Confident Brathwaite aiming to become match-winner

first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC): All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has his eyes fixed on being a match-winner for West Indies in the Twenty20 World Cup starting next week, and believes his skill set could be valuable in the team’s success. The 27-year-old has emerged as a strong attacking lower-order batsman and tidy seamer, and proved a revelation on the recent Test tour of Australia with a couple of half-centuries. Brathwaite said while his batting was currently ahead of his bowling, he was working hard to produce in both areas, to earn West Indies positive results in the March 8 to April 3 ICC event in India. “In T20, fortunately, I have the option of both [batting and bowling], but some days you go well with the ball … and some days it’s not so good with the ball, but then you have a chance to make up with the bat, so being an all-rounder is a plus,” Brathwaite said yesterday. “I’m striking the ball really nicely at the moment. My batting is probably just ahead of my bowling for the time being but hopefully, at least for one or two games in the World Cup, both of them come together nicely to win a game for West Indies.” TEST DEBUT On Test debut last December in Melbourne, Brathwaite struck an impressive 59 in the second Test batting at number eight, and then followed up with a whirlwind 69 off 66 balls in the final Test at Sydney. On the tour of Sri Lanka last October, the right-hander blasted 113 off 58 balls against the Sri Lanka President’s XI in a 50-over game. Brathwaite, a late call-up to the Windies T20 World Cup squad because of injury to Kieron Pollard, said he always backed his ability regardless of the result. “I’m pretty confident in my skills. I know once I go out there and execute the plans that I’ve set for myself and the targets that I’ve set, I’ll be successful,” he pointed out. While Brathwaite’s batting has been coming along well, he also remains a threat with the ball and picked up three wickets in the second unofficial warm-up T20 against Zimbabwe in Sharjah last Monday. He said one of his aims on the current tour was to lift his bowling. “I’m trying a few things in the nets. I’m trying to bowl a bit quicker. It’s been working thus far and long may it continue,” he explained. “The situation of the [Zimbabwe] game was more suited to my style of bowling – more containment rather than attacking – and I was just fortunate and lucky to get the three wickets which I was happy about.”last_img read more

Pringle demands weekend service to be provided at Seaview Respite Home

first_imgIndependent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle has today called for weekend services to be provided at Seaview Respite Home when the facility is due to be handed over to RehabCare by the HSE next week.Deputy Pringle says parents, service users and staff have been dealing with partial services for a number of years now with no weekend services on offer.“This is despite the demand and need for weekend respite for people with physically and intellectual disabilities across south-west Donegal. “While under HSE management this was never provided and there were frequent cuts to services including a staffing shortage throughout the facility’s history.“The HSE absolved their responsibility by deciding to hand over Seaview to a third party. RehabCare is due to take over the facility in a week’s time.“However, I have reservations that a third party will manage to meet the needs of families and service users. Unfortunately the contract with RehabCare currently stipulates a service from Monday to Friday only and with RehabCare raising funding concerns already I am worried that not only will services be curtailed but that a weekend service will be out of the question”.Also speaking on the issue Cllr. Seamus Maguire and local election candidate Valerie McNulty have spoken out on the need for weekend services and secure long term funding as the facility is handed over to RehabCare. Speaking on the issue, Cllr. Seamus Maguire says “I have spoken to the many families affected by the current unacceptable lack of service and support from Government. I will be working with everyone concerned if re-elected to ensure we fight to improve respite care in Seaview and Donegal in general. It’s the least these families deserve.”Local election candidate for the Donegal Electoral Area Valerie McNulty says “Carers, like myself save the Government a huge amount of money and resources but our compassion is completely undervalued by those in power. We need more people in politics who care, who know the real struggles people face and fight for change. I am calling for complete full respite services 7 days a week to be in place in Seaview Respite Home and those who need it to be avail of it as a matter of urgency”.“Having campaigned for a full service of Seaview Respite Home for a number of years now what we need now is long-term, secure funding so that necessary services can be provided for families concerned. In that spirit I am calling on RehabCare to provide weekend services when it takes over the facility and to fully meet the respite needs of families that use this vitally important service” concludes Pringle.Pringle demands weekend service to be provided at Seaview Respite Home was last modified: May 20th, 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

