Scorpions facing defeat in WICB First-Class Championship

first_img Volcanoes trail Red Force At Beausejour Cricket Stadium: Windward Islands Volcanoes, trailing Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 76 on first innings, were two without loss at the close on the penultimate day of their fifth-round game yesterday. Scores: Volcanoes 306 (Shane Shillingford 64, Andre Fletcher 63, Mervyn Mathew 48 not out, Devon Smith 32, Liam Sebastien 30; Imran Khan 3-100, Narsingh Deonarine 2-29, Uthman Mohammed 2-51) & two without loss. RED FORCE 382 (Yannick Ottley 99 not out, Yannic Cariah 70, Narsingh Deonarine 60, Marlon Richards 60; Kevin McClean 4-66, Shane Shillingford (3-109). The Jamaica Scorpions are staring at defeat against Guyana Jaguars heading into the final day of their top-of-the-table WICB First-Class Championship clash at Sabina Park. Set a challenging 326 to win heading into the final session yesterday, Jamaica were 83 for three when stumps were drawn, 244 runs shy of their target. At the crease are new number-three batsman Devon Thomas, not out on 20, and former captain Tamar Lambert, who is yet to get off the mark. Towering Guyana off-spinner Steven Jacobs has taken two for 13. Starting the day on 133 for three, an overall lead of 176, Guyana went on to press home their advantage by posting 282 in their second innings, with Tagenarine Chanderpaul leading the way with a well-compiled 82. The 19-year-old, who was not out on 39 overnight, went on to make his maiden first-class half-century before falling short of what would have been a deserved century, on the stroke of lunch. Chanderpaul hit three sixes and four fours in just over five hours, before he was the third man dismissed in the morning session. His overnight partner, Raymon Reifer, who started the day on 12, went on to score 24, while the innings was propped up with a plucky 35 off 75 balls from wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble. Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, with four for 78, was the Scorpions’ best bowler, while there were two wickets apiece for his spin compatriot, Nikita Miller, and young fast bowler Marquino Mindley. Needing to make what would be their highest score of the season thus far, Jamaica started cautiously, with the opening pair of John Campbell and Paul Palmer Jr putting on 35 for the first wicket. However, playing leisurely at an outswinger from fast bowler Keon Joseph, Palmer was to depart for 13 off 62 balls; and 13 runs later, Campbell went for 26, leg before wicket to Jacobs. Thomas and AndrÈ McCarthy, with a 32-run third-wicket stand, then attempted to see out the rest of the day. However, with less than three overs remaining, McCarthy misread an arm ball from Jacobs and was stumped by Bramble. Play is scheduled for a 10 a.m. resumption. Barbados Pride win At Kensington Oval: Defiant half-centuries from Orlando Peters and Jacques Taylor were not enough as Leeward Islands Hurricanes plunged to their fifth straight loss of the Regional First Class Championship yesterday. Following on by 198 runs at the start of the penultimate day of the fifth-round match at Kensington Oval, Hurricanes were bundled out for 198, about 25 minutes after tea, to leave Barbados Pride with a single run for victory. Seamer Gavin Tonge’s no-ball was then enough to secure Pride the result, which gave them 19 points and left Hurricanes with three. Fast bowler Tino Best (2-17) knocked over both openers, Chesney Hughes (0) and Shane Jeffers (1), before left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn sliced through the middle order to finish with four for 50. Off-spinner Ashley Nurse chipped in with three for 67. Barbados Pride had scored 368, to which the Hurricanes had replied with 170 in their first innings.last_img read more

Liverpool target doesn’t want to leave, insists Lazio sporting director

first_img1 Lazio star Antonio Candreva Liverpool target Antonio Candreva will not leave Lazio, according to the club’s sporting director.The winger was linked with a switch to Anfield in January and it had been rumoured Jurgen Klopp would make another attempt to sign the Italian international in the summer.But Igli Tare has shot down that suggestion, claiming that Candreva and Lucas Biglia – another player linked with a move away from Lazio – will be going nowhere.“I’ve always thought that Candreva and Biglia are two very important players and I don’t think that they have ideas of leaving,” Tare told Corriere dello Sport.“I don’t think there will be problems in the case that they want to leave Lazio, I say that to leave something important you have to have something really important.”last_img read more

