Win puts new life into West Indies cricket – Heaven

first_img DESERVE RESPECT President of the Jamaica Cricket Association Trevor ‘Billy’ Heaven believes the double victory by the West Indies men’s and women’s teams in the finals of the International Cricket Council’s T20 World Cup in Kolkata, India, yesterday has put new life into the Caribbean game. Captained by Jamaican player of the tournament, Stafanie Taylor, the Windies women won their first-ever T20 World Cup title, defeating Australia by eight wickets. A few hours later, the West Indies men’s team, with a mature knock from Marlon Samuels, won the ICC Men’s T20 title, defeating England in their final. “I want to commend the teams for giving us a double on the day, and I think both achievements were very, very remarkable and they put some new life in the West Indies,” Heaven said. Heaven also felt that it was an important moment for the Caribbean game. “If you look in the various territories at the turnout at the different venues and the different spots, it was simply fantastic. They went out there determined and they went out there knowing they have the talent, skills and determination to win that final, and from that standpoint, I think it’s a fantastic day.” Heaven said it was time for the West Indies women’s cricket team to be given the respect they deserve by the Caribbean people. “It’s a remarkable and historic occasion for women’s cricket in the world, and if you look at the teams they defeated, Australia, whether it’s the women’s team or the men’s team, Australia is always difficult to beat, so it’s a really difficult feat,” he added. “The women were motivated and they worked together as a team and they gave it their all. (Hayley) Matthews is a great talent going forward. She played a very mature game and supported Stafanie in a great way,” he noted. Heaven also singled out Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite, who hit four straight sixes to save the West Indies who entered the final over needing 19 runs to win. “Marlon Samuels played a very, very mature and brilliant innings. He read the game well. He knew he had to stay there, and irrespective of Brathwaite’s heroics in the last over, I believe Marlon set up the victory. Marlon stood there and he knew he had to be there at the end if West Indies had any chance at all of winning the cup,” he said. “That was Marlon at his best,” he added. He pointed out that the West Indies is the only men’s team to have won the T20 World Cup twice. “That’s also an achievement on our part,” he said. Meanwhile, Peter Lloyd, group marketing director of team sponsors, Digicel, said the telecommunications company was delighted with the teams continued success. “The ‘Windies’ teams fought hard and were rewarded with well-deserved wins against England and Australia – both formidable opponents. We wish all the West Indies teams continued success as we look to continue supporting them through our partnership with the West Indies Cricket Board.”last_img read more

South Africa’s Ubuntu awards: winners

first_img15 February 2016“Today we honour those who hold our beautiful flag high, and who contribute to not only telling, but demonstrating the good story of the Republic of South Africa,” said President Jacob Zuma at the second Annual Ubuntu Awards held on 13 February in Cape Town.“The men and women that have been honoured here today are inspirational examples of this. In their various industries they have truly excelled, thus promoting a positive image of our nation across the globe.”The aim of the awards is to recognise organisations or individuals who have, through excellence, innovation, creativity, inventiveness, social responsibility or patriotism, distinguished themselves as true ambassadors of South Africa.Nkoana-Mashabane: #UbuntuAwards is about I am because you are. The human qualities of compassion and humility. Community above self-interest— carien du plessis (@carienduplessis) February 13, 2016Best lessons are learnt in this word… What are we without one another? #UbuntuAwards pic.twitter.com/p7tDMbEu7z— J’Something™ (@jsomethingmusic) February 13, 2016WinnersUbuntu Economic Diplomacy Award: Standard Bank and DiscoveryUbuntu Arts and Cultural Diplomacy Award: DJ Black Coffee and musician Hugh MasekelaUbuntu Social Responsibility Award: Rescue SA and the Motsepe FoundationUbuntu Sport Diplomacy Award: Runner Wayde van NiekerkUbuntu Youth Diplomacy Award: Former Miss Earth, LeadSA executive and Play your Part ambassador Catherine ConstantinidesOR Tambo Lifetime Achievement Award (Minister’s Award): Agnes Msimang and the late Johnny Makhathini for their contribution to the anti-apartheid struggleUbuntu Ambassadorial Excellence Award: Ambassador Bene L M’pokoCongratulations to all the #UbuntuAwards winners. We are because you are! Continue showing Ubuntu – Botho – humanity pic.twitter.com/wuDthc17XN— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) February 13, 2016Upon receiving his award, Masekela urged the audience to never forget the late Miriam Makeba, the award-winning songstress and icon. She “made everyone know about South Africa”, he said, when she performed in foreign countries during the days of the struggle.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Enough mergers already!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farmers Union President Joe Logan said that “enough is enough” with further consolidation among the largest agricultural businesses that control more and more of the inputs farmers need to feed America and the world.He refers to a proposed merger of Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co.“Where are the Teddy Roosevelts and the trust busters of today?” Logan asked.Two previous waves of mergers in the agricultural inputs sector have already created what is known at the Big Six: Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont, Dow and BASF. The current rumored or announced deals—including Dow-DuPont, ChemChina-Syngenta, and Bayer-Monsanto—would be a third wave of consolidation.“Competition is eroding more and more with each of these mega deals. While financial markets applaud supposed efficiencies of larger businesses, customers — farmers — have fewer choices, less competition and input prices continue to go up,” Logan said.The National Farmers Union today joined Food and Water Watch and the American Antitrust Institute in a letter to U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division urging a challenge to the Dow-DuPont merger.The proposed merger would create a powerful duopoly between Dow-DuPont and Monsanto. Together, the two companies would control 76% of the market for corn and 66% of the market for soybeans, giving them the power to charge farmers higher prices and effectively decide which seeds farmers could plant.“Seed costs are the highest input expense for farmers. While some of the cost can be attributed to more sophisticated technology, we have seen time and again that consolidation and market restructuring has increased the cost of crop inputs. In a lagging farm economy with multi-year trends of low commodity prices, additional cost increases for crop inputs could cripple a lot of family farms in this country,” said Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union president.The groups conclude that the proposed Dow-DuPont merger “would be difficult, if not impossible, to remedy.” The letter notes accumulating evidence on failed remedies in other mergers, the difficulty of finding viable buyers of to-be divested assets, and the ineffectiveness of divesting assets to other members of the Big Six firms.last_img read more

