Vintage Shiv gets Jaguars’ first win

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul rolled back the years with a vintage half-century, as Guyana Jaguars trounced hapless Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 72 runs to post their first win of the Regional Super50 here Saturday. Stumbling on 51 for three at the end of the 17th over, Jaguars were steadied by Chanderpaul’s polished 81 and recovered to reach 219 for nine off their 50 overs at Warner Park. Seamer Quinton Boatswain was the best bowler with four for 54, while medium pacer Daron Cruickshank (2-26) and leg-spinner Odeane Browne (2-39) captured two wickets apiece. In reply, Hurricanes were 39 for one in the 13th over before losing their last nine wickets for 108 runs, as left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul snared three for 32 to cripple the innings. Left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie (2-16) and left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer (2-19) both ended with two wickets apiece. Orlando Peters led the Hurricanes’ fight with 35, and opener Chesney Hughes got 27, but wickets fell steadily to derail the run chase. Medium pacer Paul Wintz claimed Shane Jeffers in the second over for two with three on the board, before Hughes and Nkrumah Bonner – replacing Cruickshank, who retired hurt before he had scored – ensured a stand of 36 for the second wicket. The right-handed Bonner managed just six before perishing in the 13th over, and Hughes followed in the next over after facing 42 balls and counting two fours, run out by good work from Reifer. Going nowhere at 69 for five, Hurricanes were handed a flicker of hope by Peters and Jacques Taylor (22), who put on 48 for the sixth wicket. Peters struck two fours and a six in a 79-ball innings, while Taylor supported in a 39-ball knock, which included a single boundary. Once the stand was broken, however, the last five wickets crashed for just 30 runs. Chanderpaul had earlier spared Jaguars blushes after they had been sent in. Cruickshank produced a burst that accounted for in-form opener Vishaul Singh (20) and captain Leon Johnson for eight. However, the 41-year-old Chanderpaul faced 128 balls and struck six fours and two sixes to lead the Jaguars’ comeback. He added 33 for the fourth wicket with Reifer (13) and a further 54 with wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble, whose 21 came from 20 balls. Chanderpaul also forged a 29-run, sixth-wicket stand with Royston Crandon (9), before both fell in successive deliveries at the start of the 46th over. Permaul then added precious runs for Jaguars at the death, lashing three fours and a six in a cameo 30 off 14 balls.last_img read more

Lonestar Cell’s Efforts Toward Achieving a Knowledge Society and A “Digital Liberia”:

