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Follow the Trace | That Miller vs Holding debate

first_img SIGNIFICANT DISPARITY Holding’s exploits as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of the game, saw him ending up with 249 Test wickets achieved in an era when regional and international batsmen were significantly more highly skilled and productive. The key factor in that hypothetical life-and-death game scenario is that Holding’s success was at the superior international level while Miller’s success was the lower regional level with a significant disparity in the batting skills between the two eras. It then smacks a lack of basic understanding of sport generally and cricket in particular that any sane person would look at Miller’s regional figures in isolation and then opt to select Miller ahead of Holding on that basis. Contextually as well, it must be remembered that comparatively, Holding never played much regional cricket while at his peak, he was busy on international duty and subsequently playing county cricket in England. The majority of Holding’s regional appearances were early in the developmental stages of his career and then at the back end of his playing days when he was well past his peak, and retired from international cricket. This entire debate has once again proven how misleading and overrated statistics can be in sports analysis. Otherwise well-thinking pundits have descended to the level of self-induced ridicule after indulging in another dangerous exercise of Google analysis, resulting in some of these embarrassing and blasphemous pronouncements. Respect is due, and accolades are in order for Jamaica’s cricket captain and left-arm spinner, Nikita Miller, who continues his impressive run of form as a regional wicket taker. Miller is the first bowler in the history of regional cricket to hit the 400 mark. He has also surpassed the 50-wicket mark this season, and his wickets have come at below 16 runs per wicket. Over the past several weeks, however, some pundits and fans have got totally carried away in their blanket declaration of Miller as the greatest regional bowler ever, implicitly suggesting that the Jamaican is the best bowler to have played regional cricket. That is a false interpretation of the statistics and is thus a totally incorrect conclusion. Things got even worse when the moot question was posited that with Miller’s regional numbers so comparatively brilliant, in a hypothetical scenario of a regional cricket game to save one’s life, if given a choice between selecting Nikita Miller or Michael Holding, which bowler would you choose to play in this life-and-death encounter? Some pundits and fans actually affirmed they would select Miller ahead of Holding. Aside from implicit suicidal path in that choice, that dynamic also took the discussion into the realm of blasphemy. The very thought of selecting Miller ahead of Holding for any form and level of cricket is downright imbecilic. Having seen the folly of their argument the perpetuators of this nonsense attempted desperately to shift the goal post by hastily adding the clause that the choice must be based on regional bowling statistics only. Thus forget or ignore all we know about Michael Holding, another desperate clutching at straws. Fundamentally, Miller’s wicket-taking exploits are by and large in regional cricket in an era when batting in the region has been embarrassingly pathetic, which explains the inflated and exaggerated effectiveness of the regional bowlers, especially the spinners, who led by Nikita Miller, have snared the lion’s share of the wickets over the last decade and a half. With all due respect to the Jamaican skipper his wicket-taking returns is more an index of the inept batting skills of the batsmen of this era, than is of his brilliance as a bowler.last_img read more

Rec Hockey League hosting its year end tourney this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Men’s Rec Hockey League is hosting its year-end tournament this weekend.League playoffs concluded earlier this week as in the A side, MRC Global defeating Rig Ratz 4-2 to claim the league championship. On the B side, Fraction Falcons were victorious in the finals over Logix Legends by the score of 8-5. Finally, on the C side, Valiant Knights edged D & T Disposals by the score of 3-2 to capture the Pool C crown.Each team plays two round robin games in their division, after that the games are played based on the seeding of each team, with the top four teams going to the first place bracket. The tournament will feature 14 teams.- Advertisement -“The tournament is always a free for all with no clear favourites to walk away with it,” said President Mike Hamre. “This year especially after how tight the playoffs were. MRC Global just won the league so they are a favourite to continue winning. Jiffy Lube is always a contender and a finalist from last years tourney. While Epscan is a sleeper, you just never know how they will play.”The tournament gets underway on Friday at 5:45 p.m. at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. For more information visit their Facebook page.last_img read more

