Gabriel praises team effort

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has heaped praises on his teammates and captain Jason Holder, following West Indies’ demolition of Pakistan in the second Test on Thursday.The spearhead of the Windies attack grabbed five for 11 in a brilliant spell of pace bowling on a wearing track as Pakistan were dismissed for 81 in pursuit of 188 for victory at Kensington Oval, giving the hosts a 106-run win.Gabriel, who finished with a nine-wicket match haul to earn Man of the Match honours, said the success had been as a result of a collective team effort.”I think it was a good performance, a good team effort,” the Trinidadian told reporters.”The way Roston (Chase) played in the first innings and the way the bowlers bowled – (Devendra) Bishoo picking up some key wickets and the rest of bowlers.GOOD LEAD”In the second innings, Shai (Hope) put up his hand and batted although he was struggling [previously], but we always know, as a team, once we got a good lead on a fifth-day pitch, things would happen for us.”Gabriel was well supported by seamer Holder, who claimed three wickets in each innings, and also gathered a fluent half-century in the first innings.However, the 29-year-old Gabriel also pointed to Holder’s captaincy as key in the success.”Jason is a good captain. He’s learning and improving a lot,” he stressed.”One good thing about him is that he’s willing to take advice and try new things, and that’s a good thing for the team and for West Indies cricket.”Following a slow start to his international career, Gabriel has picked up intensity in recent months and has now emerged as the leader of the West Indies attack.He has taken 62 wickets from 25 Tests, and his form in the longer format has subsequently led to his debut One-Day International, where he has also reaped success.last_img read more

Showdown ensues over irregularity

first_imgGPSU elections… Police called in to pacify situationHigh drama surrounded the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) elections on Saturday as Police had to be called in over the refusal of election officials to provide the voters list to supporters of incumbent President Patrick Yarde’s challenger. The tension was high at the GPSU headquarters on Shiv Chanderpaul drive as the union’s Presidential candidate, Gregory Gaspar and his supporters cried foul over the process. Gaspar, who spoke to this publication outside the building, was adamant that the list was not a private document.“We were informed last night (Friday) that the counting would have resumed at nine today. So we are here. And I think at nine fifteen the election officer would have taken one of the boxes and took off the seal, emptied it out on the table and said, we’re are here to proceed with the counting.”“I intervened; I said we would not proceed with the counting until I have the list for that particular box so that I can know how many votes were cast. His words to me were if I am trying to stall the process and that we can get the list after. I said no, (that) that is not standard operating procedure, we need to get the list first so that we can do the proper checks and balances.”“To date, he had abandoned the building. That box that was opened, the ballots are on the table, he has vacated his post. He hopped in his vehicle and drove away. That was about an hour ago.”In a strongly worded letter addressed to Elections Officer Herman De Souza, Gaspar had complained that the list was requested on April 23, 26, 27, 28 and 29, but was never provided. In the letter, he also complained about ballot boxes being delivered without the elections or assistant elections officers present.The letter also raised the issue of no statement of polls for outlying regions such as Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) being made available to members.“Members are aware that this information is critical for validating the count of ballots cast for the respective stations/roving ballot boxes, and I therefore demand that this information be made available to each candidate contesting the GPSU elections for 2017, as well as the observers witnessing the count prior to the counting of ballots.”In addition, Gaspar expressed fears that voters were inadvertently disenfranchised. He stated that after the injunction restraining the holding of the election of office bearers for the Executive Council of the Guyana Public Service Union was discharged, De Souza had set the election for April 27, 2017.“This action resulted in the disenfranchisement of several eligible voters of the Guyana Public Service Union as ample notice was not given to all eligible voters. Many of these voters indicated that efforts were made to have this matter addressed but to no avail, and have informed me of same,” Gaspar stated in his letter.Gaspar also expressed concern about the condition in which some of the boxes arrived. In his letter, Gaspar referenced a Region Three ballot box which he stated was allegedly tampered with. He said that allegations that votes from non-eligible voters were placed in the box should be reviewed before finalising the electionsHe stated that in one case four ballot boxes from Linden, Region 10 arrived with three seals broken. Gaspar related that he approached the elections officer earlier, but was told that they were given three seals for each box.“The one that came from Linden only had one seal. The others were open and empty. We asked how come and we were told that someone who was working with the boxes emptied out everything and put them in one box,” he said.Gaspar was adamant that this was a breach as no one was authorised to breach the seal. He stated that as a result of these events the elections results would be compromised.Their position had, up to press time, resulted in a standoff as the ballots had not been counted. It is understood that Police were eventually brought by election officials to mediate the imbroglio and to ensure that law and order was maintained.Meanwhile, the Chief Elections Officer late Saturday evening said that despite efforts to ensure that the elections process is not only free, fair and transparent, but also free from fear, it has become apparent that there are individuals determined to disrupt the process. According to De Souza, this will only result in the disenfranchisement of the thousands of members throughout the numerous branches across the length and breadth of Guyana.“All parties concerned were pertinently informed in a timely manner of the intention to recommence the counting and verification of ballots at 09:00 am Saturday. However, as the process was about to commence, my staff and I were subjected to disruption and intimidating behaviour, meted out by some candidates and what appeared to be their supporters; many of whom admitted themselves into the building without proper authorisation, and refused to exit when instructed to do so by internal security personnel,” the elections officer said.The disruption lasted until 15:30h, a period of six and one half hours after the time counting was officially scheduled to commence.“This action gives me the impression that persons present are deliberately attempting to obstruct the counting process which is necessary for there to be a declaration of the results of the elections.”last_img read more

