ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC):Legendary former pacer Sir Curtly Ambrose says tweaks need to be made to the controversial eligibility rule in order to have the best players available for West Indies duty.Sir Curtly, who currently serves as a West Indies team bowling consultant, said while he appreciated the objective of the rule, the overall focus should be on ensuring that the region always fielded its best XI.”I still believe that there are a few guys out there who I believe can play the ODIs and the Test cricket but there are criteria that you have to play the first-class cricket here in the region to be selected or eligible for Test cricket, and you have to also play the regional one-day tournament to play for the ODI [team],” Ambrose said.”I can understand that because you must have some structure, but I still believe that we should be looking to get our best team.”I am not saying guys should just walk into the team willy-nilly, but if there is a situation where guys are available and we are looking to get our best team, I still believe we should get them in.”Currently, the West Indies Cricket Board requires players to make themselves available for the Regional First Class Championship in order to qualify for the Test team. Similarly, players need to play the Regional Super50 if they are to be considered for selection for ODIs.However, many of the leading players like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, AndrÈ Russell, Darren Sammy, and Sunil Narine all ply their trade in Twenty20 tournaments across the globe, often conflicting with the scheduling of Caribbean tournaments.For instance, the Australian Big Bash clashed with the Regional Super50 last January, and West Indies players opted for the T20 tournament.Weakened squadThis means that West Indies are likely to have a weakened squad for the upcoming Tri-Series in June involving South Africa and Australia.Sir Curtly, one of the finest fast bowlers the sport has seen, advocates for a better relationship between the players and administrators in order to address the many existing issues.”If you have a better relationship or a great relationship, I believe the cricket will get better because guys will go to play cricket feeling relaxed, knowing that their business off the field is being taken care of, so all they have to worry about is playing cricket,” the Antiguan said.”I honestly believe a better relationship between board and players will change our cricket and make it better.”
PBA IMAGESThe return of Yeng Guiao gave NLEX a shot in the arm and old reliable Larry Fonacier made sure the Road Warriors welcomed their head coach back in the best possible way.Guiao called the shots for the Road Warriors for the first time in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup after missing five games due to his coaching duties with the Philippine team in the Asian Games and Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Brazil’s transgender volleyball star eyes Congress seat “I guess we missed coach Yeng,” said Fonacier.The rest of the Road Warriors could say the same for Fonacier, who delivered a throwback performance on Wednesday.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 ChrissThe 36-year-old swingman caught fire from long range just like old times when he was still playing his best basketball as a member of the Talk ’N Text franchise where he won five of his seven PBA championships from 2010 to 2017.Fonacier racked up 24 points, erupting for 22 in the second half, to shoot NLEX past previously-unbeaten Blackwater, 124-106. Fonacier made six of his nine 3-pointers, including two straight that sealed the Road Warriors’ fourth win against two losses and the Elite’s first setback after a 4-0 start.“There was really no initiative for me to take over the system earlier. I mean, I was just flowing with it. The openings were just there so I just took advantage of it. Like I said, I’m not here to be the main threat or anything. I just take what the defense gives me. My priority is to make my teammates better and for NLEX to win, that’s it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? It was the most points Fonacier has had in five years, as per PBA head statistician Fidel Mangonon, in a game where NLEX also set a franchise record with 20 made 3-pointers.The former Ateneo standout, though, said he just seized the opportunities where he was left open.He also owed his sterling outing to his coaches and teammates. “It’s just understanding the system and flowing with it. Like coach Yeng said there will be open shots for shooters and it’s up to us to take advantage of the opportunities,” said Fonacier.“Just credit to the whole staff of NLEX for getting me back in shape, nursing me back to health and coach Yeng and his system is really friendly for shooters. My teammates we all played together and we all aimed to make each other better and it just so happened that I had a lot of openings,” added Fonacier, who was sidelined for the remainder of last conference after suffering from a bruised rib and collapsed lung in a game against Barangay Ginebra three months ago.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title
