Windies must play smart cricket: Lloyd

first_imgNOTTINGHAM England, CMC –  Clive Lloyd, the last West Indies captain to taste World Cup glory, has insisted that the regional team needs to make smarter decisions if they are to have an impact in the tournament. Lloyd, the legendary captain who won the 1975 and 1979 World Cups, made the comments following the Windies’ batting collapse against Australia on Thursday.The Windies were well-placed on 190 for four in the 35th over, chasing Australia’s total of 288, but lost five wickets for 66 runs to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.Lloyd said he believed it was a game the West Indies should have easily won. “The West Indies team must to start to play smart cricket because they have two real big games coming up against South Africa and England, therefore they have to be on top of their game as I’m sure they’d want to qualify,” he said.“I think on another day, with a better analysis of the situation they could have won that game and this would have given them the impetus to realise that they were serious contenders to qualify for the latter stages of this competition.”Lloyd said players needed to realize they were playing 50-over cricket and not T20. “The players have to realise that this is not Twenty20. The batsmen need to turn those scores of 30 and 40 into bigger scores and they must be aware that all these teams have world class bowlers at their disposal,” he said.He explained that their next match against South Africa was a crucial one in deciding whether they qualify for the knockout phase of the competition.Lloyd said it was important for the West Indies to put the loss against Australia behind them. “South Africa is up next and while they haven’t performed to their ability, [the] Windies have to be aware of the job at hand as South Africa is in danger of missing out on the top four if they lose.“They now have to re-group, look at the mistakes they made and rectify them so that they can return to their winning ways. I’m still feeling positive about the West Indies overall,” Lloyd revealed.“West Indies have to get all the disciplines right on the day and play clever cricket because for the most part of the day [against Australia] they did well, but they simply did not capitalise on the early dismissals.”last_img read more

How to Find Open Calls for Speakers for Conferences

first_imgAfter attending many conferences over the years, you’ve decided you want to be a conference speaker. Congratulations!Speaking at a conference is a great way to share your knowledge, lessons learned, and expertise. You’ll have unique opportunities to meet and connect with other conference speakers. And generally, you’ll attend the conference for free. You’ll also meet a lot of conference attendees and become better known in your field. Which can lead to more speaking opportunities, as well as career opportunities.You’ve identified your topic and written an outline of your presentation.But, where do you look to find conference calls for speakers? And how do you find out if the conference is one you want to speak at? Local MeetupsThe first place to learn about conferences is local meetups. The number of local meetups has increased tremendously over the past few years, due to the ease of organizing events through online sites like Meetup and Eventbrite. Join the local meetup if you’re not already a member. They’re an excellent way to meet fellow colleagues and stay current in your field. And they offer an opportunity for you to speak on your topic in a comfortable setting. Establishing yourself as a local speaker will go far in becoming better known for your knowledge and expertise. Let members know you’re interested in speaking at a conference. Conference organizers will often invite people they know, or know about through their network. Also, the local meetup leaders and fellow members are great sources of information about conferences. They may have attended or spoken at a conference, and can share first-hand information about it.You can discover whether the conference is a good match for your topic, what conference organizers expect in talk proposals, and demographics for the attendees. If meetup members have been turned down for conference proposals, they may be able to share information on why the proposal wasn’t accepted. Good conference organizers will follow up with speakers and offer suggestions for improving the talk proposal the next year.LanyrdHow would you like one online site to learn about past and current conferences, their speakers, and find out about call for proposals? Lanyrd is a social professional events directory I wrote about earlier this year. It’s the one place I recommend for anyone who wants to organize, attend, or speak at a conference. I’ve been using Lanyrd for years, adding conference information, session and speaker updates, as well as links to conference slides, videos, writeups, blog posts, and photos.What’s not so well known about Lanyrd, is its Calls for participation section. The section isn’t easy to find, though I’m not sure why. It’s a great resource for anyone looking for conference calls for proposals, workshops, exhibitors, and more.In Calls for participation, you can search for conferences by field (think biology, user experience, content strategy, project management) and narrow your search by geographic area (by city, state, or country). Conference organizers add the call for proposals on Lanyrd, including information about the speaking opportunity, process, compensation (if any), cost to attend conference as a speaker (often free), and deadline.Note: Based on my experience, I’ve noticed conference organizers are usually good about describing the speaking opportunities and all their details, but forget to add the conference topics on Lanyrd. It may take some additional work on your part in Lanyrd’s call for participation search to locate a conference for your field. How have you found out about conference calls for speakers? Have you found out about calls through local meetups or Lanyrd? Let me know in the comments what you’ve found most helpful.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedOn Speaking and PresentationsI didn’t realize how many speaking posts I’ve written until one of my blog readers sent me a thank you note this weekend. Thank you, Deborah, these are helpful tips for learning about speaking opportunities, she wrote. I noticed you’ve written several speaking posts this year. Do you have them…In “Conference”Speaking at Local Events vs. National ConferencesMy husband tells me to get over it. I continue to be surprised by people who reply to me they’re “too busy” to speak at local events or Meetup groups. However, they find time to travel out of state to speak at regional and national conferences. What am I missing?…In “Miscellaneous”WordSesh 4: Growing Your WordPress MeetupAt last week’s WordSesh 4 virtual online conference on WordPress, Dee Teal spoke about WordPress meetup organizing, how to grow your meetup and improve the experience for everyone. Here are my notes: Using Meetup.com Typically, Meetup.com is the first place people will visit to learn about your WordPress meetup. Craft…In “WordPress”last_img read more

