Barras beat Edge by 29 runs

first_imgWinning the toss, Barras captain Jack Vare this time decided to bat first.Openers Lega Siaka (40) and Vani Vagi Morea (44) put on a solid opening partnership of 84 runs before both were dismissed by the same bowler,  Sean Nottle.Assad Vala (38) and Sese Bau (21) also chipped in with valuable runs.But it was veteran Mahuru Dai who top scored with 51 runs. Dai smashed 9 fours.The Barras were all bowled out for 286 runs after 49.3 overs.Eastern Edge started off well in their run chase with openers Michael Cranmer (55) and Timothy Evans (29) getting things going.More good batting brought Eastern Edge to 5/169 with the game in the balance.The Barras turned the game right around, taking the next 4 wickets for just 29 runs.But Eastern Edge tailenders Jake Haberfield Sean Nottle fought back with a 53 run stand.Barras’ John Reva ended all hopes of a win for Eastern Edg, taking the wicket of Nottle in the 49th over to leave Eastern Edge all out for 257.Dai was the Barras’ best bowler, taking 2/29 off his 10 overs.last_img read more

Former Test umpire Hair charged with stealing

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (AP): Former Test cricket umpire Darrell Hair has avoided conviction after pleading guilty to stealing from his employer in what a magistrate called “a monumental fall from grace”. Hair, who stood in 78 Tests and is remembered for calling Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing in a Test in Melbourne in 1995, pleaded guilty in the Orange Local Court on Monday to one charge of embezzlement and one of stealing. A fact sheet said Hair stole AU$9,005.75 from D’Aquino’s Liquor in Orange between February 25 and April 28. He blamed a gambling addiction. The lawyer for the 65-year-old Hair, Andrew Rolfe, described the offending as “an aberration” in a lifetime of service. Magistrate Michael Allen did not record a conviction, but sentenced Hair to an 18-month good-behaviour bond, noting that he repaid the money and was in counselling.last_img read more

Not a blade of grass

first_imgThis week, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres referred the Guyana/Venezuela Border Controversy to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as a means of arriving at a final and binding judicial settlement.This referral, though long overdue, comes at a time when Guyana has decided to intensify its exploration for more offshore natural resources, after already discovering a significant amount of commercial oil and gas resources earlier this year.The Secretary General’s decision also comes at a time when the Guyana Government is faced with a host of domestic problems, ranging from massive corruption scandals, the unilateral and controversial appointment of the Chairman of its premiere electoral body, allegations about misappropriation of funds, to the mass dismissal of thousands of poor and ordinary sugar workers from the rural economy.The referral has been announced while Venezuela is itself also facing immense hardships, food shortages, economic recession brought about by falling oil prices, and poor economic policy oversight by the Venezuelan Government.That country is also politically divided, with developed nations imposing sanctions on the Government of President Nicholás Maduro, and the people themselves in certain cases, because of an uprooting of democratic norms and practices by Maduro with the aim of holding on to power.All of the abovementioned domestic crises being faced by both countries will now be placed on the backburner, as the referral takes precedence because of what is at stake. The truth is: Guyana is in a far better place than Venezuela in emerging from this entire controversy as the top dog and rightful victor.But the Government must guard against complacency. It must ensure that it properly prepares for the upcoming case at the ICJ by not only recruiting a good team of international lawyers, but lawyers who have our vested interest at heart and cannot be compromised.It also is important for the Foreign Affairs Ministry to ensure that it has the financial, technical and clerical resources to lend assistance to the team in its bid to defend this country’s territorial sovereignty aptly at the level of the ICJ.Until such time the case is scheduled to be heard, the Opposition, too, must rally around the Government on this particular matter. They should have joint meetings and exchanges to discuss methodologies and Guyana’s entire judicial approach to the controversy. The country’s Attorney General must also give way to brighter and more experienced local talent if we are to ensure that there are no lapses, missed deadlines, and sabotage at any level.This case is of paramount importance, and Guyana’s future depends heavily on its outcome. For too long, Venezuela’s outrageous claim that the award was null and void has hung over the people of this country like a dark cloud. There will, no doubt, be attempts by Caracas to downplay the importance of the UN Secretary General, and there will likely be politicians from both sides of the divide that will campaign heavily on the controversy in that country’s April Presidential elections.But Georgetown must stand her ground and remain resolute. Citizens must also demonstrate pride in being Guyanese, as they express their full support and confidence in the Government’s ability to weather the storms ahead in order to re-secure Guyana’s patrimony, oil wealth, and people in the mighty Essequibo region. As Dave Martins and the Trade Winds dubbed it in their hit song, “We ain’t giving up no mountains, we ain’t giving up no river that belongs to we…not one rice grain…not a blade of grass”.last_img read more

