Picture Special: Olympic hero meets LAC Juvenile Athletes

first_imgLetterkenny Athletic Clubs Juvenile Athletes were delighted when Irish Olympian Ronnie Delaney paid them a visit.Ronnie is Ireland’s only ever Olympic Track & Field Gold Medalist, winning gold at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne in the 1500 metres event.Photo Darren CrossanRonnie also competed at the 1954 European Athletics Championships in Bern and the Summer Olympics 1960 in Rome. After the Olympics, Ronnie earned a bronze medal in the 1500 metres event in Stockholm at the 1958 European Athletics Championships.This week, Ronnie has also been spotted at Aura Leisure Centre and at Diver’s Garage in Letterkenny!Photography by Darren CrossanPicture Special: Olympic hero meets LAC Juvenile Athletes was last modified: November 20th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

People Can Be Devious Lab Rats (and Researchers)

first_imgHuman lab rats can fool human researchers, who in turn can fool the human public.  Honesty must be the only policy in science.Fraud by Lab RatsThe laugh is on psychologists who published a landmark longitudinal study in the 1990s about adolescent sexual attitudes.  Science Daily and Live Science reported that the “National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health” (nicknamed Add Health) was skewed by young pranksters who apparently lied on questionnaires about their sexual orientation, inflating the numbers of homosexuals and bisexuals from an expected one percent to 5-7 percent.  The psychologists were further surprised that large numbers of the self-reported nonheterosexuals reported going straight in the later years of the survey.  Surprised, the researchers published the results anyway.  Their “widely-cited” paper, based on 14,000 participants responding in four waves between 1994 and 2008, “led researchers, clinicians and policymakers to an inflated sense that gay youth are more suicidal, depressed and psychologically ill than are straight youth.”Only now are the researchers realizing that “they should have known something was amiss.”  It’s possible some of the adolescents didn’t understand the questions, but more likely, a follow-up study concluded, they were just joking, thinking it funny to pretend to be homosexual while answering the questions.  The report in Archives of Sexual Behavior is titled, “The Dubious Assessment of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Adolescents of Add Health.”  Because policymakers can be reluctant to question “scientific” results, “The possibility could have serious implications for a generation of researchers who study the data, and it may have broader implications for understanding teen love, health and sexuality, the researchers in the study say.”  The articles did not specifically mention any policies or laws enacted on the basis of the questionable data.Fraud by Lab ResearchersLast year saw the downfall of a number of psychologists caught fabricating and inflating their data.  Now, one geneticist is seeking a comeback after his humiliating downfall.  Science Insider says that Woo Suk Hwang, the Korean cloner who disgraced himself eight years ago with fraudulent papers about human embryonic stem cells (1/09/2006), is trying to redeem himself with his old specialty of cloning animals.  His scandal had caused some serious soul-searching by journals about scientific integrity (2/05/2006).  In Nature, David Cyranoski wrote more at length about Hwang’s redemption after “one of the most widely reported and universally disappointing cases of scientific fraud in history,” one his university president had called “an unwashable blemish on the whole scientific community as well as our country.”  How, then, can the blemish be washed?  Can the leopard change its spots?Hwang no longer works with human embryonic stem cells, but exercises his expertise with animal cloning.  He started, after all, as a veterinarian.  Still, he is a known liar.  He admitted to lying, but still maintains he really did create a line of hESCs.  He also blames his co-author for duping him.  He has spent no time in jail, despite a 3-year sentence (later reduced to 18 months, pending appeal).  Meanwhile, his lab, still staffed by some of his original colleagues during the scandal, is making good money cloning dogs and other animals – much of it supported with government grants.  The lab has published 40 peer-reviewed papers since the scandal.  “The fact that Hwang is being published in peer-reviewed journals is a sign that he is becoming accepted once more.”  