Third-placed Jamaica Scorpions have made four changes to their 13-man squad ahead of their eight-round Digicel WICB Four-day Tournament clash against fifth-place Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in Port-of-Spain, starting on Friday.The three changes, however, appear to be forced.Three of the replacements are being done as a result of fast bowler Jerome Taylor, wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton and all-rounder Rovman Powell being drafted into the West Indies line-up for their opening Twenty20 fixtures against touring Pakistan.The fourth replacement, in the meantime, is as a result of opener Shacaya Thomas having passport issues.It is understood that the St Catherine opener, who disappointed with scores of two and six in the Scorpions’ horrendous 34-run loss to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Sabina Park last week, is awaiting a visa confirmation with an overseas embassy.Jamaica scored a record-low 56 in their first innings and 114 in their second in surrendering to the Leewards inside three days, one of which was abandoned due to rain and wet conditions.The replacement players are batsmen John Campbell, Trevon Griffith and Oraine Williams and fast bowling all-rounder Derval Green.Campbell, the team’s leading run-scorer, gets a recall after being dropped for the Leewards match due to a dip in form, while Griffith, after playing in the opening two matches, earns a recall.Williams, in the meantime, a former national Under-19 youth opener, and who scored a century in the final of the recent national 50-Overs tournament, earns his first senior team call-up.Green receives a recall after being overlooked for the Hurricanes tie.”Three of the players have already represented us, so I am looking forward to them making a return and make a contribution,” said Scorpions captain, Nikita Miller, prior to the departure of the team yesterday.FIRST SENIOR CALL-UP”As for Oraine, this is his first senior call-up, so if he gets an opportunity one would hope he grabs it with both hands.”Jamaica, who after winning three, drawing one and losing of their first five matches, which saw them sit atop of the points table, currently trails leader and two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars, and the Barbados Pride.The Leewards are presently fourth, with the Windward Islands Volcanoes in the sixth and last position.The tournament is played over 10 rounds of matches.Jamaica Scorpions (from): Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Andre McCarthy, Marquino Mindley, Paul Palmer Jr, Rovman Powell, Devon Thomas, Oraine Williams, John Campbell, Fabian Allen, and Derval Green.
Children were more likely than parents to consider computers and gadgets helpful to their lives. Among parents, mothers were more likely than fathers to praise technology. The study of 935 sets of U.S. parents and children was conducted by telephone Oct. 23-Nov. 19, 2006. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Parents have become more ambivalent about the Internet, with a new study finding fewer of them considering it good for their children. The Pew Internet and American Life Project said Wednesday that about 59percent of Americans with children ages 12-17 consider the Internet a positive influence on their kids. That is based on a 2006 survey, the latest available on the topic, and represents a drop from 67percent in 2004. Meanwhile, those who do not believe the Internet has had an effect one way or the other increased to 30percent, from 25percent. “The Internet for a lot of parents is now a mature technology,” said Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at Pew. “They are not in a honeymoon period with the Internet anymore. They are realizing the Internet is something with good and bad things.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In both years, only a small percentage consider the Internet bad. Although parents are hearing about sexual predators and other dangers online, Lenhart said, they also see the Internet’s benefits for homework. “Parents are seeing both sides of the coin,” she said. The study found parents more concerned about content than time spent online. Sixty-eight percent said they have rules about sites their children can or cannot visit, while only 55percent control the amount of time they can spend online. “Time use is seen as problematic for reasons related to obesity, but parents are more concerned about keeping their children sheltered and safe from a lot of the images and things that come through the content on the Internet,” Lenhart said. Parents were more likely than their children to own desktop computers, laptops, cell phones and personal digital assistants, but the kids were more likely to have Apple Inc.’s iPods and other digital music players – 51percent of children vs. 29percent of parents.