Police question PGS guards following foiled robbery

first_imgDetectives are now questioning the three guards injured during a shootout with a group of armed men at Demerara Bank, Camp Street and South Road, Georgetown, that occurred on Sunday evening. Police are of the belief that the robbery was staged and that someone might have alerted the gunmen of the late night deposit. A source close to the investigations revealed that they are looking at every possible lead in the case that already has a lot of loopholes.He noted that based on statements gathered, the three guards could not identify any of the people but claimed that after coming under attack, they adopted tactical positions and returned fire, thus foiling the robbery.Despite this, one of them identified as Micheal De Clou was shot to his thigh while a bullet grazed that arm of the female rank and the other male rank was shot to the foot.However, while no arrests were made, the Police have recovered the car used by the suspects at D’Urban Backlands, which was riddled with bullet holes.In addition, several spent shells were found inside of the vehicle. However, a quantity of spent shells and five live rounds of.38 ammunition were collected at the scene.It was reported that the guards collected a deposit from the Royal Castle restaurant on Sheriff Street and were heading to Demerara Bank when it was realised that they were being trailed by a car. Nevertheless, they drove to Camp Street and again saw the vehicle behind them.Instead of driving off the scene, they armed themselves and opened the door of the armored vehicle. As they exited one of the guards reportedly discharged a round with the intension of scaring off the people in the car but they were greeting with a hail of bullets.None of the guards could give the Police a description of the vehicle, claiming that their priority was to report the matter.The Police are continuing investigations into the robbery.last_img read more

No drugs: Region Two cancels medical outreaches

first_imgSeveral medical outreaches that were scheduled for the month of May and June in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) had to be cancelled due to a shortage of drugs within the region.This was disclosed by People’s Progressive Party councillor Arnold Adams at the Regional Democratic Council’s (RDC’s) statutory meetingAdams said that as a result of the shortage of drugs, no medical outreach was conducted. This, he said, is creating “great inconvenience” to residents, as many of them cannot afford to access the services offered at the regional hospitals.According to the councillor, essential drugs at the hospitals are short supplied, and many times residents are forced to purchase their prescriptions at localOpposition Councillor Arnold Adamspharmacies. The issue is said to have been existing for quite some time, and despite representation made on several occasions, remains the same, he said.Adams also explained that during his recent meeting with staff at the hospital, the pharmacists informed that the situation is worrying, and advised that medications should be purchased to sustain patients’ lives. The staff emphasised that the drug shortages need to be dealt with urgently. A list was, on two occasions, sent by the Medical Superintendent of the Suddie Hospital to the Director of MMU.Government councillor Julian Cummings also called for the dental boat Janet Jagan (Lady J) to be put into operation to assist residents in the Pomeroon River. Cummings said the boat can provide dental services to residents within the riverine areas, and called for the region to make full use of the boat.Government Councillor Julian CummingsRegional Chairman Davenand Ramdatt said that the dental boat currently requires some maintenance work. As it relates to the drug shortages, Ramdatt said the Ministry of Public Health was written, and to date the region is waiting for a response.last_img read more

