President of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Dave Cameron says that one of the main challenges facing West Indies cricket at the moment is the non-availability of senior players but the board is working on models to address the situation.Dave CameronCameron made the disclosure during an address at a Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) luncheon for dozens of its members and the media at Kensington Oval on Friday night.The Jamaican acknowledged that one of the main challenges facing West Indies cricket was that it was tough having the best team available when most of the times some of the leading players were making the T20 leagues around the world such as the IPL and the Big Bash, their main priority.“Four of our players, and rightly so, have decided not to play for us in the ICC World Cup Qualifier, because they are making way more than we can pay them. That is the reality we are dealing with. The ICC is saying that that is a matter not for them, but a matter to be discussed in Australia, India, etc and not for world cricket.“You can understand the dilemma that we face. We are living in a small area of about five million not so rich people, and our players would like to earn at the same level as players in India, Pakistan, Australia. That is our challenge and we are facing that challenge front on, and going forward we are looking at different ways and models to ensure that our players are given the opportunity to earn the maximum while making West Indies cricket great again,” he said.CWI has been the board most crippled due to these T20 leagues around the world as many players from the different Test playing countries have been leaving leagues and going back to represent their national team. This has not been the case with the West Indies players even though the board recently improved their pay packet. CWI is expected to present many different models to the players with the hope that they buy into one. This year they will have no issue with the IPL, as it has been given a window by the ICC.Last month Cameron said that it would be difficult moving forward to incorporate – Darren Bravo, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Keiron Pollard – into the future of Windies cricket after they opted to miss the qualifiers in Zimbabwe, instead choosing the PSL. This remark created a level of controversy among his Board members, players (both active and retired), head of the players’ representative body (WIPA) and members of the general public from across the Caribbean region with views split as to whether he was right or wrong to express such an opinion as head of the organisation. (Trinidad Guardian) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCameron, Holder optimistic about future of Windies cricketFebruary 27, 2019In “latest news”ICC turns down April meeting, says Cameron must be presentMarch 28, 2018In “latest news”Will David Cameron’s six-year reign over West Indies cricket end soon?March 8, 2019In “latest news”
Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be a ‘global community’ In a wide-ranging post of nearly 6,000 words, Zuckerberg said Facebook can play a role in bringing people together. Friday 17 Feb 2017, 8:30 AM By AFP Share Tweet Email 7,257 Views FACEBOOK FOUNDER MARK Zuckerberg has offered a vision for the social network as a force in building a “global community,” as more people become disillusioned with troubled political institutions.In a wide-ranging post of nearly 6,000 words, Zuckerberg said Facebook can play a role in bringing people together as they face fractious politics and anti-globalisation sentiment.The essay — released without warning and instantly called a “manifesto” by pundits — offered a detailed, idealistic vision of the role of the world’s biggest social network, going well beyond Zuckerberg’s frequent comments on “connecting the world.”“In times like these, the most important thing we at Facebook can do is develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us,” he wrote.Improving livesThe post on his Facebook page, titled “Building Global Community,” said the social network with some 1.8 billion members should play a role in improving people’s lives.“Today I want to focus on the most important question of all: are we building the world we all want?” he said.“Facebook stands for bringing us closer together and building a global community. When we began, this idea was not controversial… Yet now, across the world there are people left behind by globalisation, and movements for withdrawing from global connection.”Zuckerberg said people around the world face threats that are becoming “increasingly global,” like terrorism, natural disasters, disease, refugee crises, and climate change, which “need coordinated responses from a worldwide vantage point.”He added that non-government organisations have done little to address these problems on a global scale and said that he has “directed Facebook to invest more and more resources into serving this need.”