Gayle smashes T20 record fifty off 12 balls

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Mercurial Chris Gayle equalled the fastest ever half-century in Twenty20s with an extraordinary knock as he brought the curtain down on his controversial – and perhaps final – campaign in the Australia Big Bash here yesterday.With Melbourne Renegades needing to overhaul Adelaide Strikers’ 170 in order to have a chance at a semi-final spot, opener Gayle blasted a top score of 56 off 17 deliveries, but wickets fell steadily around him and the hosts came up short at 143 all out in the 16th over to lose by 27 runs.Gayle, who will perhaps best be remembered in this tournament for his controversial ‘Don’t blush, Baby’ remarks to Channel Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin a fortnight ago, set the stage for the run chase by racing to his 50 in record pace.He smashed two fours and seven sixes en route as he equalled the previous record set by Indian left-hander Yuvraj Singh nine years ago against England in Durban during the Twenty20 World Cup.Gayle plundered 26 runs from the first over of the innings sent down by 21-year-old rookie seamer Greg West, which cost 27 runs.After starting with a wide, West watched as Gayle collected a couple to mid-wicket. The left-handed Jamaican blocked the second delivery but then burst to life, clearing the ropes with the remaining four deliveries of the over.The first six was a savage pull over mid-wicket; the second was an even bigger hit into the same area; while the third sailed over backward square leg. Gayle ended the over by depositing a full toss over long on.In the third over from seamer Ben Laughlin, Gayle belted sixes over long off and then over mid-wicket to move into the 40s before punching the right-armer to the long-off boundary.Off the first ball of the next over, he drew level with Yuvraj when he cleared the ropes at long on with off-spinner Travis Head.CAUGHTBEHINDDisappointingly, Gayle fell in Head’s next over, the sixth of the innings, top-edging a catch behind – the last of the bowler’s first three wickets.The half-century was Gayle’s first in eight innings in the Big Bash this season.Despite his fireworks, Renegades capitulated with opener Tom Cooper and West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo suffering the indignity of first-ball ‘ducks’ and captain Cameron White managing just six.Earlier, Tim Ludeman hit 49 and Jono Dean, 48, in an opening stand of 85 off 64 deliveries, which gave Strikers a flying start.At the end, captain Brad Hodge stroked a cameo, unbeaten 37 off just 21 deliveries in a 55-run, fifth-wicket stand off 31 balls with Jake Lehmann (24).Bravo claimed one for 36 from his four overs of medium pace.Renegades’ defeat ensured that AndrÈ Russell’s Sydney Thunder booked their first spot in the BBL semi-finals.last_img read more

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first_imgFinn Harps make the trip to Tolka Park to face Shelbourne on Friday evening on the back of a run of fixtures that has seen them lose just once in ten games (kick-off 8.00pm).It’s a confident Harps that will take to the field against Shels on Friday, having conceded only once in their last six outings – that coming from the foot of Glen O’Connor whose late free-kick gave Longford a 1-0 win at Finn Park last month.While Harps have proven difficult to score against in the last couple of months, the same can be said of Harps when it comes to scoring goals. The two home games against Cobh and Galway in the last fortnight have seen scoreless draws and while Harps boss Ollie Horgan is happy to keep clean sheets he is also aware that his side don’t score enough goals.“I have said that many times before – we are difficult to beat but find it difficult to beat other teams also,” said Horgan.“We have defended well in recent games, ran our luck a little at times but were brave and disciplined on Friday night against Galway.“I am happy with effort put in by the players, it certainly wasn’t for lack of effort that we didn’t score in the last two games. Galway are a decent side and will be in the shake up at end of season. “Obviously I would have liked to have got three points out of game but unlike the draw the previous week against Cobh I didn’t look on the result as two points dropped. The result could have gone either way, especially in second half when game opened up,” continued Horgan as he reflected on the Galway game.Horgan’s defensive unit will have to change for the trip to Tolka Park on Friday as a number of players will be missing because of suspension. Josh Mailey is available again after missing last week’s game through suspension. However, Michael Funston is still banned and serves this last of his three match suspension while Keith Cowan and Caoimhin Bonner will also miss out for the same reason. Tommy McMonagle is a doubt.Shels hold the upper hand in the meetings between the sides this season. The early season meeting at Tolka Park finished in a 2-0 win for the hosts while the game at Finn Park in May finished in a 1-1 draw.  HARPS HOPING TO TURN THE TABLES ON SHELS ON FRIDAY NIGHT was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 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:finn harpsShelbournelast_img read more

