Contrasting results for Simmons, Sammy

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Lendl Simmons turned around his indifferent form with a half-century to help power Brisbane Heat to victory, but Darren Sammy’s late cameo was not enough to get Hobart Hurricanes over the line in the Big Bash League here yesterday.At the Sydney Cricket Ground, Heat rattled up 162 for eight off their 20 overs and then restricted Sydney Sixers to 156 for eight to come away with a narrow six-run win.The right-handed Simmons was at the heart of Heat’s enterprise, carving out 54 from 30 deliveries, with nine fours and a six, to help pull his side around from 34 for two in the fifth over.With three noughts in his last four outings, Simmons put his head down to post 73 for the third wicket with Joe Burns, who top-scored with 60 off 50 balls with three fours and three sixes.Simmons was eventually out in the 13th over with the score on 107 for three, picking out Doug Bollinger at long off with off-spinner Johan Botha.In reply, Sixers failed to reach their target, despite a knock of 47 from opener Michael Lumb and 42 from wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.TENSE AFFAIRIn Hobart, Sammy very nearly snatched a dramatic win for Hurricanes before Perth Scorchers held their nerve in a tense affair at the Bellerive Oval.Chasing 174 to win, Hurricanes ended on 172 for six off their 20 overs, with Sammy belting 28 not out off a mere 12 deliveries.They were seemingly out of it at 132 for five in the 18th over until Sammy arrived to lash two fours and two sixes in a 36-run stand off 15 balls for the sixth wicket with Jonathan Wells, who made 20 from 10 balls.Requiring 16 from the final over bowled by pacer AndrÈ Tye, Sammy gathered four runs from the first two balls, before smashing the third ball over cover from six.Needing a six off the final delivery, Sammy struck Tye straight for four as Hurricanes missed out. Captain and opener Tim Paine top-scored with 57 off 47 balls.Scorchers had earlier reached 173 for five off their 20 overs, with English left-hander Michael Carberry getting 62 from 35 deliveries.last_img read more

“Otisha” to remain locked up until Monday

first_imgThe freedom of popular cross-dresser Otis “Otisha” Pearson, who is accused of paedophilia, hangs in the proverbial balance as the Guyana Police Force was successful in its bid to seek the High Court’s approval for an extension of the statutory 72-hour detainment period.Pearson was taken into Police custody on March 6 after the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) forwarded the findings of its investigation of paedophilia claims against the sex worker. The Police’s investigation is still ongoing and the file is with the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.The Police said that the extension was sought in the High Court on Friday morning at the 72-hour period for his detainment was nearing expiration. They were granted the permission to further detain Pearson until Monday as it is expected that the DPP would pronounce on the matter by that time.Otis “Otisha” PearsonThe CC&PA’s investigation was launched after Pearson went on national television, after he was released from Police custody for another incident, and claimed that he has “a little boy” for every day of the week. Following that claim, photos of the cross-dresser and a teenaged boy were leaked on social media site, Facebook, sparking outrage.To pacify the situation, Pearson, in the presence of Joel Simpson – founder of the Society Against Sexual Orientation and Discrimination (SASOD) explained that the term “little boy” is usually thrown around in the transgender community and denied being involved in sexual relations with any underage boy.The releasing of the photos and subsequent response led to several persons calling for an investigation into the incident and accused Pearson of being a pervert.Back in February the investigation into the alleged misconduct by Pearson was closed. It was discovered that the boy was below the legal age of consent, which is 16 and became a victim of bullying after the photos were leaked.According to CC&PA’s Director, Ann Green, the Agency has gathered statements from a number of persons, including the young man at the centre of the controversy, and as such, it is expected to move ahead with the case.last_img read more

