Letter: End Military Hazing in National Defense Authorization Act

first_imgGovernment Letter: End Military Hazing in National Defense Authorization Act Published on Friday, September 9, 2016 | 1:30 pm Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Today, 14 Members of Congress, led by Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) sent a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees urging them to preserve anti-hazing provisions passed by the House in the final version of the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).The provisions included in the House NDAA originate from H.R. 5060, the Harry Lew Military Hazing Accountability and Prevention Act that was introduced by Rep. Chu on April 26. The Harry Lew Military Hazing Accountability and Prevention Act is named in honor of Rep. Chu’s nephew, a marine who took his own life after being hazed by his platoon while deployed in Afghanistan in 2011. The legislation adopts the recommendations from a report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which showed that the DOD lacks consistent data on military hazing incidents, and that servicemembers across branches are in need of better training to combat hazing.The letter comes just one day after the Marine Corps Times released a report on the death of 20-year-old recruit Raheel Siddiqui, citing “a troubling pattern of mistreatment” of recruits at Parris Island. Rep. Chu released the following statement:“We know from official reports, personal experience, and the concerns of constituents that hazing in the military is an ongoing and real problem for our men and women in uniform. Raheel Siddiqui’s death is just the latest tragedy,” said Rep. Chu. “But without adequate reporting, we cannot understand the full scope of the problem or how to best address it. This system is failing our men and women in uniform and their families. Fortunately, the House has acted to help us understand and curb this problem. Now it’s time to see it to the finish line. I’m glad many of my colleagues joined me in supporting the inclusion of this language in the final report.”BackgroundIn 2011, Rep. Chu’s nephew, Lance Corporal Harry Lew, committed suicide while stationed in Afghanistan after extreme and prolonged hazing by his fellow Marines. Since his death, Rep. Chu has fought to eradicate hazing in the military. During the 112th Congress, Rep. Chu introduced the Harry Lew Military Hazing Accountability and Prevention Act, which would require DOD to develop a comprehensive plan to address hazing within the ranks. In the FY2013 NDAA, Rep. Chu secured language that required reports from each branch of the military to report on hazing policies and incident data to Congress. Finding that these results were inconsistent and indicated substandard tracking results in unreliable data, Rep. Chu successfully amended the FY 2015 NDAA to require GAO to provide an objective analysis about the current status of hazing in the military. In March 2016, Rep. Chu testified before the House Armed Services Committee to urge the adoption of the GAO’s recommendations in the FY 2017 NDAA.Rep. Chu’s amendment, which was offered during the House Armed Services Committee’s markup of NDAA in April, would do the following:· Require DOD to submit an annual report to Congress to ensure anti-hazing policies are implemented consistently.· Require DOD to improve existing training to help servicemembers better identify and respond to hazing at all command levels.· Mandate that DOD issue a department-wide guidance on a comprehensive and consistent data collection system that includes information on protected classes such as race and religion.· Evaluate the prevalence of hazing through department-wide surveys. 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88 Energy says Charlie-1 appraisal well yields encouraging results

first_img Charlie-1 appraisal well delivers encouraging results, says 88 Energy. (Credit: John R Perry from Pixabay) 88 Energy has reported positive results from the Charlie-1 appraisal well at Project Icewine on the North Slope of Alaska with preliminary petrophysical interpretation indicating hydrocarbon pay in the Torok, Seabee, and Kuparuk formations.The Australian oil and gas company expects to release initial lab results pertaining to gas condensate analysis and core testing in the coming weeks.According to 88 Energy, more than 280ft of net pay has been interpreted over the Seabee, Torok, and Kuparuk formations, which favourably compares to pre-drill expectations.However, the company said that confirmation needs to be done on rock properties and saturations by lab work, which is currently in progress. The company expects the lab work to result in a revised prospective resource.88 Energy said that