away in prized locations, and full of life. Everything is done to market T20 cricket. The television screens and the newspapers are flooded with pre-tournament advertisements, and whenever it comes around, the players are dressed in colourful garments, the rules are changed so as to make the game more attractive for those who like non-stop action. Every shot, every ball, every bit of fielding, regardless of how they appear, is followed by extravagant and flowery descriptions as the commentators describe the action in T20 cricket. “Oh my. What a shot. That ball is on the way to Mars.” In terms of delivery to the fans, T20 cricket is marketed and promoted and delivered differently to how limited-over cricket and definitely to how Test cricket are marketed and promoted. Cricket is cricket, money is money, T20 cricket, up to now, is money, and nothing is wrong with that. I love T20 cricket because of its excitement and its rambunctious hitting, but I prefer limited-over cricket, and I have a passion for Test cricket, where, to me, the best of cricket is played. The cover-drive, the extra-cover drive, the on-drive, and the late-cut, the leg-spinner, the googly, and the screaming bouncer are things of beauty, and skill. I love Test cricket because of the prolonged battle between bat and ball, a battle that may last beyond four overs. Today is “modern times”, but the world, with its daily dose of terrorism, among other things, is not what it used to be, neither are other things of the past what they used to be. I love Test cricket, and I will always remember the sight of Frank Worrell batting. I loved also to see batsmen like Everton Weekes, Rohan Kanhai, and Garry Sobers, Alvin Kallicharran and Lawrence Rowe, Viv Richards and Brian Lara of yesterday bat, just as how as I enjoyed Jeffrey Dujon batting, and Marlon Samuels, as he did in the T20 final, and Chris Gayle, and Virat Kohli, and Joe Root’s batting throughout the tournament. Everything is better today, it is said, but while I agree that most things are better, that cars are faster, I still remember and long for some of things of the past, of my earlier days. ADVERTISEMENTS There are, lately, three kinds of cricket around. There is the Twenty20 (T20) cricket of 2003, then there is the one-day cricket of around the late 1960s, and there is the traditional Test cricket, which has been going on almost forever, since 1877. First, Test cricket, or five-day cricket, was the order of the day, then the limited-over cricket. One-day cricket came on the scene to save the game, and then, so it was said, as soon as the one-day cricket appeared to have lost its appeal, T20 cricket arrived to do the same, to save the game also. T20 cricket was founded by an Englishman who, in the depths of winter and thinking about “the man and his dog” at county matches during the days of summer, thought of a way of getting fans through the gates in the coming summer. He came up with playing cricket after work for three hours, and it would be, must be, fun cricket, played in an atmosphere made for fun, with emphasis on the players hitting the ball far and often from start to finish, with the bowlers being present simply for the batsmen’s pleasure, and with the fans expected to pay a small entry fee for the entertainment while standing and having a drink or two.last_img read more