Poland confident ahead of crunch Colombia match

first_imgColombia, who reached the quarter-finals for the first time in Brazil four years ago before bowing out to the hosts, are in a similar situation after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Japan — they were forced to play with 10 men for almost the entire game.Nawalka praised Jose Pekerman’s team but said their “individual and collective analysis” of the South Americans meant Poland, despite appearing in their first World Cup in 12 years, were destined to win.“Colombia are an excellent team with an excellent coach. They’ve been together for a long time and been prepared tactically well for a long time,” said Nawalka.“They were seen as one of the favourite teams coming into the World Cup so I’m expecting a very difficult match, a very intense match. But I have to emphasise that I believe we will emerge victorious tomorrow.”Asked why he was so sure, Nawalka said Poland had carried out detailed analysis of their opponents but what was more important was what his own team would do on the pitch.“We’re going to play creative football and I’m certain we will do enough to win this game,” he said.Nawalka believes a mix of stylish football, mental attitude and Polish anger will combine to help send Colombia home early.“I’ve seen the team energised since the Senegal game and when they’re angry, they’re more motivated to do even better,” he said.Poland have failed to keep a clean sheet in their past nine World Cup matches, including their latest defeat to Senegal, which gives Colombia’s front men hope.Influential defender Glik missed Poland’s opening match against Senegal due to a shoulder injury.Colombia can boast Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, appearing in his first World Cup, but there are doubts over James Rodriguez, who played only the last 30 minutes against Japan.Winner of the Golden Boot in Brazil four years ago, James was Colombia’s star on their way to a historic place in the last eight.“We know all about him (James) and what he can do,” said Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski. “He’s played at the top level for many years and he’s the Colombians’ driving force. But he’s not the only player on the pitch.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Coach Adam Nawalka says Poland have done their homework ahead of their World Cup match against Colombia © AFP / BENJAMIN CREMELKAZAN ARENA, Russian Federation, Jun 23 – Poland coach Adam Nawalka pledged to push Colombia towards the World Cup exit door when the sides meet in an “intense” clash on Sunday even though influential defender Kamil Glik remains a doubt.A 2-1 defeat to Senegal in their Group H opener has left Poland in desperate need of their first three points of the tournament at Kazan Arena.last_img read more

Liverpool target Dennis Praet ‘ready for top club’, says Belgium Under-21s coach

first_img Anderlecht starlet Dennis Praet (L) Liverpool and Fiorentina target Dennis Praet is ready for a move to one of Europe’s elite clubs, according to his Belgium Under-21 coach Enzo Scifo.Praet was heavily linked with a move away from Anderlecht in the winter transfer window but the Belgian giants managed to keep hold of their rising star.The 21-year-old playmaker has made 29 appearances in all competitions this season and his displays have attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool and Fiorentina.Both clubs are reportedly preparing to bid for Praet in the summer and Scifo thinks the player is ready to set Europe alight.“About Praet, I can say he is ready to embark on an adventure with a top club,” he told Fanta Gazzetta.Anderlecht will be tempted to offload Praet this summer for a sizeable fee rather than risking losing him on a free, with his contract set to expire in 2017. 1last_img read more

Five linked to private eye enter not guilty pleas

first_img According to the indictment, the names of more than 60 people were run through police and government databases, including those of comedians Garry Shandling and Kevin Nealon, Hollywood agents Kevin Huvane and Bryan Lourd, and reporters Bernard Weinraub of The New York Times and Zorianna Kit of KTLA (Channel 5). Pfeifer was charged with wiretapping a former girlfriend and with witness tampering for allegedly threatening the woman. The Nicherie brothers were involved in a business dispute with a man who was wiretapped, prosecutors said. Previously, a former Beverly Hills police officer pleaded guilty to fraud and unauthorized computer access in the case. Carradine’s ex-wife, Sandra, also pleaded guilty to perjury for lying about whether she knew about the wiretapping. She had hired Pellicano to help with her divorce proceedings, prosecutors said. Pellicano recently completed a 2-year federal prison term for possessing illegal weapons. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Also wiretapped were actors Sylvester Stallone and Keith Carradine, prosecutors said. In addition to Kachikian, others entering pleas were Robert Pfeifer, former president of Hollywood Records, and Las Vegas businessman Abner Nicherie. Arraignment for Nicherie’s brother, Daniel, was delayed until Friday. All but Pfeifer and Daniel Nicherie remained free on bond. An April 4 trial date was set for the case. Pellicano, who pleaded not guilty earlier, has worked for such stars as Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Stallone. High-profile lawyers and agents also have enlisted his services. The indictment, unsealed last week, said information gathered by Pellicano and his associates was used for threats, blackmail and in some cases to secure “tactical advantage in litigation.” Prosecutors have declined to elaborate. Five clients and associates of Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges related to sweeping allegations of a conspiracy involving wiretapping and digging up dirt on people, including celebrities. Mark Arneson, a retired Los Angeles police sergeant, was the first to enter his plea. Federal prosecutors allege Arneson used his access to law enforcement databases to search names for “confidential, embarrassing or incriminating” information, receiving at least $189,000 from Pellicano. Rayford Earl Turner, a retired telephone company employee, pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he received at least $36,655 from Pellicano. The 110-count indictment claims that Pellicano, with the help of Turner and Kevin Kachikian, who allegedly provided the wiretapping devices, intercepted phone calls of several people, including prominent real estate developer Robert Maguire and Herbalife founder Mark Hughes. last_img read more