Lindo Creek CoIThe coalition Government has been accused of continuing a trend of blatant corruption and nepotism.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo made reference to the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) as one example where the Government continued to take very inappropriate action on very important matters.He pointed out that the Attorney representing the Government in that matter is Patrice Henry. Henry happens to be the brother of Education Minister NicoletteOpposition Leader, Bharrat JagdeoHenry.Jagdeo also reminded that the sitting Commissioner of the CoI is Donald Trotman, the father of the Natural Resources Minister and Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman.“Nowhere in the world where you have two Ministers of Government, one where the Minister of Education and Natural Resources and the head of a party having their relatives on that case,” he opined.He said it reeked of blatant corruption which should not be accepted to continue.Giving his views on the CoI, Jagdeo said he has never been confident about the manner in which the CoI was set up and even after following the proceedings, he was still not convinced that it was worth starting.“I was looking at the proceedings and they all seem like really a total waste of time. I think they have written their conclusions already,” the Opposition Leader alleged.Another important observation made by Jagdeo, is that the “lawyer seems to be cross examining”. He said, “I thought he supposed to illicit the truth from people, a lawyer to a commission. Not to take sides, but already in his line of questioning, he wants culpable parties.”Jagdeo said he would not doubt if someone told him that “they have already received their instructions”. He maintained that the CoI was not credible, and other people looking on from outside have also concluded that.Moreover, Jagdeo maintained that he believed the decision to have a CoI into the Lindo Creek Massacre out of all the others that occurred prior to it was “ill-advised from the very beginning”.The Opposition has already stated that the lack of transparency and openness surrounding the operations of the controversial CoI could very well result in stories being concocted and falsified to accomplish a particular political outcome, which, in turn, could support the wider political objectives of the Government.The presidential CoI has been established to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the killings of Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Horace Drakes, Bonny Harry, Lancelot Lee, Compton Speirs, Nigel Torres and Clifton Berry Wong, on or about June 21, 2008 and to report the findings and recommendations to President David Granger.The CoI was also established to investigate and make findings of facts on all matters in relation to the killing of the eight miners in Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice (Region 10). It will also make recommendations on actions to be taken against all persons and/or organisations that are deemed responsible for the deaths of these persons.
…company to pump USM more in expansionBringing innovation to a burgeoning fishing industry, a local businessman has pumped some US$15 million into the establishment of a tuna plant, and has signalled intention to invest another $50 million its expansion.Pritipaul Singh Investment (PSI) has taken the lead in a very competitive market with the opening of the state-of-art tuna plant, the first of its kind in Guyana, and the most advanced in Latin America.Managing Director Sachin Singh explains how the tuna plant will be operatingThe plant at the company’s Providence location specialises in the packaging of whole tuna fish for export to the United States, where the product is in high demand.Over the next five years, the company hopes to develop this operation by entering a value-added production with a factory to can processed tuna for both local and foreign distribution.A 2014 report stated that there is a growing global demand for tuna in many countries.According to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), an estimated 305 purse seiners were fishing in the western and central Pacific Ocean in 2014, which is 10 vessels more than the 295 that operated in the region in 2013 and 10 per cent more than the 287 purse seiners operating in 2012.GoalsDuring a ceremonious opening by the seaside in Providence, PSI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Pritipaul Singh said the idea to venture into tuna production was a reaction to a highly competitive and hostile business environment.“It is most satisfying in the furtherance of my business goals and objectives and it is with pride and national conviction that I have chosen to do so in the month of October, designated Agriculture Month,” he declared.Singh also underscored the importance of government’s commitment to private sector establishments as he called for requisite support from relevant agencies.In fact, he urged the discontinuation of slothful and laid-back approaches in processing requests from private entities since delays cost time, money and opportunity.He reminded that Government depends significantly on private sector investment and as such should also play their role in ensuring the local environment is conducive for doing business.On this note, the businessman disclosed that he provides employment to about 1500 persons, with over 5000 benefiting indirectly. He noted too that PSI contributes significantly to the taxes collected by government and in this regard, he encourages government to provide the necessary concessions to ensure the business can continue to function at a rapid pace.Humble beginningsThe businessman also shared his inspiring success story, of his childhood in poverty through his wise business investments which led to his ownership of one of the largest seafood establishments in the Caribbean.