Warriors, Draymond Green on a roll, but one question has him scratching his head

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device Except for his size, his length, his skill, his fast-twitch muscles and his high-octane competitive nature, the Warriors’ Draymond Green is just like the rest of us.“What is life going to be like next year?” Green mused during a recent appearance on the “Pull Up with CJ McCollum” podcast, hosted by the Portland Trail Blazers’ 20-points-per-game guard.“You have Kevin (Durant) and Klay (Thompson), free …last_img read more

Nokia’s Q4 Results: A Last Moment Of Hope… Before It All Collapses?

first_imgNokia is so stoked about it’s upcoming 2012 fourth-quarter earnings, it’s leaking some of the numbers two weeks early, which has pushed the Finnish hardware maker’s stock up in Thursday trading. But investors may want to hold off on their enthusiasm, because while Nokia is going to do better than expected in this past quarter’s sales and revenue, the company is still woefully behind market leaders like Samsung and Apple. And it also seems to be stretching the classification of one product line as a “smartphone” to pad what sales numbers it does have in that category.You know that scene near the end of Jaws? The one where the shark has wreaked havoc on the Orca and the boat is listing crazily but you think for half a moment that maybe that’s it – the shark will abandon its attack and the intrepid crew will all make it back to shore? That’s right about where I picture Nokia at this moment: That last silent moment of tiny hope that the worst is over – right before the giant robotic shark rises out of the water and tears them to pieces.Nokia’s Numbers Are Pretty GoodFirst, the numbers: The company announced Thursday that it has exceeded fourth quarter expectations with net sales of  €3.9 billion, pushing a total 86.3 million units out the door.Of those units sold, the devices Nokia classifies as “Smart Devices” had “net sales of approximately €1.2 billion, with total volumes of 6.6 million units of which 4.4 million units were Nokia Lumia smartphones.” (The rest of those Smart Device sales were 2.2 million Symbian smartphones.)The Lumia sales are not only some good news for Nokia, but also for Microsoft, whose Windows Phone operating system powers the Lumia devices.In the next line of Nokia’s press release, though, the company apparently wants to lump sales of its Asha product line into the smartphone sales category as well.“Total smartphone volumes of 15.9 million units composed of 9.3 million Asha full touch smartphones, 4.4 million Lumia smartphones and 2.2 million Symbian smartphones,” the release states.When Is A Smartphone Not A Smartphone?That’s a curious bit of wording, since Asha phones are classified in the industry as feature phones – the low-cost, small screen devices that still dominates mobile phone sales. Nokia appears to be taking the position that since the Asha phones, which run Nokia’s S40 operating system, can fall into the smartphone category by virtue of the fact the phones include some apps, such as apps for Twitter and Facebook.Nokia has positioned Asha line as a low-cost alternative to Android phones in developing markets within Asia and Latin America. The Asha 311, for example, retails for about $130 globally, right in the $100-$150 Android phone retail price ballpark, while the Asha 205 and 206 models.But despite its positioning, the Asha has always been classified as a feature phone within the industry, and even Nokia hedges its boasting a bit by making sure to include Asha sales numbers within it broader Mobile Phone sales category. If media outlets report the “15.9 million smartphone units sold” number, though, it’s doubtful Nokia’s PR department is going to put out a lot of effort to correct them, especially since that number more than doubles the sales figures of what the rest of the sector actually calls smartphones.Turnaround Special?Still, Nokia’s sales are a nice turn-around for the company, which has been suffering from declining sales for quite some time, even after the company chose to forego its established Symbian platform and the fledgling MeeGo operating system for the promise of a Windows Phone utopia in a Nokia-Microsoft partnership back in 2011.But, just to put these numbers into perspective, in the same quarter of 2012, South Korean competitor Samsung sold 63 million smartphones alone, which is nearly three-quarters of the amount of total units Nokia sold. Matching up smartphone to smartphone sales, Samsung sold as many smartphones in ten days as Nokia did in the entire quarter.Worse, Nokia itself isn’t expecting this party to last. Today’s preliminary announcement noted expected downturns in the first quarter of 2013.“Seasonality and competitive environment are expected to have a negative impact on the first quarter 2013 underlying profitability for Devices & Services, compared to the fourth quarter 2012,” the company reported. “Seasonality” is code for “Christmas is over, kids.”And “competitive environment”? That may be code for “we’re still stuck selling these Windows Phones against Android and iOS”Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Nokia Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement brian proffitt Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Petron eyes 13th straight win

