NZ spinners star in shock win over India

first_imgNAGPUR, India (AP): New Zealand’s spinners inflicted a shock 47-run defeat on tournament favourites India in the first game of the Super 10 stage at the ICC World Twenty20 yesterday. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner grabbed 4-11, leg-spinner Ish Sodhi took 3-18 and off-spinner Nathan McCullum added 2-15 on a helpful pitch as India were bowled out for 79 in 18.1 overs. New Zealand had earlier reached 126-7 in the Group Two match. Captain Kane Williamson’s decision to go in with three spinners paid off as India, which came into the tournament with 10 wins in 11 previous T20 games, failed to come to terms with the slow pitch. New Zealand have now beaten India in all five T20 games between the two teams, including two times at the World Twenty20. India had beaten South Africa inside three days in a Test here last year, but the turn on offer this time proved detrimental. Sodhi struck first ball as the in-form Virat Kohli (23) edged one to the wicketkeeper, at which stage India were 39-5. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried to rally his team, but his knock of 30 was of little use. “It was a low-scoring wicket,” Dhoni said. “I thought we restricted them to a good total, but the batting let us down. The shot selection kept putting pressure on the batsmen coming in. “They bowled well and exploited the conditions, but we lacked adaptability. We could have applied ourselves more.” Earlier, India restricted New Zealand to a moderate total with left-hander Corey Anderson holding the innings together. He scored 34 before being dismissed by pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah while trying to scoop the ball towards fine leg. Luke Ronchi got an unbeaten 21 off 11 balls down the order. “It was a tough surface,” Williamson said. “Any score was going to be tough here, but we would have liked to have a few more. We went in with this bowling attack after we had a look at the conditions.”last_img read more

Maynes top Campion Charity Golf

first_img Excellent condition Gregory said he was happy for the victory. “The tournament was well organised, well ran and the course was in excellent condition,” said Gregory. “My daughter qualified this year for the National Junior Caribbean Championships and today was just testimony to the hard work that she has been putting in,” he said. On the other hand, 12-year-old Emily, who is a student at Campion, was very elated with her performance. “A lot of work was put in and, as my dad said, we worked together most of the time and he helped me to line up most of my putts and so I am very happy that we won,” Emily said. Meanwhile, Alveta Knight, president of the Campion College Home School Association, said this year’s event was a success. “The tournament was a success as we had a good turnout. Those who couldn’t come sent in sponsorship funds and so it was a good event,” said Knight. She added that the aim of the tournament was to raise over a million dollars to help with the needs of the school’s development fund, as well as any other social needs that may arise during the year. “I love the tournament because this particular fundraiser pulls together past and present and future Campionites and it allows them to really gel together,” said Knight. Meanwhile, the top Campionites team was Gordon Munn and Jodi Munn with a score 61, while the top adult and junior combination were Michelle Gabay and Michael Lowe with a score of 70. The father and daughter combination of Gregory Mayne and Emily Mayne emerged overall champions of the Campion College Home School Association Charity Golf tournament at the Constant Golf Club yesterday. The duo shot a 61 net to win the tournament ahead of Edjan Wiggins and Clive Chambers combination, who also shot a 61 net. However, Gregory and Emily came out on top after they shot a 31 on the back nine, compared to Wiggans and Chambers’ score of 32 on the back nine.last_img read more

Venezuelan jailed, fined $7.3M for ganja trafficking

first_imgA Venezuelan was on Tuesday jailed for four years and fined $7.3 million by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he admitted to a charge of trafficking in narcotics.Ganesh Das admitted to having a quantity of 6.150 kilograms of cannabis in his possession while he was in the presence of his two brothers – both of whom were charged jointly with him.However, after Das admitted ownership of the drugs, the charges against his brothers – Ruel Boodhoo and Richie Boodhoo – were withdrawn.Das admitted that on March 9, 2019, at Noval Hotel, Cummings and Robb Street, Georgetown, he had the drugs in his possession.In court on Tuesday in a plea of mitigation, Das explained to the court that he “only tek a chance” to provide for his family.“I am very sorry, but I only did it because it very hard back home in Venezuela. That’s the only reason mek I do duh”.Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford informed the court that on Saturday last, CANU ranks, on a sting operation, conducted a search at the hotel where they unearthed the narcotics that was hidden in Das’ room.As such, he was arrested which led to him giving several written and oral statements to the police.Defense Attorney Keoma Griffith in asking for leniency, requested that the Chief Magistrate consider the economic crisis facing Das’ homeland.last_img read more

