To be fair, however, the selectors have no Christopher Gayle, no Marlon Samuels, and no Darren Bravo, and they are not blessed with a team of Roy Fredericks, Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Seymour Nurse, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran or Clive Lloyd, so that they could bring in a young Rowe and a young Kallicharran, a young Greenidge and a young Richards, a young Richie Richardson, and a young Brian Lara without the pressure to perform immediately. It will take a long, long time to produce a West Indies team with senior players of that calibre so that the young players who come into the team will have the kind of “presence” that the senior players provide, so that they can relax and develop their skills to its fullest, but the move must be made now. The coaches owe it to West Indies cricket to work hard on the present youngsters, to speak to them whenever they see these mistakes, and not to allow them to continue in the same vein while the coaches grumble under their breaths about the players’ attitude. The young cricketers in the region also owe it to the fans to listen to the coaches, to dedicate themselves to success, and not be satisfied to just play for the West Indies. West Indies cricket is now paying its coaches and players, and they must earn their money. The board, or territorial boards, musts see to it that they are not only professionals by getting paid, but that they are professionals in their attitude to playing the game. That attitude must include the level of work they put in an effort to become good and better players. I am tired, for instance, to see an opening batsman getting out caught in the slips and to hear the excuse that he got out because the ball swung through the air as if he, a Test match batsman, did not expect that the bowler, a Test match bowler, could or would swing the ball through the air. A professional is expected to perform beyond the ordinary. The psyche in West Indies cricket must change if the results are to change. Although they are privileged to represent the West Indies, these West Indies cricketers do not deserve to behave like stars, or to be treated as such, especially looking at their returns in the past 20 years or so. Losing is not a disgrace, but playing badly, and for so long, is embarrassing. It is a long time to be losing, however, and to be classed in the same argument, with not only Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, but also with Ireland and Afghanistan, is a bit frustrating. The second Test starts today at Kensington Oval and the hope is that this one will provide some sunshine, even a little bit, for the fans. Senior players When I was a boy, I remember reciting, time and time again, something that went like this, “Riddle me this, riddle me that, guess me this riddle or perhaps not.” Although I found out later that “riddle” means something wrapped in a mystery, I never did find out the true meaning of the verse, but, last week, especially last Tuesday, I found myself repeating the words time and time again. This was during and at the end of the first Test match between the West Indies and Pakistan at Sabina Park, during the “celebration” before a handful of fans at the 50th Test match played at Sabina Park without a Jamaican in the team, and during the match which Pakistan won by a whopping seven wickets with over half a day to spare, and after rain interfered with the game at various times. It was also during the Test in which captain Misbah-ul-Haq, age 43 or thereabout, who had hit 99 not out in the first innings, strolled to the wicket, immediately smashed two sixes off successive deliveries, one over long-off and one midwicket, and walked off the field. Once again, for the umpteenth time and for a long, long time, myself and a few other embarrassed and disappointed fans struggled to deal with the West Indies’ failure, for so long, to remove themselves, not only from the foot of the ladder in terms of ratings, or rankings, but that they have remained static as far as development is concerned. For some 20 years now, it has been the same thing day after day, Test match after Test match. As the West Indies prod along changing managers, coaches, captains, and players at a rate of almost every Test match, the coaches, the captains, and even young inexperienced players, like Jomel Warrican and Alzarri Joseph, talk about how good the team is and if only the players had batted well, had bowled well, and had fielded properly, things may have been different. They all end up with a belief, or so they say, that things will be better tomorrow. Tomorrow, however, has never come. Tomorrow, except for a very, very few occasions, has always been like the day before, or worse. Facts of life These players are not as good as the players earlier times, they are nowhere close to the players of yesterday. The players of today are too easily forgiven for their failures, at least, it appears so, and, on top of that, the players apparently believe that they are as good as those who played earlier Someone had better let them know the facts of life, and the facts of life include the following: the harder you work, the better you become, and the more you will be respected, and all that adds up to more money and to more honours. The great, immortal George Headley once said that everybody makes mistakes, but that the good ones, the good players, make them only twice. The West Indies batsmen, for example, make mistakes all the time. They get out doing the same things over and over again. What hurts more is that sometimes, whenever you see a West Indian batting in a regional game, or in a Test match, or even in the nets, and they bat for a few minutes, or play one or two delightful strokes, one would bet his last dollar that he can bat and is destined for the big time. Most times, if not all the time, one is left embarrassed by the very thought that he can bat whenever he comes to bat in a Test match, or against one or two good bowlers, and the faults, the chinks, become exposed. It is hard to blame the selectors for selecting them to represent the West Indies. Most times, it is “six a one, half a dozen of the other”, or it is simply a case of anyone will do. Right now, the selectors may feel, as many of us do, that the best thing to do is to put the names of the top-40 players or so in a bag and ask someone to draw the names of the 11 players from it.