All to play for as Scorpions edge ahead

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC):Jamaica Scorpions narrowly stuck their noses in front, but opener Montcin Hodge then struck a second innings unbeaten half-century to ensure there was no Leeward Islands Hurricanes collapse, as the sixth-round first-class encounter remained open heading into today’s third day.Beginning the day on 54 for four in response to Hurricanes’ 155 all out on the Thursday’s opening day, Scorpions were on the verge of surrendering a healthy first-innings lead when they crashed to 103 for nine at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.However, the last pair of Sheldon Cottrell and Damion Jacobs defied the Hurricanes attack to add an invaluable 55, to help Scorpions eke out a three-run first-innings lead.Cottrell was the more aggressive, striking the top score of 37 with a four and three sixes, while Jacobs finished on 15 not out.Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall was the best bowler with five for 74, while seamers Jeremiah Louis (2-16) and Gavin Tonge (2-27) finished with two wickets apiece.Hodge then gathered an attractive 62 to carry Hurricanes to the close on 124 for three – a lead of 121 at the end of the second day.They started poorly, however, losing Sherwin Peters for six at 24 for one, but Hodge then anchored two stands to consolidate the innings.He put on 40 for the second wicket with Trinidadian import Daron Cruickshank, a partnership which took Hurricanes to tea at 54 for one.Cruikshank made 20 before perishing in the fourth over following the resumption.Hodge then joined Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner (18) to put on a further 47 for the third wicket before Bonner fell lbw to leg-spinner Jacobs near the close.last_img read more

The skillful employer of men

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and attorney near CelinaAn interesting case arose in California. And I hate to discuss California cases because they occur in California, which is sometimes more like the Twilight Zone than the rest of the US. Moreno v. Visser Ranch, Inc., however, raises some important issues for any farm that has employees.The trouble all began when Passenger Moreno was heading back to work at 11:45 pm in the passenger seat of a pickup truck, driven by his father, when their vehicle was involved in an accident. Following the accident, the son filed a complaint against his father based on the premise that his father was acting within the scope of his employment at the time of the accident because he was driving a company vehicle. The son claimed his father’s employers were vicariously liable under the respondeat superior doctrine, that an employer is responsible for acts of their employees.The employers prevailed at the trial court, winning their motion for summary judgment. The trial court reasoned that the employee was driving home late at night from a family gathering, a “purely personal pursuit” and was therefore not acting within the scope of his employment at the time of the accident. This was an expected outcome.Passenger Moreno appealed, and this is where it gets interesting. The appellate court overruled, holding that although the driver was engaged in personal business, it was not obvious whether he was in engaged in “purely” personal business. In reaching this conclusion, the court considered the following critical factors: the driver was employed by Visser Ranch, which had multiple farms, ranches and a dairy. The employee’s scheduled office hours were 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 6 days a week. The employer provided employee with a cell phone and a pickup truck. The employee was required to drive the company-owned vehicle, which contained tools and spare parts. The employer required the employee to be on call 24/7 for repairs and maintenance of equipment. The employee was expected to address maintenance issues immediately. The employee’s duties sometimes included transportation of workers to various employer properties for work. The employee was the lone exception to the employer’s policy that company vehicles were to be used for business purposes only.The appellate court applied the Halliburton test. Under Halliburton, an employee’s conduct is within the scope of their employment if (1) the act performed was required by the employer or (2) incident to the employee’s duties. If neither is met, the conduct is still within the scope of employment if the employee’s misconduct could be reasonable foreseen by the employer. Here, foreseeability refers to employee conduct that “is no so unusual or startling that it would seem unfair to include the loss resulting from it among the costs of the employer’s business.”Since there was evidence the employee’s use of the vehicle at the time of the incident served as a benefit for both himself and his employer, the court concluded there was a factual question for a jury. The case was remanded back to the trial court so that a jury could determine if the employee’s use of the vehicle during non-business hours was a benefit to the employer.The best answer to a scenario like this is a really good insurance policy purchased by the employer that covers situations like the ones just reviewed. That means that the dispute over who pays and who is liable will be litigated by the insurance carrier.“The skillful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man,” according to Sun Tzu, the Chinese general and philosopher. The skillful employer of men will purchase good liability insurance coverage in the event the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man or the stupid man do something foreseeable that causes the employer liability.last_img read more

