Windies slip further in world rankings

first_img Race against time UBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC): West Indies’ hopes of an automatic World Cup spot suffered yet another blow when they slid even further in the latest ICC One-Day International (ODI) rankings released yesterday. The Caribbean side remained ninth in the rankings but lost four ratings points to slip to 79, falling further behind eighth placed Pakistan in their race for a top eight place in order to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in England. Hosts England and the next seven highest-ranked sides at the September 30 cut-off date will qualify for the showpiece. With their latest slide, the Windies are now nine points adrift of Pakistan who dropped two points in the latest rankings. The two sides met recently in a pivotal three-match one-day series with Pakistan emerging winners by a 2-1 margin. Two-time World Cup champions West Indies are running out of time to improve their ranking with series against minnows Afghanistan in June and England in September remaining. Should the Windies fail to qualify automatically, they will enter a 10-team qualification tournament in an attempt to secure one of the two remaining World Cup berths. South Africa and Australia, meanwhile, have remained top of the ODI rankings, with the Proteas gaining four points to move up to 123 and the Aussies remaining stagnant. India, meanwhile, have gained five points and replace New Zealand in third place with the Black Caps dropping to fourth. England lie fifth on 109 points, Sri Lanka are sixth despite dropping five points while Bangladesh are seventh on 91.last_img read more

Sports today

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TV/RADIOBASKETBALL5 p.m.NCAA: Women’s Basketball Selection Special ESPN FOOTBALL4 p.m.Arena League: L.A. Avengers at Orlando Predators.ESPN2 NHL4 p.m.Washington Capitals at Atlanta Thrashers.VS. 7:30 p.m.Edmonton Oilers at Kings. FSN/1150 center_img SOCCER11 p.m.MEXICAN SOCCER Monterrey vs. U.A. de Guadalajara. (T)FSC TENNIS11 a.m.ATP TENNIS Pacific Life Open – Early Round.TENNIS 7 p.m.ATP TENNIS Pacific Life Open – Early Round.TENNIS last_img read more

Thousands march for immigrant rights

first_img“We are hardworking people. We just want to be here legally,” said Maria Navas, a sewing factory worker from El Salvador who has been in Los Angeles for 14 years. Also Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge overseeing a federal consent decree to order a hearing on the Police Department’s use of force on May 1. The decree requires police reforms in the aftermath of the so-called Rampart scandal that involved allegations of wrongdoing by officers in an anti-gang unit. On May 1, riot police struck demonstrators and journalists with batons and fired more than 240 rubber bullets to disperse a large immigration rally at MacArthur Park west of downtown. Police said they responded after being pelted by rocks and bottles. No one was seriously hurt, but at least 60 citizen complaints involving as many as 100 officers have been filed. Four investigations are ongoing, and two high-ranking police officials have been demoted. On Thursday, marchers gathered in front of a Wilshire Boulevard church for a “town hall” meeting before the procession. Among them was state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, who represents the district and was among political leaders strongly criticizing the police action. LOS ANGELES – Demonstrators marching for immigration reform converged peacefully Thursday on the site of the so-called May Day melee, where police hit protesters and journalists with batons and rubber bullets just over two weeks ago. The march by roughly 2,000 immigrants and their supporters was aimed at reassuring the community that they could exercise their constitutional rights. “In this great city, we can walk and march with our families,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the crowd. “And we can march in peace.” The roughly 10-block procession that led to MacArthur Park followed an announcement in Washington, D.C., of an agreement between the White House and top lawmakers on a sweeping immigration plan to grant legal status to millions of people in the country unlawfully. People in the tall office buildings that line Wilshire Boulevard waved from windows as the marchers filed past. At each intersection, about four officers stood guard. When people arrived at MacArthur Park, a police officer used a bullhorn to direct marchers in Spanish, saying “Thank you for your cooperation.” The peaceful crowd banged on drums and waved mostly U.S. flags, as well as those from Mexico, El Salvador and other Latin American countries. “If there are a lot of people who come today, maybe the lawmakers in Washington will take notice. The immigrants are here, they deserve a chance,” said participant Alberto Reyes.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

Exclusive – French midfield ace can improve Man United, says former defender

first_imgManchester United may join Arsenal in the race to sign Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin, Danny Higginbotham has told talkSPORT.Schneiderlin, who was expected by many to follow manager Mauricio Pochettino to Spurs over the summer, has been heavily linked with Arsenal following a number of imposing performances in central midfield for the Saints.And with the Red Devils in need of their own midfield reinforcements, Higginbotham, who started his career at Old Trafford, has suggested that manager Louis van Gaal may also be keeping tabs on the French midfielder.When asked whether Schneiderlin would improve the current United squad, he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “There are a few players about, I think he [Morgan Schneiderlin] is one of them. There will be a lot of teams around that are interested in signing him, and he may even look at today – no disrespect to Southampton – as an advert to put himself on show.“Man Utd are still a little bit short in midfield and I’m sure that they’ll be looking to get new players in.”last_img read more

