Russell’s black bat banned

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia, (CMC):Andre Russell is likely to be using a more conventional bat for the Sydney Thunder’s second match in the Big Bash League.The West Indies Twenty20 star raised a few eyebrows when he unveiled a black bat – a throwback to the Stanford Twenty20 Tournament in the Caribbean – for the opening match of the BBL against city rivals Sydney Sixers on Tuesday.Complaints from the umpires and rivals in the game have led Cricket Australia to provisionally bar him from using the bat, which is trimmed with pink highlights until the manufacturers can prevent it from leaving marks on the ball.”The match officials provided feedback to Cricket Australia that the bat used by Andre left black marks on the match ball,” said Head of the Big Bash League Anthony Everard.”As a result, we have decided to withdraw our approval for Andre to use the bat that was used last night as the colour solution used by the manufacturer was discolouring the ball.”Russell had permission to use the coloured bat under the rules of the tournament, which stipulate it must be the same colour as the Club’s primary colour – or black.ABSOLUTE DISCRETIONA media release from the organisers said Cricket Australia, however, retained the right to withdraw approval in its absolute discretion and umpires can also request a player change the bat if they believed it affected the integrity of the match.It’s not the first time coloured bats have been used in the BBL – Russell’s compatriot Chris Gayle previously swung a gold bat for the Melbourne Renegades and Thunder teammate Aiden Blizzard used a green-coloured willow against the Sixers last season.Said Everard; “Should Andre, or any other BBL or WBBL player for that matter, wish to use a bat with a different colouring solution to the one used last night that doesn’t result in the discolouration of the match ball, they will be permitted to do so subject to Cricket Australia being satisfied that the bat won’t compromise the integrity of the game, which we believe discolouring the match ball does.”The colour of the bat hardly made a difference to the outcome of the match, as Russell made only nine from seven balls and the Thunder, defending 159, were thrashed by nine wickets. He and the Sixers will be hoping for better, when they face the Renegades on Thursday.last_img read more

High court passes on Amgen patent case

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider a patent dispute between biotech drug maker Amgen Inc. and two other companies involving Amgen’s blockbuster anemia drug Epogen. Despite passing on this case, justices have shown a heightened interest in patent law recently, taking up a half-dozen cases in the past two years and issuing two high-profile decisions in April. Amgen initiated the dispute in 1997 when it accused Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc., a unit of Paris-based Sanofi-Aventis SA, and Shire Human Genetic Therapies Inc., a division of British drug developer Shire PLC, of infringing its patents on Epogen. Aventis was previously known as Hoechst Marion Roussel Corp. A federal district court largely agreed with Thousand Oaks-based Amgen’s claims, but the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a mixed decision last year, ruling that two of Amgen’s patents were valid while reversing the lower court’s findings on two others. Amgen urged the Supreme Court to rule on the Federal Circuit’s practice of considering the factual record behind its patent claims, even though that record was also subject to thorough review at the district court level. Typically, appeals courts consider issues of law, rather than fact. The Federal Circuit’s willingness to reconsider the factual aspects of the case “produces incorrect results and causes litigants and district courts to waste tremendous resources,” Amgen said in its court filing. Amgen received $2.5 billion in revenue from Epogen sales in 2006. Last week, a Food and Drug Administration panel of outside experts recommended that the FDA require additional warnings on Epogen and two other anemia drugs, as well as additional tests on their safety. The news sent Amgen’s stock tumbling 9 percent Thursday and it remains more than 10 percent below its price before that announcement. Amgen’s shares fell 23 cents to $56.07 on Monday. 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