Big first for WI Women

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies Women stormed into their first ever final of a Twenty20 World Cup when they outplayed New Zealand Women by six runs in the second semi-final of the 2016 edition at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday.Having previously gone out at the semi-final stage of the last three T20 World Cups, the Caribbean girls made no mistake this time around, rattling up a challenging 143 for six off their 20 overs and then bowling well to restrict the Kiwis to 137 for eight.Sent in, West Indies Women were propelled by a top score of 61 from Britney Cooper, who fashioned her maiden half-century in T20s.She faced 48 balls and counted five fours and two sixes and put on 60 for the second wicket with captain Stafanie Taylor, who scored 25. Cooper added another 44 for the third wicket, with Deandra Dottin, who got 20.Seamer Sophie Devine was the best bowler, producing a career-best performance of four for 22 from her four overs.In reply, New Zealand Women were undermined by Taylor, who claimed three for 26 with her incisive off-spin, while leg-spinner Afy Fletcher proved economical, conceding just 20 runs from her four overs and taking one wicket.ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCESara McGlashan top-scored with 38 from 30 deliveries, Amy Satterthwaite struck 24 from 29 balls, while Devine chipped in with a cameo 22 from 14 balls, to complete a solid all-round performance.New Zealand Women were threatening victory at 108 for three in the 17th over with McGlashan and Satterthwaite involved in a 59-run fourth run stand.However, Taylor removed both in successive deliveries to deal the Kiwis a fatal blow and hurt their momentum as five wickets tumbled for 29 runs.The victory set up a meeting with nemesis Australia in Sunday’s final, following the reigning champions’ five-run win over England Women in Wednesday’s first semi-final.last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps have pleaded with the people of Donegal to get behind them in the wake of the fall-out of a donation of €20,000 from Donegal County Council.The public has been divided on whether the club should be given the cash to help them keep their heads above water.A statement issued today form the club said “The potential economic, social and sporting benefits will be fully realised if we can increase the sense of collective responsibility, ownership and goodwill for the project within the county.” It added it would like to place on record its sincere gratitude to the County Manager Seamus Neely, and the members of Donegal County Council for their efforts in securing funding for the club this week.“The news has come as a tremendous boost to our hard working volunteers and fans, who are engaged in an intensive fundraising campaign, in order to secure a future for senior football for the county, in 2012 and beyond. The news also indicates that the council recognises the importance of the club to Donegal.“The monies allocated will be used to assist the club comply with FAI licensing criteria, which will include addressing structural and safety requirements within Finn Park.“We would also like to take this opportunity to briefly clarify the current strategy of the club, and articulate the benefits the future Finn Harps can bring to Donegal. “In recent seasons the club has operated from a low cost base with the emphasis placed on youth development, combined with an extensive community based programme,” it read.The number of local players who have progressed to the senior team has been unprecedented, and the U19 side currently sit top of the Northern division of the National League.There are currently 91 schools registered in the Finn Harps in the Community programme which also includes projects concerning road safety, social inclusion and health / well being issues.“The construction of the new stadium will create much needed employment for the region, and it is planned that the new venue will host large concerts and events attracting economic activity to the region.“A stadium with state of the art facilities will also offer the Donegal sporting public an exciting opportunity to support/build a senior team which can compete at the top table of Irish football. “The new site will also be a designated FAI Centre of Excellence giving Donegal’s best young players a unique environment to develop their ability.”The statement added the club has in recent times endeavoured to be transparent as possible on all issues and is fully committed to consultation with all stakeholders“We would again like to thank all those who are supporting the club through the difficult economic environment, and invite the wider north west public to help us create an exciting future for Donegal sporting life.”HARPS PLEAD WITH PUBLIC TO GET BEHIND THEM AFTER COUNCIL CASH DEBACLE was last modified: November 30th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Confident Groves ready to defend titles

first_imgGeorge Groves says he is raring to go and in peak condition ahead of Saturday’s fight with Paul Smith.The unbeaten Hammersmith boxer will defend his British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles against the Liverpudlian, who lost to Groves’ arch rival James DeGale last year.It will be Groves’ first fight since beating DeGale on points in May and a victory at Wembley Arena this weekend could pave the way for a world title shot in 2012.“All’s well. I just can’t wait now,” Groves told West London Sport.“Training’s been great and the weight’s good, which is always a bonus because otherwise you can get a bit cranky when you’re low on carbs and a bit dehydrated.“As the time gets closer you try not to think too much about the fight because you can get too excited. You’re like a kid at Christmas.“The fight is only a few days away now and I’m so looking forward to it. I’m ready to go.”Smith, 29, was British champion before being stopped in the ninth round of a one-sided fight against DeGale.Smith (left) has won 29 of his 31 fightsDespite being outclassed in that contest, Smith believes his aggressive style will be more suited to taking on Groves.But Groves, 23, insisted: “I know what he’ll do – he’s a come-forward fighter and will be well up for the fight – and I’ve got the answer to it.“It’d be great if he did try and box, because he’s not got the ability to do that.“You fight how you fight – and what he’s been doing in the gym these last few weeks isn’t going to change what he’s been doing for years.“You learn new things, but the core structure you have from a young age. I’ve always been able to fight on the front or back foot.“When things aren’t going well for Smith in there, he’ll get frustrated and revert to type – and his type is a brawler.“I know how to deal with that. I’ll let him walk forward and walk onto my shots, which he won’t be able to keep taking.” read more

