Super Sheldon helps Scorpions sting Pride

first_imgCottrell’s all-round heroics help Scorpions sting PridePORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Tail-ender Sheldon Cottrell smashed a brace of sixes at the death as Jamaica Scorpions escaped with a nervy two-wicket win over hapless Barbados Pride to post their second victory of the Regional Super50 here yesterday.With the game still very much an open contest with Scorpions tottering on 118 for eight at the start of the 33rd over in pursuit of 139 for victory, Cottrell twice cleared the ropes at the expense of debutant left-arm spinner Dane Currency, to ease the tension at Queen’s Park Oval.Man of the Match Cottrell, who ended on 16 not out, and Nikita Miller, seven not out, then calmly gathered the remaining nine runs in singles to clinch victory at the end of the 38th over.Cottrell had earlier claimed three for 18 with his left-arm pace, and leg-spinner Damien Jacobs, three for 38, as Pride were bundled out for 138 off 45.5 overs after opting to bat first.Captain Kevin Stoute hit 39 from 74 balls, but wicketkeeper Mario Rampersaud was the only other batsman to reach the 20s with exactly 20.In-form AndrÈ McCarthy then laid the foundation for the successful run chase with a top score of 49 from 76 balls, while Antiguan Devon Thomas chipped in with 33 from 65 deliveries.With the pair involved in a comfortable 84-run, third-wicket stand and Pride seemingly out of ideas, Scorpions appeared to be romping to an easy win.But experienced left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn turned the game on its head in a second spell which accounted for both batsmen and yielded four for 28 from 10 overs overall.His spell triggered a slide which saw six wickets fall for just 13 runs in the space of 42 balls, to give Pride a scent of an unlikely victory.Wickets continued to tumble until Cottrell arrived to strike two key blows and rescue the innings.AT ST PAUL’S SPORTS COMPLEX: Guyana Jaguars defeated Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners by six wickets in their Group B, third-round game in the Regional Super50 at St Paul’s Sports Complex here yesterday.Scores: MAROONERS 149 all out off 48.3 overs (Ryan Hinds 47; Veerasammy Permaul 4-22, Paul Wintz 3-21). JAGUARS 153 for four off 35 overs (Assad Fudadin 71; Vikash Mohan 2-25).SCOREBOARDPRIDE INNINGSD Smith c D Thomas b Gordon 1K Corbin lbw b Cottrell 0*K Stoute lbw b Campbell 39S Brooks st A Thomas b Miller 19J Carter c King b Campbell 18R Chase b Jacobs 2J Greaves b Jacobs 3+M Rampersaud b Cottrell 20A Nurse lbw b Jacobs 9S Benn not out 18D Currency b Cottrell 0Extras (lb4, w5) 9TOTAL (all out, 45.5 overs) 138Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-9, 3-36, 4-80, 5-82, 6-86, 7-89, 8-99, 9-138, 10-138.Bowling: Cottrell 4.5-1-18-3, Gordon 4-1-12-1, Miller 8-1-20-1, Jacobs 10-1-38-3 (w2), Campbell 10-0-32-2 (w3), Lambert 6-0-14-0.SCORPIONS’ INNINGST Griffith c Brooks b Nurse 4*J Campbell c Benn b Nurse 8D Thomas c wkp Rampersaud b Benn 33A McCarthy c Smith b Benn 49T Lambert c Smith b Benn 0B King lbw b Currency 8+A Thomas lbw b Benn 0N Miller not out 7D Jacobs run out 0S Cottrell not out 16Extras (w12, nb2) 14TOTAL (8 wkts, 38 overs) 139Did not bat: N GordonFall of wickets: 1-9, 2-21, 3-105, 4-107, 5-116, 6-116, 7-117, 8-118.Bowling: Nurse 6-0-35-2 (w8, nb2), Greaves 2-0-13-0 (w1), Currency 4-1-24-1 (w1), Benn 10-1-28-4 (w1), Chase 2-0-10-0 (w1), Smith 6-0-14-0, Carter 8-1-15-0.Result: Scorpions won by to wickets.Points: Scorpions 5, Pride 0.Man-of-the-Match: Sheldon Cottrell.Toss: Pride.Umpires: N Duguid, P Nero.last_img read more

