Pakistan won’t fear WI – coach

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has praised West Indies’ ability in the shortest format, but said while they respected the reigning World champions, his side intended to play fearless cricket during the upcoming Twenty20 International series.The two teams meet in the opening game of the three-match series on Saturday, and Arthur said yesterday that after having undergone an overhaul, the Pakistani team could provide a stiff challenge for the Windies.”Our Test side, in particular, is a very stable side, with a lot of senior players in it, but we need to rebuild our one-day side,” Arthur said.”We were playing a style of cricket that was totally outdated. The exciting thing is bringing in a new brand of young players.”He continued: “The players we have brought in – Imad Wasim, Babar Azam, Sohail Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Nawaz – they take the game on.”They don’t fear failure, which is fantastic. They are the guys we want to build this one-day cricket brand around. We have to change this brand.”Pakistan are coming off a big win over England last month in Manchester when they trounced the hosts by nine wickets in a one-off T20 International. And of the four T20Is they have played against West Indies, they have won two – when they swept the series in the Caribbean three years ago.Arthur said West Indies were a “formidable opposition”, especially in conditions that were similar to the Caribbean.”West Indies are a very good Twenty20 team. They are the current world T20 holders so you can never take them lightly even in conditions like these … so they are going to be a formidable opposition and we are going to have to play really well to beat them,” the South African said.”We have played a lot of cricket of late. The players have been playing cricket, and whether you are playing one-day cricket or Twenty20 cricket, as long as you are playing the skills are sharp.”We have just got to hone those skills. We have four training sessions to get that right. I am confident the guys will be ready. A lot of guys have been playing the domestic competition at home anyway so they have been playing Twenty20 cricket.”last_img read more

Resurgent Bolts near quarters, rip Beermen

first_imgRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc LATEST STORIES A loss by the KaTropa would propel the Bolts into the quarterfinals while a victory would pit the two against each other in a knockout for the last quarterfinals slot.Kevin Murphy had 32 points and 10 rebounds for the Beermen, who blew a 14-point lead.San Miguel, which shot just 33 percent from the field and had more turnovers (16) than assists (9), finished the elimination round in sixth place regardless of what happens on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ Tiu still has more to show, says coaches Guiao, Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Durham also had 26 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks while birthday boy Reynel Hugnatan, who turned 40, added 19 points, 13 of which came in the final frame, on top of six rebounds and six assists.“We knew we really had to fight tonight because we’re playing San Miguel, who we consider probably to be the most talented team in the league,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black. “We had to play good offense, play good defense, basically play good basketball. We had to match their energy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I think that Allen Durham really displayed that in this game offensive and defensively, particularly in the defensive boards. He did a great job of dominating the paint,” added Black, whose squad assisted on 38 of its 42 made field goals.The Bolts aren’t sure yet for the next round with their fate to be determined after the final game of the elimination round between Barangay Ginebra and TNT. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESMeralco put one foot in the quarterfinals after crushing San Miguel Beer, 111-81, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bolts came out an entirely different team in the second half behind Allen Durham, who fired 18 of his game-high 35 points in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

