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New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets

first_imgAUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP):Martin Guptill hit the fastest half-century by a New Zealand batsman, only for Colin Munro to better it moments later, as the hosts needed just 10 overs to rout Sri Lanka by nine wickets in their Twenty20 match yesterday, winning both matches of the series.Grant Elliott took 4-22 as New Zealand restricted Sri Lanka to 142-8 batting first.Guptill then reached his 50 off 19 balls, and Munro needed just 14 deliveries, hitting a six on the last ball of the 10th over to end the lopsided contest, with New Zealand finishing on 147-1.Munro’s half-century, which included seven sixes, was the second fastest in all T20 internationals, behind only a 12-ball 50 by India’s Yuvraj Singh.New Zealand had previously won the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka 2-0 and the five-match one-day series 3-1, with one match abandoned.In losing this series, Sri Lanka likely surrendered their top ranking in Twenty20 cricket to the West Indies ahead of the World Cup in India in March.Munro missed both the Test and one-day series but returned as a Twenty20 specialist, and his barnstorming innings should be enough to seal his place at No. 3 in the New Zealand order for the World Cup.He had a hard act to follow when he came to the wicket, with Guptill just out for 63 after an 89-run opening partnership with Kane Williamson. Guptill had already taken the long-handle to the Sri Lanka bowlers, hitting six fours and five sixes.”Guppy’s had a very good record this summer, and to beat that record was very pleasing for myself,” said Munro, who was named Man of the Match.New Zealand captain Williamson had the best seat in the house to watch the power hitting as he shared the swift opening stand with Guptill, then another of 58 with Munro. He finished with a comparatively sedate 32 not out from 21 balls.Sri Lanka leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay conceded 41 runs from two overs and Dushmantha Chameera 46 from three.Angelo Mathews held together the Sri Lanka innings with an outstanding unbeaten 81 from 49 balls, while his teammates too often threw away their wickets with rash shots. Tillakaratne Dilshan, who made 28, was the only batsman other than Mathews to bat responsibly.”I’m really disappointed with the way we played,” Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal said. “Thanks to Angelo, we were able to put a competitive total on the board, but I’m really disappointed with the way we bowled.”last_img read more

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Weekend of close matches in the Western League

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Tuff Gong Domino Club eked out a thrilling one-point (300-299) victory over Long Bay in the Charley’s JB Overproof Rum Western Jamaica Domino Premier League on Sunday.The nail-biting finish was one of the closest margins of victory for any club in this season’s competition and showed Tuff Gong’s mettle in staving off the challenge laid down by their opponents.Tuff Gong held a comfortable, but slender seven-point (153-146) lead at the halfway mark, but Long Bay, feeling the love from their supporters, rallied in the early stages of the second half.With the scores equal in the waning moments of the tight match, it was the Tuff Gong pairs who held sway to score a memorable win.Dynasty were also forced to hold on to a single-point victory in their contest with Deeside Untouchables in another enthralling Premier League tie, and it was a similar score in the match-up between Unity Strikers and Strike Force.Western Strikers defeated Rainbow by a nine-point margin (300-291), while Tornado wasted little time to blow away Dallas 300-272 in Division One action, while Uptown eased past Cool Wave 300-280 in their encounter.Matches across all three divisions will resume on Sunday, with matches slated for a 1 p.m. start.last_img read more

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SA, Germany deepen science alliance

first_img24 April 2013 South Africa and Germany have deepened their collaboration in science and technology and launched several initiatives in the field, it was announced at the close of the German-South African Year of Science last week. The Year of Science was an initiative between South Africa’s Science and Technology Department and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. One of the major outcomes was the Science and Technology Department committing R4-million to improving the skills base in South Africa as part of a research programme partnership with Germany to better understand the earth system. The deal was confirmed in a meeting between Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom and president of the Helmholtz Centre for Geosciences, Reinhard Huttl, in Berlin last Monday. ‘Enhancing competitiveness’ “For both our countries’ economies, strategic bilateral partnerships are key in engaging with the challenges that our countries and the globe face,” Hanekom said at the closing ceremony on Tuesday. Scientific innovation in particular enhances competitiveness, economic and human capital development and technology transfer, according to Hanekom. The two countries signed a science and technology cooperation agreement in 1996 with a joint research fund for research and development in agriculture, life, earth, mathematical, engineering, physical and health sciences. Since then, over 400 research and development projects, worth over R80-million, have been funded at universities, research institutions and industrial partners. The Year of Science created a “new quality of cooperation, improved contacts and networks, showing what a global responsibility could mean for the future”, said the Gernam Minister for Education and Research, Johanna Wanka.Strengthening collaboration “Our aim was to strengthen even more our collaboration in the field of science and technology – not only for the time of a year, but in the long run. “We identified together a number of issues such as bio-economics, health economics, climate change and urbanisation,” she said. Some of the other collaborative projects agreed on during the year include Germany joining the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) projects. SASSCAL was developed to address global climate change problems in Africa, and involves South Africa, Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. “Following the Year of Science, there is a good indication that an increase in joint projects and demand for opportunities will derive from this bilateral cooperation, and that the cooperation will continue to serve as a catalyst for scientific development and improve the quality of life in the two countries,” the Science and Technology Department said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Cash flow, profits and marketing flexibility important to consider for beef herds

