February 10, 2020

Taylor calls for recruitment drive

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):Stafanie Taylor, the captain of West Indies Women, who have just won the T20 World Cup for the first time, says a recruitment programme is needed as part of an elaborate plan to keep the sport alive in the region.Taylor, who was voted player of the tournament, is worried that women’s cricket in the region could suffer a significant decline if a proper system is not put in place for when the current crop of players retire.”We need to go into the schools and try to get girls to come out,” said Taylor.”I think we do have girls that are interested. It’s just that you don’t have anyone to push it, and I think that’s where we need to start, by going into the schools and getting these girls out.”In their impressive eight-wicket victory over Australia to win the ICC T20 World Cup on Sunday, the Caribbean side surpassed a challenging target of 149 with three deliveries remaining, following a rollicking opening stand of 120 between Taylor and teenager Hayley Matthews.PLAYER OF THE MATCH”I think we definitely need some infrastructure, whereas Australia and England they do have it. We need young girls coming up,” said Taylor, who scored 59 off 57 balls in the final, while Matthews earned the award for Player-of-the-Match by smashing 66 off 45 balls.”When you, look at our team, most of us are fairly young, and when these core players are gone, it’s going to deteriorate, and we need to start building young players coming up.”Taylor has also been effective as a bowler taking a total of eight wickets in the tournament, three of which came in the semi-final against New Zealand.Taylor says her dream is to play Test cricket which she feels will also help her colleagues improve.”That’s one of my dreams, to play Test cricket. The type of player I am I think it will definitely suit and build my game as time goes on, but I would definitely love to play Test cricket,” said Taylor.”I think it will definitely help some of the girls. Longer format of the game where they could build their game and I think it will definitely help us in playing in one day games.”last_img read more

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January 18, 2020

Ball brothers, slowed by injuries, leaving Lithuanian club

first_imgCarpio 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 View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadal cruises into Barcelona Open quarterfinals FILE – In this Jan. 5, 2018, file photo, basketball players LiAngelo Ball, right, and brother, LaMelo, show their shirts after signing for Lithuanian team BC Prienai – Birstonas Vytautas, during a news conference in Prienai, Lithuania. BC Prienu Vytautas on Thursday, April 26, 2018, announced the departure of the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. Lithuanian basketball writer Donatas Urbonas says on Twitter that father LaVar Ball told him he was upset over LaMelo’s diminished playing time.(AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are leaving their Lithuania team by mutual agreement.BC Prienu Vytautas on Thursday announced the departure of the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. The team says LiAngelo injured an ankle and LaMelo has been bothered by back pain.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lithuanian basketball writer Donatas Urbonas says on Twitter that father LaVar Ball told him he was upset over LaMelo’s diminished playing time.Nineteen-year-old LiAngelo averaged 12.6 points and 21.2 minutes in 14 games, and 16-year-old LaMelo averaged 6.5 points and 12.4 minutes in eight games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLiAngelo left UCLA in December after he was suspended for shoplifting during the Bruins’ trip to China. He has declared for the NBA draft. LaMelo left his California high school to turn pro. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastlast_img read more

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January 18, 2020

Despite Gilas’ 0-2 home stand, Yeng Guiao ‘no regrets’ over exclusion of Andray Blatche

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Blatche pointed to “political infighting” as to the reason for the snub as he expressed his disappointment on his Instagram account the night before Gilas faced Kazakhstan last Friday in a game where the Kazakhs came away with an upset victory.READ: ‘Dejected’ Gilas has ‘no one to blame but ourselves’Guiao cleared Blatche “can always be considered” as Gilas’ naturalized player and that his decision to play Standhardinger and Pringle is what he felt was best for the team.“I have not had any personal contacts with him. I don’t know him personally so his contact really is with SBP. For me, it’s nothing personal and it’s like I’m agnostic with his situation. I don’t have any biases for or against. I’m just going to make an evaluation based on what I feel is good for the team. That’s just what I did.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational team head coach Yeng Guiao isn’t kicking himself for leaving out Andray Blatche despite Gilas Pilipinas going winless in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Guiao said he is standing by his decision of choosing Stanley Pringle and Christian Standhardinger as the Philippines’ naturalized players against Kazakhstan and Iran, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We have no regrets. Once you make that decision, you should take all the responsibility,” Guiao said after the Philippines’ gut-wrenching 78-70 loss to Iran Monday night. “It is what it is. There’s no pointing fingers.”READ: Andray Blatche decries ‘very unprofessional way’ Gilas left him off rosterFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBlatche last played for Gilas against Australia where he was slapped with a three-game suspension for his involvement in the ugly brawl.The former NBA veteran would’ve been eligible for the game against Iran but he had already been excluded from Guiao’s 20-man pool. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Jayson Castro’s impressive Gilas return dampened by tough loss to Iranlast_img read more

