More money for Tests could bring back stars, says Holder

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder believes parity in earnings will motivate players to focus more on international cricket instead of solely on the lucrative Twenty20 format.Holder was responding to claims by England star Kevin Pietersen that the game’s biggest stars, especially those from West Indies, were being lost to international cricket because of the lure of T20s.Pietersen, a former Test star who now peddles his talents on the T20 circuit, said that the International Cricket Council needed to intervene to ensure that there were competitive financial incentives available to players in international cricket.”I think it’s possibly a way to keep [Test cricket] alive. Obviously, we’re in a situation where the money isn’t great for us at the moment, and we’ve been in numerous battles for that, but that’s beyond our control at this present time,” Holder told reporters yesterday.”At the end of the day, hopefully, somewhere along the line we can have an increase in pay and be paid a little bit better than at the moment.”Pietersen was echoing sentiments similar to those of West Indies’ chief selector Clive Lloyd, who said on Friday that the money on offer on the global T20 circuit had resulted in several Caribbean players opting out of Test cricket.West Indies players like Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, and AndrÈ Russell are all campaigning in the Big Bash League, while an inexperienced Caribbean side has been locked in a three-Test series with Australia.Holder said priority needed to be placed on international cricket and believed players would take this option once there was some balance, financially, with T20s.”I think we need to strike a balance, and I’m not knocking T20 cricket because I love T20 cricket myself, but we just need to find a way where the country comes first and then we are flexible in terms of allowing people to make money outside of international cricket,” the 24-year-old said.”I don’t think we should be playing hardball and deny people from going and playing, but there has to be a situation where we make international cricket our first priority. I think once we get to that stage, the players will buy in.”last_img read more

Dusard rebuffs Jenkins’ claims with audio of team meeting

first_imgCONRAD JENKINS, president of the Jamaica Taekwondo Federation, in response to martial artist Nicholas Dusard’s claims of bias, has issued a press release outlining criteria used in selecting Jamaica’s two-man team for a Pan Am Olympic qualifying tournament in Mexico this week.However, the criteria, prepared by sole selector Jenkins, conflicted with an audio recording of a team meeting during which Dusard had challenged him about his non-selection after trials at the National Indoor Sports Centre on February 26.Dusard, who won the -68 kg category at the February 22-26 trials, complained in a story published in The Gleaner on March 3, that he was denied a chance to compete at -80 kg and was never told that current world rankings would have been a determinant.A subsequent press release, sent by Howard Chin, general secretary, JTF, on behalf of Jenkins, stated three criteria used in selection – results from the 2016 US and Canada Opens, WTF Olympic ranking and ‘athletes with the best competition management and with the least or no illegal acts in the fight offs’.Speaking to The Gleaner after Dusard’s claims, Jenkins insisted the three criteria listed in his press release were the only determinants.However, during an audio recording presented by Dusard, the JTF president was heard singing a different tune when challenged by the fighter, admitting he had not mentioned the use of rankings before the fight offs.In addition, Jenkins went on to explain, at length, to Dusard and the other fighters that accomplishments in competitions “over the years” were also a factor, a criterion not included in his press release list of three.”If it was mentioned, it made no sense none of the -68s fought. If we knew it would have come down to rankings, Raymond, Bruce and I, we had no chance,” Dusard was heard saying on the recording.”A chance should have been given for us to maybe step up to Craig or Jason’s weight class to fight off for that spot. Based on what is happening now, none of the -68 people had a chance of going, so we came here to fight for no reason,” he added, at which point Jenkins interjected.”I understand what you’re saying, you’re expressing a good concern but let me take it another step. The ranking is just one but it’s more than the ranking. When you assess, the second leg of the ranking, let’s put the ranking aside, the second leg of it, we’re dealing with number two, who has been competing and awarded medals in fights over the last couple of years,” the JTF president said, before Dusard objected.”I understand that, sir, but that was never said. That was never said, that’s the issue,” the fighter said, at which point Jenkins agreed.”That part was never said before the fight off, that is true and that is where we take the next step away from the rankings to who has been awarded,” he said.Presented with the recording, to which he listened intently, a defiant Jenkins ignored its contents, saying, “the three criteria were sent”. He also claimed that Dusard’s request to go up in weight class was only made on the day of the fight offs.”On the day of the fight offs?” a stunned Dusard responded when contacted by The Gleaner.”How could I make that request on the day of the fight? Raymond James from New York and I, who fought -68, we both asked on the 22nd if we could fight -80. We both expressed our desire and willingness to fight -80. We were told no by Jenkins,” he said.United States-based fighters, Craig Brown (-80 kg) and Jason Grant (+80kg), winners of their respective divisions, were chosen by Jenkins to represent Jamaica at the March 10-11 Pan Am Olympic qualification tournament in Aguascalientes, Mexico.last_img read more

