Read Full Story Sheila Jasanoff, the Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard Kennedy School, has been named winner of the 2018 Albert O. Hirschman Prize by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). The prize is awarded biannually to scholars who have made “outstanding contributions to international, interdisciplinary social science research, theory, and public communication.”The nominating committee for this year’s prize described Jasanoff as an “intellectual whose interdisciplinary work has charted new territory and established the grounds for a new field inside the social sciences.”Jasanoff has authored more than 120 articles and chapters and is author or editor of more than 15 books, including “The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, Designs on Nature,” and “The Ethics of Invention.” Jasanoff founded and directs the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Science, Technology and Society, which seeks to develop foundational, policy-relevant insights into the nature of science and technology, and the ways in which they both influence and are influenced by society, politics, and culture.Jasanoff has held distinguished visiting appointments at leading universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the U.S. She has served on the board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as president of the Society for Social Studies of Science. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds A.B. (RI ’64), J.D. (’76), and Ph.D. (’73) degrees from Harvard, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Twente and Liège.
On the mend. Jenelle Evans opened up about her 6-year-old son Kaiser’s health in a Wednesday, November 11, hospital selfie.“Please keep Bubba in your thoughts and prayers!” the Teen Mom 2 alum, 28, wrote via Instagram. “He has an infected abscess in his groin that is infecting his lymph nodes. He’s been on multiple medications and hopefully this next antibiotic works. #GetWellSoon #PrayersPlease.”- Advertisement – Evans’ son smiled and held a yellow popsicle in the social media upload, while his mom covered her face with a mask.The North Carolina native welcomed her son in 2014 with her ex-fiancé, Nathan Griffith. The former couple split the following year and reached an agreement over Kaiser’s custody last month.The former MTV personality will retain primary custody and share legal custody of the little one, and Griffith will have custody of their son every other weekend with his mother, Doris Davidson, caring for her grandson every fifth weekend, according to documents obtained by TMZ in October.- Advertisement – “I am glad both parties can settle outside of court instead of fighting,” the 16 and Pregnant alum told In Touch at the time. “I feel like coparenting at such a young age is scary and hard to cope with. Not everyone is going to get along to begin with. Everyone has a little space to grow, and [I’m] super glad we can all be on the same page now. Kaiser is a lot more happy, and it’s a very positive change.”Evans previously called out her ex on Twitter for skipping a weekend with Kaiser. “At this point, what do you tell your child?” the former reality star wrote in 2018. “No matter what excuses come out of anyone’s mouth, my child’s feeling are hurt. End of story.”Jenelle Evans with her son, Kaiser. Courtesy of Jenelle Evans/Instagram- Advertisement – The JE Cosmetics creator went on to summarize her coparenting dynamics in January when she liked a tweet reading, “Gotta love the child more than you dislike each other.”The Read Between the Lines author is also the mother of son Jace, 11, whom her mom, Barbara Evans, raises. She and her husband, David Eason, share daughter Ensley, 3, and the pipe welder, 32, has daughter Maryssa, 13, from a previous relationship.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement –
Green Sail, an association that creates a positive environment for the development of nautical tourism by proposing preventive and corrective measures for partner marinas and charters, recorded a video on the problem of discharging black wastewater from various types of vessels in Croatia.Marine pollution today is one of the biggest environmental problems and can cause serious consequences for the living conditions of marine underwater flora and fauna. According to the Green Sail Association, although the nautical sector faces many other problems, it should not be overlooked that seawater can be contaminated with pathogens, nutrients, chemicals, detergents, pesticides and heavy metals from faecal wastewater, which can lead to many health problems. and at the same time endanger the maritime system and the economy.The head of the Maritime Department of the University of Dubrovnik, Dr. Koboević, advised on the current practice of discharging fecal water from vessels. He pointed out that the process of learning and raising people’s awareness is quite slow. “Croatian legislation does not have strict or detailed regulations on how far something can be dropped far from the coast without being sanctioned “, emphasizes Dr. Koboević, who defended his doctoral dissertation on the topic“Model of marine pollution with black wastewater from vessels”He adds that in general, where there are large