Gayle gone! – Tallawahs hunt new star player

first_imgTeam manager of the Jamaica Tallawahs Andrew Richardson says that the decision of star batsman Chris Gayle to leave the team for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots ahead of next season’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 Cricket tournament is similar to basketball star Lebron James leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010. With question marks also surrounding the future of another top Tallawahs player, Andre Russell, Richardson noted that the defending CPL champions would be looking to add another big name to the squad with possible concerns about crowd support given the obvious void that will be left by Gayle’s departure. It was announced yesterday said Gayle would be moving to the Patriots and Richardson says Gayle’s figures for the Tallawahs in his four seasons with the Jamaican franchise will make it hard for anyone to match his impact. “It is a statistical fact that all Tallawahs matches that he made over 30 runs in, we have won,” Richardson says. Despite recent controversies surrounding the power-hitting batsman, including making what were considered to be sexist comments, Richardson added that the Jamaican is still extremely important to any team he plays for, while noting that the towering player also brings a strong sense of leadership and ability to motivate players. However, Richardson was quick to point out that the move means that other players now have to step up their performances without him. “Chris is an asset wherever he goes. Whatever team he goes to, it is automatically strengthened. He does put a lot of pressure on the other guys around him to step up as well,” said Richardson. “We know how dominant he is with the bat and he has been a leader from day one. I don’t know the role he’ll play in St Kitts. I don’t know if he’s going be the captain, I cannot comment on that, but he has made his decision. Chris is my friend, and I respect his decision,” he added. MARQUEE PLAYERS POSSIBLE REPLACEMENTS Richardson noted that although the team will be promoting players from within, Gayle is expected to be replaced with what he described as “another marquee player”. “Hopefully, we can do well in the draft, although the marquee players haven’t been made available as yet,” Richardson said. Fellow West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels is one name already eyed as a replacement as he is Jamaican and also considered a top player in the Twenty20 format of the game. He last represented the Patriots as their captain in the 2015 season. Richardson said he cannot yet confirm if the team will make him an offer, as the board needs to first meet to make a decision about it. He also refused to mention other possible replacements. The official said he was not yet sure if the move would affect turnout for games next season, especially as another of the team’s top players, AndrÈ Russell, faces a possible two-year ban for an anti-doping whereabouts violation. He said that he had not yet spoken to the board to see if that was also one of its concerns. Gayle has won the CPL title twice with the Tallawahs. The first was in the opening season in 2013 and the second, last summer. “I am a proud Jamaican and I loved representing the Tallawahs,” said Gayle yesterday. “I would like to thank the owners and management, who have been brilliant to work with; my team-mates, who always gave me 100 per cent support; and of course, the Jamaican fans who made Sabina Park such a special home ground for me.” Gayle’s 9,777 Twenty20 runs in his career make him one of the biggest names in the format.last_img read more

Two men remanded after Gardai bust alleged forgery gang in Letterkenny

first_imgTwo men have been remanded in custody after Gardai raided a house in Co Donegal and found a range of stolen passports, false identity cards and stolen driving licenses.The men were part of a group of three people arrested on Tuesday morning when Gardai raided a rented house in Letterkenny. The third man was today released without charge.The two men who appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court are both Romanian nationals.Evidence and reasons for objections to bail was given by officers from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, Detective Garda Stephen Kelly and Detective Garda Paulina Szramozski.Legal representatives for both men, barrister Sean Magee and solicitor Kieran O’Gorman applied for bail which was objected to by Gardai.Having heard the bail applications, Judge Paul Kelly turned down both applications.He said he was refusing the applications on a number of grounds including the seriousness of the charges, the likelihood of both reoffending and the possibility that they could leave the jurisdiction.The first man charged was Ioan Barbuc, aged 25 of Glenoughty Close in Letterkenny.He was charged with four offences including having articles used to make forged documents and possession of a stolen UK driver’s license.He was also charged with possession of a stolen Irish passport and also the possession of a forged Romanian National Identity card.The second man, Andrei Ciocan, aged 31, also of Glenoughty Close, appeared on six charges.They included handling stolen property namely €1,100 in cash, possession of a stolen UK driver’s license and having possession of a forged Romanian Identity card.He was also charged with having possession of a forged Romanian driving license, possession of a forged Romanian Identity card as well as possession of a stolen Irish passport, Public Services Card and driving license.Judge Kelly remanded both men to appear by videolink to Letterkenny District Court next Thursday, April 25th when directions by the DPP are expected to be given in both cases.Two men remanded after Gardai bust alleged forgery gang in Letterkenny was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wonders Under the Sea