Considine: Joining Aberdeen’s 500 club truly special

first_img“To stay with the one club, it’s a dream come true to have made so many appearances so far and hopefully it may continue.“To be within such fantastic company, such legends who have won so much here, is truly special.”Considine joined Aberdeen at the age of 11 before progressing through the youth ranks into the first team.The defender’s debut came in a 2-1 loss away to Dundee but despite the result he said it remains a moment that lives long in the memory.He added: “It’s a blur, I know we lost 2-1 but it was an incredible experience.“I remember just being incredibly nervous.“I still get very nervous to this day, every game means as much as the first.“It was special for me and my family. It’s still a special occasion every time I get to cross that white line.”Considine has become an important part of manager Derek McInnes’ team at Pittodrie – helping the Dons to four straight second placed finishes in the Premiership and a League Cup victory. The Banchory-born defender admitted that back in 2015 he feared his Dons career would come to an end following Graeme Shinnie’s arrival from Inverness.“The one that sticks in my mind is when Shinnie came… an unbelievable player,” said Considine.“He was seen in probably everyone’s eyes as my replacement. “There were times when I did go home and think ‘goodness me, could this be my time to move on?’“But I played left back in the first European game and he played centre midfield and the rest is history.“In football you have to adapt to positions. Whether it’s left back, right back, centre half, give me that shirt and I’ll give everything for you.” He told STV: “It’s a strange feeling but at the same time it’s what I dreamed of as a kid.“I’ve been with Aberdeen since I was 11 and when you’d come to watch the first team, you’d always be like ‘this is what I want, I want a taste of this’.“It’s all the sacrifices over the years to get to where I am at this moment in time.“It’s amazing how quickly it has come around, it’s a pretty big number. Andrew Considine said joining the list of greats to have played 500 times for Aberdeen will represent a “truly special” moment in his career.The versatile defender will rack up a half century of competitive run-outs in a Dons jersey if he takes to the field against St Johnstone on Saturday.Only club legends Willie Miller, Alex McLeish, Bobby Clark, Stewart McKimmie and Jim Leighton have played more than Considine for the Pittodrie side.The 32-year-old, who is an academy graduate at the club, said it’s surreal that he’ll join such illustrious company in hitting the half century milestone if gets the nod in Perth.last_img read more

Marshfield archery takes fourth in NASP competition

first_imgFor Hub City TimesMARSHFIELD – Marshfield High School archery placed fourth as a team in National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) tournament competition held Feb. 9 in Gilman.The tournament saw 23 schools in competition. For the tournament, each archer gets an individual score in their division and if the school has enough archers, they can also shoot as a team. The archers then shoot three scoring rounds at 10 meters and three scoring rounds at 15 meters.Marshfield High School had enough archers to shoot as a team, but the Middle school shot as individuals.Marshfield High School placed fourth, scoring 3125. Top archers for Marshfield were: Jeremiah Apsey with 281, who placed ninth out of 59 in the high school boys division; McKenzie Wilsmann with 280, who placed fourth out of 75 in the high school girls division; and Lindsey Tyrolt with 276, placing ninth out of 75 in the high school girls division.Marshfield Middle school top archers were: Raina Manlick with 274, placing ninth out of 86 middle school girls; Jasmine Schmidt with 266, receiving 11th out of 86 middle school girls; and Kody Weigel with 259, ranking him 28th out of 107 middle school boys.last_img read more

Comment of the Day: Semantic Web “Great For Diddling”

first_imgOur 6th daily Comments Competition winner comes from a comment on our post 11 Things To Know About Semantic Web. It came from Alan Wilensky, who wrote that “all of the [Semantic Web] tech that has been so promised is great for diddling, but we haven’st seen productivity delivered.” Congratulations Alan, you’ve won a $30 Amazon voucher, courtesy of our competition sponsors AdaptiveBlue and their Amazon WishList Widget.Here is Alan’s full comment which, despite starting off a little pompously, makes some interesting points: “Kingsley, help, they are making our poor semanticshamntic web complicated again.There should be a license required to write about the two big topics in semantic technologies:1) The technology behind it – generally recognized as the greatest blunder the W3C has ever made; OWL and RDFS.2) The effects and resulting applications that will emerge from these technologies, and the competing technologies that leap over the OWL/RDFS abortion. (Computational Linguistics, Machine learning).If the author is a computer scientist actually working in the field, please accept my apologies, I’m nit here to tear down, but really, all of the tech that has been so promised is great for diddling, but we haven’st seen productivity delivered.And, I have been installing semantic browsers, add-ons, etc., since 2004.Personally, I believe that the delivery of functions of the semantic whatever, will have to be delivered as fully integrated tools and services.The man on the street, including some savvy small business folks, are just getting up on web apps as a service, giving up the local server in favor of services, and just getting wrapped around blogs and such as a marketing channel.Enough on Semantic Punditry – unless you would like to order my report on the semantic web for an introductory price of $895.00, you will need the semantic browser extension to read it, and will then be able to surf contextual links that are related to your email thread and porn chats.” Tags:#Contests#Semantic Web#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts richard macmanuslast_img read more

