Victory by the young West Indies squad in the recently concluded ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup brought not only relief, but unmitigated joy to the West Indian cricket fan who has suffered day after day, series after series, quarrel after quarrel, as those representing us, either on the field or off the field, appear to strive valiantly to make the game of cricket relevant only to those who are interested in the scores in a match. The following day, therefore, the red carpet treatment arranged by grateful fans to the returning conquerors was welcomed. However, the joy of the real cricket fan was tempered by the bizarre rush to claim responsibility for the victory by the much pilloried president of the West Indies Cricket Board, Mr Dave Cameron. As is now usual, Mr Cameron congratulated himself and the board for the “preparation” of the team before they reached Bangladesh, conveniently forgetting that the successful coach of the team, on his arrival in Bangladesh, bemoaned the lack of match preparation of the team before their arrival in the venue of the World Cup. COACH’S COMPLAINT The veracity of the coach’s complaint was revealed by the fact that our young heroes lost their three warm-up games against the host nation and also lost their opening game against England. After a start like that and the ensuing media firestorm after the win against Zimbabwe, the resilience and character shown by the team, and to no small extent, the coach and the experienced staff that accompanied the team, is one of the reasons the West Indies triumphed. It has absolutely nothing to do with Mr Cameron and his fellow executives, who are determined to stay in charge of West Indies cricket against the wishes of some fans, some prime ministers, and some of the ordinary citizens of this region. That cut like a knife when his self congratulatory statement was heard. Every fan and student of the game now recognises the importance of keeping this group of cricketers together, while continuously exposing them to superior skills. The call to “do a South Africa” and include fast bowling sensation Alzarri Joseph into the senior squad in time for the June series of international matches – as was done by South Africa after their triumph in the last World Cup on the back of their fast bowler, Kagisi Rabada – has been initiated by Tony Cozier, a noted West Indian scribe and cricket guru. This call is reasonable and makes excellent cricketing sense, but the implementation of this suggestion has to be ratified by a group of men (the selectors). Previous groups of young West Indians have been neglected, and as a consequence, they are out of the sport. As long as this board remains in charge, I do fear that the same neglect will follow, no matter what the president says now.
NACTA Poll..says over two-thirds of Guyanese votersAn opinion survey conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) over the past week has found that a large majority of voters and almost the entire business community are worried about the political uncertainty prevailing in Guyana following the passage of the No-Confidence Motion last December.Voters in a queue waiting to cast their ballots at the previous electionsThe poll began over a week ago and is being conducted by social scientist, Dr Vishnu Bisram, who has been conducting opinion polls internationally for almost 30 years. The poll has been interviewing potential voters (502 thus far) at random to represent the demographics (41 per cent Indians, 30 per cent Africans, 18 per cent Mixed, 10 per cent Amerindians, 1 per cent other) of the population.This large majority of voters and the business community are of the view that the Government lost the No-Confidence Motion and that it should resign and hold elections as mandated by the Constitution.According to the findings, people are disappointed that the Government is not adhering to the laws as specified in the Constitution and worldwide democratic conventions that a Government resigns and holds elections when it loses a No-Confidence Motion.People, NACTA poll said, believe the No-Confidence Motion was successfully passed. As such, a majority of voters would like to see an early election within the constitutional March 19 deadline to settle the issue of the no-confidence vote and to avoid an impending constitutional crisis. The population also indicated their concerns over Government’s refusal to resign and hold elections which threaten democracy.Based on the findings of the still ongoing poll (through Friday, February 22), 65 per cent of the population are concerned, as opposed to 28 per cent who are not and 7 per cent offering no opinion about the political situation in which the Government has refused to accept the outcome of the no-confidence vote. Many said it sets the stage for authoritarianism.Asked if they feel the Government lost the no-confidence vote, 62 per cent said yes, 23 per cent said no and 15 per cent did not offer an opinion or are not sure. In short, the polls show that the majority feels that 33 constitutes a majority out of 65 members of Parliament.The majority of voters said the Government should resign and immediately set a date to hold snap General and Regional Elections within the stipulated timeframe – within 90 days as stated in the Constitution – in order to settle the political uncertainty that has hit the nation over the last two months. Asked if the Government should resign, 61 per cent said yes with 30 per cent saying no and 9 per cent not expressing an opinion.Further, asked if Government should call an election now, 67 per cent said yes, 25 per cent said no and 8 per cent was not sure (or offered no opinion). Many said the Government should not be afraid to call an election and that it is in its advantage to adhere to democratic principles.The December 21 passage of the Motion activated Article 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution which states, respectively: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” And “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.However, the Government is challenging the validity of the resolution owing to the fact that Persaud holds dual citizenship and further going on to say that a total of 34 votes were needed to have it validly passed. Acting Chief Justice Roxane George has since ruled that while Persaud is a dual citizen, his vote remains valid as a result of the doctrine of necessity as well as the resolution was validly carried having garnered the majority of the votes of the elected Members of the House.It has been 66 days since the resolution was carried and no move has been made by the Government to have elections held within the constitutionally mandated 90 days. In fact, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) last week indicated that it will require at least five months to prepare for polls.This move has been condemned by many with observers accusing GECOM of ignoring its constitutional mandate to buy time for the Government.