yachts and megayachts, as well as where there are small sailboats, there are a lot of bacteria. Cruisers have a faecal wastewater treatment system subject to international law, yachts also have this system (although it is not always used in the case of yachts), while sailboats do not have this system at all.Unfortunately, emptying black tanks in marinas is rare due to the small number of marinas that have this service. Only more precise laws and increased control can achieve the necessary changes in the discharge of fecal water from vessels across the Adriatic coast, the Green Sail Association concludes.More about the Green Sail Association and the movement for the promotion of sustainable tourism and environmentally responsible practices within the nautical sector Green Sail is a non-profit initiative established with the aim of promoting sustainable tourism and environmentally responsible practices within the nautical sector and preventing pollution of the sea and marine environment.Through its two programs, Green Sail works to prevent marine litter by providing educational and informational activities and materials.Charter program, the initiative promotes the importance of reducing plastic products and recycling charters and their guests, both on sailboats and in marinas. So far, over 40 charters with more than 1100 sailboats have joined the program. For its charter partners, the initiative provides education, all the necessary materials (flags, brochures and stickers for sailboats) before the first departure, support in individual and joint projects.Marine programs, the initiative advises partner marinas on appropriate waste management practices, with an emphasis on efficient waste separation. So far, the ACI marina chain has joined the program, as well as several private marinas, and we can especially emphasize the successful cooperation with Porto Montenegro, as our most distant partner. To partner marinas, the initiative provides education, promotional and information materials, a guide to marinas, regular inspections and counseling.Related news:IS DUBROVNIK AND OUR ISLANDS THREATENED BY AN ECOLOGICAL DISASTER CAUSED BY GARBAGE FROM THE SEA?
The key thing to emphasize is that after the conference, there will be meetings with the private sector from each area, in order to gather all concrete solutions in one strategic document, which will make a list of all challenges in the field, the so-called. “White paper”, with a clear argumentation of the whole issue, and most importantly with the offered concrete solutions on how to accelerate market changes. I am aware that this may sound naive to some, but on the other hand, let’s start with ourselves – we as individuals and as a profession and society are ultimately the change we are all waiting for. Whether we want to cooperate and move forward or not, it all depends on ourselves. It’s up to the people, isn’t it? We are all constantly talking and spinning around the problem plaguing every sector in tourism, but we are not dealing with content and expecting someone else to be that change. We are talking about market development here, not politics. Operational problems plaguing the private sector, and this is not a matter of a priori policy, but of market development. Day by day there will be more details about the conference, the program and the whole platform. #DayOne As I pointed out, #DayOne is not another conference, but a platform. Because we cannot talk about the future of our tourism only one day, during the conference, but every day. We have to be realistic and honest, we can’t do without each other, whatever anyone thinks. Without dialogue we cannot achieve sustainable growth and development of our tourism. Although the number of arrivals and overnight stays is growing from year to year, there are various challenges in the field, from the extension of the tourist season, sustainable development of tourist destinations, insufficient domestic workforce, too little cooperation and synergy, etc.… But in order to turn these potentials into resources, I need to start proactively engaging in market development and growth, there must be dialogue and common communication and consensus on common themes and challenges. Portal HrTurizam.hr just wants to be at the center of this story as a kind of mediator, a channel that connects through dialogue and communication and provides concrete solutions. According to the tourist dictionary, a complete tourist product should be defined, ie market barriers for the development of the entire tourism sector should be removed. Conference ONE DAY OR DAY ONE held on 02.04.2020. in the Congress Center Forum Zagreb will officially announce the entire #DayOne platform. The conference will bring together tourism experts from various tourism sectors, both private, scientific and public sectors, host foreign speakers who will present global tourism trends, show positive examples of cooperation, and openly and constructively discuss all challenges and most importantly offer concrete solutions. accelerate the growth of our tourism. Some of the lecturers will be Božo Skoko, Ognjen Bagatin, Paul Bradbury, whose portal Total Croatia News is a partner and media sponsor of the conference – soon more about the program itself. Finally, I