Guyana becomes 1st eco-tourism country to join Travel Council

first_imgThe Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) recently announced that Guyana has become the first eco-tourism country to join the transformational travel movement through a pioneering partnership with the Transformational Travel Council (TTC).GTA Director Brian T MullisThe Council’s partners include tour operators, media organisations and travel suppliers from around the world.Guyana is the first member to illustrate the destination’s ongoing commitment to transformational travel, and its overarching belief that travel should be a relentless force for good.This new partnership will now see the country becoming involved in a community of like-minded organisations which show interest in networking, sharing, learning, and collaborating with one another on how to shape the future of travel around these tenets, ultimately positioning Guyana as a destination thought-leader and early-adopter.GTA Director, Brian T. Mullis, explaining that the country holistically believes in transformation, expressed the agency’s commitment to learning and practising the philosophy of the movement.“We, at the GTA, are excited to learn more about the philosophy and how we can take it from theory to practice in a way that aligns with our destination’s strategic goals and initiatives. We have invited the TTC to come to Guyana and conduct a workshop for our destination’s key stakeholders, tour operators, accommodation providers and indigenous communities,” he declared.TTC Co-Founder Jake Haupert shared that, as an emerging dynamic destination, Guyana is one country wherein the TTC philosophy should be integrated.He underscored the country’s uniqueness. “Guyana is an emerging and dynamic destination (that is) rich in biodiversity, cultural heritage, but yet (is) also raw and real at its essence; making it a prime destination to start integrating the TTC philosophy and guiding practices into (its) entire tourism ecosystem and truly enhance (its) already unique, powerful and burgeoning story.”The ‘transformational travel movement’ provides an opportunity to transcend from a consumptive form of tourism to a responsible form of travel that has a sustained impact on travellers. These travel experiences should empower people to make meaningful, lasting changes in their lives.Guyana’s commitment to this ‘movement’ is part of a larger strategy to continue to develop the destination in a sustainable and socially conscious way.last_img read more

Northeastern B.C. mayors in Ottawa to promote LNG

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. — Representatives from northeastern B.C. are in Ottawa this week to promote LNG in B.C. and speak to federal cabinet ministers.In the group, there is Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman, Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Mayor Bill Streeper, District of Tumbler Ridge Mayor Don McPherson, District of Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser, Dawson Creek City Councillor Charlie Parslow, and Colin Griffith with the NEBC Resource Municipalities Coalition.Bob Zimmer, the member of parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, is hosting them. He said he’s pleased to have gotten to work together with them in planning the trip.- Advertisement -“It is critical that this government continues to hear about the strong support for BC LNG,” Zimmer said. “This industry is not only vital to the future growth of our local economy, but will also help in reducing global emissions.”According to a press release sent out on Monday, the group met with Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr; François-Philippe Champagne, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance Bill Morneau; representatives from the office of Amarjeet Sohi, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, as well as Dianne Watts, the Opposition’s critic of that ministry.“So far, I would say that these meetings have been positive and I am hopeful that our region is being heard,” said Zimmer. More meetings are scheduled to carry on this week.Advertisement He said communities are struggling under the low price of energy, and that he calls again on the Prime Minister to support LNG — and ultimately ‘do the right thing for British Columbia, Canada, and the global environment.’last_img read more