Some Man United fans are ‘in tears’ after seeing what Mourinho did to Martial

first_img REVEALED The relationship between the pair appeared to hit rock bottom when, after leaving United’s pre-season tour to be with his pregnant wife, Martial was fined by the Red Devils boss.However, their moments of compassion at Stamford Bridge had many United fans simply delirious – with some even in tears.Check out the best reaction from fans on Twitter below! Martial’s sweet strike put United ahead Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Latest Premier League News After grabbing what appeared to be a winning goal in front of the Manchester United fans, Mourinho was obviously elated with his forward.And then, after tremendous running and lots of hard work, the former Chelsea boss visibly pumped his fists and went onto the pitch to pat Martial on the back to congratulate him for his diligence.Shortly afterwards, the Portuguese then had a huge cuddle with the 22-year-old as he was substituted with a beaming smile.The duo have endured a somewhat rocky relationship in the past, with Mourinho openly criticising the France international for his poor performances. Mourinho watches on as United were pegged back late on against Chelsea 2 2 Jose Mourinho just ran on the pitch to pat Martial on the back for his defensive work. I never thought I would see the day. Tears in my eyes.— Devils of United (@DevilsOfUnited) October 20, 2018 tense Anthony Martial enjoyed a memorable afternoon at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon as his two goals helped Manchester United claim a 2-2 draw against Chelsea.Ross Barkley’s late equaliser sparked furious scenes in the away dugout as a member of the Blues’ backroom staff appeared to goad Mourinho, forcing a furious reaction from the Portuguese.However, it was his various interactions with Martial during the game which pleased several United fans. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Mourinho on pitch patting Martial. Both FCs shook!— ace ace (@CurryMerchant) October 20, 2018 Mourinho just embraced Martial has he came off, shouting ‘Yes’ into his ear. Not quite sweet nothings – but this could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship #mufc— James Robson (@jamesrobsonES) October 20, 2018 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury center_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED huge blow Martial and Mourinho laughing and hugging I love this game— ً (@SimplyChong) October 20, 2018 Mourinho coming into the pitch to slap Martial’s back and praise him. Tears flowing from my eyes.— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) October 20, 2018 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Jose Mourinho and Anthony Martial embrace on the touchline. LOVE THAT! The smile is back! #mufc— United Xtra (@utdxtra) October 20, 2018 shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT LMAO.. MOURINHO HUGGED MARTIAL… SOMEBODY PLEASE WAKE ME UP— Mrs Martial 💋 (@missp000) October 20, 2018 no dice Jose Mourinho applauds Anthony Martial and pats him on the back for closing down. The players are playing for the badge and the manager! 💯 #mufc— United Xtra (@utdxtra) October 20, 2018 gameday cracker Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more


first_imgA LEADING GAA referee in the county has hit out at new guidelines from Croke Park prompted by an edict from the Revenue Commissioners.It means that referees will be barely able to cover the cost of fuel for their cars when travelling to games, he claimed.The strict new rules on what can and cannot be claimed have been set out to every county board in the 26 counties including the Donegal County Board. And one referee told that he would be forced to quit doing a job he loves.“It’s voluntary and we get reimbursed expenses because we do travel long distances to officiate at matches,” he said.“But with the new rules from Croke Park and the Revenue, it will cost me to travel to a match.“In fact once you get over a certain mileage the reimbursement drops from around 59c per km to half that. Once you are there, it just doesn’t cover the diesel and there’s no room for tax, insurance or wear and tear.” The comments come just weeks after one of Sligo’s leading players called for referees to be paid a wage in order to improve standards.Sligo midfielder Eamonn O’Hara, the country’s longest-serving inter-county player insisted in the Sunday Independent: “You can talk about managerial payments and the effect it has on the GAA but ultimately this is a results business and from week to week it’s the decisions of referees which have the biggest consequences.“The GAA should be more worried about inconsistent and poor refereeing than looking to see if a manager is getting paid. At the end of the day, a player appreciates the effort a manager makes in leaving his wife and kids three nights a week and at weekends to come and train an outside county. We all know the effort that goes into it and few players are bothered by what they get in return.“Our frustration stems more from the fact that you can be pulled for a certain indiscretion six or seven times in February or March but the same thing will go totally unnoticed in June or July. Players don’t know what way a decision is going to go from game to game and young lads are being thumped off the ball with nothing done about it.”  GAA REFEREES’ ANGER AT NEW REVENUE RULES was last modified: February 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Croke Parkdonegal county boarddonegal refereespaid refereesRevenuelast_img read more