first_imgI once wrote that in order to achieve a digital Liberia, we will need an “all hands on deck” approach. Lonestar Cell Foundation’s recent initiative in Harper, Maryland County is an indication that this is in fact, the way to go. Lonestar Cell Foundation in collaboration with Tubman University began a US$100,000 collaborative ICT capacity building initiative (pilot project) that is intended to give the Harper Community as well as high school students in that area, the opportunity to garner ICT training and develop the capacity needed to make them knowledge workers; the type of workers needed in a 21st century environment and in particular, what will soon be a digital Liberia.The initiative involved two components:  a fully-loaded modern computer lab and a “Train the Trainer” program. The “Train the Trainer” program provided training to students, and instructors of Tubman University and Cape Palmas High School, to enable them evangelize technology in the Harper area, through local communities and high schools. The “Train the Trainer” program was done in two phases: Phase one began in February of 2013 and Phase Two, in October of 2013. The final phase of this project will commence next year.Participants came from a diverse spectrum of the university and the local community. There were a total of 18 participants: 6 (Six) students from various colleges of the University; 7 (seven) instructors from various colleges of the University, and 5 (five) faculty and administrators of the Cape Palmas High School. At the end of the program, participants are expected to go out and evangelize ICT in the Harper area as well as transfer their newly learned skills to the next generation of knowledge workers.In the “Train the Trainer” program, participants were trained in basic and advanced computing, and other skills that can be transferred to members of the Harper community including high school students.Included in the training was an introduction to the Social Media. The social media was included because of its impact on the way we communicate, collaborate, learn, share and exhange information. Participants learned to use the social media in an educational environment in a more productive and positive way. In addition, the participants learned about the Internet and its resources. Finally, they learned about online learning systems and were enrolled in a six-weeks online course that is facilitated by Sahara Technology Solutions.What was most important about the training was that the participants got a chance to learn how to train users in the use, installation and configuration of both Proprietary and Open Source Software. This gives them the ability to select and utilize software from both categories at any time.Over all the program was a success and the participants received certificates of completion which indicate that they  are prepared and ready to take on the challenge of tranforming the Harper community into a knowledege society.At the closing ceremony of Phases I and II of the TU-LCF US$$100,000 collaborative ICT Capacity Building initiative, Dr. Elizabeth Cabajosa, acting president of W.V.S. Tubman University and Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced that the University will begin its COMPUTER SCIENCE program at the beginning of 2014. Dr. Cabajosa asked Lonestar Cell to support her SOFTWARE ENGINEERING program, a request which Lonestar Cell agreed to honor. Now, this was a smart move on the part of Lonestar Cell, which was represented by its Corporate Affairs Executive, Rev. Dr. Lawrence K. Bropleh. By supporting this program, Lonestar Cell not only is being socially responsible, it can also benefit from the program. That is, the company, through a partnership with the University, can utilize and benefit from the repository of Software engineers and Computer Scientists that the program will produce, to develop content and other services that can add value to the company. Talk about achieving competitive advantage!!!Software development has been one of the many ICT initiatives that I have been espousing for several years. I believe when we begin developing our own software, we will become PROSUMERS (producers and consumers), divorcing ourselves from being mere consumers. But most importantly, Tubman University and Lonestar Cell will be giving young Liberians an opportunity to garner the skills needed to develop software and systems that can automate processes in business, government, and other areas; something that is desperately needed.A few years ago when I wrote the book “A Digital Liberia”,  I mentioned that we can only achieve a digital Liberia if ICT is integrated on a  nation basis. Little did I know that Lonestar Cell had planned on turning Liberia into a“digital Liberia” where its citizens become knowledge workers. The Lonestar/Tubman University initiative is one of many approaches that can lead to a knowledge society and ultimately, a “digital Liberia.”  In recent times, an article from Balancing Act indicated that bandwidth consumption in Liberia has increased significantly, which means there is an increase in the number of DIGITAL CITIZENS in the country; thanks to mobile penetration. This bandwidth consumption increase is a result of Liberia’s connection to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine optical fiber cable and the improvements in services by companies like Lonestar Cell, Cellcom, LIBTELCO, Novafone, West Africa Telecom, et al. And, ICT firms that provide ICT integration, development and training are also to be given credit for their contributions. So with this progress and if we can emulate what Lonestar Cell has done in Maryland County, in other counties, we will ultimately become a knowledge society that will reap significant economic benefits and growth.Finally, I hope Lonestar Cell’s initiative does not end in Maryland but transcend to other counties so that we can ultimately achieve a digital Liberia. I also hope other companies join Lonestar Cell in this initiative because, contrary to popular belief, development cannot be measured in the type of infrastructure (roads, buildings, etc), we have. It is measured through human development which drives infrastructural development. Therefore, building the ICT capacity of young Liberians is in fact, the way to build a knowledge society and a digital Liberia. Hats off to Lonestar Cell!!!!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Zuma to take up issues with Mugabe

