Brathwaite, Hetmyer, Pooran hit jackpot at IPL auction

first_img “Thanks a lot to the guys at @RCBTweets for picking me up in the @IPL auction for 2019 … Can’t wait to join u guys #PlayBold,” Hetmyer tweeted following his purchase. Pooran’s success in the draft caps off a fairy-tale return for the Trinidadian. Three years ago, his career was nearly ended in a vehicular accident. Then, after making his international debut in 2016, he was overlooked for two years before finally gaining a recall against India last month, managing a half-century in the second T20 in Chennai. He will now team up with West Indies superstar Chris Gayle, who is already on the roster at Kings XI. The 20-year-old Rutherford, meanwhile, yet to play an international, was bought by Delhi Capitals – formerly Delhi Daredevils – for US$283,000, while Jamaica’s Thomas was picked up by Rajasthan Royals for US$157,000. BRATHWAITE TUG OF WAR JAIPUR, India (CMC): West Indies Twenty20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite attracted the highest price for a West Indies player at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction here Tuesday as big-hitting left-handers Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran both landed massive contracts for next year’s campaign in the lucrative tournament. The 30-year-old Brathwaite was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for US$709,000 after the two-time champions won a bidding war with Kings XI Punjab. Both Hetmyer and Pooran landed contracts worth US$596,000, with the 21-year-old Hetmyer going to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the 23-year-old Pooran heading to Kings XI Punjab. The trio were among six West Indies players snapped up in yesterday’s draft, with all-rounders Sherfane Rutherford and Keemo Paul, along with fast-bowler Oshane Thomas, also finding buyers. Overall, West Indies players represented six of the 20 overseas players bought in the auction. FAIRY-TALE RETURN Brathwaite attracted the headlines after entering at a base price of approximately US$106,000 but then finding himself in the middle of a tug of war between KKR and Kings XI. He was eventually signed by KKR, which already boasts the West Indies stars Sunil Narine and AndrÈ Russell. Ironically, Brathwaite has had a tough time in the IPL of recent. He played only four matches last season for Sunrisers Hyderabad and in 2017 managed only two matches for Delhi Daredevils. Hetmyer was on the IPL’s radar from the one-day tour of India back in October, when he blasted 259 runs in five outings – including knocks of 106 and 94 – at a strike rate of 140. He was immediately labelled the IPL’s next “million baby” by former India star Harbhajan Singh. Since then, Hetmyer has done his reputation little harm, with a couple of scintillating half-centuries in the two-Test series against Bangladesh. Hetmyer, a former Young West Indies captain, also slammed 440 runs in this year’s Caribbean Premier League, playing for his native Guyana Amazon Warriors. He joins an RCB side that boasts the peerless duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.last_img read more

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AFC has failed supporters

first_imgDear Editor,Please permit me a space in your letters columns to express my dissatisfaction with the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government, more so one of its main partners, the AFC. One of the themes of the now Government during the campaign were “Jobs for young people and youth empowerment”, a promise that is yet to be realised and to date the Government has not come up with a comprehensive plan and strategy to create employment. We all know the equation, unemployment = crime. President Granger and his Cabinet need to come up with a comprehensive economic plan to work with Private Sector and foreign investors to get this economy going and create jobs for the Guyanese youths. Nine out of ten youths will tell you how frustrated they are and how financially challenging it has become under the Granger-led Administration, an administration that promised “The Good life For All”. We are yet to see qualified youths placed in key positions in the Ministries, Government agencies and on State boards. How will our young people get the relevant experience if they are denied these opportunities. Now back to my reason why I am dissatisfied with the AFC.I recently made contact with a prominent member of the AFC, Aseef Balmacoon, just to see how he was doing only to learn that things weren’t so well with him. Aseef Balmacoon is a name and face that was featured in all the newspapers and election posters for the APNU/AFC in 2015. He is a youth activist and was a national candidate in 2011 and 2015. This is a young man who campaigned for the AFC and the Coalition, who spoke at several rallies and community meetings.  He had the responsibility to oversee 161 ballot boxes and polling stations.  To this day, Aseef Balmacoon is unemployed; his party the AFC nor the coalition Government hasn’t help him with a job, is this how we thank our young people who risked their lives to stand against the PPP and help to put the coalition in power? If the Government can treat one of its own in such a manner, I can only imagine how they will treat the rest of the Guyanese youth.  I, therefore, call on President Granger and Raphael Trotman, the now leader of the AFC, to correct this injustice against Aseef Balmacoon.Sincerely,A      Thomaslast_img read more