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January 12, 2020

MP’s must carry out duties without fear or favour – British envoy

first_imgNo-confidence vote…urges calm, expects free and fair electionsBy Jarryl BryanThe United Kingdom’s High Commission in Guyana is urging calm on all sides of the political spectrum following the Government’s defeat at the hands of a no-confidence vote while also observing that the Constitution was followed, and the results should now be respected.In a statement following the historic vote, British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn noted the importance of the results being respected. Quinn also spoke of the need for parliamentarians not being influenced or intimidated.“The democratic process as laid out in the Constitution has been followed.  It is important that everyone now respect the results.  Members of Parliament must be allowed to undertake their constitutionally mandated roles in the absence of fear or favour,” Quinn stated.Indeed, former Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud had complained of threats he received after his conscious vote ensured the passage of the No-confidence Motion which crumbled the Government.With the passage of the motion, it means that General and Regional Elections must be called within three months. Quinn was optimistic that the upcoming elections would feature campaigns focused on the issues.“Maintaining the fundamental tenets of democracy is paramount to us all and whilst everyone has the right to protest this must be peaceful,” Quinn said. “We urge calm on all sides and look forward to a free and fair election and a campaign fought on the issues that confront Guyana and its future development.”On Friday evening, the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) against the Government succeeded when Persaud broke rank and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.A total of 10 MPs had previously debated the motion, but when a vote of division was called, Persaud’s vote changed the numbers to 33 versus his colleagues’ 32 votes against the motion.While Persaud’s former coalition colleagues have complained about being “betrayed” by the vote, the parliamentary Opposition has thrown its support behind the MPs right to vote in whichever direction his conscience leads him. Persaud has since left the country.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “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.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “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.”last_img read more

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January 6, 2020

Thierry Henry quits TV to focus on coaching

first_img0Shares0000Thierry Henry was an assistant coach as Belgium finished third at the World Cup and has decided he wants to give up his work as a pundit and focus on management. © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Jul 16 – Retired France and Arsenal star Thierry Henry said on Monday that he was quitting as a football analyst with British broadcaster Sky Sports to focus on a coaching career.Henry, who had worked for Sky since 2015, has also been an assistant to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez since 2016 and helped lead the team to third place at the World Cup. “Over the last four years I have had some extremely rewarding coaching experiences in football,” Henry wrote on Instagram and Twitter.“These experiences have only made me more determined to fulfil my long-term ambition to become a football manager.“I have decided that I must leave Sky Sports to enable me to spend more time on the pitch and concentrate on my journey to achieving that goal.”Henry gained his coaching licence working with Arsenal’s youth team but opted in 2016 to focus on his work for Sky rather than take a job at the club.France’s all-time leading goalscorer, was a member of the squads that won the 1998 World Cup on home soil and Euro 2000 alongside Didier Deschamps, who on Sunday was crowned world champion for a second time as manager of France.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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December 27, 2019

DDTV: ONE WEEK ON FROM CROKER….WATCH VIDEO OF DONEGAL’S INCREDIBLE COMEBACK!

first_imgTHERE’S an unspoken excitement in the county right now.There’s a smile on almost every face – but no-one wants to shout too loudly, not wanting to celebrate too soon. After all there’s more work to be done. But enjoy last Saturday again with this 15-minute video showing the great comeback….DDTV: ONE WEEK ON FROM CROKER….WATCH VIDEO OF DONEGAL’S INCREDIBLE COMEBACK! was last modified: August 6th, 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:DDTV: ONE WEEK ON FROM CROKER….WATCH VIDEO OF DONEGAL’S INCREDIBLE COMEBACK!last_img read more

