Pink ball Tests can boost region – Walsh

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (CMC): West Indies legend Courtney Walsh believes the pink ball is the future of Test cricket and could work wonders in the Caribbean. The Jamaica icon is with the West Indies team as ‘selector on tour’ for the upcoming three-Test series starting here next week and caught a glimpse of the first Test under lights between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval last week. “I was very impressed with the Test under lights. It looked like a wonderful occasion,” said Walsh, who grabbed a West Indies record 519 wickets in 132 Tests. “I would love to see that happen in the West Indies. For us, because of the work and the economy, we might get more support to come and watch cricket at night. I’d love to see them give it a try.” None of the Windies upcoming Tests against the Aussies for the Frank Worrell Trophy will be played under lights, however. The opening game is set for the Blundstone Arena in Hobart, while the second Test is scheduled for the MCG in Melbourne and will see West Indies playing their first Boxing Day Test in more than a decade. Sydney’s famous Sydney Cricket Ground will host the third and final Test in the New Year. Australia won the historic game at Adelaide, sneaking home by three wickets in a low-scoring contest that finished within three days, and Walsh said he was impressed with the encouragement given to bowlers. “I’m just happy to see what’s happening with the pink ball. It was good to see a contest between bat and ball that’s a little bit more even, not just a flat placid wicket where the batsman dominates and the bowlers have to toil hard,” Walsh said. “There was something for the bowlers in every session. For me, that’s a good even contest. It’s good to see they had something to do.” Walsh is rated as one of the greatest cricketers of all time and is a member of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. In an illustrious career, the former Test captain also took 227 wickets in 205 one-dayers in a career spanning from 1984 to 2001.last_img read more

PVL: Perpetual stops skid, cuts down San Sebastian for first win

first_imgUniversity of Perpetual Help joined the winners’ circle after taking down winless San Sebastian in four sets, 25-15, 19-25, 27-25, 26-24, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The Lady Altas ended their winless start and improved to 1-2 so far while the Lady Stags have yet to win in their three games.Maria Tripoli had a game-high 22 points for the Lady Altas while Cindy Imbo added 12 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I told them that we should go into this conference a game at a time and I think this will be the start for us going forward,” said Perpetual head coach Macky Cariño.Shannai Requirme led San Sebastian with 16 points while Mary Rose Dhapol had 12. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Tokyo 2020 triathlon to start early to beat the heat Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

‘Liberia to Get Investment Opportunity’

first_imgThe Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Axel Addy, has disclosed that this year’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) conference was a success for Liberians looking for opportunities to network with investors and other international partners.Speaking at the 2nd MSME conference Wednesday, April 30, held at the Monrovia City Hall, Minister Addy explained that government was making many investments to improve the country’s business sector.According to the Minister, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) in collaboration with international and local partners will continue to provide training to and invest in Liberian businesses as means of taking local products to both national and international markets.“Agriculture is an untapped opportunity. Liberia has all the natural resources to give its farmers a competitive advantage to move to the world markets while serving locally,” the Commerce Minister said.Minister Addy said this year’s MSME conference spotlights on agriculture and agribusiness, which contributes an estimated 60% to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and is the sector with the most jobs in the country.“Liberia is blessed with water and oil among many other resources.  This is a call to action for Liberians to produce and process agriculture products for local consumption and export,” he declared.According to Minister Addy, the small business empowerment plan will set aside 25 percent of all government procurements for Liberian companies. He said they will purchase locally grown rice for employees as a way of promoting some Liberian-owned businesses.   He explained, “Liberian farmers are entrepreneurs with strong potential to go beyond the subsistence level and provide products that would serve African countries as well as our international partners.”Also speaking, the US Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac said, “The United States Government is helping to develop not just farmers, but a better business climate.  We will do this by empowering agro input suppliers, processors, traders, cold storage chains, ware houses and other critical players in the Liberia’s value chain.”According to Ambassador Malac, the US is committed to supporting Liberians through increase of agricultural productivity and profitability in rice, cassava, and other crops that will bring better living conditions to the country and its people.“The United States will support Liberian priorities to build sustainable local capacity and make a difference in people’s lives: moving towards a shared vision of self-sufficiency and prosperity,” she said.  Also speaking at the conference was the USAID/IBEX Chief of Party, Madam Watchen Harris Bruce. Madam Bruce called on the Government of Liberia to develop institutions that would enable businesses and entrepreneurs to improve their products.According to Madam Bruce, the lack of business knowledge from many people in the country was killing Liberian businesses and causing setbacks rather than improvement.“We will focus on helping business people understand management and how to keep records. They need to understand projections and know their customers so they can identify the needs of the people,” she promised. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RADIANCE