$209M unaccounted for by UG

first_imgAuditor General’s Report…over $600M unaccounted for from Special Projects AccountIn his 2016 report, Auditor General (AG) Deodat Sharma has found that $209 million have been unaccounted for from the University of Guyana’s Science and Technology Support Project, funded by the Government of Guyana (GoG) and the International Development Association (IDA) under Credit Agreement No. 4969-GY.UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw GriffithIn 2016, the sum of $906 million was allocated this project for curriculum reform; infrastructural design and research; infrastructure rehabilitation; equipping of science laboratories; drainage; internet network; multimedia equipment; and institutional capacity building at the University of Guyana. A supplementary provision totalling $411 million was approved, bringing the total allocation to one thousand, three hundred and seventeen million dollars ($1.317 billion).“According to the Appropriation Accounts, amounts totalling one thousand, three hundred and eleven million dollars ($1.311 billion) were expended during the period under review. However, the records of the project reflected expenditure totalling one thousand, one hundred and two million ($1.102 billion), giving a difference of $209 million,” Sharma wrote in his report.Security Grants The sum of three hundred and two million, eight hundred and nineteen thousand dollars ($302.819 million) was expended on security services for nursery, primary, secondary and post-secondary/tertiary education, but the auditors examined eighteen schools and found that the bank accounts were not reconciled; security services were paid for in advance by the schools; there were no contractual agreements; and the cash books were not properly maintained by schools.“In addition, amounts totalling three hundred and twenty-two million, eight hundred and twenty-nine thousand dollars ($322.829 million) were paid to eight private security firms for security services provided to 34 locations. However, contract documents and Tender Board awards were not presented for audit examination. Therefore, it could not be determined whether tender procedures were followed to select the security firms, and also whether payments were made in accordance with the conditions of the contract,” the report stated.The Head of the Budget Agency has since stated that corrective measures would be taken, while the Auditor General has recommended that the Education Minister comply with the Financial Regulations.Inappropriate spendingThe AG has said that the Education Ministry operated a Special Projects bank account, into which funds from various sources — such as Guyana Lotteries Commission, Digicel, and refunds from the Permanent Secretary — were placed. At the end of the review period, that account had forty-six million, six hundred and twenty-one thousand dollars ($46.621 million). However, the report found that one hundred and seventy-three million, seven hundred and three thousand dollars ($173.703 million) were inappropriately spent from the account for furniture, anniversary celebrations, salaries and overtime, vehicle parts, and other expenses.“An analysis of the expenditure revealed that a significant portion was related to the normal activities of the Ministry. This expenditure should have been met from budgetary allocations, and approved by the National Assembly. In addition, the Ministry breached Section 8 of the Procurement Act, as there was no evidence that Tender Board procedures were adhered to in the procurement process. Further, payment vouchers and relevant supporting documents were not presented for audit examination,” the report stated.A further inspection of payments made from the Special Projects bank account revealed that four payments totalling one million, five hundred and ninety-five thousand dollars ($1.595 million) were made to meet expenditure of the Ministry for national celebrations, and the payment vouchers were not presented for audit examination. And two payments totaling five hundred and twenty-five million, three hundred thousand dollars ($525.3million) were expended on salaries and overtime for staff at the National Stadium, National Cultural Centre, Sophia Training Centre, and Kuru Kuru Training College without payment vouchers being presented to the auditors.The Head of the Budget Agency has indicated that the payment vouchers would be made available for examination, and that corrective action would be taken to prevent possibly recurrence in relation to the purchases. However, the Audit Office has recommended that the MoE take immediate steps to ensure all unspent sums of money are refunded to the Consolidated Fund, and that all necessary measures to locate missing payments are taken.DiscrepanciesThe report has also revealed serious administrative discrepancies with the Dietary Programme undertaken by the Education Ministry. For the period under review, twenty-one million, three hundred and seventy-nine thousand dollars ($21.379 million) were expended for the provision of hot meals to some 21,379 students of nursery and primary schools in several regions.However, Sharma’s auditors discovered that nine students of the Karasabai Primary had stolen one million, eight hundred and two thousand dollars ($1.802 million) in 2017.“In September, seven hundred thousand dollars ($700,000) were repaid, leaving one million, one hundred and two thousand dollars ($1.102 million) to be recovered. The parents of the children entered into an agreement to repay the amount stolen on a monthly basis commencing from April 2017… The matter in relation to the stolen money is presently engaging the attention of the court,” the report stated.Meanwhile, at the Marauranau Primary School in Region Nine, the former headmaster misappropriated the sum of one million, five hundred and twenty-four thousand dollars ($1.524 million) in 2012, and the sum of two hundred and thirty thousand two hundred dollars ($230, 200) has thus far been recovered, leaving one million, two hundred and ninety-four thousand dollars ($1.294 million) outstanding.The Finance Ministry has been informed of the incident, and action has been taken to have deductions made from the headmaster’s gratuity.Additionally, the Auditor General’s report found that, for all the schools visited, there was no proper record maintenance; no records of inspection by the management committee of the school; no meetings were held by committee; treasurers kept unpaid balances in their personal possession, and bank accounts were not reconciled for the period under review.last_img read more

