Big total key to Windies’ chances – coach West

first_imgDAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies A made a stuttering start to the opening unofficial one-day international (ODI) against Sri Lanka A before rain intervened to end play prematurely at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here yesterday.Opting to bat first, the Caribbean side had reached 69 for two in the 13th over, with opener Kyle Hope unbeaten on 28 and Andre Fletcher on seven. The game will be concluded on today’s reserve day.Head coach Graeme West rued the weather interruption and said West Indies A would need to find their momentum again on what was a good batting track, if they were to put Sri Lanka A under pressure.”We got ourselves into a good position with some positive batting, and we’ll certainly need more of the same tomorrow,” West said afterwards.”It looks a good wicket, (there’s) not much happening for the spinners and it’s pretty slow for the quicks, so we need to build around Kyle Hope and Andre Fletcher … and set something up for some of the positive players to come later on in the innings and try and post something that will put the Sri Lankans under pressure.”They’ve certainly got an experienced and powerful top six themselves so we’ll certainly need a big score to put them under pressure.”The right-handed Hope put on 40 for the first wicket with Chadwick Walton, who made 16 from 12 balls with two fours and a six, before falling in the sixth over.Hope, who has counted four boundaries in a 39-ball innings, then added a further 23 with left-hander Assad Fudadin, who scored 14 off 10 deliveries with two fours and a six, before perishing in the eighth over.The game is the first of a three-match series against the hosts, with Jason Mohammed leading the unit.West Indies A, under the leadership of Shamarh Brooks, suffered a 2-1 defeat in the three-match, four-day Test series, which ended last week.last_img read more

Problem in School System Begins with Teachers: Ganta City DEO

first_imgThe newly assigned District Education Officer of Ganta, Mr. Lynol Mantor has disclosed that many of the problems in our school system today were due to laissez-faire(lax) attitudes  of school administrations and their teachersMaking the disclosure to reporters recently, Mr. Mantor said based on his observation on school campuses he had visited in his district; school administrations and teachers are not committed to their duties by being punctual.He added that he is going to be very tough on teacher’s attendance records and make sure that they are fully intact in all public schools under his control.“I am going to start with the teachers first. If they are supposed to be in class at certain time and don’t show up, what do you expect the students to do?” he asked rhetorically.“I am going to go from school to school to see the attendance roster of teachers; their time in and time out,” he added.Mr. Mantor said, “If the student is in uniform doing different things in the street during school hours, the principal should be able to answer the question, why?”In the Ganta School System, parents prefer sending their children to private schools rather than public ones because on many occasions, students attending public school are seen roaming the campuses during school hours when they are supposed to be in classes learning.One of the reasons for students roaming their campuses during school hours is government paid teachers who are teaching in more than two schools daily. This situation makes it hard for them to be to their various classes on time.“I will make sure schools that are lacking teachers are being staffed adequately; and schools that are overstaffed be staffed evenly,” he asserted.“If any school doesn’t meet up with the criteria for a high school by bringing qualified staff, I am going to cut the school down to Jr. High level,” he added.“I have observed that some schools have only one BSc Degree holder and they are running a high school. Can one BSc Degree holder alone teach a high school?” he queried.Mr. Mantor also called on money lenders in Ganta to cooperate with his office to ensure effective teaching; because some teachers are in the habit of taking loans. Upon receiving such money, they abandon their duties and do something else.“Many teachers who get cash from these money lenders sometimes take 10 months’ salary advance and go to their villages and abandon classes”, he explained.“Before they give loans any of my teachers, my office should be notified,” he asserted.In Ganta, there are two money lenders, Pheree Dekpah and Sam Brown. Their businesses are patronized equally to banks in Ganta.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nottingham Forest striker out for a year with knee injury

first_imgNottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga has been ruled out for 12 months following knee surgery.The striker, who is the Tricky Trees’ top scorer this season with 15 goals, sustained the injury during the recent Championship clash with Wigan Athletic.The 22-year-old underwent surgery recently and it is estimated it will take a year for him to fully recover. Britt Assombalonga was injured during Nottingham Forest’s Championship clash with Wigan 1last_img

