Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Jan. 24 letter, “Unlink police overtime, pension benefits”: Mr. Bernard Burns contends that there are shenanigans going on with the fire department and the police department padding the pension of retiring employees. I would like to offer a difference of opinion. Yes, it’s true the top earners seem to be the same folks each year. If I were to surmise, the high-earning rank-and-file are senior employees with more knowledge, experience and the ability to handle making tough decisions that could have life-and-death consequences.Everyone knows working long hours causes stress and fatigue. So, yes, the senior employees make more money and so the overtime they work is paid at a higher rate.I think it’s a wise expenditure when you consider the hazardous situations our firefighters and police encounter on a daily basis. So these brave men and women volunteer to work overtime in hazardous conditions to keep our city safe. I wonder if Mr. Burns’s job is so dangerous that he would be willing to sacrifice his life for his fellow man, as our fire and police personnel do. I’m willing to bet my paycheck that the lower-ranking police and fireman get overtime; they just don’t earn as much as the senior employees do, so you don’t see their names in the paper. So the word on your street in Rotterdam is how city employees pad their pensions. I wonder if you be so critical if you actually lived in the city these brave servants work.Maybe he should research Rotterdam’s top-paid employees.I would also like to mention that Police Chief Eric Clifford is now a salaried employee, so he does not get overtime. But I’m sure Mr. Burns knew that. I would like to thank police, firefighters and first responders for running into the battle when people are running out.My prayers and thoughts are with you each day.Robert SponableSchenectadyThe writer’s father-in-law is a retired Albany police officer. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
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Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have been part of a campaign to brand Schoharie County as “the home of respect for all” (Gazette, Feb. 20). Here is what we hope to accomplish.Importantly, we don’t use “respect” in the sense of admiration or esteem. We aren’t claiming to admire everyone and everything, nor are we hoping that people will start doing that. Rather, we are using “respect” in its classical sense of due regard, as distinct from high regard. This is its meaning in the phrases “respect for the law” and “respect for ones enemies.” The value of this type of respect is best illustrated by the opposite approach, namely disrespect. In cases of prejudice, bullying and related examples, behavior is marked by misunderstanding or inappropriate responses, and the object of attention is deemed insignificant.Disrespectful behavior forsakes benefits to be gained from a welcoming, inclusive and positively engaging attitude. Research shows these benefits to be substantial. Disrespectful behavior also incurs needless costs of conflict, resentment and retaliation.So when we urge respect for all — including Donald Trump, Barack Obama, assault rifles, and climate change — we realize that these are not necessarily, or even possibly, the objects of any particular reader’s admiration.Yet, all are worthy of clear understanding and appropriate response. If they instead receive prejudging, contemptuous dismissal or other lack of due regard, it will be at the perpetrator’s expense and at the expense of us all.Glenn SandersSchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
It also amended its core investment belief on management style, backing alternative indexation processes over basic passive, although sticking with those being more advantageous than active management.The fund will also begin integrating valuation considerations of investments and put economic conditions and long-term market development at the heart of its allocation choices.NEST’s default investment strategy comprises four different funds, depending on where the member is in their retirement cycle.The foundation phase for younger members in their 20s, which invests in risk assets but more aversely for capital preservation, returned 3.67%, 2 percentage points above benchmark.Its main growth fund, in which some members can be invested for 30 years, returned 4.39%, slightly below its 4.67% benchmark, but close to 3 percentage points higher on a three-year basis.The fund comprises of a mixture of equities, accounting for around 50% of the portfolio, with other classes including property and high yield.NEST also recently announced the potential inclusion of emerging market equities in its growth fund, starting with an approximately 1.5% allocation.It selected two alternative indexed EM equity funds from HSBC Global Asset Management and Northern Trust Asset Management.Its higher-risk fund option, for members to choose outside of the default, returned 6.3% over the year and 9.84% on an annualised three-year basis.The lower-risk fund returned 0.39%, above its benchmark on both an annual and a three-year basis.However, NEST’s Sharia Fund option, for members of the Islamic faith, once again performed below its benchmark, returning 7.09% compared with 8.1%.The master trust said this was due to the lagging nature of Sharia-compliant investments.“There can be create greater tracking margins than you might find in non-Sharia funds,” it said. “The nature of Sharia-compliant investing means funds may not be changed immediately in order to exactly match the index.”The final overall asset allocation sees the fund with around 40% in developed market equities, 17% in property, 13.4% in UK corporate bonds and 12.3% in money market instruments, with additional allocations to global sovereign bonds, index-linked bonds and small-cap equities. The UK’s National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) returned a marginally below benchmark 4.4% over its 2013-14 period, with strong gains in developed market equities.The fund, which said this week it had reached £162m (€204m) from £104m at the end of March, has also made two additions to its investment beliefs for the coming year.NEST, created through state backing to service the development of auto enrolment, now has more than 1m contributing members, up from 81,000 a year earlier.In addition to its original seven investment beliefs, the fund has said an “appropriately resourced” in-house investment team would be the most beneficial to its members, hinting towards further growth in its internal capabilities.
