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Tony Becca: Staying in or going out

first_img SERIOUS ACTION EXCITING PLAY Because of their history of exciting play and the excitement they offered to cricket, it has long been said by the world at large that cricket needs a strong West Indies team. No one, not even in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the West Indies were losing match after match, and except in the early 1970s when a few misguided individuals uttered such sentiments founded on insular selections, ever thought of that. Today, however, following defeat after defeat of the West Indies team, following trouble between the board and the players, following player strike after player strike, following quarrel after quarrel between the board and the CARICOM government, and following review committees set up by the board and the subsequent dumping of committees’ findings and recommendations, there is a growing talk of the West Indian territories going it alone. The three review committees were organised by the board. They were headed by former Jamaica Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, St Kitts-Nevis Queen’s Council Charles Wilkin, and University of the West Indies Cave Hill’s principal Eudine Barriteau. Although it commissioned the reviews, the board ignored their findings and recommendations, forcing Patterson to say that “the status quo is unacceptable”, Wilkin to say that the board members “want to preserve at all costs their position on the board”, and Barriteau to say that “The WICB should be immediately dissolved and all current members resign while an interim board be selected … to install a new governance framework.” “If the heads of government represent the entire population of the region, I don’t know how any organisation that represents just a few persons can, in fact, negate the position of the heads,” said Keith Mitchell, prime minister of Grenada. The resistance of the board to the popular recommendation triggered the whispers of going it alone. When the standard of West Indies cricket was officially recognised in 1928, it signalled a time of jubilation by West Indians, and not even a 3-0 defeat at the hands of England, with each Test finishing in three days and by an innings and 58 runs, an innings and 30 runs, and by an innings and 71 runs could dampen the spirit. In fact, although fast bowler Herman Griffith snatched six wickets in one innings, it was an embarrassing occasion with only three 50s in the series and with not one batsman scoring a century, as the team crashed to totals of 177 and 166, 206 and 115, and 238 and 129. Since those days of mixed reactions, West Indies cricket has come a long way. Riding on the backs of Clifford Roach, George ‘Atlas’ Headley, Learie Constantine, Griffith, and Manny Martindale, the West Indies grew from strength to strength until it joined the world in class with the likes of Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, and Clyde Walcott, Sonny Ramadhin and Alfred Valentine, Jeffrey Stollmeyer, Allan Rae, Franz Alexander, and Gerry Gomez. Then came the glory days of Conrad Hunte, Rohan Kanhai, Garry Sobers the great one – Basil Butcher, Seymour Nurse, Jackie Hendriks, Lance Gibbs, Roy Gilchrist, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith when they ruled the world as unofficial champions. Shortly after that came Roy Fredericks, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Deryck Murray, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft, Joel Garner, Wayne Daniel, Malcolm Marshall, and Jeffrey Dujon, the all-conquering, undisputed champions of the world. After that, and before the collapse, came a few great and good individuals, batsmen and bowlers like Brian Lara, Richie Richardson, and Carl Hooper, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, and Patrick Patterson. On top of everything else, throughout their time, the West Indies have produced many players with the skill worthy of representing the world, and at the same time at that. Trinidad and Tobago, it is understood, have asked the ICC how feasible is it to go it alone, and last week, T&T Prime Minister Keith Rowley said on his return from a CARICOM meeting in Belize that it was decided to terminate discussions with the board and that “the time has come for serious action in trying to save West Indies cricket”. West Indies cricket is strapped for cash, and more than that, every now and then, the board goes to the governments with cap in hand. The cricket grounds around the territories, for example, are owned by the governments. The “serious action”, as necessary as it is, as important as it is, hopefully, does not lead to the break-up of West Indies cricket. The West Indies have come too far to break up now. Think once, think twice, before deciding what to do. The West Indian territories do not possess the money, the numbers, the skill, or probably the desire to make it alone, if they attempt to go it alone. If they take a rest, with the intention of sorting things out before they come back, they may never do so, or it may take a long, long time to come back. And if they really want to go it alone, not one of the territories, not Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana, the Leeward Islands or the Windward Islands is big enough, or rich enough, to host a Test series against any of India, England, Australia, or South Africa. The West Indian territories would end up probably only engaging each other.last_img read more

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Radford: Badree, Narine key to Windies attack