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December 26, 2019

Piers Morgan: We should thank England for taking our minds off bloody Brexit

first_img Will Southgate field a second-string England side against Belgium again? 2 Piers Morgan has hailed England for uniting a divided nation with their run to the World Cup semi-finals, but insists their third-place play-off game against Belgium should be SCRAPPED.The Three Lions’ dreams of reaching a first World Cup final since 1966 were shattered on Wednesday night, as they were knocked out by Croatia in extra-time.Gareth Southgate and his team’s success in Russia has seen the English public fall in love with international football again, after so many years of misery.But Morgan believes the impact England has made on the country has transcended sport and brought relief to political tensions over Brexit which has threatened to split the country apart.Reacting to England’s heartbreaking World Cup exit on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Good Morning Britain presenter said: “Gareth Southgate and his players should hold their heads up and we should be proud of them, for overachieving in terms of their expectations, but also for unifying a nation.“This country has been really fractured for the last two years since the whole Brexit referendum and suddenly you have a case where the country came together and was genuinely unified with this England team. England manager Gareth Southgate after Wednesday’s defeat to Croatia “I’ll be at the cricket on Saturday, and I’ll be licking my wounds because I had a ticket and a visa to go to the World Cup final if England made it, so I’m very sorry we’re not going to be there.“But the third and fourth play-off should just be scrapped – it’s a complete waste of time.“It’s a corporate thing really, and I don’t think any true football fan will be interested at all about what happens in that game.“I feel sorry for Gareth and the team, that they can’t just get on a plane and get out of there now to spend some time with their families and recover from what, I’m sure, has been a physically and emotionally exhausting experience.”Listen back to Piers Morgan on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! “I think that is something we should thank the players and the manager for, and be grateful that something came along which just took out minds away from bloody Brexit and Trump and the rest of it for a glorious few weeks.”Piers Morgan admits he was ‘spectacularly’ wrong about Southgate’s appointment as England bossEngland now face Belgium in a third-place play-off game at Saturday, ahead of Sunday’s final, and Morgan insists the game should be scrapped – because nobody cares.He also empathises with Southgate and the team, who are likely to want to return home following last night’s disappointment and recuperate after a physically and emotionally-draining World Cup.“I absolutely do not understand this game,” Morgan added.“I don’t think anybody wants to play in it, I don’t think anybody wants to watch it. 2last_img read more

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December 24, 2019

5 HELD AS GARDAÍ SHUT DOWN TWO MORE LETTERKENNY BROTHELS

first_imgFIVE more people have been detained by Gardaí investigating prostitution in Letterkenny.Donegal Daily can reveal that this time a man suspected of using one of two brothels in the town was also arrested. He was naked when he was found by Gardaí.The four others were suspected prostitutes. All had been advertising their services on the Escort Ireland website.Two Romanian women were held after a raid on an address at Larkin’s Lane in Letterkenny last night.In a second Garda operation a woman from Ecuador, a woman from the Dominican Republic and a man from County Donegal were all detained at a house in St Eunan’s Court. The man was in a state of undress. A quantity of cash was also seized.Inspector Goretti Sheridan told us that representatives of a national charity which helps women exploited by criminal gangs were assisting Gardaí.Ruhama works with women affected by prostitution and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation.All those detained have been given Garda bail with several due to appear in court next month.“Investigations are continuing into all of these matters,” said Inspector Sheridan.Yesterday four Romanian women were ordered to leave Ireland on a flight from Dublin tomorrow morning. A Romanian man charged with brothel keeping was remanded in custody while his wife was remanded on bail.Several other investigations took place yesterday – with suspects in a car near Letterkenny court house quizzed for a time by Gardaí.5 HELD AS GARDAÍ SHUT DOWN TWO MORE LETTERKENNY BROTHELS was last modified: June 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:arrestsbrothelsdonegalGardaletterkennyprostituteslast_img read more

