Virat Kohli is a good captain and will get better with time: Kumar Sangakkara

first_imgKumar Sangakkara defended Virat Kohli the captain and said that he will only get better with time. Few days back, former England captain Nasser Hussain had bashed Kohli for his captaincy and had said that India lost the Edgbaston Test because of his captaincy.”Kohli was phenomenal in this game. He deserved to be on the winning side for the way he played with the tail. He single-handedly brought India back into the Test match. I do think he should take some of the responsibility for the loss, though,” Hussain told Sky Sports.”England were 87/7 with Curran and Adil Rashid at the crease and for some reason Ravichandran Ashwin went out of the game for an hour. India lost control then — he needs to look back on his captaincy and say ‘when I’ve got a bloke who averages 19 against left-handers and a 20-year-old left-hander on strike, why did I take him off?’,” Hussain questioned.However, Sangakkara, who himself is recognised as one of the game’s most prominent captains, said that Kohli is a good leader and he will only get better with time.”I think he is a very good captain and will get better as time goes along. Everyone has a few weaknesses here and there,” Sangakkara said.Also read – Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in EdgbastonHe also said that it is a tad unfair on other Indian batsmen to say that India are dependent on Kohli. Sangakkara said that Kohli has been performing sensationally for a while now and has been a one man army for India but others are fantastic players too.advertisement”He has been a one-man army for India for a while, in terms of weight of runs. It is almost unfair to the other batsmen because we have seen Virat batting like he has for the last few years. It is incredible to watch and he is an incredible performer, but others are also fantastic players,” Sangakkara said.Also read – The curious case of Pujara and Dhawan: Constant Test struggles overseas Ajinkya Rahane failed to score big in any of the four innings in England so far (Reuters Photo)Sangakkara also defended Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, who have failed to live up to their abilities in the Test matches in England so far. He said that they are great batsmen and average fantasticly overseas and other players like KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan are also not incapable with the bat.”Pujara and Rahane are absolutely great batsmen – Pujara averages 50 in Test cricket, Rahane averages 50 overseas. Then, there are others. KL Rahul looks brilliant (when in form), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik – these are no insignificant names”, Sangakkara said.When asked if too many changes in India’s batting core since the tour of South Africa had an adverse effect, the legend replied.Also read – England star Jonny Bairstow not ready to write off India yetWhen asked about if too many changes in the batting order and the core since the tour of South Africa is hampering the team, he said: “In fact, it is more a question for players themselves, and if the Indian team can have a chat in the dressing room about it.””If it is bothering them, then be open about it – talk to the captain, the coach and the management. Ask them, ‘can we have a little more consistency because this is bothering us’. But if they have bought into it (changing and chopping) and are fine with it, then it’s a different question,” he signed off.last_img read more

PM Says 5,000 Solar Lamps Will Be Distributed to Energy-Poor Households

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says an initial 5,000 solar lamps will be made available under a programme being developed to assist energy-poor households. Story Highlights “A system of identifying and distributing these solar lighting solutions to needy households is being developed,” Mr. Holness said, during his contribution to the Budget Debate in the House on Tuesday, March 20. Mr. Holness noted that a significant number of rural and urban homes in Jamaica are without electricity connections or are disconnected, pending payment, and rely on open flames as their source of light. This, he said, has resulted in tragic incidents of children perishing in fires ignited by candles and lamps. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says an initial 5,000 solar lamps will be made available under a programme being developed to assist energy-poor households.This is in light of house fires that since the start of the year have claimed the lives of eight adults and five children, caused mainly by lit candles or lamps.“A system of identifying and distributing these solar lighting solutions to needy households is being developed,” Mr. Holness said, during his contribution to the Budget Debate in the House on Tuesday, March 20.He pointed out that using solar solutions to replace open flame light sources is an established policy response to address energy poverty, noting that there are many such programmes successfully implemented all over the world.Mr. Holness noted that a significant number of rural and urban homes in Jamaica are without electricity connections or are disconnected, pending payment, and rely on open flames as their source of light. This, he said, has resulted in tragic incidents of children perishing in fires ignited by candles and lamps.“With simple and inexpensive actions, the Government can make a difference in the lives of energy-poor households, and particularly and significantly reduce or virtually eliminate the risk of these tragic fires,” he said.The Prime Minister further noted that the solar lighting programme “is a real opportunity for social enterprise to support the ecosystem around the production, installation, user education, servicing and recycling of these solar lamps”.To this end, Mr. Holness said he has directed the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme to develop a National Service Corps to support all elements of this solar lighting programme and to work with existing social entrepreneurs in this area.These, he said, would include members of the Jamaican diaspora, such as Nathaniel Peat of Genex (Solar), which is a renewable energy company providing this very service in countries in Africa.“We are not just giving solar lamps. We want to make it so convenient and practical to use these solar lamps that households no longer use open-flame lighting sources such as candles and lamps.After the full implementation of this programme, no child should perish in a house fire caused by a candle or a lamp used for light,” the Prime Minister stressed.In the meantime, Mr. Holness urged parents/caregivers to ensure the safety of children, lamenting that too often, the investigations into these fires reveal that the parent or legal guardian left the child in the care of another person who themselves are either children or not capable of taking care of children.“While this programme will remove one of the risk factors in such fires, ultimately, however, parents and guardians are responsible for the safety, care and protection of their children,” he said.“We must educate, support and empower our parents, so that those who want to do better will, while ensuring that the organs of State are in a position to protect children from those parents who refuse,” he added.last_img read more

