Gayle’s new bat creates a buzz in Australia

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (CMC):The makers of a new bat being used by T20 superstar Chris Gayle say it does not give the flamboyant opener any special advantage and that the laws of the game have been adhered to.Indian manufacturers Spartan made the gold-coloured bat and flew it over to Australia in time for Gayle’s opening match in the Big Bash League yesterday.The Jamaica-born West Indian cricketer, who plays for Melbourne Renegades, has become the first man in world cricket to use a willow of that colour.”There is no metal in the gold colouring we are using in the bat. There are restrictions on what you can and can’t use in cricket bats,” declared Spartan boss Kunal Sharma.”And you can’t put metals into bat products because they can enhance stroke play. This bat is fine because we haven’t changed the make-up of it”.Gayle used the bat to launch a run chase in Renegades seven-wicket win over Brisbane Heat in the third match of the BBL on Saturday, smashing two fours and two massive sixes in an exciting innings of 23.”We have infused a gold colour in the timber wood of the bat and there is sheen of a gold spray over the bat,” Sharma said.”There is a light spray of a beautiful gold colour over the bat, it is something that cricket hasn’t seen before”.Meantime, former Australia commentator Ricky Ponting is suggesting the weight of the bat may work against Gayle in the current BBL.Gayle’s cameo was short-lived when he was dismissed for 23 after mistiming a pull shot from Mark Steketee’s bowling and was caught at deep square leg by Lendl Simmons.”It’s exceptionally heavy. It’s got to be over the three pounds,” Ponting told Channel 10.”If you get bouncers high enough, it’s got to be difficult to play cross-bat shots because the bat’s so heavy”.last_img read more

Defending champ La Salle gets past FEU in 5 sets

first_imgBaron, on her last tour of duty for La Salle, has been playing her best the past several matches while teammates Kiana Dy and Desiree Cheng also contributed on both ends.“I need to start with myself,” said Baron. “And I think my teammates saw my efforts.”Adamson arrested its tailspin with a hard-earned win over University of the East, 19-25, 25-11, 16-25, 25-16, 15-12, in the first women’s match.Jema Galanza poured in 22 points and provided ballast for the Lady Falcons, who managed to snap a two-game losing streak and get back at their first-round tormentor.But it was not easy.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Spikers kept their poise under pressure, firing crucial spikes and defending well to frustrate the opposition en route to a 25-17, 21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-5 win.It was their eighth victory in 10 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkTeam captain Majoy Baron stepped up the plate to lead La Salle, scoring 18 points including clutch hits late in the deciding frame which the Lady Spikers completely dominated.“We had difficulty with their serves and they also had very good service reception,” said Baron, trying to point out the factors in the protracted battle. “But I told my teammates let’s show our true character and in the end we wanted it the most.” With its back against the wall, La Salle retaliated with championship force and flair.The defending champion let loose the full strength of its armada to turn back Far Eastern University on Sunday night and firm up its grasp of the lead in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Beermen keep historic title shot In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Lady Warriors, playing with little pressure having already won two games this season—equaling their total number of wins the previous two years—put the heat on the Lady Falcons all game long.The Lady Falcons, who played in five of the 11 five-setters this season so far, committed 35 errors match and tried to compensate by scoring 62 points on attacks against 39 by the Lady Warriors.The win was Adamson’s fourth in nine games and resuscitated its Final Four hopes as it lodged itself in the middle of the standings.Adamson missed the services of Chiara Permentilla who sprained her left ankle and would sit out two games.In the men’s division, National U clinched a spot in the Final Four after outlasting La Salle, 26-24, 19-25, 25-20, 28-26.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View commentslast_img read more

