West Indies should win World T20

first_imgIt might sound paradoxical, but in a strange way, Twenty20 cricket has emerged as destroyer and saviour of West Indies cricket.Destroyer in the sense that it has effectively captured the hearts and passion of an entire generation of regional players, who could not care less about playing traditional Test cricket, saviour in the sense that the very same heart and passion for Twenty20 cricket by the modern players have led to us producing some of the best Twenty20 players in the world, which has resulted in the West Indies now having one of, if not the best, Twenty20 teams in the world.It is absolutely refreshing to see the West Indies entering an international tournament as genuine contenders. I will go even further by stating that the West Indies should win the World T20. The 15-man squad heading to India is full of tried and proven matchwinners.I have counted at least 10 individuals in that squad who, on any given day, can single-handedly win a game against any opposition. I venture to say there are more potential and proven matchwinners in this West Indies squad than in any other squad, including India, playing at home, and the powerful Australians.CLICKING ON ALL CYLINDERSThe objective must be for the entire team to click on all cylinders and produce overall matchwinning performances game after game but, realistically, that is not going to happen. The more realistic ask is for at least one of our stars to put their hand up and produce one match-winning performance in every single game.It should be an understanding in that West Indies dressing room that at least one of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree, Jerome Taylor, Sunil Narine and Kierron Pollard, pending availability, be obligated, by professional responsibility, to produce at least one big performance per game.The eligibility of Narine will be the key. The psychological impact of having our mystery bowler in the team will be immeasurable, even if the adjustments to his bowling action affect his execution even at 60 or 70 per cent Narine will still be a real threat.Pollard has been out of cricket for a while, but he is such a physical specimen and natural athlete, a perfect fit for this explosive format of the game, his reintroduction could very well be seamless. Worst case scenario should these two are unavailable, there is the emerging Carlos Brathwaite and Johnson Charles, a member of the 2012 winning team, both waiting in the wings.I have said and written some mean things about West Indies cricket in recent times, all justified and fair, in a context where the Windies continue to embarrass the people of the region in the longer versions of the game. I am now a full convert from traditional Test and ODI cricket to T20, as far as the West Indies team in concerned.The importance of winning this particular title, at this point in time, is crucial for the West Indies cricket brand. The sooner we realise and admit that we are a hopeless and pathetic embarrassment in Test and ODIs, it should be clearer to all that winning the World T20 would mean so much more to the region and its people, as they yearn to stand tall and proud again. GO WINDIES!last_img read more

Another day means another cut by the A’s brass

first_imgMESA,  Ariz. — Every time the Oakland A’s top decision-makers have met this spring, the team’s daunting start to the schedule has been part of the conversation.It isn’t just Oakland’s opening series in Japan against the Seattle Mariners on March 20-21 that has influenced roster choices. When it resumes its regular season on March 28, the club plays on 18 consecutive days in four cities. The A’s face some of baseball’s best opponents, including the Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox at home …last_img

49ers, Ravens mock each other with TD celebrations

first_imgSan Francisco struck first on the pettiness scoreboard after Deebo Samuel … Who’s mocking was better? 49ers or Ravens?49ers. Deebo Samuel’s did a great Lamar Jackson imitation.Ravens. Mark Andrews did a spot-on rendition of Nick Bosa’s move.VoteView ResultsTake Our Poll The 49ers and Ravens showed one good taunting deserves another during their showdown in Baltimore on Sunday.The rainy weather may have affected the play on the field, but it didn’t prevent both teams from expertly mocking each other’s signature celebrations.The Ravens and Niners taking inspiration from each others’ TD dances 🤣🙌 pic.twitter.com/Kb50F0dLFD— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 1, 2019last_img

