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January 20, 2020
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Ramdin, Pollard axed from Windies’ ODI team

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin’s 12-year international career was dangling by a thread after he and all-rounder Kieron Pollard were axed from the one-day international (ODI) squad for next month’s Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe.Neither Trinidadian was named in the 15-man squad announced yesterday by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for the tour which runs from November 12-27 and also features Sri Lanka.Both players have paid the price for poor form during the 3-0 drubbing by Pakistan in the recent three-match ODI series in the United Arab Emirates.Pollard’s form was perhaps the most glaring, as the right-hander managed just 42 runs from three innings at an average of 14 and produced precious little with the ball.More striking, however, was Pollard’s lacklustre approach with the bat, which prompted Pakistani bowling legend Waqar Younis to call for his dropping ahead of the final ODI.Pollard was only recalled to the West Indies ODI squad for last June’s Tri-Nations Series in the Caribbean – involving Australia and South Africa – following a near two-year period of exile.UNBEATEN HALF-CENTURYHe marked his return with a match-winning unbeaten half-century against South Africa in Guyana, en route to averaging 41 in the series as West Indies reached the final.The 31-year-old Ramdin, meanwhile, may feel hard done by especially after scores of 37 and 34 in the last two ODIs against Pakistan.While he managed just 79 runs in the series, only Marlon Samuels (116), Darren Bravo (90) and Kraigg Brathwaite (85) scored more, in what was a poor showing overall by the Windies batsmen.During the Tri-Nations Series in June, Ramdin scored nearly 200 runs, including a scintillating 91 against Australia in Bridgetown and 40 against the same side a few days later in a losing effort in the final.Ramdin’s sacking from the ODI side comes four months after he was also dropped from the Test squad and just over a year after he was removed as Test captain and it leaves his international career at the crossroads.He is not currently a member of the Twenty20 set-up.SQUAD: Jason Holder (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels.last_img read more

January 20, 2020
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Reid aiming to lift level of football in region

first_imgCONCACAF director of football, Horace Reid, says the mission of the new office, which was officially opened at the New Kingston Shopping Centre on Wednesday, will help to make Caribbean Football Union (CFU) members and their football stronger, more competitive and respected on the world stage, both on and off the field.Reid, a former Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) general secretary, says they also want to make the most of benefits available to regional members and establish programmes that will drive the region’s football forward.”The role of the office is to serve our 31 members, to elevate our service level and improve the lot of the Caribbean. It’s a wide area of responsibility as we want improve administration, improve grassroots programmes and our capacity-building programmes.”We want this region to become one that the global football family will respect, not only on the pitch but off it,” he said.He noted that not everyone in the region will qualify for a World Cup, but he believes every association has the right to follow their dreams and aspirations and that the office was established to help everyone maximise their full potential.ACHIEVING DREAMS”We are not here to dictate how and what they dream, but to help them once they have that vision and the aspiration, to achieve it. But the reality is that we have a diverse region, we have countries with ten million people and we have countries with 500,000 people so everybody will have different objectives and different goals,” he continued.Reid also wants to make the most of benefits available to regional members and use it to drive the region’s football forward.”We also want to utilise the assistance coming to our region, through the ONE CONCACAF initiative, through the FIFA Forward Programme and ensure that investment coming to the region is efficient in how it is utilised, where we can move Caribbean football in a new direction,” he reasoned.Meanwhile, the former CONACACAF director of competitions, has also employed the services of two of his trusted employees of the JFF in Latoya DaCosta, who will oversee operations involving CONCACAF competitions and Andre Waugh, who has been drafted as development manager. However, other administrative slots remain unfilled and other staff members will be added in the coming days and weeks.last_img read more

January 18, 2020
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The Chinese and the Liberian Economy

