About ten years following the ascendency(rise)of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Commander-In-Chief (-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), her government has come under criticism for not fulfilling her promise to introduce the court martial proceedings to prosecute accused enlisted personnel.Retired AFL Colonel Sam Solomon, who served as trial counsel (prosecutor) on previous court-martial boards of the army, described the Sirleaf led government’s action to try military personnel in civilian court as “disrespectful to the accused and absolutely wrong under the law.”“This is very much regrettable, because every constituted government should have a court martial board for its army, purposely to probe allegations against soldiers who have committed offenses in line with the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ),” Atty. Solomon told journalists yesterday at the Temple of Justice. He previously served as City Solicitor at the Monrovia City Court.UCMJ is the congressional code of military criminal law applicable to all military members worldwide.Retired Col. Solomon was part of the board that tried and convicted several former military generals including Minister of National Defense, Major/General Gray D. Allison for treason and other offenses.According to Atty. Solomon, the UCMJ defines the military justice system and lists criminal offenses under military law.“While the military court martial is the most severe sanction under military law, its conviction is the same as a criminal court conviction and can (depending on the offense) result into long term jail sentences with hard labor or a punitive discharge such as dishonorable discharge, as well as fines and reduction in rank,” explained Atty. Solomon.He said the court has jurisdiction over all personnel charged with any UCMJ offense.Article 21 (e) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia states that, “No person charged, arrested, restricted, detained or otherwise held in confinement shall be subject to torture or inhumane treatment; nor shall any person except military personnel, be kept or confined in any military facility; nor shall any person be seized and kept among convicted prisoners or treated as a convict, unless such person first shall have been convicted of a crime in a court of competent jurisdiction. The Legislature shall make it a criminal offense and provide for appropriate penalties against any police or security officer, prosecutor, administrator or any other public or security officer, prosecutor, administrator or any other public official acting in contravention of this provision; and any person so damaged by the conduct of any such public official shall have a civil remedy, therefore, exclusive of any criminal penalties imposed.”In early April, the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice charged AFL officer Winn K. Gansee of murder and sent him to the Monrovia Central Prison to await trial. The soldier was allegedly arrested for beating a motorcyclist, Nelson Cuput, with a piece of plank. Cuput reportedly died from his wounds.In August 2014, President Sirleaf ordered four soldiers and their commanding officer to be punished for their actions during a protest over Ebola quarantine in the densely populated West Point Community in Monrovia.During that incident, 16 year old Shakie Kamara was shot and later died of his wounds while others were injured.Following the incident, President Sirleaf constituted a disciplinary board which found Lieutenant Aloysius Quaye guilty of conduct unbecoming of an officer and dereliction in the performance of duty. For that, the board recommended punishment including demotion in rank and 30 days in correctional custody.Two soldiers under Quaye’s command were found guilty of assault and arbitrary use of force while another two were convicted of making false statements for which they were remanded to serve 30 days behind bars.But according to Atty. Solomon, it is only the court martial board that is convened to try officers of the AFL for criminal violations under the UCMJ.“The military court is to handle matters under the UCMJ. That is to say, soldiers that commit crimes need to appear before it for prosecution. They have to appear before the court martial board in full military uniform until that case is resolved. But that is not the case anymore,” the retired Colonel maintained.“We have qualified military experts to serve on the board, but probably the Ministry of National Defense chose not to advise the President on the process,” he insinuated.Atty. Solomon said for him to hear that enlisted members of the AFL were confined and dishonorably discharged from the army and taken to a civilian court to be prosecuted by a civilian judge, was an “abuse” to the military and the dignity of the individual soldiers…“The President needs to understand that we are military people, and therefore, matters arising from the soldiers should be taken care of by military people, and we should be heaved before those who are part of the military to be judged, but not before a civilian judge because this is an insult to the organization,” Atty. Solomon declared.