Pybus, Lloyd, Simmons meet with coaches today

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Director of Cricket, Richard Pybus, chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd, and newly appointed West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, will sit down with coaches from the six regional franchises today to discuss crucial matters ahead of November’s start of the Professional Cricket League (PCL).Pybus, who will chair the meeting, said the coaches’ conference would allow every coach to be on the same page. Conveying their challenges while also networking to share tips and advice with each other.”It’s the first sitting of the franchise coaches with us and to get them all aware of what are our common goals as we approach the second season of operation of the PCL,” Pybus said.”It is very important that they also have the opportunity to share the challenges which they face at the franchise level, as we work together to build a world-class cricket-performance system.”At the end of the day, the goal is for us to be producing international quality players for the West Indies and we need to be able to identify what challenges we face and streamline the system, so that it works efficiently.”He added: “It’s also an opportunity for the coaches to network with fellow coaches and take practical examples back to their franchises, so that we are able to advance West Indies cricket.”Simmons, a former West Indies player, said the conference would be an important one as issues of training methodologies, fitness standards, and player evaluations would be discussed.”This is one of the first things for which I asked when I was appointed West Indies head coach, so that we can outline to everybody where we want them to be and where we want the players to be,” said Simmons.The conference will be attended by Hendy Springer and Dexter Toppin of Barbados Pride; Esuan Crandon and Rayon Griffith of Guyana Jaguars, Junior Bennett of Jamaica Scorpions, Reginald Benjamin of Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Gus Logie of Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Ian Allen of Windward Islands Volcanoes.The PCL, the West Indies Cricket Board’s first class season, was staged for the first time last year with Guyana Jaguars lifting the title.last_img read more

Guyana Stores given 3 weeks to fix labour, other infractions

first_imgLocal department store Guyana Stores Limited (GSL) is in hot water after it was flagged by the Social Protection Ministry for various infractions, including unsafe and insanitary working conditions.Guyana Stores Limited flagged for labour, other infractionsFollowing a workplace inspection carried out by the Ministry on February 13, the company was given an ultimatum to rectify the breaches that were unearthed.According to the Ministry on Wednesday, the inspection was carried out by Minister with responsibility for labour, Keith Scott, who observed the infractions of the Labour Act, Chapter 98:01 and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Chapter 99:10.Among the breaches were the absence of a Health and Safety Policy, the absence of required records such as accident and wages registers which are mandated by law to be kept by employers, and a failure to have a fire extinguisher in the workplace.“Most disturbing of all the breaches were the unsafe and insanitary working conditions which obtained. For example, there were holes in the walls of the ablution area which also had stagnant water on the floor, posing a danger to the health and safety of employees; non-functioning toilets and few working fans and light,” the Ministry outlined in a missive.It went on to say that in addition to oral advice to remedy all observed breaches, the management of Guyana Stores was issued with a written ultimatum to correct the infractions within three weeks beginning February 15, or face prosecution.On this note, the Ministry issued a stern warning to businesses on upholding the labour laws.“The Ministry of Social Protection wishes to reiterate that it has no intention to compromise with the health and safety of the nation’s workforce and will do everything possible to enhance workers’ protection,” the statement added.In light of Guyana Stores Limited being flagged for various infractions and now being asked to correct them, other employers are being encouraged to enhance the level of social protection which they provide to their employees.last_img read more

$900k grant for South Peace trail improvements

first_imgThe grant is funded by the Job Opportunities Program. The South Peace is trying to keep displaced forestry workers employed in a related field, through a $900,000 trail maintenance grant. Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom announced that the money will help maintain trails and improve recreation sites. He also says 28 jobs will be created, which could be filled by forestry workers who lost their job due to the economic downturn. – Advertisement -Improvements include clearing blown down trees, felling hazard trees, planting trees, repairing trail marking and constructing foot bridges. Paradise Valley Snowmobile Club, Moose ATV Club, and Bear Mountain Nordic Ski Association are working with Dunne-za Ventures LP to carry out trail maintenance work. Work is underway in seven provincial parks and 81 campsites, including upgrading of 59 kilometres of trails. Cleanout at the upstream end of 44 culverts will be carried out, with badly damaged ones replaced. Signs, toilet facilities and picnic tables will be repaired or replaced. Advertisementlast_img read more