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January 14, 2020
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NAYMOTE Begins Promoting Youth Participation in Elections Today

first_imgThe NAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development will today officially begin the “Enhancing Youth Participation in the 2017 Legislative and Presidential Electoral Process” project at the YMCA Headquarters on Broad Street.The project, according to a press release from NAYMOTE, is designed to increase space for youth engagement, dialogue and civic participation to diffuse potential election prone conflicts at community levels and significantly reduce the number of reported incidents of electoral related violence across the 15 counties in Liberia.The project is funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The event, the release said, will bring together 200 youth representatives from youth networks, disadvantaged youth groups, students and young political leaders from across Montserrado County.NAYMOTE will release the much talked about peace song and video, which was produced by 15 Liberian entertainers, screen peace messages from the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of UNMIL, and the U.S. and European Ambassadors to Liberia.There will also be live performances by Liberians entertainers, video documentaries on non-violent elections in Africa, short speeches on democratic values, rights, tolerance and peaceful behavior from the UNDP, UNMIL, NEC and young Liberians. Reverend Foday E. Karpeh will serve as the guest speaker on the topic: “Essence of Peace and Sustaining the Gain.”As part of the project, NAYMOTE is working with UN Volunteers, Regional Coordinators and youth networks across the country to conduct ‘Youth Awareness Campaigns on Electoral Violence Prevention and strengthen the national youth architecture for the post 2017 youth engagement to advance democracy and sustain peace-building in Liberia.There will also be regional youth theater group performances creating awareness on peace and conflict management as well as helping the youth to understand their roles, rights and responsibilities as voters. “When we work for peace, we are working for the creation of foundations for respect of human rights and for enabling the development to happen.“We should not just be demanding politicians to deliver peace. Peace is everyone’s responsibility, particularly the youth,” Farid Zarif, the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) and Head of UNMIL, said. To boost the campaign and increase visibility, NAYMOTE has designed and produced 8,000 graphic flyers, 1,000 t-shirts and 40 billboards. These items are being distributed across the country, with billboards already erected in strategic locations. The exercise will last for four months, beginning from August 1 to December 31.The official launch of the  ‘Enhancement of Youth Participation in the 2017 Legislative and Presidential Electoral Process’ will coincide with the International Day of Democracy. Democracy is a universal value based on the freely spoken and expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems in all aspects of their lives.  Every year on September 15, the United Nations celebrates these ideals on the International Day of Democracy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 11, 2020
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French election puts conservative, socialist in presidential runoff

first_imgSunday’s first round of voting shut out 10 other hopefuls, from Trotskyists to far right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen. Le Pen had hoped to repeat his shockingly strong showing of 2002 but instead finished a weak fourth with 10.5 percent. Both Sarkozy, a Hungarian immigrant’s son, and Royal, a military officer’s daughter who beat Socialist heavyweights to win her party’s nomination, are in their 50s and have traveled long, arduous roads to get to this point. The winner’s task will be tough: France is a troubled nation, still haunted by the 2005 riots by young blacks and Arabs in poor neighborhoods. Decades of stubbornly high unemployment, increasing competition from economies like China’s, and a sense that France is losing influence in the world made this a passionate campaign. Both Royal and Sarkozy have promised to get France back on its feet – but offer starkly different paths for doing that. Sarkozy would loosen labor laws and cut taxes to invigorate the sluggish economy, while Royal would hike government spending and preserve the country’s generous worker protections. PARIS – Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal advanced to a runoff in Sunday’s presidential election, presenting France with a fundamental left-right choice between a conservative who could push his anxious nation toward painful change and a socialist who would be the country’s first female leader. Royal is the first woman to get this close to the helm of this major European economic, military and diplomatic power after a campaign marked by suspense, surprise and unusually dynamic candidates who lured voters to the ballot box in near-record numbers. Sarkozy has the advantage heading into the May 6 runoff. Results from the Interior Ministry early Monday, based on all polling stations except those voting in embassies overseas, had Sarkozy first with 31.1 percent followed by Royal with 25.8 percent. Turnout was huge at 84.6 percent – the highest in more than 40 years and just shy of the record set in 1965. Either way, France will get its first president with no memory of World War II to replace the 74-year-old Jacques Chirac, who is stepping down after 12 years to usher in a new generation of candidates. Royal, too, champions change but says it must not be brutal. “I extend my hand to all those women and men who think, as I do, that it is not only possible but urgent to abandon a system that no longer works,” she said. The runoff offers “a clear choice between two very different paths,” she said. Outside Socialist Party headquarters in Paris, supporters reacted to the result with joy, chanting, “We’re going to win!” Sarkozy told cheering supporters Sunday night that by choosing him and Royal, voters “clearly marked their wish to go to the very end of the debate between two ideas of the nation, two programs for society, two value systems, two concepts of politics.” Despite Sarkozy’s lead, he faces a powerful “Anything But Sarkozy” push by those who call him too arrogant and explosive to run a nuclear-armed nation. He once called young delinquents “scum,” a remark that outraged the residents of poor neighborhoods and has dogged him politically. Royal, a lawmaker and feminist who says she makes political decisions based on what she would do for her children, shot to popularity by promising to run France differently. But she has stumbled on foreign policy. In one gaffe, she praised the Chinese during a trip to Beijing for their swift justice system. Many voters question whether she is “presidential” enough to run France. 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

