Simmons pulls out of T20 squad

first_imgDUBAI, UAE, CMC – Batsman Lendl Simmons has become the latest player to withdraw from the West Indies squad for next week’s Twenty20 World Cup in India.The 31-year-old has failed to recover from a back injury and missed the ongoing preparation camp here. He will remain in Trinidad and Tobago to recuperate.Simmons, one of the leading Twenty20 openers, joins Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Darren Bravo, who have all pulled out of the squad.Pollard withdrew because of injury, Narine requested more time to work on his action while Bravo opted to play for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Regional four-day championship.last_img

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Roadside brawl lands women in court

first_imgThree women were on Friday all charged with assault and wounding when they made their appearance at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Christel Lambert.Aesha Jacobs, 23, of Lot 198 Anna Catherina West Coast Demerara (WCD) and Tricia Rodney, 36, of 42 Gas Station Street, Anna Catherina, WCD, pleaded not guilty to the offence, which alleged that on June 4, they unlawfully and maliciously wounded and assaulted Shelize Gaskin with intent to cause bodily harm.The court heard that on the same day and at the same location, both women unlawfully and maliciously assaulted Nikita Gilks with intent to cause bodily harm.Meanwhile, Shelize Gaskin 23 of 377 Section C Sophia, Greater Greater, pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on June 4, she unlawfully and maliciously assaulted and wounded Aesha Jacobs and Tricia Rodney with intent to cause bodily harm.The prosecution’s case contended that on the day in question, the women were involved in an argument that spiralled out of control, as such a fight ensued.They were all arrested and charged after the matter was reported to the Police by eyewitnesses.They were all released in $30,000 bail each. The case will continue on June 23, 2016.last_img read more

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Failure to respect the judicial rulings on the No-confidence Motion will be politically and…

first_imgOn January 31, 2019, the Chief Justice delivered her judgement on the No-confidence Motion issue which was much to the disfavour of the Government – and which is technically now characterised as a fallen Government in light of the learned Chief Justice’ ruling. To give a brief synopsis of the events thereto, after the ruling of the High Court was delivered and as was expected, the Government announced even before the court ruled that they will appeal that ruling all the way up to the Caribbean Court of Justice which is the final court of appeal for Guyana. In the meanwhile, members of Government, including his Excellency David Granger, declared they are not resigning at one of their elections campaign forum.Though appealing this matter is perfectly well in order, it must be done in an extremely expeditious manner to avert a political and constitutional crisis on or before March 21, 2019. If this is not done and the Government continues to hold onto power and impose its dictates that they have no intentions of resigning or even calling General Elections speedily, it is unfortunate to say that after March 21, 2019, the Opposition will effectively not recognise the Government as a legitimate government, the international community based on some public pronouncements already, may also recognise the Government as an illegitimate government in office and these are certainly not good signs for Guyana. These events are almost a replica of the situation in Venezuela recently and Guyana is not even producing oil as yet.Hence, this is a worrying time for Guyana against the aforementioned because there will be a political and economic crisis and even a constitutional crisis if the appeals are not dealt with in a timely manner. What will happen in these circumstances is Guyana will become politically weak and vulnerable; the country’s sovereignty will also become highly vulnerable in light of threats from Venezuela on the controversial border matter surrounding the two countries – in other words, such risks which Guyana is currently faced with in protecting the country’s sovereignty will also be escalated to a high risk of the undesirable at this time.Moreover, on the economic development side, both private and foreign investors are already worried and holding back from getting involved in terms of investing in Guyana – much less signing any contracts with the Government. The manifestation of these events will only hurt the Guyanese people; especially the working class at the expense of politicians fighting for power and clinging to power without any regard for a strong and prudently governed economy in the interest of all its peoples. The economy is at risk of becoming standstill overall, very little or no investment will occur during this period, unemployment will be on the rise, crime will be on the rise and social and economic hardships will be imposed upon the working class especially.It is therefore strongly suggested by this author that if indeed the coalition political party, now a fallen government (until and unless the Appeal Court rules otherwise), are confident as they boldly continue to contend, then do the mature thing like the Opposition did when same was brought against them in the Parliament in 2015, the President at that time did a politically mature thing to dissolve the Parliament and immediately call a snap election, despite losing that election. Now, the tables have turned and the actions of the sitting Government speaks anything but democratic practices and political maturity on their part. In the eyes of the intellectual community, they are only discrediting themselves much to their insolent embarrassment.It is hoped that the international community continue to impose strong pressures upon the political leaders on both sides for there to be national elections as early as possible. It is the only amicable solution to settle this matter on confidence or no confidence. The electorate should determine this outcome and not a court of law within these circumstances – especially since one High Court has already spoken and the Legislature has spoken as well – quite consistently.last_img read more