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Are AB’s ears burning? It might be Ben Roethlisberger discussing their split

first_imgRegrets? Ben Roethlisberger has a few, including one that concerns Antonio Brown.Big Ben and A.B. were Pittsburgh Steelers teammates for nine years. During the offseason, Brown was traded to the Raiders.It appears they parted the closest of enemies. Recently Roethlisberger sat down with NBC’s Michele Tafoya and explained how it all went wrong.Though the two had their occasional kerfuffles, the unraveling of one of the NFL’s great power duos began after Roethlisberger threw a late-game …last_img

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SA university choir best in world

first_imgThe victorious Stellenbosch University Choir distinguished itself again at this year’s World Choir Games. (Image: Interkultur) The choir of Stellenbosch University took part in the World Choir Games in Shaoxing, China, in July, and walked off with a world title in two categories.Thousands of entrants gathered in the town in the eastern coastal province of Zhejiang for the sixth edition of the biennial competition, which ran from 15 to 26 July 2010. The World Choir Games is regarded as the largest event of its kind.Over 6 000 choristers in some 470 teams from 83 countries made the long journey to China, among them three South African choirs – the Kearsney College Choir, the Tygerberg Children’s Choir, and the Stellenbosch University (SU) Choir.The SU Choir took gold in both its categories – Mixed Choirs category as well as Musica Contemporanea (contemporary music). In the former category the vocalists battled it out with 28 other choirs, and their second category saw them triumph over 10 rivals.Choir conductor Andre van der Merwe said afterwards: “The SU Choir received the highest overall mark of 95.8%. I am extremely proud of the discipline, passion and dedication of the 112 choir members!”Van der Merwe added that the choir received good television, radio and print exposure, and were thrilled to be ambassadors for their country. They also took part in the champions’ concert.This is not the first time the SU Choir has walked off with top honours at a World Choir Games event – the ensemble took a gold medal in the Musica Sacra category at the previous competition held in Graz, Austria, in 2008, as well as a silver medal for Gospel and Spiritual.The Games move to Cincinnati, US, in 2012.The Tygerberg Children’s Choir, performing under the baton of Hendrik Loock, also returned triumphant with gold medals in the Folklore and Music of the Religions categories.The SU Choir is one of several ensembles in the university’s Department of Music, along with the SU Symphony Orchestra, the Kemus electronic music ensemble, the Schola Cantorum chamber choir and the Symphonic Winds.The oldest university choir in the country, it was founded in 1936 by William Morris, who was also its first choirmaster. Van der Merwe, who took up his post in 2003, is its seventh choirmaster.Besides its live performances, the award-winning choir has released a number of albums.Global harmony through songThe World Choir Games are open to amateur choirs from any country and continent, irrespective of the genres represented in a choir’s repertoire. But participation is by invitation only.The singing festival is organised by German foundation Interkultur, which exists solely to bring people from all cultures together in music and song.The inaugural competition took place in Austria in 2000.“To experience this festival for choirs from all over the world means to participate, to contribute one’s own performance, to compare to others and to experience the enthusiasm of singing together,” said a statement on the Interkultur website.This year the biggest contingent came from Russia, which entered 31 choirs.last_img read more

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SA golf star Lee-Anne Pace eyes home win

