WICB President praises organisers, chastises Sammy

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua:In a press release after yesterday’s final, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron had high praises for the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the BCCI (host organisation) for a most memorable 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.Cameron said he thought that the “tournament was of the highest quality and the Indian fans and others from around the world came out in full support of cricket”.Obviously overjoyed that the West Indies teams took the double, Cameron noted that the tournament was “an all-round success”.INAPPROPRIATE COMMENTSThe release further stated: “The President would like to, however, apologise for what could be deemed inappropriate, comments made by the West Indies’ male captain, Darren Sammy, in a post-match interview and would like to apologise on behalf of the WICB to the millions of fans who witnessed.”The president has pledged to enquire the reason and will have the matter addressed.”The release added: “Coming up in May this year, the board will host its annual review (retreat) with the players, WIPA, selectors and the technical team to review player, management and technical plans. This will be done after the Indian Premier League.The president said further: “There are players who are currently committed to playing in the T20 cricket leagues around the world and we are aware of that schedule, hence the plan to meet at that time.”We want to see how we can find common ground in ensuring that the best players in the region are available for selection for West Indies teams. We are fully aware of the financial rewards on offer in the lucrative international T20 leagues, but we believe deeply in the importance of cricket to the people of the region and of West Indies cricket’s place in world cricket. It is, therefore, a priority to have all of our players competing and available for selection.”We will also engage the ICC on this so that we protect not only the rich heritage and legacy of West Indies cricket, but also its future.”last_img read more

FIFA instructor here for first football fitness course

first_imgSome of Jamaica’s football coaches will go down in history as the first to participate in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) FIFA Fitness Coaching Course, which started yesterday at the JFF’s Centre at the University of the West Indies.The course, which is scheduled to end on Friday, will be under the guidance of FIFA instructor Tobias Wawroschek of Germany.”This is the first time a fitness course will be conducted here, so it is a historical event starting today (yesterday),” said Vin Blaine, JFF’s director of football.Wawroschek, who is a strength and conditioning expert, said he is here to “enhance coaching in Jamaica”.”I hope that I can bring some further information and have some fun. Thanks to FIFA, the JFF and others for bringing me. So let’s start the dance,” he concluded.Professor Colin Gyles, acting president of the University of Technology (UTech), spoke of the importance of physical training in football.”The course will focus on fitness. A good player should be able to run for 45 minutes in each half. Being fit is very important to play the sport,” Gyles said.”I want to acknowledge support of the JFF and sponsor JMMB (Jamaica Money Market Brokers). It is not by chance that Jamaica has improved in football. We have set a vision under Captain Horace Burrell (JFF president),” he added.Jerome Smalling, CEO, JMMB Merchant Bank, noted they have been in existence for 23 years and are supportive of projects to improve coaching.”We have been involved with the coaching programme for six years. However, it is important to develop players, so the coaches have to be equipped.”Remittance remains a big way for the economy, so exporting talent is good for the country. We all want academic excellence, but sporting talent is important, so I encourage the coaches to continue the good work,” Smalling outlined.The five-day course has 28 spaces for coaches, includes one female, Toni Cowan, and was open to Premier League clubs, parish associations and tertiary institutions.”Fitness is a very important aspect of football, and this course is towards the development of the sport. My plan is to specialise in fitness in the future,” Cowan, the lone female in the group, and representing Cavalier, SC said.last_img read more

