Discipline needed to beat Sri Lanka – Brathwaite

first_imgGALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC): All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite says West Indies will need to make adjustments and be disciplined in all areas, in order to beat Sri Lanka in the two-Test series starting here tomorrow. The 27-year-old said the bowling department needed to be consistent with their lengths, while the batsmen needed to be prudent with their shot selection, the combination of which would place pressure on Sri Lanka. “The pacers need to find the right lengths to bowl, whether they are using it in an attacking sense or they are using it as a defensive cog to allow the spinners to exert some pressure and get some wickets from their end,” said Brathwaite, who led West Indies A here last year. “Batting wise, we need to be a lot more selective. What I found playing against Sri Lanka A is that the spinners play with their fields very well, so simple things like mid-on and mid-off hanging – normally in the Caribbean we have them really tight or back on the boundary – just little adjustments like that, knowing if to push and get a single or if to go over the top. “A couple of our guys were caught at a three-quarter mid-on.” Brathwaite is yet to play a Test, but pressed the case for a call-up when he lashed an attacking 54 against Sri Lanka Cricket President’s XI, in a drawn three-day tour match which finished on Sunday. probing seamer A probing seamer, he is part of a youthful West Indies squad attempting to win the first ever Test by a Caribbean side on Sri Lankan soil. “Once we get those two things – the adjustments to the field and skilfully playing spin, getting off strike, knowing when to attack and knowing when to defend and the bowlers getting their lengths right, even the spinners bringing the batsmen on the front foot a lot more and forcing them to make more decisions more often than not – I think we will be successful.” West Indies were hit by controversy even before leaving the Caribbean when head coach Phil Simmons was suspended by the West Indies Cricket Board, for being openly critical of the selection of the ODI team. With the team having arrived to stifling humidity in Colombo two weeks ago, the West Indies have seemed to be up against it, but Brathwaite said there was a great sense of togetherness in the unit. “Having been here last year with the A team, I kind of understood the conditions and how to settle in because we had a similar acclimatisation period with the A team last year, so I probably settled quicker than most of the guys,” he pointed out. “The main thing for me is how the guys are interacting off the field. Someone is always in someone else’s room or you see guys at dinner three or four in a bunch so it’s good camaraderie. I know over time that will transfer and translate to on the field and we can win some matches for West Indies.”last_img read more

STUDENT NIALL JETS TO NEW YORK TO SHOWCASE HIS BUSINESS

first_imgA Letterkenny student will be representing his country this weekend in New York.Niall Foody, a Transition Year student at Errigal College, will be jetting of in a all expense paid trip to the Big Apple, he will be accompanied by his mother Claire.Niall will be showcasing his business to top entrepreneurials in New York at a business exhibition. The 16 year old’s invention, You Key In, allows people to see their keyholes in the dark thanks to Niall’s simple but amazing invention.He will also attend a gala dinner in the Waldorf Hotel, where he will make a presentation on his business, in what could be the opening of great things for this young lad.Niall received the top international Entrepreneurial award recently, and this was awarded by NFTE Ireland. The programme is facilitated by John Muldowney youth worker with Foeige.Errigal College’s business teacher Danny Mc Fadden is very proud of Niall’s achievement and wishes Niall and his mother a safe and enjoyable journey to the Big Apple.  STUDENT NIALL JETS TO NEW YORK TO SHOWCASE HIS BUSINESS was last modified: April 19th, 2013 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:inventionNIall Foodylast_img read more