“Why should they take all the power of military personnel and disgrace him before a civilian court, rather than giving him the opportunity to be treated with dignity under the UCMJ,” he wondered.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Although it is very dry, and hot, right now, and the forest fire danger has been increased to extreme in the north-eastern part of the Prince George Fire Centre, Doug Lundquist, Meteorologist with Environment Canada says that doesn’t mean it is going to stay this dry all summer.“The long-term forecast is for 80-90 percent warmer than normal temperatures,” said Lundquist. “Hotter weather can allow for more evaporation, but warmer air can also hold more water. So if we get the right storms, the weather could be warm and wet.”The wet season in north-eastern British Columbia is generally from the latter half of May, until about July 7, said Lundquist. “We have a little more than a month to go before we start to see what the summer is really going to be like.”- Advertisement -“If we get a lot of rain in June, we could be talking about flooding at the end of June, instead of forest fires,” he said. A lot of the precipitation during this time comes in the form of thunderstorms, so some parts of the region might not get wet at all.“It’s very difficult to predict. And the reliability of forecasts beyond a week or two, is very low.”
0Shares0000Harambee Stars players hurdle for a prayer after a training session in Marrakech. PHOTO/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24- Substitute Clifton Miheso scored a late equalizer as Harambee Stars were held to a 2-2 draw by Comoros in a friendly match in Marakech, Morocco on Saturday evening.Under stand-in coach Stanley Okumbi, Stars had gone ahead via a third minute penalty from captain Victor Wanyama, but Comoros, ranked 132nd in the World roared back to equalize through Youssof M’Mchangama. Bakar Djmel’s effort with 20 minutes left saw the islanders take a 2-1 lead, but Kenya left it late before Miheso beat the Comoros keeper one on one with nine minutes left on the clock.Okumbi made several alterations to his starting team, the returning Ismail Gonzalez starting out on the right side of defense while David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng partnered David Owino at the heart of defense.Captain Victor Wanyama started in midfield alongside Johannah Omollo with Francis Kahata, Jesse Were and Michael Olunga leading the front three in attack.Kenya had a brilliant start to the game when they won a penalty inside the first five minutes, skipper Wanyama stepping up to send Comoros keeper Ahamada early the wrong way for the opening goal of the tie.Olunga should have doubled Kenya’s tally barely a minute later when he did well to find shooting space but his shot came off the crossbar.However, Comoros responded almost immediately when M’Changama pulled a decent effort from distance catching Kenya keeper Patrick Matasi off his guard.The goal seemingly lifted Comoros’ spirits as they kept possession more, but Kenya nearly caught them on the counter but Francis Kahata could not maximize on a lucky rebound off the Comoros keeper after he failed to hold on to Eric Johannah’s shot.With the scores tied at par as at half time, the second stanza was always set to be interesting.Okumbi threw in his first card, pulling out Kahata for Paul Were, a like for like change that would inject some fresh pace into the game.In the 67th minute, Okumbi made another change, bringing in the returning MacDonald Mariga and Miheso for Omollo and Jesse Were.However, it was Comoros who looked to be hungrier as they went ahead just four minutes later, Djemel unleashing a ferocious shot that Matasi could only watch as it hit the net.It was a text-book goal from the islanders with Djemel having come to the end of a team move that involved all the 11 players, including the goalkeeper touching the ball before it was rifled into the net from inside the box.Despite going down, the Kenyans gave a spirited fight and Olunga had a header collected by the keeper at the back-post after rising unmarked to meet up a Miheso freekick.Paul Were also had an effort on his favorite left foot from the edge of the box but it was blocked by a forest of legs.Stars finally equalized with nine minutes left when Miheso kept his calm after racing onto a long ball to beat the Comoros keeper easily one on one. Almost immediately, Olunga came close