Arizona squeaks by Arizona State

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – Chase Budinger scored 23 points and Marcus Williams added 19 as Arizona defeated Arizona State 61-58 Sunday night, the Wildcats’ 24th win in the past 25meetings between the in-state rivals. Leading 58-49 with 2:40 to play, the Wildcats watched as ASU’s Derek Glasser and Christian Polk hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull the Sun Devils within 58-55. Arizona coach Lute Olson is 43-6 against ASU as the Wildcats’ coach. Christian Polk scored 18points, Serge Angounou had 14 and Jeff Pendergraph 13 for the Sun Devils (7-20, 1-15). The Wildcats won the first game between the schools 71-47 Jan. 24 in Tucson, and early on it looked as if the rematch would be another blowout. Arizona jumped ahead 7-0, scoring on its first three possessions on a drive by Mustafa Shakur, a layup by Budinger and a 3-pointer by Williams. The Wildcats stretched their lead to 22-12 midway through the first half. Bret Brielmaier made a free throw with seven seconds left to put the Wildcats up by four, and Arizona needed that margin when Williams fouled Glasser beyond the 3-point arc with twoseconds left. It was an emotional victory for the Wildcats (18-9, 9-7 Pacific-10 Conference), who had lost seven of their past 11games, raising the possibility that their 22-year string of NCAA Tournament appearances might end. center_img But that’s when Angounou went on a personal 8-2 run, making a pair of 3-pointers and a 15-footer to spark a 19-8 run that put ASU ahead 31-30 at the intermission. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fatal drilling rig accident near Dawson Creek

first_imgCalgary-based company Calmena Energy Services Incorporated says the accident happened yesterday during the drilling of a surface hole. It says operations were immediately suspended and both the Spirit River RCMP and Alberta Occupational Health and Safety are conducting separate investigations. The company also says the victim’s family has been notified of the accident, but his name has not yet been released. The drilling rig, owned and operated by Calmena – which has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Canada – was drilling on land leased by Birchcliff Energy.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Plans to save threatened B.C. caribou on hold as NDP mends fences

first_imgThe documents say the region has six caribou herds but numbers have declined from about 800 animals almost 20 years ago to about 220. West Moberly and Saulteau elders recall when the Peace region was covered by a “sea of caribou,” the documents say.Southern mountain caribou were designated as threatened under the federal Species at Risk Act in 2003.In May 2018, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said southern mountain caribou faced an “imminent threat” to recovery in 10 local population units across British Columbia. That determination set the stage for the federal government to issue an emergency order to protect the caribou, which could include closing off habitat areas to economic and public activity.McKenna said in a statement this week that saving southern mountain caribou requires urgent action or the animals could be lost forever.“We will continue to work with First Nations and the province, and engage with local communities and industry, to ensure that this iconic species gets the help that it needs, while also protecting jobs and businesses in B.C.,” she said.Advertisement Bernier, who represents the Dawson Creek area for the Opposition B.C. Liberals, said tensions among residents are still high despite the government’s appointment of Blair Lekstrom, a former provincial Liberal cabinet minister who produced a report that resulted in the interim moratorium after recommending further public consultation about caribou recovery.“Everybody’s just throwing their hands up, saying ‘You’ve created a mess and now nobody looks like they want to fix it,’ ” said Bernier. “The No. 1 comment I hear is for the premier to allow this to continue on without having public input when he should have known all the problems, that’s what really upset people.”Chetwynd Mayor Allen Courtoreille said Horgan’s appointment of Lekstrom, who is a member of Dawson Creek council, has given communities an unofficial seat at the negotiating table after being ignored by the B.C. government.“To this date, we still don’t have a seat with government, with the First Nations, with the federal or provincial governments to discuss any of this other than Blair Lekstrom getting involved and the premier saying that I am going to appoint Blair Lekstrom as the go-between between myself, as premier, and the citizens of the northeast.”Advertisement Environmental groups said they cheered April’s draft agreement to protect caribou from the threat of extinction, but now they say time is running out for the herds after the government backed down to industry and public pressure.“I would love to believe that is exactly what the province says, which is they just need a little more time and then they’re going to be signing the partnership agreement,” said Charlotte Dawe, a Wilderness Committee campaigner. “However, the sensitive time and the fact the B.C. government has, in a sense, caved in to industry and the push back by delaying the signing of the partnership agreements makes me worried.”Horgan was not available for comment but last month in announcing the moratorium he said federal officials have indicated support for B.C.’s plan as it gives the province “the latitude … to find a way forward that’s in the interests of the community and the caribou.”The province hopes to wrap up consultations before Christmas, Horgan said.Documents released with last spring’s draft partnership estimated about 220 caribou remain in the south Peace area.Advertisement Industry groups, including the Mining Association of B.C. and the Council of Forest Industries, welcomed the interim moratorium, saying more time is needed to fully address issues facing caribou recovery, including the consideration of economic and social issues in a region with large-scale coal mining and timber operations.Geoff Morrison, B.C.’s Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said the moratorium does not impact area oil and gas operations, but the organization supports ongoing efforts to recover caribou herds.“We think that keeping all interests informed is important,” said Morrison. “We should be taking into account potential socio-economic impacts into resource development communities.”Willson said he’s heard little from the B.C. government since the release of Lekstrom’s report.“The reality of the fact is if we want caribou we have to change what we’re doing,” he said. VICTORIA, B.C. – Premier John Horgan’s New Democrats continue to face widespread criticism in northeast British Columbia over the government’s attempts to introduce plans to save threatened caribou herds.Political friends and foes say deep concerns remain about plans to save jobs and the caribou, calling last month’s introduction of an interim moratorium on new resource development a fence-mending stalling tactic.Indigenous leaders said they have become the scapegoats of the government’s failure to inform the public about last spring’s caribou recovery plan.- Advertisement -“They negotiated the agreement with Canada and then when they were done negotiating they came out and dropped the bomb on the public,” said Chief Roland Willson of West Moberly First Nations, one of two Indigenous groups included in the original caribou draft partnership agreement.“What B.C. should have done, which we advised them to do, was to be informing the people of what was happening as they were going along,” he said. “What wound up happening is the First Nations, we got thrown under the bus and we got blamed for everything.”Local politicians, including Mike Bernier, the legislature member for Peace River South, and Bob Zimmer, the MP for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, said silence from the B.C. and federal governments along with limited public participation spread fears of job losses and restrictions to the cherished back country for hunters, hikers and snowmobilers.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ingwe mull coaching changes after poor run

