ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) says it wants to stage a series of fast bowling camps as part of a plan to rekindle an area of the game that has been struggling in recent years. WICB director of cricket, Richard Pybus, made the announcement at the conclusion of the 10-round Professional Cricket League (PCL) Regional four-day Tournament on Monday. The WICB is pondering the introduction of an off-season training programme targeting fast bowlers after spinners dominated the just ended four-day tournament. “We are prioritising and looking at some camps for our fast bowlers, possibly some measures off season to prioritise fast bowling in the four-day competition,” said Pybus in an interview with WICB media. “This is going to be central to us getting that back at the heart of West Indies cricket again.” Spinners featured prominently during the tournament, including the top wicket- taker, Jamaican spinner Nikita Miller, who had 65 scalps in nine matches. “The competition has been still dominated too much by the spin bowlers,” said Pybus. “That is something that we will have to seriously address during the off season to make sure that we are prioritising the fast bowlers.” Guyana’s Leon Johnson, with 807, scored the most runs for the season, followed by Devon Smith of the Windward Islands, who scored 719 — though from two matches less. Guyana’s Vishal Singh and Barbados’ Royston Chase were other players who scored over 700 runs. “I think something which is exceptionally positive is the quality of the batting. We are getting a consistency in the scoring,” said Pybus. “We got a core group of young players who have put their hand up all the way through the competition. We are getting consistent with hundreds being scored. Volume of hundreds and volume of runs which I think is very positive.” Guyana Jaguars were crowned champions of the R4Day for the second straight year. They finished with 149 points — seven clear of nearest rivals Barbados Pride — to regain the George Headley/Everton Weekes Trophy, symbol of regional first-class supremacy. “The first season of the PCL was very rushed and the systems we wanted to put in place to be able to support it were not where we wanted them to be,” he said. “So this year is closer to where I would like to see the system in terms of providing support to the players and the structure of the season regarding the off season programmes for the players.”
HUMBOLDT, Sask. — An injured player who returned to the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team earlier this month has decided to step away.Tyler Smith, who is 20, said in a social media post that he is thankful for all the support from the team, its fans and his billets for welcoming him back to Humboldt.But he says he has decided to step away from the team so he can continue his recovery at home.Smith suffered a broken collarbone, broken shoulder blade and nerve damage down his left arm when the team’s bus collided with a semi-trailer at a Saskatchewan intersection in April.The six-foot-one, 185-pound forward from Leduc, Alta., was one of three survivors who returned to the team this season.Smith joined in early November and played 10 games, recording one assist.His coach, Nathan Oystrick, thanked Smith for his dedication to the Broncos on and off the ice.“Tyler’s perseverance and commitment to being a part of our organization is inspiring to our Broncos family,”Oystrick said in a statement.“Smitty, I wish you all the best and look forward to following your success in whatever you choose to do.”The Canadian Press
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Novak Djokovic isn’t just chasing the records of his sport’s all-time greats. He’s accelerating in his pursuit.After winning his first French Open title on Sunday, Djokovic holds all four major titles at the same time, the first man to do so since Rod Laver in 1969. He is halfway to winning all four in one year, leaving him closer to winning a Grand Slam than any man since Jim Courier won the first two in 1992.1Mats Wilander was the only man other than Courier to win the Australian Open and French Open back-to-back since Laver’s 1969 Grand Slam. Wilander did it in 1984-85 (back when the Australian Open