Holder reprimanded, will retain captaincy – Report

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Jason Holder is expected to retain his position as captain of the West Indies Test team for the upcoming series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, according to media reports in Trinidad.However, Holder has been reprimanded and given notice that he could be stripped of his position if he continues to underperform, a report in the Trinidad Guardian has suggested.There was widespread speculation that the Barbadian all-rounder would lose his job in the days leading up to last weekend’s meeting of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in Dominica.However, The Guardian, without citing sources, has reported that Holder was given “a serious dressing down” by chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.The Guardian has reported that a note was passed to the board of directors during the weekend meeting, stating that the selection chairman had a “frank talk” with Holder concerning his form in the longer format of the game and whether he warrants selection outside of being captain.The Guardian has reported that the selection panel is not yet convinced that Holder should be removed as leader of the Test team and that he runs the risk of being removed as captain if he fails to produce during the Pakistan series.Holder, who replaced wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin a year ago, became the second-youngest Test captain of all time for the West Indies and the 15th-youngest of all time for any Test nation.However, he is yet to lead West Indies in a winning series, losing 2-0 to Sri Lanka, 2-0 to Australia and by a similar margin to India.Holder, 24, has captained the team for nine matches, winning none, losing six, with three ending in draws.West Indies start their tour with a warm-up game against Emirates Cricket Board XI at the ICC Academy next Tuesday before meeting Pakistan in the opening T20 International three days later at the Dubai International Stadium.last_img read more

KSAFA All-Stars coach rubbishes bias claims

first_img But Watson explained that it was a complication of events that led to this situation and that it was not deliberate act on the part of the coaches. “All the clubs were notified by KSAFA to send two or three players in the age group to training. Some clubs send players and some didn’t. But one of the reasons some didn’t send players was they were saying that some of their players were playing Major and Super League and some wanted the players to play Under-20 competition. “But from the outset of this (Elite) league, the games were scheduled to be played on Saturday, so I can’t blame the clubs, because they have rival competitions being played on a Saturday. So when the organisers invited the clubs to send players, they should have said the Under-20 games will be played during the week to facilitate this competition. “But the Super League and Major League games are also played on Saturdays, so you can’t knock the clubs too hard, because if send their best players and the players represent KSAFA on a Saturday, and on the same Saturday, the club has a Super League games, then the clubs will be in problems,” he said. However, he says that so far, they have put together a successful combination from what’s available, and he is confident of winning the inaugural tournament. “I am quietly confident that we are going to win. These players come from different schools, but they believe in me, and I see the commitment in them. I am very confident that they will do it,” he said. The KSAFA All-Stars football team currently leads the East Zone of the JFF-Digicel Elite Under-18 parish league with maximum nine points, after three wins from as many games. However, the team make-up has come under some scrutiny because the majority of the All-Stars players represent the high schools otherwise coached by its trainers. KSAFA head coach Raymond Watson also helms Kingston COllege’s Under-16 and Under 14 teams, while Jamaica College Manning Cup head coach Miguel Coley is the technical director. The team also comprises eight Jamaica College players: Tyreek McGee, Tevin Rochester, Oquin Robinson, Terrence Francis, Payge Sinclair, Norman Campbell, Milton Walford and Demale Sinclair. Its four Kingston College representatives are Devonte Brancroft, Jordan Peterkin, Mikhail Lumsden and Trey Bennett. NOT A DELIBERATE ACTlast_img read more

