Ramdin shrugs off talk of pressure

January 20, 2020

first_img Ramdin’s sacking as Test captain has sparked criticism, especially from some officials in Trinidad and Tobago, while Holder’s promotion to captain has been criticised in some quarters as premature. But Ramdin has expressed full support for Holder and says he remains committed to providing support to the young skipper. “Jason is a good guy. I advised him on many things during the World Cup, and I intend to do my part in this series,” said Ramdin. “He is a young captain and needs all the support he can get in order to make a difference”. Ramdin has appealed to senior players to step up their game and says he believes the team has the “all-round strength” to beat Sri Lanka. “The senior men on the team have to make their experience count for him and people like Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kraigg Brathwaite, and myself have to make sure we have good totals. Then the bowlers like Devendra Bishoo must lead the charge,” he said. “Bishoo is a key man in those conditions for us, and he has been bowling very well, so we need to back him up and look to take the fight to the home team. I think we have the all-round strength to beat this team, and we are going to give it our best effort.” BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Former West Indies test captain Denesh Ramdin says he is under no pressure, particularly with the presence of two other wicketkeepers in the regional squad, which assembled in Barbados Monday for a training camp ahead of the tour of Sri Lanka. Ramdin, a wicketkeeper-batsman, is part of a regional outfit that also includes wicketkeeper-batsmen Shane Dowrich and Shai Hope preparing to play two Test matches, three ODIs and two T20s against Sri Lanka from October 14. “I am not feeling any pressure at all,” declared Ramdin. “They might be under more pressure than me because they have less experience, and they will be batting higher up the order.” The Trinidadian cricketer was removed as West Indies Test captain after 14 matches and 15 months in charge and has been replaced by Jason Holder, also the ODI captain. West Indies selectors have told the discarded Test captain that he should focus on his batting, and Ramdin has expressed confidence that he can deliver. “I feel good at the moment, looking to hit some balls and get my game going,” he said. “It will be important to spend time at the crease and forge partnerships with whoever is batting with me.” support for Holderlast_img read more

‘Give Me Justice’

January 14, 2020

first_imgMadam Comfort Zayzay, the woman whose pregnant daughter, Victoria Zayzay’s lifeless body was discovered in a police cell in the Hotel Africa Community, met Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor on Wednesday and begged him to help her get justice.Victoria was found dead in the Hotel Africa Zone One Depot of the Liberia National Police (LNP) on October 20.The deceased’s mother, who was among a group of women that sat in front of the Temple of Justice building during a protest demanding justice over recent waves of killings in the country, tearfully begged Chief Justice Korkpor, “Your Honor, I am desperately in need of justice against those who are responsible for the death of my pregnant daughter.”Though the Chief Justice did not promise her justice, he persuaded them to go to the Ministry of Justice, whom he said, was responsible for giving them justice.“They are responsible to ensure that people get justice by providing strong evidences to the court,” Chief Justice emphasized. “This is a place of justice for all, the accused and the complainant. We are not here for a particular group, instead we are here for everybody.” Speaking to the gathering, Chief Justice Korkpor assured the group that he was prepared to listen to them if they agreed to channel their grievances in an organized manner, instead of using a protest.He, however, advised the protesters not to use the judiciary for political purposes.“This is not a political ground and we will not tolerate people holding protest as a means of getting justice. This is not the purpose of the Judiciary. We are a not a party to any case; we are only here to make sure everybody gets justice,” he advised.Explaining her ordeal to journalists at the Temple of Justice, Madam Zayzay claimed that since the news broke out about the death of her daughter, government has not done anything to ensure that her daughter gets the required justice.“I need the Chief Justice’s intervention because the government informed me that they brought a pathologist, who had performed an autopsy on the body, but up to present they have failed to show us, the family, the results, and it has taken over a month. The Liberia National Police announced in a statement yesterday that the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Justice, brought into the country a foreign Pathologist from the Republic of Ghana to conduct an autopsy to establish the cause(s) of death. “We have been informed by the Ministry of Justice that the autopsy has been completed and are waiting the findings,” the statement, delivered by police spokesman Sam Collins, said. “Even if the result comes out,” Mrs. Zayzay said, “I won’t get that justice because there is nowhere to preserve her body; and by this time, her corpse may have been decayed. So what kind of result will I get?“Before the pathologist came her body may have been damaged and the evidence would have been destroyed because there is nowhere to preserve it,” she said in tears.“Her two year old child and I will never rest until Victoria can get justice so that she can rest in peace. I need justice for my daughter and other kids who died under similar circumstances. This is why I joined this protest. “I am tired. I want justice. Why can’t I get justice? They killed my daughter in the cell.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Thieves steal Honda generator from construction site

December 21, 2019

first_imgThieves broke into a construction site in Kilmacrennan and stole a Honda generator.The criminals took the generator while workers were on holiday between August 1st and 14th last.Any information on the theft should be given to Gardai in Milford. Thieves steal Honda generator from construction site was last modified: September 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:generatorHondakilmacrennanstolenlast_img read more