With riots, Baca woes intensify

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The intelligence indicated there was going to be a riot and there was no effort to separate gang members and rival gang members,” Antonovich said. “The seriousness of this, along with the injuries, the death and the potential injuries to our sheriff’s deputies, is the multi-million lawsuits that will result from this mismanagement.” Baca did not respond to requests for an interview. But his spokesman, Steve Whitmore, said Baca is taking appropriate steps to quell the unrest. “Whatever these candidates say is nothing more and nothing less than political opportunism to get their name in the paper,” Whitmore said. “The sheriff of Los Angeles County is focused on real solutions for real problems.” But Ken Masse, a retired sheriff’s captain who is challenging Baca, said the sheriff’s decision to stop hiring deputies in 2002 because of tight fiscal times was a “mistake of disastrous proportions” that contributed to current staffing shortages. The department has about 8,200 deputies, 1,200 fewer than what Baca has funds to employ. Baca has partly blamed the continued rioting on the manpower shortage, which often requires deputies to work double shifts. A week of racially charged riots at Los Angeles County Jails has sparked criticism of Sheriff Lee Baca’s performance, with questions arising over the management of his department and whether he has done enough to recruit and deploy his deputies. One inmate died, about two dozen were hospitalized and at least 100 others were injured in fights that began last weekend at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic and spread to Men’s Central Jail downtown. Fighting broke out again at the Castaic complex at about 4 p.m. Saturday, and officials reported that four inmates were hurt in the renewed violence. The clashes follow the slaying of nine other inmates at Men’s Central Jail in the last two years and come as Baca faces four challengers in his bid for re-election in June. Even Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, a staunch law enforcement supporter, has criticized Baca for not being aggressive enough in recruiting deputies and ignoring intelligence that riots were imminent. “I believe this was intended to put pressure on the Board of Supervisors to think he needed more money in order to hire more deputies and reopen the jails,” he said. From 1999 to 2001, the department hired 1,987 deputies – including 1,516 who graduated from the academy – and lost 1,201 to attrition. But after Baca shuttered his recruitment operation in 2002, the department hired only 1,171 deputies – 901 of whom graduated from the academy – and lost 1,849 to attrition. Last year, the department hired 582 deputies – including 370 who graduated from the academy – and lost 486 to attrition. Currently, the department is spending $1.5 million on its recruitment campaign – up from $450,000 a few years ago – and employs 16 deputies and three custody assistants to go to job fairs, colleges and military bases to recruit candidates. In addition to advertising on the Internet, the department also advertises on billboards, buses, in movie theaters, at health clubs, on the radio and on airplane banners at the beaches. Although the beginning salary range for a deputy trainee is $43,704-$49,392 a year, Personnel Administration Capt. Bruce Pollack noted that after a few years it jumps to about $73,000 annually. With overtime, it can reach $100,000 a year, he said. The department also tries to attract recruits by highlighting that it offers deputies $2,000 annually to attend local colleges and universities and offers longevity bonuses after 20, 25 and 30 years, which Pollack said is tantamount to the pension plans many police agencies now offer. By promoting these points, Pollack said the department expects to hire 1,000 deputies this year and achieve full staffing in a few years. “It’s formidable, but achievable,” Pollack said. “The reason it’s so formidable is because it’s a known fact that there is a smaller pool of qualified applicants nationally. And all law enforcement agencies are in competition with one another for this smaller pool.” But sheriff’s Capt. Ray Leyva, another challenger for Baca’s post, said that despite an additional $70 million the Board of Supervisors gave Baca last year to hire more deputies, the department had a net gain of only 17 deputies – to 8,194. “We have seriously hampered the ability of our people to do their jobs by continuing to understaff the jails,” said Leyva, who oversees the North Facility at the Pitchess Detention Center. “Most of our jails are running at 20-28 percent vacancy factors. The law says we have to do this job, yet we continue to understaff our jail system. We have to require them to work overtime. I believe our overtime budget this year will be more than $180 million and may approach $190 million.” Assistant Sheriff Paul Tanaka said the department expects to spend $159 million on overtime this year. The candidates – which also include Glendale Police Department Lt. Don Meredith and sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Jernigan Jr. – also accused Baca of dedicating too many deputies and their superiors to running various jail rehabilitative programs, draining the department’s already strained resources. Jernigan said Baca has lost track of the “basics in law enforcement” by closing jails and releasing inmates early. “Instead of focusing on the fat in the department, Baca went and cut the jails back and took the easy way out to meet his budget,” Jernigan said. “As a result, a lot of these units, such as the jails and even patrol, have been short-cutted.” Meredith criticized Baca for not redeploying deputies from administrative duties to the jails and patrol until the riots are quelled and the staffing shortages addressed. “It’s time to stop the social practices,” Meredith said. “The sheriff is not to be a social worker. He is to be the peacekeeper for our county. We see a lack of leadership. “If you look at the recent things that have happened and go to find the sheriff, the sheriff is in Jordan, Pakistan and Russia. He’s somewhere studying terrorism to prevent it from happening here. But we have daily street terrorists and gang members who daily terrorize, rob and steal all across the county. That’s where the focus needs to be.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com Salary comparisons for Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and some police departments surrounding sheriff’s service areas: Beverly Hills: $5,579-$6,565 monthly Glendale: $5,027-$6,567 monthly Burbank: $4,862-$5,923 monthly; $2,000 signing bonus; Lateral hire: $5,108-$5,923 monthly; $5,000 lateral bonus Torrance: Starting pay $4,863 monthly; Lateral hire: $5,103 monthly Manhattan Beach: $4,794-$5,827 monthly; $3,000 lateral bonus Santa Monica: $4,604-$5,684 monthly Pasadena: $4,539-$5,558 monthly Long Beach: $3,921 during training; $4,357 after academy graduation LAPD: $4,260-$5,718 monthly LA County Sheriff: $3,712-$6,137 monthly El Segundo: $3,198 during training; $3,998-$4,860 after academy graduation; Lateral hire: $3,998-$4,860 monthly; $3,000 lateral bonus Source: Daily News research. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Leicester and Southampton in the hunt for Sampdoria midfielder

