Tony Becca: Trinidad and Tobago all the way

first_img THREE VICTORIES It is true that Jamaica recorded three victories, but two of those victories, thanks to the leg-spinners of Jacobs, and a maiden century from McCarthy, came when they dismissed the weak ICC Americas for 76 runs in the first match before narrowly squeezing home in the second match in the last over and by one wicket. The standard of the tournament was best defined by the difference of the batting of Darren Bravo and the rest, including Guyana’s feeble offering when they crawled to 42 for three after 20 overs against Trinidad and Tobago in one semi-final, the Windward Islands 175 against Barbados in the other semi-final, and the batting of Barbados in the final. It was as if the batsmen of Barbados Pride, all of them and every one of them, were playing against a turning ball for the first time in their lives. DISAPPOINTING BATTING Against this, none of the other teams looked good in a tournament during which the batting was disappointing, the bowling was embarrassingly wayward, and the fielding was atrocious. The batting, with the exception of Darren Bravo, was poor, with the likes of the since-retired Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Assad Fudadin, Nkrumah Bonner, Shai Hope, AndrÈ McCarthy, Chadwick Walton, and Carlos Brathwaite of Australia fame getting only one good score in six or seven innings each. Bravo was good, stroking 82, 95, and 97 for 274 runs in three innings at a good clip of average of 91.33. That was a far cry from the 259 runs in seven innings for an average of 51.80 by Fudadin in second place and from the 251 at 41.83 in third place by McCarthy. In fact, after a tournament of eight teams playing in two groups of return matches and before empty stands but for one semi-final and the final, with the top two teams in each group meeting in the semi-finals and final, only seven teams scored more than 200 runs in a match, only three batsmen scored more than 100 runs in an innings, only two batsmen averaged over 50, and regardless of the state of the pitches, that was bad, especially with the low standard of fielding throughout. It was even worse when one considered the standard of the bowling. Only one bowler, pacer Delorn Johnson of the Windward Islands, took six wickets in an innings, and despite the poor bowling and ragged fielding, only three bowlers, including Jamaica’s Damion Jacobs, took five wickets in an innings. In fact, only Richards, Johnson, Emrit, Jaggesar, and Hosein impressed as bowlers, or looked promising as bowlers. While the tournament was a success for the Red Force, the one-eyed man in a blind man’s games, it was poor for the other teams, and particularly so for Guyana and for Jamaica, who went into it with much hope. With Trinidad and Tobago playing like champions throughout, especially in the semi-finals and final, knocking off Guyana by 54 runs after posting 259 for 9 and limiting the Guyana to 205 after the Jaguars were reeling at 42 for three after 20 overs, and Barbados by 72 after dashing to 270 for seven and brushing the Pride aside for 198 after the ninth wicket had fallen at 149 with 15.4 overs to go. Jamaica’s feeble attempt included a winning 139 for 8 against Barbados, a losing 139 against Trinidad and Tobago, a losing 176 versus Trinidad and Tobago, and a losing 173 against Barbados. The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, short of some of their better players, by birth, including Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, and Samuel Badree, walked away with the Nagico Super50 Trophy a week ago, and easily and comprehensively at that. Led by batsmen Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin towards the end, left-handed opening batsman Ervin Lewis, who dazzled for a while, all-rounder Narsingh Deonarine, and medium-pacer Rayad Emrit, as well as opening batsman Kyle Ottley, pacer Marlon Richards, off-spinner John Russ Jaggesar, and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, Trinidad and Tobago were in control from start to finish. Considered not good enough to win the tournament at the start, the team began well, playing confidently and attractively before they were joined by their two big guns. From there on, there was no doubt, or hardly any doubt, as to who the winners would be. The Red Force of Trinidad and Tobago rolled past the toothless Guyana Jaguars in the semi-finals by 54 runs, and past the humiliated Barbados Pride by 72 in the final. In losing one match, to Barbados, when it did not matter, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force were streets and lanes above the others. Barbados, Guyana, the Windward Islands, and Jamaica were no match for the Red Force, and much better than the International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas, who failed to win a game, and the Leeward Islands, who won one. Trinidad and Tobago’s Lewis, who cracked 74 off 74 deliveries and 102 not out off 100 deliveries against Jamaica, and Kyle Hope and Kjorn Ottley looked good at the start, Richards bowled well, Emrit also bowled well, and Jaggesar, Deonarine, and Hosein all bowled well – all three spin bowlers mixing good line, good length, and teasing flight to stifle the opposing batsmen.last_img read more

