Sir Viv links low test totals to good bowling, poor batting

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Former West Indies captain Sir Viv Richards says a combination of outstanding bowling and short tempered batting are the reasons low totals are being produced in Test matches latelyRichards, considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time, also says batsmen’s failure to adjust their style from Twenty20 cricket to Test has also been a contributing factor.The Ashes series in England has been identified as a prime example with all four Tests finishing inside four days, the last two inside three.The Australians have been shot out for scores of 60 and 136 while the Englishmen too have been dismissed for 103.”You can point your finger at both (good bowling and poor batting). You have T20 and that also plays a part in some of the shots batsmen play. You see guys playing the same shots in T20s and Tests and are sometimes lucky to get away with it,” Richards told Sport360.”Guys are playing a lot of limited overs cricket and not making that adjustment when it comes to the longer version and pay a price for that”.So far this year, eight totals below 150 have been recorded in 23 Tests.While 17 matches this year have produced results, Richards argues that poor batting has played its part in determining those results.”If you take the West Indies or recently Australia, some matches have been short. Techniques have played a part in some of the shots played, making the same mistakes over and over again,” Richards pointed out.”At some point, individuals have to play according to the situation. Recently in Birmingham, the ball was swinging in the air, moving around. For some reason, we see batsmen not having the same technique to cope.”last_img read more

Spears sings at San Diego House of Blues

first_imgBritney Spears took the stage late Tuesday at the House of Blues, making what is believed to be her first public concert appearance in nearly three years. Starting the five-song set with her debut single “Baby One More Time,” Spears was back in top form. The one-time teen pop queen appeared onstage in boots, a sparkly pink bra top and a short white skirt with her belly ring out. Her only words came as she was leaving. “Thanks everyone for coming,” she told the packed club, where people paid upward of $125 a ticket. Earlier this year, the 25-year-old successfully completed a stint at a luxury Malibu drug rehabilitation treatment facility after a bout of headline-generating behavior. 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

Gasoline prices soon expected to increase

first_imgThat adds more credence to his argument that refinery closures, dating back to the previous century have left Canada far too dependent on those in the U.S.“It’s unfortunate that not a greater effort is being made on unconfusing a bit of the environment issue with what we need to do and that’s to get our product to market, get those pipelines built and where we can improve the ability to process our bitumen into high value gasoline,” McTeague said. “Instead we’re getting caught up other distractions and I think while we all want clean energy, we all want to head down the road of new technology surrounding environmental questions but those can be done hand in hand. We need to restore and reinvest and get the product to market. Not just the crude but also the pricemakers into the North American market on gasoline.”He also talked about retail profit margins, and some factors impacting them, which many consumers might find both interesting and informative, and we’ll get to that story on Monday. With the first day of fall this year now less than a week away, on the 23rd of the month, gasoline prices across the country have started to fall.An eight station monitor this morning in Fort St. John revealed the common local posted price at six of the outlets was a $1.23.9, with the two PetroCan outlets two cents less than that.However the most common post was still about 11 cents higher, than the new provincial average, of a $1.12.7, which according to the latest Gas Buddy-dot-com monitor, was down about four cents a litre in the past week, 16 cents in the past month, and 22 cents from where it was at this time last year.- Advertisement -Nation-wide that survey reported a similar year-over-year story, with the Canadian average now at $1.04.4, down 23 cents a litre.However, the consumer website’s senior analyst, Dan McTeague, says motorists from Thunder Bay to BC will soon be paying more, not less, at the pumps.He’s predicting an increase of five to seven cents a litre and cites as the main reason as a major production problem at a Husky refinery in Toledo, Ohio.Advertisementlast_img read more

