first_imgKINGSTOWN, St Vincent, (CMC):Opener John Campbell plundered his second first-class hundred as Jamaica Scorpions turned the page on a series of ordinary recent performances with a strong effort on the opening day of their penultimate round contest against Windward Islands Volcanoes.The left-hander carved out a career-best 135, an innings that propelled the visitors to 284 for five at the close yesterday at the Arnos Vale Stadium.Paul Palmer celebrated his return to the team and to the captaincy with an unbeaten 31, while Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood scored 27 and Antiguan Devon Thomas, 24 not out.Off-spinner Liam Sebastien (2-74) and leg-spinner Keron Cottoy (2-91) finished with two wickets apiece.Opting to bat first in an attempt to reverse a trend of four consecutive defeats, Scorpions started positively when Campbell and Shacaya Thomas put up 39 for the first wicket.Thomas made 14 in just over an hour at the crease and his departure, lbw to Barbadian medium pacer Kyle Mayers, saw Campbell inspire three successive half-century stands to keep the innings going.He put on 72 for the second wicket with Barbadian Kirk Edwards, who made 24; another 58 for the third wicket with Andre McCarthy, who scored 20; and 53 for the fourth wicket with Blackwood.All told, Campbell struck 15 fours and two sixes in an innings lasting 192 balls and just under four and a half hours.He raised his first 50 off 80 balls with six fours and was unbeaten on 52 at lunch with Edwards on 17 as Scorpions reached a comfortable 85 for one.The post-lunch session also belonged to the visitors as Campbell dominated, racing to his hundred to be 122 not out at tea with the Scorpions on 197 for three.When he and Blackwood were out within 15 runs of each other in the final session to leave the Scorpions on 237 for five, Palmer and Devon Thomas combined to add 47 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand.Palmer has so far faced 63 balls and counted four fours.last_img read more

first_imgBEIJING, China: A year ago, he couldn’t walk. Yesterday, Fedrick Dacres ended the qualification round in the men’s discus at the IAAF World Championships at the Bird Nest in Beijing, China, as the number-one qualifier heading into the final. It’s a remarkable turnaround and one that takes sharper focus when the most optimistic of outlooks did not consider that the promising thrower would be able to compete here in Beijing, with Dacres and his team targeting a return to form next season ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Dacres suffered damage to the meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee and was forced to spend the better part of six months on the sidelines after surgery, with little hope of getting in shape in time for the World Championships. It was a tough period for the sociology student at the University of West Indies, who admitted to considering packing it all up and focusing on his studies when he was struggling with injuries. “When I did the surgery, I could not even walk. I thought I was a bright kid so I could find my way back to the book so I decided to be a scholar. I started healing and then I just stayed working towards recovering. If I couldn’t work my legs, I focused on the upper body and told myself that if my knees never come back 100 per cent, I can strengthen my upper body and become a thrower who relies on arm strength,” said Dacres. “This wasn’t in our plan. This was a supposed to be a year to prep for Rio. So to be here in good condition and maybe vying for a medal is a good feeling,” he added. “I’m not really a good starter, I can’t start well. So for me to come out here and get a big start like that, which got me into the final is a great feeling and I want to build on that now,” Dacres told The Gleaner. his impressive start Buoyed by his impressive start to his World Championships experience, Dacres, a champion at the World Youth and World Junior levels, said he is focusing on executing the instructions of his coach Julian Robinson. “I believe that this year it’s about who wants it more because no one is way ahead or dominating in this event, so I’m just here and I’m trying to make the best of it,” he added. “Mr Robinson is a guru, he does things differently, but it’s also all about trusting the big man. I’m a soldier, so I follow orders it has got me to a 65m opener and if I open with that, I feel I can do so much more.” The men’s discus final will take place tomorrow at 6:50 a.m. – A.L.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Please permit me space to add my comments to the ongoing debate on the ministerial plenary or caucus. The Opposition Leader’s call to resist adherence, application or implementation of any new requests emanating from plenary meetings is in order and must be heeded.Amidst the delaying tactics and antics, the APNU/AFC Administration continues to defy wisdom and good faith acts as we enter the final third of the 90-day period.The Government refuses to accept that the successful December 21, 2018, no-confidence motion, like the crucifixion of Christ, put the Cabinet to death. While the resurrection of Christ influenced the New Testament, accounts of His life and works, the ministerial plenary or caucus, as an attempt to resurrect the Cabinet, is nothing other than a jumbie. It’s not real, thus has no powers, nor is it legally supported.I would agree that the Government has a right to meet, whether in plenary or caucus. However, outcomes of such meetings, if implemented as part of our national goals, would be illegal and have no effect. For example, the last publication in the Gazette is illegal. In essence, the plenary meeting is an attempt to usurp the functions of the Cabinet which died on December 21.In a nutshell, the plenary meeting does not resurrect the Cabinet; it’s a jumbie and cannot give rise to actions and functions that are in the domain of the Cabinet. To give effect to or support the implementation of decisions from such meetings would amount to recognising a jumbie as having the authority to take actions on behalf of humans.Yours sincerely,Ronald Singhlast_img read more