Germany beat Chile to win Confederations Cup

first_img“Unbelievable,” beamed Germany captain Julian Draxler, who won the Golden Ball for the tournament’s best player.“We fought well and deserved this win. We hadn’t played together before the tournament, which makes it even more valuable.“Every title is special, but with this young team, it’s even more so.“Now we can all go on holiday — and even take the trophy with us,” he added with a grin.Chile’s goalkeeper Claudio Bravo holds up the Golden Glove trophy © AFP / Yuri CORTEZThis is the first time Germany, the defending world champions, have won the Confederations Cup in the eighth edition of the pre-World Cup tournament.“There was not much difference between the two teams,” said Chile captain Claudio Bravo, voted the tournament’s best goalkeeper.“We are sad not to have won, but we played against a world-class team and must learn from our mistakes.”The video assistant referee (VAR) again came into the spotlight as Chile’s Gonzalo Jara was lucky not to be sent off in the second half.Despite his elbow in the face of Werner being reviewed by the VAR, the defender was only booked on 65 minutes.Germany’s midfielder Lars Stindl (L) and defender Joshua Kimmich celebrate winning the Confederations Cup final on July 2, 2017Werner, Stindl and Leon Goretzka all finished with three goals but RB Leipzig striker Werner took the top scorer’s prize by virtue of also supplying two assists.Despite dominating for long spells, Chile failed to turn 61 percent possession and 20 shots — compared to the Germans’ eight — into goals.The South Americans kept the same team which squeezed past Portugal 3-0 on a penalty shoot out after a goalless draw in the semi-finals.Meanwhile, Germany’s only change from the team which beat Mexico 4-1 in the last four saw defender Shkodran Mustafi replace Benjamin Henrichs.– Merciless pressing –Chilean fans turned the Saint Petersburg Stadium into a sea of red and merciless pressing by La Roja early on saw Charles Aranguiz and Arturo Vidal cause havoc in the Germany defence.Germany’s players pose with the trophy after winning the 2017 Confederations Cup © AFP / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARITEduardo Vargas had the first clear shot on 11 minutes which flew into the grateful arms of Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.The South Americans then wasted a golden chance when Vidal’s shot was blocked by Ter Stegen and Alexis Sanchez could not connect with the loose ball.It proved costly as Diaz’s calamitous mistake and Werner’s quick thinking led to Stindl’s match-winner.Diaz dithered on the ball on the edge of his own box, allowing Werner to pounce. He then drew the lunging Bravo and squared to Stindl, who tapped home.Having fallen behind, Chile upped the pressure to force an equaliser which left space at the back for Germany to counter-attack.Draxler fired wide of the post, then Goretzka, who scored twice in the 4-1 semi-final win over Mexico, wasted a great chance by firing straight at Bravo just before the break.Chilean tempers started to fray, and approaching the hour mark Joshua Kimmich squared up to Vidal, who pushed the German away. The Bayern Munich team-mates were both booked.Then Werner was left clutching his jaw after an elbow in the face from Jara near the touchline, the Serbian referee deciding to award a yellow card to the defender after reviewing the incident.The South Americans battered the German goal in the final 20 minutes but Sanchez’s shot was blocked and Ter Stegen then saved from Vargas.With time running out, both Vidal and substitute Angelo Sagal fired over the bar, as the German defence held firm.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany’s players lift the trophy after winning the Confederations Cup final in Saint Petersburg on July 2, 2017SAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 2 – Lars Stindl’s simple tap-in, following a costly first-half blunder by Marcelo Diaz, was enough to give Germany a 1-0 win over Chile in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday.Diaz’s momentary lapse in concentration let Timo Werner rob him of possession, draw the goalkeeper and pass to Stindl, who scored into an empty net on 20 minutes in Saint Petersburg.last_img read more

King Ben will likely rule again in theaters

first_imgI’ll bet ya didn’t know this: There are two Ben Stillers. There’s box-office king Ben, who has had such $250 million-plus grossing smashes in recent years as “Night at the Museum” and “Meet the Fockers.” Then there’s box office commoner Ben. Remember “School for Scoundrels,” “Envy” and “Duplex”? Didn’t think so. My strong hunch is that Stiller will be royal Ben once again this weekend with the debut of his new wide-release comedy “The Heartbreak Kid.” It bowed in more than 3,000 theaters today, has an appealing marketing campaign and was directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who also did “Something About Mary” with Stiller. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityI think “Heartbreak” is a shoo-in for a first-place debut with an opening weekend gross of $25 million to $30 million. SEEKING TICKET SALES: I’ve heard zippo buzz about “The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising,” which opened in nearly as many theaters as “Heartbreak” but won’t make nearly as much money. If it takes in more than $10 million today to Sunday, I’ll be seeking a new crystal ball. Holdovers “The Game Plan” and “The Kingdom” should easily edge it out for the second and third spots, but I’m not sure in which order. SLOWLY EXPANDING HORIZONS: The Brad Pitt flick “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” will be a little easier to find since it expands to 61 locations today while “The Darjeeling Limited” starring Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody will be in 19 theaters. Then there is the new George Clooney thriller “Michael Clayton,” which has him in a more serious “Good Night, and Good Luck” mode than Danny Ocean mode. “Clayton” bowed in 15 locations today. THE OTHERS: With about 1,000 theaters apiece, the drama “The Jane Austen Book Club” expands from extremely limited release today and will try to build on positive word of mouth while the Jennifer Lopez- produced urban drama “Feel the Noise” will do its best to make some box-office noise. Expectations are lower with fewer screens so $5 million or so should be the most either film could hope for. LOOKING UP? Will the Stiller comedy, strong holdovers and the rest of the field be enough to put the domestic box office back on solid footing after a two-week mini-slump? Maybe. It’s no shoo-in since a year ago this weekend, “The Departed” had a $26.9 million bow, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” opened to $18.5 million, and “Employee of the Month” debuted at $11.4 million. These are the numbers the field must top. CRUISE CRED: Tom Cruise knows he’s still on the comeback trail after his “Mission Impossible III” movie bombed and Paramount Pictures severed ties with him. So instead of playing up Tom Cruise, superstar, he is reminding people in initial TV spots for the new war drama “Lions for Lambs” that he is a three-time Academy Award nominee. Cruise is third-billed behind Oscar winner Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. He’s never won the the golden statue but was a strong contender with Best Actor nods for “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Jerry Maguire” and a supporting-actor nomination for “Magnolia.” But then again, Cruise’s Oscar winning ex-wife, Nicole Kidman, has some serious Oscar cred after winning for “The Hours.” That did nothing to help the performance of her summer mega-bomb “The Invasion.” (818) 713-3758160Want 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