was in December) and in 1988. He has won 12 major titles, just two behind Rafael Nadal and five behind all-time leader Roger Federer. And on Monday he will be No. 1 in the rankings by the enormous margin of 8,045 points, leaving him in a strong position to overtake Federer’s record for the most weeks at No. 1 as soon as 2018.History suggests Djokovic should be slowing down, not speeding up, at age 29. Even all-time greats have rarely won many major titles so close to 30. While the sport has become kinder to veterans, just two majors were won by a man 29 or older in the last decade: Federer, at Wimbledon in 2012; and Stan Wawrinka, over Djokovic at last year’s French Open. Three factors are speeding Djokovic’s chase:1) He’s playing outstanding tennis, the most dominant of the Open era. Our Elo ratings at the end of last year showed Djokovic topping all other men since 1968, an era that encompasses just about every contender for the greatest career of all time, though it omits many of Laver’s best years. More conventional stats confirm Djokovic’s dominance. Men’s tennis has three types of events that feature nearly all of the best players who are fit to play: the four majors, nine Masters and the World Tour Finals. Djokovic has reached the final of 21 of the last 22 of these events he has entered, winning 17 of them. No man has ever had a stretch that dominant.Andy Murray should be Djokovic’s biggest rival. Murray was born exactly a week before Djokovic, has an eerily similar game and has dealt him three of his biggest recent losses: in the finals of the 2012 U.S. Open and 2013 Wimbledon, and in the 2012 Olympics semifinal. But since Murray’s Wimbledon win, Djokovic has beaten him in 13 of their 15 meetings, including all five of their matches at Grand Slams. The reasons were evident in Djokovic’s defeat of Murray in Sunday’s final: In just about every facet of the game, Murray is great but Djokovic is greater. Murray has an edge in one scenario: When he’s lobbing the ball and Djokovic is smashing it. That doesn’t happen often enough to swing a tennis match.2) The men who used to hold Djokovic back when they were at their peak are fading as he continues to soar. If Federer and Nadal hadn’t been around, Djokovic probably would have won many more majors by 2010. He faced them 11 times at majors through the 2010 U.S. Open and lost nine of those matches. Since then, Djokovic has beaten them in 11 of 17 meetings at majors, including the last five. And he may not meet them many more times at majors, with both men struggling with injuries. Federer withdrew from the French Open before it began, and Nadal withdrew after the first two rounds.3) Djokovic doesn’t yet have any younger rivals. That is stunning for a man at age 29. Players younger than him have won just two majors combined: Marin Cilic and Juan Martín del Potro, both born a year after Djokovic, have one apiece. Neither has made more than one major final. And men born in 1989 or later have not won a single title of note. No major, no Masters, no tour final. The entire generation of men younger than Djokovic who should be leading the sport hasn’t lifted a single significant trophy. By this stage of the season two years ago — when he was the same age as the 1989ers — Djokovic by himself had won six majors, three tour finals and 19 Masters titles.This might look like a chicken-and-egg problem: Have players younger than Djokovic struggled because he is an all-time great who keeps ousting them, or because they’re not very good? The answer is a little of both, but more the latter. Djokovic has ousted men younger than him from Slams in the fourth round or later only 17 times in his career. None were in a final. The primary reason the younger guys aren’t breaking through isn’t because Djokovic keeps stopping them. It’s because other older guys are.While the men ages 23 to 28 might retire as a collective lost cause — a weird void in the tennis record books — the men younger than them show real promise, including Dominic Thiem, who will enter the Top 10 on Monday, and Nick Kyrgios. They will have to grow up in a hurry if they are to slow Djokovic’s run at the record book. At the moment, aging or injury look likely to be his biggest obstacle.