His investors and colleagues seem to think that having been caught in such a high-profile scandal will keep him on best behavior, knowing he will be scrutinzed more carefully.  One partner was impressed with “how hard he works, and how passionate he is for science.”  Another scientist, though, is skeptical: “If you fabricated data once, how would one know that you will not do it again?”It is likely Hwang still feels the lure of fame for human therapeutic cloning.  The government has given him permission to work on human embryos – just not to clone them.  That hasn’t kept him from applying.  With hopes for redemption, the lure of fame, and enough ambiguity about some aspects of his retracted papers, will he once again be given trust by a public that sees this scientific hero as too high to fail?  More importantly, what’s the complaint about ethics of fraud in a field – human cloning – widely criticized by many ethicists as immoral?In passing, Cyranoski made this statement about the choice between human embryonic stem cells (hESC) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC):Nevertheless, Woo Suk Hwang intends to return to human therapeutic cloning. But he may be trying to ride a wave that has already passed. A competing technology — induced pluripotency, discovered in 2006 — creates stem cells from adult cells, skirting the difficulty of sourcing human eggs and the controversy of embryo destruction. Even the announcement last year that a human stem-cell line had finally been created from a cloned embryo got a more muted reception than the carnival that greeted Hwang when he announced his now-discredited paper.In hindsight, it’s ironic that Hwang fell just months before the iPSC revolution.  Cyranoski’s words reinforce the theme that iPSCs appear to have rendered hESC work redundant if not irrelevant.  Since “therapeutic cloning” remains just as ethically controversial as before, one wonders why Hwang and others still pursue that path with such zeal.Update 1/22/14:  Nature published an editorial to correct a false impression some were getting from Cyranoski’s article that Hwang has been rehabilitated within the scientific community.  “Nothing could be further from the truth,” the editors say: nor should scientists rush to rehabilitate him.   The editors question the originality, impact, or scientific value of any of his work, and warn about Hwang’s apparent selfish motives to recover, an effort that some South Koreans seem too eager to accept for reasons of national pride.Update 1/29/14:  The whistleblower who alerted the media to the Hwang fraud told Nature about the threats and abuse he suffered as a result.  For daring to expose a South Korean star scientist, Young-Joon Ryu had to go into hiding six months with his wife.  It took years for him to find new employment, but he does not regret his decision.  “The Hwang case was a wake-up call for many journals to police [fraud] more seriously,” a European science publisher said, adding, “little has formally changed regarding the protection and encouragement of constructive whistle-blowing”.Consider the parallels to Kermit Gosnell, the late-term abortion monster.  He was condemned not for performing abortions per se, but for violating procedural rules in the manner he did it.  It appears that Hwang, who showed himself unworthy of trust, is being given trust once again after a wrist slap and a public show of indignation.  How terrible that he would lie and fake his data!  That he pressured women to donate eggs and experimented on fertilized human embryos is seen as a lesser offense.  A society that can tolerate unethical behavior in one sphere is not likely to repress it in another.When a preacher sins, he is usually out of the ministry for good.  It doesn’t mean he can’t earn a living some other way, but no longer can he be trusted to teach others how to live.  While we all love redemption stories, there are certain roles in society that demand higher accountability.  Science (like any scholarly pursuit) should be one of them.  A scientist who has betrayed a trust by fraud undermines any future credibility.  Let that person take up truck driving or cooking, assuming he or she can be trusted to deliver the goods honestly.  Notice once again that science is not a mechanical method.  It depends on the minds and hearts of fallible human beings, aspiring to ethical ideals that are timeless and universal, not made of matter in motion. 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Moon Losing Its Water