first_img moving on getty Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 2 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST TRANSFER NEWS 2 Leicester City and Southampton are both chasing the midfielder and are monitoring his situation closely.Praet’s current contract has a release clause €26m (£23m), but Sampdoria are hoping to agree fresh terms with him that would lead to that being increased. LIVING THE DREAM Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Leicester City and Southampton are tracking Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet.The Belgian was heavily linked with a move in the summer when Newcastle United were chasing him. Praet has impressed in Serie A Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND The midfielder captured Newcastle’s interest during the summer targets REVEALED RANKED The Magpies failed to agree a fee for the 24-year-old, though, and he ended up staying at Sampdoria.But, according to Calciomercato, Praet could still end up in England when the transfer window opens in January. LATEST Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

STUDENTS FACE MAJOR BATTLE TO FIND ACCOMMODATION – McCONALOGUE

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says the Government’s failure to address shortages in student accommodation has led to a major crisis in the sector.Charlie McConalogue TDMore than 58,000 students will get their Leaving Cert results tomorrow, but thousands of them embarking on a third level course, will face a huge struggle to secure a place to stay.Deputy McConalogue explained, “Over the past four years we have seen the situation with student accommodation worsen significantly without any tangible action being taken. The most this Minister has done in the issue is commission a report into the situation, which to date has still not been published. The report points to a “significant shortage” in accommodation in all of the main cities, and forecasts that these shortages will remain over the next decade. “The accommodation crisis has been escalating steadily over the past four years, and is undoubtedly being exacerbated by the overall housing crisis engulfing this country. The situation is particularly bad in the main cities, where the majority of students will be looking to rent. Every year students are forced to pay over the odds for very basic accommodation, and in some cases have to take on extended leases in order to secure a house or apartment. Students are spending weeks on end over the summer months travelling to Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick in search of accommodation, often faced with extortionate rents, which is placing a significant financial burden on them and their families.”He added that the current situation is a major source of anxiety and stress, not only for the students who will receive their Leaving Cert results tomorrow, but also for the thousands of others who are already in full time third level education.“Every summer they are faced with the same scenario of trekking around these cities in search of new accommodation for the following semester.“Minister O’Sullivan’s decision to delay the publication of the HEA report is shameful. She should release the contents and start acting on the recommendations. She cannot continue hide behind this document and pretend that everything is ok when the situation is now seriously out of control. New incentives need to be introduced to promote the development of specific student accommodation to increase the number of units available to meet the increasing demand”. STUDENTS FACE MAJOR BATTLE TO FIND ACCOMMODATION – McCONALOGUE was last modified: August 11th, 2015 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:accommodationCharlie McConaloguedonegalLeaving certlast_img read more

Video: Riding the Cape Cycle Tour

first_imgAround 35 000 cyclists gathered in the streets of Cape Town in the early hours of Sunday morning to take part in the world’s biggest individually timed cycle race, the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.Click arrow to play video.Published on SouthAfrica.info on 16 March 2010.last_img

