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first_imgWindies warm-upsST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):West Indies will use unofficial Twenty20 games against minnows Zimbabwe in Sharjah as part of their preparation for next month’s T20 World Cup in India, the West Indies Cricket Board announced yesterday. The Caribbean side will take on Zimbabwe on Saturday and then again next Monday, with both games slated for the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. West Indies are currently in Dubai for a preparation camp ahead of the March 8 to April 3 T20 World Cup.They will also play two T20s against English County team Warwickshire at the ICC Global Cricket Academy on March 4 and again two days later. Following the fixtures, West Indies will fly to Kolkata on March 7, where they play official warm-up games against India on March 10 and against Australia on March 13.West Indies have been drawn in Group One of the Super 10 preliminary round stage, where they will face England, South Africa and Sri Lanka.The group will be completed by either Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Scotland or Zimbabwe, who do battle in a pre-tournament round of qualifiers.WI Women winWest Indies Women defeated South Africa Women by 16 runs in the opening One-Day International of the three-match series at Buffalo Park here yesterday.Scores: WEST INDIES WOMEN 214 for seven off 50 overs (Hayley Matthews 56, Britney Cooper 55 not out, Deandra Dottin 28, Shemaine Campbelle 26; Dane van Niekerk 2-25, Shabnim Ismail 2-40, Sune Luus 2-50). SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN 198 all out off 48.5 overs (Marizanne Kapp 69 not out, Trisha Chetty 47, Shabnim Ismail 34; Deandra Dottin 5-34, Shaquana Quintyne 2-15, Anisa Mohammed 2-36).FIFA reduces bans for Blatter, PlatiniZURICH (AP):Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini had their bans from soccer reduced from eight years to six by FIFA’s appeal body yesterday, two days before the sport’s ruling body tries to turn the page on years of scandals by electing a new president. Blatter and Platini were initially found guilty of wrongdoing by FIFA’s independent ethics committee, which is led by a German judge, over a previously-secret 2011 financial transaction.Platini, the UEFA president, said not being cleared was an “insulting decision, shameful and a denial of rights” and announced he will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Blatter, as FIFA president, authorised a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) to Platini, which was found to be unethical and a conflict of interest. But following hearings last week, an in-house appeal committee comprising members of federations voting in tomorrow’s presidential election decided to relax the suspensions. The committee is headed by Larry Mussenden of Bermuda, who is currently campaigning to win a May vote to become president of CONCACAF and a FIFA vice president.Djokovic wins 700th career matchDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP):Novak Djokovic earned his 700th career match win at the expense of Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-2 at the Dubai Championships yesterday. Djokovic, who joined the tour a decade ago, has a 700-146 career match record.He’s one of three active players to reach 700 wins, the others being Roger Federer with 1,067, and Rafael Nadal on 775.”Sounds like I played many matches in my career,” a smiling Djokovic told the crowd.last_img read more

VCB Foundation plans fun games for corporate teams

first_imgWhen the second staging of the Veronica Campbell Brown Foundation 5K Run/Walk happens on January 29 in Hayes, Clarendon, the post-race activities will include fun games for corporate teams. This year’s staging intends to build on the 2016 inaugural event, which featured a strong turnout from the Vere Technical family with their athletes dominating the road race. “This year we are adding some exciting post-race elements that corporate teams will be excited about, such as a tug-a-war and a water war, so we are appealing to corporate teams to come out on the day to do some good while having a whole lot of fun,” said Allan Beckford the race director. Scheduled for a 7:30 a.m. start, the event will culminate at the eight-time Olympic medallist’s alma mater, Vere Technical High, with all the proceeds going to support the work of the VCB Foundation which provides financial support for girls at the secondary level, ensuring that they complete high school. “Preparations have been going well and we believe this is going to be a wonderful event building from what was done last year. I believe the team has been working hard to ensure that people have a good time. It’s the best combination of having fun while doing some good for those in need,” said Campbell-Brown. The Olympian has always displayed an immense support to empower young girls. For the last six years her foundation has been supporting girls at Irwin High, Troy High, Vere Technical High and St Andrew Technical High through mentorship and motivational activities and scholarship awards. “We at the VCB Foundation are passionate about the cause of helping young girls achieve their utmost and we are appealing to our fellow Jamaicans to come out and support us so we can keep doing what we’ve been doing for the past five years and do even more,” explained the double Olympic 200m champion who gives a portion of her fees from one of her competitive races every year to finance the work of the foundation. To sign up online for the VCB Foundation 5K Walk/Run, participants can visit www.vcbfoundation.com or www.ondirun.com.jmlast_img read more