NIS Contribution Mandatory for Employed Jamaicans

first_img  “The NIS is mandatory if you are working. There are provisions in the law to sanction employers and persons, who don’t contribute and I believe we (the government) may have to look at that to make sure that when these funds are taken from your salary that it is indeed paid over to the scheme,” she said. Story Highlights This year’s awards luncheon honoured four distinguished Jamaicans – founder and chairman of Cari-Med Limited and philanthropist, Glen Christian; founder of the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI), Joy Crooks; medical doctor and philanthropist, Owen James; and educator, author and theatre practitioner, Dr. Jean Small. The call was made by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, at the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons’ (CCRP) 2018 Living Legacy Awards luncheon held on Friday (September 28), at the Mona Visitors Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus. Employers, workers and self-employed persons are being reminded to contribute to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) as required by law.The call was made by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, at the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons’ (CCRP) 2018 Living Legacy Awards luncheon held on Friday (September 28), at the Mona Visitors Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus.She said that non-compliance is a major factor in the lack of growth in the number of contributors, despite increased employment levels.Under the law, all persons age 18 years and older, who are gainfully employed and domiciled in Jamaica, should be insured under the NIS.“The NIS is mandatory if you are working. There are provisions in the law to sanction employers and persons, who don’t contribute and I believe we (the government) may have to look at that to make sure that when these funds are taken from your salary that it is indeed paid over to the scheme,” she said.Mrs. Robinson said every effort is being made to preserve the scheme, which was established 56 years ago.“It was a brilliant idea and it has served the people of Jamaica well and we want to continue to build on that,” she said.Meanwhile, she informed that the Ministry is taking steps to increase the number of NIS contributors.These include increasing the monitoring of places of work to ensure that all eligible persons are registered; improving service to contributors/ pensioners; and developing public education and marketing campaigns to reach persons, including those, who are self-employed.A survey of self-employed persons will be done during this financial year and the information, along with data from the NIS Awareness and Perception Survey will be used to inform the marketing campaign to increase compliance among this group.Established in 2012, the annual CCRP Living Legacy Awards recognise senior citizens, 55 years or older, who have contributed to the growth and development of the country.This year’s awards luncheon honoured four distinguished Jamaicans – founder and chairman of Cari-Med Limited and philanthropist, Glen Christian; founder of the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI), Joy Crooks; medical doctor and philanthropist, Owen James; and educator, author and theatre practitioner, Dr. Jean Small.Citations were read and plaques presented to each of the award recipients in honour of their contributions to national development.last_img read more

GameStop To Hold Fundraising Campaign For Autism Speaks This May Increase Employment