Kisumu court dismisses Muhoroni KPL appeal

first_img0Shares0000Appellate Judge Kathurima M’inoti ruled that the court cannot grant application for the inclusion of the applicant into the league.KISUMU, Kenya, July 26 – Muhoroni Youth Football Club has suffered yet another blow in their attempt to be reinstated to the Kenyan Premier League after Kisumu Court of Appeal dismissed their appeal.Appellate Judge Kathurima M’inoti ruled that the court cannot grant application for the inclusion of the applicant into the league. The Appeals Court upheld the High Court decision that ruled that the club did not demonstrate that the decision to relegate it is grounded on unreasonable rules and standards.M’inoti says the premier league has progressed to mid-season and granting the applicant a reinstatement order would disrupt the league.Muhoroni Youth FC was relegated to the super league after finishing last on the table in 2017.Wazito FC and Vihiga United FC were promoted to the national super league after finishing top on the super league.Muhoroni Youth FC had gone to court seeking to overturn their demotion from the top tier league following a dismissal by the Football Kenya Federation after failing to pass the Club Licensing test.M’inoti struck out the appeal for lacking merit with costs to the applicant.-By Ojwang’ Joe-0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kiefer Sutherland arrested on DUI

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Actor Kiefer Sutherland was freed today after posting $25,000 bail following his early-morning arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor drunk driving, authorities said. The star of the hit Fox TV show “24” was initially pulled over about 1 a.m. for making an illegal U-turn at La Cienegea and Beverly boulevards, Officer Ana Aguirre said. He was taken into custody a half-hour later after failing a field sobriety test. The breathalizer test determined he was over the legal limit of .08 percent. Sutherland was transported to the Hollywood station, where he posted bail.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsChristmas cards for soldiers sought Veterans from recent and past conflicts are asking Americans to add two addresses to their holiday card lists. Members of the nonprofit Disabled Veterans Business Alliances are asking that residents send a holiday greeting to men and women recovering from their wounds at armed forces hospitals: A Recovering Marine or Sailor WHITTIER – Whittier High School will host a holiday fair and swap meet with new and used items from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 12417 E. Philadelphia St. More than 30 vendors will be selling such items as crocheted purses, scrubs for nurses, used books and DVDs, custom woodcraft and holiday wreaths. The swap meet is sponsored by the Puente Program, which supports students by exposing them to colleges and universities and encouraging higher education. Vendors will be there regardless of the weather. C/O U.S. Naval Hospital 8901 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20889 A Recovering American Soldier C/O Walter Reed Army Medical Center 6900 Georgia Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20307 Cards should include simple thanks and get-well messages for the holidays. For more information, call (916) 446-3510 or visit www.cadvbe.org. Brickhouse dance on Dec. 14 LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Community Gymnasium will host a “Holiday Ball” Brickhouse from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 14. Middle school-age students can hang out and dance with friends before the winter break. Tickets cost $5, and need to be purchased before the day of the event. Tickets can be bought at the La Mirada Community Gymnasium, Resource Center or Activity Center. Participants must bring their school ID and their Brickhouse cards to the dance. For more information, call (562) 902-2938. Rose Parade outing offered LA MIRADA – The city will host an excursion to the 2008 Tournament of Roses in Pasadena. Family and friends will get a first-hand look at the tradition of floral floats, marching bands and pageantry. This year’s theme, “Passport to the World’s Celebrations,” will feature designs from all over the world. Participants are asked to meet at the La Mirada Resource Center no later than 6:15 a.m. on New Year’s morning. The trip will last until 1 p.m. The $75 fee includes bus transportation and grandstand seating on Colorado Boulevard. Participants may bring a sack lunch or purchase snacks from vendors on site. Space is limited. For more information or to register, call La Mirada Community Services at (562) 943-7277. Dental screenings available Friday LA MIRADA – Free dental screenings for persons ages 50 and older are being offered at the La Mirada Activity Center by doctors from New Age Dental. Screenings take place 10-11 a.m. the first Friday of each month. The next screening is scheduled for Friday. The screening is offered to help identify tooth decay, large cavities, gum disease or the need for dentures and crowns. Registration is required. To register or for more information, call (562) 902-3160, or visit cityoflamirada.org. The Activity Center is at 13810 La Mirada Blvd. at the Civic Center. – From staff reports 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