first_img5 August 2009South African President Jacob Zuma indicated on Monday that he would be contacting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to discuss tensions in that country’s unity government, following a meeting with Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.“Given this situation, I will be contacting President Robert Mugabe on the matters raised by Tsvangirai,” Zuma told reporters in Johannesburg after meeting with Tsvangirai.Zuma said he would also contact other Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders to “brief them on how we can continue working together to make quick progress in Zimbabwe.”Tsvangirai told reporters that it was “five months since the formation of the unity government, so I was updating Zuma, as the chairperson of the Southern African Development Community, on the progress and areas of slow progress.”Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change claims there has been a recent crackdown on its members.While the issues that Zuma and Tsvangirai discussed were not mentioned, Tsvangirai said he was pleased by Zuma’s willingness to intervene.Zuma said he was confident that agreement on outstanding issues would be reached, adding that former president Thabo Mbeki, who mediated the agreement of the unity government, had also been briefed on the situation via a letter.Zuma said the problems in neighbouring Zimbabwe were “weighty”, but could be resolved. Tsvangirai had “indicated few deadlocks that we still need to look at, but I am confident that they will be sorted out.”The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has claimed a recent crackdown on its members, following the arrests of several lawmakers which it says are aimed at robbing the party of its slim parliamentary majority.Key appointments, including the appointment of Zimbabwe’s central bank chief and attorney-general, have been referred to the SADC for regional mediation.Tsvangirai is frustrated by the lack of progress in resolving the thorniest issues in the agreement, after Mugabe apparently refused to budge on his re-appointment of Gideon Gono as Reserve Bank governor and Johannes Tomana as attorney-general.The MDC also says scores of party legislators, students, activists, lawyers and ordinary party members have been arrested or are missing, while there reports that farm invasions are continuing in the country.The MDC holds a slim majority in Zimbabwe’s parliament, but some MDC members of parliament are awaiting trial or have been convicted of political crimes and have been suspended from parliament. The MDC says the claims against its members are politically motivated.The MDC joined Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party in a fragile coalition government set up in February, nearly a year after disputed elections, in an agreement brokered by the SADC.The unity government was created to end the violence that erupted after disputed election results led to a political deadlock, crippling the country’s economy and prompting millions of Zimbabweans to flee into South Africa.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Can Alabama Afford To Lose