Ovella leads foreign based players in Emerging Stars team

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars attacking midfielder Ovella Ochieng in action. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 4 – Ovella Ochieng who plies his trade in Sweden is among five foreign based players named in the Kenya football Under-23 team to face their Mauritius counterparts in an African U23 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier slated for November 14.  Head coach Francis Kimanzi has also named England based duo of Jonah Ayunga and Henry Ochieng and Georgia based Alwyn Tera. Also, in the squad is Harambee Stars lanky defender Joseph Okumu. Earlier on Sunday, a provisional squad of 57 players, who had undergone a two-day assessment for possible inclusion into the team, was trimmed to an 18-man final squad that is set to report camp on Friday, November 9.Kenya, who are also known as the Emerging Stars, will kick-off their campaign at home in two weeks time at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani before jetting out to Mauritius for the return leg set to be played on November 18.The winner of the clash on aggregate will proceed to the second round, with a third round also in line.The final tourney set to be played in November 2019 in Egypt will act as a qualifier to the 2020 Olympics.Foreign Based PlayersJoseph Okumu (Defender: Real Monarchs, USA), Alwyn Tera (Midfielder: FC Saburtalo, Georgia), Henry Ochieng (Midfielder: Braintree Town, England), Jonah Ayunga (Forward: Sutton United, England), Ovella Ochieng (Forward: Vasalund, Sweden)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

College to get $200 million gift

first_imgCLAREMONT – An alumnus of Claremont McKenna College announced Thursday that he is donating $200 million to establish a master’s degree program in finance and to fund scholarships for undergraduates with leadership potential. The gift from Robert Day, founder and chairman of the Trust Co. of the West, was described as the single-largest donation to an American liberal arts college. “This is an incredible gift,” campus President Pamela Gann said. “Many great institutions would rarely have the opportunity to have a gift like this, so we are strongly indebted to (Day). It is an extraordinary act of generosity.” Forbes magazine recently estimated Day’s fortune at $1.6 billion and ranked him 297th in its listing of the 400 richest Americans. His gift is unusual for its huge size in relation to the small college, which enrolls just 1,140 students and specializes in public policy and economics. The gift will be used to create Claremont McKenna’s first graduate program, a one-year master’s for 50 students. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Schmitz Nets Game Winner in 1-0 Win Over Weber State

