VIJAYAWADA, India (CMC):West Indies Women were left sweating on automatic qualification for next year’s ICC 50-overs World Cup in England, after crashing to a 15-run defeat to India Women in their must-win final one-day international of the three-match series here Thursday.Set 200 for victory at the Mulapadu Cricket Stadium, the Caribbean girls were dismissed for 184 at the start of the final over, to concede the series 3-0 and further endanger their chances of an automatic berth at the ODI showpiece.They appeared on course at 166 for four in the 45th over, but shockingly lost their last six wickets for just 18 runs to fall apart down the stretch.Kycia Knight struck form with a top score of 55 and teenaged opener Hayley Matthews stroked a breezy 44 from 53 deliveries. But of the remaining specialist batsmen, only former captain Merissa Aguilleira with 22 managed to pass 20, as the Windies Women’s batting let them down yet again.Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad was the main bowler for the hosts with four for 34, and was especially instrumental at the death, taking three of the six wickets to tumble.The defeat was the Windies Women’s last chance to secure the two ICC Championship points required to seal a top-four position in the standings and gain automatic World Cup qualification.They lie fourth on 22 points but can be overtaken by either India Women who are fifth with 19 points with three games left to play, or by South Africa Women, who are sixth on 17 points, also with three games remaining.GAME TURNAROUNDThey were definitely in the hunt early on when they reduced India Women to 52 for three in the 21st over, but Veda Krishnamurthy turned it around for the hosts with a brilliant 71 off 79 balls.She stroked 10 fours and anchored two half-century stands, which all but deflated the Windies women. First, Krishnamurthy put on 51 for the fourth wicket with Harmanpreet Kaur, who made 19, and then added a further 57 for the fifth wicket with Devika Vaidya, who hit an unbeaten 32 from 45 balls.Even when she perished in the 45th over, becoming the second of Chedean Nation’s two wickets, Vaida and Jhulan Goswami (18 not out) dished out more torment in a 39-run, sixth-wicket partnership off just 24 balls.West Indies Women then got a great start from Matthews, who inspired a 49-run opening partnership with Shaquana Quintyne, who made 18.The right-hander, who faced 53 balls and counted nine fours, put on another 20 for the second wicket with Knight before she was second out, lbw to Gayakwad in the 19th over.
Viola Nursery in New Amsterdam, Berbice, is to benefit from a developmental project won by a former student of that school. The student won an inter-nursery school colouring competition of which the first prize was a school developmental project.Children of six of the seven nursery schools in the town had to colour two objects and the top from each school were selected to participate in the final.The winning entry came from Hailey Peters of Viola Nursery; the second place went to Chrystal Mosses and third to Aubrey Gravesandy.Peters was impressive with her colouring of a banana and the national flag.The competition was organised and sponsored by Furniture World on King Street, New Amsterdam.Managing Director of Furniture World, Janette Hikel, explained that they were looking for neatness and uniformity in colouring. She added that they also wanted to encourage children to use appropriate colours when colouring.“The flag has five colours. I noticed that some of the children used purple and brown decorating the National Flag more that it should be. So they lost marks for that. They had to choose the five colours and they had to be placed in the correct way. They also had to colour within the boundaries.”In the preliminary round students were asked to colour a clown and a bicycle.Meanwhile, the top two winners from each school who were in the final received educational prizes.Hikel said while the competition is only in its first year and was extended to nursery schools in New Amsterdam, next year it will be extended to all the nursery schools in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).
