Windies women’s batting flop

first_imgCRICKET:CHENNAI, India (CMC):West Indies Women will begin their Twenty20 World Cup campaign later this week with question marks over their batting, after another brittle performance left them with a 43-run defeat to Australia Women in their official warm-up game here yesterday.Chasing 140 for victory at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, the Caribbean collapsed to 96 all out off 19 overs without a single player passing 20.The total was their third low score in four T20 contests in recent weeks, following on from their 2-1 defeat in their three-match series against South Africa Women.Stacy-Ann King top-scored with 19 not out to lead five players in double figures, but the next best was captain Stafanie Taylor with 14.West Indies Women lost teenage opener Hayley Matthews for four to the third ball of the innings to be four for one, before crawling to 38 for two in the 10th over. However, Taylor’s dismissal triggered the final side as the Windies Women lost their last eight wickets for 58 runs.Leg-spinner Kristen Beams picked up three for nine, while seamer Rene Farrell finished with three for 18.Earlier, Australia Women eased to 139 for three off their 20 overs after they were sent in. Opener Elyse Villani stroked 51 from 42 deliveries, while captain Meg Lanning hit an unbeaten 49 from 39 deliveries.The right-handed Villani struck eight fours as she helped add 70 for the first wicket with wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy, who made 18 off 24 balls before she was caught and bowled by off-spinner Taylor in the 11th over.Villani fell soon afterwards in the 14th over but Lanning, who counted two fours and three sixes in her knock, combined with Alex Blackwell (14) to put on 47 and ensure Australia Women finished strongly.West Indies bowl off their group campaign tomorrow against Pakistan at the same venue here. They are in Group B also alongside India Women, Bangladesh Women and England Women.last_img read more

Fighting Corruption: Will the President’s Challenge to the Senate Hold?

first_img“The Liberian leader expressed pleasure at comments from some lawmakers in the Senate about the issue of corruption and challenged them to work with her to set the example and to make sure that they jointly can address this problem . . .”  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf uttered this challenge during a  Roundtable which the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC)  hosted last week.“Words, words, words . . .” That was Hamlet’s reply to Polonius when, in act 2, scene 2 of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, the actor asked the prince of Denmark, “And what are you reading there, my lord?”The President was expressing, for the umpteenth time, her frustration with corruption in Liberia that continues to undermine ALL the nation’s development efforts. This includes some of the malpractices of many of her own officials in the Executive branch, which have bedeviled her administration since she took office nearly 10 years ago. She knows about many of the financial demands, upfront, that the very lawmakers, whose support against corruption she is now seeking, have made on the Executive to get some GOL transactions approved by the  Legislature.   How many nominated officials, since 2006, have not had to “show down” before getting confirmed by the Senate?So after the President’s ‘words, words, words,’ the question can seriously be asked, will her challenge to the Legislature hold? Are they prepared to join the fight against corruption in Liberia?At this very moment there are two former board members of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Clemenceau Urey, former Chair, and Counselor Stephen Dunbar, whom the Anti-Corruption Commission is prosecuting for their alleged involvement some years ago in “bribery” of Legislators for the approval of certain oil contracts.Messrs. Urey and Dunbar are on record as protesting the accusations and asking the LACC why it is only they who are being prosecuted and not other board members who participated in the decision to pay the lawmakers—and also the lawmakers themselves who received the payments now being perceived as “bribes.”  In law, the receiver is as guilty as the rogue.      The LACC has yet to answer this contention.The President herself has confessed that this corruption thing is “endemic” and she recently called it a “vampire,” which means a parasite or bloodsucker.Yes, indeed, this corruption disease has been for a very long time sucking and draining the blood out of the very life of this Republic, rendering it totally impotent, incapable of moving forward in ANY way.In our Wednesday editorial we explained how the tiny, natural resource deprived city-state of Singapore, who was far behind Liberia in 1959, was able to surpass us and is today one of world’s richest nations—with US$36,000 in per capita income, while the average Liberian is surviving on barely a dollar a day.  The reason: Liberia’s President W.V.S. Tubman, encouraged corruption through his libertine (self-indulgent, unrestrained by morality) policy of “Live and let live;” while Lee Kuan Yew led a strictly honest government and jailed anyone who cheated government. As elementary a thing as our education we have sacrificed on the altar of corruption. Even our highest institution of learning, the University of Liberia, is now caught in the quagmire.  Its faculty, staff and, most pathetically, its students, too, seem not to be able to find any alternative path through academia than by corrupt means.  Is this not why UL applicants, denied since Emmet Dennis got there, the easy path of buying their way through admissions, have been failing the entrance examinations en masse?Now the entire educational system is in shambles, and for the first time in the history of the Republic, the older generation is far more educated and learned than the younger generation.The President challenged the Legislators to work with her to set the example and to make sure that they jointly can address this horrendous problem of corruption.But can they? Will they, when so many of them have themselves been deeply involved in corruption that got them into the Legislature in the first place?The President urged the Legislators to join her in setting examples. But if only were she like Lee Kuan Yew, who tolerated NO corruption—not even from his own siblings, or son or any other relative.  See how, Madam President, the people so trusted Lee Kuan Yew and his family, that his own son was able to become Prime Minister, too, before Lee   died. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tuesday’s QPR quiz