“My hope is that more of us will commit our energy to building the long term social infrastructure to bring humanity together,” Zuckerberg wrote.“The answers to these questions won’t all come from Facebook, but I believe we can play a role.”Zuckerberg, who in recent months has been taking a more active role in civic affairs, announced in 2015 that he and his wife Priscilla Chan would donate 99 percent of their Facebook wealth — an estimated $45 billion — to philanthropic causes.Last year, the Chan-Zuckerberg initiative pledged to donate $3 billion over the next decade to research efforts to help banish or manage all disease.© – AFP 2017Read: Tony Blair wants Britain to fight against BrexitRead: ‘The leaks are real, the news is fake’ – Trump blasts media again in latest press conference 50 Comments Image: Niall Carson/PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3244491 Feb 17th 2017, 8:30 AM Image: Niall Carson/PA Short URL
Un bébé loutre mourant recueilli… sur un parking !Écosse – Selon la BBC, un couple d’Écossais a découvert sur un parking un bébé loutre en piteux état, qui a pu être recueilli ensuite par un centre spécialisé, où il sera soigné durant un an parmi de jeunes congénères eux aussi égarés, avant d’être réintroduit en milieu naturel.C’est sur un parking du village de Taynuilt, dans la région écossaise d’Argyll and Bute, qu’un couple est tombé sur cette loutre femelle juvénile, qu’il a ramené à la maison et gardé au chaud jusqu’à l’arrivée d’une vétérinaire de l’antenne locale écossaise de la Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to All Animals (SPCA).À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcosseCette praticienne, Claire Shorthose, a immédiatement administré au petit animal, surnommé Cally, des liquides chauds et du glucose, avant de l’amener au Wildlife Rescue Centre d’Alloa, toujours en Écosse. “J’ai dû arrêter le véhicule afin de la ranimer pendant le voyage, mais heureusement, elle s’en est tirée. Elle était à peine vivante et en état d’hypothermie et d’hypoglycémie”, a-t-elle expliqué.Cally restera au centre durant au moins un an avant d’être relâchée dans la nature, tout comme les 10 autres bébés loutres actuellement hébergés là-bas, qui ont pu être chassés de leurs terriers par les inondations dues aux fortes pluies de 2012, estiment leurs soigneurs. “C’est fantastique que Claire ait pu faire revenir Cally à la vie”, a conclu Colin Seddon, directeur du Centre d’Alloa.Le 20 janvier 2013 à 13:10 • Maxime Lambert
L’oréopithèque, un singe du Miocène, n’était finalement pas bipèdeSelon une étude américaine publiée dans le Journal of Human Evolution, l’oréopithèque, un primate connu depuis le 19e siècle et qui vivait (notamment) en Italie il y a près de 10 millions d’années, n’était pas vraiment bipède, contrairement à ce que suggéraient des recherches antérieures. L’oréopithèque (Oreopithecus bambolii), ce qui signifie “singe des collines de Bamboli (une montagne de Toscane)”, un primate qui vivait il y a environ 8 millions d’années de l’Italie à l’Afrique orientale, représente une étape importante dans l’évolution de la bipédie. Certains chercheurs, à l’examen de son squelette, estiment qu’il se déplaçait assez couramment sur ses deux pattes arrières. Mais selon de nouvelles recherches réalisées par Gabrielle A. Russo et Liza Shapiro, de l’Université du Texas à Austin, il n’en est rien. Pour en arriver là, ces anthropologues ont examiné la morphologie du primate fossile en se focalisant sur la partie inférieure de sa colonne vertébrale, élément-clé dans la ‘mécanique’ de la bipédie en termes de répartition du poids du corps. Les scientifiques ont comparé les vertèbres lombaires et le sacrum de l’oréopithèque avec ceux d’humains actuels, d’homininés anciens et d’animaux arboricoles tels que des grands singes, des paresseux et une espèce disparue de lémurien. “La colonne vertébrale de l’homme est hautement spécialisée pour la bipédie habituelle, et est donc une région clé pour déterminer si cette forme (…) unique de locomotion était présente chez Oreopithecus”, explique Liza Shapiro.Un bas du dos incompatible avec une bipédie constante À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Précédemment, le débat sur le comportement locomoteur des oréopithèques mettait l’accent sur l’anatomie des membres et du bassin, mais personne n’avait réévalué l’affirmation controversée selon laquelle le bas de son dos ressemblait à celui d’un humain”, ajoute t-elle. Différent de celui des humains et plus proche de celui des singes, le bas du dos de l’oréopithèque est incompatible avec les exigences fonctionnelles de la bipédie constante, estiment les auteurs. “Nos résultats offrent un nouvel éclairage sur le débat relatif à la locomotion d’Oreopithecus. Bien qu’il soit certainement possible qu’Oreopithecus marchait sur deux jambes dans une certaine mesure, comme certains singes sont connus pour le faire sur de courtes durées, une quantité croissante de preuves anatomiques démontre clairement que ce n’était pas habituel chez lui”, conclut Gabrielle Russo.Le 28 juillet 2013 à 15:23 • Maxime Lambert
