Melbourne, St Thomas unhappy with JCA ruling

first_imgMelbourne CC and the St Thomas Cricket Association are both unhappy with a recent ruling by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) appeals panel.The appeals panel has ruled that their JCA 50-Overs tournament opening-round clash at Melbourne Oval be replayed on the grounds that home team Melbourne used a blue sight screen instead of black, as per tournament rules.St Thomas, who lost the match by seven wickets, believe that rather than a replay, the game should have been awarded to them.”I believe it was a compromise ruling,” said St Thomas manager Keith Campbell.”If you are to go strictly by the rules, which state that a black sight screen should be used, then the points should have been awarded to St Thomas.”Melbourne, who have agreed to abide by the ruling of the appeals panel, believe that the matter could have been dealt with differently as the JCA’s competitions and complaints committee had originally ruled that the result should stand.”We are disappointed with the ruling because it is not in the best interest of cricket,” said Neil Reece, secretary of Melbourne.”What has happened now is precedence being set where another ruling has gone to the boardroom when cricket is played on the field.”What you could find happening now as well is that everybody could take the position that if anything happens on the field that they are not happy with, they are going to carry it to the boardroom and hope to win.”He continued: “The umpires actually ruled for the match to be played, and none of the captains disagreed.”The replay is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

Can UP Survive Its Embattled Chairman—and Ellen’s Aloofness?

first_imgA chaotic scene erupted two days ago at the Congo Town home of Unity Party (UP) Chairman Senator Varney Sherman, when security forces, led by the Liberia National Police (LNP), attempted to enforce a court order to search the home.Worse yet, early Wednesday morning the news spread throughout Monrovia and around the country that Senator Sherman had been arrested.On Monday morning a stream of angry and tough talking UP partisans in the early morning hours arrived at the Sherman residence where they encountered the police and officers of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LAAC), who had come to effect Cllr. Sherman’s arrest. But the police quickly dismissed an arrest attempt, insisting that they were there only to effect a search of the home for documents relevant to the current corruption saga sparked by the revelations of the United Kingdom-based transparency watchdog, Global Witness. These revelations accuse several high government officials of bribery.The allegations were targeted against no less a person than Alex Tyler, Speaker of the House of Representatives as well as Senator Varney Sherman, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and several other GOL officials.The Global Witness report on Liberia, which has rocked the nation, said that the UK-based Sable Mining Company spent US$950,000 in bribes, through the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm, based on Cheeseman Avenue in Fiama, Sinkor, which paid this money to several GOL officials.In swift reaction to the Global Witness report, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed her Minister of State Without Portfolio, Cllr. Fonati Koffa, to head an investigative team to probe into the veracity of the allegations.With equal swiftness, Cllr. Koffa, in collaboration with the Justice Ministry and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, arranged indictments for Speaker Tyler, Senator Sherman and several other officials and former officials of government. Early yesterday morning, the first indictment was served on Senator Sherman at his Congo Town residence. He signed the indictment and went along with the court officers to Criminal Court ‘C’. Speaker Tyler appeared in the court in the early afternoon where he, too, was served his indictment, along with others, including E.C.B. Jones, former Deputy Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, and one Onanuga.While these dramatic judicial developments were unfolding, all of them orchestrated by the Fonati Koffa Task Force, reliable sources said President Sirleaf had left the country yesterday for the United States on a five-day visit.One of the questions on most people’s minds is whither UP as the 2017 presidential and general elections approach. With the now open split between the UP standard bearer and its chairman, Senator Sherman, the party is clearly in disarray. This gives Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, so far the party’s most talked about candidate to succeed President Sirleaf, not a hill, but a mountain to climb in his bid to enter the Executive Mansion in 2018.Mr. Boakai already comes loaded with a substantially heavy, uncomplimentary baggage—the widespread corruption in government, and not too much to show in terms of national development. Education remains “in a mess” by Ellen’s own admission; the healthcare delivery system is down in terms of medical personnel, equipment, hospitals and health centers; our agricultural performance is dismal; many of the streets, roads and highways—in Monrovia and up country—are in very bad shape; energy is still seriously lacking; and the economy is firmly in the hands of foreigners. What will Candidate Boakai—or anyone else that emerges as a UP candidate—tell voters the party has done for them?And, with the country desperately in need of national unity, UP will find it very hard, or next to impossible, to assure the Liberian people that it (UP) is the party that can unite them.Who takes the blame for all this? First, the party leadership, now openly, viciously and bloodily at each other’s throats; and second, Ellen, the candidate that UP fought for and succeeded TWICE in convincing the Liberian people to elect as their President. And what has she given UP in return? A party plagued with nasty infighting and partisans deeply disappointed and aggrieved (offended, distressed).On her arrival in Washington, she will be able to boast that some big fish in the alleged corruption web are being prosecuted. But here at home, many are asking what of the National Oil Company (NOCAL) that, under Ellen’s son Robert Sirleaf’s watch, went from healthy liquidity to bankruptcy. Yes, Global witness alleges US$950,000 in the bribery scandal. But what of the US$31 million which Clemenceau Urey left as Chairman in NOCAL’s account, which Robert Sirleaf met when he became Chair and left bankrupt?We ask, Can UP survive its embattled Chairman, and Ellen’s aloofness (coldness, indifference) as the party sinks and wallows in disunity?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dr. McClain’s Body Arrives in Liberia