with a stinging left footer that went inches over.Stars will now shift their attention to their second friendly match in Marrakech where they will face the Central African Republic on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Coral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.England finished second in their Euro 2016 group after failing to beat Slovakia on Monday night, with Wales’ win over Russia securing them top spot.The Three Lions, who could face Portugal in the last 16, are now out to 9/1 to win the tournament, while Wales have been backed into 33/1 from 66/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “We’ve estimated 390,000 kids start to smoke every year because of the movies,” said Glantz, a longtime tobacco control activist. “An R rating would cut that in half, so if we stay with the status quo, a couple hundred thousand kids will be delivered into the hands of the tobacco companies.” Glantz also wants any movie with smoking to have a mandatory public service announcement about the dangers of tobacco use played beforehand, no tobacco brand identification and a certification that film studios receive no compensation for the on-screen depiction of tobacco. The study comes several weeks after 32 attorneys general sent letters to Paramount Pictures, Fox Filmed Entertainment, Warner Bros., The Walt Disney Co. and five other studios requesting that they include anti-smoking messages in their DVD and home video. “We all are in agreement that smoking is a serious health problem,” said Kory Bernards, vice president for the Motion Picture Association of America. “Our industry shouldn’t be glamorizing it.” She said that parents should rely on PG-13 and R ratings as guidelines for what’s appropriate for children to see. Smoking by adults would not be reflected in the current ratings system, she said, nor is a mandatory R rating like Glantz seeks being considered. Smoking in films has risen to a level not seen since 1950, according to a study released Monday, reportedly leading nearly 400,000 adolescents to light up each year. Published in the journal Pediatrics and compiled from 40 individual studies, the report found that smoking or tobacco-related activities popped up 10.9 times per hour on film in 2002, the most recent year cited. That’s slightly above 1950, the last high point, and more than double the number in 1982, the lowest point. The study also found that youth-rated films, PG-13 and below, now have more tobacco impressions than R-rated movies. Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, who co-authored the report, said the findings lead credence to his quest for a mandatory R rating for all films that feature smoking. Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Incentives that have played a major role in the rapid increase of photovoltaic (PV) installations in Massachusetts are nearing their limits, cutting the financial return on solar projects while state legislators contemplate their next move, The Boston Globe reports.One of the subsidies, solar renewable energy certificates, hit the cap of 1,600 megawatts of PV through a combination of installed projects plus those in the planning stage. Utilities buy renewable energy certificates, called RECs, to help them meet renewable energy requirements. They can be more valuable to the owners of PV systems than net metering.The brisk pace of new solar installations in Massachusetts also pushed one utility, National Grid, to its net-metering cap last spring. That hasn’t stopped new PV projects from being developed, but it has lowered reimbursements under the program for larger solar installations from the retail rate for electricity to something closer to the wholesale rate, according to Mary-Leah Assed, a National Grid spokeswoman.Retail-sized projects, those under a rated capacity of 10 kilowatts, are not affected.Even so, John DeVillars, managing principal at BlueWave Capital, a solar developer in Boston, told The Globe, “The industry’s on hold, basically. Until there’s clarity on the next incentive program, very little activity will take place.”Massachusetts has one of the more active PV records in the country. The Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group, says that the state installed 308 MW of PV capacity in 2014, the fourth highest amount in the U.S. Its 944 MW total makes it sixth overall in the country. Vermont asks for higher limits from regulatorsVermont’s Green Mountain Power (GMP) said last fall that it had reached the net-metering cap set by lawmakers, but added it would ask the Public Service Board to extend the program. In the meantime, the utility said that it would continue to accept new PV systems from homes and businesses as long as the systems are rated at 15 kilowatts or less.Community projects between 15 kW and 150 