Five 3D Applications for the iPhone

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Bonus: Coming Soon – Carnival CrazeCanadian kids’ broadcaster Family Channel, the Sheridan Visualization Design Institute, and Spatial View Inc. collaborated, through an Ontario Centres of Excellence OCE project, to create a glasses-free 3D mini game called Carnival Craze. The game is aimed at kids ages eight through fourteen. The application is currently undergoing the iTunes App Store approval process. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 2. 3DeeVUsion3DVUsion is an application that lets you turn your own photos saved in the iPhone’s photo library into 3D images. With the app, you can select a pair of images from the library for viewing. sarah perez Spatial View Inc., a company known for developing both hardware and software-based 3D display technologies, recently released a 3D software development kit for the iPhone. Applications developed using this kit are 3D-enabled – with no special glasses required! In order to see the 3D content, however, you will need to purchase a special protective case called the Wazabee 3DeeShell ($49.99) that contains a lens that can be slid in and out as needed. To demonstrate the capabilities of this technology, the company also released a handful of 3D applications including everything from photo viewers to 3D games.1. 3DeeFriendsThe 3DeeFriends app lets you view your Facebook photo albums and those belonging to your Facebook friends in 3D. Photos can be viewed either as an anaglyph, interlaced, side by side, or as a cross over 3D image. Tags:#Apple#Product Reviews#web 5. Hunter 3DeeHunter 3Dee is a top-down space shooter iPhone game. It offers two zones and six levels of play, all of which are in 3D. Related Posts 3. 3Dee!oaderWith 3Dee!oader, you can both manage your Flickr photos and view them in 3D. You can load images side-by-side and convert them on-the-fly to anaglyphs. You’re also able to search, view, and manage your Flickr account from your iPhone and save Flickr photos for later viewing. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 4. 3DeeCameraThe 3DeeCamera application lets you create 3D images using your built-in iPhone camera. You can take two side-by-side photos or choose two stereo-pairs from storage to create the 3D images by shifting, rotating, and scaling the image pairs. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Vadodara firm’s promoters arrested in loan scam

first_imgIn ₹2,654 crore loan fraud case involving Vadodara-based Diamond Power and Infrastructure (DPIL), the CBI and Gujarat’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) in a joint operation arrested Suresh Bhatnagar and his two sons Amit and Sumit, all three accused in defrauding a consortium of 11 banks. They have been arrested Tuesday mid night from Udaipur in Rajasthan. According to sources, they were hiding in a hotel in Udaipur from where they were nabbed by the CBI. They would be taken to Delhi for further interrogation. Their arrest came after the Central Bureau of Investigation filed a case against the company and its directors for cheating a consortium of 11 banks from where they fraudulently availed credit facilities and siphoned of bank money. Following the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) also joined in the probe for money laundering while Income Tax also carried out search and raids at premises belonging to the Bhatnagars in Vadodara. The company is engaged in manufacturing of cables and power transformers and other equipment. It may be noted that the Opposition Congress has accused Saurabh Patel, a top BJP Minister in Gujarat of having business dealings with Amit Bhatnagar, a politically-connected businessman in Vadodara. The Congress spokesman Pawan Khera had released several pictures and photographs of Amit Bhatnagar with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Piyush Goyal, Gujarat’s Energy Minister Mr. Saurabh Patel and former Chief Minister of Gujarat Anandiben Patel. A senior lawmaker of Congress, Jawahar Chavda, had written a letter to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, demanding a probe in financial irregularities committed by Mr. Amit Bhatnagar in connivance with Mr. Saurabh Patel in organising Switch Expo in 2016 in Vadodara.last_img read more