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Russell stars but Thunder lose again

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Not even a fine all-round effort from West Indies star Andre Russell was enough to save Sydney Thunder from crashing to a 30-run defeat to Perth Scorchers, in the Australian Big Bash here yesterday.Chasing 176 for victory at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Thunder slumped to 17 for two in the third over before crawling to 145 for nine off their 20 overs.The 27-year-old Russell unfurled a whirlwind 42 off 20 deliveries with five sixes but wickets continued to fall as Thunder slid to their third straight loss, leaving them fourth in the BBL standings.With their victory, Scorchers moved to the top of the standings on eight points along with Adelaide Strikers but with a superior net run rate.Sent in, Scorchers recovered from a position of one run for two wickets in the second over to rally to 175 for five off 20 overs.The revival came through Cameron Bancroft who struck 72 off 53 balls in anchoring two key stands. He first put on 63 for the third wicket with Shaun Marsh, who hit 28 from 22 balls and a further 105 for the third wicket with Ashton Agar, who blasted 68 off 34 deliveries.Pacer Russell, who knocked over Michael Klinger with the third ball of the game without a run on the board, returned to claim Bancroft in the penultimate over and end with two for 31 from four overs.In reply, Thunder lost South African Jacques Kallis (7) and Aiden Blizzard (7) cheaply to left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff before Russell came to their rescue with his cameo.RUNRATEHis first nine deliveries yielded eight runs without a single boundary, but with the required run rate jumping to 13 at the end of the 11th over, Russell launched an all-out assault.He twice cleared the ropes with left-arm spinner Brad Hogg in the 12th over, which went for 16 runs, and then smashed leg-side sixes off English left-arm seamer David Willey in the next over, which also cost 16 runs.It took the return Behrendorff and a stunning catch from Joel Paris at fine leg to account for Russell in the 14th over with the score on 97 for five.Once he departed, the innings lost momentum, with four more wickets falling for the addition of just 40 runs.last_img read more

Thousands of Students to Celebrate Jamaica Day Feb. 23

first_img Senior Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and Chairman of the Jamaica Day Planning Committee, Marlon Williams, told JIS News that Jamaica Day 2018 will be observed under the theme ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Nurturing our Natural and Cultural Heritage’. Thousands of students from educational institutions across Jamaica will celebrate Jamaica Day on Friday, February 23. Story Highlights Mr. Williams said that while the day will be celebrated in all schools, Munro College in St. Elizabeth will be the featured school that will get national attention. Thousands of students from educational institutions across Jamaica will celebrate Jamaica Day on Friday, February 23.Senior Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and Chairman of the Jamaica Day Planning Committee, Marlon Williams, told JIS News that Jamaica Day 2018 will be observed under the theme ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Nurturing our Natural and Cultural Heritage’.“Every year the Jamaica Day theme starts with the stem ‘Celebrating Jamaica’, because the Day is all about celebrating Jamaica, land we love. This year’s theme is really to bring about an awareness of Jamaica’s cultural and natural heritage and to encourage not only the students but every single Jamaican here and abroad to protect it,” he said. Mr. Williams explained that schools are allowed to plan activities based on their interpretation of the theme. For example, they may want to highlight practices and ways in which the environment can be protected, or create innovations through technology that can be used to protect aspects of the environment and preserve the cultural heritage. On the day, Principals will introduce the student who is assigned as the culture agent to the school population. This will be followed by the reading of the official Jamaica Day Proclamation at 9:00 a.m.to signal the start of the day’s activities. All radio and television stations are being encouraged to have a student read the proclamation simultaneously with the schools.The Proclamation can be accessed by logging on to www.moeschools.edu.jm, the Ministry’s portal in the Civic Citizenship and Culture in Education Programme folder.Mr. Williams said that while the day will be celebrated in all schools, Munro College in St. Elizabeth will be the featured school that will get national attention.“The boys at Munro College will have on display their innovations depicting the theme, and, through partnerships with several organisations, will showcase these to Jamaica,” he said.Mr. Williams noted that each educational region will select a focus school, which will lead the Jamaica Day charge in the regions. For Region 1, the focus school will be Golden Spring Primary in Kingston; Region 2, Port Antonio Primary in Portland; Region 3, St. Hilda’s High School, in St. Ann; Region 4, Green Pond High in St. James; and in Region 6, Old Harbour Primary in St. Catherine.The Ministry has also partnered with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport in the Culture Passport programme; therefore, the Culture Ministry will be promoting this initiative and issuing culture passports to students on the day. The culture passport allows students access to heritage sites across the country at a discounted cost or free of charge where applicable. Mr. Williams is appealing to Jamaicans here and in the diaspora to don the Jamaican colours – black, green and gold – or bandana on the day to celebrate and show their appreciation for the culture and natural heritage. Jamaica Day, which is part of the Culture in Education programme, was instituted in the nation’s schools by the Ministry of Education in an effort to celebrate what is called ‘Jamaicanness’ and the country’s contribution to the world.last_img read more

