Taylor recalled for T20I series

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, 19, CMC – Fast bowling seemed to have been uppermost in the minds of the West Indies selection panel, when they chose the 13-member squad for their upcoming three Twenty20 Internationals against Afghanistan next month in St. Kitts. They have chosen to rest Jason Holder, sought to give the attack an edge with the recall of Jerome Taylor to international duty and cast an eye to the future with the choice of Ronsford Beaton as the only newcomer in the squad to be led by Carlos Brathwaite. Holder has been a regular member of the T20I squad since his debut three years ago, but Courtney Browne, the chairman of the West Indies selection panel, said the lanky Test and One-day International captain has been given a break with a view to having him recharged and ready for significant ODI contests in the next two months. As a consequence of Holder’s absence, veteran fellow fast bowler Taylor gets a chance to give the selectors cogent proof that he is serious about fully resuming his international career, after he has announced his retirement from Tests and ODIs last year. Taylor has played 23 T20Is for West Indies, the last of which was against Pakistan in September 2016, in addition to 46 Tests and 85 one-day internationals, and is part of a core of experienced players that includes veteran batsman Marlon Samuels, spinners Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine, as well as marauding batsman Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons that Browne hoped would fortify the squad in the game’s shortest format. SAME GROUP “After the T20I series against Pakistan, we felt that it was important to keep the same group together so that the coaches can continue developing the young players,” he said. “This coupled with the vast T20 experience of some of our senior players can help us to build a very formidable unit. All-rounder Jonathan Carter, who was part of the training squad named ahead of the T20I series against Pakistan in April, was left out, along with opener Andre Fletcher and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, but have been named in a 12-member, Ashley Nurse-led WICB President’s XI squad that will play a warm-up match against the Afghans before the start of the T20I series. Afghanistan famously beat West Indies, by six runs, the last time both sides played in a T20I, at the World T20 last year in India before Darren Sammy’s side moved on to win the tournament. Squads: WEST INDIES: Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams. WICB PRESIDENT’S XI: Ashley Nurse (captain), Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Miguel Cummins, Andre Fletcher, Delorn Johnson, Kyle Mayers, Veerasammy Permaul, Nicholas Pooran, Raymond Reifer, Devon Thomas.last_img read more

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Mineke Foundation Graduates 75 Today

first_imgTo celebrate its accreditation as an official none-governmental organization, Mineke Foundation has announced the holding of graduation for 75 students from its soap making and pastry management classes.The graduation ceremony, according to Tonia Dabwe, the founder of the school, coincided with the official launch of the foundation, which is scheduled to take place today, Tuesday.Madam Dabwe is in the country with a high-powered seven person delegation from Holland for the launching ceremony. She described the prospective graduates as “people with significant roles to play in the society, because it will be through their skills, that the country will experience economic and social development since they will be graduating with lifetime skills such as soap making and pastry management.Most of the prospective graduates are women, except for the few men who completed the three months soap-making course. Some of the female students completed the soap-making course, but a majority of them took the pastry production course which lasted for 10 months. “Some of the students were also required to complete business courses as “extracurricular activities,” because if a student understands how to make pastry or quality soap, that does not mean they have good business management skills,” Mineke’s founder said. She said the business courses are designed to help the students develop their business management skills. “The great news is that our entire population of students passed the theoretical and practical examinations set up to see if they actually understood the concepts of the lessons that were taught,” Madam Dabwe said. Speaking about today’s launch of the foundation, Madam Dabwe said since the foundation operates as a legally established entity, its scope of operations will have to be expanded very soon beyond the Gardnersville Community to other areas in Montsserado County despite the financial challenges.“The exciting news about this launch is that we are now becoming an official organization since we started work in Liberia more than three years ago,” she told reporters in a joyous mood.It may be recalled that in March this year, the foundation graduated 25 people both in soap making and pastry production.The event today is expected to be attended by government representatives, national and international NGO representatives, members of the diplomatic corps, staff and trainees as well as friends and well wishers of Mineke Foundation. The Foundation was established in Holland in 2009 with a focus on social and economic development of Dabwe Town, Liberia. It undertakes projects such as establishing youth clubs, vocational and entrepreneurial training for youth and the current soap making and pastry programs.“We think the issue of women’s empowerment in Liberia is every one’s business because on the average level in Liberia women carry the hardest burden to take care of the families,” Madam Dabwe said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The NCM forced sudden community development