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):West Indies assistant coach Toby Radford sees the spin duo of Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree as a trump card in the upcoming four-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan starting here tomorrow.The pair are among the best in the world in the shortest format with leg-spinner Badree ranked number three and off-spinner Narine ranked seventh, and Radford said he expects them to be a handful for the Pakistani batsmen.”They are guys who have been there and won World Cups. They’ve played in all the Twenty20 tournaments around the world,” Radford said here.”They are quality players and they will know who they are bowling at here [because] they would have played against these Pakistan batters before, so there’s lot of experience, a lot of quality, and you can’t buy that.”So it’s great to have those in the side, and the younger guys will obviously learn from them and pick up a lot from their skill.”The 36-year-old Badree is a T20 specialist with 32 internationals to his name along with 42 wickets at an economy rate of just over 5.5 runs an over.All told, he has taken 151 wickets in 154 T20s.Fellow Trinidadian Narine has taken 40 wickets from 39 T20Is at an economy rate of six, and has hauled in 264 scalps in 212 T20s overall.Selectors have also surprisingly included left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul in the16-man squad and Radford said he was pleased to see the 27-year-old in the Windies set-up.”Permaul, I remember him from the HPC when we ran the HPC here in Barbados four or five years ago,” the Englishman recalled. “He was always a quality spinner so I’m delighted he’s getting an opportunity.”The opening T20I bowls off at Kensington Oval with the remaining three set for Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on March 30, April 1 and 2.last_img read more

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Keys to victory: Adamson-UP UAAP Final Four match up

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The two teams shared identical 3-11 records in 2015 and both weren’t looked at as serious contenders even if the Fighting Maroons started that season at 2-0.Adamson had a faster journey to the Final Four as it got to the semifinals in Season 79 as the fourth seed but was quickly knocked out of the competition after losing to eventual champion De La Salle.UP, for its part, took a longer route and advanced to the Final Four in 2018, the first semifinals appearance for the Fighting Maroons since 1997.The Soaring Falcons do have a slight experience advantage over UP but at this point the Fighting Maroons don’t have anything to lose.Big man problemsADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal If UP has the disadvantage in terms of experience then by hell does it have the advantage in the center position.Bright Akhuetie is undoubtedly the league’s best center and he successfully brought his bruising offense from University of Perpetual Help in the NCAA to the UAAP.The league’s eventual MVP vastly outplayed Adamson’s center Papi Sarr in the two matchups during the eliminations round and although the Soaring Falcons won both games they better have their big man play up to par, or at the very least slow Akhuetie down.Akhuetie averaged 22 points and 17.5 rebounds against the Falcons during the eliminations and his first line against Adamson was a 20-20 double-double.And those numbers are almost twice of what Sarr has averaged with 11.5 points and six rebounds.Sarr was under Akhuetie’s command in the second game that the Adamson center pulled down just one rebound in 27 minutes of play in the Falcons’ 80-72 second round win.Sean MangantiThere wasn’t much to say about this breaker since the name Sean Manganti was just perfect. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No doubt in Bo Perasol’s mind UP can match up with Adamson Of all the craziness that wrapped the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament, there was one matchup that truly became the mirror of insanity and that was Adamson University vs. University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown This breaker didn’t need any fancy words for a title or a short phrase regarding the forward’s tendency to send UP’s beating heart to oblivion.UP head coach Bo Perasol did acknowledge that his team has to do better in playing in the dying minutes of games since that is usually the time when Manganti decides to ferry the Fighting Maroons’ souls down the River Styx.Manganti drained the Soaring Falcons’ game-winner for their 69-68 win in the first round after scoring on a floater with 0.7 seconds left in the game.And if UP thought that one was heart-wrenching, then what the Fighting Maroons’ experienced in the second round was absolute betrayal.UP was on a 22-7 run in the fourth quarter of its second round game against Adamson to cut a huge deficit to just four, 74-70, when Manganti decided that enough was enough and gore a blazing spear through the Fighting Maroons’ hoping heart.Manganti’s three gave the Soaring Falcons a 77-70 lead that led to an 80-72 win, stopped UP’s hopes, and legitimized his reputation as the Diliman’s most hated basketball person. MOST READcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Soaring Falcons took te season series against the Fighting Maroons but their games during the eliminations were no regular ones.Both games went to nerve-wracking last plays and the two teams will once again duke it out in the semifinals with the second-seeded Falcons (10-4) holding the twice-to-beat advantage over no.4 UP (8-6).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 ChrissSimilar pathsWhat may seem like an eternity is actually just three years when both UP and Adamson ranked dead last in the standings of the Season 78 tournament. 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Inflation

first_imgThere was a major jump in Canada’s inflation rate in June as it rose to 3.1% from 2.2% in May. That’s the biggest one month spike since September of 2005 and Statistics Canada says gasoline prices were the main reason.On average, pump prices in June were up 26.9% from the previous year. If gasoline prices were factorered out of the June inflation rate it would have been only 1.8%.Every province recorded an increase in June except New Brunswick, which held steady at 2.1%, now the lowest rate in the country. B.C.’s rate went from 2.1% to 3% but three other provinces are now over 4%, including Prince Edward Island, which tops the new list at 4.7%. However, the biggest one month increase was in Ontario, which went up a full point to 2.8%.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Former Scunthorpe manager Wilcox takes charge of League Two strugglers York

