Brathwaite: Windies will lift game for decider

first_img Brathwaite put the performance down to an “off night”, however, promising that West Indies would lift their standard for the all-important match at the same venue. “We didn’t have our best day in the field, but that doesn’t mean we’re a bad fielding team,” he stressed. “We’re still as good a fielding team as we were in the first game. That display was excellent. We just had an off night tonight. We should bring our A-game come the last game and try to win the series 2-1.” DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC): Skipper Carlos Brathwaite that says that he hopes West Indies could be at their best for tomorrow’s decider after conceding they were not up to scratch in yesterday’s 36-run defeat in the second Twenty20 International. Sent in, Bangladesh posted 211 for four off their 20 overs – the highest-ever T20 total on home soil – and West Indies folded for 175, with four balls remaining, to leave the three-match series tied at 1-1. The hosts grabbed the early advantage courtesy of Liton Das, who smashed 60 from 34 balls, posting 42 for the first wicket with Tamim Iqbal (15) and a further 68 for the second with Soumya Sarkar (32). When three wickets fell for 10 runs in the space of 12 balls, Mahmudullah (43 not out) and captain Shakib-al-Hasan (42 not out) combined in an unbroken 91-run, fifth-wicket stand to give the innings a rousing finish. “I don’t think that we got it right in the first six overs, so we were always chasing the game,” Brathwaite said afterwards. “But when you say ‘A’, you have to say ‘B’. Credit must go to the Bangladeshi batsmen. Obviously Liton Das chanced his arm early, got away, got a decent score and then Mahmudullah and Shakib kept the momentum right to the end. “We didn’t bowl as well as we wanted, but if I’m to be brutally honest, we still thought they were 10, 15 runs short with how Good the wicket was. I guess we could’ve been a bit tighter with our plans, but you must give credit where credit is due, and I think they batted brilliantly.” West Indies were at fault in the field, missing a couple of chances in an undisciplined effort that fell short of their quality showing in the opening T20 International earlier this week. OFFNIGHTlast_img read more

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Kanhai should have been allowed a proper retirement final match

first_imgDear Editor,Reference is made to a letter about Rohan Kanhai. Ivan John is right that Rohan Kanhai was dropped from WIndies team to tour India without justifiable reason. Kanhai made himself available for the 1974-75 tour of India, having just tied the series against England as Captain and defeated England in England. But the West Indies selectors dropped Kanhai for the India tour saying it wanted youths. India was going to be Kanhai’s last tour and wanted to retire on a high. But he was not allowed to retire honourably, not different from how Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Alvin Kalicharran and Ramnaresh Sarwan were ill-treated and discarded. Clive Lloyd was the common denominator with regards to all four players.Kanhai was approaching 39 but still scoring well in first class games. Clive Lloyd was selected as Kanhai’s replacement as Captain although he had not performed as well as Kanhai in first class matches around that time.Also, Kanhai made himself available for the inaugural 1975 Prudential World Cup played in England. But he was not selected. The selectors said they wanted youths, but Garfield Sobers (slightly older than Kanhai) was selected as a member of the team and made the trip to England. In his last first class (test) series, Sobers batted five times and scored 100 runs total for an average of 20. His highest score was 57 and scored a duck in front of his home crowd in Barbados; he also had a duck in the first innings in the final test in Trinidad.In the 1974 county season in England, Sobers scored 1110 in 28 innings with an average of 48. He also took 29 wickets for an average of 32. In 1974, Kanhai scored 936 runs in 22 innings for an average of 52. Later that year, Kanhai also played five first class matches in South Africa scoring 476 runs for an average of 95, taking his first class tally to about 1400 runs and an overall average of 62 for 1974. In the 1975 season, Kanhai scored 1073 runs for an average of 83. Sobers did not play in the local Shell Shield tournament in 1975 or county matches in England and was a surprised selection as a member of the WIndies team for the World Cup.Australian speedsters Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thompson, both of whom had a reputation of injuring batsmen, warned they would have no mercy on the “old man” in the world cup. Sobers subsequently withdrew from the tour after playing some practice matches. He suggested that Kanhai be called up as his replacement. Other names mentioned included Maurice Foster or David Holford – both of whom were considered as all rounders. Kanhai was in form and still at the top of his game. Eventually, the selectors opted for the reliable Kanhai who was playing county cricket (Warwickshire) at the time, at age 39. And Kanhai did not disappoint. He helped WIndies win the final. Sobers announced his retirement from first class cricket.Kanhai made himself available for the tour to Australia later that year. He was not selected. He went to Australia and played in domestic cricket performing very well. WIndies lost the first test but won the second and lost the third. Vivian Richards was consistently failing and it was suggested by commentators that Kanhai should be brought in as his replacement given that he was present in Australia and was playing well at age 40. But it was not to be. Richards failed again in the fourth test but found form in the fifth and sixth tests. Kanhai continued playing county cricket well into the 1980s and scoring many more runs.In 1984, Americans were fortunate to see Kanhai in action. He led a West Indies team (that included Kalicharran) in a match against an Indian team (led by Sunil Gavaskar and that included Gundappa Vishwanauth, and other retired test cricketers) played in New Jersey. Gavaskar’s 11 won. Both Kanhai and Kalicharran scored freely in the game and Kanhai took a brilliant catch in the slips (think it was Gavaskar’s wicket) showing he was still agile at 48. Kanhai should not have been dumped without an opportunity for a final goodbye match. Kalli, Shiv, Sarwan, Brian Lara all got the same treatment.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