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Marko Vasiljevic during a training session at the Jakaya Kikwete Memorial Park in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 4 – Kenyan Premier League side AFC Leopards is considering a radical change within the technical bench after a torrid run of results, Capital Sports understands.AFC suffered a third defeat in four games after a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Bandari FC in Mombasa on Sunday, and it appears the club’s Executive Committee is moving in to salvage the situation with a shake-up of the technical bench. This might see the exit of Serbian tactician Marko Vasiljevic, barely two months into the job. Rumor has it that he might be demoted to the post of an assistant if a more senior coach arrives, but all that is yet to be decided.“The truth is that the executive is considering making changes in the technical bench because of the current results. Probably even before the game against Gor Mahia on Saturday, we might see a new person in the bench either as coach or otherwise,” a source within the club confided.The 25-year old Vasiljevic took charge after was-to-be coach Nikola Kavazovic ditched the side to move to Free State Stars in South Africa. Vasiljevic was supposed to be Nikola’s assistant, and was elevated once the latter went to South Africa.And now, it has emerged that the youthful tactician might have lost the dressing room at Leopards with a section of the club’s executives questioning some of his decisions and relationship with some players.AFC Leopards head coach Marko Vasiljevic feeds instructions to his players during a training session at the Jakaya Kikwete Memorial Park in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“In my opinion, he might be too inexperienced for this job. In terms of tactics and all, he is okay, but remember this is his first job as head coach and he has so far failed to sustain the pressure,” the source further stated.He added; “Also, his relationship with some players is not good. There are players he has not used purely because he does not like them. The likes of Ndayishimiye (Eric), Oruchum (Christopher), Mawira (Joshua), Baker (Lukooya) are not playing and when he is asked he says they are yet to adapt to his style,”“We had Oduro (Isaac) injured in Tanzania, but he chose to play Kipyegon (Isaac) in central defense while we have Oruchum and Mawira who are first team players. Maybe, just maybe, managing a big team such as Leopards has proved tough for him.”Ingwe are placed 15th in the KPL standings with 10 points, having won only twice in 10 games and are only three points shy of the relegation zone.They face arch rivals Gor Mahia on Saturday at Kasarani and another loss here will see them sink further in the standings.It has been rumored that former coach Dennis Kitambi who is currently back at his native home in Tanzania might be one of the candidates for the top job.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

