West Indies should win World T20

first_imgIt might sound paradoxical, but in a strange way, Twenty20 cricket has emerged as destroyer and saviour of West Indies cricket.Destroyer in the sense that it has effectively captured the hearts and passion of an entire generation of regional players, who could not care less about playing traditional Test cricket, saviour in the sense that the very same heart and passion for Twenty20 cricket by the modern players have led to us producing some of the best Twenty20 players in the world, which has resulted in the West Indies now having one of, if not the best, Twenty20 teams in the world.It is absolutely refreshing to see the West Indies entering an international tournament as genuine contenders. I will go even further by stating that the West Indies should win the World T20. The 15-man squad heading to India is full of tried and proven matchwinners.I have counted at least 10 individuals in that squad who, on any given day, can single-handedly win a game against any opposition. I venture to say there are more potential and proven matchwinners in this West Indies squad than in any other squad, including India, playing at home, and the powerful Australians.CLICKING ON ALL CYLINDERSThe objective must be for the entire team to click on all cylinders and produce overall matchwinning performances game after game but, realistically, that is not going to happen. The more realistic ask is for at least one of our stars to put their hand up and produce one match-winning performance in every single game.It should be an understanding in that West Indies dressing room that at least one of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree, Jerome Taylor, Sunil Narine and Kierron Pollard, pending availability, be obligated, by professional responsibility, to produce at least one big performance per game.The eligibility of Narine will be the key. The psychological impact of having our mystery bowler in the team will be immeasurable, even if the adjustments to his bowling action affect his execution even at 60 or 70 per cent Narine will still be a real threat.Pollard has been out of cricket for a while, but he is such a physical specimen and natural athlete, a perfect fit for this explosive format of the game, his reintroduction could very well be seamless. Worst case scenario should these two are unavailable, there is the emerging Carlos Brathwaite and Johnson Charles, a member of the 2012 winning team, both waiting in the wings.I have said and written some mean things about West Indies cricket in recent times, all justified and fair, in a context where the Windies continue to embarrass the people of the region in the longer versions of the game. I am now a full convert from traditional Test and ODI cricket to T20, as far as the West Indies team in concerned.The importance of winning this particular title, at this point in time, is crucial for the West Indies cricket brand. The sooner we realise and admit that we are a hopeless and pathetic embarrassment in Test and ODIs, it should be clearer to all that winning the World T20 would mean so much more to the region and its people, as they yearn to stand tall and proud again. GO WINDIES!last_img read more