first_imgThe moon loses more water than it receives from the solar wind or meteorites. How long has that been going on?Data analyzed from the LADEE mission, which orbited the moon 2013-2014 measuring the thin lunar atmosphere, has revealed something interesting: meteor impacts blast water out of the deep soil, where most of it is lost to space, never to return. Water? Yes; the moon has some. Lunar soil is drier than any soil on Earth, but it does retain some H2O and OH– (hydroxyl) ions, which chemists designate as water. Some water molecules can form from reactions with the solar wind.A video clip at the NASA Goddard website illustrates how LADEE connected meteor impacts to escaping water in “meteoroid streams” in the atmosphere:There’s evidence that the Moon has water (H2O) and hydroxyl (OH), a more reactive relative of H2O. But debates continue about the origins of the water, whether it is widely distributed and how much might be present.“The Moon doesn’t have significant amounts of H2O or OH in its atmosphere most of the time,” said Richard Elphic, the LADEE project scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. “But when the Moon passed through one of these meteoroid streams, enough vapor was ejected for us to detect it. And then, when the event was over, the H2O or OH went away.”Crater Bruno on the moon.There’s more water three inches down (the “hydrated layer”) than in the top portion (“dessicated layer”) of regolith (lunar soil that has been “gardened” by small meteorites), so only larger meteors penetrate where the water is. Nevertheless, water escape is a continuous process:Because the material on the lunar surface is fluffy, even a meteoroid that’s a fraction of an inch (5 millimeters) across can penetrate far enough to release a puff of vapor. With each impact, a small shock wave fans out and ejects water from the surrounding area.When a stream of meteoroids rains down on the lunar surface, the liberated water will enter the exosphere and spread through it. About two-thirds of that vapor escapes into space, but about one-third lands back on the surface of the Moon.The liberated vapor that remains may find its way into “cold traps” near the poles, where craters remain in permanent shadow. Not enough water can be made by the solar wind, the researchers state, meaning that most of it must have already been there since the moon’s formation, or was delivered by impactors:“We know that some of the water must be coming from the Moon, because the mass of water being released is greater than the water mass within the meteoroids coming in,” said the second author of the paper, Dana Hurley of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.The analysis indicates that meteoroid impacts release water faster than it can be produced from reactions that occur when the solar wind hits the lunar surface.“The water being lost is likely ancient, either dating back to the formation of the Moon or deposited early in its history,” said Benna.The figure caption says, “in order to sustain the water loss from meteoroid impacts, the hydrated layer requires replenishment from a deeper ancient water reservoir.”In short, the moon is losing its tenuous water faster than it is receiving it or making it. Has this been the case for the moon’s history? Scientists can’t say: “debates continue about the origins of the water, whether it is widely distributed and how much might be present,” the press release said. The infographic caption shows “ancient H2O at depth” percolating upward as a “hypothetical” process, but the only water with empirical support comes from the “hydrated layer” more than 3 inches below the surface. So, “in order to sustain the water loss from meteoroid impacts, the hydrated layer requires replenishment from a deeper ancient water reservoir” that is only theoretical.This situation is analogous to Titan’s methane loss. Determined to keep Titan billions of years old, planetary scientists have had to imagine an unobservable methane reservoir locked up below the surface that burps out into the atmosphere from time to time. Scientists should clearly state their assumptions as assumptions, not as the only reasonable options. If the moon only has a shallow hydrated layer, the moyboys are in big trouble.The Flood model by Walt Brown (the Hydroplate Theory) postulates that supercritical water shot out from the fountains of the great deep (Genesis 7:11) and showered the moon with water molecules. Other escaping water became comets and asteroids. Counter-intuitive as it may seem, only a small fraction of the escaping water from the subterranean chambers that form the basis of his theory would have been needed to supply these water sources in space. If interested, you can read his supporting arguments for these processes at his CreationScience.com website.Whatever one’s beliefs, a plausible theory is required to explain the origin of the moon’s water. Secular materialists imagine a wet asteroid coming in and striking the Earth, creating a debris disk that formed the moon. That theory has numerous problems, from the improbability of a source impactor, the improbability of a Goldilocks strike, the improbability of any volatiles remaining behind, and a means to get the water to the surface. Brown’s model provides a rigorous attempt to explain all the observations. Let other models match that level of detail. In any event, the case of the moon’s water loss over time calls into question the billions-of-years story for the moon. Here’s an opportunity for non-moyboys to contribute to the debate.(Visited 343 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