UCLA takes Pac-10

first_img“I think he’s used to this by now,” UCLA point guard Darren Collison said. “He’s real focused on winning a national title. We’re that good. Even though we appreciate that we won the Pac-10 championship, we still want to go and look forward.” Bruins wing Josh Shipp scored 12 points and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 10. WSU was led by Kyle Weaver’s 14 points, but leading scorer Derrick Low was nearly shut out. He was averaging 13.9 points per game entering Thursday’s game, but was held to two points. With Afflalo doing much of the defending, Low was 1 of 8 from the field, with the lone basket coming on a 12-foot bank shot. “UCLA did not take possessions off,” Cougars coach Tony Bennett said. “A lot of teams in our league, us included, will take possessions off and play for the big run, or the big swing.” UCLA trailed 23-22 at halftime, matching their fewest points scored in the first half this season, but quickly took control in the second half. Shipp navigated traffic for a layup to begin a 9-0 UCLA run out of the locker room to take a 31-23 lead. Afflalo hit a 3-pointer, Mbah a Moute had a chippie and Shipp finished the run by converting a 3-on-1 with a rim-hanging dunk. UCLA also tightened its defense, as WSU missed its first six shots of the half. The Bruins made 12 of their first 15shots of the second half (in which they shot 56.5 percent), dissecting WSU’s defense with sharp feeds to the low post. “We were running, and I thought Darren did a good job of hitting the guys on the slips,” Howland said. “They were really overextending, so sensitive to Arron in particular, with him coming off of jump shots, that Darren did a great job of reading that.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PULLMAN, Wash. – The energy at Friel Court was unrivaled, with the locals talking about this being the biggest game in at least two decades, and some calling it the biggest in Washington State men’s basketball history. It made for a memorable Thursday night, one filled with chanting students, tension, and the Pacific-10 Conference’s two best basketball teams. The setting could have been intimidating to some schools, but not UCLA, which has shown to be unflappable even in harsher instances. So it wasn’t surprising that UCLA showed no signs of stage fright, and showed why it is the class of the West. The No. 2-ranked Bruins put on an offensive and defensive clinic in the second half, shutting down No. 13 Washington State 53-45 in front of 11,618fans to win the Pac-10 title outright for the second straight season and keep the Cougars without a conference crown since 1941. center_img Next on UCLA’s agenda is Saturday’s trip to Washington, where the objective is to keep from stumbling so it can secure the No. 1 seed in the West region of the NCAA Tournament. “I’m very happy,” said junior guard Arron Afflalo, who led the Bruins with 14 points. “This is another year we establish UCLA as a premiere team. The whole thing is to be consistent with that, and get it back to the golden days.” The Bruins (26-3, 15-2 Pac-10) now own 29 conference titles, and are the top seed in next week’s conference tournament. Washington State (23-6, 12-5) still claimed second place in the league, matching its best finish ever in Pac-10 play. “We’re really, really happy to get this win, which gives us sole possession of the regular season Pac-10 championship, which is an important goal for us,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “I think Washington State is just outstanding. This is a great gut-check. We played great defense.” One thing missing from the postgame celebration was a Gatorade shower for Howland. Last season he was drenched upon entering the locker room at Stanford after the Bruins clinched the title outright, but this time he met the media bone dry. last_img read more

‘Chelsea are signing a £17m back up!’ Reaction from Blues fans as ‘done deal’ reported

first_img1 Since lifting the Premier League title in May, Chelsea have lost left back Filipe Luis and have looked short of cover at the back.Rumours of Ghanaian international Baba Rahman’s arrival at Stamford Bridge have been circulating all summer.Reaction to the new recruit is mixed on social media, as you can see below…last_img

