‘We’re going to play the World Cup’

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, has assured the region his squad will not boycott the upcoming T20 World Cup in India next month.Fears the 15-man squad would opt out of the March 8 to April 3 tournament were heightened over the past week when it emerged that yet another contract dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was simmering.Writing on the players’ behalf, Sammy told the WICB that the new contracts pay structure was unacceptable, arguing that it represented between a 50 and 80 per cent reduction in earnings.However, in an interview with a radio station on Thursday, he said the squad had never considered skipping the event and were committed to playing even though their concerns were yet to be resolved.”I would like to let it be known that not at any given time did the West Indies team think about not going to the Cricket World Cup,” Sammy said categorically.”We’ve all made it clear that we were going to play the World Cup. At the end of the day, we are professionals, we are paid to play cricket. Iit is our job, it is our life. We just had some issues, some questions we wanted to ask and we asked them, and we’ve just not gotten a response.WORLD CUP A PRIORITY”But we want to assure the Caribbean that playing the World Cup has been at the forefront of all the players’ minds and we will do whatever we can in our power to go out there and win the World Cup for the Caribbean people.”Players complained that under the new pay structure, their guaranteed income for the upcoming World Cup stood at a mere US$27,600.In the past, the lowest paid player was guaranteed nearly US$60,000, with the highest paid player raking in US$137,000.The WICB hit back by outlining the new International Cricket Council (ICC) pay system, which now sees funds to ICC members disbursed over an eight-year period instead of for specific tournaments.Further, the board pointed out that it had, along with players’ union WIPA, the International Cricketers Association and a representative from the International Cricket Council (ICC), engaged in mediation last year to hammer out the new agreement for players – which was then communicated to them.Sammy said even though players would go ahead with the tour, serious concerns remained over the agreement and noted that the WICB and the players needed to continue communication on the matter.”The issues we raised, the questions we asked, when we come out of the cricket, the younger players will get experience and come out and ask the same set of questions, so you need to find a common ground where both parties are happy or we need to find a way to communicate better,” the all-rounder advised.”We must put our egos aside. At the end of the day, the board cannot do without the players and the players need our cricket board in order for things to function.”Sammy said that for many of the seasoned players on the squad, the T20 World Cup could prove to be their final ICC event and this was extra motivation to lift the title.”It’s the format that we’re best at. We cannot ignore that. I believe the squad that has been picked is very capable of going to India and winning the World Cup,” he said.STRATEGISING WITH COACH”We all will be coming from playing cricket … we will have a lot of cricket matches under our belt, and I can’t wait for the opportunity to strategise with coach, Phil Simmons, in order to plan the way we’re going to win the World Cup.”He added: “I know we’re painted … to be a certain type of cricketers, but this could be an end of an era where Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy – from Under-15 and Under-19 (level) in West Indies team; this could be the last ICC event that most of these players could be playing so we all are motivated.”I know from speaking to the guys, we will give it our best shot, and hopefully, we can repeat what we did in Sri Lanka (in 2012) in India.”last_img read more

Listen to Yourself Evolve

first_imgA pretty gene is like a melody, decided Mary Anne Clark at Texas Wesleyan University, so she gave life to music—literally.  She translated the structure of proteins into musical notes so that she could hear “protein songs,” reported National Geographic News. By listening to the songs, scientists and students alike can hear the structure of a protein.  And when the songs of the same protein from different species are played together, their similarities and differences are apparent to the ear.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)That leads us to the Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: “Therefore, Clark said, by playing the beta globin song for a human and tuatara, an ancient three-eyed lizard, people can hear the process of evolution—a variation on a theme that was present before mammals split from reptiles some 200 million years ago.”Need we remind Clark that Theme and Variations is a musical form created by intelligent composers?(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Joining forces to beat crime

first_img3 August 2006Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula, speaking to journalists in Pretoria on Tuesday, called on “all law-abiding citizens” in South Africa to join in the fight against crime.The minister’s appeal comes as the government moves to strengthen policing at station level throughout the country, and through this to draw in stronger community support for combating crime.Delivering the Department of Safety and Security’s budget vote to Parliament in June, Nqakula said policing in South Africa was being restructured in order to place more resources at local police station level.The previous four-level structure of policing is being reshaped into three levels – national, provincial and local – with the dissolution of the “area level” of policing and the shift of these resources to the frontline of crime.Area-level policemen and women are to be redeployed to local stations, and experienced detectives are to be promoted in a way that keeps them doing functional police work rather than shifting them into administrative and managerial positions.Specialised crime-fighting functions are also to be redeployed to station level “to ensure that crimes are investigated where they occur”, the minister told Parliament.Additional resourcesThirteen new police stations were built in 2005/06 and 25 new ones would be built in 2006/07, the minister said, while an additional 1 000 trained detectives would be added to the police service this year.The “station empowerment strategy” will enter its first phase in the last quarter of this year as the local police station becomes the “crucible” of the country’s fight against crime, Nqakula said.Deputy Justice Minister Johnny de Lange also appealed to the public on Tuesday to report instances of perceived police failures to the various government or other authorities such as the Public Protector, saying that no civil servant in South Africa had “the right not to provide a service”.If people felt that they were not being assisted by police members, De Lange said, they should lodge a complaint with the authorities, who were obliged to take action.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Call for South Africans to preserve our indigenous heritage and knowledge during Heritage Month

