Saints, UWI in historic title clash under lights

first_imgTitle-holders St Catherine CC and surprise finalists, the University of The West Indies (UWI), will meet in the final of the 2015 Jamaica Cricket Association 50-over Championship at Sabina Park today.The showdown, which is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., will be a historic day-and-night encounter – the first for a local competitive match-up at the venue.St Catherine, now under the leadership of Danza Hyatt, as Tamar Lambert stepped down recently, will enter the showdown as slight favourites, despite having a less-impressive record than UWI.St Catherine registered six wins and a loss, with the Robert Samuels-coached UWI boasting an undefeated record after seven games.The ‘Saints’, however, have a stellar line-up, particularly as it relates to experience. Their batting, their greatest area of strength, includes West Indies batsmen, Barbadian Kirk Edwards and Hyatt, as well as opener Shacaya Thomas and the experienced Lambert.The quartet, with the exception of Edwards – who joined them in the semi-finals – has been in good form this season and is responsible for their progress thus far.Also in their squad is young opener Oraine Williams, who recently returned from League cricket in Ireland, and steady all-rounder, Wayne Morgan, who on their day can construct a good innings.Jamaica fast bowler Brian Buchanan, leg-spinners Odean Brown and Gavin Wallace and off-spinning all-rounder Pete Salmon represent their main bowling threat.”Firstly, the aim is to make it champions two years in a row,” said Hyatt, whose charges brushed aside the challenge of St James by eight wickets in the semi-final.”We have a lot of match-winners, both with the bat and with the ball, and if two or three players should put up their hand – we should stand a good chance of winning,” he stated.UWI, winners of their semi-final by four wickets – over former champions Kensington – will look to new Jamaica four-day captain, Paul Palmer Jr, promising all-rounder Rovman Powell and fast bowler Christopher Powell.The three, past representatives of the Combined Campuses and Colleges at the regional level, have been outstanding with either bat or ball all season and come today will hope to lead from the front.”UWI is a young team as apart from me, who is the oldest player at 23. The average age of the team is 20 years old,” Palmer explained.”We are also an all-round team and tend not to focus on any one player, and once we continue to display those characteristics, it should be a good game.”Palmer continued: “They (St Catherine) are a tough team. However, it is about sticking to our game plan and executing as best as we can.”UWI will also bank on Jamaica Under-19 representatives, batsmen Chrishna Graham, Oshane Walters and Nicholas Walters, wicketkeeper Romaine Morris and fast bowler Omar Samuels.last_img read more

BaliPure ousts Creamline, faces Pocari Sweat in PVL Finals

first_imgTeen gunned down in Masbate Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaliPure knocked off top seed Creamline, 25-22, 27-25, 25-23, in a do-or-die for the lasr finals slot in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Cool Smashers played without their superstar Alyssa Valdez for the sixth straight game but still, the absence of the former Ateneo spiker can’t take anything away from how the Water Defenders played.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The Water Defenders, who forced a deciding Game 3 following a five-set win on Sunday, set up a best-of-three showdown with the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors beginning on Saturday.The Lady Warriors rallied past the Air Force Lady Jet Spikers in the other sudden-death earlier.The Cool Smashers were 4-0 without Valdez and 8-0 overall entering Games 2 and 3 of their best-of-three semifinals showdown with the Water Defenders.“If Alyssa’s inside, that’s already a minimum of 20 points. If she’s playing good [she’ll score] 25, 29 [points]. We do not look at this as Alyssa’s not there. We just have to play to the best of our ability.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I didn’t expect that we’re going to win in three sets but of course, my expectation was we are going to win,” said BaliPure head coach Roger Gorayeb. “Regardless of how many sets, the important thing is to make the finals.”And it took a collective effort for the Water Defenders to reach the championship round anew with Jasmine Nabor orchestrating the offense with 44 excellent sets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Nabor’s playmaking distributed the scoring load to three spikers with Jerrili Malabanan, Grethcel Soltones and Aiko Urdas all finishing in double-digits.Malabanan wound up with 15 points while Soltones and Urdas had 13 and 12 points, respectively. Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Minister Holder’s outburst an irresponsible demonstration of leadership