Federal government spending 45B to buy Trans Mountain pipeline BC terminal

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – The federal Liberal government plans to spend $4.5 billion to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and all of Kinder Morgan Canada’s core assets.Finance Minister Bill Morneau says that in return, Kinder Morgan will go ahead with its original plan to twin the pipeline this summer while the sale is finalized, which likely won’t happen until August.Once the sale is complete, Canada will continue the construction on its own, with a view to eventually selling the whole thing down the road, once market conditions would allow it to get the best price.Morneau presented the options during an early-morning cabinet meeting today before ministers signed off on the chosen option, which he says is still subject to the approval of Kinder Morgan shareholders.“We believe this is the best way to protect thousands of well-paying jobs and the safest and most effective way to get our resources to world markets,” Morneau told a news conference in Ottawa after the meeting, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr at his side.“Make no mistake: this is an investment in Canada’s future.”Export Development Canada will finance the purchase, which includes the pipeline, pumping stations, and rights of way along the route between Edmonton and Vancouver, as well as the marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C., where oil is loaded onto tankers for export.Morneau says the federal government does not plan to be a long-term owner and is in negotiations with interested investors, including Indigenous communities, pension funds and the Alberta government, which will provide funding for any unexpected costs that arise during construction.“To investors considering Canada as a place to build big, important, transformative projects like the Trans Mountain expansion, we want you to know that you have a partner in Ottawa,” Morneau said.“One who not only respects the rule of law but who understands the challenges you are up against and will work with you to find solutions that work for everyone.”The plan, similar to how Canada financed and managed shares in General Motors and Chrysler in 2009 during the financial crisis, will include a new Crown corporation to manage the project.The deal brings some certainty to an expansion project that has been on the rocks ever since B.C. went to court in hopes of blocking it, fearing the impact of a spill of diluted bitumen, the raw output from Alberta’s oilsands.Ottawa has the constitutional authority to build interprovincial projects like pipelines, but B.C. Premier John Horgan has gone to court to get a judge to weigh in on whether B.C.’s jurisdiction for the environment would allow him to regulate what flows through the pipeline.The ensuing uncertainty, paired with vociferous opposition from environmental groups and some Indigenous communities in B.C., prompted Kinder Morgan to halt investment until the federal government could inject some certainty into the project.“The previous government spent 10 years pitting the environment and the economy against each other; they pitted us against each other. It polarized us. That is not who we are,” Carr told the news conference.“The majority of Canadians support this project. The majority of Canadians understand that we are in a transition to a clean-growth century, and we will not get there overnight. But we will get there.”Ottawa is pressing ahead, firmly of the opinion there is no doubt about its jurisdiction. It is also confident it will prevail in a Federal Court challenge by some Indigenous communities over its approval of the pipeline, a ruling on which is due any day.A Finance Department official says that as a Crown project in the national interest, Canada has special allowances to proceed that may not be available to a private-sector company.Canada approved the project in November 2016, following an expanded environmental review process that included additional consultations with Indigenous communities and assessing the amount of additional emissions likely to result from additional production.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has long insisted the project is in Canada’s national interest and is a pivotal part of the country’s economic future.Canada loses $15 billion every year on the sale of oil because the U.S. remains its only export customer, resulting in a lower price, Trudeau argues. A lack of capacity in pipelines or in rail cars to ship oil produced in Alberta is also hurting Canada’s energy sector.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