January 6, 2020
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‘We are Man City and we fight to the end!’ – Blues fans react to Champions League heroics

first_img Manchester City celebrate their Champions League win over Roma 1 The odds were stacked against them, but Manchester City succeeded where Liverpool failed on Wednesday night by securing their place in the Champions League last-16.Without talisman striker Sergio Aguero, Manuel Pellegrini’s men had the chance to prove they are more than the ‘one man team’ they have been labelled this season.And – with key duo Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure also absent – their remaining stars stepped up when it counted, as Samir Nasri’s stunning 25-yeard strike and Pablo Zabaleta’s cool finish sealed a battling 2-0 win at Roma.The result saw City into the knock-out stages for the second successive season under Manuel Pellegrini, and the Etihad faithful were rightly ecstatic over their side’s achievement,Check out the best reaction below…last_img read more

January 6, 2020
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Bandari debuts as SportPesa Cup heads to Dar

first_img0Shares0000Bandari FC players celebrate at the Thika Stadium after eliminating Gor Mahia from the GOtv Shield on July 9, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 – Kenyan Premier League side Bandari FC and Tanzania’s Mbao FC will make their debut in the third edition of the SportPesa Cup which returns to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from January 22-27.As has been tradition, the tournament will feature eight teams, four each from Kenya and Tanzania. Bandari replaces Kakamega Homeboyz who took part in this year’s showpiece held at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium in July while Mbao will replace Zanzibar’s Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU).“We appreciate this opportunity which is very good for our team where 80 per cent of the players are young with an average age of 23. It will be a good exposure for them for they are the ones that put in all their effort to get us to number two in the last SPL season,” Bandari Chief Executive Edward Oduor said.The dockers enjoyed a hugely successful 2018 season, picking up their best ever top flight finish after completing the season at second spot.Gor Mahia players celebrate after beating Tanzania’s Simba SC 2-0 in the SportPesa Super Cup final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluJust like it has been over the last two editions, the winner of the tournament will not only earn the Sh3mn prize money but also get to play a friendly match against English Premier League side Everton FC.Gor who have won the last two editions played The Toffees in Dar es Salaam last year and this month, they played them in England at their Goodison Park home-ground in Liverpool.The winner of the tournament this year will get to host the Merseyside club for their pre-season.“This tournament is geared at exposing the local talent to give our players a chance to be scouted as well as play with the best in the region to improve their careers and skills. We are delighted to welcome two new teams, Mbao and Bandari to the tournament,” said SportPesa Chief Marketing Officer Kelvin Twissa.Gor Mahia players walk ut of the tunnel ready to take on Everton in a historic friendly match at the Goodison Park in Liverpool on November 6, 2018.K’Ogalo have vowed to win the title for a third consecutive time, but know only too well competition will be stiff with other teams having salivated from afar their experience from playing Everton both in Dar and Liverpool last week.“We are actually alive to the fact that other clubs are determined to take the crown from us this time round but we want to assure them that it will be no mean task. To them I say, let us meet again in Tanzania,” said a determined Gor Mahia chairman, Ambrose Rachier.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

