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‘Scorpions were let down by poor batting’

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first_imgTop batsman AndrÈ McCarthy says poor batting led to Jamaica’s below-par showing during the WICB/NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament.Jamaica had three wins and as many defeats in Group A before bowing out after finishing third of four teams.”It’s the losing of quick wickets,” said the Scorpions top batsman, a member of the squad, which returned home on Wednesday.”When we batted, we tended to lose two or three quick wickets, which set us back.”It’s something that we need to look into, and work on, as our batting is what has been letting us down over the years.”The Junior Bennett-conditioned Scorpions amassed 14 points, four less than second-place Barbados Pride, who recorded four wins and two defeats.Hosts and title-holders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force ended tops with 22 points following four wins, a loss, and a no-result.The other contenders, ICC Americas, claimed two points.”The guys are not happy about the situation (early exit),” said McCarthy, who topped the preliminary batting chart with 251 runs at an average of 41.83.”After playing and getting knocked out in the first round, the players are disappointed, and taking it hard.”But everybody has to just learn from their mistakes and try and improve,” McCarthy added.The early exit of Jamaica, a far cry from their title-winning exploits four seasons ago under Chris Gayle, occurred with the team passing 200 just twice in six innings.These were against minnows ICC Americas, where they posted 260 for eight before returning to limit their opponents to 76, and 257 for nine in response to 253 for eight.bowled out for 137They were bowled out for 137 in their opening match in chase of 221 against Trinidad, while in their third game, they limped to 139 for eight in pursuit of 138 made by Barbados.Their fourth game, a return-fixture with Trinidad, then saw them being restricted to 176 before the hosts responded with a comfortable 177 for three.Needing to win their penultimate match against Barbados to guarantee themselves a place in the semi-finals, the Scorpions were then held to 173 in chase of 246 for nine.”As batters, we need to think about game situations more,” continued McCarty, the leading scorer for Jamaica in the regional first-class tournament.last_img read more

African leaders pledge climate talks unity

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first_img“The question for us leaders is how committed we are to be a little less selfish and to think of the community as a whole,” Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba said in a session on the second day of the meeting on Thursday. “It is important for us as Africans to get together,” Ondimba said. “We will be determined to speak with one voice.”COP 17 will aim to shape a legally binding agreement on global warming to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which is set to end next year.Failure in Durban ‘not an option’“There are parts of the world where the challenge [of climate change] is very severe,” South African President Jacob Zuma told delegates in Cape Town. “For some, it is a question of life or death. The question that faces all of us is how we respond: are we ready to have a legally binding agreement that would try to accommodate all of us?”Failure in Durban was not an option, said Kenyan President Raila Odinga, with rising food and energy prices, due in part to climate conditions, adding to the urgency. “There is a need to act now; there is no need to wait,” Odinga said.To succeed in Durban and in the broader fight against global warming, governments must work with both business and civil society, the leaders agreed. “It is important to get the business community on board because financing is important,” Ondimba said. “Government cannot shoulder the whole burden.”Business ‘ready to play its part’The business community is prepared to play its part, said Pat Davies, chief executive of South African petrochemicals giant Sasol. “We need a Team Africa approach to make this a success.”However, Davies added, whatever agreement is reached by governments “must not compromise competitiveness, growth and the alleviation of unemployment and poverty.” It was important to balance mitigation and adaptation efforts with economic development and growth, he said, warning against setting hard targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions without a clear understanding of their impact.‘People first’South Africa should lead the talks in Durban with the principle of putting people first, said Sheila Sisulu, deputy executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, stressed the need to address the impact of global warming on women and children.“We have to look at the social dimensions of climate change,” Sisulu said. “If Team Africa fails to fight for the inclusion of people, it would be more than unfortunate.“The point is to act now,” Sisulu said, “not to act after Durban and an agreement is reached. This is not about what will happen. It is happening now.”Noting that Africa’s potential as a global breadbasket could be compromised by climate change, Anand Sharma, India’s minister of commerce and industry, told participants that, as the international community aims to agree on a post-Kyoto framework, “equity is vitally important.”There had to be equitable sharing of technology and resources, Sharma said. “Responsibilities cannot be compartmentalized. It has to be a team effort, a global partnership. No country or group of countries can address a problem of this magnitude.”Source: World Economic Forumlast_img read more

