MISERABLE TOUR HARARE, Zimbabwe, (CMC): Emerging players are expected to jostle for permanent places as West Indies launch a fresh effort to revive their cricket fortunes on the heels of back-to-back series losses which climaxed on a high with a rare Test triumph over Pakistan. West Indies are playing Sri Lanka in the second match of a One Day International (ODI) Tri-series series at Harare Sports Club with things scheduled to get started at 2:30am. Missing from the regional squad are batsman Marlon Samuels, wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, all-rounder Kieron Pollard as well as Darren Bravo, who was axed for an outburst on Twitter, criticising the WICB president. Their absence clears the way for the likes of batsmen Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Shai Hope and wicket-keeper batsman Shane Dowrich to step-up. “Most of the guys are in a good frame of mind. We have a few guys here who have come away from that recent Test tour and have been in the one day side,” said Captain Jason Holder after yesterday’s training session at the Harare Sports Club. “We have some new faces and new energy. So it’s a situation where we need to ride on that and use that as a motivation. Everybody is hungry for success.” Sri Lanka have already drawn first blood in the series after easily disposing of Zimbabwe by eight wickets with 153 balls remaining in the opening match on Monday. The Windies are hoping to open the series on a triumphant note, inspired by their recent Test win over Pakistan, which ended a miserable tour of the United Arab Emirates in which they lost series in all three formats- Test, ODI and T20 Internationals. “We had a really good series earlier in the year with Australia and South Africa and then just faltered a little bit against Pakistan in UAE,” recalled Holder. “I think everybody here mind is fresh. We had a good chance to review and look back at our mistakes and our shortfalls and in the previous one days. So I expect a really good contest tomorrow from our guys against Sri Lanka.” Sri Lanka, like West Indies, are also short on experience and are expected to rely on captain Upul Tharanga, who has 189 matches to his credit as well as Kusal Perera’s. The young in-form batsman Dhananjaya de Silva could prove crucial in the series. Opener Johnson Charles with 44 ODIs to his name is the most experience batsman for West Indies but the likes of Hope and Dowrich who have been in good nick with the bat lately are expected to use the series to advance their claim. The Sri Lankans are said to be familiar with Zimbabwean conditions but the West Indies players have had an opportunity to carry-out their own assessment as well. The Caribbean side held a full training session yesterday morning. “The conditions are not too bad. From what I have seen, The net pitches are a bit on the slow side but until I have gotten to the middle I would just have to assess and see how it goes,” said Charles.
DECLINING FORTUNES Their fortunes have declined steadily since then, however, and they now also face the prospect of failing to qualify automatically for the 2019 Cricket World Cup Only hosts England and the remaining top seven sides by the September 30 cut-off date will secure automatic spots with the remaining sides forced to play a qualifying tournament for a chance at the remaining two slots. Sir Curtly, who until last year served as a bowling consultant to West Indies, believes consistency is the big hurdle the regional side has to overcome. “Potential and talent have never been the question. It’s just we’ve not kept the results that we want. From time to time, there have been some good performances, but we’re not consistent enough,” explained the Antiguan, who took 405 wickets from 98 Tests and 225 scalps from 176 one-dayers. HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC): Legendary former fast bowler Sir Curtly Ambrose has urged West Indies to use the disappointment of missing out on next month’s ICC Champions Trophy to return to the top of world cricket. The tournament, referred to as the mini World Cup, features the cricket world’s top eight sides, with West Indies missing out on the June 1-18 showpiece in England because of to their lowly number nine ranking. “It’s really a shame. It is sad. I never thought the time would come when we, as a West Indies team, would miss a Champions Trophy,” Sir Curtly told the Royal Gazette. “It’s not a nice feeling at all, but that’s the way it is. We are not playing as well as we can, so it’s up to us as a nation, and the cricketers themselves, to bring back this tradition we have to get West Indies cricket near the top again.” West Indies were good enough to win the tournament back in 2004 in England when they beat the hosts in a dramatic final at the Oval.
