Bravo pulls out of T20 squad

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Left-hander Darren Bravo today became the third player to pull out of the troubled Twenty20 World Cup squad. Following the high profile withdrawals by Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine last week, the West Indies Cricket Board announced that Bravo had also opted out of the squad in order to be available for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Regional four-day championship. In a letter sent to the Board, Bravo said while he was “very grateful and humbled” to be selected, he preferred to focus on developing his game in the longest format. Selectors will now mull over yet another replacement after having to find alternatives for Pollard and Narine. All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was named to replace Pollard while today, the board said that Barbados off-spinner Ashley Nurse had been chosen in Narine’s absence. Nurse has played four Twenty20s for West Indies and 60 overall.last_img read more

Guyana being labelled as the dirtiest nation in the Caribbean

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me the opportunity to say what’s on my mind. Most of my letters to you have to do with wrongdoings, or things I want to see happen to better my country. This year, I took my vacation in Antigua and Barbuda. As usual, getting together and having conversation on what’s happening in Guyana and comparing same to Antigua could hardly escape my many encounters.On one such encounter, I was told in the most embarrassing and shameful way that Guyana is the dirtiest nation in the Caribbean. These remarks were made by both Antiguans and Guyanese emigrants. They lamented extensively of seeing garbage almost everywhere during their last visit to Guyana. They spoke of Guyanese eating and throwing food boxes out moving vehicles and on anywhere in the streets. This was my most humiliating moment I could ever remember. Three weeks ago, I met two Canadian visitors. I extended my hospitality by offering them a drive to Parika Stelling EBE. Once again, I was told that Guyana is the dirtiest country they have visited, and they will never return.On the way to Parika, they took the opportunity to point out plastic bottles and bags of garbage thrown on the parapet along the way. In the vicinity of Tuschen EBE, there was a man with a wheelbarrow full of garbage, which he emptied it into the trench. As we moved on further into Greenwich Park/Ruby, out came a rice tractor, spilling huge chunks of mud on the road. Yes! This is the Guyana we live in today. Where I lived in Sea-view, Cornelia Ida WCD, only 4 persons have garbage bins from Puran’s Waste Disposal. The rest of people throw their garbage at the seawall and in a nearby trench. It is disgusting to see little children defecating behind the seawall, especially in the mornings.There is a group of fishermen who would bring in and clean their fishes, and would leave the unwanted to rot and stink right on the seawall.The once lovely beach we had is now covered with old fridges, stoves, cloth, and the whole “works”. Editor, I have visited several Caribbean countries, and I must confess that indeed Guyana is the dirtiest of them all. This shame and disgrace must be squarely laid at feet of our Government. While in Antigua and Barbuda, it was brought to my attention that the Antiguan Government upgraded its environmental legislation, increased its plainclothes patrols, and increased penalties. I wrote on this subject last year. I am writing here this year.I will continue to highlight this national disgrace as long your paper affords me the opportunity. Once this situation remains unchanged, I will write to international organisations such as the World Health Organisation, Norway, and the ABC countries, just to name a few. I will call on all right thinking Guyanese who have a sense of national pride to join me and to implore our Government to do whatever it takes reverse this stigma of being the dirtiest nation in the Caribbean.Yours sincerely,C Woolfordlast_img read more