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Mancini in line for Inter Milan return after Mazzarri axed

first_img1 Roberto Mancini Roberto Mancini is expected to return as Inter Milan manager after the Italian club ditched Walter Mazzarri.Mazzarri was axed on Friday, with the Serie A side languishing ninth in the table having won only four of their 11 games this season.“FC Internazionale would like to announce that Walter Mazzarri has been relieved of his duties as first team coach,” read a club statement.“The club would like to thank Mazzarri for the commitment, dedication and professionalism he showed over his 17 months in charge.Mancini, who has been out work since leaving Galatasaray in June, is understood to have already agreed to succeed Mazzarri.The former Manchester City boss enjoyed huge success during his previous spell at the San Siro, guiding Inter to three Serie A titles.He went on to lead City to two major domestic trophies – the FA Cup and Premier League – but was axed in May 2013.last_img read more

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Newman the tortoise attracts stares

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK — You’ve all seen folks walking their dogs. Maybe you’ve seen a cat on a leash or a rat in a pocket or a parrot or a monkey on a shoulder. But how many of you have seen someone walking a tortoise? Tony Fabrizio walks Newman, his 86-pound sulcata tortoise, along a two-mile loop almost every day — and he gets plenty of stares from his neighbors. Drivers see the pair and slam on their brakes to gawk. Some have even pulled over and brought their kids out to watch, ask questions and maybe venture a stroke of Newman’s scaly head. Fabrizio, a retired salesman for Sherman-Williams Paint Co., is happy to stop and answer questions, but Newman keeps on crawling. He’s a determined young fellow, and not much gets in his way. Yes, at 7 years old, Newman is considered a youngster. sulcata tortoises, which originate in Sudan, live to be 100 or older. They usually quit growing when they’re about 20 in the wild and 10 to 12 years old in captivity. They are the third-largest land tortoise, with the largest known weighing in at 250 pounds. Growing up, Fabrizio owned several California desert tortoises and always liked the hard-shelled creatures. So when he saw Newman in a pet store — just 6 weeks old and the size of a half-dollar — he gladly shelled out $100. “I used to carry him around in my shirt pocket,” he remembered with affection. The pet store owner had warned that sulcatas grow pretty big, “but I never knew they grew that big so fast,” Fabrizio said in amazement. “I thought I had 20 years or so.” At first, Fabrizio kept Newman in a Plexiglas pen on a shelf in his Burbank home. At 1 year old, Newman was Frisbee-size and allowed to roam the house. At 21/2, and the size of a serving platter, he was pushing over chairs and moving furniture. At that point, Fabrizio’s wife, Carol, said Newman had to go outside. Through trial and error, Fabrizio built a pen for the mighty tortoise — who can push through barriers a man has trouble moving. He lives in a child’s playhouse (with a heater to keep him at 75 to 80 degrees during the winter) and has a plastic igloo for summer slumber. A long, dirt run and a few shade trees keep him happy — until it’s time for his walk. Fabrizio only has to open the gate and ask, “Hey, Newman, want to go for a walk?” When the tortoise was much smaller, Fabrizio trained him to walk on sidewalks by using a piece of cardboard to block his path whenever he veered off course. Now, Newman walks straight as an arrow, with only a few digressions, such as when he comes upon an extra-green patch of lawn. Newman knows the loop around his neighborhood so well that Fabrizio now varies the course. It seems that the stubborn tortoise recognizes the home stretch and balks. “You can almost hear him whining: ‘Aw, c’mon, Pop. Just another block,’ ” Fabrizio said. Newman doesn’t hibernate completely in the winter, but he does slow down. “That’s when he gains the weight,” Fabrizio said. “He eats twice as much.” Fabrizio weighs Newman once a year — in January. Newman eats a head of cabbage, a head of endive or escarole, a few zucchini squash and a cucumber every day. “About once a week, I give him a banana or some watermelon,” Fabrizio said, “but too much sugary food can make him sick.” In case Newman gets lost, he has a dog tag with Fabrizio’s phone number glued to the back of his shell. A few years ago, Fabrizio had a veterinarian implant a microchip in Newman’s shoulder. “I couldn’t stand to lose him,” Fabrizio said, adding sheepishly, “He’s like a son.”— Jackie Houchin lives in Sun Valley and is a regular contributor to valleynews.com.last_img read more

