Brathwaite, Lewis find form in Windies defeat by Australia in World…

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England,  – All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite and opener Evin Lewis tuned up for the imminent World Cup with up tempo half-centuries but Australia overpowered West Indies to win by seven wickets, in a practice match at the Rose Bowl here Wednesday.Sent in, West Indies were dismissed for 229 in the 47th over with Brathwaite lashing a top score of 60 from 64 balls and the left-handed Lewis stroking exactly 50 from 54 deliveries.Sunil Ambris, not a member of the World Cup squad, chipped in with 37 while Shai Hope got 21, but the Windies never found top gear after finding themselves 119 for six at the halfway point of the innings.Opener Evin Lewis goes on the attack during his 50 against Australia at the Rose Bowl. (Photo courtesy CWI Media)They were kept in check throughout by off-spinner George Maxwell (2-14) and pacers Nathan Coulter-Nile (2-25) and Mitchell Starc (2-34) all of whom finished with two wickets each.In reply, former captain Steve Smith carved out a polished 76 from 84 balls and Shaun Marsh finished unbeaten on 55 off 59 deliveries, as the Aussies cruised to an uncomplicated target in the 39th over.Opener Aaron Finch struck 42 off 47 balls to give Australia a handy start to their run chase.Playing ahead of their opening World Cup match against Pakistan in nine days, the Windies were handed a solid start by Lewis and Hope who put on 39 off 41 balls for the first wicket.Hope played imperiously in his brief 23-ball innings, punching two fours and two sixes before gloving a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Alex Carey, after failing to handle a short ball from speedster Pat Cummins in the seventh over.When Darren Bravo (5) dragged on a loose drive at Coulter-Nile in the 12th over, West Indies lost wickets steadily, with five going down for 46 runs to leave the innings tottering on 104 for six in the 22nd over.Shimron Hetmyer top-edged a pull at Coulter-Nile and was taken at fine leg for 11 while Lewis played back and was trapped lbw on his crease by Maxwell after belting six fours and a six.Nicholas Pooran (5) and Andre Russell (5) both perished cheaply in successive overs leaving Brathwaite and Ambris to mount a 74-run, seventh wicket partnership and spare the Windies further blushes.Brathwaite played extravagantly, hitting five fours and three sixes – including one that landed in an adjacent golf course – while Ambris faced 46 deliveries and counted three fours.Ambris eventually fell in the 36th over, hooking Starc to fine leg and Brathwaite followed in the 42nd over after adding 35 for the eighth wicket with Fabian Allen (12), holing out to wide long on off left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff.The Aussies then batted well in partnerships to complete the result as Smith posted 53 for the second wicket with Finch before adding 109 for the third wicket with Marsh.Smith counted seven fours and two sixes while Marsh notched seven boundaries.West Indies, currently involved in a preparation camp here, will take on South Africa in the first of their two official warm-ups in Bristol on Sunday.last_img read more

Eskom secures R1.6bn in loans

first_imgIn April, the World Bank announced that it would grant the utility a US$3.75-billion loan to co-finance the 4 800 MW Medupi coal-fired power plant in Limpopo as well as the country’s first large wind and concentrated power projects. “Eskom is on record saying that in order to plug the gap in electricity supply over the next few years, South Africa needs new base-load power stations like Medupi and Kusile. Funding to complete the Medupi station has recently been approved by the World Bank,” Eskom said. “We are working hard to resolve the funding issue because there is no viable option to replace Kusile,” O’Flaherty said. “Without the additional power from Kusile from 2014, there could be constraints on South Africa’s economic growth.” On Wednesday, Eskom said it had concluded a loan worth approximately R1-billion with Deutsche Bank which will be used to fund 85% of the turbine pump contract for the 1 352 MW Ingula pump storage scheme, which is situated on the boundary of KwaZulu-Natal and Free Sate. The second loan agreement, of approximately R600-million, arranged by Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, will be used to fund the 4 800 MW Medupi power station construction in Lephalale, Limpopo. Eskom said that it was still committed to building Kusile and that it had been in discussions with the government to explore various funding options for the project. South African state power company Eskom has signed two loans with Deutsche Bank and Credit Agricole, worth approximately R1.6-billion, to fund construction at its Ingula pump storage scheme and Medupi power station. 26 August 2010 Eskom financial director Paul O’Flaherty pointed out that the company was a key contributor to the growth of the South African economy. “Funding is a critical enabler for the successful execution of the capacity expansion programme and export credit agency backed funding compliments our other sources of funding in the Eskom funding plan.” Securing funding Kusile still on track There are no plans to cancel the Kusile Power Station project, Eskom said, following media reports that the station, which is being built in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, was going to be cancelled. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Learn to Program with Hackety Hack

