McCarthy, King lead the way for Scorpions


first_imgSolid half-centuries from Andre McCarthy and season debutant Brandon King highlighted the first day of the fourth-round WICB/Digicel First-Class Championship clash between Jamaica Scorpions and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park yesterday. McCarthy, who recently returned from Sri Lanka with the West Indies ‘A’ team, scored a patient top-score of 82, while the attacking King, a former West Indies Under-19 representative, hit a boundary-filled 78, as the Scorpions, winning the toss and electing to bat, posted an improved 314 in their first innings. The Red Force, in their response, closed on 35 for two at the close of play. Heading into the match with scores of 36, two, one, one and 22, and one of several Scorpion batsmen who have been struggling to make their mark, the 29-year-old McCarthy struck five fours and six sixes off 137 balls. King, in the meantime, has been a consistent performer in local competitions but has also been struggling to make the first team. Yesterday, he found his best form and slammed 10 fours and three sixes off a mere 87 balls. The pair also put on a stand of 139 runs for the fourth wicket, the highest of the innings. The second highest was that of the second wicket between McCarthy and number three batter Jermaine Blackwood, who made 34. They put on 61 for the second wicket. The other specialist batsmen, openers John Campbell and Shacaya Thomas, made 33 and 11, respectively, while wicketkeeper Devon Thomas, batting at number six, got seven. The Red Force were led in the field by promising all-rounder Roshon Primus, who, bowling seamers, claimed three wickets for 32 runs off nine overs. He was supported by Jamaica-born left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, and another West Indies returnee, part-time off-spinner Jason Mohammed, who picked up two wickets each. The Red Force, in their turn at bat, and after facing 5.2 overs, were then jolted in late afternoon by leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, who, after 1.2 overs has figures of two for seven. Emerging West Indies batsman Kyle Hope will resume today on 15 when play starts at 10 a.m. SCOREBOARD SCORPIONS 1st Innings J. Campbell c Hope b Primus 33 S. Thomas c wk Katwaroo b Primus 11 J. Blackwood c wk Katwaroo b Primus 34 A. McCarthy lbw b Mohammed 82 B. King c Cariah b Cottrell 78 +D. Thomas c Ottley b Cottrell 7 R. Powell b Mohammed 1 D. Jacobs lbw b Imran Khan 25 *N. Miller c wk Katwaroo b Imran Khan 11 D. Green c wk Katwaroo b Richards 9 R. Leveridge not out 0 Extras (b12, lb2, w2, nb7) 23 Total (all out, 78.4 overs) 314 Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-56, 3-117, 4-256, 5-265, 6-268, 7-269, 8-299, 9-310, 10-314. Bowling: Cottrell 13-4-42-2 (w1, nb1), Richards 11.4-2-47-1, Primus 9-3-32-3 (w1, nb3), Jagessar 9-0-64-0 (nb1), Imran Khan 22-5-74-2, Ottley 6-1-25-0, Mohammed 8-2-16-2. RED FORCE 1st innings K. Hope not out 15 I. Rajah c wkp Thomas b Jacobs 9 M. Richards lbw b Jacobs 0 Extras (b4, nb2, pen5) 11 Total (2 wkts, 5.2 overs) 35 To bat: J Mohammed, Y Cariah, *Y Ottley, +S Katwaroo, R Primus, Imran Khan, J Jagessar, S Cottrell. Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-35. Bowling: Leveridge 2-0-4-0, Green 1-0-13-0, Jacobs 1.2-0-7-2, Miller 1-0-2-0. Toss: Scorpions. Position: Red Force trail by 279 runs with eight wickets intact. Umpires: V Smith, G Brathwaite. SPECIALIST BATSMENlast_img read more