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) was taken aback after the Union listened to Agriculture Minister Noel Holder’s seeming outburst on a local television newscast of September 26, 2018, regarding the $30 billion aimed at securing and revitalising the operations of the three remaining Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) estates. It was reported that the Minister is clueless about the monies that were borrowed. The Minister said “…so they have now apparently secured some $30 billion bond, which GuySuCo management has not seen, which the Minister of Agriculture has not seen, and frankly speaking don’t really want to see.” Minister Holder went on saying, “… am I don’t understand, I am like you, I can’t understand why you got $30 billion, pay four per cent interest, sit on it and don’t hand it over to who supposed to use it.”It seems to us that apparently Minister Holder is out of the loop regarding the monies that have been borrowed which are backed by a sovereign Government guarantee and secured by the assets of National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) – which incidentally belong to the people of Guyana. The Minister’s tirade, as it were, is yet another demonstration of how the affairs of the country are addressed by the Granger Administration. It also, once more, brings into focus the Administration’s more than confused approach to the sugar industry generally.But apart from that, the Minister’s venting is a serious indictment on him and his performance. GAWU would want to believe that as a responsible leader of our country, entrusted with overseeing one of the largest sectors of the country, he would have sought to get to the bottom of where the borrowed monies were and seek to channel it to the industry which requires it urgently. We saw the new GuySuCo Chairman, John Dow, in the September 27 Guyana Times, being quoted as saying “…you cannot get increases in production without spending money in getting that infrastructure and equipment up to scratch”. But in contrast to the GuySuCo Chairman, the goodly Minister Holder is saying he doesn’t want to see the monies borrowed. We wonder how more incredulous can the Agriculture Minister get.Minister Holder’s stewardship of sugar, and some can say of the entire agricultural industry, has been, by many standards, less than acceptable.The GAWU recalls the Minister’s quick abrogation of responsibility for the sugar industry when the nation learnt, the Granger Administration, transferred GuySuCo to the auspices of NICIL. It seems that the Minister is least bothered, apparently, by doing the best he can do and has simply resigned himself to escape responsibility as best as he can.This lethargic approach from a senior Minister who has such weighty responsibilities is a disservice to our country’s people and is, certainly, no encouragement to a main productive sector of our economy.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

Pensioner jailed for 12½ years for killing friend

first_imgSixty-nine-year-old Renwick Alexander called “Pompey” who was handed a 56-year prison sentence for unlawfully killing his friend, Carl Thomas in 2014 was on Tuesday given a 12-and-a-half-year sentence after he entered a guilty plea. Thomas was knifed to death on November 3, 2010, in Georgetown and Alexander was sentenced by Justice Navindra Singh after the jury found the accused guilty of murder.Renwick Alexander called “Pompey”However, when his matter came up for a High Court retrial on Tuesday; he opted to forego those proceedings and pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter. Justice Singh, who presided again, sentenced him to 12-and-a-half-years imprisonment, ordering the prison service to deduct the time Alexander spent on remand.He was represented by Nigel Hughes while the State’s case was presented by Attorney Teriq Mohammed. Hughes, in a plea of mitigation told the jury that his client is remorseful for his actions. Alexander looked to the daughter of the deceased and apologised while on the verge of tears.Thomas, 55, of Lot 35 John Street, Lodge, succumbed while receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).He was said to have sustained a single stab wound which punctured vital organs at the hand of Alexander. Alexander and the deceased reportedly grew up together and were said to be fighting over missing clothes on the day of the incident.last_img read more