ask you: Will we continue to talk for years about the potential and need for change or will we all move together and be that change? And that’s why there is a need to launch the #DayOne platform, the focus of which is to connect “incompatible” or start communication. The main focus is not on problems and the past, but on constructive open dialogue and solutions. The focus is on the positives, not the negatives. The focus is on synergy and collaboration. We all say that we have an incredible amount of potential wherever we turn and that we need a change in the context of market development, in order to turn those potentials into our resources. PLATFORM ONE DAY OR DAY ONE #dayone Today we live and operate in the global European market, where information and knowledge are available to all and we all fight for the same tourist in the global market. Also, today more than ever the focus of each country is on the growth of small and medium economy as the foundation of a healthy, sustainable and strong economy, and it is through the tourism sector that we directly affect the sustainability of the local economy. The question we all need to ask ourselves: How to move faster and better? What can we do to make tomorrow better? Where do we see Croatian tourism in 2030? This is not my story, this is our story. We all make a Croatian tourist product. Let’s forget the past, let’s turn to the future. Let today be the focus on #dayone and not #oneday. One Day Or Day One. I choose dialogue, collaboration and #DayOne starting from today, starting from me first. A document that will unite the views of the private and public sectors, with the aim of consensus on the main challenges with a specific time interval on how to overcome them. Tourism is one of the key and most important sectors of the Croatian economy, generating about 20 percent of GDP in the Republic of Croatia. But one of the main problems is that we do not have quality dialogue and communication between the private and public sectors. Tourism is not homogeneous and does not form one industry, but connects various other industries vertically and horizontally. That is why it is complex and we must deal with it in a strategic and sustainable way. And for that we need the unity and synergy of everyone, including the private and public sectors. Two words have marked our tourism for decades: potential and change. Portal HrTurizam.hr as a mediator between sectors SAVE THE DATE 02.04.2020.
Disruptions to supply chains could “prolong and exacerbate the health and economic crisis”, the two institutions warned. The G20 on Thursday pledged to avoid “unnecessary” trade barriers on essential goods including food during the coronavirus pandemic, after the WTO and IMF warned over the growing use of export restrictions.The pandemic has pushed the global economy and international trade into turmoil as they face downturns not seen since the Great Depression. Global trade is expected to register “double-digit declines” in volumes in nearly all regions this year, the World Trade Organization has said. G20 trade and investment ministers said export restrictions on vital medical supplies and other essential goods, if necessary, must be “proportionate, transparent, temporary” and must not create “unnecessary barriers to trade or disruption to global supply chains”.Following a virtual meeting hosted by Saudi Arabia, the ministers also pledged to “refrain from introducing export restrictions on agricultural products” and avoid “unnecessary food-stockpiling”.Last month, the International Monetary Fund and WTO expressed concern over possible “supply disruptions” from the growing use of export restrictions that limit trade of key medical supplies and food.They called on global leaders to refrain from imposing such restrictions. Topics :
INTRO: Longitudinal precast concrete beams laid in stone ballast provide continuous support to the rails and reduced ground pressure for the same overall weight as conventional sleepersBYLINE: Dr Eng Hajime WakuiChief EngineerStructural Engineering GroupJapan Railway Technical Research InstituteFROM THE 1940s to the 1960s, experiments were carried out in France, Japan and the Soviet Union with longitudinal sleepers laid in parallel pairs under the rails. None was successful, and the idea was abandoned in favour of individual transverse concrete sleepers replacing wood. Twin-block concrete sleepers joined by a steel tiebar are also in common use.In 1993, the Structural Engineering Group of Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) examined the reasons for the failure of longitudinal sleepers. It was concluded that these pioneering designs had not paid enough attention to maintaining the track gauge, and they required a greater weight of concrete than transverse sleepers. Nevertheless, it was considered that the basic principle of placing parallel pairs of sleepers directly beneath the rails was sound.Since then, ladder sleepers have been developed and tested in service. They were installed experimentally in February 1996 on a JR Freight line of 1067mm gauge after extensive tests at RTRI. The length of the experimental section is 100 m, and by June 1997 it had carried 20 million gross tonnes. Tests on a heavy haul version will start shortly