“I came from a single-parent home where basic amenities were not always available…In spite of gross poverty, mother placed great emphasis on education,” he stated, reflecting on his afternoons after school assisting his mother at her small stall in the Bourda Market.After graduating from Richard Ishmael High School, Singh became a teacher while furthering his studies but quickly realised he could not wait for the monthly dollars.“I followed a trader to Barbados, selling seafood in suitcase from Guyana and buying apples and grapes, and bringing it back to sell in Guyana. About four years later, I thought of seafood. I became to purchase prawns, freeze it and then export to Barbados,” he explained.Just from savings, a young Singh purchased a small sawmill, then a fuel station and later one trawler.Seeing potential in the fishing industry he then purchased 14 more trawlers.From there, his business took off and through prudent decisions, it began to blossom.The businessman expressed heartfelt gratitude to the previous administration for their assistance in the development of his business, more particularly the late Janet Jagan, who had exhibited confidence in a young man with a huge vision to take the country forward.The event was attended by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds who each congratulated the business on yet another successful venture. (Devina Samaroo)
0Shares0000A riot police officer throws a tear gas canister to medicine students during clashes within a protest December 19, 2017, weeks before the Dakar Rally reached the town and was caught up in the tensions © AFP/File / JORGE BERNALLA PAZ, BOLIVIA, Jan 12 – The Dakar Rally reached the lung-busting altitude of La Paz on Friday and was quickly caught up in violent street battles being fought between protesters and police in the tense Bolivian capital.Around 100 demonstrators clashed with police who used tear gas and pepper spray to quell the trouble which spread to a road being used by the competitors. “We want hospitals, not the Dakar,” chanted protesters, aiming their frustrations at President Evo Morales, who has been in power since 2006 and hopes to stay there until 2025.Empty water bottles and chairs were thrown in the direction of the main official Dakar vehicle which led the competitors into La Paz.The first motorcycle riders were jeered by protesters who have also been venting anger over the country’s penal code.Despite the trouble, Morales welcomed the arrival of the two-week Dakar event, which stretches from Peru, into Bolivia and ends in Argentina, in his country.“We are proud to participate in this event, which can integrate us in the world, promote sport and attract tourists,” he tweeted.Hundreds of Bolivians appeared to agree with Morales as they cheered the riders and drivers, shrugging off the violence under the watchful eye of the armed forces.In the event itself, Spain’s Carlos Sainz, a two-time world rally champion and 2010 winner at the Dakar, won the sixth stage, from Arequipa in Peru to La Paz, ahead of 13-time champion Stephane Peterhansel, one of his Peugeot teammates.Sainz, 55, clocked 2hr 53min 30sec for the 313km timed run of the gruelling stage, 4min 06sec ahead of Peterhansel who retains the overall lead.Sainz was also 5min 05sec in front of 2011 and 2015 Dakar champion Nasser Al-Attiyah in a Toyota.“For sure, it was completely different,” said Peterhansel after a stage run on firmer surfaces than the dunes of the first five days.“The tracks are easier. It’s easy navigation. The main problem is altitude for the driver and for the engine. We lost a lot of power and we lost concentration -– you know, the brain also works in slow motion, so it was a little bit complicated.“But today for me it was like a transition. We took no risks at all to finish the stage, just to arrive in a good position in La Paz”.French rider Antoine Meo, on a KTM, claimed the motorcycle honours.Argentina’s Kevin Benavides, on a Honda, was second, 30 seconds behind, but went to the top of overall standings. Australia’s Toby Price was third on the stage.Benavides has a 1min 57sec lead over French Yamaha rider Adrien Van Beveren in the overall standings.Friday is a rest day in La Paz.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