first_imgA 13-year-old school-boy from County Donegal has been charged with rioting and banned from the North after a court appearance today.He was charged with offences connected to disturbances in the Madam’s Bank Road area of Derry on Sunday.The schoolboy from Newtowncunningham is charged with committing riotous behaviour and with causing criminal damage to a police landrover. He was released on bail and was told not to enter Northern Ireland except to attend court appearances.District Judge Barney McElholm said he could not impose a curfew on the juvenile because he lived outside the jurisdiction but added that the juvenile’s parents could impose their own curfew on him.The court was cleared of members of the public in advance of the remand hearing. Seven members of the juvenile’s family were allowed to remain in court for the hearing.Police in Derry attended a report of a suspicious object shortly after 07:00 GMT on Sunday.They discovered that a number of youths had started a fire at the junction of Madams Bank Road and Earhart Park.Stones and missiles were thrown at police as they attempted to clear the road.The 13 year old, who has no previous convictions, was arrested and detained overnight in a cell at Strand Road police station.Follow us on us on ARE CLOSED ON ONGOING COURT CASESDONEGAL BOY, 13, BANNED FROM NORTH AFTER RIOT was last modified: March 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:13BANNED FROM NORTH AFTER RIOTDONEGAL BOYlast_img read more

Struggles in second half doom Humboldt State men in loss to Sonoma State

first_imgArcata >> The Humboldt State men’s basketball team entered the final weekend of the regular season with so many combinations of how it could make the conference tournament that it would leave the Jacks’ heads spinning.There was a simple equation out for the taking. But now they’ll have to take the long way.Humboldt State’s postseason status will come down to the final day of the 2016-17 regular season, as the Jacks couldn’t hold onto a 15-point second-half lead and fell 65-56 to rival Sonoma …last_img