the pay interpreted over the Lima prospects in the Seabee formation, is of particular interest, although, both were intersected in a sub optimal location.Gas condensate had flown from the Middle and Lower Stellar targets using a downhole sampling tool, said the company, which collected the samples for test work in the lab.The initial results such as gas to oil ratio and others from the from the test work are likely to be known in two-three weeks. The company will also undertake additional advanced testing on geochemical markers and hydrocarbon isotopes, which will take an additional four-six weeks.88 Energy management comments on the Charlie-1 appraisal well results88 Energy managing director Dave Wall said: “Despite the surprise in relation to the phase of hydrocarbons discovered in the Torok Formation at this location, the Charlie-1 well has yielded encouraging results, particularly in the Seabee.“The Seabee targets are extensive and have had excellent oil shows, including live oil observed at the surface in both Charlie-1 and Malguk-1. The significance of these observations in Charlie-1 will be confirmed by lab results in the near term.”The Charlie-1 appraisal well was designed as a step out appraisal of a well called Malguk-1, which was drilled by BP Exploration (Alaska) in 1991.The Malguk-1 well is said to have intersected oil shows with elevated resistivity and mud gas readings over multiple horizons during drilling, however, it was not evaluated because of complications towards the end of operations, which led to lack of time before the close of the winter drilling season. More than 280ft of net pay has been interpreted over the Seabee, Torok, and Kuparuk formations, which favourably compares to pre-drill expectations, said 88 Energylast_img read more

A firm voice on Europe

first_imgJan Fischer, former prime minister of the Czech Republic and the leading candidate in the country’s presidential campaign, in a Harvard talk on Thursday blamed the European financial crisis on nations thinking prosperity “may be bought on credit,” and said that Europe shouldn’t rush into closer financial and political ties in the search for a solution.“I perceive the current loud cheering for a European federation [to be]… an expression of helplessness,” he said.Were European nations to move toward union, such a plan would require full deliberation, Fischer said. He cited the diversity that still exists among nations — in areas such as national spending and welfare and pension systems — and strong national identity as evidence that Europeans aren’t ready to surrender national sovereignty to a stronger central government.Fischer made his comments during a talk at Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES). The talk, “The Euro Crisis and Its Impact on Central and Eastern EU Nations,” was chaired by CES Director Grzegorz Ekiert, a professor of government at Harvard.The idea of Europe moving closer to becoming a federation — where individual member states are under the umbrella of a central European government — has developed in response to the sovereign debt crisis. Fischer traced the crisis to irresponsible governments letting spending and debts get out of control.“The future cannot be bought on credit,” Fischer said. “It’s apparent that the euro crisis, which forces more responsible states with healthier economies to bail out the less responsible, unhealthy ones, leads to the situation where national interests are defended even in countries with strong federalization support, such as Germany.”Some leaders have suggested creating a stronger European fiscal union as a way out of the crisis. In such a scenario, spending policies would be more closely aligned and, should a member nation’s policies fall too far out of balance, a central European authority would step in to raise taxes or cut budgets.The step would be aimed at avoiding a repeat of the current crisis, where some nations borrowed excessively to finance national budgets while others exercised fiscal restraint. The fiscally healthy nations, tied to the unhealthy by a common currency, the euro, have had little choice but to bail those countries out.The Czech Republic, one of the 27 European Union nations, has been shielded a bit from the crisis. That’s because it is one of the 10 member nations that retained its national currency instead of adopting the euro. Although the country has been mired in recession, its banking system remains healthy, Fischer said.That the EU and the eurozone — those nations that use the euro — are stuck between the continent’s past as a collection of separate nation-states and a possible future as a full federation is behind much of the difficulty in dealing with the debt crisis, he said.Before engaging in discussions of