DONEGAL’S ‘PEN BOYS’ WRITE A NEW CHAPTER ‘DOWN UNDER’

first_imgThe boys in action.Donegal’s pen making brothers Ronan and Conor Mc Garvey have featured on prime time telly in Australia.The brothers were unaware that they were to be featured in Australia until they started receiving orders and messages from down under.They featured in a programme called ‘Coasts of Ireland’ that was filmed some years ago at a time the brothers were just developing their business. Ronan, 19, said they were very surprised to hear they were on tv in Australia. “We have a small customer base there already but hopefully this will open up new avenues for us and maybe help secure a few resellers.”Since the boys introduced laser engraving to the business two years ago it has opened up the market for them as they now supply a lot of logo engraved corporate orders for companies.The full range of Donegal Pens can be viewed at www.donegalpens.comDONEGAL’S ‘PEN BOYS’ WRITE A NEW CHAPTER ‘DOWN UNDER’ was last modified: March 6th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AustraliaDONEGAL PENSlast_img read more

The Spin on a New Planet

first_imgPlanetary scientists are “completely baffled” by a new “mysterious” planetoid named Sedna, discovered March 15.  About 70% the diameter of Pluto, it has no moon like Pluto does, but rotates very slowly – somewhere between 20 and 50 days – which would normally imply the presence of a satellite.  Most small bodies rotate in a few hours.  Co-discoverer Mike Brown of Caltech expressed, “I’m completely baffled at the absence of a moon.  This is outside the realm of expectation and makes Sedna even more interesting.  But I simply don’t know what it means.”We don’t know what it means, either, but if scientists can still be completely baffled by observable things, how can we trust evolutionists’ chutzpah about unobservable things that they claim happened billions of years ago?(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Richter Scaling: Is Funding for Astrobiology and SETI Justified?