Attorney general sees no current need for special prosecutor

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused Friday to give Congress details of the government’s investigation into interrogations of terror suspects that were videotaped and destroyed by the CIA. He said doing so could raise questions about whether the inquiry is vulnerable to political pressure. In letters to leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committees that oversee the Justice Department, Mukasey also said there is no need right now to appoint a special prosecutor to lead the investigation. The preliminary inquiry currently is being handled by the Justice Department and the CIA’s inspector general. “I am aware of no facts at present to suggest that department attorneys cannot conduct this inquiry in an impartial manner,” Mukasey wrote to Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the top Democrat and Republican, respectively, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “If I become aware of information that leads me to a different conclusion, I will act on it.” Meantime, Senate Republicans blocked a bill Friday that would restrict the CIA’s interrogation methods. Already passed by the House, the bill would require the CIA to adhere to the Army’s field manual on interrogation, which bans waterboarding, mock executions and other harsh methods. Senate opponents discovered a parliamentary flaw: The ban on harsh tactics had not been in the original intelligence bills passed by the House and Senate. Instead, it was added during negotiations between the two chambers to write a compromise bill. That move could violate a Senate rule intended to protect legislation from last-minute amendments that neither house of Congress has had time to fully consider. Although it’s not unheard of for new language to be added in House-Senate negotiations, the rules allow such a move to be challenged and the language stripped from the bill. Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., placed a hold on the bill while the GOP procedural challenge goes forward. Addressing congressional demands for facts in the CIA tapes inquiry, Mukasey noted that the Justice Department generally does not give out information about pending cases. “This policy is based in part on our interest in avoiding any perception that our law enforcement decisions are subject to political influence,” Mukasey wrote. “Accordingly, I will not at this time provide further information in response to your letter, but appreciate the committee’s interests in this matter.” An almost-identical letter was sent Thursday to Democratic leaders of the House Judiciary Committee.last_img read more

SINGER VOWS TO STAY AWAY FROM CHURCH UNTIL BISHOP RESOLVES ROW

first_imgThe Donegal choir singer who claims she was verbally abused by a priest will not step inside her church again as long as he remains there.Singer SaraSara Laughlin says she cannot go back into St Bridget’s church in Lettermacaward after a fall-out with Fr Shane Gallagher.Ms Laughlin and Fr Gallagher have both disputed the chain of events in which the singer claims left her in tears after being accused of singing a popular music song. Bishop Philip Boyce yesterday intervened in the row and gave Sara an assurance that the matter has been resolved.Teacher Ms Laughlin said she accepted this assurance from Bishop Boyce but said she did not know how the matter will be resolved.“I cannot return to that church as long as Fr Gallagher is there because I am still afraid after what happened between us.“The Bishop has given me an assurance it will be resolved and I have to take him at his word. Fr Shane Gallagher“He apologised to me and said this was not a Diocesan opinion but the opinion of one person.“He said he has heard me perform before at Knock and really enjoyed it.“He asked me to put my faith in him that this matter would be resolved and I am doing that,” she saidHowever, in a statement issued yesterday by his solicitor, Fr Gallagher said he was not aware of what resolution had been arrived at.Fr Gallagher said he now hoped to draw a line under the matter and serve the people of his parish. It is not believed that Bishop Boyce was aware that Fr Gallagher was issuing a statement on the matter.Fr Gallagher said he remains unaware of any details which may resolve the matter.“I was happy to learn of the announcement that this matter has been resolved. I was not a party to the resolution of it and did not in any respect contribute to it, nor did I have any advance notice of it.“As of 12.05 p.m. today, I remain unaware of any details of the resolution announced. I wish to take this opportunity to refute the allegations made against me. “I am hurt and appalled that a private conversation with Ms. Sara Laughlin regarding the suitability of a particular song she sang at Communion time, during a Mass I celebrated last Saturday evening for her grandmother and uncle, has been so unfairly distorted and that, in consequence, I have been so vilified and abused in the social media over the past 36 hours.“In the interests of the people whom I serve in Leitirmacaward and Doochary, I hope to be permitted draw a line under the matter and, to this end, I will be making no further comment,” he said in his statement.Ms Laughlin said she has received huge support from friends, family and complete strangers since the incident occurred on Saturday night.Among those who contacted who was up to nine different priests whom she knows through her work with the church.“I didn’t go on to Facebook to start any campaign against Fr Gallagher.“But I had to write down what happened to me and to explain to people why I would not be singing at my church again.“But the entire issue took on a life of its own as people felt I was very badly treated,” she said.SINGER VOWS TO STAY AWAY FROM CHURCH UNTIL BISHOP RESOLVES ROW was last modified: October 8th, 2013 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)Tags:Fr Shane GallagherLettermacawardSara Laughlinlast_img read more