VFW pals on duty while soldier’s overseas

first_imgWhen there was an electrical problem in Myrna Espinoza’s kitchen, her husband’s pals from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2805 in Canoga Park were there in less than half an hour to fix it. When the plumbing started to leak, they were there to fix that, too. And when the lawn needs mowing and the fence mending, well, they’re there to take care of that, too. That’s what you do for a buddy when he’s overseas fighting a war – on his second tour of duty in Iraq with the Army Reserve – and his wife and 12-year-old daughter are home alone. “We watch his back and look after his family,” says Bob Moran, commander of VFW Post 2805. When the old vets over at Building 99 at Sepulveda VA – the last hospital stop for many old World War II and Korean War veterans – get lonely and have no one to talk to, it’s the Ladies Auxiliary at the post who show up every week to talk to them and care for their needs. When a good teacher deserves recognition, when local law enforcement officers and firefighters go over and beyond the call of duty and when school children show an appreciation for the history of this country, it’s the members of VFW posts and American Legion halls handing them awards and checks. Do many of their members also enjoy a drink or two at the bar and try to one up each other with old war stories? “Sure, we do that, too, but we do so much more,” Guest says. That’s why the VFW’s National Cmdr. Gary Kurpius – the No.1 guy in the 2.2million-member service organization with 8,600 posts nationwide – stopped by Canoga Park Post2805 on Tuesday. The Vietnam War vet wanted to say thank you in person and urge the post’s 500-plus members to keep it up. The only way the organization is going to grow and bring in new members is to be relevant to their communities. “We’ve got to put an end to the misconception that the VFW is just a cheap place for guys to drink,” he says. “That’s not who we are. “We’re out there doing good work in the community and fighting for benefits for the families of servicemen, encouraging younger veterans to become members so they can share in the entitlements and grants we have available. “What the members of this post are doing for Eddie’s family in Canoga Park while he’s fighting in Iraq, thousands of other VFW members are doing for the families of other veterans deployed overseas right now,” Kurpius said. “We just have to do a better job of letting people know who we really are.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That’s what the guys are doing for Ernie Espinoza, a Canoga Park letter carrier and Desert Storm veteran who has enough to worry about in Iraq right now. He doesn’t need to be worrying about whether his family’s everyday needs back home are being taken care of while he’s gone. “If we can’t do something for one of our own, why are we in business?” post service officer Nick Guest says. It’s a no-brainer, the guys say. They have Ernie Espinoza’s back. “It’s such a comfort to know that if anything goes wrong here, I can call them, and they’ll be here to help me,” Myrna said. “When Ernie left for Iraq, that’s what he told me, and he was right. They’ve never let me down.” last_img read more

Black Swan Energy officially opens Nig Creek Gas Processing Facility

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Calgary-based Black Swan Energy held an official opening, on Wednesday, for its Nig Creek Gas Processing Facility, located north of Fort St. John.In attendance for the celebration and tour was Chief of the Blueberry River First Nations, Marvin Yahey, Mayor of Fort St. John and 2019 Canadian Energy Person of the Year, Lori Ackerman and Liberal MLA for Peace River North, Dan Davies.According to Black Swan, the $200 million, 100 million cubic feet per day Nig Creek facility will deliver natural gas to pipelines flowing to diverse North American markets, and the associated propane production will largely be exported to premium Far East markets.- Advertisement -To date, Black Swan has invested $1.2 billion in the area and has plans to invest another $1 billion dollars over the next five years for further facility expansions.last_img read more

Euro 2020 takes shape as Netherlands, Germany and Croatia qualify

first_imgThey join other big names such like world champions France, Spain, Italy and England, with European champions Portugal one win away from qualification.Ronald Koeman’s resurgent Dutch needed a point to qualify for their first major tournament since coming third at the 2014 World Cup and got what they needed in a scrappy goalless draw with Northern Ireland in Belfast.“It means a lot for us as players. Hopefully it means so much to the Dutch people,” Liverpool defender Van Dijk said.However they were far from the flamboyant outfit that has so often thrilled in Group C, and survived a huge scare when Steven Davis smashed a first-half penalty high over the bar.The Dutch dominated possession and stopped the hosts from having a single shot on target but failed to create much themselves.Davis’ spot-kick blunder left Michael O’Neill’s side third and hoping for a way into the tournament via the playoffs.– Germany join the Dutch –Two-goal Toni Kroos doesn’t believe Germany are among the favourites for Euro 2020 © AFP / INA FASSBENDERThe draw allowed fierce rivals Germany to move top in the group as Toni Kroos hit a brace in a simple 4-0 win over Belarus in Moenchengladbach which saw them qualify for the Euros for the 13th time in a row.A deft back-heeled goal from defender Matthias Ginter just before the break and impressive finishing by Leon Goretzka and Kroos gave the Germans a comfortable three-goal lead early in the second half.Captain Manuel Neuer produced a superb save to keep out Belarus striker Igor Stasevich’s penalty before Kroos dribbled through the defence to claim his second goal seven minutes from time and make sure of a routine win.“Overall we did well, but at the moment I don’t include us among the favourites for the European title,” said Kroos, echoing coach Joachim Loew’s comments from earlier in the week.A win over Northern Ireland in Frankfurt on Tuesday will guarantee Loew’s new-look side first place.Croatia survived a scare to secure their place in the Euros after coming from behind beat Slovakia 3-1 in Rijeka.The World Cup runners up needed just a point to ensure qualification from Group E but Robert Bozenik stunned the home crowd when he tapped the away side ahead in the 32nd minute.However it was one-way traffic in the second half and Croatia’s qualification was never in doubt once Nikola Vlasic drilled home the leveller.Bruno Petkovic headed the hosts in front and Ivan Perisic sealed the three points with a thumping finish with 16 minutes left.Bruno Petkovic’s header put Croatia in front in a match they only needed to draw to qualify © AFP / Denis LOVROVIC“We were trying to stay calm in the dressing room at half-time, we were sure that our quality would prevail. We kept attacking, creating chances, and the goals came,” said Petkovic.– Wales with fighting chance –That win gives Wales a fighting chance of qualifying after their 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan earlier on Saturday.Ryan Giggs’ side stay third thanks to first-half headed goals from Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson and Slovakia losing against the Croats.They are just one point behind second-placed Hungary, who travel to Cardiff on the final day for a winner-takes-all clash.“It’s massive for us to get the three points and now we go again Tuesday,” said Moore. “We came here for the three points and we got them — now it’s all guns blazing towards Tuesday.”Austria booked their place with a 2-1 win over North Macedonia that kept third-placed Slovenia at bay despite their 1-0 triumph over Latvia.They are second in Group G behind Poland, who had already qualified going into this round of games but maintained a three-point lead at the top of the group thanks to a 2-1 win at Israel.In Saint Petersburg, the Hazard brothers made short work of Russia as already-qualified Belgium maintained their 100 percent record with a 4-1 win that secured them top spot in Group I.Eden and Thorgan Hazard put Roberto Martinez’s side three goals ahead at the break before in-form Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku crashed home the fourth in the 72nd minute to make absolutely sure of the result.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Netherlands have qualified for their first major tournament since the 2014 World Cup © AFP / Mark MARLOWPARIS, France, Nov 17 – The Netherlands, Germany and World Cup finalists Croatia expanded a list of big hitters to qualify for Euro 2020 on Saturday as the trio booked their places at next summer’s finals.Austria also made it through to the multi-host tournament, which kicks off in Rome on June 12, with 16 sides now ensured of a spot at the 24-team event and only four places remaining from the main qualifying route.last_img read more