HOMECOMING DINNER THIS FRIDAY FOR GARDA MEMORIAL CHARITY CYCLISTS

first_imgGarda McCallionGarda McLoughlinA HOMECOMING dinner is being held this Friday for 90 cyclists who are taking part in a charity cycle in memory of two Gardaí killed in the line of duty here in Co Donegal.Former colleagues and friends of the late Gardai Robbie McCallion of Letterkenny Garda Station and Garda Gary McLoughlin who was attached to Buncrana are on their way up to Malin Head from Mizen Head.They are due to come through Letterkenny on Friday afternoon on their way to Malin Head. They will return to Letterkenny on Friday evening for the homecoming dinner at the Clanree Hotel.Tickets for the dinner are priced at 20 euro and are available to buy from the sergeants’ office at Letterkenny Garda Station.This Thursdxay cyclists will return to County Donegal and will spend the night in Donegal Town. On Friday the cyclists will take part in the final leg of the event, travelling from Donegal town to Malin Head.A short stop off in Letterkenny has been planned to visit Tara Court on the Ramelton Road, and hold a short reflection in memory of Robbie. The cyclists will then make their way to Lisfannon, Burt where there will be a similar short reflection in memory of Gary. The benefiting charities are:Donegal Hospice.The Jack & Jill Foundation.Cuisle Centre, Roscommon (Respite Centre run by the Irish Wheelchair Association).Beaumont Hospital ICU. Mayo/Roscommon Hospice.The organisers would ask the public to support the event and the dinner at the Clanree this Friday.Sponsors, including Hegarty’s Ford, Letterkenny, The Pulse, Letterkenny, Desmond Motors, Derry are thanked sincerely.The late Garda Robbie Mc McCallion passed away in Beaumont Hospital on 7th April 2009 after being struck by a stolen car at Tara Court ,Letterkenny on 26th March 2009. He was 29 years of age. The late Garda Gary Mc Laughlin passed away at Letterkenny General Hospital on 14th December 2009 following a traffic collision at Lisfannon, Burt the previous day. He was 24 years of age.HOMECOMING DINNER THIS FRIDAY FOR GARDA MEMORIAL CHARITY CYCLISTS was last modified: September 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:CHARITY CYCLEGarda Gary McLoughlinGarda Robbie McCallionlast_img read more

Joe Pavelski’s comeback sparks Sharks’ hot start in Game 7 win

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski took the ice in Game 7 warmups Wednesday with a well-groomed head of hair — and a head that apparently recovered quite well from a “gruesome” concussion two weeks earlier.Less than six minutes into the game, Pavelski scored and the Tank exploded in raucous applause. Less than six minutes later, Pavelski sent a pass from behind the net to assist Tomas Hertl’s goal for a raucous, 2-0 lead.“It was nice, I’m not going to lie,” Pavelski said at his locker, with a one-inch …last_img read more

Mozilla’s First Peak Of Firefox OS Smartphones

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts dan rowinskicenter_img Mozilla is turning its dreams of a smartphone running its own custom-built mobile operating system into a reality. In conjunction with Geeksphone, Mozilla announced two developer preview mobile devices today, dubbed Peak and Keon. Running Mozilla’s Firefox OS, neither of the phones are much to look at from a hardware perspective and are designed to bring the Web back to the forefront of the mobile ecosystem. Top: Keon Bottom: PeakKeon is a low-range hardware option running a 1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a 3.5-inch screen, a 1580 mAh battery and a 3-megapixel camera. If that sounds basically like an iPhone 3G, well, it’s really close to one from a hardware perspective. Peak is slightly more powerful. It runs a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor with a 4.3-inch screen, 8-MP back and 2-MP front camera with a 1800 mAh battery. This phone would have been very happy at the top of the smartphone market… in 2011.Keon and Peak do not need to be powerful devices to serve Mozilla’s purposes. Foremost, these are developer preview phones designed to allow publishers to get a sense of how their Web apps will perform on Firefox OS. Second, and most importantly, the way that Firefox OS is designed means the phones do not need to be incredibly powerful to run the operating system or the apps that go with it.Beyond Native AppsFirefox OS is of the Web, for the Web. There is no such thing as a “native” app to Firefox OS. If an object exists as a web page, it can easily be turned into an app for Firefox OS by essentially turning it into a shortcut for the browser-based operating system to access. Instead of having to develop specifically for mobile platforms like iOS, Android or Windows Phone, the Web is the platform for Firefox OS. Mozilla’s plan for Firefox OS is to target emerging markets that are not already saturated with smartphones. Hence, do not expect Keon or Peak (or their equivalents when official consumer devices become ready likely later this year) to have a major market presence in the United States. Mozilla’s approach is evident by looking at the schedule for its Fire OS App Days developer tour. The events, designed to get developers building Web apps for Firefox OS, only had one stop in the U.S., in Mountain View on Jan. 19. The rest of the tour takes Firefox OS around the world to places like Bogota, Bangalore, Nairobi, Taipei, and Jakarta, as well as cities like Seoul and Rome. Mozilla’s next goals with Firefox OS are two-fold: get more developers on board to flesh out the Web app ecosystem and entice smartphone manufacturers to get on board to build and ship the devices. Those goals go hand in hand with each other as the more apps are built for Firefox OS, the more attractive it looks to manufacturers and vice versa. If you are a developer, you can build an app for Firefox OS by making some small changes to your website. You can then test the app by downloading the Aurora Marketplace onto your Android or using the browser-based Firefox OS Simulator. Developers – are you going to test out Firefox OS on Keon or Peak? Let us know in the comments.  Tags:#Firefox OS#HTML5#Mozilla The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