Police searching for suspect who stole pickup truck at gunpoint Posted: October 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom October 13, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man was at large Saturday in a Toyota pickup truck stolen at gunpoint from a man in a San Diego neighborhood after he first tried to take a woman’s SUV, authorities said.The carjacking was reported at 6:13 p.m. at 3645 Lloyd Terrace, San Diego police Officer Robert Heims said.A 21-year-old woman was parking her Ford Expedition on the street when the suspect walked up to the passenger side window, pointed a gun at her and demanded the keys, Heims said. “The victim turned off the truck and threw the keys at the suspect then she got out of the truck and ran away.”The suspect recovered the keys, got in on the driver’s side and put the keys in the ignition but got out and walked to a house with an open garage, he said.The suspect pointed a gun at a man inside a garage and demanded his truck, Heims said. The victim handed over the keys and the suspect took the gray 2002 Toyota Tacoma truck with a ladder rack in the back. The California license number is 6Y93910.The suspect was described as Hispanic, in his late 20s, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, with short dark hair and a short beard, wearing a dark hoodie, red shirt, dark pants and dark shoes, the officer said..Anyone with information was asked to call San Diego police at (619) 531-2000 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
Japan’s SoftBank Corp, together with Bharti Enterprises and Taiwan’s Foxconn, will invest about $20 billion in solar projects in India, in one of the biggest investment pledges to date in the country’s renewable energy sector.SoftBank, which previously said it would invest $10 billion in India over time, said on Monday the companies had agreed a minimum commitment of generating 20 gigawatts of energy.SoftBank will have majority control in the newly formed company, SBG Cleantech, with Bharti and Foxconn as minority stakeholders.”India has two times the sunshine (of) Japan,” Softbank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son told reporters in a conference.”The cost of construction of the solar park is half of Japan. Twice the sunshine, half the cost, that means four times the efficiency.”Son said the timeline for investments would depend on state and central governments and on acquiring land needed for the plants.The rapidly falling cost of solar power, expected to reach parity with conventional energy by 2017, has ignited interest in its potential in India, as the country steps up its own efforts to encourage investment in renewable energy.Despite more than 300 days of sunshine a year, India relies on coal for three-fifths of its energy needs, while solar supplies less than 1 percent.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has looked to industry for help in funding what government advisers hope will be a $160 billion push into renewable energy over five years.Modi aims to make India one of the world’s largest renewable energy markets, targeting 100,000 MW of output by 2022 from just 3,000 MW currently. But analysts say India’s target will be difficult to reach, given weak finances of electricity distribution companies that would buy in solar energy and the slow pace at which land for plants is made available.On Monday, Son said Foxconn would help with planned solar equipment for the projects. The companies are looking at manufacturing equipment in India, a further boon for Modi who has sought to boost the portion of equipment made at home.”India can become probably the largest country for solar energy,” Son said.
Cognizant Technology Solutions, which carries out a major part of its global operations from India, has said that it may witness some losses due to uncertainty over continuation of $520 million contract with US-based healthcare services firm Health Net.Another US healthcare major Centene on Thursday said it had decided to buy Health Net in a cash and stock deal worth $6.3 billion. The acquisition is expected to be completed by early 2016.”The planned implementation of a seven-year master services agreement for end-to-end administrative services between Cognizant and Health Net, first announced in August 2014 and scheduled to begin in mid-2015, is being deferred while Health Net and Centene complete the merger review and approval process,” Cognizant said in a statement.Cognizant still remains positive about achieving its revenue guidance of $12.24 billion in 2015, despite seeing losses due to Centene’s acquisition of Health Net.”Despite the anticipated loss of approximately $100 million in incremental revenues during the second half of 2015, we are pleased to reaffirm our guidance for the year due to continued strong demand and projected over-performance in other parts of our business. Today’s announcement by Health Net will not impact our ability to achieve our goals for the year,” said Karen McLoughlin, Chief Financial Officer, Cognizant.Cognizant reported 20% growth in revenues for the first quarter ending March, while its top Indian rivals posted disappointing earnings during the same period.Cognizant recorded 9.7% increase in profit at $382.9 million during the quarter, strengthening the view that it remains insulated from the concerns that plague Indian firms such as Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys.The company, which employs a major chunk of its global workforce of 211,700 in India, raised its revenue growth outlook for 2015 to 19.3%.
Crude futures dropped in Asian trading on Friday after the release of a report showing that U.S. economic growth had slowed sharply, reinforcing concerns about sluggish demand in a world awash with oil.U.S. economic growth braked sharply in the third quarter as businesses cut back on restocking warehouses to work off an inventory glut, data showed.Both of the main crude benchmarks are on track to post their first weekly gains in three weeks, but with oil still being added to inventories, prices are likely to be rangebound in the coming weeks, traders and analysts said.U.S. crude was down 45 cents at $45.89 a barrel at 0739 GMT. The benchmark is on track to post a gain of 2.4 percent this week.Brent crude fell 32 cents to $48.48 a barrel and is heading for an increase of 1 percent this week.The sluggish U.S. growth figures and weak home sales numbers have tempered the market’s positive reaction to government figures earlier in the week showing oil stockpiles last week had increased by 3.4 million barrels, which was below the estimate from an industry group.That had sent prices sharply higher with U.S. crude rallying nearly $3 a barrel.”Clearly China demand is a key question for energy markets at the moment. With the manufacturing PMI due Monday I wouldn’t expect anyone to getting too carried away,” said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney.The 50 percent slide in oil prices since last year is gradually pushing the oil industry into the red with little relief in sight.