As a result, West Ranch players ended their first varsity season on a high note. Saugus athletes sported looks of disbelief or wiped tears from their eyes. And members of Valencia’s team embraced in the bleachers, celebrating their third-place finish and a berth in the Southern Section Div. II playoffs. “I can totally see how Saugus would feel,” West Ranch coach Tania Eberle said. “If I was in that position, I would feel the same way.” Fortunately for Eberle, she didn’t have as much at stake as Saugus, as West Ranch needed a victory and a tiebreaker to go in its favor to qualify for the postseason. The Centurions appeared only moments away from clinching the league’s final automatic entry into the playoffs, only to have Tumasone crash the party, gathering Holly Hein’s free kick in the penalty box and placing a shot in the lower-left corner of the net. The goal gave Valencia (10-7-3, 4-5-1) sole possession of third place, one point ahead of Saugus (9-5-5, 3-4-3) and two in front of West Ranch (17-5-3, 3-5-2). “I knew it was going to happen,” Saugus coach Lisa Rollo said. “I knew right when the ref told me he was going to give me a red card (in the first half), I’m going to lose control of the game.” After Erin Ortega drilled a rebound shot in the back of the net off Jamie Havelin’s free kick in the 66th minute, it appeared the Centurions – who received a goal in the 11th minute from Aneet Bhogal – were on the verge of keeping Valencia out of the postseason for the second straight year. STEVENSON RANCH – When the final whistle blew on the most exciting, unpredictable girls’ soccer game of the entire Foothill League season, the biggest winner Friday wasn’t either team on the field, but the one in the stands. Gina Tumasone’s goal nearly four minutes into stoppage time rallied host West Ranch to an improbable 2-2 tie against Saugus. But as the game advanced further into stoppage time, the Wildcats continued to mount more of an attack. Ten seconds after Tumasone’s goal, the final whistle blew, setting off celebration on the West Ranch sideline and outrage from the Saugus faithful. “It’s frustrating to be on this end,” said Rollo, whose team scored twice in the final two minutes Jan. 12 at Canyon to rally for a 2-2 tie. “You have the playoffs in your hand and now it’s taken away from us. I feel so bad because my players played an amazing game. It all happened so fast. We thought we were going on and now we’re done.” West Ranch’s second comeback Friday set the table for what could be a run at a league championship next season. The Wildcats boast a roster without any seniors, led by sophomore goalkeeper Rebecca Seguancia, who finished with 13 saves. “They were fighting the whole time to prove themselves,” said Eberle, whose team tied the score in the 54th minute on a penalty shot by Hein, who converted the opportunity after Bree Anderson was fouled in the box. “Right there toward the end I had everybody up and we just found a way to score. What a way to cap it off.” Although Valencia coach Sean O’Connell wasn’t in attendance to witness West Ranch’s comeback, his players wasted no time delivering the good news via cell phone. “He knew the position he was in and so did I,” Eberle said. “We’d like an (at-large berth) to get the chance to mix it up a little (in the playoffs), but we’ll have to wait and see. But you could see the Valencia girls celebrating. This means a lot to them.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn has withdrawn from the Wales squad ahead of their World Cup qualifier in Serbia.The 17-year-old striker has suffered a calf injury and is replaced by Marley Watkins.New Norwich signing Watkins was with Chris Coleman’s squad at a Portugal training camp last week.But the uncapped 26-year-old dropped out when the squad was reduced to 23 players on Monday.Woodburn became Liverpool’s youngest goalscorer at the age of 17 years and 45 days when he netted against Leeds in the EFL Cup in November.He was called into the Wales senior squad for the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland in March, but the Nottingham-born teenager has yet to win his first cap.Wales take on Serbia on Sunday without talisman Gareth Bale – who is suspended for the Belgrade qualifier – four points adrift of the Group D leaders. Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer Ben Woodburn
Ciara celebrates her stunnerDONEGAL soccer star Ciara Grant scored a wonder goal as she helped her side to Umbro FAI Women’s Senior Cup final glory at the Aviva on Sunday.Whilst most of the soccer attention was on the men’s final in which Sligo beat Drogheda, the women’s final which preceded it was an absolute cracker.Ciara, the 21-year-old Irish international from Letterkenny, gave her side Raheny United a superb start with a wonderful lob, picking up the ball outside the box in the 37th minute. She showed great technique to control a dropping ball and let it bounce before lifting it over Castlebar Celtic keeper Caoimhe O’Reilly.The game eventually went to extra time with Raheny winning 3-2.And there were plenty of celebrations among the Grant family who made the trip from Orchard Grove to Dublin for the match.Ciara, a medical student at UCD, is a former Kilmacrennan Celtic player. Raheny celebrateWHAT A GOAL! CIARA’S STUNNER HELPS HER SIDE TO WOMEN’S FAI CUP GLORY was last modified: November 3rd, 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) Tags:Ciara GrantKIlmacrennan CelticletterkennyRaheny