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown On Tuesday, Love said in an interview on ESPN that he expects “to be back sometime after the new year.” Love said he’s going to in a restrictive boot for two more weeks.“There’s just no telling at this time with the weight-bearing injury what it is going to be like moving forward,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLove’s loss was a devastating blow for the reeling and rebuilding Cavs, who are a league-worst 2-13 heading into Wednesday’s game against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.A five-time All-Star, Love signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension this summer. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this Oct. 19, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, left, is double-teamed by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Anthony Tolliver and Jeff Teague, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Minneapolis. Love could miss significant time with a foot injury that has bothered him since the preseason. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)CLEVELAND — Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love may not be back until sometime in 2019 following foot surgery.Love had an operation on Nov. 2 to relieve pain and pressure in his big left toe, which he injured in the club’s preseason opener. At the time, the team said Love would be out at least six weeks and his status would be updated in “approximately” when that period ended.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Danny Green scores in last second to lift Raptors over Magic Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
The Supreme Court of Liberia late Saturday afternoon ruled to lift the stay order it earlier imposed on all activities relating to the Special Senatorial Elections scheduled for December 16 this year. The decision was reached in a 3 against and 2 in favor of the Stay Order. Those in favor of the stay order — Associate Justices Philip Banks and Kabineh Ja’Neh — argued that the Ebola epidemic, due to which the state of emergency was declared, resulting in the suspension of several constitutional rights, including the the postponement of the October 14 Special Senatorial Elections, still exists. They further argued that the National Elections Commission have so far not put in place any safety measures relating to campaign activities, which are expected to create large gatherings of people, and pose a threat to the gains Liberia has made so far in the fight against the spread of Ebola. If the elections go on, they further argued, it would undermine the safety guidelines put in place by local health authorities and international partners. Those ruling against the stay order, including Associate Justices Jamesetta Wolokolie and Sianeh Yuoh, with Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor serving as a tie-breaker, argued that the issues raised in the petitions called into reference the separation of powers. The Ebola situation in Liberia, they said, is a political matter — not a constitutional matter — and therefore should be the responsibility of the Executive and Legislative branches of government to decide vis-a-vis elections. Therefore the Supreme Court stay order to halt elections activities could not hold. All justices agreed, however, that the Executive, in consultation with the Legislature, can set elections dates. Interestingly, there were three different petitions for the stay order before the Supreme Court. The most prominent of them, by the party incling Rev. Emmanuel Z. Bowier, Blamo Nelson, the National Democratic Coalition, Movement for Progressive Change and Milton and Nathaniel Barnes, was thrown out because the Supreme Court said the the petitioners did not follow the right procedures in filing the petition. The lawyer representing that party, Cllr. Lavelah Supuwood, who is also a former associate justice of the Supreme Court, was therefore fined US$300 for ‘misleading’ his clients. Also, the request of Ministry of Justice to dismiss the petition for a stay order on the elections activities was denied by the High Court because it was filed too late. The other petitioners, which include: Justice for Public Interest Consortium of Africa; as well as Cllr. Edwin Martin, who filed as an eligible voter, were the two petitioners whose filings were accepted and ruled upon by the Supreme Court. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Jermaine Beckford scored an absolute screamer for Preston North End on Sunday as they thrashed Chesterfield to reach the League One play-off final.Spotting Joe Murphy off his line, the former Leeds United striker unleashed a staggering 45-yard strike over the head of the backtracking Spireites goalkeeper.The sensational goal secured a 4-0 aggregate victory for Preston, who will face either Sheffield United or Swindon Town at Wembley for a shot at promotion to the Championship.