The truth about annoying airport security protocols…


first_imgWhy is most of my tech not allowed in checked luggage?High-energy lithium-ion batteries, which are found in all sorts – including laptops, cameras, mobile phones, noise-cancelling headphones, fitness bands and e-cigarettes – can occasionally overheat and burst into flames. Remember the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7s? Advances in technology mean that more and more of these devices are being carried, and while aircraft cargo holds are fitted with fire monitors and extinguishers, it’s far safer to have a trained fire-fighter (the cabin crew) nearby to reach and tackle the blaze quicker and more efficiently, which is why they’re better carried in the cabin.TIP: Some airlines allow some laptops and other tech in checked luggage, but they might want you to remove the battery and take it in your carry-on, so check before getting to the airport so you don’t have to rifle through your undies at check-in. Get more pre-flight tips here. OK, so I have to take my tech as carry-on, but why do I have to remove some of it from my bag at Security? Surely they can see it inside the luggage with the x-ray machines?Security staff have approximately three seconds to assess whether there’s anything out of the ordinary in your bag. Laptops and tablets have dense circuit boards, which are difficult for x-ray machines to see through so removing larger electronic items (anything bigger than A5, or where any dimension is greater than 20cm in length) helps operators better inspect your hardware, and gives them a clearer look at the other contents of your bag. TIP: Put all of your tech into a single cloth bag in your carry-on, then just whip it out as you rock up to Security. And make sure you have a good wheeled bag or backpack. OK, so I understand why I need to be at the airport so early – all those security measures – but why am I sometimes asked to be at the gate a full hour before boarding? I’d rather be in the airport shops until the last minute.All flights to America from abroad now require extra security screening before take-off, and this often occurs at special checkpoints set up next to the gate. You’ll know you’ve been selected for additional measures if you see the note ‘SSSS’ marked on your boarding card. This may involve a bag search, swabbing for any suspicious residue, powering-up your electronics and a chat with a TSA agent. Even if you’re not flying to the USA, it takes at least 25 minutes to board your average 130-seater short-haul aircraft and about 50 minutes to load up a large long-haul aircraft, such as the A380. Having all passengers arrive early means the aircraft will depart on time and may even be able to leave ahead of schedule. TIP: Ensure you’re not that last passenger greeted by a slow clap – or worse, the one who misses the flight altogether – by asking the check-in staff how long it will take to walk to your gate. At many large international airports, the gates can be miles away – Beijing has a gate two miles from check-in – and always factor in the time needed to reach it. Information correct as of March 2018, but subject to change. Check with your airport and airline for latest rules.Want to make your pre-flight experience even better? Check out these eight ways to make your airport time more luxurious.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Can a joke really land me in jail?Yes, as a British student on a trip to Miami discovered when she joked about having bombs in her carry-on at airport security. She spent four nights in jail, and managed to avoid a longer incarceration only after paying hefty fines and donating to the victims of September 11. Similar situations have seen people in custody everywhere from Australia to Canada. At a minimum, any small talk about bombs, guns or explosions will see you reported to the police, taken for interrogation and removed from your flight – not the ideal start to a holiday. All airport staff (not just security) are trained to take a zero tolerance approach to these types of comments, not just because of the high stakes, but also because it can also scare other travellers, who might not have heard the full context of your witty quip. TIP: Save the one-liners for your mates over your first meal on holiday. They might not thank you for it, but they’re unlikely to hand you over to the local police for a bad pun. For more bizarre travel problems and how to get out of them, read this. What’s with the 100ml liquids rule?Authorities are understandably cagey about the details, but a failed 2006 bomb plot to blow up airplanes involved some ordinary household liquids, such as nail polish remover and bleach, that can be used to make a liquid bomb – but only if you have those liquids in quite large quantities. That’s why you can’t go through security with more than one litre of liquids in total. But why the 100ml bottles? Because the bottles themselves are crucial to the device, and it’s practically impossible to make a significant bomb in small containers. TIP: All liquids – including aerosols, toothpaste, creams, gels and medicine – must be carried in a clear transparent bag. Rather than trying to find a bag at the airport, buy your own reusable bag beforehand. Try the Boots Travel Set. Shoes on, shoes off – it seems different at every airport. What’s the deal?A few months after September 11, 2001, a terrorist attempted to detonate a device concealed in the shoes he was wearing onboard his flight from Paris to Miami. Yet 16 years later, the rules seem different every time you fly – and that’s because they are. Some airports have cutting edge X-ray machines that can inspect your shoes as you walk through. Others don’t, so you have to remove them.TIP: To sail through the screening process, avoid wearing high heels, wedges, thick soles, boots or shoes containing metal. Flat slip-on shoes are easiest to deal with in the security-queue scramble. RelatedBanned on board: 17 surprising items not allowed in your hand baggageTrying to take a wheel of brie, viking helmet or sneaky perfume samples in your carry-on luggage? You might want to check out our banned on board list first!Carry on: readers’ opinions on cabin luggage restrictionsThey’ve been around now for almost ten years, but that doesn’t mean that we’re all experts on airline hand luggage restrictions. We’ve gathered some of your thoughts from a previous article on the subject: here’s what you think, plus a few unusual suggestions on how to make the rules work…British Airways luggage allowance explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceBritish Airways recently restricted cabin luggage size: find out what the new BA cabin baggage allowance is and what their charges are for hold luggage, plus how to beat the airline fees!last_img read more