Edwards leads Scorpions’ fightback

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Out-of-favour West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards capitalised on familiar conditions to stroke an unbeaten half-century and lead a Jamaica Scorpions fightback against Barbados Pride on the second day of their opening round match in the Regional First Class Championship yesterday. Edwards, the 31-year-old Barbadian who was drafted by Scorpions to bolster their batting, was unbeaten on 51 as the visitors finished the day on 114 for two in response to the hosts’ 373 all out. A former Barbados captain, Edwards revelled in the familiar conditions at Kensington Oval, stroking six fours in an innings spanning 120 deliveries and 144 minutes. He put on 78 for the second wicket with opener John Campbell, who made 49, a partnership which pulled the Scorpions around from 10 for one – when captain Paul Palmer was leg before wicket to pacer Miguel Cummins first ball – in the second over of the innings. Campbell, unbeaten on 18 and Edwards, 12, carried Scorpions to tea at 31 for one before pushing on afterward to put precious runs on the board. The 22-year-old left-handed Campbell struck seven fours off 85 balls in two hours at the crease before nicking seamer Kevin Stoute behind as close of play beckoned. Edwards, meanwhile, survived a chance on 38 off West Indies left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican to reach his 26th first-class half-century. Earlier, Scorpions produced a disciplined effort to ensure Pride lost their last eight wickets for 111 runs to be bowled out just under an hour before tea. Resuming on 262 for two, Pride lost captain Kraigg Brathwaite, who added just eight to his overnight 111, before falling to a catch at the wicket off fast bowler Jason Dawes. His overnight partner, Shamarh Brooks, was first to perish, failing to add to his 49, as he went lbw in the day’s second over to Dawes, who finished with three for 51. Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, however, was the main destroyer with four for 100 from 53 overs. He removed the dangerous Roston Chase, who hit 48 off 102 deliveries with five fours and added 64 for the sixth wicket with Stoute, whose 34 required 70 balls and included five fours. Chase’s dismissal sparked a collapse where five wickets fell for 11 runs. AT THE GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Windward Islands Volcanoes, replying to Guyana Jaguars’ 362 all out, were 127 for two at the close on the second day. Scores: JAGUARS 362 all out (Rajindra Chandrika, 146; Vishaul Singh, 48; Shiv Chanderpaul, 34; Leon Johnson, 29; Shane Shillingford 6-107) vs VOLCANOES ( Tyrone Theophile, 46; Devon Smith, 35 not out; Christopher Barnwell, 1-23; Steven Jacobs, 1-28). FIRST TO PERISHlast_img read more

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Windies misfired – Brathwaite

first_img Sent in, West Indies lost wickets steadily to plummet to 48 for eight in the 12th over and looked in danger of being dismissed for under 100 at one stage. Most of their batsmen fell to injudicious strokes on a slow wicket and only all-rounder Dwayne Bravo with a top score of 55 off 54 balls, showed any character. Brathwaite defended his side’s aggressive approach but noted they had failed to execute properly. “We didn’t execute the way we wanted to but on another day, those same shots could have gone for boundaries and sixes and we would have been sitting 45, 50 for one after the first six [overs], setting a beautiful platform to then go on and score 140, 150, which looked like it would have been a winning total on the surface today,” said the all-rounder, in only his third game as skipper after taking over from the two-time World Cup-winning captain Darren Sammy, who was shockingly sacked last month. West Indies were undone by left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, who opened the bowling and finished with the superb figures of five for 14 from his four overs – the first five-wicket haul in T20 Internationals by a Pakistani spinner. The 27-year-old featured prominently for Jamaica Tallawahs in this year’s Caribbean Premier League, and Brathwaite said he had used his knowledge of the West Indies players well. Lost wickets steadily DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC): Captain Carlos Brathwaite said West Indies simply did not fire in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series against Pakistan yesterday. Playing at the Dubai International Stadium, West Indies were humbled by nine wickets, after being bundled out for a paltry 115 and then watching as Pakistan eased to their target with nearly five overs remaining. However, Brathwaite said West Indies were an attacking side and there were times when their brand of cricket would not pay dividends. “We are an aggressive, exciting team. Two games ago we scored 240-odd, and today we scored 115,” Brathwaite told reporters. “We have ebbs and flows, ups and downs. Today, it just didn’t come off for us. I don’t think we assessed the conditions quickly enough. A majority of the shots didn’t show situation awareness. “I don’t want to say we just didn’t bat well [because] credit must go to Imad Wasim. He bowled fantastically well. Anytime you get five for 14 in an international game, you must be doing something right.” He continued: “It’s a combination of good bowling, not as good execution on the batting front but these things happen. We’re an aggressive team as I said before, and I won’t tell any of the guys to lose their aggression. It’s just a matter of being more situation aware going into tomorrow’s (today) game and into the last one.”last_img read more