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Chelsea appoint Jose Mourinho replacement

first_imgChelsea have appointed Guus Hiddink as their manager until the end of the season. The Dutchman, who previously took temporary charge to help them win the FA Cup in 2009, has been brought in to replace Jose Mourinho, who left the club on Thursday. Hiddink proved to be a popular figure in his short time in charge at Stamford Bridge, in a role he balanced while in charge of the Russian national team. Hiddink, 69, whose last post was as Holland coach, said on the club’s official website: “I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world but is not where it should be at the moment. However, I am sure we can all turn this season around.”He added: ‘I am looking forward to working with the players and staff at this great club and especially renewing my wonderful relationship with the Chelsea fans.”Hiddink is at Stamford Bridge for Saturday’s match with Sunderland but Mourinho’s number two Steve Holland will take control of the team alongside Eddie Newton, who is now assistant first-team coach.Hiddink previously took temporary charge of Chelsea in February 2009 and guided the Blues to FA Cup success at Wembley.Chelsea’s announcement came hot on the heels of Mourinho revealing he is already looking for a route back into management. 1 Guus Hiddink last_img read more

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San Jose Sharks’ win streak ends at six games

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Kevin Labanc scored in the first … SAN JOSE — The Sharks’ six-game winning streak ended with a thud Tuesday night at SAP Center.Slowing down Connor McDavid and the first place Edmonton Oilers for the second tine in eight days was a bit too much to ask.The Sharks fell behind by two goals after the first 7:59 of the first period and never fully recovered in a 5-2 loss, San Jose’s first defeat since Nov. 2.last_img

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The GH5’s Autofocus: A Disaster or Simply Misunderstood?

first_imgThe GH5 has a problematic autofocus. Or does it? We examine the problem and some solutions.The video autofocus for Panasonic’s GH4 wasn’t great. It was slow, and it would quickly lose focus. Many users of Lumix’s DC-GH series were looking forward to the GH5 to see how the autofocus would perform with updated hardware. Well, it’s turned out to be one of the most controversial features of the camera.Image via B&H.Using auto-focus for narrative work isn’t the norm, and likely won’t be for quite some time — if at all. While the technology is there for pre-programmed sequences like Psyop’s Emerald Paint commercial, ultimately the instinct and experience of a 1st AC will reign supreme. If autofocus isn’t a feature that cinematographers crave, why so much noise about video autofocus in DSLRs and mirrorless cameras?The answer is lone wolf operators, vloggers, and YouTube reviewers. The ability to shoot with a wide aperture in a self-filmed video without the worry of dropping out of focus certainly appeals to a wide range of videographers.The ProblemsThere have been numerous complaints about the GH5’s AF, to the extent that Panasonic, through PhotoJoseph, issued a statement regarding the problem.The autofocus, to put it simply, is temperamental. After hitting record, you’ll find yourself with a camera that auto focuses astronomically, or you’ll have a two-minute video with only a few seconds of focused footage. It entirely depends on your autofocus settings and the camera’s recording settings — and the settings often contradict each other.For example, in the video below from Max Yuryev, based on his extensive testing, it would appear that the best autofocus settings at 1080p for capturing movement would be the following:AF Mode at Custom Multi or 225 pointAF sensitivity at responsive +3Record at 60fps instead of 24fps.For even better AF results, you should record at 4k instead of 1080p. However, when doing so, the AF sensitivity at responsive +3 no longer performs as well as it did at 1080p, and instead, the AF works better at the default sensitivity setting. As you can see, it can quickly become confusing to determine which setting you should work with.Another videographer, Tommy Callaway, has put together a video test of the autofocus, and, well, from his results, it performs pretty well.To get the best results from the GH5 AF, you need to understand that there isn’t one setting for all purposes — as frustrating as that is. The AF type and AF video settings need adjustment for the subject in question.The SettingsFor AF to work properly in video mode, you need to make sure that Continuous AF is switched on, and you can do that by going to Menu > Motion Picture > Continous AF > On.The GH5 has six autofocus modes that you can use.Face/Eye DetectionTracking225-AreaCustom Multi1-AreaPinpointThe Face/Eye Detection mode speaks for itself. However, this does seem to be the mode that GH5 users are most frustrated with. It appears to lose focus more than any other setting. In Tracking mode, you specify the subject to track and keep in focus. In 225-Area, there is a grid of 15×15 focus points that will latch onto moving subjects that take up a large proportion of those points. Custom Multi is similar in that there are 225-Area points, but you select a specific portion of those points as the primary focus point. 1-Area will focus solely on one particular area of the image, and Pinpoint is similar, in that it will concentrate on a very small area.For video, you also have an AF Custom Setting menu. Here, you can adjust the AF Speed, which will dictate how fast your focus moves, and AF Sensitivity, which sets how responsive your AF is. If at -3 Locked On, the AF tries to retain focus on a single subject and will change focus a few seconds after a new object has appeared in the focus window. +3 Responsive will immediately change the focus when the subject moves.Ultimately, the settings are going to depend on what you are filming. From the range of discussion on the web, there doesn’t seem to be a set standard for vlogs or product reviews — or anything for that matter. Even the four videos above all suggest different settings, and for a consumer, that’s just not a great sign. It is going to come down to testing out the AF to see what works well with your filming resolution and frame rate. (Although, I would suggest using the settings from the examples above as a starting point.)As a GH5 owner, even though it has an amazing video mode, I think it’s important to realize that this is a still camera first and foremost, and with that, comes limitations.What are your thoughts on the GH5’s autofocus? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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2004 NTL DRAW AVAILABLE

