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Past players back Windies

first_imgFormer West Indies players Sir Andy Roberts, Jackie Hendriks and David Williams have given the West Indies the edge in the final of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India today. Describing the Caribbean aggregation as best suited for the format, and having the psychological edge after defeating England in the preliminaries, as well as the momentum after overcoming title favourites India in the semi-finals, the trio, however, believes it will come down to application. “I think it’s going to be another win for us,” stated Hendriks, referring in the process to the regional side’s triumph over Sri Lanka four years ago. “They (England) are a good team, but I think that the West Indies are best for this type of cricket. “I think if we keep our heads, our bowling attack can keep them within any total we set, as well as we have the batting to chase down any total they set,” the former wicketkeeper added. Roberts, a member of the pioneering Clive Lloyd-led ICC World Cup 50 overs winning teams of 1976 and 1979, highlighted bowling as the key to victory. “If we bowl well by restricting the amount of sixes, as well as bowling a lot of dot balls, that will be the key to success,” cited Roberts. “We have been bowling well in patches with the spinners, particularly (Samuel) Badree and (Sulieman) Benn, playing extremely well. “However, the medium pacers such as Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Carlos Brathwaite have at times allowed things to slip.” Williams, meanwhile, a wicketkeeper for the West Indies teams in 1990s, and former West Indies assistant coach, believes the strength of the team’s batting will prove decisive. “The Englishmen should have some headaches when we bat,” Williams said. “We have a lot of match-winners, and have picked up some form, and that is worrying for any opposition. “It’s not just Chris Gayle anymore. Lendl Simmons and Johnson Charles have come along, Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo are there, as well as the hitting power of Andre Russell, Darren Sammy and Carlos Brathwaite.”last_img read more

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Forestry Training Institute Wavers

first_imgThe Forest Training Institute (FTI), located in Tubmanburg, Bomi County is reportedly straddling (on both sides of) the line between the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), a component of the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), and the Ministry of Education (MOE), making it difficult for the entity’s true identity, allegiances and affiliations to emerge. According to the National Consultant of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) Project in Liberia, Dr. Wollor Topor, “At one point the FTI would run to the MOE when the going gets rough; and at other times, it would claim to be under the umbrella of the FDA.” Dr. Topor argued that a clear definition and direction was needed for the institute, during his presentation on “Strategic Documentation on Forest Education and Financial Options” last Wednesday at the FDA Compound in Whenin Town, outside Monrovia. The report on the way forward and transformation of the FTI was featured during the ITTO Project Validation workshop. Other topics discussed were legality framework strategy; administration and financial strategy; teaching approach; and strategy regarding forest and environmental organization.Dr. Topor also underscored the importance of the FTI in the production of middle level forest managers and called on the FDA management to pay special attention to the FTI in terms of instructional staff, among other things.Earlier in his opening statement, FDA Managing Director, Harrison S. Karnwea Sr., appealed for international assistance toward the sustainability of the ITTO as it strives to upgrade the status of the FTI.Mr. Karnwea thanked FDA partners including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UK-Aid and European Union (EU) for revamping the war-ravished central offices which he said has restored the lost image of the entity.For his part, FTI Executive Director, Jeremiah F. Karmo, recounted the relevance of the institute and prayed for more support to take it to the next level.The objective of the one day validation, according to Mr. Karmo, was to among other things establish a small-scale forest-based industry to specifically create business for forest-based products and to mobilize forest resources small nature-based enterprise, as well. Participants were drawn from various sectors including FDA senior staff, representatives from the academia, the FTI Board, and donor partners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Govt slammed for ‘pitiful’ Garda recruitment numbers in South Donegal

