The triumph of the West Indies under 19 cricketers in winning the region’s first world title at this level is a sweet experience worth savouring for the long suffering fans of West Indies cricket. Many of us have, in recent times, become despondent, resorting to cynicism and blind hope in our search of that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel for the region’s cricket. However, the manner in which this team went about its business in this tournament suggests that the hope might no longer be blind. The region’s cricket administrators now need to do everything in their powers to ensure that the core of this group makes the transition into the senior ranks sooner, rather than later. The tenacity, passion, commitment and basic cricket intelligence shown by this Shimron Hetmyer-led team has not been seen in any West Indies team at any level since the glory days of the 70s and 80s. There were some teachable moments during this tournament which left no doubt that these players possess some of the crucial qualities that have been missing from our cricket for many years. DESIRE TO WIN The ruthless desire to win, at first manifested in that now infamous run out of the Zimbabwean tail-ender by all rounder Keemo Paul to win the game and effectively keep the West Indies team in the tournament. Then there was that stumping by the wicketkeeper, which accounted for the first wicket against India in the final. Then later in the Innings when another Indian batsman was struck by a short rising delivery, the West Indies bowler was all business getting back at his mark ready to do more damage, even as the wounded batsman received treatment. There have been many West Indies senior teams in recent years that lacked both the awareness and killer instinct of these teenagers, to run out that Zimbabwean tail-ender, to stump the Indian opener; title-winning decisions made in the heat of battle. Our fast bowlers of recent years, would probably have been apologising to the injured batsman instead of keeping their eyes menacingly and uncompromisingly on the prize. These are but some of the conspicuous differences I saw with this team that should inspire genuine hope for the future. Even with elevated expectations, I urge caution as West Indies cricket overall is still in a pretty bad place, especially in the longer versions of the game. We must not forget amid our visions of grand turnaround, these Under-19s won a 50-over tournament and not a tournament of Tests. I posit that most of these young players will evolve and develop into T20 stars and not Test cricket stars. Natural athleticism, speed, power and flair remain the trademarks of Caribbean players, including the Under-19s, which make them a perfect fit for the shorter, more explosive format of the game. The reality is that these young players, like those before them, will more than likely be smote by the irresistible incentives of T20 cricket and will inevitably gravitate towards those goodies, therefore deepening our already substantial talent pool in that version of the game, as our Test and ODI relevance continue to diminish. It is downright foolhardy and naive to expect that this group of young players will behave significantly different from the current crop of international senior players, when faced with the reality making five or 10 times more the amount of money they can make as ‘T20 freelancers’ playing in the glamorous high paying T20 leagues around the world, compared to what they would make as international Test cricketers representing the West Indies. Those are the fundamental realities we need to ponder going forward, even as we raise our expectations thanks to the performance of the new Under-19 world champions, the West Indies.
“We had a great night and everyone is happy” gushed Wray and Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 promoter Mark Kenny, to The Sunday Gleaner last Wednesday night, after American boxer DeMarcus Corley gave an excellent performance, that not only pleased the large crowd that turned up at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, but also gave him a unanimous decision over, Guyanese boxer Iwan Azore. This was the second night of competition in the series which will run until July. The first week’s edition was one of the worst in many years, as the main bout between Jamaican Richard “Frog” Holmes and Xzaviar Ford from New Orleans, USA, ended in 55 seconds. Ford, a plucky 19 -year- old boxer, suffered a torn tendon in his right shoulder only 55 seconds after the fight started, and was declared the loser by technical knockout. Everyone, including the two boxers, left the auditorium disappointed. Last Wednesday saw the opposite. The fight, which was scheduled for five rounds, went the distance, and Corley was declared the winner by unanimous decision. All three judges, Joseph Cooper, Eion Jardine and Laurence Neufville scored the fight 50-44 in his favour. It was a classic matching of boxing skills, between two very experienced men, and there was just enough of all facets of the “Sweet Science” to please the fans. Corley showed the boxing and defensive skills that he has garnered over 70 fights. He had a 43- 26 -1 record going into the fight and it showed. Boxing from a southpaw stance, he outjabbed Azore, the Guyanese welterweight champion, who had a 16-5-3 record, and when the game Guyanese fighter tried to score points with attacks to the body and head, Corley deftly manoeuvred himself out of trouble. The pattern was set from the first round with Corley repeatedly scoring points with his jabs. He also showed great defensive skills, as he repeatedly slipped counter punches from Azore, with deft movements of head and feet. In the second round, combination hooks to the body and head were the punches of choice for Corley, while Azore kept himself in the hunt with his jabs. In the two amateur bouts on the card, middleweight Carlton Reid from the St. Thomas Boxing Club scored a unanimous decision over Oshane Williams from Sugar Olympic gym, while light welterweight Collel Hogg from the Stanley Couch gym, scored a first round technical knockout victory over Nashan Rose from Sugar Olympic gym.