first_imgIn observance of its 110th anniversary, the National Library has prepared a calendar of events under the theme “Preserve the past, embrace the future”, which will aim to educate and promote the importance of knowing and preserving one’s history.Some of the exhibits on displayChief Librarian Emily KingThe anniversary celebrations were kick-started on Sunday, with a 5K fitness run and walk in collaboration with the Guyana Athletics Association. This event was followed by a photography exhibition showcasing some of the agency’s past achievements, librarians and Guyanese authors at the library’s Church and Main Streets, Georgetown location on Monday.At Monday’s exhibition, Chief Librarian Emily King during a brief interview with this publication explained that since the library is one of the country’s most valued repository, it is tasked with the responsibility of helping to preserve materials that possess historic value, and according to her, this is the aim behind the exhibition.“This year we are celebrating 110 years and that’s no mean feed for any organisation…our theme for this one tenth anniversary is ‘preserve the past, embrace the future’ and right away persons would want to think why preserve the past, we are one of our nation’s valuable repositories, and because of this we are charged with preserving these materials for future generations, so that they can have access and know there future,” King stated.With regards to the period for which the events will be held, King highlighted that celebrations will conclude on November 14, 2019 with the finals of a reading competition.“Up to the end of November we will be conducting a number of events so we can sensitise members of the public that libraries are still vital and we’re here to stay…we will conclude on the 14th of November and the event, which rounds up all of our celebrations, will be the finals of our champion readers competitions”.Some of the events will include a health fair, which will be held on Thursday, followed by the launch of a Champion Readers Competition, which is expected to have a total of 110 schools from across the country participating. This will be followed by an award ceremony at the library’s main branch, among other events.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – Up until the midway point in the second quarter, it seemed like the Millikan High girls water polo team had a good chance of keeping pace with top-ranked Foothill and possibly be in great shape at the end to stage a huge upset. Then, for whatever reason, Rams committed a series of uncharacteristic errors that turned a two-goal deficit into six at the end of intermission, and ultimately to a 13-6 loss in the quarterfinals of CIF-SS Division I playoffs on Tuesday. “We knew that they had done very well against big-name teams,” Foothill coach David Mikesell said about the Rams. “It wasn’t a walk in the park. I like to think that our defense has done that to teams all year.” The Rams (17-13) trailed 4-2 at 4:50 left in the second period. Then everything started to fall apart. First the team drew a 6-on-5 advantage, but threw the ball out of bounds. After that, the defense gave up a goal to Katie Groff at 3:33 to increase the Knights’ lead to 5-2. center_img Next, Melissa Matheson, Millikan’s 2-meter, prematurely jumped in the pool, which resulted in her drawing an exclusion for the rest of the game and a goal on the 5-meter penalty shot by Kealy McClaire. To top it off, Kallie Berry was assessed a 20-second exclusion on a kick-out penalty. And with 58 seconds left, on a man-up opportunity, Mclaire of Foothill (28-1) scored on the counterattack off a pass from Kathryn Bustard. Seconds later, Bustard scored off a pass from Jessica Kutcher to increase the Knights’ lead to 8-2 at intermission. “In the second quarter, we did a substitution, and (Matheson) jumped in too early,” Millikan coach Tim Fredricksen said about the ejection. “We lost our frontcourt. Our starting 2-meter Meike Howell has been only 50 percent all year. Melissa Matheson had been doing a great job for us all year. When we lost her, they got three goals.” Tabitha Absmiere and Berry each added two goals apiece for Millikan. last_img read more