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Impact of diluted bitumen on young sockeye salmon deadly, says Guelph study

first_imgExposure to diluted bitumen hinders the swimming performance of salmon, causes their heart muscle to stiffen and damages their kidneys, her research found.Alderman’s research is funded by the federal government’s National Contaminants Advisory Group, which is part of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) About 1,000 sockeye eggs were used in each of the four diluted bitumen exposure tests, with the amounts ranging from four micrograms of diluted bitumen per litre of water to 35 micrograms per litre to 100 micrograms per litre, Alderman said. The fourth group of eggs was not exposed to the product.Alderman said the largest exposure amount of 100 micrograms per litre reflected the level of oil products measured along the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico following the Deep Water Horizon spill in 2010.She said mortality among the unexposed sockeye eggs was less than two percent.In the exposed fish, the researchers also found changes in brain development and overall performance levels in the young sockeye that survived the diluted bitumen exposure, said Alderman.Advertisement “It’s really affecting multiple body systems in lots of different ways.”The results from the study come as federal and provincial governments, First Nations, environmental groups and energy companies are locked in a contentious debate over the environmental and economic viability of the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline from northern Alberta to Burnaby, B.C.In a recent decision overturning the approval of the pipeline expansion, the Federal Court of Appeal said the National Energy Board unjustifiably excluded the consideration of marine shipping of bitumen in its approval process. The court said the board failed to consider its obligations under the Species at Risk Act in relation to southern resident killer whales.First Nations said during the energy board’s hearings that there were research and information gaps about a spill of diluted bitumen in a marine environment. The Federal Court ruling said there was nothing in the approval process that showed the government addressed those concerns.Bitumen has the consistency of crumbling asphalt and doesn’t flow freely like oil. It needs to be diluted with another petroleum product to allow it to flow through pipelines.Advertisement The federal government agreed last June to buy the existing pipeline, the expansion project and terminals from Kinder Morgan Canada for $4.5 billion after the company threatened to walk away from the Trans Mountain expansion project in April.Alderman said the exposure levels of diluted bitumen were modelled on prospective amounts from potential pipeline spills. She said the research points to the need to have clean up measures in place.“There’s a lot of dilbit being transported in pipelines and most of it is transported very safely,” Alderman said. “But as this industry expands the potential for spills increases. We’re working to understand what to expect if it does happen.”The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers did not comment on the Guelph research, but in a statement, it said it is part of a separate and ongoing independent study to “provide a better understanding of the behaviour of oil in the unlikely event of a spill on water.”Last year, Alderman conducted research that concluded tiny amounts of diluted bitumen weakens the chances of migrating salmon to make it back to the rivers and streams of their birth to spawn.Advertisement VICTORIA, B.C. – A spill of diluted bitumen puts the survival of young salmon at risk even if the fish end up in clean water following exposure to the oil product, says new research from the University of Guelph.Researchers said they made the conclusions after exposing four groups of sockeye salmon eggs to four different amounts of water-soluble diluted bitumen and observed the young fish after the eggs hatched for up to eight months in clean water.“We saw a lot of changes during the exposure,” said Sarah Alderman, a post-doctorate researcher at the University of Guelph’s department of integrative biology. “We found a whole suite of effects from delayed hatching to increased mortality, increased developmental deformities and changes in growth and energy stores in the fish.”- Advertisement -She said almost 50 percent of the salmon exposed to the highest amount of bitumen died during the first two months after they were moved to clean water and observed for up to eight months.“We found for about the first two months after moving them to clean water we had really high mortality even though they are not being exposed to the dilbit (diluted bitumen) anymore,” said Alderman. “We saw mortality as high as 50 percent during that two-month period. Every day there’s more dead and more dead.”The research was published this month in the peer-reviewed journal Aquatic Toxicology.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Nation’s longest bus debuts in Valley