Last Saturday, the Mississippi State Bulldogs — ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll, the Coaches Poll and the College Football Playoff committee’s rankings — lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide 25-20. The loss ruined the Bulldogs’ quest for their first undefeated season since 1940, when they went 10-0-1.But under college football’s new playoff system, which will select four teams to contend for the national championship, a late-season loss by a No. 1 team isn’t as devastating as in years past. Mississippi State, for instance, fell only to No. 4 in the committee’s rankings after it lost to Alabama.It’s less clear whether the Bulldogs control their own destiny. They’ll have another chance to impress the committee when they travel to Oxford, Miss., on Nov. 29 to play No. 8 ranked Mississippi. But they probably won’t play in the SEC Championship and could be leapfrogged by a team (such as Baylor or TCU from the Big 12) that runs the table.The permutations can get intense. To forecast a team’s likelihood of making the playoff, you not only have to account for all plausible outcomes of upcoming football games but also how the set of humans who make up the selection committee might react to those different outcomes. We’re in the midst of investigating these questions and will have some results for you soon.But we’ll start, in this article, with a simple cut of the data: What’s happened, historically, to the ranking of No. 1 teams like Mississippi State when they lose? Could Alabama, the new No. 1, remain in the top four if it loses one of its remaining games?Because the playoff committee is new, we’ll be looking at the historical results from the Coaches Poll for guidance. (We figure the Coaches Poll might be a better proxy for the playoff committee than the AP poll since the committee leans heavily on athletic directors and former coaches.) Here are all the teams since 2002 to have lost a game while ranked No. 1 in the Coaches Poll:No. 1s that lost a regular-season game wound up anywhere from No. 4 to No. 10 after their defeats. That shouldn’t give much comfort to Alabama. Mississippi State’s case was unusual; most regular-season losses knock a No. 1 team out of the top four.What accounts for the different outcomes? Well, it’s complicated. The humans voting in the polls are a little forgiving if the loss comes against another ranked opponent. (No. 1s that lost to a ranked opponent fell to No. 6 on average, versus No. 8 for those that lost to unranked teams.) The margin of defeat may matter some as well. The No. 1s that lost regular-season games by the largest margin — Alabama and Ohio State on consecutive weekends in 2010 — fell to No. 8 and No. 10, respectively.Another factor is whether the year features a deep field of contenders. Part of Ohio State’s steep drop in 2010 may have been because there were an unusually high number of undefeated teams ranked just behind them at the time.Human voters have historically been more forgiving of losses in the conference championship: No. 1s to lose there have fallen to only No. 4 on average. That could be good news for Alabama. Still, this is a small sample with just three examples. Furthermore, the playoff committee claims it will put a particular emphasis on conference championship results.As I said, we’ll be making an effort to sort all this out. It will necessarily come with a lot of probabilities and approximations — this is the first year of the new system and we’re not expecting to identify hard-and-fast rules.There is one rule, however, that has almost always been true. It’s a simple one: A team can’t gain ground by losing.The chart, below, shows what happened to teams ranked throughout the top 25 in the Coaches Poll after they lost a game. (In the chart, read the vertical axis to find a team’s original ranking, then scan across to find the red line, which shows the team’s expected ranking after a loss. The dashed line represents what would happen if a team held its previous position.) Of the 1,133 ranked teams to lose since 2002, only 22 retained their original spot in the rankings. And even fewer — just five teams — improved their position in the poll.This may not be a surprising result, but it tells us something about how human voters react to college football outcomes. As I mentioned, the evidence suggests that voters pay some attention to margin of victory. A definitive win might get a little more credit than a narrow one.But what voters almost never do is reward a team because it loses by less than expected. Say, hypothetically, that No. 24 Gotham Tech travels to No. 3 Gotham State’s home stadium and loses on a last-minute field goal despite having been a 17-point underdog. Your esteem for Gotham Tech should probably improve: That’s a much better showing than you really had the right to expect. But a team’s standing in the polls has almost never improved after an outcome like this; the team has just been punished less. (In this respect, human voters seem to behave a lot like our version of NFL Elo ratings, which account for margin of victory but always prioritize a win over a loss by any margin.)Nor do teams seem to be demoted after narrower-than-expected wins. Take the non-hypothetical case of the 1995 Texas A&M Aggies. On Oct. 14 of that year, they won by just 3 points at home against the SMU Mustangs, an awful team that would go 1-10 that year. If there were ever a time to punish a team for a bad win, this was it. But the Aggies held their position at No. 22 in the polls.The next chart shows the data for ranked teams after wins since 2002. There are a few cases where a team lost ground in the Coaches Poll despite winning — but from what we can tell these were mostly cases where a team was leapfrogged by another that won in more impressive fashion. (That happened to Florida State earlier this year, for example.)There are some other interesting characteristics in these charts. After a loss, teams fall more positions in the poll if they are ranked lower to begin with. While No. 1-ranked teams fall five spots, on average, after a loss, teams ranked No. 15 fall eight positions. This may reflect the fact that teams are more closely bunched together toward the bottom of the Top 25 than toward the top, which is what you’d expect if team skill levels abided by a normal distribution.And a ranked team’s position falls more after a loss than it improves after a win. For example, when the No. 10 team wins a game, it improves only to No. 9, on average. But the same team falls to No. 17 after it loses.This is mainly a reflection of the fact that ranked teams are expected to win. A successful college football season is mostly a matter of running the gauntlet and avoiding upsets. The playoff system gives teams more slack, but not much. read more