Chelsea have two chances to exact revenge on rivals in their pre-season matches

first_img1 Chelsea have two ‘friendlies’ against Arsenal in pre-season Chelsea’s pre-season friendlies ahead of the 2017/18 campaign include two games against Arsenal, the team that denied them the chance of a league and cup double.22 July: v Arsenal, (Beijing, China) 25 July: v Bayern Munich, (Singapore, International Champions Cup) 29 July: v Inter Milan, (Singapore, International Champions Cup)6 August: v Arsenal, (Wembley Stadium, Community Shield)Not seen the club’s Premier League fixtures yet? Then click here.Remain up to date with all Chelsea news, including transfer updates right here.last_img

LYIT SPORTS SCIENCE EXPERTS SET TO HELP ST EUNAN’S PLAYERS IN UNIQUE PROGRAMME

first_imgSt. Eunan’s GAA Club and the Sports Science Dept. at LYIT have entered into a partnership that will benefit both groups in the coming months and years.On Wednesday, the first two groups from the club, the U16 and Minor Boys footballers were put through their paces by the LYIT Sports Science staff and students with a Functional Movement Screening for each player.The screen will identify each players strengths and weaknesses with regards to agility, balance and co-ordination and the payers will then be given an individual programme to work to work to improve their techniques before being reassessed in 6 weeks’ time. Together with the new GAA Activate warm-up the St. Eunan’s club hope that this new partnership will lead to both injury prevention and also improved performance.Club coaching Officer Jim Clarke was at the forefront of this new initiative along with Head of Sports science, Dr. Lynn Ramsey and Ronan Doherty (Sports Science Lecturer).“We have been very impressed with the Sports Science now on offer here in Letterkenny at LYIT,” said Jim.“Sports Science now plays a huge part in preparing players and teams to get the best out of themselves performance wise and also through injury prevention. Obviously injuries cannot be avoided altogether but with the aid of science we can ensure we get players properly rehabbed and back on the playing fields quicker and in better condition. “The players will have to take on board their individual programme themselves as when they are reassessed it will very obvious who has or hasn’t done the work” Jim enthused.“This new relationship will work both ways as these students will have players that they can use for real data for their course work and projects and hopefully the club benefits both physically and mentally with better educated players who know what work is required to maximise their potential.“We will be rolling out the Functional Movement Screening with other teams through the course of the year and we are very excited to use the expertise that now exists in LYIT in a mutually beneficial partnership that we hope will last for many years to come,” he concluded.LYIT SPORTS SCIENCE EXPERTS SET TO HELP ST EUNAN’S PLAYERS IN UNIQUE PROGRAMME was last modified: February 27th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:LYITsports sciencest eunanSt Eunan’s GAA clublast_img read more