first_imgBecause the northbound extension costs less than other transportation projects planned for Los Angeles County, it stands a strong chance of happening despite a $1.3 billion loss to public transit in the state’s $145 billion budget adopted last week, said Roger Snoble, Metro chief executive. “I haven’t given up on it,” said Snoble. Money for other Los Angeles-area projects that are in jeopardy, because the county lost $336 million in the state budget, include widening the Golden State Freeway at the Orange County line and the Exposition light-rail project, an 81/2-mile route, to run from downtown to Culver City, already under construction. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In July, the Orange Line reported 24,804 weekday boardings – far exceeding expectations for the bus line that began rolling down the right of way in October 2005. At the time, officials predicted about 22,000 boardings each day by 2020. “It’s a testament to how Valley residents need alternatives to the 405 and 101 freeways,” Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, said. Because the super-size bus is too long to legally drive on city streets, it operates on the Orange Line under a special permit through Caltrans. However, legislation to amend the vehicle code and allow 65-foot buses and trolleys on the roads under certain conditions was introduced this year by state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Van Nuys. While officials look to expand bus size on the Orange Line, they are also considering extending the route from its current end point at Warner Center to the Ronald Reagan Freeway in Chatsworth. NORTH HOLLYWOOD – The longest bus in America hit the road Monday morning – its first day of a yearlong run on the Orange Line. Stretching 65 feet, the new bus carries up to 100 passengers – 16 more than a regular 60-foot bus holds – on the popular line that nearly every month breaks new records for ridership. With standing room for 34 more riders, the super-size bus seats 66. If the big bus handles the heavy demand of the 14-mile Orange Line during the next year, Metro officials eventually want to phase in about nine more as older 60-foot buses are retired. “When it comes to commuting across the San Fernando Valley, size matters, and bigger is better,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at a kickoff ceremony for the new vehicle at the North Hollywood bus station. last_img read more

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Life-saver or futuristic torture gun?