VIEWPOINT: BY OWEN CURRANThe IMF has called for a property tax on the family home. It is due to come in next year and will be introduced at a ”suitably high level”Cabinet meetings are due to restart on the 4th of September,and it looks likely that the assesment method and the level of tax will be decided at the first few meetings.A report drawn up by an ”expert group ”was presented to Phil Hogan in June.The fact that the contents of this are being kept fairly quiet is probably a sign that the proposals are likely to be extremely un-popular.The Government has promised the Trioka that it will raise a fresh 1.25 Billion in tax revenue next year. It has also promised that their will be no increase in income tax rates. So these figures indicate that the property tax is likely to be introduced at a fairly high level, it could be around the 400 euro level.At its last cabinet meeting before the summer break,the cabinet gave the control of the property tax to the Revenue Commisioners.The Revenue Commisioners will be no better placed to pursue the property tax,if they do not have a full register of home-owners.This is why it is vital to hold firm and not register for the household tax.Yes ,that means the possiblility of court cases over the next few months.However our strength is in our numbers.Because there is still a huge number boycotting they will only ever be able to take a minority to court.Anyone who is unlucky enough to be summonsed will have legal advice and support from the campaign, and will not go to court alone.The campaign will also be organizing protests on the day of the court cases, to show our anger at people going to court for not paying an un-just tax, while the real criminals that wrecked our economy carry on if it never happened .They are quite content for us to pay the price.through this un-just tax but also through un-employment and emigration and the cut-backs to our services that has been on going over the past 4 years.Our advice isDont respond to any reminder letter you may receive.Get involved in the campaign,set up your own local group for leafleting etcThe more people who get involved , and who begin organizing the stronger the campaign will beImmediately inform the campaign if you receive a summoms in the future.Remember the Government want your money to hand over to the Troika- we have the ability to refuse – This is where our power liesOwen Curran Cant Pay Wont Pay Cloich Cheann Fhaola , Campaign against the Household ,Water and Septic Tank Taxes. DONEGALDAILY welcomes all views – you can send yours to email@example.com – or leave a comment below. VIEWPOINT: STRENGTH IS IN OUR NUMBERS, SAY ‘CAN’T PAY’ CAMPAIGNERS was last modified: August 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)
Fulham and Brentford were both victorious on Saturday, beating Preston and Ipswich respectively.The Whites made it two wins from two Championship games with a 2-1 victory at Deepdale, where Matt Smith scored his second goal in as many matches.Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic hailed his team’s “very important start” to the season and praised Smith, but also reiterated his desire to bring in a striker.Brentford were 2-0 winners at Griffin Park, where summer signing John Egan (pictured above) scored both goals.Jokanovic is keen to sign replacements for Ross McCormack and Moussa DembeleEgan’s first came when he headed home unmarked, leading angry Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy to remark: “If you leave me unmarked like that, I’d score – and I’m 57.”Bees boss Dean Smith praised his players after the game and is also hoping to add to his squad.Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Michael Hector is discussing a loan move to German club Eintracht Frankfurt.Blues youngster Tammy Abraham scored twice for Bristol City against Burton, taking his tally to four goals in three matches since joining the Robins on loan.Chelsea’s Under-18s beat Fulham’s 3-2 in their opening match of the season.And in cricket, County Championship leaders Middlesex dominated the opening day against Durham at Lord’s thanks to Ollie Rayner’s four wickets and patient batting from openers Nick Gubbins and Stevie Eskinazi.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
(Visited 83 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The “Faith-based communities” they have in mind are the liberal churches who take the DODO position, like the Clergy Letter Project people who want to have Darwin Day celebrations in their churches.The “parents” they have in mind are leftist ACLU supporters who will scream on cue that they don’t want their kids getting religion in science class at the slightest suggestion of teaching evolution honestly. Notice that they want parents NOT who support academic freedom, but rather “clear thinking” (that is, pure DODO without confusing counter-arguments) and “academic futures” (the red-herring big lie that allowing debate about Darwinism might compromise their ability to get into college). The “scientists” they have in mind are the DODO evolutionists who still hold to logical positivism, that dead philosophy of science that claims the “scientific process” has some kind of objective meaning. The “accuracy” they want is Darwin Party approved DODO talking points. And as long as they stay DODO, it’s strategic for them to play the part of “parents, community members or people of