1 Steve Bruce’s new and improved Hull City squad has been released, could The Tigers look for a secure mid table finish this year? Premier League clubs had a deadline of 5pm on 3 September to submit a squad list containing no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player”. The remainder of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be home grown.According to the Premier League, a Home Grown Player means a player who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).Changes to the squad list may be made during the next transfer window. Under-21 players are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad.Player (‘Home grown’ status in brackets)1 Aluko, Sone (Yes)2 Ben Arfa, Hatem (No)3 Brady, Robert (Yes)4 Bruce, Alex Stephen (Yes)5 Chester, James Grant (Yes)6 Davies, Curtis (Yes)7 Dawson, Micheal Richard (Yes)8 Diame, Mohamed (No)9 Eissa, Ahmed Elmehamady Abdelfattah Aly (No)10 Figueroa Rochez, Maynor Alexis (No)11 Harper, Stephen Alan (Yes)12 Hernandez Platero, Abel Mathias (No)13 Huddlestone, Thomas Andrew (Yes)14 Ince, Thomas (Yes)15 Jakupovic, Eldin (No)16 Jelavic, Nikica (No)17 Livermore, Jake Cyril (Yes)18 McGregor, Allan James (No)19 McShane, Paul David (Yes)20 Meyler, David (No)21 Quinn, Stephen (Yes)22 Ramirez Pereyra, Gaston Exequiel (No)23 Rosenior, Liam James (Yes)24 Sagbo Latte, Yannick Anister (No)25 Snodgrass, Robert (No)Under 21 players (Contract and Scholars)1 Aimson, William Stewart2 Annan, William John3 Barkworth, Ellis4 Batty, Daniel Thomas5 Bowen, Jarrod6 Buckle, Jake Alexander7 Clackstone, Joshua Philip8 Clappison, Benjamin Lewis9 Clark, Max Oliver10 Cracknell, Joseph11 Dawson, Leon Stanley12 Dixon, Matthew13 Fallowfield, Ryan Jack Glenn14 Hinchliffe, Benjamin Jack15 Jahraldo-Martin, Callum16 Langton, Mitchell Jay17 Lenihan, Brian Patrick18 Lofts, Luke19 Maguire, Harry20 Mahon, John21 Margetts, Jonathon Gary22 McCawl, Eoghan Martin23 Newman-Morton, Devonte24 Penny, Alexander James Robert Kevin25 Pugh, Joseph James26 Robertson, Andrew27 Rodgers, Harvey28 Rose, Jacob29 Rossi, Karim30 Ter Horst, Johan31 Topliss, Sam David32 Townsend, Conor Stephen33 Walker, Joseph Michael34 Watson, Rory
Liverpool legend Ray Houghton has urged Reds boss Jurgen Klopp to play Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi together upfront, claiming the Belgian youngster could prove as effective as Luis Suarez.Suarez and Sturridge became one of the most lethal forward duos the Premier League has ever seen during their one and half seasons together, with the pair netting close to 80 goals between them.But Sturridge struggled to shoulder the weight of being the club’s main source for goals when Suarez left for Barcelona in the summer of 2014, and has largely played on his own upfront since the Uruguayan’s exit.Meanwhile 21-year-old Origi, who was signed by Brendan Rodgers when Suarez departed, has begun to thrive under new manager Klopp. He has scored four goals in his last five games including two crucial strikes in their dramatic Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund, and has impressed with his speed and recently added strength – having bulked up during a spell on the sidelines.And former Anfield hero Houghton has high hopes for the Belgium international.Speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show, he said: “Origi has really come to the fore, of late.“He’s a little bit different to Daniel Sturridge.“Daniel likes to get involved in the build-up play and wants to come short, whereas Divock looks to run in behind and utilise their pace, just as he did against Borussia Dortmund. He can stretch the opposition as has an eye for goal as well.“At some stage I’d like to see both of them play upfront together. I think it could be a bit similar to Sturridge and Suarez.“Suarez liked to run in behind, he always tried to stretch the opposition, whereas Sturridge was always coming short, so maybe he and Origi could work to that same effect.“I’m not saying he is going to anywhere near as good as Suarez – he’s one of the best strikers in world football.“But it would be interesting to see Liverpool play with two front men as the season comes to an end.”Tune into talkSPORT from 8pm for EXCLUSIVE live commentary of the Merseyside derby – Liverpool v Everton!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIt’s not that the county has a bah humbug attitude, it’s that it just seems they don’t get any time off from elections. “We’re doing our best to make sure people have a little time off over the holidays, but we’re in full election mode and will be in the future,” Logan said. While 2007 typically would be considered an off year, the office will have had nine elections after Tuesday when the 55th Assembly District special election is held. “There hasn’t been a break,” Logan said. The future doesn’t look any easier with the presidential primary on Feb. 5. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. With Christmas approaching, for most people that can only mean a slow-down in work and a time to relax and enjoy the holiday season. But not for the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk’s Office. “What vacation season?” asked Dean Logan, chief deputy registrar. Ballots will be issued during December for that race. MORE ELECTION TALK: Permanent absentee voters recently received a letter indicating the option of requesting party ballots for the upcoming presidential primary election and setting a Dec. 3 deadline. However, that date was just a request, not a deadline, said Logan, chief deputy registrar. Election law in California allows political parties to decide whether to permit nonpartisan voters the choice of voting for a partisan candidate. Only the Democratic and American Independent parties are offering that choice in the Feb. 5 election. “The response date was intended to assist in meeting timelines for the initial mailing of ballots and not to limit voter choices,” said Conny McCormack, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk. “Requests from nonpartisan voters who wish to cast Democratic or American Independent party ballots will be honored regardless of the date received,” McCormack said. DRIVER’S LICENSES: Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, has joined more than 150 members of Congress in co-authoring legislation to prevent driver licenses from being issued to undocumented residents. Ten states do not require license applicants to demonstrate that they are lawfully present in the United States. Miller said the proposed law is important because driver licenses have become the de facto national identification card. They are accepted for a variety of purposes including travel, conducting financial transactions, opening bank accounts, renting vehicles, and purchasing homes. DEMOCRATIC MEETING: The Mark Twain Democratic Club will hold its annual holiday party from 2-5 p.m. Dec. 16 at Mimi’s Cafe, 15436 Whittier Blvd., Whittier. Guests are asked to bring unwrapped toys for all ages to be given to the Whittier Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter. For information, call Raul and Lillian Gonzales, (562)692-6836. HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, will hold an open house from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at his district office, 23355 E. Golden Springs Drive, Diamond Bar. Wine and dessert will be served. For reservations, call Leia Hernandez, (909) 860-5560. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; or e-mail email@example.comWant 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! JERUSALEM (AP) – Strains of Mozart filled the hospital room where Ariel Sharon moved his limbs for the first time since suffering a massive stroke five days earlier. The small movements were responses to pain. Doctors hoped he would respond to the pleasure of classical music as well. On Monday, doctors cut down on sedatives that have kept Sharon in a medically induced coma and began extensive tests to determine how much damage the stroke caused. In the coming days, doctors must discern whether Sharon will ever be lucid enough to return to power, with experts expressing doubts. If not, Israel’s Cabinet would have to choose a successor to serve as premier until March 28 elections, and the campaign, on hold because of Sharon’s illness, could get underway. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert – Sharon’s loyal ally and a proponent of unilateral withdrawals from more Palestinian-claimed lands – is seen as the most likely heir. The Palestinians’ political future, which was to be decided in Jan. 25 parliamentary elections, also appeared in limbo. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas reiterated Monday that the vote would take place on time, but Palestinian Interior Minister Nasser Yousef warned his security forces would not be able to protect polling stations against gunmen. Abbas’ Fatah Party fears it will be embarrassed by the Islamic militant Hamas in the election, and there is concern Fatah-linked gangs will attack polling stations if defeat becomes apparent. Before Sharon’s stroke last week, he had been expected to handily win re-election, then use his third term to try to draw Israel’s final borders by pulling out of large parts of the West Bank and completing a separation barrier with the Palestinians. Former President Clinton said Sharon’s stroke is a blow to peace efforts. “All of us who believe in peace in the Middle East are in his debt, and so more than anything else, I pray for his health,” he said. On Monday, doctors at Hadassah Hospital began gradually reducing Sharon’s sedatives to rouse him from the induced coma he has been in for five days so they can assess brain damage. They are also hoping Sharon, a classical music aficionado, will respond to the music playing in his room. Dr. David Liebeskind: an associate neurology director of the UCLA Stroke Center who is not involved in Sharon’s treatment, said it was “relatively unusual” to try to stimulate response of a stroke patient or someone coming out of a medical coma through music but he noted that there is no specific protocol “for how to rouse such a patient.” “This is not a standard approach but as the brain is quite complex, it might respond to various types of input,” he said. “There are specific parts of the brain that may respond more so to musical stimuli.” Doctors said Sharon’s chances of survival have improved, but he is not out of danger. They said they will not have a full picture for several days. “We are just at the beginning of a very long way,” said his chief surgeon, Dr. Felix Umansky, briefing reporters for the first time. “It’s too early to talk about the cognitive issue.” After the level of sedatives dropped, Sharon started breathing on his own, though he remains hooked up to a respirator and unconscious. He also lifted his right hand and leg slightly in response to pain stimulation, said Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, the director of Hadassah. Sharon’s response is a “very important” sign and indicated his brain stem is working, but it’s still too early to assess what impact the massive bleeding he suffered in his right brain would have on his cognitive abilities or on the left side of his body, Umansky said. Doctors will continue lowering the level of sedatives in Sharon’s body over the next several days, he said. Sharon has not yet opened his eyes – doctors were hoping he would do so when the sedative levels dropped further – and outside experts cautioned there is no assurance he will wake up at all. “His chances of survival are better than if the respiratory center had been damaged, but that still doesn’t mean he’s going to survive,” said Dr. John Martin, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at University College in London. Martin said Sharon’s weight and age work against him. Doctors had kept Sharon in an induced coma and on a respirator since Thursday to give him time to recover from the stroke and three brain surgeries. Umansky said the doctors could put Sharon under again if his condition worsens. If it is determined that Sharon is permanently incapacitated, the Cabinet would have to elect a new prime minister within 24 hours, from among the five sitting Kadima Cabinet ministers who are also lawmakers. Olmert, who is among the five, was named acting prime minister after Sharon’s stroke. The uncertainty over Sharon’s condition has unsettled Israelis. At the entrance to the hospital Monday, three Jerusalemites hung up a white sheet with blue lettering in English and Hebrew that read, “Ariel Sharon, there is more to do, please wake up.” In the Gaza Strip, where Sharon is reviled for his tough policies on Palestinians, 40 masked gunmen from the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades militant group held a demonstration against the Israeli prime minister. One held a gun to a photo of Sharon that was labeled “the killer of children” and then burned the picture. And Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Monday that Sharon’s death would be a serious defeat for United States policy in the Middle East, state-run radio reported. “The Americans have been defeated in Palestine since the butcher of the Palestinians, who intended to destroy the Palestinian Intifada, has come to his end,” the radio quoted Khamenei as saying to a group of visitors. Amid uncertainty over Sharon, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was sending two envoys to the Middle East, to try to resolve an Israeli-Palestinian dispute over the participation of Arab residents of Jerusalem in the Palestinian parliament election. Abbas said Monday he has received U.S. assurances Palestinians will be able to vote in the city, despite Israeli opposition.