…investor blames APNU/AFC for delaysPrivate Sector members with Derek Chin in one of the CinemasMovieTowne proprietor, Derek Chin, said Government has ceased meeting with them as several issues are affecting the smooth completion of their US$45 million project, costing them additional millions in interest charges.The Guyana-born businessman said the multimillion-dollar investment is being plagued by several challenges resulting in additional charges to him and his investors. He made this disclosure on Tuesday morning when several Private Sector bodies had a tour of the facility.Chin said at the initial stage of their investment, they had regular meetings with Government but as time progressed, those meetings became scarce. He noted that those meetings are important since they can be used to iron out issues in relation to concessions among other things.“We have met with Government and I don’t seem to meet with them anymore… to say that Mr Chin how is your investment going, what can we do to help. So that communication link with the Government is very important… the Private Sector is the driver. The Government cannot outrun the Private Sector because it is the Private Sector. It has its own money, but the Private Sector needs to be given that encouragement,” Chin said.Additionally, the businessman said Government should be more involved in discussion with the Private Sector and work hand in hand since they are the ones who are the drivers of the economy.“In Georgetown we need an overseer Minister to follow the progress and say what is going and be able to loosen some of the barriers and allow things to happen faster because people want delivery faster and we have to pay millions of in interest and it is a real burden,” he added.PSC positionMeanwhile, Private Sector Commission Chairman, Eddie Boyer, noted that there are several investments that are ready and waiting for Guyana but the Government needs to understand that they have to work with the Private Sector to realise those developments. He added at this time, the focus should be on the speedy completion of the project since it has overrun several completion dates due to a number of factors.MovieTowne under construction“The problems are minuscule, they are solvable and Government has to get involved to solve some of those problems… when you are doing a project the Government should have a person to fast track and make sure some of these things are done in time because overruns can cost millions of dollars,” he said.ConduitIn an effort to ease the burden on Chin, President of the Georgetown Chambers of Industry and Commerce, Deodat Indar, offered to be a conduit between Government and MovieTowne to assist with the completion of the project.The initial cost of MovieTowne was pegged at US$30 million but has now escalated to US$45 million as a result of several delays. The investment is seen as the largest Private Sector undertaking in recent years and is expected to create several hundred jobs and boosting the economy.The Private Sector Commission (PSC) and the Georgetown Chambers of Industry and Commerce (GCCI) to check on the progress and offer support to Chin ahead of the scheduled August opening planned the tour of the facility.Once completed, MovieTowne Guyana will be outfitted with eight state-of-the-art screens with the total seating capacity of 2100 and equipped with the technology needed for patrons to immerse themselves in the magic of every film. Additionally, there would also be a 60,000-square foot Massy Stores Super Centre along with a series of various cafes, bistros, restaurant and stores. Among the cafes scheduled for the plaza is the famous Hard Rock Café.During the tour, both PSC’s Chairman Boyer, and GCCI’s President Indar reiterated their commitment towards supporting the venture. They noted that it is investments like these that catches the attention of international investors making Guyana a hotspot for development.
VICTORIA, B.C. – Nine members of the Inconnu Swim Club were in Victoria last weekend to compete at the 2017 BC Short Course Provincial Championships.The meet hosts the best U18 swimmers in the province, and started last Thursday with the distance events. Brittany Welsh was the only swimmer to compete on the first day in the Women’s 800 Freestyle. Welsh swam extremely well, and was poised to have a successful weekend until she was derailed by a bout of food poisoning. She would come back to finish the last two days of competition, making the finals on the final day, but was noticeably suffering from fatigue.Owen Lang and Alexander McDonald competed in their last Provincials in the U11 category. McDonald had best times in four of six events after competing two weeks prior where he made qualifying times to attend the meet. Lang had a very strong meet, and was able to get best times in all but one of his events, which helped to propel him to the finals every night. On the last day, he reached the podium with a second place finish in the 50 metre Freestyle.