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first_imgPhysics holds a profound beauty, rooted in the natural world it describes and whose attraction is at least part of what draws some to the science, says Jacob Barandes, associate director of graduate studies for the Harvard Physics Department.But that beauty is often coded in the equations and theories that are the discipline’s language and only emerges with mastery, keeping novices at arm’s length.“The aesthetic side is tremendously important,” Barandes said. “It’s one thing we don’t do a good enough job with [for] introductory students. They don’t get to see this deep, deep beauty until further along in their physics program, and that’s a shame.”This year, Harvard’s physics faculty members have some help from someone who, though not an expert in the science, has the aesthetics nailed.Maine-based sculptor Kim Bernard is spending a year in the department as artist-in-residence, bringing along an interest in the beauty of movement — which sets her kinetic works apart, a curiosity about the physical laws that underlie her art, and a gregarious determination to make the most of her time at Harvard.“I’m an artist, not a physicist, so I’m learning along with the students in class,” Bernard said recently while sitting in the Science Center’s Greenhouse Café. “I’m particularly interested in any area of physics that has visual potential. When you’re talking about mathematical equations, if I can’t see it, I can’t see how to apply it to creating art, but when you’re looking at fractals, waves, and optics … that’s very visual.”Bernard, whose appointment began in January, is spending her year not making art directly, but rather learning about physics and meeting as many people as she can — through the Friday “Lunch with the AIR” sessions she hosts, one-on-ones with professors, and regular attendance at a handful of courses. She is also doing her best to get others thinking about making art, even as she lays a foundation for her own future projects.“I’m idea-gathering,” Bernard said. “If I [were working on a sculpture] I would be focused on one project and be in my own world instead of engaging with the physics community. I’m absorbing it all now, getting my ideas on paper, sketching, writing … my notebook is just filling up.”Monica Hersher, a freshman who is considering physics as a concentration, has been meeting with Bernard weekly to discuss a variety of topics. Sometimes the two talk about physical principles, sometimes they brainstorm ideas, like the notion that artists and physicists are really doing the same thing, seeking “an elegant view of the universe,” albeit from different directions.“It forces you to think about physics from a different perspective,” said Hersher, who has been interested in art and science since high school.Though Bernard claims to not have gotten much from her last physics class — in 10th grade, in the early 1980s — her art has a decidedly physics-friendly bent. Her moving sculptures harness waves, pendulums, elasticity, and spinning wheels. The work came to the attention of Barandes in 2012, when his wife attended an event at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, where Bernard was exhibiting.“She was able to use physics as a paintbrush and do more with her art than many other artists,” said Barandes, who after viewing videos of Bernard’s work encouraged her to contact the then-chair of the Physics Department, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics Melissa Franklin.After a look at the art, Franklin — an experimental physicist who emphasizes the importance of hands-on “making” to her students — thought having Bernard in residence would be a good idea.“We try to get students to be more creative, open-minded, working with their hands,” Franklin said. “It made a lot of sense and the students really like it. … I’d love to have an artist-in-residence all the time.”Bernard, for her part, is seeking to make the most of the opportunity. She stays in Cambridge five nights a week, spending weekdays on campus. After spring semester she plans to ease up a bit, shifting more of her focus to her Maine studio and her teaching responsibilities elsewhere.As to what fruit the project will bear, Bernard and faculty members aren’t quite sure. Art is a good bet — from both Bernard and the students she interacts with — and perhaps a greater appreciation of beauty in physics among students, staff, and faculty.A strengthened community is another possibility, said technician Rob Hart, director of the physics teaching laboratories. Hart has watched the “Lunch with the AIR” sessions fill up, and noticed more people stopping by the third floor SciBox experimental learning space to talk with Bernard.“I’m really excited to see the way things go,” Barandes said. “In the grand tradition of science, this is an experiment.”last_img read more


