Sanity at Red Light

first_imgThe congested commercial district of Red Light has for the first time in ages gained sanity since becoming the convergence spot for marketers during the administration of former Liberian President, Charles Taylor. The cleaning of the area began on Friday, June 10, following a vigorous law enforcement exercise led by the Liberia National Police (LNP) upon request by Paynesville City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson. The police have a 90-day mandate to ensure that vendors and motorists comply with city regulations regarding the use of the road as well as maintaining the clean environment every day. Street vendors and others who have over the years been keeping the place filthy participated in the cleanup exercise. After times of encounter with police for selling on the road and keeping the area filthy, the vendors grouped themselves and began cleaning the filth disposed of on the main road, sweeping the rest of the areas and filling puddles with pieces of broken blocks and stones.The cleaning continued on Saturday with police warning the marketers not to bring their wares near the road or drop dirt on the sidewalk.“We sit in Liberia here and say Ghana is developed, but it is the Ghanaians themselves that developed their country. This is the same thing they did to develop Ghana; therefore we need to do the same if we can be like the Ghanaians,” a member of the crowd declared.The volunteers, who befriended the police following the harsh encounters, were also cleaning the market site. They therefore promised to keep the facility perpetually clean, without waiting on national government to come and clean it for them.“It is our business to clean it for our own safety. No dropping dirt, no selling on the road,” they were heard shouting, among other slogans they coined.Unlike the past when vehicles could hardly find space to maneuver or make way through the area, vehicles can now freely move without human interference.All vehicles heading outside of Monrovia now park far off from the road to provide space for others, and they do not have to spend hours any longer to enter or exit.Vehicles caught in violation of traffic laws are without compromise impounded and towed to the courtyard of SKD Sports Complex.Pedestrians have space to walk on the road without stepping or dodging goods, and people can now inhale fresh air without holding their noses to avoid the stench of garbage.Prior to the enforcement, the main road in Red Light leading to Kakata had been overwhelmed by garbage, while vehicles could not go to the Goba-Chop Market because of stockpiles of garbage blocking the paved road.Predicated upon filthiness of the commercial district, coupled with blockages caused by sellers, the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) early last week ordered the removal of sellers from the road.Police officers were last Wednesday seen with rattans whipping stubborn vendors and breaking down their make-shift stalls. Since then, police presence has increased at Red Light as vendors are likely to return to the road with their usual attitude and behavior that poses health hazards to the residents.Even with this welcoming development unfolding at Red Light, one condition that remains challenging there is the unimproved parking lots created by the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL).Incorporated as the local transport union in Liberia since 1981, FRTUL has the social responsibility to build terminals for drivers and passengers in its operational areas, but has failed to do so despite numerous promises.It may be recalled that an official of the FRTUL, Joe S. Willie, said it is part of the entity’s responsibility to build terminals in the country for vehicles and passengers, but was still finding it difficult because of lack of adequate land space.Mr. Willie said the FRTUL Monrovia branch is contemplating building a terminal at the Omega site where the new Red Light market is to be relocated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AFC presses APNU for more influence