greater European unification, the Czech Republic has to determine national goals and whether developing tighter ties with other nations is in the national interest, Fischer said. Stepping deeper into a European union, he said, should be a means to achieving citizens’ goals, not an end to itself.Any tighter union would be a hard sell in the Czech Republic. Opinion polls show that the EU’s popularity has sunk below 50 percent, and that 90 percent of the populace oppose paying the debt of other countries, Fischer said.In discussing the situation, Fischer pointed to the case of Slovakia, which, unlike the Czech Republic, adopted the euro and so is among the nations involved in bailing out ailing economies. He asked whether it is fair that the nation, about the same size as Greece, be asked to bail out a country in which pensions for the elderly are four times its own.“Is it fair to expect Slovak seniors to subsidize their much better-off Greek counterparts using their modest income?” Fischer asked.Fischer said the choice facing Europe has been cast as either moving toward a European federation or disintegration of the EU and the euro. It is not an “either/or” situation, he said, and middle-of-the-road proposals that allow nations some flexibility should be considered.Despite his reservations, Fischer said that the EU has been a force for stability, particularly in the Balkans, where the memory of ethnic violence remains fresh.“I can imagine only one thing worse than the existence of the European Union, and that is its nonexistence,” Fischer said. “Any crisis represents an opportunity, and it’s only up to us not to waste it.”last_img read more

An equitable partnership

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Lunch With No Limits: Intellectually Disabled Adults To Staff Unique Middletown…

first_imgThe most impactful visit, Stephanie said, was when she and Mark traveled to Hugs Café in McKinney, Texas after seeing it highlighted on a national news broadcast. They met with the founder, Ruth Thompson, picked her brain and even threw a few aprons on and worked a shift in the kitchen.Just like a good chef, the couple mixed in different ingredients for success from around the country to craft their own unique flavor. They took inspiration primarily from locations in the southwest and along the East Coast.FINDING A HOMEWith a vision and plan in mind, the toughest part was finding a brick-and-mortar location for the restaurant, Mark noted. They initially looked in Red Bank but couldn’t find the right piece of real estate. That’s when Rigoletto’s came on the market.The Rigoletto’s kitchen is a far cry from some commercial kitchens with small spaces for cooking and prep work. The vast cooking space was a main selling point. It will give No Limits Café the space to rework the back of house into a fully ADA-compliant kitchen facility.“This has a space that’s going to allow us to employ anyone and train anyone,” Mark said. “No pun intended, there’s no limits back there.”And the Cartiers have had no shortage of help. Although their parking lot is limited to only 14 spaces, Stephanie said she’s received permission from their neighbor, Thornberry’s Appliance, to use their parking lot. An electrician tasked with rewiring the restaurant up to code has agreed to do the work pro bono. They’ve even received a helping hand from local restaurateur Tim McLoone on how to shape their restaurant for success.“Why do this?” Mark questioned. “When you start seeing all of this good come from various places, you have to say, ‘How can we not?’ ”Their own children have also pitched in. Their oldest son, 24-year-old Mark Cartier, helped build the website and took all of the online photography. He works at an advertising agency based in Red Bank. The same goes for 22-year-old Ryan Cartier, who is studying special education at the College of Charleston. He found research and statistics used on the website.“I think we always had it in our minds that one day it would happen,” Mark, the son, said about opening No Limits Café. “We don’t feel like we have to be involved in it; we both want to be involved in it.”Mark and Stephanie, co-founders of the nonprofit, said there is a long road ahead. Fundraising will soon kick off for a major renovation to the restaurant. They’ll have to sift through paperwork and code enforcement before the doors open.But when it does, they hope the greater Middletown community recognizes the importance of their café.