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 – September not only marks the beginning of spring – the season of new beginnings – but also the commemoration of South Africa’s Heritage Month, when the nation celebrates and recognises the cultural and social wealth and diversity of South Africa.• Download press releaseThis year, National Heritage Month 2015 is observed under the theme “Preserving our indigenous heritage and knowledge” with the aim of strengthening and harnessing shared heritage, diverse cultures, languages and religions, and fostering shared national consciousness that make up the DNA of South Africa’s rich heritage.Heritage Month is recognised as an opportunity for South Africans to reaffirm once more that what unites us far outweighs that which divides us. It is a time to celebrate the profound influence of the nation’s cultural and social heritage, to promote national pride and patriotism.South Africans are socially diverse, yet united by their love for the country and the national flag. And this year’s theme presents an opportunity to highlight the common national identity that will allow the nation to break through the barriers of culture, race or religion that still divide us and also offer the prospect to strive for a common national identity that is supported and cherished by all.The preamble to the Constitution of South Africa captures and defines the basis of our common heritage by stating that: “We, the people of South Africa, Recognise the injustices of our past; Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land; Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.”In the words of Oliver Reginald Tambo, one of the nation’s main architects of our democracy: “We are one people with a rich cultural heritage which manifests itself in many variations. Our task is not to preserve our culture in its antique forms but to build on it and let it grow to assume a national character, the better to become a component of all evolving world culture.”Brand South Africa calls on all citizens to play their part to break down the barriers of our diversity and find the common traits that define us as South Africans. This will be the most sustainable route towards strengthening our pride and patriotism which will drive the active citizenship that will move South Africa forward.Let us all play our part and commemorate Heritage Month 2015.Follow the conversation on @Brand_SA #HeritageMonth2015last_img read more

ZCF HAIR Style 16” 18” 20” 22” 24” 100% Real Human Hair Tape-In Human Hair Extensions Straight Hair 17 colors – I recommend a product of good quality

first_img Good quality, wish the strips were a bit wider. I waited about 3 months to post this review to see how the hair held up. I’ve never used tape ins before but have tried pretty much every other method including micro rings, nano rings, glue in, clip in, glue bonds and so on, but i’ve never been happy with them as you can still see the bonds. My hair doesn’t seem to grow on the sides on my head passed my chin so i like to fill in the gaps. After watching many youtube videos i got the technique down and started applyingthe hair was a perfect match to my hair colour so that was nice. The ends were quite thick, didn’t taper much like some do but i cut them by a couple of inches anyway so it doesn’t matter. There isn’t much shedding at all with this hair, i was very pleasantly surprised. The hair is soft and comfortable to wear. I did notice some dark coarse hairs but not that many. The hair lasted really well, the bonds were strong and didn’t damage quickly. I wore it for about 6 weeks or more before taking it out. The hair was still soft but the ends had suffered slightly from heat styling, they knotted up a bit more than when i got them and didn’t stay soft and smooth but i trimmed them and they were ok again. I dyed my hair slightly darker blonde once i’d taken them out and did the extensions to match. The extensions dye really well, stayed in good condition. Features of Style 16” 18” 20” 22” 24” 100% Real Human Hair Tape-In Human Hair Extensions Straight Hair 17 colors for your choose Beauty Design Salon (22inch 20pcs 60g, lila/light purple)100% Remy Tape IN Human Hair ExtensionsTransform your hair from short to long in a matter of minutes – whenever you like!You will feel more confident and look more amazing!Can be easily washed and styled like your own hair!Straight hair ,20pcs each pake ,in usually should buy 2-3 pakes for a full head Hair quality ok just the tape could be better. Happy with this product, definitely recommend. I’m so happy with the product. Fantastic product, easy to use. Happy with this product, definitely recommend. I’m so happy with the product. Good quality, wish the strips were a bit wider. Good quality hair for the price lasted well would buy again. Colour was good and quality of the hair is fine. Have them in now 4 over a week and there doing fine. Would order again ?make sure you order enough packs. My hairs a bit thick and i had to order 4 packs. I recommend a product of good quality. Hi, i recommend a product of good quality. When trouble fast communication, so sorry for the grant of the negative commentary. Absolutely fantastic, so light and will not damage hair. Absolutely fantastic, so light and will not damage hair, really natural looking. I recommend a product of good quality. Hi, i recommend a product of good quality. When trouble fast communication, so sorry for the grant of the negative commentary. Fantastic product, easy to use. Perfect arrived very quickly very happy. Good quality hair for the price lasted well would buy again. Perfect arrived very quickly very happy. Good colour, undetectable, stays in place really well. I waited about 3 months to post this review to see how the hair held up. I’ve never used tape ins before but have tried pretty much every other method including micro rings, nano rings, glue in, clip in, glue bonds and so on, but i’ve never been happy with them as you can still see the bonds. My hair doesn’t seem to grow on the sides on my head passed my chin so i like to fill in the gaps. After watching many youtube videos i got the technique down and started applyingthe hair was a perfect match to my hair colour so that was nice. The ends were quite thick, didn’t taper much like some do but i cut them by a couple of inches anyway so it doesn’t matter. There isn’t much shedding at all with this hair, i was very pleasantly surprised. The hair is soft and comfortable to wear. I did notice some dark coarse hairs but not that many. The hair lasted really well, the bonds were strong and didn’t damage quickly. I wore it for about 6 weeks or more before taking it out. The hair was still soft but the ends had suffered slightly from heat styling, they knotted up a bit more than when i got them and didn’t stay soft and smooth but i trimmed them and they were ok again. I dyed my hair slightly darker blonde once i’d taken them out and did the extensions to match. The extensions dye really well, stayed in good condition. No drill holes in some of the. Really difficult to put together compared with one we bought from another supplier. No drill holes in some of the pieces. Bed seems sturdy enough after finally being pit together. Colour was good and quality of the hair is fine. Have them in now 4 over a week and there doing fine. Would order again ?make sure you order enough packs. My hairs a bit thick and i had to order 4 packs. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-02-01 06:38:36Reviewed Item Style 16” 18” 20” 22” 24” 100% Real Human Hair Tape-In Human Hair Extensions Straight Hair 17 colors for your choose Beauty Design Salon (22inch 20pcs 60g, lila/light purple)Rating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  29  reviewsPrice£38.75 Easy to apply but drove me nuts 1 week into wearing them but look amazing. Super soft shiny hair just what i wanted. No drill holes in some of the. Really difficult to put together compared with one we bought from another supplier. No drill holes in some of the pieces. Bed seems sturdy enough after finally being pit together. Great for the money!Happy with This product, definitely recommend!!Poor instructions. No drill holes in some of the last_img read more