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Nissan Infiniti opens shop in South Africa

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Infiniti has previously won two prestigious safety awards: a 2010 Euro NCAP Advanced Award for road safety innovation for its Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) system, included in many models in the range; and a 2009 five-star Euro NCAP award for the Infiniti FX, which received a 99% score for its advanced safety systems in crash tests. In South Africa, Infiniti will be strengthened by a finance division, Infiniti Financial Services, which will focus on vehicle finance in the luxury market, offering innovative products to companies and individuals. Initially, the Infiniti model range for South Africa will comprise the highly distinctive Infiniti FX performance SUV, EX luxury compact SUV, the Sporty G Coupe, the spirited G Cabriolet and the unique Infiniti M luxury sedan. Model line-up Auto maker Nissan is to sell its luxury Infiniti range of sedans, coupes and cross-overs in South Africa from June 2012 – a first for the African continent – while setting up a specialist finance division and new service centres in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. “We are thrilled to be bringing Infiniti to South Africa,” Nissan SA MD Mike Whitfield said in a statement on Thursday, “and we are confident that it will be as successful here as it is in many other regions around the world.” Infiniti enthusiasts will be able to purchase and service their vehicles at Infiniti centres in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. The first centres will open in Hatfield, Pretoria and Melrose Arch, Johannesburg in mid-2012, followed by Durban and Cape Town, which will open in the fourth quarter of this year. ‘Total ownership experience’ Whitfield said Infiniti’s “total ownership experience” promise was founded on three pillars. “The first is driving pleasure. Second is our hospitality – we want our guests to feel comfortable, and this is always presented in a luxurious and inviting environment.center_img “The third pillar is peace of mind. We believe that every customer should enjoy outstanding service throughout their ownership of an Infiniti and be able to count on knowledgeable people who are committed to ensuring their satisfaction.” Finance division SAinfo reporter Infiniti’s model line-up includes sedans, coupes, SUVs and crossovers, with special emphasis on performance, emotive design and cutting-edge technology. The South Africa Infiniti introduction follows those in Indonesia, Panama, Malaysia and Singapore last year, while this year Infiniti will also expand into Chile and Australia. The brand is also in the second year of a successful partnership with Formula One world champions Red Bull Racing. Already a competitive contender in countries around the world, the introduction of Nissan’s luxury performance brand to South Africa is a first for the African continent. 13 April 2012last_img read more

Cartoon: Facebook’s Dogged Critics

first_imgMore Noise to Signal. Tags:#Cartoons#Facebook#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification rob cottingham This hasn’t been a good past few weeks for Facebook. Growing concerns over what Facebook’s deliberately doing to your privacy collided with news about what Facebook’s doing accidentally with your data.There are two upcoming ways you can protest: by not logging in on June 6, or – if you’re ready to finally cut the umbilical cord – quitting altogether on May 31. So far, while they’re getting press attention, neither initiative is showing signs of snowballing yet, with registered followers numbering only in the hundreds.That’s not to say the discontent is limited to net activists and privacy advocates. “How do I delete my Facebook account” is suddenly a very popular search on Google.Which I actually find encouraging, and not because of any hostility toward Facebook. (Not that I’m happy with its privacy practices, or its approach to the open Web, by which it seems to mainly mean a Web that’s open to driving data into Facebook. And not that I side with the “your-privacy’s-dead-anyway-so-shut-up” crowd, either.) If so many people are at least thinking of voting with their feet, then maybe there’s at least some awareness among regular users that our privacy, attention and data are all worth something. And maybe, just maybe, that awareness could coalesce into a market force that rewards openness and accountability, and punishes arbitrary, high-handed behaviour.Otherwise, well, I likely won’t quit this year. But there’s always May 31, 2011. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Searches against govt. officials in 10 States

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday carried out searches in 10 States against senior government officials who face corruption charges in cases registered by various enforcement agencies, including one related to the alleged ‘memorial’ scam during the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh. The development comes days after the agency cracked down on shell companies across 16 States as part of the Central government’s drive against black money.On Thursday, the searches were conducted in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal and Goa, among other States. The Directorate has already registered money laundering cases against the accused persons. One case is linked to some Uttar Pradesh government officials in the alleged ‘memorial’ scam, which caused a loss of ₹ 1,400 crore to the exchequer. “Searches have also been conducted against the then Director General (Health), project engineers and the then Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam director in the National Rural Health Scheme case, in which government servants and ministers had allegedly misappropriated funds. The agency has so far attached properties worth over ₹ 250 crore in the case,” said an official.Another case is against an IAS officer in West Bengal, who had allegedly released funds to the tune of ₹ 60 crore by manipulating tender documents in collusion with some engineers. In Tamil Nadu, searches were carried out against bank officials who had allegedly sanctioned loans for extended credit facilities to private parties without the necessary papers or collaterals.last_img read more