DU withdraws Ishas expulsion on mysterious probe

first_imgIffat Jahan Isha. File PhotoThe Dhaka University authorities on Wednesday withdrew the expulsion of Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall unit president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Iffat Jahan Isha.BCL is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League.The university authorities have also decided to take disciplinary action against 26 female students of the hall over the 11 April incident during which Isha allegedly assaulted some of her fellow students and for which the authorities itself had expelled her.DU authorities have claimed that they took the decision based on a probe body report, but they neither disclosed the report nor disclosed the name of probe body members.DU proctor AKM Golam Rabbani said the decision was taken in a disciplinary board meeting with vice chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair on Wednesday.Read More: DU BCL leader expelled for ‘torturing’ quota protesterRabbani claimed that a five-member probe body was formed to investigate the attack on female students at the female dormitory on early 11 April, but the probe body found untrue the allegation of cutting tendon of a student.“The allegation against Isha was that she had cut tendon of a leg of a student, but the hall administration found no veracity of the allegation and that’s why her expulsion order has been withdrawn,” Rabbani told Prothom Alo.When asked about who were the members of the probe body, Rabbani did not give the answer and asked to know it from the hall provost.The hall provost, Sabita Rezwana Rahman, also said a five-strong body investigated the matter, but did not reveal the name of its members. Several students of the hall have expressed their concern over the decision of the authorities. They said Iffat has been involved in torturing students for quite a long time. She harassed some students in the small hours of 11 April for participating in quota reform movement, stirring a huge protest by several hundreds of students in and outside the hall.Read More: DU’s expulsion of Isha unconstitutional: ALThey also alleged that the university authorities are not considering other allegations of torturing the students against Iffat.Students said even if the allegation of cutting tendon of a student is not true, there are several other allegations of torturing quota protesters, but the university authorities did not take it into account. Students in a meeting with provost on 12 April also raised different allegations against Isha of torturing general students.But no one from the DU authorities clarifies their position on the matter. They are also keeping mum about the committee’s stance over these allegations against Iffat. DU authorities also did not confirm the identity of the 26 students, against whom they have decided to take disciplinary action.Announcing his decision of expulsion on 11 April, DU VC Md Akhtaruzzaman had told newsmen, “She [Morsheda] was tortured physically. She was injured. And I verified the allegation from both sides. University proctor and the hall administration too gave me the same statement.“Then I took the decision. As this girl [Isha] has assaulted and injured another girl, she [Isha] is hereby expelled from the university,” the DU VC had added.Read More: DU withdraws expulsion order on BCL leader IshaDU proctor Golam Rabbani also had told newsmen on the day that it’s Isha who had “launched the attack”.“The name of the student who launched the attack is Iffat Jahan Isha. I’ve heard it from herself and she herself beg pardon for that. And then I’ve understood that this crime has taken place here,” Rabbani had said.last_img read more