Des Cheng turns up intensity, sparks La Salle win over Ateneo

first_imgMOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Any matchup between Ateneo and De La Salle in the UAAP is always sure to turn the intensity and ante up a notch.What started out as a rivalry in basketball, the rivalry has also spilled to other sports none more so than volleyball with the Lady Eagles and the Lady Spikers meeting in the title round for six straight years from 2012 to 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Adamson not a ‘deadbeat’ team, says coach Air Padda Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Ateneo may have failed to enter the title round in 2018, but the matchup between the Lady Eagles and La Salle always bring out a few memories here and there and that was what happened when the two teams met Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Defending champion De La Salle trumped the Lady Eagles in four sets, 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, and Desiree Cheng had herself a moment in the second set when she taunted Kat Tolentino after an emphatic block.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCheng said she just celebrated her denial that gave the Lady Spikers a 22-16 lead at that point, and that she’s never a cocky player whatsoever.“It’s Ateneo-La Salle so there’s always a rivalry even if people say there isn’t,” said Cheng in Filipino. “It’s hard to get points so before the start of the game I told my self ‘I will celebrate every point we get.’” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “I won’t be someone who scores and will just be quiet, if you can say ‘yehey’ at the very least then, go for it and we’re not a team known for holding back.”Cheng, who’s in her first game as the Lady Spikers’ captain, not only dictated the emotion of her team but also led their offense with 13 points to get the win in their first game of the season.And as the team’s leader, Cheng said she had to inject some spark in her team and become the starting point of emotions.“There should be someone out there to initiate, be the spark, and when that happens everyone will follow,” said Cheng.“So whenever I score a point, I will shout ‘yehey’ or something like that. We have to do that because when there’s no one doing that then who’ll lead my teammates?”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Brainstorming Liberia’s Post-Ebola Economic Recovery

first_imgStakeholders from every sector of the Liberian economy have begun to brainstorm on how to confront economic challenges that arise as ripple effects of the Ebola crisis.These stakeholders from the private, governmental and non-governmental sectors met at a two-day conference recently to develop solutions for post Ebola economic recovery.The two-day gathering was organized by Amin Modad, proprietor of the Bella Cassa Hotel in Sinkor and the Consortium of Concerned Businesses in Liberia,  in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), World Bank, National Investment Commission (NIC) and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.Mr. Henrique Caine, Executive Director of Fortress Liberia Ltd., who spoke at the event, said that the outbreak of the Ebola virus has led to increase in the cost of shipping to the Mano River Union countries, which three of its four members are the hardest hit of the disease. The three countries are Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.Fortress Liberia Ltd. is a major importer and distributor of cement in Liberia with headquarters in Hong Kong, and operations in Liberia, Ghana, Cameroon, D. R. Congo, UAE, and New York, USA.Fortress was instrumental as the supplier to a local importer that broke a cement monopoly in Liberia that existed for over four decades.According to him, one of the major problems importers are facing, as a result of this crisis, is the astronomical increment in insurance premiums and costs due to restrictions impacting shipping routes and other normal shipping logistics.To offset this increase relating to insurance premiums, according to Mr. Caine, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in partnership with the insurance sector (the 18 local insurance companies actually approved by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) under its new capital reserve standards) should jointly establish a 50-50 gap insurance fund to provide additional coverage at a lower cost to importers.He said that the existing regulation, (although not currently enforced by GOL) requires that a percentage of marine insurance on imported cargo be provided by the local insurance industry. “Imagine what this would mean for this sector if this was enforced!“More important,” Caine continued, “the local insurance underwriters have clearer understanding of the situation on the ground and are better able to assess the true risks from Ebola as opposed to some insurance company sitting in London.”He, however, maintained that the IFC working with the insurance industry can make this happen and help lower costs on imports.“I was asked to sit on a panel and advance my own ideas for post-Ebola economic recovery. Other presenters were asked to advance their own ideas in other key sectors and they did. I suggested the following regarding the trade sector — one short term, medium term solution.”Speaking further on the medium term, Caine said in order to enhance an enabling environment for trade, both import and export, the private sector through established reputable institutions and in full equity partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) should explore financing of two industrial parks equipped with warehousing logistics, trucking, lift equipment, to foster trade and economic growth in Liberia.These are well established joint venture (JV) models to consider in making this happen with the IFC, he said.According to him, one industrial park should be in the vicinity of the Bushrod Island near the Freeport and the other in Buchannan, near the port.“The IFC has already co-drafted legislation in support of economic/empowerment trade zones, so this idea is very much in tune with their own strategic outlook for broad economic growth,” Mr. Caine disclosed.“Note, I am not suggesting a reliance on the GOL which is already cash strapped due to decreased revenues, but advocating for public and private partnerships with the IFC, since they actually have the money to make this happen,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Women Farmers Get Money through Village Saving to Improve Agricultural Activities