faith” in the manner of Ken Miller, the DODO Catholic. If evolution were a matter of obvious biological facts, why would it be necessary to list strategies to teach it without exposing it to critical thinking?Nature‘s editorial for May 15, “Science in schools,” took aim at creationists, and the Discovery Institute (not a creationist organization, an intelligent design organization) in particular, on the occasion of Eugenie Scott’s retirement (5/09/13) from the National Center for Science Education or NCSE (not an education organization, but an anti-creationist organization). Beyond the usual talking points (e.g., evolution is science, creation is religion; Kitzmiller; the bandwagon argument all scientists accept evolution), the editors suggested three things scientists could do to keep up Eugenie’s fight against Darwin skeptics.1. Make evolution appear non-atheist. The editors applauded Eugenie Scott’s tactical coup in removing the words “impersonal” and “unsupervised” when the US National Association of Biology Teachers described natural selection that way in a statement. It’s not that Scott believed the converse (that natural selection is supervised or personal); she just didn’t want to make evolution a lightning rod for those who would use such a statement as evidence that Darwinists are atheists. So she argued that there’s a “false dichotomy” between religious people, some of whom believe evolution, and scientists, some of whom might actually believe in some “higher power.” Scott (an atheist herself) argued that “science could not address such questions.”2. Build coalitions. This strategy is vague enough to allow Darwinists to appear conciliatory while insisting their view is uncontested. They can have their say, as long as they all say the right things:Another strategy is to put together coalitions of people from diverse backgrounds to provide multiple perspectives. Faith-based communities can express concerns about one religious view being favoured over another. Parents can argue for their children’s clear thinking and academic futures. Scientists can talk about the scientific process and why accuracy in schools matters, but should also participate, where applicable, as parents, community members or people of faith.3. Perform outreach. The third strategy is for scientists to get out and interact with the public more often. The “articulate” ones who can explain the evolutionary view should be recognized and supported by their institutions; “they should bring the same passion to describing the work that is most likely to engage the public,” perhaps dinosaur evolution. Surprisingly, the editors pointed to Stephen Jay Gould as a good example of outreach. Gould, a staunch evolutionist, rankled other evolutionists with his frank admissions that the fossils did not support Darwinian gradualism. His theory of “punctuated equilibria” showed that there are strong disagreements within the scientific community over neo-Darwinism, as the Discovery Institute likes to point out.The editors made it clear that they are not for dialogue or debate. They ended, “With support from the NCSE and similar efforts, scientists can further not only science education, but science itself.”Oh, they can sound so noble. They just want to further science. They just want to help the children. Who could possibly be against that? Readers need well-tuned baloney detectors to see why this is DODO talk (Darwin-only, Darwin-only). In strategy #2, for instance, we have various types of people in their coalition giving “multiple perspectives” on the only acceptable viewpoint, the DODO viewpoint. “People of faith.” That phrase should be banned from the English language. Everybody is a person of faith. Some have logical faith, and some have absurd faith. Anyone believing life arose by chance and became Man the Wise by unguided processes belongs in the latter group. No reasonable person should have the kind of faith to believe the impossible. Those are People of Fluff. The worst are the ones that throw tantrums when you question their DODOhood: the People of Froth.Hopefully, here at CEH you are learning how to read Darwinian rhetoric with your critical thinking skills honed. Their talking points can sound grandiose when they just want to “help” people “understand” why anything less than 100% pure DODO is unacceptable. They know that letting in honest scientific debate over the evidence for Darwinism would be their undoing.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In a required annual rulemaking, this action finalizes the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2017, and for biomass-based diesel for 2018.“Renewable fuel volumes continue to increase across the board compared to 2016 levels,” said Janet McCabe, the agency’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. “These final standards will boost production, providing for ambitious yet achievable growth of biofuels in the transportation sector. By implementing the program enacted by Congress, we are expanding the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing our reliance on imported oil.”Some key elements of the EPA’s action:• Non-advanced or “conventional” renewable fuel increases in 2017, meeting the 15 billion-gallon congressional target for conventional fuels.