SA’s Rolene Strauss crowned Miss World

first_img14 December 2014An estimated one billion viewers around the world watched as Miss South Africa – 22- year-old Rolene Strauss – was crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant’s final in London on Sunday.Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar was the first runner-up, and Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit was second runner-up. The title was contested by women from 121 countries.“South Africa, this is for you,” Strauss said in an interview after the pageant, CNN reported. “I’m so proud of you and I’m proud to be your representative.”Strauss is the third South Africa to win Miss World. Penny Coelen won in 1958 and Anneline Kriel in 1974.This year marks the annual competition’s 64th event. It was held at the ExCel exhibition centre in east London, was contested by women from 121 countries.The event was presented by Tim Vincent and Megan Young, the first reigning Miss World to host her own final show.Strauss, a medical student, clasped her hands together in surprise and was presented with the sash by Young.“My country is my pride and my purpose has and will always lie within it,” Strauss said in her acceptance speech, saying she was both proud and humbled to have won.In the build-up to the finale, the contestants took part in the Miss World Challenge Events in London. These included a sports, top model and beach fashion competition, a talent contest, Beauty with a Purpose and a debate at the Oxford Union.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Could regional integration make Africa the next big economic success story?

first_imgIt’s by time countries in Africa work as one to better its economy. This means tearing down borders to allow Africans to freely move and trade within the continent. At this year’s WEF Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, regional integration was on everyone’s lips. Attendees of the event wondered if an Africa free of borders would improve the continent’s socio-economic situation. (Image: Youtube)• How can digital technology boost growth in Africa?• Librarian saves ancient African manuscripts in Timbuktu• Fast facts: Africa from A to Z• Rwanda: Marvel of growth and WEF Africa 2016 host• Infographic: African alliances help boost regional prosperity By Mo Ibrahim, Chairman: Mo Ibrahim FoundationIt won’t be long before Africa’s rapidly expanding population bypasses China’s. We are now little more than 100 million people behind. With a young, energetic and increasingly well-educated workforce, it should provide a powerful motor for our continent to emulate China’s stellar performance.There may be concerns – not least in Africa – about China’s economic slowdown. But while its increase in GDP in 2015 may have been the lowest for a generation, it was still 6.9%. It means its growth was the equivalent of adding on the entire economy of Switzerland or Saudi Arabia.Of course, China remains the success story of the last 30 years. But just imagine how different the picture might have been if China was divided into 54 states, each with its own customs rules, its own currency and national infrastructure that rarely linked with its neighbours. Does anyone seriously believe that a China saddled with such divisions could have grown so quickly into the world’s biggest economy?WATCH: The press conference on regional integration held at WEF Africa 2016A globalized worldThe answer explains why economic integration is so critical to our continent and citizens. In a globalized economy, size really does matter. It’s why, in my opinion, a decision by Britain to withdraw from the European Union would be bad for Britain and bad for the countries it left behind. The single market has been Europe’s greatest achievement and breaking it up would be a major mistake.A large internal market provides the strong platform needed to compete across the world, driving industrialization and attracting investment. Yet Africa, which could have a single market with twice Europe’s number of consumers, still finds itself hopelessly divided into fragmented national markets, which are often too small to benefit from economies of scale.We all know the problems these divisions bring. They have, after all, been a major topic of frustration at every Forum meeting in Africa.Trade tariffs in African are 50% higher than in Latin America and Asia. Slow and onerous customs procedures on the continent mean it can take goods three times longer than the OECD average to move over borders. The result is trade between African countries is a fraction the level in Europe or Asia.It helps explain, too, why the continent’s infrastructure, which is already inadequate, is so disjointed. Transport links stop at borders. A failure of imagination and national self-interest has prevented regional answers to energy shortages.There are welcome steps under way to remove the barriers blocking trade, preventing industrial co-operation and discouraging investment. The new Tripartite Free Trade Area aims to create a trading zone from Cairo to Cape Town. Let’s hope the momentum is maintained.WATCH: The discussion “Realising Africa as One Market” at WEF Africa 2016Consumers are leading the wayThe first economic integration initiatives in Africa were launched a century ago. Yet with the odd exception, the formal and informal barriers remain.Too many of our continent’s leaders talk a good game about the need for regional integration but forget what they have promised when they return home from African Union summits. It is too easy to use short-term national interests as a justification for ignoring the need for cross-border infrastructure or to keep in place protectionist barriers.The good news is that consumers are not waiting for government action but are using technology to work around these barriers. Telecoms and financial services are just two of the sectors where innovation is so fast and all-embracing that it has enabled national restrictions to be ignored. New services are being offered faster than old regulation can cope.But while technology and consumer power are important – and increasingly driving change – we can’t afford to wait for their positive impact. It won’t build the regional power infrastructure or new cross-border transport links, or slash tariffs or customs red tape fast enough. We need political leadership. It’s about time we turned rhetoric into reality over regional integration in Africa.last_img read more