first_imgShow of unity in pep rally Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Petron guns for win No. 13 against a struggling Sta. Lucia Realty even as PLDT and United VC clash to get closer to a twice-to-beat bonus on Thursday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.There’s hardly any incentive for the Blaze Spikers in the 2 p.m. match against the Lady Realtors, but coach Shaq delos Santos said they’re not about to let their guards down.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “Everyone wants to beat us at this point, but we will use these remaining games to work on our game,” said Delos Santos.Petron is unbeaten so far and is already assured of a quarterfinal bonus. That’s not the case for PLDT and UVC, which will have to dispute the two remaining bonus spots with Cignal HD.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“PLDT is a hungry team,” said UVC coach Joshua Ylaya of the 12 noon game. —MARC ANTHONY REYES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoHiguain agent arrives in London for Chelsea talks

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Higuain agent arrives in London for Chelsea talksby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain’s mooted transfer to Chelsea has taken another switch, with his agent having flown to London on Thursday morning.The Argentine is believed to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge by cutting short his current loan spell with AC Milan.Nicolas Higuain, the 31-year-old’s brother and agent, was in the English capital on Thursday in order to sound out Chelsea’s interest, according to the London Evening Standard.The deal is made complicated with three parties involved. AC Milan has an option to purchase Higuain for £32m at the end of the season, and Juventus would want Chelsea to adhere to the same deal.However, the Blues are not keen to spend a large sum of money of an ageing striker.Higuain thrived in his one season under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri at Napoli, when he scored 38 goals. last_img read more


first_imgSandra Oh and Andy Samberg will be the co-hosts of the Golden Globes next month.— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) December 5, 2018 Breaking: Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg to host the 2019 Golden Globes next month— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 5, 2018 WHAT! (SANDRA) OH MY GOD ⁦@IamSandraOh⁩— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) December 5, 2018 RELATED: Sandra Oh Was Told ‘I’ve Got Nothing For You’ By Agent When She First Went To Hollywood“Sandra and Andy are the perfect choices to host this world-class event,” said Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, co-chairs of NBC Entertainment, in the announcement. “They bring wit, charm and style to a room filled with the very best of film and television. It’s sure to be another unforgettable fun-filled night.”“We’re excited to welcome Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg as co-hosts of Hollywood’s Party of the Year,” added Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which has held the Golden Globes each year since 1944. “Both Golden Globe Award recipients have continually showcased their talents in film and television, and we can’t wait see what their undeniable chemistry will bring to the Golden Globes stage.”The former “Grey’s Anatomy” star — who won a 2006 Golden Globe for her work in the hit medical drama — missed out on making history at the Emmys earlier this year when she failed to win an Outstanding Actress award for her work in critically acclaimed thriller “Killing Eve”, which would have made her the first woman of Asian descent to win an Emmy in the lead actress category.Oh and Samberg have some history together; the pair co-presented an award at this year’s Emmys, and their award-show chemistry clearly caught the attention of the HFPA.Paul Drinkwater/NBCCheck out the Twitter reaction to the Globes’ announcement:Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will co-host the 2019 Golden GlobesThe duo will serve as hosts of the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, which will air on Sunday, January 6.Sandra Oh & Andy Samberg are hosting The #GoldenGlobes January 6 on NBC! That’s it. That’s the tweet.— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) December 5, 2018 Advertisement We are pleased to confirm that Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh will be co-hosting this year’s 76th #GoldenGlobes!— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) December 5, 2018 On Wednesday, NBC announced that Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will be co-hosts of the 2019 Golden Globe Awards when the annual gala is held in early January.Joining a prestigious roster of past hosts including Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Fallon and the dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the announcement of Oh as co-host is a historic one.Not only is Oh — a native of Nepean, ON — the first Canadian to ever host the Globes, she’s also the first person of Asian descent to host the annual award show. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment I AM HERE FOR THIS. YES. #ItsAnHonorJustToBeAsian #GoldenGlobes— Olivia Truffaut-Wong (@iWatchiAm) December 5, 2018 Advertisement Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg were unexpectedly fun together presenting at the Emmys and now I am even more excited for the #GoldenGlobes— Jillian Sederholm (@JillianSed) December 5, 2018 Login/Register With: Advertisement Free headline suggestions:Boy “Oh” Boy!”Oh” What a Night”Oh” M GAndy and Sandra and Globes, “Oh” My!— Danielle Nussbaum (@daniellenuss) December 5, 2018 .@AndySamberg and @IamSandraOh presented together at the 2018 Emmys – in which the duo mocked the Oscars’ ‘La La Land’ fiasco in one of the night’s better pairings— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 6, 2018By BRENT FURDYK | ET CANADA Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Antidoping champion to captain University of Guelph sports business institute

