Cricket: Shikhar Dhawan’s blitz guides India to a series whitewash

first_imgAdvertisement 19dfNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb2rWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E98ol( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9p4cWould you ever consider trying this?😱c40Can your students do this? 🌚farRoller skating! Powered by Firework (Photo Courtesy: BCCI)Advertisement Team India, inspired by a 92 from Shikhar Dhawan coasted to victory in the 3rd and final T20 vs the Windies at Chennai, despite the scare in the final over. Dhawan along with Pant added 130 runs for the 3rd wicket to guide India home.Advertisement Windies who came into the match after losing the first two encounters, elected to bat first in a bid to avoid further humiliation. Their openers, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer got their team off to a solid start scoring 51 runs in the powerplay.Chahal, who came into the side in place of Kuldeep Yadav soon entered into the attack and removed both the openers. Darren Bravo then joined hands with Dinesh Ramdin to continue the innings. Ramdin, who had got of to a good start, soon fell after losing his stumps to the homeboy Washington Sundar.Advertisement At this stage, Windies were at 94-3 at the end of 13 overs. They needed some crucial contribution from the incoming batsmen if they were to post a good total on the board. Just as they wished, they got their much needed finisher.Nicholas Pooran entered the crease and wasted no time in getting a move on. He scored a brilliant knock of 53* in just 25 balls that comprised of 4 fours and 4 sixes. His innings was brilliantly complemented on the other end by Darren Bravo, who ended with a score of 43*. The pair added 87 runs between themselves to help Windies post a total of 181 in their quota of 20 overs.The experienced pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan knew that they had their task cut out. India lost Rohit early, as he was caught by Brathwaite in the 3rd over. KL Rahul then came in and continued to keep the required run rate in check, getting off to a quick start. But he too fell soon for 17, failing to convert his good start.At this stage things looked difficult for team India, as they needed another 137 runs in 88 balls. But the pair of Dhawan and Pant then joined hands to take the game away from the visitors.The initial overs between the pair saw them not time the ball well. The required run rate also shot up to 10. But post the midway mark, the pair found their way and took control of the game. Poor bowling from the Windies saw the game slip away from their grasp.Dhawan and Pant started to display their A-game, bringing up India’s hundred in just 11.5 overs. Dhawan, who soon reached his half century had his sights clearly set on the three figure mark. Meanwhile, Pant, showcased his class, playing his trademark shots behind the wicket and collecting some cheeky boundaries.After Pant reached this 50, it was now just a matter of time before team India wrapped up the game. Needing another 8 runs from 12 balls, they were expected to cruise home. But Pant lost his middle stump in the very next over to open the game for a late twist. Incoming Pandey could manage only 2 runs in the remaining four balls of the over.With India needing 5 of the last over, they lost Dhawan too, holding out to Pollard after he looked to seal the game with a big six. Pandey then along with Karthik guided the hosts home of the last ball, avoiding a late upset.The win sees India wrap up the series 3-0. Shikhar Dhawan won the man of the match for his match winning knock of 92 while Kuldeep Yadav received the man of the series. The game thus concludes the home series vs Windies. India will now travel to Australia to take them on in a 3 match T20 series that commences from 21st November.India 182 for 4 (Dhawan 92, Pant 58) beat West Indies 181 for 3 (Pooran 53*, Bravo 43*) by six wickets.Also Read:Cricket: Film Director Anubhav Sinha lends his support in favour of Virat Kohli Advertisementlast_img read more

Farmer to trial

first_imgBy Mitchell Clarke A Kooweerup farmer has been committed to stand trial following the investigation into allegations he was running an illegal foreign…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Hafeez leads Pakistan to easy win over England

first_imgBy Ed OsmondMohammad Hafeez made a fluent unbeaten 102 to lead Pakistan to a comfortable six-wicket victory over England in the first one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.England spluttered to 216 all out after winning the toss and the hosts, who won the recent Test series 2-0, overcame the loss of two early wickets to coast to their target with more than six overs to spare.Hafeez struck a six and 10 fours in his 11th one-day international century, sharing an unbeaten fifth-wicket partnership of 106 with Babar Azam to guide his side to victory.Azam finished on 62 not out off 62 balls, reaching his fifty with a huge six off Chris Woakes shortly before the end of the match.England lost Jason Roy, Joe Root and Alex Hales with just 14 runs on the board before a fine partnership of 133 between captain Eoin Morgan and James Taylor dragged them back into the game.Morgan hit 11 fours in his 76 and Taylor made 60 but the dismissal of the skipper prompted another collapse as Jos Buttler, Taylor, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid followed him back to the pavilion for the addition of 33 runs.Woakes hit 33 before being run out to end England’s innings with two balls of their 50 overs remaining.The second game in the four-match series is in Abu Dhabi on Friday.last_img read more