first_imgThe government has been slammed for their ongoing ‘neglect’ towards South Donegal’s Garda recruits since 2015. The condemnation comes following a 1.1% increase (31 Gardaí) in new recruits for South Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, and North RoscommonSpeaking today (Tues), Deputy Marc Mac Sharry said: “The allocation to what are border counties of just 31 gardai over the last five years or just 31 recruits is pitiful and clear confirmation that Fine Gael’s neglect of this region in terms of the provision of basic services knows no bounds. “As has been the norm with Fine Gael, Dublin receives the lions share, accounting for a whopping 48% of new recruits over the period.“This is totally unacceptable. In a week that has seen an unprecedented attack on my Dail constituency colleague at his home the emergence of the recruit allocation over the last 5 years is particularly hard to take.“All the while we continue with increased dissident activity, the all too prevalent incidents of rural crime, and the uncertainty that a ‘deal’ or ‘no deal Brexit’ present.“While I wish our relatively new Commissioner Harris well with his work he cannot continue to preside over such blatant neglect of Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal, and North Roscommon. “The divisional reconfiguration as announced which Fine Gael seem set to permit is yet another retrograde and short-sighted step which may well jeopardise the new Garda Station at Caltragh which was to house the new Regional and Divisional HQ on a site already purchased by the OPW.“We now know that under Fine Gael’s stewardship the Regional HQ is to be transferred to Galway while the Divisional HQ is to go to Letterkenny.  Where does this development sit now?“If these plans proceed, we will not have a Chief Superintendent at all, relying solely on one based in Letterkenny.  How much of a priority will Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal or North Roscommon be when new recruit requests are being made from Letterkenny.“To add insult to injury, Fine Gael Ministers continue to tour the country for opportunistic photo calls and openings engineered and fundraised for by local communities but when it comes to providing equality of resources and services for our community they are missing in action.“Justice Minister Charlie Flanngan was the latest on parade to cash in on community effort at Ballygawley at the weekend but when it comes to his own brief in the provision of Garda resources and the long-awaited new HQ at Caltragh he’s nowhere to be found,” concluded Deputy Mac Sharry. Govt slammed for ‘pitiful’ Garda recruitment numbers in South Donegal was last modified: October 29th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

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Volvo Golf Champions ready to tee off

first_img6 January 2014After a break of almost a month, the European Tour resumes with the prestigious Volvo Golf Champions, which will be hosted for the second successive year by the Durban Country Club, from 9 to 12 January.The elite field is made up of players who have won on the European Tour in the last year, players who have won 10 or more European Tour titles, and previous winners of the Volvo Golf Champions.Seven South Africans are in the field. There would have been eight, but Ernie Els pulled out of the event late last week. Nonetheless, defending champion Louis Oosthuizen, former US Masters winner Charl Schwartzel, Richard Sterne, Branden Grace, Darren Fichardt, Dawie van der Walt and Thomas Aiken will ensure there is a strong home challenge for the title.‘Excited’“I am excited to open my season in front of my home fans and to be competing against such a strong field of champions,” Schwartzel said in a statement in December. “It is pretty impressive to have so many South Africans qualifying and with the two past winners also being South African, it is definitely a title I would love to win.”Guy Kinnings, the Global Head of Golf for IMG, the tournament’s co-owners, commented: “The strength of South African golf is really illustrated by the number of great South African champions who have qualified for this season opening event of 2013 Champions. They join a great field of European and international Champions with some of the Tour’s most exciting young stars and Europe’s most prolific winners. It should be a fantastic week of golf with plenty for the home crowds to cheer about.”Oldest entrantSpanish star Miguel Angel Jiminez will be the oldest man in the field after celebrating his 50th birthday on Sunday. He may be the oldest, but his skills are far from fading as he proved by winning the Hong Kong Open in December. It was his 20th Tour victory and his 13th since he turned 40.Jiminez has, however, never won in South Africa. Naturally, a number of South Africans have: Louis Oosthuizen, , Richard Sterne, Darren Fichardt, Dawie van der Walt, Thomas Aiken, Charl Schwartzel, and Branden Grace.Among the competitors from abroad, Jamie Donaldson, Marcel Siem, Morten Orum Madsen and Thomas Bjorn have also tasted victory in the country.Recent victoriesThe two Danes won recently, with Madsen claiming the South African Open crown in November, while Bjorn outplayed a strong field to claim the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City in December. After securing victory on the Gary Player Country Club course, Bjorn declared: “This is right up there with the biggest victories of my career. The golf I played this week was so good.“I’m 42 and to start my 14th season like this is unbelievable. This takes me into 2014 with the belief that I can compete with the best in the world.”Prize fundThe total prize fund is a considerable $4-million (R42.7-million, with the winner set to pocket a cheque for $700 000 (R7.47-million).A Pro-Am will take place on Wednesday, followed by the first round of the tournament on Thursday. Up to 15 000 spectators can be accommodated on each day of the event.TicketsOn Wednesday, tickets cost R50, with juniors getting in for free if accompanied by a full paying adult. On the tournament days, tickets are R120 each or R220 for a season ticket. Children from the age of 12 to 18 pay only R50, but must be able to prove their age if required, while pensioners over the age of 60 will pay R80. Children under the age of 12 get in for free if they are accompanied by a full playing adult.R10 from each ticket will be donated to the official charity of the Volvo Golf Champions, Star for Life, a South African non-profit organisation, which helps young people fulfill their dreams and supports them in living a healthy and Aids-free lifestyle.last_img read more

