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Tony Becca: The minnows of cricket going well

first_imgThe International Cricket Council’s (ICC) T20 World Cup got under way in style this past week with Chris Gayle of the West Indies, New Zealand, and England setting the stage for some glorious action to come. T20 cricket is known for its excitement, especially for its power-hitting and acrobatic catching, and the 2016 T20 World Cup needed no kick-start. Gayle got the proceedings under way with a scintillating and glittering innings of 100 runs off 47 deliveries with 11 towering sixes against England; New Zealand followed up by handing stinging defeats to India and Australia; and England redeemed themselves and stayed in the race with an impressive record-breaking run chase against South Africa. For Gayle, it was nothing new and, therefore, not surprising. For New Zealand, however, victory and over India and Australia, especially one behind the other, and so quickly at that, was almost surprising, and so, too, was England’s grand recovery after falling so easily to the West Indies. New Zealand first knocked off India, scoring 126 for seven, and then nailing India for 79 in 18.5 overs before taking care of Australia, first by scoring 142 for eight and then by limiting Australia to 134 for nine. The real excitement, however, came on Friday morning (local time) when South Africa raced to 229 for four after scoring 58 run off 4.2 overs before falling to England, who dashed to 230 for eight after making a rousing start of 44 off just two overs. Apart from those four interesting and exciting matches, however, the 2016 tournament belongs to the minnows. With the tournament featuring a qualifying round which saw six minnows, Affiliates and Associates members, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland, Afghanistan, Oman, and Hong Kong, plus two Full Members, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, playing against each other in two groups, with the two winners going through to the Super 10 stage, the qualifiers were quite interesting and produced some fairly good, but exciting cricket. Ireland and The Netherlands, the usual upsetters in ICC tournament, were expected to do well but not to top the groups and advance in the tournament, not with the presence of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Bangladesh did make it to the tournament proper, but Zimbabwe did not, and with rain forcing two no-results, both Ireland and The Netherlands who lost points due to the rain, failed to go through. The surprise teams to make it to the Super 10 were Oman who after defeating Ireland with two deliveries to spare, lost easily to Bangladesh and failed to qualify, and Afghanistan, who defeated Zimbabwe in January, beat Zimbabwe and won all three qualifying matches to reach the Super 10. While the batting of the minnows was highlighted by some towering sixes, and barring a few who are exposed to first-class cricket, reminded more of the ‘curried goat’ variety, the bowling was fairly good, only lacking at times in consistency of line and length. The ground fielding also was generally good, but for lapses by Afghanistan against Sri Lanka. The catching, however, was brilliant, and four catches to remember were by one Michael Leask of Scotland to get rid of Richmond Mutumbami of Zimbabwe at long off; one by Sikander Raja of Zimbabwe at cover to remove Kyle Coetze of Scotland; one by Zeeshan Masqood of Oman at short extra-cover to take care of Paul Sterling of Scotland; and what must be the catch of the tournament so far, Gary Wilson’s effort on the square-leg boundary to remove Aamir Ali of Oman. Qualifying round FAILED TO SAVE As good as that catch was, it failed to save Ireland. For years now, ever since the coming of the World Cup and the T20World Cup tournaments, the weaker teams, the minnows, have been calling for greater opportunities, for more cricket so that they can improve their play. Despite the performances of teams like Ireland and Netherlands, however, their calls have fallen on deaf ears. As we laud the performances of Oman and Afghanistan, who have joined Ireland and The Netherlands as upsetters, we think of teams like Kenya, East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, America, and Argentina, among others, and what has happened to them. In 1969, the West Indies went to Ireland and were badly beaten, albeit in a friendly match; in 1992, the West Indies lost Kenya in the World Cup; in 2003, Sri Lanka lost to Kenya; in 2007, Pakistan lost to Ireland in the World Cup; in 2007, England lost to The Netherlands in the T20 World Cup in 2009; Ireland beat Bangladesh in 2009 in T20 World Cup; and England again lost to The Netherlands in the T20 World Cup in 2014. “I think we are as good as Zimbabwe,” said Preston Mommsen, the captain of Scotland, although he lost a close match to them this time around. William Porterfield of Ireland has always complained about the lack of opportunity, and Mommsen also lamented the fact that Scotland had only two matches against Full members recently, one against Australia in 2013 and one against England in 2014. The minnows of cricket deserve better than this. They deserve an opportunity, an opportunity to become as good as the West Indies were before they became the champions of the world in all three versions.last_img read more