Kane hopes ‘Golden Boot’ can fire Spurs to glory

first_imgStriker Harry Kane has half an eye on retaining the Premier League’s ‘Golden Boot’ as a confident Tottenham Hotspur focus on delivering a league and FA Cup double.Spurs, who have won their last eight games in all competitions, face league leaders Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.At an individual level Kane, the league’s top scorer last season, trails Belgium international Romelu Lukaku of Everton by four goals with six Premier League games to play.The 23-year-old England international became the first Spurs player since Jimmy Greaves in 1969 to hit 20 goals in three successive top-flight seasons after netting in the club’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth last weekend.After the FA Cup semi-final, Spurs will shift focus to the league, where they trail Chelsea by four points, ahead of a trip across London to Crystal Palace on April 26.Spurs last won the English league title back in 1961.Kane said on the club website that Spurs must focus on maintaining their momentum heading into a difficult run of fixtures, which includes home games against fifth-placed Manchester United and North London rivals Arsenal.“We’ve some tough games coming up – Palace away, Leicester away, Arsenal and (Manchester) United here but we’re feeling good, we’re feeling confident,” he said.“Every game we go into we feel like we’re going to score goals and defensively we’re keeping clean sheets, so that’s what we’ve got to try to maintain until the end of the season.”Kane is also hoping to keep his own momentum going after Lukaku’s 24th league goal of the campaign in Everton’s 3-1 victory over Burnley meant he matched Dixie Dean’s 1934 record of scoring in nine consecutive home league games.“As a striker you want to be top scorer in the league, no doubt about it,” Kane said.“I left a couple out there I probably should have scored, Lukaku has been doing well and it’s a good competition but the main thing is we’re winning games.“I’ve a little eye on the run-in and if I can get a few more, we’ll see what happens,” Kane addedlast_img read more

Hamilton favourite for Spanish GP in big test for Ferrari

first_imgLewis Hamilton is favourite to win the Spanish Grand Prix for a fourth time, and third in a row, on Sunday and retake the Formula One world championship lead from Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas.Needless to say, Ferrari have another script in mind for a race seen as something of a litmus test for their title prospects.Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc dominated pre-season testing at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya amid excited talk of Ferrari ending Mercedes’ five-year stranglehold on the sport.They return reeling from four successive Mercedes one-two finishes, an unprecedented start to the season by any team, and hoping an engine upgrade — brought forward by two races — will swing things their way.If Mercedes are again quicker at such a benchmark circuit, where the champions have won four times in the last five years, the writing will be on the wall for Ferrari. They need to step up a gear and start turning things around.Both teams have been talking up the other’s chances.“The last four races, on average, we were not quite there so I think we are not the favourites going to Barcelona,” said Vettel, winner with Red Bull in 2011, after finishing third in Azerbaijan.Team principal Mattia Binotto agreed: “Obviously Mercedes are very strong at the moment. I’m pretty sure they will be very strong as well in Barcelona.“Many teams will bring aero package or car developments, so that will be again a different balance compared to what we’ve seen so far in the season,” he added.FLATTERINGMercedes principal Toto Wolff dismissed Vettel’s portrayal of Ferrari as underdogs for the first race of the European season.“The results seem to paint a relatively clear picture, but the truth is that they’re too flattering. The performance has fluctuated in the first four races,” said the Austrian.“Our opponents were blisteringly quick in winter testing, so the Spanish Grand Prix will be anything but easy.”Bottas leads five times world champion Hamilton by a single point, with both men on two wins, by virtue of the Finn’s fastest lap in the Australian season opener.British bookmakers William Hill have Hamilton as race favourite at 6-4, with Bottas on 9-4 and Vettel and Leclerc priced at 9-2.Barcelona has also been a happy hunting ground for Red Bull, with Max Verstappen becoming the sport’s youngest winner there in 2016.“It is always a special one for me,” said the 21-year-old of a track whose future remains uncertain, with talk of Verstappen’s home Dutch circuit Zandvoort taking the slot next year.“The temperatures will be a bit different (to testing in March) and everyone is bringing new parts to their cars, so it will be interesting to see how competitive we can be.”Former Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo, now at Renault, has a three-place grid drop as punishment for a bizarre collision with Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat in Baku.A Brazilian-Austrian flag will be displayed on the podium in tribute to the late triple champion Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger who died at Imola in May 25 years ago. Sunday’s race is the first since the anniversary.last_img read more