first_imgPromoted PostCascada Beauty Salon in Dunfanaghy has announced a sensational series of daily specials which will last for the entire month of February. Cascada Beauty Salon was established in 2010 and is now owned by Joy Evans who took over the hugely successful business in 2012.Since Joy took sole control of Cascada Beauty, the business has gone from strength-to-strength and they have firmly established themselves as one of the most reputable Beauty Salon businesses in Donegal.Cascada Beauty Salon is located on the main street of the thriving and beautiful seaside town of Dunfanaghy.Joy is helped in her daily duties by her colleague and friend Sandra McCarry and they pride themselves on their customer service excellence. Within Cascada Beauty Salon there are three spacious treatment rooms, and once you walk through the door you will always be greeted with a warm smile.They use top quality products in every treatment which include Dermalogica, Artdeco Make-Up, He-Shi Tan, O.P.I. Polish, Shellac and Gelish Nails, Smart Polish, Ilah Brows and Perron Rigot Wax.Joy and Sandra are both holders of specialist certificates in Dermalogica and will be receiving their expert certificates at the end of the month!Both girls are highly skilled and qualified in their profession and as a result are able to perform a vast number of different treatments which caters for all ages.Cascada Beauty Salon is a ‘Perron Rigot’ waxing clinic where advanced waxing is a speciality of theirs!Sandra is a fully qualified reflexologist and Joy is fully qualified in lava shell massage where you can get a full body massage or back massage where Joy massages the body using hot tiger clam shells! The Ilah Brow treatment has become a very popular treatment in salon which involves a mixture of specialised tinting, shaping, threading, trimming and aftercare.You can enjoy your pedicure in the Jacuzzi pedicure throne with built in back massage while getting your nails done with Shellac, Gelish or the new Smart Polish range.Paraffin Wax treatments are also available.He-Shi spray tans are available in their fully kitted out spray tan booth! The girls welcome you to Cascada where they assure you that your visit will be a relaxing and enjoyable experience!The February Daily specials are on at the minute so have a look and get yourself booked so you don’t miss out on fantastic treatments at superb prices!Book now – 074-91-00100 or contact them via Facebook.CASCADA BEAUTY SALON BRINGING ‘JOY’ TO DUNFANAGHY was last modified: February 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessCascada Beauty SalonFeaturesnewsPromoted Postlast_img read more

Sharks defend ex-teammates ensnared in Senators-Uber scandal

first_imgDALLAS — The reputations of two former-Sharks took a major hit this week when they got entangled in a scandal involving team gossip toward an assistant coach on the Ottawa Senators during an Uber ride in Phoenix.Pete DeBoer, who coached Chris Tierney and Dylan DeMelo during his first three years behind the Sharks bench, vouched for the character of both players.Another scandal reared its head in Ottawa this week when a video from an Uber dashboard camera surfaced online, capturing a …last_img read more

In case you missed it: Eagles 19-U win 12-inning marathon against B52s

first_imgWell after the Times-Standard went to press Friday night the Humboldt Eagles 19-U and the Humboldt B52s remained locked in an extra-innings affair. Nearly four hours, 436 pitches and 33 hits after the game started Eagles pitcher Scott Coffelt connected on a single to left field which scored Keenan Morris for the would-be winning run in the top of the 12th inning to finish off the final clash of a three-game series against the B52s with a 10-9 win.Coffelt was the third and final Eagles pitcher …last_img read more

