Facilities key to West Indies decline, says former vice-captain

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Former West Indies vice-captain Brendan Nash believes the poor standard of cricket facilities in the Caribbean has played a role in the decline of the game in the region. The Australia-born left-hander, who played 21 Tests between 2008 and 2011 after qualifying to represent West Indies through his father, who is Jamaican, said the quality of the facilities at all levels had fallen off, and this had directly impacted on development. “A lot of money was spent on the 2007 World Cup to increase the standard of facilities,” Nash said. “I know when I was there towards the end of 2010, the facilities really dropped off. So within four years, they just didn’t have the money to keep it going or it wasn’t run correctly. “It starts with the facilities, because training facilities are poor. Even club matches, facilities are terrible. I can’t see it getting better any time soon, unfortunately.” Much of the decline in West Indies cricket has also been attributed to the breakdown in the relationship between the West Indies Cricket Board and the players, and Nash said this appeared to be the case. “I’ve been out of it for two or three years, but from an outsider looking in, there is just no trust between either party,” he said. The 38-year-old ended his association with English County Kent last August, following a productive four-year stint with the club. And he said he was still available for international duty if West Indies required his services. “I’m still available. I’d like to think I can still move around the field quite well, and I’ve been playing county cricket, which has its challenges over there, and done pretty well in the last four seasons.” He added: “They (West Indies) still need that mix of experience and youth, but they need the right kind of experienced players.” Nash averaged 33, with two centuries and eight half-centuries, during his brief Test career.last_img read more

Tourist drowns in Nassau waters

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 31, 2017 – Nassau – A tourist from Texas is dead after he drowned in waters off western Nassau while swimming with friends. Police say the man was snorkeling when he lost consciousness.  The group of men got his body to shore, but it was too late, the man was already dead.#MagneticMediaNews#TouristdrownsinNassau Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TouristdrownsinNassaulast_img read more

Homicide investigation underway in Oceanside after man dies from multiple stab wounds

first_img OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — A homicide investigation was underway in Oceanside Tuesday after a man found stabbed overnight near the San Luis Rey River later died at a hospital, police said.Emergency crews responded around 11:45 p.m. Monday to the 1100 block of North Coast Highway after emergency dispatchers received a call of a man in that area suffering from what appeared to be a stab wound, Oceanside police Sgt. Gabe Jimenez said.“Oceanside Police officers and paramedics arrived on scene and began rendering medical aid,” Jimenez said. “The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead by medical staff.”Police did not release the name of the victim pending family notifications but said detectives from the OPD’s investigation division are working the case. Anyone with information about the fatal stabbing was asked to call Detective Erik Ellgard at (760) 435-4748 or the OPD’s anonymous tip line at (760) 435-4730. Posted: January 2, 2018 Homicide investigation underway in Oceanside after man dies from multiple stab wounds January 2, 2018 Updated: 4:08 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Crime FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Politico Takes Next Step In Euro Expansion Buys News Site

first_imgReporting to editor-in-chief John Harris, Matthew Kaminski will head the day-to-day editorial operations as executive editor, overseeing a staff of more than 30 journalists in Brussels and in capitals across Europe.Product offerings will include a website, weekly newspaper, live events and a European version of subscription service, Politico Pro. The latter product, priced at $7,500, generates a third of the company’s revenues, according to a report by The Financial Times.Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson, owner and publisher of European Voice, will become managing director of Politico’s European outlet and oversee business operations.”Our ambition is clear─to be Europe’s leading publication on politics and policy, with a newsroom that will be headquartered in Brussels and with a reporting team whose footprint will extend across the continent,” says John F. Harris, Politico’s co-founder and editor-in-chief. “This shared ambition is what makes the POLITICO-Axel Springer partnership such a natural team. And it is what made Matt Kaminski and Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson such natural choices for this assignment.”It’s the latest move in string of recent expansions for Politico. The company has acquired and relaunched the Capital New York brand, and launched a print magazine since last fall. Politico and Axel Springer made their first major move since September when they announced they’d be partnering up to create a European version of the D.C.-focused political news and analysis site.The group has acquired European Voice, a website and weekly newspaper based in Brussels, and intends to relaunch the title in the spring with a new name: Politico. Terms weren’t disclosed.last_img read more