UCLA 68, Kansas 55

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Arron Afflalo overcame his history of mediocre big-game performances, leading UCLA back to the Final Four. In an exceptional second half, Afflalo scored 15 of his 24 points and the Bruins held off top-seeded Kansas for a 68-55 victory Saturday night in the West Regional championship. Afflalo also played stellar defense and Darren Collison added 14 points and four big free throws in the final seconds. The Bruins (30-5) made their halftime lead stand up in an appropriately tense meeting between two schools with rich traditions and a combined 30 Final Four appearances _ including an NCAA-record 17th for UCLA next week in Atlanta. The Bruins, who lost to Florida in last season’s national title game, could be in for a rematch: They’ll meet Sunday’s winner of the Gators’ regional final against Oregon. Brandon Rush scored 18 points for the Jayhawks, the first No. 1 seed to be eliminated from the tournament. Their 14-game winning streak also was snapped in the school’s first NCAA tournament loss in California, where this game had a decided home-court feel for the Bruins. UCLA has never lost to Kansas in five NCAA tournament meetings, and the Bruins are 17-3 in regional finals. UCLA also has back-to-back 30-win seasons for the first time since 1972-73, when two of John Wooden’s 10 championship-winning teams each went 30-0. “It feels good,” Collison said. “We felt that we didn’t finish the job last year, so we’re going to enjoy this moment, and then go back and try to finish it.” Afflalo’s teammates surrounded him in celebration after the buzzer, and the pro-UCLA crowd chanted “One more year!” at the smiling junior as he pulled on a commemorative T-shirt and hat. The Bruins edged ahead of North Carolina in Final Four appearances. The Tar Heels have 16 going into Sunday’s East Regional final against Georgetown. Though Kansas (33-5) is loaded with star talent, the second-seeded Bruins returned with several major contributors to last season’s run. That experience showed in every pressure-packed possession of a matchup between two teams that began the season with the Final Four as their only acceptable destination. Afflalo felt more pressure than most: Though he was the Pac-10’s player of the year and the Bruins’ acknowledged leader, he had a dismaying habit of disappearing in big games. Afflalo struggled in both of the Bruins’ Final Four contests last season, scoring a combined 19 points against LSU and Florida. He managed just three points in this season’s conference tournament loss to California, and he was ineffective for long stretches of the Bruins’ last two victories in the NCAA tournament. He had no such trouble this time, hitting a series of clutch baskets with a dwindling shot clock in the second half as UCLA nursed a lead. Collison, the point guard who succeeded Jordan Farmar in this season’s starting lineup, also helped with his heady playmaking.last_img read more