LDS Trains Journalists in Elections Coverage

first_imgParticipants commended the LDS for organizing the workshop, which they described as ‘timely.’The Lutheran Development Service (LDS) has trained community-based journalists and some of their field co-workers in capacity building, advocacy and elections coverage in Bong and Lofa counties.The training which was held in Zorzor, Lofa County was attended by journalists from the Voice of Reconciliation in Palala, Kpaii District, Bong County as well as the Alternative Radio and Radio Life in Zorzor, Lofa County.The training, which took place last month, was also attended by LDS field workers from Kpaii District, Bong County and Salayea District in Lofa County.LDS project manager Sam Flomo said the training was part of efforts by the entity to build the capacity of journalists to professionally cover the October 10 presidential and representative elections.The training, which was conducted under the LDS Integrated Community Empowerment Project, brought together journalists from nine community radio stations, including eight community members.The LDS, Mr. Flomo said, believes the media has a crucial role in maintaining the peace by the professional manner in which they will cover the elections.He said that the October 10 elections is a critical turning point in the history of the country and is therefore important for the media to maintain the public’s trust, adding that such can only be done if journalists are trained in elections reporting.Flomo explained that the LDS is interested in the peaceful conduct of the upcoming elections, and will henceforth continue to work with its partners including the media to ensure its objectives are achieved.The workshop, which was facilitated by Clarence Jackson, editor-in-chief of Radio Gbarnga and regional coordinator of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), spoke on the topics ‘Elections Reporting’ and the ‘PUL’s Guidelines for Elections Coverage.’The LDS field workers were also taught the various methods of advocacy including advocacy techniques, risk of advocacy and the role of the community.The journalists and LDS field workers were also trained on how to use social media effectively to impact their work in the various communities.The workshop also discussed the County and Social Development Funds and what role can the media play in ensuring the two funds benefit the various counties.Participants, meanwhile, commended the LDS for organizing the workshop, which they described as ‘timely.’For most of them, it was an eye opener especially the coverage of the elections on Election Day, and best practices in reporting election results.“I want to commend the LDS for organizing this training that has taught as so much about elections coverage,” Prince Mulbah from Radio Life said.Participants walked away with digital tape recorders, note pads and pens that were donated to them by the LDS.The project is being sponsored and funded by the Church of Sweden (COS).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NPSS volleyball and soccer teams kick off seasons

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Season openers kicked off last weekend for NPSS sports teams, with Sr Boys Soccer in Prince George at the Warrior Invitational and Sr Boys and Girls Volleyball in Grande Prairie at the Super Red.Sr Girls Volleyball finished the weekend with a 4-3 record, losing in the consolation final to Duchess Park. The girls had a good weekend of play, meeting head coach Alex Bacso’s expectations and starting the season off strong.Sr Boys Volleyball had a tough weekend with a record of 0-5. From coaches Cole Hyland and Ian Zackondik “in terms of skill level, the boys were on par with most of the teams in the tournament, however, we made some mistakes and ended up getting outplayed. All things considered though we played okay. There were lots of good things, and we know what we need to work on moving forward”- Advertisement -Sr Boys Soccer had a solid opening weekend, finishing in first place at the Warrior Invitational tournament in Prince George. Harrison Sewell earned tournament MVP and Caleb Mohninger earned the Top Defensive Player award. Other notable performances were grade 12s Mason Miranda, Quinlan Snider and Tony Hafner.Female Athlete of the Week: Jessie Copes – veteran Copes had a consistent weekend and excelled in game point situations. In the semi finals, the girls were down 14-13 to Parkland in the 3rd set when she went in to serve. Copes kept her composure in a stressful situation and put the ball into play, spurring the team on to win the game 17-15.Male Athlete of the Week: Harrison Sewell – In his rookie debut, Gr. 10 Sewell had a dominant performance with 8 goals in 4 games. He played an integral role both on and off the pitch, setting the bar for discipline and work ethic.Advertisementlast_img read more

LISTEN: Danny Kelly’s Trans Europe Express – Sunday, May 22

first_imgWelcome to episode ten of our brand new European football show.Each week, Danny Kelly will be alongside a leading football journalist to take a closer look at events across the continent.This week, Danny was joined in the studio by European football expert Mark Langdon to review the season, as well as reflecting on cup finals in Spain, Italy, France and much more!Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTuneslast_img


first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: Scoil an tStratha Mhoir celebrated National Proclamation Day by raising the tricolour outside their National School today. Annie Mc Connell helped Donegal star and teacher at Scoil an tStratha Mhoir in raising the flag earlier this afternoon.There was a dramatization and retelling of The Rising by some of the senior classes – and there was also a short photo story which was recorded by Sally Mc Clafferty, which retold local events during the War of Independence.SCOIL AN TSTRATHA MHOIR CELEBRATES PROCLAMATION DAY – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: March 15th, 2016 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)last_img read more