first_img Preview LAS VEGAS – Sophomore Annie Schmitz (St. Louis, Mo.) scored the game winning goal in the 95th minute as the Drake University women’s soccer team defeated Weber State, 1-0, Sunday afternoon in Drake’s final game at the UNLV Invitational. Full Schedule Roster Live Stats “We are thrilled with the shutout, and gained a lot of experience from these two games,” Horner said. “Our schedule doesn’t get any easier as we prepare for a BIG EAST opponent on the road, but we are looking forward to recovering from this trip and improving ourselves prior to Friday.”Seniors Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill.), Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan.) and junior Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.) were each named to the UNLV Invitational All-Tournament team. at Marquette 8/25/2017 – 7:30 p.m. It was the first career goal for Schmitz, who helped Drake (1-1) earn its first win of 2017 after dropping the opener to host UNLV on Friday night. Her goal came from 15 yards out from the left corner as she beat Weber State (0-2) goalkeeper Nikki Pittman. Junior Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.) assisted on the goal.center_img “We proved to be adaptable in the attack and resilient defensively today,” said head coach Lindsey Horner. “Weber State was disciplined with their line of confrontation and were compact behind the ball, which we hadn’t seen yet this year. Our players solved this in the second half and did a much better job of being multidimensional in breaking down their backs. A lot of players gave us quality minutes regardless of the quantity, that allowed us to keep a high level of energy in this heat.” Drake freshman goalkeeper Kelsie Stone (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) made her first career start and tallied three saves. Seniors Brooke Salisbury (Kearney, Mo.) and Ali Smith (Overland Park, Kan.) anchored the Bulldogs’ defensively as they each played the entire match and helped limit Weber State to three shots on goal. Watch Live Next Game: Drake travels to Milwaukee, Wis. Aug. 25 to play at Marquette. First kick is set for 7:30 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Cross Country Travels To Oz Memorial

first_img Live Results The Drake University cross country teams travel to Minnesota Friday, Sept. 7, to compete in one of the Bulldogs’ more meaningful meets of the the season, the Oz Memorial.The Oz Memorial is named in honor of longtime Drake University head coach Gary Osborne. This year’s edition of the event begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. with a men’s 4-mile race followed by a 6-kilometer women’s race at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs will compete against the host, Minnesota, Minnesota State and Concordia-St. Paul at the Les Bolstad Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.The races will be the second of the season for the Bulldogs who opened up their 2018 campaign last Friday at the Hawkeye Invitational. Following this weekend’s competition, the team will train for two weeks prior to returning to Minnesota for the Roy Griak Invitational. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Story Linkslast_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins’ G-League practice schedule is finalized

first_imgWarriors center DeMarcus Cousins is expected to practice with the Santa Cruz Warriors Monday and Wednesday in an effort to ramp up the workload on his injured Achilles, league sources told the Bay Area News Group.ESPN’s The Undefeated was first to report the news that Cousins will be sent down to Santa Cruz on Monday.The plan for Cousins – who tore his Achilles in January – is to participate in five-on-five scrimmages with the G-League club Monday, then travel back to Oakland for the …last_img

South African heritage gets online home

first_img3 December 2012South Africans are now able to air their views online regarding the protection of their cultural heritage through the South African Heritage Resources Agency’s (SAHRA’s) web-based database portal, launched last week.The South African Heritage Resource Information System is available on www.sahra.org.za/sahris.The portal is an exciting, first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, said SAHRA public relations officer, Berri Samuels.“It takes SA heritage and puts everything into one place; it is accessible by all South Africans, through visiting the website and registering,” she said.“This is an administrative tool that can be used by Heritage Resource Management and other bodies.”Samuels said the website was created in a way that will show all online users how to explore the site and guide them on how to create and submit their applications.“All records created from now on may be recorded, tracked and followed up by users,” she said, adding that the applications include permits for archaeology, sites, heritage objects, graves and wrecks.According to Samuels, decisions about permit applications are recorded and may now be tracked online.“This is great progress for accessibility, transparency, prevention of loss and delays. The public may even use the web portal as a means to submit a nomination site for declaration,” she said.‘Fully digitalised and paperless’Project manager Nick Wiltshire said with the introduction of the web portal, all permit applications are now being submitted and recorded online.“It’s fully digitalised, it’s paperless and it uses a very sophisticated GIS [Geographic Information System] platform and is the first website in the world where people can see a map with all the developments taking place across the country,” he said.“If people think that a particular proposed development in their area will result in the demolition of their heritage site, they can visit the web portal and express their objections or even leave messages of support.”The development of the plan began in January this year using the Drupal Content Management System platform in line with SAHRA’s overall adoption of free open source software.The system has been tested and used by SAHRA’s employees since May this year and it is now being rolled out to all the country’s nine provinces.The system enables the efficient and co-ordinated management of South Africa’s heritage and the maximum benefit to heritage resources by appropriate promotion and use of these resources.The agency has already trained four heritage authorities in Kwazulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Free State. In January, more training will the done in the remaining provinces.SAHRA, which is an agency of the Arts and Culture Department, is an administrative body responsible for the protection of South Africa’s cultural heritage.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Inspiring the next generation of content creators