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#hack#How To Hackety Hack is an interactive Ruby tutorial for the absolute beginner. It teaches the basics of programming from the ground up – no previous experience necessary. It’s an open source desktop application and is available for Windows, OSX and Linux.It was created by Ruby legend and Poignant Guide to Ruby author why the lucky stiff. It’s similar to his previous interactive tutorial tutorial TryRuby, but seems much more reliable.I like that it doesn’t require a learner to flip back and forth between a tutorial and a text editor to learn and experiment with the code. Now we just need something like this for Assembly.If you’d like to know more about the project, Hackety Hack creator maintainer Steve Klabnik was recently interviewed on The Changelog.In order to achieve cross-platform goodness, Hackety Hack was built on the cross-platform GUI toolkit Shoes. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts center_img klint finley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

11 killed, 22 injured in accident in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh

first_imgEleven persons, including three women and a child, were killed and 22 others injured on Monday when a Patna-bound bus hit an iron-laden stationary trailer-truck on NH-2 in Hazaribagh district, police said. The accident took place at dawn near Danua-Bhanua area under Chouparan Police Station limits, when the bus crashed into the trailer-truck from behind, Hazaribagh Deputy Commissioner Ravi Shankar Shukla told the media.“Eight persons, seven men and one child, died on the spot, while three others succumbed to injuries at Chouparan hospital. The bus was proceeding to Masauree in Patna district from Ranchi,” Mr. Shukla said, adding the driver was among the deceased. The rest of the 22 injured were referred to Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital from Chouparan hospital. Among them, three injured were referred to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi for better treatment, the police officer said. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das expressed grief over the deaths and wished speedy recovery of the injured.last_img read more