first_img(NOTE: GameStop is located at 246 Main Street in Wilmington.)GRAPEVINE, TX — GameStop is once again partnering with Autism Speaks to help increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder. Throughout May, the video game retailer is focusing its annual in-store autism awareness campaign on raising funds for the newly launched NXT Gen Coders Program powered by GameStop and administered by Autism Speaks, aimed at increasing coding and programming skills for people with autism.From May 1 through May 31, GameStop will host its third annual in-store autism awareness campaign with 100 percent of donations going to Autism Speaks and helping fund the NXT Gen Coders Program. This program, powered by GameStop and administered by Autism Speaks, will focus on opportunities for coding and programing skill development for people with autism, so that they may be better equipped to take advantage of the one million jobs that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates will be open in the coding industry by 2020.With the vast majority of adults with autism unemployed or underemployed, GameStop and Autism Speaks are collaborating on the NXT Gen Coders Program to give talented young men and women a path to careers that match their training, abilities and interests.“We are proud to continue our commitment to raising awareness and providing support to the individuals and families impacted by autism,” says Jason Cochran, senior vice president of Store Operations for GameStop. “Through our ongoing partnership with Autism Speaks and the newly launched NXT Gen Coders Program, we are taking extra steps to provide individuals with autism the job and life skills they need to help them enjoy a more fulfilling life.”During this year’s campaign, GameStop is offering three ways guests can contribute to support people with autism:For the first-time, guests will have the option to donate up to 100 percent of their trade-in value to charity when they bring to GameStop their unused video game hardware, software, accessories, or consumer electronics.Donate $1 or more in-store or on GameStop.com and GameStop will provide triple PowerUp Rewards points on the donation amount.Donate PowerUp Rewards points to Autism Speaks in the PowerUp Rewards Center.GameStop’s continued support of Autism Speaks follows several successful campaigns since the partnership began in 2016, with more than $2.4 million in donations raised to enhance the quality of life for children, adults and families impacted by autism.“We appreciate GameStop’s generosity and commitment to the autism community,” said Autism Speaks President and CEO Angela Geiger. “Each year, 50,000 young people with autism enter adulthood, expanding a talent pool that is largely untapped. Creating employment opportunities requires innovative solutions, which is why we’re excited about the NXT Gen Coders Program.”(NOTE: The above press release is from GameStop.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: GameStop Awards $250,000 In Grants To Increase Employment Readiness For People With AutismIn “Business”GameStop Partners With Autism Speaks for Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”GameStop Collects $1.2 Million in Donations During Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”,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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Wage increment may not give job satisfaction

first_imgLondon: Contrary to the popular believe that people tend to be more satisfied after an increase in their wage, a new study suggests that it may be temporary and not have a persistent effect on job satisfaction. The result indicates that wage increases in small, but regular increments – rather than less frequent but higher increases that add up to an equivalent amount – are the most effective way to motivate employees in the long run.For this study, published in the Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, almost 33,500 observations were analysed; with the majority of individuals indicating a job satisfaction of seven on a zero to 10 scale. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn line with expectations, the study found that job satisfaction was positively influenced by wage increases. However, the rise in job satisfaction after a wage increase is only temporary, as the effect almost fades out within four years.According to behavioural-economic theory, this can be explained by the fact that people do not evaluate their income in absolute terms, but rather in relation to their previous income.Furthermore, people adapt to their new wage level over time, so a higher salary becomes new reference point for future comparisons. Also, negative reactions to wage cuts were also temporary, a finding that researchers again explain with reference point adaptations and social comparisons.last_img read more

Google Is Adding FactChecked Medical Info to Search Results

first_img Let’s be honest: the Internet has made slight hypochondriacs of us all. According to Google, one in 20 Google searches are conducted in the quest for health information, which is why the search giant is doubling down on the medical information it presents.Starting this week, whenever you key in an illness-related search on Google, you’ll get a snapshot of medical facts right upfront. For example, if you type in “migraines” or “food allergies” into the search box, now a white box will come up in the top right hand corner of the screen with a description of the ailment, with links to causes, symptoms, tests, treatments, prognosis, prevention and the National Library of Medicine. The info is accompanied by a line cautioning users to “consult a doctor if you have a medical concern.”Related: Cubicles Were Originally Designed to Set Us Free and Now They’re Slowly Killing UsProduct manager Prem Ramaswami explained in a company blog post that the search information was put together by a team of doctors led by Dr. Kapil Parahk, and M.D., MPH and Ph.D who taught at Johns Hopkins and worked with the White House before joining Google, and was fact-checked by medical doctors at the Mayo Clinic and Google. While the new feature is intended to be useful, Ramaswami warned that it isn’t meant to serve as medical advice. “We know that cases can vary in severity from person to person, and that there are bound to be exceptions,”  he wrote in a blog post. “What we present is intended for informational purposes only—and you should always consult a healthcare professional if you have a medical concern. But we hope this can empower you in your health decisions by helping you learn more about common conditions.”Back in October, Google was reportedly piloting a new feature that allowed users who look up health symptoms to video chat with a doctor instantly. The company is also said to be developing an ingestible cancer-detecting pill and contact lenses that monitor blood sugar.Related: 23andMe’s Database of Genetic Information Is Going to Make It Lots of Money February 10, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more