Laughing Matters

first_img(Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Why is it that scientists need to investigate “the evolutionary origins” of anything humans do?An article on PhysOrg, “The Origins of Laughter,” begins,We know the benefits of laughter on health. But why do we laugh? What are the evolutionary origins of laughter and humour? Steven Légaré has asked these questions and has made them the subject of his master’s thesis, which he recently submitted to the Université de Montréal’s Department of Anthropology.“Science provides few answers to these questions other than in psychology and neuroscience. From the perspective of anthropology, laughter and humour are often overlooked. However, it is a serious subject,” says the recent graduate.Before chuckling at the idea of laughter as a serious subject, let’s see what Steve came up with.  It’s not enough to say, “laughter and humour exist in all cultures and times.”  Nor is it enough to describe the different kinds of laughter, or say, “sense of humour varies considerably from one individual to another.”  What’s Darwin got to do with it?What then is the primary function of laughter and humour? “Communication principally,” says Légaré. “But it was not until the evolution of language that verbal humour could be involved in the process of socialization. Such humour is impossible if we have little mastery of language.”Steve is still not there.  If language was designed, humor has a function and makes sense.  How could language or humor arise by unguided natural processes?  To distinguish the origin of laughter from intelligent design, Steve needs to describe its origin by natural selection without reference to purpose or function.The article is accompanied by a photo of a capuchin monkey appearing to make a laughing face.As in case of the vocalizations of apes in response to tickling, the primary function of laughter was to communicate an intention to play or indicate a desire to continue play in progress. The evolution of laughter and humour was marked by three distinct adaptations: acquisition of a theory of mind; language evolution; and recognition of incongruities in symbolic representations.As if by magic, we suddenly see three distinct adaptations.  Where did they come from?  “Theory of mind” refers to the ability to ascribe intentions to another.  If monkeys can do that, why do we have to believe they got it by evolution?  Maybe they were designed to do that.  “Language evolution” is a classic case of question begging.  One cannot answer the question, “How did language evolve?” by saying, “By language evolution.”  And symbolic representation is a distinctly human quality.  Steve’s answer is filled with “intention,” “function” and “communication” that are hallmarks of design, not evolution.To reach this conclusion, the researcher analyzed five evolutionary theories about laughter and humour: social manipulation, socialization, sexual selection, honest signalling, and emotional contagion. The researcher extracted predictions he then compared to empirical work from various disciplines, including ethnology, psychology, and neurobiology.In conclusion, he proposed an evolutionary scenario that reconciles the various theories discussed. “In the 3,000 publications listed in a recent bibliographic guide on the psychology of laughter and humour, the words “Darwin” and “evolution” appear only four and two times, respectively, while the concept of natural selection is completely absent,” says Légaré. “The transcultural recurrence of laughter and humour and the facial expressions with which they are associated nevertheless suggest a certain genetic determination.”All of the highlighted words above imply intelligent design: analyzing, comparing, concluding, proposing, suggesting.  They refer to immaterial things like theories, concepts and disciplines.  By his own admission, the 3,000 publications he searched for the origin of laughter did not use “natural selection” at all.  Should he not have concluded that laughter emerged by a non-Darwinian process?The article detoured into two types of laughter, and suggested they had different evolutionary histories.  That doubles the problem for Steve.In the end, his “research” into the “origin” of laughter devolved into a mere opinion:In his opinion, it is likely that the capacity for humour was influenced by the effect of sexual selection. As such, the expression of humour functioned during human evolution as an indicator of fitness. Once developed, verbal humour gradually gained in sophistication and complexity, which illustrates its remarkable cultural variability today.Steve did not explain how “likely” his “opinion” was, how humor “developed,” or to what extent sexual selection “influenced” laughter.  Did Neanderthal men tell dumb blonde jokes in the cave?  Did Homo erectus women laugh at the men’s dangling participles?  How, exactly, did this indicate fitness?  Was it by the other sex’s ability to take a joke?It’s not known whether the thesis advisor wrote “A” or “LOL” on Steve’s paper.You have to admit that evolutionists are funny.  Read our evolutionary humor page and see if you evolve more sophistication and complexity.  We intelligently designed it to do that.For more funnies in evolutionary anthropology, see 9/08/12, “Evolution Funnies”; 7/08/12, “Eats Shoots and Leaves”; and 6/10/12, “Myth Busters: Flubs in Evolutionary Anthropology.”   For more on the evolution of laughter, see 6/08/09 “Tickle Me Darwin”; 5/02/06, “The Evolution of Slapstick”; and 11/22/05, “On the Origin of Hee-Hees by Natural Selection.”The “Dream Dream Dream” song at the end of the 1/30/13 entry makes a nice encore to this story.last_img read more