first_imgLGE talksThe A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) have officially met to commence discussions on reaching an agreement to contest the upcoming Local Government Elections which are slated for November this year.The meeting took place on Monday afternoon following the insistence of the AFC and the dispatch of several pieces of legislation between the two coalition partners.An AFC executive, who spoke with Guyana Times briefly on Tuesday evening said the discussions went well between the two sides and more meetings are scheduled to take place to work out the various agenda items, which require in depth analysis and full agreement.“We had an agreement the last time there was the hosting of Local Government Elections. While we were satisfied with some of the arrangements in place, I think we were concerned about some of the candidates and the allotment of seats in various areas. We were also concerned about the post electoral arrangement and the quality of the candidates that were fielded,” the executive said briefly.The AFC executive declined to say where the meeting actually took place or who were some of the persons present at the initial discourse.“I think we agreed to keep all of those kinds of information confidential until we are at an advanced stage of discussions… so I will not divulge any information about what was actually discussed during that first encounter”, the executive said.Efforts to contact APNU General Secretary Joseph Harmon and AFC General Secretary Marlon Williams for a comment proved futile but the Government’s Department of Public Information did confirm that the meeting took place.Meanwhile, Guyana Times was reliably informed that the AFC is intent on demanding an equal number of candidates to the APNU for the upcoming polls. The party also wants to have more members on the joint slate contesting key areas in Georgetown, with the aim in the end of having the mayorship of the Capital City rotated based on a formal agreement.The talks between the AFC and APNU come on the heels of the first partner issuing an ultimatum last week to discuss several key issues before a formal decision by the AFC to coalesce for the polls.On May 1, 2018, the AFC gave President David Granger 14 days for the meeting to take place after its executives raised concerns about neglect, disrespect and unfair treatment by APNU.last_img read more

Beckett, Ortiz, lead Red Sox to 4-0 victory over Angels in playoff opener

first_img“He’s a guy that wants to be great,” said Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, who came to Boston from the Marlins in the same trade as Beckett. “He doesn’t want to be pretty good. He wants to be the best guy that takes the mound. That’s what you want from your ace.” It was Beckett’s first postseason appearance since blanking the New York Yankees on three days’ rest to clinch the `03 Series for Florida. The last pitcher with consecutive postseason shutouts was current teammate Curt Schilling, who accomplished the feat with the Phillies in 1993 and Arizona in 2001. “You don’t change a lot of things just because now you’re in the postseason,” Beckett said. “You do what made you successful to get here.” Boston rookie Daisuke Matsuzaka will face Kelvim Escobar in Game 2 on Friday. The only 20-game winner in the majors this year, Beckett struck out eight and walked none to improve to 3-2 with a 1.74 ERA in the postseason. He threw 83 of his 108 pitches for strikes and started 21 of the last 23 batters with first-pitch strikes, including 15 in a row. “He was throwing the ball better than he has at any point in the season. He was in control of himself,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “That was a great performance.” Beckett has two shutouts in 166 regular-season starts – and three in six postseason starts. He became the first Boston pitcher to toss a postseason shutout since Luis Tiant beat Cincinnati 6-0 with a five-hitter in the opener of the 1975 World Series. The victory was Boston’s seventh straight in the postseason over the California-Anaheim-Los Angeles Angels, having come back from a 3-1 deficit to win in the 1986 playoffs and then sweeping them in the 2004 best-of-five first round. It was Ortiz who eliminated the Angels with a 10th-inning, series-ending homer in 2004. He hurt them again this year. Kevin Youkilis homered in the first off Los Angeles ace John Lackey, then doubled with one out in the third. Ortiz, who needed a cortisone shot in his ailing right knee on Saturday, followed with his ninth postseason homer to make it 3-0. “This is his time of year, too,” Youkilis said. “For David to come out and have a big hit is always good. Because when David’s confidence is high, this team succeeds.” Lackey won 19 games in the regular season – second only to Beckett – but he couldn’t keep up on Wednesday. Lackey allowed four runs, nine hits and two walks, striking out four in six innings. “With Beckett pitching that way, it’s going to be tough,” Lackey said. “You’ve got to hold down that kind of lineup with not getting much from your side.” Indeed, Beckett was on top of his game – just like last time against the Yankees. He gave up a leadoff single to Chone Figgins and then retired the next 19 batters. The 6-foot-5 right-hander allowed a single to Vladimir Guerrero with one out in the seventh and the crowd applauded politely, as if a no-hitter had been broken up. Howie Kendrick singled in the seventh and Guerrero had another hit with two outs in the ninth. But Beckett got Garret Anderson to fly out to center field, and the Red Sox were celebrating another playoff victory over the Angels. “Beckett was about as good as we’ve seen him,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I don’t think you’re going to be able to pitch a much better game than that.” Lackey had some October success of his own, winning Game 7 of the `02 Series as a rookie to clinch the title for the Angels. But this right-handed Texan also had a more ominous history to live down: He is 1-7 against the Red Sox and 1-5 at Fenway Park, and on Wednesday his struggles continued. After Ortiz’s homer in the third, Lackey walked Manny Ramirez and put him on second with a wild pitch before Lowell’s single made it 4-0. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOSTON – Josh Beckett waited four years between postseason starts. When he got back on the mound, nothing much changed. He’s still Mr. Zero when October rolls around. The 2003 World Series MVP pitched his second consecutive postseason shutout Wednesday night, backed by a two-run homer from David Ortiz that helped the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 in their AL playoff opener. Beckett retired 19 consecutive batters after a leadoff single, allowing just four hits to run his postseason scoreless streak to 18 innings. His three postseason shutouts tie Whitey Ford and Mordecai Brown for second on the career list, one behind Christy Mathewson. last_img