4 Keys To Success For RIM’s BlackBerry 10

first_imgIf Research In Motion is going to set the world on fire, the match needs to be lit on Wednesday. BlackBerry 10, RIM’s much-anticipated next-generation mobile operating system, is set to be unveiled at several launch events around the world on January 30, 2013, including the featured keynote at Pier 36 in New York City. The big question, not likely to be answered at the launch event, unfortunately, is whether or not BlackBerry 10 will be RIM’s saving grace.Yes, we will finally see the full features of BlackBerry 10. We (the assembled Technorati) will give our immediate reactions and decide whether or not either of the two new devices presented is worth your hard earned money and attention. These opinions will go a long way in creating the short-term consumer and business opinion of the viability of BlackBerry 10.But RIM’s ultimate success (or lack thereof) with BlackBerry 10 rests not on the initial opinions of overwrought tech journalist. There are four key factors that will determine whether RIM has a chance to rebuild its company and market share:1. Reacquiring The Enterprise BaseRIM made its money off the enterprise, starting in the C-suite and working its way to regular employees. Only later did it it fully address the consumer market. Every foundation needs have a bedrock to build upon and for RIM, that still has to be the enterprise and government. As such, RIM has seeded BlackBerry 10 to 120 select enterprise and government customers – including 64 of the Fortune 500 companies – with its Technical Preview Program for Enterprise. RIM also refreshed the BlackBerry Enterprise Server and has “Workplace Apps” ready for BB 10. Its BlackBerry Balance feature will be able to cordon off personal data and workplace data from each other on the device. BlackBerry 10 (and BES 10) also have received FIPS 140-2 security certification ahead of launch.2. Robust App EcosystemLike it or not, apps sell smartphones. RIM has been working very hard through the last year to create a dynamic app ecosystem. It had a BlackBerry Jam World Tour designed to drum up developer interest and has incentivized developers by offering $10,000 in guaranteed revenue if an app can make at least $1,000. “One key driver for this is the ability to build up an ecosystem of compelling applications available for download (something they were not able to do with the Playbook launch),” said Scott Snyder, president and co-founder of app-maker Mobiquity. “Because RIM architected the BB 10 operating system to be open, there are APIs and Java-based toolsets that will make porting Android apps to BB 10 fairly easy, which could be a major help given they are unlikely to ever match the 500,000+ apps in Google Play.”On Monday, RIM announced that its app store, BlackBerry World, will have an “extensive catalogue of songs, latest movies and TV shows” upon launch of BlackBerry 10. RIM has said that 70,000 apps will be available to BB 10 when it is released. The key here is not app quantity, though, it’s app quality. When people buy new smartphones, they download their go-to apps for music, video, social networking, productivity, etc. RIM needs to make sure that popular, highly desired apps like Spotify, a good Facebook app (preferably built by Facebook, not RIM), Twitter, Netflix, Hulu Plus and the like are readily available at launch. Otherwise, users may find the BlackBerry 10 experience lacking no matter how good the operating system itself may be. Companies like ooVoo and BitTorrent have announced apps that will be available for BlackBerry 10. That is a good start, but RIM needs to make sure that most of the heavy hitters get involved. 3. Effective DistributionA litany of quality smartphones have died on the market because they were exclusively available via one carrier or another. The HTC One X and Nokia Lumia 900/920 are the poster children of the dangers of limited distribution. RIM needs to take a page out of the Samsung playbook and make BlackBerry 10 devices on every carrier it possibly can. So far the company has shown every indication that it will do just that. RIM has been testing BB 10 with hundreds of worldwide carriers since the fall of 2012 and does not have exclusivity agreements with any of them. The ability for RIM to have multiple smartphones on multiple carriers at multiple price points is key to creating product momentum in both the United States and globally. 4. Quality Experience, Hardware, Industrial DesignThe BlackBerry 10 devices cannot look and feel like bricks, the way the Nokia Lumia 920 does. Nor can they be hard to use or have software lags. They need to feel good in your hand (the way a One X or iPhone 5 do). This is Smartphone Manufacturing 101 and RIM cannot afford to fail the course.  Can Research In Motion pull it all off? RIM is still theoretically run by smart people, and so far indications are that it just might be able to make everything work.  Does that mean BlackBerry 10 will ultimately succeed? There are no guarantees even if RIM reaches all the milestones on this roadmap. As Nokia, Motorola, HTC and other manufacturers have already learned, the smartphone market is a hard industry in which to succeed. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Related Posts center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#BlackBerry#Research In Motion last_img read more