African cinema on the big screen

first_imgA scene from The Silver Fez, a look atSouth Africa’s colourful Malay subculture.(Image: Africa in Motion)MEDIA CONTACTS • Gillian CookAiM press officer+44 7790 200 471Janine ErasmusAfrica will be the main attraction at a film festival, which runs from 21 October to 5 November in Edinburgh, Scotland.The 2010 Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival is the fifth edition of its kind, with this year’s productions sharing themes of celebration, freedom and independence, according to festival organisers.Last year’s festival focused on conflict and reconciliation across the continent, in keeping with the declaration of 2009 as the UN International Year of Reconciliation.As a tribute to AiM’s role in drawing international attention to issues of reconciliation, it received a commendation from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.The 2010 theme of celebration marks a number of auspicious occasions. Besides AiM’s fifth anniversary, there are 17 African countries that celebrate 50 years of independence this year. Among them are Nigeria (1 October), the Democratic Republic of Congo (30 June), Cameroon (1 January), Côte d’Ivoire (7 August), Madagascar (26 June), and Senegal (20 August).The others are Togo, Somalia, Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, the Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Mali and Mauritania.Access to African cinemaFestival founder and director Lizelle Bisschoff obtained her BA in Communication Theory and BA (hons) in Literary Theory and Audiovisual Production Management at the University of Johannesburg.She recently completed her PhD at Scotland’s Stirling University, conducting research into the role of women in cinema in the sub-Saharan region.She established AiM because during her research she found it difficult to gain access to African cinema works in Scotland. The festival also gives African filmmakers a platform to show their work to audiences that, on the whole, know very little about the continent’s vibrant film industry.With more than 70 films from 28 countries, including South Africa, film lovers can expect a feast of innovation and creativity around the central themes. Films are also screened according to the specific theme of the day – these include North Africa, children, dance, sport, Nelson Mandela, and the environment, among others.The festival arranges a range of accompanying events for those who are interested in other artistic genres. Children can attend an animation workshop; the Scottish Poetry Library presents the Poetry in Motion gathering; veteran Cameroonian director Jean-Marie Teno leads a free masterclass in documentary filming at the Edinburgh College of Art; and the Filmhouse Guild Room hosts an afternoon of African storytelling.Some of the films will gain further exposure through a tour of the rural Scottish areas of Fife, Cromarty, Orkney and Skye later in November.Full details of all the events, dates and venues are available on the Africa in Motion website, and film lovers may book online to see the productions of their choice.Trailers, shorts and interviews may also be viewed on AiM’s online television channel.South Africa on the big screenSouth Africa is represented by a variety of short and full-length films that offer a fascinating glimpse of the country and its people.The film City Breath is a collection of diverse short films, or breaths, of South African cities. No segment is longer than four minutes, and through these 20 experimental shorts, the project offers insight into the way South Africans view their cities.Made in 1994, Voices from Robben Island is a documentary on the notorious island where political prisoners were jailed for many years at a time. The film examines the island’s 400-year history and profiles some of its most famous inmates – Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, and others.The other film honouring former president Nelson Mandela is titled Welcome Nelson. This is an intriguing 23-minute montage of original footage from 11 February 1990, the day he was released from a 27-year prison sentence.The documentary Fezeka’s Voice profiles Phumi Tsewu, for the past 12 years the choirmaster of the award-winning Fezeka High School Choir. Through his guidance and inspiration, 77 youngsters from the underprivileged Western Cape township of Gugulethu have used music to lift themselves out of their everyday lives, which are often filled with hardship. Their work in the choir has given them a sense of belonging, acceptance and pride.The dance documentary Freedom follows five South African dancers as they express their individual concepts of freedom and democracy through their art.Visual artist Nico Phooka and playwright Fatima Dike collaborate in the documentary Amagagu: Dreaming the New. The film also explores their personal backgrounds, cultures and beliefs.The Silver Fez is a documentary featuring Cape Town’s famous Malay musicians. The film provides a glimpse into the Malay subculture and the age-old musical traditions that help to sustain it.Passion Gap is another collection of snippets of South African life, filmed among the young people of Cape Town. The title refers to the tradition of dental modification – or quite simply the removal of the front teeth – favoured by many coloured people of the Western Cape as a fashion statement and rite of passage. The missing teeth are replaced by dentures often outrageously decorated with gold, silver or precious stones.Cape Town as an adventure destination is the subject of Unfinished Business, a film that probes the culture of thrill-seeking associated with the city’s world-famous Table Mountain.Set in 1993, uGugu no Andile (Gugu and Andile) is a film about a Zulu girl who falls in love with a young Xhosa man. In Romeo and Juliet style, their union results in disapproval from both communities, and in the troubled political climate of the time, the pair becomes caught up in violence and uncertainty.last_img read more