Microsoft Xbox One To Launch In November, But You Won’t Like The Price

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout taylor hatmaker When Microsoft jumped the gun and announced its next-generation Xbox console last month in Redmond, Wash., it left out two of the most important details — when and how much? On Monday, at its Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) keynote speech, Microsoft let the cat out of the bag: The Xbox One will grace 21 markets this year, retailing for $499 in the U.S, 499€ in Europe and £429 in the U.K. The new console will launch in the U.S. this November, just in time for the holidays (surprise!).Paying For Everything And The Kitchen SinkThe $500 price tag is already freaking out gamers on Facebook and Twitter, which is a bit understandable considering that Microsoft’s “premium” Xbox 360 launched for $100 less back in 2005. But the last console wasn’t nearly as packed with features — consider the Xbox One really, really future-proofed. Powered by an 8-core CPU and packing Kinect 2.0, a Blu-ray drive, 500GB of hard drive storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi (with Wi-Fi Direct), HDMI in and out, gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0, this console is designed to withstand the test of time. What About The Games?Beyond price and availability, Microsoft also answered a lot of questions about upcoming gaming content for the Xbox One. At the Xbox One’s launch event, Microsoft placed a heavy emphasis on the console’s robust interactive TV and home entertainment features, but at E3 the name of the game is, well, games. Microsoft intends to deliver a flotilla of exclusive launch titles including Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, Sunset Overdrive and Killer Instinct designed to show off the next-gen hardware’s considerable oomph. Privacy And The All-Seeing Eye Of KinectEven as the long-awaited console remains on track for the holiday retail season, some concerns remain. The Xbox One ships with a built-in Kinect motion-sensing camera, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea — especially now that the sensor is not only capable of seeing and hearing you but taking a peek at your heartbeat too. If having a quasi-sentient multisensor entity at the epicenter of your home doesn’t unsettle you, then perhaps you’ll be up in arms about the Xbox One’s connectivity habits or its utter disregard for your existing collection of games?(See also Microsoft Wants To Turn Kinect Into Big Brother.)Finally, despite the anticipation surrounding the Xbox One, it could be merely setting the stage for Sony to unveil the successor to the PlayStation 3, which is expected to happen Monday night at E3. The Xbox One is an extremely powerful home entertainment hub, but Microsoft’s console may not have the price advantage this time around. Sony’s PlayStation 4 is expected to undercut the price of the Xbox One, but as for the rest, we’ll just have to wait and see.Photo by Taylor Hatmaker. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming#Microsoft#PlayStation 4#Xbox#xbox one last_img read more