Burial saves buried alive newborn in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgIn a bizarre twist of fate, a trader here in Uttar Pradesh found a newborn girl in an earthen pot, which was buried almost three feet below the ground, while he had gone to inter his daughter, who died minutes after being born prematurely. Hitesh Kumar Sirohi, the trader, rescued the girl and fed her milk using cotton. The girl is currently admitted to a private hospital. According to SP Abhinandan Singh, Sirohi’s wife Vaishali is a sub-inspector posted in Bareilly. “She was admitted to a hospital after she complained of labour pain on Wednesday. On Thursday, she gave birth to a premature infant, who died within a few minutes,” Mr. Singh said on Sunday.Earthen potMr. Sirohi had gone to bury his daughter on Thursday evening, the officer said, adding, “As the pit was being dug, at a depth of three feet, the spade hit an earthen pot, which was pulled out. There was a baby girl lying in it.” The girl was alive and breathing heavily, the SP said, adding that she was rushed to the district hospital.last_img read more

D’Angelo Russell delivers in OT to lift Nets past Cavaliers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Pascal Siakam scores career-best 44 as Raptors beat Wizards ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Harris scored 25 points and Carroll had 18 as the Nets improved to 30-29 — above .500 at the All-Star break for the first time since 2012-13.The teams were playing their final game before the break, likely a good thing after going 63 minutes in a contest that saw 23 lead changes.Clarkson, playing a career-high 47 minutes, was 16 of 34 from the field and made 7 of 17 3-point attempts.“We tried to leave everything on the floor trying to get a win knowing we’ve got these days off,” he said. “We didn’t expect to go to three overtimes. But I’m in shape. I’ll go all day.”Collin Sexton had 24 points and Marquese Chriss added 23 for Cleveland.Russell made two free throws with 16 seconds remaining to break a 116-all tie in the first overtime, but Sexton drove the lane and scored to tie the game with 2.8 seconds left.Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sat out to get additional rest following foot surgery. Brooklyn dressed nine players because of several injuries.Chriss, Larry Nance Jr, David Nwaba and Ante Zizic fouled out for Cleveland, which played its first overtime game of the season.The Cavaliers (12-46) were trying to win consecutive games for the third time this season. Cleveland has the third-worst record in the league.TIP-INS MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Nets: Host Portland on Thursday, Feb. 21.Cavaliers: Host Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 21.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Russell’s big finish wouldn’t have been possible if Carroll hadn’t shocked everyone with his buzzer-beating shot.The fact the play wasn’t even designed for Carroll made the result even more improbable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It was for Joe (Harris) or Allen (Crabbe),” he said. “It was a broken play. I saw an opening and I took it.”Cleveland seemed to have sealed the win when Jordan Clarkson, who scored a career-high 42 points, made a go-ahead jumper in the final minute to put the Cavaliers ahead and added two free throws for a 128-125 lead.center_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Brooklyn called timeout and Carroll was double-teamed in the corner after taking the inbounds pass. He took a couple of dribbles to his left and put up the shot. Carroll fell to the floor and was mobbed by his teammates, who stormed off the bench.Russell, who is headed to play in his first All-Star game, had two points in the first half and scored Brooklyn’s first 11 points in third overtime, including two 3-pointers.Russell’s teammates pulled him aside at halftime with a clear message.“They kept pushing me,” he said. “They weren’t letting me get down. I made sure I got the ball.”Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said: “He was really strong in the second half and all the overtimes, but that’s the sign of an All-Star.”ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell (1) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — DeMarre Carroll saved the day for the Brooklyn Nets, and D’Angelo Russell took advantage of the extra opportunity.Russell scored 14 of his 36 points in the third overtime after Carroll’s desperation 3-pointer in the second OT tied the game, and the Nets outlasted the Cleveland Cavaliers 148-139 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Nets: G Spencer Dinwiddle (torn ligaments in right thumb) F Treveon Graham (personal reasons), F Rodions Kurucs (sprained left elbow), F Jared Dudley (strained left hamstring) and G Dzanan Musa (G-League assignment) are out.Cavaliers: F Cedi Osman and C Ante Zizic returned to the starting lineup. Osman (sprained right ankle) missed four games and Zizic (sore lower back) didn’t play Monday. … F Tristan Thompson (sore left foot) is expected to return sometime after the break. He has missed the last 13 games.LOOKING AHEADLove plans to increase his playing time following the All-Star break. The Cavaliers resume play against Phoenix on Feb. 21.“I don’t know minutes-wise what it’s going to be like, but a good progression after that because I will be fully prepared to go,” Love said.“He’s in a really good place right now both physically and mentally,” Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said.STREAK SNAPPERThe Nets, who had lost two straight and five of six, are sixth in the Eastern Conference.“That was one of those weird games before the break,” Atkinson said. “It would have been tough with a loss, but this really keeps our morale up.”UP NEXT View commentslast_img read more