first_imgAn impulse to learnA motive to succeedSo studious and resoluteA focused mind so inspireHow far we have comeSo factual it is my friendIn pursuit for knowledgeA vivid future far aheadAffluence a necessityThe luminosity sparkle highA translucent flame it isTo brighten our dark worldAnd all who see marvelThe beauty of incredulityConceivable success a realityThe years of fruitfulnessOur illumination glow with prideWe the ardent achieversShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Do Not Downplay the Cries of the Majority for the Interest of a Minority…

first_imgThere is no doubt that that the power of the majority is the driving force to every major decision, including elective, in our democracy.  This idea is not only backed by physical display demonstrated in elections or discussions, but also the Liberian Constitution that grants power to a leader to rule on the basis of majority votes.  On the other hand, in order to take a major decision in our country, we use referendum, wherein eligible voters cast their ballots in support of an idea, among other ideas.The fact that our democratic government is a government by the people, for the people and of the people, compelled the framers of our Constitution to begin in Article 1 by giving power to the people.As President George Weah may be aware, it was the will of the majority that led him to power in 2017 despite the many challenges that characterized the election that year.  In this regard, it is therefore an indisputable fact that the power of the people lifts one up and brings the same down.The above premise is meant to register to President Weah that the tolerance of the people cannot be used to downplay their quest for what they think is good for them.One of the cases in point that Liberians are demanding is accountability for which Campaigners for Justice staged a peaceful march on April 3, calling on the international community to embark on the government to listen to their cries to allow the establishment of a war and economic crimes court in the country.The quest for justice in Liberia has become paramount that various factors are aiding to substantiate, except that the government is yet to give attention to it.  As a result of our lukewarm justice system, people are now taking the law into their own hands, whereby they do not care much to seek recourse through the court, but to carry out mob justice whenever they are offended.In recent days, we saw a couple of such cases; one in Weala, Margibi County where aggrieved citizens in that town took to the street, set roadblock, burnt a police depot, a residential building and a courthouse.Similar action was carried out in Nimba County where a huge number of citizens mobbed to death two individuals alleged of engaging in ritual killings.  Additionally, three women of Sinoe County were in mid-December stripped naked, beaten and paraded in the street on allegation of involvement in witchcraft activities. One of them died from the brutal assaults meted against her. The past week also ended with riots between two groups of gangsters in the Fiamah Community, leading residents in complete disarray and leaving a building said to belong to one of the adversaries set ablaze.Considering these occurrences, the Campaigners for Justice tend to believe that failure to hold people accountable for human rights abuses committed during the war has developed the mindset of impunity — that victims of crimes can no longer withhold their emotions, but react to actions that threaten their existence.Furthermore, perpetrators of mob violence have adopted the impression that their actions to commit human rights abuses are justifiable and therefore feel no guilt; something that may lead them sometimes to do anything without regard for the rule of law.We know that the government is conscious of elevating Liberia through infrastructural development so that the country can gain a magnificent outlook comparable to its neighbors. But how can such welcoming development be sustained when the people who should care for it are bitter with the mindset to revert to violence?  This is the critical question that comes to mind when accountability remains questionable as the desire rises for foreign investors to come to Liberia.One thing we can recall of the majority of Liberians after the war is their resilience not to go back to their dark days, despite the social and economic hurdles confronting their survivability.Nevertheless, we at the Daily Observer would like to call on the George Weah Administration to be mindful of being remiss to the point of agitating the people to do what they have so far restrained themselves from doing.While you may be enjoying their “love” for you, Mr. President, it is about time to listen and find a way to address the issues confronting Liberians.  Reflections from the past and present remind us to take note of the street protests in the Republic of Sudan, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt.We, therefore, urge that since Liberians are calm and want to adhere to the rule of law, Mr. President, please listen to their pleas and not to protect the interest of a few others to the detriment of the majority.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warner ready to entertain with St Lucia Stars

