Fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell has listed patience as the main ingredient for his Player-of-the-Match performance, which led Jamaica Scorpions to a two-wicket win over Barbados Pride in the WICB/NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament at Queen’s Park Oval on Monday. The top fast bowler in the Jamaica bowling line-up, Cottrell claimed an impressive three for 18 off 7.5 overs as Barbados Pride, electing to bat, were bowled out for 138 inside 45.5 overs. Jamaica, who led with 49 from the in-form AndrÈ McCarthy and 33 from Antiguan Devon Thomas, stole victory at 139 for eight off 38 overs. “The approach was to stay patient and not fight the wicket with the new ball as the wicket was on the slower side,” Cottrell explained. “Therefore, in my first six overs, I tried to focus on putting the ball in the right areas instead of going for pace. And then coming back with the old ball, I simply tried to bowl full and straight.” Less renowned for his batting exploits, Cottrell, who ended unbeaten on 16, also expressed satisfaction with his performance, saying that it was an area of his game that he had been working on. Entering the run chase with Jamaica in dire straits at 118 for eight, Cottrell slammed back-to-back sixes to ease the pressure before guiding home the team along with spinner Nikita Miller. “I’m getting stronger with each game, not only with the ball, but also with the bat,” stated Cottrell. “It (Player-of-the-Match award) was a well-needed one for me personally because I’m striving to be at my best right now as the team’s aim is to be the leading fast bowler, if not the best all-rounder in the tournament.” Jamaica, second in Group A on 10 points, will today turn their attention to leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (12 points) at Shaw Park, and according to Cottrell, he is again looking to perform. The top two teams from the group after double round-robin play will contest the semi-finals. “Trinidad is always a tough team to beat, plus they have the home advantage,” he said. “But I have done well against them more times than not. “We also know in order to win this tournament we have to beat the so-called big teams,” he added.
St Thomas CA and University of the West Indies (UWI) will be hoping to make full use of home conditions when they entertain Kingston CC and Melbourne CC, respectively, in the semi-final action of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup today. The two-day matchups will see St Thomas and Kingston squaring off at Goodyear Oval, while relative newcomers, the UWI, will entertain former champions Melbourne at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval. “We won our preliminary-round zone and our quarter-final outright and are in form and looking to go all the way,” said Dennis Gordon, president of St Thomas. “Our bowling attack has been consistent, while our batting continues to improve, and as such, Kingston will have to come good if they are to beat us.” St Thomas’ bowling will be spearheaded by national fast bowlers Keno Wallace and Gavan Brown, while captain Carlton Baugh Jr as well as former national youth captain Jamie Trenchfield and the in-form Oshane Roberts will lead the batting. Kingston, on the other hand, will look to the tournament’s top runs-getters, captain Brandon King, national all-rounder Derval Green, and Garth Garvey to lead their batting. The penetrative left-arm spin pair of Paul Harrison and Patrick Harty alongside Green have been their most consistent bowlers. The other semi-final is set to have the unusual occurrence of the same person, national assistant coach Robert Samuels, preparing both teams. The former West Indies, Jamaica, and Melbourne batsman has been coaching the UWI at the tertiary level since 2002. He then took up similar duties at Melbourne in 2012, two years before the UWI were allowed to participate in national competitions. “I am expecting quality cricket from two quality teams,” was all Samuels was prepared to say ahead of the semi-final. “I think either team can come out on top as Melbourne have experience on their side and top Jamaican players in Nikita Miller and AndrÈ McCarthy. “But UWI have youth and fitness on their side, and players with first-class experience in young Jamaica captain Paul Palmer Jr and the exciting Rovam Powell.”