India look to clinch series on Virat Kohli’s birthday eve

first_imgIndia are poised for their third T20 International series triumph in five years but would be wary of a strong fightback from the usually plucky New Zealand when the two sides clash in the second game of the three-match series in Rajkot on Saturday.The comprehensive 53-run victory in the series opener at Delhi has put India firmly in the position to register a winning 2-0 lead at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here in Kandheri.The resounding victory, riding on the exhilarating batting exploits of their top-order and, in particular openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, was the country’s first-ever over the Kiwis in the shortest form of the game.The 2007 World T20 champions have produced impressive death bowling with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah leading the pace department, while the spinners also pitched in with some excellent bowling in the middle overs.Considering the immense all-round strength that the hosts boast of, it’s going to be a Herculean task for the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand to prevent India from surging to a third T20I series victory in eight contests, going back to 2012-13, three of which were drawn encounters.The last game is scheduled at Thiruvananthapuram on November 7.The Indian top order batting, with superb stroke-makers in Dhawan, Sharma and Kohli, has to be tamed early if New Zealand hope to carry on the fight till the series-ending game.Dhawan and Sharma put on a record 158-run partnership that went into the 16th over to ensure that India ended up with a plus-200 total despite a brief wobble towards the end.advertisementThe Black Caps’ new ball attack of Trent Boult and Tim Southee lacked discipline in Delhi. It’s a bit of a surprise that these two experienced Kiwi bowlers have been ineffective with yorkers at the death, unlike the Indian duo of Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar.The fielding too let the Black Caps down in contrast to some superb outfield efforts by the Men in Blue.”We were outplayed in all the areas, fielding included, which is something we pride ourselves on and something we need to be much better at in Twenty20 cricket,” Williamson had said after the Delhi loss to Virat Kohli-led India.Kohli has led the team from the front and is himself fast approaching the 2000-run landmark in T20Is.If the top batsmen fall cheaply, there are others spearheaded by former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to come to the home team’s rescue.In slow bowling too, leggie Yuzvendra Chahal has continued to trouble the Black Caps’ batsmen, in particular captain Williamson and senior pro Ross Taylor who are unable to read the twirl on the ball off the wrist spinner’s hand.Only the left-handed Tom Latham, among the visiting team’s batsmen, has shown a consistently sound and effective approach against the spin bowlers.India had clinched back-to-back wins in the last two games of the 50-over ODI rubber for a 2-1 verdict in their favour.Incidentally, this would be the second T20 International to be played at this venue on the outskirts of the city which was the home venue of IPL side Gujarat Lions earlier this year. The first one was against Australia in October, 2013, won by the home side.The stadium has also hosted two ODIs in 2013 and 2015 and in both these games, India ended up on the losing side against England and South African respectively.It became a Test venue last season when India played against England.Teams: India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, KL Rahul.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.Match commences at 7pm IST.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: We’re ignoring Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: We’re ignoring Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy to be top of the table again after victory over Manchester United.Klopp insists he wasn’t bothered by Manchester City returning to the summit before Liverpool kicked off.He said, “We ignored it completely. I cannot say we passed [the test of winning after City won] because we didn’t think about it. I didn’t mention it one time. We are not silly, we know the table. Are you focused on it or not? I said it before, we played tonight Man United – and not against United and City. “That’s the only way I know and we really didn’t speak about it. I think that already helps. It’s not that they win and then we come together, train and say: ‘Did you see what City did?’ We are focused on our game and we will see where it leads us to. “If there is a moment in the end of the season when we’re still around them and we have to think about [them] and start hoping they drop points, maybe – I don’t know today. In the moment we respect them a lot, they respect us, and we have to win football games against all the others. Then we meet on January 3 again and then we think about City a lot.” last_img read more