DDTV: An entire school stays stationary for the mannequin challenge!

first_imgThe mannequin challenge has been sweeping throughout the world this week, and this Donegal school decided to take on the task on a huge scale.The students and teachers of Coláiste Chineál Eoghain in Buncrana were all frozen in time as their challenge attempt was filmed.The camera sweeps through corridors and classrooms, taking in scenes of pupils learning, chatting and misbehaving. Was detention on the cards for anyone who blinked? Let’s hope not! Check out the video below.  DDTV: An entire school stays stationary for the mannequin challenge! was last modified: November 18th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:buncranaColáiste Chineál Eoghainmannequin challengelast_img read more


first_imgA prisoner on the run in the North for the past three years could now be holed up in Donegal.Thomas Gregory Caldwell had been serving a sentence in Magillagan prison, Co Derry for driving with excess alcohol in his breath.However, he had given a temopary release from the jail in October, 2009 on condition that he return once his leave was up. However, 40-year-old Caldwell took flight and has not been seen in almost 36 months, staying one step ahead of a posse of police officers trying to track him down.Now following new information, the North’s Department of Justice believes Caldwell has taken refuge in Donegal to avoid detection and it has published a picture of him on its ‘WANTED’ site.Caldwell is described as having black hair, green eyes, medium build, height 5 foot 6 inches. He is known to have a scar on his left upper arm.Anyone who has On the run drink driver Thomas Gregory Caldwellseen Caldwell recently is asked to contact their local Garda station with information about his whereabouts. ON THE RUN DRINK DRIVE PRISONER COULD BE IN DONEGAL was last modified: October 1st, 2012 by cassoscoopShare 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:On the run drink drive prisoner coud be in Donegallast_img read more

Datebook 12/4

first_img 160Want 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. TODAY: Walk of Ages, a benefit for the Jewish Home for the Aging, 18855 Victory Blvd., Reseda. Registration at 7 a.m., warm-up at 8 a.m., event at 8:30 a.m. Call (818) 774-3100 or see www.walkofages.kintera.org. Victorian Holiday Event, 1-4 p.m., Leonis Adobe Museum, 23537 Calabasas Road, Calabasas. Call (818) 222-6511. Granada Hills Holiday Parade, 1:30 p.m., Chatsworth Street from Petit to Zelzah avenues. New Valley Symphony Orchestra presents a free holiday concert, 2 p.m., Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. Call (818) 789-5466. last_img read more