GTT’s Innov8 Summit focuses on youth development

first_imgIt was a tech lover’s dream on Saturday when GTT opened its inaugural technology exposition at the Georgetown Marriott Hotel, with focus on providing an opportunity – particularly for youths – to display their skills as innovators using modern digital technology to propel Guyana into the realm of the 21st century.At the opening ceremony, GTT’s Chief Executive Officer Justin Nedd said the event is focused around youths and providing them with the opportunity to be creative and showcase their talent. He noted that very often several “experts” would emerge but questioned their authenticity, adding that because they have that outlet, they use it to fool the masses.Virtual First Lady! First Lady Sandra Granger experiencing virtual technologyHe further related that GTT’s Innov8 is about displaying the people that actually know about technology and inspiring youths to join the field.“We could say we believe that children are the future but unless we do something about it then it’s just empty talk and we are not about empty talk. Over the next three to four days, I want you to look, learn, ask many questions and be a part of innovation. Guyana is a beautiful place and we are on the verge of something big,” Nedd said.These youngsters seem quite intrigued with the candy robot at the GTT expo“This is really about getting the children involved, opening their minds and giving them a place that they can form thoughts on their own rather than have thoughts of others imposed upon them. This is for our youths, learn ask questions and simply don’t take no for an answer,” he urged.Meanwhile, Business Minister Dominica Gaskin commended the telephone giant for embarking on the initiative, while pledging his Ministry’s commitment for the event. He noted that the Private Sector is not just a driver of economic growth but also the leader of innovation and the advancement of technology.Innov8 ExpoFirst Lady Sandra Granger joined a number of fervent parents, youths and tech enthusiast at the Innov8 Expo highlighting the talent of Guyanese in the technology and creative fields.The Innov8 summit is a three-day even free to the public with the Innov8 expo running from today until Sunday. The expo starts at 10:00h and closes at 23:00h. On Monday, the Innov8 Summit ends with the business forum, which will see business leaders, tech entrepreneurs, innovators, creativity experts, Public Sector personnel, and industry trailblazers engaging in discussions on ways technology can drive businesses and the economy forward for Guyana.There are over 40 exhibitors highlighting a wide range of products and innovations utilising the power of modern digital technology.Among them is STEM Guyana. The STEM team is displaying their robots and a wide range of programmes offered to youths to get them interested in creating.In order to encourage creativity, GTT at the expo’s opening ceremony, surprised a number of children with Lego sets. The two-day expo will feature a number of workshops, a cosplay competition and gaming tournament. Throughout the expo, patron will have the opportunity to win a number of prizes from various exhibitors. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

Mother of brain dead national cycling champion remains hopeful

first_imgEven as 15-year-old Beyonce Ross, a national cycling champion, remains on life support at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), her mother and family members remain hopeful that she will recover.Speaking with Guyana Times on Sunday from the medical facility, the grieving mother, Yonette Clarke, posited that she would keep praying for a miracle, and asked that the public do the same.Although doctors at the medical facility have told the family that the teenager isBeyonce Rossbrain dead, Clarke will not give up hope. “I will fight and pray and ask the Lord to work a miracle”, the mother stated.Ross, a three-time gold medallist, fell ill in February last, and was diagnosed with a brain tumour in March. Her family became hopeful when they were further informed, just days ago, that the said tumour was not cancerous.Plans were being made for the young woman to be taken overseas to have the tumour removed when the teenager’s health took a turn for the worse. Ross suffered a seizure at her home, and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), where she remains to date. She cannot respond to anyone, and remains in a vegetated state.Ross is a student of the Lower Corentyne Secondary School.last_img read more