first_imgThe 2004 National Touch League draw for both Opens/20’s and Seniors can now be found by going to the Tournaments tab on the left side of the homepage. Go to the National Touch League page and look in the 2004 National Touch League page. This is a draft draw and can be subject to change prior to the National Touch League. Participants are reminded to check the web page for updates as the take place.last_img

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a month agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Pochettino fantastic for Tottenham

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Pochettino fantastic for Tottenhamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is full of praise for Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino.Pochettino left the St Mary’s side to join Spurs back in 2014 and guided them to the Champions League final last season.Hasenhuttl said: “Last year he wasn’t allowed to sit on the bench which is maybe the reason why we could take the three points.“It was an unbelievable game from us. I didn’t know how we could end up winning this game because in the first half they should have been four goals up.“If you want to take points against such a team then you need to have a nearly perfect performance and even then, you are not sure.“I think he has done a fantastic job in Tottenham and took them from being a struggling team to Champions League finalists. It’s unbelievable the job he does there.“We don’t look too much on them because I think it’s important for us to concentrate on the qualities that we have.“We know that it’s a big challenge, but we like these challenges.“ About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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7 hours agoAustralian bank helps Crystal Palace collect Man Utd fee for Wan-Bissaka

first_imgAustralian bank helps Crystal Palace collect Man Utd fee for Wan-Bissakaby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have managed to land £22.5 million of the Aaron Wan-Bissaka transfer fee early thanks to a deal with Australian bank Macquarie.The Premier League side sold one of the instalments they are owed by Manchester United for the right back.Wan-Bissaka moved clubs in the summer, while the deal was structured based on payments over the course of the next few years.United were set to pay Palace the £22.5 million figure in the coming summer.The Evening Standard says Palace have the money early, which allows them to continue reinvesting it in the club.Chairman Steve Parish wants to improve the main stand at their Selhurst Park stadium, among other upgrades. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Edmonton university recovers bulk of money lost in phishing attack

first_imgEDMONTON – An Alberta university that was defrauded of $11.8 million in a so-called phishing attack says it has recovered more than 90 per cent of the funds.Edmonton’s MacEwan University says in a release that legal proceedings to recover the stolen money have concluded and the institution has recouped $10.9 million.The institution credits recovery of the large sum to the quick response of an internal team at the university, legal counsel in several jurisdictions, fraud units at the banks involved in the transactions and police.The downtown Edmonton school says it has put stronger financial controls in place and is implementing IT security awareness and training programs for staff and faculty.The scam occurred last August when a series of fraudulent emails convinced three staff members to change electronic banking information for one of the university’s vendors.The university didn’t realize what had happened until days later when the vendor — Clark Builders — called asking to be paid.MacEwan spokesman David Beharry said at the time that most of the missing money — $11.4 million — was traced to a bank account in Montreal and to two accounts in Hong Kong.He said $6.3 million was seized from the Montreal account and action was taken to freeze the two Hong Kong accounts.He also said the three employees were not high-level staffers and the university did not believe there was any collusion. He did not say if the three had been suspended or reprimanded.“We really believe this is simply a case of human error,” he said.The Edmonton Police Service says it has not laid any charges in the case, but the investigation remains active.The fraud prompted Alberta Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt to instruct all university board chairs in the province to review their financial controls.MacEwan said in Wednesday’s statement that employees are now required to verify — by phone and a followup email confirmation — all changes to vendor master files. The changes are also reviewed by the employee’s supervisor, manager or director.Supplier audit reports that have been implemented show all changes made to vendor information and are used to review and approve those changes.As well, MacEwan is implementing mandatory training to improve employees’ understanding of social engineering attacks, phishing and other online scams.Beharry said he has no information about any of the money that has not been recovered.last_img read more

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