Weah Threatens Me to Leave Liberia If… George Solo Speaks out

first_imgCongress for Democratic Change’s embattled chairman George Solo has revealed threats against his life by Amb. George Weah.In an exclusive interview yesterday with the Daily Observer in Monrovia, Solo asserted that since expressing dissenting views on national issues involving the CDC party and his controversial removal as chairman, the party’s political leader Amb. Weah has engaged in constant attacks on his (Solo’s) personal life.CDC recently expelled Solo as chairman, a decision Solo contested at the National Elections Commission (NEC). While trying to resolve the standoff in the party by the Elections Commission, CDC’s national executive committee withdrew their previous intent and announced the suspension of Solo.Since that decision was taken, there have been mixed reactions, claims, and counterclaims from both sides of the devide in the power struggle.Solo claims that Amb. Weah has threatened to harm him if he (Solo) does not leave Liberia.“He called me saying if I want to be in peace, I should go to Grand Gedeh, my home county, or flee to Ivory Coast for my life. I see that as childish because this place belongs to every one of us. I am just voicing this out so people can know where we are and how things are going within the party. Just two days ago, he called me using insults against me, but being a man of peace I responded with kind words. Those small comments about threats and others don’t faze me,” Solo declared.Asked whether he is aware of any motive behind Weah’s utterances, Solo responded; “Whenever a man is in a position of the unknown he does the unknown,” adding,“I believe Weah is peaceful and will remain that way. However, a man’s articulation is different from his doing, and so I don’t hold anything against him, but I believe he’s dealing with a situation that he does not know how to handle”.Solo took the opportunity to announce a law suit he has filed against CDC before the Supreme Court for his “illegal and unconstitutional removal.”He stated that his action before the high court is intended to right the wrongs that have existed in the party over the years, saying “Nobody disagrees with the political leader on anything, something which is undemocratic. There are other issues that we disagreed on and he (Amb. Weah) and emissaries come after you for openly disagreeing with them. That’s the fundamental problem I have with the party and Amb. Weah;  I don’t care how long and where this will go, but I will see a logical conclusion on the matter,” the embattled chairman declared.“There are elements behind Amb. Weah who want to make legal issues. There are people in the party that believe that CDC is a cult and you should not disagree with their views. We are working with our lawyers and the Supreme Court will serve the citation very soon,” Solo disclosed. Amb. Weah is currently abroad, but when contacted on these allegations CDC acting chairman and secretary general Nathaniel McGill referred to Solo’s claims as “personal conversations” that he could not address at the moment.“As for the court issue, we have not received any writ from the Supreme Court and we will respect such if there is any,” said McGill.When asked about a recent standoff at Amb. Weah’s house allegedly involving a group of men acting on the orders of Solo, McGill asserted, “the matter is before the police and I don’t want to make any comment on it.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ECD man fined for disregarding presidential convoy

first_imgA motor lorry driver on Monday appeared before Providence Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs and was fined for his disregard of a presidential motorcade by not allowing the procession the right of way. Additionally, he was charged for dangerous driving.Durbaj Uraj of Lot 577 Foulis Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara, driving motor lorry GRR 8873 on September 30th, failed to give the right of way to a presidential convoy which was returning to Georgetown. The incident occurred at Coverden, East Bank Demerara.Uraj admitted to the offence and was fined $40,000; he also was placed on a one-year bond.Magistrate Isaacs cautioned Uraj that should he commit any traffic violation during the one-year period of his bond, he would be sentenced to six weeks’ imprisonment.last_img read more