Video: Georgia Tech Student Hits Half-Court Shot, Wins Free Domino’s Pizza For A Year

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first_imgGeorgia Tech's cheerleaders running around with flags in their hands.ATLANTA – JANUARY 09: Cheerleaders of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets run around with flags before the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Alexander Memorial Coliseum on January 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)There is a run on student half-court shot contest wins today. Earlier, a Virginia student nailed a shot to win $18,000. Now, Georgia Tech student Caleb Espy drilled a half-court shot on his first try to win free Domino’s pizza for a year. “Espy” is a pretty apt name for someone with a shot that impressive. We would probably opt for the $18,000 if we had the choice between the two prizes, but free pizza whenever you want is a pretty valuable prize for a college student.last_img

Former MP wants Philpott to intervene in department handling of drug safety

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first_imgOTTAWA – Former Conservative MP Terence Young is calling for Health Minister Jane Philpott to personally review her department’s handling of a law that bears his daughter’s name — a request supported by both opposition parties.Young says a robust drug safety bill — called Vanessa’s Law — cleared the House of Commons and Senate without dissent but he now believes Health Canada is quietly looking to dilute its powers in related regulations.He points to consultation documents from the department this summer as evidence of this, suggesting key requirements in the law — including mandatory adverse drug reaction reporting by health care institutions — are being “gutted.”Philpott cannot allow this to happen, he said.“I would tell her she’s got to intervene and tell Health Canada ‘I want all serious drug reactions that happen in Canada’,” Young said. “I would tell her if you don’t do this, you are going to set us back 10 years on prescription drug safety.”For Young, who lost his seat in 2015, the issue is personal: he’s spent years advocating for improved drug safety laws following the death of his 15-year old daughter after she took a medication to treat a mild form of an eating disorder.He said when the legislation became law in November 2014, he was “naive” that this would be the end of his fight.“I thought, ‘OK, my battle is over, I’ve achieved this’,” he said. “They have dishonoured the person the bill is named after, 15-year-old Vanessa Young.”Conservative health critic Colin Carrie agrees his former colleague has raised legitimate concerns, saying the minister needs to take a close look at what is going on in her department.“I think she needs to be concerned that the proposal being put forward by her department doesn’t follow through with what we passed in the House and it is legitimate for her to ask questions,” he said, adding he intends to raise the issue in the Commons in the fall.“This was something supported by all parties.”NDP health critic Don Davies also sees a reason for the minister to be concerned.“The bill has given the government real potential to improve drug safety and save lives, but I am concerned that with the release of the … documents that the government may be attempting to water down the protections I think the bill really was intended and sought to bring in,” Davies said.“We should be seeking to capture every serious adverse drug reaction so we have the widest possible data if we are really going to meet the bill’s objectives of saving lives.”David Lee, Health Canada’s chief regulatory officer of health products and food branch, said the department is conducting consultations on regulations for Vanessa’s Law and is working to follow the intent of Parliament and focus on patient safety.“The department sees Vanessa’s Law and the changes to the Food and Drugs Act as very essential safety inclusions,” he said in an interview.“If there are comments that make us think about the scope of a provision or the kind of information that should be publicly available, that’s exactly what we want to know through the consultation.”Philpott’s office has not provided further comment, but in a letter sent to Young in May, the minister said she welcomed the opportunity to discuss the law’s implementation.Young said that meeting has yet to happen.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

10 Canadian productions recognized at Kidscreen Awards

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first_imgMiami, February 13, 2018 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) congratulates the winners and nominees of the ninth annual Kidscreen Awards, which took place today in Miami. Held in conjunction with the Kidscreen Summit, one of the world’s leading children’s entertainment content markets, the awards celebrate the year’s best in kids’ programming, broadcasting and digital media, both live action and animation.A total of 10 Canadian productions received 12 nominations, including CMF-funded projects Dino Dana (Sinking Ship Entertainment), Bookaboo (Happy Films / Sinking Ship Entertainment), and The Next Step (Radical Sheep Productions).Canadian Kidscreen Award winners included Dino Dana (Sinking Ship Entertainment), Degrassi: Next Class (DHX Media), Kiss and Cry (9 Story Media Group), CBC Kids and Sago Mini World (Sago Sago). Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook For full details on nominations and wins, please visit the Kidscreen Awards website.A series of initiatives designed to feature Canada at the Kidscreen Summit has been developed as a collaborative strategy between the Canada Media Fund (CMF); the Youth Media Alliance, Telefilm Canada, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Canadian Media Producers Association – BC Producers’ Branch, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Creative BC, and the Government of Canada represented by the Consulate General of Canada in Miami.About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Latest conflict resource poachers on the prowl for ivory

