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Tony Becca: West Indians are smiling, but …

first_imgBack in 1950 when the West Indies defeated England in England to win their first Test series in England, West Indian eyes were smiling. They were on the way. Back in the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, when the West Indies won the World Cup twice and dominated Test cricket, West Indian eyes smiled even brighter. They were kings of the world. Today, in 2016, after winning the Youth World Cup, and the women’s World Cup and the World Twenty20 in Kolkata last Sunday, West Indian eyes are not only smiling, but their hearts are bursting with joy, satisfaction and pride. Winners of the titles, the West Indies, are the triple champions of the world, and deservedly so. In winning the Youth title for the first time, and convincingly at that, the little West Indians probably surprised even themselves. In winning the title, also for the first time, the women probably also surprised themselves. And in winning the title, the men beat off the challenge of seven worthwhile challengers, and especially the last one, brilliantly and commandingly. The West Indies won the Youth title with three deliveries to spare; the women won the title with three deliveries to spare; and the men won the title in fairy-tale fashion with only two deliveries to spare. MAGICAL HTTING After the West Indies stumble, Marlon Samuels steadied the ship with some solid and magnificent stroke play, and Brathwaite finished it off with his magical, thumping hitting at the end. It was so good that I wished I was there. Cricket is cricket, triple champions of the world sounds good and, as president of the West Indies Cricket Board Dave Cameron said before last Sunday’s final, West Indies cricket is rising. Is West Indies cricket really rising, however? Is West Indies cricket really rising because the West Indies teams have won three titles behind one another? Many people, including myself, would say no, and we would say no because of what is happening, or not happening, in West Indies cricket. First off, this team, which includes some of the biggest and most destructive hitters in the game, consists of players who no longer play cricket in the West Indies, players who, before every event, quarrel over money, and players who, rightly or wrongly, are termed mercenaries by many of the people. Second, although regional cricket is now professional and is played on a return basis, the standard generally is still poor, so poor that hardly anyone watches it. Third, and certainly in the case of Jamaica and Guyana, there is hardly any local cricket for women, at least no regular competition to make a difference in the interest of young girls and the development of standards. Fourth, the board, the players’ association and the players are always at war and with the situation as it is and with the public getting caught up in it, the atmosphere is bad and it affects the progress of the game. The local businesses and their money stay as far away from the cricket as is possible. The rift between the board, and the players and the players’ association is such that there is only one player on the team who is a member of the players’ association. WASHING DIRTY LAUNDRY The men’s victory was especially amazing. From the start, they looked confident and superior. They played as if they could not lose and did not know how to lose, while England, especially at the start, looked petrified. Their explosive batting gave them the look of invincibility. After reeling at 11 for three, the West Indies needed 19 runs off the final over, and with almost every cricket fan around the world at that stage backing the bowling team to win, Carlos Brathwaite promptly and commandingly smashed the first four deliveries into the stands for four sixes to leave Ben Stokes, England’s champion ‘death’ bowler up to that moment, on his knees, clasping his head, crying and shell-shocked. Last Sunday was a glorious day and night, and the West Indians playing in the Eden Gardens and visiting Kolkata made it a memorable one with their celebration, their dancing and their running around in jubilation. Samuel Badree and his baffling right-arm leg-spin started it off by bowling Jason Roy with his second delivery. AMAZING VICTORY Indeed, the rift is so huge that on Sunday in the Eden Gardens, after the final, before a large live audience and for millions of people to hear, at a time when the West Indies should be celebrating, captain Darren Sammy used the occasion to reel off all the problems between the players and the board. It was nothing more than washing their dirty linen in public, and Sammy’s remarks against the board were as poor as Samuels’ when he opened up against Shane Warne. There is a time and place for everything, and Sunday in Kolkata was neither the time nor the place to try and embarrass the West Indies board and a former player. It was totally uncalled for and, in both instances, totally unexpected. The attacks came from way out in left field and they probably came across as unfortunate because Sammy, despite his failure with the bat and with the ball, was so good throughout the tournament as the captain of the team, and Samuels, despite his batting disappointment up to then, was so brilliant, so majestic in the all-important final cup-winning match. Something must be done about the board, the players’ association and the senior players, otherwise everything will self-destruct. Congrats again to Shimron Hetmyer and to Alzarri Joseph and company, to Stafanie Taylor, Hayley Matthews, Britany Cooper, Anisa Mohammad, Deandra Dottin, Merissa Aguilliera and company, to Badree, Samuels, Brathwaite, Russell, Lendl Simmons, Gayle, Bravo and company on a job well done. It was a day to remember and, although there is a lot more to be done for West Indies cricket to really flower once again, a day to cherish.last_img read more