Spurs make season-high 19 3-pointers, rout Wolves

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points to lead the Timberwolves, and Karl-Anthony Towns and Robert Covington had 13 each.The Spurs’ run of blowout losses began Nov. 28 at Minnesota with a 128-89 defeat. San Antonio has since adjusted its schemes to help the team defensively and the changes have made an impact.“Honestly, I’m enjoying it more, its making things lot easier (since the changes),” Forbes said. “Especially playing a lot more as a team now. Everybody is in the right positions, and I think we’re going the right way. We struggled for a bit, and I think we’re finally kind of figuring it out.”The defensive energy is also helping the team offensively.San Antonio was 19 for 33 on 3-pointers and shot 53 percent from the field.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Spurs: San Antonio, which plays Houston on Saturday, is 4-7 in back-to-backs. The Spurs are 0-5 on the second night of a back-to-back. … Aldridge made his second 3-pointer of the season at the close of the third quarter. Aldridge is 2 for 12 on 3s this season. … San Antonio’s previous high for 3-pointers made was 15 against the Lakers on Oct. 22. … The Spurs made 10 3s in the first half for the second straight game. Their season high for a half is 11 against New Orleans.LIGHTING IT UPBelinelli doesn’t have any aspirations of competing in the 3-point contest at the All-Star Game on Feb. 17 in Charlotte.“Nah, I don’t know. I just want to win (games),” Belinelli said. “I already won one (3-point contest) in New Orleans. I’m OK with that. I would like to win a championship, I think that’s more important.”HAVE A SEATThe Spurs’ blowouts have afforded DeRozan the luxury of sitting for most of the fourth quarter, which he is enjoying.“It’s great to sit out the fourth quarters, be able to rest, especially for me,” DeRozan said. “At one point I think I was leading the league in minutes. Being able to sit out some fourth quarters and just to be out there and cheer them guys on is always the fun part.”UP NEXTTimberwolves: At Oklahoma City on Sunday night.Spurs: At Houston on Saturday night. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments San Antonio Spurs’ Marco Belinelli (18) runs upcourt after scoring a three-point basket as the team’s bench and fans celebrate during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — There truly is no place like home lately for the San Antonio Spurs, especially after some struggles at the start of the month.Bryn Forbes scored 22 points and the Spurs set season highs with 19 3-pointers and 36 assists in a 124-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Marco Belinelli had 17 points and Davis Bertans added 15 while combining to shoot 10 for 16 on 3s.″(The Timberwolves) were really, really helping and shifting on defense,” Bertans said. “We had some good looks already after the first pass but then driving and kicking we could find pretty anything wide open.”Minnesota also gave up 14 3s to Sacramento on Monday and 20 to Detroit on Wednesday.“We’ve got to close out with high hands and run them off the 3-point line and stay to the scouting report,” Wiggins said. “We say some people shouldn’t get 3s and run them off the line. We’ve just got to keep running them off the line and not short step it.”Minnesota only led for 22 seconds off a 3-foot hook by Taj Gibson with 6:55 remaining in the first quarter for an 11-10 advantage.Rudy Gay scored 14 points, DeMar DeRozan added 12 and LaMarcus Aldridge 10 as the Spurs were able to rest their starters for much of the fourth quarter.Timberwolves starting point guard Derrick Rose did not play in the second half due to a sore left ankle. Rose had four points, two rebounds and an assist in 16 minutes. Rose, who is unsure if he will be available for Sunday’s game at Oklahoma City, said his ankle hurt prior to the game.“Just sore, really sore,” Rose said. “I’ll take it as a case of me not really listening to my body.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: Jeff Teague missed his third straight game due to left foot soreness. Teague was averaging 9.3 points and 10.1 assists in December prior to the injury. … Minnesota did not have a single player score in double figures in the first half. Tyus Jones was the team’s leading scorer at the time with eight points. … The Timberwolves are 0-6 when scoring fewer than 100 points. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion San Antonio won for the seventh time in eight games, and held an opponent under 100 points for the seventh straight time. It’s a needed change for the Spurs, who opened the month by losing three of four by 30-plus points.“We had a lot of ups and downs at the beginning of the season, which was expected,” San Antonio guard DeMar DeRozan said. “We just stayed patient, continued to chip away at it. We had a great opportunity to come back home in December and having a home stand to try to get our rhythm going and that’s where we are at.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Spurs have led by at least 20 points in each of its last eight games, and joined the 1972 Milwaukee Bucks as the only teams in league history to have five straight wins by 25-plus points.Minnesota, which has lost 11 straight in San Antonio, has dropped six of seven games overall. Rene Catalan makes case for ONE title shot PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe pleased with Mousset, Boruc in Cup defeat

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe pleased with Mousset, Boruc in Cup defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe praised Lys Mousset and Artur Boruc after their Carabao Cup quarterfinal defeat to Chelsea.Substitute Eden Hazard struck in the 84th minute for Chelsea’s winner.Howe said, “One of the positives is our squad, there were players who hadn’t played regularly who did really well and it shows the strength in the squad.”I thought Lys Mousset did very well and that was his best performance for the club. Technically he reached a very high level and he’s a big part of our future.”Artur Boruc was outstanding, it doesn’t surprise me as he’s a player who always rises to the occasion and he thrives on the sternest tests.”He made a number of great saves and I don’t know how he saved the effort at the end [from Olivier Giroud].”He’s been a real professional off the pitch and has been a real support for Asmir.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoMan Utd boss Solskajer expects to buy again in January