UPDATE Santa Fe Mourners Endure Grief That None Of Us Can Comprehend

first_imgAP Photo/David J. PhillipMembers of the Dayspring Church raise their hands in prayer Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. A gunman opened fire inside Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, killing at least 10 people. Congregations in this deeply religious community near Houston gathered Sunday for their first worship services since a teenager with a shotgun blasted his way into a high school art classroom and killed 10 people — eight students and two teachers. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Congregations in this deeply religious community near Houston gathered Sunday for their first services since a gunman blasted his way into a high school and killed 10 people, with one pastor lamenting the grief “that none of us can comprehend.”Just two days after the deaths of eight students and two substitute teachers, graduating seniors also marked the end of the school year with a baccalaureate service that acknowledged the pain wracking Santa Fe, a town of 13,000, while Muslim mourners remembered the life of a slain exchange student from Pakistan.“They will never be forgotten in this community, these young people, children just going to school,” said Brad Drake, pastor of the Dayspring Church, where a service was held that included memories of a slain student who was a congregant there. “We have families today that are grieving a grief that none of us can comprehend.”Drake read the names of the dead, including Angelique Ramirez who attended Dayspring and was a member of the church’s youth ministry. Angelique’s family was not at the service.“She was a sweet young lady, had a style all of her own,” he recalled. “She almost always had a new hairstyle.”Kelly Ward, a licensed counselor who runs a ministry in Springfield, Missouri, took the stage to urge congregants not to suppress emotions.“How do we get through this? What do we do?” Ward asked. “The answer is to let everyone grieve, including yourselves.”He said people can help mourning families or friends simply by listening “because dwelling in us is the spirit of God.”Church leaders wore green T-shirts with gold lettering —the colors of Santa Fe High School. Inside an outline of the state of Texas, the letters spelled out a verse from 2 Corinthians 4:8-9: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”In a nearby church kitchen, parishioners prepared plates of barbecue to be sold after the service, with all proceeds going to victims’ families.At Arcadia First Baptist Church, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott hugged parishioners as they arrived. Among them was Monica Bracknell, an 18-year-old senior who survived the shooting. She stopped to tell the governor that the attack should not be turned into a political battle over gun control.Surrounded by television cameras, photographers and reporters, she told Abbott guns were not to blame.“People are making this into a political issue,” she said. “This is not a political issue. It’s not a gun-law issue.”Arcadia First Baptist also hosted the baccalaureate service Sunday evening, which was moved from the school auditorium in the wake of the shooting. Speaker and Santa Fe graduate Aaron Chenoweth gave a short testimony about the trials and tribulations this graduating class had faced.Chenoweth called on the community’s faith in God, saying, “If you give God the glory, you will always find comfort and love.”It was not the first time faith in Santa Fe has been tested with the whole country watching. In 2000, the city was at the center of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that banned students from leading pregame prayer over loudspeakers.The court ruled 6-3 that the school district’s policy of allowing student-led prayers at campus events violated the constitutionally required separation of church and state. Justices said giving students a public forum for prayer was effectively sponsoring the message.Also Sunday, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called for a “hardening” of the nation’s school buildings in the wake of Friday’s attack.Patrick, a Republican, blamed a “culture of violence” and said more needs to be done to keep shooters away from students, such as restricting school entrances and arming teachers.“When you’re facing someone who’s an active shooter, the best way to take that shooter down is with a gun. But even better than that is four to five guns to one,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union.”On ABC’s “The Week,” Patrick said he supports background checks for gun purchasers but stressed that “gun regulation starts at home.”Meanwhile, hundreds of members of Houston’s Muslim community attended a service for Sabika Sheikh, a 17-year-old exchange student from Pakistan who talked about one day becoming a diplomat.Her host mother, Joleen Cogburn, recalled asking Sheikh why she came to study in the U.S. She said she wanted to learn American culture and to share Pakistani culture with Americans.“And I want us to come together and unite,” she told Cogburn. “I don’t know if they know us the way they should.”Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Sheikh continues to be a diplomat “because even in her death, she is pulling the relationships between Pakistan and the United States, specifically the Houston area, even closer.” Her body was to be returned to Karachi.The suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, also 17, has been jailed on capital murder charges.In their first statement since the massacre, Pagourtzis’ family said Saturday that the bloodshed “seems incompatible with the boy we love.”“We are as shocked and confused as anyone else by these events,” said the statement, which offered prayers and condolences to the victims.Relatives said they remained “mostly in the dark about the specifics” of the attack and shared “the public’s hunger for answers.”The suspect’s attorney, Nicholas Poehl, said he was investigating whether his client endured any “teacher-on-student” bullying after reading reports of Pagourtzis being mistreated by football coaches.In an online statement, the school district said it investigated the accusations and “confirmed that these reports were untrue.”Poehl said that there was no history of mental health issues with his client, though there may be “some indications of family history.” He said it was too early to elaborate.___Associated Press writers P. Solomon Banda and Nomaan Merchant in Santa Fe and Paul J. Weber in Austin, Texas, contributed to this report. Sharelast_img read more

Evidence suggests global warming might have a negative impact on some government

first_img Most people know that exposure to hot weather can impact thought processing, emotions and ultimately behavior—news reports of higher rates of crime during heatwaves provide just one example. In this new effort, the researchers wondered what impact hot weather might have on public servants—particularly those who have to work regardless of the weather. More specifically, they focused their attention on food inspectors and police officers—and the people with whom they interact. The study was done as part of ongoing research into possible impacts on people due to global warming.To better understand how food inspectors and police officers might be impacted by hotter weather, the researchers accessed databases of information about food inspection activities and traffic statistics. More specifically, for food inspectors, they looked at the number of food safety inspections that occurred and the number of food safety violations that were reported over the years 2001 to 2015. For police officer performance, they looked at the number of police stops made and the number of accidents that occurred across the U.S. from 2002 to 2017. Linking such data with weather data allowed the researchers to spot behavioral changes during periods of hot weather.The researchers found that there were more car accidents during hot weather—but there were fewer traffic stops. There were also fewer food inspections, but more food safety violations. They suggest more car accidents and food safety violations are indicative of changes in the behavior of drivers and those who work in restaurants, when they get hot—they become less careful. The data also suggests that hot weather can causes police officers and food inspectors to be less diligent, which, the researchers suggest, could be a problem as the planet continues to heat up. A team of researchers affiliated with MIT and Harvard University has found evidence suggesting that as the planet heats up, the performance of some government workers might be negatively impacted. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nick Obradovich, Dustin Tingley and Iyad Rahwan describe their study of data related to police officer and food inspector performance during hot weather, and what they found. © 2018 Phys.org Explore further More information: Nick Obradovich et al. Effects of environmental stressors on daily governance, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1803765115AbstractHuman workers ensure the functioning of governments around the world. The efficacy of human workers, in turn, is linked to the climatic conditions they face. Here we show that the same weather that amplifies human health hazards also reduces street-level government workers’ oversight of these hazards. To do so, we employ US data from over 70 million regulatory police stops between 2000 and 2017, from over 500,000 fatal vehicular crashes between 2001 and 2015, and from nearly 13 million food safety violations across over 4 million inspections between 2012 and 2016. We find that cold and hot temperatures increase fatal crash risk and incidence of food safety violations while also decreasing police stops and food safety inspections. Added precipitation increases fatal crash risk while also decreasing police stops. We examine downscaled general circulation model output to highlight the possible day-to-day governance impacts of climate change by 2050 and 2099. Future warming may augment regulatory oversight during cooler seasons. During hotter seasons, however, warming may diminish regulatory oversight while simultaneously amplifying the hazards government workers are tasked with overseeing. Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Evidence suggests global warming might have a negative impact on some government workers (2018, August 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-evidence-global-negative-impact-workers.html Empathetic police are less effective in the face of public criticism, study says This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