BRIAN ‘DINKY’ DORRIAN APPOINTED NEW SLIGO ROVERS U19 MANAGER

first_imgBrian ‘Dinky’ Dorrian.The man credited by many for nurturing the precocious talent of Seamus Coleman as a teenager – has been appointed the new Sligo Rovers U19 manager.Brian ‘Dinky’ Dorrian currently manages the Donegal Oscar Traynor team and successfully led St Catherine’s to league and cup success last season.He has previously worked with Sligo Rovers FC – and is well-known and respected at the club. Coleman was spotted by Sean Connor when Sligo played St Catherine’s in a friendly encounter – that team was managed by Dorrian – and many credit him with nurturing Coleman as a teenager.Soccer Donegal reported that Sligo Rovers first-team gaffer Dave Robertson was keen to appoint Dorrian – Rafael Cretaro will join Dorrian on his backroom staff.The league begins in March – and Sligo face Derry City in that opener.BRIAN ‘DINKY’ DORRIAN APPOINTED NEW SLIGO ROVERS U19 MANAGER was last modified: January 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Brian DorriannewsSligo Rovers FCsoccerSportlast_img read more

Some hits and misses from Raiders GM Mike Mayock

first_imgALAMEDA — Raiders general manager Mike Mayock has spent the last 15 years as an NFL Network analyst specializing in the NFL draft.His true feelings about prospects will from now on be tied to the Raiders, rather than the NFL Network. His opinions regarding college talent have been on display in public either on the air, through conference calls with the media or on NFL.com web content.Although it’s unreasonable to expect Mayock to be so forthcoming when he’s working for a specific team, …last_img read more

ScienceShot: Genetic ‘App’ Tells You Where You’re From

first_imgWhere are you from? Naming a childhood town is an easy reply for many, but for an adopted child or young refugees separated from their parents, the answer may never come. Now, a new app could help those who are unaware of their ancestral home. Using only DNA sequences, the program can trace how far away a person lives from the land of their forebears, according to a study published today in Nature Communications. The system relies on admixture—a genetic principle that argues that when a family migrates across a geographic barrier into a new location, they start mating with the locals; new traits start blending into their gene pool, and this genetic diversity provides a ruler for gauging the distance from home. The researchers started with a genome database of people from 54 worldwide regions (dots in map above). The subjects had historic ties to their regions dating back centuries. Using this info, the team built an admixture algorithm, dubbed Geographic Population Structure (GPS), which they tested with the genetic info from 600 DNA samples composed of 98 global subpopulations, such as Romanians or the Punjabis of northern India. Based solely on genetic markers, GPS could place individuals within their country of origin 83% of the time. Half of the subjects were pinpointed within 87 km of their reported point of origin. For instance, all female subjects from the mountain commune of San Basilio, Sardinia, were placed in their original village (inset). But the biggest claim made by the study is that humans are a highly mixed species with no evidence for races.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Slideshow: Is the warming Arctic behind winter storms?