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Guyanese to participate in President Obama’s youth programme

first_imgFour young Guyanese leaders have been selected to participate in President Barack Obama’s 2016 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellows Programme in the United States later this year.The initiative will see some 250 young leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean travelling to the United States for an exchange programme that will involve internships and skills-building workshops. The programme will begin on October 5 in Dallas, Texas, and culminate with a summit in Washington, DC, in early November. The US President launched YLAI to build linkages between young leaders across the hemisphere and to expand opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society leaders.Over the five-week programme, the participants will learn and share their experiences in start-ups, small businesses, Non-Governmental Organisations, and similar entities in cities throughout the United States and in partnership with community groups and American universities.The participants will further develop their business or social venture plans through an entrepreneurship curriculum and workshops, and by working alongside their American counterparts.The 2016 YLAI Professional Fellows selection team received nearly 4000 applications. The 250 selected business and social entrepreneurs represent 35 countries throughout LatShaunda YardeDason AnthonyJudason Bessin America and the Caribbean and have demonstrated the energy of this generation to build stronger, more prosperous, and more secure communities throughout the hemisphere.Their areas of interest include agriculture, clean energy, consulting, e-commerce, education, entrepreneurship development and support, food and beverage, food security, health care, hospitality, LGBTI rights, marketing and branding, mobile applications, and women and youth empowerment.Among the Guyanese participants are: Dason Anthony, one of the owners of 592 Dresses, founded in July of last year. 592 Dresses assists boutiques and local designers to sell, market and advertise their products through its online marketplace. Judason Bess, the co-owner and manager of The Farmacy, which focuses on making agriculture and food production more sustainable.The third person is Abbigale Loncke, who has spent most of her adult life helping those in need with the creation of Community Health Care – an agency that delivers health care for the elderly, sick, disabled and children in the comfort of their homes. She also conducts training for women who are in need of employment and second chances to take up roles as care-givers. The final person is Shaunda Yarde, who founded Coconut Grove with her grandmother’s recipe in 2013; she uses fresh local ingredients to make a culturally rooted product, Golden Crunch Coconut Biscuits.The biscuits were part of Moray House’s 2015 Christmas Parcel and Guyana’s 2016 Golden Jubilee welcome package. YLAI, one of four programmes within the Young Leaders Initiatives, is part of President Obama’s commitment to empowering young people around the world to ensure they have the tools, skills and networks to tackle our shared global challenges.last_img read more

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Hire car drivers call for Police crackdown

first_imgPrivate-car taxisA number of hire car drivers are once again voicing complaints against private car drivers and are seeking the intervention of the Guyana Police Force (GPF).The matter was brought to the attention of Guyana Times by several drivers who operate on Main Street in the vicinity of Courts Ltd.The aggrieved men related to this publication that the private car drivers would frequently flock the area where they ply their trade. The action by the private car drivers was described as a “fight down”. The drivers noted that with the additional cars working in the area, it is difficult for them to acquire passengers as easily as they did before, resulting in them not making enough money to maintain a suitable living. The drivers have also noted that they have reported the issue to the Police on many occasions; however, the Police would just pass by the area quickly or in some instances, their complaints were ignored.When the area was visited, several private car drivers could be seen plying their trade. Shockingly, the private cars being operated as taxis outnumbered the hire cars.Meanwhile, officials at the GPF Traffic Department have stated that they have never received any such complaints. A traffic officer vehemently denied any knowledge of these reports, noting that there were no records of them.When asked about the procedure regarding this misconduct, Traffic Officer Superintendent Ramesh Ashram stated, “We usually act on reports, when they (hire car drivers) report it, we formulate a suitable time to crack down on it”Superintendent Ashram went on to explain that traffic ranks were in the habit of checking various areas around the city. “We usually do routine checks every couple weeks or so,” he stated.It is a common practice, especially in and around Georgetown for private car drivers to operate as taxis or hire cars. This practice is against the laws of Guyana and is a punishable offence. Hire car drivers are appealing to the GPF to swiftly crack down on the practice, as it is jeopardising their livelihood.last_img read more

