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

Terry injured as Blues draw with Liverpool

first_imgChelsea 1 Liverpool 1John Terry scored on his return to action but was later stretchered off after being hurt in a collision with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.And Chelsea’s misery was compounded when Suarez headed in a 73rd-minute equaliser to snatch a point for the visitors.Terry, back from his four-match suspension, was left unmarked to head home Juan Mata’s right-wing corner midway through the first half.It was his 50th goal for the club and a deserved breakthrough, as the Blues had been much the better side.But they were dealt a major blow eight minutes before the break.Suarez burst towards the penalty area and accidentally clattered into Terry, who appeared to suffer a serious knee injury.He was treated on the pitch for around four minutes before being carried away in obvious pain.Initial reports from Chelsea’s medical staff were that he was being assessed and was able to bend the knee.There will be real concern, however, that the captain faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.Mata and John Obi Mikel missed chances to double Chelsea’s lead.And Fernando Torres, playing against his former club, had a header saved by Liverpool keeper Brad Jones.The importance of that stop was underlined when the Merseysiders, who had offered very little, levelled against the run of play.Suso’s corner was flicked on by Jamie Carragher and Suarez netted at the far post.Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Terry (Cahill 40), Ivanovic, Bertrand, Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar (Moses 76), Mata, Torres (Sturridge 82).Subs not used: Turnbull, Romeu, Ferreira, Marin.See also:Rodgers admits tactical mistakeTerry latest: Chelsea captain will undergo a scan on MondayDi Matteo hoping for good news on TerryChelsea given update on Terry’s injuryBone bruising prolongs Terry’s injury 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SETI: Shut Up and Keep Looking

first_imgOn Space.com, Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute answered the critics who think they’re “barking up the wrong tree.”  Well-meaning people send him emails explaining why there is “still no confirmed chitter from the cosmos” after 46 years of looking.  The top four include: (1) aliens use more advanced technology, (2) the Fermi Paradox means nobody’s there (see 06/30/2006), (3) the aliens aren’t interested in us warlike primitives, and (4) the real aliens are in the Zeta Reticuli system.    His basic answer: we’ve only begun the search.  Unless you can come up with better strategy that works, pitch in and help.  We’ve got a lot of stars to go.Maybe there’s a bright side to this SETI business.  It keeps a lot of pesky Darwinians occupied and out of trouble.  This is fine as long as their acronym S.E.T.I. employs another: O.P.M.*(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_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

The First Cab Cam of 2016 – Brent Pence

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the first to get the 2016 planting season started in Ohio was Pence Farms in Clark County. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins rode along for a round or two of corn planting and visited with Brent about how things are going early on in this New Carlisle field.last_img

Groundspeak Lackeys Road Trip to the ‘Greatest RV Event in the World’

first_imgThe “Greatest RV Event in the World” gets even better. Geocaching.com is sending a team of Lackeys to share the adventure of geocaching with RVers at “The Rally” in Redmond, Oregon. The Rally runs from July 14 – 17.  It draws tens of thousands of RV’ers from around the United States and Canada. Groundspeak Lackeys: Nicole (Louie Bliss), Jessie (Firefox) and Lisa (barendje) will be shaking hands and introducing RVers to a perfect addition to their road trip, geocaching.Watch this video to see the team launch on their road trip down to The Rally. If you’re attending The Rally, make sure to stop by and say hi to the Lackeys.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedWild Canyon Games 2012 – Extreme GeocachingJune 8, 2012In “Community”Cache In Trash Out, Surf’s UpMay 31, 2010In “Cache In Trash Out”A North of the Border Mega-Event AdventureAugust 28, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