2 top CIA officials may be subpoenaed by House panel

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The House Intelligence Committee threatened on Wednesday to subpoena two top CIA officials to testify about the destruction of interrogation videotapes, rejecting a Bush administration request that the panel’s inquiry be deferred while the executive branch investigates. Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, said he wants acting CIA general counsel John Rizzo and Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the National Clandestine Service, to testify to the committee on Jan. 16. Rodriguez is the official who directed that the tapes, which document the harsh interrogation of two al-Qaida suspects in 2002, be destroyed. Reyes told reporters the CIA had agreed to begin providing documents regarding the 2005 destruction of the tapes this week. If that doesn’t happen, the committee will subpoena them, too, he said. The document request includes records related to the 9/11 Commission and to al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, whose attorneys were seeking interrogation videos. The committee’s announcement is another sign of increasing tensions between Congress, the judiciary and the White House over the interrogation tapes. Congressional overseers are angry they were not fully informed of the tapes and their destruction. A federal judge has summoned Justice Department lawyers to his courtroom Friday to determine whether the destruction of the tapes violated a court order. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champReyes also wants the CIA to make available CIA attorneys Steve Hermes, Robert Eatinger, Elizabeth Vogt and John McPherson to testify before the committee. Former CIA directors Porter Goss and George Tenet, former deputy director of operations James L. Pavitt, and former general counsel Scott Muller are also on his list. Reyes’ threat of subpoenas was triggered by a letter the Justice Department and the CIA inspector general sent to his committee on Friday. It asked the committee to delay its investigation to avoid interfering with an ongoing preliminary inquiry by those two agencies. Reyes and the committee’s top Republican, Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, had asked for immediate delivery of all documents, cables and records regarding the taping of detainee interrogations, as well as for testimony from Rizzo and Rodriguez at a planned Tuesday hearing. The officials did not come and the documents were not provided. Reyes said the Justice Department letter chilled the CIA’s willingness to comply with the committee’s requests for information and witnesses. That has since been clarified, he said.last_img read more

Park this plan

first_img 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 This is an example of everything that is wrong with government. How misguided could officials be to even consider ruining one of the few public city parks because it was the most convenient way to get the basic job done? Hats off to the children and families who came out Monday to protest this proposal. Only that kind of grass-roots organization can stop the massive bureaucracy from the insanity of bulldozing over the parks – and the rights – of the public. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The battle to save Woodridge Park from becoming home for a sewer-construction project shows that government generally takes the path of least resistance, no matter the cost to the public. The city, wisely planning for its future sewer and water needs, wants to run a new sewage line from Toluca Lake to Glendale and has designated two potential locations for a shaft: the well-used Studio City Park or a Caltrans maintenance yard about 150 yards away. Hmmm. Close a neighborhood playground and park for four years, or use a nearby maintenance yard that no doubt already has unpleasant smells emanating from it from time to time. Seems like an easy call. But dealing with another government agency, let alone a state agency, isn’t as easy as trampling on the interests of ordinary people, so officials saw destroying the city-owned park as the best solution. last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: HENRY GIRLS ON STAGE AT INISHOWEN MOTORS GIG!

first_imgTHEY ARE without doubt one of Inishowen’s greatest exports – and today the Henry Girls played a gig for staff and customers to celebrate Inishowen Motors’ greatest imports….Kia and Nissan cars!The top dealer is throwing open the doors to the public for a special Open Weekend at the showroom at Drumkeen, Letterkenny.And the Henry Girls kicked off the events with a superb gig. The talented Malin girls have been playing and writing music together for more than a decade and Karen, Lorna and Joleen now have four albums to their credit – and featured music from the latest sensational CD December Moon at the free Inishowen Motors gig.Inishowen Motors have extended their opening hours on Saturday 3rd Dec 11am – 5pm and Sunday 4th Dec  2pm – 4pm.So why not take the opportunity to test drive any model from our Kia and Nissan range? © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comPICTURE SPECIAL: HENRY GIRLS ON STAGE AT INISHOWEN MOTORS GIG! was last modified: December 2nd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:THREE AIRY HENRYS SET FOR INISHOWEN MOTORS GIG!last_img read more

Donegal SPCA announces opening date for the county’s first Animal Rehabilitation Centre

first_imgDonegal SPCA is delighted to announce the Official Opening date for the Donegal Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) at Barrack, Ramelton. The centre will open on Wednesday June 20th with the event beginning at 5pm and ending at 7pm. The centre would like to invite everyone to come along and enjoy this historical day for animal welfare in Co Donegal. Opening the Centre will be none other than Shaun Doherty, of Highland Radio fame. Donegal SPCA would urge people to come along on the 20th to view the facility. Although they are asking people not to come to the Centre before the 20th as there would be health and safety concerns due to finishing works on the grounds at the minute. There will be signs on the day to guide people from the petrol station shop at Illistrin and also from the Ramelton direction. Donegal SPCA would like to meet as many people there as possible on the day.The Donegal SPCA was formed in 2007 with the aim of having an animal rehabilitation centre in the county one of their main goals. The building of the centre started on the 28th of June 2016.Donegal SPCA announces opening date for the county’s first Animal Rehabilitation Centre was last modified: June 12th, 2018 by Chris CannonShare 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:animalsDonegal SPCAopening dateRehablast_img read more