Honoring those who fight the tough fight

first_imgI’m not sure when awards season begins and ends anymore, with some kind of kudofest happening just about every week! But one event that stands out is the Ribbon of Hope Celebration that was presented Saturday night in North Hollywood by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The 11th annual edition of the show – which honors personal and professional commitment that continues to keep HIV/AIDS awareness in the forefront – drew some really cool celebrities, including Judith Light of “Ugly Betty,” Jack Coleman of “Heroes,” Gina Ravera of “ER,” Andrea Bowen of “Desperate Housewives,” as well as funnyman Bruce Vilanch, Jasmine Guy, Dee Wallace, Thea Gill, Julie Newmar, Wilson Cruz and “Star Trek” legend Nichelle Nichols, among others. It was no coincidence that the ceremony was held on World AIDS Day. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsMany of those in attendance spoke to me about the importance of talking about this horrible disease. And while treatments are certainly getting better in the U.S. and elsewhere, there’s still no cure, and new strains are developing in Africa and other places. “It gets off the front page for a while and people forget about it,” Jack Coleman said. “People think it’s a disease that’s been conquered, and that’s very far from the truth. “In this country alone, there’s 300,000 undiagnosed cases so it’s scary and it’s still out there and people really do have to be aware of it.” Judith Light, who was honored at the event last year for her decades of work for HIV/AIDS, presented the pioneering PBS series “In the Life” with a special achievement award. The Emmy-winning actress was one of the first celebrities, way back in the early ’80s, to step up and help raise money and awareness. She’s never stepped down. “I’ve been part of the really dark days,” Judith said. “How it feels now is it feels mildly better, but it’s not enough. I know that people are working really hard to make it be different, and that’s what we have to keep doing, and that’s why this is an important program for people to see so we do see that it’s out there and it’s not over.” The here! Networks, which will televise the ceremony in North America and throughout Europe sometime next year, was honored Saturday for its program spotlighting AIDS organizations around the country. “It’s an opportunity for everyone to realize what the face of AIDS is in 2008,” said here! founder and CEO Paul Colichman, who produced “Gods & Monsters” among other films. “The face has changed but it is probably more important than ever that people realize all of us have to play our part, whether it’s a dollar that you give, or an hour of time that you give, all of us together, each doing our small part, creates a mighty army of warriors.” Despite the serious nature of the topic, the event had its lighter moments, many of them provided by Bruce Vilanch, who can ad-lib better than just about anyone in town and is the first to poke fun at his less-than-svelt physique. “Well, I used to be a writer,” he told the audience during the show. “Now I’m a striking writer … and a stripper.” For more celebrity news, go to and local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgTHE sun shone on a glorious St Patrick’s Day in Co Donegal today. Watch our video as thousands throng the streets of Letterkenny for the parade.Click to play.© 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.  Follow us on us on DDTV VIDEO: THOUSANDS AT LETTERKENNY ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE was last modified: March 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV VIDEO: THOUSANDS AT LETTERKENNY ST PATRICK’Slast_img read more

Ex-FEMA chief: Bush staff warned of Katrina

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I expected them to cut every piece of red tape, do everything they could … that I didn’t want to hear anybody say that we couldn’t do everything they humanly could to respond to this,” Brown said about a video conference with administration officials – in which President George W. Bush briefly participated – the day before Katrina hit. “Because I knew in my gut this was the bad one.” In the end, the storm claimed more than 1,300 lives, uprooted hundreds of thousands more and caused tens of billions in damage. The devastation in New Orleans and other Gulf Coast communities left Americans with enduring images of their countrymen dying in flooded nursing homes and pleading for rescue from rooftops. Brown, in his second Capitol Hill appearance since Katrina, told his side to the senators five months after he quit under fire as chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He agreed with some senators who characterized him as a scapegoat for government failures. “I feel somewhat abandoned,” said Brown, WASHINGTON – Former federal disaster chief Michael Brown, the face of the government’s listless response to Hurricane Katrina, said Friday he told top Bush officials the day the storm howled ashore of massive flooding in New Orleans and warned “we were realizing our worst nightmare.” More defiant than defensive, Brown told senators he dealt directly with White House officials the day of the Aug. 29 storm, including chief of staff Andrew Card and deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin. He also said the Homeland Security Department was among a half-dozen government agencies that received regular briefings that day from him and other officials by way of video conference calls. Administration officials have said they did not realize the severe damage Katrina had caused until after the storm had passed. Under oath, Brown told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that he could not explain why his appeals failed to produce a faster response. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has said he did not know that New Orleans’ levees were breached until Aug. 30. Bush at the time said, “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.” At an occasionally contentious White House briefing Friday, Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said there were conflicting reports about the levees in the immediate aftermath of the storm. “We knew of the flooding that was going on,” McClellan said. “That’s why our top priority was focused on saving lives. … The cause of the flooding was secondary to that top priority and that’s the way it should be.” After three hours of testimony, Brown was handed a subpoena ordering him to reappear in front of a House panel investigating the storm response. Brown is expected to be questioned by House investigators this weekend – days before the panel is expected to release its findings on the storm. Recounting conference calls that described initial damage reports the day Katrina hit, Brown scoffed at claims that Homeland Security didn’t know about the devastation’s scope until the next day. He called those claims “just baloney.” 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

