The outstanding season of Jamaica Scorpions left-arm spinner Nikita Miller continues.The left-armer, the leading wicket-taker in the WICB First-Class Championship this season, increased his tally to 48 victims after claiming seven for 69 against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in seventh round action at Sabina Park yesterday.The 21st five-wicket collection of his 78-match first-class career, the haul was also instrumental in limiting Trinidad to 206 in their first innings on day two, 19 runs short of the Scorpions’ 225.Jamaica, batting a second time, closed on 13 without loss with new captain John Campbell not out on eight, and first innings standout Shacaya Thomas on five.”I had to come up trumps in this innings, as we did not put as many (first innings) runs on the board as we should have,” stated Miller after his display.”I didn’t start that well, as I got hit for consecutive boundaries early by Lewis, but I settled down afterwards and got the job. It is now for us to put on a good second-innings total,” he added.Resuming on 196 for six, Jamaica’s tail failed to wag as only wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, 16, made any impression before he was last man out.Leg-spinner Imran Khan ended with four for 73 and off-spinner, Jon-Russ Jagessar, three for 53.ATTRACTIVE 87Trinidad opener Evin Lewis led the way for his team with an attractive 87, which included three sixes and five fours.The 33-year-old Miller, who last represented the West Indies at the one-day level in 2011, expressed satisfaction with his effort so far this season.”I know that I am someone that the team depends on to do a dual job of keeping things tight and getting wickets,” he outlined. “I have been doing both this season and I am happy.”IN ST THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLANDS: Windward Islands Volcanoes, replying to Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ 327 all out, were 21 without loss at the close on the second day of their seventh round match.AT KENSINGTON OVAL: BRIDGETOWN: Barbados Pride, leading Guyana Jaguars by 84 runs on first innings, were 71 for one in their second innings at the close of the second day.Scores: Pride 274 and 71 for one; Jaguars 190.SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS 1st Innings(overnight 197 for six)+C. Walton c Lewis b Khan 16N. Miller lbw b Richards 2D. Jacobs c Cariah b Khan 4S. Cottrell c Ottley b Emrit 7M. Mindley not out 0Extras (lb3, w2) 5Total (all out, 101.3 overs) 225Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-111, 3-127, 4-129, 5-195, 6-196, 7-207, 8-212, 9-225, 10-225.Bowling: Emrit 17.3-5-39-1, Richards 20-7-31-2, Khan 36-11-73-4, Jagessar 21-3-53-3, Ottley 4-0-17-0, Mohammed 3-0-9-0.RED FORCE 1st InningsE. Lewis c Thomas b Jacobs 87J. Solozano c wkp Walton b Cottrell 16K. Hope b Thomas 0Y. Cariah c McCarthy b Miller 28*J. Mohammed c wkp Walton b Miller 8Y. Ottley c and b Miller 29+S. Katwaroo lbw b Miller 0R. Emrit c McCarthy b MillerImran Khan not out 22M. Richards lbw b Miller 6J. Jagessar c McCarthy b Miller 0Extras (b3, lb2, w1, nb3) 9Total (all out, 70 overs) 206Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-28, 3-117, 4-131, 5-154, 6-155, 7-159, 8-192, 9-206, 10-206.Bowling: Cottrell 7-1-18-1, Mindley 9-0-28-0, Thomas 5-0-27-1 (w2, nb1), Miller 26-3-69-7, Campbell 8-1-27-0, Jacobs 15-5-32-1.
8 February 2012 Popular South African actress Leleti Khumalo has joined forces with the KwaZulu-Natal government to help communities, especially young people, to take action to improve their own standards of living. Khumalo is the ambassador for the Leleti School Grounds project, which forms part of Operation Sukuma Sakhe, a provincial government initiative aimed at assisting communities to rise beyond their current circumstances. The Durban-born actress, who is known for her outstanding performances in Sarafina and Yesterday, will co-ordinate and host Uzogcwala La!, a magazine television show which will be filmed in townships around Durban and rural areas across the province. On Monday, Khumalo joined MEC for Finance Ina Cronje at Eastwood Secondary School in Pietermaritzburg to interact with the local community, informing them of the purpose of the programme.‘Stand up and do things for yourselves’ “We are here to listen to you,” Khumalo said. “We brought you all the government departments to give you answers. But by the same token, we would also like to encourage young people to stand up and do things for themselves and come up with solutions so that the government can meet us halfway.” Leleti School Grounds was officially launched at JL Dube in KwaMashu, north of Durban last week. Cronje, a champion of the uMgungundlovu District Municipality, said: “For too long, communities have been stuck in first gear. We are going to turn this skoro-skoro into a racing car. But we have to push together if we are to win the race against poverty, unemployment and all social ills of alcohol and drug abuse, teenage pregnancies and HIV/Aids. “The government is moving service delivery for young people in this area into top gear,” Cronje said. “I am happy to engage with learners, teachers and communities about the issues that lie close to their hearts. Our engagement does not end here, we will follow up on your issues.”‘Teach our parents about substance abuse’ Learners at Eastwood Secondary School used the opportunity to talk about teenage pregnancy, substance abuse and financial assistance towards further education. One learner, who did not want to be named, asked that government come up with a strategy to teach parents at home about substance abuse. The learner said that although schools have programmes in place to educate them, they still have to go back home to parents who have substance abuse problems. Cronje also officially launched the War Room in Eastwood to ensure government visibility at a household level. “Each household will be profiled and the various departments and the various role players will assist the household members with their respective needs,” said Cronje. Source: BuaNews
A decage ago, “Top 10 Jobs” lists didn’t typically highlight green and alternative-energy professions. But they do now.Many specialty publications – and the business sections of most daily newspapers – create “hot jobs” lists every year or so as a way to put the broader employment market into perspective and, while they’re at it, maybe even dispense useful advice.The May issue of Popular Mechanics features a list headlined “10 Future-Proof Jobs You Can Get Right Now.” The list in fact might not be of immediate practical value to anyone except those who happen to have the academic training required for the professions identified. But it does affirm the notion that expertise in energy-efficiency fields will continue to gain traction in the near future, if not indefinitely.Five of the 10 jobs on the list focus on energy efficiency or alternative energy technology. The job in the No. 2 spot, for example, is “Zero-Energy Home Architect.” Noting that developments in solar technology and energy-efficient design are being applied to a wide range of residential projects and a growing client base, the accompanying job description cited Michelle Kaufmann, whose Oakland, California, firm has become known for designing all-climate, sustainably built modular homes (including the mkSolaire, the mkLotus, the factory-built Glidehouse, and the recently introduced three-story “farmhouse,” mkHearth).No. 3 on the future-proof jobs list is “Combined Heat and Power Mechanic” – an expert in installing and servicing cogeneration units that use turbine technology to produce both electric and thermal energy. CHPs are touted for use in a variety of commercial settings: They can provide much of the heat, for example, that would otherwise be generated by less efficient boilers.Job No. 4 is “Energy Engineer.” Pretty wide scope of possibilities here: Energy engineers “may recommend new air-conditioning equipment or solar-powered streetlights,” says the magazine, or they may design entire renewable-energy systems, such as those that harness methane from a landfill to generate electricity.No. 7: “Wind Explorer.” Wind explorers are trained in wind turbine construction and, quite often, environmental engineering. Travel required. The job often entails scouting locations in developing countries where grid lines and power plants are scarce or nonexistent.No. 9: “Battery Engineer.” This discipline often combines electrical engineering, chemistry, materials science, and mechanical engineering, the magazine points out, adding that demand in this field is growing.