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Your Web Presence Is Your First Impression

first_imgYour web presence is likely your first impression. If it’s not, it’s probably your second impression. You need to be thoughtful about what people see when they Google your name.If you have a site, you need to spend time and money on design.If you are going to build a personal brand on your site, you need it to present you well. If you are using WordPress or Tumblr, you need to pay for a professional design. You need professional images. And most of all you need content that speaks to the people who you serve.A cheap design makes it look like you aren’t successful, even if you are. A lack of content gives the impression that you have nothing to offer in the way of value. Spend time and money developing something that presents you and your story in a way that gives your audience confidence that you can create value for them.If LinkedIn is home base, you need to build it up to tell your story.There are still too many LinkedIn profiles that are something less than a resume. There is too little information about who the person in the profile really is or what they do.There are also too many LinkedIn profiles that are nothing but a resume. And that might be okay if it isn’t a useful social tool for you, or if it isn’t your home base.But if you are in sales and using LinkedIn as your home base, you need to do the work to build out a profile that tells the story of who you are, how you create value and all the things you’ve done that brought you to this point.What you tweet on Twitter, post on Facebook, and share on other sites can show up in search engines.This section could have just as easily been titled: Don’t be stupid. What you post lives on the Internet forever. Even if you delete something stupid, someone can always capture a screen shot of your mistake to use in the future.Do you want to argue about politics? Do you want to argue about touchy social issues? You think that you have to keep it that real? As long as you are willing to live with the consequences of your actions, have at it. But remember that you are leaving a trail behind you, and anyone can pick up that trail.Do you want to be known as divisive? Do you want to be know as argumentative? If that is what your brand is, and if it brings you success, then it is okay for you to play here. But if you want people to know you as a smart, positive, energetic, value creator, negative content won’t give people that impression.Make sure your web presence represents you in a way that makes the first impression you want.What does your web presence tell people about you?Does your LinkedIn profile represent the real value you create?What do your social sites say about you? What impression do they leave?last_img read more

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I would like to sign off with a win, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgAs India look to avoid a complete whitewash in the English Summer by winning the final One-day International in Cardiff on Friday, all eyes will on Rahul Dravid. The fifth ODI will bring an end to The Wall’s ODI adventures and he will no doubt be looking to sign off with a bang.”At the end of this ODI series, I would like to announce my retirement from ODI and Twenty20 cricket and concentrate only on Test cricket. I am committed, as always, to give my best to India in this ODI series and obviously the Test series that follows,” he had said ahead of the India-England encounters.It’s ironic that a man who has always shied away from the limelight has had to endure such a dramatic end to his ODI career.”I would like to sign off ODI career with a win. It has been a very difficult series for the team. We need to have good bowlers. We have work on bowling as an area if we have to do well. I had ups and downs in my career, but overall it was satisfactory. I have no regrets. I always did my best for the team, gave my 100 per cent,” Dravid told Headlines Today on Friday.When the desperate selectors threw him an ODI curve ball, The Wall graciously agreed to step up for his country, but put a stop to any more such requests.With one match remaining in the series, it’s clear the selectors’ desperation failed to pay off. Playing international ODI cricket after two years, Dravid has averaged a paltry 13 in the series.advertisementNow as he gets set to take to the field for the last time in coloured clothing, Rahul Dravid will no doubt want to go on a high.For someone, who has scored over 10000 runs in one-day internationals and is 7th in the list of the all time highest ODI run-getters, it will be a low-profile exit, but then, that’s probably how he would like it.There’s a perception that Dravid has got a raw deal in the 50-over format throughout his career, having been called in when the chips are down, dropped when the team is flying high.But the fact that The Wall has always given his best whenever called upon is testament to the brilliance of one India’s most reliable cricketers. Now it’s time the rest of the team steps up and finally gets a win for a fitting tribute to the legend.last_img read more