Jagdeo says resignation of coalition MPs not sincere

first_img…as Govt backpedals…now says resignation will not take immediate effectOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo does not believe the coalition Government is serious when it comes to the resignation of their Members of Parliament (MPs) who hold dual citizenship status. This statement comes on the heels of Government saying on Wednesday that the resignation of its four Ministers, which was announced on Tuesday, will take effect only after certain constitutional processes are completed.However, speaking at his weekly press conference on Wednesday, Jagdeo said the resignation of Ministers Joseph Harmon (State), Carl Greenidge (Foreign Affairs), Dominic Gaskin (Business) and Dr Rupert Roopnaraine (Public Service) was done only because of mounting public pressure on their duplicity since they fully accepted the Court of Appeal’s decision that the Opposition’s No-confidence Motion was invalid but refused to accept both the High Court and Appeal Court’s ruling that dual citizens are not qualified to sit in the National Assembly.“So they were caught in a dilemma and I think they’re trying to get out of that dilemma (but) there’s quite a bit of confusion in this matter because they’re not sincere about it,” he noted.This lack of sincerity and honesty by Government, according to the Opposition Leader, are reflected in the missives sent out by the Government over the past two days, indicating firstly the President has accepted the resignation of the four Ministers and that they would not return to the National Assembly, but then backtracked on that to say that the resignations will not take immediate effect until the necessary processes are completed.“What process apart from a resignation (letter) to the President is required for you to resign as a Minister? As Member of Parliament, you have to send a letter to the Speaker and how long does it take to write a letter to the Speaker? It could be done immediately…but clearly these people think Guyanese are fools; that we will buy this garbage that they shove at us every single day and we will not recognise that they are taking us for a ride. But I have great faith in the people of this country, that they will recognise what is going on here.” Jagdeo asserted.Immediate effectOne day after announcing the resignation of the four Government parliamentarians, President David Granger in a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency on Wednesday said that while he accepted the resignation of the MPs, their resignations will not take effect immediately as there are several processes which have to be applied.These, he noted, include submitting their letters of resignation to the Speaker of the National Assembly, as well as a letter to the Representative of the List from which they were elected.Article 156 (1) (a) of the Constitution states: “A member of the National Assembly shall vacate his or her seat therein – if he or she resigns it by writing under his or her own hand addressed to the Speaker or, if the Office of the Speaker if vacant or the Speaker is absent from Guyana, to the Deputy Speaker”; while Article 156 (4) (a) says: “The Speaker shall declare the seat of a Member of the National Assembly vacant where – (a) the Speaker receives a written declaration of the Member of the National Assembly… or (b) the Representative of the List issues a notice of recall…”On this note, the President reminded that the nomination of new members can be done only after the extraction of names from the National Top-Up list is approved by the Guyana Elections Commission. This means the four MPs will remain Ministers until those processes are completed.Furthermore, the Head of State indicated in the missive that he has not approved their replacements in the National Assembly at this time.However, in a statement from the coalition Cabinet on Tuesday, it was noted that these four Ministers when resigned will remain in the Government service and this will be finalised when President Granger returns from Cuba, where he’s receiving treatment for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.But according to Jagdeo, this now means that taxpayers will have to carry the expenses of not only these four resigned Ministers, who will probably preserve their current benefits and perks, but also that of their replacements as well.BackpedalsOn the other hand, the coalition Government also announced on Wednesday that the three A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Ministers of Government who have resigned from the National Assembly have indicated that they will renounce their foreign citizenship. These are Harmon, Greenidge and Roopnaraine.Gaskin, an Alliance For Change (AFC) member, is a born Briton.Meanwhile, Jagdeo also announced that the three Opposition MPs – Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, Odinga Lumumba and Adrian Anamayah – who are also dual citizens, will also resigned. He noted that they have already written to the Representative of the List, Donald Ramotar, and by next week, will all submit letters to the Speaker of the House.However, the Opposition Leader explained that only Teixeira and Lumumba will be renouncing their foreign citizenship.“Adrian Anamayah will not renounced. He has explained to me that there are family obligations and other issues so he will not renounce because of those commitments he has…,” Jagdeo noted.Nevertheless, he revealed that Teixeira has already commenced the process and is awaiting a response from the Canadian authorities on her application for an expedited renunciation, while Lumumba is expected to start his process soon.last_img read more

‘Fires of the Soul’ opens

first_imgLANCASTER – An opening reception for the art show “The Fires of the Soul” or “Los Fuegos del Alma,” will be held from noon to 3 p.m. today at The Cedar Gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave. The show features the work of Edwin Vasquez, a self-taught, Guatemalan-born artist who paints and constructs highly colorful and expressive assemblages, and Ulrica Bell Perkins, a collage artist and painter whose works are marked by boldness and intensity. The free reception will have music, food, a dance performance and a fiesta atmosphere, and the two artists will be present to answer questions and talk to the public. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Environmental Assessment starts for NOVA Gas projects

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — The Environmental Assessment Office has confirmed that four projects have entered the environmental assessment process — including the North Montney Mainline Pipeline Project, and the Towerbirch Expansion Project.Both of those projects are from proponent Nova Gas Transmission, while the other two are Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain Pipeline project, and the Northern Gateway Pipelines Limited Partnership’s Enbridge Northern Gateway project.All four of the projects are being assessed under the Equivalency Agreement between the EAO and the National Energy Board. However, according to correspondence to the proponents, a portion of the agreement was deemed invalid.- Advertisement -“Specifically, the Court ruled that, although ministers may rely on the environmental assessment carried out by the NEB, the Equivalency Agreement cannot dispense with the requirement for an environmental assessment certificate under the Act,” a document from the EAO regarding the North Montney Mainline Pipeline read.The proposed North Montney mainline would include 305 kilometres of pipeline in the Peace River Regional District.It will consist of two sections, Aitken Creek and Kahta, and connect with the existing Groundbirch Mainline about 35 kilometres southwest of Fort St. John. After that, it will continue about 187 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John.Advertisement The Towerbirch Expansion features the construction of 87 kilometres of new gas pipelines in northwest Alberta and northeast British Columbia, including the Tower Lake Section and the Groundbirch Mainline Loop.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – West Ham worth a bet for FA Cup glory

