Ashwin sends Sri Lanka to new low

first_imgVISAKHAPATNAM, India (AP):Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin recorded the best bowling figures by an Indian in Twenty20 Internationals to help his side beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets yesterday and clinch the series 2-1.Ashwin ripped through the top order with 4-8, improving on his own best of 4-11 against Australia at the World Twenty20 two years ago as Sri Lanka were bowled out in only 18 overs for 82, their lowest T20 total.In reply, India reached 84-1 in only 13.5, overs with opener Shikhar Dhawan top-scoring in the third and final match with an unbeaten 46.Ashwin drew first blood with his third delivery as a vicious spinner beat left-handed opener Niroshan Dickwella (1) for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to complete an easy stumping. The spin bowler then trapped Tillakaratne Dilshan leg-before wicket off the last ball of the over to trigger a collapse.Captain Dinesh Chandimal (8) fell to the first delivery of Ashwin’s second over, caught on the off side while trying to clear the infield. Debutant Asela Gunaratne (4) was his fourth victim, caught at leg slip by Suresh Raina as Ashwin finished his three-over spell at 4-5 and the score at 20-4.”I want to keep the batsmen guessing and (getting) wickets makes me a different bowler,” Ashwin said. “I’ve the courage to go for runs. That’s why I’ve the courage to flight the ball.”last_img read more

Windies lose second ODI and series to England

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua (AP): Joe Root and Chris Woakes shared a 102-run undefeated partnership as England beat the West Indies by four wickets in the second one-day cricket international (ODI) on Sunday to clinch the series. The pair came together with England on 124-6 at the midway point of its innings after a mini-collapse saw four wickets lost for only 16 runs. Root and Woakes stayed together to the end as England finished on 226-6 off 48.2 overs in reply to West Indies’ 225 all out. Root was 90 not out off 127 balls, while all-rounder Woakes smashed 68 off 83, including five fours and two sixes. Opener Jason Roy had scored 52 at more than a run-a-ball to give England a good start. Ashley Nurse took 3-34. Earlier, West Indies won the toss, chose to bat and was dismissed with a wasteful 13 balls left in its innings. Jason Mohammed was top-scorer for West Indies, hitting 50 from 73 balls with two fours and a pair of sixes. He was caught by Adil Rashid off Liam Plunkett, who was England’s most successful bowler with 3-32. West Indies lost two quick wickets at the start, stumbling to 21-2 and 46-3, but the innings stabilised when opener Kraigg Brathwaite (42) shared a 72-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Mohammed. Apart from Mohammed, Jonathan Carter was the only other West Indian to hit a six in an unimpressive performance by the hosts. Carter was out for 39 off 36 balls. England won the opening ODI by 45 runs on Friday at the same Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and has an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The third ODI is on Thursday in Barbados. UNIMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCElast_img read more

US Gov’t Donates US$2.2M Equipment, Facilities to Coast Guard

first_imgThe U.S. Government has donated US$2.2 million in equipment and facilities, including two pursuit boats, to the Liberian Coast Guard to enable it to better patrol and protect Liberian coastal waters. The boats are 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement (SPC-LE) pursuit boats.  The other equipment includes two Ford F-350 trucks, two Polaris 800 4×4 utility vehicles and two containers of additional equipment and spare parts to the Liberian Coast Guard, worth US$1.1 million. U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac said the U.S. Government also provided an additional US$1 million to construct a new four-bay boathouse, small office building and to provide electricity and water for the buildings.U.S. Coast Guard Commander Patrick Clark said the new boats provide the Liberian Coast Guard with an enhanced capability to better patrol the waters off Liberia’s coast, more rapidly respond to search and rescue cases, and protect maritime critical infrastructure, such as offshore oil and gas operations.The new equipment was transferred from the U.S. flagged merchant vessel, OCEAN CRESCENT, to LCG Station Freeport in January.Training with the new pursuit boats started on January 20 and, as announced by the Armed Forces of Liberia, the boats will be commissioned this month as part of the Armed Forces Day celebrations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