Gavina resigns, Dandan steps in as Kia head coach

first_img“He talked to [team manager] Joe Lipa about resigning,” said Kia governor Bobby Rosales Saturday.Replacing Gavina is assistant coach Ricky Dandan who will take over the 0-2 Picanto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAlthough Gavina was the prominent presence in Kia’s bench since 2016, he was never the team’s official head mentor as the designation belonged to Manny Pacquiao.Gavina only got the lead coaching position at the start of the 2017-2018 PBA season. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim After just two games under his belt as Kia’s official head coach, longtime assistant Chris Gavina has stepped down from his spot early into the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kia’s only playoff stint in its history was in the 2016 Governors’ Cup as the then assistant coach Gavina took over the reins from Pacquiao.James White, Niño Cañaleta, and Aldrech Ramos led the then Mahindra Enforcer to a 6-5 record, including a 4-0 start, before bowing to Meralco in the first round of the playoffs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games MOST READ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Nets embarrass Heat, lead by 38 before pulling off win LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Team India flunks final, but must build on gains from World Cup

first_imgCUP OF WOE: Sachin Tendulkar made to stand down by the AustraliansOn the night India lost the World Cup final, one of the bowlers ran into a friend. “Hard luck,” said the friend. The player exploded, “What hard luck? Why does everyone say that? We played f***-all. Who knows when,CUP OF WOE: Sachin Tendulkar made to stand down by the AustraliansOn the night India lost the World Cup final, one of the bowlers ran into a friend. “Hard luck,” said the friend. The player exploded, “What hard luck? Why does everyone say that? We played f***-all. Who knows when we’ll ever get to a Cup final again?”As it happens, the young man could play in a couple more World Cups but on that bleak Sunday night when gloom crept into Indian souls like the chill of an advancing Johannesburg autumn, his heart wouldn’t listen to reason or reassurance. He could barely imagine it but by hating defeat so intensely, the cricketer was giving himself the best chance to reach another big final. If being the No. 2 team in the world doesn’t feel good at all, there is only one other alternative.The men in blue headed out of their hotel rooms looking for warm food and cold comfort, a cavalcade of the chronically dejected. That night all the glasses came up half-empty but if Indian cricket learns to look into the distance – admittedly, not its strong suit – its African campaign could be a blueprint for future success and, maybe, a cup running over.En route to the World Cup finals Sourav Ganguly’s team equalled the record for the most successful streak by an Indian team in one-day internationals  – eight straight wins. It matched the run of the 1985 team that won five matches to take the World Championship of Cricket in Australia and three one-dayers after that. India’s record pales in comparison to Australia’s 17 but collective achievement in Indian cricket is rare. For too long has the sport been ruled by the cult and clash of personality and the mammoth weight of some pretty impressive individual records.advertisementCUP OF WOE: India were made to stand down by the AustraliansCaptain Ganguly, who could well be the first militant Bengali after Subhas Chandra Bose, will have no more of it. He is fast becoming the leading pulpitt-humping evangelist of a new church of Indian cricket.Drinking tea in a train-wreck of a hotel room in Durban, windows open to cooling sea breezes off the Indian Ocean, he said, “Individual performances don’t matter at all if the team doesn’t win. Indian cricket has to realise that the team is first: whether you are looking at the past or whether the team has to go ahead in the future.”The future is the only place to go because the past is never as glorious and golden as it is made out to be. The Australians are already in tomorrow, casting long shadows on those who try to follow. India have responded to the rigours and rewards of a nascent professionalism with the enthusiasm of a child who, after days of sliding around his bottom, discovers the heady benefits of being able to walk.They are quick to give credit to their three-man back-up team of professional coach, trainer and physio, use polar wristwatches to monitor their fitness, know how to download the data from the watches onto their personal laptops, and have discovered the use of computer analysis in team planning. Fellows who would struggle to spell “psychologist” sit down with the famous