Rainy day drama

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week At about 7:20 a.m., Maria Bejar, 45, of Piru was heading east at 55 mph to 60 mph when she lost control of her Ford Expedition and spun into the westbound lanes. The rear of her sport utility vehicle hit Alvarado’s Ford Ranger pickup, then hit a second pickup truck, authorities said. Alvarado, who apparently was not wearing a seat belt, suffered a massive head injury and was pronounced dead at the scene, Highway Patrol Officer Wendy Hahn said. The other drivers were not injured. While traffic crashes clogged the roads, commuters on Metrolink’s Antelope Valley line also were delayed in Santa Clarita, spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said. About 6 a.m. an engine failed on the line, which runs from Lancaster through Santa Clarita to Los Angeles. Then shortly after 9 a.m. a large dump traveling along the I-5/Antelope Valley Freeway interchange hit several cars and was hanging over the side of the freeway, the train tracks about 100 feet below. Debris fell onto the tracks, prompting Metrolink to halt trains, Tyrrell said. “And right after we closed the tracks for the accident, we received a call about a suspicious package at the Sylmar station, which gave us another reason to keep the tracks closed,” she said. SANTA CLARITA – Heavy rain caused havoc on local roads Monday where one man died in a collision and several vehicles tangled on Interstate 5 in a dramatic crash that temporarily halted Metrolink train service on the tracks below. The first big storm of the season brought thunder, lightning and 1.6 inches of rain to the Santa Clarita Valley where a flood watch remains in effect through this afternoon. Late Monday afternoon, the Los Angeles County Fire Department was called to the flood-prone Polynesian Mobile Home Park in Newhall, where the main driveway, which crosses a creek, was flooded and impassable. Several mobile homes were destroyed during torrential rains in January that forced evacuations. The park management had not completed repairs of the driveway off San Fernando Road. Earlier Monday, Juan Alvarado, 45, of Santa Paula died in a three-car collision on westbound state Route 126 at Castaic Creek. center_img Problems were cleared by 11:35 a.m. The dump truck accident occurred when driver Gabriel Alcantar, 51, of North Hills failed to slow for traffic, Hahn said. He hit several stopped vehicles and broke through the guardrail. A 5-year-old boy was treated for a minor injury at the scene and a 45-year-old Acton woman was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com last_img read more

‘It became a religion to me’: With the Yankees in town, Ramon Laureano reflects on the team that inspired him to play baseball

first_imgRamon Laureano’s love for baseball didn’t start outside on the diamond. There were no childhood indications that his laser arm could be unearthed, his killer competitive instinct didn’t necessarily manifest from innocuous childhood games with teammates or friends.Laureano’s love of baseball blossomed during hot summer nights in Santo Domingo. In front of the television with his family, a 7-year-old Laureano would fixate on the day’s Yankees game.As frustrating the media bias for the classic …last_img