first_imgShould the government fleece taxpayers again for a project with almost zero chance for success? Consider two “Richter scales” that should inform hopes.NASA has gritted its teeth ever since SETI went on the government-funding chopping block in the 1990s. They keep titillating the public with hopes for finding their invisible friends in space. Microbes are not enough, even though NASA gets loads of money for “astrobiology,” the big-tent search for even one-celled life. They want someone to talk to. Let’s see how they express their motivations:We need to keep looking for aliens, scientists tell senators (Space.com via Fox News; report duplicated by Live Science). When conservative Senator Ted Cruz asked a panel flat-out why we should look for life on other worlds, the scientists (only one from NASA) appealed to “symbolism and inspiration rather than science directly.”“I believe it’s one of the big questions of all of humanity. This is how great nations make a mark — it’s by what they do for their citizens but also how they move history forward,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA, said. “This will be one of those questions, if answered, that will be remembered forever, because it will be a leap in not only understanding more about nature but a leap in understanding ourselves at a level we’ve never had in the past.”Some of the panelists made pragmatic appeals. The search would spin off new technologies, some said. Others argued that it would help the United States keep the lead in space science. One quoted John Adams about his belief in space aliens. Much of the discussion focused on astrobiology (search for microbes), because the panelists seemed sheepish about bringing up SETI:While most of the hearing’s conversation focused on microbial life, the discussion did touch briefly on technologically advanced civilizations beyond our solar system. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan referenced the theoretical possibility of billion-year-old civilizations and asked whether we are even searching for life in the right way. Stofan elegantly directed the conversation back to exoplanet science and surveying our own neighborhood first.But what if the search has high cost and low chance of success? Even microbial life is extremely complicated. The likelihood of finding life depends on which “Richter Scale” one puts confidence in.The Charles Richter ScaleSETI Researchers Want to End the Alien-Detection Hype (Space.com). In order to keep their scientific respectability, the serious SETI researchers have to distance themselves from the kooks. To help with that, they concocted a “Rio scale” by which to evaluate how earth-shaking claims of life detection should be judged. Reporter Meghan Bartels calls this a kind of “alien equivalent of the Richter scale,” referring to Caltech geophysicist Charles Richter (1900-1985), who devised the famous scale of earthquake magnitudes.See CMI’s documentary Alien Intrusion for analysis of extraterrestrial claims.The Rio scale, devised in 2000 (Rio 1.0) but updated this year (Rio 2.0), goes from 0 to 10, with zero indicating a claim of no importance to 10 indicating a claim of great importance. But how is importance judged? The paper in the International Journal of Astrobiology  indicates that the “scientific consensus” judges how to rank a detection claim. This gives announcements a more official look, an improvement on “close encounters of the third kind” perhaps. Reporters who trust the experts can all use the same talking points, using an integer value that confers an air of scientific legitimacy on groupthink conclusions:In this paper, we revise the Rio scale, with the aim of (i) achieving consensus across academic disciplines on a scheme for classifying signals potentially indicating the existence of advanced extraterrestrial life, (ii) supplying a pedagogical tool to help inform the public about the process scientists go through to develop an understanding of a signal and (iii) providing a means of calibrating the expectations of the world at large when signals are discussed in the media. We also present (and encourage the SETI community to adopt) a single set of consistent terminology for discussing signals.The Henry Richter ScaleIf intelligent aliens exist, why haven’t we seen them? (Phys.org). Kaylie Zacharias of Purdue University puzzles over the never-solved Fermi Paradox. After considering only a couple of requirements for habitability, and possible answers to the paradox, she looks to Mars investigator Brioni Horgan for hope, but possible answers for them both only lie within the Darwinian worldview.“How does life evolve? How unique are we? How critical is it that humanity makes it off this planet? Our quest to find life outside Earth brings us back to those very fundamental questions,” Horgan said. “I think life is the most incredible thing the universe has ever produced, so if we are the only life in the universe, that to me is a huge motivating factor for moving beyond our Earth.”9 Strange, Scientific Excuses for Why Humans Haven’t Found Aliens Yet (Live Science). This is a funny slideshow by Brandon Specktor of proposed answers to the Fermi Paradox. It’s a little odd to link the words “strange” and “excuses” to “scientific,” when science is supposed to deal in observable, testable evidence. Perhaps “strange excuses” would suffice. Take your pick: maybe the aliens are hiding in plain sight. Maybe they’ve quarantined Earth. Maybe they live underground and don’t use radios. Maybe aliens always evolve to kill off other aliens. Maybe they died of climate change. Maybe they can’t evolve fast enough. Maybe dark energy is ripping them apart. There’s always one more possibility Specktor didn’t bother to consider: maybe they don’t exist.Life Needs Sunlight — and That Could Change Where We Look for Aliens (Live Science). Assuming they get funding, where should astrobiologists look? This article correctly notes that being in the habitable zone where water can subsist as a liquid is not enough. Habitable planets need to avoid intense flares and excessive UV radiation, for instance. And yet for the RNA World theory to work, there has to be sufficient UV radiation to overcome the energy barriers and get the building blocks to link up. Cambridge astrophysicist Paul Rimmer has done a “thought experiment” to estimate the minimum energy required from a star, and then ran some experiments to see how sulfur-rich compounds behaved under different UV energy levels. He did not get RNA, of course. Another astrobiologist was not particularly impressed.Others may not be so convinced by the new experiments: Frances Westall, an astrobiologist at the National Center for Scientific Research in France who was not involved with the study, called the paper more of an “interesting thought experiment” in an email to Space.com. She said she’s particularly concerned that one of the two initial sulfur mixes the team used didn’t create RNA under Earth-like conditions — and, after all, we’re positive life started here somehow.“One of my problems with many prebiotic chemistry experiments run by chemists is that they do not consider what the early Earth really was like,” she wrote, mentioning that the team used what she considers an outdated recipe of gases to represent our planet’s early atmosphere. “[Chemists] use spurious concepts simply because they can get good results under certain physicochemical conditions,” Westall wrote.Read Henry Richter’s biography here (click image).Westall’s complaint can be expanded. Not only did Rimmer omit plausible Earth-like conditions, he omitted numerous other factors required for habitability. These were listed by another Caltech geophysicist, Dr Henry Richter, whose recent article here at Creation-Evolution Headlines listed a dozen factors that must be just right for habitability (6 July 2018). Inserting reasonable estimates into his “Richter scale” pretty much rules out life existing anywhere in the universe by chance, considering habitability requirements alone. But he agrees with Westall, “we’re positive life started here,” so there’s at least one success.As a Christian, Henry would argue with Westall’s extra word “somehow,” which presumes the Stuff Happens Law. He would argue instead that the evidence points to intelligent causation: i.e., creation. If evolutionists weren’t so closed-minded and bigoted, they would realize that good, observational science and sound logic actually support creation as the only rational cause for life, especially human life. But with hard hearts, stiff necks and closed minds, the astrobiologists and SETI believers plod on, making even more irrational excuses for the lack of evidence. Arbitrary rules like methodological naturalism that presuppose atheistic causes and hinder understanding should be jettisoned in favor of following the evidence where it leads.Dr Henry Richter lists factors needed for life and calculates the probability it will be found. (Visited 381 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tech centre for Limpopo school