Arsenic Life Isn’t

first_img(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Remember the claim in 2010 that living organisms were discovered using arsenic instead of phosphate?  Further tests show it was not the case.The announcement of alien life on our own planet captivated the media briefly in December 2010 (see “Arsenic and Old Lake, 12/02/2010).  This week, though, PhysOrg, National Geographic, Live Science and Astrobiology Magazine were among news outlets announcing Felisa Wolf-Simon’s claim was wrong.  If true, it “would have revolutionized how we think about life,” NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine noted, but two subsequent studies have apparently confirmed that the organism does require phosphate, not arsenic, in its genetic code.  This undercuts the main claim of “arsenic-based life.”National Geographic said the life-form named GFAJ-1 (after Felisa’s initials) does not represent a “second Genesis” of life on Earth.  Astrobiologist Paul Davies, however, contends that one falsification does not invalidate his quest to continue looking for alien life on our own planet.  Wolf-Simon is not conceding, though.   She thinks that if the organism ingests tiny amounts of arsenic, it will still validate her claim.  Most of the other scientists looking into it say she will have to provide much stronger evidence.Isn’t this a good example of science at work?  Doesn’t this show that science is a self-correcting process, like the late positivist Carl Sagan emphasized?  Aren’t scientists showing themselves to be unbiased truth-seekers, willing to debunk an idea even if they prefer it were true, if the facts do not confirm it?  Aren’t they setting a good example of intellectual integrity?Well, nes and yo (those are inextricable mixtures of yes and no).  Sure; to a degree they have illustrated a desire for strong evidence in this instance.  But this one was easy.  The organisms are right here on our home planet, easily collected and studied in the lab (easy compared to studying life on Europa or some extrasolar planet).  They still believe in evolution despite 153 years of falsifying evidence since Darwin published his storybook.  Take a look at this quote from the PhysOrg article: “NASA has conducted numerous probes at eastern California’s Mono Lake, an unusually salty body of water with high arsenic and mineral levels, as it is likely to reflect conditions under which early life evolved on Earth, or perhaps Mars.”With silly evidence-free tales like that, contrary to all we know about probability and the complexity of life, their brief escapade into integrity is too little too late.  Evolutionists are still straining out a bacterium and swallowing a camel.  They pay their tithes of mint, phosphate and arsenic but ignore the weightier issues of the law of nature, that design demands a Designer.  They remain blind leaders of the blind on the really big questions.OK, so here’s 2 cents for your honesty here, but pay up on your trillion-dollar promissory notes that expired 152 years ago.last_img read more

Ubank gives Bizana school a hand up

first_imgSouth African banking company Ubank has further demonstrated its commitment toward education in rural areas of the country, this time with the handover of new and improved school facilities at the Zinini Junior Secondary School in Bizana in the Eastern Cape province on 13 March.As part of the bank’s on-going corporate social responsibility initiatives, the bank has in the last five years adopted around 10 schoolsTogether with assistance from the US Africa Children Fellowship, and the Israeli South Africa Chamber of Commerce, Ubank and its trustees also donated over 200 chairs and 100 tables, as well as 150 pairs of school shoes collected as part of the bank’s “back to school” campaign.“Investing in communities in which we operate forms an integral part of how we do business, and it is this philosophy that sets us apart and allows us to uplift the lives of our customers,” said Ubank CEO Luthando Vutula at the handover.The Zinini Junior Secondary School was founded by Miss CN Ndunge, a well-known community member from the royal family of the Amanyawuza clan, in 1983. From its humble beginnings in one thatch-roofed mud rondavel, the school now has 503 learners and 15 educators three decades later.With the growing number of learners, the school has been facing a number of challenges in their attempts to provide optimum education.Identifying the most pressing challenges faced by the school, Ubank and the Teba Trust Fund assisted the school by building six classrooms, increasing security by erecting a perimeter fence, and through donating the furniture for the new classrooms.INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGE150 pairs of school shoes collected as part of the bank’s “back to school” campaign were donated to learners at Zinini Junior Secondary SchoolInfrastructural development remains a challenge in most rural schools across South Africa, especially in the Eastern Cape, and investing in the foundation of the country’s future leaders is a step that Ubank and its partners firmly believe in.“Our engagement with the school was not only to provide proper school facilities, but also included creating jobs, imparting skills training and optimising talent from within the Bizana community to build these school facilities,” said Teba Trust Fund principal officer Derick Elbrecht.“This is yet another project through which Ubank, the Teba Trust Fund and its partners have been able to help uplift the communities in which they operate.“Since the end of January 2014, the bank has been involved in distributing over 3 000 pairs of school shoes to seven under-privileged schools across the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Free State and North West provinces.“As part of the bank’s on-going corporate social responsibility initiatives, the bank has in the last five years adopted around 10 schools and now we have the pleasure of growing our list by adding Zinini Junior Secondary school,” said Elbrecht.last_img read more