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first_imgBy Pavithra Rao – An average of about 45 elephants per day were illegally killed in 2011 in every two of five protected sites holding elephant populations in Africa, thanks to the growing illegal trade in ivory, which continues to threaten the survival of elephants on the continent. A joint report by four international conservation organizations says that 17,000 elephants were killed in 2011 alone and the amount of ivory seized has tripled over the last decade.“Organized criminal networks are cashing in on the elephant poaching crisis, trafficking ivory in unprecedented volumes and operating with relative impunity and with little fear of prosecution,” says Tom Milliken, an expert on ivory trade with TRAFFIC, a global wildlife trade monitoring network. The joint report, Elephants in the Dust: The African Elephant Crisis, released this year, warns that increasing poaching levels, as well as loss of habitat, are threatening the survival of African elephant populations in Central Africa and in previously secure populations in West, Southern and Eastern Africa. The report was produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC).The 17,000 elephants illegally killed in 2011 lived at sites monitored through the CITES-led Monitoring Illegal Killing of Elephants programme; these sites hold approximately 40% of the total elephant population in Africa. The report warns that initial data from 2012 show that the situation had not improved, and that the true figures may be much higher.Long ago elephants used to roam freely in Africa, finding paradise in places like Côte d’Ivoire, which literally means “the coast of ivory.” Even the country’s national football team, Les Éléphants, derives its name from the mighty animal. The elephant population of Côte d’Ivoire has since dropped dramatically, with only about 800 remaining throughout the country. The drive to save elephants has become the latest frontier in the conflict over natural resources in Africa.“Like blood diamonds from Sierra Leone or plundered minerals from Congo, ivory, it seems, is the latest conflict resource in Africa, dragged out of remote battle zones, easily converted into cash and now fueling conflicts across the continent,” according to Jeffrey Gettleman of the New York Times.Elephant tusks are of high value in the Far East, particularly in China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia, where many use them for ornamentation as well as for religious purposes. With booming economies, the demand can only increase, many believe.Going extinctIncreasing numbers of poachers in Africa are ready to supply these markets. They slaughter the animals and saw off their tusks, sometimes even invading sanctuaries to do so. Given the rate at which they are being slaughtered each year, African elephants could be extinct over the next decade, says the Wildlife Conservation Society, an animal protection organization.The authors of Elephants in the Dust agree. They say current population estimates suggest alarming declines in elephant numbers in parts of Central and West Africa, as well as an increasing risk of extinction for some local populations. Africa used to have a few million elephants at the turn of the century, current estimates put the continental population in the range of 420,000 to 650,000. Botswana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe account for well over half of them.Cyanide poisoning Worse, many of the poachers are alleged to be working for rebel groups, such as the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and the Janjaweed in Sudan, and terrorist and militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab. These groups engage in the illicit ivory trade, using the profits to finance terrorist works.Earlier this year UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that elephant slaughter for tusks was surging in the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Chad and Gabon. “Poachers are using more and more sophisticated and powerful weapons, some of which, it is believed, might be originating from the fallout in Libya,” Mr. Ban said in a report to the UN Security Council. In Zimbabwe, for instance, poachers have started using cyanide on elephants and other wildlife by poisoning natural salt licks. Since May 2013, photos by legitimate hunters, taken during aerial surveys in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, have shown more than 300 elephant corpses.According to Elephants in the Dust, large-scale seizures (seizures of consignments weighing over 800 kg) of ivory destined for Asia have more than doubled since 2009, reaching an all-time high in 2011. The report says large movements of ivory, involving the tusks of hundreds of elephants in single shipments, were a sign “of the increasingly active grip of highly organized criminal networks” engaged in illegal ivory trade.“These criminal networks operate with relative impunity, as there is almost no evidence of successful arrests, prosecutions or convictions,” says the report. Furthermore, “The prevalence of unregulated domestic ivory markets in many African cities, coupled with the growing number of Asian nationals residing in Africa also facilitates the illegal trade in ivory out of Africa.”It’s not just the elephant population that is threatened by illegal killings; local communities suffer too. “The surge in the killing of elephants in Africa and the illegal taking of other listed species globally threatens not only wildlife populations but the livelihoods of millions who depend on tourism for a living and the lives of those wardens and wildlife staff who are attempting to stem the illegal tide,” says Achim Steiner, UNEP executive director.In May 2013, for example, poachers in the Central Africa Republic attacked the Dzanga Bai Clearing in the Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, home to about a hundred elephants. Almost 20 poachers illegally entered Dzanga Bai and massacred more than 25 elephants, including four calves. During the same month, poachers invaded the Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya and four other animal sanctuaries, killing seven rhinos.Concerted efforts neededNumerous solutions have been proposed and adopted in the past to stamp out poaching, but with mixed results. According to Mr. Ban’s report, “The situation has become so serious that national authorities in some countries, such as Cameroon, have decided to use the national army in addition to law and order enforcement agencies to hunt down poachers.”One innovative tool from the wildlife campaign group Kenyans United Against Poaching is the  HYPERLINK “http://poachersexposed.com/” website. The site is intended to name and shame animal poachers as well as middlemen and traffickers. According to Salisha Chandra, a spokeswoman for the group, publicly listing offenders’ names online will make poachers and traffickers think twice. Last May the Kenyan parliament increased penalties for wildlife poaching and trafficking of ivory to up to 15 years in prison along with huge fines. According to authorities, poaching has reduced Kenya’s elephant population from 160,000 in the 1960s to 38,000 today.Challenges remain  Even with efforts to increase fines and jail time for offenders, poachers are still on the prowl. Somalia, for instance, is overrun by rebel and terrorist groups, as well as pirates and traffickers. It is no wonder that the illegal ivory trade flourishes in such an environment.Anti-poaching campaigners are demanding that authorities properly investigate and prosecute all those involved in exporting elephant tusks especially to the Far East. UNEP has called for follow-up investigation of any large-scale seizure of ivory going from Africa to Asia, and for trans-boundary criminal intelligence units.The successful outcome of current efforts hinges on the availability of adequate resources, and on the political will to raise necessary awareness and enact and implement policies that punish offenders. The Elephants in the Dust report expresses this point clearly: “Unless the necessary resources can be mobilized to significantly improve local conservation efforts and enforcement along the entire ivory chain, elephant chains will falter, poaching will continue and illegal trade in ivory will continue unabated.”Africa Renewallast_img read more