It’s unfair that South L.A. residents bear the burden of a toxic-food environment while nearby communities have access to better food. This disparity between neighborhoods amounts to food apartheid, and means that residents of South L.A. can look forward to higher levels of chronic disease and worse health outcomes. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recently released a report showing that low-income communities within the county have a disproportionately high percentage of child obesity, too. Among proposed solutions, the report recommended using zoning to discourage unhealthy food retailers. This fall, the Los Angeles City Council is considering an ordinance to do just that. The ordinance would stop new fast-food chain restaurants from setting up shop in South L.A. for the next two years. This fast-food cease-fire would give the residents and leaders of South L.A. a chance to envision the sort of food establishments that would meet the needs of the community – and to take steps to make it happen. Considering the great impact that the local food environment has on what people eat, it is crucial for communities to start a dialogue and for local governments to lead the charge. If we are going to tackle obesity and chronic disease, we need to stop the proliferation of harmful food, and instead, ensure access to healthy, nutritious food. South L.A.’s proposed ban on fast food is a brave and bold step towards a healthier community; one for other cities to follow. Juliet Sims is a registered dietitian and a graduate student at the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Everyone eats. But what and how much we eat is greatly affected by the sort of food that is available around us. Take our ancestors: Humans evolved in a calorie-sparse world; as a result, they ate less. Those who could get their hands on sugary, fatty foods – which are taste-bud queues for calories – had a better chance of surviving. But things have changed. Today our nation is bursting at the seams with food. This overabundance flips the calories-equal-survival equation on its head. Now, those who eat more low-calorie foods, like fruits and, vegetables, are the healthiest. Sadly, our lizard brains have not evolved as quickly as our food environment. With the combination of calorie-loving humans and a country where cheap, unhealthy, high-calorie foods abound, you’ve got a recipe for poor health: a toxic food environment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsUnprecedented levels of diet-related diseases, like obesity, highlight the fact that communities across the country are facing food environments that are hostile to health. But some neighborhoods – low-income ones in particular – are worse off than others. South Los Angeles is one such community. South L.A. suffers from a major imbalance of unhealthy food-retail outlets compared to healthy ones. An L.A. Times analysis found that South Los Angeles has the highest concentration of fast-food restaurants in the city, and very few grocery stores. Given South L.A.’s plethora of fast-food options, it should come as no surprise that 30percent of adults are obese, compared with 20.9percent in the county overall. Research has shown that communities with high concentrations of fast-food restaurants also have high levels of obesity. A dearth of grocery stores, furthermore, may be why South L.A. residents are significantly less likely to get five servings of fruits and vegetables a day than residents countywide. Consumption of fruits and vegetables increases when there’s a supermarket in the neighborhood.
An angry meeting has heard there are plans to slash day service supports to people with special needs and their families in Inishowen.The cuts will see a dwindling of services from five days down to three at centres in Buncrana, Carndonagh and Moville.News of the meeting at the Cashel na Cor Centre, Buncrana has rocked families who were informed of the proposed cuts to services. News of the plans have been slammed by Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn who attended the meeting.“The anger was palpable at tonight’s meeting. To target persons with special needs and their families is a new low. These families desperately need the support that they receive to give them the strength required to support their loved ones.“It was shameful for families as vulnerable as theirs to be given news like this. There has to be a threshold of decency for this Government and Minister Reilly and support for special needs has to be that threshold.“It is clear that the HSE have been instructed to make drastic cutbacks across the board with no instructions given on what services are untouchable”. The Donegal North East TD added that the people of Inishowen will not stand for this.He said they have rallied together and raised huge amounts of money for these centres.“It was clear from tonight’s meeting that this proposal will be fought tooth and nail. Soon, a delegation of parents, committee members from the affected centres and local public representatives including myself will unite together with one voice to meet HSE managers in Donegal.“We have one message for them and Minister Reilly. We will not accept our most vulnerable citizens being targeted for cuts. They need to get a Plan B,” he insisted.OUTRAGE AFTER MEETING HEARS OF CUTS TO SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILIES was last modified: September 4th, 2012 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:PADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNspcial needs cuts