New York Post 22 May 2018Over the past six years, nine states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for recreational use. By year’s end, four more are set to make smoking a joint as innocent as drinking a glass of bourbon.Here in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio just called for ceasing marijuana arrests, and there’s a push for Albany to make it completely legal on the state level. Across the country, roughly six in 10 Americans (61 percent) say the use of marijuana should be legalized, according to a Pew Research Center survey in January.But even as the country seems poised to turn into one giant pot party, there are signs that commercialized mainstreaming of weed is not all peace, love and good vibes. While marijuana has shown to be helpful in getting addicts off opioids, staving off side effects of chemotherapy and treating insomnia, among other medical benefits, there are also health, legal and societal issues popping up as governments become more permissive. The long-term effects of legalization are unknown — and potentially dangerous.“It’s a giant experiment,” says Christian Hopfer, a professor of psychiatry at University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is co-leading a $5.5 million study of 5,000 sets of twins funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on the impact that legalization has on mental health and substance use. It’s a much-needed examination since rigorous, large-scale research has been limited.“Smoke a couple times a day and marijuana will knock off your memory. That is pretty certain,” Hopfer says. “And there is no question that legalization has a normalizing effect on something that used to be against the law.”Hopfer disagrees with the rationale that people will smoke weed whether or not it’s legal.“By age 21, 98 percent of the population has had a drink. But only 10 percent of the population has tried cocaine, and 50 percent [have] tried marijuana,” he tells The Post.Especially troubling, he says, is that younger people are most vulnerable to the downsides.“If you start smoking pot as a teenager, you have a four times higher likelihood of getting addicted,” says Hopfer, who voted against legalization in Colorado. “The brain of a teenager is more sensitive to the effects than the brain of an adult would be. [Marijuana] is likely to have a more detrimental effect on kids.”Plus, some argue that marijuana can be a gateway to more detrimental substances, such as cocaine and prescription pills. According to a 2015 study conducted by researchers at Yale School of Medicine, using marijuana makes a person two and a half times more likely to abuse prescription opioids.And there is the danger of becoming addicted to marijuana itself. An estimated 3 million people suffer from marijuana use disorder. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines that as significant impairment of functioning and distress, as well as symptoms such as cravings and difficulty stopping, resulting from using marijuana for at least a year.“You can’t stop and you give up other things to keep using,” Hopfer says. “People go to work stoned and are stoned with their loved ones. Performance in life and on the job both get negatively impacted.”Another major potential danger is an increase in cannabis-related traffic accidents and fatalities. According to an analysis by the Denver Post, the number of cannabis-related highway fatalities in Colorado has doubled since a law making recreational marijuana legal took effect in 2014. The Highway Loss Data Institute found that collisions reported to insurance companies are 2.7 percent higher in weed-legal states than in the no-smoke zones on their borders.Also of concern is that marijuana is stronger than ever — highly profitable and scientifically grown for maximum impact.What people are consuming now is the product of a weed “arms race,” Robert MacCoun, a drug policy expert at the University of California at Berkeley, has said.In the 1990s, THC levels ran in the range of 3.7 to 10 percent. These days, the average potency on the Colorado market is 18.7 percent, according to a lab test.It’s getting even higher to meet demand. “We’ve seen potency results in the high 20s to low 30s,” says Seth Wong, founder and president of TEQ Analytical Labs.While the strength might be