Adrian Durham diary: England v Wales drama, Coleman’s Bale failings and more…

first_img7 talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham is taking you behind the scenes at Euro 2016. Today, he writes about an electric British derby between England and Wales, gives a shout out to talkSPORT’s James Milner and explains why a half and half scarf can sometimes be acceptable…. England v Wales in Lens and what a fantastic day. We drove up the A1 from Chantilly, made it past a police check on cars to make sure nobody was taking alcohol to Lens, and then arrived in really good time.French police check the talkSPORT car for alcoholI walked from the stadium to the train station to pick up a ticket I’d bought, and walked back again, and saw England and Wales fans mixing freely with no trouble whatsoever. There was a great atmosphere, lots of singing, and everyone was loving it. Inside the ground, there were Wales fans mingling with England fans, and no problems. As L’Equipe said, it was a typical Premier League atmosphere, and the national anthems of both countries were sung frequently during the game, and sung with such passion that even the most ardent football hater would have been moved to tears.England and Wales fans mingle in LensEngland and Wales fans ahead of the big matchThe game was dramatic to say the least, you all know what happened, so no need to go over it here. I will say I thought Rooney was excellent again, the England full-backs were amazing, Joe Hart should have saved the free-kick, and Roy made good, albeit obvious, subs. It was a bold shout bringing on Rashford for such a game as well, and the kid played decent. Credit to Roy for that. Sterling wasn’t great again, and he might have played his way out of the starting line-up, Kane looks shattered, and Dele Alli was disappointing I thought. I wouldn’t mind seeing Jack Wilshere come in for the Spurs youngster.As for Wales, Chris Coleman must work out a way to get more out of Bale. Yes he scored but for the second game running it was a pot shot from a free kick that should have been easily saved. Apart from that Bale worked hard, showed flashes here and there, but at full-time I was relieved as an England fan that he had little chance to show his true quality. As England know only too well, tournament football is massively different to qualification, and Coleman must work harder while he has such a golden talent at his disposal. Lumping it up to him and hoping for free-kicks is pretty basic stuff.I must give a shout to Frazer, who I stood next to at the game. Never met him before but he was a top man, and he predicted England would win 2-1 with a last minute goal. So when it happened we had a manhug. Nice moment. Not sure he’s recovered.England fans celebrate the dramatic win over WalesMy wife was also at the game and she found a half and half scarf for sale outside the ground. It was silk, 10 Euro, and she bought it. Unacceptable, I hear you say. But her mother is English and her dad is Welsh, and it is a gift for them. So it’s one of the rare occasions when a half and half scarf IS acceptable.The ‘acceptable’ half and half scarfAfter the whistle I quickly made my way to the temporary talkSPORT studio in Lens to start hosting the next two games. Colin Murray’s inserts from pitchside during the Northern Ireland games are a thing of joy and beauty. For example, with NI leading 1-0, six minutes of injury time were signalled, and Colin’s reaction was: “Six minutes??? Why don’t they just play another bloody game?” Proper passion. Hats off to Northern Ireland, an incredible result for them.And then Germany 0 Poland 0. Disappointing. We drove back to Chantilly, arriving at about 12:45am. The Senior Gooner deserves a shout out for being talkSPORT’s version of James Milner: not boring, but works hard, does a great job for the team and was on the go doing stuff literally all day and virtually all night yesterday. Hence his “lazyboy” moment as you can see.talkSPORT’s James Milner takes a well-earned restI was still buzzing from the England win, so we stayed up in the hotel bar til 3am watching a re-run of the whole match on French TV. They stopped serving at about 2am, but we had our own stash of beers. Decent.And yes I went crazy again when Sturridge got the winner. Adrian Durham takes you behind the scenes in France last_img read more

Stojakovic sits out again with bad back

first_imgSacramento Kings forward Peja Stojakovic missed his second straight game Sunday night with a protruding disc in his lower back, another potentially serious injury for the three-time All-Star. Stojakovic has missed eight games with three different injuries this season, including the back problem that kept him out of Friday’s loss to the Hornets. His back has been troublesome all season, preventing him from jumping, shooting and playing defense with his usual effectiveness. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Gooden was on the inactive list for the game with a right leg adductor strain, and the team said he was day-to-day. Gooden, averaging 11.4 points and 8.7 rebounds, hurt his leg in the third quarter of the Cavaliers’ 115-106 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Stojakovic, who’s in the final year of his contract with the Kings, is averaging 16.6 points per game, his lowest average since his second NBA season in 1999-2000. Gooden not good: Cleveland Cavaliers forward Drew Gooden sat out Sunday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers due to a thigh injury. last_img read more


