‘The blip in the tournament’

first_imgNAGPUR, India (CMC):West Indies captain Darren Sammy has expressed disappointment with his team’s three-wicket loss to Afghanistan, but says he is pleased that their goal of advancing to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup was achieved.West Indies crashed to a sobering defeat against spirited Afghanistan in a low scoring thriller at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium yesterday, but had already qualified for the semi-finals on the basis of scoring three straight wins before their first loss in the tournament.”We are very disappointed that we lost the game. Whatever happened today does not affect how we are going to play in the semis,” vowed Sammy.”We wanted to come out of this group winning four out of four, but looking at the history of the tournament, no team has done it undefeated. So we will leave this game here and see it as the blip in the tournament. Now we have two knockouts to play. Two more steps.”Samuel Badree destroyed the top order with three wickets, while Andre Russell picked-up two as West Indies restricted Afghanistan to 127 for seven. But Mohamad Nabi and Rashin Khan with two wickets each contained the Windies big hitters with spin and forced them to squander an easy run chase.”It is a total we should have got. I think we just kept losing wickets. One partnership of 50 plus would have won us the game. But we just did not bat well throughout the innings,” said Sammy.”We did not take it lightly. They are a side we are supposed to beat and we just did not do it today. But the main objective in coming out of the Super 10 was to qualify for the semis and that we did.”Dwayne Bravo was the top scorer with 28, Johnson Charles scored 22, while Andre Fletcher was forced to retire on 10 with a hamstring injury.”At the end of the day we just did not play smart enough. The games we have won somebody took responsibility to bat through,” he said. “This time nobody did it. Nobody took responsibility. They just left it for the next man to come. Like I said to the guys tonight, we will just leave this game here in Nagpur. It’s a new focus now .We just have to be ready.”last_img read more

admin

Over 1800 girls introduced to ICT

first_imgNational Frequency Management Unit Assistant Engineer Melissa LayneOver the course of seven years, girls from a number of communities have benefited from International Communication Technology (ICT) and efforts made at changing the trajectory of the field to include more women.In an interview with Guyana Times, Assistant Engineer Melissa Layne of the National Frequency Management Unit declared that the number of these girls currently stands at just over 1800.Some persons have used their skillset to advance further into the Guyana Girls Code programme, to create databases and other programmes.“In the past seven years, we have actually been able to reach over 1800 girls and exposed them to the potential benefits of tech. And in addition to that, we have been seeing programmes like the Guyana Girls Code initiative that are taking off from the ICT initiative,” Layne said.According to her, girls are introduced to programming courses to develop their coding skills, which place them in a position to obtain a position in the field. The increased number of women also makes for a comfortable working environment. In the past, ICT had been seen as dominated by males.“The girls are exposed to free programming classes, and they’re developing their coding skills, which make them an asset to any job market. We definitely feel that this will make women feel more comfortable in joining the field. We get responses that persons are considering it as a career choice, rather than before, when only the traditional things were being thought of,” Assistant Engineer Layne explained.It is estimated that technological fields will grow in the future; but currently, they are seen as a lucrative opportunity if used to attract the needs of a wider audience. For this, women are encouraged to get onboard at an early age.“We have girls from as young as 12 who have actually programmed applications. As we know, tech is one of the highest paying and fastest growing fields, so we definitely want more people, especially women, to take up jobs in this field,” Layne related.Some persons have also entered the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) initiative using their knowledge to create robotics with specialised features.Girls in ICT Day is usually observed every year on April 26 in all member countries and organisations of the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU). In Guyana, it is spearheaded by the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU).Back in March, it was announced that 10 students would benefit from an ICT internship with local tech companies.last_img read more

admin

Malaysian students do LYIT proud at BICS National Awards

first_imgThe achievements of the Malaysian Students Society at Letterkenny IT were celebrated last week at the Board of Irish Colleges Societies (BICS) National Awards.The college society was nominated in two award categories – student Edward Ng was nominated for Best Individual and the Malaysian Students Society were nominated for Best Society Promotional Video.The group attended the awards ceremony in the Sheraton Hotel Athlone on Thursday 11th April. While they did not take home the overall category prizes, they enjoyed an event dedicated to recognising the huge effort made by the many individuals who run student societies across Ireland.The BICS Awards are an opportunity for students and their societies to showcase their numerous achievements from the previous year. Higher education is more than exams, coursework and lectures, and students who are involved in running college societies know this.The National Awards are a means of recognising this dedication and are an opportunity to celebrate the importance and value that societies contribute to college life.LYIT Malaysian Students Society with Josephine Wilson, LYIT Student Union Administrator and Siobhan Howe, Student Union Education OfficerMalaysian students do LYIT proud at BICS National Awards was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:LYITMalaysian Students Societylast_img read more

admin