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first_img The administrators of West Indies cricket, once they assumed power, seem to have taken the view that once they assumed power “no guy can chat to me”. In fact, on one occasion the president of the board complained that he came in contact with players who didn’t even acknowledge him! This attitude, which has traits of the ‘baccra massa’ style, became the hallmark of every confrontation with the players and their representatives. This superior and condescending attitude appeared to have got stronger when the president’s friend and fellow Jamaican ex-Test cricketer became president of the Players’ union. Dispute after dispute with the players failed to reach any satisfactory conclusion until agreed arbitrators or the courts ruled in favour of the players. These so-called rulings were then followed by a slew of rule changes, which could be seen as being designed to render dissatisfaction by any player. Older and wiser heads in the Caribbean took note and encouraged the board to engage experts to review the state of West Indian cricket. But even after agreeing to the formation of different review boards, their conclusions were largely ignored, eventually reaching the ultimate insult of accusing a committee of prime ministers and other dignitaries that their considered opinion re the actions necessary to save West Indies cricket were faulty. ASSUMED POWER The West Indies cricketers have completed the ‘rolling triple’ by winning all three international competitions scheduled for 2016. The Under 19 cricketers are World champions, the women’s T20 are World champions and the men’s T20 are World champions … again, the only team in the world to have that distinction. To the fans and supporters who got up at 4 a.m. in Jamaica and at 5 a.m. in the rest of the Caribbean to watch both matches on television, congrats. Your support and dedication is the stuff of which legends are made. West Indies cricket has been suffering for years, as the best cricketers of the region were denied time and time again the opportunity to express themselves regarding their concept of right and wrong. PROPLEMS FACED The result was that the present World T20 champions played this year’s competition with what can be described as ‘the passion of the wronged’. The speech at the presentation ceremony by victorious captain Darren Sammy catalogued some of the problems the present team faced in the preparation for the tournament. Sammy praised those that contributed to their victory, including Rawle Lewis and coach Phil Simmons, for their work behind the scenes, as well as the support of the CARICOM Committee, for its support and words of encouragement which, as the captain pointed out, was conspicuously absent from the Board led by President Dave Cameron. As is now usual, the statement of the board after Sammy’s tirade promises to “look into his complaints”. How much longer will we the Caribbean cricket fans allow these men in suits to continue to lead cricket into oblivion, as the victorious captain has expressed doubt about whether any of these men’s World T20 heroes will be selected to represent the West Indies in upcoming competitions. Local cricket boss Billy Heaven has promised a suitable reception for the victorious Jamaicans on their return. When that will be is uncertain as international commitments will ensure that the men’s return will be fragmented. No such fragmentation is expected when the victorious members of the women’s team returns. An arrangement to host such a reception in the arena or the indoor sport centre must be mandatory. We have to show these cricketers (in real terms) what their victory means to us, Jamaicans and West Indians. We are champions!last_img read more

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, (CMC) Fresh controversy appears to be brewing between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the regional squad preparing to participate in the T20 World Cup in India, Media reports in Trinidad and Tobago suggest. The players, captained by all-rounder Darren Sammy, are objecting to a 75 percent pay cut imposed by the WICB ahead of the World Cup, set to begin on March 8, the Trinidad and Tobago-based radio station, I 95.5 FM, has reported. Sammy has reportedly written to the WICB requesting an urgent meeting as a February 14th Valentine’s Day deadline for the players to sign the contract looms. The I 95.5 FM report quoted from Sammy’s letter to the WICB: “We want to propose that we participate in the T20 world cup 2016 under the same conditions that we have represented the West Indies in previous tournaments”. Sammy has been quoted as saying that the West Indies players will each earn US$21,000 if they participate compared to US 135,000 received from the last tournament. WICB will receive US eight million for the team’s participation and more if they advance. Only one player on the West Indies team is said to be represented by the West Indies Players Association (WIPA). Eleven of the players on the squad were part of the West Indies team that won the T20 World Cup in 2012 in Sri Lanka. The fresh controversy between WICB and the T20 squad is brewing about a year and a half after the regional squad called off their tour of India abruptly over a longstanding payment structure dispute.last_img read more