A Look at Fluorescent Lighting

first_imgLast week, after an overview of lighting history, we examined incandescent lighting—the lamp technology invented by Thomas Edison. Until the mid-1900s incandescent lighting dominated both commercial and residential lighting applications, indoors and outdoors. That only changed when electric discharge lamps were introduced, offering longer life and producing more light per unit of electricity consumption.While the first practical fluorescent lamp wasn’t introduced until 1938, the origins of fluorescent lighting date back to the turn of the century. In 1901, American Peter Cooper Hewitt patented mercury-vapor lamp. He discovered that by passing electric current through a small amount of mercury gas, an electric arc was produced and light given off. He went on to form a company with George Westinghouse to form the Cooper Hewitt Electric Company to produce the first mercury vapor lamps. I’ll address mercury vapor lamps and other types of “high-intensity discharge” lamps next week.Various researchers, including the German Edmund Germer, worked on improving the light quality from mercury vapor lamps so that it could be used effectively indoors–mercury light has an unpleasant bluish color at the ultraviolet (UV) end of the spectrum–but it was American George Inman and his group or researchers at General Electric that made it work. They found that by coating the inside of the glass tube with phosphor, the UV light would be absorbed and the phosphor would re-radiate a much whiter light. That’s the principle of fluorescent lighting.Fluorescent lamps have electrodes at both ends of a phosphor-coated, sealed glass tube that is filled with a small amount of mercury vapor in an inert gas, usually argon. When current is applied to those electrodes, an electric arc is produced in the mercury gas, generating the light. A ballast modifies the electric current, giving it a boost of charge to start the arc, then reducing the electric current to keep the lamp operating without blowing it out.Early fluorescent lamps used magnetic ballasts that produced an annoying hum and caused flickering. Most of these early fluorescent lamps were straight glass tubes, though GE fairly quickly introduced circular (Circline) and U-shaped lamps. Other manufacturers, including Philips and Sylvania entered the market.More recent advances include the switch to electronic ballasts, improvement in the phosphors, and miniaturization of fluorescent lamps. The switch to electronic ballasts eliminated most of the hum and flicker. Instead of cycling on-and-off 60 times a second (the frequency of AC current), the electronic ballasts cycle at about 10,000 times a second, which is imperceptible to the human eye.While most early fluorescent lamps produced an eerie bluish light that made human skin look cadaverous, newer phosphors introduced in the 1970s dramatically improved the light. Light quality is measured in two ways: the color temperature (in kelvins) and the color rendering index (CRI), both of which are determined by the phosphors. “Cool-white” fluorescent lamps have color temperatures of about 4,000 kelvins or higher, and that light looks distinctly bluish (which has a cool feel to it). Full-spectrum lamps have very high color temperature, often around 7,000 k, and the light is very blue—which most homeowners dislike. Warm-white lamps have color temperatures of about 3,000 or lower; these are more yellow and look and feel more like incandescent light.The color rendering index of a lamp measures how accurately colors are shown off under that light. A CRI of 100 represents color perfectly, like incandescent lamps. In the 1970s most fluorescent lamps had CRIs of 60 or lower, which is why skin color appeared so odd. Most fluorescent lamps today have CRIs of 80 or 85, so show off colors much better.The final advance that I’ll cover here is miniaturization to create compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs. First introduced in the 1980s by Philips, CFLs are now widely available and becoming more and more common as replacements for incandescent light bulbs. The fluorescent tube is thinner in diameter and either folded or spiraled to concentrate the light. Most of the CFLs homeowners buy have integral ballasts and screw-in mounts just like incandescent light bulbs, so they offer easy replacement. CFLs are also available with separate lamps and ballasts, so that just the lamp can be replaced when it fails.Modern fluorescent lamps produce as many as 100 lumens of light per watt of electricity consumed, compared with about 15 to 20 lumens per watt for incandescent light bulbs. This measure of performance is referred to as “efficacy.” The highest-efficacy linear fluorescent lamps are the thinnest-diameter. (Lamp diameters are measured in eighths of an inch, so a T-12 lamps is an inch-and-a-half in diameter.) T-8 lamps have higher efficacy than T-12 lamps, and T-5 lamps have higher efficacy than T-8s. Most CFLs have efficacies of about 50 or 60 lumens per watt.While CFLs use just a third as much electricity for comparable light output as incandescent light bulbs and last up to ten times as long, they have one big drawback: the mercury. CFLs and straight-tube fluorescent lamps contain a small amount of mercury that creates a disposal problem—the lamps become hazardous waste and, if incinerated, can contribute significantly to air pollution. Breakage can also release potentially hazardous mercury in your house. We will see in a couple weeks how LED lighting offers an alternative to this mercury problem.last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Film stars now head to Wankhede to cheer for Team India