SAINTS fielded their strongest Reserves side of th

first_imgSAINTS fielded their strongest Reserves side of the season so far and were rewarded with their biggest win of the season, writes Graham Henthorne.Seven tries in each half made for a massive 76-20 victory but the most pleasing aspect of the performance for Coach Ian Talbot was that the players, for the most part, performed to the best of their ability.The match was probably over as a contest as early as the seventh minute as Travis Burns converted the third of the Saints tries to open an eighteen point lead. And it really was like shelling peas as the Saints ripped the paper thin Wire defence to shreds.Calvin Wellington scored two of his eventual hat-trick of tries in this period. The first came from a delightful pass from Jordan Turner who committed the defender before feeding Wellington who stepped inside to score.His second came from a Jonah Cunningham dart out from dummy half, he passed it on to Turner who this time dummied his way through to put Wellington in at the corner.Sandwiched in between Matty Fleming marked his return from injury with a great try from deep. From the kick off three drives had taken the Saints to the 20 metre line but on the fourth quick hands spun the ball right. Andre Savelio and Fleming put Jake Spedding away and he outstripped his more illustrious opposite number and ex-Saint Corey Lee over 50 metres. His inside ball found Savelio again who tipped it back outside for Fleming to go over.Savelio and Turner again did the damage for Saints fourth try allowing Tom Connick to offload out of the tackle to give Ricky Bailey the chance to take three over with him.As the points started to flow at will the Saints began to lose a little focus allowing the visitors to score.This jolted the Saints back into gear as Fleming scored his second after Ross McCauley and Savelio were held short.The Wolves were finding it difficult to hold McCauley and it was his break and offload down the middle of the park which led to the Saints sixth try. Tom Connick it was who took play on before Grace was eventually stopped short. On the last Burns’ grubber was seized upon by Dave Llewellyn for his first try in the red vee.From the kick off a Burns 40/20 gave the Saints great field position to allow Aaron Smith to barge his way over.There was just time before the break for a questionable forward pass decision to rob us of the site of big Ross lumbering his way 60 metres downfield before splattering the full back out of the way on his way to score.A point a minute in the first half looked as if it was going to be upheld in the second as the Saints scored three times in the opening 15 minutes. Turner scored a well-deserved try of his own as he stretched out to score before two Tommi Hughes scores. The first he burst onto a ball 20 metres out at pace to score, the second came courtesy of a Turner break.A one on one strip from debutant trialist prop Tom Whittle allowed Cunningham to jump out of dummy half and put Jack Ashworth in at the right corner.Hughes completed his hat-trick inside 13 minutes with a spectacular 70 metre run to the line. Tom Connick sold an outrageous dummy to allow himself through unopposed and Wellington dove into the corner to complete his hat-trick after yet another Hughes run.There was just enough time left for the Wolves to have the final say in the result with a try in the left corner.In truth this was too easy all round. The visitors couldn’t handle the power of Savelio and McCauley and had no answer for the speed both of thought and action of the rest of the team.The Saints did very well to manage the expectations of the fans on seeing the team. They could so easily have found it difficult to motivate themselves but despite a few uncalled for errors the Saints dominated their nearest rivals in every department.This should give the club all the impetus needed to keep the 100% record intact when they visit their oldest rivals in a fortnight.The club would like to thank the Wolves for fulfilling the fixture and sending what was a clearly depleted team over to Langtree Park.We understand, with injuries, that this can happen at the Reserve level and the tables could be turned at any point in the future. The players who appeared for Warrington were a credit to the club and we thank them for taking part in the fixture.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Calvin Wellington (2, 7 & 75), Matty Fleming (4 & 27), Ricky Bailey (15), Dave Llewellyn (33), Aaron Smith (35), Jordan Turner (47), Tommi Hughes (52, 55 & 63), Jack Ashworth (60), Tom Connick (71).Goals: Travis Burns 9, Danny Richardson.Warrington:Tries: Charlie Phythian (21), Alex Whalley (39), David Thompson (57), Harvey Livett (80).Goals: Harvey Livett 2.Half Time: 40-10Full Time: 76-20Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Jake Spedding, 3. Matty Fleming, 4. Calvin Wellington, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Travis Burns, 15. Tom Connick; 20. Andre Savelio, 9. Jonah Cunningham, 10. Olly Davies, 11. Jack Ashworth, 12. Jordan Turner, 13. Lewis Charnock. Subs: 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Levy Nzoungou, 14. Aaron Smith, 16. Tommi Hughes, 17. Dave Llewellyn, 18. Tom Whittle, 19. Ross McCauley.Warrington:1. Declan Kay; 2. David Thompson, 3. Richard Harris, 4. Charlie Phythian, 5. Corey Lee; 6. Harvey Livett, 7. Tyler Whittaker; 8. Daniel Murray, 9. Sean Kenny, 10. Andy Philbin, 11. Danny Rasool, 12. Jacque Peet, 19. Joe Ryan. Subs: 14. Alex Whalley, 15. Jack Francis, 16. James Dandy, 17. Pat Moran.last_img read more