Home-buying dream proves to be elusive

first_imgMONROVIA – Jan Reck wakes each morning inside a comfy, historic home filled with inviting decorations and simple charms.Through her window, the San Gabriel Mountains tower majestically over her quiet Monrovia neighborhood. A short drive away, an uncluttered freeway awaits her quick commute to a teaching job.It’s the American Dream.At least it might be, if she weren’t still renting. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Though she’s managed to stay in a safe and close-to-work community, Reck can’t shake the frustration of not having a place to call her very own.Like so many others who’ve watched from the sidelines as housing prices have soared to unseen heights, she kicks herself for not getting into the market when she had a chance.“It’s just the feeling that I’m a guest in someone’s home,” she said.When she first started renting, more than 13 years ago, the option seemed much more appealing. Newly single and the mother of two daughters, she found a two-bedroom house in another upscale foothills community, La Verne, which suited her family perfectly.With home prices going nowhere in a hurry, Reck didn’t face much pressure to buy her own place; with a teacher’s salary and no shortage of other expenses, she didn’t have much of a choice. • A home carries lease on stress • Home-buying dream elusive • More moving inland • Boom brings profits, competition ________________ • American Dream? • High demand, tight supply inflate area housing prices • Advocates urge greater density • Greenspan concerned about risky mortgages • Photo Gallery: 10/08: Homes But then the housing market took off. Homes on her eastern end of Los Angeles County started becoming less and less affordable. Wanting to eventually buy her own home, Reck figured the prices would eventually have to hit a ceiling. But they never did.When her landlord raised the rent on the La Verne home to $2,000 in April – a jump of $800 in just three years – and put the house on the market for nearly $640,000, it was just the push the 51-year-old needed to start seriously considering becoming a homeowner.“It was a big thing for me to think about,” she said. “Somehow there’s that sense of failure, like, `Haven’t I grown up yet?”‘Reck started looking into other foothills communities for a home at a reasonable price.But her preferred place to live, the San Gabriel Valley foothills, was now off the table financially. The only other option, if she really wanted a home, was to settle for a fixer-upper farther inland, where homes are more affordable but traffic can be hell.Or she could sign for a risky loan, stretch her paychecks thinner and tack precious minutes onto her commute – all to end up living in a neighborhood she didn’t like.“For me, that was one thing I wasn’t willing to do,” she said. “I guess I’m being a snob about it, but I don’t want to live in Fontana.”After careful consideration, quality of life won out.Reck moved into her $1,950-a-month Monrovia rental home in October. 483-9338160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgST EUNAN’S are Ulster Óg Sport Champions 2014!The club retained the Ulster Óg Sport U15 7-a-side title that was won in Derry last year with the finals tournament held at O’Donnell Park today.The boys defeated Enniskillen Gaels (Fermanagh), Bellaghy (Derry) and Innishkeen (Monaghan) in the group stages before beating Bryansford (Down) in the semi-final and Killeavy (Armagh) in the Final.  ST EUNAN’S BOYS WIN BACK-TO-BACK ULSTER U15 OG SPORT TITLE was last modified: September 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Og SportSt EunansULSTER CHAMPIONSlast_img read more

