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

Giants have reason to believe May will look much different than rough April

first_imgCINCINNATI — The Giants opened the month of May seven games back in the National League West, their largest deficit in the standings after the first month of the season in more than a decade.Their ace, Madison Bumgarner, sported an ERA above 4.00. No regular members of their lineup posted a batting average above .247. Their top two prospects are hurt, their CEO is suspended and their attendance plummeted 17 percent from April, 2018.The first month of the season wasn’t quite an unmitigated …last_img

Geologists Fight Over Demise of Dinosaurs

first_img“No basis in fact” and “circular reasoning” are some of the phrases in a UK News Telegraph report about the cause of dinosaur extinction, along with words like “feud” and “no consensus” and “doggedly undecided.”  Despite the “much-loved disaster movie scenario” of an asteroid impact wiping out the dinosaurs, a significant number of critics dispute the idea.  They claim the impact predated the extinction, and even doubt that one theory can explain it.Note the distinction between the real backroom brawls in historical sciences vs. the absolute certainty conveyed in the children’s TV shows.  Here is another reason for “teach the controversy.”(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

Corn planting date considerations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.For much of the Eastern Corn Belt it is widely understood that the optimal planting period is between April 20 and May 10. Research has proven that corn loses yield potential daily when planted after the beginning of May.For the Central Corn Belt, the declines in yield potential due to planting delays vary from about 0.3% per day early in May to about 1% per day by the end of May (Nielsen, 2013). Knowing that this is true, it can be frustrating during a wet spring or when field work is delayed for one reason or another. Planting is a critical component of a successful crop as it sets the stage for the entire growing season. However, it is important to keep in mind that early planting is just one of many factors that contribute to high yield potential. Planting early favors high yields, but it does not guarantee them and growers should not focus entirely on the calendar.Growers don’t have to look very far into the past for confirmation of this fact. According to data collected by the National Agricultural Statistics Service USDA/NASS, only 62% of the 2009 corn crop was planted by the week ending May 17. Despite later planting dates, the national average yield for the 2009 crop was 164.4 bushels per acre. In 2012, 96% of the corn crop was in the ground as of the week ending May 20. The crop was off to a great start, but thanks to the drought, the national average yield was only 123.1 bushels per acre in 2012. Although it is widely understood that planting date is an important management practice influencing corn yields, 2012 proved other factors (such as the drought) can diminish the yield potential of an early planted crop.Several other factors must be considered at planting. What are the field conditions? If the soil is too wet, any field work can cause yield-robbing compaction. Planting into wet soil can cause smearing and sidewall compaction of the seed furrow. PWhat is the soil temperature? Soil temps should be 50 degrees F or above for corn to promote germination and early growth. What does the weather forecast look like? Will it promote germination and growth or will it be a pattern for cold and wet weather, which could delay emergence and cause damage to seedlings? Planting into less-than-ideal field conditions just to beat a date on the calendar usually results in problems that hurt yield potential more than a slight delay in planting would. As spring planting approaches, producers should take into consideration all important factors when making planting decisions and avoid focusing only on the calendarlast_img read more

Wind and Solar Are On a Short Leash

first_imgIncentives will help solve the climate crisisFirst and foremost, we need these energy sources to solve the climate crisis. Scientists are clear that we must make drastic cuts in pollution and get off fossil fuels to avoid the temperature increases that will wreak havoc on our climate.Our research shows that by 2030 we could quite easily get 10% of our power from the sun and 30% from the wind. Researchers at Stanford University have published a series of studies showing the path to 100% clean energy, and wind and solar are central. Rob Sargent is the energy program director for Environment America. This post originally appeared at The Huffington Post. A finance package extending tax credits for wind power to the end of next year, recently approved by a key U.S. Senate panel, has been hailed as progress for clean energy, and it is. But here at Environment America, we’re containing our enthusiasm.According to the finance deal adopted in committee, the Production Tax Credit for onshore wind and the Wind Investment Tax Credit for offshore wind will be reinstated retroactively to the start of 2015 and expire in 2016. The bill doesn’t address the Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit, which primarily benefits solar energy and is currently in effect; it will expire at the end of 2016.The bottom line: even if these tax credit extensions quickly become the law of the land, solar and wind power will still be on a mighty short leash. Incentives for both pollution-free resources will dry up in 18 short months, while billions of dollars of fossil fuel subsidies remain embedded in our tax code. Investors need long-term stabilityLenders and investors need long-term certainty. Eighteen months is certainly better than nothing, but it won’t really do for a lender making loans to energy investors over 10 years or more. In the same way that steady employment qualifies you for a lower interest rate on your home mortgage, the certainty of tax credits for the long term qualifies energy investors for lower interest rates, bringing down their capital costs.Eighteen months is a start, and we’re encouraged by the bipartisan support in the Senate for moving forward. But ultimately, Congress should approve long-term clean energy incentives to ensure the sustained growth in solar and wind power that the American people deserve, and that the climate crisis demands. Dirty energy is artificially cheaperIn most electricity markets in America, dirty energy sources are still artificially cheaper than the clean ones. That’s in part because state and federal governments give away roughly $20 billion every year in cash subsidies and tax breaks to oil, coal, and gas companies; they’ve done it for more than a century.It’s in part because cheap dirty energy doesn’t reflect its true cost. The health costs associated with air pollution and the costs of extreme weather events associated with climate change are born by society as a whole, and by our children and grandchildren.center_img Why do wind and solar power need long-term tax incentives? RELATED ARTICLES Lawmaker Seeks to Extend the Investment Tax CreditEnergy-Efficiency Tax Credits for 2014A Fight Ahead For Solar Equipment Tax CreditsEnergy Tax Credits and the Fiscal CliffTax Credits for Solar Energy SystemsDeciphering the Tax Credits Renewables are virtually free in the long termWhile wind and solar power have high — but declining — upfront costs, they are virtually free in the long term. The cost of these clean energy sources is almost entirely the upfront capital expense of building and installing turbines and panels to access free sun and wind.While these prices are falling sharply — solar dropped 35% from 2010 to 2013 — renewable energy investors still must make a sizable down payment before society reaps the benefits of low-cost clean power. That’s especially true of offshore wind, which holds enormous promise but hasn’t yet seen the price declines that come with widespread deployment.last_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