CONCACAF 2018 World Cup Qualifiers Exclusively on Flow TV

first_img Related Items:concacaf, flow tv Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, October 21, 2015: Flow TV scores again as the network has signed an exclusive deal to bring live coverage of the CONCACAF 2018 Russia World Cup qualifying matches to viewers across the Caribbean.Round 4 kicks off on November 13, running through September, 2016 and includes more than 40 crucial matches featuring some of the region’s most high profile teams, including Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, St Vincent, US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Haiti, and Panama.“We are thrilled to air these very crucial World Cup qualifying matches,” said John Reid, President of C&W’s Consumer Group, which operates both the Flow and LIME brands. “This partnership demonstrates our continued commitment to bring exciting content to the region and follows our recent announcement that Flow and BTC will be the home of Premier League football across the Caribbean from August 2016 through to 2019,” he added.The CONCACAF matches are expected to generate a lot of football excitement, as winners of the qualifiers move on to the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. As part of the partnership, Flow will also broadcast Round 5 beginning in November 2016, until three teams prevail and move on to the World Cup Finals. The fourth place team from CONCACAF plays the CONEMBOL fourth place team for the final spot in the 2018 World Cup. This too will be aired on Flow TV.Round 4 November 2015 Match Schedule:Group BNov 13 – Jamaica (home) vs PanamaNov 17 – Haiti (home) vs JamaicaGroup CNov 13 – Guatemala (home) vs Trinidad & TobagoNov 17 – Trinidad & Tobago (home) vs USANov 17 – St. Vincent (home) vs Guatemala, (Game not available in St. Vincent)Flow TV will carry all CONCACAF matches exclusively, except the USA and Mexico home games, which are not included in the Broadcast Agreement. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cayman Islands Football official arrested for money laundering Recommended for youlast_img read more

Mats Hummels agent dismisses Premier League move in January

first_imgThe agent of Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels has denied claims that he is engineering a transfer to the Premier League for next monthUnder new coach Niko Kovac, Hummels has struggled for regular game time with only eight starts in Bayern’s 16 Bundesliga games this season.Despite being named in the starting line-up for the second time in a row in Wednesday’s 1-0 win against RB Leipzig, Hummels continues to be linked with a move away from Bayern.Bild previously reported that the Germany international’s dissatisfaction with his role led him to seek a switch to the Premier League in January.The report added that Hummels’ agent, Marc Kosicke, travelled to England to discuss a potential move for his client to either Chelsea or Tottenham.But Kosicke has now publicly denied those claims.“The story is a classic hoax,” Kosicke told Sport1.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…It turns out Kosicke only advises Hummels on marketing matters and not on his footballing career.Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has also spoken out on the report by insisting Hummels will not leave the club in January.The German made his 100th appearance for Bayern against Leipzig and is contracted with the Bavarians runs until June 2021.💯 appearances for @fcbayern and a big win last night💪🏻👨🏻 many more to come! pic.twitter.com/W5ubqrjIlF— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) December 20, 2018last_img read more