Tory islanders to take their ferry fight to Galway

first_imgResidents of Tory island are to hold another protest in the ongoing dispute over a new ferry for the island.The 150 or so islanders are up in arms that they are to be provided with a ferry which they claim is not suitable for their trips to the Chris Cannon Some have suggested that living on the island full-time would not be an option unless they get a boat which was suitable for travelling through the ‘cainéal Tóraigh’ – otherwise known as the Tory channel.The islanders recently held a protest outside Dail Eireann in a bid to bring the issue to the public’s attention.The islanders will now bring their efforts to Galway on the 28th of February.The protest will take place at the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht offices in Galway and afterwards will move into the city. The decision to use the Queen of Aran ferry as the island’s new boat will once again be contested.The 42-year-old boat has been deemed as unfit for sailing by those who plan to regularly use the service.The boat is due to begin operations on April 1st but repairs have only started.It was towed by two cargos from Galway to Killybegs on Sunday to be viewed by the marine authority.Kenneth O’Brien a native of the island described having a capable boat as a complete necessity. “I spend 6 months a year working in the Middle East. I do one month on, one month off. If the boat can’t get me off the island to make my flight I can’t continue to live in Tory,” he said.Having a boat which many deem as unsafe would also greatly affect the tourism prospects of the island, he added.“It would have a detrimental effect for us to be left with that boat. The hotel manager has already had enquiries on whether or not it would be safe to travel in and out of the island over summer. People are thinking about cancelling bookings, this can’t be allowed to happen,” O’Brien said.“The north west of Ireland is completely forgotten about. In Leo’s (Varadkar) recent development plans for the country, there is no mention of Donegal. Unless you’re from Dublin you get ignored,” O’Brien angrily added. The worry for the islanders is that unlike the Tor Mór, the Queen of Aran ferry was not built for the swells and storms that can occur on the trip from Tory to main-land.“The boat wasn’t designed for this area. My wife struggles with the journey on the Tor Mór, so there’s no way she would think of travelling on this boat. The only choice for some people will be to leave the island,” O’Brien admitted.The people of the island are going to fight for what they believe they merit.“We spent the last 30/40 years trying to build up the island. It feels like they’re trying to shut us down. We won’t stop until we get what we deserve,” O’Brien concluded.Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty has spoken out against the notion of Tory island residents having this boat forced upon them in a statement on his party’s website.“Clearly, this is a very concerning and deeply worrying situation and raises real doubts over the future of Tory island which is a truly unique place and a strong Gaeltacht island community,” he said.Doherty admitted that failure to give the island a suitable boat could lose the north-west a vital Gaeltacht speaking area.“I am once again calling on the Government to take urgent action and intervene in this controversy because otherwise there is a real risk over the future of this proud island community,” he added.Tory islanders to take their ferry fight to Galway was last modified: February 22nd, 2018 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:ferryGalwayprotestTory Islandlast_img read more

How to keep your garden blooming during hosepipe ban

first_imgSo it’s happened, a nationwide Hosepipe ban has come into play, and is expected to last until the end of the month (at least). So where does that leave us gardeners who utilise water to nurture crops, flowers and displays?Well to be fair not much has changed, the only thing we can’t do is use the hose to water our plants. It’s back to the watering cans for us all! Watering by can is something that I encourage many gardeners to do, as I believe that when you’re using a hose you don’t judge how little water you’re actually applying to the garden, with many just wetting the top layer of soil as opposed to watering deep down to where the roots of plants DD Gardening Correspondent Gareth AustinGareth AustinThe best time of day to water your garden plants and displays is early in the morning, allowing the plants to get hydrated before the sun (and heat) peaks for the day, watering during the heat of the day is hugely wasteful as a majority of the water will simply evaporate away.Now plants are fussy where the water comes from that you’re using on them, so whether its dish water, tap water, cut flower vases, old tea, or bath water they’ll lap it up! Remember that it’s best to target freshly planted plants when water is scares as these will have the smallest root systems so may not have access to enough water to keep them motoring on and establishing, using around 4l/m2 every 2/3 days is plenty, thus deep watering wets soil thoroughly and although the surface may be dry below the soil can remain moist and the plant roots will scavenge down to where the water it – making the plants more drought tolerant and stronger.However, in times like this many mature garden plants will be showing signs of water stress, indeed many trees are ‘browning’ where they are under increasing stress caused by the lack of available water in soil.After you have soaked your garden plants if you do have access to soaked shredded newspaper you could put a layer of this around your garden plants – this will help to reduce surface evaporation.Shallow-rooted plants, flowering plants, large-leaved plants and fruiting plants should all be attentively seen too and should be the focus of your limited water supplies as these will have the greatest demand on water.And any granular fertiliser application should be avoided – if there is not enough air moisture to turn the fertiliser soluble the fertiliser will instead draw the water it needs from your plants, in turn damaging and scorching the foliages. So in the garden it’s a case of sitting tight, being focussed (and not wasteful) with water and letting the garden see this amazing weather out.How to keep your garden blooming during hosepipe ban was last modified: July 5th, 2018 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