Touring exhibition on women in politics and public life opens in Donegal

first_imgDonegal County Museum has welcomed a new temporary exhibition celebrating 100 years of women in politics and public life. The pop-up exhibition shines a spotlight on the stories of women who have contributed significantly to Irish society over the past century. Through information panels, films and historical memorabilia, the displays focus on the challenges women faced and the obstacles they overcame.This exhibition is curated by historian Sinéad McCoole and supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of the Decade of Centenaries programme. 100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life 1918-2018′ at Donegal County MuseumThis exhibition encourages people of all ages to reflect upon and celebrate all that have been achieved over the past 100 years.  There is, however, considerable work remaining to be done. In 1918, women exercised their right to vote for the first time, and their right to stand for parliament with Countess de Markievicz being elected.  Since then only 113 women have been elected to Dáil Éireann. Only 19 of these have been appointed to Cabinet, including Mary Coughlan from Donegal Town, who was first elected as a Fianna Fáil TD in 1997 and who held five Ministerial portfolios between 2001 and 2011 and Cecilia Keaveney from Moville, who served as Fianna Fáil TD between 1996 and 2007 and as a Senator from 2007 to 2011.100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life 1918-2018′ at Donegal County MuseumThe exhibition includes personal stories and memories. Much of this previously unseen archive material, photographs, letters, diaries and ephemera have added layers of meaning to the complex narrative surrounding women’s participation in political and public life over the past 100 years.  Admission is free. The exhibition runs to the end of June.Opening hours 10am – 4.30pm Lunch 12.30 – 1pm Saturday 1- 4.30pm.Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. T 074 9124613 E museum@donegacoco.ieTouring exhibition on women in politics and public life opens in Donegal was last modified: April 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Unprofitable grain prices continue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grain prices continue to be low, stressful, and unprofitable for Ohio and U.S. producers. While March CBOT corn last summer on July 13 had reached $4.62, it has spent little time above the $4 since October. It then fell to $3.64 mid-November. Corn basis levels continue to be historic and record setting. Producers in Ohio are experiencing those levels due to the state seeing demand exceed production. Ethanol plants are a constant demand that appear to be committed to remain in production for the long term. In addition, the weather extremes seen in western and northwest Ohio last summer pulled down corn production for Ohio. Feed plants in those areas will work hard to source their corn as they will be in strong competition with the ethanol plants long into the summer.While the year is new and fresh, the harsh reality of lower grain prices is old and stale. Grain producers long for much better prices for corn and soybeans. Many producers cannot make money with corn below $4 and soybeans below $9. While grain prices are sharply below those seen two to four years ago, input prices are not. Land owners are yielding little to lower cash rents. In recent years customers in many different Ohio counties report taxes have more than doubled. Fertilizer prices have dropped in recent months. Used equipment prices have seen big drops in the past year.Details from numerous important dates in December 2015 will continue to dominate market news and price activity in coming weeks. Newly elected Argentina president, Mauricio Marci, came into office on Dec. 10. His election several weeks earlier dominated the news, providing lots of price volatility especially for soybeans. March CBOT soybeans made new contracts lows, reaching $8.47 the day following Marci’s election. Analysts thought his pro-business stance, in sharp contrast to the previous socialist government, would push soybeans from Argentina’s producers into the market. Marci had proposed the lowering of grain export taxes and a currency devaluation in Argentina. That combination could bring up to 20 million tons of soybeans to the market in coming months.Dec. 14 was the next important date. Argentina President Mauricio Marci was to begin detailing his campaign promises now that he has been elected. Grain prices in November and December had additional volatility due to the huge uncertainty of how grain export taxes would be changed. Prior to Dec. 14, different levels of tax relief for corn, soybeans, and wheat had been floated. There were even ideas of reduced soybean export taxes that varied week by week into the future. Then the talk of currency devaluation brought much uncertainty. The amount of U.S, dollar currency Argentina held in reserve would play a role in the actual implementation of Argentina’s currency devaluation.Dec. 16 was the final date of importance, this date regarding the U.S. Fed. Many have assumed an interest rate increase would take place, and it did. An future increase is likely with additional increases in the next 12 months. Better than expected U.S. jobs reports this fall give credence to an improving U.S. economy and concerns of inflation returning to the forefront.The passing of these dates will bring additional details along with price movements for corn, soybeans, and wheat. One word alone will bring more uncertainty. Weather. While not new, keep this in your memory bank. El Niño. The current El Niño is the strongest one in the past 20 years. Some use the word, “monster,” to detail its current status. It could influence weather events for the next decade. It is scary when most think of weather in weeks or months, not years.Midwest two-week weather forecasts in mid-December called for above normal temperatures. Grain producers have had very few days since harvest with the desired temperatures to run the fans in grain bins. Cold grain has a much better chance to condition properly for the winter. This very unusual weather factor could prove to be of major influence for the next three months.last_img read more

Will Microsoft Close Office 365’s ‘Household’ Discount Loophole?