Today’s Science Hates Faith

first_imgThere are individual scientists who believe in God, but their institutions ridicule any and all forms of “faith.”Don’t take our word for it. Here is how leading journals and scientific representatives characterize any view that does not emanate from the halls of Big Science.The reaction was predictable. Nature allowed Kathryn Pritchard, a member of the Archbishops’ Council for the Church of England, to express her view that “Religion and science can have a true dialogue.” It didn’t matter to readers that the dialogue is all one-way, as she describes it (i.e., scientists inform believers how and what to think). When letters to the editor came in, sparks flew. “With the rise of religious fundamentalism worldwide and the expansion of education in ‘faith’ schools, I consider that promoting the idea that religion and science have some kind of equivalence risks making societies more divisive and backward-looking,” one wrote, with other commenters chiming in. “Religion fulfills a basic human need, and so has evolved and survived through the ages despite all the progress science has made in explaining the world.” Too bad believers don’t understand how Charles Darwin rendered their religion an artifact of natural selection.Big Science can appear tolerant in one sense. As long as a formerly religious person shows a bona-fide conversion to Darwinism, then a few lingering feelings of nostalgia can be overlooked. Current Biology interviewed paleo-entomologist Michael Engel, who grew up in a religious home. Asked about his views on the “faith vs science debate” (note the wording), Engel replied,As the son of a minister, I’ve met people on diverse fronts in the discussion of faith and reason. This ‘debate’ has been paramount, and brought Kansas to the national stage, albeit not necessarily for flattering reasons. Politicians and fundamentalists on each extreme stir discord, each with their own ulterior agenda, and from this foment there appears a stark dichotomy and a war for the minds and souls of those residing between the poles. … Faith is not science, and so should not be covered in such curricula, just as the experimental method should not form the basis for theological inquiry. Both should be taught within their own context, and approached openly by those of either persuasion. Science is a communal effort which organizes and grows knowledge through evidentiary observation, testable explanations, and rational predictions. Scientific conclusions should not be rooted in faith. Faith is personal and while precepts may be shared, it remains fiercely individual and need not rely upon an impartial adjudication of evidence….His view is like the NOMA position advocated by the late evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould: each view has its own place. Faith is OK for making you feel good in times of crisis, but don’t pretend it has anything to say about the real world. Materialists can tolerate that. Just admit that faith is a product of evolution.What really makes Big Science erupt with indignation is any request for a seat at the table of knowledge by a “religious” person who doubts Darwin. That is intolerable. And to really fan the flames, let that person suggest that schools should be free to question the adequacy of Darwinian evolution. Evolution News & Views shares one recent reaction when Darwinist Michael Zimmerman suspected (incorrectly) that the Bearded Buddha might be questioned in Texas science standards. “The creationists are back in Texas attacking high quality science education,” he says, and off he goes on his tirade against the bogeymen.A favorite tactic against “religion” is the Yoda complex. The materialist imagines himself on a higher plane of consciousness, looking down on the “people of faith,” using quasi-scientific theories to explain how the peons evolved their backward religious beliefs. In Science, Carter T. Butts portrays “those who reject evolutionary theory” as stuck in some kind of evolutionary backwater, tossed to and fro by conflicting thoughts between the facts they know from science and the faith in their religion. He uses mathematical models to explain their cognitive dissonance. Another, more subtle example was published in PLoS One, titled, “Collective Dynamics of Belief Evolution under Cognitive Coherence and Social Conformity.” The authors portray beliefs as things that evolve like any other natural phenomenon: e.g., “Each individual is endowed with a network of interacting beliefs that evolves through interaction with other individuals in a social network.” One can only wonder if they ever considered their own beliefs in this paper as reducible to such network interactions.In some circles, Big Science is softening its stance on religion. Pritchard’s article in Nature is one example. Materialists don’t want to position themselves as bigots. This is seen in PhysOrg‘s report about a study that found “Most British scientists … feel Richard Dawkins’ work misrepresents science.” It’s not that they feel Dawkins is wrong. They just don’t care for his combative style: insulting and deriding religious people on his crusade to promote atheism. That’s not politically expedient. You can hate religion; just don’t look hateful. “The best science communication does not begin with insults and arrogance,” says David Johnson, co-author of the study. “It encourages curiosity, open-mindedness and appreciation for” –what? religion? faith? philosophy? No; appreciation for “science.”And that’s the point. Science must dominate. Be nice to religious people, but don’t listen to them. Don’t take their views seriously. Communication is good, as along as it is one-way, from scientist to person of “faith.” Encourage religious people to convert to Darwinism. Maybe, with carrots instead of sticks, they will mend their ways.By now, regular readers know how to respond. They know it’s a false dichotomy to characterize individuals as “scientists” vs. “people of faith.” Everyone is a person of faith! Don’t let the atheists define the debate in those terms. Atheists have lots of faith – in fact, much more faith than average churchgoers. Not only do they have faith in their perceptions and powers of reason, they have faith that the universe is comprehensible. They have faith in induction (a questionable premise, philosophically). They have faith that the laws of logic are reliable. They have faith in folk psychology. They have faith that they can communicate with other members of Homo sapiens who will understand them, and whose responses indicate they have minds similar to their own.Atheists have so much faith, in fact, that it is tantamount to belief in magic. They believe that universes and living things can just pop into existence, showing exquisite fine-tuning, without mind or plan. Contrary to all reason and mathematical probability, they believe that atoms organized themselves into proteins, DNA and cells. And talk about cognitive dissonance: they deny anything beyond matter and energy, yet rely on immaterial realities of consciousness, intentionality, and reason. They have no reason to believe in reason if they are materialists. They depend on moral values like honesty that cannot be reduced to atoms and forces. They are supernaturalists in spite of themselves!So please, don’t let atheistic materialists set the table their way. They stole the table and the silverware from creationists. If they had to set their own table, they would be sitting on dirt, or hanging in the air. Everyone belongs to “people of faith,” but some believe in absurd, self-refuting faiths, like materialism. We need to reason with such people. Help lead them from absurd faith to reasonable faith. Like Tim Standish says at the end of Illustra’s new film Origin, “There is nothing magical about living things. I’m a scientist. I don’t really believe in magic. I believe in mechanisms and causes that are sufficient to achieve the phenomena that I observe.  Intelligence is sufficient. Intelligence is necessary. Therefore, intelligence is the conclusion that I come to.”(Visited 81 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more