Bat with common sense – Miller … Scorpions skipper demands improvements from batsmen

first_img BE SENSIBLE Newly appointed Jamaica Scorpions captain Nikita Miller is calling for better judgement to be exercised by batsmen within the team as they seek to address their batting failures in the ongoing 2016-2017 Digicel WICB Regional Four-day Championship. Set to contest their third match of the campaign, beginning on Friday at Sabina Park, against early leaders Barbados Pride, the Scorpions, who are currently fifth in the six-team tournament, have so far passed the 200 runs landmark once in four innings. That was against reigning champions Guyana Jaguars in Guyana in their first innings. The other totals have been 147, 151 and 159. These below-par performances have also resulted in only two players, opener John Campbell and Jermaine Blackwood, scoring half-centuries with the former scoring two, and the latter once. The left-handed Campbell hit 71 and one against Guyana before following up with 32 and 67 against the Windward Islands Volcanoes at the weekend at Sabina Park, while West Indies Test representative, Blackwood, after scoring 18 and 96 against the Jaguars, put up three and 27 in the second match. “We need to be sensible about what we are doing. I don’t think we are showing enough common sense in our batting,” states Miller, who claimed a Man of the Match, five for 22, in the second innings to spearhead Jamaica to a come-from-behind 41 runs over the Volcanoes on Monday. They lost to the Jaguars by 181 runs in their opener. “We have as batsmen an aggression naturally because that’s how we play naturally, but what you see happening is we are not finding the right kind of blend in terms of attacking or defending. “It is disappointing, and we need to find that combination very quickly, or else as the season progresses, we are going to falter.” Jamaica, who under the leadership of young batsman, Paul Palmer Jr, finished third last season, has two other specialist batsmen on their 13-man roster. They are discarded West Indies opener, Shacaya Thomas, and promising young batsman, Brandon King. This could thereby result in a possible change for the Barbados clash with Guyanese-born opener Trevon Griffith with scores of 20, 13, six and 22, a potential candidate for a replacement. SPECIALIST BATSMEN Middle-order batsman Andre McCarthy, fresh from his recent tour with West Indies ‘A’ away to Sri Lanka, is the other specialist batsman in the team. He has so far amassed totals of 36, two, one and one. Out-of-favour West Indies wicketkeeper batsman Chadwick Walton has been batting at number six and has so far tallied scores of 14, 13, six and 14. All-rounder and new recruit, Derval Green, in the two matches so far has effected scores of five, zero, four and two batting at number seven. “Barbados will be a tougher challenge, and our batters need to recognise this, and do something about it,” Miller added. “Information is not short, practice is not short, and encouragement is not short. It’s down to the individual to get themselves going.”last_img read more

SARA is worst piece of legislation enacted – Ram

first_img…laments reduced parliamentary sittingsAs the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) and the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) continue to compile evidence mainly against individuals linked to the former Administration, Chartered Accountant and Attorney Christopher Ram has condemned the parallel police agency, saying that some business persons are operating in fear that they too could come in for scrutiny.Chartered Accountant Christopher RamHe made these comments on Friday at a symposium on the National Budget which was organised by the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG).Ram highlighted that Guyanese have reduced purchasing power owing to a weaker economy, adding that business persons were conducting their operations under fear, especially if they were very successful and would have attained much wealth.“Business people now operate under the fear of alternative police bodies; one called SOCU and other, SARA. SARA is, in my view, the worst piece of legislation that has been enacted in post-independence Guyana,” he stated.The activist claimed that SARA was run by a director who selected the persons he would target.“A political leader, Dr Clive Thomas, who was for many years a champion of the working class, is now head of an organisation where he is bigger than the organisation – he reports to no one, [but] occasionally does a report to the National Assembly. He chooses which person he should target and who he should not,” Ram pointed out.The Chartered Accountant later denounced the reduced sittings of the National Assembly, saying that members have officially met only 16 times under the current Parliament. The trade union members were reminded that three substantive pieces of legislation were passed during 2017, one of which was the Hamilton Green Pension Act, which gave the former Prime Minister his pension, benefits and facilities. Another bill passed was the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) Bill 2017, in which Government sought $116 million from taxpayers to assist with the agency’s establishment and support staff.“If this Parliament doesn’t operate for two years, you wouldn’t even notice it – such is the incompetence with which our Parliament operates,” he observed.Ram also claimed that this was the most expensive Government in Guyana’s history with the most Ministers and Ministries, adding further that many persons were indeed enjoying the good life.Ram also reminded the FITUG gathering that the current Administration had given itself, public officers and all other Members of Parliament hefty salary increases shortly after assuming office.“No wonder they love to travel so much; after all you could make a good living. You don’t have to worry about Parliament [because] Parliament meets occasionally,” he quipped.SARA and SOCU have long been accused by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) of going after its members and associates. In May 2017, several persons attached to the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) were charged and later arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for allegedly omitting from the general ledger of the GRDB, $362 million while they served on the entity’s Board.These persons were former GRDB General Manager Jagnarine Singh; former Deputy General Manager Rickey Ramraj; Director Badrie Persaud; former Deputy Permanent Secretary (Finance) of the Agriculture Ministry Prema Roopnarine; PPP parliamentarian Nigel Dharamlall and head of the Rice Producers Association, Dharamkumar Seeraj. They were all released on $500,000 bail each.SARA was accused of being run by political directives, but its Head, Professor Thomas saw those accusations as baseless and rejected the claims, stating that there was no evidence to prove they were true. Dr Thomas had also defended the SARA Bill, saying that it had no place for politicians.While noting that the Bill contained some good elements, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had observed that his Party would remove the ambiguity about private property.He further added that the PPP would ensure that the head of the unit was accountable to someone else, as opposed to leaving it to Professor Thomas to make his own decisions. The Opposition had also pointed out that the Director of SARA was given powers that are 10 times greater than those of the Police Force.last_img read more