- Advertisement -Cameron Louie and Tytan Carson competed in the Boys 12-13 age group. They both made the finals a few times with a few some ups and downs along the way.Eric Louie and Alex Hedges represented the Inconnu in the Men’s and Women’s age 14-15 categories. The pair made the finals in every event in which they competed, and both managed podium finishes on Sunday afternoon. Hedges found herself on the podium twice, with a silver in the 50 metre Freestyle followed with a bronze in the 100 metre Butterfly. Eric Louie meanwhile managed a gold medal in the 100 metre Butterfly.The Men’s and Women’s 16 & Over category included swimmers Tate Haugan and Jayden Forster. Forster was able to make the finals in both of her backstroke events. Haugan meanwhile swam on the Friday and Sunday of the meet, taking time off on Saturday to compete in a mountain bike race. Though he only competed in four events, he was able to get best times in all of them.Advertisement Altogether it was a fabulous meet for all the athletes. Coach Steve Carson said that the swimmers competed hard all weekend and for the most part were rewarded with best times, with seven club records were broken over the weekend. Tytan Carson led the way with three, besting one of his own and setting two new records. Brittany Welsh, Tate Haugan, and Alex Hedges all broke their own club records as well. “One of my favorite things about this meet was having Owen Lang and Alex McDonald being the first to compete every day,” said Carson. “Having these two young boys step up every morning before their teammates and show them how to compete hard and leave everything out there was something that I would use as inspiration to the rest of the team. Sometimes the older athletes can over analyze a race, but when you’re young most of the time you just step up and put the pedal to the metal. All of these swimmers have bright futures ahead of them.”Story submitted by Inconnu Swim Club coach Steve Carson, edited by Chris Newton.
A revised budget was presented to the regional district board this morning by the project proponents, the Alaska Highway Community Society, which is made up of stakeholders from communities along the highway corridor in northeast British Columbia, including a few sitting directors and alternate directors with the regional district. The revised request made to the regional district is for just over $538,000 over three years, compared to the original request of nearly $610,000 over four years.April Moi with Northern BC Tourism, who is acting as an administrator for the highway nomination project, said cost savings have been realized by reducing the budget for travel and by hiring a consulting firm to conduct research instead of contracting independent researchers.“We have pared down some areas in order to try to move this forward,” she said.- Advertisement -Moi said the society has managed to secure $100,000 of in-kind assistance over three years from the provincial Ministry of Transportation. She said that support includes research and assessments related to property tenures and archeological values associated with the highway.“Once project got underway, there would be opportunities to identify other ways to work together,” she added.She said the Alaska Highway Community has also reached an agreement with the North East Native Advancing Society (NENAS) to establish a research-based story-collecting project, where each community along the highway corridor would identify a member of that community to gather stories related to the construction of the highway and the impacts of the construction of the highway.Advertisement It is anticipated the federal review process would take another two years to complete, so if successful, the Alaska Highway would become a national historic site in 2017, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the completion of the highway, and the 150th anniversary of Canada. That timeline makes the project extremely time sensitive, said Moi.The board of the Peace River Regional District is expected to be presented with a report on whether or not to approve the revised budget for the nomination project at its next regular meeting on Aug. 25. The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality also passed a resolution to provide $10,000 to support research involved with the nomination project, she said. That is much less than the $610,000 that was originally anticipated from Fort Nelson, but Moi said while the regional municipality supports the project, they are forced to deal with other budget priorities at this time.She said they hope to start the nomination project in September with six months of surveying known information, working with communities and stakeholders and identifying the boundaries of specific sites.“We believe if we start in September there is still enough time to travel the highway and do a physical site check.”The second phase of the project, slated to begin in April, 2012, would involve a mapping component, and engagement of stakeholders in the Yukon, as well as other objectives. The third phase, beginning in April, 2013, and would involve completing the research required for the submission report to Parks Canada and conducting any follow-up research required by the federal Historic Sites and Monuments Board.Advertisement