RED’s 19-Year-Old Underdog Prodigy

first_imgImage via Abandon VisualsThe Underdog is the final result. Jonny Mass and the crew at Abandon Visuals really put together a stunning boxing short, one that has great callbacks to films like Creed — while totally standing on it’s own as a short film.The film was shot on the WEAPON with the Helium 8K S35 sensor and Leica Summicron-C lenses. Jonny Mass took over as director, collaborating with cinematographer Jared Fadel.Image via Jarred Land/REDIn total, the crew had 20 members and only 24 hours. See what went into the production in this behind-the-scenes video. You’ll see the crew use a ton of gear from Freefly Systems, including the MoVI, Alta 6, and Tero. They also relied on the Easyrig for the walk-around shots.Over on the Abandon Visuals blog, the crew went in-depth on the gear they used. Their DIT station included an Apple Mac Pro with a Dell 27″ P2715Q monitor and a 32TB G Technology G Speed Shuttle XL with two EV series MINI-MAG Readers. According to Edward Khoma, “It took about 35 minutes to transfer 480GBs, which was really impressive for the speed.”Image via Abandon VisualsBe sure to check out their whole write-up on their experience with the Helium 8K, and all that went into the edit. The president of RED Digital Cinema loaned his personal Helium 8K to a 19-year-old filmmaker for 24 hours. Watch the stunning short film, and see how it was made.Top image via Abandon VisualsRED Digital Cinema President Jarred Land took to his Facebook account to announce he had loaned his brand-new Helium 8K to an up-and-coming teenage filmmaker.So. Last week I met this guy Jonny Mass on Facebook. He is 19 years old. He sent me some incredible things he has been shooting with his Scarlet-W. I really liked him. So much Passion. In it for all the right reasons. So I sent him my personal Helium8K for 24 hours this week. Just a few days ago. Not sure how he did it.. but somehow… he managed to get an incredible crew together, some talent, some locations and he shot a little thing. Shot in a day and edited, colored and finished it in 8K a day later.This is why we do what we do. For filmmakers like this. Thank you Jonny for reminding me what it’s all about.last_img read more