first_imgBodhana Anisova of Sta. Lucia Realty vs Ces Molina and Mika Reyes of PetronSta. Lucia Realty wants the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix field to know that it is a force to be reckoned with.And the Lady Realtors couldn’t have found a better way to send that message across Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Celtics’ Irving needs second knee surgery, out for playoffs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “This game is good for the morale of the players. Hopefully we can sustain it.”Sta. Lucia’s import Bogdana Anisova led the Lady Realtors with 14 points and provided the steady presence in the middle.“Tonight we played with a lot of communication, almost like a family out there in the court,” said the Ukrainian spiker. “We need to play like that and be aggressive in more of our games.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Pouncing on error-prone Petron, Sta. Lucia carved out the biggest upset of the conference after scoring a 25-18, 25-21, 25-17 win that snapped the Blaze Spikers’ perfect run at eight games at FilOil Flying V Center.“Finally we managed to overcome that mental test,” said Sta. Lucia coach George Pascua. “We were on the brink of winning so many matches in the past but just couldn’t quite finish them off.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt was a different Sta. Lucia team that the Blaze Spikers encountered as the Lady Realtors led from start to finish by pouncing on 30 unforced errors by Petron.“I know that we have the potential, so we had psychological and mental training before that match knowing that we are facing an unbeaten team,” said Pascua after his crew rose to 4-5. LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

first_imgDefendant Richard Tolbert, leaving Criminal Court ‘C’ where he is being triedThe chief investigator of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), who testified as prosecution’s first witness at the Global Witness bribery trial, yesterday told Criminal Court ‘C’ that co-defendant Richard Tolbert received US$20,000 as  co-defendants Varney Sherman and Heines Van Niekerk’s contribution to Invincible Eleven, a local football club, where he was serving as president.Sherman and Van Niekerk, then West Africa operational officer of Sable Mining, a UK based mining company, contributed US$10,000 each to the club, according to Marc N. Kollie.The GW report alleged that Tolbert together with other present and past public officials, including former House Speaker Alex Tyler, received over US$950,000 in bribes to change the PPCC Act to award Wologizi Mountain in Lofa County in favor of Sable Mining.The Act was never changed, but the government claimed that the accused’s intention was illegal; and that if they had succeeded, Sable Mining would have resold the mountain to another company, for which Sable would have generated billions of United States dollars.Testifying on cross examination, Kollie alleged that when defendant Tolbert received the US$20,000, instead of depositing it into the account of the football club, he diverted the money into his (Tolbert) personal account, where he is the only signatory.“During the investigation the defendant informed us that he deposited the US$20,000 into his account because the club was indebted to him in that same amount,” the prosecution first witness alleged, adding, “Tolbert showed us a promissory note dated May 5, 2010 between him and the football team about the US$20,000 debt.”He claimed that the intent of the US$20,000 was for Tolbert, then chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC), to assist defendant Sherman plan for the concession area of the Wologizi Mountain, in Lofa County, to be declared a non-bidding area in favor of Sable Mining, for which Sherman served as its Liberian lawyer.The LACC investigator also alleged that while serving as NIC chair, defendant Tolbert was also head of the Inter-Ministerial Concession Committee, which post he used to hold a series of discussions with Van Niekerk to enforce their deal.“(Van) Niekerk visited Tolbert at his office and they both discussed a wide range of investment opportunities for Sable’s operations in the country, based on which discussion (Van) Niekerk and Sherman were invited to an IE fundraising rally, where they made the cash contribution of US$20, 000,” Kollie alleged.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCrime Chief Lyndon AlvesPublic Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanThe numerous successful operations, seizures, and arrests with convictions during the first quarter of this year are testimonies to the fact that public trust with law enforcement agencies is being repaired and rebuilt.This is according to Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, who told Guyana Times in an interview that the public has regained some confidence with law enforcement officers and as such, the successes in narcotics cases.“There are the four factors I think – it is the paying off of a long-standing set of training, it is paying off now, a long-standing set of bettering the relationship and confidence of members of the public and the leadership of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) also helps. The efforts that have been gone into the training, the efforts that have gone into getting better community relations so that we are going to get more information from the citizens of the country and a genuine desire on the police to solve these crimes. A greater resolve of wanting the security sector to improve and I also believe too the new leadership has played a role in that regard”, the Minister stated.More money for agenciesMinister Ramjattan stated that plans are underway to secure more monies for the various units of the GPF, along with other law enforcement agencies, since they are constantly requesting access to more finances to continue to execute their duties effectively and efficiently.“All of them, that does not only [cater] for the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) but also for the Guyana Prison Service, it goes for the GPF, all of which have been making demands from the Ministry and myself for increased allocations, increased monies, funding for more vehicles. Some want All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) for the interior, they want more comfortable police stations, furnishing, and the list goes. We have come from a very low level of comfort when it comes to police infrastructure and the CANU’s infrastructure.”According to the Public Security Minister, more monies for these agencies would be ideal, so that they each can continue to build on the trajectory they have set with regard to reaping more successes in their respective fields.However, the issue of more finances being distributed or allotted to these agencies is dependent on the resources that Government has available.“We are now opening up new buildings, one in Skeldon (Region Six), one in Lethem (Region Nine), a number of places also, so…it is going to evolve. It is not going to happen just the next day and that also depends on our resources. We are going to get far more resources with a better revenue stream as you know and that is what is going to help us,” the Minister added.More arrests don’t mean more drugs being usedMeanwhile, Deputy Police Commissioner and Crime Chief Lyndon Alves told this publication that the collaboration between the public and the GPF has played an integral role in ranks making arrests and justice being served, not only in the Narcotics Department.“More information is being shared with the police from members of the public and we are building trust which is critical. You know we had an issue with trust sometime back where persons give you the information and they are left out in the cold. So it is just that we are building back that bridge, and in the case of narcotics cases, persons are more comfortable now coming forward and giving information [knowing] fully well that the source will not be revealed, they are assured of confidentiality”, Alves highlighted.The Crime Chief also noted that as the law enforcement agencies continue to clamp down the drug trade and the seizure of illicit substances, it must be clear that this does not necessarily mean that there are more drugs in Guyana.“It does not necessarily mean there is more frequent use of drugs in Guyana. It is more information being able to come out in the open. More people are now coming forward so there are more reports but this does not necessarily mean there is an increase in drugs usage or trade in the country,” the Crime Chief added. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