• The standard for biomass-based biodiesel — which must achieve at least 50% lifecycle greenhouse gas emission reductions compared to petroleum-based diesel — grows by 100 million gallons. The required volume of biomass-based diesel for 2017 is twice that of the minimum congressional target.• Cellulosic biofuel — which must achieve at least 60% lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions reductions — grows 35% over the 2016 standard.• The advanced biofuel standard — comprised of biomass-based diesel, cellulosic biofuel, and other biofuel that achieves at least 50% lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions reductions — increases 19% over the 2016 standard.• Total renewable fuel volumes grow 1.2 billion gallons from 2016 to 2017, a 6% increase. Renewable Fuel Volume Requirements for 2014-2018 20142015201620172018Cellulosic biofuel (million gallons)33123230311n/aBiomass-based diesel (billion gallons)1.631.731.92.02.1Advanced biofuel (billion gallons)2.672.883.614.28n/aRenewable fuel (billion gallons)16.2816.9318.1119.28n/a “The EPA moved in the right direction by increasing the 2017 ethanol volume to statute. This is critical for farmers facing difficult economic times, as well as for consumers who care about clean air, affordable fuel choices, and lowering our dependence on foreign oil,” said Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “The Renewable Fuel Standard has been one of America’s great policy success stories. It has improved our energy independence, our air quality, and our rural economies. Although we believe the EPA did not have authority to reduce the ethanol numbers in the first place, we are pleased to see the RVO finally back on track.”The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) also welcomed the release of new standards to support American jobs and energy security..“The real winners with this announcement are American consumers who will now have access to even more cleaner burning, advanced biofuel,” said Donnell Rehagen, NBB CEO. “These benefits extend far beyond the biodiesel industry, supporting high paying jobs and clean air across the nation. Though we are poised to top these numbers this year, growth in advanced biofuels still sends positive signals to the marketplace.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cooler and drier conditions allowed producers to complete some field work and harvest hay, straw, wheat and oats, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 30th. The dry weather was ideal for hay cutting, and the drying of soils made for better growing conditions. Many parts of the state experienced good conditions for the pollination of corn. Crop conditions remain steady, but soybeans are showing stress from earlier floods. There is still a great deal of variability in crop conditions. Central and southern Ohio received more rain on average, and minor localized flooding was observed in these areas. Aerial spraying of fungicide took place in areas where field access was still an issue. Harvest of commercial fruit and vegetable crops continued.Click here for the full report
Collecta’s general search function currently aggregates data from a slew of news and social sites and will soon incorporate publicly available data from MySpace, as well.MySpace’s partnership shows an interesting use of Collecta’s site search, but it’s far from the only application. The platform can be used to show activity, trends and perspectives on just about any website. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We’ve been keeping an eye on real-time search companyCollecta for a while now, and we’ve been consistently impressed with their product.The startup has been making headlines throughout 2009 and is wrapping up the year with a bang. This morning, they announced a partnership with MySpace. The resulting utility is part pulse check, part search engine, and all fun. It also serves as an automatically refreshing reminder that this social network is far from dead yet, especially where entertainment properties are concerned.The new product is based on Collecta’s site search platform and MySpace’s real-time API. For search results on everything from weather to celebrities to trending keywords, it returns a filterable, streaming gallery of a collection of comments, photos, links and videos posted to MySpace by users.Based on IM protocols, Collecta’s search platform pushes out content in real time as it’s published. Each result also includes the poster’s “mood,” which also serves as a built-in mechanism for sentiment analysis. “Collecta brings the size and richness of the MySpace community to light,” said MySpace COO Mike Jones.“Its instantaneous results provide insight into our users’ moods and activities. It’s great to see how quickly Collecta has used the MySpace Real-Time Stream API to deliver new value to people on the web.”Collecta CEO Gerry Campbell also called MySpace one of the most vibrant web properties, saying, “MySpace users are actively sharing an amazing volume of pictures and media, as well as expressing their thoughts on a very emotional and raw level. Our search platform cuts right into the center of all this activity. It reveals a slice of humanity that you couldn’t see otherwise. Even a search for a basic term like ‘happy’ is incredibly fascinating.”In addition to showing results for search terms, the new product also shows a brief overview of three top trends currently on MySpace. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Real-Time Web#web