Tobacco legislation: The economics behind it

first_imgWe are living in a globalised age, where the world’s knowledge and scientific prowess to quantitatively determine the economic and societal goods for mankind’s benefit have accelerated tremendously. It is against that backdrop that various nations and States have taken a structured and economic approach in dealing with social issues. Smoking is one such issue.Smoking of tobacco (cigarettes) was once a pastime stratified only to the elites and was one of the precious commodities that drove the Triangular Slave Trade during the period of colonisation. As the world moved away from imperialism and towards capitalism, tobacco became more mainstream and accessible to the masses. So much so that it became a multibillion-dollar industry.Its proliferation has since slowed with the colossal flooding of empirical information attesting to the devastation that smoking causes to one’s health, primary of which is death.According to the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), each year, tobacco smoking kills six million people: 5.4 million active smokers and 600,000 non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke. It is the single legal consumer product that kills up to half of its users when used exactly as intended by the manufacturer, costing the global economy an estimated US0 billion each year.It is for this reason that international organisations and unilateral bodies have called for stricter legislation to be implemented by host countries to control and suppress smoking of tobacco.Last year, PAHO made calls for Guyana to pass tobacco control legislation, citing it as a top priority.The Health Organisation had posited that the legislation was intended to protect present and future generations from the “devastating harms” of tobacco use, exposure to tobacco smoke and specifically to prevent tobacco use among youths.The Guyana Government intends to table the tobacco legislation soon in the National Assembly, thereby paving the way for its execution which is intended to institute a host of stringent measures such as restrictions on advertisement, promotion and sponsorship, a ban on displaying tobacco products, a proposal to increase graphic health warnings to 75 percent of the packet, putting mechanisms in place to ensure that the drug is not readily available for purchase in an instant and altering the age requirement for persons to purchase the drug, among others.The Government should be commended for accelerating the passage of this legislation.The argument does not end here, however; smoking, for all its ills, is being vigorously defended by some. The producers of this nefarious product are still benefiting tremendously from cigarette sales, even though many countries have increased the excise tax on the sin good in an effort to prevent the masses form using it. A tactic which has since been successful and should be implemented by our Government.This heavy taxing of the product has invariably led to economic prosperity for countries as the revenues generated have increased exponentially. There is also the creation of jobs that come with the proliferation of such a business. So, some argue that tobacco is an economic tool for growth especially in developing countries.While that may be true, empirical information has shown that while revenue earnings have increased with tobacco, significantly more is lost in the health-care sector with Governments spending billions on patient care for tobacco users.However, there are those who still argue from an economic perspective that the revenues collected from the taxing of cigarettes will be lost if tobacco control legislation is enforced.They should consider this, according to Health and Wellbeing writer Bryan Clark: “During the first 15 years of the Tobacco Control Programme in California, which cost in the region of US.5 billion, the savings made in direct health-care costs amounted to US billion. Read that sentence again. The US.5 billion spent on tobacco control in California has resulted in savings in excess of 60 times that sum. If you wish to make the argument that your smoking is doing good by way of taxes, then think again. During those 15 years, roughly 3.6 billion packets of cigarettes that would otherwise have been smoked were not. The loss in tax revenue amounted to little over US billion, less than three per cent of the total health-care savings.”last_img read more