first_img NASA/Kathryn Hansen Europe was again hit hard in January and February 2012. Here, a woman walks on snow-covered roads in the village of Llopushnik in southern Kosovo, in January 2012. In New York, the December 2010 blizzard dumped up to 74 centimeters of snow. Slideshow: Is the warming Arctic behind winter storms? The actual atmospheric link between Arctic amplification and the waviness of the jet stream may be disputed, but it is known that a wavier jet stream can enhance the likelihood of frigid winter storms such as the powerful nor’easter in December 2009 that © Rick Friedman/Corbis Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean—including in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas—has dwindled by more than 11% per decade since 1979, due to global warming. The new expanses of open water absorb the sun’s energy rather than reflecting it back into space, further en © Adrian Bradshaw/epa/Corbis © Valdrin Xhemaj/epa/Corbis Winter storms have also blasted eastern Asia, such as this snowstorm that hit Beijing in November 2009. © Gary Hershorn/Reuters/Corbis Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean—including in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas—has dwindled by more than 11% per decade since 1979, due to global warming. The new expanses of open water absorb the sun’s energy rather than reflecting it back into space, further en NASA/GSFC, MODIS Rapid Response/Wikimedia © Tyrone Turner/National Geographic Creative/Corbis center_img NASA/Kathryn Hansen “Snowmageddon” and other powerful winter storms have blasted the United States, Europe, and Asia in recent years. Some scientists have suggested that such extreme weather events—such as those seen in this slideshow—are linked with rapid climate change in the Arctic, including dwindling sea ice. As more sea ice melts and Arctic amplification proceeds, it creates a smaller temperature gradient between the warmer Arctic and lower latitudes. That, in turn, slows down the jet stream, they argue, causing it to become more “wavy” and allowing colder air to penetrate farther south. But other researchers urge caution, questioning whether the data support this linkage, as Science reports today. They note we still have a lot to learn about the Arctic’s impact on the atmosphere.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) © Ian Langsdon/epa/Corbis Another blizzard struck the northeastern United States in December 2010; homes and streets in Scituate, Massachusetts, were also flooded due to extreme high tides. The 2009 to 2010 winter was particularly memorable in the northeastern United States. In February 2010, so much snow fell in the mid-Atlantic area that the media dubbed the event “Snowmageddon.” By Carolyn GramlingFeb. 19, 2015 , 2:00 PM ‹› The same nor’easter cloaked the Chesapeake Bay area in white in December 2009. dbking/Wikimedia © Valdrin Xhemaj/epa/Corbis Europe was again hit hard in January and February 2012. Here, a woman walks on snow-covered roads in the village of Llopushnik in southern Kosovo, in January 2012. The heavy snowfall hasn’t just occurred in the northeastern United States; Europe has been blanketed as well. Snow covered the city of Paris in December 2009. last_img read more

$25 Million Judgment

first_imgThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has won a $24.6 million default judgment against Deep Shah, a fugitive in the Galleon insider trading case.Shah, an ex-analyst at Moody’s, was charged with providing insider tips to Intel’s Roomy Khan, who in turn passed them onto Galleon founder Raj Rajaratnam, who was recently convicted of insider trading.Lawyers for the SEC said Shah had been traced to Mumbai, where a bailiff delivered a complaint at his residence in Juhu in March 2010. He did not respond to the complaint and the judge issued a default judgment.  Related Itemslast_img read more