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Profs POSH pad proves itself worthy

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728EMAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduProf’s P.O.S.H. pad proves itself worthyRice University engineering students create portable, solar-powered emergency shelter Rice University engineering students have constructed a portable disaster-relief shelter on campus, and their adviser was so confident in their work that he moved in. Weeks before his impending wedding, Brent Houchens, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering and materials science, lived in the Portable Off-grid Sustainable Habitat (P.O.S.H.), a boxy little building crowned by six solar cells. Houchens took up residence May 4 and stayed for a week to test the structure’s systems and basic functionality. “It’s been great to live in,” Houchens said on day five. “It’s been really comfortable at night. I actually had to turn the air conditioning down a little this morning because it got too cool.”Five Rice senior mechanical engineering students — Matthew Sorenson, Young Suk Jo, Jeroune Rhodes, Stephanie Vu and Tomas Lafferriere — and junior observer Michael Heisel built the prototype shelter just outside the lab where they cooked up the idea, Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. The students designed the building for disaster relief and use in developing countries as their capstone design project. With about 140 square feet of living space, the shelter is remarkable both for what it contains and for how well it should travel. The modular building has a “wet core” that contains a toilet, a shower and filtration for clean water. Up to 75 gallons of water, enough to sustain two people for three weeks, is stored both above the shower and in an external tank. The house is designed to support eight solar panels. The six 230-watt panels in the current house power an air conditioner, LED lights and small appliances; a bank of batteries stores energy for up to two days if the sun isn’t shining. Students designed the shelter to house two adults comfortably for six months to a year, if necessary, completely off-grid. A second module built around the same wet core could house a larger family, Houchens said.The shelter, with amenities, collapses into itself for travel. The two-wheeled, 3 1/2-by-3 1/2-by-6-foot boxes are small enough that six complete P.O.S.H. units would fit into a standard shipping container. Team members say two people should be able to assemble the shelter in a day with standard hand tools. Instructions are included.“I don’t think a lot of people expected us to finish the whole house by the end of the year, so our team is extremely proud that we were able to get it operational,” Sorenson said. The project began last fall.The team got design help from lead sponsor NASA, which has a strong interest in portable habitats. “The team visited the Habitat Demonstration Unit facility at Johnson Space Center a month ago,” Houchens said. “NASA engineer Mike Ewert helped us scope out what was and wasn’t possible and a good packing ratio to shoot for at the beginning of the project, and continued to advise us throughout.”Team members, who are available for interviews after commencement May 14, will deconstruct P.O.S.H. next week, with Houchens filming and timing the disassembly for future demonstration purposes. “After that, it will become a research platform that I’ll tie in to the thermodynamics class I teach in the spring,” he said. “We’ll do comparative studies on different types of insulation and energy efficiencies.”Houchens sees real-world potential for such a shelter with polymer walls and air-gap or foam insulation replacing the prototype’s half-inch plywood. “The long-term hope is that somebody will take this to the manufacturing level, clean up the rough edges and gain thermal efficiency and cost reduction at the same packing size. I think it’s possible.”In the meantime, while preparing for his wedding, Houchens enjoyed what turned out to be his last bachelor pad. “I’d need all the solar panels to run a plasma TV, but that wouldn’t be very energy-efficient,” he said. “Still, I’d like to keep it.”-30-A video tour of the Portable Off-grid Sustainable Habitat (P.O.S.H.) is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Me-9IkX0poDownload a high-resolution photo of the team at http://www.media.rice.edu/images/media/NEWSRELS/0511_POSH.jpg CAPTIONSeniors at Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering designed and built a sustainable emergency shelter for two that collapses into two compact containers for shipping. Members of Team P.O.S.H. are, clockwise from left, Jeroune Rhodes, Matthew Sorenson, Stephanie Vu, Tomas Lafferriere and Rice Professor Brent Houchins (seated). Missing from the photo is Young Suk Jo.(Credit Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more