at the Association of American Railroads’ Transportation Technology Centre near Pueblo in Colorado.Several designs for different types of track structure have been developed using ladder sleepers. While most will be laid in stone ballast, designs include track resting on a mortar, asphalt or concrete base suitable for viaducts or in tunnels. Patents for ladder track have been filed in a number of countries.Track can be tampedMany attempts have been made to produce concrete trackbeds which require little or no maintenance. While these have been successfully used on structures, notably on Shinkansen routes in Japan and on metros in tunnel, permanent way engineers have been reluctant to abandon stone ballast because of the ease with which the line and level can be adjusted by tamping to compensate for the settlement of earthworks.The fundamental difference between ladder sleepers and concrete trackbeds is that the former are designed to be laid in ballast and tamped by machine to maintain the required rail top level, and adjust the alignment if necessary. Obviously, the tamping heads have to be turned through 90°, but the sleepers are flexible enough to be lifted by a tamping machine and the principle is almost the same as for cross-sleepered track.Pressure exerted on the ballast is much less variable, and as a consequence the rate of settlement is far lower than that experienced with conventional sleepers. The sleeper and rail act together as a composite beam which to some extent bridges across weak spots in the formation. All this points to a big reduction in track maintenance costs.Design structureLadder sleepers are manufactured as two longitudinal concrete beams joined by transverse steel pipes which act as gauge ties. The finished product looks like a ladder laid on the ground – hence the name.The standard distance between two transverse pipes is 2·5m. The minimum unit length is 5m as obviously two pipes are necessary for structural and gauge stability. The maximum is 12·5m (five pipes) weighing about 4 tonnes, which is the most that can be conveniently handled at the work site.At 625mm intervals, pairs of shoulders for Pandrol clips are cast into the top of the sleeper. The rail can therefore be supported continuously, except for a short distance at the sleeper ends. In addition to the rail pad, a continuous ballast mat can be laid under the sleeper.The purpose in having different length units is to enable curved track to be laid. By using an adjustable insulated spacer between the Pandrol shoulder and the rail, or by using Pandrol shoulders on a moveable baseplate, a curve of 200 m radius can be laid using the 5m long units. The 12·5m units can be used on curves over 2 000 m radius.Because of its excellent crack resistance, pretensioned partially-prestressed concrete (PPC) was adopted for the longitudinal beams. Newly developed indented prestressing wires of three or five strands, which have very good adhesion to the concrete, are arranged close to the top and bottom surfaces where cracks are most likely to occur (photo p589). Stress transfer between the indented wires and the concrete relies solely on this bond.The dimensions of the longitudinal beam were mainly dictated by the need to incorporate the cast iron shoulders for the Pandrol clips within the cross-section, which is 400mm wide at the upper surface and 155mm deep under the rail seat (Fig 1).The width is increased on the inside by 30mm where the pipes used as ties enter the beam. These pipes are 76mm in diameter and 9mm thick. They are deformed at the ends to prevent them from rotating or being pulled out of the concrete.With the rail and sleeper acting as a continuous flexible beam, sleeper ends obviously become a weak point where differential movement has to be constrained.RTRI is currently developing a number of types of joint. The aim is to connect the longitudinal beams within a galvanised steel channel using sufficient through bolts to resist the shear forces. However, at intervals it will be necessary to allow longitudinal expansion and contraction of the sleepers to take place at the joints.Because of their configuration, ladder sleepers are highly resistant to track buckling in hot weather. However, they do not offer the same resistance to longitudinal creep as transverse sleepers. As experience shows this to be necessary, transverse steel plates which react against the ballast can be installed between the beams.Test resultsOne benefit of the ladder sleeper is the ability to bridge across weak spots in the subgrade where partial subsidence has occurred. The effect of unsupported gaps 1·8 and 3·6m long symmetrically under both beams and asymmetrically under one side beam was analysed. These calculations were used to determine the crack resistance and the ultimate capacity of the longitudinal beam as well as the diameter and thickness of the pipe.These are extreme cases, and serve to emphasise that ladder sleepers can enhance safety under conditions where the subgrade has partially collapsed, for example after a washout or earthquake.Drop-weight impact tests were performed to simulate the effect of wheel flats. These confirmed that ladder sleepers had been correctly designed to withstand such impacts.As regards ballast pressure, the