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Don’t Let Ebola Get You off Business

first_imgMarketers in Liberia have been urged to be steadfast and step up to the plate in boosting the economy in the awake of the prevailing Ebola crisis affecting the sub-region.Making the plea for marketers, particularly women, Charles Naiwah, program manager of Foundation for Women (FFW), urged marketers to rise up above the deadly foe of Ebola and properly manage the business sector for the development of their nation.  Addressing the marketers yesterday, he encouraged Liberian women to be courageous in these trying times of the national economy, adding; “Don’t let Ebola put you out of business.“Let’s be serious in the fight against this virus in order to make our businesses stronger,” the FFW manager indicated.Relative to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, the micro-finance organization called on residents of Liberia, particularly market women, to understand the fact that “Ebola is real and has no remedy, but early treatment can reduce the risk of death. Don’t hide any sick or dead person, he admonished, urging them to report to the health authorities anything that looks like the virus.”Control the children who  remain at home to avoid coming in contact with strangers.”It’s better to be selfish and remain alive than to be generous and get killed at the hands of Ebola.  That is why we have come to identify with you people in these communities today.”We’re partners; so Ebola will not make us fall apart. Our partners met and raised some resources to procure awareness materials and preventive gears for you in order to contain the spread of the virus. We will not sit back and allow our members to fight the virus alone.  We are with you every step of the way. We want our borrowers to fight the disease face-to-face in an effort to kick the virus out of Liberia,” Naiwah asserted.FFW made the call when the local organization that is operating in 14 of Liberia’s 15 political subdivisions  presented scores of anti-Ebola materials for 37 market women from three communities. The micro finance organization described the donation as “arms and ammunitions in the combat against Ebola.”Receiving the items on behalf of the three groups, leaders of the market women expressed their appreciation to the FFW family for the gesture.In separate statements, Madams Vera Tweh of Airfield, Emma Ricks of Catholic Junction and Marlyn Davis of Old Road Communities described the donations as “a  positive step in battling the deadly Ebola virus.””A friend in bad times is truly a real friend indeed,” Madam Davis said.She pledged her women’s organization’s fullest corporation in the national fight against Ebola, pledging,  “The materials will be used for the intended purpose.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgI was in Nairobi, Kenya, attending the second Women’s Leadership Institute on Peace and Security Conference organized by Cordaid and CREA with 30 women representing 15 countries when the news hit the press: UN Security Council adopts Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security on Dec 9, 2015 following an intensive peace advocacy effort organized by the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY), Search for Common Ground, World Vision and other international partners since 2012; and just over two weeks after the first ever official address to the UN Peacebuilding Commission at the UN Headquarters in New York by a Young Peacebuilder (Gwendolyn S. Myers) from Liberia on youth as equal partners for peace and security on Nov 23, 2015. This opportunity was created through the effort of UNOY, in The Hague, Netherlands, of which Gwendolyn Myers serves as Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa. Much has been said about this important landmark and much more would be said in the weeks, months and years ahead. Therefore, for this week, our focus would be on Transformation Leadership, Conflict Transformation and Women’s rights. Cordaid, in close collaboration with CREA, after the success of the first Women Leadership Institute that was organized in Istanbul in 2014, conducted the second Women Leadership Institute in Nairobi, Kenya, from Thursday, December 10 to Tuesday, December 15, 2015.The weeklong program on Women’s Leadership Institute on Peace and Security focused on: how to build transformative leadership of activists in fragile and conflict-affected areas such as Liberia. We had participants from other post-conflict environments who applied a feminist, intersectional and inter movement lens and strategies to strengthen women’s voices in conflict affected situations, and transformation to peace. As anticipated, the Institute combined reflection on the current political landscape as well as past strategies for women’s rights and raising women’s voices in conflict and post conflict settings. The Institute also reflected on fundamentalisms across the world and their influence on women’s rights and security. We were able to relate some of the experiences and lessons from different movements to our own contexts in Liberia, and even hosted a radio show during the program.We found the context and structure of the experience to be useful, informative and inspiring. My tutors in Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), USA, and mentors spread across the globe would have been very proud of me. The different peace models resonate with the work of Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia and dialogue among women peace activities who have now become close friends, ‘aluta continua.’ We all agreed and concluded that Transformative Leadership, Conflict Transformation and the Promotion of Women’s Rights are required to build and maintain peace is an already complex and multifaceted environment. Our world is faced with several challenges that threaten its peace and security. Most of these challenges of refugee crisis in Europe, terrorism in most parts of Africa and the Middle East, violent extremism in Europe and America and Ebola in West Africa, are manmade. As the year comes to a close, we are convinced that our work to ensure global peace is more relevant now than ever before. We need strong leadership and more involvement of women working for Conflict Transformation, Peace and Women’s Human Rights.On our own part, MOP-Liberia would continue to work daily in the engagement of young peace builders to advocate for the translation of peace into increased access to education, health, availability of basic infrastructure of water, sanitation, electricity and good roads. Everyone has a role to play in the promotion of peace. Women’s Rights are Human Rights, and as this year’s theme for Human Rights dictates, it is “Our Rights. Our Freedom. Always” Until next week, when we come to you with another piece on Dialogue Among Peace Messengers: A reflection on Peace in Liberia. Peace first, peace above all else and may peace prevail in our generation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The Impasse of an Indigenous President

