Tony Becca | The test for the WCup is on

first_imgAny cricket match is a lovely occasion, including the eye-catching, gay-abandon, ball-flying action of the recent T20 version of the game. To me, however, and with all its excitement, that version of the game fails to match the classic, elegant, and majestic style and quality of a Test match, especially when it brings together two teams of quality players. Cushioned in the middle, however, is the ODI version, the 50-over competition, the format which was made popular in 1975 with the inaugural World Cup, and the one which the West Indies won two times in succession before losing it in an upset on the third attempt, or so it was reported. Intended as the tournament to save cricket, and to spread the game, when it was launched, it was a four-year competition and it was welcomed with open arms as the excitement grew and the weak matched skills with the strong and on many occasions cut them down to size. Eventually also came the Champions Trophy in 1998 with an original intention of funding weaker countries, and with the West Indies winning it in 2004 after a brilliant, nail-biting finish engineered by Courtney Browne and Ian Bradshaw. Since then, much has been the talk about what to do with both of them, and the ideas included to keep them both, to drop one of them, and to keep one of them. The general feeling was that they only clogged up the calendar, and that cricket would be better off with only one of them. That, in a nutshell, is where the arguments now stand, and the tournaments will be played, the Champions Trophy later this year, and the World Cup next year. The problem with both competitions, however, especially for the West Indies, is that they have to qualify for the tournaments. They missed qualification for the Champions Trophy and only 10 teams will qualify for the World Cup. Only eight full teams automatically qualify for the World Cup while the other two will have to play in a qualifying tournament, along with Ireland and Afghanistan for the other two places. WINNING QUALIFICATION The West Indies are now languishing at number nine in the rankings, below Bangladesh and Pakistan and above only Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, and Ireland, and with a fight on their hands. As things now stand, therefore, the West Indies, once the best ODI team in the world, will miss the Champions Trophy and are now faced with winning qualification for next year’s world Cup with the cut-off time set for the September 30 this year. They should make it, but may be only just about. They can get in ahead of Bangladesh and Pakistan. Fortunately for the West Indies, their survival is more or less in their own hands. They play England in three ODIs starting today, they play Pakistan in three next month, and they play England in five in the middle of the year. This time, ODIs are the most crucial, for the West Indies.last_img read more

Liberians Called to Support the Most Vulnerable

first_imgProfessor Raymond Godfrey has called on Liberians to invest in the most vulnerable about the country by supporting non-governmental organizations like Charity Liberia.Speaking yesterday at the International Humanitarian Day celebrations held at the Brewerville City Hall, Godfrey appealed to Liberians everywhere to provide philanthropic assistance as an act of love for others.He said their material and other support must be considered as personal investment, based on deeply felt commitment to help other Liberians who lack any kind of support.He reminded Liberians, quoting from the Holy Bible (Leviticus 19: 5) when God instructed the Israelites, “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest.“You shall not strip your vineyard bare or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and alien…”“We must learn to give back to our community,” Godfrey said.He appealed to all individuals, public and private organizations, government entities, future leaders and others to support Charity Liberia in its effort to assist the Liberian poor.He said: “Even though solicitation is difficult; solicitation is a delicate presentation of an opportunity to invest material assets in a way that brings mostly tangible rewards and a very real sense of fulfillment.“It is a high from of seeking investments or asking for assistance to help unfortunate people,” Godfrey indicated.He challenged students, parents, teachers, principals, corporations, foundations, businesses and community leaders to support the efforts of Charity Liberia.“You can send them non-perishable foods, like cans of tomatoes, beans, sardines, rice, trousers, shirts, blouses, skirts, among others, as goodwill gestures to buttress Charity Liberia’s humanitarian efforts. He also hoped that new channels of support would flow with added resources to nurture and revitalize the organization’s capacity to see that the needs are met.Present at the program were Brewerville City Mayor George Curtis, representatives of several organizations and Augustus Leman, coordinator of Charity Liberia Margibi County chapter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Judge Orders Officer Dennis to Testify

