120 Net Billing Licences Issued TechnologyMarch 24, 2014Written by: Chris Patterson Photo: Dave ReidMinister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell (left) listens keenly as Managing Director, Alternative Power Source Limited, Damian Lyn explains some of the features of the equipment room at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country office during the launch of the UNDP’s ‘Greening Initiative’ at the organisation’s Lady Musgrave offices in Kingston on March 21. At right is Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Dr. Arun Kashyap. The Greening Initiative is aimed at reducing energy consumption and increasing use of renewable energy at the UNDP’s country office. It included: installation of cool roof technology-to reduce reliance on air conditioning; energy efficient lighting and motion sensors-to limit burning of lights when not in use; and use and generation of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity. 120 Net Billing Licences IssuedJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedNew Digital Tool Launched to Assist Companies Market Products FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements RelatedMeasures in Place to Protect Tablet Computers Story HighlightsThe Government has issued 120 net billing licences, which allow persons to sell excess energy generated through renewable sources to the JPS.The award of the licences is being facilitated under the billing system, which was introduced in 2012.This forms part of measures that the Government is actively undertaking towards ‘cleaner energy strategies’. The Government has issued 120 net billing licences, which allow persons to sell excess energy generated through renewable sources to the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) grid.The award of the licences is being facilitated under the billing system, which was introduced in 2012, as part of measures to liberate the energy sector and diversify the energy base.Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell made the disclosure during the launch of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ‘Greening Initiative’ at the organisation’s Lady Musgrave offices in Kingston on March 21.“These licences will enable the licensees to connect to the grid and for the excess energy that (they) produce to be rewarded because (they) are contributing to the overall national demand and there is a price that you will receive from the JPS,” he explained.This forms part of measures that the Government is actively undertaking towards ‘cleaner energy strategies’, which will ultimately reduce the island’s energy bill.“The Government has again done absolutely everything to facilitate renewable (energy) and we are leading by example. We have removed taxation (on all solar equipment including batteries), we have provided credit (among others),” he said.Highlighting several other energy efficiency measures, State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Julian Robinson said these include: the energy efficiency conservation project in the public sector; and the World Bank/MSTEM energy security and efficiency enhancement programme, which involves agencies within the public and private sectors.He noted that through these programmes, the Government has seen tangible savings from these undertakings.In the meantime, Minister Paulwell commended the directors of the UNDP for their insight and encouraged Jamaicans to follow suit, pointing out that significant benefits can be accrued from investing and adopting a cleaner energy strategy.Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Dr. Arun Kashyap informed that some US$150,000 was spent on the initiative which started in 2013, and is aimed at reducing energy consumption and increasing use of renewable energy at the country office.He also noted that through the initiative electricity consumption for lighting will be reduced by 55 per cent through the use of energy efficient LED lights and motion sensors.Dubbed the ‘Greening Initiative’, UNDP has now completed installation of: cool roof technology-to reduce reliance on air conditioning; energy efficient lighting and motion sensors-to limit burning of lights when not in use; and use and generation of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity.At full implementation, UNDP Jamaica will reduce its indoor ambient temperature significantly with the application of polyurethane foam-based insulator and a reflective coat.Others participating in the launch were: Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill; Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott; members of the diplomatic corps, among others. RelatedGovernment Finalising Waste to Energy Policy
Tags Home Charter rejected $100B Verizon bid – report Previous ArticleApple set to enter smart speaker battleNext ArticleTime Warner slams “lax” Google, Facebook regulation Verizon sorts sensor supremo Saleha Riaz Amazon reels in MGM Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Verizon shuffles executives Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 JUN 2017 Author US Cable giant Charter Communications turned down an offer to be acquired by Verizon for over $100 billion because the price was too low and Charter wasn’t ready to sell, New York Post reported.News of the bid first emerged in January when it was said Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made a preliminary approach to Charter and was working with advisers to tie-up two of the US’ largest telecoms and cable companies. Verizon submitted a bid of between $350 and $400 per share.At the end of 2016 McAdam told Wall Street analysts the combination of telecoms and cable “makes industrial sense”.According to the Post’s report, John Malone, chairman of major Charter shareholder Liberty Media, may have turned down the bid due to tax implications, and because he wanted to give Charter time to complete the integration of Time Warner Cable, which it acquired in 2016.Verizon’s desire to move into cable follows recent deals made by rival AT&T, which is plunging billions into combining content with distribution.It acquired pay-tv player DirecTV in July 2015, recently launched a new streaming service, and is currently looking to secure regulatory approval for an $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner (which is separate from Time Warner Cable).Verizon boosted its content and advertising play with a $4.5 billion bid for Yahoo’s core businesses, which is expected to complete this month, and a $4.4 billion AOL buy during 2015.According to the report, McAdam wants “something more transformative” such as a big cable deal, which would also boost its 5G plans through fibre optic networks operated by cable.Verizon was also interested in another Liberty Media property, Sirius XM Holdings, but never got to the point of making a bid.In early May, Comcast and Charter announced a partnership to cooperate on their respective entries into the country’s competitive mobile market.Some sources think this was meant to garner a higher bid from Verizon as it could create a solid competitor to AT&T-Time Warner. AT&TCharter CommunicationsTime WarnerVerizon
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By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON — Five of the seven Stratford wrestlers in the quarterfinals won their matches Friday afternoon to advance to the Division 3 semifinals at the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.Stratford’s A.J. Schoenfuss improved to 44-2 with a pin of Andrew Webb of Spring Valley/Elmwood in 1:48 of their 106-pound quarterfinal match. Schoenfuss will battle Zach Anglin (32-10) of Bayfield/Washburn in a semifinal tonight.Jeremy Schoenherr of Stratford won his 113-pound quarterfinal by a 16-1 technical fall over Andrew Gunderson of Cadott. Schoenherr (40-2) will face Riley Lully (45-2) of Fennimore in the semifinals.Stratford sophomore Mason Kauffman continued his undefeated campaign by winning a 15-1 major decision over Max Maylor of Iowa-Grant/Highland in a 126-pound quarterfinal. Kauffman will take on Austin Najbrt (40-4) of Cadott in the semifinals.Kamren Bornbach improved to 39-3 after pinning Austin Stebane of Brillion in a 182-pound quarterfinal in just 1:21. Bornbach will face Rowdy Kochevar (41-6) of Flambeau in the semifinals.Hunter Kauffman also won his quarterfinal match for Stratford, pinning Derek Medearis of New Lisbon in 5:40. Kauffman (40-1) will take on Ethan Hofacker (39-5) of Spring Valley/Elmwood in a 220-pound semifinal.Stratford’s Sam Wenzel and Tyson Kauffman were knocked into the consolation bracket after losing their quarterfinal matches Friday afternoon.Wenzel (31-12) was pinned by Cruze Hurlburt (38-3) of Spring Valley/Elmwood in 29 seconds. Wenzel will take on Frank Baker (41-7) of Mineral Point in a consolation match later Friday afternoon.Tyson Kauffman lost his 285-pound quarterfinal to Jordan Brandt (42-1) of Reedsville by pin in 3:56. Kauffman (32-13) will take on Andy Bork (33-7) of Weyauwega-Fremont in a consolation match later today.Spencer’s Bryce Shaw lost in his quarterfinal at 113 pounds to Cumberland’s Lucas Graf (36-3) 9-8. Shaw (27-19), the last Rocket still alive in the tournament after Tim Bauer and Hunter Luepke were eliminated Thursday, will take on Daniel Watry (17-5) of Ozaukee in a consolation match this afternoon.One of Auburndale’s two state tournament qualifiers advanced to the semifinals.Wyatt Weiler (43-7) edged Helton Vandenbush (38-12) of Random Lake 6-5 in a 160-pound quarterfinal. Weiler will take on Jeremiah Moody (43-1) of Cambridge in a semifinal tonight.Paul Willfahrt (42-6) lost his 160-pound quarterfinal by a 17-2 technical fall to Cole Martin (43-1) of Lancaster. Willfahrt will wrestle in a consolation match this afternoon against Alex Colbeth (35-6) of Coleman.The Division 3 consolation round begins at 2:45 p.m. today. The semifinals in all three divisions start tonight at 7 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Hunter Hanson scores Tigers’ only touchdownBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield freshmen football team dropped a 14-7 decision to Stevens Point Ben Franklin on Thursday at Marshfield High School.Hunter Hanson scored the Tigers’ lone touchdown on a 12-yard run, and Ryan Krueger added the extra point kick.Nolan Hertel, D.J. Zimmermann, and Sam Mitchell led the Marshfield defense in tackles, and Riley Boushack and Mason Coffren had fumble recoveries for the Tigers.The Marshfield freshmen play at Wausau West on Sept. 10.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
