first_img Illustrious career Known as the ‘voice of West Indies cricket’, Cozier chronicled the fortunes of the West Indies team for nearly six decades in an illustrious career which saw him rise to the summit of the industry. Cozier was eulogised by son Craig, who described him as an outstanding family man, a true professional and a pioneer in the field of cricket journalism. Cozier was the editor of the West Indies Cricket Annual and was also a senior editor of leading local newspaper, The Nation, with whom he remained closely affiliated up to the time of his death. In 2007, cricket authorities here renamed the upgraded media centre at the redeveloped Kensington Oval, The Coppin, Cozier and Short Media Centre, in honour of his contribution to the sport. Cozier died last week Wednesday at age 75 following brief hospitalisation. He is survived by his wife, Jill, and children Craig and Natalie. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Cricket media titan Tony Cozier was laid to rest here on Friday following a service at the Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens, which was attended by several dignitaries and influential members of the regional cricket community. Barbados’ only living National Hero, Sir Garry Sobers, topped the list of mourners, along with former Chief Justice Sir David Simmons, noted Caribbean jurist Sir Richard Cheltenham, West Indies batting great Sir Everton Weekes, and outstanding former West Indies fast bowler ex-government minister, Sir Wes Hall, who conducted the ceremony. Several former West Indies players were also in attendance including legendary captain and current chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd; legendary fast bowler and current Barbados Cricket Association president, Joel Garner; current West Indies head coach Phil Simmons, and former West Indies vice-captain, Trinidadian Deryck Murray. Barbados Sports Minister Stephen Lashley and Opposition Leader Mia Mottley were also among the mourners.last_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles’ efforts to buy more “green” power got a boost Friday as officials approved two contracts to purchase electricity generated by hydroelectric, biomass and wind farms in the Pacific Northwest. The contracts with Powerex Corp. will increase the Department of Water and Power’s green power purchases by 2percent and bring the total amount of power generated by renewable sources to 8percent. The DWP is scrambling to find alternative energy sources to meet a mandate from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that 20percent of the city’s electricity be generated by environmentally friendly sources by 2010. “This is a great example of the mayor, the City Council and labor working together to make Los Angeles the greenest big city in America,” the Mayor’s Office said in a statement. The Powerex deals will provide electricity generated by hydroelectric plants, wind farms and landfill gas in the Pacific Northwest. The electricity will be delivered to Los Angeles via transmission lines that the DWP owns. The contracts had been stalled for months amid grievances and complaints by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, which represents DWP employees. The union was concerned the utility was buying power rather than developing its own reliable sources of green power staffed by DWP employees. The DWP and the union reached a settlement earlier this month under which the IBEW dropped its grievances in exchange for the utility setting a schedule to develop green-power facilities and pursue re-starting natural-gas generating stations in Los Angeles. “The agency is utilizing power purchase agreements such as this as a bridge to increasing our supply of renewable energy in the short term, while pursuing plans to build renewable power generation for ownership over the long term,” Board of Water and Power Commissioners President David Nahai said. The Powerex contracts will provide electricity for about 70,000 homes a year. The agreement takes effect April1 and will cost up to $39million a year. (213) 978-0390160Want 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_img “The players have been dressing in prison garb the last five or six years,” Jackson said before Tuesday’s exhibition game. “All the stuff that goes on, it’s like gangster, thuggery stuff. It’s time. It’s been time to do that.” “But one must remember where one came from. I was wearing bib overalls when I was a player one time. But I wasn’t going to the games or events in them.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The dress code mandates players wear collared shirts and slacks or dress jeans to games. Inactive players on the bench will have to wear sports coats in addition. Players also can’t wear baseball caps or oversized jewelry when engaged in team-related activities. “To a majority of these young men,” Jackson said, “the rap stars, hip-hop guys are really kind of like heroes or colleagues. … We even have some that are owners in the league. And it’s not the same audience. Our audience is corporate businessmen and businesswomen and kids. So it’s a different audience that you’re dealing with and these players should be aware of that.” Jackson acknowledged that enforcing the code will be difficult and there will be many fines issued. The biggest loser out of the whole thing might be the Yankees, with at least one Lakers player showing up each day wearing a New York cap. “It’s just too bad that we couldn’t do a better job at representing ourselves,” forward Lamar Odom said, “that they feel like they’ve got to enforce a dress code.” LAKER NOTES:Kwame Brown and Gilbert Arenas, former teammates turned antagonists, got through Tuesday’s game without incident as the Lakers beat the Washington Wizards 111-108 in OT at Rabobank Arena. … Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said the team’s roster would not be fixed until the February trade deadline but admitted how difficult it would be for a player from outside to pick up Jackson’s triangle offense. “It’s not an ideal situation,” Kupchak said, “and that’s a factor if we decide to do anything.” … The Lakers waived guard Will Conroy and learned that forward Corie Blount has a sprained left foot. Blount will be re-evaluated in a week and did not make the trip for Tuesday’s game. center_img BAKERSFIELD — On the issue of the NBA’s new dress code, which covers sports coats but not soul patches on the bench, Allen Iverson and Phil Jackson apparently are going to have to agree to disagree. Jackson hadn’t even read the full memorandum sent to teams but has emerged as an outspoken supporter of the dress code, referring multiple times in recent days to the attire of some players as “prison garb.” last_img read more