The ABCs of Facebook Live Video and Why You Need to Get

first_img 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. August 24, 2017 Would you like to find a way to reach your target market without a large advertising budget? A way that helps build trust, establishes you as the authority and leader in your niche, and (best of all) brings in leads and cash-paying customers?No problem, I’m just going to need you to rub this magic lamp here, and make a really big wish.Just kidding.Related: 5 Social Media Rules Every Entrepreneur Should KnowThe good news is, reaching your target market for free in a way that builds instant authority is possible. And easy. Through Facebook’s “Live Video,” you can reach your target market organically (meaning without paid ads). And appearing on video in real time gives an instant boost to your brand. Live is authentic and personable, and with the ability for viewers to comment, it’s interactive as well.What is Facebook Live?Straight from Facebook, Facebook Live allows you to: “Broadcast to the largest audience in the world with the camera in your pocket.” It is a way to post in real time from your phone or desktop and instantly reach your target market. Plus, the videos run continuously in replay.How to use it for businessFirst, decide what you want to be known for. While I am sure you are talented in many ways, your Facebook Live platform should stick to one topic per Facebook Business Page/Fan Page. Jumping around is confusing and ineffective. It’s kind of like if Entrepreneur started featuring paleo recipes this week and then next week started teaching us how to build birdhouses. Confusing, chaotic and in the end, you’ll lose your audience, rather than build it up.Related: 10 Laws of Social Media MarketingStick to one general topic to be effective.As the CEO of Elite Digital Group, and founder of the 3Daysto10k.com program, I keep my Facebook Lives targeted around driving direct leads and sales profitably for entrepreneurs and small businesses.This recent post reached 141,234 people — for free!What to talk aboutA few topic ideas to get you started:1. Boost your content. If you are already producing original content through a blog, newsletter or other medium, use your Facebook Lives to give a sneak peek and link back to the original source of your content. It is an effective and free way to drive more people to your website — and if you aren’t doing this, you are missing out on a lot of potential web traffic.2. Answer questions asked. Do a Q&A series simply answering questions about your niche. A place for inspiration to find questions is answerthepublic.com. It is a collection of questions asked online and you can look up your topic area. Sharing content that people are looking for starts your relationship with a prospect off with value and goes a long way in establishing trust.Related: 12 Social Media Mistakes That Entrepreneurs Make3. Spoltlight client success stories. Interview your top clients, customers or patients. Using a third-party broadcasting software such as Zoom or BLive, you can split the screen and interview someone for a Facebook Live video. This is a great way to share the success stories of your best clients, make them feel good as they are turned into celebrities and attract more people just like them to your tribe.4. Broadcast live event. Whether you are attending a conference and can grab a quick interview with a speaker or vendor, or you simply share some of your lessons learned during the event, bringing a piece of live events to your audience is a great way to use Facebook Live. It brings a sneak peek into something your audience wouldn’t normally have access to and positions you as the authority and leader of your niche.In next week’s article on Entrepreneur.com I will share a script to follow for your Facebook Live videos. For now, begin to create content topic lists so you can map out your theme and be ready to go Live. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more