Peace Valley OSB Plant to close this summer

first_imgRELATED STORIESMinister of Forests says reason for Peace Valley closure is not due to impacts of Bill-22MLA Dan Davies voices concerns over Peace Valley OSB Plant closure UPDATE – In a letter given to employees that was shared with Moose FM/Energeticcity.ca, the company told employees they would be terminated as of August 9, 2019. All employees will receive pay until September 6, 2019. The letter went on to say “This is a difficult decision, and is not a reflection of the Peace Valley team or your efforts over the past several months to reduce costs.”FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Several sources have confirmed to Moose FM/Energeticcity.ca that the Peace Valley OSB Plant will close this summer.Sources say the staff were told Thursday morning that the plant would close as of August 9, 2019. Approximately 190 people work at the facility. Staff were told the shutdown was due to poor market conditions in Western Canada and the US.- Advertisement -Officials from Louisiana Pacific have not confirmed these details or released an official statement about the announcement.We will update this story as more information becomes available.last_img read more

Manchester United star Juan Mata targets title challenge and a trophy win this season

first_imgManchester United midfielder Juan Mata believes the club must challenge for the Premier League title this season after two disappointing campaigns.Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, the Red Devils have finished seventh and fourth in the English top-flight, well below the usual expectation of the side.And Mata believes the Old Trafford faithful deserve to see the side battling for top spot, as well as winning a trophy.“Last season the important thing was to get into the Champions League,” he said.“Now we need to do one more step forward and try to fight for the title because it is what this club means, fighting for and winning trophies.“This season we want to win an important trophy. We feel it is what the fans deserve.” Juan Mata 1last_img read more