first_imgResidents living beside a busy road which has no footpaths or lighting have warned it is only a matter of time before someone is killed on it.The road between Casey and Tullydish in Buncrana runs along six different housing estates with an average of 40 houses on each estate.But residents claim their plight is being completely ignored by local councillors for some reason.The road, which is not wide enough for two vehicles to pass, is uneven and in a bad state of repair. But, as our picture shows, it is used daily by large lorries delivering all sorts of goods.A spokesman for outraged local residents told Donegal Daily “The main problem however, is that there are no footpaths for people or families to walk on.“There are a few corners that are blind so people have to walk on the wrong side of the road to get to and from the town.“As well as this there is also an issue with the speed limit of the road as it is so narrow and uneven,” he said. Every house paid a development charge for the upgrade of this road and the installation of footpaths and street lighting which has not been done.“The only time we hear or see anyone about the road is when our so called local representatives are up looking for our votes! Then we are told that the road is their number one priority and that’s the last we see of them.“While the local governments tar roads that are in way better condition than our road, so they can use up there budgeted road money for this year it makes us wonder where is our car tax money going and why should we even pay it,” added the resident.The spokesman suggested Buncrana town council could use the perfectly good curb stones they have taken off Buncrana’s Main Street and put them up our road to make a footpath for the road.“Something needs to be done sooner rather than later before an adult or child is killed trying to navigate this shambles of a road,” he added. ‘SOMEONE IS GOING TO GET KILLED ON OUR ROAD AND POLITICIANS HAVE DONE NOTHING ABOUT IT’ was last modified: October 10th, 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:buncranaBuncrana Town Counciloutraged residentsroadTullydishlast_img read more

Burbank man convicted of murdering model in 1992

first_imgA 41-year-old Burbank man was convicted Wednesday of kidnapping and murdering a 20-year-old Northridge model in 1992. David Rademaker didn’t flinch as the first-degree murder verdict was read in a downtown courtroom. Jurors will begin hearing Friday whether he should receive the death penalty. He is eligible because of the special circumstance of kidnapping. Jurors did not believe the prosecution’s claim that Kimberly Pandelios, an aspiring model and mother of a 1-year-old boy, was raped before being killed in the Angeles National Forest. She was last seen Feb. 27, 1992, after telling her husband she was meeting a man named Paul for a photo shoot. During the three-week trial, the prosecution argued Rademaker had posed as a freelance photographer to lure women into his web. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Rademaker’s defense team said after the verdict that the prosecution’s evidence was weak. “It’s all speculation and conjecture,” said Chad Calabria. The main witness against Rademaker was Manya Ksendov, with whom Rademaker began a sexual relationship when she was 14 and he was 29. He was sentenced in 1998 to 12 years in prison for charges stemming from their relationship. He was paroled in 2004 and was arrested shortly after for Pandelios’ death. “Their sole case is an ex-girlfriend who has tremendous animosity toward Mr. Rademaker,” Calabria said. Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3634 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


first_imgST EUNAN’S club members have vowed to fight a plan by Letterkenny Gaels to impose strict parish boundary rules.The senior club met in Letterkenny last night and there was unanimous support from members.Many of them spoke of the heartache they would feel if they were forced to send family members to play for the Gaels. Under plans launched by the Gaels, St Eunan’s would draw players from the parish of Conwall and Leck whilst the Gaels would have sole access to players in the parish of Aughaninshin.This has caused uproar amongst diehard Eunan’s members – many of whom live in the Aughaninshin end of the town and whose families have been with the club for generations.Mediation between the two clubs has so far failed, mainly because St Eunan’s is angry that the Gaels is in breach of an agreement reached when the junior club was founded when both sides agreed to give players the choice of which club to join in Letterkenny without referral to boundaries.The Gaels however have since insisted on changing this agreement. Eunan’s sources believe GAA headquarters will back them.There is also the issue raised with by a GAA player who isn’t a Catholic.He told us: “I’m not a Catholic, yet the GAA which claims to be all-encompassing wants to make rules based on Catholic parishes. Legally in this day and age that can’t be right. The organisation shouldn’t be linked solely to one religion.”* Comments are welcomed by as long as they are fair and accurate, do not use foul language and are not defamatory of any individual or organisation.GAA PARISH ROW: CLUB VOWS TO FIGHT BOUNDARY CHANGES was last modified: September 16th, 2011 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:AughaninshinConwal and Leckletterkenny gaels gaa clubSt Eunan’s GAA clublast_img read more