In every issue of the print magazine since 2001a and now in our digital magazine LPM Onlinea we have conducted an executive interview with some of the top professionals in loss prevention, retail, and a few outside the industry. These exceptional individuals have much to say about a wide range of subjects. And much of what they say is well worth paying attention to.I recently took a stroll through the past few years of interviews and have pulled together some excerpts that I believe deserve repeating. Please take a few minutes to reread the quotes. And if you haven’t read the full interviews recently, we’ve given you the information to find the interviews in your print library or on this site.- Sponsor – Robert “Bob” Oberosler, group vice president of loss prevention for Rite Aid, from March-April 2012OBEROSLER: I’m not the zero-shrink guy. If you want to try to get zero shrink, hire somebody else. I’m going to aim at getting shrink down below a certain percentage number where we have that careful balance between maximizing sales and controlling shrink. You have to understand the customer shopping experience. You are going to have some shrink if you want your customers to have a great shopping experience.I tell my people, “There’s not a mistake you can make in doing your job that I can’t help fix. So, don’t be afraid to go out and push the edge of the envelope. That’s how you learn and make an impact.”In addition to being smart, I really want someone who has a very strong voice. Having a strong voice, being able to express yourself, having confidence in your data, and having the ability to motivate people are all important components of leadership, which, when it comes down to it, is one of the most important characteristics for success: leadership, hunger, and passion.Bob Vranek, vice president of loss prevention for Belk, Inc., from September-October 2012Vranek: Belk has changed dramatically over the years, and the LP department has evolved dramatically with those changes. We have literally reinvented ourselves three or four different times. So, I’ve not been running the same program for twenty years. The program we run now looks nothing like the program we originally started with. If we hadn’t changed LP as the business changed, I likely wouldn’t still be running the LP organization.Certainly one of the most noticeable changes in our industry is the pure professionalism of the LP team. Everyone acknowledges that we’ve moved past the focus on catching shopliftersa the old cops-and-robbers mentality. We go through cycles. We’ll focus on shoplifting, then it’s on internal theft, then it’s to ORC. In a year or two, I think we’ll be talking about the omni-channel challenges that will have remade our retail operations and opened up new vulnerabilities for us to manage. The LP team we had twenty years ago couldn’t handle the current challenges today. They couldn’t understand the technology. They wouldn’t be able to master the technology and develop the tools we would need to control losses. Not so with the people we have now. They are very professional. They understand the inventory systems. They understand the technology. I have a great deal of confidence in them dealing with unusual situations and being able to step in and drive shortage down.David Lund, CFI, LPC, vice president of loss prevention for DICK’S Sporting Goods, from March-April 2013Lund: From a leadership perspective, I try to provide opportunities for people to grow through certification and education inside or outside of our department, because I want people not only to feel valued, but I know that education will translate to happier people and bigger dividends in what they can do for our company.I would tell you that anybody on this planet can run a 26-mile marathon. They might not run it in two and a half hours, but they’ll definitely be able to finish if they put in the time and energy to training. Like almost anything in life, if you create a plan, you’re dedicated to that plan, and you stick to it, you can do it.Mark Stinde, LPC, vice president of asset protection for 7-Eleven, from May-June 2013Stinde: The expectations of an asset protection executive in this organization will consist of three things. First, you must be a great leader, be good to people, and work well with others. Second, you must have a strong business acumen; not just asset protection acumen. You have to understand why it’s important for the operator to be selling fresh food, understand margin, and understand what a P&L looks like and how to contribute to the P&L. And third, and least important of the three, is that you are a highly functioning asset protection practitioner.Early on in my career, I learned to distinguish between a relationship and a partnership. You can have a relationship with someone, and yet you’re not always mutually committed to the resolution of something. For me, a partnership consists of shared goals, shared responsibility, and shared accountability. To get there you have to both understand what you’re trying to accomplish, to make sure everyone buys in and is committed to their role in success, and to make sure we are holding each other accountable for the outcomes.Dan Provost, LPC, vice president of global loss prevention for Staples (right), from July-August 2013Provost: The thing that I love the most about loss prevention is the ability to be strategic. In store operations, it can be really difficult to plan a five-year strategy and see it through, but in LP, you really can create a solid five-year plan, execute it, and witness the results. It’s very rewarding. We’ve had a lot of success over the years as an organization.The LP Foundation is the only industry organization that focuses solely on the personal and professional development of the individual. Once I understood that, I was hooked. I am a true believer in the mission and goals of the Foundation. I am extremely proud to be a member of the board of directors, and I preach the word everywhere I go.Rosamaria Sostilio, vice president of asset protection for Hudsonai’s Bay Company, from May-June 2014Sostilio: Diversity is defined in so many different ways. I like people with diverse backgrounds on my team. I have a woman on my team that runs investigations who is a former prosecutor. I have a woman on my team who is a CPA. I have a gentleman on my team who is getting his masters in technology. I try to bring in people with all different types of