“People with intellectual disabilities want the same things as you and I want. They’re more alike than different,” said Stephanie. “They want to earn a living, they want to be happy in a job, they want to be useful.”For more information about the restaurant, visit nolimitscafe.org. By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – The pride of starting a new job is something almost everyone experiences during their lifetime. Cashing the first paycheck and growing through a company is rewarding.But not everyone gets that opportunity. It’s especially true for people with intellectual disabilities who have trouble breaking through societal barriers to land a job.Lincroft residents Mark and Stephanie Cartier were watching that unfold for their youngest child, Katie, a 19- year-old who was born with Down syndrome. Katie Cartier graduated from Middletown High School South in 2017 and is headed to George Mason University’s Mason Learning Into Future Environments (LIFE) program in the fall. When high school ended there was a void in her life. As an intellectually disabled young adult, finding her first job wasn’t easy.“We were thinking, OK, she’s 19. We have two more years,” before she turns 21, Stephanie said Monday evening. “Where is she going to work? What’s going to happen to her and all her friends? Nobody ever hires our kids and they’re considered to be the best, most loyal workers. But still, nobody hires them.”The Cartiers hope to ease the school-to-work transition for people like Katie by starting their own 501(c)(3) non- profit organization. Their vision is to create a restaurant offering steady, minimum wage jobs and specialized training in the food service industry to intellectually disabled adults struggling to find work.And they’ll have space to do it. Over the next few months, the Cartiers will be transforming Rigoletto’s Trattoria, a shuttered Italian restaurant at 418 Route 35 in Middletown, into No Limits Café, a lunchtime restaurant serving easy-to-make, trendy dishes. They hope to open in early 2019.Other than a full-time chef and manager, the café will be entirely staffed by 20 to 25 cognitively diverse workers. Eventually, No Limits Café will be a training ground for future job placement in the restaurant industry. Evening workshops will include further training in hopes of helping the young adults land full-time jobs at area restaurants.“For any parent of a child with intellectual disabilities, as the child ages they ask themselves two questions,” Mark noted. “Where will my child live and where will my child work? The work piece is one that we’re able to solve.”Earlier this week, the Cartiers officially launched No Limits Café’s online presence with social media pages and a website. All five members of the family chipped in during the preliminary stages, but Katie played the most important role: She came up with a unique name. Her favorite television show, “Born This Way,” and the senior quote in her yearbook inspired it.“Don’t limit me,” Katie said.PERFECTING THEIR RECIPEThe Cartiers know what it’s like working alongside cognitively diverse children, adults and their families. For eight years, Stephanie was the co-chairperson for the Middletown Friends of Different Learners parent advisory group. Mark, the managing director for a securities trading company, has spent the past 14 years volunteering and coordinating with RallyCap Sports, another nonprofit offering recreational sports programs to people with special needs.“Right now, this is a good time,” Stephanie said. “Our kids are older, we had help and why not us? We’re no different or special than anyone else.”Since April 2017, they have traveled around the country visiting restaurants, diners and ice cream shops modeled in similar fashion – offering employment to this underserved population. The statistics, they noted, are staggering.last_img read more


first_img-30- FLAVIEN PRAT, PACIFIC HEAT, WINNER: “I had a good trip. She was relaxed going down the backside. But, when a horse come up on her outside (Run Like the Boss with Joe Talamo up), she grabbed the bit and was a little bit aggressive after that. I think it was just because she is a ton of horse and she doesn’t know much yet. She’s pretty impressive.“Peter told me to ride her with confidence and put her where she’s comfortable.” JOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Sharon Alesia of Carlsbad; Mike Burns; and Joe Ciaglia of Upland. PETER EURTON, PACIFIC HEAT, WINNER, AND CHEEKABOO, THIRD: “I never expect anything (when asked if Pacific Heat’s performance exceeded his expectations). The way she was training, it wasn’t surprising because if you would have seen her work in the morning, it was amazing. Her confidence level’s been up and she looks great. Her weight looks good.