Banyana down Namibia in Van Wyk’s 100th

first_img11 August 2014In South African captain Janine van Wyk’s 100th international, Banyana Banyana defeated Namibia 2-0 at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Sunday.South Africa had recorded another win over Namibia early in July, triumphing 2-1 in Namibia.Early leadOn Sunday, Banyana Banyana took the lead through Amanda Dlamini, who intercepted a pass just outside the visitors’ box before beating the goalkeeper to make it 1-0 after only three minutes.South Africa enjoyed most of the ball possession in the first half and came close to doubling their lead in the 39th minute when a shot from Nothando Vilakazi struck the crossbar.Second goalAfter the break, the contest slowed down, but Banyana found a second goal through Leandra Smeda, who was played in by Portia Modise after Modise had beaten the goalkeeper before finding Smeda unmarked inside the box.Coach Vera Pauw’s charges pushed hard to extend their lead, but were unable to add any more goals.100th capThe match was notable for being the milestone 100th international for defender and captain Janine van Wyk. She trails only Portia Modise, who has turned out for Sasol Banyana 110 times.“It absolutely is a phenomenal feeling,” Van Wyk said before the game.“I really am astonished that I have reached this milestone in my career. I have always dreamed of playing for the national team and here I am reaching 100 caps.”DebutNicknamed “Booth”, Van Wyk made her debut for Banyana Banyana in the African Women’s Championship against Nigeria in 2005. She said it had not been an easy journey to her milestone 100th appearance for her country.“If it wasn’t for my family who supported me along the way I would not be here,” she explained. “I have had some tough experiences in the team, coming in and having to deal with different cultures.”Van Wyk then praised her team-mates for making her feel welcome in the side and for the respect they have showed her.Most memorable momentShe said her most memorable moment in the green and gold strip was when Sasol Banyana recorded their first-ever win over Nigeria in the semi-finals of the 2012 African Women’s Championship, with Van Wyk scoring the only goal in South Africa’s 1-0 win.“Janine has played a vital role in the team set-up. She carries great leadership qualities as the captain. On behalf of Sasol, we congratulate her on reaching this milestone,” said Sasol Sponsorship Specialist Dumisani Mbokane.Banyana Banyana are preparing for the African Women’s Championship, which takes place in Namibia from 11 to 25 October. They have been seeded in a group that includes Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Google Voice on the iPhone: Is HTML5 Good Enough?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Google launched a new web-based version of its telephony service Google Voice on the iPhone today at m.google.com/voice, built on HTML5 like Google’s other iPhone apps are. This after a long and heated battle with Apple over allowing Google Voice on the iPhone. Once it’s a website, though, there’s nothing Apple can do about it.HTML5 makes for a relatively nice experience, with its local caching for speed and its responsive interface, but there are some things about the Google Voice web app that just don’t feel quite right. It’s hard to know which of its problems are just oversights to be fixed and which of them are rooted in the fact that it’s a web app. What do you think, is an HTML5 telephony app good enough? Or does your phone need to, you know, be on your phone? The new Google Voice mobile web app doesn’t offer a clear way to add contacts through the mobile interface, its call history function falls short and there are other things that are funky about it. It’s fast, but it’s still just not as fast and responsive as a native mobile app. Perhaps that will change with time. It does feel nice, though, and has a very attractive interface.It was less than a year ago that Gmail was first available in HTML5 on the iPhone. Now there’s a heated debate about whether the future for mobile apps is in the browser like this or whether native apps will still reign supreme.What do you think? Is the new Google Voice in HTML5 good enough for you to use and like? Let us know in our poll below. RSS readers can click through to respond and view responses. marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Bainsla threatens to revive stir