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Washington County Inmate Roster – 11-27-18

first_imgPossession of MethPossession of a Narcotic Drug (Heroin)Maintaining a Common NuisancePossession of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone)Possession of Paraphernalia Battery or Battery by Bodily Waste November 25Washington County Sheriff’s DepartmentChad Shane Tucker, 44, Fredericksburg Possession of MethPossession of a Narcotic Drug (Heroin)Maintaining a Common NuisancePossession of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone)Possession of ParaphernaliaKatharine Saranam Johnston, 33, Pekincenter_img Kyle Lee Altemeyer, 24, Salem Battery on a MinorNeglect of a DependentDomestic BatteryNovember 26Washington County Sheriff’s DepartmentAmanda Lee Dickerson, 29, Pekinlast_img read more

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DDTV: Harrowing lifeboat footage reveals what the RNLI face during rescue

first_imgThe following footage released by the RNLI shows the treacherous circumstances they must face each and every time they go out to sea.The video is made up of clips captured on lifeboat cameras across the country.Donegal features several times in the video. A clip is shown of a horse being rescued from Lough Derg, and boats in extremely choppy waters being harnessed to safety in Lough Swilly and Arranmore. Bundoran also features in the video. The RNLI don’t just rescue people; but horses, dogs, and dolphins too!RNLI personnel carry pagers 24 hours a day, and are ready to respond at a moment’s notice to save lives at sea.Comments on the video include words of praise and gratitude for their heroism. To learn more about the RNLI and how you can help you can visit their website.DDTV: Harrowing lifeboat footage reveals what the RNLI face during rescue was last modified: January 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

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Four Donegal schools to take part in STEM programme

first_imgFour Donegal schools are to take part in a special ‘STEM’ programme.The education programme in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics called ‘An Chruinne’ is being run in Gaeltacht primary schools to encourage interest in STEM subjects amongst students.The pilot programme, which is devised by Údarás na Gaeltachta and Junior Achievement Ireland, will operate for its second year in 16 primary schools in 7 Gaeltacht regions across counties Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Meath. The 2019 programme was officially launched by Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Seán Kyne T.D. and Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh, broadcaster and former RTÉ journalist who has recently returned to education and is undertaking a degree in medicine.A study by Microsoft Ireland shows that 30% of Irish students don’t understand how STEM is relevant to their lives and 44% of Irish secondary school respondents believed that STEM subjects are more suited to men than women.With this in mind Maire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh, at the launch of An Chruinne, said, “We all understand the importance of science, and it is wonderful that this is being promoted now amongst children and young people, especially girls.“I thought it was interesting that research by Girls in Stem has shown that almost half of students questioned thought that science was more suited to men than women, and that all students need role models to keep them motivated. “Just like in sports, women have a central role in science which needs to be highlighted, and a lot of progress has been made in recent years. The An Chruinne programme is another positive step.”Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh recently became a medical student and the experience has highlighted for her the importance of encouraging an interest in science from an early age and offering children positive and practical science experiences that will encourage them to take up science subjects in secondary education and onwards.“I didn’t do science for my Leaving Cert and so when I began my first semester at medical school last September, I felt like I was on the back foot compared to others in my class. When I was at school I didn’t realise the relevance these subjects would have for me. Giving children an early, positive experience in STEM will mean they are perhaps less fearful of these subjects later on and opens up so many more opportunities for them.”The programme consists of five modules and will teach the higher primary classes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and it is important that such a programme is being delivered through the medium of Irish in primary schools in the Gaeltacht.The Government Chief Whip and the Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Seán Kyne, T.D., said “It is important that we encourage the Gaeltacht’s younger generation towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Providing them with a range of skills to realise their ambitions will lead to a brighter and more innovative future for the Gaeltacht.” Údarás na Gaeltachta Chief Executive, Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh also added “Innovation and the Irish language are cornerstones of Údarás na Gaeltachta’s strategy in the years ahead and this programme delivers both in equal measure. It is essential for us to encourage the Gaeltacht’s younger generation to move towards innovation and spark an interest in STEM sectors through their native language. We are delighted to continue working with Junior Achievement Ireland, Gaeltacht primary schools and local business volunteers to inspire our future entrepreneurs and scientists.”Helen Raftery, Chief Executive of Junior Achievement Ireland said, “We are delighted to have the continued support of Údarás na Gaeltachta as we work with local schools and volunteers to get young people excited about studying science and the skills required for their future success.“Helping students to link the work they are doing in class with the world outside of school enhances their learning experience, and the work of volunteers from business and industry alongside teachers is a great way to make that happen. The presence of the Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Sean Kyne T.D. serves to underline the importance of role models in inspiring young people to see the value of studying STEM.”Four Donegal schools to take part in STEM programme was last modified: February 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)Tags:donegalschoolsSTEMÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