first_imgThe long overdue elections, which should have been held by March 21, 2019, following the December 21, 2018, No-Confidence Motion (NCM), now appear to be confirmed for March 2, 2020. That’s just about a year after it was constitutionally due and six months after the new September 18, 2019 deadline following APNU/AFC’s recourse to the courts.That said, the caretaker President, David Granger, having been evasive on a definite date, on Tuesday signed the much-awaited proclamation which is needed to legally establish that date. With that settled and the crucial Claims and Objections (C&O) process also commenced, the various campaigns will be intensified. Key, is the elections being free and fair.The Opposition, People’s Progressive Party (PPP), has raised concerns over operations within the Secretariat of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). One area was the announcement of the need for prospective voters to verify their registration during C&O. That requires all persons, whose names appear on the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE), to visit registration offices to conduct that verification process in order to be included on the Official List of Electors (OLE).That was vehemently opposed by the PPP given the fact that it’s unnecessary and would result in unimaginable logistical challenges. Importantly, it was seen as allegedly orchestrated by some within the Secretariat to impose a residency requirement which contravenes a ruling by the Chief Justice. That created potential to have persons already registered removed from the PLE. On Tuesday, GECOM revoked that registration requirement process.That not only underscores the needlessness of that process, but the concerns raised by the Opposition over GECOM’s Secretariat. Leading members of the international community have since indicated their willingness to provide support to ensure that the upcoming elections are free and fair. What is imperative, is for all Guyanese to do his/her part during the C&O process to ensure that a credible OLE is derived and to remain guarded against possibly deliberate attempts to frustrate the process.As the preparations at the various levels unfold, reflecting on events over the last nice months will not only reveal the callous disregard for the Constitution on the part of the APNU/AFC coalition, but, among others, how the NCM forced the Government to make itself available to residents and implement a number of community development projects.Many have openly stated that had it not been for the NCM, most, if not all, ministers would have remained in the comfort of their plush offices rather than being in the fields to observe the daily challenges Guyanese face. There were little or no Cabinet outreaches prior to December 21, 2018, and limited infrastructural development within communities.Since, there have been a plethora official events, albeit, extravagant, for the Government to interact with the citizenry and a very noticeable increase in much-needed works in some communities. An argument can be made over a possible preference, in terms of political support, for the communities to benefit.In some, paved roads and street lights are needs now being satisfied while communities within the hinterland region are being frequently visited and are recipients of a variety of government hand-outs. In addition, some main public roadways have seen vital remedial works while projects, like the Sheriff Street expansion, and road and housing development, especially in Sophia, are proceeding at seemingly rapid rate.Given the APNU/AFC’s history in office since May 2015, such undertakings would not have materialised had it not been for the successful NCM brought against them by the PPP. Similarly, officials, who have recently been braving elements of the weather to interact with residents, even though it seems glaringly to solicit their support, may not have done so.In many ways, whatever is now being done by the APNU/AFC coalition seems deliberately designed to distract from its dismal record in office as the election approaches. Important to note, is that projects executed, like the Sheriff Street and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansions, were all envisaged by the PPP. It’s the same for the East Bank and West Demerara road projects. Reports suggest that the funding of the road and housing development in Sophia are from loans agreed to when the PPP was in office.Reportedly, some West Berbice residents, who are now painfully counting their losses as a result of flooding, raised concerns over the deteriorating condition of related infrastructure design to safeguard. It seems those concerns were ignored leading to the current plight which could have been avoided.These examples, which show a lack of visionary thinking on the part of the APNU/AFC, can also suggest its gross neglect of residents’ concerns prior to December 21, 2018. Having implemented some infrastructural work only because of the NCM, it appears that despite APNU/AFC’s desperate attempts to ignore it and have it invalidated, it was the impetus to force them to stop snubbing citizens.Seemingly only budging when forced, public pressure may have forced the election proclamation. Again, that underlines APNU/AFC’s seeming unwillingness to genuinely act in the interest of all.last_img read more

