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  • WICB Director displeased by lack of say in Simmons suspension

    first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):West Indies Cricket Board director Azim Bassarath has disagreed with how the decision to suspend head coach Phil Simmons was taken.Bassarath, the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board president, said any decision of that magnitude should have been first discussed and sanctioned by the board of directors.”It is strange that a decision is made by the management committee concerning something as serious as this and it did not come to the board,” Bassarath told the Trinidad Guardian newspaper.”When Simmons was interviewed for the post of coach, the board had to ratify it, so I don’t agree with the management committee making this decision all by themselves.”The WICB announced Monday it was suspending Simmons for the tour of Sri Lanka, following his outburst to media on Friday regarding the selection of the one-day international squad for the upcoming series.hasty actionsA release from the WICB said “management” had taken the decision and had also appointed selector Eldine Baptiste, a former Windies seamer, to serve as interim coach.The outspoken Bassarath said the WICB may have acted prematurely in suspending Simmons.”Simmons never said where the ‘outside’ interference came from, and it is shocking to see the haste with which he was suspended,” he said.”This to me is very strange. They could have called him in and found out where he thinks the outside influence was coming from and then go from there. Supposed it was coming from people in the public domain?”The management committee by their actions is making it look as if he is speaking about the WICB when he talks about outside influence.”Last Friday, Simmons took the unusual step of publicly criticising the selection process after the omission of all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the one-day squad to tour Sri Lanka next month.Speaking to media in Barbados following the end of a West Indies training camp, he claimed there had been “interference from outside”, and as a result, West Indies would not have their best team available.last_img read more

  • Bright Foundation Provides Safe Drinking Water for Wehn Town, Paynesville

    first_imgThe Checago Bright Foundation (CBF), a non-governmental organization, helping to restore basic social services to under-privileged people in several communities in Liberia, hasconstructed a hand pump in Wehn Town, Paynesville City.The hand pump was dedicated over the weekend by the Mayor of Paynesville City, Cyvette Gibson.Wehn Town is one of Paynesville’s densely populated communities. It is located around the Red-light commercial district and has a population of nearly 60,000 inhabitants, according to the community chairman of Wehn Town, Mr. Cyrus Sayeh.Speaking to the Daily Observer at the dedicatory ceremony, the founder and chief executive officer of CBF, Checago Bright Sawo, said the initiative was meant to ensure that residents of the town get access to clean and safe drinking water.“This initiative came about through a request from the people and leadership of Wehn Town to the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC). We learnt from the community peoplethat they lacked access to safe drinking water for a very long time. PCC then contacted our organization to come and provide them the assistance,” he said.He added that they were informed that hand pumps constructed in the town few years back are all damaged.“With more funding, we intend to construct more hand pumps in other areas of the community. However, we have constructed only one at the moment and are hoping to provide additional ones when funding is available,” he explained.He said that some community members have been trained to properly maintain the facility.Mr. Sawo further disclosed that his institution is working in four counties in Liberia constructing modern toilet, providing education opportunities, among others.He named Bong, Montserrado, Bassa and Margibi Counties as places they have operations ongoing.The CBF founder and CEO maintained they intend to undertake more projects in the country but funding was a serious constraint.“We have challenges in undertaking these development projects in the country as we do not have all the resources needed. But many thanks to our supporters in making these works possible,” he said.Meanwhile, PCC Mayor Gibson, who dedicated the hand pump, described the initiative as a welcomed gesture.“We would like to thank the CBF for this great effort in helping our residents with clean drinking water,” she said.She used the occasion to call on the residents to properly take care of the facility for the benefit of the community.For his part, the community chairman, Mr. Sayeh said he and his people were very happy about the project carried out by CBF and the PCC.He said the community is still in need of more hand pumps to satisfy the growing population of the community.“We are appealing to the government and partners to help us with more hand pumps and toilet to improve the lives of our people, he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Dust Advisory issued for Fort St. John Area

    first_imgUPDATE: Due to improving air quality, the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Northern Health Authority has ended the dust advisory for Fort St. John.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A dust advisory this year has been issued in Fort St. John through the Ministry of Environment and Northern Health.According to an alert sent out by the Weather Network, high concentrations of ‘coarse particulate matter’ are expected to persist until the afternoon. The alert also states that levels seem to be highest around busy roads and industrial operations.- Advertisement -Anyone with chronic underlying medical conditions should put off exercise near busy streets until the advisory is lifted.This advisory will be in effect until further notice.For more information on current air quality, see BC Air Quality.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Bundesliga back as World Cup flop haunts German stars