first_imgGujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla has threatened to revive the Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan from Friday if the community and four other castes are not provided 5% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions. He reiterated the demand of a fresh quota at a community meeting held in Ajmer on Tuesday. “We want reservation. The Congress in its poll manifesto promised the same and now we are asking it to fulfil its promise which the government made in an official document, Mr. Bainsla said. Mr. Bainsla said he had earlier given a 20-day deadline ending on February 8 to the government. The Gujjar leader said a meeting would be held at Malarna Dungar in Sawai Madhopur district where he would announce the launch of the agitation if the government fails to fulfil the demand. Highway blockade He said highways and roads would be blocked as part of the agitation. Mr. Bainsla has been demanding reservation for Gujjars, Raika-Rebari, Gadia Luhar, Banjara and Gadaria communities in State jobs and admission in educational institutions. They are presently getting 1% reservation under the legal limit of 50% under the most backward category in addition to the reservation for Other Backward Classes.last_img read more

Jamaica Tourist Board Developing New Website

first_img The website forms part of the JTB’s overall strategy to compete in the ever- changing global marketplace as well as plans by the management to re-engineer the entity and its methods of marketing and promoting Jamaica as a destination. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is developing a new and fully integrated website as part of efforts to fulfil the needs of emerging tourism market sources globally. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is developing a new and fully integrated website as part of efforts to fulfil the needs of emerging tourism market sources globally.The website forms part of the JTB’s overall strategy to compete in the ever- changing global marketplace as well as plans by the management to re-engineer the entity and its methods of marketing and promoting Jamaica as a destination.It is also consistent with the Tourism Ministry’s focus on ‘smart tourism’, which targets increased reliance on information and communications technology (ICT) to market destinations and manage content distribution.“This new data-rich, social media integrated digital platform will revolve on a single axis that provides global access to the destination (Jamaica) 24/7. The site will (also) be powered by Google,” the JTB told JIS News in a statement.“It (website) will also host and promote all aspects of the destination and provide real-time access and content to tour operators and travel agents globally to be more efficient in selling Jamaica,” the statement continued.The website will feature a customer relationship management tool to manage in real time the performance of the more than 50,000 registered travel agents, who sell the destination daily.It is expected that the return on investment of this integrated tool will be the ability to advertise the destination and manage content distribution in a more precise and geo-targeted way, allowing more value to be extracted from advertising than ever before. Story Highlights It is also consistent with the Tourism Ministry’s focus on ‘smart tourism’, which targets increased reliance on information and communications technology (ICT) to market destinations and manage content distribution. last_img read more

When Is An Editor An Audience Development Specialist

first_imgSocial media offers a new outlet for editorial projects such as “Kiplinger’s Best Cities for Your Future,” prompting fans to weigh in on the choices and offer their own feedback. “We’re trying to skew to younger demographics with Facebook chats, Twitter parties, online videos, there are endless amounts of possibilities,” says Pollak. “In a lot of places social media is used to drive traffic, but we see the goal as creating a community where people can find answers to their questions.”Social media is becoming a point of conception for editorial and marketing, rather than an afterthought, says Pollak. “It has to be fully integrated throughout the process,” she adds. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance is embarking on an aggressive digital and social media push this year to expand its audience, particularly younger readers (the company also expects digital revenue to be 60 percent of print advertising revenue in 2011). At the center of the strategy is Amy Pollak, who has served in a variety of editorial roles at Kiplinger over the past five years, but is now transitioning to the new position of “audience development specialist,” which combines responsibilities of editorial and the emerging discipline of audience development into one position. “[Director of business development] Wallace Ryland definitely wanted to take advantage of the online opportunity and decided we needed to have a person devoted to those efforts,” says Pollak. “We knew we wanted someone who had an editorial background, who knew what the editorial direction of the brand is. Everyone needs to know this content at some point in their life–do they wait until they have to know or will they be prepared at a younger age.” While Pollak won’t officially move into her new role until Kiplinger finds a replacement for her as an online editor, she’s currently laying the groundwork by putting analytics tools in place. “We have to know the numbers to get a better understanding of what the demographic is responding to. It’s not just ‘Oooh, here’s a shiny new object, let’s go after it.’ I may be the point person but we’ll be disseminating that information to everyone to help them do their job.”last_img read more