1 Each week a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. This week, it’s the turn of The Enemy’s bass player, Andy Hopkins…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?Difficult one as there aren’t as many characters in the game as there used to be. I would say someone like Zlatan because he literally smokes a cigar when he plays. An absolute baller!!!If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?My club is Coventry City, so over the last few years probably Status Quo’s ‘down, down, deeper and down’. Haha! Lately, though, Tony Mowbray has got them firing so maybe ‘The Only Way Is Up’ by Yazz. Old skool tunes but the sentiments are bang on.Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?I always hear bands like Oasis, who have youred South America. saying those stadiums are insane. Having seen Boca Juniors games over there and how mad the fans are, let’s dip out toe in there and do a show!Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Leighton Baines is having himself for that. He’s got good taste in tunes and to be fair he rocked the barnet for a bit, too. I will give him the title for now.Brit award or Premier League trophy?Difficult one. I will have to say Brit Award as it’s more realistic!When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?All Coventry City stuff. Music posters, I had Blink 182, The Clash and Oasis stuff.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?I think it’s impossible to pick one, isn’t it? If you look at Man United, who dominated British football in my childhood years, Eric Cantona was the catalyst, wasn’t he? And they call him King Eric. He had the lot. And he was madder than a box of frogs!If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?I would put ‘Definitely Maybe’ by Oasis on full volume and challenge any man not to let that record stir some sort of passion in their bones!Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?When Coventry signed Robbie Keane I was incredibly excited. I felt like we could go to another level at that point. When we sold Dion Dublin it was a very sad day for he club, and ultimately what turned out to be start of the demise of Coventry City..Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Nicky Summerbee for breaking Steve Frogatt’s leg and ultimately finishing his career. Steve Frogatt is a lovely guy, so Nicky… YOU’RE BARRED!What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?Best: New Order – World In Motion. Worst: Dizzee Rascal and James Corden – Shout Out For EnglandThe Enemy release title track ‘It’s Automatic’ from their upcoming album of the same name. Both will be released on October 9. Watch the video for ‘It’s Automatic’ here The Enemy
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 17 (Jamaica Information Service Press Release): Jamaica can expect a reduction of at least 30 per cent in fuel cost by 2018, resulting in savings on energy of US$350 million.This is to be achieved through the implementation of several energy projects, which should begin from as early as 2015, and will include new baseload generating plants. The Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET) provided an update in its report on Jamaica’s baseload capacity, at a media briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister, today (September 17).Outlining the details, Chairman, ESET, Dr. Vincent Lawrence, said several entities have presented proposals to build, own and operate new power generation and feedstock facilities, supplying electrical power to the national grid.The entities include: the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Jamalco and Alpart. He noted that several other entities have indicated their interest to supply feedstock and build power generation facilities, including renewable and fossil.He noted that the JPS has proposed to convert, by 2015, the Bogue Power Station, Montego Bay, to burn gas; and replace the existing 292 megawatt HFoil power plants at Old Harbour and Hunts Bay with a 190 MW gas turbine plant, fuelled with liquid natural gas.Dr. Lawrence said the proposals from Alpart include the development of a new gas facility in 2017. “We will also have to build all the transmission lines. A 138 kv interconnection line will have to be built in that area to tie in to the system,” he said.By the following year, he said, it is expected that Jamalco will be on stream with their coal fired co-generation facility. “The plan is to bring coal from Colombia, which is low sulphur coal. The analysis shows that the emissions at the coal plant will be significantly less than the current emissions from the oil plant,” he said.Dr. Lawrence pointed out that during the construction of these power plants, approximately 2,400 persons would be employed.He said the benefits to be derived from the projects include significant improvement to the voltage stability, grid security, and lower technical losses. “I think a lot of people in some areas may be quite happy about that, because some people aren’t experiencing the level of stability and grid security that they should be experiencing at this time,” he added.The Chairman said the feedstocks of the new baseload power plants will result in lower plant stack emission levels, than the current high sulphur HFoil feedstock.Dr. Lawrence noted that production cost at the alumina plants would be reduced which would make the plants more competitive in the global market, adding that people who work in the alumina industry would resume their jobs. He said that ESET will now conduct further due diligence of the proposals to include: more analysis of the credibility of the fuel sources; financial proposals and development plans within the framework of the least cost expansion and integrated resource plans.“We also plan to commission independent appraisals…to ensure that Jamaica receives value for the money, and we want support of our team in negotiations with the project sponsors, including JPS and the go-generational developers,” Dr. Lawrence said.He pointed out that coordination will be done with the Office of the Utilities Regulation in engaging the prospective developers and JPS to formalise the terms of the generating licences and power purchase agreements. The Chairman said the work of the team has been communicated to the Cabinet and the Leader of the Opposition.The six-member team was established by Cabinet on June 2, 2014 and mandated to lead and manage several critical initiatives related to the replacement of baseload generating capacity and the review of sector related policy legislation.The overall purpose of the team is to lead and manage a procurement process for the development of additional baseload generation capacity and related facilities in the short term, in order to significantly reduce the cost of electricity to consumers, while ensuring diversification in the fuel supply mix. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bogue power station, hfoil power plant, vincent lawrence
