Essequibo, Georgetown in winners’ row

first_imgWest Demerara1520NA1NA217 Upper Corentyne911NA1NANA9 Essequibo1520NA1NA419 Georgetown911NA1NA211 West Berbice812NANANA8 Lower Corentyne1830NANA624center_img TeamsMatchesPointsWinsLosesTieNo resultSuper Bonus(Batting)Super Bonus(Bowling)Total ESSEQUIBO and Georgetown were victorious on Sunday when the Guyana Cricket Board/Cricket Guyana Inc. Jaguars 50-over Franchise League continued with two round-four games.At the Imam Bacchus ground, Affiance, Essequibo Coast, the hosts whipped East Coast Demerara by nine wickets. Batting first, the visitors reached 169-9 off 40 overs.Kamesh Yadram top-scored with a 50-ball 54, with five fours. Rajendra Chandrika made 29, Chanderpaul Hemraj 19 and Bhaskar Yadram 18. Ricardo Adams claimed 3-42,while Anthony Adams had 2-20 and Akieni Adams 2-25.Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul then slammed four fours and two sixes in scoring 72 off 102 balls. Kemol Savory scored a 48 off 58 balls including three fours and a six as Essequibo ended on 172-1 in 33.4 overs.Over at Bush Lot ground in West Berbice, the game was reduced to 20 overs.The home team crumbled for 96 in 19.2 overs. Leon Johnson claimed 5-26 and got support from medium pacer Paul Wintz (2-6). Only Arthley Bailey (24) and Gudakesh Motie (18) reached double figures.Robin Bacchus (22), Andrew Lyght Jr (17), added 39 for the first wicket, but thereafter the visiting side suffered a batting meltdown. Shemroy Barrington (5), skipper Chris Barnwell (3), Johnson (0), West Indies U-19 selectee Raymond Perez (1), keeper Darwin Christian (15), Steven Sankar (0) and Wintz (1) all fell cheaply.However, with ten runs needed off the last over Ramaal Lewis ended the game with a six and a four.Points Table: After Round Three East Coast Demerara0Nil3NANANA0 Upper Demerara/East Bank0Nil3NANANA0last_img read more

LA Angels, LA Dodgers meeting in interleague play for 20th season

first_imgOver 106 games, the Angels have the upper hand with 58 wins, but back in 1997, the Dodgers won the first game.That came in front of 41,428 at Dodger Stadium when Todd Zeile hit a walk-off, two-run home run off Troy Percival in a 4-3 victory.“There was definitely from, fan’s perspective, a lot of electricity,” said Mike Scioscia who was then the Dodgers’ bench coach.There may be less now.“A lot of these guys are 21, 22, 23, 24, 25,” said DiSarcina, now the Angels’ first base coach. “They don’t know any better. It’s always been around . … It’s all they’ve known.”The Angels and Dodgers each have six players on their 25-man rosters who are 25 years or younger.If there’s intrigue among the players, it’s typically among the American League’s starting pitchers who get the rare chance to bat.“You hit as a kid, in high school, so it brings back those memories,” said the Angels’ Matt Shoemaker, who starts Monday night at Dodger Stadium.The 29-year-old Shoemaker has just four plate appearances. He reached base on a walk last season, but is still waiting for his first career hit.Hector Santiago likes hitting enough that he put a batting cage in his house and routinely takes swings in the offseason. He singled at Milwaukee a couple weeks ago.“I love hitting,” he said.There’s little pressure, though.“We just hope they don’t get hurt and get their bunt down,” DiSarcina said.This will be the first Freeway Series as a manager for Roberts, who was with the club as an outfielder from 2002-04. The Dodgers were 10-8 against the Angels during those years.Roberts on Sunday called the Angels “a very, very formidable organization and franchise.”“I know when I played, they were very good,” Roberts said. “I look forward to playing the Angels. I know our guys do. We always play each other very tough.”Thanks to interleague play, they have become familiar foes.“The novelty has been replaced by some good rivalries,” Scioscia said, “rivalries across town or whoever you play in interleague.” Gary DiSarcina remembered the buzz.DiSarcina was the shortstop for the Angels in 1997 when they welcomed the San Diego Padres on a mid-June night for their first interleague game, a stretch of matchups against the National League West that included San Francisco as well as the Dodgers. It felt like opening day. There was the anticipation. For many on the roster, it was the first time they would face a Hall of Famer named Tony Gwynn, too.“Everyone was a little curious how long this was going to go,” DiSarcina said. “We thought it might have been like a gimmick, almost like when the wild card was introduced. We didn’t know if it was going to be long lasting.”It has been. The two-decade mark is here. When the Angels and the Dodgers commence the latest edition of the Freeway Series this week with a pair of games at their respective ballparks, it will mark the 20th season since the teams began meeting in the regular season, a product of the now long-established interleague play.Since its 1997 debut, interleague play has become increasingly common. The Angels opened their season against a National League team, the Cubs, and the Dodgers already traveled earlier this month to Tampa Bay and Toronto. Houston moved to the American League West in 2013, leaving both leagues to carry 15 teams. The odd number means there is at least one interleague series throughout the season.“The novelty’s worn off, it’s more commonplace,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But I think, for me, if I had to do it all over again, I’m in favor of it. I like it. I like seeing the different ballparks. I like seeing the different styles of baseball. For a National League team, to go into a park and give a guy a day off as a DH is nice. So, it’s amazing it has been 20 years. I do still love that format.”Each year, different divisions match up. The NL West meets the AL East this year. The AL West is paired with the NL Central.The Angels and Dodgers, as a regional rivalry, have met each season, either over four consecutive games or two separate three-game series.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Empires R Us