first_imgLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo seemingly break football records for fun.We all know about their ability on the pitch but this video takes a closer look at the incredible records the pair have amassed over their careers so far.Watch the video to find out who scored 91 goals in a calendar year, and which player was the first to score a goal in every minute of a game.For more sports entertainment, be sure to subscribe to talkSPORT on YouTube HERE.last_img

first_imgBy Martin Schram The Democrats are on track to retake the White House in 2008, and there is just one thing that can derail them: the Democrats. The Democrats have the unique capability of becoming their own negative campaigning enemy. Doing to themselves what the Republicans can never do to them – convincing voters that Democrats don’t get it about defeating the terrorists. That Democrats won’t fight to prevent al-Qaida from making Iraq a safe haven for plotting attacks on our homeland and the world. But this week we discovered that the Democratic presidential hopefuls now have a messenger who can save them from themselves. Do not nod off, or throw or shred your newspaper when I tell you the name of the Democrats’ new message model: It’s John Kerry. McCain seemed not to notice that they were in violent agreement on that. “Al-Qaida is in Iraq,” McCain countered. “? if we don’t continue to beat them back, (al-Qaida) will be a major influence ?” Kerry: “? you’re debating with yourself. ? because we’ve said we’re going to continue to fight al-Qaida.” It went on like that, like a soundtrack that kept looping until it began to sound, well, loopy. But the take-away point for all Democrats should be clear. A withdrawal of most combat troops must be twinned with keeping enough troops to fight al-Qaida in Iraq. Consider Barack Obama. The senator from Illinois opposed the Iraq invasion from the get-go – arguing in 2002 for staying the course in Afghanistan by crushing the enemy that attacked us on 9-11: al-Qaida. But in detailing his plan for pulling out of Iraq’s civil war, he devoted only a few lines to al-Qaida in Iraq – burying them 1,530-some words deep into his speech: “… my plan would maintain sufficient forces in the region to target al-Qaida within Iraq.” He never explained what that meant, but added obliquely: “Ending the war will help isolate al-Qaida and give Iraqis the incentive and opportunity to take them out.” Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton has also fuzzed the question of al-Qaida in Iraq. The New York senator got around to it, sort of, near the end of a nine-page speech in Des Moines, Iowa, in July: “So as we redeploy our troops from Iraq, I will not let down my guard against terrorism. ? I will order specialized units to engage in narrow and targeted operations against al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations in the region.” Whatever that means. The Republican nightmare of 2008 is that Democrats will wake up and wise up to the fact that Americans don’t want a president who will allow al-Qaida to have a sanctuary anywhere – especially not in Iraq. (Tangential Wake-Up Call: Neither Clinton nor Obama was gutsy enough to flatly condemn a craven newspaper ad in which the liberal group MoveOn.org played a name game to suggest that Army Gen. David Petraeus, an intellect and patriot, would “betray us.”) That’s why we have come to this strange truth: The Democrats’ smooth-talking presidential front-runners can learn something about decisiveness and articulateness from, yes, Kerry – now freed from the shackles of knowing his political fate depends on words that pop out of his mouth. Which is another way of saying: The only way to know what presidential candidates really think is to ask them when they aren’t running for president. Martin Schram writes political analysis for Scripps Howard News Service. His e-mail address is martin.schram@gmail.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Really. On NBC News’ “Meet the Press” last Sunday, the Massachusetts senator who was the 2004 poster politician for indecisiveness showed that he finally gets it, now that he’s not running for president. Kerry was rather sharp and certainly clear in stating the Democrats’ position on the Iraq war. He did everything but call it what it really is – a two-pronged military strategy: 1.Gradually redeploy most combat troops in Iraq as Iraq’s civil war cannot be won militarily. 2. Keep enough U.S. combat troops there to defeat al-Qaida in Iraq. In a sedate sit-down debate with his sometime-friend and most-times adversary, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Kerry actually disarmed his combative stay-the-course counterpart by making the key point McCain was making – that U.S. troops must deny al-Qaida in Iraq a safe haven. “The U.S. strategy in Iraq should be to defeat al-Qaida,” McCain began. His theme was that America cannot abandon Iraq to al-Qaida terrorists. Which was also Kerry’s point: “We’re not talking about abandoning Iraq. We’re talking about ? adjusting the mission so that the bulkier combat troops are withdrawn, ultimately within a year. But that you are continuing to provide the basic backstop support necessary to finish the training (of Iraqi troops) ? and you are continuing to chase al-Qaida.” last_img read more