first_imgThe body of the Dr. Edward B. McClain Jr., Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, arrived in the country yesterday afternoon, July 31, at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County. Senior members of President Sirleaf’s cabinet turned out in their numbers to receive the body and accompany it to the Stryker Funeral Parlor, pending funeral arrangements. Dr. McClain died on Saturday, July 23 at the Wilgers Life Hospital in Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa. He was in his 72nd year.In a brief homily to the many family and friends gathered at the Samuel Stryker Funeral Chapel, Rev. Charles O. Diggs, Director of Administration of the Providence Baptist Church, encouraged the bereaved family, President Sirleaf and others to take solace in the Lord as they go through their period of bereavement. He used a famous hymn entitled “It is well with my soul” to console the bereaved and described the fallen Minister as a dedicated public servant that performed his role well.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

15-year-old charged for Top Cop’s brother’s murder

first_imgA Sophia, Georgetown teen was on Tuesday charged with the murder of the brother of Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud. The young man had allegedly stabbed Hemant Persaud behind the Stabroek Market, resulting in his death on February 19.Details of this story will follow in the March 08, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

Canada White defeats Finland 5-1, advances to semifinals

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Team Canada White beat Finland 5-1 in Thursday nights quarterfinal at the North Peace Arena.The Canadians found themselves down early as Wiljami Myllyla fired a shot past a screened Taylor Gauthier to give the Fins a 1-0 lead 1:37 into the first frame. Nicholas Porco tied the game at 1-1 after taking a pass from Connor McMichael and finding the back of the net at 13:04. The two teams skated into the first intermission deadlocked at 1-1.Graeme Clarke took a fed from Samuel Poulin in the slot and fired the puck into the open net 6:31 into the middle stanza. Noah Laaouan had the other assist on the 2-1 goal. The Canadians had to kill off a five-minute penalty after Harrison Blaisdell was assessed a Major penalty for Checking From Behind for a hit on Finnish forward at 8:43. The team used the momentum from the penalty kill to make the score 3-1 after Nathan Legare fired a shot to the top corner off a feed from Nathan Staios at 19:08.- Advertisement -In the third Canada White ramped up the level of physicality that the Fin’s had no answer for them. At 8:53, Ethan Keppen fetched his own dump into the Finland zone then find a wide open Jakob Pelletier in the slot who hammered it into the wide-open net. The Canadian’s iced it after the Fin’s pulled their goalie with a short-handed goal from a 150 feet out as Jaxon Bellamy who took a pass from Connor McMichael.Taylor Gauthier stopped 27 of 28 shots that he faced, while Connor McMichael led the team with two points.Canada White head coach Ryan Oulahen said, “I felt we got better as the team game went on as if we were a different team. Killing off their five-minute power play was huge for us and it gave us momentum that we fed off of.”Advertisement On facing their next opponent tomorrow in the semifinals, Canada White captain Nick Schneider added, “I think we have improved during each game. I know that whoever we play tomorrow we will be ready to give them all they can handle.”Head coach of Finland Mika Martilla said, “I thought we played a good first period, we scored the first goal. But in the second and third Canada took the game over especially after we failed to capitalize on the five-minute power play.”In Dawson Creek, Canada Red edged Canada Black 4-3.After the first 10 minutes of play, Canada Red lead 2-1 with goals from Brandon Coe and Xavier Parent on the powerplay. Peyton Krebs assisted on both, while Dylan Cozens and Rhett Rhinehart collected the other assists. Canada Black’s lone goal was courtesy Sasha Mutala on the man advantage. Matthew Robertson and Kirby Dach were the setup duo. Canada Red held the 2-1 lead into the first-period break.Advertisement Canada Black tied things up at 2-2 late in the second period on a goal from Matthew Robertson on the powerplay. Sasha Mutala and Kirby Dach had the assists. Canada Black held a slight edge in shots at 21-18 in the evenly matched first forty minutes.Canada Red regained the lead 49 seconds into the final twenty off the stick of Xavier Parent who took a pretty feed from Peyton Krebs and Dylan Cozens. Not even three minutes later Xavier Simoneau scored to make it 4-2 for Canada Red with Cozens and Krebs once again assisting. Canada Black would get one back to make it 4-3 with under five minutes to play courtesy Sasha Mutala who was set up by Jacson Alexander and Jamieson Rees. It wouldn’t be enough as Canada Red held on for the one-goal victory and advanced to Friday’s semifinals.last_img read more