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:50Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:49?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … BUFFALO Mission: Hubble Takes Spectacular Photo of Vast Galaxy Cluster Scientists have made a critical discovery in terms of space exploration and in understanding our own universe. A “bullet” of dark matter shot through space recently, leaving a hole through the Milky Way. The “bullet” has been described as a “low-mass dark-matter subhalo” with a mass greater than the Sun.The event itself was not observed by telescopes, leading to suggestions that it could have been caused by something non-luminescent. Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered evidence of its existence. A series of gaps were found in the Milky Way’s stellar stream, indicating that something had breached the halo and left a ragged cluster of stars in its wake.”It’s a dense bullet of something,” said Ana Bonaca, a Fellow at the facility. Bonaca presented this observation at an American Physical Society conference in Denver on April 15. While discussing evidence for dark substructures in our galaxy’s halo, Bonaca also described the stellar stream. Under normal circumstances, the stream forms a curved line of stars that move together across the galaxy. A piece of dark matter has ripped a hole in our galaxy.ShutterstockThe largest of the stellar streams, GD-1 has only one gap, where stars once drifted apart in two directions. Another gap was seen recently, pointing to what is likely to be a globular cluster. There is a chance that the gap was created by a luminous object moving at a very fast speed. Though, that is unlikely because of the sheer size of the disturbance. It has been estimated that it was 10-20 parsecs (30-65 light years) across, which is “about the size of a globular cluster”. Globular Cluster NGC 1846 observed by a NASA Hubble Space TelescopeNASABonaca told Live Science that the “bullet” is unlike anything we have seen. It is much denser than a star, over a million times the mass of the Sun. She also expressed the possibility of it being a supermassive black hole, but that is unlikely since no flares or radiation were observed. Moreover, most galaxies have only one black hole, which is present at their centre.In a lecture series held at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics on March 20, Bonaca explained that about 90 percent of the universe is believed to be dark matter. John Beacom of the Ohio State University has described the search for dark matter as “looking for lost keys only under the lamppost”, referring to the unobservable part of the universe.This observation opens up new possibilities for research before our galaxy collides with another. Bonaca’s next move is to do more mapping projects and understand dark matter. She is looking for areas where unseen disturbances seem to be knocking stars around. The motive, she said, is to eventually record and map clumps of dark matter all across the galaxy. Close
Siemens India, an electronics and electrical engineering company, informed the stock exchanges on Tuesday that it bagged orders worth Rs. 570 crore from state-run Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) for installation of power projects in Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand.Shares of Siemens India gained 2.85 percent on the BSE to close at Rs. 1,290.10. “The scope of the order includes design, engineering, supply, civil, installation, testing and commissioning of Static Synchronous Compensator (STATCOMs) at four substation locations of PGCIL: Ranchi, Rourkela, Kishenganj and Jeypore across the states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha,” the Indian arm of the Munich-based multinational informed the BSE on Tuesday.”The 400 kV STATCOMs are being manufactured at Siemens Ltd.’s manufacturing plant at Goa. With fast response time of STATCOM controls, power consumers will be benefited in the form of constant grid voltage and frequency leading to availability of uninterrupted quality power,” the company said in its regulatory filing.The latest win comes a week after Siemens India bagged a contract from state-run Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, to design and install traction systems valued at Rs. 83 crore.”The order is to design, supply and install 40 Alternating Current (AC) Traction Systems for dual-cab high horsepower diesel engine locomotives.The AC Traction Systems will be produced at Nashik Factory of Siemens Limited,” the company informed the BSE on June 22.