first_img1 Russ Wilcox has been appointed the new manager of York City.The League Two strugglers moved quickly to replace Nigel Worthington, who resigned his positon earlier this week.York chairman Jason McGill told the club’s official website: “We believe Russ is the right person to take this club forward. He has excellent managerial experience and a track record of success in League Two.“He is a hard-working individual and an excellent motivator and someone who shares our vision for the club now and in the future.”It is a swift return to the dugout for Wilcox, who only left League One side Scunthorpe last week after a disappointing start to the campaign.He had been in charge of the Iron since December following a spell as caretaker boss and led them on a 28-match unbeaten which resulted in automatic promotion last season.He takes over a York side sitting just one place above the League Two relegation zone and with only one win to their name in 12 games.Wilcox added: “I am delighted to be the new manager of York City Football Club and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead of me. “The club has great potential, with a new stadium on the horizon, and I feel I have the experience to help York City achieve success in League 2. “I’m looking forward to meeting all the coaching staff and players on Thursday ahead of our home game against Shrewsbury on Saturday. I’m very excited and pleased to be embarking on this new journey.” Russ Wilcox last_img read more

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Winger leaves Chelsea, does this but is overshadowed by a modern day icon

first_imgAt the Stadio Olimpico, Roma twice came from behind to draw with Sassuolo.Mohamed Salah’s volley was a wonderful way to equalise with the home side down 2-1, but the Egypt international, on loan from Chelsea, was overshadowed by a modern day icon.Francesco Totti was the player taking all the plaudits as he scored his 300th goal for Roma, a club he has spent his entire career at.It was also the 22nd consecutive season he has got his himself on the scoresheet, pouncing on the goalkeeper’s mistake 10 minutes before the end of the first half.Roma are fourth in Serie A, four points behind Inter who top the table with 12 points. 1 Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal for Roma against Sassuolo last_img read more

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SCHOOL DOOR AND PINEHILL STUDIOS COMBINE TO HOST FUNDRAISER

first_imgSarah-Marie McDevitt of Pinehill Studios and Maggie Green from The School Door will be holding a fundraiser in aid of three Letterkenny schools on Monday 2nd May 2016 in Pinehill Studios.The three schools Sarah-Marie and Maggie hope to raise funds for are St. Bernadette’s Special School, Little Angels and Letterkenny Educate Together NS. The Summer Fundraiser will take place from 12-4pm and everyone is welcome to call in! Kerry from Kerry’s Little Bakery will be in attendance to do some cake decorating with the children.There will also be lots of LEGO for the children to play with and there will be tea and coffee and lots of cakes!! It will be a great family day out with something for everyone.A raffle will be held on the day, raffle sheets will be made available to each of the schools and to local shops and there are lots of great prizes to be won!So far prizes have been very generously donated by ABC School Supplies, Sonder, G & G, Peadar Jim’s Property Maintenance, Stateside American Restaurant, Easons and Lottie Dolls! If any other businesses would like to donate a prize Maggie and Sarah-Marie would be very happy to hear from them.‘We would love more local businesses to get involved to help us raise as much as possible for these great schools’, said Green.If you would like to make a donation or if you would like to get involved in any way please get in touch with Maggie at Maggie@theschooldoor.com or on 0834192241.SCHOOL DOOR AND PINEHILL STUDIOS COMBINE TO HOST FUNDRAISER was last modified: April 6th, 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:charityFeaturesFundrasiernewsPinehill StudiosThe School Doorlast_img read more

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JUDGE SETS TRIAL DATE FOR INISHOWEN CRASH ACCUSED CASE

first_imgShaun KellyA MAN will go on trial on July 15 accused of causing the deaths by dangerous driving of eight people in Co Donegal.Shaun Kelly, who is 24-years-old and from Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana, will appear at Letterkenny Circuit Court for a jury trial on that date. The date was set by Judge John O’Hagan at Donegal Town Circuit Court today.A ‘fitness to plead’ application on behalf of the defence was withdrawn today.The men who died in the crash in Clonmany, Co Donegal, on July 11th, 2010 were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22) of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.JUDGE SETS TRIAL DATE FOR INISHOWEN CRASH ACCUSED CASE was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:clonmanycrashDEATHSDonegal Town Circuit Courteight deadInishowenShaun Kellylast_img read more

