Oral Tracey: Early exit for disintegrating Windies?

first_img ENOUGH DAMAGE Despite the reasonable quality of the replacements in Carlos Brathwaite, Johnson Charles and possibly Dwayne Smith, enough damage I think has been done to the core of the West Indies unit that they will now struggle to lift that trophy. Losing all of five first string potential match winners has destroyed the blueprint for the success of this team. The injuries to Simmons and Pollard apart, the circumstances surrounding the withdrawal of Bravo especially, is disappointing, to say the least. To my mind, it could give the impression that the Brian Lara look alike has basically deserted the team. In instances of desertion, the West Indies Cricket should fine and sanction players. As a general principle though, no player should have the right to dictate when and where he plays. The Russell indiscretions are also unforgivable. I am still in shock and disbelief that a player at this elite level of cricket is not able to navigate his way through such basic obligations as adhering to the drug-testing requirements. Narine’s decision to opt out, while still disappointing, is more understandable due to the recent woes relating to his bowling action. The wish was that the desire and passion of this group of players to represent the West Indies in this format of the game would overcome all else. That is obviously not the case. Our recent pathetic performances and embarrassing results at the Test and ODI levels are well documented and with our Twenty20 team representing the only credible unit on the international stage, it basically tugs at the heart to see this team falling apart. Our last hope of immediate international success is rapidly evaporating. One could venture into being extremely optimistic and hope that the remaining members of the squad will use the absence of these key players as motivation to energise and lift their individual efforts enough for them to march on and win the trophy. That would make good material for a dressing room team talk, but is a stretch of the reality. Confidence and optimism about the West Indies winning the World T20 have now been reduced to nonchalant hope. The fact of the matter is that the team has in part disintegrated and from here could struggle to make a significant impression. Indeed it is quite possible that the West Indies could make a very early exit from World T20. It was with genuine belief and optimism that some weeks ago I predicted that the West Indies should and would win the 2016 ICC World Cup T20 title. My impression then was that the 2012 champions, like the other top contenders India and Australia, possess the necessary skill and experience to get the job done. Fundamentally, I thought then the Caribbean team, compared to the others, had more individual match winners in their ranks, which in the end would get them over the line. Fast forward to here and now, days before the start of the tournament. The West Indies are absolutely falling apart. Four of those potential match winners, for one reason or another, are no longer in the squad, while a fifth, Andre Russell, will be playing with additional after news emerged that he shockingly missed three drug tests and could be banned for up to two years. Lendl Simmons is the latest to withdraw from the squad with an injury. Before him there was the mystery withdrawal of batsman Darren Bravo, who said he wants to concentrate more on playing the longer versions of the game. Kieron Pollard failed to recover from injury, while mystery spinner Sunil Narine said he was not confident enough in his bowling action to take part in the tournament.last_img read more


first_imgThe hearse carrying the late Conor Boyle arrives in Co Donegal today.This is the poignant and heartbreaking scene as the late Conor Boyle arrives home to his beloved Donegal.West Donegal came to a silent standstill as the remains of the 18 year old arrived by hearse earlier today.His older brothers Liam and James, who worked with him in London, travelled in the hearse, while his parents Hugh and Sheila, brothers Shane, Darragh and Owen travelled behind the hearse. More than 200 students from Loughanure, Annagry and Ranafast National Schools as well as pupils from Rosses Community School and PCC Falcarragh held candles as Conor’s remains arrived.ConorA guard of honour was formed by members of Naomh Muire GAA Club and the local boxing club.Pupils, many friends of the beloved young 18 year old popular teenager, wept openly as he arrived home to his final resting place.Hundreds of people are expected at Conor’s family home in Loughanure in the next two days for his wake. He will be laid to rest at the Star of the Sea church in Annagry after funeral mass at 1pm on Sunday. TRAGIC CONOR IS HOME FOR GOOD was last modified: September 28th, 2013 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:Conor BoylefuneralLoughanurelast_img read more

