By Michelangelo JacobusDefending champions Barbados took on Jamaica in a top-of-the-table clash as the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 continued at the GCC ground, Bourda.Jamaica won the toss and elected to bat, but were stifled by the Barbados bowling attack and could only muster 214-6 which Barbados chased down in 35.3 overs .Haley Matthews led with a brilliant century while Kycia Knight once again played a supporting role with an unbeaten half-century to hand Barbados victory by eight wickets.The win means Barbados have now cemented their status as favourites to retain the trophy.Jamaica took first strike and found scoring tough as Barbados tightened the screws with some quality bowling. However, Jamaica’s in-form skipper, Stafanie Taylor, once again led from the front. Fresh off a match-winning century against host nation Guyana in their last match, she once again showed her quality, composing a patient 80 (117 deliveries) which included four boundaries, to lead her side to a par total of 214-6.At one point, the Jamaicans looked set for a big score at 120-2 with Taylor and her deputy, Chedean Nation, at the crease, but the Bajan bowlers were tight in their line and length with Hayley Matthews turning in a good spell to eventually restrict the Jamaicans to just 214.Three of Barbados’ bowlers shared the wickets evenly with Hayley Matthews taking 2-36 from her 10 overs while Shenika Bruce and Shamilia Connell had figures of 2-32 (6 overs) and 2-34 (9 overs respectively).Chasing 215 for victory, Matthews began the innings by slapping the first ball through the offside for four before adding another with a crunching drive.She was especially severe on Karla Cohen, carrying her for a six and two fours in the third over as Barbados raced away.Barbados brought up their 50 in the eighth over and by then the game looked to have gotten away from Jamaica.Matthews offered a chance when she was on 68, chipping Stafanie Taylor to mid-off who was unable to hold on to a brilliant effort.Meanwhile Kycia Knight was her able supporter with a solid half century and by the time Matthews fell, bowled by Nation for a well played 108 (101 balls, 14x4s, 2x6s), victory was well in sight.Enter Deandra Dottin who knocked off the remaining runs to end the innings unbeaten on 23 off 13 deliveries with two fours and two sixes.Barbados will next face Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday.
Approximately 25 students along with alumni, professors and Los Angeles community members met with Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles Raquel Beltran as part of the first “Lunch with a Leader” event. The luncheon was hosted by the Sol Price School of Public Policy’s Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise at the Widney Alumni House.Reaching out · Executive Director of the League of Women Voters Los Angeles Raquel Beltran poses with Raphael Bostic, director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance. – Photo courtesy of Aubrey HicksThe Bedrosian Center hosts events that connect students with leaders in the community in order to educate students on the strengths and workings of governance, as well as policy and its effects on citizens.The theme of the event was how to increase voter participation and the quality of votes cast.At the beginning of the event, Raphael Bostic, director of the Bedrosian Center, posed two questions to the attendees: “Why do we see such little turnout in our elections?” and “What should we do about it?”Responses varied from requiring voting by all citizens, having a raffle for every person who votes, informing people more effectively of when elections are, closing down all the business on Election Day and investing more time and energy into civic engagement.“Voter turnout is the last step in the process,” said Terry Cooper, a professor at the Price school. “Civic engagement starts before that.”The group brainstormed different ideas for several minutes.“Let’s have public informational and neutral meetings in large public places, like libraries, to help inform people of elections and the process,” said Seema Yedavalli, assistant director for career services at Price.Beltran, who has led the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles for six years, responded in opposition to the suggestion and opted for a different approach to the same idea.“Find out what meetings are already taking place, and have an audience and leaders and ask if you could present your issues there,” Beltran said.One of the issues is that the voting population of Los Angeles does not account for renters.According to Beltran, two-thirds of Los Angeles’s population is made up of renters, but two-thirds of its voting population is composed of homeowners. She emphasized that citizen participation was necessary to address the diverse needs of Los Angeles residents.“It’s nice to see the League is interested in getting broad participation [from] people who do not normally get involved,” said Erik Yesayan, an ’08 alumnus. “This is what inspires me to stay involved. I loved the idea that voting should be the last step and that a lot needs to get done before and after for more civic engagement.”The event ended with Beltran encouraging students to get involved.“I always say do something,” she said. “Do something. Find out where you’re comfortable and just get into it. If every single one of you does something at the level you can manage and something you’re comfortable with, that is a big change.”