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Need to update, contextualise job evaluation/classification systems

first_imgDear Editor,My friend and senior professional colleague, E B John, has been doing yeoman service in pointing out deficiencies, flaws and anachronisms in various aspects of Human Resource Management, including the improprieties in the categorisation/classification of jobs within the public/civil services of Guyana; his latest appeared copiously in various issues of the local media last week.I feel obliged to support John’s repeated calls for urgent remedial action which, incidentally, resonate with the recent report of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the public service of Guyana. As an adjunct to his extensive contribution, I wish to point out that there are varying ‘systems’ of job evaluation/classification of which the one used for jobs in the Guyana public service is among the oldest; this undoubtedly adds to the anachronisms indicated by John.A significant consequence of the system in use within the Guyana Public Service is the multiplication of ‘finite’ grades or classifications, in this case a total of 14 grades. I know of another arm of the Government where there are 15 grades which in my view can be beneficially halved. In contrast, for example, I am reminded of at least two systems, namely: Elliott Jacque’s: “Time Span of Discretion” and Tom Patterson’s: “Decision Band “ systems, both of which provide for about six hierarchical classifications. Of more recent vintage is the “Broad-banding” approach which also caters for about half a dozen classifications within most organisations.Undue multiplication of grades with corresponding increases in the number of narrow salary scales tend to result in steep hierarchical, top-heavy organisational structures with invisible walls/ceilings which often frustrate career growth by constraining natural job enlargement/enrichment – the epitome of employee commitment, job satisfaction and growth.Current Human Resource Management philosophy and practice favour fewer grades and flatter organisational structures. For example, Zingheim and Schuster, joint authors of The New Pay and Pay People Right are among the more popular current proponents of the best thinking on compensation principles and practices.Their expositions on the Broad-banding approach emphasise that “Broad grades and career bands are the newer kids on the block and have become popular pay infrastructure, reflecting a flatter, de-layered organisation… with less hierarchical, more expansive opportunities for base pay growth to correspond with individual growth.” This supports the broadening of jobs which is conducive to organisational growth and staff development, etc etc…..all of which are true motivators over and above normal interest in financial rewards”.Readers who are professionally interested in the subject matter might also find comfort in recent publications of the Harvard Business Review such as on “Change Management” as well as “HBR’s 10 Must Reads”, published by Harvard Business School in 2017.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

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Guardiola hints at United move

first_img0Shares0000BERLIN, October 16- Pep Guardiola hopes to one day manage Manchester United, according to a new book written by his close friend and journalist Marti Perarnau.The biography, titled Pep Confidential, documents Guardiola’s first season in charge of Bayern Munich and reveals much of how the Spaniard became boss at the Allianz Arena. Perarnau, who was granted total access to the club during their title-winning campaign, posits that Guardiola first admitted his admiration for United in a conversation between him and assistant Manel Estiarte during a Champions League clash against Schalke at Old Trafford in 2011.“The day after beating Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, Guardiola and Estiarte travelled to Manchester to watch their next opponent in action,” writes Perarnau.“It was May 4, 2011, and the pair sat together in the stands of Old Trafford watching Sir Alex Ferguson’s team beat Schalke 4-1… Pep had turned to his friend and said: ‘I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day.’“Guardiola has always felt a deep admiration, almost veneration, for the legendary teams and players of Europe.”The tell-all publication also reveals that the former Barcelona man turned down both Chelsea and Manchester City before finally deciding on the Bavarians.“It is October 2012 and in New York, Maria, Marius and Valentina, Pep’s three children, are still struggling to learn English and adjust to life at their new school. The Catalan coach’s phone is ringing off the hook with job offers.“(Txiki) Begiristain’s Manchester City are still keen, and very insistent. (Roman) Abramovich is deploying all his charm. He wants Pep and is prepared to mould the team to his specifications. The Germans, too, are determined, although their pitch is slightly lower key and to the point.“It is now that, in one of their FaceTime chats, Guardiola tells his friend and colleague: ‘Prepare yourself Manel. I’ve chosen Bayern’.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Sony hold Sofapaka in KPL Top 8 first leg

