Ashes 2017: Tom Curran to debut for England in Boxing Day Test at MCG

first_imgFast bowler Tom Curran will make his debut for England in the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.Curran will replace Craig Overton, who had sustained a rib injury while batting in the second Test at Adelaide and aggravated the area further while fielding in the third Test in Perth with scans revealing a fracture.Australia regained the Ashes urn after defeating England by an innings and 41 runs in the ongoing five-match series.Curran, who made his Twenty20 debut in June and then played his first one-day international in September, was an injury replacement for Steven Finn, who withdrew before the first test with a knee injury.Captain Joe Root said the selection of the South-African born fast-medium bowler was very much a gut decision.”Sometimes as a captain you have to go with your gut and he really hit home with me this week,” Root told reporters ahead of the fixture starting on Boxing Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.”It wasn’t an easy decision. We certainly (spent) a while thinking about it, trying to weigh up what was going to be the best way to go about it in these conditions and on this surface.”He does get the ball to move around a little bit. He’s always in the contest. That’s one thing that really stands out to me – he will at no point hide away from any challenge if it does become very hard. He’ll give it absolutely everything.”advertisementCurran’s elevation ahead of Wood was something of a surprise given England’s pace bowlers have struggled in Australia, with stalwarts James Anderson and Stuart Broad both struggling to get any movement through the air or off the pitch, while their entire attack has been lacking in pace.Pundits had suggested that Wood, arguably the fastest bowler in their squad, could be picked, but Root said the 27-year-old was not quite match-fit as he battled back from an ankle injury.”He did come into it,” Root said of the selection discussions around Curran and Wood.”The fact that (he’s) not necessarily 100 per cent fit, not played a huge amount of cricket, (it) might have been a little bit of a risk going into this game.”It was a tough call (but) …for the balance of the team, I think Tom was the best option.”last_img read more

Jamaica Urged to Adopt Singapore Math Model

first_imgStory Highlights According to Ms Lim Kai Ling, research done by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD has shown that classroom size does not matter. Rather, it is the skill of the teacher that is important. Lead PR1ME Mathematics specialist from Singapore, Kelly Lim Kai Ling, says that Jamaica could become a world leader in mathematics by adopting the teaching methods of the Southeast Asian country.Singapore is regarded as the best in the world in the teaching and learning of mathematics.Ms. Lim Kai Ling was addressing hundreds of primary-school mathematics teachers, coaches and specialists who participated in the Amazing Mathematics Powers workshop held recently at the Shortwood Teachers’ College in Kingston.The participants at the three-day workshop were exposed to the Singaporean approach of teaching mathematics, which focuses more on critical thinking skills and less on drill and practice.Ms. Lim Kai Ling said that Singapore stresses mastery for all of its children, who will have the creative problem-solving skills that the country requires.“Mathematics is the vehicle to approach problem-solving,” she pointed out, noting that the core principles of mathematics are understand the problem, plan your approach to the problem, answer the problem and then check to see if you are correct.She said proficiency in mathematics is a higher indicator of success in life than any other element.According to Ms Lim Kai Ling, research done by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD has shown that classroom size does not matter. Rather, it is the skill of the teacher that is important.In Singapore, there are 40 students to a teacher.Clinical Psychologist and Life Coach in Jamaica, Dr. Rose Johnson, who was a facilitator at the workshop, gave the teachers pointers on how to boost outcomes by improving life in the classroom.They were urged to become effective communicators, which would allow them to foster the natural genius of the children in their charge. She reminded the teachers that they are in the profession because they want to give, and that they are the leaders in the classroom.“Let the students imagine themselves at their best. They will believe it, and then that becomes reality. Disruptive behaviour, many times, has nothing to do with school,” she pointed out.The workshop, endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, was hosted by Book Merchant Limited as part of its Scholastic PR1ME Mathematics Programme and was geared towards training the participants to teach mathematics in Jamaican schools using the Singaporean model and the PRIME Mathematics textbook.PR1ME Mathematics is a world-class programme based on the effective teaching and learning practices of Singapore, Republic of Korea and Hong Kong, which are consistent top performers in international studies.At the completion of the workshop, the participants received joint certification from the Jamaica Teaching Council and Shortwood Teachers’ College.Sponsors included NCB Foundation, JN Bank, Maxie Department Store, National Housing Trust (NHT), Shortwood Teachers’ College, Sagicor Bank, Access Financial, Kris an Charles, Yoga Angels Jamaica, LIME Foundation, Dairy Industries and Rainforest Seafoods. Singapore is regarded as the best in the world in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Lead PR1ME Mathematics specialist from Singapore, Kelly Lim Kai Ling, says that Jamaica could become a world leader in mathematics by adopting the teaching methods of the Southeast Asian country.last_img read more

Chinas CMG Eyes Stake in Brazilian Container Port

first_imgImage Courtesy: TCPChinese state-owned corporation China Merchants Group (CMG) is looking to spread its footprint in Brazil as the company is reportedly in negotiations to buy Advent International Corp’s 50 percent stake in TCP Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá SA, local media informed.Namely, the conglomerate is preparing to acquire the stake in Brazil’s second-busiest container port, which was put up for sale in 2016.The negotiations with the Chinese group intensified after the Dubai-based DP World decided to back out of the race for the terminal stake.Local media cited undisclosed sources close to the matter as saying that the value of the share in question stands at some USD 1 billion.The negotiations are allegedly in the advanced phases as the parties are set to resolve final details on the matter and could soon sign a binding agreement on the sale.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