Newtown Festival to rock 2010

December 18, 2019

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 20 May 2010 Newtown, Johannesburg’s creative hub, is hosting a cultural festival during the 2010 Fifa World Cup to show the world what Joburg – and South Africa – has to offer. The Newtown 2010 Festival offers a month of music, dance, theatre, spoken-word poetry, literature, craft, film, photography, science, outdoor performances and visual art in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues. The festival forms part of the Newtown Management District’s plans for marketing the precinct, after receiving funding from the Lotteries Board for a 2010 programme, which includes a 2010 legacy project. Located in the heart of the city, with safe and easy access from the Nelson Mandela Bridge and the Carr Street M1 interchange, Newtown is awash with theatres, art galleries, restaurants, museums, dance studios, craft markets, nightclubs and jazz spots. ‘Uniquely South African “The Lotto funding is being used to create an atmosphere in the precinct that is fresh, energetic, creative and uniquely South African,” says Kate Shand, marketing manager for the Newtown Management District. “Newtown will definitely be the place to be during the World Cup.” According to Shand, the Newtown 2010 Festival aims to ensure that the World Cup celebrations are felt not only in Newtown’s theatres, galleries, museums and restaurants, but also on the streets and in public spaces among visitors, pedestrians and commuters, with open stage free performances on offer. The festival will also involve the city’s more deprived communities. Financial support will help to boost local contemporary and traditional performers and musicians, for instance through the busking programme, which will be held in key spots throughout the Newtown precinct. A traditional dance programme at Mary Fitzgerald Square will ensure that visitors are treated to something distinctly South African. Music and dance performances in isibhaca, isigeke, ushameni, maskandi, indlamu and many more styles will transform this public space into a popular gathering place. Art, science, dance … A kiddies’ corner at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre will keep the children entertained with active education and games, musicians, clowns, magicians, acrobats, jugglers, jumping castles, and street theatre and dance performances. The indoor programme includes Jo Stromgren Kompani’s “A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football” at the Dance Factory, Brett Bailey’s “House of the Holy Afro” at the Market Theatre, plenty of African jazz at the Bassline – and much more. Newtown’s galleries and museums will run exhibitions and student programmes related to the history of South African and African soccer. “The Science of Soccer” at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre will take a fascinating new angle on the beautiful game, while “Artists of Africa” at MuseumAfrica will feature the work of artists and crafters from all over the continent. The Newtown precinct’s restaurants will host free music and poetry performances, and The African Bookshop will host regular poetry and book reading sessions. 2010 legacy project The 2010 legacy project will bring to life Newtown’s rich physical, cultural and political history, which is reflected in its many historic buildings – many of which have been restored and developed, becoming homes to the Newtown cultural sector. Creative signage, a documentary, a website and a companion brochure will make Newtown’s heritage and cultural life more accessible to visitors. The legacy project also involves the training of five Newtown-specific site guides and hospitality for front-of-house and security staff at various attractions and venues. A marketing and publicity plan has already begun to drive awareness of the festival and generate interest among both Joburg residents and 2010 visitors to the city. “Newtown is going to be absolutely pumping during the World Cup,” says Shand. “We’d like to encourage locals and visitors to come and mingle at the Newtown 2010 Festival – or risk missing out on experiencing the most happening place in Joburg!”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Top Ten News Stories of the Decade

December 16, 2019

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in For those interested in energy efficiency and residential construction, what were the top ten news stories of the decade? I propose the following list — a list inevitably influenced by the years I spent as editor of Energy Design Update.2000 — Vermont creates the nation’s first “energy-efficiency utility”A March 1, 2000 decision by the Vermont Public Service Board transferred responsibility for the delivery of state-mandated energy-efficiency programs to Efficiency Vermont, a new “energy-efficiency utility.” The new utility is funded through a monthly charge on customers’ electricity bills.Scudder Parker, who was at that time the director of the Energy Efficiency Division of the Vermont Department of Public Service, explained, “We believe this is the best way to remove the inherent conflict that utilities have between selling electricity and conserving electricity.”2001 — Home Performance With Energy Star program launchedA new program to encourage energy-efficiency improvements in existing homes, Home Performance With Energy Star, was launched in New York in 2001. For years, dozens of utilities have offered subsidized energy audits for existing homes. But Home Performance With Energy Star was one of the first programs to offer subsidized energy audits by home performance contractors who were also qualified to perform energy retrofit work.Studies have shown that homeowners are much more likely to undertake energy improvements if they are offered a “one-stop-shopping” option rather than a multi-step process involving an auditor and several different contractors (for example, an HVAC contractor and an insulation contractor). A joint program of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Home Performance With Energy Star is now active in 27 states.2002 — Energy Star Homes programs established in all 50 statesAlthough the Energy Star Homes program was launched in 1995, it took until August 2002 for all 50 states to have an Energy Star Homes… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Tiny Houses Get a Leg Up in Arizona