Toyota quarterly profit rises on growing sales cost cuts

first_img Citation: Toyota quarterly profit rises on growing sales, cost cuts (2018, November 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from “We are steadily making progress toward achieving our challenge-level target,” Senior Managing Masayoshi Shirayanagi said in a statement of cost cutting efforts.Toyota, often seen as representing iconic Japanese manufacturing, is trying to focus on artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, car-sharing services and other new uses of technology to keep up with changes in the industry.Toyota President Akio Toyoda, a member of the founding family, has repeatedly said Toyota’s business needs to change from merely making various vehicles to addressing all kinds of mobility needs. Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 28 percent surge in the last quarter on growing sales in Europe, Asia and the Americas and cost cutting. It raised its profit forecast for the full year. Explore further The top Japanese automaker said Tuesday that its July-September profit totaled 585.1 billion yen ($5.2 billion), up from 458.3 billion yen the year before. Quarterly sales rose 2 percent to 7.31 trillion yen ($64.7 billion).The manufacturer of the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Corolla subcompact forecast a 2.3 trillion yen ($20 billion) profit for the fiscal year through March. That exceeds its earlier forecast for 2.1 trillion yen ($19 billion), but is down nearly 8 percent from nearly 2.5 trillion yen in the previous fiscal year.Toyota sold 2.183 million vehicles in July-September, up from 2.175 million vehicles the same period a year earlier.Vehicle sales slipped in the U.S. and Japan but improved in Europe, the rest of Asia and Central and South America. The company stuck to its full-year forecast for selling 8.9 million vehicles globally for the year through March 2019.Cost reductions and marketing efforts helped the results for the latest quarter though an unfavorable exchange rate hurt, according to Toyota. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.center_img In this Nov. 13, 2017, photo, visitors take a look at Toyota cars at the automaker’s showroom in Tokyo. Toyota Motor Corp. has raised its earnings forecast after reporting that its profit surged 28 percent in the last quarter on growing sales and cost cuts. The top Japanese automaker said Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, that its July-September profit was 585.1 billion yen ($5.2 billion), up from 458.3 billion yen the year before (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) In this Aug. 3, 2018, file photo, a visitor walks through a Toyota showroom in Tokyo. Toyota Motor Corp. has raised its earnings forecast after reporting that its profit surged 28 percent in the last quarter on growing sales and cost cuts. The top Japanese automaker said Tuesday, Nov. 6, that its July-September profit was 585.1 billion yen ($5.2 billion), up from 458.3 billion yen the year before.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File) Toyota’s quarterly profit improves on strong sales This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Shivraj Singh Chouhan MP govt spar over proposed Sita temple in Sri

first_imgShivraj Singh Chouhan, MP govt spar over proposed Sita temple in Sri LankaBJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan alleged on Tuesday that the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh was “checking the facts” instead of executing his proposal to build a temple for Sita at Divurumpola in Sri Lanka.advertisement Press Trust of India BhopalJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 21:38 IST BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan alleged on Tuesday that the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh was “checking the facts” instead of executing his proposal to build a temple for Sita at Divurumpola in Sri Lanka.The government retorted that it was an empty promise made by the former chief minister as nothing was formalised.”The entire country and the world know that Sita was kept in Ashok Vatika in Sri Lanka, where she had to go through ‘Agni Pariksha’ (ordeal by fire).When I visited Sri Lanka, it occurred to me that a grand temple should be built at this site. I am surprised that this Kamal Nath government is talking about checking the facts,” Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted in Hindi.In a video tagged with the tweet, the former chief minister claimed that necessary approvals had been secured for the temple from the Sri Lankan government as well as the Centre.Accusing the Kamal Nath government of discontinuing several works initiated by his government, Shivraj Singh Chouhan also demanded that it undertake other projects including installation of a Shankaracharya statue (at Omkareshwar on the Narmada).Asked about Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s claim, Minister for Religious Trust and Endowments P C Sharma told reporters, “There was nothing on paper (about the proposed temple). We dug into the files to see if anything concrete was put on paper by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government but found nothing.”Whatever we do will be concrete unlike empty promises of Shivraj Singh Chouhan,” the minister added.Shivraj Singh Chouhan had mooted the Sita temple in September 2012 when then Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh to inaugurate the University of Buddhist-Indic Studies.The temple was proposed to come up at Divurumpola in the island nation where Sita is supposed to have undergone an ordeal by fire as per the epic Ramayana.The Bharatiya Janata Party government had also promised to develop `Ram Van Gaman Path’, the route was taken by Lord Ram on his way to the 14-year exile as per the mythology, but did nothing, PC Sharma alleged.”We had promised to develop this path in our manifesto and we are going ahead on this issue by making provision in the recent budget,” the minister added.ALSO READ | Now, Congress lands at Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s door with 63 dog transfers he had orderedALSO WATCH | Ayodhya land dispute: SC asks mediation panel to submit status report by July 18For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Kashyap Tags :Follow shivrah singh chouhanFollow congressFollow Madhya PradeshFollow Sri LankaFollow Kamal NathFollow Mahindra RajapaksaFollow Bharatiya Janata Party Nextlast_img