first_imgBy Richard Lardner THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Saddam Hussein had been gone just a few weeks, and U.S. forces in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, were already being called unwelcome invaders. One of the first big anti-American protests of the war escalated into shootouts that left 18 Iraqis dead and 78 wounded. It would be a familiar scene in Iraq’s next few years: Crowds gather, insurgents mingle with civilians. Troops open fire, and innocent people die. All the while, according to internal military correspondence obtained by The Associated Press, U.S. commanders were telling Washington that many civilian casualties could be avoided by using a new non-lethal weapon developed over the past decade. Military leaders repeatedly and urgently requested – and were denied – the device, which uses energy beams instead of bullets and lets soldiers break up unruly crowds without firing a shot. It’s a ray gun that neither kills nor maims, but the Pentagon has refused to deploy it out of concern that the weapon itself might be seen as a torture device. The Active Denial System is a directed-energy device, but not a laser or a microwave. It uses a large, dish-shaped antenna and a long, V-shaped arm to send an invisible beam of waves to a target as far away as 500 yards. With the unit on the back of a vehicle, U.S. troops can operate a safe distance from rocks, Molotov cocktails and small-arms fire. The beam penetrates the skin slightly, just enough to cause intense pain. The beam goes through clothing and windows, but can be blocked by thicker materials. Perched on a Humvee or a flatbed truck, the Active Denial System gives people hit by the invisible beam the sense that their skin is on fire. The system was developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory in New Mexico. During more than 12 years of testing, only two injuries requiring medical attention have been reported; both were second-degree burns, according to the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate Web site. On April 30, 2003, two days after the first Fallujah incident, Gene McCall, then the top scientist at Air Force Space Command in Colorado, typed out a two-sentence e-mail to Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “I am convinced that the tragedy at Fallujah would not have occurred if an Active Denial System had been there,” McCall told Myers, according to the e-mail obtained by AP. The system should become “an immediate priority,” McCall said. Myers referred McCall’s message to his staff, according to the e-mail chain. McCall, who retired from government in November 2003, remains convinced the system would have saved lives in Iraq. “How this has been handled is kind of a national scandal,” McCall said by telephone from his home in Florida. A few months after McCall’s message, in August 2003, Richard Natonski, a Marine Corps brigadier general who had just returned from Iraq, filed an “urgent” request with officials in Washington for the energy-beam device. The device would minimize what Natonski called the “CNN Effect” – the instantaneous relay of images depicting U.S. troops as aggressors. A year later, Natonski, by then promoted to major general, again asked for the system, saying a compact and mobile version was “urgently needed,” particularly in urban settings. Natonski, now a three-star general, is the Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations. He did not respond to an interview request. Senior officers in Iraq have continued to make the case. Private organizations are concerned because documentation that supports the testing and legal reviews is classified. There’s no way to independently verify the Pentagon’s assertions, said Stephen Goose of Human Rights Watch in Washington. Prototype units have been assembled by the military. And recognizing the potential market, defense contractor Raytheon has invested its own money to build a version that the company calls Silent Guardian. Although Col. Kirk Hymes, head of the Defense Department’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, said the Raytheon product “is not ready yet,” company representatives say it is. The program is based at the company’s Missile Systems division in Tucson, Ariz. Daily Breeze reporter Muhammed El-Hasan contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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FDA looks into lipstick lead claims

first_imgSTUDY: An advocacy group says that toxic chemicals are present in some cosmetic products. By The Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it would look into claims from an advocacy group that certain lipsticks contain potentially dangerous levels of lead. Similar claims in the past have not been confirmed, the agency said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said that a third of the 33 red lipsticks examined by an independent lab contained a level of lead exceeding 0.1 parts per million – which is the FDA’s limit for lead in candy. The FDA does not set a limit for lead in lipstick. The organization commissioning the lipstick study says its goal is to pressure companies to remove toxic chemicals from their products and replace them with safer alternatives. The lead tests were conducted by an independent laboratory last month on red lipsticks bought in Boston, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Hartford, Conn., the organization said. The FDA said concerns about lead in lipstick have been raised occasionally in the print media and on the Internet. “These concerns have not generally been supported by FDA’s own analysis of products on the market. In the present case, we are looking into the specific details of the issues raised,” said Stephanie Kwisnek, a spokeswoman at the FDA. “We will need to confirm the factual basis of these reports independently in order to determine what action, if any, may be needed to protect public health.” The trade association representing the cosmetic industry acknowledged “negligible” levels of lead in some lipsticks, but said it is not intentionally added. “Consumers are exposed daily to lead when they eat, drink water and breathe the air,” said John Bailey, an executive vice president at the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association. “The average amount of lead a woman would be exposed to when using cosmetics is 1,000 times less than the amount she would get from eating, breathing, and drinking water that meets Environmental Protection Agency drinking water standards.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce defends Neil Taylor after Seamus Coleman tackle