first_img11 April 2003The education department and the Telkom Foundation have launched a computer centre at the Sebalamakgolo High school in Limpopo province to provide learners with the necessary technology to expose them to mathematics and science subjects.Opening the centre in Phaloborwa on Thursday, Deputy Education Minister Mosibudi Mangena said the centre would provide learners with the skills to enable them to compete with their global counterparts.The computer centre is part of the department’s Dinaledi project, which aims to improve learner participation in mathematics, science and technology education, with over 100 schools in the country having been identified as model centres.Education Minister Kader Asmal announced last week that the number of these schools has since been increased to 114.“As a Dinaledi school, Sebalamakgolo is part of a cohort of schools that are expected to help us develop a model of good practice for all our schools in mathematics and science teaching and learning and to act as centres of excellence for neighbouring schools,” said Mangena.The principal of the school, Mogale Pilusa said the centre would also be used to train local residents in computer literacy, while raising funds to improve the profile of the school.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

11 Features to Watch for in Windows 8 (Part 1)

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#Products klint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Last year a Microsoft enthusiast Francisco Martin posted the slides from a presentation on Windows 8. He claimed they came from an HP engineer in charge of vendor relations. Martin’s website has been taken down, but you can still view some of the Neowin and TechRadar.According to the slides addressing multimedia, Windows 8 will include support for 3D. Companies like Lenovo already offer laptops with 3D displays and HTC just announced the EVO3D smartphone with glasses-less 3D support, so this may be old hat by the time the OS actually comes out.3. App StoreMicrosoft will also jump on the desktop app store bandwagon, according to another slide. Microsoft already has a Windows Phone 7 store, so this will likely be an extension. Tech Radar reports that one slide said: “Currently the indication is that app development will move to the Web. There is significant opportunity for Microsoft if hardware capabilities, and OS services and Web could be integrated into a hobbyist developer toolset.”4. ARM support (Meaning: Tablet Support)Microsoft officially announced ARM support earlier this year. That might sound boring, but what it really means is that Windows 8 will run on tablet computers, and maybe even smart phones. Tablets were also pictured in the slides.5. Facial Recognitioncenter_img Related Posts Another one from the slides is facial recognition for logging in. Apparently, the OS will be able to switch user profiles automatically based on who is looking at the screen. This is another feature already available for Windows through third-parties.6. Faster Startup TimeAccording to the slides, Microsoft is working boosting its startup speed. It will accomplish this with a new feature called “Log-off and hibernate,” which will cache system components but still shut down applications and reload the desktop. This seems like a must-do, considering the startup speed of ChromeOS, OSX on the Macbook Air and “instant-on” operating systems like Splashtop (see our coverage).Next: Kinect, multiple desktops, and more. No one knows what exactly the next version of Windows will look like, or even what it will be called. Internally it’s called Windows.Next, but Microsoft developers refer to it as Windows 8 on LinkedIn. The details we have come from LinkedIn, the portfolio of a developer at Microsoft India R&D, a official statements and presentations by Microsoft and slides supposedly leaked by an HP engineer responsible for OEM relations. Together, these pieces begin to form a picture of what the next generation of Microsoft’s operating system will look like.Let’s take a look at some of what may be in the next version.1. 128-Bit SupportIn 2009, PCPro reported that a Microsoft developer mentioned on his LinkedIn profile that he was working on 128-bit compatibility for Windows 8 and 9. Considering how slow the adoption of 64-bit operating systems has been, we doubt 128-bit support will be a game changer for anyone but those needing high-end computing resources.2. 3D Support Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Check Out The Newest Audio Features in Resolve’s Edit Page

