Chris Gayle is slated for a yet another return to international cricket after the ‘Universe Boss’ was named in the West Indies one day international squad for the first two matches against England. Wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran has also received his maiden call-up in the 50-over format as cricket West Indies named their 14-man squad on Thursday.Gayle had last played an ODI for th West Indies back in July 2018 in a home series against Bangladesh. He had since made himslef unavailable for selection – missing the India and Bangladesh series, as he wanted to play in the Afghanistan Premier League and the T10 League.Gayle, now 39-year-old, is the second most capped West Indies player with 284 matches and is also the second highest run-scorer with 9,727 runs, behind only West Indies legend Brian Lara – who has 10,405 runs from 299 matches.Gayle has the most centuries by a West Indian in ODI, with 23, as well as the highest score of 215 ( which he scored in the last edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup against Zimbabwe. Gayle is also handy with the ball, picking up 165 wickets.Pooran, on the other hand, has only played eight T20Is with his highest score being 53 not out and a strike rate of 152.57.Courtney Browne, the Chairman of Selectors, also informed that Marlon Samuels was unavailable for the first two games as he is receiving treatment on his knees. Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse and Evin Lewis also return to the squad. Browne said that the home series against England will be looked as preparations for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, which is slated played from May 31 to July 15 in England and Wales.advertisement”As we continue our Cricket World Cup preparations, the upcoming series against the top ranked ODI side is a great opportunity for us to gauge where we are as a team. This allows us to identify any areas that need addressing relating to selection and also helps the coaching staff to fine tune their game strategy,” Browne said in press release.”We welcome the return of Chris Gayle who missed the last two series and Ashley Nurse from injury. We are pleased to introduce Nicholas Pooran to the ODI squad for the first time. He is clearly a young player with undoubted talent and we believe he can add value to our middle order. Shannon Gabriel remains very much in our World Cup plans but with a heavy workload expected in the Test series he will be considered for selection later in the ODI series,” Browne added.The first ODI will be played at Kensington Oval on Wednesday, February 20, with the second being on Friday, February 22.West Indies squad: Jason Holder (C), Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Oshane ThomasAlso Read | Australia team going to India is not the World Cup squad, says Justin LangerAlso Read | We are sorry: New Zealand Cricket after removing banner promoting sexual consentAlso Read | KL Rahul to lead India A vs England Lions, Ajinkya Rahane named Rest of India skipper
Categories: LaFave News,News 25Apr Rep. LaFave continues push to improve school safety in Upper Peninsula, all of Michigan State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain today continued his efforts to make schools safer in the Upper Peninsula and across Michigan.LaFave testified before the House Appropriations Committee on his plan requiring schools to submit incident reports to a proposed statewide school safety commission. The reports would provide the commission with examples of how incidents and threats were handled to develop best practices for other Michigan schools to follow.LaFave said the information also is needed to get solid data about the number and type of school violence incidents and threats occurring in the state.“Good ideas can come from Daggett all the way down to Dearborn,” LaFave said. “If a school had a good way to address a threat or stop an attack, we want to know how they did it and replicate it across the state. This is an important piece of the strategy to keep our schools safe and secure.”The bill requires school districts to report to the Michigan State Police about certain types of incidents at least once a year. Names and other identifying information about the people and schools involved won’t be included in the reports.LaFave’s legislation, House Bill 5851, remains under consideration in the committee.“This will be an all-hands-on-deck, bipartisan group effort on improving these bills and protecting our students and teachers,” LaFave said. “Doing nothing is not an option. We have a responsibility to our children and everyone in Michigan to strengthen the security in our school buildings. This bill increases protections for our children by raising standards when it comes to cooperation and strategic planning.”LaFave’s measure is part of a broad plan including the creation of a school safety commission to review safety procedures in Michigan schools. More resources would be provided for security improvements in school buildings. The OK2SAY school safety program – where students can report safety threats or violations – would become permanent. Training for new law enforcement officers would be enhanced, and measures such as reinforced entryways and remote door locks would be required in new school construction.The bills in the package are House Bills 5828-30 and 5850-5852.