first_img(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Three ocean creatures have surprised scientists with new discoveries of previously-unknown capabilities.Deep-divers:  Devil rays are among the fastest deep-diving swimmers, scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute found (BBC News).  Previously thought to be surface dwellers, these members of the Mobula ray family surprised scientists when logging devices were attached to the fish (see photo in the article of a scuba diver attaching one with a polespear: it doesn’t harm the animal, but shows how big they are compared to a man).  The devil rays “plunge nearly 2km below the ocean surface, making some of the deepest and fastest dives ever observed in the sea.” Very few fish are known to dive that deep.  The record holder is a mammal, the beaked whale, that can dive almost 3km down.How can their brains stay warm at such depths?  It’s been known for 3 decades that the brains of devil rays contain specialized tissue called rete mirabile, a sponge-like mesh of large and small arteries.  “It was a mystery as to why they had this system, which is a way of keeping brain activity high, even in a cold environment,” one researcher commented.  Now they know why; the fish need warmth when they speed down into the icy depths.  They’re also impressive migrators.  For the 15 months they were monitored, “Devil rays travelled up to 3,800km from the Azores in the North Atlantic” to the coast of Chile.Another stunning photo in the article shows four members of a related ray, the flying bentfin ray, leaping high out of the water as if they are having fun.  In another article about rays, UC Santa Barbara described the work of Doug McCauley, who studies the giant manta rays at Palymra Atoll where they congregate in large numbers.  “There is very little known scientifically about manta rays,” McCauley said, who, working at UCSB’s Department of Evolution, Ecology and Marine Biology, seemed more focused on their ecology than their evolution.Clam with a flash:  Where’s that disco light coming from?  It’s the disco clam, Ctenoides ales, featured on Science Daily.  A video on Live Science shows it in action, flashing its lights to a supplied beat (or watch a shorter clip on Nature News without the music and ads).  Science Daily reports how Lindsey Dougherty, a graduate student at UC Berkeley figured out how it works: “the mirror is actually a highly reflective, densely packed layer of silica spheres a mere 340 nanometers across never before seen in animals.”  Nature News agrees that this appears to be unique in nature as a light-flashing technique; it’s not bioluminescence, and it’s not photonic crystals.  The silica mirrors allow the clams to reflect the whole visible spectrum as white light.  “The researchers do not yet know what purpose the disco clam’s photonics serve.”Whatever its purpose, it could be a trick worth learning. Other ‘animal photonics’ have inspired engineers seeking new ways to manipulate light, and C. ales might do the same. Dougherty is particularly impressed with how well the reflectors work in low light. “There could be biomimicry potential in low-light situations or in environments that are dominated by blue-green wavelengths,” for instance underwater, she says.Octopus genius:  An expert on octopuses (that’s the correct plural form) spoke with National Geographic about the eight-tentacled cephalopods.  Author of the book Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea, Katherine Harmon Courage is clearly jazzed about her subject.  The octopus has a number of amazing traits that seem to defy its evolutionary classification.  For one, the octopus shows evidence of tool use.  It can solve mazes.  It is a master of camouflage.  And it has one of the most advanced eyes of any animal.Speaking of the octopus eye, it is similar in many ways to the human eye, though far from any evolutionary relationship.  Courage, though, was not cowardly about affirming evolution achieved this unexpected convergence: “Our common ancestor was a sightless marine worm, so it’s fascinating to think that from this ancestor so many different types of vision and eye have evolved—and how our eye and the octopus’s eye are so similar.”  Evolution, in fact, is the source of her love for these creatures:I just love that they’re so different from us but seem to be so complex and sophisticated. They have so much to teach us about evolution, about how their brains work, and I think it’s an important exercise for our brains to figure out.She was clearly impressed with all she learned about the creatures.   One of her pet octopuses, named Billy, figured out within an hour how to open a child-proof jar.  Later, Billy remembered how to do it in minutes, indicating a good working memory.  The interviewer noted that some compare octopus brain power to that of dogs.  They’re playful and will make eye contact to check you out, Courage said in response.  “It has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of evolution.”The previous entries on disco clams and devil rays did not mention evolution at all.Not just slime:  Readers of Current Biology’s primer on Algae might be surprised to find out that the term “algae” is not strictly-defined group, but a catch-all category for any “organism carrying out oxygen-producing (oxygenic) photosynthesis that is not a ‘higher plant’.”  Given that broad definition, the diversity of algae is astonishing: everything from cyanobacteria (less than a micrometer) to diatoms (200,000 species) to kelp forests 60 meters long with 14 cell types.  Algae can be colored red, green, blue-green, brown, black, or transparent.  Dinoflagellates are considered algae.  So are the abundant foraminifera that leave shells in vast numbers.  Some use sexual reproduction; others are asexual.  Most grow in water, but some can survive in soil, and the algae that form symbiotic colonies with fungi can grow in the most harsh deserts.  Given this diversity, the word “algae” seems more a lumping term of convenience than a real taxon.Algae deserve better than the slimy reputation they get, John A. Raven and Mario Giordano hasten to tell us:Algae frequently get a bad press. Pond slime is a problem in garden pools, algal blooms can produce toxins that incapacitate or kill animals and humans and even the term seaweed is pejorative — a weed being a plant growing in what humans consider to be the wrong place. Positive aspects of algae are generally less newsworthy — they are the basis of marine food webs, supporting fisheries and charismatic marine megafauna from albatrosses to whales, as well as consuming carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.We use algae for soil conditioning, Petri dish culture, and a source of vitamin supplements.  Algae are being studied as alternative energy sources.  Given that “half of global primary productivity (carbon dioxide assimilation and oxygen production)” comes via algae, we should respect them more.  And surely, anything that can create food from sunlight using the complex process of photosynthesis is really a champion in the global economy.Philip Ball began Nature’s article began in just-so story format, “How the disco clam got its flash,” but failed to deliver a Darwinian tale.  Instead, he inquired “what purpose the disco clam’s photonics serve.”  Didn’t Darwin try to ban teleology from science?The octopus lady didn’t explain how her evolved brain could figure out anything.  Did she ever consider that the thing an octopus “could teach us about evolution” is that evolution is wrong?  “It has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of evolution,” she said.  That’s what Darwin divination does.  It’s like LSD, a mind-expanding, imagination-promoting, escape from reason that causes brain damage.last_img read more