first_imgBy Timothy A. Lorkolon (0886472834/0775953440)Prior to the October 10, 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections in Liberia, contentious issues that drew public attention, sparked widespread reactions across the country. Among them was the call from a cross-section of Liberians believed to be of native background, that in contemporary Liberia, the Government should be headed by an indigent. They blamed successive Congo-led governments for doing nothing tangible for the country and its citizens. Social inequalities, rampant corruption, systematic marginalization against indigents among others were epidemic in the society. They maintained that the deep rooted negative vices meted against the natives angered the indigenous population that led to  several violent crises preceding the 1989 rebel incursion that left on its heels indelible marks and dreadful deaths as well as devastating effects.But contrary views termed the call as conflict-ridden and divisive, arguing that the accusation was politically motivated and a ploy to sideline the Congos; arguing that the country has not only been governed by Congo people alone, but natives as well; adding that in more than one decade, the government is being dominated by natives, yet, they have made no positive impacts on the lives of the people in terms of improving their livelihoods. They point accusing fingers at current members of the legislature dominated by natives of signing the most fake or deceptive concession agreements ever in the history of Liberia.But whatever the accusations and counter-accusations could have produced, I do not intend to dig into them, but to endeavor to highlight issues that the country had suffered for decades despite changes of regimes.Before I attempt, let me say that in Africa, the president is usually termed notorious when there is stry in government and a target of regime change as if he/she takes sole responsibility for lapses in government. Does the welfare of the citizens and development of a country lie in the hands of the president that often becomes target of reprisal by power-drunk politicians? Of course not ; even though some presidents become dictatorial. I suppose that in normal situation the president is only powerful and influential when the legislators are belly-driven, greedy and self-centered. As such there is a loophole!So, if incentives of the president and salary are determined by the legislature and concession agreements signed by its members who are in majority, why shift blame on the president for what goes wrong in the government or country?They argue that while it is true that they are part of the government, their participation in the decision making process is ceremonious. What a weak defense!! The call was ahead of the first round of the October 10 elections.The first round of the elections has ended leaving two indigents in the runoff, veteran statesman Amb. Joseph N. Boakai and renowned international footballer, Amb. George Oppong Weah.So, whether the call for an indigenous president or presidency was something divisive or otherwise, the die is cast. Amb. Joseph N. Boakai, a Kissi believed to hail from Lofa County, got more votes in the county either by tribal affiliation or solidarity, while Senator George Oppong Weah, a Kru fellow, got more votes on the same account in Kru dominated areas. This proves that blood is thicker than water, or that the elections were entrenched by ethnic groupings.But the dilemmas of an indigenous presidency with the citizens in dire need of improvements in their lives are inevitable and as I attempt to delve into them, I have over the past decade witnessed and evaluated the current structure and workings of a native-dominated government and wish to sincerely testify that they have not been able to positively respond to the needs of the people that have become victim of deceptions and rhetoric over the years, provoking widespread criticisms that had never been challenged.Liberia is rated classical among the poorest nations of the World despite being endowed with vast and rich natural resources. In spite of the facts, it is reported that a family in Liberia lives on $1.25 cents per day. Believe it now or live with it! What an appalling living condition one would imagine of a country blessed with such endowments that have often culminated into bloody conflicts and remains discernible across the country.As I open the package of the dilemmas and itemize its contents, I see impending vices as being perpetrated currently against the improvement of the livelihoods of the ordinary citizens such as rampant corruption in high places, poor infrastructure, perpetual class system, social inequalities, discrimination, hatred, division, divide-and-rule, marginalization, tribal segregation, increment in madness, broken rehabilitation centers, conspicuous silence on importation of rotten consumables or food items, inhumane or unequal treatments, dysfunctional health and educational systems, recycling of government officials, selfishness, poor working conditions, high unemployment among youngsters, exploitation of resources under the guise of exploration, sub-standard road constructions, re-named or rebranded concession companies, etc., etc.I could name as many as my memory can reflect on but fed up with the sustained, spoiled and deceptive system and any attempt to go further would be like adding insults to injuries.What if these perpetual afflictions are not addressed and above all, what if the solution (indigenous president) becomes the problems? Where then will the people turn when their hope is dashed? Would they prefer going back to Egypt, or upon whose lap will they share or pour their tears? The dilemmas are many and grievous!As I conclude, these are the brief chronicles and abstracts of our time. Let us use them after our own memories and faculties as we await the outcome of a postponed runoff presidential election whether in part or whole; maybe entirely.However; what is certain is that the election will produce an indigenous president. What is not certain based on speculations or as constitutional and political crises loom is whether there will be a smooth transition as envisaged by peace-loving Liberians; or could this lead to interim leadership or trusteeship, Something that is perhaps undesirable? Whatever the outcome, I urge all Liberians irrespective of which side you belong, to be calm as any adverse action would plunge the nation into pandemonium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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New NPSS senior girls volleyball coach excited about current season