“The biggest question to me was not the turf but whether she could get two turns and there was no question today. Flavien said she’s a little aggressive and I think in time she’ll learn how to pace herself.”And Cheekaboo running third, earning $22,000: “She paid for the supplemental nomination ($25,000), so that was good.” JOE CIAGLIA, PACIFIC HEAT, WINNER: “To be honest, I wasn’t looking at Pacific Heat. I thought she had it pretty easy. I was yelling for Cheekaboo (his other horse) to get up for second. It was a great thrill to have the two run together. I’m glad she’s back.(On whether he was surprised she ran so dominant first time on turf) “She’s basically bred for turf. We have a lot of Unusual Heats and they’ve done extremely well on turf, as well as going long. It was a surprise she ran good on the dirt and we had to stick with it because she was doing well on it. But we knew our long-term goal was to run on grass.”(On her form in this race compared to others): “Pretty much like the others. She took the lead and went for home and relaxed. Her one bad race, she had a bit of an ulcer in her throat and so she lost air coming down the stretch. This was a blessing. We were concerned if this was going to happen again, so we’re very, very pleased.” TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more

Photo library: People 9

first_imgBy accessing this photo library, you agree to the Media Club South Africa photo library terms and conditions of use.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Store controllerMareka Mthokho checksunderground equipment atHarmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Fitter aide ZolileManianiana fixes brokendrills at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Cage assistants(from left) MoeketsiMomlekoa, Ndlaka Mtanoand Bless Hamilton at theshaft at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Cage assistants(from left) MoeketsiMomlekoa, Ndlaka Mtanoand Bless Hamilton at theshaft at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Cage assistants(from left) MoeketsiMomlekoa, Ndlaka Mtanoand Bless Hamilton at theshaft at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Cage assistants(from left) MoeketsiMomlekoa and Ndlaka Mtanoat the shaft at HarmonyGold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Lamp repairerVuyelwa Ramphoma works ona damaged underground headlamp at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com» Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Students attendingthe certificate in naturalresource managementcourse at the SouthernAfrican Wildlife College.The 10-month course isaimed at junior resourcemanagers at game reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Students attendingthe certificate in naturalresource managment courseat the Southern AfricanWildlife College. The 10-month course is aimedat junior resource managersat game reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library?Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

South Africa delivers position at COP 18

first_img6 December 2012 Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa delivered South Africa’s country statement at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18) in Doha, Qatar on Thursday, telling delegates it was crucial to secure a global solution to a climate change crisis threatening all countries. “We must secure the multilateral rules-based climate change system to guide urgent and adequate implementation of climate action starting from 1 January 2013 up to 2020; and we must define the process for negotiating the further development of this system for the period beyond 2020,” Molewa said. It is widely expected that COP18 will confirm the design of a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol, and work towards a new international legally binding agreement on carbon emissions by 2015. Parties meeting in Doha have 36 hours to iron out some key issues around finance and mitigation. Finance will enable adaptation and mitigation action by developing countries. The climate talks must also find ways of addressing the finance gap between 2013 and 2020, give direction on long-term sources of finance, and find ways of making the Green Climate Fund fully functional. “On the issue of mitigation, the Doha talks must agree to a process to ensure comparability of effort between countries taking a Kyoto second commitment period and developed countries not willing to do so, through establishing quantified economy-wide emission reduction pathways,” Molewa said. There are two work-streams under the Durban Platform on Enhanced Action; the one is raising ambition in the pre-2020 period to close the ambition lag, and the other is to develop a new legally binding agreement under the Convention that will apply to all Parties. “This instrument (agreement) should reinforce a fair, multilateral, rules-based regime that will give effect to the principles of the Convention, and the right to equitable access to sustainable development,” Molewa said. The minister said the