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (WICB):Andre McCarthy of Jamaica Scorpions topped the batting table, while his teammate, Damion Jacobs, and Delorn Johnson of Windward Islands Volcanoes were the leading bowlers at the end of the group stage of the NAGICO Super50 Tournament.The 28-year-old McCarthy, playing his fourth season at the senior regional level, scored 251 runs in six innings at an average of 41.83 in Group ‘A’ in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T). His best score was a match-winning 118 against ICC Americas – his maiden century.Close behind him is Assad Fudadin of Guyana Jaguars. He has scored 250 runs at an impressive average of 62.50 runs an innings. The left-hander’s best knock was a match-winning 103 not out against Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners in the sixth match at Warner Park, which helped his side secure their semi-final spot.Johnson, the tall left-arm pacer from St Vincent, took 14 wickets in just 41.5 overs in five group matches at a cost of 15.21 as the Volcanoes topped Group ‘B’ in St Kitts. He had career-best figures of 6-37 against Marooners.Jacobs, the attacking leg-spinner, took his 14 wickets in six matches in T&T. He was consistent throughout and had best figures for 5-22 against the ICC Americas.As the tournament heads into the final phase from Wednesday, Jonathan Carter of Barbados Pride and John Campbell of Scorpions lead the chase for Best All-rounder.Carter, who bats left-handed, has so far made 156 runs and captured seven wickets with his right-arm medium-pace in six matches. His economy rate of 3.16 runs per over is one of the best in the tournament.Campbell, who is also ambidextrous, has made 169 runs at the top of the order as a left-handed opener and captured six wickets with his off-spin.TOP STATSBatting:AndrÈ McCarthy (JAM) – 251 runsAssad Fudadin (GUY) – 250 runsNkrumah Bonner (LWD) – 223 runsBowling:Delorn Johnson (WWD) – 14 wicketsDamion Jacobs (JAM) – 14 wicketsMervin Mathew (WWD) – 12 wicketsAllrounders:Jonathan Carter (BAR) – 159 runs, 7 wicketsJohn Campbell (JAM) – 169 runs, 6 wicketsAndrÈ McCarthy (JAM) – 251 runs, 4 wickets
Tiger Woods, left, shakes hands after losing a golf match to Phil Mickelson, right, at Shadow Creek golf course, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Phil Mickelson birdied the fourth playoff hole to beat Tiger Woods in their $9 million made-for-TV match Friday in Las Vegas.Mickelson made a 4-foot birdie putt on a specially set up 93-yard, par 3. The match at Shadow Creek Golf Club finished in the dark with lights set up around the hole.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Representatives from Turner didn’t respond to requests from The Associated Press for comment.The match was billed as a chance for viewers to watch an untraditional golf broadcast as both golfers and their caddies were mic’d up. There was some banter between Woods and Mickelson early on but not much as the stakes increased.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Warriors star Steph Curry not injured after multicar wreck MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mickelson said to Woods after the match: “Just know I will never let you live that down. It’s not the Masters or the U.S. Open, but it is nice to have a little something on you.”Mickelson was 1 up after 16 holes, but Woods tied it with birdie from the fringe of the green on the par-3 17th. Both birdied the par-5 18th and then parred the first playoff hole before it went to the par-3 extra hole — which was pitch shots off the practice putting green — that they kept playing until there was a winner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“You couldn’t have made this event any better than it was,” Woods said. “It was back and forth and very competitive on a golf course that was playing on the tricky side.”Only 700 invited guests were allowed to watch the event billed as golf’s first pay-per-view broadcast. It was marred by technical difficulties with viewers unable to view it on their televisions after paying $19.95. Turner and Bleacher Report representatives sent out links on social media allowing people to view it for free on their computers and mobile devices. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments
The Ministry of Transport, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and others Wednesday, January 22, launched the Early Warning System (EWS) Project that stands to strengthen Liberia’s capability to provide climate information.The EWS project was organized by the Ministry of Transport and approved on October 7, 2013, by the Government of Liberia. In the meeting, where the project document was signed, representatives of the Ministry of Planning and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) there, while the UNDP’s Resident Coordinator signed the project document.The EWS project, launched Wednesday, January 22, under the theme: “Strengthening Liberia’s Capability to Provide Climate Information and Services to Enhance Climate Resilient Development and Adaptation to Climate Change,” is expected to last until 2017.Welcoming the guests to the launch of the project, Minister S. Tonorlah Varpilah said the day marks the beginning of the implementation of the four-year Early Warning System project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) under the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).Minister Varpilah said the project is one of three priority climate change adaptation projects prepared by the Government of Liberia in 2007 through its National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA) under the United Nations Frame work Convention on Climate Change (U FCCC), which was submitted to GEF for possible funding.