first_imgThe first half saw all the goals scored from set pieces with three coming from corner kicks as the Sugar Millers dominated the proceedings.Unmarked Odiaga struck first for Sony in the 11th minute after turning in from the corner before Ndolo levelled for Batoto Ba Mungu at the half hour mark after powerfully nodding home a Fuadi Ndayisenga corner.Towards the breather, both sides lost concentration at the back to see two goals scored in a space of three minutes with Ademba heading in a Sekayombya Andrew corner in the 43rd to restore the lead.A thunderbolt free kick by Shivachi at the stroke of half time ensured Sofapaka equalise for a 2-2 score line at the breather.No goals were scored in the last half despite the visitors resuming a re-energised side to pin down Batoto Ba Mungu but a good build up started by Marwa Chamberi went to a waste after keeper, David Okello denied Robert Omunuk from a tight angle.Veteran forward, John Baraza could give the 2009 SportPesa Premier League champions the winner three minutes to the final whistle but the captain failed to become the hero of the match when  delayed to pull the trigger from close range for defender to clear the danger.Both sides will be seeking to win the annual knock out tournament for the first time but its Batoto Ba Mungu who wants it more since its the only silverware they are chasing this season.Sony will host the second leg in a venue and date to be decided by organisers.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sofapaka players celebrating after Collins Shivachi equalised against Sony Sugar on October 17 at Afraha Stadium. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.NAKURU, October 17 – Struggling Sofapaka came from behind twice to deny visitors Sony Sugar as both sides settled for a 2-2 stalemate in the first leg of the Kenyan Premier League Top 8 at Afraha Stadium on Saturday.The draw was to Sony’s advantage who got their away goals from Byron Odiaga and Victor Ademba while Ekhaliana Ndolo and Collins Shivachi netted for Sofapaka.last_img read more

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Hatsize Has Great Cloud Automation Buyer’s Guide

first_imgWe haven’t written much about Hatsize.com, a cloud automation-testing outfit that has been around since 2000 and is based in Calgary. Their goal is to make it easier for enterprises to do demos and set up test environments using VMs. Today they came out with a nice buyer’s guide. (Free registration required.) While a bit self-serving, it still is worth taking a look at if you are considering using a cloud vendor to automate some of your own testing needs. It makes sense to use the cloud for testing situations, just because you don’t have to maintain a lot of gear and keep it current on patches and OS versions. You can easily set up a new VM in a matter of minutes, and suspend it when you are done, preserving a particular test bench. You don’t have to buy any servers, and you can access the test environment from anywhere in the world, which also makes this ideal for conducting demos for your sales team or to show off new features of a particular software build. Hatsize lists ten different requirements for assessing cloud automation in their guide, and we will touch on just a few here:A globally distributed network of private clouds which reduces latency and makes it easier for anyone around the world to access your virtual data center.Fully automated provisioning and scalable environments that can be setup and torn down quickly, so that a demo doesn’t require manual intervention.Supports both on-demand and scheduled access of your virtual resources.API access to learning management systems so you can integrate your cloud environment with whatever systems you have already in use for pedagogical purposes. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … david strom If you are considering setting up a virtual testing environment, you might want to obtain the report, even if you are looking at other vendors besides Hatsize. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#cloud#Data Centers Related Posts Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

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Dozens dead in Japan animation studio fire

first_img(AP) – A Japanese fire official says nearly 30 people are confirmed or presumed dead in a suspected arson at an animation production studio in Kyoto.A fire department official says firefighters found more than a dozen people presumed dead on the top floor of a three-story building, some collapsed on the stairs to the roof.Twenty people are now confirmed dead and nearly 10 presumed dead. The fire is Japan’s deadliest since 2001.last_img

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Acer One notebook-tablet hybrid launched at Rs 19,999

first_imgTaiwanese tech major, Acer has introduced an all new notebook-tablet hybrid in the Indian market. The Acer One 2-in-1 device has been launched in India at a price tag of Rs 19,999 exclusively via online retailer Amazon.in.The Acer One notebook-tablet hybrid will be up for grabs starting February 3, 2015.    The Acer One 2-in-1 device comes with a 10-inch HD touchscreen display. It is powered by an quad-core Intel Atom CPU (unspecified chipset) coupled with 1GB/2GB RAM options. It comes with 500GB of internal storage expandable up to 32GB via micro-SD card. It sports front and rear snappers (unspecified resolution).The device runs Windows 8.1 out-of-the-box. The device features a magnetic detachable Acer Snap Hinge design for easy transition between its 4 key modes, namely: Notebook, Pad, Display and Tent mode.The Notebook mode gives users a fully functional laptop with keyboard, while the Pad mode comes into play when you need a tablet. The Display mode offers a large size of photo frame for effective vidoe conferencing. The Tent mode on the other hand can be used when you are short on space.    “The Acer One is a stunning addition to the Acer portfolio of connected devices. Indian consumers being intrinsically multitaskers will love this device as it helps us to do just that – achieve more from each moment of our lives.” said S Rajendran, chief marketing officer, Acer India.The Acer One notebook-tablet hybrid comes with an InstantGo feature that keeps data and apps up-to-date even when the screen is off by maintaining an Internet connection, all this while not compromising on battery life.advertisementlast_img read more

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