first_imgImproving access to finance for women farmers in Africa is critical to sustaining food security and empowering women to improve productivity in agriculture as they account for 70 percent of the farming labor force in most African countries. Although they play a significant role in farming, they are still often perceived as not being “real farmers”.In the case of Liberia, one of the world’s food insecure countries, women face many challenges in growing food. Many of them are producers, processors and marketers but lack basic farming skills, access to finance and limited opportunity for land ownership in agriculture due to cultural and traditional beliefs.Tetee Mulbah is a member of the New Generational Women Farmers Group that benefited from a recent distribution of money accrued from a Village Saving Loan Association (VSLA) in Clay Ashland, rural Montserrado County.The group comprises 24 women specialized in cassava production in order to raise income for the support of their families.Last November, they distributed L$286, 820 (US$3414 at L$84 per US$1) among themselves to engage into meaningful farming activities.Village Saving Loan Association (VSLA) is being introduced by some international donors because of the scarcity of commercial banks in rural areas. With the VSLA rural farmers can access more finance to purchase agriculture inputs and hire laborers.“Hiring workers is a challenge for us women farmers in our community so I am going to use the money acquired from saving to expand my farmland. This will help reduce poverty in my family,” said Tetee Mulbah, a member of the group.Tetee got L$11,950 (US$142.3) which according to her will help her to cultivate large area in the next farming season.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana working with US to lift catfish ban – Holder

first_img…as impasse projected to cost economy US$1.2M annuallyMinister of Agriculture, Noel Holder, was on Tuesday questioned about what Government has been doing to secure a lifting of the ban on exportation of catfish to the United States (US).In budget 2019, some $14.7 million was set aside for the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism as part of Guyana’s contribution to international organisations.In light of this allocation, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Texieira questioned whether Guyana could get help from this very organisation, to which Holder replied in the affirmative. She then questioned what Government is doing about the matter, to which the Minister said that negotiations with the US are ongoing.According to Holder, however, these negotiations are largely being done by the Public Health Ministry. As such, Holder admitted he is not entirely up to date with where the matter is.At this point, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Texieira inquired whether legislation is being drafted to help Guyana become compliant.“We’re trying to fix the regulations,” Holder said. “The US has a kind of ban on catfish coming in to the US. They are saying that the catfish must be caught live and transported to a processing plant, live. And there processed to be sent to the US.”“Now we can’t do that. Our stuff is caught in the ocean, degutted, put on ice and brought in. We can’t carry it live to a processing plant. But the US doesn’t want to hamper places like ours. They, apparently, were trying to keep out to protect their internal agencies. So they’ve been working with us to ensure we can continue doing what can be done to make this thing work.”Holder added that he has personally been working with the outgoing US Ambassador Perry Holloway and he was optimistic that he has been making headway. Holder noted that the fishing industry represents approximately US$70 to $80 million annually to Guyana, with the ban on catfish costing the country US$1.2 million.The ban by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) was instituted against Guyana earlier this year. Veterinary Public Health Unit Director, Dr Ozaye Dodson had said the imposition from the US export market was just a temporary technical barrier to trade.He had posited that the country fell short of the US standards in three areas: first, on the issue of the presence of inspectors; secondly, there was insufficient documentation detailing verification of each step in the sanitation and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) process and thirdly, there was insufficient documentation specifying how the industry manages adulterated catfish products.However, Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo had called out the incumbent Administration for not doing enough to address the concerns of the fishing industry with the ban. Jagdeo had said that he is “of the firm view that the coalition Government is fully responsible for the plight of local fishermen, given that they were notified of the USA’s pending changes to export regulations since November 2015.The coalition Government, despite having received notice of these changes, failed to communicate effectively with the stakeholders of the fisheries sector, many of whom have invested heavily in this area.”“To make matters worse, the Coalition Government received an extension until February 3, 2018, to bring Guyana into compliance with the new export regulations and failed again” the Opposition leader had said.last_img read more