backgrounds. I can teach anyone the fundamentals of asset protection and how it fits into our team and into our company. That’s easy for me to do. I’ve been doing it for 25+ years.I want people who think differently than I think. I like to be challenged. I focus on diversity in thought, and that is very, very important. There are still challenges for women in asset protection. There are people who still don’t want to take you seriously. That’s something that I’ve always had to overcome. I dig my heels in deeper and just move forward. I don’t focus on negativity. I surround myself with people who are positive. You need to have faith in yourself. Rebecca “Becky” Halstead, retired US Army Brigadier General, from September-October 2014Halstead: The reason I say that we all have at least one person to lead and that is yourself is because I’ve run into a lot of people who say that leadership doesn’t come naturally to them. They’re not comfortable with it. I’ve always believed that that was a bit of a copout. I think that people fail to own their decisions and their choices and they just say, “I’m not a leader.” But in reality, they are, because everyone has to lead themselves.Most surveys say that the number-one thing that people want to see in their leaders is integrity. That’s true, but the only way to have integrity is to be disciplined, because it’s too easy to not have integrity. It’s too easy to take a shortcut. It’s too easy to not quite tell the whole truth. Integrity can be inconvenient. It can be uncomfortable. But choosing this harder right is what we’re supposed to do as leaders.I think that more of us should think about the legacy that we want to leave, and the legacy that we are leaving. Because I think what happens is it makes you start to think about your values, and whether your behaviors are reflecting those values. Because if they are, you’re going to touch lives. And when you touch lives you’re going to make a difference. That brings purpose to your life, and what greater position is there to be in than to have purpose?Three long-time loss prevention industry veterans representing a retailer, a solutions provider, and an entrepreneur, from November-December 2014RETAILER: Another dynamic is how young people think about jobs differently today and have different motivations than we may have had years ago. You can’t just say, “Well, they’re not like me, so they can’t be good.” That’s not true at all. You have to be open to that difference. Anybody who is in a senior position better pay attention, because this is the wave of the future. You have to keep up.SUPPLIER: One of the things that I would advise, as a mentor of salespeople, is to always understand and embrace who’s coming up the food chain. The person you have a great relationship with is not always going to be there. When I talk to an LP executive, I always ask, “Who are your best people?” Then I try to build a relationship with their direct reports, their up-and-comers, because someday, I will probably be selling to one of them.ENTREPRENEUR: I think that it’s critical to have a strong IT partner, just as it’s critical to have a strong procurement partner. Because most of the things that are being installed and purchased today are connected to the internal networks, you have to have a strong IT partner who understands what it is you’re trying to do and can support you in getting the solutions implemented.James “Jim” Lee, LPC, executive editor and cofounder of LP Magazine, from September-October 2016Lee: An LP executive who is successful understands why, not just what. Knowing what to do is completely different than knowing why we do something. I think LP executives who understand why you do something are successful.I think being the top LP executive in any retail company is a hard job, and I think clearly it is often an underappreciated job and often misunderstood by the C-suite. It’s primarily misunderstood because most of the C-level folks don’t take time to get to know their LP executive and understand the strategy behind running an LP program. And as a result, sometimes C-level people change their LP executive out of an arrogance or out of a self-serving motivation on their part because maybe the results aren’t as good as they would like. But it clearly is out of a lack of understanding the LP executive. And sometimes they make a change that gets them no further ahead. They were just as well off having the previous regime in power.Stacie Bearden, director of asset protection, field for The Home Depot; Tim Belka, senior director of global security for Walgreens; Art Lazo, director of asset protection for 7-Eleven; and Brian Peacock, director of asset protection, US operations for Rent-A-Center, from March-April 2016Stacie BeardenBearden: Broader business experience is extremely valuable within the organization. While there is a significant piece of what we impact that is theft and fraud related, there are other completely controllable operational factors. Business acumen is not only beneficial but also necessary as one seeks to change processes and vie for funding.Tim BelkaBelka: Our profession has progressed significantly in the development of diverse thought and background of the people who pursue loss prevention careers. However, in retrospect it would have benefited the industry to aggressively pursue diversity of thought and background to make us more effective and relevant.Art LazoLazo: The last several years have shown that companies continue to assess their LP programs. It is the role of LP leadership to continue to seek out opportunities to address challenges that may be outside of the normal LP channels. Retail is constantly changing, and