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Carnage continues in bloody Baghdad

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Bombings and mortar attacks killed dozens across Baghdad on Monday as Iraqi troops set up new checkpoints and an Iraqi general took command – indications that the much-awaited operation to restore peace to the capital is gearing up nearly a month after it was announced. With little sign of an end to the carnage, many Iraqis have begun complaining that the security drive has been too slow in starting, allowing extremists free rein to launch spectacular attacks that have killed nearly 1,000 in the past week. Monday’s death toll increased their frustration. At least 74 people were killed or found dead across the country – all but seven of them in Baghdad. U.S. commanders, eager to avoid the mistakes that accompanied two failed crackdowns last year, have moved methodically to plan the operation and assemble the force, with so much is at stake. The U.S. military officials said Monday they consider the operation to have been under way ever since Bush signed the order last month to start moving troops to Iraq. U.S. officers offered assurances that once the operation gets rolling, Iraqis will see a difference.last_img read more

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Fracking technology firm’s patent infringement claim denied by appeal court

first_img“This is tremendous news for Essential,” Essential Energy Services CEO Garnet Amundson said in a statement.“We have spent five and a half years fighting this battle and are pleased with the appeal court’s ruling. The decision upholds our stated position all along that the action was without merit.” CALGARY, A.B. – A fracking technology firm has been handed another setback in its attempt to defend its patent on a commonly used well completion technique.The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed a filing by Packers Plus Energy Services Inc. asking it to overturn a December 2017 decision that declared invalid its patent for the “ball-drop” technology that helped usher in the current shale oil and gas boom in North America.In the 2017 decision, the judge ruled that Packers’ patent wasn’t valid because it was an “obvious” improvement on existing techniques and had been publicly disclosed before the patent application was filed.- Advertisement -The appeal court said in its decision this week it found no reason to set aside the “obviousness analysis.”Packers’ system, patented in Canada in November 2002, is used to control and separate high-pressure injections of liquids and sand used to break up tight underground rock and free the oil and gas to be produced from horizontal wells, a process called hydraulic fracturing or fracking.Packers had named competitors including Houston-based Weatherford International and Baker Hughes, along with producer Harvest Operations Corp. and service firms Essential Energy Services and Resource Well Completion Technologies Inc. of Calgary, in its appeal.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Leicester extend Vardy deal, complete double swoop

first_img0Shares0000Leicester City signed Caglar Soyuncu (pictured September 2016) and Filip Benkovic, but resisted interest from Manchester United for Harry Maguire © AFP/File / PATRIK STOLLARZLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – Leicester City tied down England striker Jamie Vardy to a new four-year contract on Thursday after bolstering their defensive options with the signings of Croatian Filip Benkovic and Turkish international Caglar Soyuncu.Despite adding two centre-backs on deadline day for Premier League clubs, Leicester also resisted interest from Manchester United for England international Harry Maguire. The two sides meet on Friday in the opening game of the Premier League season at Old Trafford.In six seasons at Leicester, Vardy, 31, has scored 88 goals, and most memorably spearheaded the Foxes’ incredible Premier League triumph in 2015/16.“Everybody knows how I feel about playing for this football club and it’s a great feeling to know that I can look forward to another four years as a Leicester City player,” Vardy said in a Leicester statement.“The journey that me, the team and the club has been on over the past few years has been incredible. Going into the new season, it’s an exciting time for Leicester City and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”Soyuncu, 22, joins from German side Freiburg in a deal worth a reported £19 million, while Croatian under-21 international Benkovic will reportedly cost £13 million from Dinamo Zagreb.The double swoop takes Leicester’s summer spending over £100 million after moves for Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans, James Maddison, Danny Ward and Rachid Ghezzal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GAOTH DOBHAIR FAILS TO MAKE IRISH TIMES TOP FIVE PLACES TO HOLIDAY