UPA-II ministers rush to Dubai

first_imgA friendly tax regime, low property rates and lucrative investment opportunities may have attracted investors across the world-India included-to the United Arab Emirates (UAE, read Dubai), but they are not the only frequent fliers to the country. For many UPA-II ministers who travel abroad in their personal capacity, the over,A friendly tax regime, low property rates and lucrative investment opportunities may have attracted investors across the world-India included-to the United Arab Emirates (UAE, read Dubai), but they are not the only frequent fliers to the country. For many UPA-II ministers who travel abroad in their personal capacity, the over 40 degrees Celsius temperature in Dubai is little deterrent. One out of five personal trips made by Union ministers is to the uae.Data gathered by india today through the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) shows that of the 39 Union ministers who have travelled abroad in a personal capacity since June 15, 2009, 15 have visited the UAE at least once, if not more. The names include Minister of Textiles Dayanidhi Maran, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily, Minister of State (MOS) for External Affairs E. Ahamed, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, New and Renewable Energy Sources Minister Farooq Abdullah; ministers of state (mos) for Information and Broadcasting S. Jagathrakshakan, Consumer Affairs K.V. Thomas, mos for Railways K.H. Muniyappa, mos for Tribal Affairs Mahadev S. Khandela, mos for Petroleum R.P.N. Singh and mos for Tourism Sultan Ahmed. Of the 128 personal foreign trips by ministers in the past 20 months of UPA-II, 27 have been to the uae, particularly Dubai.Patel (earlier civil aviation minister) tops the list with six of his 17 personal foreign trips to Dubai. Of Ahamed’s dozen trips abroad in his personal capacity, four have been to Dubai. All the trips were undertaken as mos Railways. Abdullah has made only two personal foreign trips, both to the UAE. Nath made four personal trips abroad and two of them were to Dubai. Both of Moily’s personal visits abroad in this regime have been to the UAE. While Jagathrakshakan has visited Malaysia and Singapore many times in his 10 jaunts abroad, he has been to the uae thrice. Jaiswal’s lone personal foreign trip has been to Dubai. Ditto for Khandela and Muniyappa.advertisementAccording to the data, the upa-II ministry is a travel-happy lot. Around half of all the Union ministers have a tendency to holiday abroad and most make plans around December-January and June-July. There are a few such as Nath, Maran, Patel, Ahamed, Jagathrakshakan and mos for Social Justice and Empowerment D. Napoleon who buck the twice-a-year trend. While Dubai may be up there, it is not the only the star destination for our ministers. While Maran visited Malaysia, UK, US, Singapore and Hong Kong, the preferred destinations for mos for Sports Ajay Maken have been UK, Sri Lanka and Thailand. mos for Communications and Information Technology Gurudas Kamat visited Spain, Malta, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Greece and Turkey in one long trip. MOS for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju visited Mauritius in May last year, and in August, he travelled to Kenya. mos for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot has made six foreign trips on his own to Senegal, UK, Kenya, Thailand and Indonesia. Former telecom minister A. Raja visited France in June last year in his personal capacity, along with his private secretary.Access to personal travel details of ministers did not come easy. An RTI application to the Prime Minister’s Office elicited no response and was, in turn, forwarded to the MEA which, after much tarrying, provided the information.Thailand and Malaysia are the other preferred destinations. The data shows that seven ministers made 10 personal trips to Thailand and spent 48 days there in total. Thailand travellers include Maran, Maken, mos for Road Transport and Highways Jitin Prasada, Patel, Singh, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni and Pilot. On the other hand, six ministers made 13 personal trips to Malaysia and spent 79 days there in total. The list of Malaysia visitors include Maran, Patel, Napoleon, MOS for Commerce and Industry Jyotiraditya Scindia, Thomas and Jagathrakshakan. While some took families, the clearance given by the mea does not reflect any names of companions for other ministers.Following an India Today investigation (“Frequent Fliers”, February 18, 2008), restrictions were imposed on official foreign travel by ministers, with the prime minister urging them to curtail travel expenditure by issuing a letter on June 4, 2008. The ministers’ official travel details show that all the Union ministers in UPA-II have made 463 official foreign trips in the past one-and-half years and spent 1,875 days abroad, which excludes travel time. However, there are no restrictions on personal trips. In under two years of UPA-II, 39 personal travellers have spent 828 days abroad (around 27 months) in total, a figure that excludes travel time.advertisementThough ministers are supposed to take permission from the prime minister along with clearance from the MEA for every trip, personal travel is hardly, if ever, stopped.last_img read more

India keen to continue momentum in fourth ODI

first_imgHaving made a strong comeback in their previous encounter, India would look to carry forward the winning momentum and seal the series when they take on gritty Sri Lanka in the fourth and penultimate One-day International at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday.The visitors gave a good account of their character in the third match of the series with Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan stitching a record 92-run sixth-wicket partnership to take the visitors home to a 2-1 lead in the series after succumbing to one of their lowest totals against the Islanders in the second ODI. However, lack of consistency by the top order will be something to worry about for India against the hosts, who will be without their top batsman Kumar Sangakkara, following a fracture in his little finger that has ruled him out of the series.Apart from opener Gautam Gambhir, who scored a much-needed century in the last game, and Raina’s match-winning knock of 65, the Indian batsmen have thrown away their wickets after getting good start. Both Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli have not delivered the goods after decimating the Sri Lankan bowling in the first match.Rohit Sharma’s miserable run seems to have no end and with the voices growing loud for his ouster, it remains to be seen whether the Indian think-tank gives Manoj Tiwary a fairly deserving chance.Indian bowlers have also been an inconsistent lot in the tournament so far. Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan bowled with lot of purpose in the third ODI and it will be once again up to him to lead the attack in the right direction.advertisementAshok Dinda leaked away too many runs for his skipper’s liking and he will require to be more disciplined in his approach.Pathan has swung the ball upfront and also been useful with the bat lower down the order, but the all-rounder definitely needs to work out on his bowling towards the later stage of the match.last_img read more