Vieira’s Nice continue to struggle with Marseille loss

first_img0Shares0000Patrick Vieira is struggling to get his Nice side scoring goals in Ligue 1 © AFP / VALERY HACHEPARIS, France, Oct 22 – Patrick Vieira’s Nice slumped to a fourth defeat in five home league games this season as Morgan Sanson’s first-half strike fired Marseille to a 1-0 win in Ligue 1 on Sunday.It was a laboured performance from Nice, who sit 14th in the table and only two points above the relegation play-off spot, eight points adrift of fourth-placed Marseille. Vieira may need a good run of results if he is to keep his job long enough to take on former Arsenal and France teammate Thierry Henry when his side visit Monaco on December 8.“Unfortunately, tonight’s match reflects our other home games,” said Vieira.“(Forwards) Allan (Saint-Maximin), Mario (Balotelli) and Myziane (Maolida) have not been successful. In the last 30 metres there has been a lack of quality, we haven’t always made the right choices.”For Marseille, all eyes will now be on next Sunday’s clash with arch rivals and runaway league leaders Paris Saint-Germain at the Velodrome.The hosts went into the match having mustered only seven goals in nine league games this season, and Vieira responded by handing Mario Balotelli just his third start of the campaign up front.The first decent chance at the Allianz Riviera fell to the Italy international, but after latching onto a long ball forward from Dante his well-struck volley was kept out by the legs of Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.A clever dummy from Balotelli created space for Allan Saint-Maximin, but his shot was tame and easily gathered by Mandanda.The away side grabbed the lead in the 42nd minute, though, as full-back Bouna Sarr skipped clear down the right-hand side and crossed for Sanson to smartly turn and fire into the bottom corner.Nice plugged away in search of an equaliser but never looked like having the quality to break through, with centre-back Dante’s looping volley onto the roof of the net the best effort Vieira’s men could muster.Balotelli, who was strongly linked with Marseille during the close-season before opting to stay at Nice, has failed to score this term after netting 43 goals over the last two campaigns.“Mario? He was just like the team — very good in the first half, then he wasn’t as good. He still has to work,” said Vieira.Earlier on Sunday, Montpellier moved into third as goals from Gaetan Laborde and Andy Delort sealed a 2-0 win over Bordeaux, while Saint-Etienne drew 1-1 against Rennes.Henry suffered a miserable return to French football on Saturday as Monaco lost at Strasbourg in his first match as a head coach, while PSG thrashed Amiens to make it 10 successive wins to start the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today raised the issue of defective and sub-standard concrete blocks – particularly those affected by muscovite mica – in homes in Donegal and Mayo.The Sinn Féin leader asked the Taoiseach the status of the work of the expert panel which was established in February to examine the issue of defective concrete blocks in the construction of homes in Donegal and Mayo.Gerry Adams said: “Donegal Sinn Féin representatives have been raising their concerns about the use of mica in the construction of homes for some time. Tuesday night’s Prime Time programme revealed a profound failure in state regulation of the construction industry. “The concrete block is the core component of family homes across this state. This failure was unforgiveable.“The current expert panel is tasked with only looking at private homes. This is a serious failing. Many Council homes in Donegal were built with mica and defective blocks now pose a serious risk. There are also questions around the use of mica in the building of some schools.“On Prime Time we saw the trauma that this issue has created for families.“The government is currently insisting that Donegal County Council meets the cost of what could be a massive bill. This would seriously impact on the provision of other local services. “According to a recent statement form the Minister, the expert panel is due to report in about six months. However, unless the government widens its terms of reference, the crisis created for public housing and local councils will not be properly examined.” ADAMS QUIZZES TAOISEACH ON MICA BLOCK SCANDAL was last modified: June 1st, 2016 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)last_img read more

No kiddin’ – guess what this former Donegal pub has become?