first_imgA steady stream of recent news and scholarly articles has been predicting the decline and fall of the American Empire. The ascendancy of emerging economies in Asia and Latin America; the hobbling effects of the enormous financial and strategic burdens of military misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan; and the debilitating blows dealt by the global financial crisis are all converging to undermine the unquestioned global hegemony of the United States as the world’s preeminent super power. Already, 39 percent of Americans believe that the current economic downturn reflects a “longer, permanent decline,” according to a New York Times/CBS poll.If there is a single thread that has held the country back from the abyss it is the dollar’s role as the world’s reserve currency, giving the United States nearly unrestricted access to capital. 85% of world foreign exchange transactions are in U.S. dollars. Most global prices, such as the price of oil, are set in dollars. More than 60% of the foreign reserves of central banks and governments are held in dollars.Increasingly, there are stirrings to rein in the global dependency on the dollar. China, which holds the most U.S. securities — $1.1 trillion — has begun advocating a shift to a basket of currencies. Russia and the Gulf Cooperation Council are also lobbying for a new global reserve currency. Even in the absence of alternatives, countries are finding work-arounds, so that dollar based foreign exchange transactions have declined from 89.9% in 2001 to 84.9% in 2010, according to the Bank of International Settlements. The dollar’s share of foreign exchange reserves has dwindled from 71.5% in 2001 to 61.3% in 2010, according to the IMF. A World Bank study predicts that the dollar’s reign as the single reserve currency will end in less than 15 years — by 2025.There is growing recognition that the U.S. Empire is on its last legs; the only dispute is over the time remaining — 15 to 40 years — and whether the landing will be hard or soft. Financial projections show that the U.S. economy will be overtaken by China’s by 2025 and India’s by 2050.Alfred McCoy, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin and convener of the “Empires in Transition” project, predicts, “A more realistic assessment of domestic and global trends suggests that in 2025, just 15 years from now, it could all be over except for the shouting.”McCoy cautions that the ecology of power of empires is so delicate “that, when things start to go truly bad, empires regularly unravel with unholy speed: just a year for Portugal, two years for the Soviet Union, eight years for France, 11 years for the Ottomans, 17 years for Great Britain….”Against this backdrop, the messy political squabbling over raising the debt ceiling, risking default for the first time in the country’s history, is symptomatic of a growing malaise that is hastening the unraveling of the U.S. Empire.Economists have many trends to track the rise and fall of empires. So do those closer to the ground. The surge in immigration — both legal and illegal — after World War II has tracked America’s global ascendancy. Since the global financial crisis, the new trends are unmistakable too: Legal permanent immigrant inflow declined 10% from 1.1 million in 2009 to about 1 million in 2010. For all the huffing and puffing on the right, nearly a million illegal aliens have left voluntarily in the past four years as America’s economic crisis closed off opportunities. The official illegal alien population has declined from 11.8 million in 2007 to 10.8 million. Demand is petering out even in America’s vaunted high skilled sector. As of July 22, over 50,000 of the 85,000 H1B visas for the 2012 fiscal year remained unclaimed. By contrast, in 2007 and 2008, all these visas were snapped up within a week of the opening registration date of April 1.Immigrants are as good a bellwether of the rise and decline of empires as the most sophisticated mathematical matrix that economists can construct. And they are speaking with their feet. Related Itemslast_img read more

Thanks to the generosity of State Representative A

first_imgThanks to the generosity of State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and Billy Stoddard of the Police Athletic League, 82 members of the North End ski club were able to continue a tradition that goes back 21 years – their annual weekend spring ski trip to Killington Mountain in Vermont. Meteorological speaking, it was a spring trip, but the 18 inches of powder that the mountain received during the week leading up to the outing guaranteed mid-winter conditions for the 23 families who almost completely filled the beautiful Chalet Killington, just one mile from the slopes. With all 155 trails open, there was a wide range of terrain for all levels of skier or rider, and the fact that all 22 lifts were operating all weekend assured very little wait time in line. Even the weather cooperated! After the storm blew out Friday night, two gorgeous days of sun and moderate temperatures made this one of the better trips in the long history of the ski club. Club members, mark your calendars for March 20-22, 2020 when the 22nd edition of this tradition is scheduled!*Advertisement*last_img read more