Entry for all castes in Odisha temple likely soon

first_imgIf everything goes well, people irrespective of their castes could have darshan of deities from a close distance inside the 300-year-old Jagannath Temple at Keredagada in Odisha’s Kendrapara district in the near future.The sanctum of sanatorium of the temple has been out of bound for all devotees for the past 12 years after Dalits demanded entry into the main temple in 2006. Prior to that, members of the Dalit community were not being allowed entry into the temple premises. They were paying obeisance through the nine holes created on the temple wall, while the upper caste people had access to the main temple.Nationwide debateThe issue of Dalit entry into the temple had made two communities confront each other in 2006. An organisation advocating Dalit rights had moved the Orissa High Court which had ordered that every Hindu had got equal rights to pay obeisance in the temple. The controversy had then triggered a nationwide debate.To find an amicable solution to crisis, the district administration had mediated between the upper castes and the lower castes. It was then decided that nobody would go closer to the idol of Lord Jagannath and all devotees could have darshan from a distance. Accordingly, the administration had created a barrier up to which all devotees could go.Now efforts have been initiated to throw the temple open to all castes.last_img read more

Dame time: Lillard’s 3 at buzzer ousts Thunder, sends Blazers to 2nd round

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts after making the game-winning shot at the buzzer against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Trail Blazers won 118-115. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon — After Damian Lillard hit his walk-off 3-pointer to send the Trail Blazers along in the playoffs, he waved goodbye to the Thunder bench.“That was the last word,” he afterward. “That was having the last word.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his 10th career playoff triple-double and his second of the series. Paul George added 36 points.”Sometimes it’s your turn to go through something, and when you keep fighting, and keep working through it, and stay together… there’s a reward waiting for you.”@Dame_Lillard x #NBAPlayoffs— NBA (@NBA) April 24, 2019“Very, very disappointing. It’s as simple as that,” George said. “We let this one slip away but it is what it is.”Lillard had 34 points in the first half alone — more than Westbrook and George had combined (32) for the Thunder — but the Blazers had just a 61-60 edge going into the second half.The Thunder led 90-88 going into the final quarter. Westbrook hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead while Lillard took a break on the bench.Oklahoma City went up 105-90 with 7:45 left on Dennis Schroder’s pullup jumper as Portland struggled.Lillard’s 3-pointer pulled the Blazers within 108-103, but Westbrook answered with his own 3. CJ McCollum’s bank shot cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 113-109 with 1:39 left. Maurice Harkless added free throws to get the Blazers within two.McCollum tied it with a jumper with just under a minute left, but George scored on the other end. Lillard’s layup re-tied it then Westbrook missed a layup with 18.3 seconds left to set up Lillard’s epic buzzer beater. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Finals slot in sight Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Lillard finished with a franchise playoff-record 50 points and Portland eliminated Oklahoma City from the postseason in five games with a 118-115 victory on Tuesday night.Damian Lillard (50 PTS) buries the three for the #TissotBuzzerBeater and the @trailblazers advance to the Western Conference Semifinals with the 118-115 Game 5 victory! #ThisIsYourTime #RipCity#NBAPlayoffs STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics— NBA (@NBA) April 24, 2019 Lillard’s long 30-foot 3-pointer pulled Portland within 43-39. George collected his third foul midway through the quarter after scoring 17 points.Another Lillard 3 closed the gap to 52-50 and the Blazers pulled in front 56-55 with 1:42 to go in the half on Seth Curry’s 3-pointer. The Blazers led 61-60 at the break, led by Lillard with 34 points.Kanter, who became Portland’s starter when Jusuf Nurkic broke his leg late in the season, was clearly having trouble with his left shoulder. He came down hard on it late in the half and cried out in pain but he started the second half.Kanter said afterward the original injury happened in the opening quarter and may be a separation. “We’ll see what happens,” he said, his shoulder wrapped.TIP-INSThunder: OKC coach Billy Donovan knew before the game what the Thunder were up against: “You throw everything you have into this game. It’s a matter of a collectively going out there to play to the best of their ability.” … The Tunder swept the Blazers in four games during the regular season.Trail Blazers: Lillard has had 30-plus points 13 times in the postseason. His effort on Tuesday night surpasses his previous playoff high of 40 set against the Warriors in 2016. … Klay Thompson has the playoff record with 11 3-pointers in a game for the Warriors — also against the Thunder — in 2016. … Portland has won 11 straight at home in the regular season and playoffs. …MORAL SUPPORT: The crowd roared in the final minutes when Nurkic was shown on the video scoreboard, cheering from the Blazers’ bench. It was the first time Nurkic had joined the team in the playoffs.“You guys know it, you felt it in the building when they showed him on the big screen,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “The fact that he showed up — no one knew he was going to show up. I honestly think we fed off that. There was a little good karma when he did show up.” With the game tied, Lillard dribbled just inside of halfcourt near the Blazers logo and then pulled up and hit the game-winner at the buzzer from 37-feet. After his wave, Lillard was mobbed by his teammates and the crowd chanted “MVP! MVP!”Lillard finished 10 3-pointers, second-most ever in an NBA playoff game.“All of those things that we did to give ourselves a chance to win were huge,” Lillard said. “And my part in it, I think, was probably my most important performance.”Portland advances to the Western Conference semifinals to face the winner of the series between the Nuggets and San Antonio. Denver won 108-90 earlier in the night to take a 3-2 lead in that series.It was the 12th straight road playoff loss for the Thunder, who have been eliminated in the opening round for three straight seasons.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “I don’t care what anybody says that’s a bad shot,” George said about Lillard’s 3. “But he made it and that story will be told, but it was a bad shot. You live with it.”McCollum finished with 17 for the Blazers and Enes Kanter had 13 points and 13 rebounds.Dame. Called. Game. 👋— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) April 24, 2019The Blazers stole one in Oklahoma City, winning 111-98 on Sunday. Westbrook went cold, finishing was 5 of 21 from the field for 14 points. He missed his final 10 shots. Lillard finished with 24, including 15 in the third quarter.Portland was swept in the first round of the playoffs for the past two seasons, last year by New Orleans and the previous year by Golden State.The Blazers last trip to the Western Conference semifinals came in 2016, when they beat the Clippers in the opening round before falling to the Warriors in five games.The Thunder also got knocked out in the opening round for the past two seasons. In 2016, a year after missing the playoffs entirely, they went to the conference finals but lost to Golden State.The Thunder went up 22-12 early, and George made his first six shots from the floor. Oklahoma City held a 37-29 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Lillard led all players with 19 points. McCollum got into foul trouble and headed for the bench. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Maltese MEPs emissions regulation gets goahead

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint The MEP was present for the signing of the agreement by the European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and Minister George Ciamba, President in office of the Council of the EU.It is understood that this new law will be part of the existing Clean Mobility Package and will contribute to wider targets ratified under the Paris Agreement against climate change.In addition to encouraging the car manufacturing industry to invest more in green vehicle technologies, it is also intended that the regulation will also help improve the environment and be beneficial to European citizen’s health and their pockets when purchasing new vehicles.WhatsAppcenter_img A majority of MEPs have today voted to support of a new regulation introducing curbs on CO2 emissions on road transport emissions.The informal agreement states the level of CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles like truck and lorries will need to lowered by 30% by 2030.  An initial reduction target of 15% is already expected for 2025.This is understood to be the first type of EU level regulation that has been support by the Parliament on rising road transport emissions.  By the 2025 target, vehicle manufacturers are also expected to ensure that around 2% of their new fleet are made up of zero and low emission vehicles.On the European level, it is understood that by 2022, the European Commission will also need to put forward a new set of post-2030 targets. These will need to be in accordance with the Paris Agreement.It is understood that heavy transport vehicles account for just over a quarter of the total road transport CO2 emissions (27%) and around 5% of total EU greenhouse gas emissions, according to 2016 data.Read more:Watch: ‘You need to listen to us’ – Thunberg to Dalli‘Maltese embracing clean mobility technology’ – Miriam Dalli“Lack of action along the last decades” – Miriam DalliWatch: ‘People don’t need to get rid of their cars’ – Miriam DalliEnvironmental and health benefits, more innovationMEP Miriam Dalli has been the lead negotiator on the new regulation and she explained that now after 18 months of work, the new law will see a major reduction of 37% on CO2 emissions on passenger cars.The next stage is for the EU Council to formally approve the text of the regulation and it will duly be implemented across the European Union in January 2020.Dalli explained that, ‘The signing was the last step resulting in a law that reduces road transport emissions in all EU Member States, including Malta. I have no words to describe the satisfaction felt today when I know that, I departed from a situation facing a lot of resistance and today this law enjoys the strong backing of both the European Parliament and Member States,” Dr Dalli said in reaction to the signing.last_img read more