The Healing Powers of Nature

first_imgIndependent studies celebrate the ability of nature to improve human health and well-being.Nature in prison: Inmates are people, too. Most of us forget them after they are sentenced. Lock them up and throw away the key, some think. But they live on. Each day the reality of incarceration wears on them, often increasing levels of aggression and hopelessness. Anything that can reduce aggression would be welcomed by guards and other inmates. The American Psychological Association is trying a simple idea: nature videos. Science Daily explains what happened in an experiment:Researchers have identified a simple intervention that may help reduce levels of violence in maximum security prisons. Inmates who viewed nature videos showed reduced levels of aggression and were less likely to be disciplined than those in similar cellblocks, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 124th Annual Convention.“We need nature for our physical and psychological well-being,” said clinical psychotherapist Patricia H. Hasbach, PhD, who presented the research. “Although direct contact with real nature is most effective, studies have shown that even indirect nature exposure can provide temporary relief from psychological stress in daily life.“The videos were not documentaries, but just images of oceans, forests, rivers, an aquarium, or the earth from space. Inmates who had the opportunity to watch the videos committed 26% fewer infractions in the hours that followed, a “substantial reduction” in violent behavior, probably because the views of nature reduce stress and the mental fatigue of looking at walls and bars all the time. “The intervention has been considered so successful that it is now being used in other areas of the prison” and may find its way to other correctional institutions.Get a horse: Our hearts go out to refugee children. Ripped from their homes, their emotions are scarred for life. One charity in Austria has found a way to begin to heal the hearts that have gone through hell: bring them a horse. When children stroke and interact with a pony or horse, the animal responds with its emotions, and a bridge of trust is created as both learn to be sensitive to each other. Medical Xpress calls this “equine-assisted therapy.” Trust and confidence grows as the children first pet the animals, then lead them, then ride them. “The parents notice as soon as they get home that the children are calmer, better able to concentrate.”Nature in meadows: “Flowering meadows benefit humankind,” writes Science Daily. Beautiful as they are, flowery meadows come with lots of pollinators—i.e., bugs. But “the more it swarms, crawls and flies the better it is for humans.” Why? The players all contribute to biodiversity. No bugs, no flowers. “Even rather unpopular insects and invisible soil-dwelling organisms are important in maintaining a wide range of ecosystem services,” German scientists say. “The results underline the necessity of maintaining species-rich ecosystems for the good of humanity.”Nature makes you appreciative: On The Conversation, professor Viren Swami discusses “How being in nature makes us appreciate our bodies and reject unrealistic beauty standards.” His latest journal publication goes beyond the obvious mental and physical health benefits of nature hiking. He shows evidence that it enhances your body image and improves social interaction.One can only imagine the breath of fresh air to see beautiful natural scenes when cooped up in a prison, a hospital, or a care home. Whatever you do, don’t show prisoners any evolution documentaries! That will only make them feel more hopeless and cynical. Why not show them the Design of Life videos from Illustra Media? Better yet, teach them about their Creator, who can also forgive their sins through Christ. Awana Lifeline is having spectacular success doing just that, bringing prisoners to Christ and discipling them. They also unite inmates with their children (Returning Hearts), teaching the men to be better fathers (Malachi Dads) and the women to be better mothers (Hannah’s Gift). Stories of lives changed through this ministry are incredible. Can you believe that Angola Prison, one of the toughest, most brutal and hopeless prisons in America, has become a lighthouse for the gospel? Multiple inmate-led churches are turning criminals into saints, while many maximum-security cells are now empty. What a tremendous example of the power of the gospel to change lives!We encourage Awana Lifeline to take a look at the healing power of nature videos as a supplemental resource. These can help those still inside the walls after the ministers leave. Sounds like a winning combination. Get them saved and into the word of God, then feed their spirits and emotions with the beauty of the world God made. Here’s a good video you can buy cheaply in bulk quicksleeves to give out to those who cannot get outside: King of Creation. It has beautiful nature photography, hymns and scriptures blended in 8 episodes that are sure to lift a heavy heart. You don’t even have to turn on the sound to benefit from the visual therapy. Works well for hospitals and care homes, too. Any of us can use these as ministry giveaways.If you’re not walking outdoors regularly, give it a try if you can. We all need exposure to the environment God made for us. The world is fallen from its original perfection, and often harmful or dangerous. Nevertheless, God has not left himself without witness, Paul said, in that “he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:17). There’s enough beauty in a tree, a star, or a friendly animal to lift our spirits, replacing apathy with smiles and gratitude.(Visited 96 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more