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Costly face-lift

first_imgWHITTIER – The cost of implementing a proposed plan to renovate Uptown Whittier could range from $40 million to $73 million over a 30-year period. It’s one of many details that Whittier officials – from City Council to planning commissioners to staff – will be discussing over the next few months as they air details of the proposed plan. The City Council and Planning Commission met Saturday in a joint meeting that council members said Monday gave them another chance to review the document. “The plan is very good, but how are we going to pay for it?” Councilman Joe Vinatieri asked. “That’s why the consultant got peppered. They still have questions to answer.” The plan – a 124-page document – lays out ways to renovate the Uptown area. It calls for new strategies to deal with parking, development, housing and the churches in the area. It now will go to the Planning Commission for study and public hearings and eventually to the City Council. The plan proposes up to $60 million for four parking structures and $6.8million for new trees on Greenleaf Avenue and Philadelphia Street. It also proposes $1.3 million to narrow Hadley Street between Greenleaf Avenue and Painter Street, $1.2 million for a traffic circle at the intersection of Philadelphia and Painter streets and $1 million for a new park in the Uptown area. Stefanos Polyzoides, partner of Moule and Polyzoides, which is writing the plan, told the council Saturday that the money won’t all be spent at once and will be dependent on actual projects being built. “You’re not ready to pull out a check book and write a $75million check,” Polyzoides said. “This is not that kind of plan,” Polyzoides said. “This is a pay-as-you-go plan. You only invest when you’re certain that doing something will deliver a project to you and bring enough collateral development to continue with the plan as a whole.” Councilman Bob Henderson said he knows that the plan’s calculations show the city should generate more than the cost through increased taxes. “But the thing that is the killer is figuring out how the timeline lays out,” Henderson said Monday. “Do you come out with $15million on Day One and 15 years later you get your money back? That’s a huge financial issue.” Mayor Cathy Warner said she agrees with her fellow council members that the plan still needs to be fine-tuned. “The other thing we have to remember is that we’ve had some public input, but we still have to continue through the process that provides for more,” Warner said. “I’m looking forward to considering what the public has to say.” Councilman Greg Nordbak said the key will be compromise. “We’re at the beginning of a very long race,” Nordbak said. “In order for us to move forward, we will need input, compromise and working with each other.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 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

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Dry weather continues to aggravate wildfires

first_imgThe largest is now 50 kilometers west of Williston Lake, and as of last report, it had grown to 4,000 hectares and was still growing.Like the one southeast of Tumbler Ridge, it was started by lightning and was still active and uncontained.At roughly 3,800 hectares, the Red Deer Lake Fire had a slightly reduced burn area, but Fire Information Officer, Kevin Skrepnek says the crews battling it are still far from having it contained.- Advertisement -“We certainly do expect future growth on it, just given the weather conditions we’re anticipating,” Skrepnek said. “Potentially unstable weather bringing dry lighting, so obviously that’s a big concern for us from a wildfire perspective.”  Skrepnek’s also issued yet another appeal to the public, especially those with plans to be in the back country, to be extra conscious of fire prevention.“Whether it’s with discarded cigarettes, camp fires; when it’s this dry out, the heat, often from exhaust pipes from a car or any ATV can be enough to start a fire,” Skrepnek explained.Advertisement The 3rd local area fire, about 6 kilometers east of Mackenzie, was at last word much smaller than the other two, at only about 80 hectares.last_img read more

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Barca and Madrid endure surprise La Liga defeats