A Response to Subcompact Publishing

first_imgSo why do so many of our digital magazines publish on the same schedule, with the same number of articles as their print counterparts? Using the same covers? Of course, they do because it’s easier to maintain identical schedules across mediums. To not design twice. To not test twice (or, at all).Unfortunately—from a medium-specific user experience point of view—it’s almost impossible to produce a digitally indigenous magazine beholden to those legacy constraints. Why? Not least because we use tablets and smartphones very differently than we use printed publications.The key here, for Mod, is the “indigenous magazine”—a product born exclusively for the mobile-digital platform, free of any print production and pricing frameworks. He goes on to highlight The Magazine, created by Marco Arment, as a perfect example of the digitally indigenous magazine. It’s short (four or five articles), it’s design is breezy and open, it’s file size is small, it’s cheap and easy to snack on.This all may be true, and there’s probably an audience for The Magazine and future brands just like it. But what’s wrong with publishing a tablet magazine that’s full of print magazine design and rich media content, that’s $4.99 for a single copy and might take all night to download to Apple’s Newsstand? Nothing, really, because there’s room in the market for the digitally indigenous magazine and the digital magazine that’s married, for good or bad, to its print namesake. I understand that with digital comes an expectation of disruption and re-invention. And not just an expectation, but actual disruption. But it’s also a world where all sorts of business models live and play.I don’t think Mod is necessarily saying all publishers need to drop their old-school, print-legacy-based digital magazines and start producing $2, 4-article, scrolling mini-apps. He does say though, that publishers are balking at producing products like these because they’re not based on a familiar model and they’re not likely to produce immediate and significant returns. Funnily enough, neither have the full-blown tablet magazines, for now. What will be interesting to see is how much the subcompact model informs or influences the sedan version of digital magazines—or simply rides next to it. An essay by Craig Mod has been making the rounds lately among media watchers. It’s a terrific read. Mod, a current independent writer and former Flipbook employee, touts what he’s calling the Subcompact Manifesto, which places a premium on a minimalist approach to digital publishing. His manifesto emerges out of one of the main criticisms ‘traditional’ publishers have received for their tablet magazines and apps: They’re unwieldy, hard to use, have too many bells and whistles and take up too much room. But most importantly, they’re tied to print production schedules, design and pricing. In other words, tablet editions are not exploiting the medium in the open, nimble, socially-forward way they could and/or should be.As Mod says: last_img read more

IMF chief Christine Lagarde on trial in France over tycoon case

first_imgInternational Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde will face trial in France on Monday over a huge state payout case to a business tycoon during her tenure as the French finance minister.An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report said Lagarde allegedly mishandled a dispute with Bernard Tapie, the former owner of sportswear giant Adidas, during her term as finance minister, which resulted in payment of massive $427 million compensation to the business tycoon by the state. He has since been asked to repay the amount after a lengthy court battle.The IMF chief, however, denied the charges of negligence arguing that she had acted “in the state’s interest.” If found guilty, Lagarde could receive a one-year prison sentence along with $15,900 fine, the report said. She will be tried by the Court of Justice of the Republic, a tribunal that hears cases against ministers.Meanwhile, the case threatens the credibility of IMF, whose last three managing directors have faced trials. It also poses risk to the image of 60-year-old Lagarde, who has a stellar career progression from a former corporate lawyer to the finance minster of France to head the world’s most powerful funding agency — IMF.According to the report, Tapie, who owned Adidas between 1990-1993, had accused a state bank of defrauding him in his sale of the sportswear firm and was fighting a legal battle against the state. On becoming finance minister in 2007 under Nicolas Sarkozy, Lagarde had ordered that Tapie’s long-running battle with the state be resolved by arbitration.Investigators suspected that the arbitration process was rigged in favour of Tapie, who had supported Sarkozy in his 2007 presidential election campaign. Although Lagarde was not accused of being personally benefited from the decision, she had been criticised for failing to challenge the huge payout award in favour of Tapie.last_img read more

Breaking Ambati Rayudu announces retirement from cricket

first_imgAmbati RayuduIANSIndian batsman Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement from all formats of cricket after being overlooked for selection in the Indian World Cup squad for the third time. Rayudu had expressed his disappointment at being superseded by Vijay Shankar when the original Indian 15-man squad was picked. He vented his anger in a very public and sarcastic manner by tweeting that he would be watching the World Cup “with 3-D glasses’ after chief selector ascribed Shankar all-round abilities as the reason for choosing the latter over Ambati. MSK Prasad had called Shankar a 3-D cricketer, hence the taunt. When Shikhar Dhawan got injured, the selectors decided to pick Rishabh Pant as the replacement despite the Delhi wicketkeeper not having played too many ODIs and not having performed in them either. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the decision of selectors to replace the injured Vijay Shankar with Test opener Mayank Agarwal rather than Rayudu. Starting his international career in 2013, Rayudu ended up playing 55 ODI’s where he scored 1694 runs at an average of 47.05 with 10 half-centuries.last_img read more