Higher education

first_imgBryant, who could have gone to Duke, has talked before about the what-if. “Sometimes, out of curiosity, Ithink about that,” he told a reporter a few years ago. “My mind starts drifting a little bit, wondering what I’d look like in a Duke uniform.” Something to regret? I’m not so sure. If Kobe is smart, as he is about most things, he knows the college-basketball experience he passed up by entering the NBA draft in 1996 has been imitated by the pro-basketball life. This says a little about Bryant, a little about the Lakers – and a lot about the change of perceptions over time. No other basketball player’s fortunes are tied as tightly to his team’s these days as Kobe Bryant’s are to the Lakers’. It’s not only Bryant’s recent heroics that spark this surprising realization – his 65 points in a come-from-behind overtime victory over Portland on Friday and his 50 in a desperate win over Minnesota on Sunday, performances that would have meant nothing if the Lakers had lost. It’s also the time of the hoops season. The month of the NCAA Tournament makes people think about the young stars like Bryant who jumped from high school to the NBA. It makes us wonder if they miss the kind of intense and permanent emotional connection that exists only between a player and his school. They could play a lifetime of pro ball’s six-month schedules and best-of-whatever playoff series, and never have their souls branded by as many all-or-nothing games as they would have in a single mad March. In his 11th season with the Lakers, Bryant has spent a longer career with one team than all but one current NBA player. Kevin Garnett is in his 12th season with Minnesota, but his contract is up this summer, and his future likely is elsewhere. (Allen Iverson was in his 11th season with Philadelphia when he was traded to Denver in December.) It’s likely that by this time next year, Kobe Bryant – the very symbol of selfishness for as long as his purple-and-gold tenure was threatened by feuds and free agency and legal prosecution – will stand alone as the league’s present-day paragon of loyalty, stability and hard-earned maturity. The corporate scene of pro sports can hardly substitute for the spirit of college ball, but in Bryant’s case, the pros have given it the old college try. Having made his NBA debut at 18, making first the Forum and then Staples Center his campus, Kobe lived his youthful ups and downs as a Laker instead of a Blue Devil: He was hazed by Shaquille O’Neal – but eventually chosen over O’Neal to be the franchise’s future. He was belittled by Phil Jackson – but now finds the coach singing his praises. He faced personal strife that could have ruined him and the team – and the franchise stood by him through trial (literally) and tribulation. A few years ago, it would have been crazy to imagine a Kobe-Lakers relationship described as “nurturing,” the link approaching the permanence of the player-college association. Yet here they are. Signed through the 2010-11 season – which would be his 15th with the Lakers, matching Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s club record – Bryant has graduated to a place where his value as a player will hinge on whether he leads the team to championship contention. If they win again, he wins (and might even be considered for an MVP award), and if they struggle for the rest of his career, he will depart frustrated and underappreciated. His basketball life since Lower Merion (Pa.) High has been the closest the NBA can come to replicating NCAA passions. It’s given him the tough love, the character-shaping, the sense of shared destiny. Anyway, had Kobe gone to Duke, he would have gone for a season or two at most. Instead he went straight to the school of hard knocks. What’s better? A Blue Devil for a year, or a Laker for life? Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week heymodesti@aol.com (818) 713-3616160Want 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