Ohioans to see multitude of colors from spring wildflowers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohioans will soon be treated to a spectacular display of native spring wildflowers. This year’s season began in late March in Ohio’s southern counties and gradually will move northward as the season comes to an end in the middle of May, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.“Spring is one of the most magical times of year in Ohio,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Spring welcomes an array of colorful wildflowers, which line trails and hillsides all over the state. Hiking is a great way to get outdoors to see spring wildflowers and reconnect with nature after the chill of the winter months.”Often known as spring ephemerals, woodland spring wildflowers are triggered to bloom after long periods of cold temperatures. Early spring warmth followed by a sudden hard frost can damage their delicate blooms and leaves, dampening the display. The most spectacular wildflower seasons are brought on by a gradual warm-up through March and April with frequent rain. The timing of the blooms is heavily dependent upon temperature.Ohio’s forests showcase the largest array of wildflowers throughout the spring months. Spring wildflowers bloom early to take advantage of the sunlight streaming through the forest canopy before the leaves of the trees unfurl above. The earliest flowers emerge soon after the ground thaws, having formed flowers and leaves underneath the forest floor the year before. While most woods in Ohio have at least some native spring wildflowers, the best populations are found in relatively undisturbed locations, away from urban areas.A few of the most widespread and often observed spring wildflowers include spring beauty, Dutchman’s-breeches, large flowered trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, wild geranium, mayapple, Solomon’s-seal and Virginia bluebells.For more information on spring wildflowers in Ohio, check out the Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report at naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/wildflowers. This report will be updated weekly with the best places to see spring wildflowers in Ohio, as well as specific information on native wildflowers in the state.ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take spring wildflower photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioWildflowers. Follow @ohiodnr and @OhioFindItHere on Twitter, @ohiodnr on Instagram and Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio. Find It Here. on Facebook to see more spring wildflower photos.last_img read more

What Researchers Know About Building a Happy Life

first_imgReferencesHouse, J., Landis, K. and Umberson, D. (1988). Social relationships and health. Science, 241(4865), pp.540-545.Mineo. Liz. Harvard. April 11, 2017 Good jeans are nice but Joy is better Liz Mineo Harvard Staff Writer DATE April 11, 2017 https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/04/over-nearly-80-years-harvard-study-has-been-showing-how-to-live-a-healthy-and-happy-life/ [Accessed 27 July, 2019].Seppala, Emma. Connectedness& Health: The Science of Social Connection – The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education http://ccare.stanford.edu/uncategorized/connectedness-health-the-science-of-social-connection-infographic/ [Accessed28 July, 2019]. Created in Canva by Alicia Cassels Return to article. Long DescriptionWritten by: Alicia Cassels, MA, MFLN Blog ContributorYou may have heard about a Harvard study of adult development that has, to date, run consecutively for more than 80 years. Initially the study included only male students from Harvard. The subject pool was expanded to include a more diverse set of subjects. Over time, the participant pool has expanded to include additional subjects. Results continue to point to significant commonalities among participants. Some of the most striking commonalities among diverse study participants include findings around what makes a happy, healthy life. Results of the ongoing study continue to reveal that, in essence, a single factor is highly correlated to happiness, physical health, mental wellbeing, and emotional health, regardless of participant demographics.  -And it’s not what you might think.What is more important to health and happiness than money or socioeconomic status? The Harvard study revealed that human connection is the greatest predictor of physical health, emotional wellbeing, and happiness. According to the director of the study,Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives, the study revealed. Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes.–Robert Waldinger, Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.Regardless of race or social status, the people who reported that they were the most satisfied with their personal relationships at age 50 were also the healthiest in their 80’s. The people who reported having better relationships in their 80’s also had better memories.These findings are not limited to the Harvard Study. A study published in 1988, authored by James S. House, Karl R. Landis, and Debra Umberson found that the inverse is also true,Lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.A Dangerous TrendUnfortunately, social connections are decreasing at alarming rates. In a piece published by The Stanford Medicine Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Dr. Emma Seppala outlines a growing social epidemic,The modal number of close others (i.e., people with whom one feels comfortable sharing a personal problem) Americans claimed to have in 1985 was only three. In 2004 it dropped to zero, with over 25% of Americans saying that they have no one to confide in. This survey suggests that one in four people that we meet may have no one they call a close friend!What Can We Do?(1). Prioritize what matters most. Spend time building and strengthening relationships with family and friends. It is important to note that research indicates that quality, not quantity matters here. It is the value, not the number of the relationships that counts.(2). Learn more about the research.Watch Waldnger’s TED Talk about the Harvard study.Learn about a second generation of the original Harvard study is currently underway. If you would like to learn more about this study visit click here.last_img read more