kW with a total rated capacity of 7.5 megawatts also would be allowed when they serve homes or businesses that can’t place PV arrays on their own properties.GMP said that the Public Service Board is studying a new net-metering plan that would go into effect next year.The utility has created a solar map that shows the location of solar installations around the state, and where new projects have been proposed. Different colors mark where there’s plenty of remaining capacity for new projects, and where the grid is approaching capacity.Net-metering and interconnection rules are set by individual states. In a 2014 report, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory said that about half of all states with net-metering policies include limits on the amount of renewable energy that can be installed. Of the 44 jurisdictions with net-metering, 57% have some type of restriction on total capacity, and 37% have no restrictions. Caps generally range from 0.2% to 9% of peak demand, although two jurisdictions have much higher limits, NREL said. EQ Research publishes an online summary of net-metering policies around the country. It includes a state-by-state listing showing which states have caps, which do not, and how much of an individual state’s cap has been reached. Net metering caps are also an issue elsewhereIn neighboring New Hampshire, the state House of Representatives is discussing a bill that would raise the state’s cap on net metering by 25 MW to a total of 75 MW of installed PV capacity. According to a report, the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association (NHSEA) says that most of the state’s utilities have reached their allotted amounts of energy under the existing net-metering cap. One solar installer, SunRay Solar, said last month that it would lay off one-third of its employees because Eversource had reached its cap.The New Hampshire Senate already has passed a bill that would increase the cap by 25 MW.While welcoming the increase, NHSEA said it would be “insufficient over the course of the year to keep businesses and consumers able to continue to choose on-site, renewable self-generation with transparency and market stability.”Kim Quirk, the owner of a solar company in Enfield, N.H., complained that the current plan would not allow any business forecasts beyond this summer, and would prevent the company from hiring more people. Extensions need approval from lawmakersMassachusetts lawmakers are bogged down in negotiations on raising the net-metering limits, with the House supporting a plan that’s more favorable to utilities and the Senate backing a plan endorsed by solar advocates.Senator Benjamin Downing, co-chairman of the state legislature’s energy committee, said that the issue could be resolved soon, or get tangled in debate over energy policy that would put off a decision until summer, The Globe said.Peter Lorenz, a spokesman in the Department of Energy Resources, said that Governor Charlie Baker was committed to working with legislators and to develop an alternative to the solar certificate program.As in other parts of the country, the debate over incentives in Massachusetts have pitted electric utilities against solar advocates. 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The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As Geek.com wrote at the time:If someone accidentally drops his or her phone, the always-on accelerometer will detect that it’s falling too quickly and will deploy the miniature airbags to cushion a potential impact with the ground or floor. Other possibilities suggest puffing out streams of gas to slow down the fall, or using springs instead of airbags.Right.The Insurance OptionFinally, instead of protecting the phone itself, another option is to protect against financial losses from a ruined phone. Extended warranties such as Apple Care are popular, if costly, for example. Other options include insurance plans from mobile carriers. These typically cost around $10 per month and – unfortunately – carry a steep deductible. But since replacing a brand new smartphone without a contract can cost $600 or more, these options may make sense for some consumers. And you don’t have to wait for a technology breakthrough.Lead image courtesy of Sony Mobile. Image of iPhone dunked in water from Liquipel. Image of smartphone airbag patent via the USPTO. Tags:#smartphone A smartphone is probably the most advanced piece of technology most people own. We take these devices with us everywhere, we use them all the time. Odds are high we will drop them – onto the floor, into water or even onto hard pavement. Even if you got the phone for free with a contract, this tiny slip-up could cost you hundreds of dollars to replace or repair the device. (See also My Week With Android, Or Why I’m Buying An iPhone 