21-year-old severely beaten outside nightclub

first_imgPolice in A Division (Georgetown and East Bank Demerara) are currently investigating an incident that occurred outside a popular night spot on Main Street, Georgetown, leaving one man hospitalised and another nursing a broken jaw, while two others have been arrested.Injured man: Romario BalgetInjured is 21-year-old Romario Balget, popularly known as “Short Boss”, of Eccles, East Bank Demerara. He is currently hospitalised at a private city hospital, nursing injuries about his body, and has even required stitches to his face.Balget, who has a walking disability, was reportedly badly beaten by a popular nightclub patron, his brother and friends outside the Main Street, Georgetown night spot sometime between 02:30h and 03:30h on Sunday.The suspect, according to Police sources, is one of the persons who were involved in the incident with Trinidadian Soca artiste “Benjai” outside the same night spot last year.Guyana Times was told that Balget was with two friends – a male and female – heading to a car parked outside the night spot when the incident occurred. At the time, the suspect and a group of friends were standing close to Balget’s car, and Balget reportedly walked through the group. This reportedly caused the suspect to push Balget to the ground, and he and members of the group began kicking and stomping him.In trying to rescue Balget, his friends attempted to ward off the men, but they also became victims of the assault. The male friend was reportedly punched to the face by one of the men in the group, causing his jaw to be fractured, while the female was slapped by another attacker.Guyana Times understands that during the ordeal the suspect reportedly discharged a firearm into the air.Balget was picked up and rushed to a private medical institution, where he was admitted for treatment.A Division Commander Marlon Chapman has confirmed that the incident is being investigated.This newspaper understands that two persons have been taken into Police custody to assist with the investigations.Balget’s father told this publication that the family intended to pursue this matter to the end to get justice for his son.In April 2017, the main suspect in Saturday night’s beating was named in the assault of Soca artiste Rodney “Benjai” Le Blanc.Meanwhile, it was reported that in 2010, a wanted bulletin was issued for the same man by the Police in relation to a security guard being hospitalised and in relation to discharging a loaded firearm.last_img read more

Lawmakers crack down on gangs

first_imgIf Schiff’s bill passes, it would: Fund a program that would team up federal, state and local law enforcement officials to target specific areas where gang activity is rampant. While working to eradicate gangs in particular areas, the program also would recruit schools, churches and other groups that help young people deemed at-risk of joining gangs; Create new categories of gang-related crimes. For instance, it would be a federal crime for gangs to recruit minors and to recruit members from the prison population. A conviction would carry a 20-year sentence; Establish specific penalties for violent gang crime. Gang members could receive up to life in prison for murder, kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault or maiming; up to 30 years for any other serious violent felony; and up to 20 years for any other violent crime; Make funds available to protect witnesses in state or local trials involving murder or serious felonies; Establish a national gang database to be maintained by the FBI; And allow the U.S. Attorney General to hire an additional 94 federal prosecutors. Schiff is hopeful his bill will pass, given the level of recent interest in gangs and gang- related crime. “The interest now is higher. What used to be a problem confined to one region is now in Los Angeles County and elsewhere,” he said. He is right, according to gang experts. Gangs are no longer a problem limited to major city centers; their influence has contaminated surrounding suburban areas and spread to rural communities, according to a 2005 report by the National Alliance of Gang Investigators Associations, which looked at regional and national gang trends. The report pointed out that the migration of California-style gang culture remains a particular threat. Los Angeles is home to about 400 gangs with an estimated 39,000 members, according to Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Lt. Paul Vernon. He said there’s no doubt that the city has spawned gangs that have now spread across the country. “L.A. is the womb from which these gang members are conceived,” he said. While overall violent crime declined in Los Angeles last year, the LAPD reports that gang-related crime increased by 15 percent. Communities like Pico Rivera and Whittier also have their own local gangs. The Whittier Police Department was successful in getting a preliminary injunction in February against the most active members of the Whittier Varrio Locos, which banned the group from loitering and throwing gang signs in a section of the city. Whittier Lt. Bryan Ellis said crime went down a bit since the department got the injunction. He also supports the proposed gang bill. “In theory it looks great. I’m hoping it works out, but I’m anxious to know how it will work for us,” Ellis said. “But it would be nice to have another tool in the tool box.” Other local police officials contacted also wondered how much of the $1 billion would actually trickle down to the local level. “It’s federally funded, but the money will go to local agencies and service agencies,” Schiff said. “How much will ultimately end up in the hands of local police I can’t say, because the bill doesn’t micro-manage to that level. But my intention is that \ portion will go to local communities.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gangs and the problems they bring aren’t confined to big cities like Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County, many smaller suburban communities are home to long-established Latino gangs with memberships that span generations, as well as highly mobile Asian gangs that claim no turf. The number of crimes they commit ebb and flow in a vicious cycle. Now, a bill by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, would provide police and communities a little more than $1 billion over five years for gang enforcement, prevention and intervention programs. It would also create new categories of gang-related crimes and require stiffer penalties for gang members convicted of those offenses. Called the Gang Abatement and Prevention Act of 2007, the bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Mary Bono, R-Palm Springs. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., proposed the Senate version of the bill. Both bills have been sent to their respective judiciary committees. Local law enforcement officials such as Sheriff Lee Baca strongly support the bill. “He believes this crucial piece of legislation will help further law enforcement by adopting new criminal laws and tougher penalties against those who commit gang-related crime,” said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He pointed out that the bill would fund witness protection programs and also invest in community programs to prevent young people form joining gangs in the first place. “The sheriff believes that Los Angeles County has experienced the scourge of gang terrorism for far too long. This is the gang capital of the country. He is committed to bringing it to an end,” Whitmore said. last_img read more

‘He needs help!’ Pochettino urges Tottenham to take the pressure off struggling star

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed “a perfect week” for Tottenham after victory over Crystal Palace, but believes Harry Kane needs help to rediscover his goal scoring touch.Speaking to talkSPORT after our live commentary match at White Hart Lane, with Kane’s barren spell now two goals in 14 Premier League games, Pochettino said: “We need to help [Kane], to take away the pressure, not to say it’s 14 [games], 15.“I think Harry is calm, he works really hard in training, to try to score again. I have no doubt he will start to score again.”Aside from Kane, Pochettino praised Tottenham’s endeavour following the Europa League match against Qarabag on Thursday night.“I am happy with the performance and the effort, because it’s always difficult after the Europa League to play again and show the effort we made today.”‘FINALLY TOTTENHAM HAVE SIGNED A TOP PLAYER FOR TOP MONEY’ – SEE HOW SPURS FANS ASSESSED THE 1-0 WIN OVER PALACElast_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed how he wrote a song about battling cancer just months before his wife Majella was struck down with the illness.Daniel and MajellaThe singer raised thousands of euro when he recorded the charity song for Donegal cancer charity Relay for Life.Daniel became patron for the charity in June 2012 and joined hundreds of other volunteers on a 24 hour relay to celebrate the fight against cancer. Daniel sat down with songwriter Marc Roberts to pen the song ‘I’ll See This Journey Through” especially for people battling cancer.But just months after performing at the event, Daniel discovered that Majella had developed breast cancer.Daniel revealed “It’s amazing I suppose how things come in life. I never imagined when I wrote the song ‘I’ll See This Journey Through” that it would be Majella’s journey and indeed my journey my journey so soon after we had it written,” he said.Majella has raised the profile of cancer sufferers and also €600,000 for the Irish Cancer Society when she had her hair shaved on the Late Late Show. Daniel and Majella are expected to appear at the 24 hour Relay for Life event which takes place in Letterkenny on May 31st.DANIEL REVEALS HOW HE WROTE CANCER SONG JUST MONTHS BEFORE WIFE MAJELLA WAS DIAGNOSED was last modified: April 9th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:cancerDanielMajellalast_img read more


first_imgA Garda investigation has been launched after Tory Island’s only café was burned to the ground.Tory IslandCafé An Chreagain was completely destroyed in an overnight blaze.The popular café has been open for a number of years. There is no Garda presence on the island which has a population of around 150 people.However a Garda forensics team traveled to the island today to carry out a full examination of the scene.It has still not been established what started the fire.The café, which is owned by the McGinty family, is extremely popular both with locals and with tourists over the summer months.   Ends GARDA INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AFTER ISLAND’S ONLY CAFE BURNED TO GROUND was last modified: February 12th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

AL’s top teams may be cooling on Madison Bumgarner pursuit

first_imgMadison Bumgarner looked as good as ever in his last start and, considering the Giants are open to trading him, it’s a bit surprising that a couple of American League contenders seem to be backing off a bit from pursuing him.The Twins and Yankees, owner of the AL’s two best records, have either slowed down their negotiations with the Giants or they’re still split on whether the impending free agent is worth the cost.ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Wednesday the Twins haven’t have not had …last_img read more

Original Dinosaur Egg Pigments Found

first_img(Visited 669 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Add this to your dinosaur soft tissue collection: eggshell pigment proteins that allowed scientists to tell the eggs were blue.Eggs of an oviraptorid dinosaur found in China are still blue and red from the original pigment. Bob Yirka reports the find in team reports that theirs was the first effort to seriously study color in dinosaur eggs. It came about after the team noted some Heyuannia huangi fossilized eggs that had a bluish tint—researchers had previously assumed the tint was due to mineralization, but the new team thought maybe there was more to it. Prior research had shown that Heyuannia huangi were dinosaurs with parrot-like beaks that walked on hind legs. The team used mass spectrometry and chromatographic separation to take a closer look at the eggs and detected traces of biliverdin and protoporphyrin, pigments commonly found in modern colored bird eggs. The eggs were also dated back to the Late Cretaceous period, which ran from 100 to 66 million years ago.Credit: PeerJ (2017). DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3706The soft tissue remnants consist of protoporphyrin (PP) and biliverdin (BV), organic molecules involved in the heme cycle. They are known to provide color and structural strength in birds’ eggs. “Protoporphyrin (PP) and biliverdin (BV) give rise to the enormous diversity in avian egg coloration,” the authors say in their open-access PeerJ paper. These molecules do not result from inorganic processes; “Both pigments are supposed to be synthesized de novo in the shell gland tissue,” they say. The molecules were not from the surroundings: “We identified unmodified, preserved PP and BV eggshell pigments in all three oviraptorid samples and proved that these eggshells were the sole source of pigments by demonstrating the absence of BV and PP in the investigated sample of adjacent sediment.Did they expect these organic molecules to survive for 100 million years?In terms of pigment taphonomy [preservation potential], the oldest confirmed record of eggshell PP and BV traces is in subfossil moa eggs from New Zealand (Igic et al., 2009) which demonstrates their preservation potential on a time scale of 103 years, but also the loss of the more labile BV through time due to degradation processes, dissolution and transport via percolating aqueous fluids. Other related biomolecules with a reported fossil record are hemes (Greenwalt et al., 2013), and chlorophylls (Leavitt, 1993). Both have been identified with minimal or no diagenetic alteration from Mesozoic and Cenozoic fossil deposits, supporting the possibility of eggshell pigment preservation in fluvial or alluvial oxidative deposits such as those from eastern and southern China.This find pushes the Darwinian age of PP and BV by four orders of magnitude (thousands of years to tens of millions of Darwin Years). The only reason these authors claim that hemes and chlorophylls have a “possibility” of surviving millions of years is because the evolutionary timeline requires them to. And yet scientific knowledge of what physical processes do to these molecules, PP and BV, strongly indicate that should be long gone:Since the preserved fossil oviraptor eggshell color suggests originally higher BV concentrations, taphonomy needs to be considered to generate a realistic, native oviraptor egg color reconstruction. Because BV is more reactive and more hydrophilic, and thus soluble in sediment-percolating aqueous fluids, the concentrations of unmodified, preserved pigments after at least 66 million years of sedimentary burial are much more likely to be significantly lowered than those of the more stable, hydrophobic PP (Falk, 1964).Is it possible that the BV was never leached by water in over 66 million years? It seems incredible. But instead of being astonished that these organic molecules, original to the eggshells, could survive as far back as the alleged age of dinosaurs, the authors pivot and focus on whether eggshell color provides evidence of “convergent evolution” or not. They dwell on comparisons between dinosaur and bird egg-laying patterns, looking for evolutionary clues. That’s all that talks about, too, without providing the readers any hint that finding organic molecules from dinosaurs represents a serious date problem for Darwinists.The authors expect many more examples to surface. They end by dreaming that finding more of these molecules will help reveal more about evolution:Our study extends the origin of colored eggs from crown birds to oviraptorid dinosaurs. The result has important implications both for the origin of avian biology and the reproductive biology of theropods dinosaurs. This work also broadens the scope of paleontological research on molecular preservation and ecology to hard vertebrate tissues….The second aspect of our work focuses on its implications for molecular and soft tissue preservation through deep time. Chemically stable, relatively small biological molecules such as PP and BV appear to be protected from complete degradation over millions of years in carbonate biomineral matrices, in an oxidative sediment milieu. Similar biomolecule preservation may also be present in enamel, dentine and bone mineral. Ancient biomolecules and the soft tissues which they construct pave the way to trace life and its behaviors through time and, thus, invite further studies since they are easily detectable, more abundant than expected, and revolutionary in their ecological implications.No matter the observation, “deep time” and evolution survive. Those Darwinian concepts are immune from falsifiability. “Cryptic coloration evolved to match the predominant shades of color found in the nesting environment,” they say in the face of this anti-deep-time observation. It evolved. That’s the escape hatch from every problem.From findings like this, we expect that if paleontologists ever did find a Precambrian rabbit with preserved soft tissue, the response would be twofold: (1) ‘Well, what do you know; soft tissue can survive into the Precambrian after all’ and (2) ‘Well I’ll be darned; rabbits must have had a ghost lineage into the Ediacaran period.’Darwin skeptics and critics of ‘deep time’ need to collect an overwhelming stack of soft tissue finds along with quotes that such materials could never survive for tens of thousands of years, let alone millions. Then we should plop the whole stack on Ken Miller’s desk like he did on Michael Behe’s table at the Dover trial with his alleged evidence for evolution. Indeed; plop the stack on everyone’s desk in the Darwin Party castle. Even then, it’s doubtful that any of them would repent. Our only hope is to let this powerful evidence speak to young budding scientists who have not yet been brainwashed.last_img read more