Rice tapped for role in computing research center

first_imgShare CONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduRice tapped for role in computing research centerDomain-specific computing project aims for better medical technologyHOUSTON — (Aug. 18, 2009) — A $10 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Expeditions in Computing grant to Rice University and three other universities will help develop high-performance, customizable computing that could revolutionize the way computers are used in health care and other important applications.The grant will support the creation of a collaborative Center for Domain-Specific Computing (CDSC), which includes researchers from UCLA’s engineering school, medical school and applied mathematics program, Rice, Ohio State University and UC Santa Barbara. The multi-university center will be directed by Professor Jason Cong from UCLA. Rice’s Vivek Sarkar, the E.D. Butcher Professor of Computer Science and professor of electrical and computer engineering, will serve as associate director. The grant includes $1.5 million for Rice’s research efforts.Domain-specific computing differs from general-purpose computing by utilizing custom-constructed computer languages tailored to a particular area or domain —in this case, medical imaging. This customization ultimately results in less computing effort, faster results, lower costs and increased productivity.The CDSC is one of three proposals selected in the latest round of awards under the NSF’s Expeditions in Computing program. The program, established last year by the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), supports ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information and render great benefit to society. Funded at levels up to $2 million per year for five years, Expeditions is among the largest single investments currently made by the directorate.Sarkar said the research will demonstrate how new technology known as domain-specific computing can transform the role of medical imaging by providing energy-efficient, cost-effective and convenient solutions for preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.“We’re looking forward to domain-specific computing as an approach to tackling the parallelism and energy challenges in future multicore systems,” Sarkar said. “The fact that our work will begin in the critically important health care domain is a huge motivation for the entire team.”Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice, will also play a leading role in the research.“My efforts will be aimed at advancing the state of the art of medical imaging algorithms by building on our ongoing work on compressive sensing,” Baraniuk said. “A new approach to computing is needed to drive these innovations forward, so it’s great to be working with Vivek and the UCLA team on this joint computer science and electrical and computer engineering project.”Rice’s participation signals its continued commitment toward pioneering new computing advances, said Sallie Keller-McNulty, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering.“We hope that this exciting work can serve as a catalyst for new collaborative research projects with our fellow Texas Medical Center institutions,” Keller-McNulty said.The grant will allow researchers to integrate the project with education at the participating universities and expose graduate, undergraduate and high school students to new concepts and research in domain-specific computing. Joint courses will be developed as will summer research fellowship programs for high school and undergraduate students. Educators hope that underrepresented students can be attracted to participate with the help of campus organizations that focus on diversity. AddThislast_img read more

Colonel to discuss ethics and morality for military in reference to Holocaust

first_imgShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: 713-348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.eduColonel to discuss ethics and morality for military in reference to HolocaustCol. Edward Westermann will present “A Perspective on the Holocaust: The Role of Ethics and Morality for the Military Professional” as part of the Bridge Builders Lecture Series organized by Rice University’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at the Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. The museum is co-sponsoring the program with the Boniuk Center and the Greater Houston ROTC.Westermann, former commander of the Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, will address how the U.S. Air Force Academy’s course on the genocide of European Jews during the National Socialist dictatorship prepares students to confront moral dilemmas that may arise when the execution of military orders directly affects the life and death of innocent civilians. He has been a professor of military strategic studies and an associate professor of comparative military history and theory at the academy.Westermann has a B.S. in military history from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.A. in European history from Florida State University, an M.A. in airpower art and science from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies and a Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a Fulbright-Hays Fellow at the Free University of Berlin, a summer fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and, most recently, the recipient of a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Research Fellowship.The Bridge Builders Lectures Series highlights individuals who help strengthen the bridge of religious tolerance. For more info, visit boniukcenter.org.News media who want to attend the Westermann lecture should RSVP to balmond@rice.edu or 713-348-6770. AddThislast_img read more