first_imgTHE Ireland U16 team – with Letterkenny Rovers midfielder Gareth Doherty in the side – were beaten 4-1 by an impressive Netherlands side in a friendly international in Arnhem last night.Tom O’Connor’s side produced a disciplined first half but conceded just before the break when Javairo Dilrosun found the net.Any hope Ireland had of launching a quick response after the break suffered a blow when Joey Konings found the home side after just three minutes of the restart. PSV starlet Konings found the net again in the 56th minute when he flick home with his heel after an initial effort by Mees de Wit had been half-cleared by the Irish defence.Dilrosun made it four in the 69th minute. Malahide United’s Zachary Elbouzedi pulled one back for Ireland in the 73rd minute after a flowing move involving three one touch passes down the flank that was finished with a neat side-foot finish. Ryan Fowley and Dan Mandareu were involved in the build-up.Fowley had an effort rattle the Dutch crossbar late on but O’Connor recognised that it would have but a false complexion on the score-line. The two sides will meet again on Thursday morning.“The Dutch were brilliant. We’ve no excuses – that was a top class opponent,” said O’Connor. “We’d played a few club teams recently but playing a top class national team like that is another experience completely. We speak about not giving the ball away and the players saw first-hand what that means by the way Holland played.“A defeat is disappointing but from a learning experience it was very good. There were some good individual performances. Zachary Elbouzedi scored an excellent goal and was very good. Dan Mandareu did some brilliant things when he came on. Ryan Fowley, Stephen Nolan and Gareth Doherty did well too.“But the truth was that the Dutch had lots of possession. We came here without four experienced who are with the U17s and that was the point of this exercise – to give the players top quality opposition and a very good learning experience. That’s provided they take it on board.“The only way our players can benchmark themselves is by competing against the best. We’ll hope to learn from this and improve in the second game on Thursday.”NETHERLANDS: Justin Bijlow, Sheral Floranus (Timothy Fosu-Mensah 65), Darren Sidoel, Justin Bakker, Danny Mühl, Rodney Kongolo, Carel Eiting, Azor Matusiwa (Mees Hoedemakers 41), Rashaan Fernandes (Mees de Wit 41), Joey Konings (Cali Daniel 65), Javairo Dilrosun. REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: David Coffey (Springfield Ramblers), Stephen Nolan (BT Harps). Jonathan Lunney (Malahide United), Darragh Leahy (St Kevins Boys), Tristan Hosmann (Mullingar Athletic), Conor Levingston (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jean Yves Poame (Corduff), Jesse Stafford-Lacey (St Brendans Park FC), Mark Buckley (Corinthians Boys), Gareth Doherty (Letterkenny Rovers), Zachary Elbouzedi (Malahide United). Subs: Daniel Mandareu (St Kevins Boys) for Poame 40; Gareth Doherty (Letterkenny Rovers) for Davis 55; Ryan Fowley (Buttevant AFC) for Buckley 55; Avis Ganiyu (Templeogue United) for Levingston 76; Louis Dunne (Colchester United) for Stafford-Lacey 78.LETTERKENNY ROVERS STAR GARETH IN IRELAND SIDE BEATEN BY DUTCH was last modified: March 19th, 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)Tags:ArnhemGareth DohertyHOLLANDIrelandU16’slast_img read more