Hackers steal employees’ nest eggs

first_imgAnd the losses associated with those crimes have soared more than 1,000 percent — from $18 million to $198 million last year. The average loss per victim today? $724.But experts say that’s just the tip of the iceberg because many incidents are not reported. The FBI estimates businesses are losing $67 billion annually to electronic fraud.“High-tech crime is the tsunami that is coming,” Cooley said. “And it’s going to get bigger before it gets smaller.”Identity theft also is soaring as criminals committing electronic fraud gain access to other personal identification in government and business databases. Nearly 9 million people were victims of identity theft nationwide last year.Cooley, who recently added several investigators and prosecutors to his High Technology Crime Division, said he plans to ask the county Board of Supervisors to triple the size of the office to help combat the problem. Employees at a small company in the San Fernando Valley thought their retirement funds were safely secured by a brokerage that managed the money.But in a sophisticated electronic fraud scheme known as “pump and dump,” hackers got into the brokerage firm’s computer system and stole the employees’ nest eggs — hundreds of thousands of dollars worth.“They transferred all of the retirement funds from this liquid account to purchase stock,” District Attorney Steve Cooley said. “They apparently jumped the price of the stock through this huge purchase, sold it, made their profit and moved on.”The case is just one of thousands under investigation as officials say electronic fraud is skyrocketing nationwide. The number of electronic fraud complaints tracked by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has more than quadrupled since 2001, rising from 49,711 to 207,492 last year. “The future is grim for innocent people,” Cooley said. “Electronic crime is the new thing that is out there. We are getting more and more crimes committed essentially over the Internet — people stealing money from someone else over the Internet.”In one of those cases, a Nigerian man was sentenced last year to 10 years in prison in connection with the largest case in county history. Oluwatunji Oluwatosin of North Hollywood, along with several co-conspirators, gained access to personal data stored in the national ChoicePoint consumer data network, prosecutors said. The conspirators opened more than 40 fraudulent ChoicePoint accounts and conducted 189,000 searches to obtain personal identifying information. In turn, they used that information to establish fraudulent credit card accounts.The theft resulted in losses exceeding $6.5 million.In another case, two people allegedly planted encoded card-number skimming devices in AM/PM Arco gas stations to record customers’ debit card and PIN numbers, Cooley said.The information was then used to make counterfeit debit cards that allowed them to make unauthorized withdrawals from victims’ bank accounts, Cooley said.More than 7,600 ATM transactions were attempted, amounting to a loss of $1.4 million, Cooley said.Sheriff’s Lt. Rocky Costa, project director of the Southern California High-Tech Task Force, said the cases can be difficult and time-consuming to investigate.“We usually don’t catch the really smart computer criminals,” Costa said. “We usually catch the dumb ones because the really smart computer crooks know how to hide their footprints, will take advantage of host Web sites, wireless networks and Internet cafes.”And Andy Bechtle, assistant to the special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service in Los Angeles and a member of the Electronic Crimes Task Force, said the schemes’ sophistication is increasing.“You’ve got everything from phishing scams to people using Internet chat rooms and message boards buying and selling credit card information — which have been stolen from unsecured databases — to just your run-of-the-mill credit card and other types of electronic fraud,” Bechtle said.One common scheme involves cyber-criminals who send “spoofed” e-mails to lead people to counterfeit Web sites designed to trick them into divulging financial data, account-user names and passwords.“Be leery of the sites you are going to,” Bechtle said. “From what I’ve seen and the cases we’ve worked, putting your credit card online is a risky venture because you don’t know how all those private companies set up the security features on their databases.”And users of wireless computers also need to be careful.“I don’t think the public knows how bad things have gotten,” said Kathryn Showers, head deputy district attorney of the High Technology Crimes Division. “For example, there is a practice called ‘war ganging’ where if someone has a wireless laptop, they can come and park outside your home, and if you don’t have a router on the system to protect transmissions, they can monitor what you are doing and use your IP address to commit crimes.”And Costa said the San Fernando Valley retirement fund scheme is similar to a growing number of scams across the country.“What we’re seeing now is thieves who are able to tap into database computers, bank accounts, retirement accounts and stock-trading accounts,” Costa said. “We are starting to see thieves being able to cash our shares, move money into trade accounts and liquidate the accounts. We are starting to see those cases dot up here and there.“Apparently, they are figuring this out, little by little.”troy.anderson@dailynews.com(213) 974-8985160Want 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

Lowriders in Los Angeles born of postwar car boom

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Sandoval said a lowrider is a car that is customized primarily to be low to the ground, usually containing a hydraulic setup for adjusting the height, with a vibrant paint job, chrome features and customized upholstery. She said many people have misconceptions about lowriders, confusing their owners with gang members. “These guys are dropping $50,000 to $100,000 on their cars. Believe me, these guys aren’t going to do anything that might jeopardize their cars. These are hard-working guys living in the suburbs,” she said, adding that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was a lowrider in his youth. She said lowriding has its roots in America’s automobile history. After demand for new cars increased after World War II, a large number of used cars became readily available to anyone with limited means, including the working class and minorities. Sandoval said the new owners would restore and modify the vehicles to be the finest in their neighborhoods, often painting them bright colors and incorporating artwork on the hoods and trunks. For California State University, Northridge, Chicano studies professor Denise Sandoval, a lowrider isn’t just a car. It’s art. It’s history. It’s a way for people to express pride in who they are. “Lowriding in Los Angeles goes back decades,” said Sandoval, curator of an upcoming exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum called “La Vida Lowrider: Cruising the City of Angels,” which will explore the multicultural aspects of lowriding in Los Angeles. “Lowriders were a way for working-class people across the city to express themselves,” she said. “These cars have become visual textbooks of community history, where people are not only expressing who they are individually, but also collectively. They talk about the struggles of being black and brown in L.A.” The exhibit will open Saturday and run through June at the museum at 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Sandoval said she became interested in lowriders while at graduate school. She was researching a paper for a class when she stumbled upon a Japanese lowrider magazine in the library. “There was a Japanese girl posed on the cover just like on the American lowrider magazine,” she said. “Inside, there were pictures of lowriders and guys wearing the baggy clothes, even Virgin de Guadalupe T-shirts. “But instead of posing in front of locations in Los Angeles, they were all standing in front of places in Tokyo. I was stunned that this culture, which I thought was confined to Los Angeles or just the Southwest, had spread across the Pacific. “There were very few scholarly articles on the subject, and I knew what I wanted to do.” Carmen Ramos Chandler handles public relations for CSUN. She posted this story Oct. 15 to The Valley hub on valleynews.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