first_imgGaoth Dobhair has just missed out on being short-listed for the Irish Times top five places to holiday in Ireland.Sunset in Brinaleck, Gaoth Dobhair by Tony WardThe area had made it to the top 25 in the nationwide competition.But the West Donegal region just missed out on the final of the competition, the winner of which will be announced on May 27th. The area was short-listed down to one of 25 from an initial entry of more than 1,400 after an amazing pitch by Gaoth Dobhair man Sean Mullin who now lives in New Zealand.The good news is that our neighbours Derry are in the top five alongside Glenarlow, Co Tipperary, Killarney in Kerry, Loop Head peninusla, Co Clare and Inisboffin island.GAOTH DOBHAIR FAILS TO MAKE IRISH TIMES TOP FIVE PLACES TO HOLIDAY was last modified: May 21st, 2013 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:derry cityGaoth DobhairIrish Timeslast_img read more

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WATCH: Daniel puts his foot down on Dermot Bannon’s renovation dreams

first_imgThere is just one week to go until the much-anticipated episode of ‘Room to Improve’ with Daniel and Majella O’Donnell – and we have a sneak peek to see what’s in store. Country music legend Daniel O’Donnell and his wife Majella have been described by RTE as ‘feistiest and most single-minded clients to date’ for celebrity architect Dermot Bannon in the popular property series.Daniel and Majella agreed to let Dermot renovate their four-bed home in Kincasslagh last year, and the work was finally completed last week after the project unexpectedly became a large-scale transformation, which Daniel has admitted he wasn’t too pleased about. In this sneak peek from the show, viewers see Daniel struggling to have an input as Majella and Dermot talk about their ideas for the home. “Gee whiz!” the exasperated star says.Will Daniel manage to assert any control in the renovation? Whatever happens, this looks set to be the most memorable saga yet of the ‘homes of Donegal’.Room to Improve airs on RTE One, Sunday 18th February at 9.30pm  WATCH: Daniel puts his foot down on Dermot Bannon’s renovation dreams was last modified: February 12th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:daniel o’donnellDermot BannonMajella O’DonnellRoom To ImproveRTElast_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Solid salmon opener out of Eureka

first_img“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Had Benjamin Franklin lived on the North Coast, he may have edited his famous quote to include king salmon out of Eureka. The season is only a few days old, but Eureka once again looks like the place to be if you want to consistently catch kings. Saturday’s opener was blown out, but Marc Schmidt of Coastline Charters headed out on Sunday afternoon to test the waters as the ocean was lying down.They quickly put in …last_img

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Two more solar plants come on stream in South Africa

first_img2 June 2014US company SolarReserve announced last week that two 75-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) projects had completed construction and were fully operational and providing renewable energy to South Africa’s electricity grid.The Lesedi and Letsatsi plants, situated in the Northern Cape and Free State provinces respectively, were chosen by South Africa’s Department of Energy (DOE) in the first round its renewable energy programme for private producers, which aims to add 3 725 MW of wind, solar photovoltaic and concentrating solar power to the country’s energy mix.SolarReserve said the two plants were together capable of powering more than 130 000 homes, and had each signed 20-year power purchase agreements with state electricity company Eskom.According to the company, the two projects had provided a significant economic boost for their surrounding communities, with 2.3-million man-hours of work generated during construction, and a percentage of total project revenues having been set aside for local enterprise and socio-economic development.“The social and economic benefits that these projects are imparting in South Africa today demonstrate the positive results of close cooperation between the US and South African governments along with private companies in each nation,” SolarReserve CEO Kevin Smith said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing this positive momentum through collaboration on further projects.”The projects were developed and financed by a consortium including SolarReserve, the IDEAS Managed Fund (managed by Old Mutual Investment Group South Africa), empowerment investment company Kensani Group, GCL Poly Energy Holdings and Intikon Energy.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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