Many have dreamed of dating a star, but the way astronomers do it is less glamorous. For one thing, they need to know how old she is first, and how good a model she makes. In a Perspectives piece for Science,1 David R. Soderblom of the Space Telescope Science Institute explained the requirements for stellar dating in an article entitled, “How Old Is That Star?” It’s not that simple lining up a date. Many agents tend to get in the way:Determining how long it has been since a star formed is a lot harder than it seems like it ought to be, and many very basic questions hinge on stellar ages. For instance, we’d like to know the ages of stars that have planets. We hope to detect signs of life on planets around other stars, but if we do, knowing the star’s age is central to interpreting what is observed. Among the youngest stars, we’d like to know how long it takes for planetary systems to form and evolve. On a grander scale, the ages of stars and clusters of stars are needed to infer the history of our Milky Way galaxy and the pieces from which it was built. Did the halo of our galaxy form on its own or from fragments of captured satellite galaxies? Did the thick disk form after the halo or contemporaneously? Has the thin disk (of which the Sun is a member) formed stars continuously, or in episodes? Many very basic questions can only be addressed if we can establish reliable ages.The parameters we measure are in the present (with regard to the time of light travel from source to observer): mass, chemical composition, magnetic field, and other characteristics teased from the spectrum. Soderblom claims “we can measure a precise and exact age for just one star–the Sun–and that’s because we can analyze solar system material in the laboratory, something we can do for no other star.” Even that age, however, is highly model dependent. That makes estimates of other stars’ ages derived from it even further model dependent:By calibrating models against the Sun, we can comprehend stars that are both more and less massive. Our understanding of the evolution of stars is closely tied to studying star clusters, groups of hundreds to thousands of stars that were formed together and so share the same composition and age. Or do they? Some of the most exciting astrophysics from the Hubble Space Telescope has been the discovery of multiple populations within single globular clusters, which are some of the oldest components of the Milky Way. Given what we now know about stellar physics, the available explanations include multiple ages (i.e., several epochs of star formation spread well apart in time), very different compositions of the cluster’s members, or both. Neither alternative satisfactorily explains the observations, and a very basic conundrum has been exposed.The model uncertainties are on the order of 10-20%, he claimed, but one should also keep in mind that these uncertainties have “poorly understood systematic effects.” Relative ages are more believable, he said. Even when using radiometric ages, the derived dates must be interpreted from when the isotopes formed without knowing the initial abundances. These do not necessarily reflect the age of the star. Soderblom examines some of the “empirical” measurements for dating stars: loss of angular momentum over time, and asteroseismology (oscillations). Both these methods are also model dependent: “We can see a consistent relation between a physical quantity and age, but we do not understand the underlying physical relation, even though we may have at least a reasonable scenario.” What is considered reasonable becomes subjective. Some techniques seem more “promising” – language indicative that the key component of the spectrum may be the human element. “Overall, the situation for determining stellar ages is still sobering, and progress has been slow,” he ended. It has reached the point where cosmologists claim better precision for their measurements than we can for the ages of the nearest and brightest stars.” He did not distinguish between claims and realities, however, since cosmological claims are also highly model dependent. Within his own subject matter, “The challenge of determining an accurate age for a star therefore remains outstanding.”1. David R. Soderblom, “Astronomy: How Old Is That Star?”, Science, 2 January 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5910, pp. 45-46, DOI: 10.1126/science.1168230.People need to know the hand-waving and speculation that belies the confidence expressed on TV science specials. One can detect enough wiggle room to permit major paradigm shifts. Notice that model dependence is not observation dependence. We can observe emanations from objects that hit our eyeballs in the present; what does that mean about their origins and histories? One cannot know that without making assumptions. The reasonableness of assumptions is a matter of opinion. It may seem reasonable to you, but if a member of the Space Telescope Science Institute says that “The challenge of determining an accurate age for a star therefore remains outstanding,” that should at least be noted in the minutes.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