Car burnt, puppy killed outside Arunachal MP’s house

first_imgThe police in Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar have launched a hunt for a man who burnt a car and clubbed a puppy to death outside the residence of newly-elected Bharatiya Janata Party MP Tapir Gao.Police said closed-circuit television captured the man, identified as one Tongam Jomoh, driving a white hatchback up to the gate of MP Gao’s residence in Itanagar and setting it on fire after killing a puppy that came in his way. The incident happened around 6 a.m. on Friday.Mr Gao won the Arunachal East parliamentary seat, defeating his nearest Congress rival James Lowangcha Wanglat by 69,948 votes.“Mr Gao’s wife registered a complaint at the Itanagar police station. We identified the man from the CCTV footage. He is on the run,” Complex Superintendent of Police Tumme Amo said.The miscreant, claiming to be the president of All Arunachal Abo Tani Association, had ahead of the April 11 Assembly elections in the State warned Mr Gao of dire consequences for providing BJP ticket to “outsiders”. Mr Gao was the president of the BJP’s State unit then.The MP said he did not rule out the possibility of his “political rivals” sending an intimidatory message. “My party workers and I have filed many cases against those who have been attacking me on social media,” he said in a message to the State’s Chief Secretary.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: England pacers’ height not a big factor, says MS Dhoni

first_imgSkipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday rubbished suggestions that the height of England pacers could pose problems to the the star-studded Indian batting line-up during the four-match Test series, starting at Lord’s on Thursday.”Their fast bowling attack is pretty similar (as in 2007). They had (Chris) Tremlett, (James) Anderson and (Ryan) Sidebottom who all are very tall. It’s not a big factor,” said Dhoni about the bowling attack whose height is said to give the home team a major advantage.Anderson, at 6’2″, is the “smallest” among England’s fast-bowling unit that has Stuart Broad (6’6″) and Chris Tremlett (6’7″) among others.India have long shed the tag of poor travellers thanks to their consistent record over the past few years, and Dhoni attributed this to the team’s ability to enjoy the game and situations rather than worry about results.”In the last 4-5 years, what we wanted was to enjoy the o game and situation. Every conditions is different, every country is challenging. As long as you look to improve as a cricketer, learn to enjoy the game more and not take it as a pressure, it would be alright.”The expectations with Indian cricket is pretty high -it’s not easy to satisfy 1.2 billion people. It’s better not to focus on result. You could play to your best and still be outplayed,” Dhoni said on the eve of the first Test at the Lord’s.Sachin TendulkarTalking about Sachin Tendulkar, who is chasing a record 100 international centuries, Dhoni had only words of admiration for the senior batsman.”Whenever he turns up on the field, he wants to improve.advertisementHe may spend an hour and a half on the field but he makes sure he is learning something new. When he goes back to his room, he has the satisfaction that he has utilised today’s time to the best.”I think that keeps him going ? keep it simple, don’t complicate things. He is an ideal cricketer to look up to, both on and off the field. When he made his debut, he was a superstar and it hasn’t changed in the last 22 years,” the India skipper said.Dhoni believed both the number one Test ranking and the tag of world champions in one-day cricket is important to him and his players.”It shows you have been consistent over a period of time. You don’t reach that level unless you have been consistent over a period of say two years. It’s special for us.”One often gets to hear that luck always played a part in Dhoni’s success and when asked, he admitted that as he is yet to lose a Test series in his stint as skipper.”When I was playing state cricket in 1999, if somebody had told me you would play with Sachin, I would have termed it a lie. “I never thought I would play for India and share the same dressing room with Tendulkar and some other legends of Indian cricket. As long as the team is winning, I don’t mind what they call me.”With inputs from PTIlast_img read more