1,000 Valley jobs lost as Washington Mutual makes call-center shift

first_imgCHATSWORTH – Unemployed for two years, Erica Couts of North Hollywood finally landed a job and started back to work Monday at Washington Mutual’s call center. It was only a temporary job – and now she knows just how temporary. Thursday, the banking institution announced it will eliminate 1,000 of its 3,000 positions at the Chatsworth facility and move the jobs to Costa Rica and San Antonio, Texas, where costs are lower. “I feel horrible,” Couts said. “They told me sometime in April would be my last day.” The job loss was just as tough on North Hollywood resident Gerald R. Athey, who began training for a new call-center position Monday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I was unemployed for three months and went through a lot of my savings,” said Athey, who hopes to get by for the next couple of months working at the call center while trying to land another job. “It’s better than being unemployed. I’ll have some income while I’m looking for work.” The decision by Seattle-based Washington Mutual Inc. to cut about 33 percent of its local work force deals a harsh blow to the San Fernando Valley economy. Employees got the news in small-group meetings. Some workers will be offered the opportunity to transfer, but the exact number has not been determined, said company spokesman Gary Tishner. The majority of the jobs will go to San Antonio. Bruce Ackerman, president and chief executive officer of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, accepted the decision with stoicism. “I’ve been fearful that we were going to see that because they had been talking about consolidation. I’m obviously not happy about it, to see those jobs disappear.” Ackerman said it was a financial decision and not likely to have a ripple effect throughout the Valley’s call-center sector. The alliance offers a custom training program for call centers and Ackerman said interest in it remains strong. Diana Rubio, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said he was disappointed about the job loss. “He is very passionate about every single job in the city and those jobs will be replaced with good-paying jobs,” she said. Washington Mutual currently operates in 12 buildings totaling 1 million square feet of space in Chatsworth, north and south of Prairie Street between Winnetka and Corbin avenues. The company does not expect to scale back further, Tishner said. “There are no plans to close down the Chatsworth facility. There are still many people employed here and it’s an important facility to us,” he said. An effort will be made to find work elsewhere in the company for workers who lose their call-center jobs and retraining will be offered along with a severance package. The job move is simply a way for the firm to save money, Tishner said. Historically known for an economy based on tourism and the military, San Antonio and Texas state officials had been courting Washington Mutual and won a nationwide competition for the company’s business. Late last year, Washington Mutual moved some operations into the former MCI WorldCom Southwest headquarters building on the north side of the city. The San Antonio Express-News on Thursday said the city and county provided $3.4 million worth of tax incentives and the state contributed a $15 million grant to win Washington Mutual over. “San Antonio has been actively trying to grow its finance industry. They’re high-paying jobs, there’s no pollution that you would have from a manufacturing industry and it’s a way to diversify the economy,” said J.J. Saulino, spokesman for San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger. The company plans to move 3,000 to 5,000 jobs to the city, he said, adding: “That is good news.” This is probably not the last job move for Washington Mutual. The company said it has ambitious growth plans and, to achieve them, expects to relocate more of its operations to lower-cost domestic markets and increase its use of offshore resources. Currently, 1,600 jobs are with offshore vendors and that could grow to more than 6,000 over the next two years, the company said. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said companies are constantly under pressure to cut costs. “The loss of a thousand jobs is always painful,” he said. “It’s a hurly-burly world, some good news and some bad news.” Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.com 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

ROCKER RORY TO MAKE EMOTIONAL RETURN TO DONEGAL

first_imgKilcar rocker Rory Gallagher returns to where it all began when he plays the local parish hall tonight.A huge crowd is expected for Rory’s return which he will fit in before playing the Workman’s Club in Galway tomorrow night.Rory plans to play a number of songs from his latest album ‘Auntie Depressant and Uncle Hope.’ Included among these will be the single for Euro 2012 Boys in Green which Rory hopes will become the official anthem for the Euro Championships.The single has already been officially endorsed by Irish legend Ronnie Whelan.Admission tonight is just €5 for adults and €2 for kids.It’s a homecoming for Rory and the chance to catch one of Donegal’s genuine musical talents. https://www.facebook.com/events/350521434989705/ ROCKER RORY TO MAKE EMOTIONAL RETURN TO DONEGAL was last modified: April 13th, 2012 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:Kilcar Parish HallRory Gallagherlast_img read more

JOB VACANCY: POPULAR LETTERKENNY BASED BARBER-SHOP SEEKING TO RECRUIT EXPERIENCED BARBER

first_imgJob Vacancy: A popular Barber-Shop, located on the Main Street in Letterkenny, is looking to recruit an experienced Barber to become part of their dynamic team. Management are looking for a candidate that has significant experience in the industry.The chosen candidate will have to able to work well under pressure, as the Barber-Shop is an extremely busy shop, and as stated above is very popular in the Letterkenny locality. Those interested in applying for the job vacancy are asked to ring either phone number which are outlined below.However, if the number is busy when you ring, then simply leave a message giving your name and contact details.Management will then return your call ASAP.If interested contact them now on 087-2684425 or 085-1411136. JOB VACANCY: POPULAR LETTERKENNY BASED BARBER-SHOP SEEKING TO RECRUIT EXPERIENCED BARBER was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Barber-ShopcandidatesexperienceFlexiblejobJob VacancyletterkennyMain Streetnewslast_img read more