we need to be able to adapt accordingly and show value in our roles.Brian PeacockPeacock: Today I see a lot of great educational programs for someone starting out in a loss prevention career. I think it is critical to continue to push yourself to stay in tune with what is trending in your field and to be aware of the changing landscape of retail and the new skills sets needed to stay relevant.Richard “Dick” Hollinger, PhD, professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville, from May-June 2016Hollinger: The main trend that I’ve seen over the yearsa leveraging technology, moving away from people catching people toward technology catching peoplea has been geared primarily toward the shoplifter. I think employee theft is the hardest of the pieces of the pie to have a direct impact on because of that.When retailers have a highly ethical management team, pay a living wage, give sick leave, provide daycare, provide their employees with the kinds of expectations that one gets in a genuine career, then shrinkage is under control, and profitability goes up.C-level executives oftentimes tend to look at “What have you done for me lately?” or maybe, “What have you done for me in the last hour?” as opposed to “What is the overall trend?” and looking at the bigger picture of how to reduceshrinkage.Scott Glenn, JD, LPC, chief security officer for Sears Holdings, from March-April 2017Glenn: As well rounded as many of our retail LP and AP leaders are today on the operational aspects of the businessa certainly more so than ten or twenty years agoa it’s still a completely different perspective when you have a mentor who is a merchant, CFO, or an operator, somebody that has four-wall accountability and is making corporate-wide decisions.Speaking of planning and discipline, it’s more than a talking point. People in our industry deal with a lot of high-stress, high-risk situations day in and day out, especially our field and store personnel. As important as everything seems to us at work, which of course it is, you must have a level of work-life balance, or you will not be long for this industry. So my parting advice would be to make time for your family; make time for yourself. You have to make time for the things that you like to do to be able to decompress and have a life outside of work.Mike Combs, director of asset protection, global supply chain for The Home Depot, from May-June 2017Combs: I would agree that nine years ago there were probably only a few places doing much more than physical security. To some extent there’s still a lot of focus on security. But absolutely now things are much more automated. There’s much more data. There are more systems. Now there are more people trying to leverage those to craft a better strategy to look at everything end to end versus just the four walls of that warehouse.I think that millennials might possibly change the world for the better. I’m not as pessimistic as other people looking at this new generation. I see things in them that really make me proud. They love their work-life balance, and they see the big picture there. Everybody loves hard work, and they’ll work hard, but they also appreciate friendship and compassion because usually a lot of their relationships have been strong. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
By Mike Pearce, Ph.D. HPC Developer EvangelistData analytics is one of the fastest growing areas in technology. Experts predict that global big data and business analytics revenue will grow by more than 50 percent over the next five years. At Intel, we know how important it is to keep up with the pace of industry and technology trends. We strive to continually innovate and improve the capabilities of our flagship Xeon processors; at the same time, through close partnerships, we team with a robust ecosystem of software providers across the world to expand platform features and optimize their applications to deliver cutting-edge business analytics services.Below, we’ll dive into four use cases showcasing how data analytics providers use the new Xeon E7 v4 processors to handle complex analyses, make a big difference in enterprise analytics speed, and improve the bottom line.Brunel University optimizes for CaterpillarCaterpillar transports enormous amounts of goods every day. Brunel University research used GEMSTONE Ant Colony Optimization running on Intel Xeon E7 v4 processors to determine the most cost-effective method of getting things from point A to point B.Brunel tested the Intel E5-2670 v2 and the Intel E7-8890 v4, and in the process, throughput time improved 3.66 times with E7 v4. Brunel has shown a sustainable processor solution that delivers distributed memory management and the option to scale as much as they need. View the GEMSTONE project details.Software AG’s performance boostIntel Xeon E7 v4 processors improved the performance of Software AG’s analytics platform, enabling more robust, real-time analytics for customers with their Terracotta and Apama platforms.They tested their platform on E7-4870 and E7-8890 v4 processors, and saw 3.2X faster performance with E7 v4. In addition, the application — Terracotta BigMemory — also benefitted with memory scaling from 1TB to 6TB. This was possible due to the Xeon E7’s expanded memory footprint, which enables complex enterprise analytics with lower latency, giving Software AG improved performance and translating to competitive advantages for their customers. View the Software AG analytics upgrade. SAS: Lightspeed business analyticsBusinesses rely on SAS applications for predictive and descriptive data modeling, data mining, and analytics. All of this requires some serious horsepower, which