Rajya Sabha ruckus over Uttarakhand Bills continues

first_imgThe government expressed hope that the Finance Bill 2016-17 and the Uttarakhand Appropriation Bill would be passed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday despite the Congress blocking the two legislations to protest the imposition of President’s rule in the hill state.”They assured to pass the finance bill yesterday…now they have assured to pass it tomorrow,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said after the Congress members did not let the Upper House to function. The NDA lacks numerical strength in the Rajya Sabha.The Finance Bill and the Uttarakhand Appropriation Bill have been passed by the Lok Sabha, where the NDA enjoys a brute majority.As both the bills are money bills, sources said even if they are not passed in the Upper House, they can be returned to the Lok Sabha and deemed as passed by both the Houses.Naidu said the central ordinance to provide funds to Uttarakhand under President’s rule would remain alive till the legislation is passed in Parliament and any administrative decisions taken under it would also remain out of question.The Congress has been blocking the Appropriation Bill as it believes that its passage would give parliamentary backing to the imposition of President’s rule in the hill state.The Congress has been opposing the President’s rule saying it was imposed just a day before the Harish Rawat government was set to prove its majority in the Assembly on March 28.The Centre’s invoking of Article 356 of the Constitution to dismiss the Rawat government based on its assessment that the controversial passage of the state Budget led to a constitutional crisis, has also angered the Congress, which sees it as the BJP desperation to dislodge an opposition government in the state.advertisementThe Upper House was repeatedly disrupted over Uttarakhand and Agusta issues and was finally adjourned till Wednesday.Deputy chairman PJ Kurien repeatedly urged the Opposition members to let the House take up the two financial bills but the Congress did not relent.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi urged the chair to pass the two legislations with a voice vote on Wednesday if the Congress members continue with their protests.Leader of the Opposition in Upper House Ghulam Nabi Azad asked the Centre to apologise over the Uttarakhand issue. The Congress is also miffed over Prime Minister Narendra Modi naming party chief Sonia Gandhi in the AgustaWestland scam while campaigning in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It has also moved a privilege motion against the prime minister but it was not allowed.Also read:Uttarakhand trust vote had many firsts. Have a lookUttarakhand floor test over, Congress claims it has wonlast_img read more

