ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, has urged players to use the upcoming first class season to stake their claim for a place at the higher level. The four-day season is set to bowl off on October 26 and Adams said the three-month season provided the ideal chance for youth cricketers and fringe players to grab the attention of senior selectors. “It’s an opportunity for the talented players in our game to stake a claim for a place in international matches,” said Adams, who took over from Englishman Richard Pybus in the post earlier this year. “It’s also an opportunity for us to see young players that have just come out of youth cricket and it’s another opportunity for us to showcase the depth of West Indies talent, so I am quite looking forward to the start of this four-day season.” The first class tournament will kick-off the West Indies domestic season, which also includes the Regional Super50 one-day tournament next January and the Caribbean Premier League at the back end of next summer. For the fourth straight year, the season will be played under a home-and-away format, which will again see 10 rounds of matches, a feature Adams said was key to player development. “This tournament is critical to our game in view of its length, since there are return matches. It provides so many opportunities for young players and for some that have been around for a long time to get a lot of matches under their belt,” said the former West Indies captain. “I think it is also good for the selectors to have an opportunity to see more of the players in different conditions, so it will throw up a lot of very, very useful information and give us a better indication about the quality of our players. Cricket West Indies has transformed the first class tournament into a professional franchise set-up from the old territorial format, with players on full contracts and the season extended to include home-and-away fixtures. Under the new stipulations, players can also move between franchises, and are selected out of a draft ahead of each season. This year, the season has been squeezed into three months – wrapping up January 21 – and Adams underscored the importance of player fitness to cope with the demands. Three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars will open the defence of their title against Jamaica Scorpions at the Guyana National Stadium, while Barbados Pride host Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval and Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes clash at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada.
Simon Clare joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to look ahead to Monday night’s Euro qualifiers.
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Equinox Ranch announces that volunteers from Team Rubicon, a national veterans’ service organization that uses the skills of veterans for disaster relief and community service projects, will be at Equinox Ranch on Saturday, July 1, and Sunday, July 2, to begin the demolition phase of a major remodeling project. Once the renovation is completed, Equinox Ranch will offer treatment to help combat veterans suffering from PTSD rebuild their lives.“We’re so excited to be welcoming Team Rubicon this weekend and begin the demolition phase of our remodeling,” said Margo Capparelli, Ph.D., the founder of Equinox Ranch. “We’re lucky to have such a dedicated group helping us fix up this amazing property along the river. Before we can help rebuild the lives of combat veterans, we need to rebuild and adapt the main building at Equinox Ranch. That’s where Team Rubicon comes in.”“This weekend is about heroes helping heroes,” she said. The main building which sits on 23 acres on the Tuckasegee River was built by Cotton Robinson, a former chancellor of Western Carolina University. While structurally sound, it has fallen into disrepair. The demolition phase will be followed by renovations and repairs, making the facility accessible to veterans with disabilities.People in the local community who want to volunteer with Team Rubicon on its Equinox Ranch service project should contact Katherine Burton at email@example.com for more information. “We are lucky to have the support of so many people in the community and at Western Carolina University,” Capparelli added.Equinox Ranch is a nonprofit program created by professionals who have served in the armed forces, business, and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. It will offer a longer and more comprehensive program than anything already in existence, according to Capparelli.“Our mission is to awaken the mind, body and spirit of warriors whose traumatic memories and attempts at repressing them have left them emotionally numb,” she said. “We will help veterans build the skills they need to re-adjust to the civilian world. They will have time to study, rest, talk, think and heal and the support of other veterans.”Treatment will include verbal therapies (one on one and group support) and activities such as music, gardening, exercise and sports, all blended with the natural beauty and calming influence of the natural landscape and the comradery of fellow veterans. Veterans will begin and end their yearlong program with a two-week stay at Equinox Ranch, with support during the year from the Veterans Administration and civilian care.Team Rubicon is a national organization that uses the skills of veterans for disaster relief and community service projects. Founded in 2010 by two Marines to provide disaster relief after the Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon has grown to include thousands of volunteers and has deployed on over 100 operations around the world and here at home. The group performs community service projects between disaster relief operations.For more information about Equinox Ranch or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.equinoxranch.org.