Xeon E7 v4 provides in spades.Comparing Xeon E7-8890 v3 to E7-8890 v4, the additional cores, threads, and larger cache in the latest generation, along with Intel SSDs, drove 26 percent faster processing for SAS. Now, SAS customers have complex analyses in record time. View the SAS workload testing results. Actian Corporation hits terminal velocityActian Vector columnar RDBMS database uses vector-based processing to accelerate queries and data throughput.When testing the E7-8890 v3 compared to E7-8890 v4 a 20 percent performance advantage. Expanded CPU core density and a larger cache accelerated vector processing queries. In addition, Actian utilized AVX2, a platform software feature, which contributed to performance growth. The end result? Reduced development time for data scientists, real-time insights for business users, and dynamic price setting for executives. View the Actian Corporation database improvements.The Intel Xeon E7 v4 family empowers many different industries, bringing them all closer to their analytics goals. These four companies are just a few examples of what Xeon E7 can do.View more use cases and find out how Xeon can supercharge software for business analytics. You can also continue the conversation on Twitter, at @mikeapmap and @IntelITCenter.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might have a contract with Sanspareils Greenlands (SG) when it comes to providing cricket balls, but the players in the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Haryana at the Roshanara Cricket Ground are unhappy with their quality.The pacers, especially, feel that the balls are splitting easily and movement is minimal.”It is really disappointing when the ball behaves the way these SG balls are. Not only are they losing shape easily, but also splitting sooner than expected. The quality seems to have really deteriorated and when the wicket is as dead as the one here, it doesn’t help matters.”The new ball provided in the final session of the opening day was the only one that looked to be of some quality and the result showed immediately as we picked up four wickets giving away just 15 runs even as though the Haryana batsmen looked settled,” a Delhi bowler told MAIL TODAY.The fact that three balls were changed in just 97 overs in the Haryana first innings bears testimony to the fact that the quality has been unsatisfactory. Match referee Sanjay Patil feels that it could be a case of an old stock from last season being used this season. “It is true that the quality of balls is bad, but I haven’t heard this complaint from any other centre. I guess this is a case of last season’s stock being used this season because I haven’t seen these balls lose shape so easily. Even in the agegroup tournaments like the u-19s or u-22s, there have been no such issues,” he told MAIL TODAY.advertisementBut another bowler refused to agree with the match referee, saying that the balls provided in the u-22 level were just as bad.”There was a lot of complaint over the poor quality of SG balls provided even at the u-22 level,” he said.
Following months of intense preparation, Australia’s best Touch Footballers will converge on the C.ex Coffs International Stadium in Coffs Harbour this week to compete in the 2014 Touch Football Australia X-Blades National Touch League (NTL) and Elite Eight Series. The event will feature 117 teams spanning the breadth of the country across 12 divisions, all striving for national championships honours; commencing on Wednesday, 12 March through to finals day on Saturday, 15 March. The Elite Eight Series, which was first played in 2011 and is now in its third installment, will feature the best-of-the-best Men’s and Women’s players in Australia. The Elite Eight Series will feature eight teams in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions vying for respective national titles: four teams from New South Wales (reigning Men’s champions, Country Mavericks, reigning Women’s champions, Mets, Scorpions and Rebels); three from Queensland (South Stingrays, Country Outlaws and Chiefs); and one from the rest of Australia (the Alliance).The NTL, which is conducted in parallel to the Elite Eight Series, returns again to its original home, Coffs Harbour. Prior to last year, Coffs Harbour previously hosted the event from its inception in 1997 through to 2008, with the venue set to also host the 2014 and 2015 NTL events, as well as the 2015 Federation of International Touch World Cup in April/May next year. Teams from seven states in Australia as well as seven international teams, from Japan (four teams) and Papua New Guinea (three teams), will compete in the NTL event. Approximately 2,000 participants will take part in the event, with divisions ranging from T League (teams with a combination of up to 10 under 20’s players and six over 20’s players) through to Men’s 55’s.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated Links2014 X-Blades NTL
Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock delighted with FA Cup braceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Joe Willock was delighted with his brace in their FA Cup win at Blackpool.Willock was full of pride at the final whistle.He said, “We showed that we could deal with every aspect they brought to us. Our quality came through in the end.”It’s unbelievable and a dream come true. I always watched this cup as a young kid and to score in it today and help us go to the next round, it’s unbelievable.”I’m just working hard in training, listening to the boss, every day he’s giving me advice. I’m trying to make a big impact whenever I play – that’s my main objective.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say