NL Caps

first_img Jeff Cirillo (Providence High of Burbank, USC) went 3 for 4 with three RBI, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning to make it 14-0, as Tomo Ohka (11-8) cruised to the win. Ohka, who pitched seven innings, also drove in two runs, and Bill Hall delivered five hits. Atlanta 6, at Philadelphia 4 Chipper Jones hit two homers and drove in five runs as the Braves avoided a four-game Phillies sweep. Atlanta’s Jorge Sosa (12-3) allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 innings. Brett Myers (12-8) allowed four runs in six innings, going 0-2 during the Phillies’ 10-game homestand. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 at New York 5 (10) The Nationals completed a three-game sweep when Vinny Castilla drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning. Braden Looper and the Mets’ sloppy defense blew a ninth-inning lead. Cliff Floyd hit a grand slam for the Mets, who have lost 15 of 18. Milwaukee 14, at Arizona 2 The Cardinals clinched its fourth NL Central title in the past six years as Jeff Suppan (Crespi High of Encino) allowed six hits over eight-plus innings. The game called with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after a 58-minute rain delay. St. Louis jumped on Mark Prior (USC) for three first-inning runs. Washington 6, center_img St. Louis 6, at Chicago 1 last_img read more

Donegal father sentenced to 11 years for raping daughter

first_imgA Donegal father-of-six who repeatedly and regularly raped his teenage daughter has been jailed for eleven years.Maurice Lafferty (50) of Corcullen, Castlefin, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping his daughter Annie Lafferty at his home on dates between November 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. Garda Sergeant John Dorian told Paul Carroll SC, prosecuting, that the accused man’s wife worked in Letterkenny and lived away from the home four nights a week during the period of offending.Gda Sgt Dorian said that on a night in November, 2010, Lafferty came into his then seventeen year old daughter’s bedroom. “You’re my good little girl, you’re the only one I can trust,” Lafferty said to her.Judge Alex Owens said Lafferty had only pleaded guilty at the last minute.Ms Annie Lafferty spoke after the court of how relieved she was after the court case. Watch on Virgin Media News here: Donegal father sentenced to 11 years for raping daughter was last modified: April 29th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Letterkenny Busking Festival hits all the right notes – Picture Special