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puckcenter_img The arrival of virtual reality means we now stand at the cusp of a shift in how media will be created, shared and consumed. The immersive and interactive nature of VR promises to go far beyond today’s video content designed for two dimensional displays and ushers in an entirely new era for creators and how they can interact with their fans. In VR, content creators won’t just have viewers, they’ll have participants with them in experiences that go beyond the confines of today’s flat screens.Traditionally, on video platforms like Twitch and YouTube content creators and streamers have used webcams and screen capture to create compelling content for their communities. Live-streaming and recording gameplay via video recreate the social experience of sitting next to a friend and talking with them while they’re playing a game on a computer screen. VR changes this framework by allowing content creators to literally step inside the game and send out content, effectively turning virtual spaces into real spaces.This isn’t only for a far future being dreamed of by VR aficionados; you can see glimpses of this future today. Recently, the creative geniuses at Hyper RPG pitched us an out-of-the-box concept for a new weekly show filmed in VR for the Twitch audience.See also: What we’ve learned about VR ads after millions of impressionsInspired by a demo of VREAL working with Bossa Studios’ wacky VR game “Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality,” Zac Eubank and the Hyper RPG team came up with the concept for ER VR, a competitive surgery show complete with a panel of judges and weekly special guests. Using our platform tools, Hyper RPG is able to place multiple camera operators inside each level of Surgeon Simulator, creating a unique way of experiencing the game from different perspectives during competitive (and hilarious) play, and integrating those views into their Twitch broadcast.This tweet from Lucas Eubank captures the virtual camera rig that the Hyper RPG team have created in just one level of the game.The additional of VR-based camera rigs effectively turns the entire Surgeon Simulator game into a sound stage, enabling creators like HyperRPG to build entirely new streaming experiences filmed in VR and broadcast to today’s 2D audience. The show airs weekly on Fridays at 4:30pm PST at http://www.twitch.tv/hyperrpg.Here’s an example of the mix of video and VR content that the Twitch audience sees during ER VR live show.Because the talented team at Hyper RPG already have extensive production skills, they can directly transfer that experience to VR to create compelling content using a new set of tools. A virtual camera in VR on a virtual stage works very much like a video camera in a physical studio. But VR takes it beyond what can be achieved in the physical realm. Because the game sessions are captured as native VR streams–a VR bubble in time, if you will–a producer can rewind the stream and film the same event multiple times from different camera angles, in order to capture the perfect shot or get just the right angle when a guest reacts to something in VR in an entertaining way.Sharing VR content in 2D is just the first step in this evolution. Soon we’ll see what it’s like for their viewers to watch from their own perspectives within their own VR headsets.VR enables content creators to invite their audience to literally step inside the game with them and experience gameplay and experiences in ways that were never before possible. With the viewer’s perspective unlocked and unbounded, content creators have an unprecedented amount of creative freedom and this grants them the ability to do what they do best: entertain.Left by the wayside will be the need for controlled experiences where streamers dictate focus, perspective, and camera movements. The viewer’s background, perspective, and actions color the experience, making it infinitely repeatable and unique in every instance of consumption. The Observer Effect as applied to entertainment media if you will.With unbounded opportunities for creative expression, and rapidly evolving definitions of participant, viewer and even media itself, entertainment stands on the precipice of a new golden age where we once again redefine our relationships with media, each other, and society at large.Todd Hooper is the founder and CEO of VREAL, the first platform for VR game streaming and discovery. Armed with social streaming, VREAL helps developers build a great community around their games, empowers streamers to broadcast VR games, and enables viewers to enjoy streams in full VR. Todd is an experienced entrepreneur, having founded and operated multiple companies in the enterprise and entertainment markets. He started developing video games in assembly code as a teenager. Prior to VREAL, Todd was VP Online Services at Unity, leading their initiative to revolutionize the way games developers create and connect with an audience.This article is part of our Virtual Reality series. You can download a high-resolution version of the landscape featuring 431 companies here Todd Hooper Tags:#content creation#featured#hyper RPG#Internet of Things#IoT#top#virtual reality#VR#VREAL last_img read more