3 November 2008The Department of Agriculture has entered into a partnership with Khula Enterprise Finance to extend financial services to South Africa’s emerging farmers and agri-businesses.The follows the signing of an agreement in Pretoria this week by Department of Agriculture director-general Njabulo Nduli and Kuhla Enterprise Finance MD Xola Sithole, which will see the establishment of the Khula-Mafisa Fund.The fund will provide portfolio indemnity to financial institutions that provide production loans to emerging black farmers within the Khula-Mafisa target market.Nduli said the arrangement would enable the leveraging of additional financial resources from commercial financial institutions, explaining that the maximum loan ceiling was also higher under the agreement, and that the banks would provide packaged support to their clients.“It is expected that this partnership will be successful and pave the way for other partnerships with Khula and other institutions,” she said.Credit recordThe arrangement improves access to credit by mainly black and emerging farmers, who have insufficient collateral, but are bankable, thus giving them an opportunity to build up a credit record.This, she said, would improve their productivity, thereby increasing the sector’s contribution to job creation and the country’s economy, and further ensuring food production and food security.For their part, Sithole also lauded the partnership, stating that Khula could help in the achievement of common national developmental goals.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scott Metzger, Pickaway Co.We started cutting wheat around the 17th. We had a little freeze damage in the wheat in the areas where I expected it. There the yields were in the mid to low 80s but the rest of it has been in the upper 90s and low 100s.The test weight has been fine. Some of the worst areas of the wheat were a pound or two lighter but nothing drastic like I thought it would be. There just was not seed in the head. About three-fourths of the stem was still wet where there was frost damage. The wheat never matured right. The seed head was dry but the stems were tough.We still have about 75 acres to do and I’m hoping to start on it late this afternoon. We leave the straw and double-crop right behind it. I like having that residue out on the field and it lets us get the double-crop beans in faster too.We got four to 4.5 inches of rain Friday night into Saturday and I’m sure that will lead to lower test weights. The sooner we can get that cut the less likely we are to have quality issues. The first double-crop beans were planted a week ago and you can row those now. With that rain and heat, they popped up pretty quickly and are not looking bad. The beans are really taking off growing.The rain fell over a long period. It was a nice rain. As we got closer to that four-inch mark we started to see some water running off but the ground really took it in. The wet holes still have water standing in them but if the wheat was left in the tiled ground we could have probably run yesterday.We went almost three weeks without any measurable rain. On the gravel ground the corn was getting pretty stressed. The beans weren’t growing well but it is hard to believe how they jumped out of the ground.You can’t really tell the difference between the April and May planted corn anymore. We have a bit of giant ragweed along some field edges, but overall the fields are looking petty clean. We’ll start post- spraying beans this week and we’ll be using the new technology. Two-thirds of our beans are dicamba beans.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.
Dhenkanal MP Tathagata Satpathy, who served as the Biju Janata Dal’s chief whip during the 16th Lok Sabha, announced his retirement from active politics and will not be contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Mr. Satpathy, who is a four-term MP, first indicated his decision to withdraw from active politics in a tweet a few days ago saying he was “bidding adieu”.Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Satpathy said that he was quitting active politics for journalism. He is the owner of an Odia-language paper, Dharitri. He also said that there was a “dire need to leave space for young change-makers and policy formulators”.“There is a need for more fearless voices in journalism now. I am distancing myself from politics to refocus on journalism. I am grateful to my leader Naveen Patnaik for his support all these years. I have realised that politics is not the only means to support people. Social leadership is lacking in this country. There is also a dire need to leave space for young change-makers and policy formulators. Finally, my son’s insistence that I quit politics won,” he said.Liberal causesMr. Satpathy, one of the senior-most MPs in the BJD, has been known to champion liberal causes including the striking down of Section 377, opposing the all-encompassing Aadhaar legislation and the legalisation of marijuana.