first_imgThe University of Guelph is launching a sports business institute to study the multibillion-dollar world of athletics, from sponsorships to social media.Led by International Olympic Committee member Richard Pound, the International Institute for Sports Business and Leadership will aim to bring scholarly and commercial minds together, including grad students and an advisory board of industry leaders.The new centre for research and teaching lands in the middle of a North American industry that athletic department director Scott McRobertson says is on track to hit $80 billion annually by 2022.According to the North American Society for Sport Management, academic programs in that field now number 16 in Canada.Pound, a champion Canadian swimmer who served as founding president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, says the centre will help organizations looking to boost attendance, leverage e-sports and study links to health and wellness.Organizers expect institute members will produce peer-reviewed research and train industry up-and-comers, churning out data for use by sports groups. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Chamber of Commerce hosts Wilkinson as guest speaker at Luncheon

first_imgThe next Chamber Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 30, at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre and will feature Scott Maxwell, of the Ministry of Transportation, to discuss roads and infrastructure within the Peace.For more information, and for tickets, you can visit the Chamber’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce held another Speaker Series Luncheon on Wednesday at the Northern Grand Hotel.Guest Speaker for the Luncheon was Official Opposition Leader, Andrew Wilkinson.Wilkinson touched on a wide range of issues that Fort St. John and the Peace Region are currently facing. Some of those issues included the on-going Caribou Recovery Program and the lack of Provincial support for the oil and gas industry.When it comes to the handling of the Caribou, Wilkinson feels that it was grossly mishandled by the NDP, adding that he is waiting to see the report made by Blair Lekstrom which is to be released in the coming days.That report looks at the socio-economic impacts that the Program might have on communities within the Peace.“The Mountain Caribou Issue was grossly mishandled by the NDP and they’ve appointed Blair Lekstrom to try and fix the mess that they’ve made. I look forward to his report, in the next few days, to try and put the genie back in the bottle because they failed to consult the communities of the Peace.”As for the lack of Provincial support for the oil and gas industry, Wilkinson says the reason for a lack of it is because the current government is absorbing the idea that B.C. needs to be a leader when it comes to abolishing fossil fuels. Wilkinson also feels that the NDP needs to calm down the dismissive attitude against the use of fossil fuels and not to talk down to people of the Peace.“The problem that we have with the current government is that they’re absorbing this idea – some of it from their own invention, some of it from the media, some of it from the Green Party – the British Columbia needs to lead the change that will abolish fossil fuels… So our view of this, in our party, is that it’s time to calm down that dismissive attitude, to call it for what it is and to say to the people of the Peace, do not talk down to these people. It’s unacceptable that anyone talks down to you.”last_img read more