Fans slate Dejan Lovren for his rather unwanted record

first_imgFrance have won the World Cup after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final of what has been a wonderful tournament.It’s all smiles in the French camp but spare a thought for the beaten finalists Croatia who have fought brilliantly throughout. Dejan Lovren finally you are one of the best at something one of the few players to loose both a champions league final and a world cup final on the same season😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂— Carlos Manuel Tapanes Perez (@carlosmtp24) July 15, 2018 Les Bleus are the world champions for the second time 2 Lovren dragged away a pitch invader as the game slipped away from Croatia In Dejan Lovren’s own words he is “one of the best defenders in the world for leading Liverpool to the Champions League Final and Croatia to the World Cup Final” he’s now lost in back to back finals. Maybe he forgot that he had Salah at Liverpool and Modric with Croatia..jokes 😂— Matt Waymont (@Waymont8) July 15, 2018 Lovren has lost 4 finals in a row. Some record for one of the best defenders in the world— Ergo (@SniersMoregut) July 15, 2018 However, many Twitter users did not hold back in their criticism of Dejan Lovren who has clocked up an unwanted tally of defeats in finals for both club and country.The defender has lost his last four cup finals – the League Cup and Europa League finals in 2016 as well as the Champions League and World Cup finals in 2018.This has been made worse by the fact the Liverpool man made some outlandish comments after Croatia’s semi-final victory over England.Lovren came out and said he felt he was one of the best defenders in the world which on reflection does not appear to be the wisest thing to say BEFORE playing in a World Cup final. And these fans could not resist mocking Lovren on his comments and his poor record in cup finals. Below you can see some of the best tweets below. Don’t let France’s victory distract you from the fact that Lovren claimed he’s the best defender in the world and lost two finals in one summer— Ugonna (@VikkiAngelX) July 15, 2018 2 Lovren the Best defender in the World Lol.. typical Liverpool mentality saying he is best and then bottling it 😂😂😂— SCHOLES (@iamscholes) July 15, 2018 I’m not Lovrens biggest fan, he’s a liability and a long ball man but demanding he be called one of the best defenders in the world a few days before he played against France’s front 3 is the most Lovren thing he’s ever done!!— Deano (@Deano_84) July 15, 2018last_img read more


first_imgBuncrana-based Hegarty’s Home Interiors have launched a campaign to ensure local schoolgirl Keri Kelly gets a life-changing operation which may lead her to seeing for the very first time.The campaign to raise €30,000 is being backed by!Two people moved by her story are Stephen and Matthew Gleeson of Hegarty’s Home Interiors in Buncrana who decided to encourage other people to get involved by pledging the first of what they hope are 60 €500 donations. “We both have healthy children and are very grateful for that blessing.  Keri’s story is one of hope and if there is any hope of giving her sight and as she said ‘to see her mammy’s face’ then surely we have to contribute,” said Stephen.“We would like to see the business community of Donegal, those that can afford to help, to donate anything up to €500 for Keri’s life-changing trip to China. It would just take 60 of us to make this dream a reality especially as Chinese surgeons accepted to take on her case which is not always assured.”Keri has ONH (optic nerve hypoplasia) which means that her optic nerves never grew and she is registered blind.Her parents were told that there was nothing that could be done to help but when they heard about stem cell treatment in China that may give Keri a very real chance of sight, they jumped at it. But before they even think of making the trip they must raise €30,000.Hegarty’s Home Interiors in Buncrana will leave collection boxes for members of the public who want to make a small donation in their store.They will also encourage other business people and suppliers to get involved in what they have described as a “campaign for a life-changing opportunity”.For more information on Keri Kelly’s campaign log onto her Facebook group “Keri’s Search for Sight”BUNCRANA BUSINESS HELPS IN LITTLE KERI’S SEARCH FOR SIGHT was last modified: June 14th, 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) Tags:buncranahegarty’s interiorsKeri Kellylast_img read more