first_img20 March 2014 Leading South African golfer Lee-Anne Pace is eager to turn a string of fine performances over the past month into a maiden Sunshine Ladies Tour victory at the inaugural R300 000 Investec Cup for Ladies this weekend. The elite event completes the new Sunshine Ladies Tour schedule and is open to only the top 10 players on the Order of Merit. The eight-time Ladies European Tour (LET) winner ranks eighth on the Order of Merit, courtesy of top-five results in three starts, but is still without a victory in 2014. Pace hopes to turn her fortunes around at the season-finale at Millvale Private Retreat and the Lost City Golf Course at Sun City from 21 to 23 March.Elite cast The former European number one will join an elite cast vying for the winner’s cheque worth R100 000, led by Sunshine Ladies Tour champions Monique Smit, Tandi von Ruben and rookie Kim Williams, ranked second, third and fourth respectively. Smit won the Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am and the SuperSport Challenge, Von Ruben captured the Sun International Challenge in a play-off, and Williams won the season-opening Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies at Houghton. The rest of the cast includes South Africans Nicole Garcia, Francesca Cuturi and Morgana Robbertze, as well as Cecilie Lundgreen from Norway, Swaziland’s Nobuhle Dlamini and Lauren Blease from England.LET star The highly rated Pace added three LET victories to her growing international tally last year and finished the season ranked second. She tied for fourth in George, finished third in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies at Glendower, took sole second at the SuperSport Challenge and comes into the season-finale on the back of a joint fourth finish at the Ladies European Tour’s Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco. Pace is looking forward to follow in the footsteps of Order of Merit leader Ashleigh Simon, who had not won on home soil until claiming three titles on the new Sunshine Ladies Tour this season.Seeking a home win “When we still had a strong Tour in South Africa, I was on a golf scholarship in the United States and didn’t return home too often,” Pace said in a statement on Wednesday. “I played in a few events, but I never lifted a trophy at home and it’s certainly a goal of mine and one I can hopefully I can realise this weekend. “It would be nice to complete the run, you know, four-three-two-one. My game is definitely in good shape, especially after four competitive rounds in Morocco, but nothing is a golf is a given. “We are playing two tough courses, and the rest of the girls will be equally eager to win. I think we will see spectacular golf from the ladies, and it should be a tight battle to the finish. “On a personal note, Investec has been fantastic in their support of women’s golf and as my sponsor and I would love to win this for Investec.”Rounds The first round of the 54-hole event will be played at Millvale Private Retreat, while the second and final rounds will be contested at the Lost City Golf Course at Sun City. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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The One Technology You Should Invest In Now

first_imgIn a presentation that I saw today, one slide features a Swiss Army knife. The following slide was a massive Swiss Army knife, much larger than anything I had ever seen before. As soon as I saw the second slide, I was struck by the concept. More is not better than better.The sales technology stack continues to grow larger and larger for most companies. Someone finds a new way to use technology to achieve some kind of outcome, and it becomes another tool to make salespeople more efficient than ever, solving a problem that no one perceived as a problem until the product was created.You need a CRM to manage your customer relationships. Then you need to start adding additional capabilities, like allowing the prospective clients to schedule with the salesperson by clicking on a link in their email, a function that has to be most underutilized capability in the sales stack. Add to that a social selling component to allow salespeople to share content, a lead generation component, document management for contracts, quoting software, screen sharing, conference calling, video conferencing, and Slack for communication. There is seemingly no end to what a salesperson needs to sell effectively, even though you would do well to add up your monthly spend on technology and tools.The pictures I saw in the slide presentation showed a regular Swiss Army knife and one that was so large and unwieldy that it would be worthless to the person trying to use it. If I were to swap out the picture of the first knife, I would replace it with a pocket knife with a single blade, that blade representing the tool that lives between the salesperson’s ears, and the one tool that counts for more in the creation and capture of new opportunities than any other technology by a country mile.For many companies, the investment that is being driven into the latest and greatest technology would be better directed to the improving what matters most when it comes to generating results, and that is the salesperson themselves. Sharpening that tool will do more to help you produce better results more than anything else. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Numericable owner Altice has no intention of raisi

first_imgNumericable owner Altice has no intention of raising its offer for Vivendi’s SFR following Bouygues’ improved offer for the French telco, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.Bouygues on Thursday made a new offer of EUR13.15 billion for SFR, an increase of EUR1.85 billion on its previous offer.According to the Journal, citing an unnamed source, Altice owner Patrick Drahi has decided not to increase his offer and hopes to strike a definitive deal with Vivendi before the window of exclusivity between the pair expires on April 4.Bouygues said at the end of last week that its improved offer will be on the table until April 8, four days after the end of the exclusive negotiations between Vivendi and Altice.Bouygues has made the case that Vivendi has a duty to consider its new offer irrespective of its agreement to enter into three weeks of exclusive negotiations with Altice.last_img read more

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New study helps doctors better understand high blood pressure in pregnant women