0Shares0000Other teams will fear Harry Kane’s goalscoring abilities © AFP / Martin BERNETTIREPINO, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – Qualification for the last 16 secured with a game to spare, Harry Kane leading the race for the Golden Boot and a record World Cup win after thrashing Panama 6-1 — England could not have wished for a better start in Russia.Even accounting for soft opposition in the World Cup debutants and Tunisia before that, England’s record so far contrasts starkly to four years ago when they were already eliminated after just two games in Brazil. Manager Gareth Southgate’s decision to bring the third youngest squad on show in Russia is paying off so far as the Three Lions look full of energy and lacking in the fear of failure that has blighted so many campaigns in a 52-year wait to win a major tournament.Most importantly of all, in Kane they have a striker the whole world will now fear.In just two World Cup appearances, the Tottenham striker now has as many World Cup goals as Lionel Messi after backing up his double to beat Tunisia with the first World Cup hat-trick from an Englishman since Gary Lineker in 1986.A winner of 57 England caps as a player, Southgate has earned rave reviews for creating a more relaxed and open environment between players, press and fans before the tournament.Using their heads: England have scored four goals from set-pieces in two World Cup games © AFP / Johannes EISELEHe even managed to fan the flames of the first media storm of England’s World Cup on the eve of the Panama match over whether journalists should reveal his team selections by recognising the press should not be cheerleaders.Southgate and his backroom staff also deserve credit for a series of innovative set-piece routines that have already reaped four goals.– “Enjoying it” –Kane, meanwhile, has showed this England side has at least one reliable penalty taker should they be forced into a shootout in the weeks to come by smashing two immaculate spot-kicks into the top corner.“We are just enjoying it,” said Kane. “We have been working on set pieces and working on the way we play and it is all coming together.“Fantastic to be through and to do it this way is brilliant.”Much tougher tests await, beginning with Belgium — who have also hit a total of eight goals past Panama and Tunisia — on Thursday.Gareth Southgate has brought a young squad to Russia © AFP / Johannes EISELESouthgate even claimed he “didn’t particularly like the performance” due to a sloppy start and conceding a late goal that leaves England level on goal difference with the Red Devils at the top of Group G.A draw in Kaliningrad would mean the group winners would be decided on disciplinary records with Belgium’s three yellow cards to England’s two so far meaning they sit in second place.Both sides may not even want to finish first with the group winners potentially set for a much tougher half of the draw that might also contain Brazil, Germany and France.For now, though, after so many tournament disappointments in recent years, England are happy to have the luxury of weighing up who they would rather face in the knockout rounds, and fortune on their side.Kane’s hat-trick goal to move one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot deflected in off his heel from Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s long-range effort.“The third one is probably one of the luckiest goals of my career,” added Kane. “So far it’s been going my way, so hopefully that continues.”With luck like that, England really can dare to dream.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The commission is expected to consider the moratorium Sept. 18. The practice of towing vehicles has been decried by immigrants-rights groups that say it unfairly targets those here illegally, because they cannot obtain licenses. But the LAPD officers union said as long as the practice of confiscating cars is legal, the moratorium should be immediately lifted. “We question why the department is dragging its feet on this,” said Tim Sands, president of the Police Protective League. “Allowing these drivers to keep driving their cars is akin to allowing unlicensed gun owners to keep their guns. The only difference is that cars kill more people than guns do.” The union says a significant number of hit-and-run suspects are unlicensed drivers. The LAPD annually impounds about 40,000 cars driven by unlicensed drivers. The practice generates roughly $14 million in revenue for the city of Los Angeles and costs offenders about $1,200 each to retrieve their cars. LAPD officers could soon be impounding the vehicles of unlicensed drivers again after the City Attorney’s Office found the practice to be constitutional, police Chief William Bratton said Friday. The Los Angeles Police Department temporarily stopped the practice last week after the City Attorney’s Office said it might be unconstitutional. But after a review of the initial findings, based on a 2005 federal appeals court decision, the City Attorney’s Office found that in most cases the practice was legal. “It would appear that we are OK to go back to what we were doing before, with some specific exceptions,” Bratton said. Citing attorney-client privilege, neither Bratton nor the City Attorney’s Office would detail under what circumstances the LAPD will be prohibited from towing vehicles. Still, Bratton said he will not lift the moratorium until the civilian Police Commission – which sets policy for the department – has reviewed the city attorney’s and the department’s own recommendations. email@example.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Jeremy Menez is staying put at AC Milan, according to the 28-year-old’s agent.The France international has been linked with a move to Liverpool since the end of last season after hitting 16 Serie A goals for the Rossoneri.Brendan Rodgers has been searching for another forward to add to summer signings Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino at the top of the pitch, and has reportedly registered his interest in the player.However, he will now be forced to look elsewhere, with the former Roma and Paris Saint-Germain man keen to continue his San Siro stay.“An offer from Liverpool? We’ve had no contact with the Reds. Jeremy will definitely stay at Milan,” Kevin Menez, the forward’s brother and agent, told MilanNews. Jeremy Menez