first_imgOn 8 August the St Lucia Stars will kick off the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League when they take on Trinbago Knight Riders in the opening fixture of the tournament. When they get started they will have explosive Australian batsman David Warner in their ranks and he can’t wait to get going.David Warner“It’s the world’s biggest party! They always talk about how exciting CPL is for West Indies cricket and getting fans engaged, they absolutely love it. It is literally for the fans there, it’s a big massive party and it is just exciting that they can bring world class players. Growing up as a kid, watching their West Indies fast bowling and all these rivalries with different batsmen and players around the world, that’s what you grow up and picture the West Indies as, so to play in the CPL is going to be a massive buzz for me as everyone talks about how good it is.”Warner says he is excited about the squad that the Stars have put together for the 2018 tournament, with all bases covered as they look to bounce back after a disappointing season last year.“I think that when you look at the batting unit, it looks very strong and obviously the all rounding unit, and bowling unit complements itself. I think the batting unit in the way I look at it is like hammer and tongs, so we can go out there and be almost 80/90 off the first six, but even if we lose a couple wickets we will still be flying at a rapid rate, that’s what I see with our batting order. We surely pack a punch there.”“We just have to win one game to be better than last year which is a positive, but I personally think that we have got a chance to actually progress and move a lot further forward than they did last year. Improvement is about attitude and if you go back to last year, win that first game and gain some momentum. You don’t want to look too far ahead, take each game as it comes.“I’m a massive believer that it is just attitude and it’s how each player wants to help. When it gets to a point where you go through the motions, if you start losing, but it’s all about attitude and having the right people around to have fun away from the game as well. You spend short periods of time with each other, it doesn’t matter what tournament it is, but you just have to try to gel as well as you can from day one that you assemble and then from there the cricket takes care of itself.”When asked about what he is most looking forward to in the Hero CPL he said it is about putting on a show for the fans in the ground.“It’s all about entertaining the crowd and bringing people to the game and for me that’s what I enjoy most about cricket. It’s about putting smiles on people’s faces and getting people to come and watch cricket and love sport. The Caribbean wickets are always consistently good, and the fans embrace cricket and its always just great fun to play there.”Warner will be playing with two of the great T20 all-rounders when he joins Kieron Pollard and Daren Sammy at the Stars. He has played against them in T20 tournaments around the world and in international cricket, but he doesn’t think being on the same side as these players will be that much different from playing against them.“I don’t think it will be too much different, the thing that they all bring is each individual is different in their character, but what they do bring to the table is their competitiveness along with their knowledge of the game. They have played a lot of the short form of the game as well so experience is a big thing but just pure competitiveness.“They both play the game hard once they are on the field and that’s one thing that I love doing as well so I think they go suited to each other very well and they have also played a lot of cricket with each other so I’m expecting the same thing when I play with them, to go out there, play the cricket hard and to be ultra-competitive.”This year the Stars will be coached by fellow Australian, Brad Hodge. Warner says he is looking forward to working with him in 2018“I’ve done a little bit with Hodge, I haven’t been under him, but he is an exceptional person and a quality human being and an exceptional player. Opportunities came through at the wrong time of his career unfortunately but as a coach I have only heard good reports and I’m certainly looking forward to working under him that’s for sure.”last_img read more