first_imgChelsea’s Premier League title bid was handed a glancing blow last Sunday as they failed to beat a stubborn Southampton side at Stamford Bridge.The two sides drew 1-1 in west London but, thankfully for Jose Mourinho’s men, their nearest rivals, Manchester City, also dropped points, losing 1-0 to Burnley on Saturday evening.But the Blues may now be without Willian for their next game, as they go to Hull and back in their hunt for another three points to aid their title quest.The reliable Brazilian has been a firm fixture for Chelsea this campaign but he took a knock against Southampton and could be a doubt for the game at the KC Stadium on Sunday.Elsehwere, the only other problem for Mourinho is John Obi Mikel who remains on the treatment table. Chelsea midfielder Willian 1last_img read more

first_imgManchester City’s David Silva and Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas combined to fire Spain to victory against Belarus in their Euro 2016 qualifier.Silva controlled a cross from Fabregas on the stoke of half-time in Sunday’s clash before driving the ball home to claim his 23rd international goal.The well-taken strike puts Spain within three points of Group C leaders Slovakia.last_img

first_imgWhat about this for a view? This is the stunning Shandon Hotel and they’ve launched their Sparkling Sunday’s at The Shandon.FEATURES: Due to increasing demand the fabulous Shandon Hotel and Spa have decided to open their 120-seater dining  room for Sunday lunch. The demand for bar food has been unprecedented and many have lodged their interest in some ‘fine dining’ for Sunday lunch.The Shandon dining room overlooks the beautiful Sheephaven bay and is lead by Restaurant Head Chef Lee Vambeck who produces his menu’s with creativity and flair. Lee told Donegal Daily, “I want to create a sophisticated Sunday lunch, Carvery lunches are popular in Donegal, however, we can all cook a roast at  home, which is why I committed to a menu that was not something anyone  can re-create at home, it is a higher level of food in terms of taste,  presentation and of course service’.”On arrival, guests will be welcomed by a glass of bubbly and presented with a lunch menu which boasts the freshest of locally sourced ingredients and each dish being prepared fresh in house by our team of  talented Chefs.After lunch, GM Carolynne recommends that you take in the view from ourterrace, if the weather is nice, it is the perfect place to sit, relax and perhaps even indulge in one of their popular ‘Shandon G&Ts’.Isn’t that what Sundays are made for?! The Shandon Leisure Centre is no available to non-members, swimmers can pay as they go or join for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.For more information contact hotel on 0749136137 or email charrison@shandonhotelspa.comSPEND A ‘SPARKLING SUNDAY’ AT THE FABULOUS SHANDON HOTEL was last modified: May 31st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinesshotelnewsSpaSparklingSundaysThe Shandon Hotellast_img read more