Ellie Kummer pours in 28 points to lift Marshfield girls basketball past Bay Port

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSUAMICO — Ellie Kummer scored a career-high 28 points, making five 3-pointers and 9 of 10 free throws, to lead the Marshfield girls basketball team to a 59-49 victory over Bay Port in a nonconference game Tuesday night at Bay Port High School.Kummer made 7 of 11 shots overall from the field for the Tigers, who improve to 7-1.Caitlin Michaelis added 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists, and Makayla Scheuer had 10 points and five rebounds for Marshfield. Kummer, Michaelis, and Scheuer combined for 51 of the team’s 59 points. Hannah Meverden had a team-high seven rebounds.The Tigers were 24 of 29 (82 percent) from the free throw line.Marshfield will host its annual Tiger Invitational on Jan. 2-3. The Tigers open the tournament against Hudson on Friday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com. Auburndale and Wausau Newman Catholic play in the other semifinal at 5:45 p.m.The third-place game is Jan. 3 at 2:45 p.m. The championship game follows at 4:30 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 59, Pirates 49Marshfield 9 15 20 15 – 59Bay Port 6 11 17 15 – 49MARSHFIELD (59): Makayla Scheuer 1-6 8-9 10, Meg Bryan 0-1 0-0 0, Caitlin Michaelis 4-11 5-6 13, Maddie Nikolai 0-0 0-0 0, Martha Kupfer 0-0 0-0 0, Ellie Kummer 7-11 9-10 28, Ema Fehrenbach 2-4 2-4 6, Hannah Meverden 1-1 0-0 2. FG: 15-34. FT: 24-29. 3-pointers: 5-10 (Kummer 5-7, Michaelis 0-1, Scheuer 0-2). Rebounds: 22 (Meverden 7). Assists: 6 (Michaelis 4). Record: 7-1.BAY PORT (49): Mackenzie Jerks 2-9 0-0 6, Elisabeth Knutson 0-1 0-0 0, Alexa Leiterman 3-9 3-4 9, Brooke Harris 3-6 2-2 8, Taylor McIntyre 2-5 0-0 4, Meg Knutson 2-7 2-3 8, Jamie Hebel 4-9 2-2 11, Maddie Re 1-6 1-2 3, Carley Mueller 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 17-52. FT: 10-13. 3-pointers: 5-16 (Jerks 2-6, M. Knutson 2-4, Hebel 1-3, E. Knutson 0-1, Leiterman 0-1, McIntyre 0-1). Rebounds: 22 (Leitherman 6). Record: 5-2.last_img read more