first_imgShe has an extensive background in volleyball, having been involved with the sport since junior high. Her career highlights with the game of volleyball include attending Junior USA training camps, while also captaining her high school team.Schmidt says that the senior team from NPSS has depth, and intends to compete for a spot in provincials in Vancouver.“The team is looking strong this year. They are eager to learn the things that I throw at them and I have high expectations for them by the time we are heading to provincials,” she explains. “We have a very dynamic team and multiple girls to count on in each position which gives us a huge advantage not to rely on one or two people to win games.”- Advertisement -The squad got their first taste of action over the weekend as they travelled to Grande Prairie for the Big Red Tournament. Despite the team not placing after a loss in the quarterfinals to Spirit River, Schmidt was happy with what the team brought to the table.“Although we didn’t place in it, losing out in the quarterfinals, it was a good showing,” she says. “Our first game in pool play versus St. Joseph Catholic High School was a loss that was good as just a wake up call and to shake off the cobwebs. We won the rest of our pool play matches versus La Crete Public School, Paul Rowe High School, and Grande Cache Community High. We were second in our pool and went on to play Spirit River Regional Academy. Spirit River always has a strong program and they came out swinging.”All of the team’s games will be in tournament play, and as such the team will be travelling a lot and enduring costs throughout the season. The group is hoping to attract both community and corporate support. Anyone wanting to help with the team’s costs this year are encouraged to contact Athletic Director, Ryan LeClair at rleclair@prn.bc.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Is there a more intimidating ground than Anfield? Games with the longest winless away runs