10. Leicester City’s official away kit 2017/18 – The gold badge looks classy, but the detailing on the shoulders is patchy and really bring the overall quality down. 8. Swansea City’s official away kit 2017/18 – A throwback to their away kit from 2012/13, the green and red really shouldn’t work… but they really do. The main sponsor is quite striking in the white, and matches well with the badge and kit sponsor. 13 12. Manchester United’s official away kit 2017/18 – They’ve gone retro, but this kit just doesn’t work. The design is garish, mixing shades of grey rarely works, and the Chevrolet logo reigns supreme. Eurgh! 13 13 11. West Ham United’s official away kit 2017/18 – Despite a fantastic home shirt, West Ham’s away kit is below par. It’s just a bit dull honestly, and it’s never good when the most eye catching part of a kit is the sponsor. 13. Everton’s official away kit 2017/18 – click the arrow above, right, to take a look at where talkSPORT.com has ranked each officially released away strip for next season – A pyjama top? A training top? Whatever it is, this shirt is shocking. Even Kevin Mirallas looks like he’s forcing a smile wearing it. 13 13 13 13 13 13 6. Southampton’s official away kit 2017/18 – A smooth colour combination utilised well in stripes. The sponsor also looks good (for the first time since Virgin started sponsoring Saints) with the white minimalist design going on. 4. Crystal Palace’s official away kit 2017/18 – Just look at that stripe. It is so striking on the black chest. Even the sponsor doesn’t look too bad with the white trim. 5. Liverpool’s official away kit 2017/18 – Liverpool have gone retro like they did with their home kit, but this one is not as nice. The green and white checks are a classic, but they should have gone with a block of colour. The pin stripes make it look like the ink ran out during printing. 13 So they’re a little expensive, but that doesn’t stop many of us getting excited by new kit launches.Plenty have been released over the past couple of months in the Premier League and we’ve decided to rate, specifically, the away strips that have surfaced.Scroll through the gallery above to take a look at our ranking of each officially released away kit from England’s top flight for the 2017/18 season. 3. Tottenham Hotspur’s official away kit 2017/18 – Probably the most suave of all 2017/18 away kits, Spurs have outdone themselves. Like the home shirt the shield is fantastic, and deep shade of blue is wonderful. 7. Chelsea’s official away kit 2017/18 – Simple white is a nice, suave look… if a bit boring. The blue trim does add something, but it doesn’t look like Nike made that much effort. 9. Watford’s official away kit 2017/18 – The person adding the sash needs to learn how to find the centre of a design before working on any more kits. Still a nice shirt though. The shade of red is superb and the white trim looks lovely. 13 13 13 2. Stoke City’s official away kit 2017/18 – A lovely shade of blue with an excellent white collar. The red to white gradient on the front is a real nice touch. 1. West Bromwich Albion’s official away kit 2017/18 – Just gorgeous. The red and white combination is striking, and the use of black for the Adidas stripes and collar frame the front superbly.
RTE planned appearance by Letterkenny revelers on their hit TV show Republic of Telly is tonight, RTE has confirmed.A camera crew shot a clip of people out and about on the town in recent weeks.The piece was due to appear two weeks ago. Now Republic of Telly have issued the above picture from Letterkenny main street with the note: “1030 tonight. 24 hours in letterkenny. Now with tongues.”One programme insider told us: “It’s definitely worth watching. Honest!“Anyone who has been out in Letterkenny at the weekend in recent weeks are just going to love it.“There might be a few that won’t though!” Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily REPUBLIC OF TELLY HITS LETTERKENNY TONIGHT was last modified: March 12th, 2012 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)
AZUSA – City officials said Davis, who joined the department on Oct. 23, 2000, after leaving Sierra Madre police, was physically unable to perform his job and took a disability retirement. His departure, announced Monday, has no monetary impact on city coffers above the normal retirement benefits Davis, 57, negotiated in his contract. The veteran Secret Service agent who protected presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, could not be reached for comment. Garcia, 45, joined the Azusa police Sept. 13, 1982, as an officer after graduating from Cal Poly the previous June. Garcia said Azusa is going through some exciting times and he’s anticipating his part in the progress. Garcia now oversees 60 sworn officers and 26 civilians. “I’ve been impressed with the leadership Bob Garcia has provided in the absence of the chief,” said Azusa City Manager Fran Delach. Delach said Davis filed for a worker’s compensation claim, but “it was never finalized or determined to be work-related and was not part of the settlement.” on Monday spending $25,000 to hire a consultant to analyze the Police Department management. The report is expected to take three or four months. Delach said he’ll wait for the results before looking into replacing Davis permanently. Capt. Bob Garcia has been named interim police chief The council approved email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!