agreement had to balance mitigation and adaptation, and ensure the provision of finance, technology and capacity building to allow developing countries to move toward lower-carbon, climate-resilient economies. According a World Bank Report, the world is headed to a 4 degrees Celsius increase in temperature by the end of the century if nothing is done about climate change. “We must ensure that Doha delivers on meaningful actions between 2013 and 2020, and establishes a solid base to drive up the mitigation ambition so that by the time the new legal instrument comes into effect, we still have a fair chance of preventing dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system,” Molewa said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

NZ vs SL T20 World Cup: Sri Lanka beat New Zealand in a thrilling Super Over

first_imgSri Lanka clinched a thriller beating New Zealand via the Super Over after their Super Eights clash ended in a tie in the World Twent20 cricket tournament at the Pallekele International Stadium, Sri Lanka on Thursday. Score | PhotosWhile New Zealand were extremely lucky to stretch the match into the Super Over, Sri Lanka were simply superb in the one-over eliminator after both teams were tied on 174. The win brighetened Sri Lanka’s chances of making the semi-final.Chasing a target of 175, Sri Lanka were on course for a win but faltered in the later stages of the match and needed one run to win off the last ball. But Lahiru Thirimanne was run out in a freakish way on the last ball that resulted in the second tie in Twenty20 international.Thirimanne played the last delivery off Tim Southee to the off-side and made a quick dash for a single. A good throw from James Franklin deflected off Ross Taylor’s hand to hit the stumps with Thirimanne still short of the crease.Taylor was not sure whether he had collected the ball but after several replays third umpire Steve Davis gave the decision in favour of New Zealand.In the one-over eliminator, Sri Lanka smashed 13 runs off Southee and in reply the Black Caps got seven after Lasith Malinga bowled an excellent over.It was a disappointing loss for New Zealand after a good performance by their batsmen. Opting to bat first, New Zealand got off to a good start by Rob Nicol (58) and Martin Guptill (38) to score 174 for seven in 20 overs.Sri Lanka’s debutant spinner Akila Dananjaya, who was the youngest from his country to play in Twenty20 international, made a memorable debut bagging two for 32 while pacer Nuwan Kulasekara also got two for 33.While chasing, former captain Tillekaratne Dilshan tore apart the New Zealand bowling with his 53-ball 76 that was studded with five fours and three sixes.The 80-run opening stand between Dilshan and skipper Mahela Jayawardene (44) kept Sri Lanka on course. But the chase faltered only to see both the teams tied at 174 before the Super Over broke the deadlock.advertisement- IANS Match Report Welcome to India Today Online’s coverage of the World T20 match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka from Pallekele International Stadium, Sri Lanka. Score | PhotosQUOTE UNQUOTE:Taylor: “We got ourselves back in the game and did well to make it to the superover. It was a gut feel to give the ball to Franklin, he got us a key wicket in the penultimate over. We should hopefully pick ourselves up and get better in the remaining games “Mahela: “Everyone was craving for a close game. It was too close for comfort though, NZ were terrific. The wicket was good, probably a touch slow but it was a good wicket. At the end of the day, we have 2 points which will count. We’ve got a decent bowling attack and are comfortable with what we’ve got.”Dilshan: “I was a little nervous when I took the catch but I kept it cool in my head. Against NZ, to chase 170 was a good effort. Myself and Mahela set it up in the first 6 overs. I’m really happy that all the guys capitalised and did well.”Man of the Match: Dilshan Super over: SL win the one-over eliminator.Ball No 6: Malinga to Brendon McCullum, 1 leg bye, SL win the one-over eliminator, a yorker that tails back in on the middle and leg stump, Brendon looks to hoick it over mid wicket and gets hit on the back pad, it rolls to short fine and SL have clinched a thriller here.Ross Taylor has come out to bat.Ball No 5: Malinga to Guptill, OUT, full ball just outside off, Guptill hangs back and launches it high to long off, he achieves more height than distance and Dilshan settles under the catch just inside the ropes at long off, that is the match for SL provided that Malinga does not bowl a wide or a no-ball.8 runs needed off 2 ballsBall No 4: Malinga to Brendon McCullum, 1 run, catch dropped by Sangakkara, full and wide delivery outside off, Brendon throws his bat at it and gets a bottom edge that is spilled by Sangakkara, he keeps it down to a single, how costly will that miss be?Ball No 3: Malinga to Brendon McCullum, 2 byes, oh boy, poor keeping from Sangakkara, Brendon charges down the track and Malinga slings a full ball wide outside off, Brendon cannot reach it and the ball sneaks under the legs of Sangakkara, a couple of byes resultsBall No 2: Malinga to Guptill, 1 run, a low and dipping full toss just outside off, Guptill looks to slug it to the leg side and gets an inside edge that rolls to backward square legBall No 1: Malinga to Guptill, 2 runs, good start for NZ, full ball outside off, Guptill slices it over deep backward point and they take a couple.  