first_img Neil Taylor is shown red in Wales’ qualifier against the Republic of Ireland 1 Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has defended Neil Taylor after FIFA opened proceedings against him following his tackle on Seamus Coleman. The Wales defender was sent off in Friday’s 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin after his challenge broke Coleman’s leg in two places.Taylor could be handed an extended ban by FIFA but, according to reports, he has reached out to Everton full-back Coleman to express his remorse over the incident. The Villa left-back is expected to face Norwich in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday and – after receiving criticism for the challenge – Bruce has backed Taylor.Bruce said: “He’s never going to forget about it but he’s got to try and get on with it. He’s naturally saddened because it’s certainly not Neil Taylor. He’s recovered from a serious injury himself (a broken ankle in 2012) so he knows what it is. “He’s very disappointed with what’s happened, it’s saddened him as it’s saddened all of us. He’s just got to knuckle down and get on with it.“He was reckless, he understands that. He hesitated and was in two minds whether he should go for the challenge but he’s caught him. It’s part and parcel, we see it every week and players get injured, although none of us want to see it.“One of the great players in the world (Gareth Bale) could have had a red card one minute before it but thankfully it wasn’t as bad on John O’Shea.”FIFA’s hearing into the incident is likely to be held within the next fortnight and Taylor’s ban could be increased to three games once the world governing body studies the report of match referee Nicola Rizzoli.He is already out of the next World Cup qualifier in Serbia in June but could also be banned for September’s qualifying double-header against Austria and Moldova.Ireland skipper Coleman, who was discharged from St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin on Wednesday following an operation at the weekend, is expected to be out for at least six months. Bruce added: “The one thing you don’t want is to see a fellow professional injured, especially someone like Seamus Coleman who epitomises what’s good in a footballer. He’s been a terrific professional all these years. From all of us we wish him a speedy recovery.”last_img read more

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Former Manchester United striker nets hat-trick in LaLiga – VIDEO

first_img1 Giuseppe Rossi – remember the name?The striker, formerly of Manchester United, is back in the news after scoring a hat-trick in LaLiga.The 30-year-old Italy international is on a season-long loan at Celta Vigo from Fiorentina and he helped his side to a 3-1 victory over Las Palmas, DOUBLING his tally for the season.His treble came inside the first hour as the hosts took a 3-0 lead before Pedro Bigas pulled one back late on for the visitors.Watch his hat-trick in the video below… Giuseppe Rossi: Watch the Celta Vigo forward hit three past Las Palmas, above center_img Grande victoria de equipo!!! Gracias chavales, gracias aficion!!!#halacelta #gol #balaidos #equipo #thankyou pic.twitter.com/OwCcN31YhS— GIUSEPPE ROSSI (@GiuseppeRossi22) April 3, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jslast_img read more

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VIDEO: Espanyol 0-1 Atletico Madrid: Antoine Griezmann bags 100th LaLiga goal

first_imgAtletico Madrid boosted their hopes of claiming an automatic Champions League qualification spot after beating Espanyol on Saturday night.Los Rojiblancos responded to Sevilla beating Granada with a crucial three points of their own as Antoine Griezmann notched his 100th LaLiga goal.Diego Simeone’s side were struggling to find a breakthrough before Griezmann’s intervention in the closing stages from an Atletico long-throw.The result leaves Atleti three points clear of fourth placed Sevilla with five games remaining.Watch Griezmann’s goal above…last_img read more

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O’Bannon Woods State Park hosts Autumn Adventure Weekend, Oct. 25th and 26th .

first_imgEnjoy the beautiful autumn season by bringing the family to O’Bannon Woods State Park on October 25th and 26th for a fun-filled Autumn Adventure Weekend with activities for everyone.Most activities take place in the Electric Campground. These activities include a silent auction, autumn crafts, campfire cooking, hayrides, a chili cook-off, campsite decorating contest,voluntary trick or treating, a night hike owl prowl, the “Great Pumpkin Hunt”, and more.While most activities are free, there is a minimal charge for a few activities. At 11:00 am, Patoka Lake Nature Center will be here to show their “Birds of Prey”.On Saturday, starting at noon, park staff and volunteers will be providing a special fundraising lunch for you.All proceeds benefit upcoming projects at the park.Regular park gate entrance fee of $7 per in-state vehicle and $9 per out-of-state vehicle.O’Bannon Woods State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2976.htm) is at 7234 Old Forest Road SW, Corydon, 47112.To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.last_img read more

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