first_imgLetterkenny town was bustling at the weekend as large crowds of visitors and shoppers gathered together on the Main Street to witness the fifth annual Letterkenny Busking Festival.On Saturday August 24th, over thirty buskers and performance groups lined the Main street, entertaining the crowds and competing to win top cash prizes. The buskers travelled to Letterkenny from all parts of the county and country and provided great entertainment to our town’s visitors.This year’s festival hosted a variety of performers, such as street entertainers, magicians and even a live painter! Music acts consisted of trad bands, solo performers, violinists, acoustic guitarists and more. Polxroid made up of Catherine Gallagher and Ciaran Coleman, Ballybofey and Castlefinn with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.Carragh Lynch, Muff with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.Overall competition winners Rag A Ra pictured alongside Letterkenny Chamber President Leonard Watson and John O’Donnell, Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District.The buskers performed from 11am to 2pm and were visited by this year’s judges, singer/songwriter Tanya McCole, Highland Radio presenter Paul McDevitt and well-known local performer Martin Orr. The judges were amazed at the variety of acts taking part and had the tough task of choosing the final winners.The competition winners were announced at the prize giving party in McGinley’s Bar beer garden. The buskers and their families enjoyed some light refreshments and music from singer and guitarist Mark McClean, before the prizes were presented by Letterkenny Chamber president, Leonard Watson.In first place were trad group Rag A Ra, in second place were family trad group COSA and in third place was magician Jessica Harkin. Highly commended prizes were also awarded to singer and guitarist, John Gregg, violinist and concertina duo Aine and Sophie Ferry, singer and guitarist Aidan Laird and singer and guitarist Clara Sharvin.Letterkenny Busking Festival favourite Jessica Harkin, who placed third in our annual competition.Caela Carr, Letterkenny with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.Prize winners Aine and Sophie Ferry entertaining the crowds at the 2019 Letterkenny Busking Festival.Leonard Watson of Letterkenny Chamber had this to say about the event, “This year’s busking festival has been our biggest yet! We were delighted with the large number of buskers that took part in this year’s festival and are already in the process of planning next years festival which we hope will be even bigger! One of the best things about events like these is that they bring locals and visitors together and help to showcase all the great businesses that we have on Letterkenny Main Street! We are really looking forward to our 2020 festival!” Letterkenny Chamber President, Leonard Watson and John O’Donnell, Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District alongside Clara Sharvin, who won a prize in the competition.Competition participant George McCready (Mr Majestic), enjoying the festival with alongside Letterkenny Chamber President Leonard Watson and John O’Donnell, Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District.Fire spinner Dani Burns, Letterkenny with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.All at Letterkenny Chamber and ShopLK wish to thank all our buskers, judges and everyone who came along to support the festival. We hope to make the 2020 festival even bigger so keep an eye out on our Letterkenny Busking Festival Facebook page for more information on next year’s event.ShopLK is funded by Donegal County CouncilLetterkenny Busking Festival hits all the right notes – Picture Special was last modified: August 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:letterkenny buskingLetterkenny Main StreetMUSICShop LKlast_img read more

Africa pushes for commitment at COP20

first_imgCOP20 is taking place in Lima now, among the topics under discussion is how to help Africa deal with the effects of a changing global climate. (Image credit:350.org) Sulaiman PhilipA rise in greenhouse gases means temperatures across the globe get hotter, causing sea levels to climb, floods, droughts, super storms and heat waves. Changing the planet’s weather patterns affects everyone, but the disruption in food production and destruction of habitats and ecosystems will have the greatest impact on Africa.Today – 10 December 2014 – is Africa Day at COP20 in Lima and the African delegation is pushing all delegate countries to “put more on the table” if they expect to leave Peru with a successful agreement on the reduction of greenhouse emissions after 2020.The meeting in the Peruvian capital is meant to set the agenda for Paris 2015, where a new set of binding protocols will be adopted to reduce emissions. Paris 2015 will replace the historic, but not universally embraced, Kyoto Protocol of 1997 and for the first time will apply to rich, poor and developing nations.African nations are hoping for, in the words of the African Development Bank, “an agreement that is open, transparent and inclusive so that confidence [can] be restored to a process that many in Africa and elsewhere now see as little more than occasions for endless testing of creative ambiguities”. Biggest loserThe continent stands to lose the most from the gradual change in weather patterns. Extreme weather will have a direct impact on Africa’s ability to grow the continental economy. Flooding in Mozambique in 2000 cost the country $550-million and shrank gross domestic product by 1.5%. Without change, 90 million more Africans will be exposed to malaria by 2030.South African temperatures have risen steadily; by 2050, the coastal temperatures will rise a further 2°C. A rise that steep will result in a 5% reduction in per capita consumption, and the slow death of the country’s economy.South Africa has the continent’s largest industrial base so it’s no surprise that it produces the largest percentage of Africa’s total greenhouse gas emissions. In 2013, the country produced 40% of Africa’s total, but Africa produces less than 3% of the annual global total of 42 669.72 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. A 2° increase in temperatures could result in the destruction of up 80 % of Africa’s arable land. (Image: CGIAR)Assigning, or accepting, responsibility has been the sticking point since the signing of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change in 1997. The developing world has been arguing that richer developed economies should be given tougher reduction targets, while they in turn have laid responsibility at the door of fast developing economies like China and India. Caught in the middle, Africa is the grass being hurt as these elephants fight. Intended national contributionsAt COP19 in Warsaw, countries agreed to determine their “intended nationally determined contributions” or INDCs. These are the proposed steps that each country will take to reduce its emissions, how they will deal with the impact of climate change, and what support they will offer other countries.Discussion in Paris at COP21, and any agreement that comes out of that meeting, will be based on these lists. The problem for Africa, for all poorer countries, is the cost of research required to develop a comprehensive, meaningful list. It was agreed in 2013 that developed countries would fund the costs of reporting, a commitment that most have not met. For Africa, Lima is an opportunity to remind the world of this commitment.From the Kyoto Protocol onwards, discussions about climate change have been based on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and historical obligation. Augustine Njamnshi, a co-ordinator for a Cameroonian NGO working on climate change issues, puts it succinctly: “If people have contributed less to a problem and are suffering the most, that is inequity. So for any negotiations to be effective, these factors have to be included.”Through the World Bank, developed economies have been funding programmes and research to help Africa adapt to a changing climate in a way that will not hamstring economic development. Its $7-billion investment fund has been financing programmes in Africa since 2006. Cyclone-prone Madagascar, where cyclones have been building in intensity over the years, has benefitted from funding for research into mitigating the effects on agriculture and updating infrastructure.A $100-million loan to Nigeria allowed it to improve the Lagos Bus Rapid Transit system into an efficient, job creating service that has reduced its carbon emissions by 20%. The Ethiopian Humbo Community-Based Natural Regeneration Project is restoring 3 000 hectares of bio diverse forest with funding from the bank. A pilot project with Kenyan farmers will enhance the storage of carbon in agricultural soils through the adoption of sustainable land management.According to Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough, World Bank’s sector manager for environment and natural resources management within the Africa region, adapting to climate change is no different from development for Africa. “With additional financing made available to countries and all of the different facets of this work coming together, I believe that we can begin to see a very different Africa in terms of climate change. We can remain hopeful that something positive is going to come out of this.”last_img read more

Wolfram Alpha Gears Up for the Fall Semester

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts The launch of Wolfram Alpha in May is still one of the most exciting product launches we have witnessed so far this year, even if the enormous hype around it also meant that it disappointed a lot of people who expected a “Google killer.” In the last couple of months, however, the Wolfram Alpha team has been working quietly on improving Wolfram’s ‘computational knowledge engine.’ According to Stephen Wolfram’s latest post on the Wolfram Alpha blog, things are moving ahead as planned. The company has used the summer months to tweak and extend Wolfram Alpha quietly as it got ready for more people to use it more heavily once the fall semester begins in the US.As Stephen Wolfram points out, the team wanted to launch Alpha before the summer, so that it could learn more about how users would use the system and enhance the code and data sources accordingly before the fall.54,233 Bug Reports and SuggestionsAmong other things, the team held true to its promise to make at least one code update per week and there have been over 50,000 manual changes to Alpha’s data sets over the last three months. Since its launch, Alpha’s codebase has also grown over 50%. The team added over 2 million lines of Mathematica code to the project in the last three months. In addition, Wolfram has also steadily hired more developers to work on Alpha. As Stephen Wolfram points out (with the precision only an engineer could really appreciate) the team received over 54,233 bug reports and suggestions. 31,006 of these “are now in [the] implementation queue, boiled down to about 5800 to-do items.” 3907 people so far heard that the bugs they reported have been fixed.All of this, of course, means nothing if the “computational knowledge engine” doesn’t return the right results. What is more important here than all the engineering data, is that Alpha’s “fall-through rate” – that is, the number of queries that users entered that it simply couldn’t understand – has now been reduced to about 10%.This is still a pretty high number and there are still a lot of areas where Alpha just doesn’t know enough yet, though according to Wolfram, a lot of the things that people want to know that Alpha doesn’t know yet are on the company’s to-do list.Wolfram also mentions that the team plans to give users more options to get actively involved in the project. He did not go into any specifics, however.Ready for SchoolAs the fall semester is just around the corner and as Alpha’s current users are most likely to be students and academics, it is good to see that development on Alpha moved ahead during the summer. Wolfram stresses that this is a long-term project and that the team is constantly adding new data sources and new ways to query these databases. If you haven’t used it yet, have a look at this “Chemistry 101” post on the Alpha blog for some inspiration.center_img Tags:#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more