    first_imgBayern kick off the new campaign on Friday at home to Hoffenheim, who will make their debut in the Champions League group stages this season, with midfielder Thomas Mueller admitting the World Cup debacle provides extra motivation.“It’s about how we can do better – after going out like that, you handle failure very badly, because no-one expected it,” Mueller told the Bayern website.After the debacle in Russia, Germany coach Joachim Loew is expected to make sweeping changes when he names his squad on Wednesday for the home game against newly-crowned world champions France on September 6 in the Nations League.The focus against Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena will be on Bayern’s World Cup stars Mueller, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Manuel Neuer, who all under-performed on the World Cup stage.The spotlight will also fall on Kovac in his first home league game after joining from Eintracht Frankfurt, who shocked Bayern 3-1 in May’s German Cup final in his final game.– Challenge needed –Kovac has already been handed a reduced squad with Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal sold to Barcelona.The transfer window closes in Germany on August 31 and president Uli Hoeness says there is a “50-50” chance Boateng could still go to Paris Saint-Germain, while Thiago Alcantara has been linked to a return to Barcelona.Kovac will be expected to ensure Bayern pick up where they left off last season when they secured a sixth straight league title by a 21-point margin.However, the German league desperately needs a challenger to come forward.In a recent survey of 2,500 football fans for internet provider t-online.de, just 17.9 percent believed a club other than Bayern will be German champions in 2018/19.Worryingly for the German Football League (DFL), just 18 percent of those polled believe there will be an exciting fight for the title.Bundesliga fans have grown to accept the title will inevitably head to Munich.Of the sides bidding to wrestle the Bundesliga trophy from Bayern’s iron grip, Borussia Dortmund, under new head coach Lucien Favre, and RB Leipzig lead the charge.Dortmund’s signing of Axel Witsel is the Bundesliga’s biggest name transfer ahead of 2018/19.Axel Witsel is the biggest new signing for the new Bundesliga season © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSHaving paid Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian 20 million euros ($22.9m) for Witsel, the Belgium midfielder came off the bench to score a late equaliser in their 2-1 comeback German Cup win on Monday at second division Greuther Fuerth.Witsel is expected to forge a solid defensive midfield partnership with Denmark’s Thomas Delaney, signed from Werder Bremen.German fans will be hoping new Dortmund captain Marco Reus forges a goal-scoring partnership with 2014 World Cup winner Mario Goetze and US international Christian Pulisic.Dortmund start their league season on Sunday at home to Leipzig, who have had a brutal start to the season having played six games before the league season starts after two rounds of two-legged Europa League qualifiers.Ralf Rangnick has moved from sporting director to take over as head coach and Leipzig have a potent force up front with Germany striker Timo Werner partnering Yussuf Poulsen and Swedish playmaker Emil Forsberg calling the shots.Fixtures (all times 1330 GMT unless stated)FridayBayern Munich v Hoffenheim (1830)SaturdayHertha Berlin v Nuremberg, Werder Bremen v Hanover 96, Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt, Wolfsburg v Schalke 04, Fortuna Duesseldorf v Augsburg, Borussia Moenchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen (1630)SundayMainz v Stuttgart, Borussia Dortmund v RB Leipzig (1600)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller says Germany’s World Cup debacle gives him extra motivation for the new Bundesliga season © AFP / Roman KruchininBERLIN, Germany, Aug 23 – The Bundesliga returns Friday with German football shaken by the shambolic early World Cup exit while Bayern Munich hope new coach Niko Kovac can maintain the relentless success the club expect.Germany’s embarrassing failure to defend their title in Russia, crashing out after finishing bottom of their group, leaves several Bundesliga stars with a point to prove in the new season.last_img read more

  • Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, March 1

    first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Manchester City are considering a shock £100 million bid to buy Luis Suarez from Barcelona. (Mail on Sunday)Manchester City are willing to battle Liverpool for Burnley striker Danny Ings. They want the 22-year-old to boost their homegrown quota and have made contact with his representatives. (Mail on Sunday)Manuel Pellegrini has told James Milner he is desperate to keep him at Manchester City – but admitted he cannot guarantee the England midfielder a place in his team. (Sunday Mirror)Liverpool are looking at offering Manchester City outcast Stevan Jovetic the chance to stay in the Premier League. (Sunday Mirror)Liverpool have also asked Real Madrid to keep them informed over Asier Illarramendi’s position this summer. (Sunday Mirror)Real Madrid are ready to pay whatever it takes to land £80million-rated French star Paul Pogba. And that is likely to spell heartbreak for Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City in their bids to bring the Juventus midfielder back to the Premier League. (Sunday Mirror)Tottenham have stepped up their interest in Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca after sending their top man, head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, on a midweek spying mission. (Sunday People)PSG manager Laurent Blanc has ruled out selling Marquinhos to Manchester United. (Sunday Express)Arsenal are on the trail of Brazilian playmaker Roberto Firmino – as they fear losing Santi Cazorla. (Sunday People) 1 Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more

  • Fancy winning your Christmas dinner (plus dessert)?

    first_imgDP Foods, owned by Don Pearson, is one of Donegal’s biggest and best food suppliers.Supplying companies such as Mc Gettigan’s hotel chain, the Silver Tassie, Rosapenna Hotel, Arnold’s Hotel, An Grianan Hotel, as well as shops and butchers throughout the North West.The Pearson family have been producing the finest turkeys in Donegal for over 30 years, and in the lead up to Christmas Don is shifting his market to cater for the general public along side all his catering customers. A busy man, Don can accommodate for all catering needs; large and small, with a wide range of products and services available.He has a fantastic competition on where you can win your entire Christmas dinner (and trimmings) simply by liking and sharing a post on his Facebook page!It’s free to enter, so why not?You could win a 6kg turkey, 4 kg gammon, 3kg duck, 2kg breadcrumbs, a bag of Yorkshire pudding, 1 kg of sprouts, and 2 kg prawns. Not to forget about dessert, which is arguably everyone’s favourite part of dinner, Don is also throwing in a large cheesecake and a huge four liter tub of ice-cream!To enter simply click here and like and share his Facebook post.Good luck!Fancy winning your Christmas dinner (plus dessert)? was last modified: November 1st, 2016 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:Christmas Dinnercompetitiondon pearsondonegaldp foodsFacebookturkeylast_img read more

  • Cassidy calls for negative coaches to be ‘chased’

    first_imgGAA: Former Donegal star Kevin Cassidy has called for negative coaches to be ‘chased’ from the GAA. Cassidy made the remark in response to a debate on Twitter about the state of modern football, which was sparked following the dreadfully low scoreline in a Donegal club game.Glenswilly defeated St Eunan’s on a scoreline of 0-03 to 0-02 on Sunday afternoon, and it gained national notoriety. Cassidy tweeted, “Scoreline in Donegal club game ends 3-2 holy god the end has arrived – ah well it was fun while it lasted!!!”Cassidy’s Gaoth Dobhair team mate and current Donegal star Eamon McGee had his say, and disagreed with the statement.McGee tweeted, “An all Ireland final finished 1-1 to 0-1 point – and that was over one hundred years ago. Relax. The end is most definitely not here!” Cassidy hit back, ” In all honesty guys that’s not the kind of stuff I want my young lad playing anyway. Time to chase negative coaches.”There was only one point scored in the entire second-half of that match, and it came from St Eunan’s forward Conor Gibbons, who’s side ended up losing by a point.What are your views? Does the GAA need a drastic overhaul of the rulebook to alleviate this negative form of football, or is all not as bad as is being suggested?   Cassidy calls for negative coaches to be ‘chased’ was last modified: July 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Costa Rica get a World Cup point as Switzerland safely advance to the last-16