advertisementBrendon McCullum and Guptill are coming out to open the batting.Super Over: New Zealand’s innings. The target for New Zealand is 14. In case, the scores are tied again, the number of boundaries hit will be considered. Ball No 6: Southee to Thisara, 3 runs, low full toss outside off, Thisara paddles it over Mills at short fine leg, Mills is a little slow in getting there and they take three runsBall No 5: Southee to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, another pacy yorker on leg stump, Dilshan cannot squeeze it out and the ball hits the pad, they sneak a leg bye.Dilshan is the third batsman.Ball No 4: Southee to Mahela, 1 run complete, RUN OUT, full ball slanted across just outside off, Mahela moves to the off side and slogs it to deep square leg, he goes for an impossible second run as Guptill fires in the throw to Brendon McCullum, he calmly whips the bails off and Mahela is short.Ball No 4: Southee to Thisara Perera, 2 wides, full and wide delivery outside off, Thisara misses out on the slog and the ball is wide of the white line, they sneak an extra run, New Zealand are not pleased but it was indeed a wide, top umpiring from umpire Taufel.Ball No 3: Southee to Thisara Perera, 2 runs, another yorker just outside off, this is top class death bowling from Southee, Thisara jams it out to long on for a couple, the throw from Williamson is a bit awry and Thisara gets back into the crease.Ball No 3: Southee to Thisara Perera, wide, oh boy, first bad ball after a long time from Southee, full and wide delivery outside off, Perera cannot connect with the drive and wide is signalled.Ball No 2: Southee to Mahela, 1 run, Mahela again makes room and Southee follows him with a pin-point yorker on the pads, Mahela squeezes it out to point.Ball No 1: Southee to Mahela, 2 runs, superb ball from Southee, he stays round the wicket and bowls a pacy yorker just outside the leg stump, Mahela squeezes it out and the ball takes the inside edge to roll to fine leg, Watling slides to his left and keeps it down to a couple. Mahela Jayawardene and Thisara Perera are coming out to open the batting. Super Over: Sri Lanka will be batting first.Sri Lanka’s innings: 7:05 PM: Southee to Thirimanne, out Thirimanne Run Out! Southee has helped to push this match into the super over. A remainder of the 2007 match between India and Pakistan. This was short and outside off, Thirimanne looks to pull and gets an inside edge onto the pads, the batsmen scamper across for the winning run, Franklin gets in quickly, takes his time before throwing the ball towards the bowler’s end. Taylor drops the ball as he looks to effect the run-out, fortunately for him, the ball goes onto hit the stumps with Thirimanne well short of his crease. Taylor seemed to be gutted, he was walking away in frustration, he did not realise that the ball went on to hit the stumps. The 3rd umpire was called for, he watches numerous replays before deciding that the match will go into the super over.advertisement7:00 PM: We have a super over, NZ have created an upset by taking this to the super over. 6:56 PM: The 3rd umpire has been called for, has Taylor lost the ball? The ball seems to have hit Taylor and ricochets onto the stumps, Thirimanne was definitely short. He seems to be OUT! 6:52 PM: Lahiru Thirimanne, left handed bat, comes to the crease6:51 PM: Franklin to Thisara Perera, out Bowled! Franklin has his revenge, he has silenced the crowd. This was a slow off-cutter, Perera swung hopelessly across the line, misses it completely and hears the sound of timber. Needlss shot from Perera. 6:48 PM: Thisara Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease.6:47 PM: Franklin to Dilshan, out Dilshan Run Out! 1 run completed. Is this the game changer for NZ? This was the slower ball from Franklin, Dilshan cuts it square on the off-side and calls for a second run, Southee fires in an accurate throw that finds Dilshan short despite a despairing dive. The bat was in the air as Brendon whipped the bails off. Steve Davis has a look and sends Dilshan on his way. 6:37 PM: Angelo Mathews, right handed bat, comes to the crease.6:35 PM: Franklin to Jeevan Mendis, out Caught by Ross Taylor! Sharp catch from Taylor. This was full and outside off, in the zone for the drive, Mendis went hard on the drive, fails to keep it down and Taylor takes a low stinger with ease at extra cover. NZ are chipping away at the wickets. 