10 months agoSchalke coach Tedesco: We could surprise Man City

first_imgSchalke coach Tedesco: We could surprise Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSchalke coach Dominico Tedesco recognises they’re “outsiders” against Champions League opponents Manchester City.The two teams will meet in the round of 16.Tedesco, 33, stated: “We are looking forward to the games against Manchester City. “A really attractive opponent for us and our fans. We are outsiders, but will go into the duel without fear. “Anyway, we’ll cut everything out, maybe to bring a surprise.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

9 months agoLaLiga president Tebas: Morata to Atletico? Real Madrid and Neymar?

first_imgLaLiga president Tebas: Morata to Atletico? Real Madrid and Neymar?by Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga president Javier Tebas has questioned whether Atletico Madrid can sign Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Tebas believes Atletico’s budget won’t stretch to cover Morata’s demands.He told AS: “They’re very limited; they would have to get rid of someone. I do not know exactly because that is what is needed for the economic controls.”Tebas was also asked about Real Madrid buying PSG star Kylian Mbappe or Neymar.He added: “Either one of the two. Or the two. I do not know if Florentino (Perez) wants to sign one of the two. We have worked hard on the brand and it is above the players because we have taken advantage of the synergy of the clubs. “What we do not know is how much more we would be favoured by them being here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days agoBlind: Painful watching Chelsea eclipsing Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Blind: Painful watching Chelsea eclipsing Man Utdby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax veteran Daley Blind admits it’s been painful to see Chelsea doing better than Manchester United.United sit 14th in the English top flight – just two points above the relegation zone – following Sunday’s draw with arch-rivals Liverpool.And Blind says it has been difficult to watch the plight of his former side this season.”Of course I’m not happy to see Man Utd and how they’re performing at the moment,” the 29-year-old told a press conference on Tuesday. “I’m still a fan of United and it’s not nice to see.”Regarding Chelsea, they are doing well, they have a good philosophy under a manager who wants to play out from the back. They play different attacking football with a lot of youngsters and that’s nice to see. “From that perspective, it’s good. But if you’re talking about United then I’m not happy about that, of course.” last_img read more

Steven Spielberg And USC Shoah Foundation Announce Ambassadors For Humanity Gala

first_imgSteven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation Institute – The Institute for Visual History and Education, will present William Clay Ford, Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, with the Institute’s Ambassador for Humanity Award at the organization’s annual gala, taking place this year in Detroit on Sept. 10.Ford will be recognized for his leadership and corporate citizenry around education and community. Mickey Shapiro, real estate developer and longstanding member of the Institute’s Board of Councilors, is the event’s co-chairman. The gala vice chairs and benefit committee will comprise leaders from the local community and from around the nation.The September gala will provide the opportunity to highlight the Institute’s global work in making the 53,000 audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides in its Visual History Archive a compelling voice for education and action.USC Shoah Foundation has a long history in Michigan and with Ford Motor Company, which was the sole sponsor of the 1997 NBC broadcast of the Academy Award winning “Schindler’s List,”’ the film that inspired the establishment of the Institute. The Institute collected 335 testimonies with Holocaust survivors and witnesses in the Detroit area, with local videographers and interviewers specially trained for the job.The Visual History Archive is also available on two campuses in Michigan, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and University of Michigan – Flint.The event will also shine a light on the emerging partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and Ford Motor Company to expand the Institute’s IWitness educational platform in the Detroit area. IWitness brings the first-person stories of survivors and witnesses of genocide from the Institute’s Visual History Archive to students via multimedia-learning activities that are accessible via Macs, PCs, iPads, and tablet devices connected to the Internet.Currently, 100 educators in Michigan – and over 6,500 globally – use IWitness. In addition, more than 250 educators in Michigan, and over 15,000 nationally, have been trained on Echoes and Reflections, a multimedia Holocaust curriculum developed by the Institute and partners, the Anti-Defamation League and Yad Vashem.A significant portion of the proceeds raised at the gala will remain in the region, where the funds will be utilized for educational programs in secondary schools.Steven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation and chairman of the Ambassadors gala said, “Working with Bill Ford and Ford Motor Company to further explore ways to share the work of the Institute with the people of Michigan is a wonderful opportunity. Reaching people when they’re young is the key to changing the world with testimony. IWitness and its ability to deliver tolerance education to the Detroit region gives me great hope that together we can affect significant change. The commitment of Bill Ford and Ford Motor Company to support new approaches to learning, to provide scholarships, and to help deserving students attain higher education, makes him a great ambassador, and I am proud to recognize him for his efforts.”“The USC Shoah Foundation stands as an enormous point of pride for USC, and has seen its efforts advanced greatly through the support of individuals and organizations that recognize its value as a truly transformational tool for education. Mr. Ford is a visionary leader who understands the contribution that USC Shoah Foundation makes to the world, and we are honored to recognize him for his corporate citizenry and leadership,” said University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias.“I am so pleased that USC Shoah Foundation will be joining forces with Ford Motor Company and the local Detroit community to explore new ways to utilize IWitness as an educational tool, and endeavor to reach a growing number of educators and students across the Detroit region,” said USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen D. Smith.For more information about the gala call the Event Office at 248-593-9743, the USC Shoah Foundation Benefit at 818-777-7876 or email ambassadorsgala2015@usc.edu. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.last_img read more