5.)Meet The Indestructible SmartphoneIt doesn’t have to be that way. Several companies are already working on building much more rugged smartphones.At this year’s CES trade show in Las Vegas, for example, Sony demonstrated its “waterproof” Xperia Z. According to Sony, the Xperia Z can survive in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.Sprint, meanwhile, has just introduced the Kyocera Torque, which it calls the “splashproof, drop-proof smartphone that can handle all of the elements of your rugged world.” According to Sprint, its drop tests were from a maximum height of 5 feet, 9 inches. Kyocera is even using Bear Grylls, of Man vs Wild fame, to promote the ruggedness of the device. The company claims the Torque meets IP67 ratings for dust and water immersion and Military Standard 810G for dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity and immersion in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. Phew!The problem, of course, is that kind of protection often makes the devices too bulky, too heavy and too costly – and many of these ruggedized smartphones may not include the latest hardware. They may also be not terribly attractive.The Torque, for example, weights 5.9 ounces – compared to the iPhone 5’s 3.9 ounces – and is wrapped inside a thick, greyish rubber casing. In its review of the Torque – despite being impressed with its ability to withstand “pretty brutal treatment” – AllThingsD was disappointed in the device’s speed and camera:The Torque’s five-megapixel, rear-facing camera was disappointing. It was slow to fire up. I took more than a dozen photos in various settings — natural light, indoor light and darker scenes with and without flash — and all of the photos came out a little grainy. Meet Graphene: Tougher Technology On The WaySoon, however, thanks to the “wonder material” graphene, light, attractive, smash-proof and waterproof smartphones could become commonplace. According to the BBC, graphene could enable:Mobile phones that fold, razor-thin handsets powered by flexible batteries or see-through solar panels built directly into a colourful screen. The BBC notes that single-atom-thick sheets of graphene: Conduct electricity better than copper, has strength greater than steel and also shows extraordinary elasticity. So great is its potential that in 2010 its discoverers Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the Nobel prize for Physics.Graphene is durable, see-through and available – it comes from highly abundant graphite. The problem is both cost and graphene’s current inability to practically control microelectronics as robustly as silicon can. This has not stopped Samsung, Nokia and IBM from investing heavily in the material. How To Protect Your Existing PhoneUntil graphene and other materials, such as nanobites, can succeed in the market, smartphone owners will have choose between bulk and vulnerability. Bumpers and protective cases certainly help make phones more rugged, for example, but add size and weight. And they typically don’t help protect against water damage.For that, there’s a new service called Liquipel, which made a, er, splash, at last month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Liquipel offers after-market waterproofing for smartphones and tablets. As the company notes:Liquipel applies a very thin layer of a water repelling substance on all the surfaces of the object, by exposing them to a gas in a special chamber. Because the substance is gaseous, it can trickle into every corner of the device, thus ensuring total protection. The best thing about it is the fact that all ports, like USB or audio, remain accessible and functional.While customers must currently mail in their device to the treatment, the company says it is rolling out “LiquiPod” machines at various retail locations.Smartphone Airbags?Surprisingly, one of the more outrageous methods to protect smartphones was developed by Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos. In 2012, Bezos and Amazon VP Greg Heart were awarded a patent for a “smartphone airbag system.” What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts brian s hall