Education boost for Gauteng

first_imgWith 36 new schools opening in Gautengprovince alone in early 2012, morechildren will be able to receive a soundbasic education. (Image: Shamin Chibba)MEDIA CONTACTS • Charles Phahlane  Communications head, Gauteng   education dept  +27 11 355 1530 or +27 71 860 4496. RELATED ARTICLES • SA businesses urged to adopt schools • SA prioritises quality education • Zuma: SA to meet 2015 education goal • Tackling SA’s education challenges • Can drive raises R8.5m for educationEmily van RijswijckThe Gauteng Department of Education is making good on its promise to step up education efforts, with 36 new schools opening and 500 additional teachers reporting for duty in the first term of 2012.Another 300 pre-fabricated classrooms will also be added to existing schools where overcrowding is a problem.Thirteen of the schools will be ready to accept pupils when inland provinces start their 2012 academic year on 18 January, while another five will open later in the month.The remainder of the schools will be opened during the rest of the first term.While the majority of the new school buildings are pre-fabricated buildings, five of the new schools are solid brick and mortar structures.This brings the number of primary and secondary schools in the province to 2 595 – including independent, non-subsidised schools – with almost 72 000 teachers.The buildup to the new school year already starts six to eight months before, with teachers required to place orders for their support materials in May and actual pupil admissions taking place from August to October the year before.“It’s all systems go for the start of the new academic year,” education MEC Barbara Creecy confirmed at a recent press briefing, adding that the new facilities will go some way towards alleviating pressure in some of the overcrowded schools.Demand for learning space Of the nine provinces, Gauteng has seen the biggest rise in pupil numbers in recent years.According to Creecy, pupil numbers has been growing on average by 2% over the last five years, which means the province has to make space for about 36 000 additional children each year.The province has over 2-million pupils, while more than 14-million children attend school countrywide.“There is no other province that has experienced this level of demand for learning space,” said Creecy in her mid-term budget speech last year.In areas such as informal settlements, where it’s not always possible to build new schools, the education department has expanded its scholar transport scheme to accommodate these already disadvantaged children.In addition a budget of R100-million (US$12.5-million) has been allocated for pre-fabricated classrooms in schools where there is overcrowding.“We will provide 300 pre-fabricated classrooms and 100 pre-fabricated ablution blocks within the financial year,” said Creecy.Maintenance work at existing schools is also ongoing, with work in progress at 42 sites.Schools at the coast opened one week before, with the Western Cape Education Department welcoming pupils at 11 new schools in 2012. In 2011 the Gauteng education department opened six new schools.Aiming for millennium goals South Africa aims to eliminate all mud schools over the next three years and to improve basic safety and functionality of about 3 600 schools by 2014 as part of its contribution to the UN Millennium Development Goals, said President Jabob Zuma during a Parliamentarian session after his State of the Nation address in 2011.The Millennium Development Goal for education is to ensure that, by 2015, the majority of children all over the world are able to access and complete a full course of primary schooling. The government also hopes to increase enrolment rates in secondary schools to 95% by 2014.According to basic education minister Angie Motshekga, concerted efforts on the government’s part has resulted in rises in gross enrolment rates by 20% in primary education and about 15% in secondary education.“In fact, South Africa has almost achieved universal access in primary education,” said Motshekga at a December 2011 meeting on building public-private partnerships in education.Statistics South Africa’s 2010 general household survey found that nationally, 72,8% of persons aged 7 to 24 were attending educational institutions.Steady gains have been made since 2002, yet the number of young people not studying remains unacceptable – most respondents indicated that this was for financial reasons, a situation that the government is addressing. The right to basic education is entrenched in South Africa’s Constitution.Helping children to learnJust in Gauteng alone, almost 900 000 learners are attending the 1 237 no-fee schools, said Creecy. Of these children, over 800 000 also benefit from the government’s nutritional programme.Nationally, Statistics South Africa recorded that the percentage of pupils countrywide who paid no tuition fees increased from 0.7% in 2002 to 54.6% in 2010.To keep up with rising demands, the Gauteng education department’s budget has increased by over 13% from 2010/11 to 2011/12, with R25.9-billion ($3.2-billion) allocated for the current financial year.“Almost 74% of this budget will be spent on salaries for teachers, school administrative staff and office based personnel,” said Creecy.last_img read more

Murillo: ‘Ranieri change positive’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Sampdoria defender Jeison Murillo has hailed the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as “a positive change” for the team. Murillo joined Samp from Valencia in August and was speaking at Colombia’s training camp ahead of their two friendlies against Peru and Ecuador. “It’s great to play regularly in a League I have already played in, know well and like a lot. “I’ve played in practically all the games. Things aren’t going as we would’ve liked, but the change in coach is a positive change for us. Results are improving.” Ranieri has collected seven points since taking charge of Samp, although they still find themselves in relegation trouble. The former Inter man, meanwhile, has played eight times this season but was dropped for the last three games.last_img read more

