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first_img“It should be close”. That is the view of seasoned Jamaica Scorpions all-rounder David Bernard Jr, as the team prepares to battle Barbados Pride, in the opening round of the second annual WICB Professional Cricket League. The clash, which bowls off today at Kensington Oval in Barbados, will see the Scorpions, for the first time in years, entering the contest as slight underdogs, despite boasting players, who have represented the West Indies in the past. To be led for the first time by recent Jamaica Under-19 captain, Paul Palmer Jr, the Scorpians has in their squad discarded Barbadian Kirk Edwards, Bernard Jr, spinner Nikita Miller, and wicketkeepers, Carlton Baugh Jr, and Chadwick Walton, who has don the colours of the regional side. However, with Barbados, playing at home, and boasting seven West Indies players, the task for the rebuilding Scorpions, could be a daunting one. Guided by West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite, the Pride has in their squad as West Indies representatives, fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Miguel Cummins, opener Shai Hope, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, and off-spinner, Ashley Nurse. “I think Barbados is as weary about us as we are of them as we are good team as they are a good team,” cited Bernard Jr. “However, over the years we have had good battles, and, often times we have got the better of them, so it should be close.” “It’s, therefore, about going out there, and play to the plans that we have set out,” he continued. Jamaica, second-from-bottom place finishers last season, are set to pivot their batting around Edwards, Baugh Jr, and Walton, who is likely to play as a batsman. The quartet, in-form based on the team’s preseason matches, will also be hoping that exciting opener John Campbell, and his new partner Palmer Jr, along with Andre McCarthy, can add in their runs scoring pursuits. Their bowling, the team’s mainstay in their last three failed title campaigns, is again slated to led by the consistent Miller with Jason Dawes and Marquino Mindley likely to provide fast bowling support. As for Barbados, runners-up last season behind Guyana Jaguars, their batting should stem around Brathwaite, Hope and Dowrich, who recently returned from Sri Lanka, and their bowling, Roach and Warrican, who too were on the Asian sub-continent.last_img read more

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “He’s extremely quick, clever and very dangerous. He will create problems for us,” said Eriksson.“They (China) are a big team [in Asia], but we also have great players and we will try to win the game,” said Patiño, who started ahead of Phil Younghusband in the 1-0 defeat to South Korea on Monday night in Dubai. “I want to do my best always for the Philippines, but it’s special because it’s the first time that I’m playing against China and because I was playing there for three years.”Patiño vividly remembers the time when he received a hero’s welcome in Henan in March 2016 after the Azkals beat North Korea, 3-2, in Manila in World Cup Qualifying.That result helped China reach the next phase of World Cup Qualifying as one of the four best second placers from the eight groups. It also clinched Chinese’s berth in the AFC Asian Cup here.“A lot of people in China treat me like a hero, but I will try to score a goal and win the game,” said the Filipino-Spanish striker, who now plays for Buriram United in Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES The 70-year-old Eriksson spent four years coaching three clubs in China until 2017, while Patiño played three seasons for Henan Jianye in the Chinese Super League.The duo’s knowledge of the opposition will be key as the Azkals go up against a team that beat them, 8-1, in a friendly two years ago in Guangzhou.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I know the team very well,” said Eriksson. “Some of the players especially those who play for [Guangzhou] Evergrande and some of the players I coached in Shanghai [SIPG].Eriksson points to striker Wu Lei as China’s main attacking threat. Wu, who has 13 goals in 60 appearances for the national side, was the Chinese Super League’s top scorer last season with 27 goals from 30 matches as he led Shanghai SIPG to the title. “We need to win the game and we will try to attack more, if we need to,” said Patiño.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Top teams NU, Ateneo collide ABU DHABI—The Philippines needs all the knowledge it can get from within its team to overcome the odds in the AFC Asian Cup here.That’s why the presence of Swedish coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and striker Javier Patiño has become more important than ever as the Azkals again go for an upset, this time against powerhouse China on Friday night at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSEATTLE — Matt Chapman is pretty sure he knows what got him his initial chance in the big leagues.The A’s third baseman showed, once again, why he’s considered among the best defenders at his position Monday night with a diving grab into foul territory and a rocket to first base that robbed Seattle’s Mitch Haniger of at least a double.Chapman came up limping on the play but quickly brushed the A’s trainer and his manager aside, telling them he was fine.He proved it by making the other two …last_img read more

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Every December, a sprawling hotel lobby transforms into a rumor mill that’s kept churning by baseball industry insiders hungry for information.The lobby at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego isn’t where the Yankees signed Gerrit Cole or where the Nationals met with Stephen Strasburg, but it is where agents, executives and reporters came together to discuss the offseason’s biggest deals and their ripple effect on the sport.When news like Cole’s record-setting, nine-year, …last_img read more