Chicago PDs Tracy Spiridakos opens up about the UptonRuzek romance

first_img I understand you’re a gamer. Are you playing anything right now?I have a PlayStation 4, and I just finished playing God of War. I’m obsessed with all things God of War, and Uncharted. I love all of the Uncharteds. It’s so good.Are there other ways technology plays a role in your life?We are all attached to our phones in such a big way. I try to put it down and limit my time on it so I can be more present when I’m sitting down. But I will say the PlayStation has been my favorite tool for connecting, especially with my brothers — they live in Canada, in Winnipeg. We gear up for the weekend and get a bunch of our friends together. We log on and put our headsets on and do a raid on a Saturday night on Destiny. It’s just one of my favorite ways to stay connected. And even if it’s just me and one of my brothers, we’ll start talking. How’s your day going? How are you? What’s going on at home? We can get into all that while we go through the different worlds of Destiny. NBC Filmmakers The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Share your voice TV and Movies PlayStation State of Play event reveals new console and… 1 1:57center_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: 28 Photos For the past seven years, Dick Wolf, executive producer behind the Law & Order franchise, has built another TV empire with Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med. They have that familiar Law & Order procedural feel, with more exploring of characters’ emotions and relationships. And that combination is key to Chicago P.D. as the sixth season hurtles towards its climax.In this Wednesday’s penultimate episode of the season, Detective Hailey Upton and Officer Adam Ruzek roll up on a crime in progress and find themselves caught in a full-on gun fight. The badass Upton even hood-slides across her car. But its not the flying bullets that have fans on the edge of their seats — it’s the secret romance between Upton and Rezek. Comment I got to talk by phone with Tracy Spiridakos, who plays the smart and charismatic Det. Upton in the NBC show. The Canadian actress opened up about the challenges of portraying a detective, the pride she feels playing a strong woman who’s allowed to be vulnerable, what’s going on with Officer Ruzek and how the PlayStation 4 is her go-to device for staying connected with friends and family.Q: What does it mean for you to play the forthright Hailey?Spiridakos: It’s awesome. It’s important to portray all sides of a woman, and what I find appealing about Hailey is yes, she has this unapologetic feature, but she’s also very vulnerable and she’ll show that. She’s a badass, but you’ll see her cry. That combination makes her a complete person.How has playing Hailey pushed you as an actress?I’ve learned so much from all of my castmates, just watching how they react to things, their processes and how everyone works. With Hailey, one of my favorite things is her unapologetic nature. She has a very strong moral code. She doesn’t care if you like what she has to say or not, she’s just going to say it.How have fans reacted to the surprise Upton/Ruzek romance?It’s been either really positive or really not. There are a lot of fans who were really invested in [Kim] Burges and Ruzek’s relationship, and I totally get that. But there are other fans who were excited about Upton and Ruzek. There’s no in the middle. Patty [Patrick Flueger], who plays Ruzek, is one of my favorite people on the planet, so it’s been really fun getting to work with him on everything.How are you trained on police protocol and details like carrying a gun, or the way a detective might stand?We have this amazing human being named Brian Luce, he’s our tech advisor on the show and a police officer. He helps us with everything: how we stand, how we hold the gun, how to clear a room. What you’re thinking about in an interview, what you’re thinking about when you walk into a room. He really helps us get into the headspace and make it authentic.last_img read more

Swedish police find suspicious object in town hit by blast

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> WhatsApp Rescue personnel is seen at the site of an explosion in Linkoping, Sweden June 7, 2019 Jeppe Gustafsson/TT News Agency/via REUTERSRescue personnel is seen at the site of an explosion in Linkoping, Sweden June 7, 2019 Jeppe Gustafsson/TT News Agency/via REUTERS An area round a police station in the southern Swedish town of Linkoping was sealed off on Wednesday morning due to a potentially dangerous package-like object, police said, days after an explosion rocked a street there.Police said a bomb squad would examine the object, but a spokesman said there was nothing to indicate links between the incidents nor any threats related to Wednesday’s object.On Friday, an explosion on a residential street in Linkoping  damaged several buildings and slightly injured around 20 people.Swedish police find suspicious object in town hit by blastThere have been several cases in recent years of explosives used in suspected gang-related attacks, and police are investigating whether Friday’s blast was connected to local criminal groups.The area sealed off in Linkoping includes a district court and the Swedish National Forensic Centre.center_img SharePrintlast_img read more