Getting to Know You: A Follow Up to Our Speech Development Webinar

first_imgby Mollie Romano, Ph.D., SLP-CCCImage from Pixabay.com, CC0Infants spend much of their very first year getting to know their caregivers, as caregivers get to know them! Even after a few weeks of life, sensitive and nurturing parents know what their baby likes and doesn’t like, their habits, their temperaments, and their quirks as they watch development unfold rapidly. While my own children are bigger now, I love watching my friends get to know their own newborns.  I follow their postings on Facebook as they muse over the way their newborn sleeps with his eyes partially open, or the funny sounds she makes after eating just before falling asleep. These little things mark the growing connection between caregivers and their children, and it sets the stage for communication development within the context of those early relationships. During our webinar on March 8, Dr. Woods and I discussed major milestones during that incredible first year, from vocalization development to gesture use to the emergence of a first true word.A few questions came up during our webinar regarding the early vocalizations infants begin to intentionally produce around 8 weeks of age.  I mentioned how the “control of phonation” stage typically involves vowel production. There is minimal normative data that points to a specific order of acquisition of vowel sounds. However, what is known about motor development provides some clues.  In most areas of development, babies master the easier skills first and use them to build more advanced skills. In terms of speech sounds, vowels are very easy to produce – all you have to do is move your tongue to a different spot in your mouth and send some sounds out of your vocal folds. Easy as pie compared to some consonant sounds that require specific positions in the mouth! Because infants in this age range do not yet have much head and neck control and are on their backs much of the time, gravity pulls the tongue back in the mouth. For this reason, the so-called back vowels, like “ah” and “oooo” are some of the early sounds infants begin to vocalize intentionally! But in short order, they begin playing around with other sounds too, and it is a delight to hear!Additionally, all that vocal play isn’t just about the sounds themselves, it is about drawing in a responsive partner who makes those silly sounds back and engages in a “conversation” with the baby. Yet some children do not produce the inventory of speech sounds we should hear in the first year of life. Children with hearing loss, for instance, do not vocalize with the same variety of sounds as a typical infant would, and this is an early marker for detecting a problem with hearing. Likewise, because these sounds develop in a social context, children with social communication difficulties like autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often show differences in speech sound production. Data indicate that infants and toddlers with ASD use speech sounds for communication at a lower rate than their peers, but they also vocalize to show distress at a higher rate than typical infants [1].  Other special populations begin to show differences in speech sound development in their first year as well. Infants with Down syndrome typically begin by vocalizing with vowels and at a similar rate as their peers, but by the end of the first year, they do not use as wide a range of consonants or patterns of syllables in their babbling [2].Parents and teachers can do so much to support sound development by imitating the sounds that a baby makes, and by adding on a few additional sounds! No fancy tools or gadgets are required! By engaging with the baby, copying her first, and adding on sounds in a simple and fun way, caregivers can build up or increase those sounds.In fact, many caregivers just do this naturally through what used to be called “motherese.”  “Motherese,” or the more gender equitable “infant-directed speech,” involves using an exaggerated intonation, a higher pitch, and lots more repetition. Interestingly, research shows that it works and that instinctively caregivers use infant-directed speech around the world!  Infant-directed speech keeps little ones more engaged and conversant and helps them participate in those early conversations. It may feel silly for some adults, but it works and is an effective way to draw infants into back and forth exchanges with a social partner. For children who are dual language learners, this fun, exaggerated speech could aid each of their language systems even more!There is so much more to learn and discuss about the first year of language development, and we will continue to build on it in the next webinar. We will focus more on dual language learners as well as how language builds up to conversations and toward pre-academic skills. Join us on June 28, 2018, for all that, and more!  To learn more about the upcoming webinar and to register visit the Learn Event page for more information.ReferencesPlumb, A. M., & Wetherby, A. M. (2013). Vocalization development in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56(2), 721-734.Sokol, S. B., & Fey, M. E. (2013). Consonant and syllable complexity of toddlers with Down syndrome and mixed-aetiology developmental delays. International journal of speech-language pathology, 15(6), 575-585.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, Ph.D., members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on YouTube.last_img read more