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 13 2019According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 6 – 8% of pregnant women experience hypertension. High blood pressure during pregnancy is associated with a number of risks to the woman and fetus, including low-birth weight infants, preterm birth, problems with the placenta, heavy bleeding, heart defects and other congenital anomalies, and in the most severe cases death.In 2017, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) changed their guidance to lower the threshold criteria for hypertension in adults. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), however, uses different criteria to identify hypertension in pregnant women. In a study to be presented on February 15, 2019, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, researchers will unveil findings that help obstetric care providers better understand abnormal blood pressure in pregnant women.Related StoriesCarbohydrate plays important role in regulating blood pressure, research suggestsGenetic variants may be linked with high blood pressure among blacksNew ACC/AHA guidelines could improve detection of gestational hypertensionResearchers analyzed medical records from nearly 3,000 pregnant women from four sites in Baltimore, Maryland. The first-trimester blood pressure for each woman was classified as one of the following: 1.) normal, 2.) hypertensive using the AHA/ACC criteria, or 3.) hypertensive using the ACOG criteria. The findings suggest that the ACOG criteria identify women at the highest risk for preeclampsia and preterm birth. However, the ACOG criteria does not capture women who are at a moderately elevated risk for preeclampsia and preterm birth. This “high normal” or intermediate cohort is identified when using the AHA/ACC guidance.”High blood pressure in pregnancy can result in serious maternal and neonatal complications” said Kristin Darwin, MD, first author of the abstract and second year resident at Johns Hopkins. “Our study results suggest that obstetric care providers need more information to better understand the potential implications for ‘high normal’ blood pressure as it relates to risks and management during pregnancy.”Source: read more

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Getting closer to a scary postantibiotic world

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 8 2019The products of wastewater treatment have been found to contain trace amounts of antibiotic resistant DNA. These products are often reintroduced to the environment and water supply, potentially resulting in the spread of antibiotic resistance. As such, researchers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering have been studying the development of these potentially harmful and dangerous genes in wastewater treatment processes. Their findings, published in Environmental Science & Technology, indicate that even low concentrations of just a single type of antibiotic leads to resistance to multiple classes of antibiotics.”We’re quickly getting to a scary place that’s called a “post-antibiotic world,” where we can no longer fight infections with antibiotics anymore because microbes have adapted to be resilient against those antibiotics,” said Adam Smith, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at USC and lead investigator of the study. “Unfortunately, engineered water treatment systems end up being sort of a hot-bed for antibiotic resistance.”The majority of the antibiotics we consume are metabolized in our bodies. However, small amounts pass through us in our waste, which are then carried to wastewater treatment plants. At these plants, one of the common ways in which the wastewater is treated is with a membrane bioreactor, which uses both a filtration system and a biological process where microscopic bacteria consume waste products.While consuming the organic waste, the bacteria encounters the antibiotics and expresses resistance genes that reduce effectiveness of these medicines. These resistance genes can then be passed on from parent to daughter cell and between neighbors through a process known as horizontal gene transfer.As the bacteria eats, reproduces and grows, an excess is accumulated called biomass. A typical wastewater treatment plant produces tons of biomass every day. Once treated, it is disposed of in landfills or used as a fertilizer for agriculture and livestock feed crops.In an even more dire scenario, small amounts of antibiotic resistant bacteria and free-floating DNA make it through the filtration membrane and come out the other side of the treatment plant in what is called the effluent, or the water stream that leaves the facility. In Los Angeles, some of this will be dumped into the L.A. River and Pacific Ocean, while the rest is recycled for irrigation, car washes, firefighting, or to replenish groundwater supplied, a common source of drinking water.Related StoriesFinger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for patients with COPDNatural antibiotic made by Tübingen researchers interacts with human defense mechanismsResearchers investigate how antibiotic produced by the microbiome kills bacteriaThe team, also including Ali Zarei-Baygi, the study’s first-author and PhD student at USC, Moustapha Harb, postdoctoral scholar at USC, Philip Wang, PhD student at USC, and Lauren Stadler, assistant professor at Rice University, believe that the amount of antibiotic resistant organisms formed in treatment plants could be reduced through alterations in the treatment processes. For example, by employing oxygen free, or anaerobic, processes rather than aerobic processes, and by using membrane filtration.Accordingly, for their study, they used a small-scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor and compared the resulting antibiotic resistance profiles in the biomass and effluent to each other and to the varying concentrations and types of antibiotics they introduced into the system.They discovered two key findings: the resistance in the biomass and effluent are different and therefore one cannot be used to predict the other; and the correlations they found between the added antibiotic and the resistance genes weren’t always clear cut. In fact, their results indicated multi-drug resistance in which bacteria had genes allowing for resistance to multiple classes of antibiotics.”The multi-drug resistance does seem to be the most alarming impact of this,” Smith said. “Regardless of the influent antibiotics, whether it’s just one or really low concentrations, there’s likely a lot of multi-drug resistance that’s spreading.”They believe this is due to the presence of gene elements called plasmids. One plasmid may carry resistance genes for several different types of antibiotics, resulting in positive correlations between one type of antibiotic and the resistance gene of another. This not only further complicates things, but can be extremely dangerous. Because of their extremely small size – 1,000 times smaller than bacteria – free-floating plasmids can easily make it through the filtration system in the treatment process and exit the plant in the effluent.The team is now looking more closely at the composition of the effluent and plans on applying what they learned to other waste streams, such as animal waste, through a partnership with the USDA.last_img read more