first_imgBALTIMORE – Gordon Scott, a handsome, muscular actor who portrayed an “intelligent and nice” Tarzan in 1950s movies, has died. He was 80. Scott, who had been living in a working-class section of south Baltimore, died Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of post-heart surgery complications, a hospital spokesman said. Scott made 24 movies, including “Tarzan and the Lost Safari” (1957), “Tarzan’s Fight for Life” (1958), “Tarzan and the Trappers” (1958), “Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure” (1959) and “Tarzan the Magnificent” (1960). The cast in the 1959 movie included Sean Connery and Anthony Quayle. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo came to the rescue of a child interviewer during a promotional event in Japan.With a few people laughing as the youngster attempted to speak to the Real Madrid player in Portuguese, Ronaldo applauded the fan, telling those in the room they should be impressed at the fact the boy is trying.It was lovely stuff and not a tantrum in sight.RONALDO’S FIVE BIGGEST TANTRUMSlast_img

first_imgLiverpool and Tottenham legends Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane teamed up in this brilliant prank video from LA Galaxy.The former Reds team-mates donned disguises to play a joke on fellow Galaxy star – and ex-Spurs forward – Giovani Dos Santos at the launch of the MLS side’s new kit for the upcoming season.Was the Mexican fooled? Find out in the video above!last_img

first_imgA JUDGE has expressed his annoyance at learning today that a man who had claimed he couldn’t take medication because his medical card had been taken off him did indeed hold a medical card.Letterkenny Circuit Court was told yesterday that Joe McGranaghan has serious psychological issues.But despite this he has been without his medication since January, his lawyers had told the court. Judge Keenan Johnson said yesterday he was giving the HSE 24 hours to explain the reasons for the decision.But today the judge was told that Mr McGrenaghan’s medical card had NOT been withdrawn.Lawyers, who said they were acting on instruction in the case, apologised to the judge.Judge Johnson expressed his concern that the case had been misrepresented to him.DEFENDANT DID HAVE MEDICAL CARD, COURT TOLD was last modified: April 2nd, 2014 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

first_imgThe Clean Up Politics Campaign founder Tim Jackson with King of Tory Patsy Dan Rogers.The Clean Up Politics campaign has won regal favour this week with Patsy Dan, King of Tory Island, calling it a “much needed wake-up call for our politicians.” Visiting Tory to promote the campaign, Tim Jackson, the Ballybofey-based founder of Clean Up Politics, was warmly welcomed by the islanders, with the King expressing full support for the initiative.As part of the Clean Up Politics campaign, candidates at the next General Election will be asked to adopt four policy points concerning their earnings. They are:– Salaries should be reduced from €90k to €45k– Expenses must be fully vouched, with receipts made publicly available– Pensions will be reduced in line with the current public service rate– €13m p/a funding of political parties will ceaseHighlighting Sinn Féin’s recent electoral promise to reduce TD’s salaries by 20% from the current €90,000, Jackson remarked that the move made little sense, since each Sinn Féin TD claims to only take home one third of their salary anyway.“The only explanation I can see is that Sinn Féin don’t want to cut TD salaries in half because the party couldn’t then keep the savings for themselves, as they currently do at the expense of the taxpayer. I would prefer to see all parties make an honest, comprehensive attempt to address this issue, rather than peddle empty promises of token reform.” EVEN DONEGAL’S KING WANTS IRISH POLITICS CLEANED UP was last modified: August 24th, 2015 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)last_img read more