first_imgRelated Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#education#Microsoft#Microsoft Office Office 365, already priced as a cheaper, subscription alternative to Microsoft’s retail Office packages, may offer families and friends additional discounts, provided that Microsoft doesn’t close a key loophole.What Makes A Household?At this point, Microsoft’s Office 365 package charges one fee per household, but it’s not exactly clear what the definition of “household” is. Since the Office 365 license covers five devices, it’s unclear whether Microsoft will treat a “household” as a single IP, or cover extended family such as parents and adult children who may move out of the home.Microsoft representatives couldn’t supply an answer. “I don’t believe any one has asked me that question before,” said Oliver Roll, a general manager at Microsoft.After teasing Office 365’s launch on its website, Microsoft has come clean: Tuesday marks the consumer launch of Office 365, plus Office 365 University. Consumers will pay $99.99 per year ($8.34 per month) for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access, plus 60 minutes of Skype calling and extra SkyDrive storage; students will pay $79.99 for four years of the University bundle. Microsoft also revealed that business users will receive access to Office 365 on February 27.Microsoft also launched its traditional Office packages: Home & Student ($139.99), Home & Business ($219.99), and Professional ($399.99). Each version can be licensed by either one Mac or PC, forever, except for the Professional version. That’s PC-only.Microsoft’s Roll said that the typical household would benefit from the new Office 365 pricing, but the exact payoff will vary by the number of devices in the house and other factors. “I’m a busy parent… I might have five or six devices at home and at work,” he said. “I want Office to run on those devices, and I want instant access to my documents and settings on the device I’m using. People have begun to expect instant access to music and movies with services like Netflix; we don’t think Office is any different.”The addition of Office 365 University adds a new wrinkle for students, however. Previously, students who purchased Office 2010 University received a perpetual license to the software for $99.99. The Office 365 version only lasts four years, but grants students a pair of licenses, they could use it on a Surface Pro as well as a notebook PC, for example, or even split the cost with a roommate.Roll said he didn’t know whether or not a consumer Office 365 license would be geographically locked – in other words, why couldn’t a family simply install a copy of Office 365 on a PC that a student would take to college? (From a price perspective, however, it really doesn’t matter that much; $99.99 split among five PCs is $20; multiply that by four years, and it’s $80, the same as the University Bundle.)A small family with one or two PCs, however, plus a set of parents, might benefit from essentially paying $20 per year, per PC.Sharing Can Be A Good ThingHow strictly Microsoft enforces that policy is well, up to Microsoft. HBO, for example, notoriously doesn’t enforce username and password sharing, providing up to three accounts per subscriber. “In private, HBO executives did not dispute the notion that the password borrowing could lead young people to subscribe to HBO in the future,” The New York Times has reported. Sharing an Office 365 account might do the same.Unlike Google, Microsoft’s Office 365 doesn’t live entirely in the cloud, as users will be able to download copies to their PC that will allow them to run offline. Patching and upgrades will happen automatically, however, and Roll said that new features will be added more frequently than Microsoft has traditionally done.Businesses Love Office 365Microsoft also claimed that Office 365 has been a hit among its enterprise customers; 20% of all enterprises that use Office have subscribed to Office 365, and among small and midsize companies, Microsoft has seen a 150% increase, Roll said. Part of that may be ascribed to Google, which recently pared the free version of its Google Apps product from its enterprise portfolio. At the beginning of the year, both the Department of Defense and the city of Chicago signed on to use Office and other Microsoft products and services. Now, Roll said, the Catholic International Education Office, covering 2.5 million students across 103 countries, has signed on to use Office 365, as has the All India Council for Technical Education.“In the business world some of those core parts… are the same – business users want to be able to access their documents regardless of what device they’re using,” Roll said. “They’d like their settings to be personalized; SkyDrive is an important part of the business services. I save documents at work to SkyDrive… and on my home PC, I pick up where I left off.”Office 365 will also include the Office Store, a marketplace for add-ons and plug-ins that includes project software, new dictionaries, and even companies like Gliffy, which Microsoft invited even though it competes with Microsoft-branded products.(See Inside The New Microsoft Office App Store: One Developer’s Real World Story.)center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair markhachmanlast_img read more

Spurious liquor claims three lives in UP’s Mahmudabad

first_imgThree persons died after consuming spurious liquor in the Mahmudabad area of Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district, police said on Thursday.Four others who took ill are being treated in Lucknow.The victims had purchased the liquor, close to the Barabanki border, from a person identified as Kanhaiya Kumar, said police.Sitapur SP L.R. Kumar said prima facie it appears that the victims had consumed the spurious liquor on Sunday and then started to develop complications.“It is a big lapse somewhere on the part of the police and excise departments,” the SP said.The main accused and his two associates have been arrested and questioning is on.The police is trying to find out from where the spurious liquor was sourced.The police outpost in-charge was suspended for negligence while action is also being taken against the inspector of Mahmudabad, said the SP.This comes after more than 20 persons died in Barabanki district after consuming spurious liquor from a licensed shop.last_img read more