Ronaldo and Neymar can play together at Real – Zidane

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first_imgZinedine Zidane is certain that both Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar would be able to play together at Real Madrid if the Brazilian is to join them in the summerDespite having only completed a world-record move of €222million from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last summer, Neymar has been strongly linked with a move to the Spanish capital after reports had emerged earlier this year that he was unhappy and wished to return to La Liga for next season.However, Neymar had a superb first season in French football with the forward scoring 28 goals in his 30 appearances before sustaining a metatarsal injury against Marseille in late February.While reluctant to discuss the speculation linking Neymar with the defending European champions, Zidane did reveal that he is certain that the 26-year-old would be able to play well alongside Ronaldo.“At the moment, all I can tell you is I’m worried about what’s coming up,” said the French coach, according to SportsKeeda.“After the final, we’ll talk with the club about next year and what changes will be made. But I can’t talk about anything like that [Neymar] at the moment.”Zidane added: “Good player are always compatible,”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I remember one year they said I wasn’t compatible to play with Djorkaeff. We won the World Cup together.“So good players can always play together. On the pitch, there is a chemistry.”However, the Real boss admitted he is currently uncertain if the club board are negotiating with PSG for a summer move.“I don’t know if we are negotiating for Neymar. What’s worrying us is what is going on at the moment,” said Zidane.“I haven’t asked Neymar personally because I don’t get involved in these things. We have to finish this season, the rest will come after.”Real will face Celta Vigo on Saturday in La Liga for their final home game of the season.last_img read more

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere reveals real reason hes not going to