8 Creative Videos with Unusual Aspect Ratios

first_imgThe following videos demonstrate the creative power of non-traditional aspect ratios.There are a lot of rules when it comes to video production and filmmaking: the 180 degree rule, the rule of thirds, etc. But when it comes to aspect ratios, it’s less concreate. Here are a few examples of videos that have broken away from 16:9 and utilized a non-traditional aspect ratio to their creative advantage.To get the full effect click the full screen button when watching each video. 1. Everything I Can See From HereAspect Ratio: 1:1.4Everything I Can See From Here is a short film directed by Sam Taylor and Bjorn Aschim for The Line, an animation collective based in London. The film takes place in a dystopian future and features some really interesting animation, sound design, and color work. The film uses it’s skinny aspect ratio to convey a feeling of openness and isolation.2. CityscapeAspect Ratio: 4:1Serving as the official music video for Mike Luck’s Cityscape EP, this video features a car driving through a retro-future desert landscape. The wide aspect ratio is similar to that of the viewing angle you might see if you were looking through a car windshield.3. CRYSTALSAspect Ratio: 4:1In what can only be described as a modern Fantasia, Crystals is a collaboration between artist Bruno Levy and DJ/composer Kate Simko. Crystals is a documenatry set to music, showing the process of how crystals are made. To get the up-close shots, director Bruno Levy used a camera attached to a microscope.4. Hamer Hall – EvolutionAspect Ratio: 6:1Evolution, is a short film showcasing the history of Melbourne, Australia. The video was custom created to be displayed on 6 LED monitors. The entire project was created by only 6 people under a strict deadline. It is currently on display at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.5. Jetcoaster RomanceAspect Ratio: 5.3:1Jetcoaster Romance is an audio/visual journey through a fictional 3D world. The video uses it’s wide aspect ratio to create a parallax to the audience. The video essentially puts a 270 degree field of view into a single 2D plane.6. Spherical HarmonicsAspect Ratio: 1.1:1In a world of 16:9, even a video with a square-like aspect ratio is unique. The following video created by Alan Warburton is a great example of how aspect ratios can be used to convey hidden symbolism. The film was created in just 6 weeks for exhibition in The Photographers’ Gallery in London.7. Trace – Kijek/AdamskiAspect Ratio: 5.7:1Trace is a continuously looping video created for exhibition at the Motion Factory in Paris. While the video may seem like it was created using CGI, it is actually a stop motion video that used over 17,000 still images. The video was projected across 20 meters, making it life-like in scale.8. Duck, Death and the TulipAspect Ratio: 4.3:1Duck, Death and the Tulip is a sad 6 minutes, but worthwhile viewing. The premise of the central character is a duck that builds a relationship with death. Just like in Everything I Can See From Here, DDT uses it’s unique aspect ratio to convey a feeling of isolation…which only makes it more depressing.Know of any other non-traditional aspect ratio videos? Share in the comments below.last_img read more