December 29, 2019
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Massive ignoring of transit

first_img “We welcome the conversation we’re about to have,” said Vincent Duffy, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, who presented his own infrastructure bond proposal Friday. “We’re going to take a long, hard look at this stuff.” Under Schwarzenegger’s plan, Los Angeles County would get more than $1.2 billion for a range of highway and freight projects – including a car-pool lane on the northbound San Diego Freeway between the Westside and the San Fernando Valley, the biggest single highway project on the governor’s list. But controversy is already mounting for the projects the governor wants to fund and the amount of revenue going to each region. Los Angeles County, for example, would get almost as much as the Central Valley, for which the governor proposes $1 billion to expand Highway 99. McPeak said the project list is “not set in stone” and that the MTA and other local transportation commissions will be able to offer their choices in public hearings before the California Transportation Commission slated for fall, presuming voters approve the bonds this summer. But she warns that the governor’s list includes projects that could be done quickest and give the biggest bang for the buck at reducing traffic. Any substitutions – like Villaraigosa’s subway, for example – would have to do the same. The only new transit project for Los Angeles is $290 million for more rail tracks on the crowded line Metrolink shares with freight trains east from Union Station. McPeak said mass-transit projects didn’t make the governor’s list because they don’t capture enough riders unless they’re coupled with housing developments, and they take longer than the 10-year plan to build. “There’s not, right now, that much room for (that) kind of transit.” Funding for the governor’s projects would come from the $12 billion in bonds, which would have to repaid from the state’s general fund, and other sources. But he has also proposed toll roads that could be built privately by firms that could collect fees, which has drawn mixed reaction. Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza, D-Carson, who chairs the Transportation Committee, is open to tolls for trucks or freight, but not for commuters. “She hates the idea of the toll roads for regular passenger vehicles. She thinks they’re elitist and don’t help working people,” said her spokesman, Ray Sotero. But Villaraigosa, who chairs the MTA, is willing to consider tolls on cars. “It’s something we’re willing to consider if it’s something we think would be beneficial for us,” said his spokesman, Darrell Ryan. Key to the governor’s transportation plan is a ballot measure that would prevent the Legislature from diverting gas-tax revenue that is supposed to be earmarked for transportation projects. Mark Pisano, executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments – the group that just gave traffic a failing grade in its annual report – said the governor can achieve his bold goal of reducing traffic congestion if he couples highway and transit construction with new land-use patterns. Pisano is confident the governor is just as interested in the kind of mixed-use, high-density housing along transit corridors SCAG believes are key to reducing traffic. “These (transportation) projects are absolutely important, but without a modification of development patterns … you can’t get to today’s levels of congestion,” he said. “You have to deal with the development patterns and the housing in order to achieve that.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com Here are some of the Southern California transportation projects proposed in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $222 billion infrastructure plan, which includes $107 billion for transportation: Highways Car-pool lane on northbound 405 (Westside to Valley): $350 million Car-pool lanes on I-10, La Puente to Diamond Bar: $280 million Improvements to I-5 interchange at Carmenita Road: $100 million Various smaller projects from auxiliary lanes to freeway connectors on I-5, I-10, the 405 and State Routes 91 and 60 across Southern California: $280 million Transit Add railroad track to ease congestion on the line that Metrolink, Amtrak and freight trains share from Union Station to the east: $290 million Alternative transportation options Bike/pedestrian/park-and-ride facilities statewide: $200 million160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson They were especially disappointed the state’s working list of projects didn’t include money for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Wilshire Boulevard subway, the Westside’s Exposition light-rail train or the San Fernando Valley’s promised extensions to the Orange Line. “I appreciate and agree with his vision for dealing with the state’s infrastructure problems. I’m disappointed in his transportation element; there’s no transit,” said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who also sits on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board. “Part of the reason we have traffic congestion is that people have no alternative but to use their cars. If we don’t address the mass-transit alternative issue, we can’t solve the traffic problem. “My hope is the Legislature will fill in where the governor’s proposal has fallen short.” Schwarzenegger’s transportation proposal is part of a sweeping $222 billion public-works project outlined Thursday night in his State of the State speech. Both the Senate and the Assembly are considering their own bond proposals that would include funding for transportation. Despite a population boom forecast for California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hopes to keep traffic gridlock from worsening – and even improve it from today’s levels – with his $107 billion transportation plan, officials said Friday. The governor’s ambitious proposal for highways and freight-moving projects – which would be funded, in part, by voter-approved bonds – is unprecedented in a region where commuters spend 93 hours a year idling in traffic. It would add 750 highway miles, 550 miles of car-pool lanes and 600 miles of commuter rail. “We think we can make a significant improvement over today’s levels for the motorists in California,” said Sunne Wright McPeak, the administration’s secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. “Our goal is to reduce congestion below today’s level and still accommodate the increase in growth.” And while transit officials in Los Angeles County hailed the administration’s plans for improving freeways and rebuilding the state’s crumbling infrastructure, they also blasted the plan for ignoring mass transit – projects they say are critical to reducing congestion. last_img read more