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first_imgThe Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was snubbed in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2018 World Cup. A news he took badly by showing how disappointed he was on his Twitter.“Think its about time I had my say,” he wrote, a few days after Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for the tournament in Russia was revealed.“It goes without saying that I’m naturally incredibly disappointed to have been left out of the England squad for the World Cup. I’ve felt fit, sharp and strong all season and believe I should be in the squad.“And given the chance, I could have made a real impact. However, I have to respect the manager’s decision and would like to wish the whole squad all the very best for the tournament.“I will always be an England fan and will be supporting the boys with the rest of the nation.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.However, Southgate stated to Wilshere’s lack of form, rather than fitness, behind his decision not to include the 34-cap international in his 23-man party.“Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season,” said Southgate.“He hasn’t played a game for us. We were really pleased with the way the team played in November and March.“The only player we’ve added into midfield area is Fabian Delph. Once you make a call, particularly with senior players, then you have to look at the standby list as a separate entity.”But it seems that there was in fact another reason for Wilshere’s World Cup snub – according to the player himself – who joked on social media. He completed the post with a rolling eyes emoji, making light of his disappointment.last_img read more

Barcelona president Pogba move in January unlikely

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first_imgBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu doesn’t expect Manchester United to sell Paul Pogba in January, but didn’t rule out making a move for himThe 2018 World Cup winner is understood to be considering his United future after another public spat with manager Jose Mourinho.The pair’s relationship has hit an all-time low after Mourinho stripped Pogba of the vice-captaincy and they were seen arguing with each other in a training session last week.Both Juventus and Barcelona have been linked with a move for the unsettled Pogba, but Bartomeu suggested that rumours of an impending exit for the French midfielder are unlikely.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“I read these rumours – not just Pogba but a lot of players. Most of the teams don’t want to sell their players. They want to grow,” Bartomeu told The Times.“When you hear from agents that a certain player is on the market – and I am not saying that about this player, but generally – I will sometimes call the CEO and say ‘Is it true you want to sell this player?’.“Usually, they say ‘No way, not for sale’ and that’s the end of it.”last_img read more

BAHAMAS Defence Force Marines complete Training

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first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Release: RBDFHeader: The nineteen member graduating team of Commando Squadron and the Military Police/Force Protection unit along with class instructors. Also shown are: Commodore Bethel, Captain Philip Clarke, Commander Frederick Brown, Commanding Officer Military Police/Force Protection unit and Force Chief Petty Officer Oral Wood.First insert: Participants of the Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and the Marine Core Martial Arts Program (MCMAD) Training courses during one of their training exercises at the Defence Force Base.Second insert: Participants of the Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and the Marine Core Martial Arts Program (MCMAD) Training courses during one of their training exercises at the Defence Force Base. #GuardOurHeritage Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 11, 2018 – Nassau – Nineteen marines (19) from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are better equipped to defend and safeguard the country against illicit activities after graduating from the Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and the Marine Core Martial Arts Program (MCMAD) Training courses on Friday past.Led by the versatile skilled instructors of the Commando Squadron department with the support of instructors from the United States Marine Forces Northern Command (MARFORNORTH), the three-week training program demanded both the mental and physical acuity that the 17 males and 2 females from various sections of the Commando Squadron and the Military Police/Force Protection units, delivered.Along with enhancing their military competencies, all of the participants are better equipped to work along with regional and international partner nations through enhanced interoperability and accreditation.  These marines now have an advanced skill set which increases their ability to provide a sustained support system for their units as well as other Law Enforcement agencies.Commodore Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force and Captain Philip Clarke, the Acting Captain of Coral Habour Base congratulated the participants and instructors alike for a job well done.  They were encouraged them to retain the information and skill, and to continue to improve upon their proficiency in areas they are called to serve.Course candidates were also graded on individual performance, as well as on leadership and teamwork.During the graduation Ceremony, participants were awarded Certificates of Completion. Able Seaman Lathario Darling was also recognized on his achievement as the overall Marine of the Year for the Commando Squadron Department.  The Military Police/Force Protection unit is headed by Commander Frederick Brown and the Commando Squadron department is headed by Lieutenant Commander Charles E. Strachan. Chief Instructor for the course was Chief Petty Officer Carlos Sturrup.Your continued support to this organization is inestimable.last_img read more