Delhi Police unveil security plan for Commonwealth Games

first_imgDelhi Police on Monday unveiled its massive security plan for Commonwealth Games 2010, which includes deployment of heli-borne snipers and a four-layered protective cordon around the venues and Games Village.Announcing the security strategy, city Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal told reporters, “we are not only looking into the security aspects of the Games, each and every aspect of the city’s security will also be addressed.”We are working closely with several agencies connected with the Games. We assure you a safe and secure Commonwealth Games,” he said.According to the plan, the Games venues, Games Village, practice venues, parking lots and the Indira Gandhi International Airport will have a four-layered security cordon.Explaining aspects of the plan, Special Commissioner (Administration) Neeraj Kumar said the security at prominent Games-related venues will have “outer, middle, inner and exclusive” security zones.At the outer cordon, he said, the traffic will be stopped and access will be controlled. At the middle cordon, security personnel will channelise the spectators to their designated seats while in the inner cordon, the barcode reading of tickets will take place and the spectators’ photos captured.”There will be surveillance from the skies with the help of the Air Force. There will also be the deployment of heli-borne assault teams to thwart any attempts by terrorists,” Kumar said.last_img read more

I am fit to partner Paes: Somdev

first_imgIn a new twist to the crisis in Indian tennis, Somdev Devvarman, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, on Thursday said he is fit to partner Leander Paes in the Olympics if asked by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) .Amid the furore that has struck the game here, Somdev, who is in the Unites States after undergoing a shoulder surgery in January, said he is willing to partner Paes.Paes, India’s top-ranked doubles player in the ATP list, has threatened to pull out of the Olympics after being rejected as partner by Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna — both of whom want to be sent as a team to the Games in London next month.”If given a chance to play, I would play. I have told the AITA that I am ready. They have told me that they will send my entry for singles wildcard. I have no problem playing with Leander in doubles also. I am looking forward to it,” Somdev told ‘Times Now’.Paes has rejected the two-team formula suggested by the AITA in which he was to be paired with a youngster such as Yuki Bhambri or Vishnu Vardhan.If Somdev is available for selection, AITA would have the option of pairing him with Paes but the fitness of the 27-year-old, who has had a reasonably good run in the singles since arriving on the scene, is a major concern.Somdev is currently ranked 240 in the singles chart, his progress hampered by the injury breakdown.”The Olympics is five weeks away. I had my surgery in January. I feel pretty good right now. I have to be cautious to see how my shoulder holds up in the next few weeks but my doctors and I am optimistic that I should not have a problem,” he said.Somdev, however, refused to be drawn into the ongoing squabbling between Paes, Bhupathi and Bopanna, saying, “That’s nothing I should comment on. My opinion doesn’t matter on it.I should keep out of it.” advertisementlast_img read more

Development of World Herbal Forest to help locals: Vij

first_imgChandigarh, Sep 6 (PTI) Haryana government is developing a World Herbal Forest at Morni Hills of Panchkula district to increase plantation of native herbal species. Haryana Health and Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Anil Vij today said that besides increasing plantation of native herbal species best suited to the local conditions, it would also improve the socio-economic condition of people living in the vicinity of forests by providing them employment. “For this purpose, possibility of inter-cropping of medicinal species among local farmers through supply of herbal plants and tree saplings was being explored,” he said, adding herbal plants and seeds would be provided to farmers at affordable prices. Vij said special centres would be set up for value addition and processing of collected herbs in the area. He said that development of forest would increase awareness about herbal plants and Ayurvedic medicines. Efforts would be made to make people aware about herbal products and their effects, the minister said. “For this, herbal nurseries would be developed and huts would be set up for assistance of visitors, where they could get herbal plants as per their need,” Vij said. Special attention was being paid to removal of weeds and ensuring protection for natural enrichment, he added. PTI CHS SUK SMJlast_img read more

10 months agoSNAPPED: Rashford talks up Solskjaer’s glory days after Man Utd training

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say SNAPPED: Rashford talks up Solskjaer’s glory days after Man Utd trainingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United mad Marcus Rashford admits he’s living a dream playing for new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Rashford snapped a moment involving teammates Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial along with Solskjaer during training in Dubai yesterday.Rashford then posted to Twitter with a reference to Solskjaer’s iconic winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.”Seconds left.. Becks whipped in a perfect corner. Teddy flicked it on. The rest is history” @ManUtdpic.twitter.com/JFGqwUHZLP— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) January 7, 2019 last_img read more

9 months agoChelsea make €25M contract offer to Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Chelsea make €25M contract offer to Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barellaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have offered Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella a massive contract package to move to London this month.TMW says a five-year deal worth €5m-a-season has been tabled to the Italy U21 international.Chelsea have also offered Cagliari a massive €55m for the Sardinians to sell.Barella is a specific request of Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, while his No2 Gianfranco Zola has been on the phone to the player regularly about life at Cobham.However, the player is still to be convinced about leaving for abroad at this stage in his career. last_img read more