first_imgFor both, it was their first defeat of the season and for both, defensive fragility was the key factor, which will be a major concern with the second round of Champions League games to come next week.By the end, Atletico Madrid, who had cruised to victory over Huesca on Tuesday and play Real on Saturday, were the biggest winners. After a stuttering start, Diego Simeone’s side will jump above Real with a win at the Santiago Bernabeu.Sevilla can be a formidable opponent on their own patch but few expected Leganes to inflict what was only Barcelona’s second league defeat in 17 months.“We are in a very difficult moment that was unexpected,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said.Gerard Pique committed the decisive error, his fluffed clearance allowing Oscar Rodriguez to score Leganes’ second goal in two incredible minutes at Estadio Municipal de Butarque.Nabil El Zhar had nodded in an equaliser moments before and by the end Philippe Coutinho’s sumptuous early volley was reduced to little more than a footnote.After drawing at home to Girona on Sunday, albeit with 10 men, Valverde’s selection also came under scrutiny, after he opted to rotate for the second time in three days.Against Girona, it was Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti on the bench and just as they all had to be called upon in the second half at the Camp Nou, so were Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba this time.“Of course the coach is responsible, a losing coach always feels responsible,” Valverde said.“But obviously it is easy now to talk about the rotations – in the end, matches are analysed on results – but you can’t win the league with only eleven players.”Barcelona face Athletic Bilbao on Saturday and then Tottenham at Wembley in the Champions League four days later but one point from two of La Liga’s lesser opponents is a concern.So is the form of Pique, who was also at fault against Girona and will almost certainly start against Spurs, with Umtiti suspended.“You have to judge the whole team, not individuals,” Sergio Busquets said.“There are no excuses. We have to concede fewer goals and be more solid. Today the league isn’t lost but we might miss these three points at the end of the season.”Real Madrid, who were just kicking off as Leganes closed out, could have pulled three points clear at the top but instead were three down at half-time for the first time in a league game since 2003, also against Sevilla.Twice Jesus Navas sped away on the counter-attack, and twice he found Andre Silva, the first time with a deliberate cut-back, the second when his shot was palmed out for a rebound.Wissam Ben Yedder added a third six minutes before the interval, volleying in from close range after the Madrid defence had pushed out.“We had a bad first half,” Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said. “Especially a bad start, when they scored two goals and set the tone for the game.“We have to pick ourselves up, we have another important game in three days so we congratulate Sevilla and recognise we have not played how we wanted.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Watch this! Barcelona’s Lionel Messi looks on as Leganes defender Raul Garcia clears the ball © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, Sep 27 – Barcelona conceded twice in 68 seconds and Real Madrid were three down at half-time as La Liga’s two title favourites were each stunned by surprise defeats on Wednesday night.Barca’s 2-1 loss to relegation fighters Leganes was the greater shock but Madrid’s beating was more emphatic, blown away 3-0 by Sevilla after a torrid 39 minutes at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.last_img read more

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Updates for Arsenal fans regarding attackers and defenders

first_img 7 7 7 7 Wenger to look at Robert Lewandowski – Back onto the subject of strikers and The Sun report that Wenger is looking for a super star striker to lead his line. If that’s not Lacazette, then it could be Lewandowski if he can’t agree to a new contract at Bayern Munich. Currently it ends in 2019. 7 Hope in chase for Riyad Mahrez? – Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says last season’s Player of the Year will remain, but there is a glimmer of hope in the form of Mahrez’s Twitter profile @Mahrez22. This comes from The Sun, who note the player only follows 88 people and the most recent one is Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo… Fabian Schar is back on the shortlist – There is also a report Arsenal will turn their attention to Schar, a previous Gunners target according to German news outlet Bild. The 24-year-old currently plays for Bundesliga club Hoffenheim. Don’t worry about Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez’s contracts – Even though the pair have yet to agree a new contract, Arsenal manager Wenger says there is no cause for concern. “At the moment we have priorities, and most of the time contract extensions are done outside the window because it gives you a bit more time and focus on that,” he said. 7 Jeremy Mathieu is an option – Arsenal are keeping their options open in their search for defenders and have reportedly enquired about the availability of Barcelona’s 32-year-old stopper Jeremy Mathieu. The Frenchman played for Valencia prior to joining the Spanish champions in 2014 and has played in both the centre and left back positions. The new Premier League season kicks off on 13 August on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 and Arsenal are short on defenders.PREMIER LEAGUE SQUADS RANKED ON SQUAD DEPTHSSo here, talkSPORT looks at the latest rumours surrounding the Gunners ahead of a season in which Gooners are largely pessimistic about their title chances.Granit Xhaka, a £30m signing, is the only arrival of note and fans would love nothing more than to have another great striker to partner Olivier Giroud and some experience at the back to cope with the injuries.Keep up to date with all Arsenal news here. Shkrodan Mustafi – deal for Valencia defender agreed? – It is being widely reported a deal for Mustafi to join Arsenal from Valencia has been agreed, though Arsene Wenger wouldn’t give any update on the deal’s progress when asked. The manager has said the club’s defensive crisis is frustrating and is working on bringing people in, but that his sole focus right now is the Liverpool game. Read what he said here. 7 Alexandre Lacazette is worth £60m! – Scroll through the gallery to see more Arsenal transfer news – If the Gunners want the Lyon striker, then they will have to cough up. The French club have rejected a bid of around £30m for Lacazette and it is being reported any club interested in the 25-year-old will be asked to hand over £60m. It is believed manager Arsene Wenger is willing to spend big bucks but only on the right man – he’s not going to spend millions for the sake of it. For now, though, there are other areas of the pitch in need of strengthening. last_img read more

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SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF AUSTRALIA – THE FULL FIXTURE LIST!