The Red Door Country House in Fahan, Inishowen has made gift vouchers more readily available than ever, with their online voucher order via their website.Up until now, customers had to wait 1-2 days on postal delivery. Although still an option, if they prefer a user friendly, simple online procedure the voucher(s) will be emailed straight away. This is the perfect option for people living abroad who want to surprise their loved ones with a special treat this Christmas, especially as so many families are increasingly separated across the globe.Gift vouchers for the award-winning country house are in more demand than ever this year following a series of national awards in 2015 for restaurant, accommodation and weddings.All vouchers can be redeemed against Sunday lunch, evening dining, accommodation and Afternoon Tea. (A gift voucher for Afternoon Tea for two (€32) is a particular favourite for ladies)The address is http://thereddoor.ie/gift-voucher.php) >> Buy a gift voucher for The Red Door. RED DOOR COUNTRY HOUSE VOUCHER – THE IDEAL PRESENT THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 17th, 2015 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:CHristmasonlineRed Door Country HouseVoucher
A teenager has been warned he must complete the prosocial driver’s course if he stands any chance of keeping his licence, a Judge has warned.Owen Kelly, 18, of Lower Illies, Buncrana, was charged with dangerous driving at the Cockhill Road on March 18, last, when he appeared before Buncrana District Court. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, a conviction for which would lead to an automatic driving ban, in Buncrana Court last Thursday.However, after hearing evidence Judge Paul Kelly said he would give Kelly an opportunity to keep his licence by completing the prosocial drivers course before the next District Court sitting.Garda Inspector Seamus McGonigle told the court that Gardaí were on routine patrol in Buncrana Town on St. Patrick’s Night when they saw a red Skoda car driving at speed.He said there were a large number of people and pedestrians in the town for St. Patrick’s Night so the Gardaí followed the car onto the Cockhill Road.“The guards failed to indicate Mr. Kelly’s speed but they say that they were travelling at 100km per hour in the 50km per hour zone and they failed to keep up with him,” Insp. McGonigle told the court.However when Mr. Kelly got stuck behind traffic further up the Cockhill Road the Gardaí were able to stop him.“He said he was unaware of the speed limit in that area and could not give a reason for his speed,” the Garda Inspector said.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said there was no element of a chase involved as his young client was unaware the guards were behind him.“He did accelerate on the Cockhill Road as the road was clear but he didn’t try to overtake anyone,” Mr. Dorrian said.“He is very young and I know the Sergeant was worried that there were a lot of people about on St. Patrick’s Night but he wasn’t trying to show off or anything.”Mr. Dorrian said Kelly was ‘very polite to the Gardaí’ and admitted he didn’t know that he was driving in a 50km per hour zone.The defence solicitor said his client had previously worked on a farm in rural Australia and hoped to return as soon as possible as there are no employment opportunities for him in Inishowen.Judge Kelly told the court that there is a prosocial driving course this month in Donegal Town and if Mr. Kelly completed this, and paid €200 towards the cost of the course he would reduce the charge from dangerous to careless driving and allow the Buncrana man to keep his licence.He remanded the case until June 13, excusing the Buncrana man on the next occasion if he had returned to Australia, on the basis that he completed the prosocial course.Teenager caught speeding in crowded area on St Patrick’s Day was last modified: May 15th, 2019 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)
The workshops will be held in:· Buncrana Youth & Community Development Centre (Monday 16th May)· Station House Hotel, Letterkenny (Wednesday 18th May)· Donegal Education Centre, Donegal Town (Monday 23rd May)· Rosses Community School, Dungloe (Wednesday 25th May) They are therefore offering Donegal’s sporting public an opportunity to be part of this planning process. By either completing the online survey (available now by clicking on the Donegal Sports Partnership website here www.activedonegal.com) or by attending the consultation workshop you can influence the development of sport in this County. INVITATION FROM THE DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPBY MYLES SWEENEYSport has always played a major part in the lives of people from County Donegal with an average of 15% of the population volunteering through sports, 32% of the adult population who are members of a sports clubs and 17% of the population regularly attending live sports events.Supporting the sporting fabric in the County has been the Donegal Sports Partnership who for the past ten years have coordinated and supported the development of sport and physical activity including prioritising actions around increasing participation in sport and physical activity, providing training and education programmes and promoting the raising of standards in best practice in sport. Its programmes have been delivered to a wide spectrum of audiences from the young to the not so young. Embarking on their strategic plan for the years 2011 – 2014 the Donegal Sports Partnership hope to sustain their efforts in increasing participation in sport among communities in the county and to continue to provide quality sports related training to sports clubs, volunteers, teachers, parents and students all across the county to promote the ‘sport for all’ message.This plan is an essential tool in guiding them through these more challenging economic times.Given the positive partnerships established over the last ten years and the standard of programmes being delivered they are confident that they can continue to build on the successes of the past and continue to support sport in Donegal. These sessions (7:30 – 9:30pm) will be facilitated by Copius Consulting with support from the staff in Donegal Sports Partnership and are open to anyone interested in sport in County Donegal.THE FUTURE OF SPORT IN DONEGAL – HAVE YOUR SAY! was last modified: May 10th, 2011 by gregShare 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)