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SA’s hotels attract investors

first_img18 June 2007With South Africa’s tourism industry registering healthy growth and the 2010 Fifa World Cup still to come, it’s little wonder that local hospitality groups are attracting increasing attention from foreign investors.In the latest of a string of investments in the local industry, Leisurecorp has announced the purchase of the 170-hectare Pearl Valley Signature Golf Estate & Spa development in the Western Cape for an undisclosed amount.Leisurecorp is a division of Istithmar, the investment arm of Dubai World, and a partner in the consortium that bought out one of Africa’s prime properties, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, in September last year.‘Huge potential’Leisurecorp chief executive David Spencer told Business Report this week that the course designed by golfing great Jack Nicklaus would host the SA Open Championship later in the year and was regarded as one of the best in the country, with “huge potential” for further development.In May, Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Group announced that it would open a hotel in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, in late 2008, featuring 256 rooms and 27 suites.The Radisson Sandton will be located in the heart of South Africa’s financial centre, in close proximity to the JSE, Sandton Convention Centre and Sandton City shopping mall and within easy distance of OR Tambo International Airport.“South Africa is an upcoming destination for business and leisure travellers,” Rezidor CEO Kurt Ritter said in a statement.“The government has prioritised tourism as a key economic sector, and international arrivals increase continuously – we are expecting new heights in 2010 when the country hosts the Fifa World Cup,” Ritter added.Four new Express by Holiday InnsAlso in May, UK-based InterContinental Hotel Group announced that they had entered into partnership with Cape Town-based ISO Leisure to develop four new Express by Holiday Inn hotels in South Africa.The four hotels will be situated in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Umhlanga outside Durban, and will be built between 2007 and 2009.InterContinental’s announcement was “indicative of our confidence in the country’s economic prospects and stability,” said InterContinental vice-president for Africa development, Ewan Cameron.In March, Australia-based Stella Group purchased Africa’s biggest hotel chain, Protea Hotels, from local private investors for Aus$255-million (about R1.48-billion).The acquisition gives the Stella Group access to more than 9 000 rooms in 126 hotels in 13 countries around Africa. Another 3 000 rooms will be added to Protea Hotels by the end of 2008/09.“As the leading independent hotel management group in Africa, Protea Hotels is an excellent acquisition for Stella Group, rounding out an important geographic region in the company’s international profile,” said Stella Group MD Rolf Krecklenberg.Up to eight new luxury hotelsAlso in March, Germany’s Arabella Hotel Holdings International and US-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced plans to build as many as eight luxury hotels in South Africa, with at least two expected to be operational in time for the 2010 World Cup.However, by far the largest foreign investment in SA’s hospitality industry to date occurred in September 2006, when Istithmar partnered with UK-based London and Regional Properties to buy the iconic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town for US$1-billion.The deal includes an additional $1-billion investment in further development of the Waterfront, including increasing the number of hotels there.Prior to that, in March 2006, Kuwait-based IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFAHR) listed two South African subsidiaries on the JSE. IFAHR South Africa owns Zimbali Lodge on KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast, and a 50% stake in the multi-million rand Zimbali Coastal Resort, which combines hotels, golf courses and luxury residences and leisure facilities.A 300-hectare extension to the resort, Zimbali Lakes, is due to be substantially complete in time for the 2010 Football World Cup.Record-breaking growthAccording to the latest official figures, South Africa’s foreign tourist arrivals grew by 14% in 2006, three times the global tourism growth rate of 4.5%.Tourism to South Africa has flourished since the fall of apartheid: while only 3-million foreign visitors visited the country in 1994, the number had more than doubled to 6.7-million by 2004, and increased to a record 8.4-million in 2006.According to the Department of Tourism, tourism’s contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew from 4.6% in 1993 to 8.3% in 2006, and the government is looking to further increase its contribution to 12% of GDP by 2014.Hosting the Fifa 2010 World Cup, the largest sporting event in the world, will bring in tens of thousands of additional tourists not only to watch the matches, but also to be part of the celebratory atmosphere around the country.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Open Source: Fuel Powering Innovation and Digital Transformation