Fulham keen to tie down defensive star amid West Ham interest

first_img1 Dan Burn in action for Fulham Fulham boss Kit Symons is hoping to take up the option to extend Dan Burn’s contract and finally end all the speculation linking him with a £4m move to West Ham.The 22-year-old has been outstanding for the west London club and is believed to be one of the top targets for Sam Allardyce.With Winston Reid yet to agree terms on a new contract, the Hammers boss is looking for cover at the back as he knows the New Zealand international could walk away as a free agent at the end of the season.But Burn has an option in his contract to stay at Craven Cottage for another 12 months and Symons is confident the club can strike a deal to keep him.Symons said: “We want to keep all our better players in the building. Dan has done well for us and is very much in our thoughts.“We’ve got the option [on his contract] and it’s something I would imagine we would be looking to take up.”last_img read more

Sunderland star set to miss the rest of the season

first_img1 Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini is unlikely to play again this season after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury.The 29-year-old had an operation on Thursday on the injury that flared back up in the FA Cup replay win at Fulham earlier this month, and has been ruled out for a minimum of 12 weeks.Black Cats boss Gus Poyet confirmed the loss of the Italian – who played a role in his side’s successful survival mission from the bench last season – but said surgery was the only option.Poyet said: “He (Giaccherini) was like a new player in pre-season – he came back really strong and started the new season very well.“Then he got an injury which took him a while to come back from, and when he was coming back he got another kick in the same place which made the medical staff take the decision to have the operation.“Towards the end (of last season) when we did the miracle he was a very, very important player – he was coming from the bench and changing games.“It’s tough but I think it’s the risk of forward players. We need to be sure he is 100 per cent and we wish him well and hope he will make a full recovery.”Poyet has a number of injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s trip to Manchester United, with Billy Jones, Jack Rodwell and Will Buckley all battling to be passed fit.last_img read more

Tin Whiskers

first_imgNow some electronics makers worry the destruction will be more widespread, and the dollar amounts more draining, as the European Union and governments around the world enact laws to eliminate the best-known defense – lead – from electronic devices. “The EU’s decision was irresponsible and not based on sound science,” said Joe Smetana, a principal engineer and tin whisker expert with French telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA. “We’re solving a problem that isn’t and creating a bunch of new ones.” Typically measuring under a millimeter long, tin whiskers look like errant strands of static-charged hair, erupting in every direction from tin-based materials like solder. Their cause is hotly debated. Other metals also grow whiskers, but not like tin. Trouble arises when the whiskers bridge separate parts of increasingly miniaturized circuit boards. They also can flake off and interfere with sensitive optics. While scientists debate their cause, they agree on one thing: Small amounts of lead mixed with the tin have been remarkably effective at preventing whisker eruptions for decades. Lead, however, is a serious health concern. In children, it can cause learning or behavioral problems and has been associated with anemia and kidney problems. In adults, exposure has been linked to high blood pressure and reproductive organ damage. Last year, Europeans barred the toxic metal from most electronics to prevent its being incinerated or accumulating in dumps after computers and other gadgets are tossed out. Similar measures are being considered or are already in place in other countries, including Japan, China, South Korea, Argentina, Australia and the United States. Some companies say the EU rules threaten the reliability of their products, exposing them to unknown risks and possibly threatening people’s safety. But EU officials say the regulations banning lead, cadmium, mercury and three other hazardous substances are needed to protect people and the environment. They also note that many types of electronics are exempt from the law, including military and other national security equipment, medical devices, and servers, data storage computers and telecommunications gear that use leaded solders. Exemptions are also granted when alternatives to the hazardous materials don’t exist yet, or because the substances can’t be replaced without jeopardizing safety. Still, even some companies with exemptions say it’s getting harder to buy the leaded parts. They worry about the increased risk of pure-tin parts, the culprit behind the most devastating tin-whisker-related failures. “Over time (the failures) are just going to get worse and worse and worse,” said Jim McElroy, executive director of International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative, or iNEMI, a group of big electronics makers, government agencies and other parties active in tin whisker research. “Even if the military is exempt forever, they will be forced to convert because they can’t get the components they want,” he said. “And that will eventually happen across the board.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Jordan Robertson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN JOSE – They’ve ruined missiles, silenced communications satellites and forced nuclear power plants to shut down. Pacemakers, consumer gadgets and even a critical part of a space shuttle have fallen victim. The culprits? Tiny splinters – whiskers, they’re called – that sprout unpredictably from tin solder and finishes deep inside electronics. By some estimates, the resulting short-circuits have leveled as much as $10 billion in damage since they were first noticed in the 1940s. last_img read more