Woman Bitten Twice By Shark While Swimming in Hawaii BayDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later A rare shark nursery has been discovered among deep-water coral reefs some 200 miles west of Ireland.Footage captured in July by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) highlights an unusual number of egg cases scattered some 750 meters (820 yards) under the sea.Such large concentrations, according to Ireland’s Marine Institute, are “rarely recorded,” and suggest females may gather in this area to lay their eggs.“We are delighted to report the discovery of a rare shark nursery on a scale not previously documented in Irish waters,” David O’Sullivan, chief scientist on the SeaRover (Sensitive Ecosystem Analysis and ROV Exploration of Reef habitat) survey, said last week.“This discovery shows the significance of documenting sensitive marine habitats,” he continued, “and will give us a better understanding of the biology of these beautiful animals and their ecosystem function in Ireland’s Biologically Sensitive Area.”O’Sullivan is a member of INFOMAR, a 20-year government initiative to map the physical, chemical, and biological features of Ireland’s seabed.A large school of blackmouth catshark (Galeus malestomus) swimming around the site indicates the eggs belong to this species—common in the northeast Atlantic Ocean.The sailfin roughshark (Oxynotus paradoxus)—a species of dogfish shark—was also observed.“Both species are of scientific interest as Ireland has an obligation to monitor deepwater sharks under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive,” Maurice Clarke, of the Fisheries Ecosystem Advisory Services at the Marine Institute, said in a statement.The solitary sailfin roughshark (via Marine Institute)The latter, listed as “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, may have been feeding on the eggs, though there is no hard evidence to back that up.“No pups were obvious at the site and it is believed that the adult sharks might be utilizing degraded coral reef and exposed carbonate rock on which to lay their eggs,” O’Sullivan explained.“A healthy coral reef in the vicinity may act as a refuge for the juvenile shark pups once they hatch,” he continued. “It is anticipated that further study of the site will answer some important scientific questions on the biology and ecology of deep-water sharks in Irish waters.”SeaRover is the second of three surveys commissioned and jointly funded by the Irish government and the EU’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.More coverage on Geek.com:Scientists Rely on Public Sightings to Track Mysterious Shark SpeciesNew Species of Deep Sea Shark Discovered, Could Offer Ancient Evolutionary CluesDon’t Trust Everything You See on Shark WeekThe Greatest Underwater Predators in Movies Stay on target
Three earthquakes rattled an area northwest of Mount St. Helens on Friday, continuing what geologists say is a mini-swarm of earthquakes not related to the nearby volcano.The latest quakes, on Friday, were a 3.7-magnitude quake at 2:38 p.m. Friday, followed by a 3.4 at 6:08 and a 3.1 at 6:12 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.A report from the USGS on Friday said the quakes have been centered about 13 miles northwest of Mount St. Helens at a depth of about 8 miles. They were described as tectonic in origin and not directly related to the volcano.The report said such earthquakes are common in areas around Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood. It said another mini-swarm of earthquakes also occurred about six miles southwest of Mount Hood.Volcano-related seismic activity at the two volcanoes themselves were at normal background levels, the USGS said.
Carroll was tasered and continued to resist arrest, according to the online Trooper dispatch. Troopers responded to Clam Gulch Campground after reports that Robert Carroll, 27, of Soldotna, had driven his truck into the ocean an in attempt to harm himself. Carroll was contacted by Troopers as he was being pursued by the theft victims on foot. Carroll was carrying a tree branch, approximately 5 inches in diameter in a threatening manner as he came towards Troopers and refused to drop the branch. Carroll was rescued by a person walking on the beach. Once on the beach Carroll attempted to take that person’s vehicle and threatened to kill them. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers arrested and transported a Soldotna man to the hospital for treatment of injuries following an incident that occured on May 1, in Clam Gulch. According to Troopers, Carroll was unable to steal the vehicle, he then went to a nearby campground where he entered a tent and stole a person’s cell phone. Carroll was eventually detained and arrested. He was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries in the crash. Carroll is being charged with Assault III (5 counts), Robbery II, Attempted Vehicle Theft I, Criminal Trespass I, Theft III, Disorderly Conduct.