First it was the technical snag and then came the rain! India’s hopes of levelling the two-match T20I series against the West Indies got washed away with the downpour in Florida as the second T20I had to be called off after just two overs of play in the second innings. West Indies took home the series 1-0 as a result. (Rain denies India victory in Florida as West Indies clinch series 1-0) India’s limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s return turned out to be a big a disappointment as they were looking good to win the second game at Lauderhill before the heavens opened up. (Scorecard) After the one-run defeat in the high-scoring first game, Indian bowlers came up with a clinical display and bowled out the West Indies for 143 inside 20 overs after winning the toss. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who was picked ahead of Stuart Binny for this game, justified his selection and picked up 3 wickets for 24 runs in his four overs, while Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami picked up two wickets each to restrict the T20 champions to a below-par total on a batting-friendly wicket at Lauderhill. (Match Highlights)UNLUCKY TEAM INDIA India were 15/0 in two overs when rain interrupted play and even though it stopped after a while, wet outfield meant that the match couldn’t be resumed. The match had also started late by apporximately 40 minutes due to a technical fault in the stadium. Dealing with all these disappointments on consecutive days, Dhoni still managed to put up a brave face in the post-match presentation and praised his bowlers for bouncing back in this match after the beating they took at the hands of Evin Lewis and Johnson Charles yesterday. “If you compare the two games, you’d wonder if we were playing on the same wicket. “I think it was quite difficult. But the way the bowlers bowled was brilliant,” Dhoni said after the match. Rohit Sharma had started off the run chase for India on the front foot scoring a six to begin the proceedings. The Men in Blue were certainly looking good to chase down the total before rain played spoilsport. Even Dhoni knew the outcome would have been different had play resumed after the break. “I’m not saying we would have definitely won, but a good batting effort would have seen us through after 140 odd,” he quipped. India preferred to play Mishra ahead of Binny after the latter’s poor bowling performance in the first match. But that meant playing with a batsman short, a gamble which eventually paid off for Team India. “We took a bit of risk bringing Mishra in for Stuart Binny, and it paid off well. We played one batter short, but realizing the wicket we thought we need an extra bowler. Leg-spinner is a fair option. Mishra bowled exceedingly well and he was well supported by Ashwin,” Mahi concluded. This was India’s first T20I series defeat in 2016 after thumping Australia, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in the past.advertisement
Karnataka took control of their Ranji Trophy quarter final against Mumbai by taking a commanding 222-run lead over the 41-time champions on day two of the five-day game at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha.Half centuries by opener Mayank Agarwal, M Kaunain Abbas, C M Gautam and Shreyas Gopal helped Karnataka to the dominating position as they closed out the day at 395 for 6 in 122 overs with Shreyas Gopal unbeaten on 80 off 151 balls along with skipper R Vinay Kumar (31 not out).Karnataka had yesterday bundled out Mumbai for a partly 173 and finished the opening day at 115 for 1.Agarwal, who is the top run getter this Ranji season, made 78 off 104 balls, striking 11 fours and a six while one down Abbas (50), Gautam (79) and Shreyas played their roles to perfection.Debutant right arm medium pacers Shivam Malhotra, who grabbed the wicket of Agarwal this morning, and Shivam Dube (5 for 79) were the wicket takers for Mumbai.In fact, the two first-timers took four wickets in good time to leave Karnataka at 218 for five and the game in balance before the batting side recovered through two big partnerships for the sixth and seventh wickets, with Shreyas Gopal involved in both of them.Shreyas, unbeaten after facing 151 balls and hitting seven fours, put on 103 runs with keeper Gautam to steady the innings.Later, he added 74 runs with skipper Vinay Kumar, who took six wickets yesterday including a hat-trick, for the unfinished seventh wicket to put his team on top and for Karnataka to press on further.For Mumbai, Dube caught the eye in his first Ranji game and his victims included opener R Samarth (40), Abbas, Karun Nair, Pavan Desphande and Gautam.advertisementSenior pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, youngster Akash Parkar and left-arm spinner Karsh Kothari were unsuccessful.Brief Scores: Mumbai 173 all out v Karnataka 395 for 6 (M Agarwal 78, K Abbas 50, S Gopal 80 not out, CM Gautam 79, R Vinay Kumar 31 not out; S Dube 5-79.DELHI, MADHYA PRADESH NECK-AND-NECK ON DAY TWOHarpreet Singh struck a gritty hundred to lead Madhya Pradesh’s fightback before Delhi came up with a strong reply to leave the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal nicely poised at stumps on day two.MP, resuming the day at 223 for six, did extremely well to reach 338 with Harpreet scoring an unbeaten 107 off 200 balls. The tail too gave him good support, especially Puneet Datey (35).Frustrated with MP’s late resistance, Delhi batsmen came out to bat a determined