first_img 2. Tottenham Hotspur ended a 43-game winless run against Liverpool at Anfield in January 1985 – Spurs’ win at Anfield in the 1984/85 season was their first since 1912. Gareth Crooks netted the winner on Merseyside, just days after Tottenham had lost to Manchester United at White Hart Lane. The north London outfit went on to finish third in the First Division, level on points with second place Liverpool. 4 1. West Ham ended a 44-game winless run v Liverpool at Anfield in August 2015 – The Hammers put three past Liverpool without reply at the start of the season to end their winless run at Anfield that dated back to 1963. Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble, who was later shown a red card, and Diafra Sakho got their names on the scoresheet. Philippe Coutinho was also dismissed in a game Slaven Bilic’s men dominated from start to finish. 4 4. Ipswich Town ended a 33-game winless run v Liverpool at Anfield in January 1995 – click the arrow above, right, to see three games featuring the longest run without away wins – Adam Tanner scored the winner against Liverpool, in what was The Tractor Boys’ first ever victory at Anfield and their opponents’ first home defeat of the 1994/95 campaign. The result was a blow to the Reds’ title hopes, and they went on to finish fourth, 15 points off champions Blackburn Rovers. 4 4 Stoke City may have been dumped out of the League Cup, but their 1-0 win in 90 minutes at Anfield ended a lengthy winless run away from home.Despite losing the tie on penalties, the Potters’ won the game and saw the streak, stretching back 36 games, come to an end.With this in mind, talkSPORT looks at the top four games to feature the longest runs without an away victory in all competitions – and they all have one intimidating stadium in common.Find out the clashes by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 3. Stoke City ended their 36-game winless run against Liverpool at Anfield in January 2016 – Before their victory over 90 minutes at Anfield, the Potters had failed to beat the Reds away from home for 36 games. Out of Stoke’s 67 meetings on Merseyside since 1895, in all competitions, they have been victorious on just three occasions. Their last victory at Anfield was in the 1958/59 Second Division season. last_img read more

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WAS IT YOU? SOMEONE HAS JUST WON A MASSIVE €12,155,282!

first_imgSOMEONE in Donegal has just won an incredible €12,155,282 – that’s TWELVE MILLION EURO and a load of change.The National Lottery says the ticket was bought in the North West after weeks of rolling over.The winning numbers were 13, 14, 24, 31, 35 and 43. The bonus number – not needed in this case of course – was 21.It seems Donegal has struck lucky again in the National Lottery.Many shops in the county spoke of record sales earlier today as more people played the game hoping to win the massive jackpot.The National Lottery wouldn’t say where the winning ticket was bought just yet. The winner may not even know at this stage.So if you played for tonight’s game, get that ticket out, take a deep breath and check those numbers.And if it was you…..well done. WAS IT YOU? SOMEONE HAS JUST WON A MASSIVE €12,155,282! was last modified: June 5th, 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:12 million eurodonegalnational lotteryNorth westwinnerlast_img read more

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This Backstage Star Wars package is out of this world!

first_imgAre you a true Star Wars fan – do you fancy a delicious Star Wars themed meal and reserved seating for Rogue One?Then Century Complex in Letterkenny has an out of this Galaxy package for you…Enjoy a sumptuous flame grilled Han Solo beef burger with BBQ sauce, Chewbacca onions, Coby cheese served on Princess Leia buns and a side of Lightsaber fries – washing it down with a delicious green Yoda soda. To top it off you’ll have a reserved seat ready for you after your meal at Backstage Bar & Grill located next door to Century Cinemas.All for just €22.00* per person.*for just €4 extra try out a Yoda cocktail.Booking is essential – please call Century Complex now on 074 91 21976 Subject to availabilityValid Wednesday 14th December from 10pm to Monday 19th December 10pmThis Backstage Star Wars package is out of this world! was last modified: December 12th, 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:backstage bar & grillCentury CinemasletterkennyStar Warslast_img read more

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Athletes of the week

first_img UP AND COMER RACHEL LANGE Crescenta Valley Lange switched this year from volleyball to cross country and has made an immediate impact for the Falcons of La Crescenta. At Saturday’s 38th annual Kenny Staub/John Barnes Invitational, Lange finished fourth in the Div. I girls’ varsity race in 19:21.38, less than a second behind teammate Shelby Pock, a junior. Their efforts helped the Falcons win the Div. I competition for the first time in meet history. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GARRETT GREEN Senior, Notre Dame After playing only as a defensive back the past two weeks because of a sprained thumb on his throwing hand, Green returned as quarterback and led the top-ranked Knights of Sherman Oaks to a 35-28 victory over No. 2 Valencia. The three-year starter rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns, scoring the winning points on a 12-yard run with 1:44 to play. Green passed for 155 yards and, as a DB, intercepted a pass with less than a minute left to seal the Knights’ 27th successive victory. center_img BRIENNA MORRIS Junior, Quartz Hill Morris finished eighth in the sweepstakes race at Saturday’s Clovis Invitational near Fresno. The defending Golden League champ ran the 3.1-mile Woodward Park course, annual site of the state championships, in 18:21, finishing 43 seconds ahead of league rival Caitlin Fitzgerald of Highland of Palmdale. Three runners from Corona del Mar of Newport Beach, which set a team course record Saturday, and the state’s top-ranked Div. I runner were among those who beat Morris. last_img read more

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