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskajer expects to buy again in Januaryby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer expects to buy again in January.United currently sit 12th in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone and 15 adrift of league leaders Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s clash with their fierce rivals at Old Trafford.The club’s hierarchy and recruitment under executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has come in for severe criticism since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, but Solskjaer has described that as “an insult” as he looks to the future.”I’ve got a three-year contract now so of course (we are) planning long-term,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “If you lose a game you don’t wait for a call to be given assurances but we have started out a plan and a recruitment plan is in place.”I am 100 per cent sure from my time here that the structure is right because it’s always the manager that has the final say.”I know people have said stuff about our recruitment but it’s almost like an insult to the recruitment office, the scouts and us as professionals – me and Mick (Phelan), the staff. We make decisions on the players we want to have and who’s available and then it’s the negotiations.”The money is there to strengthen in January, in the summer, and we are planning, we are looking, we are finding our targets, but just before the transfer window ended no, they weren’t there, the ready-made players.”The resources are there if the right players are available.” last_img read more

Denham Town Residents Benefit from Legal Aid Mobile Unit

first_img Residents of Denham Town in West Kingston today (February 21) benefited from the services of the Legal Aid Council’s Mobile Justice Unit.The Unit, which began operations in January 2017, provides free consultation and advice, and completes court assignments for clients with criminal matters.“So, persons who want expungement of criminal records, for example, and persons who cannot afford an attorney but would like to retain one can do it through our services as well. They also can benefit from land-related matters, how to make wills, Letters of Administration and child maintenance,” Legal Consultant, Shara-Kay Dacres, told JIS News.She also encouraged the residents to come out and receive the required help they need, while also assuring that the service provided is confidential.“We know that you are living in an inner-city community and you might not be able to afford to go into a lawyer’s office and pay $10,000 for consultation on a matter. We also offer divorce as well.So, we literally go step by step with them as far as what the process is and what application they will need to be filed in the court system,” Ms. Dacres said.The Mobile Unit is targeting communities under the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III, which is a multifaceted crime- and violence-prevention initiative of the Government that is focused on building community safety and security.It is being undertaken in 50 vulnerable communities across eight parishes. They are Kingston and St Andrew, St James, Westmoreland, St Ann, St Mary, Clarendon, and St Catherine.The service is in keeping with the Government’s strategic priority focused on strengthening the rule of law and providing timely justice outcomes. “We know that you are living in an inner-city community and you might not be able to afford to go into a lawyer’s office and pay $10,000 for consultation on a matter. We also offer divorce as well. Story Highlights “So, persons who want expungement of criminal records, for example, and persons who cannot afford an attorney but would like to retain one can do it through our services as well. They also can benefit from land-related matters, how to make wills, Letters of Administration and child maintenance,” Legal Consultant, Shara-Kay Dacres, told JIS News. Residents of Denham Town in West Kingston today (February 21) benefited from the services of the Legal Aid Council’s Mobile Justice Unit.last_img read more

The US Now Has a Better Shot at the World Cup But

The United States may or may not have played the better football in Monday’s match against Ghana. But it came away with three huge points. That, coupled with Germany’s 4-0 thrashing of Portugal, makes the U.S. slight favorites to advance to the knockout stage. FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions now give the United States a 63 percent chance of advancing, up from 33 percent on Monday morning.This forecast is based on simulating the rest of the group stage 10,000 times, using estimates of team strength from ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (see here for a lot more methodological detail). It helps to have a computer to do this work when there are so many permutations to consider.There are nine remaining scenarios involving the Americans’ results, among them possibly beating, losing to or drawing with Portugal, and then the same possibilities against Germany. Some of these are relatively easy to resolve, but others are more complex and depend on the outcomes of the other remaining matches in Group G — Germany against Ghana and Portugal against Ghana — and possibly FIFA’s tie-breaking procedures.FIFA’s first tiebreaker is based on goal differential. That greatly advantages Germany, with its +4 so far, and greatly harms Portugal, with its -4. The next tiebreaker is based on goals scored (for that reason, it was slightly better for the U.S. to beat Ghana 2-1 than by the 1-0 scoreline that held for most of the game). Finally, head-to-head results are considered — so if it comes down to the U.S. and Ghana and they’re tied on both goals scored and allowed, the U.S. would go in ahead.Here’s the Americans’ outlook, in brief:Win twice, advance to the knockout stage.Win once and draw once, advance.Draw twice, advance.Win once and lose once, almost certainly advance (there’s one highly unlikely mathematical exception).Lose twice, and almost certainly go out (there’s one highly unlikely mathematical exception).Draw once and lose once, and it gets complicated. It’s considerably better for the U.S. to draw against Portugal and lose to Germany than the other way around.Now here’s the long version:Beat Portugal, beat Germany: U.S. is in. This rather optimistic scenario is easy to figure. You win all your matches, you win your group.Beat Portugal, draw Germany: U.S. is in. This scenario guarantees advancement and a tie for first place in the group. If Germany also beats Ghana, however, the U.S. would likely lose the tiebreaker and finish with the second qualifying position.Beat Portugal, lose to Germany: U.S. is in unless it gets really unlucky. This scenario generally leads to a second-place finish in the group. The exception would be if Ghana beat both Portugal and Germany. In that case, Germany, Ghana and the U.S. would finish in a three-way tie atop the group. One team — probably not Germany and possibly the U.S. — would be the odd one out based on goal differential.Draw Portugal, beat Germany: U.S. is in. This scenario delivers seven points and guarantees the U.S. first place in the group.Draw Portugal, draw Germany: U.S. is in. Two draws will be good enough. There won’t be enough points to go around the rest of the group to prevent the U.S. from advancing, though it would probably do so as the second-place team — either because the U.S. finishes second outright or because it loses the tiebreaker to Germany.Draw Portugal, lose to Germany: U.S. is favored to advance but not safe. This is among the more likely outcomes, so we’ll break it down in more detail. There are a number of permutations based on the results of Ghana’s games against Germany and Portugal.Under three permutations — Ghana draws with Portugal and either draws with or loses to Germany, or Ghana beats Portugal and loses to Germany, the U.S. will have sole possession of second place and advance.But under another permutation, the U.S. would be out despite its four points. This case happens if Ghana beats Portugal and Germany, giving both Ghana and Germany six points.In the other permutations, the U.S. would finish in a tie for second place, with Germany winning the group. If the tie is with Portugal, the U.S. would likely advance on the basis of goal differential. If the tie is with Ghana, it’s a little harder to say.Lose to Portugal, beat Germany: U.S. is almost certainly in. The only exception is if, in addition to these results, both Germany and Portugal beat Ghana. In that case, the U.S., Germany and Portugal would be tied atop the group with six points. The U.S. would likely get the second position based on goal differential, however, so this scenario is quite safe.Lose to Portugal, draw Germany: U.S. is a slight underdog to advance. This case is inferior to losing to Germany and drawing with Portugal because it gives Portugal three points and makes it much more of a threat to advance. The permutations get complicated:The U.S. is almost certainly out in the cases where Portugal beats Ghana. That, coupled with a Portuguese win against the U.S., would give Portugal six points and it would leapfrog the U.S. in the standings. (The only exception is if Germany gets blown out by Ghana so badly that it loses the tiebreaker to the U.S. — not at all likely.)Only one permutation guarantees the U.S. entry: if Germany beats Ghana but Ghana beats Portugal.A number of other permutations involve ties for second place, sometimes against Germany (bad for the U.S.) and sometimes against Portugal (good for the U.S.).Finally, there could even be a four-way tie for first if Ghana draws with Portugal and beats Germany!Lose to Portugal, lose to Germany: U.S. is mathematically alive but needs a miracle. This almost certainly dooms the United States. But just as there’s a wild-card scenario in which it could win twice but fail to advance, there’s one in which it could lose both remaining matches but move on. That would happen if Ghana beats Portugal and loses to Germany. Then Germany would win the group with nine points, and the U.S. would be in a three-way tie for second with Portugal and Ghana. The U.S. would need to beat both teams on the tiebreaker. It wouldn’t be how you script these things, but neither was Monday’s win.One final note: The Americans’ chances to advance should improve slightly when we rerun the numbers on Tuesday morning, as they’ll reflect the change in the Soccer Power Index, which we update overnight. It’s not that the United States’ SPI will increase so much as that Portugal’s will decline: Portugal looks much more beatable (or at least drawable) after its 4-0 defeat. SPI is not sophisticated enough to account for the red card to Portugal’s Pepe (who will miss the match against the U.S.) or the injury to the U.S.’s Jozy Altidore — nor for the fact that the Americans’ quality of play on Monday was not as impressive as the scoreline. read more