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first_img continue reading » Gender parity doesn’t happen on its own. It takes a conscious effort and steadfast commitment to change the lack of diverse talent within your upper tiers. Now more than ever women are ready for their rightful seat at the proverbial table. Here are five steps organizations can take to balance the gender scales.1. Find Your Visionary Leader“We’ll start a leadership development program when we are ‘ready’?” The truth is, no company is ever fully ready—especially without developed leaders.  A visionary leader needs to put a stake in the ground and set stretch goals knowing it will require boldness. Sharing these goals with the company can be a challenge, but it needs to be proactively addressed. Break these goals down into milestones and building blocks that can be achieved over the course of a year.Find four more ways to advance women at your credit union in the full version of this article on the myCUES app. Find it under “Spotlight.” 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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first_imgDemocratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the tenth Democratic 2020 presidential debate at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. February 25, 2020. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst).Usage: 0 (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)Bernie Sanders Sanders was the object of much of the evening’s hand-wringing. Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar tried to sound the alarm, arguing that with the self-avowed democratic socialist Sanders as the nominee, the party had little hope of unseating President Donald Trump in November.Sometimes the senator from Vermont, who leads the delegate count in the primary, took the pounding in stride. Sometimes he didn’t, such as when he sparred with a member of the audience who booed one of his answers, or engaged in a lengthy shouting match with Buttigieg. The stakes could not have been higher at the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday, with the South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday contests looming in the week ahead.Most candidates on the stage in Charleston, South Carolina, shared a common goal: stalling Senator Bernie Sanders’ march toward the nomination. As they battled to emerge as the alternative to Sanders, the rivals appeared to have a collective sense that, for at least some of them, time was running out.Here’s a look at how the seven candidates on stage fared: Sanders also seemed to acknowledge that parts of his record are potential liabilities. He called his past support for legislation protecting gun manufacturers from lawsuits “a bad vote” but pushed back on accusations that he would be sympathetic to authoritarian regimes in places such as China and Iran.Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks with members of the audience at the conclusion of the tenth Democratic 2020 presidential debate at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., February 25, 2020. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst )Joe Biden The debate was crucially important for Biden, who needs a victory in South Carolina on Saturday to re-assert his claim as the best chance to counter Sanders. For the most part, the former vice president delivered a steady performance, playing up his long record in politics and talking about his work on guns and passing the Violence Against Women Act.“Progressive,” he said, “is getting things done.”The free-wheeling debate format, in which candidates routinely exceeded their time and talked out of turn, sometimes kept Biden on the sidelines for long periods of time, leaving him increasingly exasperated.Even so, Biden likely accomplished the goal of trying to assure South Carolina voters he remains a leading option.Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks at the tenth Democratic 2020 presidential debate at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. February 25, 2020. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst).Usage: 0 (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)Elizabeth Warren After disappointing finishes in the first three early voting states, the senator from Massachusetts was looking to build on her assertive debate performance a week ago in Las Vegas. The results in Charleston were more mixed.Warren finally took the fight directly to Sanders, as many of her supporters have urged. “I would make a better president than Bernie,” she said.But she again aimed most of her fire at Bloomberg, to the point where at times it seemed she was more intent on making sure the billionaire New Yorker and former Republican does not end up the nominee than making the case for herself.“The core of the Democratic Party will never trust him,” said Warren, herself a former Republican.Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks during the tenth Democratic 2020 presidential debate at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., February 25, 2020. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)Michael Bloomberg It was a comeback of sorts for Bloomberg, who received blistering reviews for his debut presidential debate performance a week ago.The attention on Sanders gave Bloomberg more room to discuss his record as mayor of New York and try to establish himself as his moderate foil ahead of Super Tuesday on March 3, when the billionaire businessman’s name will appear on ballots for the first time.Bloomberg also emphasized the millions he has spent on behalf of Democratic congressional candidates and gun control.At one point, under attack from Warren for his past support of Republicans, Bloomberg finally seemed to give up trying to assert his liberal bona fides. Instead, he turned pragmatic.“I’m the one choice that makes some sense,” he said. “I have the experience. I have the resources. And I have the record.”Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg smiles during and interview in the spin room after the tenth Democratic 2020 presidential debate at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. February 25, 2020. (REUTERS/Randall Hill)Pete Buttigieg No candidate on stage appeared more intent on drawing a contrast with Sanders than Buttigieg, who time and again re-stated what he called the stakes for the Democratic Party.The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, worried aloud about the cost of Sanders’ domestic agenda and warned that Russia was trying to sow “chaos.” He said a Sanders-Trump matchup would divide and exhaust the nation.African Americans make up two-thirds of the Democratic electorate in South Carolina, and with his low support from those voters leaving little hope of scoring high in the state, Buttigieg must hope his steady debate performance translates into an infusion of quick cash to keep his campaign afloat past Super Tuesday.Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Senator Amy Klobuchar participates in the tenth Democratic 2020 presidential debate at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., February 25, 2020. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer Klobuchar, a senator from Minnesota, and Steyer, a California billionaire, largely appeared to be afterthoughts for most of the evening. Almost a half hour passed at the start of the debate before Klobuchar spoke. Steyer often had to battle to grab the moderators’ attention.Both tried to present themselves as reasonable alternatives to Sanders.Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate billionaire activist Tom Steyer speaks during the tenth Democratic 2020 presidential debate at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., February 25, 2020. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)Like Buttigieg, Klobuchar draws little support from black voters, and she is already looking past South Carolina to Super Tuesday with the hopes that winning her home state will keep her alive.Steyer is looking for a top-three finish in South Carolina, though he said after the debate he had the resources to stay in the race longer.Topics :last_img read more


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first_imgImage source: mississippiriverdelta.orgLouisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards with Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority yesterday announced an award of $161.4 million from The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) to fund Louisiana projects that support restoration of the Terrebonne Basin barrier island system: West Belle Headland, Timbalier Island and Trinity Island.“This is another significant project to help restore damages incurred by the BP oil spill,” said Edwards. “Investing in Louisiana’s critical barrier island chain will also help protect citizens living in the vicinity of Terrebonne and Timbalier Bays.”The projects were developed in consultation with state and federal resource agencies and are designed to remedy harm and reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.The sustainable restoration of beach, dune, and marsh habitat in a highly eroded area of the Louisiana coast will bolster the comprehensive efforts to protect this fragile landscape.The West Belle Headland portion of the project will implement designs developed under a prior GEBF-funded project. Additionally, this proposal includes funding to enhance plans for the long term sustainability of the entire length of Louisiana barrier islands.These islands/headland represent integral components of the Louisiana shoreline system.The barrier system separates the Terrebonne and Timbalier Bay estuarine and coastal marshes and forested wetlands from direct assault by waves from the open waters of the Gulf, allowing them to continue to function as productive nursery areas for numerous species of commercially- and recreationally-important fish and invertebrates.Trinity and Timbalier islands are currently at a critical minimum width in some areas and as time passes, the potential for breaching increases.Timbalier Island has already experienced minor overwash and gapping in some areas. Therefore, the timing is critical to nourish these islands to avoid major breaching and associated accelerated land loss.Without this project, the Terrebonne Basin Barrier Shoreline System will continue to degrade, with ever-widening breaches and storm overwash leading to loss of adjacent estuarine wetlands and reduction of environmental and commercial benefits, NFWF reports.last_img read more


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first_imgThe first Japanese emperor born afterWorld War Two, Naruhito acceded to the throne when his father, Akihito, becamethe first Japanese monarch to abdicate in two centuries after worrying thatadvancing age might make it hard to perform official duties.(Reuters) TOKYO – Japanese Emperor Naruhitoformally proclaimed his ascendancy to the throne in a centuries-old ceremony,pledging to fulfill his duty as a symbol of the state. Japan’s Emperor Naruhito walks after a ritual called Kashikoro-omae-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor to report the conduct of the Enthronement Ceremony at the Imperial Sanctuaries, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan on Oct. 22. MANDATORY CREDIT KYODO/VIA REUTERScenter_img Naruhito became emperor and his wifeMasako became empress on May 1 in a brief ceremony, but the “Sokui no Rei” wasa more elaborate ritual at the royal palace in which he officially announcedhis change in status to the world with over 180 countries which attended theceremony on Tuesday.last_img read more


