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Cricket: West Indies escape with thrilling win vs India

West Indies v India, tri-series, Kingston

West Indies escape with thrilling win

by Sidharth Monga  – June 30, 2013    Comments: 162 |

Roach and Best celebrate victory

Roach and Best celebrate victory over India

West Indies 230 for 9 (Charles 97, Bravo 55, Yadav 3-43) beat India 229 for 7 (Rohit 60, Raina 44, Sammy 2-41, Roach 2-41) by 1 wicket
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The pursuit of the money shot nearly cost West Indies what should have been an easy win, and it took a 10-run stand for the last wicket in front of a nervous full house to end India’s nine-match winning streak in international cricket.

With balls remaining in the chase of 230 out of equation, Kemar Roach and Tino Best, who had taken two wickets each previously, showed the more accomplished batsmen how to finish the chase off – they added 10 in 4.2 overs and still had 14 balls to spare – but it can also be argued that it was the free-flowing approach that put West Indies in comfortable positions in the first place in a chase that oscillated between the ridiculously easy and plain ridiculous. [Read More]

Cricket: Gayle in explosive form as West Indies destroy Sri Lanka

Gayle in explosive form as West Indies destroy Sri Lanka

Chris Gayle - Man of the Match

Chris Gayle – Man of the Match

KINGSTON, Jamaica — An explosive 21st One-day International hundred from Chris Gayle followed up steady bowling led by Sunil Narine to propel West Indies to a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the Celkon Mobile Cup Series on Friday June 28.

All but 31 of Gayle’s 109 were boundaries, as West Indies successfully chased 209 for victory in the opening match of the three-nation series at Sabina Park.

Gayle treated scores of his compatriots to a typically destructive innings, catapulting West Indies over the finish line with 73 deliveries remaining and making him a shoo-in for the Man-of-the-Match award.
He reached his milestone from 89 balls, when he played a full length delivery from Lasith Malinga to mid-off and scampered a single.   Continue reading

America’s Student Loan Debt Crisis

Another excellent blog entry by Guyana-born Rosaliene Bacchus.

Three Worlds One Vision

debt quadrupled[1]Student Loan Debt 2003-2013
Source: http://www.motherjones.com

 

On 1 July 2013, unless they make a deal, the US Congress will pass legislation to double interest rates from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on federal subsidized Stafford student loans. (See HR 1330 – The Student Loan Fairness Act of 2013.) For sixty percent of students who depend on these loans to fund their college education, this increase matters. More so for working class families with net worth of under $8,500. These families account for over half of all student loan debt.

I find it difficult to understand our government’s reasoning for wanting to place more burden on the working class. We already face a student loan debt crisis in the United States. Our outstanding student debt has already soared beyond one trillion dollars. That’s more than the nation’s combined auto and credit card debt.

Due to runaway college tuition…

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