good news for people who like to get comatose, for the majority of smokers, it can be quite dangerous. According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in 2009, weed-driven psychotic episodes were more likely to be triggered by high-potency strains.https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/nationwide-trendsAnother study published by the Lancet in 2015 reported that patients using high-potency cannabis show a three-times increase in psychotic disorder risk.This may not sound like much until you consider that useful medications get pulled by the FDA when similar side effects happen in one-half of 1 percent of those who take it. Additionally, says Hopfer, there are other maladies that come with heavy weed smoking.“You lose your ability to organize information and there are weird, persistent vomiting syndromes [among serious smokers],” he says. “Marijuana represses nausea in small amounts” — and this makes the drug a godsend to people going through chemotherapy — “but it messes up your system for controlling nausea if you do too much of it. It creates persistent vomiting, and the only treatment is to stop using marijuana until the vomiting abates.”Essentially, Hopfer says, smoking weed is like “playing Russian roulette” with your health.The American Lung Association says that “smoke from marijuana combustion has been shown to contain many of the same toxins, irritants and carcinogens as tobacco smoke.”Many users now favor vaping with discreet pen-like instruments, instead of actually smoking pot. While research on the long-term health effects of vaping is limited, Hopfer expresses concern that it invariably means that the brain is getting hit with a higher percentage of THC. Some oils used for vaping are also more concentrated.Edibles have their unique drawbacks.“The dosing is weird,” says Hopfer. “People eat them and don’t get the effect right away. So they take more and might really lose it.”In Colorado, emergency room visits have been on the rise since the outlaw status was lifted. According to the Journal of Adolescent Health, visits to the Colorado ER by teenagers suffering from pot-related illnesses more than quadrupled between 2005 and 2015. (This increase may partly be the result of teens less fearful of getting arrested if they go to the hospital.)When mixed with stone-cold capitalism, legalization is making the consumption of weed increasingly compelling.“It is not unlike the tobacco industry in the 1960s,” says Hopfer. “There are marijuana-infused coffees and beers and foods … There are people who are chemically trying to modify marijuana to get you high quicker and bring you down quicker . . . You have an industry of chemists and professionals who are openly figuring out customer-pleasing formulations.”Still, a 2015 study published in Scientific Reports found that marijuana is far less toxic than alcohol or tobacco, and concluded that its dangers “may have been overestimated.”But Hopfer worries about potential long-term negative effects that we can’t imagine. And state legislatures have big issues to address when it comes to legalization, from age limits to potency labeling to managing second-hand smoke.“Twenty years ago, we were told that opiates were fine for pain,” Hopfer says. “Now all these people are addicted. Who knows where marijuana will be in 20 years?”Marijuana use by the numbers13 Percent of adult Americans who identify as marijuana users, according to a 2016 Gallup poll.7 Percent of Americans who identified as users in 2013, according to Gallup.138,000 People who sought voluntary treatment for marijuana use in 2015.77.44 Metric tons of marijuana consumed by New Yorkers every year, according to research from Seedo, a company that manufacturers hydroponic growing devices. That’s more than anywhere else in the world, according to the study.70.3 percent The share of illicit drug users whose first illicit drug was marijuana, according to a 2013 survey.6 The average loss in IQ points associated with heavy marijuana use in adolescence. Adults who smoke in their youth and then quit do not recover the points.3.8 The average percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC, the active chemical in marijuana) in confiscated weed in the early 1990s.12.2 The average percent of THC in confiscated marijuana in the 2014.54 Percent of adult marijuana users who are parents, per a Yahoo News and Marist College poll.*all stats from drugabuse.gov, unless otherwise notedhttps://nypost.com/2018/05/22/all-the-ways-marijuana-can-hurt-your-health/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