CNRL buys Devon Canada’s conventional oil and gas assets

first_imgCNRL will also acquire two-million acres of undeveloped land and three-million acres of royalty lands from Devon.The deal was reportedly effective on January 1, but has a targeted closing date, of April 1 and also includes six major owned and operated natural gas plants.The acquired asset package includes a royalty revenue stream which is targeted to earn approximately $75,000,000 in cash flow this year. – Advertisement –last_img

Guardiola calls for refs to clamp down on dangerous play

first_img0Shares0000For Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, referees’ priority should be to “protect the players and follow the rules” by sanctioning fouls, rather than cracking down on diving © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 23 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has suggested referees must do more to protect players from serious injury, even if it means red and yellow cards for his own players.Guardiola was angered by challenges on Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling during City’s 4-1 Premier League victory over Tottenham last weekend. De Bruyne was fortunate to escape serious injury when Dele Alli caught him with a studs-up tackle, while Sterling was on the wrong end of a lunge by Harry Kane, with both Tottenham players receiving only yellow cards.However, Guardiola also suggested that City defender Nicolas Otamendi was lucky to get away with only a booking after catching Kane in the face with a high boot in the same match.He compared that challenge to the one for which Liverpool striker Sadio Mane was sent off after catching goalkeeper Ederson at Eastlands in September.“The main thing for the referees is to protect the players and follow the rules,” Guardiola said.“That is the most important thing. Always we are aggressive and sometimes we get injured.“All the teams want to win and want to fight in the best way. Sometimes it happens.“I have no doubts that Dele Ali and Harry Kane are top-team players. I am not suspicious about them, thinking they are dangerous players.“But you have to protect them, the same as with Nicolas Otamendi and Harry Kane.“It’s the same as what happened with Mane and Ederson. Mane doesn’t hate the goalkeeper; he didn’t want to do that.“I’m pretty sure of that. The referees have to protect our players and the other players.”Guardiola is certain players do not go out deliberately to hurt each other, despite Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba saying earlier this month that he hoped some of City’s players got injured in order to open up the Premier League title race.But the City manager is still bemused that the danger of bad injuries has not been discussed more, and that the football authorities are putting so much energy into eradicating diving.– Squealing –Fouls such as Sadio Mane’s (R) challenge of Ederson (L) are not deliberate or malicious, said Pep Guardiola © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFGuardiola suggested that the Football Association’s attempts to tackle diving are having limited effect in any case, given that Leicester winger Demarai Gray escaped punishment for theatrically winning a late penalty against City in the League Cup on Tuesday.“I don’t believe the players go to injure another one, whatever Paul Pogba said,” Guardiola said.“It is impossible to think that but the football is quick, fast, and aggressive and the referees have to follow the rules.“Everybody is squealing about diving here. If they want to punish those who are diving, OK, but we know what happened in Leicester in the 95th minute. Gray dived and nothing happened.“The physicality in England is stronger and you have to deal with that.“If you are not strong enough to match the physicality of the opponents, you cannot play in that league, but the referees are there to control that.“When it is a foul, it is a foul. Believe me, especially with Kevin, he could have been out for a long time.”Guardiola, meanwhile, has promised his players Christmas Day off, before they return to training on Tuesday, in order to prepare for next Wednesday’s Premier League match at Newcastle.“The players will be with their families on December 24 in the afternoon and on December 25,” he said.“I would like to give them more time, but it is not possible, we have to play against Newcastle.“It’s part of tradition and I love that tradition. I don’t like too many games and would prefer fewer games, but it’s a Boxing Day tradition and all around the world, they will be watching us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