Slumberland Furniture needed to streamline its business and make its IT more efficient, so it decided to virtualize its environment and standardize on the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series. The result? Slumberland was able to consolidate its servers by 20:1. Now it’s moving to Cisco UCS* platforms based on the Intel Xeon processor 5670 and expects to run 60 virtual machines on a single full-width physical blade.“We’re putting 20 virtual machines on a half-width blade with the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series and expect the full-width UCS blades with the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series to triple that number,” explained Seth Mitchell, Infrastructure Team manager for Slumberland.Read the whole story in our new Slumberland Furniture success story. As always, you can find this one, and many others, in the Intel.com Reference Room and IT Center. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.
Day Three was moving day for the 2008 School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament.In the 15’s Boys, ACT and WA progressed to the top four to do battle with formidable NSW and QLD line-ups. ACT and NT did likewise in the 15’s Girls.In the 12’s Boys, NT progressed to the top pool as did SA in the 12’s Girls.The 12’s teams were treated to a clinic on Thursday morning with the Blackest Cats. Tony El-Takchi and Amy Hope flew down to teach the younger players some skills in the scheduled primary activities timeslot. Tony and Amy session has both participants and parents captivated as they took around 150 players for an hour. Players got valuable advice from two of Australia’s greatest players and immensely enjoyed the session.Tony and Amy also provided coaching expertise to many teams during the week, holding additional coaching session and proving advice from the sub-box.They were also stars in the Celebrity Game taking place after the completion of Thursday’s matches. Roles were reversed with the players offering advice to their coaches who also took part in the match which included expert commentary from leading junior referee, Bri Berry.For further information, visit the School Sport Australia Touch website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-4282-0-62519-0
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Last week, Notre Dame unveiled its ‘Shamrock Series’ uniforms for this year’s game against Navy – and suffice to say, most fans weren’t impressed. One graphic designer came up with a different take on the event, and we imagine Fighting Irish supporters will like it a bit better.Next Gen Uniforms released a concept uniform that focuses on green and gold. It includes Notre Dame’s interlocking logo on the helmet and stripes on the shoulders. It’s a clean look. Notre Dame fans – what do you think?
The CW has finally announced its list of series renewals, and it’s a long one — though there are still a few question marks lingering around the fringes. Long story short: It’s a good time to be a superhero show.The network has confirmed the renewal of Arrow, Black Lightning, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale and Supernatural for next season. Non-genre renewals include Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Dynasty and Jane the Virgin. The network has yet to make a decision on The 100, iZombie, Life Sentence and Valor. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter
WASHINGTON – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and the state’s congressional delegation urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to reconsider his administration’s plan to shut down a half-built nuclear fuel facility in their state.A federal appeals court last week allowed the Energy Department to go forward with plans to close the multibillion-dollar facility at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.Closing the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility could cost hundreds of jobs and waste more than $7.6 billion already spent. The project is intended to reprocess weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial reactors. But it is billions of dollars over budget and decades away from completion.A spokesman for the Republican governor said after the meeting that McMaster appreciates Trump’s time and attention “and his commitment to resolve this matter in a manner favourable to South Carolina.”McMaster “advocated on behalf of South Carolina and brought to light an important issue that our people are facing, and he made it clear that he will not allow our state to become a dumping ground for the world’s nuclear waste,” said spokesman Brian Symmes.Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close Trump ally, said before the White House meeting that shuttering the so-called MOX project was a “stupid decision.”“Who in the world gets a program halfway built and says, ‘Ah, let’s start over and do something else?’” Graham asked. “Somebody should be fired.”South Carolina’s other senator, Republican Tim Scott, called the meeting productive and said he was hopeful that Trump and Energy Secretary Rick Perry were listening to the concerns expressed by state officials.“We wanted to make sure that we make very clear that keeping weapons-grade plutonium in the Palmetto State is a non-starter,” Scott said in a statement. “The bottom line is, we need to figure out how to make this energy either commercially viable or get it out of our state.”___Associated Press writer Meg Kinnard in Columbia, S.C., contributed to this story.___This story has been corrected to show that $7.6 billion, not $17 billion, has already been spent on the project.