IPL 2011: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Royal Challengers Bangalore- RCB win by 6 wkts

first_imgAb de Villiers scored an unbeaten 54 as Bangalore beat Kochi by six wickets in their IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday. ScoreChasing 162 – a tough target – Bangalore got off to forgettable start with their opener Tillakaratne Dilshan departing in the second over of the innings. A leading edge off S Sreesanth was well taken by keeper Brendon McCullum, who dived and took a low catch. Dilshan fell for 1 and Bangalore fell to 7/1.Post that wicket opener Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli forged a 41 runs partnership before Vinay Kumar trapped Kohli leg before on 23.Mayank Agarwal, who was batting with confidence all this while finally departed on 33 trying to play inside out off Ravinder Jadeja. He failed to clear the long off boundary even as Vinay Kumar took a fine catch to reduce Bangalore to 85/3 on the last ball of the 10th over.Then it was the turn of Bangalore’s South African import AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary to come to the fore. The two batted, batted even as the asking run rate climbed with every dot ball.They would have liked to continue but that didn’t happen as Tiwary fell trying to slog off Raiphi Gomez in the 18th over with Mahela Jayawardene taking his catch in the deep. He fell for 26 and Bangalore went down to 137/4. But Bangalore’s fortunes took a U-turn in the 19th over when AB de Villiers and Asad Pathan were at the crease. Pathan struck consecutive fours off Vinay Kumar to lead his team to victory.advertisementKochi innings Openers Brendon McCullum and VVS Laxman put on 80 runs for the first wicket as Kochi posted 161/5 in their team’s IPL debut match.  Kochi captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and decided to bat, a fine decision keeping in mind that his openers VVS Laxman and Brendon McCullum got on with the hitting act right away. The two blasted away boundaries and sixes at ease even as the opposition bowlers struggled.Finally, Sir Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan provided the much-needed respite for Bangalore breaking their partnership by claiming Laxman on the last ball of the 9th over. He fell for 36 after a 80-run first wicket stand with McCullum.But McCullum was still at the crease and he went about his business with ease. And only after lot of effort by the opposition bowlers McCullum relented. A top edge of Virat Kohli was taken by Dirk Nannes at third man. He fell for 45 when the team total was 93.Post his wicket Kochi lost their captain Mahela Jayawardene when the total was 124. But there was a lot of batting to come with likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Parthiv Patel in their ranks.Jadeja scored an unbeaten 23 helping Kochi post a fine 161/5 on board in their 20 overs.last_img read more

Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien eyes ICC T20 World Cup 2020

first_imgWith ICC T20 World Cup 2020 due in Australia, Ireland all-rounder Kevin O’Brien said that his side has high ambitions in the shortest format.In spite of suffering a whitewash at the hands of Afghanistan in a recent three-match T20I, the all-rounder is assertive to qualify for the tournament.O’Brien insisted that his side was competitive with the ball in the first game and batting in the next two. In the opening T20I, Ireland bowlers held the neck of the opponents till last over while defending a modest 132. In the second and third, Irish batsmen performed better in the run-chase of 200-plus totals posted by Afghanistan.”It is disappointing to lose 0-3, although Afghanistan are a very good side. We acquitted ourselves well in periods of all three games – especially with the ball in game one, and in the run chase in game two and three. We probably just lacked a little bit of experience towards the end of both innings, but we are certainly gearing up for bigger things in the future especially with the T20 qualifier in October. We are starting to put some good things in place,” ICC quoted O’Brien, as saying.The all-rounder had a good time with the bat, scoring 116 runs at a strike rate of 141.46. He was promoted up the order and is hopeful to get more opportunities.”I love batting at the top of the order. I have done it for franchise teams in the past and had some success. I think our performances in the past in T20 needed a change, and hopefully this move continues to be a successful one,” he said.advertisementIn their next assignment, Ireland will meet Afghanistan for five-match one-day international series, starting February 28.”We have got to go in fresh, but still take in what we have learnt from the T20s with the bat and ball. Their [Afghanistan] squad is very similar in that they have four or five guys coming in and it is important we learn quickly from this experience and try to implement it in the 50-over game,” O’Brien said.Also Read | Krunal Pandya takes heart from spirited bowling show in Visakhapatnam T20IAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah a class act, has a great cricketing brain: Pat Cumminslast_img read more