December 16, 2019

first_imgPima County, Arizona, has eased rules on houses of less than 400 square feet, making them legal anywhere that’s zoned for single-family dwellings as long as they sit on permanent foundations. According to a post at Construction Dive,Pima County has also relaxed some building code minimums that aren’t deemed necessary for really small buildings, including minimum dimensions for rooms, ceilings, and windows. Ladders can replace stairways to lofts, and loft areas may have “reduced fall protection.”In other respects, tiny houses still have to comply with the Pima County building code, according to a summary of the regulations posted online. Pima County includes the city of Tucson.Putting buildings on trailers had been a way of getting around stringent zoning requirements in the past, but they’re now covered by more restrictive zoning regulations and permitted only in specific zones. The new rules also make a distinction between tiny houses built on a chassis with its suspension and axle components removed and those that are build on a mobile chassis. More communities are popping upAdvocates of tiny houses point to simpler lifestyles with fewer possessions and lower mortgage costs as major advantages of living in houses far smaller than the norm. Zoning and building regulations are often a sticking point, but Construction Dive says that the changes in Pima County and elsewhere are a sign that objections are beginning to wane. Builders Aren’t Jumping on the Tiny House BandwagonLumber Store Chain Offers Tiny HousesWhy Tiny Houses Make SenseTiny Houses Replace Tents for HomelessLittle Houses Are a Big Step for Dallas Homeless RELATED ARTICLES Washington, D.C., last month changed its accessory dwelling regulations in some neighborhoods, allowing homeowners to build small buildings on their lots and either rent them or allow family members or employees to live in them. The changes, which go into effect in September, include some restrictions but will help to ease a housing shortage as well as benefit homeowners, according to advocates.Tiny house communities are beginning to appear around the country, but whether the boomlet constitutes a “trend” depends on who you talk to. Some, like Professional Builder editor Amy Albert, think the growing appeal of tiny houses could have major implications for housing, an earlier Construction Dive report said, while major builders have largely stayed away.“Fundamentally, ground-oriented housing is not efficient, and proportionately, too much of the cost is chewed up by high land cost,” Mattamy Homes COO Brian Johnston told Construction Dive. “The answer is going up in the air, not trying to cut construction costs by building smaller homes.”Communities of tiny houses have appeared in Washington, D.C., Washington state, Colorado, and Texas. Building materials supplier 84 Lumber has started offering tiny house kits, and a few architectural firms are working on floor plans for tiny houses on the hunch they will continue to become more appealing.There is also continued resistance. In Tallahassee, Florida, for example, people who would be living near a proposed development of affordable tiny houses have gone to court in an effort to block the $7.8 million project, The Tallahassee Democrat reported. “The Dwellings” would include homes ranging in size from 250 to 400 square feet.“I was devastated when I heard this news,” said a potential neighbor who bought a house near the proposed development eight months ago. “It’s like an omission of the truth. An omission, in my opinion, is deceitful.”last_img read more

Become a 10-second Scorsese with Snapchat’s new glasses

December 15, 2019

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Ryan Matthew Pierson Snapchat was on the ropes after Instagram pretty much ripped it off in a major update rolling out its Stories feature over the summer. The Venice, CA-based social giant is answering this challenge by unveiling a new wearable camera that enables its users to send 10-second videos (called snaps) to their feed without having to raise their phones.Spectacles is Snapchat’s first hardware product, and it is essentially a pair of stylish sunglasses fitted with dual cameras positioned at the hinges on either side of the glasses’ lenses. These cameras have a 115-degree field of view, and a light ring around the left lens lights up letting everyone know that you’re in the process of capturing a snap.Once the video has been captured, it is sent you Snapchat where it is stored in your memories. You can then opt to share them with the world. Tags:#Google#Google Glass#Instagram#Internet of Things#IoT#Snapchat#wearables Follow the Puck Because a phone camera takes too longSpectacles solves a common problem with in-the-moment video capture. The time it takes to take out your phone, fire up the Snapchat app, and switch the phone’s camera on is just long enough to miss that once-in-a-lifetime moment. With Spectacles, you can start recording with a tap.The Wall Street Journal reported that Spectacles are expected to be available this fall at a price of $130. The glasses themselves are a unisex design, and based on the material on the official Spectacles website, will come in a variety of different color options.Glasses are becoming a popular medium for wearable technology. They’re placed in a position that makes them optimal for image capture from a first-person perspective, can be fitted with optical output for a heads-up-display effect, and have a central position on your person that makes them useful for motion and fitness trackers.Where Google Glass failed to achieve pique interest among consumers, this new generation of wearable glasses could have what it takes to bridge the gap between a centuries-old technology and the electronic genius of the future. Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more