The Canadian lobbying firm meddling in Sudans revolution

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, it’s will of the people against a military regime. A military regime that is, apparently, getting six million dollars worth of help from a Canadian lobbying firm.Canadians have watched for months the scenes from pro-democracy protests across the world in Sudan. They are inspiring, sometimes terrifying, and above all they are courageous. But the Canadian link to this revolution is not a positive one, and it may be breaking sanctions. So why is a Montreal-based firm offering to help polish the image of, and facilitate military deals for, a regime that has seen hundreds of protesters massacred? What kind of regulations and laws govern this kind of contract? How unusual is this kind of deal? And what comes next?GUEST: Geoffrey York, Africa Bureau Chief for The Globe and MailAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at read more

The Wilmington Insider For August 26 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, August 26, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.In The Community: Wilmington Community Television (WCTV) is holding its annual Family Fun Day from 11am to 2pm at Yentile Farm Recreational Facility (9 Cross Street). This event is FREE for Wilmington families. Come on down to enjoy some music, food, and demonstrations from local dancers, martial arts and public safety. This is also an opportunity to check out WCTV equipment and meet our staff, including our new Youth Director Marty McCue!In The Community: The Wilmington Farmers Market continues its season from 10am to 1pm on the Swain Green (across from the Town Common). See this week’s lineup HERE. April Renzella is performing live music.Deadline: Wilmington Pop Warner is holding a drawing for a New England Patriots All-Pro VIP Tailgate Package, which includes a pair of tickets to EACH 2018 regular season home game along with parking and the pre and post-game celebrity tailgate. For package details, visit Tickets cost $100 each. Only 250 will be sold. Winner will be drawn on Sunday, August 26. (Need not be present to win.) Contact Wilmington Pop Warner at [email protected] to purchase your ticket(s).In The Community: The Friends of Wilmington Hockey will hold its 1st Annual Drop The Puck fundraiser from 4pm to 8pm at the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks (777 South Street). The event includes a street hockey tournament fundraiser, which begins at 5pm. The evening will include games, prizes, music and a cash bar. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.MBTA Reminder: There will be no weekend commuter rail service on the Lowell Line (Wilmington Center) until December. A free shuttle bus will be available. Learn more HERE.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing [email protected] I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email [email protected] this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Billy Porter wins Met Gala fashion fest as hes carried in a

first_img …The ever-vivacious @theebillyporter makes the grandest, campiest of entrances. #MetGala  #MetCamp  #BillyPorter— The Met (@metmuseum) May 6, 2019 lady gaga: I will without a doubt have the most extra #MetGala entrancebilly porter: hold my beer— PopBuzz (@popbuzz) May 6, 2019 Hold on. Billy Porter just ended it all. Everyone else go home. Immediately.— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) May 6, 2019 Billy Porter said: My feet? Touching the ground? Can’t be me!!!!!! #MetGala— VERONDRÉ (@verxndre) May 6, 2019 The look immediately lent itself to some good memes. “Me entering class even knowing I’m late,” one person wrote.  Me entering class even knowing I’m late #MetGala— Alicia🌚♎️ (@itsalicliment) May 6, 2019 2 Vogue described Porter’s outfit, made by The Blonds, as, “a bejeweled catsuit outfitted with 10-foot wings, a 24-karat gold headpiece, as well as custom gold-leaf Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and fine jewels by Andreoli and Oscar Heyman.” So just your everyday casual Monday wear. it’s like 2 pixels but OH MAN #MetGala— carmen (@ibumilas) May 6, 2019 Why do people keep walking the carpet after Billy Porter? It’s done, boo ✨ #MetGala— Ms Millenial (@AListMillenial) May 6, 2019 Tags Billy Porter has been a blessing every day of his life and I am so grateful.— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) May 6, 2019 when you see billy porter— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) May 6, 2019 Share your voice The theme of this year’s Met Gala, aka the annual benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, is Camp: Notes on Fashion. Porter told Variety his interpretation of the theme. “Camp means irreverence,” he said. “Camp means as hugely over-the-top and grand and what some may feel is ridiculous and silly, and embracing all of those creative impulses inside us that very often are squelched.”  Porter, star of the FX show Pose, made headlines at the 2019 Academy Awards for wearing a tuxedo dress.  Actor and singer Billy Porter stole the show at Monday’s Met Gala in New York when he entered draped in gold and carried on a black velvet couch by six shirtless litter-bearers, also wearing gold. It was a memorable moment. Comments Random Twitterlast_img read more

Tamil Nadu school teacher stabbed to death by husband in front of

first_imgGetty ImagesA horrifying murder shook Madurai on Monday when a school teacher was stabbed by her estranged husband in a classroom full of students. The murder took place in a school in Thirumangalam near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The murdered woman was identified as 35-year-old Rathidevi, a social science teacher at the school. She had just joined her post last month. Rathidevi was from Kariapatti in Virudhunagar district.Reports state that the assailant, Guru Muneeswaran (37), had confronted Rathidevi at the school and a verbal fight broke out between them in the classroom when the students were still present.A police officer said the cause of the murder was a domestic dispute. Rathidevi and Guru, a civil engineer, were married for eight years. She had been living at her mother’s house for the past five years. The couple also have six-year-old twins.”Guru had been asking her to move in with him to his hometown in Ramanathapuram but since she kept refusing, as a last resort he decided to kill her,” Arun, Thirumangalam DSP, told The News Minute.”A holiday has been declared in the school for Tuesday and counselling sessions for students will be conducted based on further instructions from the department,” the officer said.Thirumangalam town police arrested Guru and an FIR has been filed under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.last_img read more