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Cannabis use has increased and shifted from illicit market research reveals

first_imgWe set out to perform a wastewater-based analysis that explored the impact of newly legalized retail cannabis sales on its use, and to determine if this approach could estimate the size of the legal market place.”Dan Burgard, who chairs the chemistry department at Puget Sound Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 18 2019A new article published by researchers from University of Puget Sound and University of Washington reports that, based on analysis of public wastewater samples in at least one Western Washington population center, cannabis use both increased and substantially shifted from the illicit market since retail sales began in 2014.Led by chemist Dan Burgard, the research team analyzed wastewater samples collected from 2013-2016 from two treatment plants that service a community of two hundred thousand in Western Washington. The researchers estimate that THC-COOH (the metabolite of psychoactive THC in cannabis created within the human body) found in wastewater has increased by 9% per quarter, on average, from December 2013 to December 2016. During this time, cannabis sales increased at nearly 70% per quarter, on average, for stores operating from August 2014 to December 2016.”Given that wastewater represents a total population measure, these findings suggest that many established users switched very quickly from the illegal to the legal market,” says Burgard. “This is the strongest statement possible regarding displacement of the illegal market.”Caleb Banta-Green, interim director and principal research scientist at University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, is a co-author of the article and was a key researcher on the project.”This project was designed to aid the understanding of how the sales of adult recreational cannabis impact its total consumption within a population,” says Banta-Green. “We believe this will be a valuable tool for local, state, national and international policy makers as they assess and consider Washington’s recreational cannabis law.”Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyCMC expresses dismay at the findings of new report “Drugs policy: medicinal cannabis”Research sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairIn the past six years nine U.S. states (Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Michigan, and the District of Columbia), as well as the countries of Uruguay and recently Canada, have legalized the adult use of recreational cannabis.”Existing measures, particularly surveys are subject to important biases and limitations, including potential changes in self-report as social norms change as well as very limited information on the amount of THC actually consumed,” Banta-Green notes. “Wastewater based estimates help address these limitations.”The researchers note that their findings suggest that legalization is, in part, achieving one of its primary objectives which was to eliminate black market sales.Funded in part by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the research process included testing samples from 387 days spread over three years. The team utilized a new method that enables a complementary and potentially more timely and objective assessment of illicit drug consumption compared to existing measures.Raw wastewater samples representing a full day are collected at a treatment plant and analyzed for drugs and their metabolites at extremely low concentrations (part per billion or part per trillion levels). These data can be used to track drug consumption trends, both legal and illegal, but not individual users. In some instances, the concentration of the metabolites can be used to “back calculate” to the actual number of doses of drug used in a particular area.When this research project was announced in 2015 and throughout its duration it has earned national and international press from media like NPR Public Health, NPR Market Watch, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and The Seattle Times. Source:University of WashingtonJournal reference:Burgard, D.A. et al. (2019) Using wastewater‐based analysis to monitor the effects of legalized retail sales on cannabis consumption in Washington State, USA. Addiction. read more

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