    first_img 4 Costa Rica were playing for nothing more than pride, but they leave the competition with their heads held high after battling back from being behind twice.Blerim Dzemaili opened the scoring for the Swiss with a thunderous shot before Kendall Watson levelled things up.Substitue Josip Drmic thought he had scored the winner with just two minutes remaining before the crazy end to the game saw both sides leave with a point.Switzerland qualify as runners-up behind Brazil, while Costa Rica leave with their dignity intact. Bryan Ruiz celebrates with his teammates after costa Rica got a well-deserved equaliser Costa Rica earned their first point at this year’s World Cup after late drama at the Nizhny Novgorod Satdium.Bryan Ruiz missed his 93rd minute penalty after it hit the bar, but the rebound fell perfectly off Yann Sommer’s back and into the net. Switzerland took the lead against the run of play just after the half hour mark when Dzemaili lashed home a thunderous effort after Breel Embolo headed down smartly into his path.New Arsenal signing Stephan Lichsteiner was booked for dissent just before the interval and will now miss the next game against Sweden.Costa Rica grew into the game and got their first goal of this World Cup tournament when Kendall Watson lost his marker to head home.Despite meaning virtually nothing, the goal sparked fantastic scenes of jubilation amongst the Costa Rica players and staff. Blerim Dzemaili opened the scoring 4 talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. There was still time for more late drama however.Good work in the middle from Dzemaili saw Switzerland advance with just two minutes to go, Zakaria picked the ball up and drilled a cross into Josip Drmic who smashed what he thought was a late winner into the back of the net.However, the awarding of a late penalty sparked drama as former Fulham man Ruiz stepped up, clang his penalty against the bar only to watch it roll in off the hapless Sommer.STAR MAN – Blerim DzemailiThe Bologna midfielder was exceptional for the European side on the night, a creative hub for his side.Drifting all over midfield, he linked well with Gravonovic up front as well as running things in the middle of the park – popping up with a cracking goal.MOMENT OF THE MATCHAs mentioned before, this game was a bit of a dead rubber.However, seeing the scenes of celebration when Costa Rica scored their first goal reminds everyone just why this is the greatest game in the world.HOW THE GROUP FINISHED Watson celebrates his equaliser against the Swiss 4 Brazil and Switzerland go through 4last_img read more

  • MAYOR OF LETTERKENNY SEES THE LIGHT!

    first_imgThe Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Dessie Larkin, is to forgo his right to turn on the town’s Christmas lights this year.Instead, Mayor Larkin will give the opportunity to a lucky child who wins a colouring competition on the theme of ‘Christmas in Letterkenny.’The big switch-on takes place at Market Square in the Cathedral Town next Friday at 7pm. Local businesses are going to extra yard and will stay open late in a bid to provide some festive feel.Santa will arrive on his special sleigh which will be pulled by huskies.There will also be carol singers, story-tellers and lots more for the official start to the Christmas countdown in Letterkenny.  MAYOR OF LETTERKENNY SEES THE LIGHT! was last modified: November 23rd, 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:Christmas lightsletterkennyMayor Dessie Larkinlast_img read more

  • School makes grade

    first_imgEL MONTE – Watch and learn from El Monte High School.The 2,200-student school has been recognized for “making the grade,” in a report released Monday by Springboard Schools, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization.Titled “Challenged Schools, Remarkable Results: Three Lessons from California’s Highest Achieving High Schools,” the report identifies key strategies adopted by high-performing schools in California.It explains why some California schools with low-income students, English learners and high minority populations “are making the grade while others fail,” said Merrill Vargo, executive director of Springboard Schools.The report “goes beyond identifying California’s highest-achieving schools and takes the crucial next step … of how they’re getting the results that are getting them placed in this enviable situation,” Vargo said.Three “best practices” were identified: Use consistent curriculum and frequent diagnostic tests; Find and adopt “best practices;” Invest in improvement.El Monte High Principal Joel Kyne said the school does all of those things. It uses research-based methods, replicates successful models from other schools, offers tutoring before, during and after school, and encourages staff collaboration by scheduling common planning periods for teachers of the same subject.For example, struggling freshmen are required to attend a before-school study period. Students in any grade who have two F’s in any grading period are also required to attend the study period or are hooked up with a tutor, Kyne said.“We \ look at demographic characteristics as a negative thing,” Kyne said. “(Poverty) is a barrier to overcome, but you don’t want to use that as a crutch of why your kids can’t learn.”Nick Salerno, assistant superintendent of El Monte Union High School District, added that in core subjects, students are tested every grading period to make sure they are learning the standards. Within days, the school can see test results and determine which areas students are weak. According to the report, which is part of a three-year study sponsored by the National Center for Educational Accountability, El Monte’s English language learners and poor students outperform their peers statewide in English language arts and math.Of the 10 California high schools surveyed, El Monte has the highest level of poverty, with nearly 80 percent of students on free and reduced lunch. Also, 38 percent are English learners and 80 percent are Latino, according to the report.For more information, visit www.springboardschools.org. esther.chou@sgvn.com626-962-8811, Ext. 2513 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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