“The NAPA process was spearheaded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),” he said.The Min. of Transport disclosed that his Ministry considers the EWS project very important to sustainable socio-economic development of the country because the project is aimed at building the infrastructure of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSS).“It will enable us provide weather and climate information and services to sectors such as health, agriculture, energy, transport (air, land and sea) environment, water resources, and the general public,” he averred.Minister Varpilah called on all Ministries and organizations to work in promoting the project, which he referred to as the first project ever in Liberia under his leadership as Transport Minister.At the same time, the UNDP Deputy Country Director (Programmer), Mr. Cleophas Torori, described the launch of the EWS as another milestone in the relationship existing between the UNDP and the Government of Liberia.He said the objective of the project is to strengthen Liberia’s climate related monitoring capabilities and early warning systems to ensure the availability of information for responding to climate shocks and planning adaptation strategies for climate change.He said, “The EWS has three key outcomes they are: Increased capacity of meteorological and hydrological services and associated networks to monitor and predict extreme weather, climate related hazards and climate trends.Efficient and effective use of tailored climate appropriate information can be communicated to enable informed decision making and to increase awareness in the government, private sector and local communities of the major risks associated with climate change. The available information could then be used when formulating development policies and strategies.Mr. Torori disclosed the total grant amount awarded to the project as $US6.7 million in LDCF funding with co-financing in kind from the Government of Liberia through its line ministries and agencies and US$200,000 in cash from UNDP.He said the project’s formulation, dissemination and validation were marked by a structured, strategic and inclusive approach with extensive consultations and discussions with stakeholders.Mr. Torori also emphasized that the project is in line with Liberia’s United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and UNDP Country Program Document (CPD) for 2013-2017, the UNDP,CPD 2013-2017, the NAPA and the Agenda for Transformation (Vision 2030).He assured his organization’s commitment to the EWS project and promised to work with other ministries and organizations in moving the project forward for better development and to achieve the long term goals and objectives of the project.Other Responsible partners of the EWS project are the Ministry of Lands Mines and Energy (LME), Hydrological Services, Internal Affairs (MIA),National Disaster Relief Commission (NDRC),Agriculture Ministry (MOA)Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), National Ports Authority (NPA) Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs (PEA).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dismissal of rape case By Kizzy ColemanSusan Harding, mother of the man allegedly raped by ranks at the Timehri Police Station with a baton, on Friday mounted a protest, calling for justice after the matter was thrown out of the Providence Magistrate’s Court.Colwyn HardingProtesting outside the Appeal Court, the woman reiterated her call on behalf of her son Colwyn Harding, 23, for justice.The matter was dismissed due to the lack of evidence when it was called last month. But it was also dismissed because of the non-attendance of the state prosecutor, and the late attendance of the Virtual Complainant (VC), at hearings.According to Harding’s mother, Magistrate Leron Daily had no grounds to dismiss the case.“She had no grounds what-so-ever to dismiss that case whether or not he was absent from Court or he was late for court; it should not have been thrown out of the court” the disappointed woman complained.She noted that on numerous occasions the two accused Police officers, who were granted bail, frequently absented themselves from Court, but neither were they disciplined or was an arrest warrant issued.Harding’s mother disclosed that she is calling for disciplinary action to be taken against Magistrate Daily, noting that the matter was dismissed without the VC being given an opportunity to complete his testimony.“Colwyn was the first person in the witness box and he was still being cross examined by the attorney for the two accused, so he was not completely out of the witness box” she explained.According to the woman, she has already approached the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack, whom she said has already appealed the matter to be brought before the High Court.Harding’s mother noted that her son was raped and deserves justice, adding “there are witnesses that can attest to this fact”.She highlighted that under the Sexual Offenses Act tabled in 2010, as long as consent is not given when a sexual act is carried out, it is rape. “Whether it is a penis or it is an object, its rape. In this case, a baton covered with a condom was used on Colwyn Harding maliciously and it really damaged him a lot and he is still suffering, he needs justice”.According to reports, the two officers based at the Timehri Police Station allegedly pushed a condom-covered baton up Harding’s anus in November, 2013.Harding, who was at the time a prisoner on remand for allegedly assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, suffered a ruptured intestine.However, some doctors had also reported that they did not see any signs of sexual abuse to support Harding’s allegations. They noted that they observed the man to be suffering from an intestinal infection and condition.Harding later underwent two private examinations, one at a hospital in Guyana and the other in Jamaica and the conclusion from both examinations was that a foreign object had been inserted into his anus.