lot and finished the day at 180 for two.Rookie Kunal Chandela, a product of university cricket, gave a good account of himself with an unbeaten 73, his second half century plus score in only his second first-class game.Chandela and Dhruv Shorey (78) shared a 145-run stand for the second wicket after senior batsman Gautam Gambhir fell in the first over of the innings.Chandela collected five fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 154-ball effort while Shorey smashed 10 boundaries before falling to Ankit Sharma in the 43rd over.Nitish Rana (17) was batting alongside Chandela at close of play and the duo will look to get as close as possible to MP’s first innings total.Earlier, Manan Sharma cleaned up the tail taking four wickets after Harpreet’s hundred took MP towards a competitive total.Brief scores: MP 338 all out in 124.1 overs (Harpreet Singh 107 not out; Manan Sharma 4/46). Delhi 180/2 in 51 overs (Kunal Chandela 73 batting, Dhruv Shorey 78).VIDARBHA FIGHT BACK AGAINST KERALA ON RAIN-HIT DAYVidarbha came back with two wickets after being bowled out for 246 on the second day of their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match against Kerala.Overnight 45 for three, Vidarbha lost wickets at almost regular intervals, and wicketkeeper Akshay Wadkar top-scored with 53 off 147 balls. He struck seven boundaries during his stay in the middle.Aditya Sarwate (36) and Karn Sharma (31) hung in there for a while, while Akshay Wakhare and Lalit Yadav chipped in with 27 and 24 runs, respectively.Left-arm spinner K C Akshay did bulk of the damage for Kerala with impressive figures of 5/66, and he was ably supported by Jalaj Saxena (3/52), at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium.In reply, Kerala lost Mohammed Azharuddeen (8) early, to Lalit Yadav, while S Sandeep Warrier was bowled by medium pacer Rajneesh Gurbani before he could open his account.At stumps on the second day, Kerala were 32 for two, with Saxena (13) and P R Prem (5) batting.Kerala trailed Vidarbha by 214 runs with eight wickets remaining in the first innings.Only 24 overs of play was possible on a truncated first day owing to wet outfield.Brief Scores: Vidarbha 1st innings: 246 all out in 105.3 overs (Akshay Wadkar 53; K C Akshay 5/66). Kerala 1st innings: 32 for two in 7 overs.advertisementB AMIT, AAMIR GANI LEAD BENGAL TO COMMANDING SPOT vs DEFENDING CHAMPIONS GUJARATB Amit’s all-round prowess and Aamir Gani’s useful contribution at the rear propelled Bengal to a commanding position against defending champions Gujarat after the second day of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final.In reply to Bengal’s respectable first innings score of 354, beefed up by Aamir (49) and Amit (34), Gujarat were in a spot of bother at 180 for six.After his contribution with the bat, Amit picked up three for 46 with his gentle medium pace to put the Ranji champions on the mat. He was ably supported by India U-19 Ishan Porel (2/55).Gujarat lost their dependable opening duo of Priyank Panchal (4) and Samit Gohil (0) to Porel and Ashok Dinda, respectively, with only 17 runs on the board, but then controlled the proceedings due to Parthiv Patel (47) and Bharghav Merai (67).The duo added 107 runs for the third wicket in only 30 overs. Patel hit seven boundaries in 95 balls while Merai faced 116 balls for his eight fours.Things went downhill after Parthiv got dismissed as Gujarat lost four wickets for 20 runs during that phase of play.Porel induced an edge off Parthiv, straight into Shreevats Goswami’s gloves.Former IPL and India A player Manprit Juneja (10) was deceived by an incutter from Amit, being trapped in front of the wicket.Merai, well set by then, was bowled by Amit and he also removed Chirag Gandhi, who nicked an outswinger into Shreevats’ gloves.Gujarat required 175 runs more to get a first innings lead with four wickets in hand.The experienced pair of Rujul Bhatt (13 batting) and Piyush Chawla (22) were at the crease at stumps on day two.With three days left, the defending champions still have a good chance of making a comeback, considering that Bengal batting in the past have faltered in big games despite getting first-innings lead.The day started at 261 for six and the pair of Amit and Aamir added 58 invaluable runs for the seventh wicket to take the team past 300-run mark.Amit scored 36 off 59 balls with seven fours before he became Ishwar Chaudhary’s (5/87) fourth victim.Gani, who missed his half-century by a run, hit eight boundaries off 109 balls, before being the last man dismissed.Brief Scores:Bengal 1st Innings 354 in 111.5 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 129, Anushtup Majumdar 94, Aamir Gani 49, B Amit 36, Ishwar Chaudhary 5/87)Gujarat 1st Innings 180/6 in 59 overs (Bharghav Merai 67, Parthiv Patel 47, B Amit 3/46).