March Moon Madness

first_imgMoons of our planetary system are supposed to behave themselves.  They were expected to just quietly orbit their host planets like nice, cold, frozen, inactive chunks of rock and ice.  It seems like whenever we get a close look at them, they are madly at work destroying theories – just like their planets have been wont to do.Io, Io, It’s Off to Work I Go:  “The results are surprising because no theory predicted upstream spots.”  Belgian researcher Bertrand Bonford was commenting on a press release from American Geophysical Union (AGU) about the volcanic moon Io, and how its eruptions create auroral spots on Jupiter.  “The finding of the leading spot puts all the previous models of the Io footprint into question,” the article said.Tethys Ocean:  The “surprisingly ordinary” moon Tethys at Saturn may have, or may have had, an underground ocean, according to National Geographic News.  The energy required to create the monstrous rift called Ithaca Chasma must have melted the ice below.  Where did the heat come from?  Since Tethys is largely ice, there would not have been radioactive elements sufficient to produce internal heat.  This leaves tidal flexing to create the rift – but only if there was liquid underneath.    The thought of water quickly led to thoughts of life.  A Cassini scientist told NGN, “This makes the exploration of icy satellites and their interiors even more important to understanding possible habitats for life in our solar system” and for how common life is in the universe.Do you want your Mars with salt?  Sodium chloride – good old table salt – may be common on Mars, said the BBC News and EurekAlert.  Because the salt may have become deposited in channels and lakes, some scientists immediately visualized the salt as a preservative for life.  Salt is a double-edged sword, however: “Water is the first sign that an environment might have been habitable, but waters that precipitate table salt on Mars would have been much saltier than any waters known to support microbial populations on Earth,” said Andrew Knoll of Harvard.  Salt is also a poison to organic soup (09/17/2002).Titan clash:  Titan isn’t rotating like scientists expected.  When they went to focus on a spot identified from a previous orbit, it was 19 miles off.  The only way they can explain it is by modeling an ocean under the ice, according to a paper in Science.1  If the crust is decoupled from the interior by floating on an ocean, it also means that Titan’s zonal winds can alter the rotation of the whole moon.  See explanation by The Planetary Society and press release from JPL.    The ocean-and-wind hypothesis is only a partial answer.  Christophe Sotin and Gabriel Tobie, writing in the same issue of Science,2 said, “However, the observations and model predictions do not correlate very well.”  Some are proposing a periodic wobble in the spin, or a large impact that might have sped up the rotation.  No impact basin large enough to record such an event has been found.  “There’s a fundamental difficulty with Titan global circulation models right now — all of them,” said lead author Ralph Lorenz, “–which is that they predict that the predominant winds at low latitudes near the surface would be easterly, from east to west.  Yet all the sand dunes point in exactly the opposite direction.  There’s something we do not understand about Titan’s circulation.”Back on earth, scientists are also scrambling to explain the origin of the home planet.  Science Daily, PhysOrg and National Geographic News all reported that a “new study is challenging the long-standing notion that the whole solar system formed from the same raw materials.”  Isotopes in meteorites don’t match those on earth.  To get around this problem, scientists are having to imagine that materials in the solar disk that supposedly gave birth to the planets got sorted somehow.    In addition, a news item in Nature News about the Genesis solar-wind collection experiment “raises more questions.”  The finding that “the Sun is relatively richer than Earth in oxygen-16, the most common oxygen isotope, contradicts the conventional wisdom that Earth has the same oxygen isotope composition as the Sun” the article said. “Everybody would have bet that the Sun had the same composition as Earth and the meteorites,” a French cosmochemist remarked.  “In fact, Earth is not like the Sun.”  Scientists are scrambling to model what process might have “sucked out oxygen-16 while the gas of the proto-Solar System condensed into solid grains that coalesced into the planets.”  If so, the article said, it would have had to happen early on.Footnote:  We’re still waiting for word about the Enceladus flyby results from March 12.  Expect more surprises.  Whatever is found will have to comport with findings of Roberts and Nimmo in the April Icarus.3  Their calculations show that neither radioactive decay or tidal forcing are adequate to maintain a liquid ocean under the crust for more than 30 million years (6% of the assumed age).  Heat is removed from the surface faster than it can be generated in the core, and tidal heating is far too low at the present orbit.  The only way they could rescue a long-lived ocean was to propose an ad-hoc scenario: perhaps the obliquity of Enceladus is pumped up from time to time.  “A transient ocean could exist beneath the ice shell today as a remnant of an earlier epoch of higher heating,” they said.  Such a phenomenon is beyond observation.1.  Lorenz et al, “Titan’s Rotation Reveals an Internal Ocean and Changing Zonal Winds,” Science, 21 March 2008: Vol. 319. no. 5870, pp. 1649-1651, DOI: 10.1126/science.1151639.2.  Sotin and Tobie, “Titan’s Hidden Ocean,” Science, 21 March 2008: Vol. 319. no. 5870, pp. 1629-1630, DOI: 10.1126/science.1155964.3.  James H. Roberts and Francis Nimmo, “Tidal heating and the long-term stability of a subsurface ocean on Enceladus,” Icarus, Volume 194, Issue 2, April 2008, Pages 675-689, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2007.11.010.Science marches on – sometimes in disciplined ranks, sometimes in scatter formation.  The latter occurs when observation bombs drop in on theory playgrounds.    Remember, the consensus theories that have been blown away by new discoveries were textbook orthodoxy a few years ago.  Only a devout logical positivist would think this could not happen to today’s accepted ideas.  Just wait.    Evidence does not exist in isolation.  To make sense, it must be incorporated into one’s web of belief by a number of auxiliary hypotheses and assumptions.  Planetary scientists interpret what Ithaca Chasma, Titan’s rotation and Earth’s oxygen-16 ratios mean through the filter of assumptions and auxiliary hypotheses that are rarely considered or questioned independently.    One of their most sacred assumptions is the A.S.S. (age of the solar system).  The accepted value of 4.5 billion years is written in their genes.  All evidence is viewed within this major structural component of their web of belief.  The web itself stretches and distorts as new evidence bombards it, but it would take a mighty big impact to break it.    Too much is at stake for secular planetologists, bent on finding life and evolution at every water hole, to allow that to happen.  Like predatory spiders, they snag the evidence, wrap it in theories spun out of their own selves, and suck the juice out of it to feed themselves and their young.  The dried up hulk that once contained structure, organs and connective tissue is discarded to blow away in the wind.    If you love and respect science, make like a bee instead.  Get busy and gather nature’s nectar far and wide.  Digest it carefully.  Transform it into something sweet to benefit others – something that will nourish the heart and bring delight to the eyes.  (Thanks to Francis Bacon for the metaphor.)(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more