Patient Ceres tightens grip on Group F top slot

first_imgMOST READ View comments “But there’s a lot of things we have to improve. We have to be more patient when we build up. But the most important thing is that we got the goal and did not concede any goal.”Ceres is now three points clear of Singapore’s Home United, which suffered a 3-2 loss to Boeung Ket in Cambodia Tuesday night. Shan and Boeung Ket have three points each, but the Myanmar champions are ahead on goal difference.Only the top team in the group is guaranteed of a spot in the Asean zone semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Guiao, NLEX brace for Paul Lee: ‘He’s the biggest problem’ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving BACOLOD CITY—Stifled for long periods and missing numerous golden opportunities, Ceres Negros could have easily settled for a point.But the Busmen, buoyed by an energetic Panaad Stadium crowd, struck twice late in the second half to turn back a stubborn Shan United side from Myanmar, 2-0, Tuesday night to keep top spot in Group F of the AFC Cup.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Substitute Patrick Reichelt and Bienvenido Maranon found the back of the net in the second half as the Busmen’s persistence finally paid off, enabling them to increase their tally to seven points from three matches.Reichelt’s 79th minute goal came off a defensive error, but the strike was a vital one as the Busmen finally broke through against a team that was set out to frustrate their attack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA moment of brilliance from Mike Ott set up Maranon for the second goal that finally sealed maximum points for the hosts. Ott beat three defenders on the left before cutting the ball back to Maranon who made no mistake.“It’s not easy to play teams that are dedicated at defending, but the effort was good and of course the players gave everything,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

AVC: Philippines drops to 8th place after close loss to Kazakhs

first_imgPhoto from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Kazakhstan finished as the seventh seed in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after it stopped host Philippines, 25-20, 25-16, 21-25, 21-25, 15-3, Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Kazakhs, ranked no. 21 in the world, had already beaten the Philippines once in the tournament when the two met in the group stages of the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT After the Typhoon Part 01 PLAY LIST 05:30After the Typhoon Part 0100:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:49Robredo: 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 The Filipinos finished the tournament at eight place after three straight losses but they are still ensured of a spot in the 2018 AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup.The Philippines, after spirited efforts in the third and fourth set, floundered in the final set scoring just two attack points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAdding salt to the wound, Alyssa Valdez’ final attempt hit net to award the Kazakhs’ the seventh place in the tournament.Despite the loss, Philippine head coach Francis Vicente looked at the brighter side of things and said their performance proved they can roll with the other higher-ranked countries. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH Archers pluck bronze out of semis heartache Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “It’s unfortunate but at least we extended the game to five sets, and we proved that we can give these other countries a fight,” said Vicente in Filipino. “We just have to work harder in training and push ourselves more so we can be a better team.”“Another important thing for us is that we have the exposure in the international arena.”Yekaterina Zhdanova punished the Philippines with 24 points while Katerina Tatko added 15 for the Kazakhs’ cause.Kazakhtan captain Radmila Beresneva and Alla Bogdashkina put up 14 points apiece.Jaja Santiago spearheaded the Philippines with 18 points while Valdez and Jovelyn Gonzaga combined for 21.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

GM title takes load off Grover’s shoulders

first_imgSahaj Grover competed in 22 tournaments between his first Grandmaster (GM) norm in September, 2009, and the GM title last month. On four of these occasions, he missed out on a title by a whisker.On August 11, Grover was a relieved man, having finally attained the GM title with a win over Peruvian GM Jorge Cori in the ninth round of the World Junior Chess Championships in Athens. “When I got the GM I was more relieved than happy. I was chasing this dream for last three years and so many times I had come close to it. Every time I missed it, I felt disappointed. But when I defeated Jorge Cori, the burden was off,” said Grover at a function here on Friday.A GM title is achieved when one has a FIDE ELO rating of 2500 points. After victory over Cori, Grover’s tally of points has reached 2514.So focused was Grover’s team, which includes his coach Vishal Sareen among others, that on eight occasions, he wasn’t even told that a victory would get him the GM title. “I didn’t tell about the situation to Sahaj on purpose, because we thought that he may crumble under pressure,” said Sareen.”I took a chance and only two hours before the match, I told Sahaj that if he wins the match he would be through to the GM title,” said Sareen.Sareen was absolutely right as Grover held nerves and rose to the occasion to become the 29th GM from India.last_img read more