A List of Negativity Tells

first_imgYou project your attitude. You project your deepest beliefs. Even when you don’t think you are doing so, you have “tells” that completely give you away. Your negativity “tells” inform people who you are even when you aren’t aware of what you are projecting.Cynicism is a dangerous form of negativity. When you are a cynic, when you believe that no one can be doing anything for any noble reason, you project that you are negative. It’s a surefire tell.Making snarky comments about other people is a negativity tell.Judging other people is another tell. When you talk about other people, when you judge them, you are practicing negativity. This is never more true than when you do so behind that person’s back.Oh, so you’re a critic. You point out what is wrong with everything and everyone, no matter how insignificant, and no matter how unimportant. That’s your tell. That’s how you identify you’re negative.Assuming bad intentions is a tell. When you believe everyone is acting out of malice, you are involved in a dangerous, happiness-crushing form of negativity. Their intentions are unknown to you, and it’s more likely that are acting from good intentions, and if not, from fear.Being scarcity minded, another sure tell. The infection that makes you believe that there is not enough is negativity, especially in a universe that is abundant. If you focus on there not being enough, then that is surely what you will manifest, even if that manifestation is self-fulfilling negativity.Look, you’re not the Devil’s advocate. You’re just being negative by pointing out anything and everything that might go wrong. If you weren’t negative, you’d be working on how to make ideas work, not shoot them down.In case you don’t know. Now you know. 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

Budget Cuts Lead to Lab Closures in Australia

first_imgSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—The bad news just keeps coming for Australia’s scientific community. According to an internal planning document obtained by ScienceInsider, the cash-strapped national research body, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), will shutter eight research facilities in the wake of an austerity budget announced by the federal government for 2014 to 2015.The labs slated to close include a horticultural facility in Merbein specializing in wine, table grapes, and citrus fruit; the Aspendale Laboratories near Melbourne, a stronghold of marine and atmospheric research; and the Griffith Laboratory in New South Wales, which specializes in water and irrigation. Industry was not consulted on the closures, which could “rob us of a great resource” and undermine Australian competitiveness, says Anne Mansell of Sunraysia Citrus Growers in Mildura. 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The Directions Statement, released to staff on Wednesday, specifies that the Mopra Telescope will close. But Lewis Ball, chief of CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) program, hopes alternative funding can be found for the 22-meter telescope, which since 2012 has been run by a consortium that includes the University of New South Wales and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. “We’re exploring the possibility that our partners … can pick up the cost of Mopra,” he says. While the partnership agreement runs to 2015, the budget cuts would take effect on 1 July. Research at two of Australia’s other four radio observatories, Parkes and Narrabri, will also be reduced. Ball says CASS is working out details of the reduction and the number of staff members who will lose their jobs. He affirms that CSIRO intends to meet its obligations over the next 2 years to the $2.5 billion international Square Kilometre Array, the world’s largest radio telescope, and the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder instrument.Other CSIRO facilities on the chopping block, according to the Directions Statement, are a Queensland site housing the Australian e-Health Research Centre; Victoria’s Highett Laboratories, home to advanced processing, materials and infrastructure research, and sustainable ecosystems; and the Victorian Science Education Centre. Arding livestock field station in New South Wales will be sold. Three facilities in Canberra that house ecosystems scientists and administrators will close, as will one near Melbourne that specializes in fiber science and engineering. It is unclear which staff members will be redeployed and which will lose their jobs.Ian Chubb, Australia’s chief scientist, fears that the budget blow will erode the nation’s scientific capacity and international reputation. “We can regret the cuts and sympathize with the people most directly affected, but we have to get a strategic approach to science,” says Chubb, who acknowledges that Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s government did not seek his advice on the budget. Even some members of Abbott’s conservative Liberal Party are questioning the wisdom of the CSIRO cuts and, more broadly, the diminished funding for science. Dennis Jensen, an engineer and member of Parliament, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday: “I’m worried about the future of science, quite frankly.”last_img read more