0Shares0000Sofapaka FC head coach John Baraza issues out instruction to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sony Sugar on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 16 – John Baraza will take charge of Kenyan Premier League side Sofapaka on interim basis until the team appoints a new boss after the resignation of Egyptian-American Melis Medo.Baraza oversaw the team’s training on Tuesday and Wednesday when they played a friendly match against Zetech University at their Ruiru base, a match that ended 2-2. “We have accepted the coach’s resignation and we have asked Baraza to take up the role on an interim basis as we look at whether or not we will bring in a new coach. We are confident that the team will be back to its best,” Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa told Capital Sport.Medo decided to throw in the towel after the club’s 1-1 draw with Vihiga United away in Kakamega last Sunday, the result being the fourth draw for the club in seven games.New Sofapaka head coach John Baraza was well suited for the occasion on his first match in charge against Sony Sugar on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaSince their opening day 2-1 win over Medo’s former team Mount Kenya United, Sofapaka were yet to win a single match, losing to Bandari and Tusker FC in matches they began leading and drawing four.“Of course the team has had poor results, but maybe it is just down to bad luck. I am confident that the team will bounce back and get good results,” Kalekwa further stated.Meanwhile, Baraza says he is ready to step into the big shoes just like he did last year after the exit of Sam Ssimbwa.“The immediate task ahead is to stabilize the results and ensure we go high in the table. Of course, it’s a bit sad when a member of the family leaves but that’s life and we have to move on,” the tactician stated.Medo had been unlucky with results at the club and had been under pressure especially with the club owner’s high demands.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Liverpool have been handed a number of boosts ahead of their clash with Newcastle at Anfield on Monday night.Emre Can returns from suspension, Jordon Ibe is back from a knee injury and Daniel Sturridge should be fit enough to play from the start against the Magpies.Manchester City’s defeat to Man United on Sunday has placed a top four finish tantalisingly within the grasp of Brendan Rodgers’ side and he may well choose to play a full strength team, even with an FA Cup semi-final looming.But how will Liverpool line up? Check out the possible XI below…How do you think the Reds will line up? Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Peters made the announcement during a visit to Morrisville Elementary School, among the first schools in the country to equip some of its new buses with seat belts. All new small buses would be required to include seat belts within three years of the new rule. Those buses are more prone to rollover accidents. If adopted, the new standards will apply to the country’s 474,000 school buses, Peters said. The department will decide whether to adopt the proposal after a 60-day public comment period. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Official proposes allowing federal highway money to pay for seat belts on school buses MORRISVILLE, N.C. – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters on Monday proposed new rules that would allow school districts to use federal highway safety funds to equip school buses with seat belts. Peters says the rules also would require higher seat backs to better protect younger children during accidents when older children or adults get thrown from their seats. “It’s like putting an egg in an egg carton,” Peters said.
Jason receives his honour from National Chief Scout Christy McCann.Ireland’s leading mountaineer Jason Black has received the highest honor bestowed by Scouting Ireland.Letterkenny man Jason Black starting out as a cub scout in 1977 at the young age of six years never for got his roots in the organisation.Jason was guest speaker at the national scouting council in the RDS at the weekend addressing thousands of leaders and young scouts from the four corners of Ireland.He spoke about his life growing up as a young cub scout in Donegal and the wonderful values & skills the organisation installed in him that today enables him take on the greatest mountains in the world. Black’s long list of successes being the only Donegal person in history to scale Mt Everest and the second only Irish person to climb K2 along side Ger Mc Donnell.Jason went on setting two world climbing records where he made a double ascent on Kilimanjaro climbing 19,341ft twice in 21.5hours and a second this year traversing Mt Aconcagua conquering the highest mountain in south america 22,838ft in just 32hrs.Jason adresses the many scouts at his presentation.His powerful address reinforced the importance of keeping good mental health a healthy body and a positive attitude to setting goals and realising your dreams in life.Jason stated “Life really is an expedition, sometimes a battle full of the unexpected. sometimes we focus on the destination and forget about the journey, but when you fall it allows to to get up stronger, it allows you to trust in your own understanding, Dream bigger trust in yourself and find your purpose” He received the International scouting neckerchief from the national chief scout Christy mc Cann in recognition of his mountaineering achievements on the international stage.In response, Jason said that he was deeply moved and humbled by the organization that gave him the most powerful foundation and life skills to tackle lifes obstacles and demons, silence the dream stealers and install the ability to believe in myself turning dreams into reality.DONEGAL MOUNTAINEER RECEIVES HIGHEST HONOUR was last modified: April 19th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:donegalhonourJason BlackMountaineerSCOUT