4th Grade Wins DRBL Tournament ChampionshipOwen Enneking and Cayden Drake both hit key free throws in the closing seconds to hold off the defending champions, Centerville by the score of 38-29 to claim the crown of DRBL Tournament Champions for the first time. The tournament began with 22 4th grade teams across Southeastern Indiana and the Bulldogs showed they were the cream of the crop. Coach Matt Enneking noted excellent team defense, superb togetherness on offense and tremendous focus, drive and leadership by the squad. Cayden Drake led the team in scoring with 10, Owen Enneking had 9, William Kuisel 8, Brayden Maple 4, Lincoln Garrett 3, Caleb Mohr 2 and Landon Raver.In the semi-final contest, the Bulldogs cruised to a comfortable win over Greensburg 30-8 to advance to the title game. Lincoln Garrett, Cayden Drake and William Kuisel led another well-balanced team effort offensively with 6 each, followed by Brayden Maple with 5, Trenton Jordan 2, Landon Raver 2, Caleb Mohr 2, and Owen Enneking 1. Centerville defeated Eastern Hancock afterwards to set up a repeat showdown of last year’s championship contest.The Bulldogs completed an undefeated campaign in the DRBL completion going (18-0) in league play and improving to (19-4) overall. The squad will be in action next weekend when they travel to Fishers, IN to compete in the Winter Festival against some of the best competition around the state.Congratulations Bulldogs!6th Grade Boys finish 3rdThe 6th Grade Bulldogs lost a tough one to Greensburg Blue 37-33 in the semi-finals of the Final Four on Sunday at the Tiernan Center at Richmond High School. With the game tied, at 33 a controversial call on a loose ball at mid-court placed the Pirates at the free throw line. After the Pirates made both free throws the Bulldogs called time out to set up a game winning play. The Bulldogs worked the play very well and had a good look 3 point shot from Sam Johnson with 3 seconds left to win the game that came up short sending the Bulldogs to the consolation contest against Connersville. Both teams struggled from the field with the Bulldogs shooting 36% to the Pirates 35%. The rebound battle was virtually even, but the deciding factors were in foul discrepancy with the Bulldogs being whistled for 19 fouls and the Pirates only 6. The Bulldogs have been solid all season getting to the free throw line where they typically make more than the opponent attempts, but on this day were outshot from the charity stripe 18-2. Chris Lewis led the team in scoring with 15, Sam Johnson tallied 10, Bradley Wirth 4 while Gus Prickel and Jonathan Buschle rounded out the scoring with 2 each. Grunkemeyer led the team with 4 rebounds and Prickel had 4 assists.The youngsters had to put the tough loss immediately behind them as they turned around and played Connersville for the 3rd place contest. The Bulldogs led 14-12 at half-time, but quickly trailed for most of the second half until the closing seconds. With the score tied at 25, Jack Grunkemeyer rebounded a Bradley Wirth miss and laid it in with 8 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs forced a Spartan turnover on the in-bounds play and closed out the scoring at the free throw line. For the contest the team was led in scoring by Gus Prickel with 8, Chris Lewis 7, Johnathan Buschle 6, Sam Johnson 4, Jack Grunkemeyer 2 and Bradley Wirth 2. Grunkemeyer had 5 rebounds, while Brendan Heiser and Gus Prickel tallied 2 assists.The 6th Grade record in DRBL play this season currently is (15-2) and overall (24-7) and will finish out DRBL play next Sunday at East Central Fieldhouse with games against North Decatur and Greensburg White that were postponed 2 weeks ago due to weather.5th Grade BlueBatesville Blue, 38, Rushville 8Batesville Blue 24, East Central 13The squad is now (13-8) on the season and will compete next weekend in the Winter Festival in Fishers.5th Grade WhiteJac-Cen-Del 23, Batesville White 19East Central 15, Batesville White 12The squad finishes the season (1-16)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.