DD Gardening: How to grow and harvest a vegetable garden

first_imgThis week Donegal Daily’s Conor Gallinagh explains where you should begin when growing and harvesting a vegetable garden. This is something I get asked a lot and it can be very overwhelming for someone new to gardening. So many of us would love to grow and harvest our own fresh produce straight from our garden.There’s a considerable amount to carefully research and understand. In this column, I’m going to break it into bite size pieces for you to get the ball rolling and get growing. Advertisement I’ll answer some of your questions below. What to Grow?The first item is to consider what vegetables you already use in abundance in your meal preps. There’s no point growing vegetables that you won’t be using at the end of the season unless you have a few hungry neighbours or family members. After all, this is your reward for all the hours of care you have set aside.Also, don’t choose anything too difficult because this may reduce the success rate and a higher chance of failure. This will disheartening you and may discourage you from trying. Advertisement Start off with just a few seeds or plants and build year on thereafter.Record KeepingThis is vitally important for all gardeners not just for the beginners. Keep even the minutest details. Details such as sowing date, compost used, seed source and quantity, yields and location.Also record details like price, feeding regime, pest and diseases and taste. Taste is important as if you don’t like something don’t grow it the following year.Or even looking at the cooking quality etc. Growing EnvironmentEach vegetable will require varying degrees of nutrients. These are classed as micronutrient and macronutrient. I will cover this subject in the following column.Also, look at the amount of sunlight, the drainage of the soil and space for growing your crops.Space: Space is important for two reasons, the amount of space below for the likes of tuber crops like potatoes and above ground for the likes of pumpkins. These will all take up vast areas. Even a balcony garden has the potential to grow your own. The use of window boxes can be ideal for growing your very own salad bar. Packed with delicious and fresh salad leaves. A large pot can be used to grow a handful of potatoes. To raised beds for various vegetables My RecommendationsFor year one keep it simple until you catch the gardening bug. Trust me once you have it, it will become quite addictive.You will continue to want to improve year on, higher yields, large vegetables, more unique and unusual ones.It becomes quite fun and very rewarding both with the food harvest and the therapeutic element of it too.The Easy One Salad LeavesThese are simple to grow just watch out for the slugs and snails. The great thing is there’s a quick turnaround from sowing to harvest so the possibility of getting two or three crops in the one year is achievable. These include kales and lettuces.The Versatile One PotatoesUsed in an array of our Irish meals and if growing you’ll definitely find a use for them in something. A large pot can be used to successfully produce fresh potatoes.The Fun One Peas Peas are great fun to grow, although they will need support so they can clamber their way up through them. Fresh peas popped straight from the pod are just so tasty.The Challenging One Tomatoes Tomatoes are used almost everywhere too from salads to sauces. They do prove to be a little more challenging and will require a protected structure like a glasshouse or sunroom. The can be a little more to disorders, diseases and pests as well.I’ll be exhibiting at this year’s Design Home Exhibition in Burnfoot over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of March. If you are in the area and looking for professional qualified gardening advice then pop over to our stand. Or even just to say hello.Also, I will be delivering a six-week gardening course at the Twin Towns Community Garden starting on the 27th of March.More information can be found over on my Facebook page.Happy GardeningConor Gallinagh, BAgrSc in Horticultureconorgallinagh.comcghorticultureconsultant@gmail.comDD Gardening: How to grow and harvest a vegetable garden was last modified: March 9th, 2019 by Conor GallinaghShare 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:Conor Gallinaghdd gardeninglast_img read more

Half-time: QPR 1 Aston Villa 1

first_imgJamie Mackie netted an equaliser for QPR after they had made a nightmare start to Harry Redknapp’s first home match in charge.But an injury to Stephane Mbia, who was stretchered off, overshadowed a lively first half at Loftus Road.Villa went ahead when keeper Rob Green, recalled to the starting line-up because of an injury to Julio Cesar, got a firm hand to Brett Holman’s eighth-minute shot but was unable to keep it out.Mackie responded by hauling Rangers level with a fine header into the far corner from Samba Diakite’s right-wing cross.Villa thought their lead had been restored when Christian Benteke headed in Matt Lowton’s cross, but the impressive forward was in an offside position.Redknapp dropped Djibril Cisse to the bench, deploying Mackie as a lone striker and giving Shaun Wright-Phillips a starting place.Wright-Phillips wasted a great chance when he shot straight at keeper Brad Guzan after being put through by Esteban Granero.He was then unfortunate to see his thumping half-volley strike the near post after he had raced onto a similar ball forward from Mbia.The unfortunate Mbia was having a good game in midfield when an accidental off-the-ball collision with Villa’s Gabby Agbonlahor left him flat on his back.Mbia barely moved during several minutes of treatment before being carried away.QPR (4-1-4-1): Green; Bosingwa, Nelsen, Hill, Traore; Mbia (Derry 38); Wright-Phillips, Diakite, Granero, Taarabt; Mackie. Subs: Murphy, Ferdinand, Park, Cisse, Fabio, Hoilett.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more