first_imgWhy Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… Tags:#agency#freelancer One key question that many businesses face is deciding whether to hire an agency or freelance talent to take on the task of building their software project. The truth of the matter is that the answer isn’t so cut and dry.The “right” choice, in fact, lies in deciding which option is best suited for your particular situation for the purpose of achieving your specific business goals.  There are a few things to consider when deciding on which option is best for your business, and we’ve included six important insights to help guide you along the way.Be clear about your goals.Every company is driven by business goals. What is your goal? It could be a minimum viable product (MVP), developing a mobile-app or complex database optimization. To define your goals, you’ll need to ask yourself questions about your project in order to gain clarity.For example:What is your budget?Do you have a particularly tight deadline?What kind of work is involved?How complex is the process?Regardless of the answer, the solution is never as simple as hiring a front-end guy or back-end guy. By posing questions as such, you can work towards defining what matters most so that you’re able to identify the best option for achieving your company’s strategic goals.One person is not going to solve all of your problems.The truth of the matter is that one developer simply will not solve all of your problems. In order to build a software product, it’s imperative that you have at least some high-level understanding about the software development life-cycle and are well-versed in agile product development and other modern development trends.The bare minimum requirements needed in order to put together for instance, a mobile app, is you, the product person, developers, QA, and DevOps. A diverse skill set is imperative. This is where an agency’s team can have an advantage.Choose the right vendor.Choosing the right vendor is another decision that is going to be vital to the outcome of your project. While budget is of course of paramount importance, focusing on the most cost-effective solution alone will end up costing you more in the long-run.When evaluating vendors, you’ll want to ensure there is a good management structure in place. Do they offer a comprehensive and cutting-edge system? What is the quality of the talent? Do they have a deep level of industry expertise and experience? Does the vendor offer reliable, efficient delivery and take responsibility for timeliness and quality of deliverables? You should view your vendor as a partner of sorts and ensure their capabilities fit well with your demands.Size matters.The size and complexity of your project is also going to be a major determining factor in whether you move forward with an agency or freelance talent for your project. If you only need one small, relatively straightforward project completed, then it may be best to move forward with freelance talent.However, for larger, more complex projects, moving forward with an agency will benefit you more in terms of quality assurance and efficiency and will give you the peace of mind you need regarding your return on investment.Look for fully-managed service.Opting for a fully-managed development service lightens the load for you and your company, enabling you to focus on the core of your business and doing what you do best.A fully-managed service can help ensure that no facet of your business is negatively impacted due to a marked shift in the allotment of valuable human resources. Choosing a fully-managed service also helps shift the responsibility of compliance to the service provider, thus reducing risk regarding any potential security and compliance issues. All-in-all, a fully-managed software development solution is a great option for companies looking to maintain and gain a competitive advantage, and serves to help level the playing field in the midst of fierce competition.Think long-term value.David Tolioupov, CEO of Zensoft, said “Freelancers are cost-effective, can get started quickly and are great options for small projects. As a result, they offer obvious immediate value.However, this value diminishes with increased project. Freelancers are more difficult to manage, tend to be less consistent than their agency counterparts which offer greater reliability and quality control, and as a result, there is a greater deal of ambiguity surrounding the final outcome.Working with agencies may be more expensive, but they offer greater consistency, quality assurance, streamlined workflows, solid-management structures, a proven track-record of success and access to expert talent. Choosing an agency gives you the peace of mind that your dollars are well-invested and offers greater long-term value.”ConclusionMaking the decision to hire an agency or freelance talent to oversee the development of your software product is a tough one. While freelance talent is a viable option for those with small and relatively straightforward projects, agencies provide a plethora of benefits and prove to be a wiser choice for larger, more complex projects. Whatever your situation may be, the truth of the matter is your resources are valuable, so taking the time to weigh the pros and cons relative to your particular situation is going to be essential to your success. Related Posts Building a Workplace for the Next 100 Yearscenter_img tiffanigoldberg How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U…last_img read more

first_imgLearn how to create animated 3D script in this Cinema 4D video tutorial.The ability to import Adobe Illustrator paths into Cinema 4D makes creating animated 3D script incredibly easy. The following tutorial created by Tim from HelloLuxx shows us how. Here’s what the end result will look like:The tutorial covers various easy-to-follow techniques including:Importing AI FilesAdjusting Points to Simulate 3DUsing the Matrix EffectUsing X-ParticlesIn the video, Tim shows us how to create this effect using two different techniques. The first uses the MoGraph module and the second uses X-Particles. If you aren’t already familiar, X-Particles is a third party plug-in that must be purchased separately from the Cinema 4D software alone. It retails for about $320 online.This video was first shared by Tim at HelloLuxx. Thanks for sharing, Tim!Have any other tips for creating animated 3D script in Cinema 4D? Wanna share some of your work? Hit us up in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgAustralia broke the world scoring record in Twenty20 internationals on Tuesday as an unbeaten century by opener Glenn Maxwell helped the tourists to 263-3 and an 85-run victory in the first match against Sri Lanka. (Scorecard)Asked to bat first, Maxwell smashed nine sixes and 14 boundaries for his 145 not out in 65 balls to guide Australia to its record-breaking 20-over total. The previous mark had been set by Sri Lanka at 260-6 against Kenya in 2007.Needing more than 13 runs an over to win, Sri Lanka made a poor start, losing Tillakaratne Dilshan in the first over bowled by Mitchell Starc.The asking rate soared as Australia’s tight bowling paid off with regular wickets, limiting Sri Lanka to 178-9.Captain Dinesh Chandimal scored 58 for the hosts.last_img read more