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first_imgCristiano Ronaldo was “unhappy” and came close to joining Paris Saint-Germain before the coronavirus lockdown hit, according to stunning reports in France. The Portuguese hero, 35, made the switch from Real Madrid to Juventus just two years ago. But according to France Football, he was weighing up his options and had his heart set on a move to PSG because he dreamed of playing alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. Paris also holds special memories for Ronaldo because it is the city where he won the European Championships with Portugal in 2016. Ronaldo’s frustrations with the Old Lady allegedly reached its peak in October 2019 following a Champions League tie against Lokomotiv Moscow. Despite Juve winning the match 2-1, Ronaldo did not score or assist – and missed a sitter – while the team’s performance was below par. The article adds that he was ready to picture himself away from Allianz Stadium and playing his football elsewhere, realising Turin did not have the same attraction as Madrid or the Premier League.Advertisement Loading… Instead, he was considering PSG as a possible destination – he has a close bond with Neymar and reportedly “adores” Mbappe. So the chance to form one of the deadliest attacks in world football at a club with the financial backing of Qatar Sports Investments unsurprisingly appealed. read also:Ronaldo not ready to leave Juventus, set for another Scudetto One source even claimed the move was “very probably” before the pandemic put the brakes on a potential move. However, the impact of coronavirus across the sporting glove means any potential mega-money move to Paris looks to be off the cards again. Since joining Juventus, Ronaldo has won Serie A in both seasons. On an individual basis, he has racked up an impressive 63 goals in just 88 appearances but did miss out on the Golden Boot this term to Ciro Immobile. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To Play9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To LeaveThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more


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first_imgEverton remain with the same quartet of players unavailable ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea at Goodison Park. Press Association Kevin Mirallas and John Stones have been sidelined by hamstring and ankle problems respectively, while Bryan Oviedo and Arouna Kone are set to play in a practice game next week as they continue to work their way towards first-team action. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has said the knocks Romelu Lukaku sustained in the 3-1 win at Burnley and Darron Gibson picked up in training should not prevent them from being selected. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, winger Wayne Routledge and striker Wilfried Bony will return after being stood down at Anfield while Argentina defender Federico Fernandez is free to play after having his red card for a tackle on Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho rescinded by the Football Association on Thursday. Bony is expected to lead the line for the Swans as they aim to make it three games unbeaten in the Premier League. “We know it will be a very tough game, but we are going there to win,” he told the club’s official website. “To get another win in the league would be great for our momentum. “We’ve made a good start in the league – sixth is a good position for us – and now it’s about building on that.” Martinez’s men host his old club Swansea on Saturday, having been beaten 3-0 by the Welsh club in the Capital One Cup at the Liberty Stadium earlier this season. The Toffees boss has been quick to stress that, while some lessons will be taken from that game, the starting XI he selects this weekend is set to be very different from that cup tie, where he made eight changes. “I think every game you play against opposition not too long ago can help you prepare a game,” said Martinez, who was Swansea boss Garry Monk’s team-mate and then manager at the Welsh outfit. “But our team is probably going to be quite different to what it was that night. “I think we know everything about Swansea, and I think they know everything about us – I don’t think there are any secrets there between the two sides. “That game, if you had played it 10 times, I think the scoreline would be very, very different.” Gylfi Sigurdsson should shrug off a groin injury to feature. The influential Iceland international limped off during the second half of last weekend’s 2-0 home victory against Leicester and was rested for the Capital One Cup defeat at Liverpool in midweek while Swansea also expect midfielder Ki Sung-yueng to play after a shoulder problem. last_img read more


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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Barcelona: Lawyers for Brazilian footballer Neymar and Spanish champions Barcelona failed Friday in their bid to avert a multi-million-dollar court battle over a tangled contact dispute. “It is going to court,” Barcelona lawyer Josep Vives told journalists outside the court after the closed-door reconciliation talks had collapsed. A court official told journalists that the hearing which is open to the public would begin later on Friday. The case revolves around a decision by Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, to quit Barcelona in 2017 and join Paris Saint-Germain in a stunning coup for the French club. The move angered the Spanish giants who filed a complaint for breach of contract against the 27-year-old superstar who had pledged loyalty to Barcelona by signing a new deal just one year earlier.Neymar arrived in Barcelona Thursday ahead of the hearing which was set for 10:00 am (0800 GMT) Friday but lawyers confined later he was not at court. Neymar’s shock transfer to PSG for a world record 222 million euros (USD 250 million at the time) came less than a year after he signed a contract that would have kept him at the Spanish club until 2021. As well as filing a lawsuit, Barcelona refused to pay him 26 million euros, which were part of his contract renewal bonus. The young Brazilian quickly hit back with a lawsuit demanding