Dilshan guides Sri Lanka to six-wicket win over Afghanistan

first_imgKOLKATA, India (AP): Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan struck an unbeaten 83 to help Sri Lanka open their title defence by beating Afghanistan by six wickets in their World Twenty20 Group One game yesterday. Dilshan struck eight fours and three sixes off 56 balls to guide Sri Lanka to 155-4 in reply to Afghanistan’s 153-7. Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal (18) combined to open with 41 off 5.2 overs, but Sri Lanka struggled to build big partnerships. Having won just four T20s and lost 10 since winning the World Twenty20 at Dhaka two years ago, Sri Lanka could have had a harder time, but Afghanistan conceded some easy runs with misfields. The match seemed poised for a closer end after an off-colour display by the Sri Lanka middle order, but captain Angelo Mathews joined Dilshan and they ensured a smooth ending with seven balls to spare. Mathews struck 21 not out off 10 balls with three fours and one six to give confidence to Dilshan during their unbroken 42-run stand. “They had some quality bowlers, but we managed well in the middle with twos and threes,” Dilshan said. “The senior guys need to stand up and do it for the team. The middle order can bat around us.” Earlier, Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai produced an attractive 47-ball 62 with three fours and four sixes in what was his third T20 half-century and his highest in 33 games. Electing to bat, Afghanistan got off to a sedate start against a disciplined bowling attack and reached only 47-3 in 10 overs. Then Stanikzai broke the shackles. He increased the run rate in the company of Samiullah Shenwari (31) as they added 61 off 5.3 overs for the fifth wicket, with Shenwari striking three fours and two sixes in his 14-ball cameo. Stanikzai, who was dropped by Mathews off Nuwan Kulasekara on 44, hit two consecutive sixes off left-arm spinner Siriwardana over deep midwicket and long on. “The total was good, but Dilshan played really well,” Stanikzai said. “He took responsibility and played well. Our fielding wasn’t good, but we will try our best (in the tournament).” Pace bowler Thisara Perera (3-33) and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath (2-24) were the main wicket-takers for Sri Lanka. West Indies defeated England in the same group on Wednesday and South Africa are yet to get off the mark.last_img read more

Continue Reading

David Suah Leads DonamiSports Youths Mentorship

first_imgAn advocate for youth empowerment has said that DonamiSports/YMCA partnership is to provide kids positive focus and create a path to their development into adults to better society.David Suah, who recently returned home from the United States to work with DonamiSports/YMCA youth projects, told the Daily Observer yesterday in Monrovia that Diaspora Liberians in the United States are being encouraged to support youth development programs in Liberia.“The whole intent is to give kids another way to do what could be useful as they develop into positive adults,” Suah said.“We believe that since sports is a unifier we can use sports to help get kids out of the street and to mentor them to give them positive focus,” he said.He told the Daily Observer that DonamiSports/YMCA is providing projects and events to ensure a positive environment to let kids engage in positive and wholesome activities with each other.Suah reflected on his childhood growing up in Liberia, and stated that it is time to give back to those who are not fortunate enough and are feeble in society.Advocate Suah is responsible for the operations of DonamiSports/YMCA partnership to organize and select 18 U14 Liberian youths to participate in the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup in the United States, this April.Meanwhile, DonamiSports CEO, Doc Lawson added that his organization is working with Liberians in the United States who are desirous of helping to develop kids in Liberia.“We are encouraging them to create resource centers and to also secure donations for our projects at home in Liberia and also to come home and give us a hand,” Doc Lawson said.DonamiSports/YMCA has secured Liberia’s participation in the 2014 Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup, which began since 1980, bringing teams from six continents, 100 countries and 48 states, making it one of the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournaments in the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Continue Reading

Elks hit Dawson Creek

first_imgDivision 4Eryn Stickel – 10thDivision 5Yuna Lovell – 3rd – 4 PB’sNyam Newlove – 7th – 5 PB’sMichelle Kalkman – 8th – 3 PB’sAmanda Mitchell – 12th – 4 PB’sDivision 6Jaden Schafer – 2nd – 4 PB’sDalene Schafer – 7th – 3 PB’s-submittedAdvertisement Here are some results from the Fort St. John Elks speed-skating club from the weekend.Nineteen skaters attended a one-day short track speed skating interclub in Dawson Creek on Saturday, December 6. Results:- Advertisement -Division 1Mitch Kupchanko – 2nd – 1 Personal BestKayne Dressler – 4th – 3 PBsRick Lee – 6thDivision 2Jamie Lee – 1stDesiree Mitchell – 3rd – 1 PBJolea Bilodeau – 4thKathryn Stickel – 8th – 5 PB’sConnor Johnson – 9th – 1 PBDivision 3Ben Maxfield – 4th – 3 PB’s (Broke 1 minute in his 500m!)Rachel Kalkman – 10th – 1 PBKyla Wass – 11th -3 PB’sTheresa Martins – 12thAdvertisementlast_img read more