CENTURY CINEMA LISTINGS MARCH 4 TO MARCH 10

first_imgCentury Cinemas LetterkennyFriday 04 March until Thursday 10 March 2011Unknown 15a 113 mins, daily 6.05pm, 8.35pm fri/sat sun 11pmThe Adjustment Bureau 12A 107mins Daily 6:05pm, 8:30pm & Fri/Sat/Sun 11.05pmRango 1:35pm Pg 107mins Daily 3:50pm, 6:10pm, 8:45pm & Sat/SunNo Strings Attached 15A 107mins Daily 8:45pm & Fri/Sat/Sun 11:10pmDrive Angry 3D (Ticket Surcharge Applies) 16 104mins Daily 6:10pm, 8:40pm & Fri/Sat/Sun 11pmTrue Grit 15A 110mins Daily 6pm, 8:20pm & Fri/Sat/Sun 10:50pmThe Rite 16 116mins Daily 8:25pm & Fri/Sat/Sun 11:05pmPaul 15A 103mins Daily 8:20pm & Fri/Sat/Sun 10:50pmThe Kings Speech 12A 118mins Daily 3:45pm, 6pmThe Fighter 15A 115mins Daily 3:45pm & Fri/Sat/Sun 11:10pmI Am Number Four 12A 109mins Daily 3:50pm, 6:10pmBig Mommas Like Father Like Son 1:55pm Pg 107mins Daily 4:05pm, 6:15pm & Fri/Sat/SunJustin Bieber – Never Say Never G 104mins Sat/Sun 1:40pmGnomoe & Juliet 3D (Ticket Surcharge Applies) G 83mins Fri/Sat/Sun 1:55pmGnomoe & Juliet G 83mins Daily 4:05pm & Sat/Sun 11:50am, 1:40pmYogi Bear 3D (Ticket Surcharge Applies) G 80mins Fri/Sat/Sun 2pmYogi Bear 11:50am G 80mins Daily 4pm & Fri/Sat/Sun 2pm & Sat/SunTangled 11:50am G 100mins Daily 4pm & Fri/Sat/Sun 1:50pm & Sat/Sun CENTURY CINEMA LISTINGS MARCH 4 TO MARCH 10 was last modified: March 4th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ENDA HAS X-FACTOR FOR THE NATION – JARLA’S VIEW

first_imgENDA HAS X-FACTOR FOR THE NATION – JARLA’S VIEW was last modified: December 16th, 2013 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:Enda KennyJarlax factorlast_img

Chef who was swerving across road is banned for three years

first_imgA chef who was swerving from right to left on a road in Letterkenny has been banned from driving for three years after pleading guilty to drink driving.David Tulio appeared at Letterkenny District Court. The court heard that Garda Grainne McLoone was traveling down Lower Main Street in Letterkenny on October 10th last when she saw a Nissan Kashqai driving slowly.The driver failed to indicate going right up Convent Road and was then swerving from right to left on the road.Tulio, of Thornberry, Letterkenny was arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station when he was found positive for drink driving.Mr Tulio, who has no previous convictions, said he was a chef working in Dungloe.Judge Paul Kelly fined the accused man €200 and banned him from driving for three years.He postponed the driving ban until April 13th next year.Chef who was swerving across road is banned for three years was last modified: October 14th, 2019 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)last_img read more

The Chelsea v Swansea quiz

first_imgGet your thinking cap on ahead of tonight’s semi-final clash and see how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-30]  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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more