much more even distribution achieved by ladder sleepers is well brought out by Fig 2. This shows the effect of a bogie exerting 80 kN static wheel load; maximum pressure immediately under the wheels is approximately halved, and the pressure gradient is much smoother.It is therefore no surprise that repetitive loading tests showed settlement rates to be about eight times less under the middle of ladder sleepers compared with conventional track (Fig 3). However, settlement is greater at the ladder sleeper ends, emphasising the need for more development in this area.Heavy haul possibilitiesRTRI has produced a new design for ladder sleepers scaled up for use on heavy haul lines with up to 40 tonne axleloads. A 1067mm gauge version has already been installed within the steel works of Sumitomo Metal Industries in Japan where the axleload is 30 tonnes. The 40 tonne standard gauge version has been installed in the High Tonnage Loop at the AAR’s Pueblo test centre in Colorado.On the new design, the beam width has been increased to 450mm. Rail fastenings are spaced at 750mm intervals, and as there are still four between each gauge tie, these are 3m apart. Sleepers are therefore manufactured in lengths of 6, 9 and 12m.Other track formsThe fact that the rail and sleeper are in continuous contact and act together as a composite beam means that a smaller rail section could support for the same axleload, especially where a heavy rail section such as 70 kg/m is used.The fact that rail is supported at intervals of about 700mm by transverse sleepers introduces vertical wheel motion at sleeper passing frequency, which can be a factor in generating corrugation and noise. Ladder sleepers should therefore reduce both noise and ground-borne vibration, especially when combined with resilient wheels.On viaducts and in tunnels where it is desirable to lay a concrete trackbed, ladder sleepers still offer advantages. They can either be laid on a resilient mat on the track bed, or as a floating track insulated from the trackbed by discrete resilient mountings (left). oCAPTION: A 12·5m long ladder sleeper panel placed on a levelled ballast bed; lifting rings are attached opposite the tubes forming the gauge tiesCAPTION: Tapered insulators with serrations are used to accommodate rail curvatureCAPTION: Arrangement of reinforcing and prestressing wires within a ladder sleeperCAPTION: Fig 1. Dimensions of the ladder sleeper installed in 1067mm gauge track in JapanCAPTION: Fig 2. Peak ballast pressures exerted by a bogie with an 80 kN static wheel load are halved by ladder sleepers and pressure gradients are smootherCAPTION: Top: One of the designs being tested for joining ladder sleepersAbove: Steel plates can be placed between the longitudinal beams to prevent creepCAPTION: Ladder sleepers designed for 40 tonne heavy haul axles are being tested at PuebloCAPTION: An experimental section of ’floating track’ laid at RTRI has resilient track supports under the ladder sleeper CAPTION: Fig 3. Settlement rates are eight times lower under ladder sleepers than for conventional sleepers, but the improvement at joints is less pronouncedLes ’traverses en échelle’ donnent de bons résultats aux essaisDes dalles longitudinales préfabriquées en béton tenues à l’écartement voulu par des tubes en acier fournissent un support continu au rail et agissent avec le rail pour donner une dalle composite. Lorsque posées dans du ballast en pierre, elles donnent une pression au sol réduite et plus uniforme pour le même poids total que les traverses conventionnelles. Plusieurs types de voie en échelle sont proposés et une conception a été mise au point pour les lignes de transport lourd avec des charges par essieu de jusqu’à 40 tonnes’Leiterschwellen’ erbringen gute TestergebnisseBetonfertiglängsträger, die mit Stahlrohren auf Abstand gehalten werden, bieten der Schiene fortwährenden Halt und haben mit ihr zusammen die Wirkung eines Verbundträgers. In Steinschotter gelegt, ergibt sich ein reduzierter und gleichmäßigerer Bodendruck bei gleichem Gesamtgewicht wie konventionelle Schwellen. Es wurden verschiedene Arten von Leitergleisen vorgeschlagen; ein Modell wurde für Schwerguttransportstrecken mit Radsatzlasten von bis zu 40Tonnen entwickeltBuen comportamiento de las ’vías escalera’ en pruebasExisten unas vigas longitudinales de hormigón prearmado mantenidas en sus par
There’s his Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge, valued at £290,000, which is the most expensive motor in Pogba’s garage. And then there’s the fiery Lamborghini Aventador which is capable of hitting 218mph and reaching 62mph in just three seconds. Also in the ‘Need For Speed’ category is his £260,000 Ferrari 812 Superfast which Pogba got in yellow. When comfort is considered key, Pogba can jump into his four-door Bentley Flying Spur which boasts quilted leather seats and a Wi-fi hot-spot. From personalised emojis to promotional tours, Paul Pogba has become the ultimate global superstar. Man United’s £89million man shot to further stardom after becoming the most expensive signing ever in 2016 before winning the World Cup last year. World Cup winner Paul Pogba has shot to global fame since joining Manchester United When it comes to spending his pennies, Pogba has a love for