first_imgAs the formidable Men in Blue look to end the 28-year World Cup drought, their fans in Bollywood are also ensuring that they are there to cheer the team as it takes on the unpredictable Sri Lankans at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.While most of the commoners have been striving to secure a ticket for the finals to fulfil their dreams to witness the clash of titans, some Bollywood A-listers have already got their seats booked in the stadium.Superstar Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao, who were seen cheering Team India against archrivals Pakistan in Mohali, would be there for the finals too.Actor Lara Dutta would also stand by the Indian cricket team along with her friends. A true cricket fan, she has committed to be there for the match instead of supporting her newly married husband, tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi, who is playing in Miami.Dino Morea, who was in the midst of his Pakistani fans in Mohali during the Indo-Pak clash, is now heading towards Wankhede trailing Dhoni and his boys.Actor Suniel Shetty, along with wife Mana and son, actress Minissha Lamba and Jeetendra’s actor son Tusshar Kapoor have also booked their tickets at Wankhede.last_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola: I’d be Fraudiola without my players!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: I’d be Fraudiola without my players!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he’d be nothing without his players.Guardiola was speaking in defence of his squad after Saturday’s shock loss to Norwich City.”They gave me all the prestige I have in England, when the first season when it was Fraud Guardiola, Fraudiola,” he said.”This kind of game here in England – it’s not possible to play because you need to have tackles and you have to play like that – these players gave me the prestige that I have.”And now all around the world people say how good a manager I am – it’s for them, not for me.” last_img read more

9 days agoEintracht Frankfurt chairman Steubing enjoys swipe at AC Milan signing Rebic

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt chairman Steubing enjoys swipe at AC Milan signing Rebicby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt chairman Wolfgang Steubing has enjoyed a swipe at Ante Rebic.Rebic left Eintracht Frankfurt for AC Milan over the summer.“Honestly, I don’t know what to say,” Steubing told Bild.“He wanted to leave, because otherwise he would be the only one of the three strikers to stay at Frankfurt.“Now, he sits outside. He took a gamble and lost. And it won’t get any easier for him.” last_img read more

Opioid crisis brings unwanted attention to wealthy family

first_imgBOSTON — The nation’s deadly opioid crisis is bringing new and unwanted attention to the wealthy Sackler family and complicating its philanthropic legacy.The Sacklers own Purdue Pharma, the Connecticut-based maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin, and the family name is on the walls at some of the world’s great museums and universities, including the Smithsonian, the Guggenheim and Harvard.Members of the family have been accused in a lawsuit brought by the state of Massachusetts of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of OxyContin.In light of the allegations, activists have called on institutions to cut ties with the family.Many of the donations, however, were made by Arthur Sackler, who died nearly a decade before OxyContin even went on the market. His widow says it’s unfair to connect him to the opioid crisis.Alanna Durkin Richer, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Board of Appeals says no to Savvas Ksiros plea to be released

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After a request for release from prison was denied by the Board of Appeals of Piraeus, Savvas Ksiros will remain in jail.The Board found that his case was in accordance of 110A of the criminal code, however in order to be eligible for release, he must first serve 25 years of his sentence.Additionally, the Deputy Prosecutor Odysseas Tzormbatzoglou also requested that Ksiros remain imprisoned, with the justification that his request isn’t valid for those that have multiple convictions on their sentence.It is reminded that the former 17 November terrorist is carrying a five-time sentence for life with an additional 25 years. He was captured in 2002, when the bomb that he was about to plant accidentally exploded in his hands, leaving him severely injured. He has been facing serious health issues ever since. His arrest led to the dismantling of the organisation that had been active in Greece since 1975.During the hearing for Ksiros’ request, the Prosecutor argued that if he were to be released, with his previous actions in mind and the fact that he doesn’t seem to show any remorse for them, considering his previous attempts of apology have proved unconvincing, he could turn out to be a “centre of attraction, leader, or even an ideological recruiter.”last_img read more

Craig Bellamy steps down as Cardiff youth coach to fight bullying

first_imgCardiff City Under-18 coach Craig Bellamy has temporarily vacated his role, amid an investigation into claims he bullied a young playerThe 39-year-old is investigated by Cardiff over a complaint made by the boy’s parents over his treatment towards their son.First-team manager Neil Warnock confirmed that an investigation will be conducted with Bellamy now releasing a statement in response to the charges.“I am aware of allegations that have been made against me via the media,” read Bellamy’s statement on BBC.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“I understand the need for Cardiff City to undertake a full investigation in response to these allegations and – at my own suggestion – I have temporarily removed myself from my coaching position in order to cooperate fully with the club’s inquiry.“Obviously, I am saddened both by the allegations and the manner in which they were made.”Bellamy formerly played as a striker in the Premier League for Cardiff, along with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.In the English top-flight division, Bellamy scored 81 goals in 294 appearances and found the net 19 times in 78 outings for Wales at international level before hanging up his boots in 2014.last_img read more