Continue Reading

Valley Presbyterian Hospital approaching 50

first_imgThe new cardiac catheterization lab, designed to diagnose and treat patients with heart disease in the first 90 minutes after they experience chest pains, will be getting new equipment and a new central location at the hospital. To expedite care for these critical cases, the cath lab will be placed in between the hospital’s emergency room and the operating room. The hospital has also launched a refurbishment of its operating room. Thanks to a $1 million grant from the Fritz B. Burns Foundation, the O.R. will be getting new lights, anesthesia equipment and new equipment for general, vascular, urological and pediatric surgery. By the end of the month, the hospital will also be inaugurating a new picture archiving and communication system that will allow doctors and specialists to review filmless X-rays, even from remote locations. For Greene, a Valley resident, keeping Valley Presbyterian on the cutting edge is more than just his job – it’s his form of giving back to the community. “I am only the third CEO in this hospital’s 50-year history,” Greene said. “I am a steward of a community asset. … I am looking forward to the next 50 years.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In 1958, Valley Presbyterian Hospital opened its doors with 63 beds in a 32,000-square-foot facility. Now as the hospital approaches its 50th anniversary, the facility spans roughly 1 million square feet and 350 beds and treats more than 100,000 Valley residents a year. Like most hospitals in the area, remaining open has been a struggle, but Albert Greene, president and chief executive officer at Valley Presbyterian, said the future looks bright for this Van Nuys fixture. “It was a precarious situation when I arrived,” said Greene, who took over running the hospital in April 2006. “But with the support of the community, we have been able to turn things around.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Under Greene’s supervision, the hospital – which had been in a downward revenue spiral for years – was able to take a $7.8 million deficit in 2006 and turn it around to a $625,00 surplus this year. For Greene, that surplus is only a small sign of successes to come. Several improvement projects are set to begin, including a new cardiac facility, a high-tech X-ray system and a state-of-the-art operating room. “If we don’t have it already, we are getting it here at Valley Presbyterian,” Greene said. “Technology really is the critical difference between routine care and outstanding care, which is what the community wants and expects here.” last_img read more

Continue Reading

TRANSFER REPORT: West Ham weighing up swoop for Belgian starlet

first_img Slaven Bilic 1 West Ham have enquired over the availability of Belgian prodigy Isaac Mbenza.The Valenciennes winger featured prominently for the Ligue 2 club last season, scoring seven goals and providing a further three assists.His displays caught the eye of scouts from the Premier League and, according to Foot Mercato, West Ham are ready to take a gamble on the 20-year-old.The only factor holding the Hammers back from making a bid is Mbenza’s lack of experience in a top-flight league but scouts are seeking to persuade Slaven Bilic to take a risk on the player.A Belgium youth international, Mbenza graduated from Valenciennes’ academy last year and was awarded with a three-year professional contract.last_img read more

Continue Reading

LETTERKENNY MAN CAN APPEAL RAPE CONVICTION TO SUPREME COURT – APPEAL COURT RULES

first_imgA Co Donegal man jailed for attempted rape of a woman while she slept after he climbed up a drain pipe into her house can appeal his conviction to the Supreme Court on grounds it raises points of law of public importance.The Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday granted Raymond Gormley’s application. The court certified that points of law arose in the case which should, in the public interest, be determined by the Supreme Court.These relate to a suspect’s right of access to a legal representative when the suspect is in Garda custody. The court had previously dismissed Gormley’s appeal to that court against his conviction. Gormley (28), with an address at the Quiet Moment apartments, Letterkenny, was convicted in 2007 at the Central Criminal Court of attempted anal rape on April 24th, 2005. He denied the charges, and was jailed for six years and directed to be registered as a sex offender.LETTERKENNY MAN CAN APPEAL RAPE CONVICTION TO SUPREME COURT – APPEAL COURT RULES was last modified: February 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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