Education Ministry takes autism awareness to West Demerara

first_imgAs the interest in autism grows around Guyana, the Special Education Needs Unit (SEN); the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) and the Region Three Education Department on Tuesday held an awareness campaign in West Demerara to enlighten residents about the realities of children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.A section of the persons who attended the sensitisation forumAccording to a release issued by the Education Ministry of, the event was facilitated at the Vreed-en-Hoop Primary School, West Coast Demerara.SEN Education Officer Akeshia Benjamin said autism awareness was very important as it helped persons to know the warning signs and symptoms and importantly, how to treat those persons to avoid discrimination and mental illness.She noted, “It is a category of disability, however; while it has been on the back burner for quite some time, efforts are in train to make it a front-burner issue as autistic children are also important and should not be seen as less than any child. This is because children with special needs also deserve a chance to realise their true and full potential through the education sector.”The release stated, “As is, the Ministry via each educational district has officers engaged in a process of assessing and identifying children with all other forms of disability, including autism.“Following the assessment, we are able to not only identify but fashion programmes to support those with special needs.“Autism is one of a group of serious developmental problems called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is a diagnosis that describes significant social, communicative and behavioural challenges which appear in early childhood (usually before three years old)”.Region Three Regional Education Officer Anesta Douglas expressed gratitude for the forum that offered awareness about children in the Region who are autistic. Douglas also urged persons to embrace autistic people and not discriminate.United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative Audrey Rodrigues reminded that the organisation advocated for children’s rights and noted that every child had a right to an education. “Every child is a child no matter what and we are making sure that every child has and continues to be catered for through empowering of women and girls with autism everywhere,” Rodrigues noted.Education Officer Keon Cheong shared an overview of the constraints associated with treating and caring for autistic children among others.The Education Ministry, in addition to Tuesday’s sensitisation forum, has also planned several other activities for the Region to boost awareness on the issue. Some of the activities include a Parent-Teachers Association awareness forum and staff development sessions.last_img read more

Gold Pain bring the pain to Killbillies in 200-143 victory

first_img“I love my team this year, I think that we’re so much further along strategy wise,” she says. “We play together as more of a unit as oppose to a bunch of little units. It’s more fun.”The Killbillies return to the track for a rematch against the Gold Pain in Quesnel July 19, before returning home to the North Peace Arena on August 10 against Grimshaw. Prior to Fort St. John and Quesnel dishing out the punishment, there was a rookie bout for those new to the roller derby experience. Stephanie Woodwark (Francis Break’em) says she was proud of those who came out, and that the talent of the players surpassed her expectations.“The rookie bout went so great, you can’t really have expectations in your first bout especially when it’s everyone’s first bout,” she explains. “They did unbelievable. There were people that completely took me off guard and surprised me with how far they had come, how well they had learned.”- Advertisement -In the main event, the difference to Woodward was the play of the Quesnel jammers, who despite taking a number of hard hits, were able to stay upright and score points throughout.“They were so strong, they got by us and we didn’t even notice sometimes,” she says. “That’s a credit to them. They had great jammers, we did our best, and I think it was pretty close for a bout that’s not to far of a point spread.”Despite the loss, Woodwark says that the team is in a much better place this year compared to last as they carry on with the rest of the season.Advertisementlast_img read more