Positive Emancipation

first_imgOne hundred and eighty-two years ago in1834, subsequent to the British Parliament’s Slavery Abolition Act (1833), slavery ended in the British West Indian territories: the African slaves were to be “emancipated” from the condition of being “chattel”. The British Government allocated the sum of £20 million (the equivalent of £16.5 billion today, when calculated as wage values) to compensate the owners of the slaves and nothing to the slaves.They were not even “emancipated” immediately: they had to work for stipulated hours and wages on the plantations as “apprentices” for four years. While the British insisted they abolished slavery for “humanitarian” reasons, their humanity did not extend to not denying humanity to the slaves, and leaving the latter without compensation for their labour provided free of cost for hundreds of years. This injustice is the basis of the claims for “reparations” in the present.Back in the middle of the last century, the British philosopher Isaiah Berlin made a seminal distinction between “negative and positive Liberty”. As articulated by Wikipedia: “Positive liberty is the possession of the capacity to act upon one’s free will, as opposed to negative liberty, which is freedom from external restraint on one’s actions.” From this perspective, we can now appreciate that Emancipation only granted the Africans “negative liberty or freedom”: the planters could no longer force them to work on the plantations legally.But what about “positive Liberty” – their capacity to act in accordance to their own “free will”? After enduring the kind of suffering at the hands of the planters which resulted, in the words of one sociologist, “social death”, some may assume that the Africans would now want to exact revenge on their former oppressors. The British Government thought so, since they launched a Police Force in 1839 that was not organised like the one in England to “keep law and order” with batons, but one modelled on the armed Irish version designed to suppress uprisings. Very soon, however, the Africans demonstrated they simply wanted to live as humans.One path they chose to accomplish this goal was to earn wages that could provide them with the basic necessities of life – food, housing and clothes. But even before they were in a position to demand higher wages as “free people” after 1838, the planters launched a programme to checkmate their aspirations. In 1835, they started to introduce impoverished Portuguese from the island of Madeira and also free Africans from other West Indian islands as “indentured labourers” that had to work at a depressed wage scale for a fixed number of years – two to four years.While a strike by the “free” Africans in 1842 succeeded and their wages were increased, another one in 1847/48 failed because by now the Portuguese and West Indian indentureds (augmented by some Indians) could provide labour to the planters at rates that were satisfactory for them. Africans were thus denied their positive freedom to become wage labourers.While in some islands like Barbados there was no alternative to the free Africans remaining on the plantations and working for the subsistence wages offered ( this is what made so many of them willing to come to Guyana as indentured labourers,) in Guyana there was land for possible farming. First, there were Crown Lands on which they could squat and then there were several plantations abandoned by planters who took their compensation and returned to Britain or the US –- up for sale. Both options were taken up after 1848 when the majority of the freed Africans left the plantations.But while they bought plantations, squatted and went into the interior in search of gold, all sorts of “legal” barriers were placed in the way of free Africans by officialdom to stymie their will for positive freedom. Today, the cumulative effects of those barriers, which became systemic, still loom large in the psyches of large swathes of African Guyanese.Reparations must be demanded to deliver positive freedom.last_img read more