I didn’t recognize my team, says Migne

first_img“I think today the step was too high for us. We missed experience and in this kind of tournament you need experience. We were afraid to play. I can accept to lose but not to lose like we played in the first half,”“I didn’t recognize my team at the beginning. I knew it will not be easy to be comfortable in this tournament, but I would like to congrats Djamel (Belmadi) because his team is really good in all departments and I think he will not be far to fight for the title,” Migne said after the match.“We had too much pressure today. If you are afraid, it is not possible to sustain at this level. It is the main lesson we have to pick, at least to play,” Migne added.Changes in the second half to bring on Eric Ouma for Francis Kahata and Johannah Omollo proved decisive for Kenya as they took the game more to the Algerian half.The loss now leaves Kenya with a mountain to climb in their quest for a last 16 place as they have to pick at least four points off the remaining two games to stand a realistic chance, in the least of being one of the best four third placed teams.Stars face Tanzania in their next match next Thursday with the fellow East Africans coming into the game under the same circumstance having lost by a similar margin to Senegal, one of the tournament’s favorites in their opening game.Harambee Stars players line up before their Africa Cup of Nations match against Algeria in Cairo on June 23, 2019. PHOTO/CAF“It will be another game against an opponent maybe at the same level. This is the reality. Against Tanzania it will be necessary to play, to have the ball more and to try to play more to them,”“We need to be positive. We have won only one game in the AFCON as Kenya and it was without a stake. Now we have a game with stake and we have to go and try to win. If we win, then everything will be possible for Senegal. It will not be easy (against Tanzania) but maybe easier than Algeria,” Migne further stated.Meanwhile, he expects defender Joash Onyango to be back in contention for a starting place having missed the opening game due to an ankle injury he picked up in training on the eve of the Algeria tie.The tactician also bemoaned the absence of Brian Mandela whom he described as a leader in defense and whose absence he said was felt in the team.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne speaks during the post-match press conference after the game against Algeria in Cairo on June 24, 2019. PHOTO/CAFCAIRO, Egypt, Jun 24 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has lamented the team’s first half performance in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) opening match against Algeria at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on Sunday night.Stars let the Desert Foxes walk all over them in the opening half but were an improved side in the second period of the game though they couldn’t get a goal for their efforts.last_img read more

St. Patrick’s Day events

first_imgHere are some of today’s events planned to mark St. Patrick’s Day: Fire Station 89 will host its fourth annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event to raise funds for childhood cancer research at CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation. Attendees can make donations and/or have their heads shaved during the event, set for 8 a.m. at 7063 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood. St. Patrick’s Day downtown parade, presented by the Los Angeles Fire Department, will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Cesar Chavez Avenue and Main Street and conclude at 12:30 p.m. at Pershing Square, where a concert and festival will be held until 2 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Community March and Celebration features musicians, storytellers and merriment, 1-3:30 p.m., in the 21600-21800 blocks of Owensmouth Avenue, Canoga Park. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt for ages 2-8, 1-4 p.m., Leonis Adobe Museum, 23537 Calabasas Road, Calabasas. 160Want 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