Hate-crime bill veto looms

first_imgWASHINGTON – The House voted Thursday to expand federal hate-crime categories to include violent attacks against gays and people targeted because of gender, acting just hours after the White House threatened a veto. The legislation, passed 237-180, also would make it easier for federal law enforcement to take part in or assist local prosecutions involving bias-motivated attacks. Similar legislation is also moving through the Senate, setting the stage for a possible veto showdown with President George W. Bush. “This is an important vote of conscience, of a statement of what America is, a society that understands that we accept differences,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., the only openly gay man in the House, presided over the chamber as the final vote was taken. The House bill would extend hate crimes to include sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability and give federal authorities greater leeway to participate in hate-crime investigations. It would approve $10 million over the next two years to help cover the cost of hate-crime prosecutions. Federal investigators could step in if local authorities were unwilling or unable to act. But Dr. James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, warned that the true intent of the bill was “to muzzle people of faith who dare to express their moral and biblical concerns about homosexuality.” The facts DEFINING HATE: The definition of federal hate crimes would expand to include gays and people targeted because of gender under a bill the House passed Thursday A HURDLE: Hours earlier President George W. Bush threatened to veto the legislation, saying state and local laws cover these types of crimes. FREE SPEECH: Social-conservative groups object to the bill, saying it could inhibit their right to express disapproval of homosexuality.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The vote came after fierce lobbying from opposite sides by civil-rights groups, who have been pushing for years for added protections against hate crimes, and social conservatives, who say the bill threatens the right to express moral opposition to homosexuality and singles out groups of citizens for special protection. The White House said state and local criminal laws already cover the new crimes defined under the bill and there was “no persuasive demonstration of any need to federalize such a potentially large range of violent crime enforcement.” It also noted that the bill leaves other classes, such as the elderly, the military and police officers, without similar special status. “Our criminal-justice system has been built on the ideal of equal justice for all,” said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, top Republican on the Judiciary Committee. “Under this bill, justice will no longer be equal but depend on the race, sex, sexual orientation, disability or status of the victim.” Hate crimes under current federal law apply to acts of violence against individuals on the basis of race, religion, color or national origin. Federal prosecutors have jurisdiction only if the victim is engaged in a specific federally protected activity such as voting. last_img read more

PFA Young Team of the Year: Which players would make the XI?

first_img 1 Hector Bellerin 1 The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) announced their shortlists for the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year last week and four young players are nominated for both awards.Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho and Chelsea winger Eden Hazard are up for both accolades; something Gareth Bale achieved in the 2012/2013 season.Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois complete the Young Player of the Year shortlist, with the PFA’s age criteria requiring that players be no older than 23 at the beginning of the season.With those stipulations in mind, talkSPORT has put together an unofficial Young Team of the Year based on performances throughout the Premier League campaign. Goalkeeper: David De GeaProbably the hardest decision to make given Thibaut Courtois’ performances in his debut Premier League season, but with De Gea almost solely responsible for keeping Manchester United in the mix for the first half of the campaign, we had to plump for the Spaniard.Right Back: Nathaniel ClyneThe Southampton star has reinforced his place in the league’s best defence this season with a string of fine displays and is now England’s first choice right back.Centre Back: Eric DierThe Tottenham defender has impressed in his debut Premier League season, epitomising the commitment to youth that manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes to perpetuate at White Hart Lane, and even has an eye for goal.Centre Back: Kurt ZoumaThe Chelsea prodigy is earmarked as ‘the next Marcel Desailly’ and his displays this season should have Gary Cahill concerned about his first-team future at Stamford Bridge.Left Back: Hector BellerinThe Arsenal youngster is predominantly a right back but due to his brilliant breakthrough season and the presence of Clyne, we had to make room for him. The Spaniard has seamlessly slotted into the Gunners’ side in place of the injured Mathieu Debuchy and recently broke Theo Walcott’s sprint record at the club.Centre Midfield: Emre CanThe Liverpool maestro is a player of huge potential in a range of positions, having found himself on the right of a three-man defence for Brendan Rodgers’ side this season. He is a midfielder by trade, though, and has been the standout signing from the Reds’ summer splurge.Centre Midfield: Francis CoquelinMany Arsenal fans believe the young French midfielder has been the key to their upturn in fortunes this season, as his discipline and dogged nature has added a much-needed steel to allow the attacking players at the Emirates to flourish.Right Winger: Raheem SterlingThe 20-year-old has been nominated for Young Player of the Year for the second year in a row and, despite being deployed in a number of positions this season, is Liverpool’s top scorer in the league.Attacking Midfield: Philippe CoutinhoThe second half of the season has been the Coutinho show at Anfield, with the 22-year-old emerging as Liverpool’s pin up boy with a number of sensational goals and match-winning performances.Left Winger: Eden HazardThe Chelsea star won the Young Player of the Year award last season but is hotly tipped to make the step up and win the senior accolade this time round. Has been a shining light throughout the campaign and has spearheaded the Blues’ title charge.Striker: Harry KaneWho else? What a breakthrough season for the 21-year-old, who recently became the first Tottenham player since Gary Lineker to reach 30 goals in all competitions for a single season.Honourable mentions:Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)Kieran Trippier (Burnley)James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham)Sadio Mane (Southampton)Danny Ings (Burnley)Saido Berahino (West Brom)last_img read more