supercars – and his collection comes to a staggering £1.6m. Loading… Elsewhere in the garage is an Audi RS6, Maserati Quattroporte and his black Mercedes GLS 4×4. An Old Trafford exit may see Pogba have to hand back his red Chevrolet which he was given when the American car giant agreed a huge sponsorship deal with United. When Pogba signed for United in 2016, he spent six months living at the Lowry Hotel while on the hunt for his dream home. It finally came in the shape of a five-bedroom modern mansion which he haggled down from £3.49m to £2.9m. The Pog pad is centred around a stunning swimming pool, plus a steam room and a changing area. A pane of class separates the pool from the main hallway in the house, making it the first thing visitors see. Pogba can prepare his grub in a giant kitchen which curves round the side of the house, while there are also two huge living rooms. Read Also:Fernandes: Don’t compare me with Pogba There is also a games room as well as five bedrooms, all of which boast an en suite bathroom while the master bedroom also has a walk-in wardrobe. And when Pogba doesn’t fancy cooking his own personal Italian chef can rustle up hearty meals for the midfielder. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You
The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of Police Station 2, facing charges for violation ofRepublic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Cuadra was nabbed after he soldsuspected shabu to an undercover officer for P200 on Dec. 4, the report added. Suspected shabu valued at aroundP30,000 was seized from Moises Cuadra of Barangay 2, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – Police arrested an18-year-old man in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay 3.
VERSAILLES, Ind. — Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties is holding a breakfast this Sunday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the South Ripley Elementary School.Proceeds from the Breakfast for Champions event will support Special Olympics athletes competing in the 2017 Summer Games in Terre Haute, Ind. this June.The cost is a free-will offering.Pancakes, sausage, biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, orange juice, milk, and coffee will be served.This is the third year the local program of Special Olympics has held a breakfast fundraiser.Special Olympics athletes have already begun training for Summer Games in the sports of Bowling, Powerlifting, Swimming, Track and Field, and Volleyball.This year, approximately 80 athletes are planning to compete at the Games.Athletes attending will spend three days in the Indiana State University dormitories and compete against athletes across the state.
GREATER NOIDA, India (CMC) – Discarded West Indies coach Phil Simmons believes Afghanistan’s one-day series against West Indies in the Caribbean later this year, will serve as a great opportunity for the fledgling side to begin to make strides in international cricket.An associate member of the International Cricket Council, Afghanistan will be playing their first-ever bilateral ODI series against a major international full member when they take on West Indies in May/June.Simmons, hired recently by the Afghanistan Cricket Board to prepare the squad, said at this stage the aim was to be competitive and make inroads.“I like to be realistic. I don’t think the BCCI (Indian Cricket Board) or the Cricket Australia would be really interested in hosting them for a series at this moment,” said Simmons, who was sacked by the West Indies Cricket Board last September.“The important thing would be to remain competitive at this level, and when that happens you are bound to get your chance against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. I think the upcoming series in the Caribbean in May is a step in that direction.”In Simmons’ first series in charge last month, the Afghans beat Zimbabwe 3-2 in a five-match series in Harare, a tour the Trinidadian believes his side should have won more convincingly.And with upcoming series against West Indies and Ireland, Simmons believes his job is to get Afghanistan to take the next step.“These guys were good against the Zimbabweans,” he noted.“But if you look at their performances in the World T20 last year, they came close to winning on a number of occasions, but could not seal the deal. My job as the coach would be to help them through.”Afghanistan is ranked 10th in the ICC one-day rankings – ironically one place behind two-time former World champions West Indies – with Zimbabwe 11th and Ireland 12th.Though the assignment is a short-term one, Simmons hopes he can use his experience to help the Asian side get the most out of the next few series.“I was the Ireland coach for a considerable amount of time, and since Afghanistan are scheduled to play two series against them, they have sought my experience, which is fair, I think,” he said.“They have hired me for just three series. This series against Ireland, followed by another five-match ODI series against West Indies in the Caribbean in May, followed by a return series in Ireland in July. That’s what I am looking at currently.”Afghanistan were good enough to beat West Indies in the preliminary round of last year Twenty20 World Cup in India.