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman claims West Ham may be worth a bet to win the FA Cup, at 20-1, after they moved into the fourth round with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory against Everton.He also looks ahead to the third round replays tonight, with Tottenham taking on Burnley at White Hart Lane, Ipswich hosting Southampton and Bradford welcoming Millwall.And he assesses the contenders to be the next Newcastle boss, revealing caretaker coach John Carver is gaining support in the market.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Pet cemetery’s residents no longer resting in peace

first_imgCOLMA – About 1,000 animals, including dogs, cats and monkeys, must be exhumed from a pet cemetery because their burial plots are on leased land the owner wants back. Phillip C’de Baca, owner of the Pet’s Rest Cemetery in Colma, said he has contacted pet owners asking them to pick new burial spots on cemetery property. Free cremation also is being offered. “All these years I was never told Poquito was buried on leased land,” said Cathryn Hrudicka, who buried her tiny mixed-breed dog 18 years ago. “Now we have to open it up and bring back all the grief.” One-third of the cemetery belongs to real estate firm Cypress Abbey Co. and has been leased informally since the 1960s, C’de Baca said. A formal agreement struck in 1986 allowed the cemetery to use the land rent-free on the condition the graves would be exhumed and the land returned in 20 years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I probably should have been more clear” to pet owners about the status of the land, C’de Baca said. “But I didn’t know he was sincere about not wanting to sell.” Thomas Atwood of Cypress Abbey said he empathizes with the pet owners but needs the land for a planned human cemetery entrance. 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

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: TREATS!

first_imgSo, you are having a bad day at work. Your boss is on your case, your supervisor is being a pain in the posterior and you have to pull up the slack from other people’s work that has fallen behind.Its 4:30pm and you have half an hour left of work. All you can think about is the bottle of wine that you are going to open when you get home. You deserve it.You have come to the end of a big project, your boss is delighted and your supervisor is over the moon that the task has been finished ahead of schedule. It’s 4:30pm and you have half an hour left of work. All you can think about is going out for dinner to celebrate and you are definitely having dessert. You deserve it.It’s (insert day of the week here). Let’s go for (insert food or drink or choice here) because (insert situation here)…because you deserve it.Our emotions govern how we eat more than most of us might realise.The situations that I have outlined above are a perfect example of how someone can provide justification for the way they are going to eat and drink later on that evening. The more emotionally stimulating the situation, the more deserving the reward will be.The only problem with reward systems like this is, our emotions don’t put on the extra weight. Our bodies do.Why do we do this?Why do we use food as a reward and convince ourselves that we deserve the treat?The majority of this stems from how we grew up and the different situations that arose during our childhood. You are two years old and in a supermarket queue with your parents.You want a chocolate bar.You are not getting a chocolate bar.You throw an almighty tantrum. You get a chocolate bar.What have you learned?You are 8 years old.Your team wins the local football blitz.Your parents are over the moon.You get taken out for (insert fast food outlet here)What have you learned?You are 10 years old.You fall off of your bike.You are inconsolable.You get offered sweets to make it all better.What have you learned?Then, as you get older and the same emotionally stimulating situations start to arise.You are 20 years old.Your boyfriend has broken up with you.Your friends come over and bring wine and chocolates with them.Why? Because screw him, that’s why.Rewarding ourselves with treats can play havoc on our weight loss goals.Emotional situations will always arise in our lives.You simply cannot expect to have a treat in the form of food or drinks every single time one of these arises.I’m not telling you that you cannot have a treat, but the type of treat that you reward yourself with can make a huge difference when you are trying to keep on track with your weight.Instead of rewarding yourself with food why not treat yourself to something else?What about a punnet of those berries you usually wouldn’t buy?A walk on the beach?Go to the theatre or cinema?A trip to the pool, with an extra 10 minutes in the Jacuzzi?Spend the day with your family?There are endless possibilities that you can do to reward yourself that won’t ruin the hard work that you put into your diet and training.Everyone will have bad days and everyone will have situations that will be deserving of a reward how you choose to reward yourself can be the difference in achieving your ultimate reward……….Your ideal weight.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training and Nutrition you can contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: TREATS! was last modified: March 23rd, 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:Adviceemmet rushefitness columnhealth advicesweetsstreatslast_img read more