The Evolution of Startup Competitions The Case of Pivot East

first_imgKola Studio at Pivot East2013 Advertisement Kola Studio at Pivot East2013Innovation competitions of all sorts have become prevalent throughout Africa, from hackathons to ideation challenges, demo days, code jams, bootcamps, roadshows, and pitch fests, the list is endless. This development is almost parallel to the rise of tech hubs (BongoHive counts about 100 African hubs) that have sprung up from Dakar to Dar Es Salaam.While it’s evident that events and competitions are valuable opportunities—especially for young innovators looking to leave their mark—more advanced ecosystems, like Nairobi’s,  have already begun to show signs of competition fatigue and competition hopping.Competition fatigue concerns innovators in the early stages of a product-based startup, who roughly know where the market is, have some traction within it, and a growing customer base. These innovators are not in need of more stimulation through ideation-oriented competitions, like hackathons. Instead, they need help finding partners and capital to further test and expand their businesses. Competition hopping is another worrying phenomenon where technologists with an appealing app and strong presentation skills find more incentive in jumping from competition to competition, picking up small grants and seed capital from each, without actually building businesses and focusing on long term growth. – Advertisement – Ecosystem stakeholders are increasingly wondering: Where are the innovators with more than an unproven idea and business model? What about proof of business scale up beyond winning an award? What happens when the confetti is swept up?Enter Pivot East. mLab East Africa, an infoDev-supported mobile app business incubator in Nairobi, recently held the third edition of the region’s “premier startup competition” in Kampala. 25 finalist startups from Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania received intense pitch coaching before presenting to investors and sponsors from Intel, Microsoft, Samsung, and Nokia.mLab East Africa asked the University of Nairobi to analyze the first two editions of Pivot, which exposed some interesting lessons. Several gaps were identified that mirrored the state of the East African mobile entrepreneurship ecosystem as a whole. For example, in 2011, entrepreneurs lacked the business mentoring necessary to achieve market readiness and sustainability. Investors wanted a higher number of “investable businesses,” i.e., those beyond the proof of concept stage, with some market traction. The 2012 edition was a leap forward, but a strong footprint beyond Kenya was still missing and several of the Finalists continued to focus on prize money rather than building their business. So in 2013, organizers went regional, hosting the event in Kampala, while downplaying the role of prize money and further emphasizing pitch coaching, partnership building, and networking with investors. The Pivot East series also inspired MobileNepal to run the first Pivot competition in South Asia in spring 2013.So what has Pivot East 2013 taught us so far?First of all, it was only with help from local partners, such as the Outbox Hub and the Uganda Communications Commission, that the mLab could host the event in another country. Pitches came from across the region: Ten finalists came from Uganda, and one out of the two teams from Tanzania, GO Finance, was recognized as the competition’s best startup.But the most important lesson is that the secret sauce of startup competitions is in the “before” and “after” of the actual event. Every finalist team I spoke with agreed, it was not the prospect of prize money that motivated them, but the intense coaching and mentoring they received before the event, as well as the partnerships built during the two days in Kampala. To sustain the momentum and not let Finalists drop into a “support vacuum,” the mLab now offers an opportunity for them to enter a regional virtual incubation program, offering individualized one-on-one mentoring and coaching.This will generate more critical lessons for units like infoDev and mLabs that are pressed with finding new methods to make events and competitions more impactful. I believe that mLab East Africa is on the right track, as competitions can and should be integrated with more sustained support. While competitions can’t replace incubation, they can serve to identify new talent, become lightweight tools for startup acceleration, and extend the reach of mLabs (or other tech hubs) beyond their physical space.Credit: blogs.worldbank.orglast_img read more