Continue Reading

DONEGAL WINS ALL-IRELAND PRICE OF PLACE AWARD

first_imgPhil Hogan TD, Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA along with Co-operation Ireland Chairman Christopher Moran, Derry City Council Mayor Cllr Martin Reilly, IPB Chairman George Jones and Chairman of the Pride of Place Committee Tom Dowling present Mr. Seamus Neely, County Manager Donegal County Council and Ms. Cait Ui Cochlainn , Donegal County Council with their winning Local Authorities AwardDonegal County Council has been announced as top Local Authority in this years All Island Pride of Place Competition. The IPB All-Island Pride of Place Competition, which is run by Co-operation Ireland, recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that community partnerships make to society.  The focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their local area.Speaking following the award ceremony which was held in The Venue in Derry, the County Manager Seamus Neely expressed his delight with this achievement saying: “I am delighted to be in a position to accept this award on behalf of the elected members, staff and management of Donegal County Council. “The Council has been working closely with communities in Donegal for many years and we believe that the Pride of Place competition is a great way to recognise and showcase the tremendous work that takes place throughout the county.“It is a great opportunity for us to show our appreciation to the many community volunteers and workers who undertake this work.  To receive this prestigious award is a great honour for all of us.”The Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Ian McGarvey joined with the Manager in expressing his delight in receiving this award.  The Mayor paid tribute to the great work being undertaken by the staff, management and elected members of Donegal County Council.  He said “as Mayor of Donegal I want to acknowledge the great honour that has been bestowed on us by the adjudicators of the All Island Pride of Place Competition.  The Council recognises the enormous contribution made by communities and volunteers to life in the county.  Community development and participation is a core value of the Council and I am delighted that this value and the work that is done day in day out by Council staff and elected members is being acknowledged in this award”.The Mayor also congratulated Clogher le Chéile who received the top award in Category 1 which is for population of less than 200 people, Insight Inishowen for receiving a special award and Comharchumann Árainn Mhór for runner-up in the Islands category.  DONEGAL WINS ALL-IRELAND PRICE OF PLACE AWARD was last modified: November 19th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Continue Reading

Unesco fellowship for SA scientist

first_imgDr Hanneline Smit of StellenboschUniversity accepting her fellowship at theL’Oréal-Unesco “For Women in Science”Awards.Janine ErasmusDr Hanneline Smit of Stellenbosch University and 14 other young women researchers, three of them from Africa, received a research fellowship at the tenth edition of the L’Oréal-Unesco “For Women in Science” Awards, which give international recognition to women in the life sciences.Smit was honoured along with fellow Africans Yonelle Dea Moukoumbi from Gabon, who conducts research into a hardy new strain of African rice known as Nerica, and Maria Joao Rodrigues from Mozambique, whose research examines the impact of diseases on coral communities growing in the western Indian Ocean.Smit’s research will concentrate on the exploration of historical factors which may have shaped the current genetic diversity of small birds and mammals in the neighbouring Succulent Karoo and Nama Karoo biomes of South Africa. A biome is a large geographical area characterised by certain types of plants and animals.The L’Oréal-Unesco fellowship programme offers doctoral and post-doctoral women scientists the opportunity to pursue their research in internationally renowned institutions outside their home countries. As of 2006 the fellowship is worth a maximum of US$40 000 over a period of two years.In addition, five eminent women scientists from regions around the world received a L’Oréal-Unesco Award on the night. The Awards, which are a separate element of the programme, recognise high-achieving women scientists who are role models for future generations.The five laureates are Prof Lihadh Al-Gazali from the United Arab Emirates, Assistant Prof V. Narry Kim of the Republic of Korea, Prof Ada Yonath from Israel, Prof Ana Belén Elgoyhen from Argentina, and Prof Elizabeth Blackburn from the US.Exploring genetic differencesSmit’s research will focus on the Karoo area in the Western Cape province. In many cases small animals in the two Karoo regions in question, although they are of the same species, show genetic differences. This is thought to be due to biogeographic events in the distant past which separated the two regions on a geologic or climatic basis.Smit plans to collect DNA samples from these creatures, study the genetic differences, correlate them with geographical data, and look for the emergence of any geographical patterns.This information will prove useful in predicting future evolutionary pressures and identifying distinct geographical regions that may need special species protection.“The ultimate aim of the project is to provide information that could be used to conserve the biodiversity resources in South Africa at landscape, ecosystem, habitat, community, population, species and gene levels,” said Smit.She will work at the University of California-Berkeley in the US, under the guidance of Prof Rauri Bowie of that university’s Department of Integrative Biology. Bowie obtained his PhD from the University of Cape Town.Smit, of Stellenbosch University’s Department of Botany and Zoology, received her doctorate in March 2008. Her dissertation focused on the phylogeography of three indigenous southern African elephant shrews. Phylogeography is the study of the distribution of genetic diversity over geographic regions.Working under Prof Terry Robinson and Dr Bettine van Vuuren, Smit studied evolutionary relationships among 15 species of African elephant shrews and in the process she helped to discover a new species of the small mammal.The 16th African elephant shrew species weighs a mere 47g. In accordance with scientific tradition the little creature will only be officially named when a report has been published in a recognised journal.Encouraging scientific vocations for womenThe L’Oréal-Unesco Awards for women in science was established in 1998. The fellowship programme followed two years later and since its inception has recognised a total of 120 fellows from 67 countries. In total, taking both award and fellowships into consideration, more than 500 women have been singled out for recognition.Research projects are submitted for consideration to the fellowship selection committee by the various Unesco national commissions. These are national bodies set up by Unesco member states for the purpose of aligning their governmental and non-governmental bodies with Unesco’s work.Submitted projects very often focus on specific needs of local populations, or may relate to original fields of research, such as a current study of the interactions of different areas of the brain in healthy and depressed patients.Besides the three African fellows, the other fellowship recipients for 2008 hail from Nepal, Slovenia, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Italy and the Netherlands.Related articlesNerica rice to combat hunger in AfricaUseful linksFor Women in ScienceL’OrealAssociation for Women in ScienceNama KarooSucculent KarooRauri Bowie’s research groupStellenbosch Universitylast_img read more