A JUDGE has said delays in the trial of a man accused of causing the death by dangerous driving of eight people in County Donegal were ‘simply not good enough’ when the case was called at Letterkenny Circuit Court today.Shaun Kelly (24) from Hill Road, Ballymaggan, Buncrana, (above) appeared today after the case was adjourned last week to allow the DPP to identify a psychologist to carry out an assessment of him.However prosecuting counsel Patricia McLaughlin said the psychologist identified by the DPP was no longer providing assessments for court. She said the State had made extensive enquiries since Judge Keenan Johnson had adjourned the case a week ago.Two experts at the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin had been identified but the State had been unable to contact them despite phone calls and letters being sent.Judge Johnson said the delay in finding an expert was “simply not good enough.”He ordered the DPP to find an expert by Thursday.The judge also said the expert should be in a position to carry out a psychological assessment “within seven to ten days” of this Thursday to allow a fitness to plea hearing to take place.Judge Johnson said it “just beggars belief” that the case was continuing to “drag” on.Ms McLaughlin said the State had only received medical reports from the defence before last week’s hearing.She said she wanted to “apologise to the court” for the delays.Judge Johnson adjourned the case until Thursday.The men who died in the crash in Clonmany, Co Donegal, on July 11th, 2010 were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22)of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.DELAY IN INISHOWEN DEATH CRASH CASE ‘SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH’ – JUDGE was last modified: April 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
McGowan was cleared of assaultTwo men who were convicted of assault in the District Court had their charges dismissed on appeal at Letterkenny Circuit Court but the judge in the case told three victims from Galway: “You probably won’t want to come back to Donegal in a hurry again.”Carpenters Enda Carty, John Kelly and Mark Smyth shook their heads at the back of the court as Judge John O’Hagan allowed an appeal and overturned the convictions of two Donegal men Shane Diver of Glencar, Letterkenny, and Conor McGowan of Windyhall, Letterkenny were both convicted of assault in the district court after an incident in Port Road, Letterkenny on June 29, 2011.The case centred around a complaint by the Galway men who had been staying in the Station House Hotel while working in the area at the time.They outlined that on the night the finished work at 8.30pm and went for dinner in the Brewery bar at 9pm. They then continued on to Voodoo bar and nightclub for drinks where they meet with a man in a blue teeshirt.Enda Carty said the man asked them what they were doing working in the area when “we had no work” but later the exchanged drinks and there was no incident.On the way home near the hotel they were “jumped” by a group of people and while the man in the blue teeshirt was present he did not strike any blows, he added.CCTV showed the men talking then being set upon by two in the group.Mark Smyth suffered a broken jaw and lost a tooth and while the other men were struck but were not seriously injured.The man in the blue teeshirt was later identified as Patrick Boyce who was interviewed and told gardaí one of the men in the footage looked like Shane Diver and one looked like Conor McGowan but his memory was “vague” as he had been drinking that day since 11am.He viewed the CCTV in court and said he could not recall the incident and although he could be seen in the group who followed the Galway men back to the hotel he was unclear why he was there.He added that in part of the CCTV footage he could not identify who were the people striking the blows.Judge John O’Hagan said the evidence heard identifying the alleged attackers was in doubt and he had to give the benefit of that doubt to the accused men.He said the “case stinks” and while the “suspicion around these two young men (the accused) would appear relatively straightforward” there was a doubt and he must apply the law in that manner.”I have feelings on the matter but the law is the law,” he stated before allowing the appeal.Below is the District Court report from Donegal Daily https://www.donegaldaily.com/2013/04/30/caught-on-camera-six-months-jail-for-thug-who-attacked-galway-man-for-being-up-here-taking-our-jobs/DONEGAL MEN CLEARED OF ASSAULTING GALWAY WORKERS IN ‘YOU’RE TAKING OUR JOBS’ CASE was last modified: February 10th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultclearedglencarletterkennyStation House Hotel