Defiant JDF join UWI at top in Senior Cup

first_img The JDF, batting a second time, then closed day one on 10 for one, however, rain and a wet outfield on yesterday’s final day ensured that neither team was able to go for a victory. Elsewhere in the zone, rain also forced a draw in the fixture between St Elizabeth and St James at Manley Horne Park in St Elizabeth, while the match-up between Westmoreland and Hanover at Paradise Oval in Westmoreland ended in a no-result. At Manley Horne Park, St Elizabeth first made 164, with left-arm fast bowler Andrew Walker claiming five for 27 and Tyrone Johnson two for 21. This was against David Curtis, who hit 29. Westmoreland, in reply, then closed day one on 219 for three, with the experienced Myron Wilson not out on 110. Rain then had the final say on day two, where no play was possible. Over at Paradise Oval, rain left Hanover on their overnight total of 66 for four, in response to 301 for nine declared, made by Westmoreland. Recent West Indies Under-19 World Cup winning representative all-rounder Shahid Crooks, with an unbeaten 124, made the most runs for Westmoreland, with former national Under-19 player Javoy Spence providing support with 66. Gareth Dennis took five for 73. RAIN HALTED PLAY Former champions the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and title hopefuls the University of The West Indies (UWI) are now both tied on points at the top of Zone C following the second round of matches in the two-day Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup at the weekend. The duo, who battled at Up Park Camp in one of three matches in the zone, are now on seven points each, from two matches, after the JDF claimed first-innings points in their rain-affected drawn encounter. Batting first after winning the toss, the JDF scored 159, with national one-day opener Jermaine Harrison 35; out-of-favour West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, 34; and the experienced Joseph Palmer, 29, making most runs. This was against off-spinners Akeem Frazer and Oshane Walters, who finished with four for 36, and three for 36, respectively. The UWI, in their response, were bowled out for 127, with national left-arm wrist spinner Dennis Bulli, five for 20, taking most wickets and left-arm orthodox spinner Shamari Brown taking three for 32.last_img read more

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Taxi driver fined $10,000 for overload

first_imgTaxi driver Visholall Basin was fined $10,000 by Magistrate Dylon Bess after appearing before the Wales Magistrate on a charge of overloading taxi HC 504 on June 13, 2018 at the Wales Public Road, West Bank Demerara (WBD).Basin explained that he was carting two extra passengers, but the Police have said they caught the accused breaking the law.In a plea for leniency, the 34-year-old Goed Fortuin, WBD resident told the magistrate that he has had no prior brushes with the law.In determining Basin’s sentence, the magistrate considered that he did not waste the court’s time, but pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.last_img read more

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How Celtic and Rangers could kill Scottish football stone dead

first_imgDo you fancy becoming a football pundit? Take a listen to the clip above and give it your best shot hereCeltic and Rangers moving to the English Premier League would be a fatal blow to Scottish football, says talkSPORT presenter Alan Brazil.“It would kill Scottish football stone dead,” said Brazil, discussing the possibility on his Sports Breakfast show.With the English Premier League recently announcing an incredible £5billion TV deal, the financial and competitive gap between clubs south of the border and the traditional Scottish giants is set to get even bigger.As a result, a move to the top flight of English football has been suggested before, and it was this possibility that led to Brazil speculating on the effect it would have on domestic football in Scotland.Although Brazil believes it would be “very unfair” for the rest of the clubs in the Scottish league, he would love to see the Glasgow clubs make the move for their own future benefit. “Celtic and Rangers – with their support – could compete eventually in the Premier League, no doubt in my mind.”You can listen to Alan Brazil’s full take on the subject in the audio clip, above.What do you think of Alan’s view? Think you could do a better job of tackling these issues?This is your chance to prove how good a football pundit you could be! talkSPORT has teamed up with The Carlsberg Fan Squad on a mission to find Probably The Best Pundit in the World… with probably the best prize too!The winner will become part of the on air talkSPORT team, live from a Premier League ground on the final day of the season!Get recording your entries now and also keep an eye out for the People’s Pundit van, which is now on tour to catch all of your punditry skills outside UK football grounds!It’s a fantastic opportunity! So head to www.thepeoplespundit.co.uk to find out more now.last_img read more

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And the Fastest Animal Is…

first_imgIf you think the answer is peregrine falcon or cheetah, think again. This one skitters about under your feet.In the animal world championships, a new winner has been named in the speed category. There are strong contenders in that arena: cheetahs in the mammal tribe, falcons in the bird taxon, and mantis shrimp in the marine team. Now, a contender beats them all: a little bitty insect with a fearsome name: the Dracula Ant.Dracula ant’s powerful pincers snap shut at record speed (Nature). Even if you don’t blink you will miss it in the video clip that starts the article. “Fangs are feeble next to the fastest appendages in the animal world,” this brief news piece says. “An insect dubbed the Dracula ant is a speed champion among animals: it snaps its front pincers shut in less than 1/5,000 of the time it takes to blink.” It took high speed cameras to show this ant winning against the trap-jaw ant and the mantis shrimp. How does it work?Fredrick Larabee at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, and colleagues investigated this mechanism using computer models and high-speed videos. The researchers found that the ant’s front appendages, unlike those of most other ants, can bow inwards when the pincer tips press against each other, generating a spring-like tension. When one pincer slips under the other, this tension releases, propelling the pincers shut at 90 metres per second — faster than a bullet train, and the fastest-known speed for an animal appendage.Phys.org says this is faster than the 200 mph speed of a peregrine falcon.“These ants are fascinating as their mandibles are very unusual,” said University of Illinois animal biology and entomology professor Andrew Suarez, who led the research with Fredrick J. Larabee, a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; and Adrian A. Smith, of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University, Raleigh. “Even among ants that power-amplify their jaws, the Dracula ants are unique: Instead of using three different parts for the spring, latch and lever arm, all three are combined in the mandible.“The high-speed action appears to be within the reach of variation, since “it only took small changes in shape for the jaws to evolve a new function: acting as a spring.”This is not evolution or speciation, but slight modifications to existing genetic information and parts. Even creationists accept that kind of variability (beak size, coloration, etc.). Still, this is a pretty spectacular example for a small animal. Dr Randy Guliuzza presents a design-theoretic model that explains these kinds of adaptations. Animals come pre-programmed to handle environmental changes, he says. See one of his articles at ICR’s Acts and Facts monthly publication.(Visited 510 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Sallu poaching SRK buddies

first_imgSalman KhanSalman Khan seems to have taken it upon himself to ensure Shah Rukh Khan’s list of foes increase.Farah Khan opted for Salman instead of SRK in her next film after picking Akshay Kumar for Tees Maar Khan. Now Salman is making her feel special. We learnt that to mark Farah’s 44th birthday, he has planned a special bash.The actor is holding a get-together for all her family members and friends at his farmhouse in Panvel, Navi Mumbai.Salman has been good friends with Farah’s hubby Shirish Kunder too. We wonder if Sallu is doing this only to ensure that Farah doesn’t get back on the old backslapping terms with SRK.last_img read more

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John Calipari Goes On Twitter Rant Following Criticism For Saying Kentucky’s Goal Was To Get 8 Players Drafted

first_imgJohn Calipari tweets about his draft goal.Twitter/@UKCoachCalpariOn Wednesday, John Calipari rubbed some people the wrong way when he said Kentucky’s goal this past season was to get eight players drafted, not win the national championship. Calipari, 56, is as big of a players-first coach as there is in sports, so his comments weren’t really that surprising. But, at the same time, it’s not surprising that people were upset with his statement. The Wildcats’ coach went on somewhat of a Twitter rant this afternoon, addressing his critics. I hate to drive you traditionalists crazy, but I’ll say it again: our goal at the beginning of the season was to have eight players drafted.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015I’ll be honest with you, at the time I may have said nine. My point when I said that was to have them all eat.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015When they asked how we do it, I told them to do this you will have to be a selfless team, share & do historic things on the court. They did.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015If Alex doesn’t get hurt, 8 are drafted. We fell short of a national title but this season was not disappointing to me. Have a great day!— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015Whether you agree with him or not, you’ve got to respect Calipari for always speaking his mind.last_img read more

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Education Ministry Targets 10% Improvement in Math

first_imgEducation Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, says he is targeting a 10 per cent improvement in Mathematics passes in the major examinations at the primary and secondary levels. These are the Grade Four Numeracy Test, Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC). He said that as part of this initiative, the Ministry will be increasing the distribution of Mathematics specialists throughout the education system, particularly in schools where there are weaknesses. “I’m challenging the schools, the principals, the teachers…we want to give you the help to achieve (these results), and we are going to hold you accountable,” the Minister stated. He was addressing teachers and students from across the island, who turned out for Wednesday’s (March 6) first staging of the National Mathematics Expo held at the University of the West Indies, Mona. The Grade Four Numeracy Test results show that in 2009, some 45 per cent of the age cohort achieved the requisite level of mastery in numeracy; 38 per cent in 2010; 46 per cent in 2011; and the pass rate improved to 54 per cent in 2012. For GSAT, 53 per cent of students achieved mastery in 2009; 57 per cent in 2010; 62 per cent in 2011; and 63 per cent in 2012.last_img read more

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Drewry Big Threes Liner Merger Is All about Survival

first_imgzoom The latest merger of liner shipping businesses, revealed by Japan’s Big Three shipping companies yesterday, is further evidence of survival mergers and acquisitions sweeping the industry, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Namely, the agreement between Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), subject to resolution by the board of directors of each company and shareholder/regulatory approval, would form a new joint-venture company which would operate a fleet totaling 1.4 million TEUs. The company  is planned to be established on July 1, 2017.Drewry said that, while this is considered to be an important step towards making container shipping an industry that can sustain profitability, the process of integration will be challenging.“Whilst the consolidation that took place in container shipping pre-2008 was driven by a desire for growth, the current wave of M&A activity is more about survival and the need to address structural industry issues by strengthening balance sheets, addressing poor investor returns and adapting to the low growth environment,” Drewry said.At the time of acquisitions pre-2008, growth or scale was the primary strategic imperative behind M&A. The industry was still in growth phase fuelled by globalisation and manufacturers shifting sourcing to Asia.However, Drewry noted that recent acquisitions have been driven by necessity and the promise of synergies from cost saving, economies of scale, improved competitive positioning and better protection from the prevailing weak industry fundamentals.“Alliances, along with M&A, have been a response to the low-growth environment, where a significant number of carriers have not made money in the recent past. We anticipate further consolidation activity but the industry may need to wait until the earnings impact of the consolidation become tangible,” said Drewry’s director of container research Neil Dekker.last_img read more

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Podcast Lonely LeBron Dominant Serena And Nate vs A 12YearOld

Embed Code Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 9, 2015), we discuss whether LeBron James can continue to win NBA Finals games by himself, whether Serena Williams can set the record for most Grand Slams ever and what we’ve learned after the first batch of women’s World Cup games. Plus, a special Significant Digit — Nate Silver talks with 12-year-old Simon Bazelon (son of New York Times writer and Slate podcast host Emily Bazelon), who has some criticisms about FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Elo ratings.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss in this week’s show:Nate Silver takes on the adage, “Live by the three, die by the three.” It’s mostly not true.Neil Paine on the Cavs’ Game 2 win, in context.Williams is really, really clutch.Grantland assesses Williams’ remarkable career arc.We’re offering continually updated women’s World Cup predictions, and our latest model shows that Germany is slightly more likely to win than the U.S.Significant Digit: 11 championships. That’s the number Bill Russell’s Celtics won, in 13 years, but our Elo ratings still say they weren’t the most dominant dynasty of all time. Special guest Simon Bazelon (12 years old) debates Nate and presents his own data. Simon is the son of Emily Bazelon, who recently mentioned his analysis on Slate’s “Political Gabfest” podcast. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Hot Takedown read more

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Black hockey player hopes to inspire others to break the mold

Kyle Reed said he “is just a dude.” The Canadian native from Calgary doesn’t mind talking about uncomfortable topics like almost giving up hockey when he was younger and being the only black player on Ohio State’s hockey team. The senior said he likes when he gets odd looks for saying he plays forward for the hockey team. He said he likes being different, but also that it doesn’t matter when you get to the heart of the sport. “I’ve been playing for so long that I don’t think about it,” he said. Reed said in his hometown, kids playing hockey was just second nature. There is no black and white with hockey. “There have been times when I’d been called the N-word or a lot of other things. Those types of words are a form of motivation,” Reed said. “I feel like I faced times of adversity, but those are also motivation tools.” He said he’s been playing hockey since he was 4 years old and feels like he had skates on before shoes. “My mom would take me down the street to the ice rink and she was the one who first taught me how to skate. She couldn’t even skate herself, but she put them on me,” Reed said. “I was meant for the ice, you know?” But hockey wasn’t the only sport he played when he was younger. “My first love is actually baseball. Playing hockey just kind of fell into place whenever baseball was finished,” Reed said. “When the season was over, it was just in time for hockey tryouts.” Reed said he got into trouble as a kid and was considering quitting hockey, but his grandfather and brother convinced him not to. “My grandpa was like, ‘I want to see you on TV one day.’ My brother said to not to do what he did and quit hockey,” Reed said. “It was at a crucial time in my life where I had to choose between hockey and baseball. “A lot of times I learned the hard way, but sometimes that’s the best way to learn.” The interview was interrupted by Reed’s neighbor and teammate, Sean Duddy, a defenseman from Ann Arbor, Mich. He was looking for salsa in the kitchen, but got pulled into the living room to talk about his close friend. “‘Friends’ may be a stretch,” Duddy said, laughing. “But no, we’ve been playing for about three years together now. He’s a good guy, great teammate. He works his ass off. He’s the fastest skater I’ve ever seen.” The guys shared a few joking moments before returning to the conversation. Duddy took some time to think of his favorite memory of Reed. “We’ve had good times together. When we were playing Miami my freshman year, Kyle got a hat trick,” Duddy said. “That’s my favorite memory of him from a hockey standpoint. He’s an explosive player.” There are several other hockey players who live in their apartment complex, Duddy said. He said they’re as close as brothers. “I’m very family-oriented. It’s hard hearing people say they’re going home for the weekend or for the holidays, whereas I have to pick up the phone,” Reed said. “Some of the guys I’m close with on the team, they give me that support.” As for playing professional hockey after graduation, he said, “If you have the ability to play at a higher level, I think you have to take that opportunity to play in the NHL. I don’t want to be that 40-year-old guy still playing hockey in the lowest of the lowest minors just because I love the game.” Reed, who’s studying strategic communication, said he thinks going to college and getting a better education is beneficial. He trained at the Atlanta Thrashers development camp in summer 2009. He said he would like to play hockey for as long as he can and then go into advertising. He said one of his favorite parts about playing for OSU, as a black hockey player, is that he could be an inspiration for the black kids who come to get the players’ autographs. “I think it’s good for them to see me playing hockey and see that anyone can do it,” Reed said. “Hopefully they look to me and say, ‘I can do what he does, too.’” read more

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