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As summer turned to autumn, you faced familiar questions. Do I market calves at weaning or precondition them? Which heifers should I keep? Record prices made answers a bit easier last year, but with those on the decline you may want to consider alternatives.The decision of when to market calves relative to weaning comes down to enterprise profitability along with feed, facilities and labor availability. Cash flow can play a role, too, but recent profits may give you more marketing flexibility.Affordable feed and forage suggests a reasonable cost of gain for preconditioning. If you used profits to upgrade facilities, you’re ready to take advantage of reduced labor and management costs while trying to add value and weight in an uncertain market.As calf supplies increases in this expansion phase, premiums for preconditioning tend to increase as buyers become more selective.The value of gain during preconditioning is linked to improvements in health, reduction in shrink and weight gain. It’s hard to earn health premiums without some verification, so consider participating in branded systems with defined requirements, oversight and a marketing program to increase buyer confidence.Shrink is reduced when you separate weaning stress from marketing. Shrink is inevitable when you handle cattle, but preconditioning lets you sort them into marketing groups in the lot as you familiarize them with bunk feeding.Producers should work with nutritionists to develop an energy-dense diet to promote gain during this critical time. Selling more pounds of a value-added product is another way to improve preconditioning profits while preparing calves to perform on the rail. Since marbling development is a lifetime process, energy-dense preconditioning diets offer advantages on the farm or ranch while potentially enhancing grade for the feeder.As the cow herd expands, you can expect more selection pressure on replacement heifers everywhere, so you might as well start at home. The record-low beef cow inventory coupled with record-high calf prices last year led to greater heifer retention and less selection pressure. When you wean heifers this fall, pay more attention to quality replacements.Begin by selecting heifers born early in the calving season. These early-born females are more productive over their lifetime and carry genetics adapted to your operation’s management and resources. They will be older and require less inputs to achieve puberty and an adequate percentage of mature size by the start of breeding season.From this group, cull heifers with obvious disposition problems, because seldom does a poor disposition get better. Heifers with pinkeye scars or known health challenges are also candidates for culling. If you’re trying to moderate mature size, take another look at frame in your heifers. It’s easy to spot and cull the short and poor performers, but if you don’t cull the larger framed heifers, mature cows size will drift higher over time.This is the time to look at available data such as individual weaning weights and perhaps records for related females in the herd. Keep that data handy as you look at frame size to help find the right heifers.Another data point to consider is DNA. A preconditioning period lets you make an initial phenotypic evaluation, collect samples on heifer prospects and wait for results while the group remains in the lot. Current DNA tests provide information on maternal, terminal and production traits, along with optional parentage and BVD-PI testing. Combining the DNA results with records and phenotypic evaluation lets you select replacements suited to the environment while advancing the genetic merit of their offspring.last_img read more

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Twitter Japan Will Allow Users to Charge for Access to Their Tweets

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Don’t Pay for Twitter – Pay for Accessing TweetsAccording to today’s reports, which still lack a lot of detail, Twitter users will have a number of options to pay for these account. According to Media magazine’s Anita Davis, users can pay monthly subscriptions with their credit cards and the pay-per-tweet options could be “charged to credit card, convenience store top-up cards or carrier billing for Twitter-on-mobile users.”Overall, this looks like an interesting business model for the Japanese market. Instead of charging its users directly for the use of Twitter, this option gives content producers the option to charge for their work. This new payment system will also give news organizations the option to experiment with delivering paid news, for examples.. Would You Pay To Access Premium Tweets?In the rest of the world, however, Twitter is more likely to make money through charging for premium accounts that add new features (analytics, verified accounts, etc.). Image credit: itmedia.co.jp Twitter’s Japanese partner, Digital Garage, will soon introduce a micropayment system that will give Twitter users the option to charge for access to their tweets. According to Media magazine, users will be able hide access to images, external URLs and text behind a paywall and other users would only be able to see this content if they either paid for a monthly subscription or through a pay-per-tweet option. Twitter itself will take a 30% cut. Kenichi Sugi, the COO of Digital Garage Mobile, announced this new business model at mobidec2009 earlier this week. The paid accounts will go live in January 2010.Twitter’s Japanese subsidiary has always been somewhat different from Twitter’s main site. Twitter Japan already offers advertising options, for example. Japan is also the only market where Twitter offers its own mobile application and mobile video service. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Ashok Tanwar skips Gurugram event