first_imgCriminal Court ‘B’ was on yesterday a scene of disbelief when Judge Karboi Nuta instructed court’s officers to ensure the presence of Police Superintendent Monroe Dennis to continue with his testimony.The sheriffs with the intervention of Inspector General (IG) Gregory Coleman yesterday managed to ensure that Dennis was brought under the court’s jurisdiction.Judge Nuta later postponed the police superintendent’s testimony to today, Tuesday.Dennis was the officer whose investigation led to the subsequent indictment of former Executive Protection Service (EPS) Deputy Director Darlington George and James Tamba, an officer assigned with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai with the commission of crimes of aggravated assault and criminal facilitation in connection with the alleged brutality against Esther Glain in Barnesville Estate in 2015.The criminal court judge had earlier rejected Dennis’ investigative report that prosecution was relying on to convict the defendant because it was not presented to the defense team prior to the trial.Besides, Police Superintendent Dennis has been on the stand as prosecution’s fourth witness for two days, which he should have concluded last Friday, but failed to appear, because of what prosecution termed as “police interference,” although that request was strongly resisted by lead defense lawyer, Attorney Jonathan Massaquoi.Judge Nuta accepted Dennis’s absence and subsequently postponed the matter to yesterday.At yesterday’s hearing, state lawyers again complained to the court about Dennis, who had informed them that he was ill and could not appear in court to testify.After that application, Judge Nuta immediately asked the prosecution to make sure they produce a written communication along with medical records of which hospital Dennis was treated, because state lawyers did not name the hospital where their key witness was receiving treatment.“If those documents are not available before the end of the day, you are going to face the necessary action to be determined by this court,” the criminal court judge warned. Minutes afterwards, the defense team quickly informed the court that Dennis was at the police headquarters, contrary to prosecution’s earlier request that he was ill.To authenticate that allegation, Nuta ordered the sheriffs, accompanied by the defense team to police headquarters.Fortunately, when they arrived they met Dennis at work and they reported it to Inspector General Coleman who ordered the officer to proceed to court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Speak out against errant minibus drivers” – Minister Ferguson

first_imgCommuters are being urged to speak out against errant minibus drivers. The call was made by Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson at a Road Safety Education awareness village hosted at the Stabroek Market Square on Wednesday.Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette FergusonTraffic Chief Dion MooreAt the event to observe the end of Road Safety Month, Minister Ferguson said despite continuous awareness campaigns on road safety, road users, particularly minibus drivers, were still undisciplined when utilising the roads.“They (minibus drivers) do not observe the rules of the road; they continue to double up the minibuses; they continue triple up the minibuses. These are things that I observe on a daily basis when using the road, and we have the users of these transportation services that do not speak out; they remain silent,” the Minister was quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.She opined that remaining silent has contributed to the many road fatalities. She noted that the Government could not afford to lose valuable human resources because of the negligence of others.Traffic Chief Dion Moore cited statistics which indicate there have been 84 fatal accidents resulting in 95 deaths, against 104 accidents with 114 deaths for the corresponding period in 2016. Moore said that while there was a significant decrease, more road users need to speak out against reckless driving, thereby ensuring less needless deaths.“If we need our roads to be safe, then we must change our attitude when we use the road. Many times we see other persons doing things that are not in keeping with road safety practices, but what we do?  We sit, relax or we go about our journey without saying a word. If we speak out, we can make a difference,” Moore said.The Traffic Chief revealed that with the Department’s recent receipt of four new vehicles, the presence of traffic officers at nights would be further enhanced. Moore reminded persons to use the five Cs – care, courtesy, caution, consideration and common sense – when using the roadways.This year’s Road Safety Month theme was “Making roads safer for everyone starts with you. Observe, think, drive, a second is all it takes to save a life.”last_img read more

Herrington named Tournament All-Star after leading team to semi-finals at Tournament in Calgary

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Prince George Cariboo Cougars’ Captain John Herrington, of Fort St. John, along with his team were in Calgary for the Mac’s AAA Midget Hockey Tournament.For the Tournament, on December 31, the Cougars would make it to the semi-finals, where they would face the Calgary Buffaloes.By the start of the third period, the score was 3-2 in Calgary’s favour.- Advertisement -Eventually, the Cougars would fall 6-2 to the Buffaloes.The Cougars would finish the prestigious event with a 4-2 record. Their only losses were to the tournament finalists, the Buffaloes and the Moose Jaw Warriors.Despite falling short of the final, Herrington led his team in scoring and was named a first-team all-star forward for the Tournament.Advertisementlast_img