Banking sector irregularities since independence Muhith

first_imgAbul Maal Abdul MuhithAdmitting that the country’s banks are not free from various ills, finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said on Thursday the wrongdoing and irregularities in the sector began since Bangladesh’s liberation.He, however, claimed that the government has no dearth of initiatives to address the problems. “It just takes some time to remedy the situation,” Muhith told parliament.The minister made the statement in reply to a notice of motion from ruling Awami League member of parliament Israfil Alam who later withdrew his motion.Israfil said the Awami League government’s all successes are being eclipsed by anarchy in the banking sector.He mentioned that as of 2017, health of 20 out of 57 banks was visibly poor while others were plagued by deficiency in governance.The MP alleged that the amount of default loans had swelled abnormally as loans were disbursed in guise and disguise.”But the [finance] ministry, the government and the central bank had not taken exemplary measures,” said Israfil.He argued that it cannot be said that the government had “no effort, no law and no manpower”. “But the financial sector is facing a disastrous consequence for the failure of those who are responsible for enforcement of law and taking regulatory measures. This government and parliament have to take liability as does the Awami League,” he lamented.In response, the finance minister listed various steps taken by the government to address the situation and improve governance in the sector.Muhith recalled that the state of banks turned alarming earlier.He claimed that the rate of default loan rose to 40 per cent that now has come down to 11-12 per cent.In 2017, balance sheets of banks showed, the rate of classified loans stood at 32 per cent for the state-owned banks and 7 per cent for private banks.Israfil demanded publishing of names of the officials who were responsible for disbursement of bad loans.Mentioning that despite plundering of public resources, the government has to provide capital worth millions of taka from taxpayers’ money to run those banks.”New banks have failed to attain confidence of the depositors. Still licences were given for opening new banks,” he said adding that there is no justification of ensuring survival of the banks that embezzled the people’s money.last_img read more

Its a Twitter War Doctors Clash With NRA Over Gun Deaths

first_imgBy LISA MARIE PANE, Associated PressThe photos from doctors came quickly and in succession: blood-stained operating rooms, blood-covered scrubs and shoes, bullets piercing body parts and organs.The pictures on Twitter were an emotional response to a smackdown by the powerful gun industry lobby, which took issue with the American College of Physicians’ call late last month for tighter gun control laws. The recommendations included bans on “assault weapons,” large capacity magazines and 3D-printed firearms.Glenda O’Neal, mother of of Dr. Tamara O’Neal, shows a photo of her family at their home in LaPorte, Ind., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Dr. Tamara was one of the three people fatally shot Monday at Mercy Hospital, a Chicago hospital. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune via AP)“Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves,” the National Rifle Association tweeted.Physicians across the United States seized on the phrasing, taking to Twitter with 22,000 comments and the hashtags #thisismylane and #thisisourlane, posting photos of their encounters with gun violence and offering their own personal stories of treating such wounds.The debate gained new urgency this week with the shooting death of an emergency room doctor outside the hospital where she worked, as physicians argue shootings are a public health crisis that they must play a key role in trying to stem. Dr. Tamara O’Neal was killed Monday outside a hospital in Chicago in what police say was a dispute with her ex-fiance. The shooter and two other people — a responding police officer and a resident in the hospital’s pharmacy — also died.“It just shows that not only is this is in our lane, but this happens to us,” said Dr. Joseph Sakran, a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore who as a 17-year-old was shot in the throat by a stray bullet fired during a dispute at a high school football game.Sakran created a Twitter account @ThisIsOurLane which in just two weeks has attracted nearly 15,000 followers. They include Dr. Peter Masiakos, a pediatric trauma surgeon in Boston, who wrote “The Quiet Room” just hours after the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about breaking the news that a loved one has died.“We need to start talking about this as a public health issue. Politics aside, we have a problem that no other country has, and we shouldn’t,” Masiakos said.About 35,000 people each year are killed by guns in the United States, and about two-thirds are suicides. That’s about 670 people per week and among the largest number of civilian gun deaths in the world.The world’s highest rate of gun deaths is in El Salvador with a rate of 72.5 per 100,00; the rate in the U.S. is 3.1 per 100,000. Among all European countries, the rate never breaks 1 gun death per 100,000, according to Small Arms Survey, a Switzerland-based research organization that examines firearms and violence.“These are not just statistics. These are people, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters that are being killed,” Sakran said. “The worst part of my job is having to go out and talk to these families and to tell them that their loved one is never coming home.”It’s not the first time that medical professionals have taken on powerful industries: auto companies over seat belts, Big Tobacco over cigarettes and toys that posed choking hazards.It’s also not the first time that the gun lobby has pushed back against the medical community or researchers it considers to be biased. In the 1990s, Congress barred the Centers for Disease Control from conducting research that advocated or pushed for gun control; while it didn’t banresearch from being conducted, it did have a chilling effect.More recently, the NRA backed legislation in Florida — eventually overturned in court — that would have barred doctors from asking patients about guns in the home.Dr. Stephanie Bonne, a trauma surgeon in New Jersey, was in the hospital when she saw the dispute playing out on Twitter.“I was reading this, and I was like ‘Stay in my lane’, are you kidding me? Gun violence is something I deal with every day. We’re mopping it up in the hospital every day,” she said. “My second sort of reaction is maybe people ought to see what this lane is really all about.”Bonne works at a Level I trauma center — the top-level hospital for treating the most serious cases. Her hospital sees about 600 gunshot wounds each year, and she described the toll that unfolds: medically, psychologically and financially.“It’s always tragic and it’s always preventable,” Bonne said.Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in the San Francisco Bay area, examines the dead. She took to Twitter to push back at the gun lobby, posting: “Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly? This isn’t just my lane. It’s my (expletive) highway.”“The chutzpah, the gall is what really got to me,” Melinek told The Associated Press. “The NRA seems to think they’ve cornered the market on expertise when it comes to guns. And that’s not correct.”She’s conducted about 300 autopsies involving gunshot wounds, about half of those suicides. She’s seen the damage from bullets and believes more and better research would help prevent gun violence.Would GPS tracking on firearms or high-tech trigger locks make firearms safer, for example?Dr. Arthur Przebinda, director of the gun rights advocacy group Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, said the pushback from physicians is largely driven by more liberal forces within medical academia and based on ignorance about firearms.He described it as old, tired debate that shows a knee-jerk bias against firearms. Rather than stripping away constitutional rights, physicians should focus on finding ways to study the underlying causes of violence, he noted.“These virtue-signaling physicians would be in their lane if they pursued better surgical techniques, better postoperative treatments. They are in the wrong profession if they want to cure society’s ills,” Przebinda said. “If that was their life’s calling, they should have pursued a career path in psychology, criminology or the clergy.”___This story has been amended to correct the first name of Dr. Judy Melinek.last_img read more

Minibus catches fire at Dufferin Road no casualty reported

first_imgKolkata: A mini bus caught fire on Monday afternoon on Dufferin Road. The passengers were immediately evacuated and within a minutes the fire spread all over the bus. Later, one fire tender doused the flames within half an hour. No casualtywas reported. According to the sources, around 12 pm on Monday, a mini bus of Metiabruz-Howrah route was moving towards Howrah along Dufferin Road. Near Fort William, some passengers got a burning smell. Within minutes, some passengers noticed smoke coming out from the engine. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn seeing smoke spreading inside the bus, the passengers became panic stricken and started screaming. The driver immediately stopped the bus and asked the passengers to abandon it. Just after the passengers got down, the flames spread all over the bus standing middle of the road. Nearby traffic police personnel rushed there. The fire brigade was also informed. One fire tender was pressed in to action and the fire was controlled within half an hour. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedVehicular movement on Dufferin Road and Mayo Road were affected and traffic congestion occurred. Around 12:30 pm, after the fire was doused, vehicle movement commenced on Dufferin Road slowly as the bus was still there. Around 1 pm, police removed the bus from Dufferin Road and towed it to Maidan police station. It is suspected that the fire occurred due to a mechanical glitch. Sources informed that forensic experts will examine the bus to identify the reason behind the incident.last_img read more

A literary treat for Delhiites

first_imgCome February, Delhi will once again witness some of the most creative writers of our times, sharing their most interesting experiences. Delhi Literature Festival, which is entering into the seventh edition this year, will be held from February 8 – 10, 1 pm to 8 pm, at Dilli Haat. The festival was started in the year 2013, with the objective of inculcating good old habit of book reading and promoting tourism.In the past years, it has witnessed active participation from popular authors and writers including Ashok Bajpai, Ashok Chakradhar, Ankit Lal, Ashwin Sanghi, Anna Vetticad, Ashish Chaudhary, Blossom Kochhar, Christopher Doyle, Rakhshanda Jalil, Ravinder Singh, Munawwar Rana, Shashi Tharoor, Mani Shankar Aiyar, amongst others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfProminent publishers including Ajay Mago – Om Books International, Swati Daftuer – Commissioning Editor Harper Collins, Milee Ashwarya, Editor-in-Chief Penguin Random House and Simran Khara, CEO Juggernaut have actively participated at the Delhi Literature Festival. This year, the literary extravaganza will be officially supported by Department of Art, Culture and Language, Government of NCT of Delhi, Hindi Academy and Sahitya Kala Parishad. The organisers have closely worked with all the leading book publishers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe seventh edition is expected to be bigger and more exciting with leading authors including Amit Lodha, Novoneel Chakraborty, Ravinder Singh, Madhavi Menon, Ruskin Bond, Pallavi Kamakshi Rebbapragada, Jonathan Gil Harris, Dr Shashi Tharoor, Prasoon Joshi, Manoj Muntashir, S Y Quraishi, Rajdeep Sardesai, Vir Sanghvi, Purushottam Agrawal, Malashri Lal,Dr Mridula Tandon, Moein Shadad, Tarkash Pradeep, Taruna Mishra, Meenakshi Jijivisha, Irshad Khan Sikandar, Valay Singh, Victor Kalyan Ghose being lined up.last_img read more