Clippers claim New Year’s win

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Clippers led by as many as 16 points in the first half, then withstood two spirited second-half Portland rallies. The Blazers’ final effort narrowed the gap to 89-87 on Theo Ratliff’s dunk with 2:15 left. After the teams traded baskets, Cuttino Mobley hit two free throws to make it 93-89 for the Clippers. Juan Dixon’s 13-foot jumper closed the Blazers in again, but Sam Cassell hit an 18-foot jumper with 30 seconds left and Mobley added a free throw. Dixon hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to make it 96-94 and put the crowd on its feet, before Chris Kaman made four straight free throws for the final margin. The Clippers had lost 12 straight in Portland since an 89-83 win on April 11, 1999, and 26 of 29 since the start of the 1991-92 season. Elton Brand was slightly taken aback when told he had never won before at Portland’s Rose Garden as a Clipper. In fact, the Clippers hadn’t won up north since 1999. That streak ended Sunday night. Brand had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Clippers beat the Trail Blazers 100-94. Brand, who is in his fifth season with Los Angeles, was more immediately concerned with the future than his team’s past in Portland. “We’re 1-0 for the new year and we’re not looking back,” he said. “We won tonight so that’s all we’re looking at.” center_img After getting off to a 10-5 start this November, the Clippers went 6-7 in December, wrapping up the month with a 111-92 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday. Cassell had 24 points against Boston before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle. He returned to start Sunday for the Clippers, scoring 22 points. Mobley had 23 points. “I’ve taken it up a notch, but having Cuttino and Sam have to be defended opens it up for me. When they hit like this it’s like, pick your poison,” Brand said. The Blazers were 3 for 10 from the free throw line, a franchise low. The previous low was four, which has happened on three previous occasions. “We’ve got to play better defense,” Portland coach Nate McMillan said. “We can’t keep digging holes for ourselves early in the game then try to fight our way out of it.” The Clippers took off on a 16-2 run in the second quarter, going up 44-28 on Shaun Livingston’s reverse layup. The Clippers led 55-46 at halftime, but the Blazers opened the second half with a 12-4 run to narrow it to 59-58. Portland couldn’t sustain the rally to take over, and the Clippers rebuilt their lead to 82-68 early in the final quarter. Heat 97, Timberwolves 70 : Dwyane Wade scored 19 points and Miami used a big third quarter to pull away from Minnesota. Shaquille O’Neal had 16 points for Miami, which allowed a season low in points, set a season high for margin of victory and held the Timberwolves to their lowest point total this season. James Posey had 11 points for the Heat, who moved to a season-high six games over .500 (19-13). Wally Szczerbiak scored 19 points and Kevin Garnett matched a season low with 11 for Minnesota, which has won two of its last 10 games but remains atop the Midwest Division. Miami outscored Minnesota 25-6 in the opening 7:30 of the third quarter, turning a three-point halftime deficit into a 66-50 lead. Wade had nine points in the run and O’Neal added six. 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