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December 22, 2019

Charity hits out at pro-life group using image of child with Down syndrome

first_imgDown Syndrome Ireland has issued a statement hitting out a pro-life group as they have been using an image of a child with Down syndrome on their pamphlets. The charity says that to use images of people with Down syndrome in this debate is “disrespectful” and “is causing a lot of stress to parents”.A column written by Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Times highlighted the fact that Love Both used the image of a little girl with Down syndrome on their front of a pamphlet.  O’Toole says that pro-choice groups must now prove why repealing the Eighth Amendment will not lead to the ‘screening out’ of people with disabilities. In the column, O’Toole says: “The face of the campaign against repealing the Eighth Amendment will not be a Catholic bishop. It will be a delightful smiling kid with Down syndrome.”Down Syndrome Ireland has asked both sides of the debate to stop politicising Down syndrome, and to refrain from using images of people with the condition to serve their own agenda.“This is very disrespectful to both children and adults with Down syndrome and their families. It is also causing a lot of stress to parents,” a spokesperson says.“People with Down syndrome should not be used as an argument for either side of this debate.” The spokesperson continues by saying that each person’s opinion on the Eighth Amendment is up to themselves; however, the “exploitation” of those with Down syndrome must stop.“Down Syndrome Ireland believes that it is up to each individual to make their own decision about which way to vote in the upcoming referendum.“We are respectfully asking both sides of the campaign debate, all political parties and any other interested groups to stop exploiting children and adults with Down syndrome to promote their campaign views.“We would also like to remind campaigners on both sides of the debate that people with Down syndrome listen to the news and read media articles, including social media content. We ask that the tone of the debate is respectful towards all people with disabilities.”The statement concluded: “As always, Down Syndrome Ireland will continue to support people with Down syndrome and their families throughout Ireland. If you require any support, please contact us on 01-4266500.” A special Cabinet meeting will be held on Monday to discuss the upcoming referendum.It has previously been promised by the Taoiseach that a referendum on the Eighth Amendment will take place in May or June.Charity hits out at pro-life group using image of child with Down syndrome was last modified: January 24th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:down syndrome irelandEighth Amendmentfintan o toolelast_img read more

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December 3, 2019

From Assam to China, a ‘phantom’ rules the rhino horn trade

first_imgTerrestrial links between Assam and China through Myanmar and the Eastern Himalayas have come at a high price. More than 1,100 Americans died carving the 1,726 km Stilwell Road through treacherous hills from eastern Assam’s Ledo to Kunming in China’s Yunnan province during the Second World War, after Yangon (then Rangoon) fell to the Japanese.The road that took two years and $150 million for U.S. Army General Joseph Stilwell to build, however, barely served its purpose of sending supplies to China, and fell into disuse soon after the end of the war.Stilwell Road fell into disuse after 39,000 tonnes of supplies were moved in November 1944. But more than 500 one-horned rhinos of Kaziranga National Park (KNP) have died in the last 70 years to maintain the terrestrial link between Assam and China, albeit via a different route.Complex trailMandalay, a book in Assamese, produced by the Guwahati-based Nanda Talukdar Foundation and supported by Gauhati University’s Centre for South East Asian Studies, has traced rhino horn trade from Nagaland and Manipur in India to China via the Stilwell Road.The book draws on years of investigations by two officers on the frontline of rhino conservation — Deben Bora, officer-in-charge of the Jakhalabandha police station near KNP’s Burapahar Range, and Pranjal Baruah, range officer of the park’s Northern Range (now upgraded to a division) across the Brahmaputra river — and reflects their passion for protecting the endangered animals “at any cost”.  Interrogations of dozens of poachers over the past decade have led the police and forest officers to a mysterious person, called Lampu. “We are not sure if he exists, or is an alias of someone who heads an international crime syndicate. But we know he operates from Myanmar,” Mr. Bora told The Hindu.Lampu’s real name, photo and location are not available with any investigating agency. “He is a shadowy figure, a phantom who controls the rhino horn trade somewhere between Kalay and Mandalay in Myanmar,” said Mrinal Talukdar, the author.Mr. Talukdar travelled through Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam for close to three years for his extensive research into the dangerous trade.Extremists involvedHis study and investigations by anti-poaching units revealed that the complex Myanmar cartel operates through two networks — one in Nagaland and the other in Manipur — with members of extremist groups calling the shots.“The Manipur network operates through terrorists, who use assault rifles such as AK-47 and M4. Members camp on the Anjukmani Hills in (Assam’s) Karbi Anglong district south of Kaziranga, come down to the jungle for a kill, return to the camp with one or more horns, lie low for weeks or months before slipping out of Assam,” Mr. Talukdar said, describing the modus operandi.The Nagaland network, on the other hand, relies on .303 rifles. Almost all Naga poachers belong to the Sema or Sumi tribe, recruit Assam’s Karbi tribal people to supply arms while local Muslims near the KNP are hired as scouts to locate rhinos. The Naga shooters do not camp but come, kill and move out, the book reveals.last_img read more

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