ANTHONY Walker gave up a final stitch in his nose to celebrate with his teammates after they beat Leeds Rhinos.The young forward was forced off the field with a nose wound late in the second half but asked the club doctor to finish the job early so he could revel in the post-match lap of honour.“I should have an extra stitch in my nose, that is why it is still bleeding,” he said after the game. “I heard the roar when the tries went in so I told the doc to finish up I wanted to get out and celebrate with the boys.“It was an unreal win. Before the game people were saying we should give it our best and see how we go. But in the camp we had confidence and knew if we played to the best of our ability and matched their enthusiasm we could get the victory. We believed in ourselves.”Walker, a Welsh International, scored a vital try in the first half after Saints had gone behind to Danny McGuire’s try.“I couldn’t believe it to be honest,” Anthony continued. “I got the ball and I was supposed to pass. But I saw a gap and fell over the line really. It was luck but I’m glad I got it!”Saints are next in action this Sunday when they face Huddersfield Giants in the Fourth Round of the Challenge Cup.All ticket details are here and you can buy yours from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
ShareDavid [email protected] [email protected] to examine future of research universities at Rice Feb. 27-28Media, public invited to hear preeminent group of speakers at De Lange Conference VIIIA blue-ribbon panel commissioned to examine U.S. higher education in 2006 by former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings wrote, “History is littered with examples of industries that, at their peril, failed to respond to — or even to notice — changes in the world around them, from railroads to steel manufacturers. Without serious self-examination and reform, institutions of higher education risk falling into the same trap, seeing their market share substantially reduced and their services increasingly characterized by obsolescence.”On Feb. 27-28, more than a dozen leading U.S. experts — including three members of the Spellings Commission — will meet at Rice University for the eighth triennial De Lange Conference, “The Future of the Research University in a Global Age.”The media and public are invited to attend in person or via webcast to hear the questions, concerns, hopes, visions and strategies of a preeminent group of current or former presidents from Rice University, the University of Michigan, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University, as well as the president of the Association of American Universities, the president of the National Academy of Engineering and more.Information on the program, speakers and registration is available athttp://delange.rice.edu/conference_VIII/.News media who want to attend should RSVP to Jade Boyd at [email protected] or 713-348-6778. AddThis
Crisis experts say Facebook has mishandled the data scandal (Update) When then-BP chief Tony Hayward testified before Congress about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, he denied involvement or knowledge of the problem in many cases. That’s a classic response designed to avoid legal trouble, but it didn’t make him sympathetic to viewers. Hayward lost his job about a month later.”He was clearly very well trained from lawyers, but it didn’t rest well with the American public,” said Richard Levick, founder and CEO of public-relations firm Levick. He said Zuckerberg needs advice from lobbyists and communications professionals, too.Helio Fred Garcia, who as president of Logos Consulting Group has prepped unnamed banking, pharmaceutical and other executives, said a CEO client of his went through a mock hearing in which someone said very harsh things to rattle him. He was shown video of his expression to make sure he wouldn’t replicate it in front of the Senate. The verdict? “He kept his job, so it went fine,” Garcia said. In this Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, file photo, Ford CEO Alan Mulally, center, flanked by General Motors CEO Richard Wagoner, left, and Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the auto industry bailout. In 2008, the CEOs of the three big automakers flew private jets to Washington to ask Congress for federal bailout money. A public relations fiasco ensued. When the executives went back to Capitol Hill two weeks later for a second round of hearings, they traveled by car. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) In this Thursday, June 17, 2010, file photo, protesters stand behind BP CEO Tony Hayward as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, to testify before the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee hearing on the role of BP in the Deepwater Horizon Explosion and oil spill. When then-BP chief Tony Hayward testified before Congress about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, he denied involvement or knowledge of the problem in many cases. That’s a classic response designed to avoid legal trouble, but it didn’t make him sympathetic to viewers. Hayward lost his job about a month later. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File) ___TAKE YOUR LUMPSCEOs may be used to getting their own way, but they aren’t in control during hearings. Garcia said that can cause them “a great deal of distress.”Zuckerberg has to understand he’s a target and swallow his pride. His job isn’t to try to persuade the senators of anything, but to let senators express their anger.”This isn’t an educational forum,” Garcia said. “It’s a highly ritualized piece of theater.”___DON’T FEIGN IGNORANCE Citation: Zuckerberg’s congressional survival guide: Tips from experts (2018, April 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-zuckerberg-congressional-survival-experts.html In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, file photo, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Banking Committee. When Stumpf testified on the bank’s creation of unauthorized accounts, he feigned ignorance about some details. He was roasted by senators for not acknowledging the extent of the problem and his responsibility of it. Stumpf stepped down weeks later. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) Explore further In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table discussion in St. Louis. As Zuckerberg prepares to testify before Congress over Facebook’s privacy fiasco, public-relations experts who have prepped CEOs before have plenty of advice on handling the hot seat. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) As Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before Congress over Facebook’s privacy fiasco, public-relations experts who have prepped CEOs before have plenty of advice on handling the hot seat. ___ARRIVE MODESTLYOne of the most infamous missteps happened before the CEOs even got in the door. In 2008, CEOs of the three big automakers flew private jets to Washington to ask Congress for federal bailout money. A public relations fiasco ensued.When the executives went back to Capitol Hill two weeks later for a second round of hearings, they traveled by car. When Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf appeared before the Senate Banking Committee in 2016 on the bank’s creation of unauthorized accounts, he feigned ignorance about some details. He was roasted by senators for not acknowledging the extent of the problem and his responsibility of it. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and other senators called for his firing; he stepped down weeks later.It’s crucial to take responsibility and come across as straightforward, said John Hellerman, founder of PR firm Hellerman Communications.At the same time, Zuckerberg can’t get too bogged down in technical explanations, Garcia said. A hearing puts the spotlight on leadership and accountability, not technical details. Garcia said Zuckerberg has to “speak in leadership terms: ‘This was a massive failure and I apologize.'”___SPIN IT FORWARDZuckerberg isn’t likely to lose his job over this, but a bad congressional appearance can have other consequences—mainly, the controversy staying in the news.So his goal will be to acknowledge anger and try to move on. He has to accept that regulation is likely, “so this is his chance to help shape and guide what that regulation might look like,” Hellerman said. Among them: Appear sympathetic and be ready for a beating. Take responsibility. Don’t feign ignorance. And keep in mind that this is more political theater than public policy. The so-called “optics” —how things look— are as important as what you say.The stakes are high: CEOs testifying in Washington have lost jobs, faced perjury investigations and otherwise endured public humiliation. It’s not comfortable for anyone in a position of power to essentially kowtow to Congress in a televised setting.”It’s an intense, grinding experience, draining psychologically and physically,” said Ronn Torossian, founder and CEO of the PR agency 5WPR.As with others who have coached CEOs in the past, he couldn’t name former clients because of confidentiality agreements. Torossian said appearing before Congress is “a very humbling experience for powerful people.” But Zuckerberg can learn from those who have gone before him.___PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPAREZuckerberg should spend days, if not weeks, familiarizing himself with the layout of the hearing room and with specific members of Congress, including the toughest questions they are likely to ask. The Facebook CEO has to appear willing to answer questions. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This document is subject to copyright. 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