first_imgInfighting within the Haryana Congress shows no signs of abating as former State unit chief Ashok Tanwar skipped the party’s manifesto committee meeting and the “Pehle Report, Phir Vote” campaign in Gurugram on Friday.“There’s no point in attending the [manifesto committee] meeting. When I was the president, these leaders who are at the helm [referring to new State unit chief Kumari Selja and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda) never cooperated with me. I will reciprocate the same way,” he told The Hindu. Mr. Tanwar said he was not aware of the party’s Gurugram programme. “I am not aware of today’s programme. Although it should have been launched earlier, I wish them all success,” he said.“It’s the responsibility of the new incumbents to take along other leaders and party workers. We all our working towards the same goal of strengthening the party and throwing out the ruling BJP from Haryana,” the former PCC chief said.Mr. Tanwar has not been attending party meetings, be it to decide candidates or on shaping the campaign strategy for the Assembly elections. He has instead been holding parallel meetings with his supporters. “We will continue with our election campaign separately… like they were doing by holding rallies when I was the State [unit] president,” said Mr. Tanwar.last_img read more

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Pica To Introduce Facial Recognition In Production Of Passports

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 16 (JIS): The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) is moving to further safeguard the identity of persons, with the introduction of a facial recognition feature in the production of passports.Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jennifer McDonald, said the feature was initially introduced at the 15 immigration kiosks installed at the Norman Manley International Airport, in Kingston, and the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.The CEO said a decision was subsequently taken to expand and incorporate it in the passport production process.“One of the primary reasons for this is to reduce (the possibility of) double identity. It really serves to protect the identity of the citizen, because the worst thing you want is to come to renew your passport and be told that it has been renewed already, because someone stole your identity,” she explained.Mrs. McDonald said the project is in the final stages of implementation, and is expected to be completed by the end of the 2015/16 fiscal year in March. She was speaking at a recent International Standards Organization (ISO) 27001 Information Security Management System (ISMS) training seminar, hosted by EduCentres Information Services Limited, at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in New Kingston.Meanwhile, Mrs. McDonald said the introduction and expansion of several other key technology applications within PICA’s operations have also served to significantly boost the quality of the agency’s service delivery.Notable among these, she informed, is the electronic queuing system at the passport office on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew.“So, now we know the longest waiting time, the shortest waiting time (and) the average waiting time of customers. Our supervisors can look at the queue (s) and move resources to ensure that more persons are working on particular functions, in order to try and manage the queues better,” the CEO said.Mrs. McDonald informed that an average of 20 per cent of the over two million passengers passing through Jamaica’s two international airports annually are now processed using the 15 automated immigration kiosks at both locations. She said tourists and other travellers using the kiosks have welcomed their introduction.The kiosks were installed by the National Security Ministry in 2014, as part of an overall $200 million airport improvement programme. Ten are located at the Sangster Airport, with the remainder situated at the Norman Manley Airport. TCI Residents not affected by US ESTA Notice Related Items:Facial Recognition, immigration and citizenship agency, Jennifer McDonald, passport Passport guidelines issued ahead of global E-Passport deadline Recommended for you Passport photo requirements Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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TCI Illegal Sloop Landing

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 2, 2018 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Border Control and Employment and the Immigration Department confirm that an illegal vessel landed on Providenciales on the morning of Monday, January 1, 2018.Eighteen (18) persons including seventeen (17) males and one (1) female were apprehended in the North West Point and Silly Creek areas of Providenciales by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and the Immigration Task Force.   These persons have been processed and remain detained at the Detention Center awaiting repatriation.The Enforcement agencies of the Turks and Caicos Islands are asking that anyone with information concerning planned arrival of other sloops to contact the Police anonymously on 911 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1-800-8477.Tips can also be submitted anonymously in English, French or Spanish on either www.crimestoppers.tc or on Facebook as a fan of Crime Stoppers Turks & Caicos. Crime Stoppers tips are received in the USA.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more

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