payment of the bonus in full. ‘The taxman watching’ Although the full sum of the bonus has never been clear, Neymar received an initial payout and was to have received the rest in instalments over the course of his new contract. The Spanish club is demanding he return the part of the loyalty bonus already received as well as 8.5 million euros plus interest in compensation for breach of contract. Neymar promptly filed a countersuit demanding payment of the 26 million euros with interest. According to El Mundo daily, the case is being closely watched by the Spanish tax authorities who are keen to know whether Neymar, who was a tax resident in 2017, paid his dues on both the bonus and his transfer to PSG.Also Read | Neymar skips friendly, Paris Saint-Germain lose to Inter Milan on penaltiesBack in March, Neymar’s public relations agency, NR Sports, admitted the tax authorities had requested documents but insisted the player was not the subject of a new tax investigation in Spain. The young striker has been beset by legal problems since his arrival in Europe in 2013 following his move to the Catalan club from Brazil’s Santos. Barca valued the transfer at 57.1 million euros but Spanish prosecutors believe the amount paid was at least 83.3 million, trigging a string of legal cases in both countries, some of which remain unresolved.Also Read | Neymar ‘rape’ case: Rio de Janeiro police wants footballer to testifyAnd since transferring to PSG, things have not been any easier. In the last few months, the superstar who has a huge social media following, found himself facing a rape allegation, which was dropped in August, and an assault charge for hitting a fan after PSG’s shock defeat in April’s French Cup final.last_img read more


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first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – The West Indies selectors have called up the veteran pair of Nikita Miller and Rayad Emrit for the limited overs tour of New Zealand later this month, in a surprise move that has handed both players new leases on their international careers.The 35-year-old Miller was yesterday named in a 15-man squad for three-match One-Day International series while Emrit, 36, was included in a 14-man unit for the three-match Twenty20 series.Left-arm spinner Miller has taken an astonishing 23 wickets for Jamaica Scorpions in his only two games of the ongoing Regional first class season, after missing the first three fixtures while recuperating from surgery.He topped the bowling charts last season with 58 scalps but picked up just nine at just over 3-1/2 runs an over in the Regional Super50 earlier this year.Jamaican Miller played the last of his 46 ODIs during the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand but chief selector Courtney Browne said his experience would prove valuable especially as West Indies geared up for the all-important 2019 World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe next year.“Miller has played ODI cricket previously. Along with his vast experience in our domestic competitions, we felt that he is the right fit to form a part of our ODI bowling unit at this time,” Browne said.“With the World Cup qualifiers fast approaching, we felt that this is not the right time to introduce an inexperienced slow bowler.”Emrit, meanwhile, has not tasted international cricket since he played a pair of ODIs 10 years ago in India, but has reinvented himself as a dependable lower order batsman and steady seamer in the T20 version of the game.He was outstanding for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League this year, snatching 15 wickets at seven runs per over to follow up on his haul of 16 scalps the previous year.Browne said the Trinidadian had been rewarded for his consistency and would be an asset to the T20 squad.“The selection of Emrit is to fill one of the all-rounder roles. He has always been on the fringes of selection and now gets his opportunity,” Browne explained.“He is a whole-hearted player, and has been a consistent performer in our domestic competitions and so the opportunity has now presented itself for him to join our T20I squad.”Emrit is one of three changes to the T20 squad with leg-spinner Samuel Badree available after missing the one-off game against England last September and Andre Fletcher coming in for Evin Lewis who is unavailable due to personal reasons.Miller’s inclusion is also one of three changes to the one-day side with Test speedster Shannon Gabriel and uncapped pacer Ronsford Beaton also called up.Of the side that toured England last September, pacers Jerome Taylor and Miguel Cummins, along with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, have been dropped.Browne said the one-day series would be a critical one for the Windies, as the only international series before the World Cup qualifiers.“This series against New Zealand and our CWI Regional Super50 Cup next year are the only chances we will have for preparation prior to the World Cup qualifiers, which are scheduled to be played next March in Zimbabwe,” he noted.“So these matches will be used to help us identify the players that will play during the qualifiers, and this is why we have also taken the opportunity to introduce Ronsford Beaton.“Though he is more known for his pace and variations in T20I cricket, we believe he can add value within our ODI bowling unit.”West Indies face New Zealand in three ODIs and three T20Is from December 20 to January 3.SQUADS:ODI – Jason Holder (captain), Jason Mohammed (vice-captain), Sunil Ambris, Ronsford Beaton, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick WilliamsT20I – Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.last_img read more