Champions League player watch: Which transfer targets shined on the night?

first_img 6 6 6 6 6 James Rodriguez and Isco (Real Madrid) – Scouts for these two will have been disappointed as neither made the field in their 3-0 victory over Wolfsburg. Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg) – The Swiss star, who is interesting Man United amongst others, was forced inside more than usual as he contended with ex-Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and was also dropping deeper, which isn’t too surprising given Real Madrid’s desire to turn the tie around. He still did well though, making more successful tackles than any other player on the night (four). 6 Premier League clubs will have been keeping a keen eye on last night’s Champions League clashes as they plot summer transfer moves.Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are among the teams who will be having an overhaul once the season ends and they may well have had scouts in the stands to watch targets on Tuesday night.Yesterday, we highlighted seven stars who may well be being watch, so how did they get on in their respective matches? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see how the Paris Saint-Germain, Wolfsburg and Real Madrid stars got on… Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) – Click the right arrow above to see how more transfer targets got on… – The Chelsea target saw a shot well saved by Joe Hart ten minutes from time when he was clean through on goal – but that was his only chance of the game. He appeared restricted by Laurent Blanc’s 3-5-2 formation and was unable to showcase himself. Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain) – The Brazilian, who is wanted by Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United put in another good defensive performance in PSG’s backline, many fans believe the 21-year-old should be starting ahead of David Luiz, while the decision to start Serge Aurier instead of him in the first leg against Man City still rankles with many. The centre back was solid in possession, while also making four interceptions, four clearances and three successful tackles. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) – The Swedish striker, linked with Manchester United, will be glad to see the back of Joe Hart after the England shot-stopper twice denied him with excellent saves. The performances of Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi also played a part in his inability to power PSG through to the semi-finals. Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain) – Arguably one of PSG’s best players’ on the night, the French, who has been chased by Arsenal and Tottenham, had to make things tick in the absence of Marco Veratti and Blaise Matuidi. Thiago Motta’s exit through injury just before half-time added to the expectation on him but he dealt with it well, making more successful dribbles than any other player on the pitch (six), and more successful tackles (seven) than anyone else too.last_img read more

More parking for college

first_imgLANCASTER – Work is expected to begin this spring on a $3.2 million parking lot that is the first in a series of projects aimed at preparing Antelope Valley College for bigger enrollment. The project will add about 1,000 parking spaces at the campus’ north end to relieve chronic parking congestion. The project is in design and college officials hope to put it out for bids around April. “In April or May we will start the project,” said Doug Jensen, the college’s director of facilities and campus development. “It will take about four months to complete.” The project is the first funded under a $139 million bond measure approved by Antelope Valley voters in 2004. The bond will fund projects aimed at updating the Lancaster campus, which has several buildings more than 40 years old, and to start the initial development of a Palmdale campus. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The overhaul is needed, college officials said, to accommodate enrollment expected nearly to double to more than 23,000 students by the year 2015. AVC officials said preliminary design work is in progress on an $8.9 million complex that will house a new operations and maintenance building, a warehouse and new greenhouses for agriculture courses. The operations and maintenance building is considered a top priority in part because the existing building is located where the college plans to build a $27.7 million health and science building. The health and science building will be funded with state funds, provided that California voters approve an upcoming statewide bond, and a matching contribution from the local bond revenue. The building has a tentative completion date of 2011. The health and science building will include 44,000 square feet for labs and classrooms to support biological sciences and physical sciences, including a planetarium. An additional 21,000 square feet will be dedicated to the health sciences including nursing, emergency medical services, surgical, cardiovascular and radiologic technology. Also in line for state funding is a new 400-seat theater. The building could also double as a large lecture hall. last_img read more