Neutral third party needed for meaningful constitutional reform

first_imgDear Editor,Constitutional reform in Guyana is not likely to happen anytime soon and if it does, it will not be anything substantial. One night in 2012 after my TV programme at Channel 9, I was invited by a group of PNC stalwarts to have a drink at the shop across the road from the TV station. (I drank Vita Malts). The conversation revolved around the 1980 (Burnham) Constitution. The general consensus that night from the PNCites was that nothing was wrong with the Constitution but rather, those who were managing the Constitution. PPP was in power at the time.Those calling for constitutional reform need to understand the powers vested in the purveyors of the Constitution at any given time. The Guyana Constitution is unlike any other constitution. \Not even the international, developed countries have such an autocratically constructed constitution. Our Constitution is so flawed, that the only time any of the politicians have any problems with it is when they are not in power. The Constitution is designed to benefit the Administration in power. When those PNC comrades told me that nothing was wrong with the constitution, they were very critical of how the PPP was using it.It would be just a couple years after that conversation that President Donald Ramotar would find a clause in the (Burnham) Constitution that allowed him to sidestep a No-Confidence Motion and prorogue the Parliament. His gamble did not pay off and he lost power. Now the custodians of the Constitution are largely the students and underlings of the author of the Constitution. And to many of these people, ‘Fat Boy’ was a god. The spoken and unspoken position of these Burnhamites is that you do not tamper with the writings of a god.One can then imagine the herculean bravery that would have to be summoned for one Burnhamite to suggest to the other Burnhamites that the ‘word of god’ needed to be adjusted. First he’d be ignored. Then he’d be laughed at. Then he’d be fought tooth and nail. Then he’ll lose.Has anyone ever hear a PNCite articulate any inconsistency of any of the Kabaka’s policies? It will not happen. Try as you might, using any amount of logical and intelligent formula, you will not get a Burnhamite to acquiesce to any failed policies of President Burnham. You would faster get President Jagdeo to release his financial statements than get a student of Burnham to find a single fault in his administrative behaviours.And for that single reason, no PNC insider – no matter how high up the pecking order – would dare initiate a discussion suggesting an amendment to the (Burnham) Constitution. Such an admission emanating from anyone under the shade of the Palm Tree would amount to blasphemy, disrespect or even sacrilege.It was this constitution that kept the PNC in power for 28 long years and it is this self-same constitution that kept the PPP in power for 23 long years. Now the PNC (largely) are back in the saddle. Why would any autocratic-leaning leader, from any party, in his or her right mind, tamper with such a substantial document? Why weaken the powers that are legally available to you, when you don’t have to?If the AFC had remained objective and independent, the next big thing in the scope of things, after the fall of the PPP, would have been constitutional reform. One would remember that this was the AFC’s clarion cry when they were independent and free. Now that they have merged with the APNU with big brother PNC running the show, they have either gotten quiet on the issue, or someone is shouting other things a lot louder than they are calling for this needed reform. We hear Nigel Hughes shouting for change, but sometimes your voice fails when you alone are doing the shouting.One would also note that the PPP is very silent on the issue of constitutional reform. That is because they have studied and internalised the (Burnham) Constitution and had laid very comfortably on it for 23 years. They knew it so well that when the Burnhamites thought they had brought down the PPP Government with their AFC-sponsored No Confidence Motion, the PPP whipped out a prorogual clause that send shivers down the collective spines of the PNCites. I bet that the PPP is au fait with quite a lot more manoeuvres that are hidden between the lines of that (Burnham) Constitution. So don’t expect any hurray from them on constitutional reform. Rather, they would love to get their hands back on that self-same Constitution and govern with it ‘as is’.Therefore, any reform to the Constitution will be long in coming and if it does come, it will be only negligible. The presidential executive powers will not be reduced.The presidential non-subjectability to the courts will remain. The provision that prohibits the coalition of political parties, after an election, will stay. After all, these are the juicy parts of the Constitution, which allow for the complete domination of one party over the other and which sanction the inexcusable behaviour of the President, whenever he or she feels like.That is why folks were excited about the AFC when they started making those logical arguments about constitutional reform. That is why they were awarded seats in Parliament. The masses saw light in what they were proposing. They would have been the ones to pressure the bigger, power-hungry parties to make these commonsensical adjustments to this archaic, autocratic, oppressive document. But alas, the AFC has frizzled and has now become silent on this matter.Editor, I wonder if it is not time for another independent party to follow where the AFC was leading? Maybe it’s time for a third party to enter the stage and pledge to never merge with any of the larger parties.A third party would be able to hold the Parliament accountable to the Guyanese people and have them institute changes to the Constitution that we all know are reasonable and needed. I believe that only when there is a third party, Guyanese will see any substantial reform made to the (Burnham) Constitution.Yours faithfully,Pastor WendellJeffreylast_img read more

Child Development Centre looking to raise $100,000 for Hydro Therapy Pool upgrades

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Child Development Centre is aiming to raise $100,000 for Hydro Therapy Pool upgrades.Throughout the month of February, many local companies and businesses will be donating a portion of their sales to the cause.Scotiabank will be raising money for the CDC throughout FebruaryDairy Queen will be collecting coins for the CDC throughout FebruaryFridays during February, Mic Suds will be donating $1 from every car wash to the CDCSaturdays during February, Zoo Food will donate $1 from every bag of dog food sold to the CDCOn February 15 and 16, The Great Canadian Car Wash will donate $1 from every car wash, $2 from every oil change and $5 from every transmission flush to the CDCFebruary 24, Booster Juice will donate 10% of sales to the CDCOn March 3, The Hair Bin will donate 10% of retail sales to the CDCOn March 2, Moose FM and CDC Staff will be on location at Save-On-Foods for the Arctech Welding & Machining’s “A Day For the Kids”Funds raised will go towards the upgrades needed for the The Riley Kosick pool. Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman has proclaimed February as CDC Month in Fort St. John.- Advertisement –last_img read more