Home Depot decks aisles

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsRetailers generally expect this holiday season to be a nail-biter, with most expecting only small gains in sales volumes compared with last year. It’s even worse for the home retailers – consumers nationwide are forecast to spend only around $94 on home and holiday furnishings this season, down from last year’s $115, according to Deloitte’s annual holiday survey. “With the rise of gas and home heating prices and the mortgage rate concerns, shoppers anticipate cutting back on many categories, including home,” said Wendy Liebmann, president of marketing consulting firm WSL Strategic Retail. “It’s a season of mind-set over matter, as shoppers feel very unsettled about what the year-end will look like for them financially and emotionally.” To compensate, home retailers – including Macy’s Inc., Crate & Barrel, Home Depot and others – are offering both new and unique merchandise, plus running special online promotions, along with the traditional in store trim-a-tree wares. At Pottery Barn, stores are offering holiday decorating classes and special shopping hours, and customers who attend receive a complimentary Pottery Barn design book. At Macy Inc., a new product launch from Martha Stewart is designed to drive traffic to home departments that didn’t exist last holiday season. Other home retailers started the holiday push early, including The Container Store and Design Within Reach, with direct mail and e-mail offers for affordable small items and unique larger ones. “I went in there for these and clear garbage bags and left with ribbon and some votives,” said Katie Varrassi, of Charlotte, as she loaded two rosemary bushes from Home Depot into the back of her sport utility vehicle. “I left with more than I came for. They were definitely impulse purchases.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Amid the paint, power tools and 99-piece wrench and ratchet sets, the aisles at Home Depot are filled this holiday season with wrapping paper, snow villages and artificial Christmas trees. “I was a little surprised when I walked in,” said Alice Yoder, of Charlotte, Home Depot circular in hand, as she scanned the holiday section for a pre-lit Christmas wreath advertised for $59.99. “I knew Home Depot had a huge selection of lights and trees, but the Santas, and other home decor, that I didn’t expect.” The nation’s beleaguered home retailers – stung by declining consumer confidence, slumping home sales, tighter credit standards and rising fuel prices – are fighting hard to attract Yoder and others in a last-minute rush of customers to help make up for what’s been a tough year. “Customers still want to feel good about their homes,” said Craig Menear, executive vice president of merchandising for Home Depot. “We took a bigger swing in holiday items this year, because we know that when times are more difficult, consumers want to take care of their homes.” last_img read more

Long Beach State sets record for number of applicants.

first_imgCal State Long Beach received a record number of undergraduate applications for next year’s fall semester, university officials announced Friday. During the application period, which ended Nov. 30, nearly 60,400 potential students applied to the campus – marking the first time that the number of applications has surpassed 60,000. Although the total announced Friday includes only online applications, about 99 percent of students apply electronically rather than through the mail, officials said. Data for paper applications are still being gathered. California State University, Long Beach, consistently ranks among the top universities in the nation in the number of undergraduate applications it receives, CSULB President F. King Alexander said in a statement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“In an environment where outcomes are often difficult to measure, it is reassuring to know that our university continues to be among the most desirable institutions in the county for high school seniors,” he added. Total undergraduate applications grew by about 6.5 percent over last year’s numbers. About 80 percent of the applicants were first-time freshmen. Cal State Long Beach in the past few years has seen a sharp increase in applications, which stood at about 50,000 for fall 2005 enrollment. “The only drawback to receiving (this) large number of applications is the fact that we’re only going to be able to enroll about 4,000 new freshmen for the fall 2008 semester,” Alexander said. The university uses dual admission standards based on where an applicant lives. Those living within an approximately 20-mile radius of the campus have to meet only the minimum CSU admission criteria. Those living outside that area face more stringent admission standards, which are based on a combination of grade-point average and SAT scores. In addition to record applications, CSULB has seen record enrollments for the past two years. This fall the campus enrolled 36,870 students – the largest total in its 58-year history, officials said. Alexander cites improved student retention as the main reason for the enrollment increase. This fall, the university saw 1,400 more continuing students than it did the previous year, officials said Friday. kevin.butler@presstelegram.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more