Construction noise likely Capitol culprit

first_img“It’s a little unsettling to get a Blackberry message put in front of you that says there’s gunfire in the building,” he said. Indeed, one congressional staff member was taken to a hospital after suffering a panic attack during the lockdown and search, Schneider said. The woman was released a short time later.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – In the end, construction noise, not gunfire, was the likely Capitol Hill culprit. That was the “plausible explanation” a Capitol Police spokeswoman said officers were looking at after a phoned-in report of gunfire Friday set off a day of chaos and confusion. “There were some workers who were working in the area of the Rayburn garage in the elevator area, and in doing their routine duties, they made some sort of a noise that sounded like shots fired,” said spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider. The gunfire report originated with Rep. Jim Saxton, R-N.J., who had his staff call Capitol Police. “I heard what I thought to be between six and 10 shots. It sounded exactly like gunfire to me,” Saxton told Fox News Channel. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The call led police to briefly seal the Capitol and spend several hours searching the largest House office building floor by floor as staff members and a few lawmakers were kept inside. Outside the building, officers with rifles stood by and ambulances arrived. But in the end, police said there were no arrests, injuries or – apparently – gunfire. “Right now, we want to err on the side of caution,” Schneider had said before the all-clear, which came at midafternoon, hours after the first report. “Lives could be at risk. If we have a gunman in the building, we certainly want to find him. It’s premature to assume that it may not be a gunman.” The Senate was in session at the time, but the House was not as most lawmakers had left for the Memorial Day recess. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., conducting a House Intelligence Committee hearing, interrupted a witness to ask those attending the meeting to remain in the room with the doors closed. last_img read more

DONEGAL GAA RESULTS

first_imgDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment17-Sep-2011 Fanad Gaels 0 – 4 2 – 10 St Michaels Pairc Ui Shiail PortsalonDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 17-Sep-2011 Gaoth Dobhair 0 – 11 0 – 9 Glenswilly Machaire GathlanDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment17-Sep-2011 Convoy 0 – 11 1 – 11 Na Rossa ConvoyDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 17-Sep-2011 Fanad Gaels 1 – 9 1 – 13 St Michaels Pairc Ui Shiail PortsalonDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment17-Sep-2011 Burt 4 – 9 0 – 7 Naomh Padraig-Muff Buncrana Scarvey Play-off-E/Time-Line: jJJ Lafferty/J Friel17-Sep-2011 Letterkenny Gaels 2 – 5 3 – 16 Downings Moyle Park Milford Play-off-E/Time-Line: B Trearty/J TreartyDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 17-Sep-2011 Malin 3 – 8 1 – 6 Naomh Brid Convoy U21A-Q/Final-E/Time-Line: J O Donnell/G Mc Hugh17-Sep-2011 Carndonagh 2 – 7 1 – 12 St Nauls Convoy U21B-S/Final-E/Time-Line: J O Donnell/G Mc HughDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment17-Sep-2011 Naomh Padraig Leifear 1 – 9 0 – 11 Pettigo Tir Chonaill Park Donegal Town Play-off-E/Time-Line: TBA EndsDONEGAL GAA RESULTS was last modified: September 18th, 2011 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:Donegal GAA resultslast_img read more

DONEGAL FANS ARRIVE EARLY TO SUPPORT THEIR TEAM ‘LOUTH’ AND CLEAR!

first_imgMary Donnelly, Sinead McDevitt and Seamus McDevitt from Fintown and Ramelton arrived early for the match today between Donegal and Louth in Ballyshannon. Picture by Brian McDaid from Cristeph Gallery.DONEGAL FANS ARRIVE EARLY TO SUPPORT THEIR TEAM ‘LOUTH’ AND CLEAR! was last modified: March 30th, 2014 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:BallyshannondonegalLouthlast_img read more