Police brace for driver protests in Paris around France

first_imgPARIS — France is deploying thousands of police to try to contain nationwide protests and road blockades by drivers angry over rising fuel taxes and Emmanuel Macron’s presidency.Tensions have been mounting around the grassroots movement that drew more than a quarter million people a week ago to protests across France, from Provence to Normandy and in between.A new wave of protests is planned Saturday, including beneath the Eiffel Tower. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner called for calm and promised tough police measures against unruly crowds.Paris alone is deploying some 3,000 security forces, notably around tourist-frequented areas like the Champs-Elysees, after an unauthorized attempt last week to march on the presidential palace.Two people have been killed and hundreds injured in the week of protests, which are posing a big challenge to Macron.Authorities are struggling because the movement has no clear leader and has attracted a motley group of people with broadly varying demands. The protesters call themselves the “yellow jackets” for the neon security vests that drivers are required to keep in their vehicles.A man caused a dramatic standoff with police Friday when he donned a neon vest and brandished an apparent grenade at a supermarket in the western city of Angers. He was later arrested.Most of the protesters’ anger is focused at Macron, a pro-business centrist accused of indifference to the struggles of ordinary people.Macron has defended the fuel taxes as necessary to reduce France’s dependence on fossil fuels, but promised to lay out new plans Tuesday to make the “energy transition” easier.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Direct tax collection falls short CBDT raises alarm

first_imgNew Delhi: Mar 28 (PTI) The CBDT has rung alarm bells and has asked the Income Tax Department to go for a major assault as the direct tax collection target remains short of about 15 per cent, with the financial year closing less than a week away.On March 26, CBDT Member (Revenue) Neena Kumar shot off a letter to all the regional chiefs of the department stating that the tax collection figures have “been reviewed and it is seen that as against the budget collection target of Rs 12,00,000 crore, only 85.1 per cent of the target at Rs 10,21,251 crore has been collected as on March 23.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe officer, who is responsible to supervise I-T department’s tax collection work across the country, underlined the areas that are sluggish vis-a-vis direct tax collections obtained from personal, corporate and advance tax categories.”The minor head-wise analysis indicates worsening trend of negative growth in regular collections at -6.9 per cent as against -5.2 per cent in the last week. This is an alarming situation which needs immediate attention,” Kumar wrote in the letter. The officer expressed CBDT’s disappointment at this situation and has asked the supervisory tax officials to pull up their socks and ensure no stone remains unturned to achieve the target. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) frames policy for the I-T department and is also its controlling authority that functions from the North Block in the Finance Ministry.”You are aware that regular assessment tax is bench-mark of performance as it is based upon quality of demand raised which can further be converted into actual collections,” Kumar wrote in the letter.”Board (the CBDT) has discussed strategies through various communications with you (senior officials) and it was expected that by this time your strategies would have succeeded resulting into improved collections. However, the figures of collection give a different account,” she added. She asked the department to take “all possible actions urgently, especially with respect to recovery of arrear and current demand, so as to achieve the targets for collection.”The CBDT has been worried over the direct tax collection work for quite some time and Board Chairman P C Mody had recently held a video-conference with the top brass of the department across the country and discussed strategies to boost the collection figures to be achieved by the end of the 2018-19 fiscal on March 31. Both Mody and Kumar are undertaking daily updates on the issue. They are monitoring advance tax and arrear collections, enforcement action to check tax evasion and subsequent surrender of undisclosed income, a senior official said.last_img read more