sports shrink Sandy Gordon to discuss insecurity, fear of failure, ambition and come out feeling wiser, less burdened.Radical? For Indian cricket, yes. Australia has been there, done that – and moved on. Diving and slide-tackling in the field is kindergarten stuff. Their specialist fielding and throwing consultant, Mike Young, an ex-baseball player for the San Francisco Giants, knows nothing about cricket fielding, but uses his understanding of motion from baseball to design drills. His brief is to keep the fielders moving, energised and involved and minimise the time taken for a ball to travel from the fielder to the man at the wicket.When the ball goes to a fielder’s “wrong’ side” (i.e. on the left side of a right-hander), usually the fielder picks up the ball, transfers it to his throwing hand, shifts his weight and then throws the ball back. Young taught the Australians to pick up and pivot, transferring the ball from hand to hand during the pivot before hurling it back to the man at the stumps. The fielder can end up off-balance during the throw, but when Andy Bichel ran out Aravinda De Silva in the semi-final, hours of practice turned into something perfect.Young also turned out to be a handy bard who composed a poem about his adopted home which the Aussies chanted and sang after every victory in South Africa. Coach John Buchanan says, “At the moment we do most things everyone else does but we do them a little bit better and more consistently. There is no question we can get better.”advertisementIt could be a frightening thought for anyone trying to catch up, but then it could be an inspiration too – there is always a way, teams must have the will to discover it. The Indians seem to have found theirs. It took a year of thinking and tinkering for their World Cup campaign to come together. The hiring of fitness trainer Adrian LeRoux made a difference to the strength of the bowlers and consequently the pace at which they bowled in South Africa.Andrew Leipus held the bodies of all the main men together with hours of physiotherapy, yards of tape and the pure power of prayer. No matter how loud the howls of protest, Rahul Dravid was given a year with the wicketkeeping gloves in order to lengthen the batting line-up. An idea of the best balanced team for South Africa was devised and stuck to. In South Africa, only two teams looked like they had made progress from the 1999 Cup: Australia, of course, and, surprise, surprise, the consorts of chaos, India, a testimony to persistence with The Plan.India have done a lot right in the past two years, reckons former South African coach Graham Ford, but to keep progressing they need to replace the one important link that will go missing soon. “They need to get another pace bowler into the squad now because they are going to miss Javagal.”The man himself, who went through the World Cup wearing an unusually sunny disposition all the time and a beach hat at practice, believes fast bowlers are like fine china, meant to be handled with care and wrapped in cotton-wool. Only then can they provide service for years. “An Australian or South African bowler may take two years to develop, in India you have to give a guy 3-3 1/2 years, put him on a fitness routine, monitor his progress. If you are thinking of 2007,” Srinath says, “find a guy now.”Australia reaped the benefits of pure pace in the Cup – Brett Lee broke down batting line-ups after injury stopped Jason Gillespie and tiredness slowed Glenn McGrath down. Lee has been shepherded through Australian cricket since 1995 – when it was discovered he was the fastest kid on the block – and let loose on the world only in 1999. South Africa, looking for its successors to the Allan Donald generation, tried the same with the injury-plagued Mfuneko Ngam and are now working on Monde Zondeki.A team insider says, “What we cannot do is bumble along and hope for someone to turn up. That’s the way it has been with us but that’s not the way it works in professional sport anymore.” It means the traditional animosity between selector and player, board and player, the swell of egos must subside to make the team competitive.advertisementSunil Gavaskar believes the team needs to do more, telling INDIA TODAY, “The 2007 World Cup should be the assignment starting now. We must overcome the weaknesses that prevented us from winning this one and consolidate the gains have been made from this trip.” The gains are both cricketing and cultural.Indian cricket knows now why it needs genuine fast bowlers, all-wicket batsmen and the best support staff the BCCI’s money can buy. But like that angry young man on finals night, it must breed dissatisfaction and stoke hunger too. Because finishing second may be noble, and worthy, but it really is no fun.last_img read more