December 28, 2019
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THE CAVERN BAR TO CELEBRATE ‘MASS’ THIS THURSDAY

first_imgThe Cavern Bar are getting ready to celebrate ‘Mass’ this Thursday as a direct replacement for the now defunct Arthur’s Day.The hugely popular Arthur’s Day has now been scrapped and replaced with Guinness amplify. However pubs all across the country are attempting to re-invent Arthur’s day with a clever new initiative.That’s why the popular Letterkenny bar The Cavern has decided to have some Mass.But don’t worry, there won’t be any clerical figures running around as it’s the hugely popular band Mass that will be playing.Mass is made up of six professional musicians and the combination of their talents make it a musical performance not to be missed! Pints of Guinness will also be €2.50 throughout the day, so make sure and get yourself down to the Cavern Bar on Thursday and enjoy some MASS!!THE CAVERN BAR TO CELEBRATE ‘MASS’ THIS THURSDAY was last modified: September 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsThe Cavernlast_img read more

December 28, 2019
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DD LOCAL: ROSSES CDP HOST CEILÍ DANCE THIS SUNDAY

first_imgRosses CDP NewsCeili this Sunday the 19th of October in the Rosses CDP Chapel Road Dungloe, at 8pm. Music by Micheal Coyle. Admission €8. Ceilí classes in the CDP Chapel Road Dungloe every Thursday evening starting at 8.30pm. Everyone welcome. Carers Day in the Rosses CDP Dungloe/:Family Carer Support Officer for Donegal Rose Mc Brearty is coming to the Rosses CDP Dungloe on Wednesday the 22nd of October at 2pm to 4pm.She will be giving a talk on the role of Carers Association in Donegal and how they help family carers.She will talk about services available to them including respite and training etc. She would like to hear from the family carers what they need and would like to see in their area, and answer any questions carers may have.Its that time of year again and Siopa Pobal na Rosann main street Dungloe are looking for good quality toys that you no longer need. We would appreciate if you could leave them into Siopa Pobal na Rossan beside McGlynns main Street Dungloe or in the offices of the Rosses CDP Chapel Road Dungloe before November the 20th.DD LOCAL: ROSSES CDP HOST CEILÍ DANCE THIS SUNDAY was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DD LocalFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more