first_imgDaVinci Resolve’s new Fairlight Audio Page includes some great new features. But if you still need to control audio on the edit page, here’s how.The Fairlight Audio page is undoubtedly one of the most exciting new features in the latest version of Resolve. However, the audio controls on the edit page itself have also seen changes with a handful of new features. Let’s get up to speed so you can jump into the new version without confusion.New MixerFor those who have previously worked with Resolve’s edit page, you may remember that to open the clip or track mixer, you had to click this button above the timeline.In Resolve 14, this button is now above the viewer, next to the metadata button. For what reason? I’m not too sure. If you ever need to open the mixer panel, it’s more than likely going to be from working on the timeline and not the viewer, so now there’s extra mouse movement to open the panel. Further, there are still audio buttons above the timeline, so it’s not as if the designers of the UI were looking to conserve space. Anyway, you open the mixer by clicking this button.However, unlike 12.5, we now have a new mixer panel to work with. There’s no longer an option to mix clips in the panel — tracks only.If adjusting the individual clips is important to you, you can do this very easily by modifying the level bar on the audio clip, or by opening the Inspector panel for a more precise adjustment.The mixer is simpler in comparison with 12.5. This is because the pro audio editing tools are now on the Fairlight page. For example, you’ll find that the automation features are completely gone from the mixing panel. However, this is not to say that the Resolve engineers have taken away all the cool toys. With the mixing panel fully extended, you’ll see that instead of a simple pan knob, we now have a pop-up pan control (you get here by double-clicking on the simplified version in the mixing panel).These controls lets you pan a Mono audio track from left to right, invert a stereo channel’s audio, or work on basic surround mixing.Dim ButtonAbove the timeline, in place of the mixing button in 12.5, there are now three audio monitoring controls that enable you to control the volume output of your edit. The keyword is monitoring. This means that although these controls will adjust the volume that you hear from your edit, they will not adjust the levels of the actual audio tracks — like changing the slider of the main channel would. There is a visible representation of this: if you decrease the slider to 0, and then press play, you can still see the audio levels moving within the mixing panel. Whereas if we mute audio track A1 by pressing the mute track button, we no longer see audio channel A1 corresponding to the track during playback. It’s an important distinction.Next to the volume slider is the DIM button, and this is one of my favorite additions to Resolve 14.There may come a time when you have a client watching the edit with you, and they are giving notes, or perhaps they want to ask a question. There is no longer a need to pause playback or turn the master volume down. The DIM button will simply lower the volume of the main channel, allowing those in the room to speak clearly — and for the edit to remain untouched. You can visually see the dim function is active when the volume slider changes from green to yellow. This is an essential change, as it will stop editors from accidentally increasing the master volume if they forget that the DIM mode is active. Within the Edit Page, you can still perform all of the previous audio edits that were available in 12.5, such as fading clips in using the clip handles, applying audio transitions, editing the audio properties, and so forth. But ultimately, a lot of the intricate audio editing, such as automation, is now on the Fairlight page.Lewis McGregor is a certified BlackMagic Design DaVinci Resolve Trainer. EqualizerFinally, the EQ. In 12.5, upon opening the Inspector with an audio clip selected, you would see two control settings to adjust: the volume and the pan (the pan is no longer in the inspector in 14). In addition to a clip’s volume controls, we now also have a dedicated four-band clip equalizer.last_img read more

Congress downplays BSP-Jogi tie-up

first_imgA day after the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati announced a tie-up with Ajit Jogi’s Janta Congress Chhattisgarh for the forthcoming Assembly elections in the State, the Congress on Friday downplayed the import of the development, asserting that one had not heard the last on alliances.“It must be seen in context; first, it is an evolving situation and is limited to Chhattisgarh where the BSP won all of one seat in the last election,” said senior Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi. “Each of these adjustments, talks, gathbandhans [alliances], arrangements are completely State specific. What applies to Chhattisgarh certainly does not automatically apply to Madhya Pradesh or to other States, be it Uttar Pradesh or Rajasthan. These are completely State-specific alliances and it is not only about BSP but about every other party. And I think we have not seen the last word on the subject.” The Congress’s public position notwithstanding, the key question being asked in political circles is whether the BSP’s announcement undermines the opposition’s plan of a grand alliance in 2019, especially in U.P. Also, while the Congress officially says it is still in talks with the BSP for a tie-up in Madhya Pradesh, party leaders privately state that the BSP chief is under pressure from the BJP not to be part of any grand alliance.“There is little doubt that she is being directly monitored by the ruling party and the government through its agencies,” said a Congress leader from U.P., who didn’t want to be named.The Income Tax department is reported to have put under scrutiny business transactions carried out by Mayawati’s brother Anand Kumar, according to the Congress leader.Political observers contend that the BSP chief is also possibly wary of helping the Congress to strengthen its position in the Hindi heartland by winning crucial State elections.“If Congress wins States like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, then they will gain the kind of momentum that the BSP will not like and an alliance right now for these Assembly polls may not suit her,” said a Bengaluru-based leader of the Janata Dal (Secular), which has alliances with both the Congress and the BSP in Karnataka.last_img read more

U.A.E. Remittances To India Surge As Rupee Continues To Dip

first_imgOver the last month, the Indian rupee has been weakening as the U.S. dollar gained strength. Although it might be bad news for India’s fiscal state, money exchange houses and banks within the U.A.E. are seeing a strong outflow of money to the country.Exchange houses across the country are reporting a general 10% jump in remittances since April 2018, when the rupee started to sink in value. This surge could be largely attributed to the Emirates’ sizable proportion of white collar Indian workers.Read it at Forbes Middle East Related Itemslast_img