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Why Research Is Important To Today’s Caregiver

first_imgBlog post written by Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., MBP Consulting, LLC, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-ExtensionAs a caregiver, I focus on the needs of my husband and on ways to manage our hectic lives. So when I get a request to participate in a research study about my caregiving experiences, my first thought was, “NO way.” I don’t have an extra minute to spare to take time to complete a survey or talk to someone on the phone. Yet lately, I’ve been wondering if by not participating in the research my voice and others like me aren’t included. My personal realization about needing to participate in research is reinforced as I reviewed some of the most recent studies on family caregiving. So the goal of this blog article is to convince you to join me in saying, “YES,” the next time you are recruited for a caregiving research project.In looking at the research on family caregivers, a majority of the studies done over 20 years ago were mostly about caring for older adults. There was little research on military caregivers, especially younger military caregivers. There was some research on caring for children with disabilities who were under 18 years of age, but nothing on children caring for their parents. Within the last few years the amount of research on caregivers has increased for several reasons: (1) an aging population resulting in more people needing caregivers, (2) public programs (Medicare, VA, and other military programs) responding to needs of their clients, (3) recognition that family members providing care is less costly than institutionalization, and (4) interest in disease or illness specific research such as caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or traumatic brain injury. This research provides data needed to help policy makers make better decisions, offers information to professionals so they can provide better services, and highlights the needs of families so services can be created and educational programs developed.Regardless of the study’s caregiver audience, there are similarities and differences between the caregiver types. For example, all caregivers experience stress but the reasons for the stress are different. A young caregiver may experience stress because they are employed and caring for other children, while an older caregiver may be caring for an aging parent or spouse. There are many combinations, but what is important is that the differences come to light in the research. These studies have been helpful in creating public policy and educational programs resulting in professionals treating all caregivers as individuals as one size does not fit all.In you aren’t aware of recent caregiver studies here are a few that might interest you:Caregiving in the United States – Focuses on older adult caregivers with information about caregivers over 75 years of age and multicultural caregivers.Rand Study of Military Family Caregivers – Focus on caregivers of wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.Creation of Multi-Institutional Center – Study the needs of families caring for people of all ages who have disabilities.If you want to explore ways to participate in family caregiver research, search family caregiver websites review researcher’s descriptions of their project and identify characteristics of the caregivers within their studying. For example, there is currently a research project on TBI from the Family Caregiver Alliance.Researchers also seek caregivers by connecting with blogs, other social media sites and caregiver networks as a way to secure possible caregivers for their studies. As caregivers, we can also promote and share announcements of research studies with caregivers we know and the caregiver social media outlets we visit.So share your thoughts, ideas, and wisdom about being a caregiver so research will have the voice of military caregivers! Subscribe to our mailing list for monthly eNewslettersEmail Address First Name Last Name This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 18, 2016.last_img read more

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NGT seeks report on Meghalaya coal mine mishap, 13 miners still trapped

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Saturday has sought a report from the Meghalaya government on the December 13 coal mine mishap in the State’s East Jaintia Hills, as the operation to rescue 13 trapped miners was called off for the second successive day.Officials said the chances of the survival of the miners in the 370 ft. coal pit, which was filled with water after they drilled into an adjoining abandoned mine, were slim.“The incident involving illegal coal mining is very tragic. I have sought a report from the district’s Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police on all aspects of the accident. This will form part of the interim report to be submitted to the NGT by this month,” B.P. Katoki, a retired judge heading an NGT-appointed judicial panel, said.The panel was formed on August 31 to deal with issues related to the protection of the environment from illegal mining and protection of miners.Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma had on Friday admitted that illegal coal mining was continuing in the State despite an NGT ban on ‘rat-hole’ mining more than four years ago. His coalition government wants the ban withdrawn as it is “affecting the livelihood of thousands of people”.On of two owners arrestedThe mine is near Lumthari village, about 130 km from State capital Shillong and less than 50 km from where anti-mining activists Agnes Kharshiing and Amita Sangma were assaulted by a mob a month ago.Villagers came to know about the accident after five miners somehow managed to escape as water gushed into the pit with 13 miners caught deeper inside.“Water keeps flooding the pit every time it is extracted with the help of machines. We fear the worst for the miners,” a member of the National Disaster Response Force engaged in the rescue operation, said. A 23-member State Disaster Response team is assisting the 72-member NDRF team.East Jaintia Hills SP Sylvester Nongtynger said they have arrested Grip Suhlet, one of the two owners of the coal mine. The other owner, James Sukhlain of Lumthari village, was absconding along with the supervisor of the mine.A senior police officer, declining to be quoted, denied that the police have been turning a blind eye to illegal coal mining even after the NGT ban. “Almost 80% of the district is covered by privately-owned coal and limestone mines. It is difficult to keep track of what’s happening under all of them,” he said.In a videotaped statement on Friday, Mr. Sangma said illegal coal mining was unacceptable to the State government, in a departure from his earlier stand that there was no illegal mining since the NGT ban on April 17, 2014.last_img read more

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