Continue Reading

AJ Baltes, April 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We got a couple of inches of rain and some high winds and then it changed to snow. It all melted right away.There has been some flooding around here. It is pretty par for the course for this time of year though. The wheat is starting to green up and looks a little better than it did. It must be getting just warm enough for it to do something. It has been in the high 20s and night and low to mid 40s during the day. I think it is supposed to get in the 60s next week.Hopefully things start drying out so we can start getting fertilizer spread. This part of the state is usually a little later than the rest of the state with planting. We are usually a couple of weeks behind the rest of Ohio. If we can get corn in at the end of April we’ll do it but that is pretty rare for us up here.For the most part everything is pretty ready to go once we can get out to the fields. First we will try to get our bulk fertilizer spread and we do custom lime and gypsum spreading so hopefully we can get that done and out of the way. We need to try to get the wheat sidedressed too. Then we try to get the corn and beans planted — whatever fields are dry enough to get into. We’ll try to plant beans first if we can.We do a spring burndown after we plant. We plant into the cover crops green and then have a custom applicator come in and burn down right after planting. That has worked out pretty well. We don’t seem to have the slug pressure that the straight no-till guys do. The cereal rye is starting to green up but some of the other covers are just sitting there right now.Last year all you could see was the cab of the tractor going through the cover crop when we planted corn just after Memorial Day. We didn’t have any problems with it and that was some of our better corn.Then when the corn is about knee or waist high we inter-seed with covers and the mat that is there helps get that annual rye, rapeseed and crimson clover off to a good start. We broadcast the seed around sidedressing time.We have been hauling some corn out and now we are waiting on the weather.last_img read more

Continue Reading

The Hustler’s Playbook: Be Indispensable

first_imgA hustler never fails to produce the necessary result, regardless of what that result might be this time. You can count on them to get done what needs to be done.A hustler takes initiative and does what need to be done proactively, before it is necessary. She is resourceful enough to find a way where none presently exists. You can count on the hustler to come up with something that works.The hustler cares more than anyone else would dare. She is unafraid to admit that she drank the Kool-Aid, that she shares her company’s cultural beliefs, and that who they are matters. She is not a cynic. Nor does she bitch or whine.The hustler goes first. If it’s a nasty, unpleasant, or difficult task, the hustler volunteers to take it. He wades in before anyone else. No one ever has to ask. The hustler just does it.The hustler isn’t a glory hound. Hustling isn’t about the accolades or awards. The hustler’s identity and life’s meaning run much deeper than that. Success is at the core of who the hustler is, with or without the press clips.You can get by without those who fail to produce results because they don’t put forth the effort. You can get by without those reactive souls who only move when some outside force acts upon them. You can live without the many who refuse to exercise their resourcefulness and their creativity and apply these greatest of human attributes to the challenge at hand. You can certainly live without the cynic and his negativity.When all the dust settles, the hustler is the last one standing. The hustler is indispensable. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Continue Reading