first_imgOpen Source continues to make an impact on both IT and software development.Open source innovation has led to the development of new markets over ten times during the last twenty years, said David Senf, vice president at IDC Canada.  The first major impact of Open Source was with the development of the Linux operating system.  Next was the influence of the Apache web server, and then open source databases like MySQL came on the scene.  After that, there has been a flood of open source software spanning many categories.Open source products include development tools, web browsers, the Android operating system, Hadoop for big data, and tools like Jenkins, Chef and Puppet for devops.  Products like OpenStack are also taking on the cloud.  And, in fact, much of the cloud today runs on Linux.  Senf said that “open source is the platform that big data is built on. Without Hadoop and Spark, we wouldn’t have big data.”The biggest new development areas in software all have strong foundations in open source software: cloud, big data, analytics, and mobile.  Open source continues to fuel new innovation and digital transformation.Mike Olson, Cloudera co-founder and chief strategy officer, said that “there’s been a stunning and irreversible trend in enterprise infrastructure. If you’re operating a data center, you’re almost certainly using an open source operating system, database, middleware, and other plumbing. No dominant platform-level software infrastructure has emerged in the last ten years in closed-source, proprietary form.”last_img read more

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Weight loss studies to answer some common questions!

first_imgQuestion: How does exercising while fasting impact weight loss?Answer:  Feeding influences adipose tissue responses to exercise in overweight men, is a study conducted in 2017 by the University of Bath in the UK.  This study found that overweight men who exercised in a fasting state did lose more adipose tissue. Still, it did not result in more weight loss than the men who exercised in the fed state1. Another small study conducted in the UK found that in 30 obese men who exercised before breakfast burned twice the fat as men who ate breakfast before they worked out. This increased fat burning is due to the body being forced to use stored carbohydrates as the body’s fuel sources.  Once those storages are gone, the body then turns to the fat cells.  In this study, the two groups lost similar amounts of weight2.Question: What is the best diet to follow for weight loss?Answer:  The best diet depends on the person.  The Mediterranean diet and DASH diet are great options for a healthy lifestyle and weight loss. The Mediterranean diet focuses on healthy fats, including avocados, olive oil, fish, and nuts, as well as plenty of beans, fruit, vegetables, and whole grains.3 It does suggest limiting red meat to once or twice a week.3 Studies have found that following a diet or a lower-carb version of the diet can result in a weight loss of about 5-10% of body weight in 12 months. The DASH diet, originally designed to reduce sodium intake to help control blood pressure, but recently it has been used as a weight loss and overall healthy living diet. The DASH diet, similarly to the Mediterranean diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat/non-fat dairy and limited saturated fat and dietary cholesterol.3 With both of these diets, following the diet with a deficit in calories can result in weight loss.Question: Should you weigh yourself every day?Answer: Registered Dietitian and author, Bonnie Taub-Dix suggests that weighing yourself every day is not necessary to losing weight. She says not to give more power to the scale than it deserves4. “Some people find it comforting to weigh themselves daily.  For other people the scale brings angst. The latter group shouldn’t weigh themselves at all. The key is knowing yourself and which tools will help you find success”, says Taub-Dix.4https://www.physiology.org/doi/pdf/10.1152/ajpendo.00006.2017https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/18/health/exercise-breakfast-fat-burn-wellness/index.htmlhttps://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/diets/g29462611/best-diets-weight-loss/ Weight loss studiesBy: Sarah Pittman BS, Graduate Student in Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinoislast_img read more

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