West Florida Blanks Tampa in Regional Showdown Share Aug. 31, 2007 Box Score TAMPA, Fla. – The University of West Florida men’s soccer (2-1-0) team continued their offensive onslaught and the defense collected their first shutout of the season, as the Argonauts blanked Tampa University (1-1-0) with an impressive 4-0 victory Friday night on the Spartans home field.The Argonauts struck first at the 7:34 mark of the game when Keith Savage (Sr. / Gulf Breeze, Fla.) sent a cross into the box for Jimmy McHenry (Sr./ Tallahassee, Fla.) who was able to control the ball and beat the keeper. For Savage it was his ninth point of the season, four goals and an assist.15 minutes later, the Argonauts took a 2-0 lead on an own goal off the head of a Tampa defender. Mason Hupp (Jr. / Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) sent a long ball into the box and a miss communication between the Spartans goalkeeper and the his defender led to the second goal.McHenry picked up his second goal of the game and season off a pass over the head of the Spartan defense from Nick Mroczkowski (Sr. / Deltona, Fla.). The perfectly played ball left McHenry with a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, which he was able to finish giving West Florida a 3-0 lead.The Argonauts finished the first half with another goal in the 32nd minute of the game. Once again it was McHenry who lead the West Florida charge as he rifled a shot from beyond the 18-yard box. His shot ricochet of the top cross bar but Rafael Segal (Jr. / Rishon Lezion, Isreal) was there to clean up the garbage using his head to give the Argonauts a 4-0 half time lead.The Spartans responded in the second half playing a more physical game and the Spartan offense out shot the Argonauts 7-5 in the second half. However, the Argonauts defense anchored by Okang Nkosi (Sr. / Port of Spain, Trinidad), Matt Williams (Jr. / Pensacola, Fla.), Nolan Intermoia (Jr. / Pensacola, Fla.), and Hupp stood strong in the back.For West Florida, who competes in the NCAA Division II South Region along with Tampa, it is an important win towards the post season tournament, which the Argonauts were able to host all last season due to their success during the regular season.Up next for West Florida is another Sunshine State Conference and regional opponent Saint Leo University on Sunday after noon at the Lions home field. The men’s game will follow the women’s game, which begins at 12:30 ET. Argonaut fans can follow the action with “Live Stats” at goargos.com on the team’s home page. Print Friendly Version
RelatedPosts Joshua: Why I visited Nigeria as non-champion Joshua resumes training for Pulev WBA Champion Charr to hold Ruiz Jr talks Anthony Joshua was in bullish mood at the press conference ahead of his hotly anticipated rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.The pair are set to fight on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia as the Brit aims to reclaim the IBF, WBA and WBO world titles that he lost to the Mexican fighter on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.The 30-year-old said: “I am punching like a horse kicking backwards right now.“I’m punching loose and heavy – rhythm and flow. Before I was trying to bench-press a house. I used my body to get where I needed but then I started realising the sweet science of the sport.The Watford man was also keen to stress that he will be coming into the fight significantly lighter than in previous bouts.“I may be less than 17 stone,” he told BBC Sport.Joshua weighed in at 17st 9lbs in the last fight, but his decision to reduce his weight appears part of a change in training to make up for the first professional defeat of his career.The last time he fought at under 18st was five years ago; against Denis Bakhtov in his ninth pro fight.Boxing analyst Steve Bunce said the news of Joshua’s weight was surprising.“I think it’s startling,” said Bunce. “Heavyweights like Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson that didn’t carry flesh, they don’t lose three pounds between fights, they normally increase slightly. They don’t drop weight.“He’s suggesting he’ll drop 9lbs – nearly a stone lighter than the Klitschko fight.“He’s moved away from strength and conditioning to pure boxing training.”Tags: Andy Ruiz JrAnthony oshua
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The upcoming Indian Premier League auctions rake up big numbers, when it comes to player prices. Franchises go after the player who offer them utility. There are some bargain buys in the form of uncapped Indian players or major foreign buys who sometimes go at their base price. This Indian Premier League will be held in December and the tournament could be played much before due to the World Cup which will be held in England at the end of May. Ahead of the event, here are some of the key numbers that will define the auction this year and some numbers which have remained immortal in the auction.Also Read | IPL 2019 auction: When overseas players raked in big bucks346 – Number of players who will be auctioned in December. This will be held in Jaipur. 213 – Number if uncapped players, foreign and Indian in the 2019 IPL Auction. 0 – Number of Indians in the elite Rs 2 crore list. There are only nine players in that elite column and all are overseas players.16 – Yuvraj Singh will remember this number for a long time. In the 2015 IPL Auctions, Yuvraj was brought by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping Rs 16 crore, making him the most expensive player ever brought in the auction. 14.5 – This will be the dream for every overseas player. Ben Stokes, in the 2017 IPL Auction, went for Rs 14.5 crore to Rising Pune Supergiant, making him the most expensive overseas buy in this event. 8.8 – Even uncapped players go for a massive price. Krunal Pandya, the brother of Hardik Pandya, raked in big money in the 2018 IPL Auctions when he was retained by Mumbai Indians for Rs 8.8 crore. This mark beat the previous record for an uncapped player of Rs 8.5 crore, held by Pawan Negi.Read More | IPL 19: Twenty20 event gets General Elections, World Cup double whammy1 – One player each from the United States of America and Netherlands in this auction. Ali Khan has a base price of Rs 40 lakh while Stephan Myburgh has a base price of Rs 20 lakh.1.5 – The highest base price for an Indian in this auction. Jaydev Unadkat, who was the most expensive Indian buy in two consecutive auctions, has a base price of Rs 1.5 crore.2 – Number of players that Chennai Super Kings will be bidding for in this auction. They retained 23 out of 25 players.36.2 – The available funds for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL auction, the highest among all the teams. They will be bidding for 15 slots in the team, the most for any side.
Arjoon, Nicolette Fernandes in quarter finals clashDEFENDING men’s champion Alex Arjoon effortlessly disposed of Jonathan Antczak on Wednesday night. But his next match will be anything but stress-free, after he moved into the quarterfinals to set up a match against pro women’s player, Nicolette Fernandes, who also made it into the quarterfinals of the Digicel National Seniors Squash Championships at the courts of the Georgetown Club.The two were set to match racquets last night, when the competition continued. Arjoon had come into the competition anticipating a match against the 34-year-old.“I feel good; it’s going to be a good tournament. A lot of good players for good competition, and I’m really happy to be here, to give it 100%,” Arjoon noted at the beginning of the competition.The match against Antczak was Arjoon’s first after a bye in the first round. He trounced Antczak 11-1, 11-2, 11-2.Fernandes, who is seeded 5/8 in the men’s draw, played Nicholas Narain, for her spot in the men’s quarterfinals. Fernandes had a close first game against Nicholas Narain winning it 12-10 but then easily won the next two games 11-2, 11-1.But Fernandes was also faced with her own challenge last night, with back-to-back matches.Alex ArjoonFernandes, who is also in the women’s open, was scheduled to start her bid in this category with a quarterfinals match against Makeda Harding at 18:30hrs.Her match against Arjoon was at 19:00hrs.In other men’s open matches on Wednesday night, Nyron Joseph lost concentration and dropped the second game 4-11 after winning the first game 11-0 in his match against Peter Michael De Groot. He then restored order winning the next two games 11-4, 11-4.Two five/eight seeds however lost to lower-seeded players. Jean Claude Jeffrey beat 5/8 Ben Mekdeci in three close games 12-10, 11-8, 11-7 while Shomari Wiltshire beat 5/8 Regan Pollard in five competitive games 10-12, 11-5, 9-11, 11-2, 11-4.No. 2 seed Richard Chin proved too good for Adam Alves winning 11-6, 11-4, 11-2. Three/four seeds Kristian Jeffrey and Jason Ray Khalil also had easy wins. Kristian Jeffrey thrashed Javid Rahaman 11-2, 11-1, 11-3 while Jason Ray Khalil took care of Alex Cheeks 11-4, 11-4, 11-4.As the matches in the women’s open got started on Wednesday night, Harding, who had to fight hard for her quarter finals spot, took on Abosaide Cadogan, winning 11-4, 13-11, 7-11, 11-3.Victoria Arjoon defeated Kirsten Gomes 11-5, 11-2, 11-5, while in the other women’s match Sarah Lewis bettered Madison Fernandes 13-11, 11-9, 11-9.In the men’s veterans 35-49 Allan Downes beat Medhi Ramdhani in four games 8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-5. Joe Mekdeci then crushed Robin Low 11-3, 11-1, 11-5.In the men’s veterans Over-50 Joe Mekdeci overcame Steven Persaud 11-3, 11-6, 11-4.
(REUTERS) – Hong Kong’s Irfan Ahmed and Nadeem Ahmed have been banned from cricket for life for match-fixing and their team mate Haseeb Amjad has been banned for five years, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday.The trio were provisionally suspended by the world governing body in October after being charged for “fixing or contriving” aspects of Hong Kong’s World Cup qualifiers against Scotland and Canada in 2014.Irfan was found guilty of nine offences under the ICC’s anti-corruption code and his brother Nadeem and Amjad were found guilty of three offences each.The anti-corruption unit’s general manager Alex Marshall said here the Ahmed brothers’ actions were “premeditated and sophisticated”.“This has been a long and complex investigation which has uncovered systematic attempts to influence moments in matches by experienced international cricketers over a period of time,” he added.“With the fixers finding it harder than ever before to penetrate the highest levels of the game, we are increasingly seeing them turn their attention to other avenues in the sport.”“The severity of the offences is reflected in the sanctions and I hope will deter other players from taking this path and demonstrate to cricket fans around the world our commitment to a corruption free sport.”