Guerrero goes out with a whimper

first_imgANAHEIM – One year ago, Vladimir Guerrero lifted the Angels on his broad shoulders and almost single-handedly carried the team into the postseason. It earned the slugger the American League’s Most Valuable Player award and the reputation as a clutch performer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Chicago White Sox and their dominant pitching staff overwhelmed the Angels as a whole, but no Angel suffered more than Guerrero, who finished with just one infield hit in 20 ALCS at-bats. “My production was down,” Guerrero said through an interpreter. “I still feel like I saw the ball quite well and I’m very disappointed that at times we weren’t able to come up with a big hit.” Guerrero will never be confused with a patient hitter, but in this series his free-swinging ways resulted only in weak dribblers, rather than booming line drives. Only twice in his 20 at-bats did he even get the ball out of the infield. “It’s tough, and I’m sure for Vladdy it’s tough,” said Angels general manager Bill Stoneman. “We’re counting on our better players to play very well.” Said Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen: “We stick with the scouting report and my guys went out and pitched excellent.” There will be no awards this year, and his reputation will require a bit of a repair job. In this season’s American League Championship Series, on the biggest stage of the 29-year-old’s career, Guerrero could not even carry his own weight. His prodigious swing was still present, but the ensuing blasts from his bat were nowhere to be found. center_img Sunday’s Game 5 performance typified the struggles Guerrero faced in the series. In the first inning, with a runner on base, Guerrero hit a first-pitch, inning-ending pop-up to second base. In the third, with a runner on base, he grounded into an inning-ending fielder’s choice to shortstop. In both the fifth and eighth, he grounded out softly to second base. Final line: 0 for 4, three runners left on base, zero pitches hit with the authority the Angels have come to expect from their franchise player. “They did a good job with every one of our hitters,” Guerrero said. “Looking back, I do feel like maybe I tried to do too much with certain pitches because (their starters) were so good that I ended up swinging at a lot of their pitches.” Said Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher: “It just didn’t click for him this series. I know he’s more frustrated than anyone. You can see it on his face; he wanted it bad.” Guerrero didn’t exactly come into the ALCS, or the postseason as a whole, on any sort of hot streak. Against the New York Yankees in the Division Series, Guerrero went 6 for 18, with no extra base hits and no RBI. He also ended the regular season without much power, hitting just one home run in his final 42 at-bats. Guerrero was only 2 for 12 in last year’s playoffs, giving him a career postseason batting average of .113 (6 for 53). “I got to keep my head up,” Guerrero said. “It’s not the series I wanted to have but, you know what, I signed here because I think we have a chance to do this every year and I hope to have a better (postseason next year), not only individually but as a team so we can survive and go to the next round.” Keven Chavez, (626) 962-8811 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

(Re)cycle begins as Christmas trees are tossed out

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As quickly as presents are cleared from under the Christmas tree, people prepare to toss out their seasonal in-home greenery.The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County today are launching their annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program, geared toward making waste into something useful.“All the trash in the landfill is usually covered with natural soil or green waste to keep rodents and odors away,” Mark Giljum, districts spokesman, said. “When we get the Christmas trees, we chop them up and spread them on top of the trash instead of using natural soil.”The recycling program is free to residents who live in cities that sponsor tree collections. Local cities participating include Baldwin Park, West Covina, Whittier, Pico Rivera and Pasadena.Officials said tree collections will take place on city designated trash days until Jan. 14.Residents interested of taking advantage of the program should leave their trees on the curb to be picked up by waste haulers. “We usually keep our tree until after New Year’s because we always get it so late and I like my kids to enjoy it as long as possible,” said Nichole Zuniga, 27, of West Covina. “Being able to throw it outside and not have to worry about it definitely helps.”Trees that are flocked and that have fire retardant are recyclable and also may be placed curbside. “We require residents to remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, stands and any other decorations in order for the trees to be picked up,” said Marie Knudsen, Whittier’s recycling coordinator.While recycling is credited for keeping trees out of washes, rivers and vacant lots, conservationists said it also good for the environment.“Christmas tree recycling is one of the most popular seasonal recycling efforts each year,” Anne Reichman, director for Earth 911, said. “Buying and recycling a Christmas tree is one way that each individual can positively impact the environment.”Last year, county officials said they collected 360,000 Christmas trees.For more information on the County’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program call (888) CleanLA, visit or call your local city hall. 962-8811, Ext. 2109last_img read more


first_imgBATTLE OF THE SWILLY II: The gloves are well and truly off, as fighters from Glenswilly and Letterkenny Gaels prepare to meet head on this Sunday at The Silver Tassie. Weeks of intense preparation have been completed, and fighters from both teams are raring to get in to the ring and showcase the skills they’ve honed over the last six weeks.It promises to be a sensational night’s entertainment and a large crowd from both clubs are expected to descend on the venue on Sunday evening. There are some mouth-watering fights down for decision on Sunday, with the main fight taking place between James Pat McDaid and Gerard Gibbons.It’s the second battle of the Swilly to have taking place in recent years, and boxing enthusiasts are hoping it’s as explosive as it was the first time it took place.All the action starts at 7pm at The Silver Tassie Hotel, so make sure and get down early to secure your seat.   THE GLOVES ARE OFF: GLENSWILLY AND LETTERKENNY GAELS GET READY FOR ‘FIGHT NIGHT’ was last modified: October 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:Battle of the SwillyboxingGAAglenswillyHome-page SportLetterkenny Gaelsnewslast_img read more