BREAKING NEWS: SANTA SPOTTED IN DONEGAL, DRINKING FOOTBALL SPECIAL

first_imgSanta pictured outside a pub in Lettermacaward earlierBREAKING NEWS: Santa has arrived in Donegal, according to locals in Doochary and Lettermacaward.He was seen in a sleigh around teatime hovering above Doochary before coming into land at the rear of the Gweebarra Bar in Lettermacaward.Regular Sean Og O Domhnaill – who had stopped off for a couple of pints – said Santa spoke to him before asking him to go inside to get him a bottle of Football Special. “He was pure class,” said Sean Óg.“He even greeted me as gaeilge and said he was just getting ready for the night ahead. I was shaking with excitement but just had enough composure to ring home to tell Maire to get the kids to bed asap.”The shocked eye-witness said: “He’s going to do the gaeltacht areas first this year before heading north, hitting Inishowen and then it’s down through Letterkenny.“He said he’s going to the rest of the county from there so the kids could probably stay up until around 9pm in places like Bundoran and Pettigo.” There was disappointment however at the North Pole bar in Drumfries in Inishowen  however were 67 local dads had gathered hoping to see Santa first.The bearded wonder has made his first appearance in Donegal there for the past three years.“We’re wile annoyed,” said Sean McDermott, a local father of 11 who had been standing outside in sleet since around 3pm.“I just hope he’s enough presents left when he gets here this year. We got all the best pressies in 2013 and 2014.”Mr McDermott said he was thinking about going home to chop veg for the morning. “I’ll maybe stay up late to see if I can get a glimpse of him at the house later on,” he added, before getting a taxi to the Rusty Nail Bar.BREAKING NEWS: SANTA SPOTTED IN DONEGAL, DRINKING FOOTBALL SPECIAL was last modified: December 24th, 2015 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:donegalSANTAlast_img read more

Judge orders man with string of convictions not to ‘go next nor near a motor vehicle’

first_imgA 49-year-old, with 41 previous convictions, who has ‘a problem with cars’ has been ordered not to ‘go next nor near a motor vehicle’Carl Ryan, of 20 Burnwood, Magheranture, Burnfoot, was given a four-month suspended sentence and disqualified for five years after being found driving with no licence or insurance. Ryan was observed by Garda Duggan, while off-duty, getting into the driver’s seat of a black Vauxhall Corsa at Main Street, Buncrana at 9.08pm on July 7, 2017.Inspector David Murphy said Ryan had ‘revved the engine’ when spoken to by Garda Duggan.Ryan had no licence or insurance certificate at the time and offered to produce documentation at a station in Cork.Garda Duggan cautioned Ryan – who was disqualified from driving at the time of the offence – and detained the vehicle, which was subsequently destroyed. RyanDefending solicitor, Ciaran McLaughlin, said Ryan, originally from Ballyfermott in Dublin, had an opportunity to move into a house in Buncrana.“He was homeless and he moved in with his cousin, for whom he is the main carer,” McLaughlin said.“He had a major drink problem. He had a drug problem, which he dealt with. His doctor advised him to stop drinking.“Normally, he behaves fairly well, but he has this problem with cars.”Judge Gerard Jones gave Ryan a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and disqualified him for a period of five years. Ryan was bound to keep the peace and Judge Jones added: “You are not to go next nor near a motor vehicle’.Judge orders man with string of convictions not to ‘go next nor near a motor vehicle’ was last modified: March 8th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:buncranaBuncrana District CourtCarl RyanJudge Gerard Joneslast_img read more

GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY

first_imgThe lotto numbers were 6,14,18,23 and the match 3 winner Peter Horan, newmills. Next weeks jackpot is €3,620. Sellers this week are Darren McGinley and Joe Gibbons.Circuits take place in the hall every Monday at 7pm for ladies and 8pm for men. All are welcome.The gym is ladies only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8pm. There will be Zumba Dance classes in the hall every Thursday @ 8.15pm, all are welcome. All bookings for hall and clubrooms must be made through Karen McHugh.All club equipment should be returned to the club for the annual audit. All key holders should register their keys with the secretary.All team managers should check their team equipment and arrange for replacement jerseys through the treasurer.The under age training program is running in the hall at the moment. Tue 6-7 U12 girls. 7.15-8.15 U14 girls and 8.30-9.30 U16 girls.Wed 6-7 U10 boys and girls.Thur 6-7 U8 boys and girls. 7.15-8.15 U12 boys.Fri 6-7.15 Minors 7.30-8.45 U14 boys.An Umpires course will be held in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey on Wed 29th February. Contact Sharon McGinty for more information. GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY was last modified: February 14th, 2012 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)Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more