first_imgSAM MAGUIRE has set off for it’s first ever trip to Australia today, accompanied by Club Tir Chonaill Chairman Cieran Kelly.The tour will commence on arrival in Sydney on Sunday 16th with a visit to the Cock n Bull, Bondi Junction New South Wales from 12pm. GAA & AFL stars Tommy Walsh and Tadhg Kennelly are to be in attendance on Sunday from around 3pm. On Monday 17th Durty NellysTuesday 18thPJ Gallaghers Criterion at 17.30PJ Gallaghers Enfield at 19.30 On Wednesday 19thSam travels to Melbourne and visits Comhaltas at St Philips Hall at 7.30pmThursday 20thAustralian Irish Welfare Bureau at 12pmGeelong 6pm Friday 21stArdreagh Ltd.5-6pm Pint on Punt6.30- 7.30 PJ O’Briens 8.30 The SnugSaturday 22nd11am 3ZZZRadio07.30 Donegal Association DinnerSunday 23rd09.30 Auskick12pm Gaelic Park7pm The Quiet ManIf anyone wishes to have SAM visit their business or home please feel free to contact Cieran Kelly on +353872450505.SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF AUSTRALIA – THE FULL FIXTURE LIST! was last modified: June 14th, 2013 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:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF AUSTRALIA – THE FULL FIXTURE LIST!last_img read more

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Festive cheer as Donegal jockey Martin Harley gets engaged and gets another winner

first_imgMARTIN HARLEY bagged his latest winner at Wolverhampton yesterday, on board Coillte Cailin.Three days after the Trentagh jockey announced his engagement to his girlfriend, Stephanie Thewlis, Harley was back in the winner’s enclosure yesterday.In the Betway Handicap, Harley and Coillte Cailin held on inside the final furlong. The six-year-old Coillte Cailin, trained by David O’Meara, was sent off the 11/4 favourite.Held up initially, Coillte Cailin made good ground to lead with a furlong to go and edged out the 20/1 Toga Tiger. Festive cheer as Donegal jockey Martin Harley gets engaged and gets another winner was last modified: December 28th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

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How the Cranes players rated in the loss to Senegal

first_img Tags: Abdu LumalaAFCON 2019allan kateregaallan kyambaddeBevis MugabiDenis OnyangoEmmanuel OkwiFarouk Miyagodfrey walusimbiHassan WasswaKhalid AuchoM’Baye NiangMike AziraMurushid JjuukoPatrick Henry KadduSadio ManeSebastien DesabreSenegaltimothy awanyitopUganda Cranes Dennis Onyango (Right) takes down Sadio Mane (10) as Bevis Mugabi looks on on Friday. (PHOTOS/Agencies)The Uganda Cranes were on Friday eliminated from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations at the hands of Senegal.Sebastien Desabre’s side looked solid for 90 minutes but lacked much going forward as they lost 0-1 to the Lions of Teranga, to exit the competition at the second round.Liverpool striker Sadio Mane stole the show once again, scoring the only goal of the day and then missing a second-half penalty.Denis Onyango 7.5: Had a nervy start to the game, taking down Ismailia Sarr inside 5 minutes but grew into it as it went on. Conceded and saved Mane’s penalty but was solid overall.Bevis Mugabi 4.0: Was too exposed against the pacey and tricky Mane and was pedestrian for almost the entire 90 minutes.Godfrey Walusimbi 3.0: Had a nightmare show last night and was at fault for the goal as he gave the ball away in the build-up to Mane’s winner.Walusimbi (15) conceded possession in the build up to Senegal’s goal.Hassan Wasswa 4.0: Got injured as was substituted early on but the signs where there that Wasswa was headed for a very long night.Murushid Jjuuko 5.0: Partly to blame for the goal as he left Mane in acres of space to slot in the winner. Juuko also struggled to cope up with the physical M’Baye Niang.Khalid Aucho 5.0: Looked solid at times but reckless in possession. Conceded a silly foul that got him booked and was eventually substituted in the second half.Mike Azira 6.0: Had arguably the second-best performance among the outfield players but took his time to impose authority to the game.Farouk Miya 2.0: Another below-par outing for Miya. His set-plays and link-up with the forwards were awful.Lumala Abdu 5.0: Tried but at times tried too hard. Lumala just couldn’t get anything meaningful into the box despite getting himself in several promising positions to apply a good delivery to the waiting strikers. Patrick Kaddu 2.5: At some point, I thought Uganda was playing with 10 men as Kaddu was nowhere to be seen. He was eventually substituted early in the second half, paving way for Allan Kyambadde.Emmanuel Okwi 6.5: Booked early in the game but had Senegal on the back foot for several spells in the game. SubstitutesTimothy Awany 3.0: Was all over the place after replacing Wasswa. He was to blame for the penalty conceded as he let the ball pass by him, allowing Mane a run at Onyango. Allan Kyambadde 4.0:  Failed to upgrade on Kaddu’s performance and could just not get started.Allan Kateregga 4.0: Had Crane’s only shot on target in the second half via a free kick but his impact from there on-wards was not what everyone wanted.Comments last_img read more

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