first_imgTransforming a well-known Donegal pub into a new business venture has proven anything but child-play for one local businesswoman.The famous Argony Pipe Bar on the main Donegal to Derry Road close to Newtowncunningham is to get a new lease of life as a childcare facility aimed at families with children aged 6 months to 4 years. The childminding service will be open to families from Donegal and Derry from September.“Teach Lisa” is Irish for Lisa’s House and the ethos of the setting will reflect the home environment of Lisa Mhic Eó, who is opening the facility.Lisa revealed “I have three children of my own and they are brought up with both Irish and English at home and they are bilingual as a result. Children coming to ‘Teach Lisa’ will receive the benefits of early bilingualism as well as the expected benefits of a high quality, safe and stimulating childcare environment.”Aware that the cost of childcare locally is an issue, Teach Lisa is offering its services below the average charges for Donegal and parents may also be able to avail of the new government subsidies taking effect in September.Costs include breakfast and other meals, while other arrangements such as collection and hours can be adapted to suit parents’ needs. “Initially we are restricted to only five full-time places in September but I hope to increase that intake as soon as possible thereafter. Therefore places are at a premium and parents should register now to avoid disappointment.”For further information, parents can contact 0838707680 or message the Facebook page Teach Lisa.No kiddin’ – guess what this former Donegal pub has become? was last modified: July 21st, 2017 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:Argony Pipe BarCrécheDerrydonegalNewtownlast_img read more

Yelp for Religion: ChurchRater Lets Users Review Worship

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting What do you get when a Christian pastor, an atheist, a grad student and a lawyer set up a website to criticize churches?I swear, this isn’t a bad joke. It’s a very real site, ChurchRater, and it allows anyone with an Internet connection to identify and review church services around the world. Is the site inspiring frank conversations about worship and religion, as its creators intended? Is it allowing sometimes closed or cliqueish communities to see how they appear to outsiders? Or does it, as some users wrote, “trivialize the deep dimensions of spiritual experiences” and “bolster the notion that church is a consumer-oriented proposition”? One thing’s for sure: It’s definitely a controversial idea for many who’ve stumbled upon the site. What do you think: Should religion be up for public review?The site began as a rather natural extension of two of the co-founders’ book, Jim and Casper Go to Church. The premise for the book “could be the pilot script for a sitcom: a pastor hires an atheist to help him critique several Christian churches throughout the United States.” Jim Henderson, the pastor, and Matt Casper, the atheist, traveled to several churches around the U.S. to get a fresh perspective on how people worship.The website now allows any user to essentially replicate that feedback process.Here’s how it works: Users create a profile (what, no Facebook Connect option?) and then have the options of searching for churches, reading reviews and posting reviews and ratings of their own. Churches can also request to be rated, in which case a reviewer is hired and sent to review that church.Right now, only Christian denominations are included on the site (Catholic and Protestant); the co-founders have stated they do not intend to add mosques, synagogues or other places of worship to their system. And most of the reviews are for churches inside the U.S. Still, if you’ve ever had the unique experience of living in or around any of the American Protestant subcultures, you know there’s some darn good fodder for reviews there.Many of the churches in the site’s database remain unreviewed. The review threads that exist, however, range from informative to entertaining. One well-known megachurch was criticized for its emphasis on showmanship. Another large church was given a terrible review for its unwelcoming congregation and self-important preacher. One pastor got smacked down for giving his own church a five-star rating.As interesting and even useful as such reviews can be, however, some of the site’s users take umbrage at its purpose and execution. “We live in a world where 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water, over three billion people live in poverty, and children of God are sold into slavery; we have no time to waste rating ‘Sunday shows,’” one wrote.“By providing such an open forum,” wrote another, “dirty laundry can be aired (in fact, IS aired) with no means of proving its truthfulness; as such, you become accessories, in all likelihood, to the bearing of false witness, even slander.”Still, as a young person who was subjected to an unrelenting Baptist upbringing as well as constant coast-to-coast travel, I can see the value in having such a site. For discriminating church-goers who are looking for a new church home, it’s good to have firsthand and honest feedback on exactly what a given worship service will entail.Besides, churchgoers are already “reviewing” churches informally and offline, anyhow. Why not bring these conversations into the light?Let us know what you think in the comments. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#user-generated content#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more