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Giving up its efforts to seek a buyer, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has decided to close its banking operations in India. The bank’s decision comes in the wake of India’s extended regulatory approval process for a buyout deal, sources told Financial Times.The daily said RBS’ India business will be wound up by the year-end, and this could involve loss of 700 jobs. However, it reported that its 13,000 strong back-end functions supporting global operations will continue to exist.The bank, headquartered in the U.K., after being bailed out of the 2008 financial crisis has consistently sold its non-core units in India. In March 2016, it was reported that Singapore’s DBS would acquire its India assets.However, the decision to close highlights India’s stringent regulations on acquisition of banking businesses within the country. The process of a buyout is said to be a lengthy one, pushing RBS to consider closing down to avoid the risk of escalating costs, said FT.”You are in limbo,” a senior executive told the daily, explaining RBS’ India stance. “Every day, the value is eroding until it becomes cheaper just to close down the operation.”Reuters, citing a source, reported that RBS’ decision to close its India business is a part of its overall global plan to sell or shut businesses in two-thirds of the countries it operates in. Its chief executive Ross McEwan’s strategy announced last year was to bring down operations to 13 countries from 38. The news agency added that earlier this year, a South African banking group FirstRand too was in the race with DBS to buy RBS’ India assets.However, RBS said in a statement to Reuters that after scrutinising many potential bids it had concluded its India business was not feasible to be sold in its entirety. “We will now look at other options which may include a wind down or sale of individual parts,” the statement said.FT’s sources however blamed RBS’ inability to sell assets on a series of India’s regulatory hitches. It noted that the bank, immediately after the financial crisis, had wanted to sell all its six Asian banking operations to Australia’s ANZ in 2009, to focus on its core business of institutional and corporate banking. The only operations excluded from the sale deal then was India’s because of its regulatory issues, it added.RBS India provides financial services to institutional and corporate clients in the country. It also offers retail banking services to limited customers through its 10 branches.
Pamela Darien (Photo by Michael Davenport)Pamela Darien, valedictorian of Sojourner-Douglas College’s Class of 2015 at what could the schools final graduation.Turn to page C1 for more on the school’s fight for survival and go to afro.com/slideshows to see more pictures.
A cockroach mom shelters her newborn babies. Credit: by Allen Moore Citation: Cockroaches Control Their Breathing to Save Water (2009, September 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-cockroaches.html Explore further Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to seven minutes. Their respiratory system is highly efficient but there are no lungs. Instead, the insects draw in air through external valves called spiracles and transport the air directly to the cells via tubes called trachea. To stop breathing, they simply close the spiracles.The new study, reported in the Journal of Experimental Biology tested the major hypotheses put forward to explain the practice of holding the breath for long periods. One hypothesis is that the insects are trying to build up the carbon dioxide produced during respiration, which makes it easier to expel from the body. Another idea is that they stop breathing to protect themselves from high oxygen concentrations (which can be toxic). The third hypothesis is that the practice aims to regulate water loss.One of the scientists, Dr Craig White, an animal physiologist at the University of Queensland, explained that the trachea do not just carry air inwards to the cells, they also carry water out of the cells. The hypothesis is that when they are resting and have a lower oxygen requirement, they close the spiracles to conserve water.The Australian team of scientists tested the hypotheses by monitoring the breathing of cockroaches over four weeks and under different conditions of humidity, and oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, so some cockroaches spent the four weeks in high humidity, others in low humidity, some with humidity constant but oxygen levels low or high, and so on.The study found that in low humidity the cockroaches held their breath longer, which confirms these insects adapt to dry environments by adjusting their behavior. This ability to adapt to the conditions may be one reason why cockroaches are such a successful group, and why they have survived for so long.More information: Cockroaches breathe discontinuously to reduce respiratory water loss, Journal of Experimental Biology 212, 2773-2780 (2009); doi: 10.1242/jeb.031310© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Many insects have been known for decades to hold their breath when resting, but the reasons have not been well understood. A new study on cockroaches suggests the insects reduce their breathing to conserve moisture. Breathing easy: When it comes to oxygen, a bug’s life is full of it This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.