6 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp: All the way from Norway to ask me that?

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: All the way from Norway to ask me that?by Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t need his advice.Klopp was asked by a reporter from Dagbladet if he had words for Solskjaer as United continue to struggle.The German replied: “Hahahaha! Do you really think you can fly over from Norway and ask about it? Wow.”He doesn’t need it. Come on. He has been in the club for a total of 10-15 years. He knows everything about it. He has experience as a manager in football. He knows what he needs to do. It just has to work. That’s it for all of us. “That’s why so many managers get fired at some point, because some internally loses patience. Then you have to go.”From my point of view it looks like he sits there safely. They all knew it was going to be a difficult job.”I don’t think you have to worry about Ole. He is in a good position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

National Solid Waste Day to Focus on Composting

first_imgStory Highlights The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) will be focusing on composting household waste for National Solid Waste Day on June 6.Executive Director of the NSWMA, Audley Gordon, said that the objective is to foster a culture of composting in Jamaica, in order to reduce the amount of waste generated for disposal.“All our studies, including our recent garbage characterisation study, show that over 60 per cent of our garbage is compostable, which means that it could be broken down and used even around the house to provide fertiliser for your flower bed or kitchen gardens,” he said.“Just cast your mind to that 60 per cent not being put out for a truck to collect. We would have a smaller amount of garbage, we would need fewer trucks, it would be easier to manage overall and it would then be beneficial to the economy. There is good productive use that we can put the compostables to,” he noted further.Mr. Gordon was speaking at a JIS Think Tank on May 29 where he announced the agency’s week-long plans for National Solid Waste Day under the theme ‘Compost before you dispose’.The day is part of National Environmental Awareness Week from June 2 to 8.Activities will begin with a church service at the Ridgemount United Church, Manchester, on Sunday, June 2, and include an Expo on National Solid Waste Day at the Cecil Charlton Park in Mandeville, Manchester.The week will end with a Family Fun Day for staff of the NSWMA’s four operational regions on Saturday, June 8.Throughout the week, NSWMA community relations officers will visit schools and communities islandwide to share information on what is compostable, the benefits of composting, and how to create compost heaps.“We will be taking the message across the length and breadth of Jamaica in such a frontal way that it will be difficult for anyone in Jamaica not to know or to understand composting after this solid waste week,” Mr. Gordon said.“This message of composting, we believe, is a very important message and if we get it right, that alone would solve a huge problem for us in terms of storage and transporting solid waste,” he added. The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) will be focusing on composting household waste for National Solid Waste Day on June 6. “All our studies, including our recent garbage characterisation study, show that over 60 per cent of our garbage is compostable, which means that it could be broken down and used even around the house to provide fertiliser for your flower bed or kitchen gardens,” he said. Executive Director of the NSWMA, Audley Gordon, said that the objective is to foster a culture of composting in Jamaica, in order to reduce the amount of waste generated for disposal.last_img read more