first_imgInsurance companies are putting rates through the roof.Charlie McConalogue says Government departments must take urgent action to tackling extortionate motor insurance costs, following the passing of a Fianna Fáil motion in the Dáil.The motion called for the re-establishment of the Motor Insurance Advisory Board on a time limited basis, greater disclosure around policy renewal notifications, action on the settlement of cases and dealing with false and exaggerated claims.Deputy McConalogue said the passing of this motion is the first step in a process, which will hopefully clamp down on soaring motor insurance premiums. He said “Over the past number of years consumers have been hit with extortionate renewals – with the latest CSO figures revealing that the annual rate of increase in motor insurance hit a record 35.5% in May of this year.“We want to ensure that consumers get a fair deal and have put forward a series of measures, which would reduce these inflated premiums. The establishment of a taskforce to look at all the factors which are leading to these massive issues is a key element of our package of measures.“Following the passing of our motion in the Dáil, we will continue to press the Government to take action on this issue.“The Fianna Fáil motion includes a number of practical measures we believe can be undertaken alongside the work of the Motor Insurance Advisory Board. These include,– The establishment of a motor insurance database;– Enhanced disclosure around policy renewal notifications;– Ensure greater consistency in court awards in personal injury cases;– Robust action on false and exaggerated claims; – Legislation to clearly define the roles of Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland and the Insurance Compensation Fund;– Action to strengthen road safety enforcement.“The Government must act without delay. I am calling on the Ministers for Finance and Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation to take the necessary steps to ensure that consumers are protected from rip-off insurance rates, and bring forward a credible, transparent system which guarantees a fair deal for personal and business customers”, explained Deputy McConalogue.GOVERNMENT MUST TACKLE MOTOR INSURANCE RIP-OFF – McCONALOGUE was last modified: June 13th, 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:car insurancedeputy charlie mcconaloguedonegallast_img read more


first_imgTHREE outpatient clinics have been cancelled again today due to overcrowding at Letterkenny General Hospital.The hospital has issued a ‘stay away’ plea unless there is a medical emergency.The 20 beds in the hospital’s overflow ward are full. More than a dozen other patients are on trolleys.Clinics run by Mr Mohomad, Dr Steel and Mr Patel have been cancelledThe hospital has people to only attend the A&E in the case of an emergency.  OVERCROWDING AGAIN AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL was last modified: April 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:OVERCROWDING AGAIN AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITALlast_img read more

Sick day increase for HSE staff following ‘no-show’ lecture from the Taoiseach

first_imgThe rate of sick days taken by HSE staff rose in December in the wake of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s controversial lecture on hospital workers’ absenteeism and annual leave over the festive period.Absenteeism rates across the health service increased that month to 4.8pc – up from 4.5pc in November.Mr Varadkar drew the wrath of health workers after he told the Dáil in early November that it was time the hospitals operated “at full whack” over the Christmas holiday period to try to control the trolley crisis.He also warned that consultants and nurses must not take their annual leave in the first fortnight in January. “No bed should be closed because people are on leave. The emergency department and medical consultants should be there,” he said.The Taoiseach’s comments came amid fears of another post-Christmas surge in trolley gridlock.Nurses’ and doctors’ unions accused him at the time of trying to divert from the real problems – the lack of beds and staff.The HSE’s figures for December show within hospitals the proportion of nurses on sick leave increased to 5.1pc, compared with 4.8pc in November. Sick day increase for HSE staff following ‘no-show’ lecture from the Taoiseach was last modified: March 16th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:An Taoiseach Leo VaradkarHSElast_img read more

NBA All-Star game: Kevin Durant spoils Stephen Curry’s homecoming with All-Star MVP

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. – The night started with the hometown crowd cheering for their favorite Warriors’ star. The night ended with that same crowd cheering along star teammate.This city might belong to Stephen Curry. But the 2019 NBA All-Star game belonged to Kevin Durant.“Team LeBron” finished with a 178-164 victory over “Team Giannis” in Sunday’s All-Star game, as his Warriors teammates played a key part in spoiling Curry’s homecoming. After Team Giannis led by 13 at halftime and as many as 18 …last_img

Language Evolved from Whistling

first_imgMeet Bonnie, the whistling orangutan.  According to National Geographic News, she is giving evolutionary anthropologists something to talk about: the evolution of human language.  NG reported on a new theory: Lead author Serge Wich of the Great Ape Trust of Iowa, said orangutans in Indonesia have been seen pretending to wash clothes.  “We know they are capable of imitating these motor skills, but we never had any good indication of sounds for vocalization,” said Wich, who presented his research on December 18 during a symposium at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.    The next step is to study how flexible sound-learning is in apes and whether they can adjust their sounds—pitch and intonation, for instance—depending on the context, Wich said.    “Those things are very important because they give us clues to understanding the evolution of human speech,” he said.Charles Snowden of the University of Wisconsin, however, noted that Bonnie’s whistles are not as complex as those of some birds and dolphins.  “Until now there has been little evidence of direct imitation of vocalizations by a primate,” Snowden said.  “The really interesting question is why it is so difficult to find [more] good evidence of vocal imitation.”Everybody knows that birds evolved language from humans.  That’s why they parrot us.  Orangutans evolved whistling and clothes-washing from humans, too.  That’s why they ape us.    You’ll notice that the honorable, reliable, rational, scientific, enlightened National Geographic Society had no qualms about printing the latest Darwinian silliness.  Maybe they should stick to taking photos; that’s about all they brag about these days.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more