6:18 PM: Jeevan Mendis, left handed bat, comes to the crease. 06:16 PM: Franklin to Dilshan, out Sangakkara Run Out! 1 run completed. A misunderstanding results in the second wicket for NZ. This was flatter and on the pads, Dilshan tucks it in front of square, Sangakkara wanted a second and was half-way down the track before being sent back. The throw from Oram is not that great, it was slow and well wide off the stumps. Brendon does well to drag it back towards the stumps and catches Sangakkara well short. 5:57 PM: Kumar Sangakkara, left handed bat, comes to the crease.5:55 PM: Oram to Mahela Jayawardene, out Caught by Vettori! Big wicket for NZ. Jayawardene is a goner after an attractive knock, this was banged in short by Oram, Jayawardene was looking to help it along, gets a top edge that is safely held by Vettori coming in from fine leg. The stand has been broken at last. Mahela Jayawardene and Dilshan are at the crease. Mahela Jayawardene is on strike. N McCullum will open the attack. New Zealand’s innings:A par score from New Zealand on a decent pitch for batting. Nicol was the star performer with his 2nd T20I fifty. There were useful contributions from the rest of the batting order, the ploy of playing both mystery spinners did not quite work out for SL. With the hosts having never chased down a score successfully at home in T20I cricket, NZ will fancy their chances here.5:15 PM: Nuwan Kulasekara to Williamson, out Williamson Run Out! 1 run completed. Williamson is out off the last ball. This was full and outside off, Williamson backs away and squeezes it in front of point. He completes the first run and goes for an impossible second. The throw is flat and accurate, Sanga whips the bails off with Williamson miles out of his crease. 5:08 PM: Kane Williamson, right handed bat, comes to the crease. 5:07 PM: Malinga to N McCullum, out Bowled! Malinga has got his man, this was full and following Nathan as he backed away, he swings and gets an inside edge onto his pads, the ball then deflects back onto the stumps, NZ are not being allowed to finish strongly. 5:01 PM: James Franklin, left handed bat, comes to the crease. 5:00 PM: Nuwan Kulasekara to Oram, out Caught by Dilshan! Another dangerman is gone, this was full and outside off, Oram was looking to carve it over extra cover, ends up hitting it straighter then he wanted, Dilshan gets across and completes a fairly comfortable fcatch. 4:57 PM: Nathan McCullum, right handed bat, comes to the crease.4:55 PM: Nuwan Kulasekara to Ross Taylor, out Bowled! Kula has his revenge. 4:46 PM: Jacob Oram, left handed bat, comes to the crease.4:44 PM: A Dananjaya to Nicol, out Caught by Thirimanne at mid wicket! Nicol falls after a fine hand, this was flighted on middle, Nicol skipped down the track, looks to play the slog sweep over mid-wicket, gets a lot of height but not the distance. Thirimanne steadies himself under the ball and takes it with both hands. 4:34 PM: Ross Taylor, right handed bat, comes to the crease. 4:30 PM: Brendon McCullum out! Caught by Thisara Perera b Ajantha Mendis. Big wicket for SL and both mystery spinners have struck. This was tossed up on off, McCullum was looking to clear the mid-wicket boundary with a slog sweep, does not get hold of the shot and finds Perera safely under it. He was looking dangerous but walks back to the hut.4.00 PM: Martin Guptill out! Caught by Thisara Perera b A Dananjaya. Dananjaya has struck in his first over, he is thrilled with joy. This was full and outside off, Guptill gets forward, packs some power behind his lofted drive, does not get the height or elevation, ends up offering a straight forward catch to Perera at long off. The dangerous Guptill has to depart. Toss: New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor won the toss and opted to bat against Sri Lanka in the opening Super Eight match of the ICC World Twenty20 on Thursday.Martin Guptill is back in New Zealand’s playing XI, replacing Adam Milne.Sri Lanka have included Ajantha Mendis, who is about 90 per cent fit, and Akila Dananjaya. They have come in place of Dilshan Munaweera and Rangana Herath.Teams:Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene (C), Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Akila Dananjaya.New Zealand: Martin Guptill, James Franklin, Brendon McCullum (wk), Ross Taylor (C), Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills.last_img read more